Republicans demand broader powers for Obama justice department

You know the Republicans have lost their way when they vigorously argue in favor of something they warned against just two years ago. Remember hearing conservatives insist that Obama was going to revive the Fairness Doctrine as part of his Marxist plot to give Omar Sharif his own show on government-run radio? I understand if … Continue reading Republicans demand broader powers for Obama justice department

pegging obama

NYT columnist Ross Douthat understands what most of Obama’s critics, left and right, fail to grasp. Both right and left have had trouble processing Obama’s institutionalism. Conservatives have exaggerated his liberal instincts into radicalism, ignoring the fact that a president who takes advice from Lawrence Summers and Robert Gates probably isn’t a closet Marxist-Leninist. The … Continue reading pegging obama

an opportunity for conservatives to say something positive about obama

They should be encouraged by the words of Barack Obama’s education secretary. Not bloody likely. In deciding how to spend Race to the Top dollars, Duncan wants to reward programs that don’t see a child’s poverty as insurmountable, and that focus on raising academic standards, improving teacher quality and inspiring innovation. “It is not enough … Continue reading an opportunity for conservatives to say something positive about obama

the left vs. obama

With the ship of state headed for one mother of an iceberg, is now the time to be worrying about the race, gender and sexual identity of those steering the barge? I’d be troubled if the president-elect overlooked obviously qualified candidates just because they’re gay. There’s no evidence of that, but the professionally aggrieved tend … Continue reading the left vs. obama

hillary for state

I’m trying to find reasons to oppose Hillary’s new assignment, but it’s no use. She’s tough and she’s smart. The world’s a dirty place, and Hillary’s willing to get in the mud. She’s one-half of the most narcissistic couple since Antony and Cleopatra but, in this case, what’s good for the Clintons is good for … Continue reading hillary for state

why can’t we get a decent attorney general?

Of late, nothing but fuck-ups, suck-ups, prudes and enablers: *Janet Reno. One word: Waco *John Ashcroft. Embarrassed by nude statues *Alberto Gonzalez. Lied before Congress; made Ashcroft look good in comparison And now, Eric Holder, who looked the other way as Bill Clinton made a mockery of the president’s pardon powers. In the Clinton pardon … Continue reading why can’t we get a decent attorney general?

the pundit class

They really do think alike. Two examples: Issue: Hillary for Secretary of State The consensus: It’s reminiscent of Lincoln, who appointed a “team of rivals” to his Cabinet. (Pundits like to appear well-read and well-versed in history.) What was overlooked: William Seward’s spouse never raisied money from Confederate generals. The exception: Fox’s Juan Williams asked, … Continue reading the pundit class

no to richardson

Bill Richardson — a top contender for U.S. Secretary of State — is well-liked and generally moderate. And, for the diversity-minded, he’s part-Hispanic. He’s also part-incompetent. Remember Los Alamos?