Leadership: The hero of Desert Storm gave America a taste of victory after the wasted sacrifice of Vietnam and demonstrated that only the sometimes-unwise decisions of politicians can keep us from victory over our enemies. Schwarzkopf, called "Stormin´ Norman" because of his reportedly explosive temper, led America to two sorely needed military victories: a small one in Grenada in 1983 and a big one as de facto commander of allied forces in the Gulf War in 1991. Grenada was the first step in a recovery from the legacy of Vietnam, where defeat was snatched from the
I have always felt that Schwarzkopf was cheated when the media anointed Colin Powell as the hero of Desert Storm. I never heard of Powell until the media afterward. During DS Schwarzkopf was the one everyone was watching.
Park rangers, scientific researchers and wildlife enthusiasts all rely on field guides to identify plant and animal species, along with careful notations spelling out their helpful and harmful characteristics. Though we don´t normally associate field guides with people, perhaps one is in order for President Obama. He clearly needs help in distinguishing between friends and enemies of the United States. After all, he´s continued to extend olive branches to our fiercest adversaries, while throwing allies, both foreign and domestic, under the bus. During Obama´s nearly five years in office, he has created a "bizarro-world," in which up is down and down is
Jeanne Shaheen doesn´t sound like a Democrat who just won a government-shutdown "victory." Ms. Shaheen sounds like a Democrat who thinks she´s going to lose her job. The New Hampshire senator fundamentally altered the health-care fight on Tuesday with a letter to the White House demanding it both extend the ObamaCare enrollment deadline and waive tax penalties for those unable to unroll. Within nanoseconds, Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor had endorsed her "common-sense idea." By Wednesday night, five Senate Democrats were on board, pushing for . . . what´s that dirty GOP word? Oh, right. "Delay." After 16 long days of vowing to
Immigration: It is urgent, the president says, to enact immigration reform this year. But the only urgency is in the minds of Democrats trying to shore up their political fortunes. As ObamaCare flames out, and the economy continues its slo-mo grind, the issue that has suddenly jumped to the top of his priority list is immigration reform. "We´ve kicked this particular can down the road too long," President Obama insisted Thursday in a speech at the White House. But given the real issues facing the U.S. — from high, long-term joblessness in an economy that cannot grow and now millions of Americans
Politics: Americans are insistently told Hillary Clinton is the most qualified presidential candidate in history. But ask someone to list her achievements and the silence is deafening. ´Jimmy Who?" was what people asked when the unknown Jimmy Carter sought the White House in 1976. But Carter´s bland one-term as governor of Georgia led presidential historian Douglas Brinkley to describe his claim of being the most qualified candidate as "a kind of arrogance run amok." Jimmy Who ended up being the worst president of the 20th century. Hillary Rodham Clinton is, of course, not unknown,
RUSH: Let´s go to the audio sound bites now, the hearings today up on Capitol Hill with the joint committee looking into what happened here. Well, not a joint committee. Republicans and Democrats, House committee, looking into the glitches and the problems of the website. The chairman and the ranking member give their opening statements, and then the next members in the leadership give their opening statements while the guests and the targets are just sitting there at the witness table waiting. And everybody goes through the motions here. Then they finally get to the questions for the witnesses. During
RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, whatever you think you know, you don´t know how bad it is. You do not know. I did not know -- well, I suspected it. You don´t know how incompetent Obama is. You really don´t know don´t know. This is breathtaking, what has been learned recently by me and others. As was the case yesterday, a lot of stuff popping. These hearings that are going on this morning with the contractors of the website. "Well, blame them. We did everything we could, blame them." This is the root. These hearings are the root of Obama´s real incompetence.
A member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee said Wednesday that he is concerned that the problems tied to the Obamacare rollout are just the tip of the iceberg. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, Illinois Republican, said on MSNBC’s “Jansing & Co” that the $500 million that it cost to build the Healthcare.gov website and the additional money it will cost to repair it should raise some eyebrows. “I think there is a real concern right now of ‘Look, yeah, I get that it’s just a website, but this is the first part of a bigger rollout. If the website can’t be done
Rep. Frank Pallone got heated during Thursday’s House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on the troubled launch of the HealthCare.gov website and called the meeting a “monkey court.” “No, I will not yield to this monkey court or whatever this thing is!” Pallone said. “Do whatever you want, I’m not yielding!” The New Jersey Democrat accused Republicans of “trying to scare people” to prevent people from enrolling in Obamacare, adding there was “no legitimacy” to the hearing.
