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

Posted on 10/28/2012 5:25:47 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross

Two videos distill the meaning of a campaign, and a presidency.

‘We’re going to have that person arrested and prosecuted that did the video,” said Hillary Clinton. No, not the person who made the video saying that voting for Barack Obama is like losing your virginity to a really cool guy. I’ll get to that in a moment. But Secretary Clinton was talking about the fellow who made the supposedly Islamophobic video that supposedly set off the sacking of the Benghazi consulate. And, indeed, she did “have that person arrested.” By happy coincidence, his bail hearing has been set for three days after the election, by which time he will have served his purpose. These two videos — the Islamophobic one and the Obamosexual one — bookend the remarkable but wholly deserved collapse of the president’s reelection campaign.

You’ll recall that a near-month-long attempt to blame an obscure YouTube video for the murder of four Americans and the destruction of U.S. sovereign territory climaxed in the vice-presidential debate with Joe Biden’s bald assertion that the administration had been going on the best intelligence it had at the time. By then, it had been confirmed that there never had been any protest against the video, and that the Obama line that Benghazi had been a spontaneous movie review that just got a little out of hand was utterly false. The only remaining question was whether the administration had knowingly lied or was merely innocently stupid. The innocent-stupidity line became harder to maintain this week after Fox News obtained State Department e-mails revealing that shortly after 4 p.m. Eastern, less than a half hour after the assault in Benghazi began, the White House situation room knew the exact nature of it.

(Excerpt) Read more at nationalreview.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: president; shrinking; steyn; weeman
Posted yesterday, but this brilliant piece by Mark Steyn is NOT to be missed!
1 posted on 10/28/2012 5:26:04 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross
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To: JLS; neverdem; Rummyfan; Kaslin; radioone; 2ndDivisionVet
Steyn ping.

it’s very difficult to lose your virginity twice ... who wants to sleep with a $16 trillion broke loser twice?

2 posted on 10/28/2012 5:29:59 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Servant of the Cross

Awesome column by the great Mark Steyn. Thanks for the ping


3 posted on 10/28/2012 5:34:32 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Servant of the Cross
It is incredible that Obama and Hillary and Holder
created this treason, hired the killers (freed from Gitmo)
and then jailed (still, without a Hearing) an innocent man
who had nothing to do with Obama's weapon transfer to al Qaeda.


4 posted on 10/28/2012 5:34:32 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Vi veri veniversum vivus vici)
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To: Servant of the Cross
"Yo yo, stand down on that Benghazi mofos! Give my muslim bros' a chance to get they frustrations out while I goes to Vegas to paaartaaay wif my b*tches yo!!"


5 posted on 10/28/2012 5:36:22 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools we will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: Servant of the Cross

The entire 0bama administration is intellectually dishonest (YOU LIE!) and morally bankrupt (GODLESS!).


6 posted on 10/28/2012 5:37:07 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Servant of the Cross

“ecause to launch a military operation against an al-Qaeda affiliate on the anniversary of 9/11 would have exposed the hollowness of their boast through convention week and the days thereafter — that Osama was dead and al-Qaeda was finished. And so Ty Woods, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith, and Chris Stevens were left to die...”

This sums up why ZERO needs to be impeached and then jailed!!!


7 posted on 10/28/2012 5:40:37 AM PDT by BCW (http://babylonscovertwar.com/index.html)
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To: Diogenesis
"And, in the weeks that followed, the government of the United States lied to its own citizens as thoroughly and energetically as any totalitarian state, complete with the midnight knock on the door from not-so-secret policemen sent to haul the designated fall-guy into custody."
8 posted on 10/28/2012 5:47:49 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Servant of the Cross

Nobody but Steyn could have nailed this Obama campaign any better. Wow.

This is a really good article. Thanks for posting it!


9 posted on 10/28/2012 5:49:48 AM PDT by dforest
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To: Servant of the Cross

“And, in the weeks that followed, the government of the United States lied to its own citizens as thoroughly and energetically as any totalitarian state, complete with the midnight knock on the door from not-so-secret policemen sent to haul the designated fall-guy into custody.”

Thanks for emphasizing this imperative paragraph. This is is what Obama and Clinton have done to our nation. The only thing excluded is the fact that they also control media, the same as a totalitarian state.


