The Beatings Will Continue…

The mystery is solved. One picture tells the story.

His parentage is dubious. No one is 100% sure who his real father is. His “father” was so sexually active only DNA detectives can determine who’s who and what’s what. We’re not even sure of what his name is because he has had so many. His mother was liberal when it came to sperm donors. At the beginning of his magnificent new career he was gifted with a prestigious award in spite of having done nothing at all to earn the prize. Great hope was invested in him by the political left. Many considered him a good looking brainiac. Not a he-man he can best be described as “fey”. He went to the finest schools. The toast of blue-town. A world of promise. Yet he is a big fat flop.

Of course we write of Ronan Farrow. His mother is Hollywood’s Mia Farrow. In 1966 the 21 year old Farrow married the 50 year old Frank Sinatra. One year later came the divorce. Mia’s sister Prudence was the inspiration for the Beatles song Dear Prudence. Mia’s next marriage was to composer André Previn. That marriage didn’t last either. Enter Woody Allen the same year the Previn marriage ended.

We won’t examine the Woody Allen marriage to his own daughter nor the sex abuse allegations made by Farow siblings. Who has that much time? In 1987, Farrow gave birth to their son Satchel “Seamus” O’Sullivan Farrow, later known as Ronan Farrow. In a 2013 interview with Vanity Fair, Farrow stated that Ronan could “possibly” be the biological child of her first husband Frank Sinatra, with whom she claims to have “never really split up”.

For us that mystery is now cleared up. Ronan Farrow is the son of Frank Sinatra, not Woody Allen. No doubt about it. The proof is in the picture.

We saw the picture today and Satchel, er, Seamus, er Ronan, looks just like our beloved Frank Sinatra when he was young. Other than in his looks there is not much resemblance between Satchel, er, Seamus, er, Ronan and his very talented dad. Indeed if Ronan Farrow had a black daddy he would very much resemble in “accomplishments”… Barack “Boob” Obama:

” Farrow, 28 — the opinionated, blue-eyed son of actress Mia Farrow and either Woody Allen or Frank Sinatra (even Farrow’s not sure which) — has been a disaster for MSNBC. The channel took the frequent cable-show guest and handed him his own program, “Ronan Farrow Daily,” which premiered in late February.

He sort of stinks on TV,” an MSNBC source told Confidenti@l. “He hasn’t turned out to be the superstar they were hoping for.”

The theory was that Farrow, a Rhodes scholar who graduated college when he was 15 and went on to score degrees from Yale and Oxford, would bring his 245,000 Twitter followers with him to television. “But that hasn’t happened,” the source said. “Just because someone is a boy genius-turned-Twitter star doesn’t mean they deserve their own TV show.” [snip]

Even worse: Wednesday’s show was 708th among all programming ranked by Nielsen, in both total viewers and the 18-to-49 age group advertisers covet. The midnight airing of “Baggage” on the Game Show Network came in ahead of it, at No. 707, and the 8 a.m. “Golden Girls” on the Hallmark Channel (No. 700) crushed it.

Farrow, who has also worked for the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Obama administration, has looked uncomfortable on camera and often stumbles over his words. His lack of TV experience was especially apparent last week during an appearance on NBC’s “Today” in which he seemed to have trouble linking sentences.

Get that boy one of Barack’s TelePrompTer’s. When the “Golden Girls” beat you…. Keep in mind that in February, Farrow won the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism — after just three days on the air.

Next stop for Satchel, er Seamus, er Ronan? Why a Nobel Peace Prize of course!

MSNBC thought that an inexperienced do-nothing could lead the network to victory. MSNBC invested its hopes and dreams in an educated fool. Now MSNBC has a big fat flop dragging it down like an anchor on a missing plane.

Satchel, er Seamus, er Ronan is not the only bad bet the dunderheads at MSNBC have made. They bet on Obama as a world historic transformational leader. Instead they got world historic boobery. They bet on ObamaCare as the cure. ObamaCare proved worse than the disease. Now at MSNBC there is desperation. At MSNBC morale, like the ratings, are at an all time low. They could change and face the reality that they have been entirely wrong about Obama and his Obamination works. But, at MSNBC there will be no CHANGE. At MSNBC there is no HOPE. At MSNBC the beatings will continue until morale improves.

MSNBC is not alone. Race-baiter Jim Clyburn’s morale is at a low too:

“Jim Clyburn’s plea for Obama to do more

Veteran Democratic Rep. Jim Clyburn said Monday that the White House could be doing more to help Democrats in November’s midterms.

The South Carolina Democrat said while he feels “real good” about where his party stands right now, there’s still room for President Barack Obama to help further with his political apparatus.

“No, they aren’t doing everything,” Clyburn said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” in response to a question. “There’s some things I would like to see done, because there’s a lot of fundraising going on. I do not believe that fundraising will be key in November.”

Clyburn said what’s needed from the administration is ground game.

“I think the organization will be key,” Clyburn said. “And if we can get the White House to come in, or at least the president’s political operations, to help us at the state and local levels the way they did in Ohio and Florida, the mechanisms they put in place were just great.”

He said he didn’t think that was happening currently when asked by panelist Mark Halperin, who suggested Clyburn look into the camera and ask the president for his help.”

Poor race-baiter Clyburn’s morale is sinking. We believe he requires a good strong beating. Beat him unil his morale improves.

Improved morale will require a lot of beatings and more beatings. Clyburn knows that raising money will not hold back the coming storm. It doesn’t help that the ObamaCare website ended its last offical day of enrollment the way it began – by breaking down. Clyburn knows fools that voted for Obama and wanted ObamaCare have low morale too:

“Obamacare will be a huge voting issue for Republicans — that’s already clear. They’ll turn out in droves because they hate the law. What’s less clear is how Democrats will get their supporters to the polls to say, “hey, thanks for health reform.” [snip]

The reality is, it’s probably going to be a negative message rather than a positive one. [snip]

Increasingly, liberal Democrats and outside groups are convinced that the formula that party strategists had recommended until now — telling candidates to stress that they’ll fix what’s wrong with the law — is not going to work. [snip]

But those votes will allow the drumbeat of anti-Obamacare votes and investigations to get even louder. And if Democrats can’t turn public opinion around soon, they’ll have to deal with the enthusiasm gap all over again in 2016 — this time when they’re trying to hang on to the White House.”

The ObamaCare prescription: more beatings. The beatings will continue until morale improves. It doesn’t help that some of the truth about the mess called ObamaCare is coming out via Kathleen Sebelius: Oh, by the way, insurers tell us 10-20% of ObamaCare enrollees haven’t paid their premiums yet.

An election campaign based on support for ObamaCare? The Hammer makes it all go plouffe:

“Trading barbs, campaign lines and even some compliments, conservative columnist Dr. Charles Krauthammer and Barack Obama campaign mastermind David Plouffe entertained the George Washington University College Democrats and Republicans with a debate Sunday night on foreign policy, health care and the upcoming elections.

Krauthammer dominated the night delivering lines and anecdotes drawing the most laughs and applause.[snip]

Plouffe advised Democratic candidates to pay attention to all sides of the spectrum and to voter turn out, to put their opponent on trial and show them as an unsafe alternative, and to not be defensive on Obamacare but rather go on the offense and show what would happen to healthcare if Republicans take over.

Though Krauthammer called Plouffe’s 2014 analysis “brilliant” and said there’s a reason he is in the “hall of fame” of campaigns, he grinned broadly as he ironically voiced full support for Plouffe’s advice that Democrats run on Obamacare.

I hope you do and that’s the only advice that I think their side needs,” Krauthammer said. “By the way for those of you on this side of the aisle (pointing to the College Democrats), that was meant to be ironic.”

Dr. Krauthammer, like a judge pronouncing an execution sentence on a serial killer, is fully justified in his assessment. ObamaCare is a political serial killer:

“Early national polling is supporting the prevailing view in Washington that Democrats are in trouble in the 2014 midterm elections. While Democrats are more popular than the GOP among the general public, the party faces a number of challenges in November.

First, there’s an enthusiasm gap. [snip]

Another challenge for Democrats is winning independents, who typically decide election outcomes. Democrats trail Republicans among independents by 38% to 44%, according to Pew’s February survey. [snip]

A third challenge is the white vote. [snip]

Then there are the millennials. While support for Democratic candidates among African-Americans and Latinos remains high, young people are less enthusiastic. The Pew center’s in-depth surveys of those ages 18-34 indicate that this generation, a voting bloc so important to Mr. Obama’s two victories, is growing more disillusioned with the president. Millennial self-identification as Democrats has edged down to 50% from a high of 58% in 2009. Pew also found Mr. Obama’s job approval among millennials has fallen to 49% in early 2014, down from 70% in the honeymoon months of 2009, his highest rating among any generation.

Opinion of the president is probably the greatest problem for Democrats this year.

For millennials, the beatings must continue. Their morale must be made to be improved. The beatings will continue. More and more beatings will be required:

“Democrats’ prospects for 2014 do not look rosy. There is little chance that they will retake the House, and a good chance they will lose seats. Even worse, there is a significant chance that they will lose control of the Senate. Our forecasting model said as many as two months ago. That forecast continues to square with the sense of many analysts — even those who mocked the forecast. [snip]

As we have begun to incorporate candidate experience into the model, our initial sense is this: Republicans may have a far better chance of winning control of the Senate than we or other analysts previously thought. Here is a preliminary estimate: The GOP could have as much as a 4 in 5 chance of controlling the chamber.”

It gets worse. The blame game has already started:

“Bracing for a rough midterm-election outcome, Democrats aren’t waiting until Election Day to start blaming one another for the party’s problems. Anticipating the possibility that Republicans will flip the Senate, the finger-pointing game is already underway between the party’s warring factions.

Earlier this month, Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas argued liberals had successfully purged so-called squishy moderates from the Democratic Party’s ranks—even if those same lawmakers had helped the party retain conservative-leaning Senate and House seats. From the middle, the centrist Democratic think tank Third Way has become more outspoken in criticizing progressive leaders, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, for advocating an agenda that will compromise the party’s ability to attract moderate voters.

The public spats between outside groups are nothing compared with the private finger-pointing over who could be responsible if Republicans ride a political wave this year. The moderate wing is prepared to blame the party for avoiding centrist initiatives like free-trade deals and entitlement reform, while the Left will argue party leaders didn’t do enough to protect benefits.

This is a coming divide for the Democratic Party,” said one progressive strategist, who was granted anonymity to speak candidly. “Not only about explaining 2014, but laying the groundwork for 2016.”

Our recommendation: more beatings. More beatings are necessary. Increase the beatings. Let a thousand welts swell. The beatings must continue. The beatings will continue. The beatings will continue until morale improves.

Morale will improve once Obama and his Obamaination works and allies are beaten down, never to rise again.


Back In The U.S.S.R.

Well the Ukraine girls really knock me out… That Georgia’s always on my mi-mi-mi-mi-mind.

Back in 2008 Barack Obama’s mocking of Hillary and McCain triumphed. Barack Obama called those two old hat. Barack Obama was going to “turn the page”. All those pesky old time problems Mess-Obama was about to celestial choir away – along with no more rising oceans and well everything old and bad and soon we would have anti-gravity cars and planes taking us to holidays on the moon and a disco ball in the White House. Well the page has turned alright. We’re now out of the frying pan and into the fire. Elect a boob and you get boobery. Re-elect a boob and you get more boobery. Oy vey!

