Friday, June 03, 2011

Cruising the Web

Newbusters has a great catch of how MSNBC is using natural disasters to explain increased unemployment now versus how they thought that natural disasters explained increased employment back when Bush was president.

Monica Hesse speaks for a lot of women
out there when she advises guys to stop thinking that sending out pictures of their package are a great come-on to women. though I'm not on the same page with the woman who yearns for a picture of a man alphabetizing the books in his library.

Oh, and calling the Capitol Police to get rid of a local TV reporter is never a good media strategy. I guess it shows that there are indeed some infractions that Weiner thinks it's worth spending the taxpayers' money on to call in the police.

The AP does a fact check of how the Democrats are distorting the GOP Medicare proposal and concludes, "Wasserman Schultz and some other Democrats who accuse the GOP of wanting to "end Medicare" have skipped past the complicated crux of that debate, instead attacking provisions that do not exist." AP has problems with the Ryan plan because they're still comparing it to the ideal vision of how Medicare would continue working in the future just as it has worked in the past. That is the real fallacy when the media assesses the GOP plan. But the Democrats don't have anything but lies to put forward.

Peggy Noonan has found the sentence to summarize Obama's presidency: "He made it worse." Hard to disagree with that.

What does it say about the historical ignorance of the middle-schoolers who put Bush and Cheney in their yearbook on a list of the "worst five people of all time?" Not only does that school need a new yearbook supervisor, but an entire new history staff.

Kimberley Strassel focuses
on the same problem that I have with Sarah Palin. Palin had an opportunity after the 2008 election to recast herself as a serious candidate by studying policy and coming out with her own proposals to address the nation's problems. She chose a different path. And while that might make her a fine media personality and make her base happy, she hasn't demonstrated any ability to appeal to voters beyond that base. And that is what the GOP nominee in 2012 will have to do. Republicans want a winner not just someone who can stick it in the eye of the MSM.

Dorothy Rabinowitz has some good advice for whomever that GOP nominee will be.

Obama's Solicitor General makes the argument in favor of the mandate that if someone didn't like being forced to buy insurance that person could just choose to make less money. Now that's a comfort, isn't it?

The Washington Post can't understand
why the NAACP would side with the teachers union over the interests of students. Their naiveté is sweet, but myopic.

Tim Geithner picked the wrong week to praise the administration on the auto bailout.

Jim Geraghty notes that Obama wants to pretend that he's above paying attention to the 2012 race...except for all those fundraisers he's jetting around to.