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  • An Actuarial Look At GOP Politics - Glenn Beck Endorses Ted Cruz, and Prefers Bernie Sanders?

    01/24/2016 10:43:32 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 31 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | 1-23-2016 | sundance
    January 23, 2016An Actuarial Look At The Closing Pace of GOP Presidential Politics - Glenn Beck Endorses Ted Cruz, and Prefers Bernie Sanders? by sundance Most of you knew this was going to be a wild ride. Heck, many knew back in June 2015 when candidate Donald Trump entered the race this was going to be unlike anything we’d ever seen. Boy howdy, was that ever an understatementGoing all the way back to the spring of 2014 those who didn’t fall into the emotional chasm, which surrounds candidate advocacy, saw the makings of a really strange situation possible. Today many...
  • Beck Pleads Cruz Rally To Accept Even ‘Marxist Atheists’ Because ‘They Renew Us ‘

    01/24/2016 8:44:05 AM PST · by springwater13 · 288 replies
    Beck's speech continued by urging Iowans to support someone like Cruz, who he argued would take risks to bring as many Marxist atheists—like Cruz's father was when he came in from Cuba- as possible into America from foreign lands on the off chance they might end up seeing the light and becoming conservative Christians. "So when we look at immigration, let's remember that people-if they want to come here and want to be Americans—they renew us," Beck said. "And you never know what somebody might do. There was a Marxist, a Marxist who didn't really realize how Marxist he was...
  • Huh? Glenn Beck Tells Iowa Crowd He Prefers Bernie Sanders Over Donald Trump

    01/24/2016 7:44:58 AM PST · by springwater13 · 168 replies
    Beck said he had never endorsed a presidential candidate in his 40 years of broadcasting, but he made an exception because of the urgency of the moment. He said he even prefers Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a self-proclaimed "democratic socialist" running in the Democratic presidential primary, to Trump. "Honesty, faith and truth are basic requirements. And quite honestly, I have to tell you, this probably isn't going to go over very well, that's why I like Bernie Sanders," he said. "Bernie Sanders is like, 'Yep, I'm a socialist.' "I can actually sit at a table with a man who says,...
  • Selective Outrage: National Review Trashes Trump, Rallies Behind Ryan

    01/24/2016 6:19:09 AM PST · by detective · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 22 Jan 2016 | Julia Hahn
    A little over three months ago, National Review endorsed Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) for Speaker of the House. In doing so, National Review helped place a man with a two-decade history of pushing open borders immigration policies in charge of the Republican Party’s entire legislative agenda. Ten weeks after that endorsement helped Paul Ryan secure the Speakership, Ryan proceeded to swiftly pass an omnibus spending bill that funded and expanded President Obama’s immigration agenda.
  • Bitter Truce Fox News Ailes FURIOUS at NR's Lowry for Forcing Fox to Cede Moral High Ground to Trump

    01/23/2016 10:44:44 PM PST · by onyx · 104 replies
    BREITBART BIG GOVERNMENT ^ | 24 Sep 2015 (related to current events) | MATTHEW BOYLE
    ~ SNIPS~ Ailes is mad at Lowry because this move means, in the ongoing war between Fox News and Trump, Fox News has now "given up the moral high ground." Essentially, Ailes understands, that means his network looks like the unfair aggressor that Trump has accused it of being -rather than a neutral arbiter of the news - all while Trump continues soaring in the 2016 GOP primary polls. But on Wednesday evening, Lowry appearing on Kelly's program compromised Fox's position in the war by veering down a vulgar path in his attack on Trump. Even Kelly, who also dislikes...
  • The inside story of National Review’s big anti-Donald Trump issue

    01/23/2016 3:29:26 AM PST · by AdaGray · 61 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 06/22/2016 | Callum Borchers
    It’s one thing to publish an editorial denouncing Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump; any news outlet can do that, and plenty have. It’s another to get almost two dozen leading conservative thinkers to write essays arguing against the Manhattan billionaire’s nomination and agree to print them under a single banner: “Against Trump.”
  • Ted Cruz is Nixon, not Goldwater: Rich Lowry

