Who’s Obstructionist?

Featured image We hear a lot about Republican obstructionism, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing–the Obama administration wants to do lots of things that ought to be obstructed. Still, it is odd how seldom we hear about Democrats being obstructionist. That is starting to change, perhaps, following the mid-term elections. But think about the last six years: the Republicans wanted to obstruct Obamacare and the “stimulus” boondoggle, but they didn’t have the »

59

Featured image59 is an important number for Mary Landrieu, and not just because she turns that age this week. 59 is the number of votes Obamacare would have received in the Senate if Landrieu hadn’t voted for the legislation. In this scenario, Obamacare would have been defeated and Landrieu probably would have been reelected Senator earlier this month, or be headed for reelection in a runoff. 59 is also the number »

Ultimate #Grubergate

Featured imagePhil Kerpen et al. at American Commitment have compiled a mashup of videos that helps explain the phenomenon of Grubergate. Kerpen calls the video below “the ultimate Grubergate compilation.” The video is both instructive and entertaining. It takes a playful tone with a musical soundtrack befitting light comedy, but the video is, as Noah Rothman observes, enraging. What we have here is the residue of Gruberite sludge generated for the »

Obama Decides Being Emperor Is a Good Gig

Featured imageAs we and many others have pointed out, one of President Obama’s problems, as he prepares to issue an executive amnesty tomorrow, is that he has long been on record as saying that such an action would be illegal–in his words, the act of an “emperor.” Obama himself just brazens it out, saying “Well, actually, my position hasn’t changed.” But of course it has. Yesterday ABC’s Jon Karl tried to »

No, Obama is not culpable for the Jerusalem Synagogue Attack

Featured imageOur “picks” section today featurs an article by Jeff Dunetz claiming that President helped incite Tuesday’s deadly attack on a Jerusalem synagogue. It’s a provacative piece worthy of your attention. I disagree, however, with the view that Obama helped incite the attack or is otherwise culpable for it. Obama has not, of course, advcoated that Palestinians attack Israeli Jews. Moreover, Obama hasn’t said anything that rationally justifies attacks. Dunetz focuses »

Obama’s royal scam

Featured imageTomorrow promises to be a sad day for the United States, as the president will knowingly overstep his constitutional authority to regularize the immigration status of millions of illegals for narrow partisan purposes. Juliet Eilperin and Ed O’Keefe report Obama’s anticipated executive order at the Washington Post. Obama has on several occasions correctly described the action he now intends to take as unlawful. He has dismissed it as royal rather »

CRB: Appointed tyrants

Featured imageWe conclude our preview of the forthcoming issue of the Claremont Review of Books (subscribe here) with Professor Michael Uhlmann’s review of Is Administrative Law Unlawful? by Philip Hamburger. If I were to name three books of the year for conservatives, one of them would surely be Hamburger’s. Yet Hamuburger’s is a challenging and difficult book, combining English legal history with a critique of the contemporary administrative state. It is »

Moon River

Featured imageIt’s still the anniversary of the birth of Johnny Mercer. The late, great Nancy Lamott devoted a magnificent disc to Mercer’s songs. She died way before her time in 1995 at the age of 43, on the cusp of fame. Terry Teachout introduced me to Lamott in a moving profile of her in the New York Times; he subsequently described her as “the best cabaret singer I ever heard[.]“ I »

Boehner hires anti-executive power extremist to represent House in Obamacare suit

Featured imageThe House of Representative has chosen law professor Jonathan Turley to represent it in a lawsuit against the Obama administration. The suit challenges changes the administration made to Obamacare without congressional authorization. The hiring of Turley has been praised by some conservatives because Turley is a liberal. He voted for Obama in 2008, supports national health care, and so forth. Turley’s status as a liberal may, indeed, be one reason »

Teach liberals not to hate

Featured imageGlenn Reynolds has been having a field day at InstaPundit with his “Teach women not to rape” series. Why should Glenn have all the fun? It occurs to me that the devotees of the philosophy of kindness deserve a comparable series calling on them not to hate: to learn or relearn civility. I know, I know. Mission: impossible. Hate has somehow become the motive force of the purported devotees of »

Gruber, who? Gruber, the guru

Featured imageSteve Rattner was known as the Obama administration’s “car czar.” He served as the president’s chief adviser on the auto industry and he headed up the Cash for Clunkers program. Rattner should know an Obama administration policy architect when he sees one. Rattner saw one in Jonathan Gruber, the Obamacare architect who has been caught on tape disclosing the dishonesty behind the venture, and who must therefore be relegated to »

A spiral of inanity

Featured imagePresident Obama is marinated in the left-wing hatred of Israel and, not surprisingly, he hates Israel (not just Prime Minister Netanyahu, though there is that too). He has no patience with Israel’s struggle for survival. He seeks to engineer Israel’s surrender to her enemies. His attitude toward Israel is perhaps a little more obvious than his attitude toward the United States. As with so many issues, however, Israel presents as »

Hitler finds out Field Marshal Gruber spilled the beans

Featured imageIn the video below, we catch a glimpse of Hitler’s reaction to the Grubergate videos. I’d love to see Obama’s reaction. It can’t be too far off from what is depicted here. I can’t help myself; I think the video is funny as hell. The thing is full of quotable quotes, but I’m picking this one: “Even Ron Fournier knows we think he’s stupid.” Video via Pitchfork Patriots. »

Democrats Plot Illegal Amnesty

Featured imageEd O’Keefe, Congressional reporter for the Washington Post, tweets that the White House chief of staff will meet with Senate Democrats on Thursday: SCOOP: Senate Democrats to huddle on Thursday with WH Chief of Staff Denis R. McDonough… — Ed O'Keefe (@edatpost) November 18, 2014 Most in Washington think that this presages President Obama’s long-awaited announcement that he is repealing the nation’s immigration laws by executive fiat, one of the »

Grubergate and the Romney Blowback [with comment by Paul]

Featured imageTalk of running Mitt Romney again in 2016 has died down in the aftermath of the mid-term election, where so many potential candidates look a lot stronger now, but the last nail in the coffin of a Romney repeat is his connection with Jonathan Gruber.  The video below, put together by the Obama campaign in 2012, uses Gruber extensively to attack Romney (which, once again, shows that the White House »

Steyer and the Democracy Alliance Go to Bat For Iran

Featured imageWe have written often about Tom Steyer, the coal magnate turned “green” energy crony who has become the largest funder of the Democratic Party, and the Democracy Alliance, an umbrella group of left-wing donors that supports a variety of liberal organizations. Steyer and the Alliance are usually associated with domestic issues, but one foreign policy organization that both support is the Truman National Security Project. Truman’s name is intended to »

Palestinians Celebrate Jerusalem Murders

Featured imageThis morning, two Palestinians attacked a synagogue in Jerusalem and murdered four rabbis during their morning prayers, wounding a number of others. The rabbis reportedly included three Americans and a Briton. The murderers were armed with a gun, knives and axes or meat cleavers. Most of us wouldn’t regard this as something to celebrate: But then, most of us haven’t been raised from birth to hate. Muslims in both Gaza »