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Andrew Sullivan Joins The Daily Beast

Details here. The great investigation of Palin's uterus continues, I assume. Maybe he can call his new blog, The Beasty Dish? Greg Pollowitz Read more CompleteAndrew Sullivan Joins <i>The Daily Beast</i> … Read entire article »

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Chris Matthews: Newt Gingrich 'Looks Like a Car Bomber'

Stick around until the end where Chrissy tries to weasel out of it, but what shouldn't be lost is Clarence Page giggling like a schoolgirl when Matthews made the original comment. Enjoy: Greg Pollowitz Read more CompleteChris Matthews: Newt Gingrich 'Looks Like a Car Bomber' … Read entire article »

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NJ Congressman Beats 'Watson' at Jeopardy

IBM should stick to outsourcing. Greg Pollowitz Read more CompleteNJ Congressman Beats 'Watson' at <i>Jeopardy</i> … Read entire article »

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Paging Bill Maher

Marijuana Use Precedes Psychosis. Greg Pollowitz Read more CompletePaging Bill Maher … Read entire article »

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No More Parker Spitzer

Or no more Kathleen Parker, at any rate — who will be replaced by NRO's Will Cain, among others. (Congrats!) Howard Kurtz tweets: CNN sez Spitzer will have rotating panelists such as E. D. Hill and Will Cain; show to be "In The Arena"; Parker remains as CNN contributor. Greg Pollowitz Read more CompleteNo More Parker Spitzer … Read entire article »

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How Rubio's Campaign Dominated the Online Fight

As the 2012 cycle begins to warm up a bit, I hope candidates and their campaigns carefully study what worked and what didn't last cycle. This video, from the firm Targeted Victory, offers a quick-moving lesson on how the Marco Rubio campaign used the Internet – YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, special online fund-raising days, Facebook town halls – in his once-long-shot campaign for Senate in Florida this year. The end result was a campaign that punched well above its weight in the online world. In a three-way race, Rubio accounted for 72 percent of all Facebook "likes", 58 percent of all Twitter followers, 85 percent of all YouTube views, 55 percent of all web visits to candidate web sites, and 48.9 percent of the final vote. One in three of his e-mail subscribers … Read entire article »

Filed under: Political Campaigning

Nine Democratic Senators Notice Obama Is Ignoring the Budget Fight

I guess it's now okay for folks on the left to publicly lament that Obama is voting "present" — or perhaps, "not present" — on a lot of big issues lately. Ruth Marcus: "For a man who won office talking about change we can believe in, Barack Obama can be a strangely passive president. There are a startling number of occasions in which the president has been missing in action – unwilling, reluctant or late to weigh in on the issue of the moment. He is, too often, more reactive than inspirational, more cautious than forceful." And in today's Politico: "Democratic senators are frustrated with the low-profile President Barack Obama has kept during the rancorous spending debate dominating Capitol Hill, urging him Tuesday to take an assertive role or risk strengthening the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Political Campaigning

A Small Field May Trigger Some New Candidate

Earlier today, I taped a podcast with Ana Marie Cox of GQ magazine. The early 2012 buzz came up, and she asked whether there were any dark horse picks. I noted the possibility of a short field, discussed by Rich over in the Corner a few days ago. Hermain Cain is in. Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, and Newt Gingrich seem certain to run. Rick Santorum and Jon Huntsman seem likely but not certain yet, and it's easy to find reasons they might not catch fire. Haley Barbour has hit some early bumps and doesn't seem to be in any rush. Obviously, there's Sarah Palin, but it's still conceivable that she won't run. Mitch Daniels's comments suggest he's sane enough to wonder if he wants to deal with the aggravation of a … Read entire article »

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A Privately-Funded Ad, Hitting PP’s Public Funding

