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  • ‘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 Europe’s 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 haven’t 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 wasn’t 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 Boy’s 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 pajamas—a zip-up onesie in classic Lamar Alexander plaid—and 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 two–after emerging from a semi-news blackout last week–is that Christie’s robust embrace of President Obama did break through and help President Obama rebut part of Romney’s 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 it’s 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 team’s 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 speaker’s 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 wouldn’t have him to kick around...
  • What’s Wrong with Tim Tebow? (The problem, it seems, is that there isn’t 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 don’t 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 Left’s Pathetic Tea Party

    10/04/2011 7:14:59 PM PDT · by TruthHound · 42 replies
    NRO ^ | 10/4/11 | RICH LOWRY
    The Left’s 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 America’s 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 Egypt’s 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 Bush’s 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 state’s 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 isn’t happening. Rich Lowry No one has vested more hope in the tea-party movement than the Democrats. For all the scorn and abuse they’ve heaped on the tea-partiers, they’ve 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 administration’s 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, it’s 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 Obama’s bow to the emperor of Japan reflects an attitude that America should be “subservient to other countries”; characterizes Newt Gingrich’s 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 media’s 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 Palin’s Roguish Charm: Going Rogue Is Now Palin’s 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 Palin’s Roguish Charm Going Rogue Is Now Palin’s 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.” It’s September 2008 all over again. All the same players are lining up to put a good hate on Sarah Palin. She’s 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 bill—consequences be damned. The leadership is congratulating itself now—Pelosi is already the greatest speaker of all time apparently—but 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 margin—despite 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 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 with national...
  • Obama the Graceless: Bush Will Be Obama’s 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 ObamaÂ’s Eternal Foil Rich Lowry. Republicans neednÂ’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 ObamaÂ’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 BushÂ’s misrule. He will mutter in his senescence about 43, like the Ancient Mariner about his albatross. Obama clearly wants...
  • Polanksi and Hollywood’s 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 Hollywood’s Perverse Moralism These are the kinds of people who consider Woody Allen a character witness. Rich Lowry. Rosemary’s 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 Polanski’s 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 O’Keefe, 25, and his sidekick Hannah Giles, 20. O’Keefe 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. Obama’s 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 Isn’t 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 can’t know how, or if, it will work. And it’s metaphysically 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 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...
  • Obama throughout History

    06/20/2009 12:06:34 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 39 replies · 1,003+ views
    National Review ^ | June 17 | Rich Lowry
    On the Sack of Rome: "Any time a major urban area is plundered so quickly, it is concerning to us. We are sure the Gauls and Chieftain Brennus understand Roman worries about the utter devastation of their city." On the Blitz: "Any time a city is bombed for 57 straight nights, we take notice. That is something that interests us. We hope all national air forces involved in this dismaying conflict behave responsibly." On the creation of the Berlin Wall: "Any time a barrier divides people we get worried, and perhaps even chagrined. We hope all Germans can work this...
  • Obama’s Fantastical Realism [National Review Editor Nails It!]

    06/19/2009 12:41:29 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 13 replies · 1,012+ views
    National Review ^ | June 19, 2009
    Obama’s Fantastical Realism The president is putting human rights behind stability. By Rich Lowry If only the Obama administration considered motorcycle-riding thugs beating demonstrators in Iran an offense on par with Israel’s West Bank settlements. Then it could speak with moral passion. It could unmistakably denounce the killings, and relieve its State Department spokesman of the trouble of dancing around the word “condemn.” It could say that our relationship with the Iranian government depends on the unconditional end of its thuggery. It could explain that only if Iran stops the crackdown can we “move forward” in the Middle East. But...

    06/16/2009 3:28:48 AM PDT · by Scanian · 5 replies · 440+ views
    NY Post ^ | June 16, 2009 | Rich Lowry
    WHERE does Newt Gingrich go to get his apology? Back in the mid 1990s, Gingrichproposed slowing the rate of growth of Medicare and Medicaid -- and was clobbered by Democrats and the press for waging war on the elderly and the indigent. Now, almost every other day, President Obama finds another hundred billion dollars to cut out of Medicare and Medicaid. Over the weekend, Obama announced the discovery of another $313 billion in savings over 10 years, on top of $300 billion he'd already proposed. Soon enough, he'll make Gingrich -- who infamously sought $450 billion in savings over seven...
  • President Above-It-All

    05/24/2009 10:30:17 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 19 replies · 1,072+ views
    National Review ^ | May 24th 2009
    May 22, 2009 President Above-It-All There Obama stands, bravely holding his flanks against straw men on all sides. By Rich Lowry Put Barack Obama in front of a teleprompter and one thing is certain — he’ll make himself appear the most reasonable person in the room. Rhetorically, he is in the middle of any debate, perpetually surrounded by finger-pointing extremists who can’t get over their reflexive combativeness and ideological fixations to acknowledge his surpassing thoughtfulness and grace. This is how Obama, whose position on abortion is indistinguishable from NARAL’s, can speechify on abortion at Notre Dame and come away sounding...