    01/09/2016 2:37:36 PM PST · by Amntn · 118 replies
    Oregon Live ^ | 1/9/16 | Rich Lowry
    The lazy conventional wisdom is that Ted Cruz is the new Barry Goldwater, doomed to suffer an electoral landslide defeat should he win the Republican nomination. Not only is this wrong about Cruz's general-election chances, it may compare Cruz to the wrong 20th-century Republican forebear. The better analogue for Cruz might be Richard Nixon, not in the crudely pejorative sense, but as another surpassingly shrewd and ambitious politician who lacked a personal touch but found a way to win nonetheless. First, all the caveats. Obviously and most importantly, Cruz is not a paranoiac. He's more ideological than Nixon. And he...
  • The Cruz-Rubio rivalry is a battle conservatives can be proud of

    12/04/2015 11:39:02 AM PST · by TBP · 5 replies
    The New York Post ^ | December 4, 2015 | Rich Lowry
    According to the latest Quinnipiac poll, the two most popular and broadly acceptable candidates in the field are perhaps the most talented and most reliably conservative. Oh, and by the way, they are Hispanics in their 40s. If the race eventually has Rubio and Cruz among the finalists, or winnows down to a Rubio-Cruz fight, it will feature supremely skilled campaigners who are eloquent and sure-footed and represent the best next-generation politicians the party has to offer. A Cruz-Rubio race would play as the grass roots vs. the establishment, although Rubio in the establishment slot would be an enormous victory...
  • Donald Trump Goes Ballistic...Journalist Uses Lewd Insult Against Him On Fox News

    09/24/2015 5:33:31 AM PDT · by blam · 75 replies
    BI ^ | 9-24-2015 | Colin Campbell
    Colin CampbellSeptember 25, 2015 Real-estate magnate Donald Trump fired off multiple furious tweets Wednesday night after a crude remark was used against him on Fox News. Rich Lowry, the editor of the conservative magazine National Review, declared that the Republican presidential front-runner is attacking rival Carly Fiorina because she emasculated him at last week's presidential debate. "Part of what's going on here is that last debate. Let's be honest: Carly cut his balls off with the precision of a surgeon and he knows it," Lowry said during a Fox News interview, according to video posted by Mediaite. Host Megyn Kelly...
  • Trump Tweets Outrage over Balls Comment: Fox Owes Me an Apology

    09/24/2015 4:43:25 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 162 replies
    Mediaite ^ | September 23, 2015 | Matt Wilstein
    The media world was waiting for it and Donald Trump delivered Wednesday night, performing his now nightly Twitter assault on Fox News after announcing his boycott of the network earlier in the day. This time, the GOP frontrunners outrage came after the National Reviews Rich Lowry suggested that Carly Fiorina cut [Trumps] balls off with the precision of a surgeon at the CNN Republican debate, much to host Megyn Kellys shock. You cant say that, Kelly said. For once, she and Trump agreed.
  • Hitler Was Right!

    08/05/2014 8:44:01 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 8/5/2014 | Rich Lowry
    With Europes Muslim 'immigrants' come ancient hatreds and a revival of anti-Semitism. The Bergische Synagogue in the German town of Wuppertal has a history with arson. The nearly 120-year-old synagogue was burned down during Kristallnacht in 1938. Rebuilt after World War II, it was targeted again about a week ago by arsonists who threw Molotov cocktails at the house of worship (although, thankfully, they failed to set it aflame). Welcome to the New Europe, where the street thugs have learned a lot from the Old Europe. Their protests of the Gaza War during the past few weeks havent been anti-Israel...
  • 2013: The Year of Shamelessness -- Culturally, America reached new depths of depravity this year

    01/02/2014 8:57:58 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/02/2013 | Rich Lowry
    All things considered, it was a year without shame. It was the year that Miley Cyrus French-kissed a sledgehammer in the music video for her song Wrecking Ball, and cavorted naked on said wrecking ball. The former Disney star popularized the act of twerking in a performance at the MTV Video Music Awards that was so luridly infantile, it wasnt outrageous so much as pathetic. Yet it worked. It gained her at least another 15 minutes of fame and probably more, to have people pay attention to other insipid things she might do, usually half-clothed. Cyrus made us yearn for...
  • Pajama Boy, An Insufferable Man-Child

