Blaming Rush and Hannity For Obama’s Presidency?

July 8, 2009

If you’re like me, you wince daily at the latest Obamination from our Telepromter-In-Chief.  It amazes me that so much of the American public still hasn’t caught on to his overt agenda, given the way he sucks up to tyrants like Chavez, Putin, and others, while shying away from our traditional allies. But more on that in another rant.

It dawned on me recently that the Obama Presidency may be, believe it or not, the end-result of a couple of practical jokes gone wrong. And we can thank Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity for playing an instrumental role in winding up with an Alinsky-ite tyrant rather than a President.

How is that possible? It’s very simple: Think back about 18 months, when the longest campaign in Presidential election history was already in full stride. It was pretty much assumed the Democratic nominee would be the fulfillment of destiny meeting the ultimate entitlement, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.  It was a foregone conclusion, actually.

In their zeal to thwart all things Clinton, both Rush and Hannity came up with their own attempts to discredit Clinton.

El Rushbo

El Rushbo

Limbaugh had his “Operation Chaos” which taunted, cajoled, ridiculed, disagreed with, and in general trashed Senator Clinton every chance he got (which usually meant three hours a day). To his credit, there is no one finer than Limbaugh when it comes to having the subtlety of an angry moose in rutting season.

Meanwhile, Sean  Hannity chimed in with his own rendition called “The Stop Hillary Express.” He would essentially mirror the same issues as

Sean Hannity

Sean Hannity

Rush, but in a higher, more annoying voice, over and over and over… until, like a soap opera, I discovered I could turn off Hannity’s show for days at a time and really not miss a thing. The next time I’d turn on his show, he’d be hammering the same points, constantly reassuring us with his favorite expression in the world: “Let not your heart be troubled.”  He, too, was very convincing in his anti-Hillary campaign.

Both hosts are now very painfully aware of the expression, “Be careful what you wish for; you might just get it.”

To what extent are they responsible for the Clinton Campaign Collapse? That’s anyone’s guess.  But certainly, Clinton’s star sank faster than Michael Vick’s dogfood endorsement deal. And while they both searched for ten-foot poles to distance themselves from John McCain, one Barack Hussein Obama’s campaign hit the turbo button.  And we all know the outcome from that point on.

Now you won’t hear either of them mention this on their shows. They’ll both point out that they were just as agressive in their efforts to trivialize the candidacy of “the man who would be King.”  And they were. But their contribution to the victory of Obama is not insignificant. Their efforts (and results) alone should be reasons the Obama administration should not feel the need to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine.

Am I being sarcastic or serious? In truth, it’s a little bit of both, just as were Limbaugh’s and Hannity’s campaigns. And I have the highest regard for both as broadcasters even though I am critical on this issue.

But every time Emperor Obama makes another apology for our success in America; every time he lies through his teeth about not raising taxes on us “little people”; every time he sides with a socialist, dictator, or mullah against the common people everywhere; and every time he drags this country closer to the point of no return regarding our national debt, I just can’t help but wonder what John McCain or another Clinton in the White House might have done. It may not have been pretty, but I’m pretty damn sure our position and credibility in the world wouldn’t be as bleak as it is, nor would our chances of being hit by an internal terrorist attack be as high.

And that’s not sarcasm. That’s a bloody serious fear.

Gerry Ashley

Peter Schiff: Prescient

May 5, 2009


Back in early November, just before the election, CNBC did a segment with Peter Schiff, discussing the possible impact of Obama’s proposed economic policies.

Man, talk about your chickens coming home to roost; looking back at what he predicted, Mr. Schiff was right on the money!


It’s Only Been 100 Days…

April 29, 2009


See the trouble you can get into when you make rash promises you have no intention of keeping?

1,359 days to go.


H/T: HotAir

The Battle Between John Wayne and Jane Fonda Is Over

February 18, 2009

And, as Dr. Anne Wortham tells us, Jane won.

After the November 2008 election, Dr. Wortham wrote the article below. I have not been able to find the original site at which it was posted, as the article seems to have been reprinted in its entirety all over the internet. I found the article at Pesky Emotional Republican, which had by far the most information about the author.

So here is today’s must-read kick-ass article:

Fellow Americans,

Please know: I am black; I grew up in the segregated South. I did not vote for Barack Obama; I wrote in Ron Paul’s name as my choice for president. Most importantly, I am not race conscious. I do not require a black president to know that I am a person of worth, and that life is worth living. I do not require a black president to love the ideal of America.

