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Taking On The “Establishment”: Michelle Malkin

March 15, 2009

Michelle Malkin was ready to pounce when a new report appeared last week detailing the Democratic House speaker’s use of military aircraft.

“Nancy Pelosi is the Jennifer Lopez of congressional travel,” Malkin wrote. Her March 11 column outlined the nature of Pelosi’s trips and quoted from her staffers’ impatient demands — and from the befuddled responses of military officials, worried at the misuse of resources. “No word on whether Pelosi required vanilla-scented candles, Evian water and fresh white lilies aboard the flight,” she concluded.

By DAVID FREDDOSO
Examiner Staff Writer

This is Malkin at her best. Fans enjoy her syndicated column for its documentation of liberal outrages, but also for her provocative, humorous presentation of the facts. Critics bridle at the provocations, missing the humor entirely. The formula makes Malkin distinctively controversial, and loved or hated by everyone who reads her.

In 2004, when the Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk dropped her column, its editors denounced her as “too stridently anti-liberal” and claimed that she “habitually mistakes shrill for thought-provoking and substitutes screaming for discussion.” Malkin, whose column is routinely picked up and dropped by newspapers without comment, mused on her blog that the paper probably should never have picked her up in the first place. “I was just as ‘anti-liberal’ five years ago as I am now,” she wrote.

Malkin is generous with harsh words, and she spares no one in the public eye.

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Michelle Malkin, 38, established her combative writing style in her pre-blog career at the Los Angeles Daily News and the Seattle Times. Her old columns from the 1990s attack multiculturalists, moral relativists, teachers unions, Bring Your Daughter to Work Day and apologists for the Rodney King rioters. ANDREW HARNIK/EXAMINER


We owe a lot to Michelle Malkin… and also Barry Obama, Joke Biden, TurboTax Geithner, Rosy Romer…..

Tax Marijuana, Health Benefits? Obama Will Fiddle While It All Burns….

If you don’t get well at least you can get high….

Why Are Your Tax Dollars Paying For the White House’s ‘Limbaugh Strategy’?

March 6, 2009

So much has been written over the last few days about radio commentator Rush Limbaugh that additional commentary might be considered piling on. It is certainly true that both the Republican Party and the broader conservative movement which, it must be restated, are separate entities, are suffering a crisis of leadership. And, as is all too typical of both institutions, the debate over their vision and direction is being carried on in public.

For the White House to employ an operative whose responsibility is, fundamentally, to direct a political strategy aimed, not at shaping is response to criticism but to take down a single media figure goes well beyond of the pale of an acceptable response.

This is not, in a word, helpful. And it is not my intention to add to the unhelpfulness of what has occurred. There are enough strong personalities already involved.

It is true that Limbaugh’s daily radio show carries considerable weight with the great majority of American conservatives. He is an articulate spokesman for the center-right coalition and, given the size of his audience, he is someone whom liberals fear.

By Peter Roff
Senior Fellow, Institute for Liberty/former Senior Political Writer, United Press International

He, like few others who occupy positions of intellectual leadership on the right, can move large numbers of people to action. Hence the efforts of the Obama White House to exploit the divisions among its opponents, seizing the opportunity to divide and conquer and to distract from their agenda to tax, spend, borrow and regulate the American people into submission. Nevertheless, the whole discussion — and the actions of the White House are included in this — creates cause for concern because of a story appearing on the Politico, a Washington-based Web site.

The American people have a right to know who this person is, what their duties are and how much they are paid. And the White House press corps has the responsibility to ask the questions that will get us the answers to these questions. This is not a matter of idle curiosity; it is a question of power, and tax dollars, being abused.

“Top Democrats believe they have struck political gold by depicting Rush Limbaugh as the new face of the Republican Party,” Politico’s Jonathan Martin wrote Wednesday, “a full-scale effort first hatched by some of the most familiar names in politics and now being guided in part from inside the White House.”

According to Martin, an unidentified “senior White House aide” has been given the responsibility of “helping to guide the Limbaugh strategy,” a very scary thing indeed.

