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(Snoop's endorsement of Obama - language warning) Rapper-turned-political analyst Snoop Dogg weighed in last week with his top 10 list of reasons he's voting for Barack Obama instead of Mitt Romney. It is, of course, filled with expletives, ad hominem, and bigotry. The list has gone viral among young voters -- because, you know, it... Read More
In advance of the new Obama donor scandal story that many conservatives have been buzzing about and which is purportedly set to hit the pages of Newsweek/Daily Beast tomorrow morning, I'm reprinting a selection of my previous blog posts over the last four years that exposed various aspects of the Obama crooked campaign cash-o-matic machine.... Read More
Desperate Dems Hide Behind Big Bird by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2012 Mitt Romney sure ruffled a lot of feathers over his proposal to eliminate taxpayer funding for government-sponsored TV. As soon as the GOP presidential candidate singled out PBS for cuts during the presidential debate in Denver, the hysterical squawking commenced. Left-leaning celebrities... Read More
Here's my Fox and Friends post-debate analysis this morning. Enjoy:
Romney was unintimidated by President Obama. He was undaunted by lib moderator Jim Lehrer. He was in command of his facts. He was comfortable with himself. He was unafraid of his positions. He drew clear contrasts. He spoke with ease. By contrast, Obama looked down at his notes or beseeched Lehrer with his eyes and... Read More
Mitt Romney spoke to the Clinton Global Initiative in New York. All three major networks broadcast the speech live. He name-checked the Muslim Brotherhood, noting that Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi is a member. Here's a transcript of his prepared remarks: If there’s one thing we’ve learned this election season, it’s that a few words from... Read More
Romney’s “secret video” and the Dem politics of “Squirrel!” by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2012 Democrats need to change their party mascot from the donkey to the squirrel. They divert the media and the electorate’s short attention spans with fleeting, fuzzy objects -- like the talking dog in the animated Pixar movie “Up,” who... Read More
You know it has been one of my persistent complaints that the Right needs to tell better stories -- among the countless real stories of American success, of American achievers, of American businesses and workers harmed under this administration -- in order to counter the incurable fabulists at the White House. Flashback: That mission was... Read More
The media crazy train is standing room only. As the GOP and the Right have gotten better and better at telling their stories and pushing back against progressive narratives, the gate-keepers who once held a monopoly on controlling the airwaves and printing presses have become more than unhinged. They've become completely untethered from rationality: -... Read More
There were several inspiring speeches delivered at last night's Republican National Convention. Talk of "unity" filled the air. Many GOP leaders praised the "grass-roots." But behind the scenes, the RNC power grab has exacerbated distrust between a diverse group of rank-and-file activists and party bosses. I have no patience for the Republican party-bots telling these... Read More
Yes. PHEW. After a week marred by a not-ready-for-prime-time staffer who had movement conservatives questioning Team Romney's competence, sanity, and willingness to fight the brass-knuckles White House and Chicago thug operatives, the Romney campaign made the right decision. And the Right decision. Fittingly, the motto of the USS Wisconsin on which Romney/Ryan made their announcement... Read More
Horse hockey: The Left’s Rafalca Derangement Syndrome by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2012 Rafalca is the name of Ann Romney’s show horse, which competed in Olympic dressage this week. Rafalca Derangement Syndrome is the name of a debilitating partisan disease, which is raging among snotty “progressives” posing as populists. On Thursday, the George Soros-funded... Read More
Well, it's about damned time. I am breaking about a Halleljuah Chorus for today's great news. Who's up for Andrea Bocelli belting out Handel? Via left-leaning Buzzfeed, Team Romney finally concedes that Obama is not a "nice guy." The Mitts are off. At last! Standing before hundreds of roaring partisans in this sweltering Pittsburgh suburb... Read More
