The leftist group MoveOn got its start as Bill Clinton was being impeached. Their initial message was along the lines of, Bubba has done a great job running the country, his affair with Monica Lewinsky was inappropriate, and now it’s time for Americans to, well, move on.
Now if only the cheerleaders in the media for the Democratic Party could do the same.
There’s a book’s worth of material out there for this post, but I’ll zoom in on just a few today. Dahleen Glanton, an African American Chicago Tribune columnist, puts the blame on the Democrats failure to keep the White House on where she feels it belongs. Yes, the headline gives the ending away, “White women, own up to it: You’re the reason Hillary Clinton lost.” Yet the first sentence of that column betrays how foolish she is, “I don’t understand women.” Her dazzling display of ignorance continues for another two dozen paragraphs.
There must be vile fumes from the Chicago River poisoning the minds of Chicago newspaper columnists, as ignorance begets insanity. I had to read Neil Steinberg’s Nazi-drenched column about Donald Trump and his advisor Steven Bannon, who, by the way, is not an anti-Semite, three times before I gave up trying to make sense of it. Well, almost. When I am confronted with Nazis and insanity I do one thing and that is listen to avante-garde rockers the Residents’ masterpiece, “The Third Reich and Roll,” only this time I did so while trying to block out of my memory all of my knowledge of the 1960s garage pop classics that are satirized in this work, as a possible gateway into Steinberg’s rambling mess. That didn’t work either. But hey, I tried.
At the end of his column he all but claims that it will be followers of a religion who have been scapegoated for centuries who will be blamed if Trump’s economy doesn’t take off as he promises it will.
Perhaps what these mainstream media hacks really need is a good cry, which is something the Residents have done as they confide in “Hitler Was a Vegetarian.”
Yes, it’s your party, I know it’s your party
And, you know that you can cry, and, it’s cool
But you have to remember that I too cried my 96 tears
And… it’s just something we all have to go through some time or another.
Seven years after Barack Obama was hailed as the man who was going to bring peace and prosperity, the man who was going to make America respected around the world, the man who was going to heal the racial divisions in this country that meme is no longer tenable even to the low information voter.
As more and more people who expected prosperity find themselves on assistance, losing insurance and unable to find a job and the world moves from the Pax Americana to its normal state of violence the obvious truth that an inexperienced Chicago pol had no business being elected president has bled though every shield that the media has set up.
This has presented a problem. There are two elections coming up in the next 27 months and it’s the function of the mainstream media to aid in producing a result favorable to the Democrat party from which the ranks of their staffs are populated.
The necessity of Democrats in non safe districts to contrast themselves to the current administration without connecting their failures to the party they share is a tough balancing act even without the complication of race. With the race card thrown into the mix it becomes a Gordian knot.
Even after bearing the brunt of the president ‘s incompetence the black community given the chance of replacing him with a proven competent manager, turned out in force to prevent the first black president in US history to be acknowledged publicly as a failure after only a single term.
This suggests that to the American black voter sustaining a cultural myth trumped their own well-being.
And this is where the rubber hits the road.
Even if the left can leverage the Michael Brown case into enough black turnout to save the Senate for them there are going to be a series of Democrat candidates for president who will need to proclaim themselves capable of solving the problems left by the Obama administration while publicly declaring Barack Obama a historic success.
During a Wednesday night debate between Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) and North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis, the vulnerable Tar Heel State Democrat adopted a more forceful tone when discussing the challenge to U.S. security in the Middle East. In doing so, she took a shot at Obama’s policy towards the Syrian civil war from which the Islamic State sprang.
“I think one of the issues here is the President should have weaponized the moderate Syrian rebels sooner,” Hagan said. “Without doing that, he has allowed ISIS to grow. I believe that ISIS is the most serious threat to our national security since 9/11.”
“We need to be working now, full-speed ahead, with other countries, to destroy ISIS. That should be our No. 1 priority,” she said in a wide-ranging interview promoting her latest book, A Fighting Chance.
How the Newrooms will manage the to walk this tightrope on this should be an interesting thing to see.
If you think the coverage and commentary we provide here is worth your support please consider hitting DaTipJar below to meet our annual expenses.
