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The vacant presidency
Washington Post, by Charles Krauthammer

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Posted By:Dreadnought, 7/24/2014 10:37:38 PM

The president’s demeanor is worrying a lot of people. From the immigration crisis on the Mexican border to the Islamic State rising in Mesopotamia, Barack Obama seems totally detached from the world’s convulsions. When he does interrupt his endless rounds of golf, fundraising and photo ops, it’s for some affectless, mechanical, almost forced public statement. Regarding Ukraine, his detachment — the rote, impassive voice — borders on dissociation. His U.N. ambassador, Samantha Power, delivers an impassioned denunciation of Russia. Obama cautions that we not “get out ahead of the facts,” as if the facts of this case — Vladimir Putin’s


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Th-Gr-Sil-Majority, 7/24/2014 10:53:36 PM     (No. 9939039)

...we have a very unserious man-child occupying the most serious leadership role in the world. In return we´ve been give 6 years of lies and deceit and world chaos...

...oh yeah, he gave us the wife as well...

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Reply 2 - Posted by: 2dogs, 7/24/2014 11:01:01 PM     (No. 9939053)

The comments show why we don´t have a chance to turn this around. Half the country is on the dole, and this 25% is dumb as a bag of hair.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: clw54, 7/24/2014 11:06:56 PM     (No. 9939056)

So everything works out in the end, so let´s hit the links. Interesting theory, but he´s checked out regardless.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: De Vere, 7/24/2014 11:14:32 PM     (No. 9939067)

Passive aggressive twit.

The mean ol´ Republicans won´t give him everything he wants so he´s packing up his toys and going home, screaming that he´s a victim of discrimination.

A small man indeed. Why did anyone think this guy had the slightest clue how to lead?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Safari Man, 7/24/2014 11:21:28 PM     (No. 9939077)

The more detached b´Iraq Hussein is, the better I feel. The things he might do in response to any of these problems is likely to make them worse. The bear is loose... loose stools and he craps on everything he gets near.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 7/24/2014 11:33:45 PM     (No. 9939084)

He seems to care less and less about being dignified. At what point will be so stoned he can´t function and get carted off to rehab ?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 7/25/2014 12:06:02 AM     (No. 9939097)

Dr. K is right on the money. I truly believe Øbama is now like the mind of a deer caught in headlights; he´s frozen in posture, incapable of moving left or right, up or down. No matter what he does, he´s not accomplishing anything, so he does nothing bu inane little motions, fundraisers, acting cool on the golf course, vacations,chit-chat and waving like everything is fine. It is not fine and he is terrified. He has no idea what to do and his "Yes" people just keep reflecting what ever they think he wants them to reflect. They are no help at all. He has alienated all the best minds, they ignore him like the plague. He has Joe Biden ready to "help" but, by now, Øbama knows Joe is a total idiot and embarrassment. It´s gone to hell in a hand basket. He´s confused, alone and dangerous.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: smcchk, 7/25/2014 1:23:31 AM     (No. 9939135)

FTA “The world is aflame and our leader is on the 14th green.” Yep.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Tianne, 7/25/2014 3:35:49 AM     (No. 9939169)

FTA: “Otherwise, why do we need a president? And why did you seek to become ours?”

Perhaps Barack Obama sought and gained the presidency because Dr. Krauthammer and other ‘conservatives’ encouraged him, supported him, emboldened him, and thus enabled him.

Current criticism rings hollow mostly because, for our country and for the world, it is tragically too late.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Trigger2, 7/25/2014 5:13:14 AM     (No. 9939186)

Barry´s version of world tranquility is for everyone to step up in the next hot spot and get annihilated to save the planet from global warming.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: TigerLilly, 7/25/2014 6:58:38 AM     (No. 9939242)

All you had to do was listen, really listen, to his speeches while he was campaigning. You could tell he was in over his head. You could tell from his books, no matter who wrote them, he didn´t have the moral character to be president. You could tell from his first campaign he had no true fundamental love of this country. The only thing he promised was his final line in his speeches "We will change the world" and he has delivered on that.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: M2, 7/25/2014 7:10:56 AM     (No. 9939250)

One of Dr. K´s best:

Now world opinion will turn against Putin. To which I say: So what? World opinion, by itself, is useless: malleable, ephemeral and, unless mobilized by leadership, powerless. History doesn’t act autonomously. It needs agency.