I cannot join you in your celebration. I feel no elation. There is no smile on my face. I am not jumping with joy. There are no tears of triumph in my eyes. For such emotions and behavior to come from me, I would have to deny all that I know about the requirements of human flourishing and survival – all that I know about the history of the United States of America, all that I know about American race relations, and all that I know about Barack Obama as a politician. I would have to deny the nature of the “change” that Obama asserts has come to America. Most importantly, I would have to abnegate my certain understanding that you have chosen to sprint down the road to serfdom that we have been on for over a century. I would have to pretend that individual liberty has no value for the success of a human life. I would have to evade your rejection of the slender reed of capitalism on which your success and mine depend. I would have to think it somehow rational that 94 percent of the 12 million blacks in this country voted for a man because he looks like them (that blacks are permitted to play the race card), and that they were joined by self-declared “progressive” whites who voted for him because he doesn’t look like them. I would have to be wipe my mind clean of all that I know about the kind of people who have advised and taught Barack Obama and will fill posts in his administration – political intellectuals like my former colleagues at the Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

I would have to believe that “fairness” is the equivalent of justice. I would have to believe that man who asks me to “go forward in a new spirit of service, in a new service of sacrifice” is speaking in my interest. I would have to accept the premise of a man that economic prosperity comes from the “bottom up,” and who arrogantly believes that he can will it into existence by the use of government force. I would have to admire a man who thinks the standard of living of the masses can be improved by destroying the most productive and the generators of wealth.

Finally, Americans, I would have to erase from my consciousness the scene of 125,000 screaming, crying, cheering people in Grant Park,Chicago irrationally chanting “Yes We Can!” Finally, I would have to wipe all memory of all the times I have heard politicians, pundits, journalists, editorialists, bloggers and intellectuals declare that capitalism is dead – and no one, including especially Alan Greenspan, objected to their assumption that the particular version of the anti-capitalistic mentality that they want to replace with their own version of anti-capitalism is anything remotely equivalent to capitalism.

So you have made history, Americans. You and your children have elected a black man to the office of the president of the United States, the wounded giant of the world. The battle between John Wayne and Jane Fonda is over – and that Fonda won. Eugene McCarthy and George McGovern must be very happy men. Jimmie Carter, too. And the Kennedys have at last gotten their Kennedy look-a-like. The self-righteous welfare statists in the suburbs can feel warm moments of satisfaction for having elected a black person. So, toast yourselves: 60s countercultural radicals, 80s yuppies and 90s bourgeois bohemians. Toast yourselves, Black America. Shout your glee Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Duke, Stanford, and Berkeley. You have elected not an individual who is qualified to be president, but a black man who, like the pragmatist Franklin Roosevelt, promises to – Do Something! You now have someone who has picked up the baton of Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society. But you have also foolishly traded your freedom and mine – what little there is left – for the chance to feel good. There is nothing in me that can share your happy obliviousness.

Man, she doesn’t pull any punches, does she? We have sold our unique American birthright for a mess of pottage, and all we have left is… a mess.


This Is Not the Bill Richardson I Knew

January 4, 2009

Aaaand another one gets thrown under the bus.

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson has withdrawn from nomination as President-Elect Obama’s Commerce Secretary. While Richardson claims to have been up-front about the baggage he brings to his nomination, Team Obama is complaining that Richardson didn’t disclose his true status as a political hot potato as he faces investigation from the FBI for, yes, you guessed it, pay-for-play:

“Sources tell ABC News that officials on the Obama Transition Team feel that before he was formally offered the job of commerce secretary, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson was not forthcoming with them about the federal investigation that is looking into whether the governor steered a state contract towards a major financial contributor.”

So when Obama announced Richardson in November as his Commmerce Secretary pick and said,

“Bill has seen from just about every angle what makes our economy work and what keeps it from working better…”

…he probably wasn’t referring to the FBI investigation. And I agree with Ed Morrissy at HotAir (as I generally do) who commented,

“But beyond that, this is a pretty lame attempt to shift blame away from the incoming administration.  They should have done their own homework on Richardson once they heard about the investigation.  In the end, they have the responsibility to make acceptable appointments for Cabinet positions.  If the extent of the vetting Team Obama is doing is reading resumés and accepting explanations for federal investigations without question or further checking, then they’re pretty obviously incompetent at it.”