I've been tough on Mitt Romney and leaned hard on his campaign to take the gloves off, get in the fighting spirit, and push back against Obama narratives. Today in Irwin, Pennsylvania, Romney delivered. The Right Scoop has both excerpts and full speech video clips. Watch here. As I noted on Twitter during the speech... Read More
Obama's Swiss Cheese Campaign by Michelle Malkin Creators SyndicateCopyright 2012 What's pale yellow, riddled with holes and not very sharp? President Barack Obama's renewed class-warfare attack on GOP opponent Mitt Romney. To kick off the Independence Day holiday, America's fundraiser-in-chief took to Twitter to stoke wealth-bashing resentment against Republicans. "FACT," Obama's official Twitter account declared,... Read More
Philip Klein is one of the best young conservative journalists in Washington, D.C. -- prolific, incisive, and always refreshingly candid and consistent in holding politicians in both parties accountable for their big-government proclivities. Many of you read his work regularly at The Examiner, and if you don't, you should be. His health care policy analysis... Read More
I said it the other night on Hannity and my column today fleshes out my point: The "Obama is a nice guy" narrative is a loser. Contrary to conventional wisdom, this election is not just about jobs. It's about character, values, judgment, and integrity, too. It's about the wholesale fraud that the Oba-messiah has perpetrated... Read More
So, it turns out Barack Obama ate a dog. Twitter users are having a field day. Clik here for full Twitchy coverage, laugh, and say goodbye to all the Democrat talking points about Mitt Romney's cruelty to animals. That "Mmm, mmm, mmm" Obama school chant has taken on a whole new flavor. *** Here's the... Read More
She apologizes if she "offended" anyone with her attack on Ann Romney and women who stay at home to raise their children. Spoken like a true good ol' Beltway boy schooled in blame-avoiding politics as usual. I especially love how her apology continues her attack on conservative women by accusing them of "faux" outrage...even as... Read More
Hilary Rosen takes a page from the old femme playbook Hillary Clinton did it to stay-at-home moms in 1992: I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas, but what I decided to do was to fulfill my profession... Teresa Heinz-Kerry did it to Laura Bush in 2004: Q: You'd be... Read More
Did you vote in D.C., Maryland, or Wisconsin? Let us know who you supported -- and whether you used your figurative nose plugs. Latest MSM coverage of the D.C. and Maryland results here. Heh. Todd Starnes tweets: "The 12 Republicans who live in DC apparently voted for Romney." Wisconsin returns are being updated at the... Read More
Get the scoop at Twitchy.
Mitt Romney won the Illinois GOP primary tonight 47-35 over Rick Santorum tonight with 86 percent of precincts reporting. Turnout was low. My team at Twitchy.com has all the latest. An FNC analyst weighs in on the stakes in Louisiana: The implications for November are worrisome. Do these non-voters vote for the GOP nominee –... Read More
Call the waaaaahmbulance. Mitt Romney is railing against Rick Santorum for robocalls calling attention to his TARP bailout support/auto bailout flip-flop. Romney is decrying the robocalls aimed at Democrats as "outrageous" and "disgusting" and a "terrible dirty trick." Today's Michigan primary is an open primary. Inconvenient truth: There's nothing "dirty" and there's no "trick" in... Read More
Photo source: RickSantorum.com Scroll for updates...early results in Minnesota and Missouri looking good for Rick Santorum...SWEEEEEEEEEP! You can get live, updated Colorado GOP caucus results here. Minnesota caucus results will be here. And Missouri primary results here. *** Update: Networks projecting Santorum the winner in Missouri. And he's leading early in Minnesota. What did I... Read More
Romney looks tired here in this CNN interview this morning. Too much post-primary partying, I guess. But it's exactly the time he needs to be on guard and on his A-game. Instead, he fumbles the post-Florida football and gives ammunition to all of his opponents on both sides of the aisle by reinforcing the perception... Read More
