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JournoList's curious blind spot for White House thuggery

Feb 28, 2013 8:29 AM PT

In response to Ron Fourier: Yeah, I Got the Abusive Treatment From the WH and the Same "You Will Regret This" Threat:

This sort of story has been bubbling around the Beltway for years.  I gather every White House can have its moments, but this one is particularly thin-skinned and willing to intimidate reporters, knowing full well they'll never tie it into a "thug" narrative.  

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Munchkin politics

Feb 27, 2013 2:03 PM PT

Moe Lane has an insightful and tremendously entertaining post which analyzes Barack Obama's style of governance in game-geek terms, comparing him to a power-gaming munchkin who focuses heavily on one skill (campaigning) and takes advantage of rules loopholes to win.

Another way to phrase this observation is that Obama is wholly focused on his "one big trick," which is building popular support.  He doesn't conduct full-spectrum governance, in which he handles the duties of his office, negotiates with both friendly and opposed congressional leadership, and uses the bully pulpit to keep the public on his side.  He's only got one strategy: pile up those opinion-poll numbers until opposition crumbles in fear.  He banks political capital without spending it (counting on a helpful media to keep him from having to spend it, because they never hold him accountable for anything) and then bullies the opposition with the huge balance in his political bank account.

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Fallout from Obama's illegal alien sequestration dump

Feb 27, 2013 12:25 PM PT

The White House evidently took the temperature of the American public over Obama's sequestration reign of terror, and decided that mass release of illegal aliens was a bit too much.  Furious backpedaling has ensued, and a fall guy has evidently been located.  

Associated Press report, via Twitter: "Homeland Security official resigns after release of illegal immigrants blamed on budget cuts."

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Dr. Ben Carson To Be A Featured Speaker At CPAC

Feb 27, 2013 9:25 AM PT

The ACU made the announcement, this morning.

Via Twitchy:

“Dr. Ben Carson represents the optimism and hope of the future of the conservative movement, while at the same time he articulates the deep fiscal and social challenges that our Nation faces,” said ACU Chairman Al Cardenas. “We look forward to welcoming Dr. Carson to the CPAC stage in March.”

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Dependency is freedom

Feb 26, 2013 4:42 PM PT

In response to Drone Strikes Okay, Drug Testing Welfare Recipients, Not So Much:

Great point on the dichotomy of the drone strike vs. drug testing welfare recipients, Jerome.  I imagine an Obama apologist would say the severity of the terror threat justifies relaxing the "reasonable suspicion" threshhold (which is quite a bit different from what they would have said in, say, 2006) and terrorism is a more serious threat than welfare abuse (which, given the current state of the public fisc, is debatable over the long term - not to minimize the threat of terrorism.)

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