Team Obama-wan should have know better. Hoping that the mainstream media will actually investigate Obama’s cabinet picks (instead of treating them as pristine as Obama himself) is a rather shabby way to do business. Perhaps this fiasco will teach the team a much-needed lesson in how to do homework in a way that maximizes information gleaned and minimizes embarrassment to the President-Elect.

Sadly, it seems that Obama is about to begin his tenure as President of the United States by shedding nearly as much baggage as he did during his campaign.


Merry Christmas, Noel… Be it Heaven Or Hell

December 25, 2008

It just isn’t fair. I’ve spent the vast majority of my life being an optimist. It’s been my personal credo: “In the long run the pessimist may be right, but the optimist has more fun on the journey. ”

But life has a funny way of slapping you upside the head sometimes. And now look what it’s done to me: Some see the glass as half-empty while others see it half-full.

Maybe our PERSPECTIVE isn’t what we should be focusing on so much as the REALITY of the situation.  What I mean by this is that we spend so much time arguing over whether the train heading towards us is a half-mile away or a quarter mile away… after all, it’s only a matter of perspective, isn’t it? Uh, perhaps but the reality is our car is stalled on the tracks. Maybe THAT should be the focus of our attention for the next few seconds.

Yes, it’s been quite a year, hasn’t it?:

  • We’ve recently completed the longest Presidential Primary and Election campaigns in the history of our country… and not once did the press actually dig into the background and qualifications of  Obama either out of political correctness or because of the media’s personal agenda.
  • Obama has stated he’s going to make it a priority to end the war in Iraq… apparently whether it’s over or not. With a Democratic House and Senate, it seems as though he should have no problem making this happen. He will undoubtedly have the full support of Speaker of the House Nazi Pelosi and Senate traitor  Harry “We’ve Lost The War” Reid. 
  • Not once in the debates or in the campaign did I hear the topic of illegal immigration brought up.
  • Not once did the debate sponsors/producers think to include it in any of the debates.
  • The financial future of our grand-children has been sold without them ever having been a part of the process on how to use the money being given to banks. Our government has committed trillions of our tax dollars to banks for bailouts, and oh, by the way, they forgot to include strict guidelines as to precisely how that money could and could NOT be used (I’ve never wanted to be a big bank so much in all my life).  As a result, some banks took the money and instead of using it to cover bad mortgages or to prop up their own foundation, chose rather to use this FREE MONEY to buy other banks and exploit their assets. So, in a sense, you and I have just spent trillions of dollars to help buy banks, yet we don’t have any say in the matter, nor do we get any portion of ownership. Sweet deal, eh? Thanks, Washington.
  • If he stays true to his campaign promises, Israel will soon be an orphan… with nuclear strike capability. Oh Boy. Ever smell burning flesh when you wake up in the morning? If you’re in the middle east, it might be your own.
  • With a stroke of the pen once he takes office, Barack Obama could take away our second ammendment rights to bear arms.  He’s made it clear THIS is a commitment. Yeah that oughta hit at about the same time society goes crazy aganst one another due to the government’s inability to stop trying to spend their way out of this mess created by the Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac disasters. No matter. Barney Frank and Jim Dodd will still find a way to blame their miserable failings on President Bush. And millions will believe it, because they’ve left government in charge of actually thinking on their behalf. 

Now tell me: Is the glass half full or half empty?

Answer: Am I the only one that’s noticed there’s a CRACK in the damn glass?

“Merry Christmas! Noel! Be it Heaven or Hell… The Christmas We Get We Deserved!”


Gerry Ashley

The (Same Old) Story of O

December 10, 2008

UPDATE: Ed Morrissey has more “Did not!” “Did so!” info.

Axelrod then: Did so!

Q: Has he [Obama] expressed a preference, however on who might replace him in the Senate?

A: He [Obama] has not… I mean, I know he’s talked to the governor, and, uh, you know, he’s,  there are a whole range of names, many of which have surfaced and he’s, uh, I think he has a fondess for a lot of them. (Emphasis added. Boy when he’s off script, he sure sounds like Obama, doesn’t he?)

Local newspaper then:

“CHICAGO, ILL. — Now that Barack Obama will be moving to the White House, his seat in the U.S. Senate representing Illinois will have to be filled.

That’s one of Obama’s first priorities today.

He’s meeting with Governor Rod Blagojevich this afternoon in Chicago to discuss it.”

