Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Cruising the Web

The defendants in the Bell, California corruption case are rejecting plea deals. It may well turn out that voting oneself huge salaries for being on the city council of a very poor city is sleazy and corrupt, but not illegal.

David Cameron joins Angela Merkel in daring to speak the truth about the illusion that is multi-culturalism. Cameron demands that the government be less cautious and tolerant of Islamic extremism. Believing in liberty does not mean that a government must ignore someone like Major Hasan's extremist rhetoric and connections simply because his superiors fear seeming prejudiced against Muslims.

James Taranto points to the New York Times' hypocrisy in its calls for civility.

Liberals want to reduce Ronald Reagan to just an amiable and gifted politician and ignore that he also had bedrock conservative convictions.

Thomas Sowell clarifies
what is meant by "judicial activism."

Don't believe the conflicting statistics: federal employees are paid more than comparable workers in the private sphere.

The DLC is no more.
Had they been doing anything for the past few years? The Blue Dogs will go the same route. Of course, if this were the demise of a comparable moderate Republican group, we'd see long thumb-sucking pieces of how this meant that the Republicans had become too extreme for such a moderate group. Now we just get stories about how Obama is absorbing such moderates into his new-look presidency.

TO judge the truth of how the media loves the story of how Obama has suddenly become a moderate, just read the Politico meta-analysis from John F. Harris and Jim VanderHei about how Obama plays the media "like a fiddle." How ironic that Politico, part of the media swoon, now pulls back the curtain to tell us that the swooning is being manipulated by Obama with empty moves that have nothing to do with actual substance.

Jay Cost notices that the post-election bounce for President Obama has dissipated. Cost recommends ignoring the poll results now because the election will hinge on jobs, the deficit, and health care. True, but it will also hinge on whom the Republicans pick. Once Obama goes beyond being viewed in isolation and is seen in contrast to an opponent, we'll have a more realistic idea of how the 2012 election will shape up. And if the Republicans put up a weak candidate, it won't matter how unpopular Obama is. The GOP can't beat Obama with anybody; they need somebody and that choice is crucial.

One indication of the weakness of the GOP 2012 field is that Republicans are more excited about the possible VP candidates than the names out there for the top of the ticket. Of course, all these exciting possibilities have to actually govern and achieve results. Right now they're mostly blank slates upon which Republicans are writing their hopes -- much like Barack Obama was for the Democrats when he ran.