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  • How Obama Became the Superhero of Excuses (Ron Fournier spanks Ezra Klein)

    05/21/2014 11:13:06 AM PDT · by kristinn · 29 replies
    The National Journal ^ | Wednesday, May 21, 2014 | Ron Fournier
    You helped elect an untested presidential candidate, a man almost as liberal as you. He promised to heal the oceans, make health care an unalienable right and transform Washington's toxic culture. You mocked Republicans, independents and squishy Democrats who had the audacity to criticize your guy, much less doubt the inevitability of his victory. President Obama won, twice, and then didn't live up to anybody's expectations, including his own. What do you do? Well, if you're Ezra Klein and a coterie of inflexibly progressive pundits, you re-purpose an attack used against President George W. Bush's bombastic approach to geopolitics. You...
  • Opposing Gay Marriage Is a Waste of Your Time

    05/15/2014 1:31:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 85 replies
    National Journal ^ | May 14, 2014 | Ron Fournier, Senior Political Columnist & Editorial Director
    <p>Like those who stood against civil rights for African-Americans, gay-marriage foes are fighting a battle they can't win.</p> <p>LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Nine slender statues stand beneath a window to the Arkansas governor's office – bronzed, life-sized images of the black children who integrated Little Rock Central High School on Sept. 25, 1957 and helped ignite the Civil Rights era. "They defied prejudice," says Gregory Donaldson, an African-American Baptist minister from St. Louis visiting the display with his wife Nanette. "They defied bigotry."</p>
  • VIDEO: ABC’s Jon Karl shreds Carney over Benghazi lies

    05/01/2014 8:58:50 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 11 replies
    Caintv.com ^ | 5/1/2014 | Robert Laurie
    These emails were not about Benghazi.... Wow. So, we now have the official story. The formerly redacted emails released yesterday were not about Benghazi. They were never intended to shed light on the consulate attack. They were simply about "the broader situation in the middle east." We learned this yesterday, when ABC News' Jon Karl went to war with Press Secretary Jay Carney. Keep in mind, that's an ABC News reporter. Like Ron Fournier before him, leftist progs can't label him a right wing hack, and they can't start yapping about FOX News. Every network news outlet was lied to,...
  • Is President Obama's 'manhood' in question? (video - and what manhood would that be?)

    04/21/2014 5:40:16 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 41 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | 4/21/2014
    Video linkGeorge Will, Ron Fournier, and Charles Krauthammer.
  • Ron Fournier: Excluding Russia From G8 ‘Like Suspending a Vegan From a Steakhouse’

    03/24/2014 6:53:53 PM PDT · by lbryce · 22 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | March 24, 2014 | Ron Fournier
    A “Special Report” panel today discussed how G7 leaders met today in The Hague and announced that they would be excluding Russia from the G8 and boycotting a planned summit in Sochi. Jason Riley, of the Wall Street Journal, said Russian President Vladimir Putin is rebuilding the Russian empire while President Barack Obama and our allies in Europe are sitting around discussing international law and “kicking Putin out of clubs he doesn’t care about in the first place.” Riley said Putin knows that the administration doesn’t have the stomach for confrontation and will continue to take advantage of that.
  • Why Lewinsky Shouldn't Be a GOP Talking Point (Barf alert)

    02/17/2014 8:34:52 AM PST · by kristinn · 42 replies
    The National Journal ^ | Sunday, February 16, 2014 | Ron Fournier
    Bill Clinton uses a car-racing metaphor to explain the difference between rash and calm decision-making in politics. “The great drivers, when the cars get close, the turns get hairy, they calm down, and they see everything, and they act,” he says. “The ones who are fearful and can't concentrate and can't calm down, run into the wall.” Republican leaders should pay attention, because on the issue of whether Clinton’s sex life is relevant 14 years after he left office, they’re once again careening toward a wall. Sen. Rand Paul dredged up Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky and his subsequent impeachment,...
  • Why I'm Getting Sick of Defending Obamacare