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http://foxforum.blogs.foxnews.com/2
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Realted:
Obama Calls Limbaugh Top Party Leader; Voters Don’t Buy It
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Obama Can’t Revive Economy With Socialism

For Republicans: Bleeding Continues

 Limbaugh: Meaningless Clown, “Entertainer”

Rush Limbaugh as “moral and intellectual leader and most influential person in the Republican Party;” REALLY?

Obama Calls Limbaugh Top Party Leader; Voters Don’t Buy It

March 6, 2009

With President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and Karl Rove gone, the Democrats have lost easily identifiable right-wing leaders to vilify.

But Democrats think they’ve found a replacement – Rush Limbaugh – even if most Americans aren’t buying it.

By Joseph Curl
The Washington Times

When asked if “Rush Limbaugh is the leader of the Republican Party,” 59 percent of 1,000 likely voters polled in a national survey disagreed, while 29 percent agreed, according to the Rasmussen polling firm.

”The strategy to use Rush Limbaugh as the poster boy for all things Republican helps the Democrats the most right now because it galvanizes their support of Obama and opposition against Republicans,” said Democratic strategist Mary Anne Marsh.

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http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/mar/
06/most-voters-dont-see-limbaugh-as-gop-chief/

Related:
Obama Can’t Revive Economy With Socialism

For Republicans: Bleeding Continues

 Limbaugh: Meaningless Clown, “Entertainer”

Rush Limbaugh as “moral and intellectual leader and most influential person in the Republican Party;” REALLY?

Democrats Indicate Areas of Compromise on Stimulus

February 1, 2009

The broad outlines of how the Obama administration’s near-trillion dollar stimulus package may change in the Senate began to become visible on Sunday, with Democratic senators indicating that they would be open to considering Republican amendments to the bill, particularly in the areas of housing and infrastructure spending.

By SHARON OTTERMAN
The New York Times

Senator Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of New York, said that Senate Democrats were interested in considering Republican proposals to do more to help the sputtering housing market, including instituting a $15,000 tax credit for all home buyers.

“One of the Republican proposals is to raise the $7,500 tax credit we give to new home buyers, raise it to up $15,000 and do it for all home buyers,” Senator Schumer said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “That’s something that we look favorably upon.”

Mr. Schumer, who is a member of the Finance Committee, also said he was also interested in passing legislation aimed at getting mortgage rates down to 4.5 percent, although he said he thought that might go in the next part of the bailout measure approved by Congress last year, not the stimulus package.

He added, “I think we will get real agreement on the housing part.”

Related:
 Obama Week 3: Senate Poised to Defeat Stimulus?

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http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/02/
us/politics/02web-talkshows.html?_r=1&hp

Democratic Scandals Boring, Less Sexual, But Genuine

January 5, 2009

For many years, Republicans represented the party of salacious homosexual bathroom sex-trysts while Democrats confined themselves to more workaday financial improprieties, such as storing massive collections of marked bills in their freezers. You’d have been hard pressed to pin a pay-for-play scheme on a Democrat because they were too unimportant: they just didn’t have any political influence worth selling.

By Sara Smith
News 4, NBC, New York

Now Democrats have reclaimed the White House and both parties of Congress, so of course they’re obliged to pull double duty in both sexual and political scandals. Let’s see, they’ve got the sex scandals pretty well covered: who can forget such luminaries as Eliot Spitzer, Patron Saint of Hookers; Tim Mahoney, the proud Florida Democrat with multiple mistresses who replaced the Republican with the “drinking problem”; the lizard-tongued humanoid adulterer John Edwards; and last but not least, America’s greatest mayor and sexiest texter, Kwame Kilpatrick.

A recent flood of news about Democrats doing improper, non-sexual stuff for favors means they’ve got the political side of scandals covered, too. Let’s review:

And the latest: the portly and affable Bill Richardson, who couldn’t be Secretary of State because he would have been murdered, personally, by the Clintons, so instead he settled for Commerce Secretary before he got roped into a grand jury investigation. Apparently some brilliant financial company that advised Jefferson County, Alabama into near-bankruptcy was also hired to work its magic on the state of New Mexico after it donated 100 grand to various political action committees formed by Bill Richardson.

