The motive is to undermine public support for entitlements. Who’s winning or who’s losing, in their view, depends on the opportunity.
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Thanks, Ross Douthat, for lightening up this gray morning with your musings on the upcoming Obama address.
Your right jab:
I’m going to keep this brief, because we’re all cold and there’s always a chance that the House Republicans might start imitating the Donner Party if we stay out here too long.
Your left jab:
I always knew my fellow liberal elites were self-involved, self-dramatizing and out of touch: I was in academia, remember? But the kind of mood swings I’ve had to put up with have been absolutely ridiculous.
Can’t agree with Douthat’s conclusion that Obama governs as any wild-eyed lefty, but the laughs are most appreciated.
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Let me start out by noting that I am an independent who usually votes for Democrats, but not always. So I come to you as one with no automatic loyalty to the Democratic Party.
In this election, I see Obama as a social liberal, fiscal conservative and Romney as nothing. Romney seems to regard government mainly as an instrument for further enriching the 1%, of which he is a leading member I don’t see him having fixed views on (or interest in) other issues.
And so I can’t fathom how a high-profile lefty, Ann Althouse, would find Obama so insufficiently liberal that she would pen a blog entry that right-of-center RealClearPolitics would run and title, “This Is How the Democratic Party Lost Me” — and right before a close election. It was a big hit over at RCP, as you can imagine.
Also for the record, RCP subscribes to my column. The latest, “Thank Obama for the Auto Rescue,” is featured today. I respect and like RCP, in large part because they’re honest.
And I respect realistic conservatives more than I respect flaky liberals. There is a choice on Nov. 6, and Althouse’s dimwitted view that Obama isn’t different enough from Romney to warrant her support reminds me of the lefties who threw the 2000 election to George W. Bush. My full rant can on that be found here.
The Wisconsin results were predictable, I told my right-wing friend. Look West to California where a new way of voting with weaken the stranglehold of the Republican Party base — and whatever extremists still hold sway in the other party.
Unlike the tea partiers, the Occupy Movement never became politically active, a possibly mixed blessing for Democrats.
Anyhow, the tent cities and the disruptions they caused were getting old.
I do want the Supreme Court justices to to give ObamaCare a positive nod, but whether they do or don’t, Obama remains in good shape.
As a survivor of the dwindling tribe of moderate New England Republicans, Scott Brown faces special challenges in winning re-election.
Supreme Court conservatives would be doing liberals a favor if they ended race-based college admissions.
The government’s old metric for setting the poverty line was primitive and overexaggerated the unlying hardship. But in finding a better measurement, we must consider that poverty is also a relative thing.