RUSH: Have you heard about Hillary in Buffalo getting heckled? I told you I went to dinner last week in California, some old buddies of mine, and everybody, I can´t believe the... I don´t know if it´s fear of Hillary, but people are just convinced she´s gonna run again. She´s gonna win. She can´t be beat. She just can´t be beat, it´s over, Rush, she´s gonna win, what do we got?" So she´s in Buffalo, University Buffalo, part of the University´s Distinguished Speaker series. And during her speech she was heckled. The heckler says, "Benghazi! You let them die! Benghazi!
On the top of Thursday´s broadcast of his radio show, Sean Hannity revealed Erling Davis, the Obamacare operator he called early in his Monday show, got fired. Hannity quizzed her on how well the law is being received by applicants and she revealed no one liked it. Hannity had Davis on his show today and revealed he will give her a year´s salary of $26,000 and help her find a new job.
Chris Hayes, host of MSNBC´s All In, has a favorite tactic--though not an original one: connecting today´s Republicans with the racist Democrats of the old South. In June, he rewrote history by casting George Wallace as a Republican--an error for which, to his credit, he later apologized. On Wednesday, he appeared to use a more subtle tactic to connect the Tea Party´s Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Marco Rubio to the Ku Klux Klan. In a segment on possible Tea Party contenders for the Republican Party´s nomination in the 2016 presidential race, Hayes used a graphic (above) that portrayed Cruz, Paul,
Liberal billionaire George Soros is lending his name to the “Ready for Hillary” super PAC, donating $25,000 to become a co-chair of the group’s National Finance Committee ahead of a major donor confab in New York. Soros political director Michael Vachon confirmed Soros’s involvement with the group in an emailed statement to POLITICO. “George Soros is delighted to join more than one million Americans in supporting Ready for Hillary,” Vachon said. “His support for Ready for Hillary is an extension of his long held belief in the power of grassroots organizing.” Soros, a longtime Democratic donor to help grass-roots efforts within the party,
On Sunday night, I wrote a short post soliciting stories from my readers about how Obamacare has already immediately impacted their lives. I asked that all of these emails be directed to ObamacareMakesMeSick@Yahoo.com. I expected a response; I didn’t expect it to be quite so overwhelming. Over the last 24 hours, my inbox has been flooded with hundreds of emails. What you’ll read in this post represents a portion of them. I’m only one guy (with a fulltime job and twins) — I wasn’t able to go through every single message just yet. Some, I left out because the information
Does President Obama belong on the same list as John Kennedy and Bill Clinton when it comes to presidents who are sex symbols? That’s what Entertainment Tonight reporter Rocsi Diaz thinks. First Lady Michelle Obama chuckled and smiled as Diaz asked her what it’s like to be married to someone who’s seen by many women as a “sex symbol,” in an interview that aired Tuesday evening. “He’s got a little swag, you know, that’s okay,” the first lady said. “I’m proud of him. He’s a stylish man who is healthy and he’s smart and he’s passionate and he’s inspiring. And
Healthcare insurance executives were received at the White House today — but not to confront President Obama about the flub-ridden exchange launched on Oct. 1. Instead, the CEOs of Aetna, Humana, CareFirst, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, Health Net, Inc., Health Care Services Corporation, Independence Blue Cross, America’s Health Insurance Plans, Molina Healthcare, Centene Corp., Tufts Health Plan, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Wellpoint and Kaiser Permanente got to meet with Obama’s senior adviser Valerie Jarrett. Meanwhile, on the Hill, Pelosi brushed off the tech implosion as something they just have to be able to fix because she doesn’t want to
That was America standing behind President Obama in the Rose Garden this week as he stammered, and droned on and on, trying to explain away the epic disaster that Obamacare has become even before it has begun “About three weeks ago, as the federal government shut down,” he began.Expectant and hopeful, America stood tall on the steps behind him for as long as she could. She was proud and gazed at the nation’s new top health care provider proudly. But as the excuses and mistruths mounted and the barrage of words rolled on and on and on, she could not