I did in fact attend blogbash, the invitation only event that the National Bloggers Club holds every year at CPAC. and while I was neither nominated nor won any award (although If there is ever a “Best Cannoli at CPAC” thanks to Dutch Kitchen Bakery I figure it’s a lock) I was also privileged to be invited to more exclusive Blogbash pre-party which included guests and speakers such as
Senator Rand Paul of KY & Gov Rick Perry of Texas. Although I left early to cover another event (where I scored a huge interview with Bo Snerdley of the Rush Limbaugh show) I was there long enough to notice something interesting.
Watching Governor Perry’s speech during the Blogbash pre-party something struck me that he was acting different than any pol I had seen at CPAC off of the stage. Take a look at his speech and see if you can spot what it is:
Give up? He seemed in an incredibly relaxed mood, almost jovial. This was true even though he was in a room full of people who:
1. Spend their working days reporting on politicians
2. Were drinking Alcohol from an open bar.
3. All were carrying Video devices containing instant access to the internet.
Under those circumstances an experienced pol like Governor Perry would naturally be as cautious as a cat in a rocking chair testing floor but he was not. One might think it was he is a Texan and yesterday was Alamo day, that is not the reason.
In my opinion he was relaxed because he knew every person in that room was a friendly.
This illustrates one of the changes since CPAC that the move to the Gaylord National Harbor has created.
In the old days of CPAC there was “Bloggers Row” a room over the balcony that was exclusively reserved for bloggers, except for special moment when the MSM was allowed in to follow a key candidate. One of the most glorious moments of CPAC for conservative bloggers was Maureen Dowd not being allowed in the room that we were over her loud protestations.
As the bloggers in the bloggers lounge were overwhelmingly conservative a potential conservative candidate or member of congress could be escorted in and know he or she was among allies (the few liberals were easily identified).
A conservative blogger could score some excellent interviews that a member of the general media never could. It was one of the few places where bloggers had an incredible advantage over the MSM.
Now consider CPAC 2014. With a 2nd year under their belt CPAC has settled on a format and a layout as illustrated in this video cut short by my memory card filling up There is no specific bloggers area bloggers nor MSM area we are all credentialed as Media together This has led to some disadvantages for the MSM. Since they lack the flexibility of bloggers they likely couldn’t come in a day early for credentials as some of us did. This is why many missed the opening remarks of Ted Cruz while waiting in the incredible line to credentials
On the plus side for the MSM reporters from the New York Times and Al Jazeera English sitting to my left and behind me both had access to the Cannoli I offer giving them a huge thumbs up.
For bloggers it means we of new media are elevated to full equality with the old media. This is a huge change from just two years ago meaning none of us at CPAC will ever be Howard Finemaned as I was in Dartmouth. But that equality means something else, it also means that we don’t have the same access to members of congress & conservative leaders we once had.
Unless we are personally known to the handlers for Pols we are assumed to be the hostile MSM & treated accordingly. This carries over to interviewing individuals which is my forte or conservative groups in the vendor’s room. While a few might remember me from the fedora & Dr. Who scarf when they see that scarlet”Media” badge on me the defensive walls go up on the assumption that any member of the media is out to make them or conservative look bad. Membership has its privileges but also it’s responsibility.
It also means that I am less likely to be able to take care of Sissy Willis’ request
It’s Friday and with only 48 hours to go to the end of my payweek my prospect for securing said pay appear bleak.
Not only am I nearly $250 shy of a full pay but this will put me in a hole for the March Mortgage that will require a really big week to dig me out of later.
So I must come to you fedora in hand saying, if you think the writing provided by My Magnificent Seven and myself is worth it and you find my CPAC coverage & interviews worthwhile please hit DaTipJar for what you can.
You my readers are the difference between the success or the failure of this enterprise I ask you to hit DaTipJar and help me succeed.
Now there is another reason to kick in on a more permanent way
Under normal circumstance an event with 10,000 potential subscribers should be a goldmine for my quest to pick up 61 more, however I am not in a position to solicit CPAC attendees in this way. (Though I just got a creative Idea as I’m typing this that I might try today or tomorrow.)
In case my cunning plan fails please consider being a subscriber. 61 subscribers @ at $20 a month are necessary to secure the cost of Da Magnificent Seven and my mortgage meaning each month.
This will not only allow the blog to grow & prosper but will give me the peace of mind each month of knowing that the mortgage will be paid without dipping into the savings reserves that have been depleted though the Obama years.