    12/19/2013 5:38:18 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 67 replies ^ | 12/18/13 | Rich Lowry
    ajama Boys place in Internet infamy was secured as soon as the insufferable man-child was tweeted out by Organizing for America. He is the face of a web ad that is the latest effort by the Obama team to leverage the holidays for conversation about Obamacare. Wear pajamas, the ad reads. Drink hot chocolate. Talk about getting health insurance. #GetTalking. And, sure enough, Pajama Boy is wearing pajamasa zip-up onesie in classic Lamar Alexander plaidand drinking hot chocolate. He is in his twenties, sporting hipster glasses he could have bought at Warby Parker and an expression of self-satisfied ironic amusement....
  • Yeah, Christie Hurt

    11/05/2012 4:08:20 PM PST · by markomalley · 65 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/5/12 | Rich Lowry
    My understanding from checking around the last day or twoafter emerging from a semi-news blackout last weekis that Christies robust embrace of President Obama did break through and help President Obama rebut part of Romneys closing argument that he can work across the aisle better than the president. Yesterday, the New York Post ran an editorial begging Christie to make a strong show of support for Romney. That kind of show of support might have been particularly important to Romney (and convenient for Christie) in the Philadelphia suburbs. But now its too late.UPDATE: Jon Ward reports on Christie turning down...
  • Give Em Hell, Mitt!

    08/17/2012 12:51:02 AM PDT · by jb729 · 29 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 8/17/12 | Rich Lowry
    On Medicare, the Romney campaign is borrowing the strategic logic of a long-ago military legend. Taking command of the French ninth army in 1914 as it retreated before the Germans, Marshal Ferdinand Foch uttered his immortal words: Hard pressed on my right. My center is yielding. Impossible to maneuver. Situation excellent. I attack.
  • 'Julia': Cradle to grave under Obama rule

    05/06/2012 11:41:14 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 24 replies
    washington times ^ | 5-4-12 | Rich Lowry
    In the competition for the creepiest campaign material of 2012, we may already have a winner. It is The Life of Julia, the Obama reelection teams cartoon chronicle of a fictional woman who is dependent on government at every step of her life. The Obama campaign revives the concept of cradle to grave as it highlights Obama-supported programs that take care of Julia from age 3 to her retirement at age 67.
  • Run Newt Run! (NRO praises Newt) [cir. 2006]

    12/15/2011 1:17:55 PM PST · by Windy City Conservative · 21 replies
    National Review ^ | July 21, 2006 | Rich Lowry
    Gingrich has been a ubiquitous analyst on the war ubiquity being one of the tireless, outsized former House speakers favorite qualities. In between appearances in his role as a commentator for the Fox News Channel, Gingrich announced on Meet the Press that we are in the midst of World War III. A few days later, Hezbollah declared that it welcomed World War III, nicely capturing the moment: Simultaneous with its shooting war with Israel, Hezbollah is in a war of words with Newt Gingrich. The old conventional wisdom about Gingrich was that we wouldnt have him to kick around...
  • Whats Wrong with Tim Tebow? (The problem, it seems, is that there isnt enough wrong with him)

    12/06/2011 7:17:03 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/06/2011 | Rich Lowry
    In Denver Broncos star quarterback Tim Tebow, the football gods have offered up a star that every father in America should be grateful for (provided they dont root for a rival team in the AFC West). Tebow is respectful, wholesome, and a man of God. He has no obvious failings besides an inaccurate throwing arm. If Disney were to concoct the plot of a movie about an altogether admirable young man who joins the NFL and is scorned by all the experts for his unorthodox style, yet wins week after week, Tebow would play the lead. In fact, at this...
  • America the Mobile? Yes, but not as much as we might wish

    10/30/2011 11:20:30 AM PDT · by tulloss
    National Review Online ^ | October 28, 2011 | Rich Lowry
    The acid test of the American Dream is whether people can rise beyond the circumstances of their birth. With Occupy Wall Street doing for income inequality what the Tea Party did for debt, the state of the American Dream is more and more central to the political debate.
  • The Lefts Pathetic Tea Party