A Privately-Funded Ad, Hitting PP’s Public Funding

Earlier today, I mocked a $200,000 ad campaign from taxpayer-funded Planned Parenthood denouncing any cuts in federal funding from Planned Parenthood. Meanwhile, the Susan B. Anthony List will be running a “four-day $75,000 television and online ad buy throughout NY-25 and the Syracuse-area thanking Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle for standing up for women, young girls and taxpayers with her vote to defund Planned Parenthood.” Of course, the Susan B. Anthony List doesn’t take a dime from taxpayers. Jim … Read entire article »

Filed under: Government Waste, Politics

Fox News Wants Decisions From Gingrich, Santorum

Other news channels had made a big stink over the issue, and now Fox News seems to have found an innovative way to force decisions out of the potential candidates on their staff. Harris Faulkner with FNC reports that the network has suspended the "Fox News Contributor" contracts of Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, pending their decisions on a presidential race. So where does that leave Sarah Palin, John Bolton, or Mike Huckabee? By the way (ahem), with these slots potentially opening up, I am available at very reasonable rates. Jim Geraghty Read more CompleteFox News Wants Decisions From Gingrich, Santorum … Read entire article »

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Newt 2012: Maybe. Eventually. Not Now. We Think. Could Change.

Newt 2012: Maybe. Eventually. Not Now. We Think. Could Change.

There's a healthy helping of Newt in today's Morning Jolt: Out With The Old, In With the Newt… or Maybe Not The Des Moines Register, among others, was all buzz late Tuesday night: “Republican Newt Gingrich plans to announce Thursday he is taking the first formal step toward running for president in 2012, the former U.S. House speaker’s senior political adviser told The Des Moines Register Tuesday. Gingrich is expected to report during a public appearance with Georgia … Read entire article »

Filed under: Climate Change Myths Debunked, Global Warming Hoax, Political Campaigning

This Day in Liberal Judicial Activism—February 27

1998—In Brause v. Bureau of Vital Statistics, Anchorage trial judge Peter A. Michalski rules that Alaska’s statutory definition of marriage as between “one man and one woman” violates the state constitution unless Alaska can show a “compelling state interest” in support of its definition. In November 1998, Alaska voters approve, by a 68% to 32% margin, a state constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman. Ed Whelan … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Constitution, From the Bench

Re: Prop 8 Plaintiffs’ Frivolous Motion to Vacate Stay Pending Appeal

The timing of the frivolous motion by the Prop 8 plaintiffs to vacate the stay pending appeal also reasonably invites suspicions that the Obama administration was colluding with them. Specifically: From what I can tell (and I invite correction on the point), the text of Attorney General Holder’s letter announcing the Obama administration’s decision to abandon the defense of DOMA apparently became publicly available somewhere around 12:30 p.m. Eastern time last Wednesday. Prop 8 plaintiffs filed their motion (according to the electronic notice issued by the Ninth Circuit) at 9:56 a.m. Pacific time—i.e., 12:56 p.m. Eastern time. And somehow Prop 8 plaintiffs were able to quote from Holder’s letter in their motion and include a copy of the letter as an attachment to their motion. More broadly, it is reasonable to suspect … Read entire article »

Filed under: From the Bench

The President, the Constitution, and Marriage

At Public Discourse today, my fellow Bench Memos blogger Gerry Bradley writes of "Obama's Unreasonable Abandonment of DOMA."  A sample: [Attorney General] Holder’s announcement was greeted as breaking news. In one important sense, though, it was not news at all. Despite President Obama’s oft-repeated view that he “opposes” same-sex marriage, his Administration has been steadily advancing toward last week’s announcement since Obama was inaugurated. Administration lawyers have never defended DOMA in any convincing way; in fact, their fallacious arguments in “defense” of DOMA have done more to undermine its constitutionality than to buttress it. All along the Administration has unmistakably signaled that it held the conclusion that it finally forthrightly articulated last Wednesday. The announcement is nonetheless a bit startling. The Attorney General himself admitted that the Justice Department “has a longstanding … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Constitution, From the Bench

