RUSH: Well, folks, this is incredible. This is incredible. There is a story in The Politico today written by Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen, called "Obama, The Puppet Master." They are so ticked off over this golf weekend, being shut out. They´re talking about Obama just mistreating them in the media and denying them access, how he´s a master at limiting and shaping and manipulating media coverage. These guys are just a bunch of puppets and Obama is the puppet master. It´s incredible,
Like El Rushbo, fellas, sorry, I ain´t buying the pap you is selling.
Seems these "master manipulator" tricks NEVER work for a Republican or Conservative. I kinda feel like whenever Obama or most liberal Democrats pull their malarkey, there should be a required disclaimer: "Don´t try this at home."
But they always work for most Democrats (ie, liberals) and certainly have become modus operandi for Dear Leader(US) and his henchmen.
But any con-man will tell you that you need a willing sucker ...er, a, ... victim to successfully finish the con job. And Obama has one in the RAT-infested media whores.
Days ahead of a government shutdown, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is celebrating her 50th wedding anniversary outside Washington, D.C. “Speaker Boehner has told me he has the votes for his proposals on his side of the aisle and that he will not need our help,” Pelosi (D-Calif.) wrote in a letter to colleagues. “I have been in contact with our leadership team and Members, and we appreciate the united front from Members as we proceed.” Pelosi said she will be “listening in on the conversations at our forthcoming Caucus meeting this evening.” “I look forward to seeing you tomorrow,” Pelosi wrote in
WASHINGTON -- The White House says President Barack Obama would veto House Republican legislation that would delay much of the president´s health care overhaul for a year and cancel a tax on medical devices. The White House statement comes as the GOP-run House prepares to debate a bill averting a government shutdown Tuesday morning, but delaying the health care law and repealing the tax as the price for doing so. The medical device tax helps finance the health care law. The Democratic-run Senate has approved legislation preventing the shutdown and leaving the health care overhaul alone. That 2010 law has been Obama´s
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) on Saturday rejected a House Republican plan to avoid a government shutdown, declaring it “pointless’’ for the House to vote later Saturday on tying a one-year delay in the new federal health care law to legislation funding federal agencies. Mr. Reid also said the Senate would not accept a House measure repealing a tax on medical devices imposed by the new health law. House lawmakers this evening will vote on whether to attach the tax repeal and the health-law delay to legislation funding the government through Dec. 15. “To be absolutely clear, the Senate will
Republican leaders are right: There was a flaw in Ted Cruz’s plan to defund Obamacare: He took Republican leaders seriously. Senator Cruz, along with Senator Mike Lee and House conservatives, devised a strategy to forestall the unpopular socialized-medicine scheme that Democrats unilaterally rammed through Congress in 2010. They would starve it of funds, not unlike the way Democrats and Republicans have slashed funds for fence construction along the Mexican border, even though the fence has been the law of the land for seven years. The Obamacare defunding strategy, though, depended on Republican fidelity to a ballyhooed campaign promise to reform Washington’s
A simple fact is missing from all the media hysteria and political establishment temper tantrums over Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee’s attempt to defund Obamacare. Americans are getting slammed by Obamacare right now. Workforces are decimated as health care prices rise. Public opinion is on our side. If now was not the time to unite and fight it, when was? Those who are attacking Cruz and Lee’s efforts have forgotten how negotiations are won. Use as an example the negotiations a governor of energy-rich Alaska must engage in with powerful multinational oil tycoons. In my experience, I found that the key
Mitt Romney thinks Obamacare is a bad law that will hurt the country, but disagrees with how conservatives in Washington are trying to get rid of it. In an exclusive interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee said using the politically charged Affordable Care Act as a wedge in Washington’s fiscal wars is counterproductive. "We´re more effective tactically not to use a shutdown of some kind to pursue the ... anti-Obamacare objective. I don´t think that will be as effective," Romney said in the interview conducted on Friday in Boston. "The tactic of using a government shutdown to try and
McCarthyism is on the march again from within the leadership of the Republican Party. Oh no, you say, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is from the Tea Party, not a Republican leader. Tell that to Sarah Palin and others who argue that Cruz is the new leader of the Republicans. They point out how Cruz took the Senate floor for 21 hours, arguing that he had to stop Obamacare funding by shutting down the government. They are proud that he said that, unlike the world that refused to stop the Nazis in 1940, he would be the hero of America and
