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The Liars’ Club
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WASHINGTON—

It is now apparent that our President has lied to us. He lied when he crooned soothingly about improving the healthcare of millions of Americans through vast changes in health policy that would actually lower their costs. Those costs are now going up, and they are going up for almost everyone. They will not come down. He lied when he said we could keep our present healthcare policy. Those policies are rapidly disappearing. He lied again when he said we could keep our doctors. He lied when he said his plan would not involve rationing. I could go on, but in sum he is lying about most aspects of the most massive social policy in American history. It is also the greatest disaster in social policy in the history of social policy. President Barack Obama is a rank amateur.

He has lied from the start of his political life, which began not that long ago. For instance when he informed an audience of teachers in July 2008 on the campaign trail “I’ve written two books…I actually wrote them myself.” It was a lie. He has never written an eloquent line in his life, and those two books were professionally written. He speaks with the assistance of Teleprompters. His rhetoric is formulaic. At best, he counseled with a couple of ghostwriters to write the books that bear his name. At worst one was Bill Ayers, once a member of Students for a Democratic Society turned terrorist and then turned “educator” at the University of Illinois’s Chicago campus. If he were a right-winger he would probably still be in jail.

Writers from as varied backgrounds as Jack Cashill, the conservative journalist, to Obama’s popular biographer, Christopher Andersen, author of Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage, have adduced evidence refuting Obama’s claim to authorship of his books. In late November, Investor’s Business Daily cast still more doubt on Obama’s claim to have “written two books.” Now Ayers is speaking up suggestively, as he has a book out, which it is not selling all that well. Enticingly, he suggests that he is the real author of President Obama’s first book, Dreams from My Father.

Frankly I would have advised Our President to come clean about his bogus authorship years ago. Ayers is a decidedly shifty fellow and his wife, the former SDSer, Bernardine Dohrn, is worse. They were always spoiled university-bred radicals always expecting the Republic to fall for their Marxist mumbo jumbo. Yet America has never been very hospitable to the disciples of Papa Marx, much less when those disciples have pipe bombs in their hands. Now, at the end of a misspent life, Ayers suddenly anticipates yet another act. He will serve as a Saul Alinsky for the Millennials. He will write an updated Rules for Radicals with diagrams on how to disable mother’s smart phone or how to hack into her bank account.

First, however, he needs to attract attention. My guess is that he will admit to having written Obama’s bestselling Dreams from My Father. He has suggested as much to the curious public. In October 2009 at Reagan National Airport when asked if he had “edited” the book for his friend, Obama, he told a friend of mine that, in fact, “I wrote it.” He explained that Michelle Obama had sought his help. In March 2011 during a question and answer session at Montclair State University he admitted authorship of the book, saying: “Did you know I wrote it,” and for emphasis he added, “I wrote ‘Dreams from My Father.’” Obama’s friends in the media wrote all this off to sarcasm on Ayers’ part. Obama still has a lot of friends in the media. Do you recall when Joe Klein yawped that Dreams “may be the best-written memoir ever produced by an American politician”? Yet they are tiring of covering for a president caught in the disaster of Obamacare.

At any rate, time is running out for Bill Ayers. He is showing himself to be desperate for his last act. If he is going to identify himself as the real writer of Dreams from My Father it is going to have to come pretty soon. His publisher, Beacon Press, seems to agree. In its promotion of Dreams on Amazon.com there appear these words: Ayers “finally ‘confesses’ that he did write Dreams from My Father. Well good for him. Yet I feel Ayers’ last act will be futile. The lies of Obama may have begun with his literary product but they will end with Obamacare and soon. It is the true disaster.

What Is So Polarizing
About Chris Christie?

WASHINGTON

They are at it again. They are again telling Republicans and conservatives how dreadful their political condition really is. I am speaking, of course, of the voices of the Kultursmog, and to hear them tell it we are in a hell of a heap. We lost the governorship of Virginia. Even worse, we won the governorship of New Jersey. What dreadful news.

