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The Incredible Shrinking President [Mark Steyn]
National Review Online ^ | 10/26/2012 | Mark Steyn

Posted on 10/26/2012 6:31:36 PM PDT by Sherman Logan

Edited on 10/26/2012 7:43:11 PM PDT by Sidebar Moderator. [history]

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Most devastating commentary on this election yet. That it is even close is an appalling judgment on half of American society.

The Benghazi coverup just may be breaking at the exact best possible time to sink The Lightbringer.

1 posted on 10/26/2012 6:31:37 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Sherman Logan
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2 posted on 10/26/2012 6:38:25 PM PDT by JusPasenThru (Nancy Pelosi.... Botoxevik.)
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To: Sherman Logan

The entire Food Stamp Administration is corrupt to the core. I seriously doubt that there is a single person in the administration with any character, honor, integrity, honesty, etc. The entire administration reminds me of those creatures that reside on the bottom of the ocean waiting greedily to feed on whale sh!t.


3 posted on 10/26/2012 6:40:24 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (The law of unintended consequences is an unforgiving and vindictive b!tch!)
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To: Sherman Logan
Absolutely, devastatingly true. This should be required reading for every American.

His description of the behavior of Obama and Biden at the funeral for the four heroes:

But the near-parodic locker-room coarseness is grotesque both in its inaptness and in its lack of basic human feeling for a bereaved family forced to grieve in public and as crowd-scene extras to the political bigshot. Just about the only formal responsibility a vice president has is to attend funerals without embarrassing his country. And this preening buffoon of pseudo-blue-collar faux-machismo couldn’t even manage that.

4 posted on 10/26/2012 6:43:21 PM PDT by JustaCowgirl (Storm the heavens with your prayers for Mitt Romney tonight.)
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To: Sherman Logan

Øbama should be tried and found guilty of TREASON and receive the Constitutionally prescribed punishment.


5 posted on 10/26/2012 6:45:32 PM PDT by lightman (If the Patriarchate of the East held a state like the Vatican I would apply for political asylum.)
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To: Sherman Logan

Put some ice on that Barry. I wonder if the one even knew what was going on or did Valerie Jarrett tuck him in saying “Don’t worry I got This”


6 posted on 10/26/2012 6:54:15 PM PDT by Blackirish
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To: Sherman Logan

“The Benghazi coverup just may be breaking at the exact best possible time to sink The Lightbringer.”

Just personally, of course, I never underestimate the power of a novena; and there is a massive one going on right now.


7 posted on 10/26/2012 7:05:51 PM PDT by stanne
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To: Sherman Logan; JusPasenThru

My late father’s generation would already be on the DC mall and White House lawn with pitchforks, tar & feathers and assorted other equipment, if you get my drift...


8 posted on 10/26/2012 7:08:21 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: lightman

I could not agree more! The time has come to remove the narcissist in chief!

Ravenstar


9 posted on 10/26/2012 7:14:09 PM PDT by Ravenstar (Reinstitute the Constitution as the Ultimate Law of the Land --Cain 2012)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; All
My late father’s generation would already be on the DC mall and White House lawn with pitchforks, tar & feathers and assorted other equipment, if you get my drift...

I am not so sure of that. They elected Roosvelt four times.

It is not so much the temper of the people, it is what they know, and what they know that is not so.

A great number of people in the U.S.A. Know a lot that is not so.

10 posted on 10/26/2012 7:30:16 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: Sherman Logan

Steyn eviscerates!

He’s a big picture guy who can tie it all together and turn a phrase like no one else!


11 posted on 10/26/2012 7:30:38 PM PDT by One Name (Ultimately, the TRUTH is a razor's edge and no man can sit astride it.)
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12 posted on 10/26/2012 7:33:20 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o
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To: Sherman Logan
... decency requires that they be voted out of office as an act of urgent political hygiene.

It makes me unhappy knowing that such rotten people exist.

13 posted on 10/26/2012 7:33:29 PM PDT by Tax-chick ("Decency requires that they be voted out of office as an act of urgent political hygiene." ~Steyn)
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To: marktwain

It was Roosevelt or communism/fascism, in many minds. Many thought that “capitalism” had failed them. They were wrong, of course, but at least they didn’t go the way of Stalin or Hitler.