Obama now: Did not!

“I had no contact with the governor or his office and so I was not aware of what was happening, ” Obama told reporters today in Chicago. “It’s a sad day for Illinois. Beyond that, I don’t think it’s appropriate to comment.”

Axelrod now: Oh right, did not!

“I was mistaken when I told an interviewer last month that the President-elect has spoken directly to Governor Blagojevich about the Senate vacancy. They did not then or at any time discuss the subject.”

That’s a pretty vaguely-worded “mistake” on Axelrod’s part, isn’t it?

Oh, I love the smell of plausible deniability in the morning!


Thwarted in O-hi-o

December 6, 2008

It keeps getting worse and worse for the state of Ohio, and a civil suit is looking easier and easier for Joe the Plumber to win these days.

The latest: a state worker who ran what she was told was an authorized  check on Joe Wurzelbacher says she was implicitly threatened with being fired if she didn’t particpate in a cover-up of the actions. As reported by the Columbus Dispatch:

Vanessa Niekamp, an administrator for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services’ Office of Child Support and a 15-year state employee, said that when Deputy Director Doug Thompson came into her office, “He appeared very upset, his neck was bright red, and he was shaking. He closed my door.”

Thompson told her she must write an e-mail to the agency’s information-security officer, and then “dictated word for word” what she wrote, Niekamp said. He also reminded her that she could be fired at any time, she said.

We are reminded that Ms. Niecamp is the woman who debunked the story being floatedat the time that it was common practice in Ohio for state workers to do checks on any Ohioan suddenly thrust into the public eye.

As usual, for folks like Doug Thompson and Helen Jones Kelley, it’s never the illicit action that ends up being the problem. It’s always the cover-up. You’d think they’d learn.


I Didn’t Really Mean All That Stuff I Said…

December 2, 2008


Michelle Malkin reports that in a press conference this morning, at least one reporter actually does his job and dares to ask President-elect Obama how he can reconcile his many previous statements about Hilary Clinton’s lack of qualification and his current plan to nominate her for the position of Secretary of State in his administration.

Boy, he really maunders on, doesn’t he? However, here’s the money quote:

“But, look, I think if you look at the statements that Hillary Clinton and I have made outside of the heat of a campaign, we share a view that America has to be safe and secure, and in order to do that we have to combine military power with strengthened diplomacy.”

Actually, part of that may be true. In fact, we all may share the view that America has to be safe and secure. But that doesn’t really answer the question posed by reporter Peter Baker about how Obama can explain away denigrating comments about “having tea with heads of state,” among others, which caused such a stir at the time.

From the long campaign season, we already knew this, but what we can take away from this brief but telling conference is a reiteration of the understanding that the President-elect will (to paraphrase a far better man)

“…speak any words, offload any inconvenience, avoid any embarrassment, betray any friend, support any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of Obama.”

We would do well always to bear in mind what kind of man we have elected to be our next President.


Obama Will Get What Obama Wants

November 30, 2008

On Oct 15th, I wrote the following about Barack Obama…

He’s just a new old-school Chicago politician. Sure he has associated with Ayers and Wright, but he’s obviously not a terrorist or a racist. He’s simply too bright. But O is tough…

Read that, “The ‘Loony Left’ and the “Hard Right” are both going to be surprised by the President elect. Consider the following:

  • His chosen economic team is by all accounts fairly centrist.
  • He’s keeping Gates as Secretary of Defense.
  • You know those tax cuts for the wealthy? Well Obama might just keep those and let them expire after all.
  • 2.5 million jobs… Create? Or “Create or save…”
  • And then there’s his change in his stance on the war in Iraq.

And so it goes…

Now compare all of the above with the various reasons why he shouldn’t be president. The contrast is stunning and stark, and the lesson is very clear – Mr. Obama will do what needs to be done, say what needs to be said, and associate with whoever to get his way. (George Packer wrote a fantastically true sentence that touched on this in the New Yorker when he wrote,

“Obama, whatever the idealistic yearnings of his admirers, has turned out to be a cold-eyed, shrewd politician.”)

No, Obama isn’t going to fit a preconceived mold, no matter how attractively that mold was cast. And he also isn’t going to look into anyone’s eye and “get a sense of his soul”. The only thing Obama is going to get is exactly what he wants.

The big question is, “What exactly does the President-elect really want?”

Alan Speakman