Of course, in Virginia the Republicans lost to a congenital liar, backed by the most famous congenital liars in American politics, the Clintons. It is only a matter of time before he is in deep do-do. Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe’s campaign was an amalgam of lies as flagrant as his lie in his memoirs. There, for no reason whatsoever, he lied claiming The American Spectator charged Bill Clinton with ordering “the murder of political opponents.” When I asked him about this lie he did not simply shut down or ignore my inquiry. He actually initiated a series of puckish letters to me never admitting that he had lied but constantly caviling with me on some obscure point that he raised. The upshot of our correspondence was that he could never identify where it was that The American Spectator said Clinton had asked people to commit murder. McAuliffe performed similarly against Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, and if it were not for the fact that he had the funding to outspend Cuccinelli by two to one I have no doubt he would have lost. As it was, once Cuccinelli began tying him to Obamacare McAuliffe’s lead dwindled from double digits to just a margin of 2.5 percent.

In the New Jersey race the Republicans won and with 61 percent of the vote. Yet, according the Kultursmog they really lost, because the victor, incumbent Governor Chris Christie, is a “polarizing force.” He offends the Tea Party, and that means he can never win higher office, for instance, the presidency. But wait a minute. Is not the Tea Party’s major concern the fiscal health of the Republic? It was in 2009 when the Tea Party was getting started. Back then if a candidate brought up the social issues that candidate was doomed with the Tea Party, according to the voices of the smog. Well, as Christie told the New York Times, “I’ve cut taxes, cut spending, reformed pensions and benefits….My record is my record. I’m proud of it. And it is a conservative record, governing as a conservative in a blue state.” As for the dreaded social issues, he is opposed to abortion and to gay marriage, though he called off a legal challenge to gay marriage in October perhaps seeing it as a futile fight. President Barack Obama might do the same with his monstrosity, Obamacare.

Doubtless there are people who do not like Governor Christie and think his star has risen far enough. Yet I will tell you he is as conservative as he says he is, and that it is a winning combination with funders, ordinary citizens, and even with journalists. Back in 2010 when I had him to a large American Spectator dinner in New York City, he was a hit with just such a crowd. He was the complete gentleman, suave and amusing. He talked about economies in government, lowering taxes, and balanced budgets. He is not polarizing at all. Once again the Kultursmog is in the dark about Republicans and conservatives.

Yet we are told he cannot beat the Kultursmog’s “inevitable candidate,” Hillary Clinton. In the New Jersey exit polls she trounced the Governor. So let me give you another set of polls. According to the Rasmussen poll, Hillary polled highest when a sampling of Democrats was asked “which candidate they would least like to see with the nomination.” A WSJ/NBC poll found that she had fallen from an April favorable rating of 56 percent to 46 percent and her negative rating was on the upswing to 33 percent. Doubtless, there will be more. She was the least popular first lady in history.

I do not know if Christie is going to run for the presidency. Nor do I know if he could win, but I believe he is a contender and if he runs he will be contending for the nomination in a very competitive field of Republican candidates. As for the Democrats, they have Hillary right now and, possibly, Joe Biden. The Kultursmog is desperate. 

R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.
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R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. is the founder and editor in chief ofThe American Spectator. He is the author of The Death of Liberalism, published by Thomas Nelson Inc. His previous books include the New York Times bestseller Boy Clinton: The Political Biography; The Impeachment of William Jefferson Clinton; The Liberal Crack-Up; The Conservative Crack-Up; Public Nuisances; The Future that Doesn’t Work: Social Democracy’s Failure in Britain; Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House; The Clinton Crack-Up; and After the Hangover: The Conservatives’ Road to Recovery. He makes frequent appearances on national television and is a nationally syndicated columnist, whose articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun, Washington Times, National Review, Harper’s, Commentary, The (London) Spectator, Le Figaro (Paris), and elsewhere. He is also a contributing editor to the New York Sun.
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