In this case, we in the free world are without "agency", or put more accurately, our "agency" in America is supposed to be a leader and he isn´t leading. Even his teleprompter is stuttering. The quote about Ozymandias was thoroughly appropriate.

And then there is this:

The world is aflame and our leader is on the 14th green. The arc of history may indeed bend toward justice, Mr. President. But, as you say, the arc is long. The job of a leader is to shorten it, to intervene on behalf of “the fierce urgency of now.” Otherwise, why do we need a president? And why did you seek to become ours?

Why indeed?

It´s not so certain that in the long term, "the arc of history bends toward justice", as Obama said. Rather, without divine intervention, the arc of history bends toward the strong over the weak, and often, the strong are unjust.

That said, those who believe in a just God do know that it is only His justice that matters. God isn´t just merciful and good. He is certainly always just, but He is also wrathful when necessary. Right now in America and around the world, we are seeing the wrath of God. He is there and he is not silent (nod to Francis Schaeffer).

I pray America will once again be protected by God´s long arm and grand plan. And if not, so be it. We cannot say we were not warned to remain a Godly people as founded.


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Reply 13 - Posted by: Rinktum, 7/25/2014 7:13:22 AM     (No. 9939253)

Exactly, #11. You only had to listen to him to understand that his words were jarring to anyone who was not caught up in the promised post-racial president. What a joke that was. His words were clear and deliberate. He knew who he was and what his mission was. So far, he is right on course. To us, he has botched everything he has touched, but what we consider failures he claims as success. Look what he has accomplished. The country and the world is in chaos. For a anti-American zealot, that´s a pretty good track record. Maybe Obama is the Twelfth Mahdi. He certainly leaves chaos in his wake and the world is on the brink of WWIII.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: ruready?, 7/25/2014 7:53:47 AM     (No. 9939283)

He´s not a bad president, he is the Anti-President. Big difference. He came to destroy.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Udanja99, 7/25/2014 8:22:10 AM     (No. 9939336)

Valerie Jarrett wanted to be president. President Smidgen just wanted the perks.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: iceman, 7/25/2014 8:25:56 AM     (No. 9939342)

Two words: President Biden


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Reply 17 - Posted by: rmagnus, 7/25/2014 8:37:59 AM     (No. 9939355)

I am weary of posters like #9 who feel compelled to point out that Dr. K was fooled by Obama early on despite the fact that the good doctor has been criticizing Obama for years now. Having to deal with the never ending "I told you so" crowd is why most people will never admit they are wrong.
When we can´t welcome a man of Dr. K´s intelligence back to our team then we will never get back on top.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: ruready?, 7/25/2014 8:47:58 AM     (No. 9939371)

It´s nice to have all hands on deck to put out a fire - even if one of them is the arsonist.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: donnaclaire, 7/25/2014 8:48:47 AM     (No. 9939372)

Regarding Obama….he´s definitely the leader of the PAC pac…Power/Arrogance/Corruption. He´s the biggest man-made disaster to ever befall America. January 2017 seems as if it´s an ´eternity´ away.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: secondtimelucky, 7/25/2014 8:58:20 AM     (No. 9939392)

The world is aflame and our leader is on the 14th green

not a problem. He knows ValJar has everything under control...

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Arby, 7/25/2014 9:05:07 AM     (No. 9939399)

Charles´s crucial question--why did BO seek the presidency if he intends to do nothing with it? Ans.: the golf, the Hollywood adulation, the money, the rides on Air Force 1, the opportunity to get away from Moochelle . . .

We have come to a sorry state when Samantha Power looks more forceful and presidential than the president.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: dadofboys, 7/25/2014 9:06:28 AM     (No. 9939401)

I dont believe this theory. I think it is more a function of a lazy intellect and a certain "good time " mentality more often seen in "siesta belt" leaders.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Hobbiest, 7/25/2014 9:19:32 AM     (No. 9939418)

That Obama´s personality is essentially that of a passive aggressive observer was obvious to anyone familiar with his record in the Illinois Senate.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: pursuitoftruth, 7/25/2014 9:21:52 AM     (No. 9939423)

Don´t worry about the comments by the paid trolls. The Dems have an army of mindless twits that are paid to make us think everyone agrees with Obama.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Patchy Groundfog, 7/25/2014 9:27:02 AM     (No. 9939432)

I understand your frustration #2 but the Wash Post readership are all working in what they no doubt view as lifetime jobs with Uncle Sam.