    10/04/2011 7:14:59 PM PDT · by TruthHound · 42 replies
    NRO ^ | 10/4/11 | RICH LOWRY
    The Lefts Pathetic Tea Party The Occupy Wall Street movement is a juvenile rabble. In the Occupy Wall Street movement, the Left thinks it might have found its own tea party. and some unions have embraced the protesters. The left-wing Campaign for Americas Future is featuring them at its conference devoted to reinvigorating progressivism. Liberal opinion-makers have celebrated them Washington Post columnist E. J. Dionne welcomes their spirit, and New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof compares them, astonishingly enough, to the demonstrators at Egypts Tahrir Square. This is a sign either of desperation to find anyone on the...
  • The Rise of Uncompassionate Conservatism

    06/21/2011 9:23:31 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 59 replies
    National Review ^ | 6/21/2011 | Rich Lowry
    The Republican noncandidate flavor of the week is Texas governor Rick Perry. If you squint just right, you could mistake him at a podium for his predecessor, George W. Bush. Except for his message. There might be no more powerful symbol of the death of compassionate conservatism in the Republican party than Bushs successor and former running mate in Texas stomping all over it with cowboy boots emblazoned with the words Freedom and Liberty. Bush rose from Texas to the national stage in 1999 talking of his federal education agenda, the courage of single mothers, the power of drug and...
  • Rich Lowry: The New Wisconsin Idea

    02/18/2011 6:49:25 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies · 1+ views
    National Review ^ | February 18, 2011 | Rich Loway
    The old so-called Wisconsin Idea was that government would collaborate with experts drawn from the states university system to craft progressive legislation. The new Wisconsin Idea is that the state is broke. Gov. Scott Walker is bringing austerity to the intellectual breadbasket of American progressivism, and seeks to break the grip of the public-sector unions in a state that had a large hand in empowering them. His effort could become a national model for recalibrating the relationship of state governments to the unions that are bankrupting them. To attempt this anywhere brings yelps of outrage. To do it in Wisconsin,...
  • More Lowry Silliness

    10/13/2010 7:52:53 AM PDT · by eliperl · 3 replies
    More Lowry Silliness Rich Lowry should read some history before he comments on it. In his column today he tries to make the self evident point that Obama's politics are gutter politics (there's a real shocker.) He says "...when he (Obama) reflects on his closing arguments during this campaign he'll tell himself, "I'm McCarthy baby. I can play in the gutter." Lowry's appraisal of the stench of Obama's methods is of course correct, but why must he use liberal mythology, provably false, to compare it to? Is Lowry, or for that matter the whole Sarah Palin bashing, John McCain endorsing...
  • How the Democrats lost the middle (O Governs as if only liberals matter)

    08/27/2010 4:46:10 AM PDT · by Liz · 19 replies
    NY POST ^ | 8./27/01 | Rich Lowry
    As former Bush speechwriter Peter Wehner writes, liberals "are expressing deepening alienation from our nation and turning on the American people with a vengeance." They thought they had a mandate from heaven in 2008 and can't bear the thought that they deluded themselves. They've gone from triumphalism to a petulant and uncomprehending tantrum in less than two years. The rump majority looks more exhausted by the day.
  • Manipulated History of the Civil Rights Movement

    04/29/2010 5:17:40 PM PDT · by grand wazoo · 2 replies · 202+ views
    Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation ^ | April 29, 2010 | Paul Gottfried
    In a recent syndicated column, National Review editor Richard Lowry informs us that liberals are guilty of identifying healthcare reform with a victory as transcendent as that of the civil rights movement. Lowry considers this movement to be a rare and marvelous thing. He extols the genius of Martin Luther King, who spent his life teaching us to love each other. Lowry ends his encomium by contrasting the healthcare bill with the Christ-like purity of the civil rights protestors, who were concerned with freedom and securing the most basic rights to vote and to gain equal access to public...
  • Wall St. socialism

    04/24/2010 3:20:55 AM PDT · by Scanian · 11 replies · 426+ views
    NY Post ^ | April 24, 2010 | Rich Lowry
    When President Obama's vast new regulatory state is completed, Wall Street firms ought to have a competition over the naming rights. Will it be the CitiDeal? The Goldman Society? The UBS/JP Morgan Joint Initiative for the Establishment of a Social Democracy? The Democratic majority was bought and paid for by Wall Street and corporate money. The Masters of the Universe helped give us the Masters of the Beltway, in a synergistic exercise that would have dumbfounded even Lenin. When he famously said capitalists would sell the rope to hang them with, he was at least talking of a commercial transaction...
  • Pretending to prevent an atomic Iran

