In Evelyn Waugh's novel "Scoop," the best book on journalism ever written, Lord Copper, proprietor of the Daily Beast, is followed around by a flunky who responds to every statement he makes. When Lord Copper says something that is true the flunky says, "Absolutely, Lord Copper." When he says something that is false, the flunky says, "Up to a point, Lord Copper." Read More
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., apologized Saturday for 2008 remarks in which he referred to President Barack Obama, then a candidate, as light-skinned and lacking a "Negro dialect."Reid is trailing in Nevada polls.
Here is his statement of apology: Read More
Congress can be a lot of fun, if you've got the right attitude.
It's sort of like being one of the airmen locked up in Stalag 17. Some of the boys are trying to win the war from the inside, but others are happy just trading Red Cross chocolate with Sgt. Schultz for a little liberty.
As long as you don't think about what's going on outside, it can be a rather carefree existence. Read More
The big idea of 2009 was that crises could be curative — that big changes can be achieved when people are desperate.
Rahm Emanuel was not the first to suggest that a crisis should not go to waste, but he and the other members of the Obama team applied the concept with more eagerness — and nakedness — than any new administration in American history. Read More
It looks like a happy new year for you -- if you're a public employee.
That's the takeaway from a recent Rasmussen poll that shows that 46 percent of government employees say the economy is getting better while just 31 percent say it's getting worse. In contrast, 32 percent of those with private-sector jobs say the economy is getting better, while 49 percent it is getting worse. Read More
In his year-end interviews with friendly news outlets like The Washington Post and National Public Radio, President Obama had a curious choice for his biggest accomplishment of the year: the bailout of the financial sector.
It seems odd that a president whose mantra is change, change, change would pick a program initiated by his predecessor. Read More
President Obama on Monday credited the Senate for "standing up to the special interests -- who've prevented reform for decades, and who are furiously lobbying against it now." But the health care "reform" bill, passed late Sunday night, provides the drug companies with billions in taxpayer-funded subsidies, government-sanctioned monopolies, and mandates forcing people to buy drug insurance. Read More
Looks like the steadily growing list of constitutional, ethical and political outrages that constitute the Harry Reid version of Obamacare is sparking a rebellion in the states, as AP reports South Carolina's attorney general plans to investigate the vote-buying that surrounded the proposal in the Senate majority leader's office. Read More
Earlier this week I asked why Democrats continue to push a national health care bill, even though dozens of polls show a solid majority of Americans don't want it. Are President Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid irrational? Politically tone deaf? What could possibly account for their rush to pass legislation that the public decisively rejects -- less than a year before the 2010 elections? Read More
Liberals wanted a Democratic Party that could beat the Republican Party at its own game.
They should have been more careful what they wished for.
When the White House and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid smothered an amendment to the Democrats' health bill that would have allowed the re-importation of prescription drugs, it was a crystal moment. Read More