There are a few garden-variety liberal trolls but for the most part these people post their invective because they post out of fear.

They are self-limiting and therefore ignorant...no thought goes into their posts, only survival instinct. It´s like expecting Santa´s elves to criticize Christmas.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: gobushcheneygo, 7/25/2014 9:32:49 AM     (No. 9939440)

Remember, Putin is former KGB. In my opinion, Putin used the KGB to get the goods on Obama. And Obama has most likely been warned in private meetings that Putin has info that will be VERY damaging and end his Presidency or worse. So, Obama better play nice with Putin or else. There´s a reason for The Won´s passivity towards Russia. The little slap on the wrist for all their transgressions.

Criticism can´t come from Obama but falls to his minions like Samantha Power. It´s really just Kabuki theater for the masses. Putin knows he has nothing to fear from the Obama administration. He´s got Obama by the short hairs.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Citizen Plain, 7/25/2014 9:45:47 AM     (No. 9939470)

Change the White House locks and cut the allowance of that worthless loafer.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Skeptical1, 7/25/2014 10:00:57 AM     (No. 9939498)

I guess I´m in a minority here, but I think Krauthammer is running too hot. Of course Obama is a feckless liberal twit, but why do we need to embroil ourselves in a world crisis over what is happening in Ukraine? OK, some idiots shot down an airliner by mistake. So we need to really, really hate Putin and quarantine Russia? If that´s neo-conservatism, then count me out. I´ll join the America First wing of the Tea Party.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Eheu Fugaces, 7/25/2014 10:01:23 AM     (No. 9939499)

The disbelief and consternation of conservative pundits like Krauthammer and say, George Will are, as one commenter here has observed, too little and too late.

We, and hundreds of other commenters and bloggers tried to warn everyone of what Obama and his kleagle of kampus kommies were like, and what they would foist on the country.

What we were answered by is a flood of adolescent gush by conservative deepdomes about Obama´s fluency, brilliance, moderateness etc. etc. Obama´s "first class mind" -- remember that one? Yes, Krauthammer, Will, Douthat, Kathleen Parker, and yes, John McCain --- we mean you. Thanks a lot.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: dwa, 7/25/2014 10:04:47 AM     (No. 9939502)

#26, while there is no way to prove or disprove your theory, I think is it much simpler than that. Obama is a complete empty suit. He has zero leadership capability. As a result, he is in way over his head and his only response to everything going on (much of which is of his own making) is to seek refuge where he feels good, i.e. the golf course, vacations, fund raisers etc. He can do this without much repercussion because the media and liberals are enablers and are vested in his success as the first black president.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Mr. Know-It-All, 7/25/2014 10:08:44 AM     (No. 9939509)

The Peter Principle writ large.

Anybody still want to argue that being a "community organizer" is sufficient training to qualify one to be POTUS?

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Reply 32 - Posted by: Felixcat, 7/25/2014 10:14:57 AM     (No. 9939519)

Re #17 - We all respect Dr. K here on this site and welcome his intelligent observations on Fox, etc. The problem some of us have with Dr. K. and others now realizing what a disatser Obama is was that when they were enthralled by him they did not hesitate for a moment to demean and attack any of us who even questioned Obama´s credentials. Dr. K, Peggy, et al were not even willing to consider our valid and accurate concerns about his (lack of) ability to be the President which was oh so obvious to anyone who was not blinded by his skin color and Ivy League degrees.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: pineledger, 7/25/2014 10:16:07 AM     (No. 9939522)

Krauthammer is wrong to give Obama credit for having thought this through.

He is a lazy, narcissistic, disengaged oaf.


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Reply 34 - Posted by: chicodon, 7/25/2014 10:22:22 AM     (No. 9939535)

Interesting, but we´re running out of time. I can understand the Doctor psychoanalyzing Obama but we need a clinical diagnosis of insanity so we can do something.

He is in the process of legitimizing millions of illegal aliens here now and flooding the country with wave after wave of new illegals. He is assisting in the rise of the Russian empire and the destruction of Israel.