Photoshop source: SaveJersey.com You can peruse my Twitter page for highlights and lowlights of the CNN GOP debate in Florida, but this basically sums it up: Wolf Blitzer went all Oprah/TMZ with his fishing into the candidates' wives' lives. Newt doubled down on open-borders stupid and gave an indignant defense of illegal alien grandmothers that... Read More
Jim Pethokoukis spotlights a new Health Affairs study on how Romneycare laid the foundation for Obamacare, and what it portends for the federal health insurance scene. In short: Expanded government coverage, higher taxpayer costs. Read here for details and analysis. His conclusion: No surprises, of course. We already heard from Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber in... Read More
Photoshop: Reader Jimmy D. Yesterday, the SEIU and left-wing USA Action launched Spanish-language radio attacks on Mitt Romney for his support of immigration enforcement measures. One of Romney's advisers is Kris Kobach -- a constitutional law professor, Kansas Secretary of State, and staunch leader in the fight against illegal alien amnesty and ACORN-style voter fraud.... Read More
Photoshop: Reader Jimmy D. Phew. So, it turns out: Rick Santorum won the Iowa caucus. Newt Gingrich's ex-wife, Marianne, is getting her revenge. Live by scorched-earth. Die by scorched-earth, eh, Newt? And Rick Perry is reportedly set to drop out today -- removing another body from another GOP debate tonight in South Carolina and freeing... Read More
Another Republican debate showdown. Fox News Channel hosts the final five GOP in Myrtle Beach, S.C. starting at 9pm Eastern. The hosts: Bret Baier of Fox News' 'Special Report' and Gerald Seib of the Wall Street Journal. You can watch live online here. Twitter users can play "#dodge" or "#answer" . Seven more GOP debates... Read More
The 'Stache chooses.
...not Newt Gingrich, who said he'd name the former U.N. ambassador as his Secretary of State. Bolton is going with...Team Romney. Via the WSJ: Former U.N Ambassador John Bolton is set to endorse Mitt Romney and will join his top team of foreign-policy advisers, according to people close to the campaign. Video of his announcement... Read More
Romney and McCain: The GOP Frenemies’ Club by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2012 Michael Corleone said to “keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.” But what, pray tell, do we do with our frenemies? This is the awful, election-year quandary of movement conservatives. And everything you need to know about our heartache can... Read More
Place your bets, cross your fingers, hold your breath, clip your noses. Whatever it takes. Most polls will close shortly at 8pm Eastern. According to this tweet from the NYT's Brian Stelter, "Network execs privately say they expect to be able to call NH for Romney at 8pm sharp. The race for 2nd will take... Read More
Sigh. Let me say that again: Siiiiiiiiiiiiiigh. If you were unfortunate enough to watch Saturday night's GOP debate in New Hampshire, you saw a pageant of feckless non-Romneys fail to step up to the plate and forcefully challenge Mitt Romney's presumptive claim to the GOP presidential nomination. Newt Gingrich, who has spent the last week... Read More
These guys deserve each other. Shaking my head... Watch how Romney and Nikki Haley rush to correct the bumbling McCain as the crowd begins to murmur and boo after his flub. Romney's thinking: Mother fudge biscuits, someone get a cane and yank this saboteur off the stage. You want to parade Big Government/Tea Party-trashing Tea... Read More
Out: 9-9-9. In: 23-23-23. That's where Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, and Rick Santorum currently stand as the results come in tonight from Iowa. Via @politicalmath, a graphic that says volumes about grass-roots discontent: If you're an Iowa reader, tell us how you voted. The politicos on tee-vee are all predicting that Huntsman, Bachmann, Gingrich, and... Read More
Phew. Are you ready? There are an estimated 614,000 active registered Republicans in Iowa. A small fraction of them will turn out tonight to vote in the first-in-the-nation GOP presidential caucus. The anticipated top three placers are a toss-up. Sunday's PPP poll had it 20/19/18 for Paul, Romney and Santorum. Election Projection's Scott Elliott posts... Read More