What´s Ted Cruz up to? Is he a political idiot or a political savant? Many people have argued that his antics, however well designed to appeal to the Tea Party and the Republican-primary voting base, also seem equally well designed to anger his Republican colleagues in Congress, "establishment" Republicans, and organs of opinion like the Wall Street Journal editorial page, and, perhaps more important, big business and big-money donors whose support Cruz will need if he runs for president in 2016. And what he is doing won´t stop Obamacare. So it seems like his strategy of alienating his colleagues in the
Top Obama administration officials will head to Detroit on Friday to announce nearly $320 million in federal and private aid as the city grapples with the largest municipal bankruptcy in American history. The aid includes money for housing rehabilitation and demolition, some $30 million targeted to fight crime and reduce the city´s notoriously long emergency response times, and millions more to rehabilitate the city´s transportation network. The aid package will be announced Friday by HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, Attorney General Eric Holder and White House Economic Council director Gene Sperling. “We’re going to continue to support the efforts underway
Unfair. Seems like a simple word and a simple concept, doesn´t it? Care to define it, though? Synonyms abound, such as arbitrary, biased, cruel, discriminatory, dishonest, illegal, immoral, improper, inequitable, inexcusable, one-sided, partisan, prejudiced... well, you get the idea. Our president is fond of the word unfair. He almost always uses the word to infer that somehow, someone has purposely made someone else´s life a real trial for them. He also infers that he firmly believes that the synonyms "discriminatory" and "prejudiced" are the words that we should immediately substitute in our minds when he says "unfair" out loud. Yet there is yet another
As the First Lady, Michelle Obama doesn´t have too much down time, but when she does have a few moments to herself, she enjoys watching her favorite television show, Downton Abbey. She apparently can´t seem to get enough of the British period drama, which is set in the Yorkshire country estate of Downton Abbey. In fact, she loves it so much that she invited the entire cast to visit and tour the White House in December of 2012. One of the show´s cast members, Jim Carter, who plays the butler, said the entire cast was given a tour of the Presidential palace
President Obama has issued a stern warning to Congress saying that the ´extremists´ who were threatening to shut down the government need to stop politicizing the ´full faith and credit of the United States´ as it could rock the global economy. The President held a press conference Friday afternoon, hours after the Senate approved the temporary budget measure that would allow the government to remain funded so that 800,000 federal workers would not be furloughed come Tuesday. He called for them to fulfill their two main responsibilities: ´Pass a budget on time and pay our bills on time´. ´Unlike the last time they
Ted Cruz has sparked a Republican civil war. He has done the bidding of the GOP fringe, in a self-aggrandizing crusade. And while he has enhanced his own position in the conservative fantasyland he seeks to rule, the practical effect of his quixotic campaign to defund Obamacare has been to elevate the president and jeopardize the 2014 elections for his own party. That, at least, seems to be the consensus in Washington. We’re inclined to a somewhat different view. We say two cheers for Ted Cruz— and for Mike Lee, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, and their fellow crusaders. They succeeded
President Obama lied to us. It wasn’t a white lie. It wasn’t a fib. It wasn’t a half truth. It was a bold-faced lie. “No matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise,” President Obama told the American Medical Association in 2009. “If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what.” That statement turned out to be a lie. Period. On Thursday I asked my Facebook community if they
Barack Obama has 36.9 million Twitter followers, 19.5 million of whom, it turns out, are fake. This is a very disturbing sign for Obama´s opponents, as it demonstrates just how much appeal the president still has with his key support base, namely those who identify most closely with him on a personal level -- fake people. The Daily Mail Online has analyzed the numbers and discovered that among U.S. political figures, the four Twitter accounts with the most fake followers -- that is, followers who don´t really exist -- are those of Barack Obama (by a landslide), Joe Biden, Michelle
Earlier this week, in an effort led by Sen. Ted Cruz, some of my Republican colleagues and I took to the Senate floor with the intent of making Washington listen. The American people have made it abundantly clear that they do not want Obamacare. In fact, a majority of elected officials, the same officials that voted to implement this health care mandate, do not want it, either. Last summer, in a 5-4 decision authored by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., the Supreme Court wrongly concluded that Obamacare’s individual mandate could stand. As a consequence of the court’s ruling, starting
Sen. Lindsey Graham may face a tea party challenge back home, but he’s not shying away from blasting the strategy of fellow GOP Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah — and he had some choice words for any Republican or Democrat who causes a government shutdown. “If the government shuts down, it’s not what you think it would be. I have actually experienced that,” Graham said. “If anybody creates a process where our military doesn’t get paid, and their families, they’re going to make an enemy … of me for life.”
