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Pawlenty drops out of race

Posted by  ▪  August 14, 2011
Via The NY Times: Tim Pawlenty, the former governor of Minnesota,  told supporters on a conference call Sunday morning that he is ending his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination after a disappointing third-place finish at the Iowa straw poll. Mr. Pawlenty thanked his supporters in an early-morning call, two participants said, but…
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Anyone but Bachmann

Posted by  ▪  August 14, 2011
As you know, I have zero tolerance for Republicans who trash talk Sarah Palin.  Three years of Palin Derangement Syndrome have made me allergic; Palin stands apart from other Republican candidates in that regard. There is only one candidate in the Republican field whose campaign staff has used trash talking Sarah Palin as a campaign…
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NSFW bumper upper

Posted by  ▪  August 14, 2011
But today is not a work day, so we should be okay.  And it’s a good thing the driver is from Maine and not Tennessee. Personally, I’m against profanity on bumper stickers.  Children could be watching. So I would have used the following wording instead:  “Obama:  The Quicker Mucker Upper.”  Okay, so I…
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Saturday Night Card Game (Mainstream media made up of freaked-out race card players)

Posted by  ▪  August 13, 2011
This is the latest in a series on the use of the race card for political gain: It is hard for the mainstream media to outdo itself in its attempt to portray the Tea Party movement as racist. But CNBC reporter Meredith Whitney may have accomplished the feat when she declared that the…
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Narratives

Posted by  ▪  August 13, 2011
It’s hard to believe the media narrative about Palin ever could change. But it could change among the less crazed. MSNBC always will be foaming at the mouth, but others would have a hard time keeping up the hate. Update:  To readers complaining about how Bachmann was portrayed in the CNN clip, they…
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The only surprising thing about the attack on Althouse

Posted by  ▪  August 13, 2011
One of the usual anti-Scott Walker suspects hanging outside the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison didn’t like the fact that Ann Althouse was filming the moonbats tooting their horns, so he decided to try to grab the camera from her, grabbed her as well, and in the attempt was pulled off…
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Something rotten in Berkeley

Posted by  ▪  August 13, 2011
No surprise here.  Jewish students at the University of California, Berkeley, have filed a lawsuit (h/t) claiming that university officials have failed to protect Jewish students from harassment and intimidation by anti-Israeli groups: A pattern of harassment and physical assaults by members of two Muslim student groups at the University of California, Berkeley…
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Obama: I’m being vilified just like MLK, Jr.

Posted by  ▪  August 13, 2011
James Taranto has a post The Great Deflation (via Instapundit) in which he writes that: Like a leaky balloon, Barack Obama keeps getting smaller. Taranto compares Obama’s lofty rhetoric during the 2008 campaign, when he grandly proclaimed that “this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our…
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First we had hope, then we had change, now we’re just …

Posted by  ▪  August 13, 2011
… BROKE. Thanks to reader and photographer William who took this photo in Austin, TX, and writes: I ran into another rare bumper sticker here in the great liberal city of Austin, Texas. It appears the liberals are starting to run scared, and the conservatives are bravely stepping up and making themselves known
 

In the beginning …

Posted by  ▪  August 12, 2011
or pretty close to the beginning of the blogosphere, there was Instapundit, which just celebrated its 10th birthday. Here’s the story:
 

“Most people … have had it with the seemingly endless elections”

Posted by  ▪  August 12, 2011
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker appeared on the Morning Joe show this morning, and was fabulous.  He completely disarmed Mika Brezinski and Joe Scarborough. Walker made the case for the success of what Republicans have done so far, and Wisconsin’s improving economic fortunes. Walker also hit on a topic I posted about yesterday, the fact…
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11th Circuit strikes down Obamacare mandate

Posted by  ▪  August 12, 2011
This is the big case involving 26 states.  In January, Judge Roger Vinson struck the entire law finding that the mandate could not be severed from the rest of the law. The 11th Circuit ruled that the mandate was unconstitutional, but unlike Judge Vinson, did not throw out the entire law, finging that…
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The “It’s the economy, stupid” trap

Posted by  ▪  August 12, 2011
Yes, the economy is the dominant political issue right now, particularly the unemployment and real unemployment numbers. Naturally, the economy has been the focus of various Republican primary campaigns, while issues like Obamacare and the direction of the country have become secondary. It may now be the economy, but it would be stupid to focus the…
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Obama Administration Votes Not Present At UN Palestinian State Declaration Hearing

Posted by  ▪  August 12, 2011
While Obama has announced his opposition to a unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state, the administration’s efforts to convince other countries to follow suit have been underwhelming at best. Lost in the chaos of budget negotiations, downgrades, war tragedies and stock market crashlets was the news that U.S. ambassador to the United…
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A voracious appetite for class warfare

Posted by  ▪  August 12, 2011
Obama once again is moving hard on the class warfare, and there is every signal that setting up a fight between the “rich” and “not rich” is the Democratic campaign theme for 2012. Obama keeps claiming the “rich” do not pay their fair share, but the numbers prove otherwise, as laid out…
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Who won?

Posted by  ▪  August 12, 2011
I only watched bits and pieces of last night’s debate, and I’ve seen some replays. I know I should have watched more of it, so I could give you my always insightful, prescient and probing analysis.  But when I tuned in, I tuned out. My sense from the bits and pieces is that…
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Why are conservative blogs still linking to PPP?

Posted by  ▪  August 12, 2011
I’ve discussed several times  Public Policy Polling, a Democratic polling firm which heavily spins poll results. PPP has a split personality; some of its polls are straight up and in actual elections it seems to do as well as many other polling organizations.   But PPP also engages in messaging polls, which help shape the debate. …
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