Here's my Fox and Friends appearance this morning on the political news of the day. Longtime readers know I have always identified as a CONSERVATIVE first, not a Republican. I have never identified myself as a GOP strategist or GOP operative or GOP anything throughout my writing career, which is what I was trying to... Read More
Photoshop: Reader Jimmy D. Yes, I'm still struggling. Like many of you, I am still carefully weighing all the costs and benefits of each declared GOP candidate. As the candidates continue highlighting each other's unsavory left-wing alliances, I thought it might be helpful to compile a Hold Your Nose Tracker of the current top four... Read More
To be fair, if you and I had to be up on stage with Charlie Rose and Karen Tumulty, we'd be soporifically stupefied after a few minutes, too. But then again, we're not running for the highest office in the land and raising millions of dollars from people across the country who are counting on... Read More
I've already made clear: John McCain is the problem with the GOP. And he's trying to install his mini-mes as congressional candidates across the country. Yesterday, Mitt Romney lined up with He That Ails the GOP: What we have here is a failure of GOP imagination. Imagine a United States Senate without an illegal alien... Read More
Canada's Globe and Mail reports that Mitt Romney was the target of an unhinged air rager on a flight out of Vancouver tonight. The good news: He kept his cool and is doing fine. The plane turned around and rid itself of the unruly passenger. No such thing as friendly skies anymore. Geez:
Comedy Central.
Doing some multi-tasking tonight, I half-listened to coverage of the annual media lovefest-the Washington Radio and TV Correspondents' Dinner. Comedy Central's Mo Rocca gave a cringe-worthy performance. No, not cringe-worthy for any notable left-wing diatribes. Just cringe-worthy for its awfulness. He seemed to have just given up by the end and fizzled out. Mumbled a... Read More
Emulsion.
Waiting for the Romney endorsement of McCain. Shep Smith on Fox quips: "That's like oil endorsing vinegar." Romney - oil. McCain - vinegar. What does that make Huckabee? Stand by for the liveblog... Romney: I am honored to give my support to John McCain...I'm officially endorsing his candidacy...asking his delegates to vote for him...In the... Read More
Falling in line. Nose plugs, Mitt?
So CNN is reporting: "CNN's Dana Bash reports that former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will endorse senator John McCain. The endorsement is expected to happen at a Boston event at 3:30 p.m. ET today. Now, that's a Valentine's Day gift. Wonder if Mitt will need the People's Cube John McCain nose plugs...
"Bad judgment."
Fox News embed Fin Gomez is reporting that Mike Huckabee wants a "full investigation" of the Wash. state primary results: McCain led with 26 percent of the delegates to Huck's 24 percent. If something fishy happened, it should be exposed. I will add this, though: Imagine if it were Romney challenging the Wash. results and... Read More
Suspension and belief.
Video here. And N.Z. Bear has pics/vid from the foot of the podium. Talked to a couple of Romney staffers. Plans are still up in the air over whether to attend the Lincoln Day Dinner event in Baltimore tonight, which McCain is scheduled to attend. *** 12:43pm Eastern. I'm starting a new thread for Romney's... Read More
Bryan Preston and I arrived at CPAC at 5:30am this morning--yes, bad time to give up caffeine for Lent--to set up the Hot Air camera and get through security. There's a shortage of metal detectors and an abundance of attendees. We're already parked in the main ballroom at the Omni Shoreham. A lot of people... Read More
The way forward.
I filed an extra, post-Super Tuesday syndicated column this week. Felt like we needed a pep talk. Ignore John McCain. Don't "calm down." Get fired up! *** "Quo vadis," conservatives? It's the ancient, apocryphal question the apostle Peter asked Jesus while fleeing persecution in Rome. Where are you going? Where do we go from here?... Read More
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The unspoken statistical reality of urban crime over the last quarter century.
Talk TV sensationalists and axe-grinding ideologues have fallen for a myth of immigrant lawlessness.
Which superpower is more threatened by its “extractive elites”?
How a Young Syndicate Lawyer from Chicago Earned a Fortune Looting the Property of the Japanese-Americans, then Lived...
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