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Obama´s State of Disunion
Wall Street Journal, by Daniel Henninger

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Posted By:garnet, 1/30/2014 8:29:08 AM

The 2008 campaign phrase "hope and change" will haunt future histories of the Obama presidency. Many Americans voted Barack Obama into the White House for that reason alone. That reason is gone. The notion that this president would unify the nation by allowing people to summon their better spirits, as he promised, faded fast. Even Mr. Obama´s supporters see now that his operating method wasn´t unification, but political and social division. Support for the president among the independents who gave him 52% of their vote in 2008 has fallen into the 30s. Dividing the nation in his first term so that some Americans

      


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Obama´s State of Disunion
Wall Street Journal, by Daniel Henninger    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/30/2014 8:29:08 AM     Post Reply
The 2008 campaign phrase "hope and change" will haunt future histories of the Obama presidency. Many Americans voted Barack Obama into the White House for that reason alone. That reason is gone. The notion that this president would unify the nation by allowing people to summon their better spirits, as he promised, faded fast. Even Mr. Obama´s supporters see now that his operating method wasn´t unification, but political and social division. Support for the president among the independents who gave him 52% of their vote in 2008 has fallen into the 30s. Dividing the nation in his first term so that some Americans

   

 

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Why Kerry Is Scary
New York Times, by Thomas L. Friedman    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/30/2014 8:20:28 AM     Post Reply
TEL AVIV — It is pretty clear now that Secretary of State John Kerry will either be Israel’s diplomatic salvation or the most dangerous diplomatic fanatic Israel has ever encountered. But there isn’t much room anymore for anything in between. This is one of those rare pay-per-view foreign policy moments. Pull up a chair. You don’t see this every day. In essence what Kerry is daring to test is a question everyone has wanted to avoid: Is the situation between Israelis and Palestinians at five minutes to midnight or five minutes after midnight, or even 1 a.m. (beyond diplomacy)?

Gallup Obama approval numbers
suggest shifting Electoral College map
Washington Examiner, by Michael Barone    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/30/2014 8:09:28 AM     Post Reply
Gallup has released President Obama´s approval numbers for 2013 for the 50 states and the District of Columbia. I thought it would be interesting to compare those percentages with Obama´s percentage of the 2012 popular vote in each state and D.C. His approval numbers seem to track closely with his percentage of the vote: his job approval nationally was 50 percent in the first week of November 2012, and he received 51 percent of the popular vote. Gallup conducts many interviews over the course of a year, and so its figures for each state are statistically meaningful,

State of the Union moot
as Obama becomes irrelevant
Washington Times, by Joseph Curl    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/30/2014 8:01:07 AM     Post Reply
CNN had a countdown clock, like Cape Canaveral launching a rocket to Mars. “2 hours 19 minutes 44 seconds” the clock said, ticking down to The Big Moment.So many talking heads appeared at once it was like a murmuration of starlings (except they flew in a giant loop because they could only turn left). John King worked “The Magic Wall,” diagramming congressional districts like Jon Gruden dissecting a play. Wolf Blitzer in the Situation Room took us LIVE! to THE SITUATION — President Obama leaving the White House on his way to the Capitol (assuming he actually was in the

Wendy Davis´s Pay Grade
Real Clear Politics, by Tom Bevan    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/29/2014 8:17:59 AM     Post Reply
So Wendy Davis fudged some key details of her bio. It doesn´t speak well of her honesty or trustworthiness, but as far as politics goes it´s a misdemeanor, not a felony. Politicians get caught embellishing their resumes all the time, and in far more egregious ways. Overstating his service in Vietnam didn’t stop Richard Blumenthal from becoming a senator from Connecticut. Nor did claiming dubious Native American heritage cost Elizabeth Warren the Senate election two years ago in Massachusetts. The list goes on. And, as my colleague Carl Cannon wrote on Sunday, Davis didn’t shower herself in glory with her reaction

