Monday, March 01, 2010

Cruising the Web

If the Democrats think that they will be able to recover by election time simply by having President Obama drop in and make a campaign appearance for them, they better think again. He didn't have much of an impact in Virginia, New Jersey, or Massachusetts. And he didn't make a dent in Harry Reid's numbers when he went out there to campaign a couple of weeks ago. Sure he could raise money for Reid, but then George W. Bush could do that for candidates also. As far as moving the numbers, Obama's visit was worse than a wash.

Dafydd Ab Hugh has a good analysis of why it's going to be so very difficult for the Democrats to push through using reconciliation their votes on health care. Nancy says she will have the votes even if some of her members have to lose their jobs to so vote. We'll see how many of her caucus want to jump off a cliff with her.

The press is starting to recognize that perhaps they haven't been all that good at vetting candidates before they assume office. Michael Calderone at Politico looks at how the media just shut their eyes to what was wrong with John Edwards. They might have wondered a bit more about why he didn't run for reelection in his own state - we had figured him out; it just took the rest of the country a little longer. And Michael Goodwin admits media guilt in not checking out David Paterson when he was put on the ticket with Eliot Spitzer. It was just for lieutenant governor so why care? And how much of that neglect of Paterson resulted from a disinclination to examine too closely the first black candidate for one of the two spots in the state?

Read this profile of Mitch Daniels by Mona Charen and you'll see why so many conservatives hope that he will decide to run. He'd be that anti-Obama candidate. He has a substantive record of accomplishment; bases his success in governing on free-market approaches, and he is charisma-challenged. Maybe charisma will no longer be seen as necessary in a president. My major concern that I hope Daniels understands is that it is quite a different thing to enact the sorts of policies that Daniels has succeeded in enacting in Indiana than trying to get those through on a national basis.

Mark Steyn is absolutely brilliant in describing the crisis that Greece is going through. Just as the students rioting at Berkeley don't understand that a severe financial crunch demands everyone sacrifice something, the Greeks don't want to give up all their multitudinous benefits even if the country goes belly up.
We hard-hearted small-government guys are often damned as selfish types who care nothing for the general welfare. But, as the Greek protests make plain, nothing makes an individual more selfish than the socially equitable communitarianism of big government: Once a chap’s enjoying the fruits of government health care, government-paid vacation, government-funded early retirement, and all the rest, he couldn’t give a hoot about the general societal interest; he’s got his, and to hell with everyone else. People’s sense of entitlement endures long after the entitlement has ceased to make sense.
Read the rest. It's Steyn at his best, which is quite good indeed.

Christopher Booker summarizes
why the mistakes that have been found in the Nobel-Prize winning 2007 IPCC report have not been trivial.

John Hinderaker does a great job
of fisking the increasingly delusional Frank Rich. And, if you enjoy that, head on over and read Rick Moran's fisking of Al Gore's recent venture onto the editorial pages of the New York Times.

John Hawkins of Right Wing News and Linkiest has started up a new website, Self Help Quotes, of conservative quotes where you can find quotes on topics such as politics or taxes or you can search by speaker such as Reagan or Palin. Give it a look.