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SUNDAY, JANUARY 25, 2009
Victor Davis Hanson gives his usual sharp analysis, focused this time on the beginnings of the Obama administration. From The Washington Times:
And there's something else:
See our second item today, posted at 8:09 a.m.
We're getting that impression, aren't we?
But will this all work? With the Iranians? With Putin? The Hamas choir?
Look, as we've said before, we want the president to succeed, especially in foreign- and defense policy. But Hanson makes a good point. Mr. Obama is juggling a lot of balls in the air. He can't let any of them drop. He's much more articulate than Bush, but what is lacking thus far is clearly defined policy.
January 25, 2009. Permalink
A FUNNY THING HAPPENED TO BIPARTISANSHIP - AT 9:45 A.M. ET: The way the media has been reporting it, Senator John McCain has almost become an ex officio member of the Obama administration, maybe even eligible for an Obama knighthood. Rahm Emanuel was even seated next to Cindy McCain at the inaugural luncheon.
Not so fast, media. Take this, from Politico 44, covering the Obama presidency:
COMMENT: Mavericks cut both ways. McCain retains his independence, and opposes the highly defective stimulus package, which, as written, won't stimulate anything but a flood of new federal projects named for local congressmen. Go Mac.
COMMENT: Let's translate this into English. Compared to what they called Hillary Clinton, Tracy Flick is a compliment. Bottom line, Gillibrand is a centrist, and the party's left wing is furious. Also, she doesn't come from the New York City area, which means she's considered foreign-born by much of the state's Dem establishment - maybe not even a citizen, possibly a spy.
THE ACADEMIC WARS - AT 9:26 A.M. ET: From TaxProf Blog via InstaPundit:
COMMENT: Discrimination against conservatives has become commonplace in our universities. What can be done about it? Probably not much, except to wait for generational change. A recent New York Times piece asserted that most young faculty members aren't as ideological as their older, sixties-oriented colleagues. Let's hope that's true. I'd like to see more proof.
COMMENT: A friendly reminder of what we're up against. These are not people with whom you negotiate. We are at war, and Americans are forgetting.
THE PARTY LINE, BIG TIME - AT 8:09 A.M. ET:
Don't believe in party-line journalism? Think again. When Bush did something, it was bad, sinister, incompetent, not working. If Obama does it - well, let's have a second look. A classic example comes from William Saletan in Slate. He first notes that pilotless-drone attacks into Pakistan, begun under Bush, continue under Obama. Why? Get this:
Huh? You mean it's working? As Johnny Carson used to say, "I did not know that." Apparently it's working now that Obama has taken the oath, twice.
And it's suddenly such a good war. We love it, don't we?
So welcome to the new line, the lovely war. Suddenly the things that Mr. Bush was doing look awfully good, and so intelligent. Why, this is a war we can all believe in. See your recruiting sergeant today. You can get an age waiver.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 24, 2009
COMMENT: This doesn't do the president a bit of good. After a while, it starts looking ridiculous. Some people need maturity lessons. The president should be embarrassed, and should tell his friends to cool it.
COMMENT: Mexico is another country that likes to lecture the United States. It should solve some of its problems first.
COMMENT: Very preliminary. Israel votes on February 10th, so the current government is a lame-duck affair. The Palestinians are almost in a civil war. Why would Mitchell want a job like this?
COMMENT: Please notice that there are also early references in the news to the fact that there'll be another election in two years - for Congress. Not too early to plan. If the economy doesn't revive by then, it's possible Republicans can make great gains.
ACTION IN AFGHANISTAN: From The New York Times:
COMMENT: The key point here is that this occurred on Obama's watch, and his administration went forward with the raid. There was also a missile strike into the border area with Pakistan. Too early to detect the specifics of the Obama policy, but the fact that both attacks went forward is telling.
It is approaching armed combat within the Democratic Party of New York. Sides are being chosen. Gun stores are being emptied. At its core: Instead of picking Caroline Kennedy for the Senate seat vacated by Hillary Clinton, Governor David Paterson picked an upstate congresswoman backed by the NRA, someone whose apparent sin is that she doesn't do fine dining in Manhattan often enough. The Caroline thing won't go away, as the New York Post reports:
There is now widespread talk of the Dem establishment mounting primary campaigns in 2010 against both Paterson and Gillibrand. The Kennedy crowd is angry. The gun-control crowd is angry. The chic New York City feminists are angry. And there is salt in the wound. Again, the New York Post reports:
The fact is that Gillibrand was once an intern for D'Amato.
Two notes: President Obama pointedly called Senator-designate Gillibrand to congratulate her. Also, the Post reports, and no one denies, that allies of Hillary Clinton worked to get Gillibrand the appointment, something they'd never have done without Clinton's approval. Clinton, understandably, did not want to be succeeded by Caroline Kennedy, who worked against her in the presidential primaries.
This is a continuing saga, with national implications. If the New York Dems dissolve into civil war, the GOP could conceivably win Gillibrand's Senate seat, and the right GOP candidate for president might have a shot at the state in 2012.
So much fun.
January 24, 2009. Permalink
MORE DISGRACE, AT 7:02 A.M. ET: From The New York Times:
COMMENT: Wasn't the purpose of the first bailout to get the credit markets going? There is no accountability and not many questions asked in Washington. Republicans should have opposed this bailout. They should oppose new ones that don't have absolute transparency. I'd love to know how many "executive" bonuses were paid with our money, while charities like the ones above go begging. We, on our side, claim that we'd rather have private agencies dispense social services, rather than governments. Let's back up the rhetoric with action.
COMMENT: Utterly disgraceful language. This is the ambassador to Washington from a country shoulder deep in preaching hatred of Christians and Jews, and he presumes to lecture us, and to make entirely inappropriate remarks about the former president. It won't happen, but the proper response should be a formal protest by the State Department, and a possible demand that the ambassador be replaced. You can be sure, though, that the Saudi lobby will make sure things are glossed over.
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