After purchasing the Boston Globe in 1993 for a then-record $1.1 billion, the financially troubled New York Times just announced it sold the 141 year-old paper to Boston Red Sox owner John Henry for a mere $70 million. That’s a straight 93% loss. Figuring in two decades of inflation would only make it worse — as does the fact the Times retains the Globe’s pension liabilities, estimated at over $100 million.
That the Globe is being sold at a 93% (not counting inflation) is news. That it’s being sold to the owner of the Boston Red Sox is bigger news. Maybe the Globe figures if anyone can turn things around, he can, after all he has a history of producing Miracles that nobody would have believed possible. (and that doesn’t even include this season).
But the big story of the sale of the paper (and the Worcester Telegram) was a throw away line later in the piece.
In 2011, the Times turned down a $300 million offer from Aaron Kushner, CEO of Freedom Communications, Inc., publisher of the Orange County Register and other newspapers in California. This offer even included the assumption of pension liabilities, which are currently estimated at $110 million.
The Times itself reports that today’s sale to Henry does not include pension liabilities. Apparently, those remain a Times’ responsibility and expense.
Think about this for a second.
The New York Times turned down an offer 4 times as large that included the pension costs in order to avoid selling this paper to the owners of the Orange County Register.
Imagine a Movie section where the liberal themes of a picture were noted and tweaked while the conservative themes were highlighted and celebrated.
Imagine a culture section where events of a conservative nature were celebrated while liberals pressed to get the press.
Imagine reviews of plays with conservative themes getting web space and print space and liberal themes hoping for a line or two.
Imagine stories in the Sunday section celebrating historic places, people and sites that highlight America’s conservative History or people who are conservative doing great things for the community.
Imagine a whole slew of conservative Journalists cutting their teeth of straight news instead of news with a liberal spin, imagine the farm team it would create.
Imagine an editorial page giving conservative opinion day after day after day.
And imagine a web site ranked in the top 1500 worldwide and top 350 nationally, a web site that local papers around New England draw stories from giving that public conservative thought as background noise in the same way that liberals have done for ages.
What’s $230 million dollars and pension costs to the shareholders when it’s held up against keeping those dirty conservatives out of the neighborhood? Particularly with a tough election coming up in 2014.
and the story of that bill was told in cartoon form…
In those magical days congress worked in the following ways.
The House would pass a bill.
If the senate didn’t like the house bill they would pass a bill of their own.
And then the two bills would go to a conference committee and the details worked out.
And then when both sides had passed bills they would work out the differences.
Now things have changed:
The House has passed a budget, the house has passed a tax bill, they have passed bills tackling the big issues of America.
The Senate has not.
They have dodged the big issues, they have punted, the one greatest deliberative body in the world has made a deliberate decision to avoid any decision that might affect their electoral futures and the country be damned.
The response to this inaction? Nobody in the media has challenged the Senate, nobody has pressured the senate, until the last few days nobody has called on the Senate to do anything.
And because the rest of America is too busy simply trying to survive when the media has blamed the house for inaction and ignored the senate the country has ignored them too and not pressured them to do anything.
Perhaps if the media called the Senate on this the people would have pressured them and we would have a bill in conference committee already.
But that is not to be, after all if the American Public is unwilling to punish the Senate for inaction there is no reason for action to take place.
And we once again get the government and the consequences we deserve.
Update: Still $525 short on the emergency Bleg, any help would be appreciated
Last night’s rally in Fisherville, Virginia, was so crowded, I couldn’t even get inside with media credentials, and really was lucky to get there at all. When I turned off the ramp from I-81 onto I-64, I was confronted by an absolutely gridlocked traffic jam, backed up all the way to Exit 91, more than four miles away.
None of these events were private, none of them were secret and the Media that follows Gov Romney could see them, yet the size of these crowds somehow were not newsworthy at the time.
For the few voters who still believe them it is VITAL to the MSM that they be seen saying what is actually going to happen. As long as there was a chance that they could change the narrative into a democratic victory they soldiered on…So instead their new mission is to be perceived as actually reporting news rather than spinning it. Thus comes media credibility day, the day the press decides to act like actual reporters instead of liberal advocates
The clock is running down and Far left delusional chimps not withstanding nobody with skin in the game thinks Joe Biden turned this around.