We are between a rock and a hard place. The damage being done is immediate. The time for navel gazing is about over.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: moviegoer, 7/25/2014 10:22:47 AM     (No. 9939537)

With him it has never been about foreign policy, or leadership for that matter. He is in office to serve as the figurehead while his fellow travelers impose their domestic will upon the rest of us. His leading the government or even managing the White House staff was never part of the equation. At first he was capable of going through the motions...not so much anymore. Now its about rubbing elbows with sports and music celebrities, enjoying the life of the wealthy elite, and giving the leftist activists who now run the US government free rein.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: knarfski, 7/25/2014 10:59:53 AM     (No. 9939609)

Mr. Obama´s deference to the "arc of history" may simply be a reflection of his tendency to escape (off to bars and grills) or avoid (I vote "present") problems that threaten his primary goal: To weaken America.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: Holeymoses, 7/25/2014 11:00:40 AM     (No. 9939611)

Contempt for this country plus destruction of it is the goal.
He careth not what Dr. K. or any other pundit has to say.
Neither the written word nor the spoken have any power at this time in our history. I don´t look to stop all of this by any thoughts intellectuals might have.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: jeffkinnh, 7/25/2014 11:00:48 AM     (No. 9939612)

You can take Dr. K´s idea to the next step and discern what BO really is, a coward. A real leader takes action and in that action is personal risk. Things may work out, they may not. If not, you get blamed for your actions. BO has worked hard all his life to hide what he really believes and what actions he is taking so that he can evade responsibility. He is a coward.

But there is more. BO does take obvious action when he is surrounded by his gang. When Jarrett, Michelle, Holder, Reid, Pelousy, and other toadies are there to protect him, he is quite brave. Aggressive even. When he is assured the media will provide cover for him he can and does say just about everything, even blatant lies and personal attacks without proof. When he has the backup, he is a bully.

There is a reason for this. BO, never having been one, does not understand leadership. He thinks leaders lead through naked power. Many leaders, innately bullies and cowards, do. It usually catches up with them over that arc of history thing.

Let´s hope it catches up to BO ASAP.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: Avogadra, 7/25/2014 11:02:16 AM     (No. 9939616)

Okay. He is clearly in over his head, but impeachment and removal from office is not going to happen because he is the first black President.

How about we play along with this meme that "the Presidency is hard"? After six grueling years, we can say, the poor man needs to resign. He´s earned it. He did not rest until he fixed unemployment, the economy, the border...whatever. Let Biden carry on the good work while our noble first black president retires to Hawaii or California and takes a well-earned rest.

Retirement. His decision. For his good after all his selfless service. And we will be rid of him, Michelle, and the president-in-fact Valerie Jarrett.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: P51DMustang, 7/25/2014 12:05:14 PM     (No. 9939751)

As a tax payer I vote that he stay on permanent vacation. He just needs to stop dithering in stuff "Stuff did I get that right" above his pay grade. Good trade for the American people.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: congar, 7/25/2014 12:24:19 PM     (No. 9939788)

"The world is aflame and our leader is on the 14th green.” This will most likely be the most concise summation of Captain Zero’s two terms.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: GreatPlains, 7/25/2014 12:43:56 PM     (No. 9939821)

#29 One of those who constantly pushes
the false theme that Charles Krauthammer , M.D. was always a big proponent of Obama is Rush Limbaugh.
Perhaps Limbaugh is trying to cover his own tracks
by shamefully smearing Krauthammer
when it´s Limbaugh who should be apologizing
for his Feb 5 ,2008 Washington Post
interview ( " Limbaugh on McCain : It´s Better To Be Right All the Time " ) where he said if McCain was the nominee,
he wanted Obama or Hillary to win.
"Rush Limbaugh has been relentless in his criticism of John McCain, prompting suggestions that he may have to soften
his stance if the Arizona senator
wins the nomination and faces off against
Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama.
But if that happens,
Limbaugh said in an interview over the weekend,
he would rather see the Democrats
win the White House."
" ..I believe the country will suffer with either Hillary, Obama or McCain, I would just as soon
the Democrats take the hit . . . rather than a Republican
causing the debacle," Limbaugh said.
Dr Krauthammer is Board Certified in Psychiatry
and despite his hospitalization for 14 months
from the diving accident , he finished medical school
at Harvard in record time and
was later named chief resident in Psychiatry at Mass General .
Dr Krauthammer obviously recognizes Obama´s grotesque deficiencies
from a medical standpoint.