This Day in Liberal Judicial Activism—February 25

1992—Justice Thomas’s dissenting opinion in Hudson v. McMillian—four months into his service on the Court—produces a spasm of confused outrage from the Left. As Thomas explains in the opening of his dissent, the sole issue before the Court is a legal one: Must a prisoner alleging that he has suffered “cruel and unusual punishment” establish that he has suffered a significant injury? The court below had found the prisoner’s injuries to be “minor,” and that factual determination was not under review by the Court. Addressing the legal question, Thomas reads the Court’s precedents as requiring showing of a significant injury, and he abides by that view. He also declares: “Abusive behavior by prison guards is deplorable conduct that properly evokes outrage and contempt. But that does not mean that it … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Constitution, From the Bench

This Day in Liberal Judicial Activism—February 28

2001—The Legal Services Corporation Act of 1974 created a federal subsidy program that provides financial support for legal assistance to the poor in noncriminal matters. To keep the program from being used for political purposes, Congress has tightly regulated the use of LSC funds. One funding restriction, added in 1996, withheld LSC funds from entities that took part, on either side, in litigation to reform welfare. In Legal Services Corp. v. Velasquez, the Supreme Court, by a vote of 5 to 4, rules (in an opinion by Justice Kennedy, joined by Stevens, Souter, Ginsburg, and Breyer) that the 1996 funding restriction violates the First Amendment. Justice Scalia, in dissent (joined by Rehnquist, O’Connor, and Thomas), explains that the case is “embarrassingly simple: The LSC subsidy neither prevents anyone from speaking nor … Read entire article »

Filed under: From the Bench

No Oscar for Anti–Natural Gas Film, <i>Gasland</i>

I thought it was shoe-in, given the Academy's history of honoring dubious environmental films. But, alas, it wasn't meant to be. Greg Pollowitz Read more CompleteNo Oscar for Anti–Natural Gas Film, <i>Gasland</i> … Read entire article »

Filed under: Global Warming Hoax

Global Warming Hits Our Funny Bone

A leading Australian comedian says global warming could dramatically reduce the amount of humor in the former British colony and prison camp. “Because of climate change, in 25 years, we won’t have a comedy festival. . . . The money that we need for [a] comedy festival will be needed for solving the problems of the next cyclone or the next bushfire or the next flood,” Rod Quantock said at the opening of the 25th Melbourne International Comedy Festival. While Quantock’s views represent the consensus among Australian humorists at the conference, which is heavily subsidized by the government, there are a handful of dissenting comedians who feel global warming has been a boon to the funny business. They’re skeptical that fossilized jesters are an accurate measure of the true state of planetary … Read entire article »

Filed under: Global Warming Hoax

'The Volt Doesn't Really Make a Lot of Sense'

As a onetime target of the House Un-American Affairs Committee and founder of GreenerChoices.org (a web-based initiative meant to "inform, engage, and empower consumers about environmentally-friendly products and practices"), Consumers Union — the publisher of Consumer Reports magazine — has always been an approved source of the Establishment Left MSM. So Consumer Reports’s harsh review of the green Chevy Volt caused a great many knit brows on Monday. "When you are looking at purely dollars and cents, it doesn't really make a lot of sense. The Volt isn't particularly efficient as an electric vehicle, and it's not particularly good as a gas vehicle either in terms of fuel economy," David Champion, senior director of Consumer Reports auto testing center, told reporters. "This is going to be a tough sell to the average … Read entire article »

Filed under: Global Warming Hoax

Ford CFO: Electrics Are for the Rich

Barack Obama and his twin, former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm, say that electric cars are the future and they have tried to nudge their acceptance with $7,500 buyer subsidies. But the evidence is that electrical are expensive, third-car playthings for the Left Coast rich, meaning that $7,500 will mostly go to our progressive planners' wealthy friends. At the Geneva Auto Show this week, Ford chief financial officer Lewis Booth confirmed that “sales projections . . . for electric vehicles are very ambitious because I am not sure how customers are going to be able to afford to pay.” Geneva, like the Detroit Auto Show, is overloaded with electrics. But with hybrids achieving less than 3 percent of the U.S. market after a decade of hype, automakers are expressing concern that money-losing electrics … Read entire article »

Filed under: Global Warming Hoax