More East Coast Brain Rot on Display: Kimberley Strassel, Wall Street Journal on Syria

Another East Coast elitist urges Republicans to be bigger and more principled than Barack Obama, apparently because it’s super important to make sure that the Democrats take over the House in 2014. From The Wall Street Journal:

Americans do not want to think that the president is making grave decisions about military action and U.S. standing on the basis of political calculation. Yet Mr. Obama has treated Syria as a political problem from the start, viewing it almost solely as a liability to the administration’s public-opinion polling, its presidential electioneering and its rival domestic priorities. Viewing Mr. Obama’s punt to Congress as anything but political is almost impossible. And yet the president again lectures Congress to rise above the “partisan” politics that he has, with great calculation, dumped on them.

The challenge for Republicans is to do just that, to remember (no matter how painful) that this is not a vote about the president or his machinations. The only question before Republicans is this: Will they send a message to the world’s despots that America will not tolerate the use of weapons of mass destruction? If they will not send that message, they risk complicity in this president’s failed foreign policy.

Wrong, Kim. Barack Obama has shown contempt for Congress, and has demonstrated that he feels free to do whatever he pleases whenever he pleases, Constitution and rule of law be damned. He’s the one who took out his crayon and drew the infamous “red line.” He owns it, and should be made to continue to own it.

I Guess Jeb Bush Was Listening to Yesterday’s Show

On yesterday’s show, I repeated my belief that the GOP nominee must be a champion of free markets and capitalism. I wonder if Jeb Bush was listening to the show. From a piece by former Gov. Bush published in today’s Wall Street Journal:

We either can go down the road we are on, a road where the individual is allowed to succeed only so much before being punished with ruinous taxation, where commerce ignores government action at its own peril, and where the state decides how a massive share of the economy’s resources should be spent.

Or we can return to the road we once knew and which has served us well: a road where individuals acting freely and with little restraint are able to pursue fortune and prosperity as they see fit, a road where the government’s role is not to shape the marketplace but to help prepare its citizens to prosper from it.

In short, we must choose between the straight line promised by the statists and the jagged line of economic freedom. The straight line of gradual and controlled growth is what the statists promise but can never deliver. The jagged line offers no guarantees but has a powerful record of delivering the most prosperity and the most opportunity to the most people. We cannot possibly know in advance what freedom promises for 312 million individuals. But unless we are willing to explore the jagged line of freedom, we will be stuck with the straight line. And the straight line, it turns out, is a flat line.

I was surprised to read this muscular defense of capitalism from someone I view as more of a traditional moderate GOP politician. Then, this morning between 9:30 and 10:00 a.m. Central time I nearly suffered a tragic treadmill accident when I saw Stephen Moore on Fox News talking about this piece. He said that Jeb Bush could still enter the presidential race, and win, even as a WRITE IN! Apparently, the name “Bush” is not box office poison anymore, as we were all lead to believe only a couple of years ago.


About 2 hours ago on his show, Rush Limbaugh was talking about this appearance by Stephen Moore, and (as usual), he made an excellent point; specifically, as excellent and spot-on as this piece by Jeb Bush is, had it been written by Newt Gingrich or Sarah Palin, it would not inspire Stephen Moore to gush over them and suggest that they could win a write in campaign. In fact, chances are Mr. Moore and those of his ilk would suggest that the piece demonstrated the sort of heartlessness that will cost Republicans votes in 2012.

What is it about these East Coast elitist types? I like Stephen Moore, and often agree with him, but it’s clear that he has ingested the Washington Kool-Aid like nearly everyone else who lives on the right parenthesis.

I don’t think for a minute that Jeb Bush plans to enter the 2012 race. It’s a surprising turn of events that he is the guy who took up the call to counter Obama’s anti-capitalist ranting.

Just Say No to Dynasties and DREAMs. Today on the Teri O’Brien Show

Democrats, both the elected variety and the ones who have never faced the voters, sometimes also called “journalists,”  love dynasties, but the week that was brought many reminders of why it is wise to be wary of them. Of course, it’s no surprise that those enamored of identity politics, the government-sanctioned racism known as “affirmative action,” and crony capitalism would be all for hereditary entitlement, but you’d think that the Kennedy example would be enough to cure everyone else. Yet we still see the offspring of political and media figures in positions they could only dream of occupying had they picked the wrong parents. Whether it’s Luke Russert and Peter Doocey cruising into on-air cable gigs before the ink on their diplomas is dry, or the vacuous twenty-something daughters of two prominent members of Congress suddenly presented to the public as brilliant political analysts, in some cases, family connections appear to have more to do with success than merit.

We’ll unpack the latest controversy involving dueling publicity seekers, the mentally-vacant Meghan McCain and self-described rodeo clown/ex DJ turned supposed intellectual Glenn Beck. Did Beck go too far with his morning zoo like antics, including false vomiting at the mention of a “naked” Miss McCain? What did her dad Sen. John McCain have to say about Beck’s bit? We’ll hear his response, which suggests that even though he opposes torture for suspected terrorists, he might not have a problem using it on talk show hosts.

World-class ignoramus Alicia Menendez, spawn of Rep. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), put her stunning cluelessness on display as she attempted to defend Michelle Obama’s disgusting choice of Common, a rapper who writes lyrics praising cop killers, as appropriate entertainment for an event at the White House. Let’s compare and contrast: Laura Bush tries to celebrate the works of Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman, but has to cancel the event when anti-war/anti-American defense wackos throw a hissy fit. Mouchelle stages an homage to an “artist” who sticks up for not one, but two, murderers convicted of killing cops, during National Law Enforcement Memorial Week, no less. Those Obamas are all class! No doubt those slain officers also “acted stupidly,” right Barack? I’m sure that the Reverend Wright is very proud.

If some children benefit by being born into certain families, some are not so lucky. Our guest, Illinois Minuteman project member, anti-illegal immigration activist and former candidate for Congress Rosanna Pulido will weigh in on the proposed Illinois DREAM Act, which will allow the children of illegals to benefit from a state-sponsored college fund program. What does she think of President Obama, in full Alinsky mode, petulantly mocking those who dare to advocate protecting our borders?

Dynasty may be playing a role in the 2012 presidential election as well. The Wall Street Journal’s brutal critique of “compromised and not credible” Mitt Romney, which even suggested he should replace Joe “Three Letter Word Jobs” Biden as Barack Obama’s running mate made it clear that the GOP establishment is throwing its weight behind Indiana governor/Bush proxy Mitch Daniels. Is this support a cynical ploy to run a sure loser to pave the way for a third president Bush, Jeb, in 2016? With both Ruth Marcus and Chris Cilliza of the Washington Post joining the “run Mitch run” chorus, even while admitting they’d never consider voting for him, does that idea really seem like a stretch? What role will Mr. Daniels bizarre marital situation play in his decision, or in his election chances should he choose to run? Should it matter? What weight should voters give to a politician’s family life? And, on a personal level, how difficult and weird would it be to remarry your ex? Would you do it?

Speaking of the Kennedys, which I did earlier, and which you can’t avoid thinking about when the subject of political marriages comes up, why did Maria Shriver separate from Arnold? It can’t possibly have anything to do with his alleged infidelity. We’ve all heard those whispers, and who can forget that embarrassing groping scandal from a few years ago, but she’s a Kennedy, for heaven’s sake! Don’t they consider cheating husbands sort of like having to put the toilet seat down, that is, just another expected challenge of married life?

Plus Newt is in. Huck is out. What say you?


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