Back in 2008 Barack Obama was a promising star. Obama promised and promised and promised – stars and unicorns along with pennies from Heaven. It’s been Hell ever since.

Now Vladimir Putin is the star, er, Tsar – sorry for the typo, misplaced letters and all that. Obama is exposed as an international man of boobery. Charles bangs down the hammer on Obama the boob:

The United States does not view Europe as a battleground between East and West, nor do we see the situation in Ukraine as a zero-sum game. That’s the kind of thinking that should have ended with the Cold War.” — Barack Obama, March 24

Should. Lovely sentiment. As lovely as what Obama said five years ago to the United Nations: “No one nation can or should try to dominate another nation.”

That’s the kind of sentiment you expect from a Miss America contestant asked to name her fondest wish, not from the leader of the free world explaining his foreign policy.

Miss America is made of sterner stuff and has more lucid wits than Barack Obama. Miss America would likely agree with an argument we recently made about the Ukrainian crisis. We wrote that the task for an American president who shared Western values is to make the case for the West and the values and history of the West:

“If we had an American president with belief in American values and willing to fight for those values, instead of a president only concerned with his stinking “brand”, the Ukraine crisis could be easily turned into a Churchillian moment in Western history. [snip]

An American president at this time who believes in American values and the values of the Christian West would leap to action. The first symbolic action of such a president would be to recall the ejected bust of Winston Churchill and place it back in a place of honor on the desk in the Oval Office.

Next, such an American president would, alongside Mitt Romney fly to the German capital of Berlin and with Lech Walensa at his side address the peoples of Europe, the West, and the world. To a candid world, in words of brutal truth, such a president would place the attack on Ukraine in historic context. “Ich bin ein Ukrainer” would echo from JFK. “Mr. Putin we forced Mr. Gorbachev to ‘tear down this wall'” and Reagan could for a second be remembered. But more than that, an American president with American values would place the crisis in Ukraine in the context of the West and the long fight for freedom and self-determination of nations.

An American president with granite belief in American values would remind the world that people and nations run TO the west and FROM totalitarian regimes.

An American president with American values would remind the world that the crime of the Ukraine in the eyes of the Evil Empire redux is the preference for the values and freedom and economic hope provided by the West. An American president with American values would remind the world that there was a time when half a continent was called the “captive nations”. An American president with American values would remind the world that evil will not live forever and that even though the Hungarian revolution was crushed by the Evil Empire, tens of thousands killed, freedom came to Hungary and it is free today after a long twilight struggle between the West and the totalitarians.”

As we wrote there is a lot an American president with American values could do to shore up the West and challenge the totalitarian imperium. Roger Cohen at the New York Times is an Obama supporter who does not abandon Obama talking points but he agrees with the the main thrust of our assessment:

“LONDON — Having pivoted to Asia and done the de rigueur minimum over several years to keep the trans-Atlantic alliance off life-support, Barack Obama awakened with a jolt to Europe this week and, on his first visit to Brussels as president, spoke of “inseparable allies” with a shared mission to demonstrate that Russia cannot “run roughshod over its neighbors.”

Shaken from a view of Europe as a kind of 20th-century yawn, Obama spoke of freedom and the ideas that bind the United States and Europe still in an ongoing “contest of ideas” against autocracy and “brute force.” [snip]

Better late than never: The Russian president has benefited from the perception of a United States in full-tilt, war-weary retrenchment; of American red lines turning amber and then green; of a divided European Union; and a hollow NATO living more on the past than any vision of a 21st-century future. Obama has been making up for lost ground.

Still, his Brussels speech, presented as a capstone of his visit and one of those Obama specials designed to offset with eloquence a deficit of deeds, was a poor performance overall, a jejune collection of nostrums about binding values of free-market Western societies and their appeal to the hearts (and pocketbooks) of people throughout the world, not least Ukrainians.[snip]

It is all of this. Unless Western societies find a way to shake their moroseness, level the playing field and rediscover, as Obama put it, the “simple truth that all men, and women, are created equal,” they are going to have a very hard time winning “the contest of ideas.”

Instead of a speech of weary worthiness, Obama should have addressed how an alliance neglected through much of his presidency can be revived; and how American and European democracies, for all their failings, can right themselves because that is the great distinguishing feature of open societies — their capacity for renewal.

Weakling Obama will not be able to bluster the new star, er, Tsar. The world looks at Obama and sees a weakling and smells the stinky fear emanating from the corpse of the unicorn man. Obama is a bumbling boob that will get us all killed. Vladimir Putin is a Tsar who wants to bring back all the Russias and has an active strategy for getting what he wants:

“Perceptions are important. Whatever his long-range intent, Vladi­mir Putin has Russia’s neighbors fearing and many Russians believing that he has, in effect, announced his objective to bring the former Soviet space once again under Russian influence, if not incorporated into the Russian state. He has stationed troops and other military assets in proximity and has indicated a willingness to use them. The resentment and fear his moves have created in Ukraine and other neighbors will, over time, set in motion countermoves and activities that will diminish Russia’s own security. Putin has demonstrated his willingness to cut off supplies of the large quantity of oil and gas Russia ships to Ukraine and the countries of Western Europe and to play games with prices. Russia has also developed important trading and financial dealings with Western countries, particularly Germany, Britain and France.”

The Tsar of all the Russias is up against Obama the Boob. As Krauthammer stated, it is quite a mismatch.

There are some who outright cheer Vladimir Putin’s not yet satiated hunger for territory. There are some who want us to consider why Putin is doing what he is doing and busy blaming the United States policy incompetents (if not corrupt) of officialdom. The smart Patrick Buchanan is in that latter category:

“Perhaps Americans, a fortunate tribe, should try to see the world from the vantage point of the Russian people and Vladimir Putin, and, as the poet Robert Burns said, “see ourselves as others see us.”

At 35, Putin was a rising star in the elite secret police, the KGB, of a superpower with a worldwide empire.

The USSR was almost three times as large as the United States. Its European quadrant was half of the Old Continent. The Soviet Empire extended from the Elbe River in Central Germany to the Bering Strait across from Alaska. It encompassed thirteen time zones. [snip]

Consider, then, what the last dozen years of the 20th century must have been like for proud Russian patriots and nationalists.

First, the European empire suddenly and wholly collapsed. East Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Rumania, Bulgaria all broke away to join the West. The Red Army came home, undefeated, but also unwanted and even detested.

The Warsaw Pact, the rival to NATO, dissolved.

Eastern Europe, which Russians believe they had liberated from the Nazis at a monumental cost in blood, turned its back on Russia, hailed the Americans as liberators, and queued up to join a U.S.-led alliance created to contain Russia.

Then, as Germany was reuniting, the Soviet Union began to break apart — what Putin calls the great tragedy of the 20th century.

One-fourth of the nation he grew up in and half its people vanished. Tens of millions of Russians were left stranded in foreign lands.”

Buchanan’s history is all too true. Yes, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia joined NATO, Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova left too. Romania, Bulgaria, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan soon packed up their lipsticks and left – former girlfriends tired of being abused. Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan hit the road too. Buchanan writes those loses are equivalent to an America without the 11 Confederate states with Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua aligned with the now defunct Warsaw Pact. There’s also this bit of “blame America”:

“State’s Victoria Nuland says we invested $5 billion in re-orienting Ukraine away from Russia. How would we respond if we awoke — as Putin did in February — to learn a pro-American government in Mexico City had been overthrown by street mobs financed by Beijing, a pro-China regime installed, and this unelected Mexican regime wanted out of NAFTA in favor of joining an economic union and military alliance with China?

A U.S. president who landed Marines in Veracruz, as Wilson did in 1914, and sent a 21st-century General “Black Jack” Pershing with an army across the border, would be over 70 percent in the polls, as Putin is today.

And if he seized Baja, as Putin seized Crimea, it would be a cakewalk to a second term.”

Fair points and one that are currently in vogue among those that, well we really don’t understand the motivations of those making excuses for Putin’s actions.

What Buchanan and others like him fail to acknowledge is that the young Putin lived in a vast totalitarian imperium appropriately described by President Ronald Reagan as “The Evil Empire”. That halcyon memory of days gone by was a nightmare for the rest of the world.

What happened to Vladimir Putin’s boyhood homeland is that the “captive nations” escaped. They fled to the West. The West was a refuge. They fled to the West for freedom and the economic growth that follows when women and men are free.

The Russia of Putin’s memory was the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. It was the Evil Empire. It deserved to die. America and the West killed it. Pope John Paul II killed it. The U.S.S.R. was put out of it’s misery. The Berlin Wall was torn down. The KGB and the Stasi and all the apparatus of state terror against its citizens was destroyed. Temporarily.

Now, we are “turning the page” once again – to the past. Any cursory reading of the Quotes of the day reveal the utter befuddlement of Obama’s minions and the purposeful or foolish assessments they make. Unfortunately armies are massing and time is running out. The Tsar of all the Russias is calling. The Evil Empire calling. It’s time to “disconnect the phone” – we’re back in the U.S.S.R.


Good News In Bloom

We took a break today from listening to the Rolling Stones, to check out the two big ObamaCare cases up for a hearing. In the case before the Supreme Court, the Hobby Lobby contraception mandate case which the government will likely lose, we spotted something that no one else is mentioning Here’s the spring sprig which caught our attention:

“As Verrilli’s situation worsened, Justice Kennedy moved in to wonder why it was that Congress would allow a government agency — the Health and Human Services Department — “the power to decide a First Amendment issue of this consequence…. That is for Congress, not for an agency.” Kennedy would repeat that criticism later in the argument.”

It seems to us that Justice Kennedy was telegraphing something to the much more substantial case – the ObamaCare-killer hearing – in the circuit court which was also heard today:

“As has been recounted in this space before, the plain text PPACA authorizes tax credits and cost-sharing subsidies for the purchase of qualifying health insurance plans purchased in health insurance exchanges “established by the State under section 1311” of the Act. PPACA supporters believed every state would create its own exchange. They were mistaken, however, and over thirty states have refused. In response, the IRS promulgated a regulation authorizing tax credits and subsidies in all exchanges, whether or not they were “established by the State under 1311.Halbig is one of four pending challenges to this regulation.

On January 15, Judge Paul Friedman of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columba upheld the IRS rule. According to Judge Friedman’s opinion, an exchange may provide tax credits and cost-sharing subsidies even if it was neither “established by a State” nor “established . . . under section 1311.” As should be clear, I take a different view. Indeed, my work (with Michael Cannon) has been credited with inspiring this litigation and I co-authored an amicus brief in Halbig expanding on our research (see also here).”

It appears to us that Justice Kennedy in questioning whether a mere agency, not the Congress, had the authority to decide an issue of such consequence (namely a First Amendment religious freedom issue) in the Hobby Lobby case might be sending a strong signal to the Halbig litigants and justices that he is not kindly disposed to agencies, not the Congress, making consequential law. Perhaps Justice Kennedy believes that the legislature legislates?

Did we detect from Justice Kennedy something no one else saw? Or did the Rolling Stones put us in such a good mood we are deceived?

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Yup, we are in a good mood. Those of us in winter quarters for these past six years see the jonquils of hope bursting out through the hard ground. Finding good news is as hard as spotting red roses blooming in the snow during these lean Obama years. But we’re optimists and we’re always on the lookout for pink petals floating from the sky.