 New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson is seen at the University ...
Bill Richardson

So now Richardson has said to Barack Obama, “Pls do not consider me for Commerce, as I have this little grand jury problem to deal with.” This is really too bad, because Bill Richardson spoke Spanish! Also he was very smart, and experienced in talking with nasty dictators. Now Obama will have to find some other sucker to help him revive the economy and control the weather.

Related:
 Carville’s 2009 Predictions: Stand By For More Democrat Scandals
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John Edwards
Lizard-tongued what?

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Above: Democratic Congressman William “the Refrigerator” Jefferson of Louisiana in better days….


Former New York Governor’s “friend”….

Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., smiles as he leaves the House of ... 
Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., smiles as he leaves the House of Representatives, Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Carville’s 2009 Predictions: Stand By For More Democrat Scandals

January 3, 2009

In domestic politics, my first prediction is one that pains me to make, but I’ll make it anyway.

The Democratic Party has had a recent run of corruption and sex scandals. Mathematicians say that there are no such things as streaks and that the last event has nothing to do with the next. The only people who disagree are crapshooters and political operatives. Since I am both, I firmly believe that there are streaks and that political scandals happen in clusters.

James Carville
CNN

The Republican Party had its fair share of scandal and charges of deeply imbedded corruption preceding the 2006 election and leading up to the 2008 elections.

It doesn’t hurt to point out that these types of things are also more likely to harm the party in the majority — Republicans had more elected politicians (315 Republican officeholders in House, Senate, and state governorships) leading up to 2006.

With two big Democratic elections in a row, Democrats now hold a larger majority — 340 U.S. representatives, senators and governors. Simple math and history point to the fact that the more elected officials a party has in office, the more likely its politicians will get caught up in some sort of scandal.

The current streak, however removed from President-elect Barack Obama, doesn’t bode well for Democrats in 2009…

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/12/30/carville.2009/index.html

  
 

Not guilty of anything…Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has some final words for the media after he announces his choice of former Ill. Attorney General Roland Burris to fill President-elect Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate seat in Chicago. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has revoked embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s access to classified federal security information, officials said, because of his indictment.  He was impeached as governor by a mostly Democratic Illinois state house….


A newsman at The Washington Times says Senator Feinsten directed millions of taxpayer money to her husband’s company…..

William Jefferson, official photo.jpg

Above: Democratic Congressman William “the Refrigerator” Jefferson of Louisiana in better days….


Former New York Governor’s “friend”….

Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y.,right, asks President Barack Obama ... 

Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y.,right, asks President Barack Obama a question at the White House Forum on Health Reform in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, March 5, 2009.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)  

NY May Go For Gravitas of Bill Clinton or Mario Cuomo, Not Caroline, You Know?

December 31, 2008

Caroline, you know, has a really good heart, you know, and would make a great Senator from New York, you know.

Except in newspaper interviews, TV shots and talks with others she sounded like a lightweight or, you know, an inarticulate jerk who has no experience or reason to be a U.S. Senator.

So the Democrat Party Leadership of the State of New York has decided not to model itself after Illinois and the Nutjob Blagoyevich-Rush-Burris trio.

New York is “floating” the idea of a “caretaker” senator with the gravitas of, say, Bill Clinton or Mario Cuomo.

And, you know, that sound like a good idea for both New York and Illinois, you know?

We here at Peace and Freedom favor a special election in most of these cases of vacant seats; but in Illinois just now the legislature rejected the idea of a special election and chose to impeach the Governor and go from there.

But they ran out the clock and the Governor got the last shot off before the buzzer.

The Illinois Governor named his one-time rival Roland Burris to fill Barack Obama’s vacant U.S. Senate seat.

And, as David Broder of the Washington Post says, “Everyone, including Obama, has been exceedingly polite in their public comments about Burris. I have known him for years, and I like him. But I have never been confused about the level of his talent.”

Why do we allow such shenanigans?

