Daniel Gross, writing in New York Magazine, can't understand the Republican outrage over Ben Bernanke's latest tinkering with the economic markets. After all, Gross notes, Bernanke is himself a Republican! Oh, well then, we Republicans were not aware of that. Of course we'll all sit quietly now! As Sarah Palin said about John McCain: "You don't have to fall in love. You just have to fall in line." Oh wait, that wasn't a Republican leader. That was Hilary Clinton explaining to Democrats that you just pull the (D) lever for John Kerry in 2004 and keep your mouth shut.
Did you hear? I fixed the budget crisis. I know, I know, I'm amazing. It was actually really easy. I cut foreign aid in half, cut salaries for our returning troops and raised the retirement age to 70. I can't imagine this will bother or offend anybody.
Keith Olbermann is a partisan Democrat? Well, my word! Get the couches out because people are fainting from surprise. Not bigger than the surprise that anyone would consider Olbermann a "reporter", of course, but that kind of shocking information is hard to top.
A reporter though he may not be, Keith Olbermann needs to go.
Barack Obama loves blaming the state of our economy on George W. Bush. After all, he's only been in office for half his term. The funny thing about blaming Bush is that Obama has chosen to continue the failed policies of his supposed saboteur's administration, like propping up dying companies, issuing obscene bailouts using money we don't have, and launching entitlement programs we simply can't afford.
Writing in the Daily Caller yesterday, Dorian Davis blames Sarah Palin for Republicans likely not capturing the Senate on Tuesday. This is amazing for several reasons. For one thing, it hasn't happened yet: this might be the first time Sarah Palin is blamed for something that only may happen.
In a surprise to only the most die-hard Obama fans, the politicians who supported the disastrous healthcare bill boondoggle are the most likely to lose their jobs come Tuesday's election.
The GOP is currently favored to win 50 House seats. Why are Americans leaning Republican so heavily in this election? It couldn't be because their president rammed through an unpopular and costly health-care bill. It's not possible it's because the unemployment rate keeps rising despite the government pouring money we don't have into "saving or creating" jobs. Surely it's not because their president keeps insulting them and letting them know that if you don't support the Obama agenda, you're just not thinking clearly you gun-clinging rubes!
In a year when so many "safe" seats seem to be in play, it figures that this is the state of the Republican party in New York: The guy who sends around bestiality cartoons and says gay people don't have a valid life? That guy everyone knows. The two men with credentials, strong positions on the issues, clean campaigns and just the one family each? They barely get mentioned.
Twitter lit up last night with people all across the country tuning into the New York gubernatorial debate. We New Yorkers, of course, had to hide our faces in shame.
Dick Morris likes to say that if you're a candidate running for office and you're pro-choice, but don't want to make abortion an issue in your election, just say you're pro-environment. People will make the connection on their own. In other words, there are issues in politics which are predictors of other issues.
For me, that issue was always guns. I'm a life-long New Yorker, so I have no hope of ever owning a gun. In fact, I’ve never even shot one, yet I consider gun rights to be in my top 5 issues. I'm pro-gun and a staunch defender of the Second Amendment, because I believe in the concept that more (legal) guns equals less crime.
How did Carl Paladino become the Republican candidate for Governor of New York? Guess #1 is that it's an anti-incumbent year and, as people had heard of Rick Lazio, he took on the incumbent stench. Guess #2? There is no guess #2 — just the lingering question and answer: could Republicans possibly have picked a more inept candidate? No. No, we could not.
Intellectualism in public office gets us phrases like "jobs created or saved" as a benchmark for measuring economic success. Any uneducated person, with a little bit of street smarts, knows there's no way to measure that we spent X amount of money to "save" Y amount of jobs.
Meghan McCain is not the first person to become famous because of her name. Paris Hilton isn't exactly a fair comparison, blond and vacant though they both may be. At least Paris became famous in her own way, through sex tapes and reality shows, and not by becoming a faux expert on hotels, writing a nonsensical book about that time in the boardroom where like, omg, someone said something mean to her and she like, totally flipped out.