Still, it sure’s been a long cold cold winter… and the springtime takes a long way around.

It was Mick and the boys that today pep us up:

We previously reported how Roger Waters, formerly of Pink Floyd, is spearheading the movement to prevent musicians from appearing in Israel, even using a fake Gandhi quote as justification.

One of the groups subject to boycott pressure is the Rolling Stones.

In a blow to the boycott movement, Rolling Stones confirm June 4 Israel show:

The Rolling Stones confirmed Tuesday that they will perform in Tel Aviv on June 4 as part of their “14 On Fire” world tour.

“It’s the first time in 35 years that I have no words to describe the enormity of this event,” said producer Shuki Weiss, who has been trying to get the renowned band to Israel for much of his career.

The concert had been rumored for months, but organizers were only able to announce the official confirmation at a press conference in Tel Aviv on Tuesday.

This is a historic moment,” said Weiss, who has produced many of Israel’s largest concerts. “It’s a huge honor to bring the Rolling Stones to Israel, an honor for the country, the citizens, and mostly for the fans who have waited for this moment.”

Thanks boys.

Israel continues to be under attack by the forces of “divestment” especially at American colleges and universities. If you’re a White House reporter, who is Jewish, traveling with Israel hating bow-to-Saudi-despots Barack Obama you’re out of luck in getting your travel papers to enter Saudi Arabia. Obama will no doubt denouce Israel and bow again to Saudi creeps instead of standing up for American values. Well, anyway, at least the British boys called the Rolling Stones stand up for American values.

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Our regular readers know we have been strongly warning that Hillary Clinton 2016 better run away from Obama and ObamaCare. We believe Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton are already doing that, albeit at a snail’s pace.

Yesterday, Bill Clinton continued to put pedal to the metal and increased the distance from Obama:

“Bill Clinton: If The U.S. Gives Up Internet Oversight, Internet Freedom Will Suffer

According to former U.S. president Bill Clinton, Obama’s plan to relinquish control of the Internet will enable foreign governments to crack down and limit Internet freedom.

Last week the Obama administration announced that they were looking for private company to take over the US handling of internet address.

Clinton has joined a number of critics in the US and around the world who think this is a bad and would lead to vulnerability of the internet freedom.

Speaking at Arizona State University, Clinton and Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales doubted the benefits of such a change. Bluntly, Clinton claims introducing a system of global oversight will empower “governments that want to gag people, and restrict access to the Internet.

“I understand in theory why we should have a multi-stakeholder process…I just know that a lot of these so-called stakeholders are really governments that want to gag people, and restrict access to the Internet.”

Clinton asked Wales on stage if he is concerned that this decision will negatively impact Internet freedom. In response, Wales said “yes, I’m very worried about it.

What else will Obama give away that weakens America? Obama’s already given away nuclear reductions unilaterally. Obama proved to be very “flexible” after the elections and given Crimea to Russia because of inaction. Missile deployment? Check. Iran nuclear weapons to threaten Israel? Check. What’s left? Even Michelle is in China!

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Michelle torturing the Chinese – see we told you things are getting better!

Picture it: Chinese government officials used to tormenting their people wake up and have to see Michelle Obama stomping through the Forbidden City spending American cash borrowed from the Chinese lender government. The power of Karma!

While Michelle scowls her way through China – frightening peasants, bicyclers, and officialdom, we are treated to an appearance by Sister Sarah:

Sarah Palin on Hillary Run: ‘I Would Like to See More Women Run for Higher Office’

During her appearance on “Extra” to promote her new TV Show “Amazing America,” former Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) was asked by host Mario Lopez “What are your thoughts on Hillary Clinton?”

Palin responded, “I would like to see women run for the higher office. I think America certainly is ready for more female candidates at that upper echelon.”

The Palin interview may be viewed at HERE.

Good for Sarah Palin. Palin could have been snarky and insulted Hillary. Palin eviscerated Obama in the interview. Palin could have denounced Hillary Clinton 2016 too. Palin could have said something along the lines of “I’m looking forward to Republican candidate X to get in the race”. Palin could have said a lot of avoid the topic entirely non-sequiturs Instead Sarah Palin smelled the pink roses. That’s the right thing to do in Spring.


How NOT To Be Ready For Hillary Clinton 2016

Update: Lots of reports confirming what we have forseen and advised for months (if not years). Run Hillary, Run against Obama and his Obaminations. Forthwith the Quotes of the day: “…Hillary Clinton, has already left the administration and can thus, in classic Clinton form, ditch unpopular policies….” That’s about how Biden is trapped defending the indefensible.

The Hill newspaper also sees Hillary Run Run Run away from Obama and his Obaminations. But as Clinton distances herself from Obama, rakes in the cash and prevents other Democrats from prepping a national campaign for a White House run in 2016, she might look around at the polls and see just what will happen to Democrats in this fall’s midterm elections if all current estimates are correct.

The Wall Street Journal noticed Hillary demonstrating the toughness Obama only fantasizes about as he watches burly men on the basketball court. Hillary said she is “personally skeptical that the Iranians would follow through and deliver” on the Obama sell out of American/Israeli interests.

For success, Hillary Clinton 2016 must run away and eventually denounce Barack Obama and his Obaminations. It’s beginning to happen albeit not fast enough. Whatever loses this strategy costs in loss of Obama cultists and DailyKooks will more than be matched by increased support of the white working class and senior citizens both groups which once formed the Democratic Party base.


For Republicans the strategy on how to destroy Hillary Clinton 2016 is obvious and real easy. For Hillary Clinton 2016 the road to success is more treacherous but the Republican attacks can be anticipated, prepared for, and protected against, if and when Hillary Clinton decides (after November 2014) to commence Hillary Clinton 2016.

As we have advised before, Hillary Clinton 2016 must be like hockey great Wayne Gretzky and anticipate where the puck will be in 2016. Republicans have the same task. Republicans also have to get rid of their practice and image as hypocritical panty sniffers more concerned with the bedroom activities of other adults than their own sexual hijinks and policy prescriptions. Republicans have taken a giant step in at least putting forward an initial attempt to fix their image with a new campaign which features YouTube videos like this one:

That video upends what most people believe Republicans look like which in itself stokes attention to the message. The message from the mouths of normal looking everyday people is at the heart of Republican philosophy. Yet it is not difficult to believe that a great majority of what is said in the video will find agreement with most Americans whatever their political persuasion. In short this is an agreeable, smart, honest, accessible, positive, attractive, inclusive, surprising, feel good, expression of what the Republican Party image can and should be. The problem comes when the red flag of battle is waved which causes Republicans to forget this type of “addition politics” and revert to emotionally satisfying ugly self-destructive foolishness.

We are not suggesting for a second that Republicans should not be tough during a campaign. Quite the contrary. We are once again suggesting that Republicans (and Hillary Clinton 2016) be tough. In 2012 we fumed when Mitt Romney said Barack Obama was a nice guy. Mitt Romney should have exposed Barack Obama as a race-baiter whose entire campaign history was ugly attacks on opponents while publicly demanding a “new politics”. By saying Barack Obama was a nice guy Romney undercut himself by telling a lie. Now Mitt Romney is talking tough about Obama (shades of Chris Christie) but when he should have been tough Mitt was mostly a doughnut.

All the above we have written before and will write again and again and again until the message sinks in. Some of our message is taking hold. For instance, the intelligent Jay Cost has advice of his own for Republicans on how to destroy Hillary Clinton 2016 most of which we have written long ago. Most Republicans will not be able to tolerate what Cost is telling them let alone take his good advice. Jay Cost does provide one suggestion we find counterproductive, but overall it is good advice which will stick in the craw of many Republicans. Here is the smart part of the Jay Cost advice for Republicans which comes after Cost raises the specter of the massive Clinton money machine:

Not Ready for Hillary

The GOP has another problem with Hillary: In the last quarter-century, it has exhibited no facility for countering Clintonism in the public mind. This failure is arguably worse than any cash crunch; it does not matter how much money you spend making a bad argument if it is still a bad argument. And that is all the GOP ever seems to have against the Clintons.

Republicans have had three at-bats against the Clintons—the elections of 1992 and 1996 and the impeachment proceedings of 1998-99—and struck out every time. To date, there is little evidence they have learned from their defeats. Rand Paul has been raising Bill Clinton’s sexual misconduct, something that backfired while Clinton was president. Meanwhile, some Republican pundits are saying that Hillary Clinton has never really accomplished anything, a line that got George H.W. Bush nowhere in 1992.

Almost certain to be outraised and lacking any compelling case against the Clintons, the Republican party, it is fair to say, is not ready for Hillary. If anything, the classic Clinton shtick—“I feel your pain”—should play particularly well in this age of seemingly permanent economic anxiety.

Context is still important. In 1992, when Bill and Hillary Clinton waxed eloquent about the middle-class squeeze, they were flanked by an unemployed steelworker and a single mother working two jobs. Nowadays, they are more likely to have Warren Buffett on one side and Mick Jagger on the other. That’s the price you pay for being at the top of the world’s political, social, and economic hierarchy for a quarter-century: You are bound to lose touch with the “folks” (a Clintonian classic) who elevated you to those heights in the first place. In 1992 George H.W. Bush was the out-of-touch elitist who (supposedly) did not understand how a grocery scanner worked. In 2016, Hillary Clinton will not have driven her own car for 25 years.

And therein lies the GOP’s best opportunity.”

At this point Jay Cost goes off the rails. Cost is absolutely correct in asserting what we have constantly shouted about why the Clenis, Lewinsky, Brodderick, Paula, Whitewater, bimbos, travel office, Mena, blue dresses, draft dodging, pot smoking, black baby daddy, Gennifer Flowers, missing papers, release of papers, furniture, pardons, yackety yack yack yack yada yada yada etc. etc. etc. won’t hurt Bill or Hillary Clinton. If anything this all helps them. Republicans might not like it, but these things help Bill and Hill more than anything else. Scandal fatigue is transmuted to at worse entertaining entertainment. Cost is right about this.

But when Cost discusses the “GOP’s best opportunity” he has forgotten 2008 and 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. Here is Jay Cost’s proposal to the GOP:

“Put simply, the party should try to occupy the same political space the Clintons seized in 1992, and cast the Clintons in the role of the out-of-touch elitist. Bill’s appetite for the rock-star lifestyle—hobnobbing with the gilded elite in Davos rather than the diner crowd in Little Rock—facilitates this effort. So does Hillary’s presumably endless grasping for campaign contributions, which unmistakably connects her to the elite (and reviled) quarters of this country. Goldman Sachs’s Lloyd Blankfein is already on board for Hillary, which tells you all you need to know. It should, in theory, be possible for the GOP to expose the hypocrisy of the Clintons’ pitch to the “forgotten middle class,” given that they seemingly have forgotten all about their own middle-class backgrounds.

That’s the theory, at any rate. In practice, success depends upon the nominee. Some candidates are well equipped to make a populist pitch to the middle class, others not. [snip]

This time, Republicans would be well advised to cast against type. They should consider a candidate who has not spent much time in Washington, somebody whose parents struggled to reach the middle class, someone who has had to work hard in the last 20 years to retain that status, somebody who is, if not hip, at least relatively young (the younger candidate has won the popular vote in the last six presidential elections). In general, one cannot overstate the power of symbolism in a presidential election. The vast array of issues that confront the electorate is bewildering, and an easy heuristic to deal with the messy questions of policy is: Which candidate has more empathy for people of my social and economic status? The Republicans should find a candidate who seems more empathetic than Hillary Clinton.