10 posted on 10/28/2012 6:00:31 AM PDT by Toespi
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To: Toespi
The only thing excluded is the fact that they also control media, the same as a totalitarian state.

Just judging by appearances, the Fourth Estate has become a Fifth Column.

11 posted on 10/28/2012 6:06:09 AM PDT by Ole Okie
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To: Servant of the Cross
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.

The VP is a callous, inconsiderate ass.

12 posted on 10/28/2012 6:06:29 AM PDT by nonsporting
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To: Servant of the Cross
My favorite line in the whole piece (referrring to Joe Biden):

"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."

13 posted on 10/28/2012 6:11:11 AM PDT by sima_yi ( Reporting live from the far North)
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To: Bigg Red

Mark


14 posted on 10/28/2012 6:11:33 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: Servant of the Cross
voting for Obama is like having sex. The saddest thing about that claim is that, for liberals, it may well be true.

One of many great observations as only Steyn can do it .... great article.

15 posted on 10/28/2012 6:12:23 AM PDT by layman (Card Carrying Infidel)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

Nice pic. Good to see that the sharia-compliant woman covers her hair.


16 posted on 10/28/2012 6:12:32 AM PDT by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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To: Servant of the Cross

Voting for Obama again is like putting that bloody finger stump back to the snapping turtle’s head and expecting a different result.


17 posted on 10/28/2012 6:24:51 AM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: Servant of the Cross
And so Ty Woods, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith, and Chris Stevens were left to die,
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Mr. Steyn,

ALL the members of the embassy were left to die. ALL OF THEM. That most survived is due to the amazing heroism of four good men who did die in the effort to save their fellow Americans.

**ALL** were abandoned! ALL OF THEM!!!!

Yes, I am shouting, jumping up and down, having a fit, using caps, and multiple exclamation points. There are enough exclamation points in existence to adequately express my disgust.

By the way....Mr. Steyn... ( Funny man that he is.) You are the man who ridiculed the birthers and dismissed Article 2, Section 1, of the Constitution as being a mere, “technicality”. SHAME ON YOU, TOO!

18 posted on 10/28/2012 6:53:30 AM PDT by wintertime (:-))
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To: Servant of the Cross


19 posted on 10/28/2012 7:15:25 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Servant of the Cross; JLS; Kaslin; Diogenesis; GrandJediMasterYoda; BCW; dforest; Toespi; ...
Mark Steyn is off a bit.

ALL of the members of the embassy were abandoned to die. That most survived is only due to the heroic efforts of four very brave men who did die so that their fellow Americans could live.

Again: ALL were left to die!

Gee! Do you think having a natural born citizen in the White is more than a technicality as Mr. Steyn plainly stated?

So?...Who abandoned these men and women?

Answer: Nearly all state and federal legislators, all elector college representatives, every judge, the former vice president, George W. Bush, every state secretary of state, all governors, nearly all of law enforcement officers, all of the very highest and most senior military officers, and the conservative media who failed to address Obama’s questionable natural born citizenship and ridiculed and even PERSECUTED those Americans who did dare to nag them about it.

Of the despicable bunch above, the most disappointing was the conservative media, of which Mr. Steyn is a part, and our very highest and most senior military.

20 posted on 10/28/2012 7:18:07 AM PDT by wintertime (:-))
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To: Servant of the Cross

Great Video

“We’ve Heard It All Before”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=fZgQhnNRSuw


21 posted on 10/28/2012 7:20:38 AM PDT by Walmartian (I'm their leader. Which way did they go?)
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To: Flag_This

Oh yes I just noticed that, Mooshell has her hair covered. What amazes me is people still think this guy is a Christian. Yes, I’m a Christian as well and every now and then I like to dress Islamic just for the fun of it. s/


22 posted on 10/28/2012 7:31:32 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools we will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: Servant of the Cross
Photobucket I couldn't agree more, Mark and the title of your article is spot on.
23 posted on 10/28/2012 7:38:13 AM PDT by RetSignman (REMEMBER THE 2010 MOVEMENT)
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To: Servant of the Cross

Ping!