    04/06/2010 2:54:00 AM PDT · by Scanian · 1 replies · 300+ views
    NY Post ^ | April 6, 2010 | Rich Lowry
    The rules of the great Iranian nuclear charade are simple: We pretend to punish the Iranians for the nuclear- weapons program that they pretend doesn't exist. The Obama administration is about to go to the UN Security Council for a fourth round of sanctions. Remember the first three rounds? Models of collective international action, they passed unanimously (with the exception of an abstention by Indonesia in 2008) while Iran spun ever-more centrifuges and enriched ever-more uranium. It's a two-track process. On one track, the West feels as though it's doing something; on the other, the Iranians advance the nuclear program...
  • Dem win is built on sand: Now let the voters weigh in on big gov't

    03/22/2010 2:58:55 AM PDT · by Scanian · 17 replies · 1,037+ views
    NY Post ^ | March 22, 2010 | Rich Lowry
    The passage of ObamaCare last night was the high- water mark of the Demo cratic ascendancy. Democrats forced through their signature initiative in an act of ideological heedlessness that will cost them seats and perhaps their majorities in the fall, and will remain a source of poisonous contention in American politics for years to come. The vote represented a significant personal victory for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who scoffed at scaling back Democratic ambitions in the wake of the loss of Ted Kennedy's seat in Massachusetts. She prevailed in internal Democratic deliberations and then personally lobbied a list of 68...
  • The Potent Tea Party

    02/09/2010 9:39:24 AM PST · by Steelfish · 20 replies · 583+ views
    National Review ^ | February 09, 2010 | Rich Lowry
    February 9, 2010 The Potent Tea Party The Left was counting on the tea-party movement to divide the GOP, but it just isnt happening. Rich Lowry No one has vested more hope in the tea-party movement than the Democrats. For all the scorn and abuse theyve heaped on the tea-partiers, theyve counted on them for salvation. The tea-partiers would push the GOP out of the mainstream. They would tar the party with their bumptious extremism. They would stoke a Republican civil war. The tea-partiers would, in short, redeem the Obama administrations political fortunes, no matter what. This was the oft-repeated...
  • For Government, Let the Good Times Roll

    02/06/2010 2:06:39 PM PST · by Steelfish · 11 replies · 393+ views
    Rich Lowry ^ | February 06, 2010
    FEBRUARY 5, 2010 For Government, Let the Good Times Roll The Great Recession has practically been a boom, if you have a government job. For most Americans, the Great Recession has been an occasion to hold on for dear life. For public employees, its been an occasion to let the good times roll. The percentage of federal civil servants making more than $100,000 a year jumped from 14 percent to 19 percent during the first year and a half of the recession, according to USA Today. At the beginning of the downturn, the Transportation Department had one person making $170,000...
  • The Labor Loophole ["Grotesquerie Of Pay Offs To Favored Politicians And Interests"]

    01/16/2010 4:37:21 PM PST · by Steelfish · 2 replies · 317+ views
    National Review ^ | January 16th 2010
    January 15, 2010 The Labor Loophole Another ugly deal in a health-care bill that already was a grotesquerie of pay offs to favored politicians and interests. By Rich Lowry What happens when the irresistible force of the Democratic urge to tax runs up against the immovable object of Democratic loyalty to the labor unions? Another ugly deal in a health-care bill that already was a grotesquerie of pay offs to favored politicians and interests. The levy in question is a 40 percent excise tax on high-end employer-provided insurance plans that typically has been sold as a tax on...
  • The Rogue, on the Record [NRO chats with Sarah Palin]

    11/17/2009 6:56:09 PM PST · by Al B. · 12 replies · 942+ views
    National Review Online ^ | Nov. 17, 2009 | Rich Lowry and Robert Costa
    Former Alaska governor and Going Rogue author Sarah Palin talked to NRO this afternoon in a wide-ranging and frank interview. She thinks President Obamas bow to the emperor of Japan reflects an attitude that America should be subservient to other countries; characterizes Newt Gingrichs thinking on NY-23 as reflective of a political machine; thinks that South Carolina voters should consider sending Sen. Lindsey Graham a message by supporting a conservative primary challenger; calls the medias treatment of Carrie Prejean unfair; and says she would give John McCain the benefit of the doubt in their dispute over whether she was charged...
  • Sarah Palins Roguish Charm: Going Rogue Is Now Palins Operating Principle