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Reply 45 - Posted by: The Advocate, 7/25/2014 2:58:12 PM     (No. 9940036)

Re 26
When senator Obama was in Russia with Sen Lugar- he was detained by the Russians for several hours.
Lugar did not report on this alarming incident. Why?
Obamas Passport file was rifled and man with contents found shot to death - why?
Why was Obama in Pakistan with his Muslim roommate when Americans weren´t supposed to go?
No, every major intelligence service knows the man is a complete fraud and illegitimate.
He is the Enemy within.
A foreign agent masquerading as an American.
Feinstein needs to come clean about this foreign agent she vetted.
Where are his real documents.
Obama The Destroyer.

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Reply 46 - Posted by: dodge boy, 7/25/2014 4:47:30 PM     (No. 9940141)

The reason Putie is country grabbing again is because he sees the hand writing on the wall. Russians are dying faster than they are being born there. And nobody wants to immigrate there. Russia is shrinking slowly and Putie knows it. He needs more live bodies to sustain his collectivist culture. May explain his dogged determination to re-taking Crimea and Ukraine as his starting point.

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Reply 47 - Posted by: TrustButVerify, 7/25/2014 8:42:31 PM     (No. 9940402)

FTA, "On the contrary. Putin’s response has been brazen defiance: denying everything and unleashing a massive campaign of lies, fabrications and conspiracy theories blaming it all on Ukraine and the United States."

And how is this any different than Obama???

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Reply 48 - Posted by: StuartL, 7/25/2014 11:03:09 PM     (No. 9940532)

To #17 and others -- Krauthammer can´t be "welcomed back to our team" because he was never on it to begin with.

Historically, he has always been a conventional 20th-century liberal -- hardly an outspoken advocate of small government, low taxes, and private enterprise. When the term "liberal" was hijacked by the overt socialists and collectivists, he was left without a label.

True, the offenses and excesses of the Wanker-in-Chief have set him back a step or two. But the fact remains that Krauthammer´s growing criticism of Obama (after his promise that "Obama will govern from the center" was shown to be pure codswallop) is rooted not in Obama´s failure to embody and implement conservative principles, but in his failure to embody and implement what Krauthammer has always viewed and held as essential liberal ones.

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Reply 49 - Posted by: earlybird, 7/30/2014 8:47:38 PM     (No. 9947085)

A little late to this thread, but has everyone forgotten what Dr. K wrote in February 2008:

Obama has an astonishingly empty paper trail. He´s going around issuing promissory notes on the future that he can´t possibly redeem. Promises to heal the world with negotiations with the likes of Iran´s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Promises to transcend the conundrums of entitlement reform that require real and painful trade-offs and that have eluded solution for a generation. Promises to fund his other promises by a rapid withdrawal from an unpopular war -- with the hope, I suppose, that the (presumed) resulting increase in American prestige would compensate for the chaos to follow.

Democrats are worried that the Obama spell will break between the time of his nomination and the time of the election, and deny them the White House. My guess is that he can maintain the spell just past Inauguration Day. After which will come the awakening. It will be rude.

´The Audacity of Selling Hope"

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The totalitarian impulse is all too familiar: since I represent Progress (and, of course, everyone who acts in the political realm fervently believes that he represents Progress) those who stand in my way are retrograde–evil, really–forces, that belong in the dustbin of history. Therefore, I might have to lock them up or kill them to ensure that Progress prevails. Until recently, the totalitarian impulse has been blessedly absent from American politics. Now, however, the American left has caught the totalitarian bug that infected Lenin, Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Mao, Ho Chi Minh, Castro, and so many others. A case in point:

The Islamic State exploits
Obama’s weaknesses
Washington Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 9/22/2014 10:08:33 PM     Post Reply
It didn't take long for the Islamic State to exploit the weaknesses in President Obama’s campaign against it. Last week the militants launched an offensive against a Kurdish-populated area of northern Syria — where Mr. Obama has yet to approve U.S. airstrikes or supply aid to local forces. By Monday, more than 130,000 people had fled across the border to Turkey, and local commanders said they desperately needed help to defend the strategic town of Kobane. Mr. Obama has been slow-walking the approval of a Pentagon campaign plan including airstrikes in Syria while seeking commitments from nations in the region.

