Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Cruising the Web

Why Obama won't succeed trying to rerun Truman's 1948 campaign. And why the common story of the campaign in 1948 is not what actually happened.

Rick Perry compares his efforts in South Carolina to the Alamo.
That didn't end so well for the Texans. Better to draw the comparison to the battle of San Jacinto.

This is how to answer a Diane Sawyer question.

The Republicans can learn
from the ABC and NBC debates this weekend how to deal with the questions that they get from the liberal media. Think of it as "The Stephanopoulos Standard."

While we concentrate on a few hundred thousand voters in New Hampshire, the Supreme Court heard a case yesterday that could have a strong effect redistricting across the country.

Hmmm, what does it say about Obama's supposed reset after the 2010 elections that the person personifying that reset has left the White House? And check out this whopper from William Daley's successor.

While people get their panties all in a knot over Romney's experience at Bain Capital, let's remember who the men are who Obama has hired.

It's a bad sign when the non-Romneys go all OWS on us.
President Obama's first chief of staff Rahm Emanuel once sat on the board of troubled federal mortgage giant Freddie Mac. Bill Daley, the president's chief of staff whose departure was announced today, was previously a top executive at financial firm J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. So of course there should be little surprise that Obama's latest chief of staff, announced today by the president himself, also has deep ties to the financial industry himself.

From 2006-2008, Jack Lew was chief operating officer of Citibank's alternative investments division. And it was his division that made billions of dollars betting "U.S. homeowners would not be able to make their mortgage payments," as the Huffington Post reported.

The piece also reported: “Lew made millions at Citi, including a bonus of nearly $950,000 in 2009 just a few months after the bank received billions of dollars in a taxpayer rescue, according to disclosure forms filed with the federal government. The bank is still partly owned by taxpayers.”

Michael Barone looks at the history of Massachusetts candidates in New Hampshire.

Obama's overreach on executive powers is proving John Locke right.
The English philosopher John Locke, who so influenced our Founding Fathers, wrote that a "good prince" is more dangerous than a bad one because the people are less vigilant to protect against the aggrandizement of power when they perceive the ruler as beneficent.

I fear many Democrats are falling into this trap. They like President Obama and his policies, and they are willing to look the other way when it comes to constitutional niceties. The problem is that checks and balances are important, precedents created by one administration will be exploited by the next, and not all princes are good.