…due to multiple memorial day observances locally.
You might recall something I wrote a post about a month ago called Is the worm Turning where I listed a series of items that indicated that things might be changing. In a follow up post I gave this advice:
When the president says he wants a dialog take him up on the offer. And when he ignores it ask: why? Remember how many months has it been since Rush offered him time on his show to debate the issues with him and the White house still has its tail between its legs? Note the dismissive comments at the Tea Party Site by the brave acolytes of this White House. They know their leader’s strength is image not reality so his followers make excuses and insults. This is called fear.
Remember these guys over reach. Don’t forget the feared John Stewart was given a spanking by Bill Whittle and he apologizes publicly.
The worm continues to turn. We just have to keep fighting.
The results of fighting back continue to come:
White House officials deny that they felt any pressure from Cheney’s prior attacks to give a speech like the one he delivered on Thursday, but they did concede that Obama’s stance has been distorted in the debate over terrorism.
Congressional Democrats, however, tell a different story. Aides to top Senate and House Democrats say congressional leaders dragged the White House into delivering a speech Obama was reluctant to give, pleading directly with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. They warned of the revolt that finally materialized Wednesday when a solid Democratic majority in the Senate was stampeded into a landslide 90-6 vote against the president on funding the closure of Gitmo.
This was supposed to be a mismatch, It was.
Item: California, land of liberalism rejects tax increases emphatically and one newspaper is so stung by the the reception of their voter bashing editorial that they back off claiming error as the most popular comment on the page says:
Hi … we’re the SacBee Editorial Board and we’re going to tell you how to vote. When you decide to ignore us and vote against what we’ve told you to do we’re going to lecture you and tell you how stupid you all are. Then, when you have the unmitigated gaul to defend your actions and hold us accountable, we’re going to change our message and hope that you don’t notice. See … now we’re not agreeing with you, you’re agreeing with us. We’re the SacBee Editorial Board and we suck.
Good thing that MSM is on the liberal side isn’t it?
Item: Not only do new polls show pro-life gaining a majority among Americans, but In New Hampshire “Gay Marriage” lost a vote the left thought was a fait accompli. I guess social conservatism can win in New England after all.The media obsession with Carrie Prejean naked tits really galvanizes support for “Gay Marriage” doesn’t it?
Item: Even when we don’t fight the White house is capable of self inflicted wounds as the Kindergarten fiasco manages to not only makes them look heartless but they blow the chance for an incredible photo opt of kindergarten students and the Pittsburgh Steelers making care packages for the troops together.
These people are vulnerable as hell. We need to keep up the pressure. More Conan, less Captain America.
Update: In case you’ve forgotten things have looked much worse before:
In 1977, as in 2009, the future seemed dark for the country’s conservatives, shut out of all of the conduits to power, with nary a bright spot in sight. “The result of the 1976 election was Democrats in power as far as the eye could see,” wrote Michael Barone in Our Country (1992). “It was almost universally expected that the Democrats would hold on to the executive branch for eight years; it was considered unthinkable that they could lose either house of Congress.” “Once again, the death knell of the Republican Party was being sounded,” added Steven F. Hayward, in his two volume study of Reagan. Notes historian John J. Pitney Jr., “The hot bet of the moment was not whether the Republican Party could reshape politics, but whether it could survive at all.”
Gee I wonder what happened next?
You know it hits me that the Monty Python crowd have similar or even more radical views than Whoppi but when i still see I still think silly walks:
Or Biggus Dickus:
and of course splunge:
I guess that’s the difference between good humor that fades in the memory and timeless humor that makes you smile for the rest of your life.
…but you know the View has done her a disservice in one way. It’s made us forget.
It hit me today for no particular reason that she is a good actress, Sister Act and the Associate were both very funny. She was first rate in Ghost. That silly basketball movie Eddie was pretty good too.
On Star Trek TNG she was first rate. She was an excellent addition to the cast and made the show better.
Her work with Comic Relief was commendable.
All of that seems to be forgotten because all we see now is the political/gossip side. It’s true a lot of what I cited was from her earlier work but that doesn’t change that it was worthwhile.
One of the problems with political discourse is that it can provoke a reaction. Goldberg used to produce a smile when I saw her, now when I see her I think: “Bush Hater”, “Palin Hater”.
It’s a bit of a shame but that’s the price of being out there like that.
…it allows comics to hit democrats without touching the sacred one.
This is funny and Nasty:
As a political matter I think every day she stay in that position is a day closer to a republican majority again, and frankly she represents one of the most far out liberal districts in the nation, so she fits. Remember in her last race she was the more CONSERVATIVE candidate.
More fallout and the Vice president continues to shine.