    11/17/2009 1:44:02 PM PST · by Steelfish · 18 replies · 1,108+ views
    National Review ^ | November 17, 2009
    November 17, 2009 Sarah Palins Roguish Charm Going Rogue Is Now Palins Operating Principle. Rich Lowry The Associated Press unleashed eleven fact checkers on her new book, Going Rogue, for a thoroughly tendentious critical examination. Newsweek, the influential liberal magazine of opinion, published a cover piece damning her to the outer darkness, balanced by another piece damning her to the further-outer darkness. The conservative-leaning New York Times columnist David Brooks called her a joke. Its September 2008 all over again. All the same players are lining up to put a good hate on Sarah Palin. Shes like an isotope designed...
  • Tough Road Ahead for Dems After Vote Passes

    11/07/2009 9:18:01 PM PST · by truthandlife · 207 replies · 5,734+ views
    National Review ^ | 11-08-09 | Rich Lowry
    Listening to the debate on the floor today, it was clear that Democrats considered it a moral and ideological obligation to pass this billconsequences be damned. The leadership is congratulating itself nowPelosi is already the greatest speaker of all time apparentlybut there's a tough rough ahead in the Senate. Pelosi could lose 39 votes. Reid can't lose any. Passage in the House definitely creates more pressure on Reid to get it done, but the slender margindespite the size of the Democratic majority in the House and all the arm-twisting and deal-making (what did Cao get?)has to make Senate moderates even...
  • The new GOP model: Virginia shows the way to win

    10/31/2009 3:27:43 AM PDT · by Scanian · 23 replies · 1,193+ views
    NY Post ^ | October 31, 2009 | Rich Lowry
    The Republican Party has no national leaders. Its stand ing with voters is at an all- time low. It battens itself on an ideological purity that turns off the center and can't appeal to an increasingly suburban and diverse electorate. If it is not fated to go the way of the Federalists or the Whigs, it is certainly a spent force. This is the rote obituary for the GOP that the left can't resist. It is all the more alluring for its elements of truth: A party that holds neither the presidency, the House nor the Senate won't be stacked...
  • Not Dead Yet (McDonnell shows that there is life left in the GOP)

    10/30/2009 7:23:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies · 747+ views
    National Review ^ | 10/30/2009 | Rich Lowry
    The Republican party has no national leaders. Its standing with voters is at an all-time low. It battens itself on an ideological purity that turns off the center and cant appeal to an increasingly suburban and diverse electorate. If it is not fated to go the way of the Federalists or the Whigs, it is certainly a spent force. This is the rote obituary for the GOP that the Left cant resist. It is all the more alluring for its elements of truth. A party that holds neither the presidency, the House, nor the Senate wont be stacked with national...
  • Obama the Graceless: Bush Will Be Obamas Eternal Foil

    10/20/2009 2:24:55 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 9 replies · 652+ views
    National Review ^ | October 20, 2009
    October 20, 2009 Obama the Graceless Bush Will Be Obama’s Eternal Foil Rich Lowry. Republicans needn’t trouble themselves to nominate a presidential candidate in 2012. No matter what, Pres. Barack Obama will be running against George W. Bush. Bush will be Obama’s eternal foil. At this rate, when Obama writes his post-presidential memoir, it will be titled: An Audacious Presidency, or How I Saved America from That Bastard Bush. His presidential library will have a special fright-house wing devoted to Bush’s misrule. He will mutter in his senescence about 43, like the Ancient Mariner about his albatross. Obama clearly wants...
  • Polanksi and Hollywoods Perverse Moralism ["Must Read" Article]

    10/03/2009 9:42:13 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 17 replies · 1,017+ views
    National Review ^ | October 03rd 2009
    October 2, 2009 Polanksi and Hollywoods Perverse Moralism These are the kinds of people who consider Woody Allen a character witness. Rich Lowry. Rosemarys Baby (outdoes Hitchcock Roger Ebert), Chinatown (outstanding Variety), and The Pianist (definitive the New York Times) are fine films. They have been rightly honored and praised. The question is whether their excellence justifies criminal acts. The controversy over director Roman Polanskis arrest in Switzerland on his way to a film festival exposes a stark front in the culture war. The divide is not necessarily between Right and Left, but between an artistic elite...
  • 'He will destroy the Democratic party'

