Archive for October 25th, 2009

Fred Barnes — Virginia Turns Back to Red

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

Creigh Deeds, the Democratic candidate for governor of Virginia, has a Barack Obama problem. Obama won Virginia in last year’s presidential race–the first Democrat to do so in 44 years–but his popularity in the state has plunged since then. Deeds is conflicted. Asked if he’s an “Obama Democrat,” Deeds said he’s a “Creigh Deeds Democrat,” whatever that is. And he’s skipped two of three Obama appearances in Virginia during the campaign season.

The rub is Deeds can’t live with Obama, and can’t live without him. His campaign is sputtering, he trails Republican Bob McDonnell by 7 points or more in every poll, and the Democratic base is demoralized. He needs Obama’s help in arousing voters and creating a Democratic surge in turnout on November 3.

More voters are souring on health ‘reform’ — E. THOMAS McCLANAHAN

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

No wonder the Obama administration wanted the House to finish work on its health care bill before the summer recess. The more people learn about the legislative blob slouching toward passage, the less they like it.

In a recent Rasmussen tracking poll, opposition to health care reform as proposed by President Obama and the congressional Democrats had risen to 54 percent. Support dropped to 42 percent.

Chicago Tribune — Chicago Way czar needed to keep outlanders in check

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

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The real climate change catastrophe — how a handful of scientists, who have pushed flawed theories on global warming for decades, now threaten to take us back to the Dark Ages

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

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Toby Harnden — Barack Obama must stop campaigning and start governing

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

Essentially, however, Mr Obama won because of his persona – post-racial, healing, cool, articulate and inspirational. In a sense, therefore, his greatest achievement in life is being Barack Obama. Or the campaign version, at least.
Therein lies the problem. While campaigning could centre around soaring rhetoric, governing is altogether messier. It involves tough, unpopular choices and cutting deals with opponents. It requires doing things rather than talking about them, let alone just being.

NY Times — How an Insurance Mandate Could Leave Many Worse Off

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

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Harry Reid’s Train Wreck — Jack Kelly

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

Democrats have been tying themselves into knots in their efforts to conceal from the public the true cost of Obamacare. Last Wednesday, their schemes came crashing down around Harry Reid’s ears.

Joshua Kurlantzick — Afghanistan could turn into Vietnam. Let’s hope so.

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

Vietnam is the nuclear option of historical analogies. Yet, rather than fear that Afghanistan will become another Vietnam, we should embrace the prospect. If the U.S. relationship with Afghanistan eventually resembles the one we now have with Vietnam, we should be overjoyed. Little more than a generation after a bloody, frustrating war, Vietnam and the United States have become close partners in Southeast Asia, exchanging official visits, building an important trading and strategic relationship and fostering goodwill between governments, businesses and people on both sides.

Take back the Party! — DOUG HOFFMAN

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

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GOP’s New Lightning Rod — George Will on Michele Bachmann

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

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Interview with Virginia Gov. Candidate Bob McDonnell — Your World w/Neil Cavuto

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

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Powerline — THE “CHICAGO WAY” WON’T “PLAY IN PEORIA”

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

It’s pretty clear to me that if the economy is not perceived as having staged a solid recovery by next year at this time, the Democrats will take quite a beating in the mid-term elections. But the opposite conclusion doesn’t follow — a solid recovery doesn’t guarantee Democratic success. The economy had recovered from the 1991 recession by 1994, yet the Republicans still won a staggering victory in that election.

Dem senators diverge on public option

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

WASHINGTON (CNN) – As Democratic leaders in Congress appear to be converging on proposals for a public health insurance option that might win passage in each chamber, the comments of two Democratic senators Sunday suggested that a long fight is likely ahead in the Senate.

Schumer: Public option near votes needed to pass — The Associated Press

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

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Newsbusters — George Will Accuses Media of Manufacturing Return of Public Option

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

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CBS Chicago — Is Mayor Daley Looking To Lease Water System?

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

If the parking meter deal put a bad taste in your mouth, try swallowing this:
Chicago is considering leasing its water system to help fix the budget.

The new boss could charge whatever they want for water, CBS 2′s Roseanne Tellez reports.

Could it happen here in Chicago? It already has nearby. Homer Glen in Will County relies on Lake Michigan water, but the supply comes from a German-owned firm. Locals say there’s a lot more than water going down the drain.

Well-known Chicago Bar ‘Mother’s’ Accused of Racism

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

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AP — Violent clashes erupt at Jerusalem’s holiest site

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

JERUSALEM - Israeli police firing stun grenades faced off Sunday against masked Palestinian protesters hurling stones and plastic chairs outside the Holy Land’s most volatile shrine, where past violence has escalated into prolonged conflict.

AP — Obama declares swine flu a national emergency

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama declared the swine flu outbreak a national emergency, giving his health chief the power to let hospitals move emergency rooms offsite to speed treatment and protect noninfected patients.

WSJ — AT&T, Google Battle Over Web Rules

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

WASHINGTON-There’s nothing neutral in the battle between AT&T Inc. and Google Inc. over the future of the Internet.

Google, the powerhouse of Silicon Valley, and AT&T, champion for the old-line phone industry, are marshaling political allies, lobbyists and-in AT&T’s case-labor unions for a fight over proposed “net neutrality” rules that could affect tens of billions of dollars in investments needed to upgrade the U.S. broadband network, which lags in speed and affordability compared with some countries.