The Libyan government voted today to make Sharia law the basis for all legislative policy in that country. Spurred on by the Muslim Brotherhood-supported Justice and Construction party, the Libyan General National Congress decided that current and future laws should be compliant with Islamic religious doctrine, and that a committee be created to monitor and supervise the adoption of Sharia.
The Obama administration announced today that it would delay the start of next year’s Obamacare open enrollment by one month, from October 15, 2014 to November 15, 2014—coincidentally shifting the event from two weeks before the 2014 midterm elections to two weeks after. But if the president is so confident that the controversial health care law will begin to function effectively, why would he feel the compulsion to delay?
Today marks the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. In recent days, regrettable errors regarding Gettysburg and Lincoln have surfaced in the news, and our president is responsible for the worst of them.
On October 31, we learned that the Gettysburg National Military Park and local officials, who prepared two years for a presidential visit, according the Washington Times, weren’t going to get one.
President Barack Obama was slated to take the podium at 11:35 this morning for an address on Obamacare. After his usual 30-minute sojourn somewhere within the bowels of the White House he finally appeared, flanked by old-reliable Jay Carney, and announced a “fix” to his law.
The president expressed empathy with those who received cancellation notices in the mail—all while the problems with the website persist—and addressed the “grandfather clause” that directly contradicts his words: “If you like your plan you can keep it.”
As it turned out, that pledge only applied to plans that would not be changed after Obamacare took effect—as if these plans were common. The president said: “The way I put that forward unequivocally turned out not to be accurate.” As a result, today the president has announced: “Insurers can extend current plans that would otherwise be canceled into 2014.”
In early 1998, Bill Clinton—perhaps the most poll-driven president in American history—reportedly commissioned Dick Morris to poll-test the reaction if it turned out that he’d actually had an affair with Monica Lewinsky. The result? Voters would want him to resign.
His response? “Well, we’ll just have to win, then.”
And win he did, after launching a vicious, months-long smear campaign against his accusers that featured an avalanche of lies directed at the American people, including his most loyal friends and supporters. By the end of the tawdry affair, America was numb to the truth, the reputations of good people were forever tarnished in the minds of millions, and Bill Clinton ultimately skated through with a mere slap on the wrist. Today he remains a hero of his party.
WASHINGTON — The historic blunders of President Barack Obama’s embarrassing healthcare rollout demonstrate spectacularly the utter failure of what? Let me tell you. They are the blunders of what was once called the “Brightest Generation” in American history, the 1960s generation. It did not start with Obama. His blunders were just a continuance of their blunders.
By the 1960s generation I mean the pot-smoking, war-protesting, guitar-strumming kids of the left—not the majority from the 1960s generation, not the silent majority, but the minority. They were the miracle workers in politics: Jean-François Kerry, the Clintons, Al Gore, Joe Biden, and all the rest. Their sages such as Saul Alinsky formalized their balderdash in learned tomes for their successors, for instance, Our President. The media kept whooping it up for them. Their every pratfall was portrayed as a great success. Well, make a success of the healthcare rollout.
Wednesday evening the Obama administration extended the deadline for getting insurance coverage and avoiding the individual mandate penalty from February 15 to the end of the open enrollment period, March 31.
Administration officials said that they were just “clarifying” the law, but that’s hard to believe. Why didn’t they clarify it a month ago, instead of three weeks into a disastrous launch of the exchanges? Just a guess, but it might have something to do with the real possibility that people would pay a fine for failing to buy something through exchanges that they could not even access.
Anyway, as someone who opposes the individual mandate as a gross encroachment on liberty, it doesn’t seem like something I should get that worked up about. Yet also at issue is the “rule of law”—namely, does President Obama have the legal authority to do this? Clearly, he doesn’t.
The explanation is technical, so bear with me.
The President is cooperating. He’s providing names to Enemy Central. In his Rose Garden remarks on October 21, he mentioned at least three persons of interest, all of whom were in his custody and, unlike a fourth person in similar position, Ms. Karmel Allison, did not immediately fall ill to the contagions he or his teleprompter was spreading. Theirs turn out to be names are as artsy as, if less syrupy than, Ms. Allison’s. They are Jasmine Jennings, Jessica Ugalde, and Ezra Salop (unless that’s a misspelling of Alsop, which would make our friend Ezra the scion of a most distinguished Georgetown family, prime Obamacare material). The reason for their fame? As the President announced: “they’ve been able to stay on their parents’ plans until they’re 26.” Wow.
When Rep. Jim Moran's, D-Va., son and field director Pat was caught on video discussing the ways a campaign volunteer might commit voter fraud, the coverage focused on his relationship to his father. It makes some sense, given that he is working for his father's campaign, but the conversation about voter fraud had nothing to do with Moran's re-election. It was about turning out the vote for President Obama, outside a party office in Northern Virginia.
Here is the list of questions I arrived at as soon as I heard the audio of the video:
1.) Why is the son of a congressman aware of these kinds of dirty tricks?
2.) Why is the son of a congressman talkingabout these kinds of dirty tricks?
3.) Why is the son of a congressmen talking about these kinds of dirty tricks when his father isn't in any danger of losing reelection?
4.) Why is the son of a congressman talking about these kinds of dirty tricks with a total stranger that is working in his campaign office in Northern Virginia?
Reporting the release of the new Obama agenda two weeks out from the election, CNN's Jessica Yellin came out visibly annoyed: "There's not anything significantly new in here, it's just all compiled in a nice booklet now."
Here's the video:
What's remarkable here is that if the president's campaign were confident in the narrative coming out of the foreign policy debate, they wouldn't be changing the subject with a "new plan," or a new repackaging of an old plan. They'd be talking about Romney's inexperience and poor judgment and poor showing in the debate. They'd be talking up how Obama killed Bin Ladin, kept GM alive, and that you can't know the kind of crazy future Mitt Romney might herald.