    09/22/2009 4:21:05 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 75 replies · 3,204+ views ^ | Sept. 22, 2009 | Rich Lowry
    This Washington Post story captures the stark divide over Afghanistan, with a unified military command on the one side including McChrystal, Mullen, and Petraeus and a president who is not sure he wants to follow through on "the counterinsurgency strategy he set in motion six months ago" on the other. There's this anonymous quote from one observer: "He can send more troops and it will be a disaster and he will destroy the Democratic party. Or he can send no more troops and it will be a disaster and the Republicans will say he lost the war." Isn't...
  • The E. F. Hutton of Prostitution: When ACORN Talks, Pimps and Hookers Listen.

    09/15/2009 8:26:11 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 26 replies · 1,163+ views
    National Review ^ | September 15, 2009
    September 15, 2009 The E. F. Hutton of Prostitution When ACORN talks, pimps and hookers listen. Rich Lowry The radical activist group ACORN is the E. F. Hutton of prostitution. It stands ready to provide discreet advice on setting up a brothel and engaging in other, associated acts of criminality. When ACORN talks, pimps and hookers listen. This has been established by an audacious video sting operation undertaken by guerrilla conservative documentarian James OKeefe, 25, and his sidekick Hannah Giles, 20. OKeefe posed as a pimp and Giles as a prostitute seeking help getting a mortgage for a brothel. In...
  • An Obama Speech in 13 Easy Steps

    09/11/2009 6:16:47 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 9 replies · 658+ views ^ | Sept. 11, 2009 | Rich Lowry
    Everyone marvels at Barack Obama's rhetorical prowess. But don't be overly bedazzled. With these 13 easy steps, you, too, can give a Barack Obama speech. 1) Create a false center. In his speech to a joint session of Congress, Obama positioned himself between the Left's calling for a single-payer system and the Right's agitating to end employer-based health insurance. Presto - he's the very definition of a centrist. Anyone advocating almost any position can benefit from the same insta-centrism. 2) Scorn ideology. Obama warned against "the usual Washington ideological battles." Message: He has no philosophical commitments himself. He's pushing a...

    08/14/2009 3:17:28 AM PDT · by Scanian · 9 replies · 808+ views
    NY Post ^ | August 14, 2009 | Rich Lowry
    THE best moment of almost every YouTube video of the raucous town-hall meetings on health care is the same: It's the nonplussed look on the face of the senators and congressmen who have rarely suffered such indignity. Be assured: No one talks to them that way in the "members only" elevators in the US Capitol. Nancy Pelosi and Co. insist that the town-hall protesters are the tools of special interests. Not likely. Almost all of the special interests have been enticed or bullied into cooperating with ObamaCare. President Obama and the Democrats may still imagine themselves insurgents storming the gates,...
  • In Pursuit of a Silent Majority

    08/07/2009 8:21:41 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 4 replies · 410+ views
    National Review ^ | August 06, 2009
    August 7, 2009 In Pursuit of a Silent Majority Obama wants the majority that opposes or questions his policies to stay silent. By Rich Lowry Like Richard Nixon, Barack Obama wants to govern on the strength of a silent majority, although with a twist. Obama wants the majority that opposes or questions his policies to stay silent. Obamas White House and its allies have unleashed a barrage of criticism and condescension at people daring to show up at town-hall meetings and ask their elected representatives pointed questions. Fired up and ready to go! apparently works only one way. If engaged...
  • Things for which there is no time now

    08/01/2009 9:52:37 AM PDT · by myrage · 18 replies · 698+ views
    RS McCain ^ | Aug. 1, 2009 | Robert Stacy McCain
    A friend just invited me to join a Facebook group called, "Birthers for Intellectual Honesty." This is probably a joke, and he is a friend, so I will not get mad at him. Whatever the circumstances of Obama's birth, they cannot now constitute the basis of an effective political attack. So any further attempt to advance along that line is wasted time or, worse, giving fodder to those who delight in portraying conservatives as kooks. Mitchell Blatt writes: [D]id you know that NBC was planning on asking [Michelle Malkin] if she is a birther conspiracy nut? . . NBC wanted...
  • Try Some Humility (OBAMA'S SUMMERTIME SWOON)