14 posted on 10/26/2012 7:35:50 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: Sherman Logan
I have nothing but respect for the dignity and control of Mr. Charles Woods, father of one of the murdered SEALs.

Under similar circumstances, if I had a child in a casket, and Joe Biden asked “Did your son always have balls the size of cue balls?” I would have been wrestled to the ground by the Secret Service, after trying to beat the s#!t out of Biden, and been carted off to federal prison.

The current so-called leaders of the USA are even worse than Caligula ever was for Rome. They make me sick, and they besmirch the memory of every American who shed their blood and lives for this country.

Mark

15 posted on 10/26/2012 7:58:56 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: Sherman Logan

Obama concerning the elimination of Al Qaeda as a threat: Mission accomplished.

The media laughed at Bush. They aren’t laughing now.


16 posted on 10/26/2012 8:16:34 PM PDT by Rocky (Obama is pure evil.)
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To: stanne

>>“The Benghazi coverup just may be breaking at the exact best possible time to sink The Lightbringer.”

>Just personally, of course, I never underestimate the power of a novena; and there is a massive one going on right now.

This is the perfect storm. Romney is covering the economy and letting the details leak to the press without any comment. If pressed, he can simply refer to the harsh words he stated at the beginning and look prophetic. Folks, if this blows up to epic proportions, we might win CA.


17 posted on 10/26/2012 8:25:26 PM PDT by struggle (http://killthegovernment.wordpress.com/)
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To: MarkL

Same here.

If able to check my anger, I’d have asked “Did you always have a brain the size of a BB?”


18 posted on 10/26/2012 9:01:12 PM PDT by generally (Don't be stupid. We have politicians for that.)
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To: Sherman Logan

From the beginning the MSM framed Romney as the emcumbant and let Obama play the part off the clever pragmatist. This what happens when a community activist becomes a rebel without a cause. Now, Romney has embraced the image he was framed with, he owns it. And, Obama appears desperate and even flailing.


19 posted on 10/26/2012 9:07:59 PM PDT by Fitzy_888 ("ownership society")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

No they didn’t. But they did elect an administration with a ton of commies, including at least one that worked in the FDR inner circle. Read, The Haunted Wood for starters.


20 posted on 10/26/2012 9:21:20 PM PDT by Henry Hnyellar
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To: Sherman Logan

Ping!


21 posted on 10/26/2012 9:32:13 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: JustaCowgirl

“There’s a broader lesson to be learned here,” Mr. Obama told “60 Minutes” correspondent Steve Kroft at the White House. “And I — you know, Governor Romney seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later. And as president, one of the things I’ve learned is you can’t do that. That, you know, it’s important for you to make sure that the statements that you make are backed up by the facts. And that you’ve thought through the ramifications before you make ‘em.”


22 posted on 10/26/2012 10:06:59 PM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: Sherman Logan

Obama has always and only cared about Obama. This is just the most deadly result to date.


23 posted on 10/26/2012 10:33:16 PM PDT by matt04
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To: struggle
Folks, if this blows up to epic proportions, we might win CA.

Oh, from your keys to God's ears. That would be icing.

24 posted on 10/26/2012 10:37:11 PM PDT by ponygirl (Be Breitbart.)
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To: MarkL
Under similar circumstances, if I had a child in a casket, and Joe Biden asked “Did your son always have balls the size of cue balls?” I would have been wrestled to the ground by the Secret Service, after trying to beat the s#!t out of Biden, and been carted off to federal prison.

Me, too, and I'm a middle-aged woman.
25 posted on 10/26/2012 10:47:10 PM PDT by Nepeta
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To: Nepeta

If you welcome mutts, you shouldn’t whine when the fleas come along for free. Welcome a politician to a funeral, and grin through it as he lifts his leg and urinated on your beloved.


26 posted on 10/26/2012 11:06:15 PM PDT by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: matt04
This is just the most deadly result to date.

Actually, Fast and Furious has killed (and still kills) lots more people, but I get where you're coming from.

27 posted on 10/26/2012 11:24:27 PM PDT by ProfoundMan (Time to finish the Reagan Revolution! - RightyPics.com)
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To: Sherman Logan

It’s true, though: if you’re going to lose your virginity, you’ll want to do it with a big prick. And on that score, Obama is your man.


