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Tuesday, October 02, 2012

James Webb, An Epitaph

The Wall Street Journal this morning:
Another 60th vote, Virginia Senator Jim Webb, is also expressing second thoughts as he heads for retirement this year after one term. "My great regret on that is that I believe the whole health-care issue could have been handled differently by the Administration and over here," he told MSNBC recently. "I think the way that the process was put forward without a clear set of principles from the Administration caused a lot of fear in the country. We had seven different or five different committees boiling up 7,000 pages of contradictory information."

Even hedged regrets are welcome, but the irony is that a Senator who says the parties need to work more together will have as his main legacy the most partisan and polarizing legislation of modern times. Had he or any one of the 60 Democrats insisted that the Administration get Republican votes, or drop the bill's worst provisions, history would have been very different.

Messrs. Webb and Bayh can lament what might have been, but the bitter truth is that the only way voters can undo their damage is by defeating Mr. Obama in November and electing a Republican Senate. Otherwise, both men will have left their country economically weaker and health care less affordable than it was when they decided to run for office. That should be their real regret.
Webb was never serious about the job. He simply stepped up and ran for Senate to oppose the war in Iraq.

And we're to experience the aftermath of his indifference to our way of life for decades.

ObamaCare. The worst piece of legislation to have ever come out of the halls of Congress.

Thanks, pal.

Griffith Picks Up Another Endorsement

This one from the influential Farm Bureau:
Morgan Griffith Endorsed by the American Farm Bureau Federation

Christiansburg, VA - Congressman Morgan Griffith has been awarded the American Farm Bureau Federation's "Friend of Farm Bureau" award for his commitment to farmers and agriculture.

"Agriculture is one of Southwest Virginia's largest industries, and I am proud to stand up for farmers and other members of the agriculture community on the issues they care about," said Griffith. "It is an honor to receive this award."

The award is based on Congressman Griffith's voting record on the American Farm Bureau Federation's priority issues. Those issues are established by a board of directors. Other factors include legislation that has been sponsored or co-sponsored and the accessibility and responsiveness of a member to local Farm Bureau groups.

"Everywhere I go across Southwest Virginia, I see and talk with members of Farm Bureau. My office works very hard to stay connected with these community leaders. One of my top priorities as Congressman is serving constituents and I am thankful to the Farm Bureau for what they contribute to the public dialogue."

Virginia Farm Bureau Federation President Wayne Pryor said that Griffith's "attention to tedious amendments and the marathon pace of the federal legislation" is reflected in his designation as a friend of Farm Bureau.
From a press release.

Benghazigate

The question is WHY?

Why did Obama's White House choose to deceive the American people with regard to the al Qaeda-led terrorist attack on our consulate in Benghazi?

Even CNN, in a devastating piece, wants to know:


Sheer arrogance? A refusal to admit that Obama's outreach to the Muslim world was a failure? Stupidity?

Lots of questions. No answers.

Yet.

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Perhaps the explanation is as simple as this one, offered up by Newt Gingrich:

"President Obama has almost a psychological need to be totally blind to the realities of Islamic extremism.

"It is astonishing to me how consistently he rejects all the information which would teach him that there are people out there who actually want to kill us.  And it’s, I mean, it is so beyond any reasonable way to explain it that it’s almost as though he has a desperate need to believe in something which is totally false."

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Bret Stephens, in "Benghazi Was Obama's 3 a.m. Call":
Let's review:

The U.S. ignores warnings of a parlous security situation in Benghazi. Nothing happens because nobody is really paying attention, especially in an election year, and because Libya is supposed to be a foreign-policy success. When something does happen, the administration's concerns for the safety of Americans are subordinated to considerations of Libyan "sovereignty" and the need for "permission." After the attack the administration blames a video, perhaps because it would be politically inconvenient to note that al Qaeda is far from defeated, and that we are no more popular under Mr. Obama than we were under George W. Bush. Denouncing the video also appeals to the administration's reflexive habits of blaming America first. Once that story falls apart, it's time to blame the intel munchkins and move on.

It was five in the afternoon when Mr. Obama took his 3 a.m. call. He still flubbed it.
He flubbed it, and then, within hours, astonishingly, flew to Las Vegas for a fundraiser.

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The question everyone is asking: Where's Hillary?

"Is the State Department Squelching Documents on Libya Attack?"

We want answers.

Yet she's nowhere to be found.