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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

McAuliffe Sent Back To The Nether Regions

Well, he's going back to Washington D.C., where he is more comfortable:
State Senator Beats McAuliffe in Va. Primary
By Ian Urbina, New York Times

Arlington, Va. — Democratic voters in Virginia selected a state Senator as their party’s nominee for Governor Tuesday, defeating the close Clinton confidante Terry McAuliffe in an unusually contentious, expensive and closely watched primary for governor.

In beating Mr. McAuliffe, a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, and Brian J. Moran, a former member of the state’s House of Delegates, Mr. Deeds now faces a rematch against Robert F. McDonnell, a Republican who narrowly beat him in the 2005 election for state attorney general.

In the end, Mr. Deeds, 51, quietly surged past his opponents, who spent most of their campaigns battering each other. [link]
Deeds's win kinda takes the fun out of the upcoming race, what with Bill Clinton's clone and whacked-out James Moran's brother being eliminated from the contest.

But no matter.

McDonnell was going to whip whoever the Democrats sent up, regardless.

Spreading The Blame

This from the New York Times is to be expected.

Don't blame Obama. Bush started it:
For U.S., a Sea of Perilous Red Ink, Years in the Making
By David Leonhart, New York Times

There are two basic truths about the enormous deficits that the federal government will run in the coming years.

The first is that President Obama’s agenda, ambitious as it may be, is responsible for only a sliver of the deficits, despite what many of his Republican critics are saying. The second is that Mr. Obama does not have a realistic plan for eliminating the deficit, despite what his advisers have suggested.

The New York Times analyzed Congressional Budget Office reports going back almost a decade, with the aim of understanding how the federal government came to be far deeper in debt than it has been since the years just after World War II. This debt will constrain the country’s choices for years and could end up doing serious economic damage if foreign lenders become unwilling to finance it. [link]
While true, (and not to let George Bush off the hook), there is a bit of bait-and-switch going on here. While the reporter is right about that "sliver," he might have mentioned the nearly trillion dollar stimulus expenditure that Obama pushed through Congress that never found its way into the budget. It too is now part of the federal debt.

It would have been fair to say that the annual deficits climbed dramatically under Bush and are now exploding under Obama. That would have been accurate. But the New York Times is neither fair nor all that accurate.

So we get ... "It's all Bush's fault."

Someone Needs To Sit this kid down

I wonder if Barack Obama (not to mention the Secret Service) knows that he has an evil twin. The evil Obama being the one who sent America's financial house to the brink of collapse by spending vast sums of money in his first months in office, money that we didn't have, spending like no president ever did before him. If he's not aware that he has an evil twin, someone should break the news to him. Because this is getting tiresome:
Obama seeks fiscal responsibility mantle
By Caren Bohan, Reuters

Washington, June 9 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama sought on Tuesday to show he was serious about improving the U.S. budget picture as he called on Congress to pass new limits on tax cuts and spending programs to avoid adding to deficits.

"Entitlement increases and tax cuts need to be paid for. They are not free," said Obama, who has been criticized by Republicans for proposing a hefty domestic agenda that includes overhauling the health care system, bolstering education and tackling global climate change. [link]
Of course he doesn't mean a word of it. He's simply afraid that the Chinese are going to pull the plug on U.S. Treasury notes and his house of cards will collapse faster than you can say yuan.

If Obama was serious about the exploding deficit, he'd drop the disastrous plans to overhaul the health care system and fix the climate. Both of which will cost additional billions. But he (Bad Obama) has no intention of controlling his compulsion.

So we here witness a theatrical production that is proving to be quite entertaining. Bad Obama is spending feverishly and Good Obama is demanding that he quit.

Entertaining. If it weren't so tragic.

And From Bad Obama ...

... we get this:
Obama: It's OK to borrow to pay for health care
Andrew Taylor, Associated Press Writer

Washington (AP) -- President Barack Obama on Tuesday proposed budget rules that would allow Congress to borrow tens of billions of dollars and put the nation deeper in debt to jump-start the administration's emerging health care overhaul.

The "pay-as-you-go" budget formula plan is significantly weaker than a proposal Obama issued with little fanfare last month.

It would carve out about $2.5 trillion worth of exemptions for Obama's priorities over the next decade. His health care reform plan also would get a green light to run big deficits in its early years. But over a decade, Congress would have to come up with money to cover those early year deficits. [link]
We have to rein in spending.
Sometime in the next ten years.
After we've spent trillions that we don't have.
Over the next ten years.

For the love of God.

It Don't Get Better Than This

Schadenfreude
Noun: schadenfreude shä-dən-ˌfri-də
1. Delight in another person's misfortune

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This one is for you, Sarah Palin:
Award-winning news anchor sails to new ratings low
By Ed Morrissey, Hot Air

Katie Couric won an award from the USC Annenberg School of Journalism for her interview with Sarah Palin, but CBS is losing viewers by the bucketload. TV Newser posted the bad news earlier today; Couric not only has lost viewers, but she’s gone below a previous new low in audience that Couric herself set during the presidential campaign ...

But — but — but — she’s a great journalist! USC Annenberg told us so! Helen Thomas says “she saved the country” through her tough interview with Palin! Of course, now that the country has almost reached double-digit unemployment and the Obama administration has gone on a record-setting spending spree and deficit explosion, the idea that attacking Palin “saved” anyone seems even more ludicrous than it did a month ago, when Thomas first claimed it. [link]
As if this isn't sweet enough, Morrissey has a video clip accompaniment showing Couric at her blissfully ignorant, cheerleading best.

It plays well in Manhattan.
Not so well everywhere else.
Keep a steady course, Katie.