Indeed, “The Republicans should find a candidate who seems more empathetic than Hillary Clinton.” But c’mon. Really? Does anyone think the Republicans have someone more empathetic than Hillary??? No, really, c’mon. Ain’t gonna happen. Let’s get real here.

In 2008 Hillary Clinton roared and rallied the white working class to her side. That’s not “elite” Jay. In 2009 through 2014 it has and will be Bill and Hillary Clinton that can go, to cheers and applause, to places that no Democrat can go to and win. Hillary can knock back a drink and wiggle a dance in any working class bar in any country in the world. So don’t go there Republicans. That’s an area you cannot yet compete in.


Could we be wrong in this? We suppose so but right now we cannot think of a Republican candidate that fits “the bill” so to speak better than Hillary. Rand Paul? The guy that loves to talk Clenis? Chris Christie? He could say, as we have strongly suggested, that he is a fighter for the people but empathy? We don’t think so. Ted Cruz is smart and tough. But empathy? Jeb Bush, Huckabee, Martinez, Walker, Ryan, might be the empathetic miracle Cost is summoning but we have not yet seen any evidence they can be more empathic than Hillary. Rubio? Is he still an option after his immigration reform campaign?


As for Republicans denouncing Hillary Clinton 2016 for fundraising, or as Cost terms it “Hillary’s presumably endless grasping for campaign contributions” unless Republicans forgo fundraising in 2016 that appears to be a non-starter too. Yes, Barack Obama got away with his fundraising lies and hypocrisies but that was well, “racism” if you pointed it out.

Jay Cost is also right that Republicans need a “Sister Souljah moment” but that is a discussion for another day. The best part of Cost’s article for Hillary Clinton 2016 and Republicans is this paragraph about Bill Clinton:

“Meanwhile Clinton mentioned “work,” “working,” or “hard work” 29 times in his 1992 address, and in so doing produced a lasting shift in the party’s image. No longer would it be the party of the radicals, the grievance mongers, or those blindly pushing government for its own sake. It would be the party that wields government to help those who are already working hard. That was the essence of the “New Democrat” label.”

If Hillary Clinton 2016 and Republicans run a campaign based on that paragraph all Americans will be better off.

How does Hillary Clinton 2016 win? How do Republicans win in 2016? Cost comes close to suggesting what we have been suggesting for some time now:

“An economic calamity would sink the standing of Barack Obama, the Democratic party, and the Clintons as well, in which case any reasonably qualified GOP nominee could probably win. Similarly, an economic boom might restore Obama’s reputation and render moot the entire GOP campaign, wafting Clinton into office on her predecessor’s coattails. But if the current state of affairs prevails—Obama is unpopular, but Democrats are united and Clinton remains detached from the incumbent in the public’s mind—the GOP should worry. This could produce something close to a 50-50 race, making the party’s message to the electorate of crucial importance.”

If Republicans want to win in 2016 all they have to do is make sure that Hillary no longer “remains detached from the incumbent”. If Hillary Clinton 2016 wants to win then the effort must be to make sure that “Clinton remains detached from the incumbent”. Tie Hillary to Obama – Republicans win. Get away from Obama as far and fast as possible and Hillary Clinton 2016 wins.

For Hillary Clinton 2016 the time is now. Barack Obama has been a boon to Republicans and poisonous stink to anyone near him. The latest attempt by James Carville, a close adviser to the Clintons, to rally the party lacks spirit and conviction. Carville writes:

“In early February this year, I wrote a column for The Hill in which I tried to talk Democrats off the cliff. I warned them against having such a gloomy outlook for November. To tell you the truth, though, when I saw the result from the Florida special election last Tuesday, I asked myself where my straight razor was because I thought I might need it.”

Another Clinton advisor, Doug Sosnick, analyzes Republican prospects:

Since Obama became president, the party has not fared particularly well. The WSJ/NBC polling trends indicate that Democrats’ favorability ratings have dropped 21 points during Obama’s time in office, going from a rating of 49 percent positive/31 percent negative during his first term to being underwater now with a 35 percent positive /38 percent negative rating. (See May 9, 2013 memo)

All of these indicators would seem to suggest that 2016 should be a “time for a change” election, creating a window of opportunity for Republicans.”

Sosnick is stating what we have stated:

“The central question for any campaign is whether the electorate must “stay the course!” or whether it is “time for a change!”. It’s one or the other. There is no other question. A merge, a double message won’t sell. A “let’s stay the course but change” concoction has as much appeal and logic as vegetarian pork chops.”

IT’S TIME FOR A CHANGE! Hillary Clinton is already tiptoeing away from the Hell-Hole called ObamaCare. Hillary will have to run faster away from the domestic disaster that is ObamaCare. ObamaCare is going to get much worse and the costs will continue to rise for Americans. But at least she has begun the walk-trot-run-race away from ObamaCare.

ObamaCare will continue to kill ObamaCare supporters. In Colorado, according to the Dem pollsters at PPP, “There’s little doubt that it’s the unpopularity of Obamacare and Barack Obama himself that’s making the Colorado Senate contest look so potentially competitive.” It’s not just Colorado and it’s not a problem that can be fixed with distractions and squirrels, “The Democratic power elite now believe that appeals to raise the minimum wage and extend unemployment insurance are not enough to overcome Obama’s deep unpopularity and frustration with the president’s signature health care law.

Hillary Clinton 2016 has begun to run away from ObamaCare but not quickly enough. Barack Obama is poison and the party that destroyed it’s winning FDR-Kennedy-Clinton coalition to embrace the Obama “creative class” “coalition of the ascendant” is finally beginning to figure out what we warned them about starting in 2007. Hillary Clinton 2016 can avoid the “screaming siren” “turnout issue” by mobilizing white working class voters and senior citizens to her banner again. The problems of 2014 will repeat themselves in 2016 even though it is a presidential election year because the population will rise up in pitchforks to burn down ObamaCare and all the evil works of Barack Obama.

Hillary Clinton has also begun to get away from Barack Obama and his foreign policy disasters. We’ll be discussing Hillary Clinton, foreign policy, her record at the State Department very soon. But for now let’s briefly glance at Hillary Clinton and the Obama weakness on Ukraine. Obama weakness emboldens Putin and today more bad news is Breaking: Ukraine military to pull out of Crimea

Like the proverbial 98 pound weakling on the beach, flabby fool Barack “coward” Obama is getting sand thrown in his face and sandwiches by the strong guy Vladdy “Punchin'” Putin. Putin and his pals are laughing at Barack Obama openly and twittering their contempt. Who can blame them? When you see such contemptible weakness posing as a tough guy the testosterone demands kicking in the teeth and administering noogies on the noggin. We are sure Putin stays awake at night – thinking of new ways to mock Obama and humiliate the preening jerk. When Putin finally drifts off to sleep he dreams of kicking and punching Barack Obama again and again to general guffaws as he further demonstrates his ability to humiliate the tall hapless dope that occupies 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Barack Obama? Barack Obama is busy preening in front of various mirrors only too happy to remind himself that Michelle will soon be gone for a few glorious days of mooching off the taxpayer purse. World affairs, missing airplanes, ObamaCare disasters? Barack is busy watching burly men sink basketballs and cheering them on with his bracket picks.

Hillary Clinton? Hillary is saying some of what needs to be said:

“Hillary Clinton on Tuesday painted Russia’s actions in the Ukraine as an affront to “our values” that will set a dangerous precedent if left unpunished. [snip]

Her remarks came hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed the Ukrainian region of Crimea for Russia.

“I hope there’s not another Cold War,” she said, when asked if that was how she saw the conflict playing out. “Obviously, nobody wants to see that. I think that’s primarily up to Putin.”

The United States earlier this week announced some sanctions targeting officials tied to the crisis on Monday, to mixed reviews.

Clinton, who recently likened Putin’s moves in the Ukraine to those of Adolf Hitler’s in the 1930s, warned that allowing Russia to escape relatively unscathed from its actions in the Ukraine sends a problematic message.

“What Putin did is illegal,” she said.

Dripping sarcasm, she continued, “It’s not because we gave the poor little Baltic states NATO protection. And people need to say that, and they need to be very clear: This is a clash of values and it’s an effort by Putin to rewrite the boundaries of post-World War II Europe. If he’s allowed to get away with that, then I think you’ll see a lot of other countries either directly facing Russian aggression or suborned with their political systems so that they’re so intimidated, they’re in effect transformed into vassals, not sovereign democracies.”

The issue requires “visionary leadership,” she said, adding that Europe — especially Germany — is dependent on Russia for energy.

How far this aggressiveness goes, I think, is really up to us,” she said. “I would like to see us accelerating the development of pipelines from Azerbaijan up into Europe, I’d like to see us looking for ways to accelerate internal domestic production [in places like Poland] … and just really go at this in a self-interested, smart way. Russians can only intimidate you if you’re dependent upon them.

Clinton added that there’s no need to “be rattling sabers, that’s not useful. But people need to get moving in protecting themselves against future intimidation.”

We especially like that Hillary calls what is happening in the Ukraine as a “clash of values” as we have suggested. Even before those tough, not wimpy flabby foolish remarks like what oozed out of Barack Obama’s mouth, Hillary was seen by many as stepping away from Barack Obama – on foreign policy:

Hillary Clinton Steps Away From Obama on Foreign Policy
She rolls out tough rhetoric on Russia as the president treads lightly with Putin.

In recent weeks, as the standoff over Ukraine escalated, Hillary Clinton did something that she never did as secretary of State: She put considerable distance between herself and the president she served loyally for four years. While Barack Obama cautiously warned Vladimir Putin to back off his claims on Ukraine, Clinton rolled out a rhetorical cannon, comparing the Russian president’s moves to the seizure of territory by Adolf Hitler that set off World War II. Her comments were so harsh and controversial that she was forced to walk them back a bit, saying, “I’m not making a comparison, certainly, but I am recommending that we perhaps can learn from this tactic that has been used before.”

Clinton’s remarks appeared to be an indication of two things. One, she’s concerned enough about shoring up her reputation for toughness that she may indeed be thinking about running for president in 2016. Clinton offered up, in other words, a rare and enticing hint about the question that everyone in the politics game is asking these days. Undoubtedly she knows that the effort she led as secretary of State in 2009, an attempted “reset” of relations with Russia that included a new arms treaty, now looks naive in the face of Putin’s repudiation of Obama over Ukraine and his lack of cooperation on other issues, such as resolution of the Syrian civil war. Two, Clinton could be worried that by the time the next presidential season rolls around, what was once seen as one of Obama’s stronger points—foreign policy—could easily become a liability to whomever is seeking the Democratic nomination.[snip]

Putin’s continued recalcitrance, and Obama’s hesitancy over how to react to the biggest foreign policy test of his presidency, is only the capstone to a series of apparent failures and abortive efforts to avert war in Syria, resolve the situation in Afghanistan, and tamp down the resurgence of al-Qaida. If, as is likely, Russian forces are still occupying Crimea come 2016—or worse, advancing westward—if chaos and bloodshed still reign in Syria, and if Afghanistan begins to look as chaotic as Iraq has in the aftermath of the planned U.S. troop withdrawal at the end of this year, the narrative will be very different in the next presidential campaign.