    02/11/2014 7:23:09 AM PST · by upchuck · 72 replies
    National Journal ^ | Feb 11, 2014 | Ron Fournier
    It's getting difficult and slinking toward impossible to defend the Affordable Care Act. The latest blow to Democratic candidates, liberal activists, and naïve columnists like me came Monday from the White House, which announced yet another delay in the Obamacare implementation. For the second time in a year, certain businesses were given more time before being forced to offer health insurance to most of their full-time workers. Employers with 50 to 99 workers were given until 2016 to comply, two years longer than required by law. During a yearlong grace period, larger companies will be required to insure fewer employees...
  • One Congressman, Rand Paul, the GOP and What Ails American Politics

    04/04/2013 7:58:50 AM PDT · by JohnPDuncan · 44 replies
    National Journal ^ | Ron Fournier
    “I couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t believe it,” Rep. Scott Rigell of Virginia griped over lunch last month at the GOP-run Capitol Hill Club. “All I did was agree to fly aboard Air Force One and talk to the president and for that I got …” “Hammered,” said Chris Connelly, chief of staff to the Republican lawmaker. “Hammered,” repeated Rigell. “Hammered by my own people.” Before we could finish our conversation about the dangers of moderation in modern-day politics, Rigell’s cell phone vibrated on the white-clothed table. “It’s Rand Paul,” he said, jumping up from his chair to take a...
  • After Meeting Bill Clinton, Father Of Asperger Child Wondered Whether Clinton Has Same Syndrome

    12/04/2012 7:05:21 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 52 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Bill Clinton is famous for feeling others' pain. So he might be the last person one would suspect of having Asperger syndrome, which is characterized by a lack of demonstrated empathy. Yet that is precisely the thought that passed through the mind of Ron Fournier after meeting the former president with his son Tyler, who is diagnosed with the disorder. Fournier told the surprising story on today's Morning Joe. A former Associated Press reporter, now with the National Journal, Fournier recounted how during the meeting, Clinton went off on a long monologue about Teddy Roosevelt, missing the clues that he...
  • "Angry Newt" Takes the Night Off (GOP consultant curses on the record at Newt victory)

    01/23/2012 9:13:40 PM PST · by kristinn · 32 replies
    The National Journal ^ | Monday, January 23, 2012 | Ron Fournier
    "Angry Newt" took the night off. In a striking role reversal, Newt Gingrich looked more like a firefly than a firebrand in a high-stakes debate Monday night, while rival Mitt Romney called the surging former House Speaker a disgraced, influence-peddling, Washington insider. Somebody must have awakened the cool-and-nonchalant Romney out of his debate slumber and told him the GOP nomination was slipping away. Gingrich stunned the political world -- and frightened much of the GOP establishment -- with a landslide victory in South Carolina on Saturday night that erased Romney's lead in national and Florida polls. SNIP Gingrich's stunning South...
  • Liz Cheney calls Obama's health care push arrogant

    04/08/2010 9:34:00 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies · 509+ views
    breitbart ^ | 4/8/10 | RON FOURNIER
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, has opened a conference of Southern Republicans by calling President Obama's health care campaign an arrogant power play. The first speaker at the three-day Southern Republican Leadership Conference, Cheney accused Obama of peddling "phony numbers" to get his health care bill passed by Congress. She predicted Republicans will repeal the bill.
  • AP Poll: Americans high on Obama, direction of US (MORE LIES FROM THE MSM)

    04/23/2009 4:52:17 AM PDT · by truthandlife · 51 replies · 2,161+ views
    AP ^ | 4-23-09 | RON FOURNIER and TREVOR TOMPSON
    For the first time in years, more Americans than not say the country is headed in the right direction, a sign that Barack Obama has used the first 100 days of his presidency to lift the public's mood and inspire hopes for a brighter future. Intensely worried about their personal finances and medical expenses, Americans nonetheless appear realistic about the time Obama might need to turn things around, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll. It shows most Americans consider their new president to be a strong, ethical and empathetic leader who is working to change Washington. Nobody knows how long...
  • Analysis: Biden pick shows lack of confidence

    08/23/2008 5:34:21 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 102 replies · 773+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 8/23/08 | RON FOURNIER
    The candidate of change went with the status quo. In picking Sen. Joe Biden to be his running mate, Barack Obama sought to shore up his weakness — inexperience in office and on foreign policy — rather than underscore his strength as a new-generation candidate defying political conventions.
  • For Clinton, chickens come home to roost (Super Delegates may NOT stand by Clinton)