So now comes the stories of Romney’s strength, they will start as a trickle but as it becomes clearer and clearer where this race is going, they will become a deluge until the media says with a straight face that of COURSE they saw how this race was going Romney’s way and will point to their coverage in the coming days to show just how unbiased they are.
Just make sure you aren’t drinking anything when you hear them say it.
Polls are lagging indicators, and it is the trend that matters. The RCP average for Ohio has Obama leading 1.7 points, whereas the lead was 5.5 points on Oct. 3. The latest poll from the Democrat firm PPP has Obama still leading Ohio by 5 points, which goes to show you: Don’t let polls freak you out.
As this trend continues expect more examples of the coming Media Credibility Day™.
Update 2: Instalanche thanks Glenn a second example here.
Update 3: Right wing news wants to believe but is nervous. John every candidate in anything resembling a contested race with the possible exception of Niki Tsongas has been running away from Obama for a year. When I see such candidates running toward him then I’ll believe I’m wrong.
Take a look at that split in Massachusetts Dems out number R’s by 23 points This should tell you how hard it is to elect a Republican nationally. If Independents split 50-50 you would have a 61.5% vs 39.5 win for the Democrats, a 22 point split, but instead it’s 56-40 for Obama.
What does that tell us nationally: Regardless of what the media is telling you Obama is in trouble
Massachusetts is one of the most liberal states in the nation (D+23). In this state a three-point Romney lead among independents is not going to make a huge difference, but in states that are say D+5 with independents that are less left leaning that could make a huge difference.
That is interesting but not as interesting as this:
Take a look at the reverse splits on Romney & Warren Voters vs Obama & Brown voters. If you are a Romney voter you are almost certainly voting for Brown only 3% going Warren & 2% undecided, yet if you are an Obama voter you are four times more likely to Voter for Brown than a Romney voter is to vote for Liz Warren (12%) with an almost equal number still up for grabs (11%).
Meanwhile the exact opposite is at the bottom, Liz Warren voters go for Obama in the same proportion as Romney voters for her, yet Brown voters are five times more likely (15%) to vote Obama with only a 4% up for grabs.
What does this tell us nationally? It tells us the MSM & National Base of the MSM has gone uber left.
There were several interesting local candidates who were willing to challenge Scott Brown, but the National Media and the National Democrats were totally enamored with Elizabeth Warren, pushing for her candidacy and filling her coffers until the local folks were squeezed out. The national media continues to push for Liz Warren bigtime yet look at these results.
How far left is a candidate who is too far left for Obama voters in Massachusetts?
That this is the candidate the national media simply adores and continues to push should inform you not just about Liz Warren, but should inform you about the national media that is still in denial over the results of the 2010 election.
And believe me, if you think they were in shock in 2010, 2012 will put them in a coma.
Bailiff: If I might suggest Sir Charles, by common law he can be declared legally dead by a corner’s jury.
Sir Charles: Really? Good. I appoint you corner, and your you’re a juryman and you.
Serf: (interrupting) Excuse me my Lord, doesn’t it have to be after a certain amount of years?
Sir Charles: I’m not going to wait about for years, you’re a juryman…
If the Bush White House asked the press to scrub stories concerning their daughters the media would be screaming about an “imperial presidency” and “freedom of the press”. Under liberal feudalism the press owes Obama service and MSM nothing is too good for their Liege Lord who rewards them.
This is of course egregious but it is Claudia Rosett (via Glenn) who beats me to the punch of the real outrage of this story:
…these Secret Service agents have been sent to provide security in Mexico, where the State Department warns that due to transnational criminal organizations, “crime and violence are serious problems throughout the country” including “homicide, gun battles, kidnapping, carjacking and highway robbery.” State reports that “gun battles have occurred in broad daylight on streets and in other public venues, such as restaurants and clubs.” Of particular concern are “kidnappings and disappearances throughout Mexico,” with local police in some cases implicated. State adds that U.S. government personnel and their families “are prohibited from travel” to some of the most dangerous areas. And though the holiday destination reported in the vanishing new stories is not on the list of Mexican provinces totally taboo for personal travel of government personnel, State warns that in Mexico, “even if no advisories are in effect for a given state, crime and violence can occur anywhere.”