Republican attacks on Obama in recent months are an early indication of what’s to come. Sen. John McCain, Obama’s 2008 opponent, has been almost beside himself with fury in condemning the president as weak on Ukraine, Syria, China, and Iran. With negotiations failing over Syria, Egypt becoming a military-run state, and Putin indicating he intends to stay where he is in Crimea, the killing of bin Laden will be but a distant memory in 2016. Even some prominent Democrats, such as Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez, have turned into persistent critics of Obama’s policies abroad. “Our policies toward Russia require urgent reexamination,” Menendez wrote in The Washington Post this week.

“It’s absolutely true that things are tough for the president all around right now, whereas before, his foreign policy and relations with the world were one of the high points for a long time,” Campbell says. “She can credibly create the separation for herself. It’s going to be a lot tougher for Vice President Biden.”

Hillary Clinton is saying what must be said about events in Ukraine. Hillary Clinton is doing what must be said and done. Hillary Clinton is also getting away from Barack Obama on domestic policy and foreign policy which is another imperative priority for Hillary Clinton 2016.

Hillary Clinton 2016 must get as far from Barack Obama and his Obaminations as fast as possible. Hillary Clinton must realize that the only way Republicans can defeat her in 2016 is to tie her to Barack Obama.

Likewise, for Republicans to win in 2016 they must tie Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama. It’s a race to see who will do a better job of linking or shielding from poisonous snake Barack Obama first.

Mitt Romney is doing his best to tie Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama. But that is a topic for another day when we discuss Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s record at the State Department.


Sink, Sank, Sunk – Hillary Clinton 2016 And The Hell-Hole Called ObamaCare

At the end of last month Hillary Clinton 2016 began the inevitable run, away from Obamacare, on tiptoes.
Today we got a confession from Barack Obama: Yeah, a lot of you won’t be able to keep your doctor after all. Also today David Jolly was sworn in as the latest Republican member of the House of Representatives even though, according to Republican officials, lobbyist Jolly campaigned for office in a “Keystone Kops” manner which included the soon to be divorced candidate, with his 14 years younger squeeze in tow, trolling for votes. Shortly after Jolly’s romp to Congress Barack Obama made moves to trip Hillary Clinton 2016 and prevent the tiptoe slink-away from turning to a full canter then gallop away from ObamaCare. Let’s unpack these related events.

Hillary Clinton 2016 is in a bind. On the one hand Obama and ObamaCare are a disaster that must be run away from. On the other hand the rot that calls itself the Democratic Party and all its D.C. office contestants decided for various reasons (hint: money) to run on a strategy which worked so well for Bill Clinton years ago when the issue was affirmative action. Back then Bill Clinton declared “mend it, don’t end it” to great success. But Barack Obama is no salesman like Bill Clinton and ObamaCare is a threat against every adult American so there is no tactical manover such as “mend it, don’t end it” that will stave the “end” from arriving. We were not surprised when Hillary Clinton 2016 began to slink away.

In September of last year we predicted much of what has happened in regards to Hillary Clinton 2016 and ObamaCare along with our dire warnings:

“The central question for any campaign is whether the electorate must “stay the course!” or whether it is “time for a change!”. It’s one or the other. There is no other question. A merge, a double message won’t sell. A “let’s stay the course but change” concoction has as much appeal and logic as vegetarian pork chops. Hillary Clinton 2016 thus far mumbles non sequiturs hoping no one will notice the screeching echoes of the 2008 muddled message mess (which we tried to correct) when the campaign careened from message to message while the Obama campaign stuck to it’s simple and clear lie.”

As we wrote “a double message won’t sell”. The sunken Sink is proof if any proof is needed.

Hillary Clinton 2016 is in a bind. The entire party swears and promises to run as remorseless ObamaCare congregants – which places a fork in the road for Hillary Clinton 2016. The choice is this: lead by telling the truth about the Obamaination called ObamaCare; or gallop at the head of the Crimean War Light Brigade.

Don’t think Barack Obama does not know in which direction Hillary Clinton 2016 and others running for office are going as a consequence of Tuesday’s election results. Barack Obama read what Hillary Clinton said at the end of February. Further, Barack Obama knows a united front on ObamaCare is collapsing. So Barack Obama acted to prevent the near silent tiptoes from becoming a mass breakout run away from himself and ObamaCare. Obama issued new exemptions from ObamaCare.

The new ObamaCare exemptions expire shortly before the 2016 presidential elections. Whoever gets the party nomination for 2016 will be slaughtered if the exemptions are not extended past the 2016 election. If the nominee does as Obama wants, then election aid exemptions will be issued. If the nominee does not do as Obama wants, then no exemptions will be issued and the American public will visit its vengeance against the 2016 nominee. Barack Obama does not know how to run a lemonade stand but he is a brilliant strategist when it comes to self-advancement, self-protection, and self-interest.

And so, Hillary Clinton 2016 is in a bind. To break away or not to break away, that is the question. We’ve advised a brutal break away from Obama and ObamaCare and while that debate raged in HillaryLand, tentative tiptoe steps began the walkaway:


Democratic 2016 frontrunner Hillary Clinton nudged the accelerator in her effort to get past the problems with ObamaCare bedeviling the president and their party. Talking to a gathering of health information specialists in Florida, Clinton sounded more than open to substantial changes to President Obama’s signature law. From Reuters: “Part of the challenge is to clear away all the smoke and try to figure out what is working and what isn’t,’ Clinton, who served as secretary of state in Obama’s first term, was quoted by CNN as saying. ‘What do we need to do to try to fix this? Because it would be a great tragedy, in my opinion, to take away what has now been provided.’” Clinton previewed her expected talking points for the 2016 campaign, praising Obama’s goals but lamenting his poor execution: “But I would be the first to say if things aren’t working, then we need people of good faith to come together and make evidence-based changes,’ said Clinton, who led a failed effort to pass healthcare reform during the administration of her husband, Bill Clinton. Among issues she said should be addressed were small businesses of 50 or more employees providing health coverage and companies moving people to part-time from full-time work to avoid making healthcare contributions.”

That’s a “vegetarian pork chop” in the “mend it don’t end it” vein. For the discerning it was also quite a rebuke of Obama and ObamaCare. The mention of “evidence-based changes” needed to fix ObamaCare and the adverse impact on jobs echoed the most scorching of ObamaCare critics.

Reuters linked those late February remarks as “a hot-button campaign issue in congressional elections in November and possibly the 2016 White House race.” No kidding.

The problems for Hillary Clinton 2016 oddly enough were best summarized by conservatives/Republicans at HotAir:

“Hillary Clinton aims for middle of ObamaCare debate

We can talk about mending it instead of ending it, but there simply is no mending it. What’s broken is the system itself, because it’s based on the idea that government can competently run a command economy. That’s what needs to be “mended.” By 2016, most Americans will have personal experience with the endemic failure of a command health-care economy, and Hillary will have to find a new position.”

The “new position” for Hillary Clinton 2016 predicted in late February by HotAir is urgently required in the wake of the elections results in which ObamaCare sank Sink.

That prediction of a “new position” needed in future by Hillary Clinton 2016 came on the same day as a CBS/NYT poll in which “the difference between fix and repeal” further narrowed.

Hillary Clinton cited, as good, the least controversial aspects of ObamaCare such as children up to age 26 dependent on parental insurance for protection. The problems with a continued defense by Hillary Clinton 2016 or anyone running for election this year of ObamaCare are many:

“The first change hardly required a national takeover of the insurance industry to accomplish, even though it’s still of dubious value. In an economy that actually produced above-population-growth job creation, young adults would have an easier time of getting their own insurance rather than making Mom & Dad responsible for their upkeep well into adulthood. Access to preventive care was not a big issue, either; everyone had access to it with or without health insurance, and as the premium spikes in the last few months demonstrate, they don’t come free either way.

What’s missing from Hillary’s list of ObamaCare wins? Oh, items like bending the cost curve downward, insuring the uninsured, and if you like your plan/doctor, you can keep your plan/doctor. The first two were supposedly the primary reason that health-care reform had to take the form of a government takeover of the entire system and forced participation. The third was the promise that a government takeover of the entire system would have no impact on the 85% of Americans who were already insured, with 87% of those satisfied with their health care. Instead, ObamaCare has made the system unstable, more expensive, and made many Americans less able to keep their current providers while seeing more money come out of their pockets for plans they didn’t want.”

That last sentence should have been enough to keep awake through many nights Hillary Clinton 2016 strategists. Then it got worse.

The New York Times reports today it was ObamaCare that sank Sink:

Health Law Tied to G.O.P. Victory in Florida Race

CLEARWATER, Fla. — For Democrats hoping to claim a prized House seat in a swing district, Alex Sink seemed a shining candidate: a moderate, business-minded banker and former candidate for governor with ample experience in running a big race and raising money for it.

But in the end, Tuesday’s special election showed that her campaign could not outrun the tsunami of advertisements tying her to President Obama’s health care law. And, just as important, Ms. Sink was unable to step out of Mr. Obama’s shadow. Although he won twice in Pinellas County, where Tuesday’s vote took place, his approval ratings in Florida were a liability this year. [snip]

Mr. Jolly said he would vote to repeal the law. Ms. Sink said it had problems but should be fixed rather than discarded.”

‘Fix it don’t discard it’ is the less poetic sibling to “mend it don’t end it”. The voters decided to end it, not prolong it.

All the spin by Obama and ObamaCare apologists won’t twist the elemental truth that ObamaCare kills political careers. In 2010 ObamaCare killed a whole generation of Dimocratic Party elected officials. In 2014 the same will happen. In 2016 Obama will try to tie the party nominee to his sunken treasure.

Big Donors are hearing the very same prognosis we have been writing and that won’t encourage them to pay for suites on Titanic. Chris O’Tingles has seen the ghost of Christmas Future:

Joe Scarborough too:

For O’Tingles race-baiting and lies should be the only items on the electoral menu because ObamaCare kills political careers. Brent Budowsky has seen the ghost too:

Obama endangers Dems

Mr. President, Democrats are alarmed. About you.

The legacy of the Obama presidency could well include the destruction of Democratic control of the House, the Senate and a majority of governorships and state legislatures across America. Democrats can prevent this. My warning to Democrats and to Obama — whose presidency will effectively end if the outcome in 2014 is unfavorable — is that they must understand the gravity of the danger and the urgent need to improvise, adapt and do some things very differently.”

Paul Begala tweetedDems should not try to spin this loss. We have to redouble our efforts for 2014. Too much at stake.” If Begala looks out his window he can see Hillary putting on some running shoes and about to hit the road far far far away from Obama and ObamaCare.

Conservative Byron York laid out once again why fix = repeal:

“They have to say they want to fix the program because almost nobody (a bare eight percent in the latest Kaiser Foundation survey) wants to keep the law as is. But to fix the aspects of Obamacare that are imposing new burdens on millions of Americans — higher premiums, higher deductibles, a hugely unpopular mandate, and narrower choices of doctors, hospitals, and prescription drugs — Democrats would have to advocate fundamental changes in the law that they have so far steadfastly refused to accept. Get rid of the individual mandate? To do so would rip the heart out of Obamacare, tantamount to repealing it altogether. Many Democrats would rather lose than do that.”

At National Journal Josh Kraushaar sees a Republican wave already building offshore ready to sweep away the detritus which is Obama’s presidency.