28 posted on 10/26/2012 11:25:32 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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And as president, one of the things I’ve learned is you can’t ... shoot first and aim later. -President Obama

Like his kneejerk reaction to the Massachusetts police/Harvard professor dustup?

CNN article

Maybe he would have already learned that lesson if Barack Obama had had an ounce of experience before taking office.

29 posted on 10/27/2012 12:12:48 AM PDT by NutCrackerBoy
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To: Sherman Logan
the Obama line that Benghazi had been a spontaneous movie review that just got a little out of hand was utterly false.

Mark Steyn is a master wordsmith, and one of the most perceptive foreign observers of the American scene since Alexis de Tocqueville.

30 posted on 10/27/2012 2:16:39 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (Benghazi murders due to spontaneous riot over a video. Or terrorism. Depends on the day.)
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To: NutCrackerBoy

Maybe he would have already learned that lesson if Barack Obama had had an ounce of experience before taking office.


Someone like 0bama would have been even more dangerous had he had some experience.
0bama is calculating and a manipulator.
Everything is a means to an end. Friends.co-workers, and even family do not matter as much as his own power.
All 0bama cares about is himself.


31 posted on 10/27/2012 5:03:29 AM PDT by Leep (Are you smarter than a 7th grade math student and or Barack 0bama?)
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To: JustaCowgirl

I’m surprised no one has analyzed Biden’s near-pathic need to portray himself as a tough guy. He is always shooting his mouth off about how tough a ‘fighter’ he is. He’s a wimp who’s lived inside the padded glove of government jobs his entire life.

If I’d been the father of the soldier slain in Libya and the VP had said that to me, I’d be in jail for decking him. It’s not a football game and a daring play they were discussing. It was the slaughter of soldier who’d been hung out to dry by the administration of the guy making the coarse comment.

Throw a hard hat and sleeveless shirt on him and he’d fit right in with the aging Village People.


32 posted on 10/27/2012 5:31:30 AM PDT by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Prepare for survival.)
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To: Sherman Logan

Repeat: Devastating


33 posted on 10/27/2012 6:00:28 AM PDT by savedbygrace (But God.)
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Why was this changed to an excerpt?

The article was posted from NRO, which AFAIK does not have a policy requiring such.


34 posted on 10/27/2012 6:14:39 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Sherman Logan

So many good pull quotes I don’t know where to begin.
Thanks for posting.


35 posted on 10/27/2012 6:42:29 AM PDT by Excellence (9/11 was an act of faith.)
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To: struggle
Folks, if this blows up to epic proportions, we might win CA.

Not to rain on your hope and dreams....that is as likely to happen as the moon spinning off it's orbit into outer space...

36 posted on 10/27/2012 6:49:18 AM PDT by Popman (November 7th...will be a good day for America..)
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To: Sherman Logan

bump


37 posted on 10/27/2012 6:51:50 AM PDT by Popman (November 7th...will be a good day for America..)
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38 posted on 10/27/2012 7:34:12 AM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=om93destr)
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To: marktwain

You are my favorite author, when are you going to come out with something new? Don’t use that old excuse about rumors of your death NOT being exaggerated this time, if dead people can vote they can certainly write books.

You are spot on about this,”A great number of people in the U.S.A. Know a lot that is not so.” It is even worse though, a great many Americans know a lot of things that could not even POSSIBLY be so. It is one thing to take fiction seriously but Americans are now taking fantasy seriously. I suspect I have done so on occasions myself but I am trying with all due diligence to never do so again.


39 posted on 10/27/2012 7:42:57 AM PDT by RipSawyer (Free healthcare is worth FAR LESS than it costs.)
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>>Not to rain on your hope and dreams....that is as likely to happen as the moon spinning off it’s orbit into outer space...

I would think so too, except that one poll showed Obama at 53% in CA. That means a 10-15% drop in Dem turnout with conservative districts voting strongly for Romney might inch it out. The polls are not talking about turnout because that is going to be Obama’s Achilles Heel.


40 posted on 10/27/2012 7:54:41 AM PDT by struggle (http://killthegovernment.wordpress.com/)
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Actually, Fast and Furious has killed (and still kills) lots more people, but I get where you're coming from.