Related:
Rethink Practice of Governors Filling Vacant U.S. Senate Seats

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Sen. Bill Clinton? Sen. Mario Cuomo? Don’t completely rule it out. The former president and the former New York governor are among several boldface names being touted as possible “caretakers” for New York’s Senate seat — people who would serve until the 2010 elections but wouldn’t be interested in running to keep the job.

As the process of picking Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s replacement gets messier, the option may become increasingly attractive to Gov. David Paterson, who has sole authority to name a successor.

By MICHAEL GORMLEY, Associated Press Writer

A spokesman for Bill Clinton, Matt McKenna, said Wednesday that the former chief executive isn’t interested in the job and plans to continue the work of his foundation. Cuomo declined through a spokesman to discuss the Senate seat.

A big name could have an immediate impact for New York in the Senate while letting the large field of hopefuls duke it out in 2010, according to three Democratic Party advisers in New York and Washington who are close to the discussion with Paterson’s inner circle on this issue.

Two others in the party confirmed that Paterson is still considering the caretaker option. The advisers spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to comment.

“You could find a very senior person who could serve New York well” on an interim basis, said Gerald Benjamin, a political scientist and dean at the State University of New York at New Paltz. “Then you can say to Caroline Kennedy, `You know, you’d make a good senator. Run for it.’ And you can tell everyone else that it’s a level playing field.”

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/ap_on_re_us/ny_senate_seat

Blagojevich to name Roland Burris to Obama’s Senate seat (3 PM Eastern)

December 30, 2008

Gov. Blagojevich today is expected to name former state Comptroller and Attorney General Roland Burris to Illinois’ vacant U.S. Senate seat, a knowledgeable source said this morning.

A news conference is scheduled for 2 p.m. (3 p.m. Eastern).

By Dave McKinney
Chicago Sun-Times
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Former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris, 71, had lobbied the governor for the position in recent weeks.

Burris made a previous attempt at the Senate seat in the past — unsuccessfully. In 1984, he was beat out for the Democratic nomination by Paul Simon.

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burris-123008.article

Obama: Illinois Corruption Casts An Ugly Shadow

December 10, 2008

President-elect Barack Obama hasn’t even stepped into office and already a scandal is threatening to dog him.

Obama isn’t accused of anything. But the fact that Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, a fellow Democrat, has been charged with trying to sell Obama’s now-vacant Senate post gives political opponents an opening to try to link him to the scandal. A slew of questions remain. The investigation is still under way. And the ultimate impact on Obama is far from certain.

He pointedly distanced himself from the case Tuesday, saying, “I had no contact with the governor or his office, and so I was not aware of what was happening” concerning any possible dealing about Blagojevich’s appointment of a successor.

By LIZ SIDOTI, Associated Press Writer

In this June 20, 2005 file photo, Gov. Rod Blagojevich, D-Ill., ... 
In this June 20, 2005 file photo, Gov. Rod Blagojevich, D-Ill., speaks as Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., listens during a news conference in St. Louis. Federal authorities arrested Blagojevich Tuesday Dec. 9, 2008 on charges that he brazenly conspired to sell or trade the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by President-elect Barack Obama to the highest bidder. (AP Photo/James A. Finley, File)

In Chicago, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald said prosecutors were making no allegations that Obama was aware of any scheming. And Blagojevich himself, in taped conversations cited by prosecutors, suggested that Obama wouldn’t be helpful to him. Even if the governor was to appoint a candidate favored by the Obama team, Blagojevich said, “they’re not willing to give me anything except appreciation.”

Republicans pounced nonetheless.

“The serious nature of the crimes listed by federal prosecutors raises questions about the interaction with Gov. Blagojevich, President-elect Obama and other high ranking officials who will be working for the future president,” said Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia, the new GOP House whip.

Added Robert M. “Mike” Duncan, chairman of the Republican National Committee, “President-elect Barack Obama’s comments on the matter are insufficient at best.”

Robert Gibbs, an Obama spokesman, said, “We did not know about this recent part of the investigation until today.”

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go_pr_wh/illinois_governor_analysis