Charlie Cook surmised that sunken Sink was not the worst news of the week, “even worse news came in the form of an NBC News/Wall Street Journal national poll released last night, along with four statewide surveys conducted by a highly-regarded Democratic pollster in key Senate race states.”

Hell’s bells, even Carney the Clown is getting out of the Obama circus (to go to Russia as Ambassador??? and give Putin more laughs???).

Such is the panic that Big Media Obama acolytes are banging the drum for Justices Ginsberg and Breyer to retire so that Obama can appoint young’uns to the court and thereby have some sort of legacy other than the soon to be dead death-dealing ObamaCare. The desperation is for Supreme Court retirements now because the Senate will likely go Republican this year and these acolytes don’t know when there will be another Democrat in the White House. “Yes, some Democrats (and perhaps some pessimistic Republicans) have convinced themselves that Democrats now have a demographic or electoral college lock on the White House, but that’s hooey. At best, Democrats have a very slim edge, one that could easily be swamped by the normal ebbs and flows of events, or disappear just as rapidly as it emerged.

If there is a swamp to be seen it is ObamaCare. Candidates running for office in 2014 and 2016 cannot continue with “mend it don’t end it”. To do so will be the end of them.

The flawed David Jolly has made Obama supporters and ObamaCare defenders sad.

Deceivers like Nancy Pelousy will lie to all willing to be deceived that she and her ilk are not worried that Sink sank. But even as the lies come from her mouth the Obama leadership is taking action which betray the lies as the lies they are:

“House Democrats are looking for a way to blunt their Obamacare woes.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, House Democrats’ campaign arm, is about to embark on a large-scale public opinion survey that will – in part – seek to uncover how voters in key districts across America feel about the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

The DCCC bi-annual National Research Project, which begins in the next several weeks, will also include focus groups across several dozens competitive districts. The DCCC is devoting much of its energy to uncovering how – and how much – they should talk about the battered health care law. [snip]

Key Democratic strategists, who spoke anonymously to discuss party strategy, were blunt about Obamacare’s problems, especially from the political angle. They said Alex Sink’s loss in the Florida special election was a “nightmare.” Sink campaigned on Obamacare, and couldn’t beat the deeply flawed Republican David Jolly. Democrats know they can’t ignore Obamacare — they need to find a successful way to talk about it. [snip]

A Democratic strategist involved in House races said, “We’re going to test the the hell out of this. We’re really hurting from Obamacare.”

At the same time, a number of other disparate dynamics are surfacing. There is a fear that more and more will join Republicans to vote to change the law – a phenomenon that has recently worsened.”

Perhaps by 2016 ObamaCare propagandists will devise new brainwashing techniques to fool the public. But we doubt it. It’s been years now and thus far all we have gotten is a potted plant selling ObamaCare between two ferns.

That potted plant is full of fertilizer.

Worse, the Obama/ObamaCare cult persists and demands that ObamaCare be defended without mending or tending. The Obama/ObamaCare cult screams, ‘give no quarter’ ‘ do not retreat’ ‘do not equivocate’ – It’s Time for Democrats to Embrace ObamaCare:

“Trying to pussyfoot around Obamacare was an awkward strategy, and, evidently, it didn’t work. If other Democrats are to avoid meeting Sink’s fate in November, they need something more convincing to say about the Affordable Care Act than “mend it, don’t end it,” which is now their default position. But what could that be?

Here’s a heretical idea. [snip]

What better way to do it than by turning Obamacare into a great progressive cause, rather than something to avoid or be embarrassed about.

“A great progressive cause”? This is madness!

How to explain “a great progressive cause” opposed by your strongest allies who demand change? How is it not madness to insist, fingers firmly in ears that all is well and no need to mend nor end when your strongest allies yell “stop!:

“Union: Obamacare will slash wages by up to $5 an hour

A national union that represents 300,000 low-wage hospitality workers charges in a new report that Obamacare will slam wages, cut hours, limit access to health insurance and worsen the very “income equality” President Obama says he is campaigning to fix.

Unite Here warned that due to Obamacare’s much higher costs for health insurance than what union workers currently pay, the result will be a pay cut of up to $5 an hour. “If employers follow the incentives in the law, they will push families onto the exchanges to buy coverage. This will force low-wage service industry employees to spend $2.00, $3.00 or even $5.00 an hour of their pay to buy similar coverage,” said the union in a new report.

“Only in Washington could asking the bottom of the middle class to finance health care for the poorest families be seen as reducing inequality,” said the report from Unite Here. “Without smart fixes, the ACA threatens the middle class with higher premiums, loss of hours, and a shift to part-time work and less comprehensive coverage,” said the report, titled, “The Irony of Obamacare: Making Inequality Worse.”

“Mend it don’t end it” is indefensible and cannot be sustained as an election year message. However, “don’t mend it and don’t end it” is certifiable lunacy. This is a cult mentality not politics. Two alternatives then remain: repeal or single payer. Single payer after Obama and ObamaCare is a double down on madness. Why? Because if Obama cannot manage to establish and run a website and made a mess of his singular legacy “achievement” how can anyone believe that he can run the entire health care system?

Today we heard of the latest resignation from the overseers of ObamaCare:

“A Department of Health and Human Services official resigned from his post in a scathing letter that ripped the agency for profound dysfunction.

David Wright headed the Office of Research Integrity for two years and wrote in his letter dated Feb. 25 that his time with the agency left him “offended as an American taxpayer.” [snip]

The letter, which was addressed to Assistant Secretary for Health Howard Koh, goes on to accuse top agency officials of caring more about their personal advancement than about doing their jobs well.

“Since I’ve been here I’ve been advised by my superiors that I had ‘to make my bosses look good.’ I’ve been admonished: ‘Dave, you are a visionary leader but what we need here are team players,’” the letter reads. “Recently, I was advised that if I wanted to be happy in government service, I had to ‘lower my expectations.’ The one thing no one in OASH [Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health] leadership has said to me in two years is ‘how can we help ORI better serve the research community?’ Not once.”

Wright went on to note that Koh himself once described the office as operating in an “intensely political environment.”

A “political environment” is a mild phrase for crony corruption and willful deceit. Bad enough in any government agency or department but corrosive to democracy in a government entity with the power of medical life and death.

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We began with some of Hillary Clinton’s tiptoe critiques of ObamaCare from late February. Little noticed, Hillary Clinton made additional remarks late in February when she spoke before that group of health care technology professionals:

“Clinton tells health-care conference: Good data make good decisions

Clinton was speaking to the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society convention at the Orange County Convention Center. The former first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state and presumed Democratic presidential candidate spoke mostly about information technology, sometimes making it a metaphor for governing, in her 22-minute speech.

Yet during a 38-minute question-and-answer period she assumed her past roles and often sounded as if she were talking about presidential politics.

Good data helps to make for good decisions. That’s true in medicine. That’s true in business. That’s true in government,” she said.”

What is it that is most sorely lacking, other than common sense, good policy, and decency, in ObamaCare? Why metrics of course. Obama does not know how many of the uninsured have enrolled in ObamaCare. Obama does not know how many of those enrolled in ObamaCare have paid for coverage. On question after question Obama does not have the metrics to substantiate his not to be believed claims about ObamaCare. This of course is from the man whose campaign supposedly relied so effectively on… metrics.

The metrics on ObamaCare doom ObamaCare. ObamaCare is simply not sustainable. For Hillary Clinton 2016 this truth requires a new strategy and a new mantra on ObamaCare: END IT, CAN’T MEND IT!!!


#Ukraine Red Dawn: Why Barack Obama Is Still Not Qualified To Be President

Update II: Who best represents a clown but another clown? Who best as spokesman for a clown not qualified to be president than a clown not qualified to be a spokesman? Exhibit A comes from today’s press briefing on Ukraine by clown Carney: Why no, Obama does not regret being dismissive of Mitt Romney on Russia. Take a look at the embarrassment:

Weep America, weep. The Russians have a strong leader. We have clowns.


Update: Why did Barack Obama stage a briefing just now? There were no questions. The little news provided could have been transmitted in a Twitter tweet. So why did Obama make an on-camera announcement? Is it just the usual Barack Obama publicity stunt staged for his daily fix of celebrity? More likely this announcement means: V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N. As usual before he goes on vacation Barack Obama does some very public pretend work at the departure point and the destination point then it is snooze, snooze, snooze. This will be the third Obama vacation this year. It’s early March. One vacation a month. The message is sent to all the world about what Obama considers important. Strong leader Vladimir Putin is busy at work.


Barack Obama is not qualified to be president. We began writing that in 2007. In 2009, in an article that should be read in its entirety because it is especially relevant these days, we summarized the many reasons and focused on an especially important one to demonstrate why Barack Obama is not qualified to be president:

Barack Obama is not qualified to be President because he does not have a world-view which is congruent with reality.

Winston Churchill was in the political wilderness for many years. Churchill’s world view was not viewed positively and few wanted to have much to do with the cigar chomping Winny. Churchill thought that Germany, at the heart of Europe and with many resources and people was a threat to Great Britain, and the peace of Europe. Many labeled Churchill a warmonger and shunned him. Churchill however stood firm. His knowledge of history and geography informed him that Germany was indeed a threat and he held fast to that understanding even though many ostracized him for it. The appeasement of other British leaders and the military actions of Germany eventually forced the world to acknowledge that Winston Churchill’s world view was the one most consistent with reality. Churchill became Prime Minister, then led the Western democracies and Christian civilization itself, from the abyss of despair into victory.

To be an American president means having a world view. Hillary Clinton has a world-view. Hillary Clinton mocked Obama in her insightful “celestial choirs” speech. Hillary Clinton mocked Obama about his foolish “no preconditions, in the first year, anywhere, anytime” meetings with America’s enemies. Hillary Clinton mocked Obama as “naive”. Hillary Clinton was saying that Obama did not know or understand how the world works. Hillary Clinton was saying that Obama’s world view was not congruent with reality. Hillary Clinton has been proved right.

Today, Leslie Gelb begins a very polite and gentle narrative, saying pretty much that Obama better get a reality based world-view, quickly or we all face continued disaster with a boob in charge.”

Years after we wrote that Barack Obama still has no world view that is congruent with reality. Either that or Barack Obama’s world view is destructive to America.

[As to our Hillary references in that 2009 article, we’ll explain and we’ll address Hillary Clinton’s opening moves to distance herself from Obama foreign policy and ObamaCare very very soon but for now we will only state that she is saying what Barack Obama won’t say which is what we think needs to be said about Ukraine. Yes, she mentioned “Hitler”. It would be powerful and help Hillary Clinton 2016 if she would do as we suggest and travel to Europe and rally the West against totalitarianism. But for now we will have to content ourselves with her comments placing Putin’s actions in historical context. ]

It’s taken years but more and more voices are now joining in agreement with what we wrote in 2009. One person who won’t learn is Bill O’Reilly who blames everyone (in this case NATO) but Obama and shifts the blame away from Obama almost as adroitly as Obama himself. Bill O’Reilly has persisted in his defense of Obama as a good man with good intentions despite all evidence to the contrary. Fortunately Charles Krauthammer has been aware of the malevolence of Barack Obama’s actions. On Tuesday night, O’Reilly discussed Obama Boobery in Ukraine with Krauthammer and Krauthammer schooled O”Reilly on Obama:

“Putin knows the west is weak and that Obama likely will not be able to rally Europe against Russia. O’Reilly said that NATO — which is supposed to be the bulwark against Russian oppression — is powerless because Europe does not confront illegal international behavior.

