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Political Hay

Dear Dr. Krauthammer

By 11.19.13

November 12th. As the O’Reilly Factor begins, host Bill O’Reilly gets the ball rolling with a talking points discussion about the divide in the Republican Party, saying that politics are getting “even more bitter ” and that “Tea Party conservatives, as well as the hard right, continue to reject the moderate wing of the party.” O’Reilly segues to a clip of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin praising Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee and saying among other things that the two were asking for debate and that “when you stand in the middle of the road you’re going to get hit on both sides of the road.”

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Washington’s Chuckleheads

By 11.18.13

In 1995 I spent a month in Georgia with Newt Gingrich to help him write his book, To Renew America, shortly after he had been elected Speaker of the House. At the time Newt was promoting the idea that a large part of the healthcare problem could be solved by setting up a national repository of computerized medical records.

Computers were just coming in at that point and we also spent a lot of time with word processing. It turned out Newt was completely at sea with the new technology. Every time he saved a file it would disappear into the ether. I was one step ahead of him in learning the trade and got to pose as the expert, patiently retracing his steps through the directories until we found the missing file. I also had to show him how to use his microwave. It was all good fun but I couldn't escape the irony — here was Newt posing as a tech genius ready to solve all the nation's problems with computers and he didn't have the faintest idea how they worked.

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Jurassic Government

By 11.14.13

“You're going to engineer a bunch of prehistoric animals and set them on an island. Fine. A lovely dream. Charming. But it won't go as planned.”
Mathematician Dr. Ian Malcolm in Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park

Call it Jurassic Government. The place where the dinosaurs of centralization, supposedly under tight control, break loose, roam freely — and breed. The place where Barack Obama stars as rich, eccentric dinosaur enthusiast John Hammond.

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Bailing Out Obama

By 11.13.13

In a Tuesday interview with OZY.com, former President Bill Clinton opined, “Even if it takes a change in the (Obamacare) law, the president should honor the commitment the federal government made to those people and let them keep what (health insurance) they’ve got.”

A few hours later, the Hill reported that “President Obama agrees with former President Clinton that people who like their insurance should be able to keep it under ObamaCare.”

As long as Barack “Judge, Jury, and Executioner” Obama has made it a (so far successful) tactic to try Republicans in the court of public opinion as hostage-takers, it’s time that the GOP at least collect some ransom.

At no point during the Obama reign have Republicans had the leverage they currently hold over the president and his Democratic congressional henchmen.

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Canadian Scandals: The Shame of the North

By 11.12.13

I have been trying to explain Canadian scandals to people here in the United States, and believe me it’s not easy.

Oh, people get Mayor Rob Ford of Toronto. When he said he smoked crack, we understood. We still remember Marion Barry’s encounter with the DEA. And when Ford said he did it in one of his “drunken stupors,” well, we’ve all been there and done things we’d like to forget, haven’t we? I remember, back in boarding school, waking up the junior dorm at midnight. Not my finest hour.

As for “getting hammered down on the Danforth,” I’ll bet that that’s something a lot of Toronto’s Bay Street lawyers do, of a Saturday night. Then there was the "drunken ruckus" during a Toronto Maple Leafs hockey game, where he shouted obscenities and insults until he was ejected. Perfectly understandable, if you follow the Leafs.

But let me ask, is that all they’ve got? Nearly 150 years as a nation, and all they have to show for it are a couple of drunks and a Toronto mayor who smoked crack? He’s not even from Toronto. He’s from the suburb of Etobicoke. Different thing entirely.

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The Sabotage Republicans

By 11.8.13

Call them the Sabotage Republicans.

They have been busily at work in Virginia these last few weeks, sabotaging the gubernatorial campaign of Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.

But first?

Remember these headlines?

  • From 2012: Romney Loses; Conservatives Weigh Limiting Clout of GOP Establishment
  • From 2008: McCain Loses: Conservatives Call for GOP Reform 
  • From 2004: Bush Narrowly Beats Kerry; Conservatives Call for Rove Resignation
  • From 2000: Bush wins by Supreme Court vote: Conservatives Call for End of “Compassionate Conservatism”
  • From 1996: Dole Loses: Conservatives Demand End to Moderate Nominees
  • From 1992: Bush Loses to Clinton: Conservatives Weigh Restrictions on GOP Establishment 

If you don’t recall these headlines, no, your memory isn’t failing. They were never written. And if you saw these headlines yesterday your eyes weren’t failing you either. They were written:

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