    08/01/2009 9:22:14 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 7 replies · 631+ views
    New York Post ^ | August 1, 2009 | Rich Lowry
    BY all accounts, Barack Obama's father, the Kenyan student studying in America, was cocksure and impressed with his own talents. The arrogance gene must be dominant. Obama clearly has it. And that, more than any other factor, is driving his summertime swoon. Hubris made him reach for too much, too soon; brazenly overpromise about the effects of his program; overestimate his control of events; think the golden touch of his brilliant team could solve intractable problems; and believe his words could trump reality. The Obama team is fiddling with his health-care talking points. But the verbiage is beside the point....

    07/28/2009 2:51:13 AM PDT · by Scanian · 6 replies · 678+ views
    NY Post ^ | July 28, 2009 | Rich Lowry
    BARACK Obama raised near-millennial expectations last year. If elected, he'd transform the dreary realities of Washington with his blazing freshness. He'd win over Republicans with his engaging post-partisanship. He'd solve long-standing national problems with his nonideological pragmatism. None of this overpromising was ever very likely to come to fruition. But Obama has now fallen down on a much more elemental test of leadership: He can't tell the truth about his signature initiative. Obama's health-care push has been the most dishonest White House advocacy in recent memory. What he says about reform bears no relation to the legislation he wants Congress...
  • The Waxman-Markey Travesty Isnt saving the planet grand?

    06/30/2009 1:40:36 PM PDT · by Delacon · 13 replies · 1,090+ views
    National Review ^ | June 30, 2009 | Rich Lowry
    The cap-and-trade bill passed the House of Representatives shrouded in a fog of willful ignorance and calculated irrationality. No one could be sure what he was voting for not after the 1,200-page bill had a 300-page amendment added at 3:09 a.m. the day of its passage. The bill is so complex and jerry-built that even its supporters cant know how, or if, it will work. And its metaphysically impossible for someone to know whether the motivating crisis, impending planetary doom, will ever materialize. Other than that, its a model exercise in thoughtful lawmaking. The formulation of the so-called Waxman-Markey...

    06/30/2009 3:20:24 AM PDT · by Scanian · 18 replies · 933+ views
    NYPost ^ | June 30, 2009 | Rich Lowry
    THE cap-and-trade bill passed the House of Representatives shrouded in a fog of willful ignorance and calculated irrationality. No one could be sure what he was voting for -- not after the 1,200-page bill had a 300-page amendment added at 3:09 a.m. the day of its passage. The bill is so complex and jerry-built that even its supporters can't know how, or if, it will work. And it's impossible for someone to know whether the motivating crisis, impending planetary doom, will ever materialize. Other than that, it's a model exercise in thoughtful lawmaking. The so-called Waxman-Markey bill's formulation was less...

    06/29/2009 2:31:24 AM PDT · by Scanian · 19 replies · 2,110+ views
    NY Post ^ | June 29, 2009 | Rich Lowry
    IS Barack Obama approaching the end of his masterly run? Starting with his win in the Iowa caucuses in January 2008, he has been, if not the one we've been waiting for, the one best suited to tap the wellsprings of public sentiment and capitalize on political circumstances for his own and his party's benefit. During his golden year and a half, Obama caught a wave of change that propelled him into the White House, a wave that only grew stronger when he took office amid an economic crisis. When challenged, Obama has resorted to his rhetorical prowess to defuse...

    06/23/2009 2:41:27 AM PDT · by Scanian · 7 replies · 913+ views
    NY Post ^ | June 23, 2009 | Rich Lowry
    IMAGINE you are an evil Republican genius, tasked with frustrating liberal goals while Karl Rove is distracted by writing his book. What would be your strategic imperative, and how would you go about effecting it? The first part of the question is easy: You'd want to defeat the further nationalization of health care. Were a sweeping, government-heavy reform to pass, it would be an irreversible step toward a European-style social democracy. How to beat back such reform is the harder question. Your tools are limited. The press hates you, and you have frighteningly few votes in Congress. The public scorns...