State of the Union 2014:
Obama embraces Obamacare
Politico, by David Nather    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/29/2014 8:08:07 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama left no doubt Tuesday night what his Obamacare sales technique will be: loud voice, lots of confidence and no apologies. Don’t dwell on the scratches on the hood. Just tell the customer how good it will feel to rev the engine and drive the car off the lot. Obamacare didn’t show up in the State of the Union address until over halfway through, and it encompassed all of nine paragraphs in an hour-plus stemwinder. But this was very much a hard sell by the president for Americans to sign up for his signature health care law, the biggest

   

 

  


 
Trouble Ahead for Obama
and the Democrats
New Republic, by John B. Judis    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/28/2014 9:50:55 AM     Post Reply
In his memo this week, Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg warns me to “forget the conventional wisdom” that “the president is in trouble.” Greenberg points to Barack Obama’s approval rating being up, the Republicans’ reputation at a “remarkable low,” and the generic Congressional vote between the parties even. Some of this makes sense, but on eve of Obama’s State of the Union address, I’m going with the conventional wisdom: Obama and the Democrats are in deep trouble. Greenberg cites an improvement in Obama and the Democrats’ polling numbers over the last month, but the improvement is very slight. What I’d point to

The Insiders: Democrats would rather not
have a State of the Union speech
Washington Post, by Ed Rogers    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/28/2014 9:41:48 AM     Post Reply
Part of the theater associated with the State of the Union address lies in the camera capturing the live reactions of a few members of Congress and other attendees. I’m sure several of the Democrats who are facing reelection in 2014 are nervous about how they will comport themselves during the speech if they are caught on camera. If the president sets himself up for an applause line on Obamacare, how will they handle it so that their reaction can’t be used against them in their campaigns back home? Will Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu applaud at all?

How Scott Walker and the conservatives
saved Wisconsin. America, take note
Telegraph [UK], by Tim Stanley    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/27/2014 8:30:25 AM     Post Reply
There was a time when Wisconsin was headline news. You must remember the story? Wisconsinites elected some caveman called Scott Walker as their governor on a platform of drowning government in the bath. He wanted to reform the unions and bring spending under control – and the public sector came out onto the streets to stop him. It was a kind of velvet revolution led by teachers and social workers and the folks who shoot bears when they start eating out of trash cans. They tried to remove Walker from office, but that didn´t work because he somehow won the

White House panics as millennials
wise up, bail on President Obama
Washington Times, by Joseph Curl    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/27/2014 8:08:03 AM     Post Reply
President Obama is making a sudden push to win back millennial voters, who have grown disillusioned over his failed “Hope and Change” campaign that left them without jobs, living in their parents’ basement.Even though he has run his last race, the president needs the 18-to-34 age group to make his signature Obamacare policy work. Without them, the whole system falls apart — not tomorrow, today, right now, before the radical reform of U.S. health care can even get off the ground. Just how bad is it? Just 24 percent of the new enrollees to Obamacare are between 18 and 34.

The Unbearable Lightness
of Being Ezra
American Spectator, by David Catron    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/23/2014 6:22:24 AM     Post Reply
We don’t know if Jeff Bezos laughed aloud when Ezra Klein, one of his star bloggers at The Washington Post, pitched an idea for a new website and asked for an eight-figure check to get it off the ground. We do know that Bezos decided to let him to seek investors elsewhere. (snip) Interestingly, on the same day that Klein’s departure was confirmed, The Post also announced a partnership with The Volokh Conspiracy.(snip) All of which suggests that, rather than committing a blunder, Bezos has traded up.

   

 

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The Wendy Davis story
Dallas Morning News, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/22/2014 8:45:19 AM     Post Reply
The bare-bones Wendy Davis story — the one without embellishment — is sufficiently inspiring as a matrix for defying expectations. The daughter of a teenage mother and a teenage mother herself, Davis managed to beat the odds by getting a college education and Ivy League law degree, then launching a political career that’s brought her national adulation. But since Davis’ Democratic gubernatorial ambitions caught fire last year, “facts have been blurred” in the retelling of her life’s story, as reported Sunday by this newspaper’s senior political writer, Wayne Slater.



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