    05/23/2009 4:01:09 AM PDT · by Scanian · 25 replies · 1,262+ views
    The NY Post ^ | May 23, 2009 | Rich Lowry
    PUT Barack Obama in front of a Tele PrompTer and one thing is certain -- he'll make himself appear the most reasonable person in the room. Rhetorically, he is in the middle of any debate, perpetually surrounded by finger-pointing extremists who can't get over their reflexive combativeness and ideological fixations to acknowledge his surpassing thoughtfulness and grace. This is how Obama, whose position on abortion is indistinguishable from NARAL's, can speechify on abortion at Notre Dame and come away sounding like a pitch-perfect centrist. It's natural, then, that his speech at the National Archives on national security should superficially sound...

    05/05/2009 3:05:05 AM PDT · by Scanian · 4 replies · 598+ views
    NY Post ^ | May 5, 2009 | Rich Lowry
    IF there were ever a senator a party would want to show the door, it's Arlen Specter. Personally disagreeable, philosophically unmoored and fundamentally self-interested, he represents the worst of the US Senate. So the collective cry of good riddance on the right that greeted his departure from the GOP is understandable. Specter joined the Republican Party in the '60s for opportunistic reasons, and he left it last week for opportunistic reasons -- a primary challenge from the talented conservative Pat Toomey he probably wouldn't have been able to overcome. A better politician wouldn't have so lost the affection and loyalty...

    04/21/2009 2:17:28 AM PDT · by Scanian · 4 replies · 588+ views
    NY Post ^ | April 21, 2009 | Rich Lowry
    THE debate over the just-released Jus tice Department memorandums on interrogation techniques ended as soon as they were dubbed the "torture memos." Forevermore, they will be remembered as the legal lowlights of a "dark and painful chapter in our history," as President Obama put it. Rightly considered, the memos should be a source of pride. They represent a nation of laws struggling to defend itself against a savage, lawless enemy while adhering to its legal commitments and norms. Most societies throughout human history wouldn't have bothered. The memos cite conduct that is indisputably torture from a court case involving Serbs...

    04/10/2009 2:17:35 AM PDT · by Scanian · 1 replies · 336+ views
    NY Post ^ | April 10, 2009 | Rich Lowry
    THE National Security Act of 1947, a reor ganization of the foreign-policy and military apparatuses of the U.S. government, created what historians call "the national security state." Critics complain that the national security state vastly empowered government and cut the executive branch loose from legislative accountability. It marked the beginning of a hyperactive interventionism abroad. Domestically, all the same criticisms apply to the consequences of the Troubled Assets Relief Program, which marks a new era in American economic policy just as the 1947 act did in foreign policy. Since last fall, we have seen the rise of the TARP state...
  • Don’t Keep on Truckin’("Conservative" National Review Favors Dangerous Mexican Trucks)

    03/23/2009 2:28:30 PM PDT · by GOPGuide · 90 replies · 1,392+ views
    National Review ^ | March 20, 2009 | Rich Lowry
    Anyone worried that, once in charge, Democrats wouldn’t be vigilant in protecting our southern border can relax. The grave threat of Mexican long-haul truckers has been shut down. With any luck, Mexicans will never have the temerity to attempt to deliver commercial goods into the United States again. At least such is the fervid hope of the Teamsters, the fiercest adversary the Mexicans have faced since Pres. James Polk sent Winfield Scott south in the Mexican-American War. The union can’t abide Mexican trucks because they represent competition, and so they must be blocked — legal obligations, economic rationality, and diplomatic...
  • Ann Coulter vs. Joy Behar on 'Larry King Live': TKO Coulter?

    02/20/2009 12:04:31 PM PST · by Syncro · 100 replies · 6,427+ views ^ | Feb 20, 2009, 11:14 AM | Ken Tucker
    Ann Coulter vs. Joy Behar on 'Larry King Live': TKO Coulter? Feb 20, 2009, 11:14 AM | by Ken TuckerCategories: Television Ann Coulter appeared on a Joy Behar-hosted edition of Larry King Live last night, and CNN kept superimposing the caption, "Ann Coulter Unleashed!" Boy, was the network, and Behar, just aching for Coulter to scorch up the airwaves. This is why Coulter gets invited on TV shows when she has a book to flog: she can be relied upon to say outrageous things, egged on by her hosts. But last night, Behar was trying too hard. Quoting the conservative...