…and for this vacation whim of his daughter two dozen secret service agents plus support personal are dispatched to a country that the state department warn against travel against. Ms. Rosett asks the question about both this and the disappearing stories:
In the terrible event that State’s warning proves relevant, and in the course of doing whatever it takes to provide security, any of those 25 or so American Secret Service agents are wounded or even killed in the line of fire, would the White House still consider the context a non-story? Would it be irrelevant that they had been asked to run such risks not to safeguard official business, but to enable a personal holiday trip to a place under a U.S. government travel warning?
I can see the speech that the president would give at the funeral now. I suspect it would sound something like this:
Sir Charles: ” What can we say of poor Tom Joyner? That he lived out his life in that station he was born, and that he died the finest death that a bondsman can die, doing boonday work for his lord.”
This is the real story here. To the White House, these secret service agents are just serfs (Remember Ron Silver’s: “Wait a minute those are our planes now!” at the time of Clinton inaugural?) and as serfs any risk that they take are simply the proper service a serf does for his liege Lord. Our friends on the left style themselves the protectors of the weak but I suspect if you take a peek at this episode Sir Charles and his crew will look awfully familiar:
I suggest that after Jan 2013 with a Republican in the White House the treatment of government workers as serfs will abruptly cease and that the press will join the side of the outlaws in the forest and loudly trumpet their courage in doing so.
Simple and direct. I started to prepare an answer about how the modern press unlike in say World War 2 doesn’t understand that you can’t win a war if you telegraph what you are doing to the enemy, about how since Vietnam many in the press consider being a journalist more important than being an American, how some in the media because they disagree with the war policy and will report such a thing to change it regardless of the effects on both the war and our foreign policy, when he added an addendum, to his question proving he knows me well:
…and Dad, please don’t give me a speech.
So problem: How do I convey all of that in a statement complete enough to explain it, yet brief enough for him to pay attention? The answer came from Glenn Reynolds:
The mainstream media helped smooth the way with the questions not asked, the history glossed over, the records sealed, the voices silenced by loyal Leftist Democrats. All had a hand in the deliberate cover-up. The American people were told how wonderful Barack Obama was, how articulate and educated, and just the remedy for an ailing nation, a nation that the Democrats said was scourged by the Republicans, so we had to get rid of them, and elect this anointed individual.
Everyone forgets that nobody knew who this guy was less than 10 years ago when he was embraced by the Democratic Elites alas even for that crowd the shine has worn off of it.
Over the Labor Day weekend, I went to a number of events in the Hamptons. At all of them, Obama was discussed. At none of them — that’s none — was he defended. That was remarkable. After all, sitting around various lunch and dinner tables were mostly Democrats. Not only that, some of them had been vociferous Obama supporters, giving time and money to his election effort. They were all disillusioned.
As a commentator said:
The only people defending Obama these days is the Secret Service.
But at least he’s not a Gauche tea partier like Rick Perry.
the GOP seems to be doing all it can to make itself unelectable, veering far to the right and embracing a tea party movement that, at its extremes, preaches the need for revolution.
That was E. J. Dionne in JUNE 2010 scoffing at GOP prospects in 2010. Right now when I see people saying Obama will trounce Perry or Bachmann or any tea party favorite I’m reminded that losing 39 seats (they lost 63 in 2010) was a pessimistic projection.
To such folks who watch MSNBC regularly the solution to the democratic political crisis is just a PR move away, but unlike 2008 the electorate knows what they’ve had, and no matter how they choose to define it, they just don’t like the dog food.
Although Morning Joe and the MSM are enamored with John Huntsman, Pawlenty and Mitch Daniels (Mr. Cain doesn’t warrant a mention) they do not have a vote in this primary season (and in fact as Krauthammer points out they wouldn’t be voting Republican anyway).
Herman Cain managed to draw 15 thousand people in Atlanta (the most liberal City in Georgia) to make an “announcement” that was no surprise to any person in that crowd.
The discomfiture of “Republican insiders” is a very good thing. Can we get a show of hands of anybody who thinks “Republican insiders” (you know, the guys who backed Dede Scozzafava and Charlie Crist) have a clue as to how to win elections? Anybody?
The left will tell you who they fear. Right now the attempt is to ignore Mr. Cain in the MSM while attacking him on the net. If he continues to draw crowds, expect the MSM to hit him in the same way they go after Palin and Bachmann.