24 posted on 10/28/2012 7:40:44 AM PDT by Ignatz (Winner of a prestigious 1960 Y-chromosome award!)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda
"Oh yes I just noticed that, Mooshell has her hair covered."

I'm sorry, but I meant the sharia-compliant woman in the center of the picture.

25 posted on 10/28/2012 7:46:42 AM PDT by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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To: TheOldLady; Rummyfan; Howlin; riley1992; Miss Marple; Dane; sinkspur; steve; kattracks; ...

Mark Steyn ping.

Freep mail me, if you want on or off the Mark Steyn ping list.

Thanks for the ping Servant of the Cross


26 posted on 10/28/2012 8:27:21 AM PDT by JLS
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To: wintertime
And so Ty Woods, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith, and Chris Stevens were left to die
Mr. Steyn,

ALL the members of the embassy were left to die. ALL OF THEM. That most survived is due to the amazing heroism of four good men who did die in the effort to save their fellow Americans.

**ALL** were abandoned! ALL OF THEM!!!!

Turns out, Ty Woods was at the “Consulate” (it apparently was not that, exactly) because he ignored orders to “stand down" and “rode to the sound of the guns.” And he wasn’t killed at the “consulate” but later, at the annex, by a shell from a mortar which he or (as I think) Glen Doherty was illuminating with a targeting laser at risk of being targeted in return. The laser would have allowed air support to efficiently destroy the mortar - if Obama had not forbidden it.
And Doherty was among eight (a whole 8!) CIA agents who were sent, with or without top-level approval we don’t yet know, to support the annex.

27 posted on 10/28/2012 9:50:22 AM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (The idea around which “liberalism" coheres is that NOTHING actually matters except PR.)
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To: Servant of the Cross

ping for later reading.


28 posted on 10/28/2012 9:52:48 AM PDT by Jack Black ( Whatever is left of American patriotism is now identical with counter-revolution.)
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To: JLS
...when the president and other prominent officials stand by as four Americans
die and then abuse their sacrifice as contemptuously as this administration did,
decency requires that they be voted out of office as an act of urgent political
hygiene.

Shout it from the rooftops!

29 posted on 10/28/2012 10:46:16 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: Flag_This

LOL


30 posted on 10/28/2012 10:47:45 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools we will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: wintertime

You forgot the average US Citizen who voted for Obama - trying to make up and address our past from slavery to the Civil Rights Movement - those people over did it - and voted him in...they are to blame as well...

Yes agree with you - he should have never passed the test and background to hold the POTUS job - let alone a security officer over a vacant lot - but the day-to-day Citizen allowed him to get in - and are not pressuring those listed above - to do ANYTHING about it...

I hope we all learned something from this little experiment in Socialism and never let this train wreck every happen again...


31 posted on 10/28/2012 3:44:34 PM PDT by BCW (http://babylonscovertwar.com/index.html)
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To: Servant of the Cross

Excellent!


32 posted on 10/28/2012 4:29:05 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Servant of the Cross

My pull quote - a little long but powerful:

We also learned that, in those first moments of the attack, a request for military back-up was made by U.S. staff on the ground but was denied by Washington. It had planes and special forces less than 500 miles away in southern Italy — or about the same distance as Washington to Boston. They could have been there in less than two hours. Yet the commander-in-chief declined to give the order.

So Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods fought all night against overwhelming odds, and died on a rooftop in a benighted jihadist hellhole while Obama retired early to rest up before his big Vegas campaign stop.

“Within minutes of the first bullet being fired the White House knew these heroes would be slaughtered if immediate air support was denied,” said Ty Woods’s father, Charles. “In less than an hour, the perimeters could have been secured and American lives could have been saved. After seven hours fighting numerically superior forces, my son’s life was sacrificed because of the White House’s decision.”

(Bump!)


33 posted on 10/28/2012 8:19:32 PM PDT by Tunehead54 (Nothing funny here ;-)
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To: Servant of the Cross

Thanks for the ping.


34 posted on 10/29/2012 7:19:58 PM PDT by neverdem ( Xin loi min oi)
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To: Servant of the Cross

Missed this, thanks for posting it!


35 posted on 10/30/2012 5:43:02 AM PDT by holly go-rightly
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