Secret Service study from
1990s found White House
vulnerable to fence-jumpers
Washington Post, by Carol D. Leonnig and Spencer S. Hsu    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 9/22/2014 10:06:03 PM     Post Reply
The Secret Service commissioned a classified mock attack two decades ago that found an easy way to pierce the White House security zone: Overwhelm Secret Service officers on the compound with six to eight attackers climbing over the fence at the same time. That vulnerability remains, despite the creation of specially trained counterassault and surveillance teams recommended at the time, according to government officials who were briefed on the findings and requested anonymity to discuss sensitive information. Securing the White House grounds has been further complicated over the past two years by severe staffing shortages and high turnover rates in

U.S. begins airstrikes
against Islamic State in Syria
Washington Post, by Craig Whitlock    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 9/22/2014 10:02:16 PM     Post Reply
The U.S. military expanded its war against the Islamic State late Monday by sending waves of warplanes and launching Tomahawk missiles into Syria to attack an array of targets in an aggressive and risk-laden operation that marks a new phase in the conflict. Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said late Monday that U.S. commanders had deployed a mix of fighter jets and bombers and had also launched ship-based Tomahawk missiles against Islamic State targets in Syria. He said the operations were ongoing and that more details would not be released until after the strikes were finished. Kirby

White House: Some Islamic State
fighters have returned to U.S.
Washington Times, by Dave Boyer and Phillip Swarts    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 9/22/2014 9:58:11 PM     Post Reply
White House officials on Monday acknowledged for the first time that Americans who’ve fought alongside the Islamic State terrorist group in Syria and Iraq have returned to the U.S., raising concerns about an attack on the homeland as President Obama prepares to urge the United Nations to confront the threat overseas. Counterterrorism experts believe at least 100 Americans have traveled to the Middle East to join the terrorist group, and a senior administration official said the total includes “those who’ve gone, those who’ve tried to go, some who’ve come back and are under active [investigation] — the FBI is looking at

In heated midterm contests,
GOP candidates explore a
move to the middle
Washington Post, by Philip Rucker and Reid Wilson    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 9/21/2014 10:08:45 PM     Post Reply
In a midterm election year in which the political climate and map of battleground states clearly favors Republicans, many GOP candidates are nevertheless embracing some Democratic priorities in an effort to win over skeptical voters. The shift is evident in some of the most contentious Senate and gubernatorial races — in traditional swing states as well as decidedly conservative ones such as Alaska and Arkansas — where Republican nominees have endorsed increases to the minimum wage, legalizing medical marijuana or granting in-state college tuition to some illegal immigrants. Even on social issues, an area where the GOP traditionally has hewed

After debate, A confident Davis
says she doesn´t regret
voting for Obama
Houston Chronicle, by Mike Ward    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 9/20/2014 11:24:59 PM     Post Reply
AUSTIN - Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis, fresh off her first debate gubernatorial debate, expressed confidence Saturday that she will win the race on Nov. 4. "I can tell you with great optimism that I´m not going to lose this election," she told a mostly friendly crowd at the Texas Tribune Festival, a political symposium underway at the University of Texas campus. During an hour-long question-and-answer session, Davis also answered a question from Attorney General Greg Abbott which she had declined to answer during Friday´s debate in Edinburg: Did she regret voting for Barack Obama? "Is President Obama a millstone

Texas has become epicenter
of conservative movement
Washington Post, by Dan Balz    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 9/20/2014 10:29:52 PM     Post Reply
AUSTIN — Twenty years ago this November, Texas elected George P. Bush’s uncle as governor. That election cemented Republicans in power in the Lone Star State after a steady period of ascendance. Democrats haven’t won a statewide elective office since and their candidates for governor (state Sen. Wendy Davis) and lieutenant governor (state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte) are currently seen here in Texas as underdogs this fall. In the two decades since George W. Bush became governor, the Republican Party here has turned several shades redder. Texas might qualify now as the epicenter of the conservative movement across the