“I hate to use the cliché, but the Ukraine situation – same old, same old. And Putin knows it,” he said.

Charles Krauthammer was on “The Factor” to respond to O’Reilly’s Talking Points Memo.

Obama’s a little bit late at rallying anybody against anybody,” Krauthammer said. He explained that the first thing Obama did when he took office was that he announced the “reset,” reversing sanctions against Russia for its 2008 invasion of Georgia. Then, Krauthammer said Obama canceled a missile defense agreement with Poland and the Czech Republic.

“Putin looks at this guy and says, ‘I’m dealing with an adolescent,’” Krauthammer said of Obama.”

A malevolent adolescent.

Victor David Hanson has more:

“Each step to the present Ukrainian predicament was in and of itself hardly earth-shattering and was sort of framed by Obama’s open-mic assurance to Medvedev to tell Vladimir that he would more flexible after the election.

Indeed, Obama, as is his wont, always had mellifluous and sophistic arguments for why we had to take every soldier out of Iraq after the successful surge; why we needed to drop missile defense with the Poles and Czechs; why we needed both a surge and simultaneous deadline to end the surge in Afghanistan; why we first issued serial deadlines to Iran to ask them to please stop proliferation, then just quit the sanctions altogether just as they started to work; why we needed to “lead from behind” in Libya; why the Muslim Brotherhood was largely secular and legitimate and then later not so much so; why we issued redlines and bragged about Putin’s “help” to eliminate WMD in Syria, and were going to bomb and then not bomb and then maybe bomb; why we kept pressuring Israel; why we cozied up to an increasingly dictatorial Turkey; why we reached out to Cuba and Venezuela; and why we sometimes embarrassed old allies like Britain, Canada, and Israel.

Amid such a landscape of deadlines begetting redlines begetting step-over lines always came the unfortunate pontificating — the Cairo mytho-history speech, the adolescent so-called apology tour, the sermon about “exceptionalism” — and also the dressing down delivered to a mute Obama by a pompous Daniel Ortega, the bows and hugs, and Obama’s constant apologies for past American sins. Again all this was trivial — and yet in aggregate not so trivial for the lidless eye of a Putin.

Amid both the deeds and the facts came the serial $1 trillion annual deficits, the surge in borrowing for redistributionist payouts, the monetary expansion and zero-interest rates, and finally the vast cuts in the military budget, all of which fleshed out the caricature of a newly isolationist and self-indulgent America, eager to talk, bluster, or threaten its way out of its traditional postwar leadership role.”

In short: when you act like a doormat, don’t be surprised when people walk all over you. When you re-elect a boob, expect more boobery.

The West and its values are in peril. From Obama and our foreign policy elites there is distilled, pure, stupidity. After Vladimir Putin spoke from a chair as if it was a throne Barack Obama “brains” proved how brain-dead they are. These dolts thought Putin had “blinked”. Yup, they thought Putin had blinked. That is how stupid Barack Obama and his sycophants are:

“CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: This is astonishing. On the one hand they’re unable to — our people, our leaders — to muster anything that the Europeans will join that will hurt Putin. And on the other hand, you’re telling us that they are thinking that Putin thinks he made a mistake, did make a mistake and is looking for an off-ramp. And our real job is not to slap on sanctions or to push him out of Crimea, but to allow him some kind of diplomatic exit that will save face.

It’s in tandem with what he said about it being a sign of weakness on the part of the Russians.

BRET BAIER: But are they interpreting his news conference as some kind of blink, as something like saying, I didn’t send forces, and he’s sending the signal that he’s stepping back?

KRAUTHAMMER: That’s not a blink; that’s a KGB agent lying through his teeth, which is what they train to do for all of their lives. I mean, when Hitler went into Sudetenland, he claimed it was in response to a desire on the part of the population. This is what all dictators do. The idea that somehow it’s a blink because he’s waiting to see if he wants to take the rest of Ukraine, and that’s a sign of weakness, I think is delusional.”

Delusional? Weak? Or Malevolent? It all adds up to the same thing: Barack Obama is not qualified to be president.

We’ve made the Sudetenland argument previously. Today Hillary Clinton doubled down on her critique from yesterday. It seems we are all in agreement.

Obama however, does not see the obvious. At the New Republic, now owned by a billionaire Obama campaign worker, the contempt for Obama is bubbling up:

Enough With the Cliches Already
The Obama administration’s rhetoric on Russia is accomplishing nothing

Everyone’s giving President Obama advice about how to handle Vladimir Putin’s adventure into the Crimea. But I want to issue a broader critique, because there’s something that he and his people will need to do to be more effective in this case and in future foreign policy crises: They’ll need to change their rhetoric.

In talking about Putin, as when trying to express disapproval towards other world leaders in the past, administration officials have resorted to language that comes across as either patronizing or out of touch. Let’s examine a couple of the administration’s favorite rhetorical tropes.

1. They are not acting in their own interest. They are only harming themselves.

Secretary of State John Kerry was all over the airwaves this weekend with versions of this line. “He is not going to gain by this,” Kerry told David Gregory on “Meet the Press.” “Russia is going to lose. The Russian people are going to lose.”

Over the years, Obama and his aides have offered similar versions of this line in talking about other foreign leaders who had done or were about to do something of which the administration disapproved: in Syria, for example, or Egypt or Qaddafi’s Libya. And guess what? It’s a useless line of attack. Putin makes his own calculations of what is in his interest. [snip]

2. They’re displaying nineteenth century behavior. They need to join the twenty-first century.

The administration loves to brand actions it doesn’t like as relics of the past. “It’s really nineteenth century behavior in the twenty-first century,” Kerry said of Putin’s Crimean gambit. A senior administration official who sounded like either National Security Advisor Susan Rice or Ben Rhodes told reporters on background, “What we see here are distinctly nineteenth- and twenty-first century decisions made by President Putin to address problems.”

Well, to start with, by definition Putin’s decisions are taking place in the twenty-first century. The administration here seems to be using the centuries like a teacher handing out a grade: twenty-first century is an A, twentieth century is a C, nineteenth century is an F. More importantly, talking this way raises an uncomfortable question: Does the reality of the twenty-first century conform to what Obama administration officials think it is? [snip]

3. They need to understand ideas like interdependence and win-win solutions. This is not a zero-sum game.

The same senior official told reporters that Putin “needs to understand that, in terms of his economy, he lives in … an interdependent world.” This is one of the core concepts in the worldview of the Obamians, dating back to the earliest days of the 2008 presidential campaign, when Rice and Rhodes were trying to put words on what Obama believed as opposed to, say, Hillary Clinton or George W. Bush or John McCain. Then and ever since, the Obama team has repeatedly invoked the concept of interdependence – and, in a related fashion, has claimed that it is outmoded to believe that in modern-day foreign policy conflicts, there can be winners and losers.

The main problem is that “interdependence” is just a buzzword, not a prescription for policy. Putin understands the concept of interdependence as well as anyone in Washington—he’s just applying the facts in a different way. He knows, for example, that Ukraine and much of Western Europe are dependent on natural gas from Russia, and that this fact impinges on their calculations.

It would much be so much better for the Obama administration to leave the grand rhetoric aside. Instead, it should invoke democratic ideals, condemn what Putin has done, then shut up. Silence has its own strategic power, and the actions of America and its allies can speak for themselves.

To summarize James Mann: Obama’s world view is not congruent with reality.

To summarize James Mann with a bit of spice thrown in, cue Ben Shapiro:

“As Russian President Vladimir Putin deploys his military forces to Ukraine, the Obama administration continues to wonder just what the benighted dictator is thinking. Understanding that the best strategy for countering military action is undoubtedly faculty lounge-style condescension, the Obama administration has responded with its full array of resources: scorn, sneering, and bemusement.

On Monday, President Obama announced that Russia was “on the wrong side of history,” adding that the actions of the Kremlin violate international law. His Secretary of State, John Kerry, stated on Sunday, “You just don’t in the 21st century behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country.” National Security Advisor Susan Rice stated, “It’s in nobody’s interest to see violence return and the situation escalate.” When questioned by NBC’s David Gregory whether Putin might in fact see the global situation in a “Cold War context,” Rice shot back, “He may, but if he does, that’s a pretty dated perspective.” To prove just how dated that perspective was, the United States announced on Monday that it would not be sending a presidential delegation to the Paralympics in Sochi, a move that will undoubtedly give Putin the chills.

Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign promises of “no preconditions” have come home to roost. Barack Obama followed his “no preconditions” naivete with apology tours and surrender to the Russians on a Czech Republica and Poland missile shield. Then came weak bended knee kow-tows to North Korea, any and all Muslim radical regime, and any rogue who rattled a sabre. After reelection, while in of all places Berlin, Barack Obama chose to UNILATERALLY, with NO PRECONDITIONS, no negotiations cut American nuclear weapons:

President Barack Obama this week ordered new limits on the use of U.S. nuclear weapons and called for sharp warhead cuts in a speech in Berlin aimed at what he called achieving “peace with justice.”

Peace with justice means pursuing the security of a world without nuclear weapons, no matter how distant that dream may be,” Obama said on the eastern Berlin side of the Brandenburg Gate.

“And so as president, I’ve strengthened our efforts to stop the spread of nuclear weapons and reduce the number and role of America’s nuclear weapons.”

Obama announced that, after reviewing U.S. nuclear doctrine, “I’ve determined that we can ensure the security of America and our allies and maintain a strong and credible strategic deterrent while reducing our deployed strategic nuclear weapons by up to one-third.”

The Ukraine can see Barack Obama’s “peace with justice” at work. UN envoys can see Obama’s “peace with justice” at work.

Putin did not even need to ask Obama. Obama surrendered, without any negotiations, without getting anything in return, exactly what Putin wanted. In that same rainy day Berlin speech Barack Obama proclaimed climate change as “the global threat of our time”. Putin, a strong Russian leader who will fight for his nation’s interests, fully aware of Russian cheating on nuclear agreements, must have laughed and laughed. Putin saw Obama did not give a damn about America. Putin saw Obama is only interested in his own cruddy “brand”.

On that rainy Berlin day, Vladimir Putin knew Obama was not qualified to be president. We knew that a long time ago.


NO, America Is Not A Helpless Giant In The #Ukraine Crisis

Update: Obama took a few minutes off from threatening Israel today to lazily fling platitudes from his comfy chair. Obama to Putin: You’re on the wrong side of history, buddy. Wow, that’s telling them. Nothing at all like what we recommend should be done if we had an American president with strong belief in American and Western values. As we ask at the end will any 2016 wannabee president take up the real world challenge?


If we had an American president with belief in American values and willing to fight for those values, instead of a president only concerned with his stinking “brand”, the Ukraine crisis could be easily turned into a Churchillian moment in Western history. The occupant of the White House is at best a man-child naïf or, as we increasingly believe, a malevolent subversive whose every action is designed to weaken the west and destroy American leadership. This vulgar instrument of destruction is protected by a Big Media establishment and deluded “liberal” elites that seek to rationalize as wise every stupidity or malevolent act inflicted by Barack Obama.

