Friday, August 19, 2011

Cruising the Web

One record that Obama is setting to stand out from previous presidents is the number of fundraising events that he's held since becoming president.
President Obama has headlined 127 fundraising events for himself and others, significantly outpacing the fundraising activity of the previous five presidents during their first terms, new research obtained by USA TODAY shows.
Yup, that's the change that people were hoping to see in 2008, don't you think? And this will become the template for future presidents. All fund-raising and campaigning all the time.

Here's an example of union workers fouling their own nests. Communications workers striking against Verizon have enlisted CWA retirees to to call up customer-service centers with phony calls to tie up the centers so that there will be annoying delays for customers seeking real help. How will it help the union for Verizon customers to be unhappy and go to other companies?

Tim Cavanaugh wonders why it is taking
so long for Keynesian to die out. No real-life experiment in Keynesian policies and their subsequent failures seems to convince its advocates that we should jump in and do it all again.

Jonah Goldberg asks why people are so upset about Perry calling Bernanke's action almost treasonous and were so concerned when Bush said "if you're not with us, you're against us" about foreign countries, but don't seem to bat an eyelash when President Obama says that his political opponents aren't putting our "country first." Isn't that impugning their patriotism and wasn't that supposed to be a major sin?

Here's a reminder for Chris Matthews who somehow sees Rick Perry as "Bull Connor with a smile." Bull Connor was not only a Democrat, but a member of the Democratic National Committee. Chris Matthews has long prided himself on his use of history to analyze politics today. Perhaps he should shut his mouth for a few minutes and ponder the ludicrousness of his hyperbole.

Walter Russell Mead notices how liberals try to paint defeats, such as their inability to dislodge the Republicans in Wisconsin, as actual victories. He echoes something that James Taranto has often argued that since liberals don't face much hostile media scrutiny they don't get as battle tested as Republicans do. They fail to see the weakness of their arguments and think it's enough to shout a slogan to convince others of their moral rightness.
More hostile media scrutiny would have convinced Senator John Kerry that his Vietnam record could not anchor his presidential campaign. It would have made then Vice President Gore much more aware of what a liability it is that so many voters heard him as condescending and elitist. It would have alerted President Obama to the critical flaws in the congressional porkfest loosely but inaccurately referred to as a ‘stimulus package’. It would have let the greens know that their carbon treaty concept was an obvious flop before they wasted precious time and money on a decade long unicorn hunt.

Over and over again in modern American politics, liberals have developed “frames” and strategies for key issues that they think will shift the debate their way. Over and over again the echo chamber of the liberal press resounds with praises of the new approach. And over and over again liberals “unexpectedly” get sucker punched by conservative counter attacks a more critical press would have forecast as both inevitable and deadly.

Philip Klein argues that a Paul Ryan candidacy would face similar problems that Bill Bradley faced when he entered the race against Al Gore in 2000.

Then Klein has another post explaining why Texas has the highest rate of uninsured in the country. Then he has some recommendations for how Perry should respond to the inevitable attacks on his health-care record.

HHS is caught spending tax money
in order to campaign in the 2010 elections.

Mary Katharine Ham has the amazing story
of how the Department of Interior fine an 11-year old girl was fined $535 for helping to save an injured woodpecker.

The videos and story of the brawl at the Georgetown exhibition game in China is unbelievable. You'd think that the one thing that the Chinese would be able to do is to maintain order at an international event with lots of press and visitors there.

Even some of Obama's allies
are fed up with Obama's focus on "green jobs." They're noticing that the results consistently don't measure up to the promises.

Byron York points to a weakness of a possible Paul Ryan candidacy.
The Democrats' reaction would be entirely predictable: "Mediscare" on steroids. "A Ryan run would just move the Republicans a little bit farther to the right on an issue that is an absolute deal killer for seniors," says the Democratic strategist. "A deal killer. Even though they say it's not going to affect anybody who's on Medicare now, nobody believes that. It's like a Democrat saying, 'I'm not going to raise taxes.'"

If that happened, an election overwhelmingly about jobs and the economy could turn on fights about Medicare and the deficit. Barack Obama, now in desperate trouble, might have a significantly better chance than in a matchup with Mitt Romney or Rick Perry.
The WSJ answers the liberal criticisms of Perry's jobs record in Texas.