Fence-jumper makes it
into the White House
Associated Press, by Josh Lederman    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 9/20/2014 12:35:07 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — A man jumped over the fence of the White House on Friday and made it through the front door before officers managed to apprehend him, just minutes after President Barack Obama had departed, the Secret Service said. The intruder sprinted toward the White House after leaping over the fence and ignored commands from officers to stop, Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan said. He was ultimately apprehended just inside the North Portico doors, the grand, columned entrance that looks out over Pennsylvania Ave. Donovan said the man appeared to be unarmed to officers who spotted him jumping the fence,

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Lois Lerner breaks silence
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Politico, by Rachel Bade    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/22/2014 5:41:22 AM     Post Reply
Employers won’t hire her. She’s been berated with epithets like “dirty Jew.” Federal agents have guarded her house because of death threats. And she’s spent hundreds of thousands of dollars defending herself against accusations she orchestrated a coverup in a scandal that has come to represent everything Americans hate about the IRS. Lois Lerner is toxic — and she knows it. But she refuses to recede into anonymity or beg for forgiveness for her role in the IRS tea party-targeting scandal. “I didn’t do anything wrong,” Lerner said in her first press interview since the scandal broke 16 months ago. “I’m

´My kids´ defense of my family makes
my heart soar´: Sarah Palin finally speaks
out about Alaska brawl and proudly
defends ´straight-shooter´ Bristol accused
of punching a man in the face

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Daily Mail (UK), by Ashley Collman & Mia De Graaf    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/21/2014 12:04:21 PM     Post Reply
Sarah Palin has come out in defense of her daughter Bristol who allegedly punched a man in the face during a family brawl. The former Vice President candidate hailed her child as a ´straight shooter´ in a Facebook which appears to be her first veiled reference to the fight two weekends ago. The 23-year-old is said to have repeatedly hit the owner of a home in Anchorage, Alaska, during an outburst in which her brother Track broke four ribs and her father Todd was left with a bloody nose. (Tweet) It came after Willow Palin´s ex-boyfriend allegedly engage in some

The Crumbling Climate-Change Consensus
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National Review Online, by John Fund    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/22/2014 5:39:38 AM     Post Reply
The United Nations Climate Summit will begin in New York this Tuesday, but environmental activists didn’t wait. All day Sunday, they filled the streets of Manhattan for a march that featured Al Gore, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio, and various Hollywood actors. But they certainly didn’t act like a movement that was winning. There was a tone of fatalism in the comments of many with whom I spoke; they despair that the kind of radical change they advocate probably won’t result from the normal democratic process. It’s no surprise then that the rhetoric of climate-change activists has become increasingly

Afghan soldiers missing
from Joint Base Cape Cod

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Cape Cod Times [MA], by George Brennan    Original Article
Posted By: happywarrior- 9/22/2014 6:22:41 AM     Post Reply
Camp Edwards - Police and military officials are searching for three officers from the Afghanistan National Army who were engaged in a training exercise at Joint Base Cape Cod. Massachusetts National Guard spokesman Lt. Col. James Sahady said the three men were reported missing on Saturday night after travelling into Hyannis that day. “They didn´t report back (to the base),” Sahady said. “There is no indication they pose a threat to the public.” Police and base officials are cooperating in the search for the three men, identified as Maj. Jan Mohammad Arash, Capt. Mohammad Nasir Askarzada, and Capt. Noorullah Aminyar.

Robert F Kennedy Jr loses his cool
and grabs mic from reporter pushing
him about his own carbon footprint

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Daily Mail [UK], by Mia De Graaf    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 9/22/2014 2:21:31 PM     Post Reply
He was a leading figure in one of the biggest climate change marches to date. But it seems Robert F Kennedy Jr was not so forthcoming when it came to questions about his own carbon footprint. Confronted by a reporter asking if he would give up his phone and car, the environmental lawyer became visibly irate before grabbing the microphone and accusing her of ´destroying democracy´ as a member of the press. The interview in New York yesterday afternoon started with a conversation about the number of flyers produced for the event, which Kennedy Jr claimed was necessary to garner ´people power´.

