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Horns on His Head and Halos of Light

Mar 1, 2013 10:53 AM PT

During his sequestration press conference today, the President opined that he sometimes wishes House Republicans were more reasonable:

You know, sometimes I reflect, is there something else I can do to make these guys -- I am not talking about the leaders now, but maybe some of the House Republican caucus members not to paint horns on my head?"

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Woodward, Really?

Feb 28, 2013 7:43 PM PT

In response to Bob Woodward Invited to CPAC #BlogBash:

Don't know too much about Woodward, but  how did he blaze the trail for many bloggers? I get that he is in the spotlight because of his recent tift with Obama, but aside from that, why should we think its a big deal that he is invited to attend the Blog Bash?

More Evidence We're Winning: Forbes Rips Obama for 'Colossal Media Blunder'

Feb 28, 2013 11:07 AM PT

Bill Frezz at Forbes makes the exact same point I have about how Obama and the media's big sequester gamble is now collapsing:

President Obama has gone all-in trying to get Republicans to blink and serve up another round of tax increases in lieu of the looming spending sequester. Eschewing talks with Congress or any pretense of leadership, he is instead flying around the country burning $180,000 an hour on Air Force One laying out a parade of horribles that will descend upon us if the growth of federal spending were reduced by one iota.

Why is he doing this? Because the mainstream media are lapping it up. Poisoned meat coming to grocery shelves near you! Air traffic grinds to a screeching halt! Fires, murder, and mayhem in the streets as first responders are laid off! No visits to the Washington Monument! OK, it all makes for good copy. ...

If there are any smart Republicans left in Congress, watching Obama’s increasingly extreme threats should get them to thinking: Go ahead, make my day. If there are any trusted advisors to the President who aren’t complete toadies they must be thinking: How in the world do we get out of the corner we’ve painted ourselves into?

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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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