7:04 a.m. You want me on that bunker you need me on that bunker.
7:06 a.m. The NYT tries to say these guys were radicalized in Gitmo, excuse time.
7:10 a.m. You can’t just beat your chest.
7:12 a.m. He is comparing the left position to a protestant televangelist, that’s gotta leave a mark.
7:16 a.m. Here is the Nicholson speech that they are talking about.
7:21 a.m. Of course they welcomed it they planed to upstage the Vice President and it blew up in their faces.
7:36 a.m. Did Freeman not just condemn Cheney et/al then say sometimes it has to be done.
7:38 a.m. Deutsch makes my point about the timing.
7:40 a.m. Grey is the new black? This sounds like waffling to me.
7:55 a.m. I don’t think it’s hard case at all, the blogs and the grassroots didn’t like big government conservatism and spoke out about it loudly.
8:04 a.m. There has never been a successful escape from
stalag 13 a supermax prison. Is it just me or do these guys all sound like Klink?
8:07 a.m. Last time Liz Cheney cleaned all their clocks lets see what she does today.
8:09 a.m. Deutsch tries to bait Cheney into calling the president a liar, she not only doesn’t fall in the trap but point out the material isn’t released and Joe point out he can release it at any time.
8:11 a.m. Donnie loses the argument on the: If this is 9/12 I would say take out the steak knives. The point is EVERY DAY IS 9/12!
8:13 a.m. She is cutting him to pieces. She nails it once they are on US soil then the Federal judges can make rulings to make the difference.
8:14 a.m. He says things as a platitude. God this woman is good!
8:16 a.m. The NYT guy point out he was talking about the dangers of the world in 1993.
8:24 a.m. Donnie is right they are close in one respect, The White House is going to do what Cheney says, they are just going to say that they aren’t going to do it.
…not only will fox, MSNBC and CNN all carry both speeches but because they will finish before 11 a.m. RUSH will be able to pick apart both speeches on his show. It will be teed up for him, just what the White House doesn’t want.
I jumped over to CNN and watched the reporter tie herself in knots saying first that the republicans want the vice president to go away and in the very next sentence went on how the republicans have won a significant victory on this issue.
Oh and after 5 months of president Obama both president Bush’s and VP Cheney’s approval numbers are up (6 and 8 point respectively).
If those numbers keep up Romney will need to neutralize Cheney not Palin.
It has been suggested that the president is very wise scheduling a speech suddenly today against the former Vice president:
1) The Obama White House runs the savviest information ops of any White House in modern history. This is all about rebutting an increasingly effective exponent of aggressive counter-terrorism policies. 2) Why do it? The simple answer is that the public is listening to Cheney on the issues, and if the Democratic Congress’s decision this week to deny funding to close Gitmo is any indication, finger-in-the-wind politicians are listening, too.
Already today on Morning Joe Vice president Cheney’s speech is being called the “Republican response” even though it was scheduled long before the president making it seem a “me too” speech in perception. That’s smart right?
My opinion is different. These guys are falling into the Rush CPAC trap.
Consider a few months ago, the White House and Limbaugh traded barbs (the White House STILL hasn’t taken Rush offer of radio time cluck, cluck ) because of this the CPAC speech which would have normally been ignored by the networks was carried by both FOX and CNN live exposing his ACTUAL opinions and positions directly thousands of people who would have never heard a word he ever said unfiltered by the media. It’s hard to demonize someone when you have actually heard him someone yourself. The increased audience for Rush and the success of the Tea party movement show this.
Now if the president had not given his speech today, the vice president speech would have been given and individual sound bites would have been picked up by the MSM and spun according to their whims to favor the White House.
Instead because of the president’s speech Vice President’s speech will be covered live and unfiltered. The public will not only be able to hear his position articulated but also articulated in a speech that he has had time to write and develop. At best it could be a game changer for the debate, at worst people who have only seen a filtered or caricature of the vice president will see the real thing.Minds will be changed.
Meanwhile the president, a fine speaker, will be reading a speech developed quickly in response to political issues. He has a good staff and I’m sure the speech will not be bad, but it’s very nature is reactive and it is not credible to assert that a speech written over the course of a day will be superior to one developed over time.
Add to that the Vice president convictions and experience on the issues of government and the difference will be noticed!
The end result will be pressure to pressure a policy that keeps America safer. That makes us all winners.
Update: Michelle nails it:
I, for one, and gratified to see this White House forced to put national security on the front burner. If not for the forceful public defenses by Vice President Cheney of the aggressive, proactive measures the last administration took to keep us safe, the current commander-in-chief would be happily gabbling about solar panels and weatherization subsidies or somesuch.