Senate majority leader Harry Reid says that "Everybody" is "willing to pay more" taxes. He said so in an interview with a Nevada Public Radio host. “The only people who feel there shouldn’t be more coming in to the federal government from the rich people are the Republicans in the Congress,” Reid told the radio host, according to Roll Call. “Everybody else, including the rich people, are willing to pay more. They want to pay more.” Reid rebuked the Nevada Public Radio host when he was asked what Republicans would have to concede to get Medicare and Social Security cuts
It took a tea-party insurrection that disabled the federal government and wrecked the Republican brand, but after months of handwringing, establishment Republicans are preparing to attack ultraconservative ideologues across red America. (Snip) "Hopefully we´ll go into eight to 10 races and beat the snot out of them," said former Rep. Steve LaTourette of Ohio, whose new political group, Defending Main Street, aims to raise $8 million to fend off tea-party challenges against more mainstream Republican incumbents. "We´re going to be very aggressive and we´re going to get in their faces." The caterwauling over the GOP brand ramped up after President Obama´s
After a shutdown fight that had Republicans in Congress taking sides against one another, the Senate minority whip put out a plea for unity today in the form of a Fox News op-ed. “In recent weeks, the national media have been obsessed with highlighting divisions and disagreements among Republicans on Capitol Hill. It’s time for GOP lawmakers to remind the American people of what unites us,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) wrote. “Republicans are united in our desire to dismantle President Obama’s health care law and replace it with patient-centered alternatives that reduce costs, expand quality insurance coverage, and improve access to
On Wednesday, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) revealed that he was working on a bill to delay the Obamacare individual mandate. He said in late September that he would support efforts to delay the individual mandate, but this is the first time that Manchin has signified that he will lead a legislative effort toward such a delay. Manchin’s spokesperson, Jonathan Kott, said Manchin will not back Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-FL) proposal for an indefinite delay to work out insurance exchange glitches, but that he would instead work on a bill “to delay the pena
More than 700 websites have been created with names playing off of Obamacare or Healthcare.gov, making it likely that some Americans will mistakenly hand over private information to unknown third-parties. For instance, there is a website — www.obama-care.us — that brands itself as part of the "Obamacare enrollment team," directs people to an "Obamacare enrollment form" and asks users for their name, address, Social Security number and other contact information. According to a counter at the bottom of the page, more than 3,000 people have visited obama-care.us.
Juan Williams has a clear grip on responsibility for the failure of a program that got passed in Congress with no Republican votes, and implemented with no Republican management in a Democratic administration. Williams claims that the White House would have delayed the rollout of ObamaCare’s exchanges except for the opposition of the GOP to the program as a whole. As a result, Williams argues, Barack Obama and Kathleen Sebelius had no choice but to lie about the exchanges and let it unfold. Come on — you knew the media would eventually get around to this argument. You just didn’t
A top Senate Democrat said that a leading House Republican told President Obama that they could not ´even stand to look at you´ during negotiations over the government shutdown. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said in a Facebook post that the alleged confrontation happened during a meeting between Republicans and the president. "Many Republicans searching for something to say in defense of the disastrous shutdown strategy will say President Obama just doesn´t try hard enough to communicate with Republicans," Durbin said. "But in a ´negotiation´ meeting with the president, one GOP House Leader told the president: ´I cannot even stand to
Marines are decrying a new look President Obama has planned for their uniforms — namely, a unisex-style cap that they say looks more French than American, more “girly” than hard-charging. “We don’t even have enough funding to buy bullets and the DoD [Department of Defense] is pushing to spend $8 million on covers that look like women’s hats,” one senior Marine said to The New York Post. “The Marines deserve better. It makes them look ridiculous.” One estimate is that the new hats could cost about $8 million. The hats are thinner and smaller, aimed at looking equally good on females as well