NEW YORK- U.S. and international gay rights supporters called on Friday for a boycott of Italian pasta maker Barilla, whose chairman said he would never feature a gay family in its advertising. The comments sparked a firestorm of protest on social media and resulted in online petitions in English, German and Italian, including one by Italian playwright and Nobel Prize winner Dario Fo. A MoveOn.org petition started by Beth Allen, a Takoma Park, Maryland, mother of two and a lesbian, garnered 85,000 signatures by Friday evening. (Petition: http://r.reuters.com/paz43v) "Guido Barilla made it clear how he felt about families like mine
Barilla Pasta stepped on a landmine this week telling Italian media the company would never feature or market directly to gay couples. If they had a problem with that, said its chairman, they could eat another brand of pasta. I pity the fool who messes with the purchasing power of the LGBT community. The remarks as widely reported, were made by Guido Barilla on La Zanzara, an Italian radio program. I would never make a spot with a homosexual family. Not out of a lack of respect but because I do not see it like they do. (My idea of)
Mitt Romney on Friday said the Republican threat to shut down the government in an attempt to defund ObamaCare isn’t an “effective” strategy. "We´re more effective tactically not to use a shutdown of some kind to pursue the ... anti-Obamacare objective,” Romney said in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper. “I don´t think that will be as effective.” (Snip) "I think there´s a better way of getting rid of ObamaCare — my own view — and that is, one, delaying it by at least a year,” Romney said. “That was Senator (Joe) Manchin´s idea, the Democrats´ idea.”
Senior White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer on Thursday compared Republican lawmakers to suicide bombers as the showdown over a possible government shutdown intensified. “We are for cutting spending, we are for reforming our tax code, we are for reforming entitlements,” Mr. Pfeiffer told CNN’s Jake Tapper. “But what we are not for is negotiating with people who have a bomb strapped to their chest.” Mr. Pfeiffer, 37, who was hospitalized twice this month for stroke-like symptoms, also compared the GOP to arsonists and kidnappers. He called Republicans’ bid to attach other priorities to a debt-ceiling bill “ransom demands.” “It’s not
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Friday the GOP has become a "dysfunctional" party that has spent more time infighting over ObamaCare than targeting Democrats who passed the law. McCain blamed Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah.), the leaders of the movement to tie defunding of ObamaCare to the threat of a government shutdown, for driving wedges between Republicans. Both have appeared in ads attacking fellow GOP lawmakers. “We are dividing the Republican Party," McCain said on CBS. In his nearly 30 years in the Senate, McCain said he has never seen the infighting among members of his party
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had finished his last meetings in New York Friday and was in a car headed to the airport when President Barack Obama called. (Snip) The Iranian press office added: "The Iranian and U.S. presidents underlined the need for a political will for expediting resolution of West´s standoff with Iran over the latter´s nuclear program. President Rouhani and President Obama stressed the necessity for mutual cooperation on different regional issues." For his part, Rouhani took to Twitter to reveal what the two leaders discussed.
Most Americans don´t know that ObamaCare´s new insurance marketplaces are set to open next week, according to a new poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation. In Kaiser´s latest tracking poll, 64 percent of respondents didn´t know when the law´s new insurance marketplaces open. Fifteen percent knew the correct date, Oct. 1, while another 20 percent chose specific but incorrect dates. (Snip) The poll found even less awareness of the new marketplaces among the uninsured Americans who stand to benefit most from the healthcare law. Among uninsured respondents, 74 percent did not know when the exchanges launch, compared with 12 percent