Actually, no. Stevens was running guns, ManPADS, and other light infantry weapons from Libya, through Turkey, and into Syria, where a LOT more people have died than in Fast & Furious.

That's the big story here, because not only was Zero trying to keep the meme alive that "Al Quaida is dead; Libya is progressing toward being a normal country," he was trying to keep the news from coming out that he is quite deliberately keeping AQ alive and kicking, as they surround Israel with jihadis armed to the teeth with American weapons.

41 posted on 10/27/2012 8:27:28 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (The Slave Party: advancing indenture since 1787.)
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To: Sherman Logan
Anyone who votes for 0bama is a moronic anti-American tyrant-worshiper.

Voting for this rat the first time can perhaps be forgiven by foolishness and being caught up in the passing immature and blind passions of the moment. Voting for him the second time can be forgiven by nothing.

If four years of hands on observation hasn't demonstrated that awful mistake to his dullard followers, nothing can. These can only be described as people who either will blindly march into the gulags or happily march others into them.

Frankly, I really, really want a permanent divorce from these scum sucking idiots.

42 posted on 10/27/2012 9:03:58 AM PDT by Gritty (This election represents the last exit ramp before the death spiral - Mark Steyn)
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To: Carry_Okie

Arming rebels fighting Assad, who is Iran’s closest ally, is a defensible policy, regardless of who those rebels are.

We are the people, after all, who allied ourselves with the USSR to fight a greater evil.

Not saying it’s the right policy, just that there are legitimate arguments for it.


43 posted on 10/27/2012 9:15:12 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: JustaCowgirl

I just get more nauseated and horrified every day.


44 posted on 10/27/2012 9:39:55 AM PDT by Badabing Badablonde (New to the internet? CLICK HERE)
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To: Sherman Logan
Arming rebels fighting Assad, who is Iran’s closest ally, is a defensible policy, regardless of who those rebels are.

Until one learns who the rebels are.

Not saying it’s the right policy, just that there are legitimate arguments for it.

Understood, until the second question is asked.

45 posted on 10/27/2012 9:52:48 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (The Slave Party: advancing indenture since 1787.)
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I just get more nauseated and horrified every day.

Me too.

46 posted on 10/27/2012 9:53:55 AM PDT by JustaCowgirl (Storm the heavens with your prayers for Mitt Romney tonight.)
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We are the people, after all, who allied ourselves with the USSR to fight a greater evil.

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Apples and oranges and a gross over-simplification of an intensely complex global alignment.

If it were nothing but Stalin v Hitler with no other countries involved, and we joined Stalin in the fight then your WW2 analogy might make sense but that is nowhere near the case.

But, this is Stalin v Hitler with no other nations involved. Stand back, let them duke it out with hopefully significant reduction in forces on both sides, then let the dust settle and do our best with what's left.

47 posted on 10/27/2012 9:59:46 AM PDT by wtc911 (Amigo - you've been had.)
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We are the people, after all, who allied ourselves with the USSR to fight a greater evil.

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Apples and oranges and a gross over-simplification of an intensely complex global alignment.

If it were nothing but Stalin v Hitler with no other countries involved, and we joined Stalin in the fight then your WW2 analogy might make sense but that is nowhere near the case.

But, this is Stalin v Hitler with no other nations involved. Stand back, let them duke it out with hopefully significant reduction in forces on both sides, then let the dust settle and do our best with what's left.

48 posted on 10/27/2012 10:00:08 AM PDT by wtc911 (Amigo - you've been had.)
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To: Sherman Logan

49 posted on 10/27/2012 10:17:56 AM PDT by CodeToad (Padme: "So this is how liberty dies... with thunderous applause.")
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To: wtc911
We are the people, after all, who allied ourselves with the USSR to fight a greater evil.

We are the people who were manipulated by Stalin's moles to provoke Japan into attacking us instead of the USSR, which would have made more sense for Japan at the time, and might have saved the world 50 years of communism.

Our alliance with Stalin benefited only him (and eventually, Mao.) All by design, and not at all that of American patriots.

50 posted on 10/27/2012 12:53:37 PM PDT by thulldud (Is it "alter or abolish" time yet?)
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