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Obama grows shorter

Posted by  ▪  December 7, 2011
I have posted numerous times before about Obama’s penchant for creating false choices in his speeches, invariably some non-existent supposedly conservative position versus his position. This enables Obama to knock down the conservative straw man and make his own position seem reasonable by contrast.  He’s a classic shorter. It’s a cheap rhetorical trick,…
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The company he still keeps

Posted by  ▪  December 7, 2011
I posted two days ago about the interrelationship between the Obama campaign and the Center for American Progress, White House and Think Progress merger complete.  A former senior Obama campaign staffer now runs CAP, and a current senior CAP strategist is set to take over Obama campaign messaging from inside the…
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“They fear him with a great fear, and with extremely good reason”

Posted by  ▪  December 7, 2011
Great analysis of Nancy Pelosi’s threatened blackmail of Newt Gingrich, from Bill Quick of Daily Pundit (via The Other McCain).  It sure does feel good to read and imagine: You know what, though?  She’s got bupkus that will make any difference.  The Dems are absolutely terrified of Newt Gingrich in the White…
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Don’t guess

Posted by  ▪  December 7, 2011
We know how they would be treated. Another one from Jason, who writes: Whenever I see the “coexisters” I always wonder how they would be treated on the streets of Cairo…taken a couple of weeks ago in Greenville, NC
 

Teddy Roosevelt Tweet of the Day

Posted by  ▪  December 6, 2011
We knew Teddy Roosevelt.  Teddy Roosevelt was a friend of ours.  And you, former Senator, are no Teddy Roosevelt.  Or something like that.
 

Today it seems like it’s all about Newt

Posted by  ▪  December 6, 2011
Q.  Who was the last person to actually cut government? As pointed out at C4P: Rush is correct. Newt was indeed the last person to substantially cut Government and execute reform. However; what folks seem to confuse that with is the idea that Newt actually “cut” budgets. That was never true. He cut Government,…
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“Really, this party is too dumb to live”

Posted by  ▪  December 6, 2011
Some people in the Republican Party want to follow John McCain’s policy of not going after Obama personally: Republicans on a private Republican National Committee conference call with allies warned Tuesday that party surrogates should refrain from personal attacks against President Barack Obama, because such a strategy is too hazardous for the…
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Message received

Posted by  ▪  December 6, 2011
Someone got the message that the current “hide and don’t seek me” strategy was not working. Now when Romney goes on Glenn Beck like Newt just did, then I’ll really be impressed.  But until then, this will have to do: But I’m curious about the timing. Why not this Sunday? I…
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“Silence is consent”

Posted by  ▪  December 6, 2011
Wow, just wow. Republican Mark Reed is running for Congress in California’s 30th District against Democratic Congressmen Brad Sherman and Howard Berman in a new district resulting from redistricting.  Reed is a conservative, Tea Party backer. Reed is making a big deal about the Obama administration’s policy towards Israel, and is making the silence of…
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If Newt survives the next two weeks

Posted by  ▪  December 6, 2011
The latest polling has caused an avalanche of attacks on Newt from just about every corner: Newt had an extensive interview with Glenn Beck (audio and transcript).  Beck hammered Newt on all the known Newt policy issues, and all of the questions were appropriate.  I think Newt handled it extremely well. Listen to…
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Romney’s unknown unknowns

Posted by  ▪  December 6, 2011
I’ve posted about “unknown unknowns” before, as it is a structure I use in class to discuss how to build a case.  At a press conference about Iraq Donald Rumsfeld famously said: “[T]here are known knowns; there are things we know we know.  We also know there are known unknowns; that is to…
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The case for Rick Perry remains the same (Reader Poll)

Posted by  ▪  December 6, 2011
Prior to Rick Perry announcing he would run for President I brought on Katie Thompson to make the case for Perry.  Katie now is a leader of Students for Perry, and I predict, a future mover and shaker in Republican circles. Given all that has happened over the last several months, I reached…
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Carter theory of relativity

Posted by  ▪  December 6, 2011
Thanks to frequent photographer Jason, who writes: taken about a week ago in Raleigh, NC…(I was in the passenger seat, so no safety rules were violated)…note the small sticker on the bottom left also…
 

Romney’s “hide and hope they don’t seek me” media strategy

Posted by  ▪  December 5, 2011
LI reader and blogger Jeff Dobbs has a post up about Romney’s media strategy, which can be termed “hide and hope they don’t seek me” (that’s my term).  Jeff compares it to Obama’s strategy in 2008 of carefully controlling his exposure to the media. The strategy worked for Obama because he didn’t…
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Defending Iran is where credibility goes to die

Posted by  ▪  December 5, 2011
When someone finds himself so in need of criticizing the U.S. that he ends up defending the brutal Iranian regime which for over 30 years has funded anti-U.S. and anti-Israel groups around the globe and sought to export Islamist fundamentalism, then all credibility has been lost. See, Glenn Greenwald, George Orwell on the…
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The delusion continues

Posted by  ▪  December 5, 2011
I previously have highlighted the treatment of the “Arab Street” by NY Times columnist Roger Cohen in the midst of the Arab Spring protests, many of which revealed an open and ugly anti-Semitic side: In the Middle East you expect the worst. But having watched Egypt’s extraordinary civic achievement in building the coalition that…
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To whom in the Republican Party is Newt beholden? (Tweet of Day added)

Posted by  ▪  December 5, 2011
I posted yesterday the spot on article by Byron York, The insider-outsider divide over Newt Gingrich, which delves into the great divide between Washington Republican political players (politicians and media) who have their noses out of joint over Newt because he was mean to them in the 1990s, and the general Republican…
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