As we noted in our previous article, as the danger escalated in Ukraine Barack Obama golfed for three days then followed that bit of insouciance with an announcement that the American army was to be squeezed back to pre-World War II size. Over the weekend Barack Obama sent the signal to Putin of his real level of concern by skipping a national security briefing on Ukraine. This week Barack Obama is focused on screaming more threats in his meeting today with Prime Minister Netanyahu against the only democracy in the middle east, Israel.

When American allies are in trouble Barack Obama will scream and shout for their removal such as in Egypt with Mubarak. Barack Obama deposed of American ally Mubarak in order to birth the Muslim Brotherhood control of Egypt. When the Muslim Brotherhood proved to be worse than Mubarak Obama remained silent and protected the Morsi Muslim Brotherhood. In Venezuela, the people rise up against an American enemy – Barack Obama remains silent. In Ukraine the Evil Empire blueprints for return are put into action and from Obama the usual usual.

What can be done in Ukraine? The United States has a mighty nuclear arsenal, a still powerful armed force, an economy that dwarfs the former Soviets. Military action? No, Ukraine is not an American vital national interest so no military action is warranted. But the attack on Ukraine by the former Evil Empire must be beaten back. Barack Obama sycophants at the New York Times, Big Media, wan foreign policy elites, and DailyKook hangouts would have us all believe that nothing can be done because we should not use military force and that is the end of that. We disagree.

What would an American president with deep belief in American values do?

For those who are so cynical as to believe that listing the actions that should be taken by an American president who believes in American values are a waste of time we reply that because such an American president does not at this moment exist there is still the opportunity for someone else to rise up and place on her shoulders the mantle of leadership. Hillary Clinton, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, Marco Rubio, someone who wants to lead America and the free world can and should do as we suggest. It’s the challenge of leadership.

An American president at this time who believes in American values and the values of the Christian West would leap to action. The first symbolic action of such a president would be to recall the ejected bust of Winston Churchill and place it back in a place of honor on the desk in the Oval Office.

Next, such an American president would, alongside Mitt Romney fly to the German capital of Berlin and with Lech Walensa at his side address the peoples of Europe, the West, and the world. To a candid world, in words of brutal truth, such a president would place the attack on Ukraine in historic context. “Ich bin ein Ukrainer” would echo from JFK. “Mr. Putin we forced Mr. Gorbachev to ‘tear down this wall'” and Reagan could for a second be remembered. But more than that, an American president with American values would place the crisis in Ukraine in the context of the West and the long fight for freedom and self-determination of nations.

An American president with granite belief in American values would remind the world that people and nations run TO the west and FROM totalitarian regimes.

An American president with American values would remind the world that the crime of the Ukraine in the eyes of the Evil Empire redux is the preference for the values and freedom and economic hope provided by the West. An American president with American values would remind the world that there was a time when half a continent was called the “captive nations”. An American president with American values would remind the world that evil will not live forever and that even though the Hungarian revolution was crushed by the Evil Empire, tens of thousands killed, freedom came to Hungary and it is free today after a long twilight struggle between the West and the totalitarians.

An American president with American values would, with Lech Walensa at his side, remind the world that the workers of Poland defied the totalitarian ideology that hid behind slogans such as “workers of the world unite, you have nothing to lose but your chains.” An American president with American values would rejoice in public that the workers of Poland united and did lose their chains. The Evil Empire threatened to snuff Walensa and his Solidarity movement but instead it was the solidarity of the West that snuffed out the Evil Empire.

An American president with American values would, with Lech Walensa, Mitt Romney, and freedom fighters who united to defeat the Evil Empire, go from European capital to European capital to denounce totalitarianism and defend the values of the West. An American president with American values would not only denounce the totalitarian evil of the former Soviet being reborn in the new Russia but such a president would also denounce the totalitarian theocracies of the Muslim world. An American president with American values would defend the West and the value of the West in Spain, England, France, Poland, Hungary, Austria, Italy, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and yes even in Lithuania and the other Baltic states.

At the Academy Awards on Sunday, it was Jared Leto, an actor, who took on his shoulders the responsibilities of what ordinarily would be the job of an American president if such president treasured American values. Leto expressed solidarity with the people of Venezuela and Ukraine:

“To all of the dreamers out there around the world watching this tonight, in places like the Ukraine and Venezuela, I want to say, ‘we are here,’” he said. “As you struggle to make your dreams happen, to live the impossible, we’re thinking of you tonight.”

There are many who believe that America should say nothing or do nothing about the attack on Ukraine by the revanchist Russian imperialists. But that is uneducated foolishness. It was the United States that led Ukraine to surrender in good faith its nuclear weapons in exchange for promises of American/British protection in the Budapest Accords signed by President Bill Clinton. If Ukraine is allowed to be slaughtered by the West this will send a message to totalitarians in Tehran and elsewhere to get nuclear weapons and not surrender them under any circumstance. Indeed this would lead to a real domino effect as Gulf oil regimes will also go nuclear in response to Tehran’s atomic achievements – which would lead to more and more proliferation of nuclear weaponry. Eventually, like a schoolhouse of children given matches, a nuclear fire would eventually ignite. Add an American president who rejects American values and the West in preference to attacks on Israel and the danger ratchets up.

Additional consideration for those that want no strong American/Western response to the Russian attack on Ukraine is the historical fact that appeasement and in Bob Dylan’s “blowing in the wind” phraseology, pretending not to see, only leads to further acts of evil. The Russian bear will not stop at devouring Crimea as it already has. The Russian bear will extend it’s claws against all of Ukraine. The Baltic states will later be swallowed whole or intimidated into a latter day Soviet style union. Europe, with its great reliance on Russian fossil fuels will be blackmailed into subservience. The bear won’t stop eating after taking a small bite of a toe. Bears and totalitarians want it all.

Those that think Barack Obama is not a malevolent subversive but only a failure brim full of naivite now include the Washington Post. WaPo: “President Obama’s foreign policy is based on fantasy”:

FOR FIVE YEARS, President Obama has led a foreign policy based more on how he thinks the world should operate than on reality. It was a world in which “the tide of war is receding” and the United States could, without much risk, radically reduce the size of its armed forces. Other leaders, in this vision, would behave rationally and in the interest of their people and the world. Invasions, brute force, great-power games and shifting alliances — these were things of the past. Secretary of State John F. Kerry displayed this mindset on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday when he said, of Russia’s invasion of neighboring Ukraine, “It’s a 19th century act in the 21st century.” [snip]

Unfortunately, Russian President Vladimir Putin has not received the memo on 21st-century behavior. Neither has China’s president, Xi Jinping, who is engaging in gunboat diplomacy against Japan and the weaker nations of Southeast Asia. Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is waging a very 20th-century war against his own people, sending helicopters to drop exploding barrels full of screws, nails and other shrapnel onto apartment buildings where families cower in basements. These men will not be deterred by the disapproval of their peers, the weight of world opinion or even disinvestment by Silicon Valley companies. They are concerned primarily with maintaining their holds on power. [snip]

The White House often responds by accusing critics of being warmongers who want American “boots on the ground” all over the world and have yet to learn the lessons of Iraq. So let’s stipulate: We don’t want U.S. troops in Syria, and we don’t want U.S. troops in Crimea. A great power can become overextended, and if its economy falters, so will its ability to lead. None of this is simple.

But it’s also true that, as long as some leaders play by what Mr. Kerry dismisses as 19th-century rules, the United States can’t pretend that the only game is in another arena altogether. Military strength, trustworthiness as an ally, staying power in difficult corners of the world such as Afghanistan — these still matter, much as we might wish they did not. While the United States has been retrenching, the tide of democracy in the world, which once seemed inexorable, has been receding. In the long run, that’s harmful to U.S. national security, too.

As Mr. Putin ponders whether to advance further — into eastern Ukraine, say — he will measure the seriousness of U.S. and allied actions, not their statements. China, pondering its next steps in the East China Sea, will do the same. Sadly, that’s the nature of the century we’re living in.”

An American president with belief in American values would thunder Churchillian rage against the rape of Ukraine. After reminding the West of its values and the need to be resolute there are other steps to be taken:

“Kick Russia out of the G-8”; isolate Russia from “Western banking and finance networks”; and:

“3) Void the visas

As Putin looks inward, the country’s elite is looking outward. They have become significant players on the world stage, making high-profile investments, including in professional sports franchises in the United States and England. Their children attend U.S. and European universities.

Unlike being evicted from the G-8, a travel ban would impact Putin’s wealthiest supporters who have grown used to open access to the West.

“A lot of Russians are used to traveling in the West, having investments in the West, sending their kids to school in the West,” Talbott said. “Insofar as Putin is creating not just the impression, but the fact, that he’s taking Russian behavior back to the pattern of the Soviet Union, that is going to make a lot of Russians very, very uneasy,” Talbott said.”

Senator Marco Rubio has eight additional steps to implement of which we disagree strongly with the Sixth one:

First, President Obama should speak unequivocally and call this what it is: a military invasion. The Obama administration must publicly acknowledge that its “reset” with Russia is dead. The president must now accept that the only way to deal with tyrants like Vladimir Putin is with a clear understanding that they can’t be trusted and that only decisive action will deter their provocative moves.

Second, President Obama should dispatch Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to Kiev to show U.S. support for Ukraine’s transitional government, and urge our allies in the European Union and NATO to send representatives there as well. [snip]

Third, the United States should rally our allies to boycott this June’s G-8 summit in Sochi, Russia. And if Russian troops do not leave Ukraine immediately, Russia should be expelled from this group altogether.

Fourth, any and all discussions and negotiations with Moscow on any issue unrelated to this crisis, including trade and other matters, should be immediately suspended.

Fifth, the U.S. and our allies should put forward a condemnatory resolution in the United Nations Security Council. A Russian or Chinese veto would make clear to the world the hypocrisy of these governments, since they say they oppose foreign intervention into the affairs of sovereign countries—unless of course they are the ones intervening.

Sixth, we should renew a push for eventual membership in NATO by the Republic of Georgia and aim to provide the country with some of the defensive capabilities the Georgians have requested ever since they were invaded by Russia in 2008.

Seventh, the Obama administration should immediately add more Russian officials to the Magnitsky list, which places travel bans and other sanctions on them – something President Obama failed to do in December. [snip]

Finally, in the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid should immediately halt his effort to force a Senate vote on Rose Gottemoeller next week to be under secretary of state for arms control and international security. As I, Sens. John Cornyn and Jim Risch said yesterday, we shouldn’t even be thinking about arms-control negotiations with Russia anytime soon. And especially not negotiations led by a State Department official, such as Ms. Gottemoeller, who has tried to play down and potentially kept information from Congress and our allies about Russian violations of arms-control agreements.

This is a critical moment in world history. The credibility of the alliances and security assurances that have preserved the international order is at stake. If Putin’s illegal actions are allowed to stand unpunished, it will usher in a dark and dangerous era in world affairs.

We strongly urge Senator Rubio to do all the above that an American president with American values would do. Senator Rubio won’t get as much attention as an American president but it would demonstrate leadership and presidential potential. Likewise, we urge Senators Ted Cruz and Rand Paul to do the same. We urge Mitt Romney, whom we praised when he met with Lech Walensa, to do the same. Governor Christie and Governor Walker can bolster their foreign policy credentials by do the same. Former Governor Jeb Bush should do likewise. Hillary Clinton could demonstrate her greater than Obama influence by doing the same.

It is time for all of these wannabee presidents to demonstrate that they are up to the job with more than resumes and words. Maybe someday one of them can enter the White House and be an American president with strong belief in American values.