The Hillary Letters
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Washington Free Beacon [DC], by Alana Goodman    Original Article
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Note: Read the Hillary Clinton-Saul Alinsky Letters here. Previously unpublished correspondence between Hillary Clinton and the late left-wing organizer Saul Alinsky reveal new details about her relationship with the controversial Chicago activist and shed light on her early ideological development. Clinton met with Alinsky several times in 1968 while writing a Wellesley college thesis about his theory of community organizing. Clinton’s relationship with Alinsky, and her support for his philosophy, continued for several years after she entered Yale law school in 1969, two letters obtained by the Washington Free Beacon show. The letters obtained by the Free Beacon are part

Two Redheaded Strangers
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New York Times, by Maureen Dowd    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/21/2014 4:41:06 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — WHEN Willie Nelson invites you to get high with him on his bus, you go. The man is the patron saint of pot, after all, and I’m the poster girl for bad pot trips. It seemed like a match made in hash heaven. When Nelson sang at the 9:30 club in D.C. one recent night, I ventured onto the Honeysuckle Rose, as his tour bus and home-away-from-home is called. I was feeling pretty shy about meeting him. The 81-year-old Redheaded Stranger is an icon, one of America’s top songwriters and, as Rolling Stone said, “a hippie’s hippie and

Democrats Are Poised To Hold The
Senate, And It´s Conservative´s Fault

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Townhall, by Derek Hunter    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 9/21/2014 12:25:17 PM     Post Reply
I know a lot of people are giddy at the prospect of Republicans taking the Senate this November, but that’s becoming less and less likely. It’s not because Democrats are rallying around a particular mission or set of candidates; it’s because Republicans and conservatives aren’t. It seems like I’m always writing on issues no one wants to hear are mistakes, such as messaging or social issues. But I don’t care. These things have to be said. If these columns are received like a gaseous cousin on a long car trip through the desert, so be it. Crack a window… If things continue on their current course, the GOP will not retake the Senate.

Four teachings from Jesus
that everybody gets wrong

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CNN, by Amy-Jill Levine    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/21/2014 3:52:29 PM     Post Reply
It was once said, “religion is designed to comfort the afflicted and to afflict the comfortable.” Jesus’ parables – short stories with moral lessons – were likewise designed to afflict, to draw us in but leave us uncomfortable. These teachings can be read as being about divine love and salvation, sure. But, their first listeners – first century Jews in Galilee and Judea – heard much more challenging messages. Only when we hear the parables as Jesus’ own audience did can we fully experience their power and find ourselves surprised and challenged today. Here are four examples of Jesus’ teachings that everybody gets wrong: 1.

Petition Urges Obama To Let Border-
Jumper Stay In The White House

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Daily Caller, by Neil Munro    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/21/2014 5:26:31 AM     Post Reply
The man who jumped the White House railing Sept. 19 deserves the right to live in President Barack Obama’s home, just as the president is allowing hundreds of thousands of border-jumping Central Americans to live in Americans’ homeland, says a new tongue-in-cheek petition posted at the White House website. “We urge President Obama to immediately and publicly recognize that Mr. Omar J. Gonzalez, an oppressed migrant, was merely looking for a better life when he entered the White House after going over the classist, divisive and needless fence,” says the petition, which was authored by D.A. King, founder of the Georgia-based

Huma Abedin remains at Hillary
Clinton’s side despite sexting woes
with husband Anthony Weiner

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New York Daily News, by Annie Karni    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 9/21/2014 5:09:25 AM     Post Reply
When Anthony Weiner’s mayoral campaign imploded last year amid new sexting revelations, the fallout buffeted his wife, longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin. Clinton’s inner circle was furious with Weiner, and Abedin’s role with Hillary was said to be in doubt. “Huma has a choice to make,” New York magazine quoted a “close associate” of Abedin’s as saying. “Does she go with Anthony, or does she go with Hillary?” The magazine described Abedin as “traumatized” by the prospect of leaving the inner sanctum. One year later, Abedin’s marriage to Weiner appears intact, and her role in Hillary’s camp is secure. As Clinton’s personal chief

Wesleyan rules fraternities
must start accepting women

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Washington Times, by Jessica Chasmer    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 9/22/2014 2:43:16 PM     Post Reply
Fraternities at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, must start accepting women and all residential fraternities must become fully co-educational over the next three years, the school’s Board of Trustees has ruled. The decision was made “with equality and inclusion in mind,” school President Michael Roth and Trustee Chairman Joshua Boger wrote in an email to students on Monday, Business Insider reported. “Our residential Greek organizations inspire loyalty, community and independence. That’s why all our students should be eligible to join them.” The school has focused on issues with Greek life ever since a woman filed a lawsuit against Wesleyan two years ago

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