"Mr. President, how do you stay so awesome?"
No, no one really asked that at the Obama Facebook Townhall but they may as well have. All the questions were in Obama's wheelhouse, played to his strengths and gave him the opportunity to give long, long answers that often were only marginally connected to the question.
What the S&P found was a president un-serious about reducing our nation's crippling debt. While Obama and his supporters seem to think his words have magical properties, the rest of us realize that they're just words, and not particularly effective words at that.
—Karol Markowicz, says Obama being "out of touch with reality" on the federal debt.
— Karol Markowicz on the 'outlandish things' President Obama has promised yet not delivered
-- Karol Markowicz on the unequal language we use to describe inequality
-- Karol Markowicz on Obama's Monday night address on the intervention in Libya
When that line of attack would begin - that Republicans are super organized, with tight messaging, coordinated attacks and a top-down organization where we all follow the leader - I usually end up saying "I wish." Liberals, on the other hand, always seem all-too-willing to join together and do some dirty work in a very strategic way. Nothing is sacred from their attacks, not even the Supreme Court.
With protests sweeping the Middle East from Bahrain to Yemen to Jordan and, of course, to Libya, and with the departure of long-time dictator Hosni Mubarak from Egypt, now seems like a good time to remind everyone: Bush was right.
The worst part about the conservative rift within CPAC is the public way in which it has been handled. It's the information age, of course, and everyone wants to have their name mentioned as often as possible. Still, watching Heritage Foundation skip CPAC is like hearing mom and dad fight. It's not my fault, is it? The liberal glee over the whole thing is really annoying. Their coalition is held together by the loosest of principles and yet we've become mockable for falling out on one issue, an issue that divides Democrats just the same (let's not forget Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton, and any other serious presidential candidate of both parties also oppose gay marriage).
In the recent brouhaha over the gay group GOProud being included in the "participating organizations" for CPAC, and the resulting boycott by some social conservative groups and politicians, the idea that "conservatives don't *do* identity politics in this way" just can't be counted as a legitimate reason. I understand the wish to make it not so, but the "we don't do identity politics" ship sailed a long time ago.
"They say, 'What's your show about?' I say, 'Nothing.'"- Jerry Seinfeld
I was reminded of the Seinfeldian idea, the show about nothing, as I listened to the State of the Union. Don't get me wrong, President Obama said a lot, and some of the things he said I enjoyed hearing, but ultimately it was a speech about nothing.
Today, six days after the Tucson shootings, most of the liberals who hysterically pointed fingers at Palin are fairly quiet. Instead, there is a call for civility, to put all this behind us and to accept that we're all Americans and we're all in this together.
That's not going to happen.
If there's one thing we learned from the awful shooting in Tucson on Saturday, in case we didn't know already, Sarah Palin makes some liberals completely lose their minds. It was about 10 minutes after the shooting was announced that Markos Moulitsas of the liberal website Daily Kos, last seen advancing political discourse by writing a book comparing conservatives to terrorists, linked to a map on the Sarah Palin website which featured crosshairs "targeting" Gabrielle Giffords' district in the last election. Obviously, then, Sarah Palin was responsible for the shooting.
If Pat Toomey is a bipartisan compromiser, I look forward to six more years of Pat Toomey and his delightful compromising.
—Karol Markowicz, It's A Free Country blogger
It's a Free Country contributers dissect the new congress. Solomon Kleinsmith, founder of the political website Rise of the Center; Karol Markowicz, PR consultant and blogger at Alarming News; and Justin Krebs, founder of Living Liberally, talk about the prospects for Republicans and Democrats, and the country's political future.
With his compromise on extending the Bush tax cuts, the president has admitted that tax cuts do stimulate the economy. After trying all the liberal solutions—which include spending, spending, and more spending—the president is turning to the only thing that works to get our country moving again: letting people keep more of the money they earn.