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Archive for April 19th, 2007

Harry Reid Criticizes Himself

Posted by Mike on April 19, 2007

Ann Coulter once observed that “Liberals simply can’t grasp the problem Lexis-Nexis poses to their incessant lying.” Three years after Annie C. penned those words, it appears that Harry Reid still fails to understand not only Lexis-Nexis, but also the consequences of Al Gore’s invention. Wizbang has an excellent post concerning Reid’s inability to understand that people are capable of examining his record.

Reid criticized yesterday’s Supreme Court decision upholding the ban on partial birth abortion. Aside from the extreme nature of that position, Reid’s statement is laughable because he actually voted for the legislation the Court upheld. Reid’s spinelessness is so obvious even NPR is calling him out.

This isn’t the first time Reid has criticized himself. The Wizbang link makes that clear. It’s just astounding that three years after Annie C. mentioned Lexis-Nexis, Harry Reid doesn’t seem to realize that a lot of people own computers now. Either that, or his hatred of President Bush and/or love of the Star Wars bar crowd is so severe, he’s willing to make a fool of himself by slamming himself.

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We Lose– They Win

Posted by Ryan on April 19, 2007

Harry Reid officially just said what he’s been thinking all this time: the war in Iraq is lost.  So the Senate Majority leader has pinned his political future on America losing in Iraq.   This is a perfect example of where Al-Qaeda is clearly winning the War on Terror– a few terrific deadly bombings and the press goes nuts, calling for retreat, to which the Dems simply parrot and proceed.  Yet, Harry Reid knows full well that the troop surge is only half finished, therefore it’s true merits cannot be presently judged.  He’s certainly showing himself to be an opportunistic coward.

Adding to Harry Reid’s cut-and-run rhetoric today is this piece from Real Clear Politics, linked from Fox News’ political section.  In it, rather than say we lost, Richard Halloran tells us simply:  the pre-9/11 system of defense should be America’s new direction.  So just today Reid’s saying we’ve lost, and in a related article Halloran believes we should go back to a doctrine that clearly did not work against terrorists or terrorism.

I honestly believed that the Dems were going to use their 2006 win to shape a victory in their own image with Bush and the Republicans squarely embarrassed by the electoral loss last November.  Yet, the Dems chose a path I can’t explain.  America loves success and winning, not failure in the face of a sworn enemy in their media-induced ascendancy.  Yet, the Dems have staked their future on losing at the expense of the nation’s prestige, influence, and national security interest at a critical time for ourselves and our enemies.

Picture from Free Republic.

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War against Free Speech

Posted by Sal on April 19, 2007

The Don Imus flap of last week has come and gone.  Don Imus is no longer on the air, removed by media executives who didn’t want to deal with the extortion tactics of Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.  In an all-out assault, the media decided to take down Don Imus, and they succeeded. 

Let me first say that I do not like Imus.  I find his show somewhat dry and humorless, and his uninformed view of politics annoys me.  I found his comments to be ill-advised at best, and offensive at worst.  However, I don’t feel that his firing was good for this country.  The free market should dictate who is and who is not successful in the arena of radio. 

The drive-by media appears emboldened by the firinig of Imus (who is not a conservative) and is now targeting prominent conservative talk show hosts, most notably Rush Limbaugh, but also Sean Hannity, Neal Boortz, etc.  CNN ran a story (hat tip to NewsBusters) unfavorably comparing statements made by Rush Limbaugh regarding Michael J. Fox to those Don Imus made last week.  The insinuation was that for all that Imus said, Limbaugh says much worse.  Several Democrats are now calling for the reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine, which requires stations give equal time to opposing views rather than let the free market dictate.  Where this will go is uncertain, but what started out as the destruction of one man’s career for crass and offensive comments is quickly transforming into an all-out assault on the New Media and the destruction of Free Speech on the airwaves. 

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Democrats Caving

Posted by Sal on April 19, 2007

The Democrats have blinked first.  In an attempt to force Bush to accept a bill with a timetable in it, the Dems are considering making the timetable advisory-only.  This is their attempt to save face with their base while trying to put the President in a difficult position.  Trouble is, the Democrats don’t win either way.  The American people, no matter how they feel about the war, will not tolerate not funding the troops.  In battles such as this, between the legislature and the Presidency, the President usually comes out on top (remember the Government shutdowns in the 90s).  The Democrat’s think that they have the upper hand, but Congressional approval rating is about the same as the President’s.  My prediction is that the fight will intensify and the Democrat’s will cave even more at the end, or risk losing what little support they have while driving the President’s numbers up. 

Link via Michelle Malkin

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