    02/12/2008 11:11:45 PM PST · by xtinct · 113 replies · 388+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 2/13/08 | Ron Fournier
    For years, Bill and Hillary Clinton treated the Democratic National Committee and party activists as extensions of their White House ambitions, pawns in a game of success and survival. more stories like this. She may pay a high price for their selfishness soon. Top Democrats, including some inside Hillary Clinton's campaign, say many party leaders -- the so-called super delegates -- won't hesitate to ditch the former New York senator for Barack Obama if her political problems persist. Their loyalty to the first couple is build on shaky ground. "If (Barack) Obama continues to win .... the whole raison d'etre...
  • Piling on Hillary (

    11/08/2007 8:53:07 AM PST · by MNJohnnie · 42 replies · 113+ views
    AP on Yahoo News ^ | 11-07-2007 | Ron Fournier
    DES MOINES, Iowa - This was going to be a column that spoke truth to power, that criticized the top presidential candidates and shed light in a maelstrom of spin. But then Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton called such attempts "piling on." Swift Boating. Sexist. So let's just call this unsolicited advice, and hope that the Democratic front-runner doesn't notice. First, for the Democrats: CLINTON: You're smart, funny, qualified and more personable than most voters realize. So go with that. Stop letting your strategists tie you in knots with their polls, focus groups and microtargeting. It's brilliant stuff, but they're...
  • Obama a 'courageous leader'?

    10/02/2007 7:17:48 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 10 replies · 75+ views
    Associated Press ^ | October 2, 2007 | RON FOURNIER
    Nobody can dispute that Barack Obama opposed the Iraq war from the start and, with striking prescience, predicted U.S. troops would be mired in a costly conflict that fanned "the flames of the Middle East." But nobody should accept at face value the Illinois senator's claim that he was a "courageous leader" who opposed the war at great political risk. The truth is that while Obama showed foreign policy savvy and an ability to keenly analyze both sides of an issue in his October 2002 warnings on Iraq, the political upside of his position rivaled any risk. And, once elected...
  • Analysis: Gonzales a Lesson in Cronyism

    08/27/2007 1:11:13 PM PDT · by SmithL · 29 replies · 931+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 8/27/7 | RON FOURNIER, Associated Press Writer
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Alberto Gonzales was a case study in cronyism, a nice guy and presidential pal who became attorney general on the strength of those two credentials. He was not up to the job. In the end, Gonzales' greatest achievement may be that he produced a rare note of unanimity among Republicans and Democrats in Washington: They agree his tenure was an unmitigated failure. "Reasonable people have been saying since the spring that Gonzales should resign, and four months later everybody says this should have happened a long time ago," said Republican consultant Joe Gaylord. "My guess is the...
  • Ron Fournier Returns to AP

    03/10/2007 8:13:36 PM PST · by PhatHead · 17 replies · 589+ views
    Editor And Publisher ^ | 1 March 2007 | E&P Staff
    NEW YORK Well-known Associated Press journalist Ron Fournier will be returning to AP next week, in a newly created post of Online Political Editor. He had left the AP for hotsoup.com. "His primary responsibilities will be developing new approaches to political and election coverage online, working with AP's news, multimedia and revenue groups," Kathleen Carroll, the executive editor, said in a statement on Thursday.
  • Analysis: Scandals sap public's morale (AP Barf Alert!!!)

    03/08/2007 7:17:06 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 382+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/8/07 | Ron Fournier - ap
    WASHINGTON - Lies from the White House. Incompetence in treating wounded veterans. Irrelevance in Congress. Can't anybody do anything right? It's days like these that turn Americans sour on government, stoking a desire for leaders who actually lead. Exhibit A is the perjury conviction of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, whose trial cast unflattering light on the Bush White House and the mainstream media. Exhibit B is the shameful treatment of wounded soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan at Walter Reed Medical Center, and the likelihood that veterans care problems are systemic — a national disgrace. And let's not forget Iraq and...
  • Online Venture Seeks To Elevate the Debate (Web Site Begun by Democratic & GOP Strategists)

    07/11/2006 11:00:23 PM PDT · by neverdem · 66 replies · 905+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | July 12, 2006 | Howard Kurtz
    Civility Is In, Rancor Out on Web Site Begun by Democratic, GOP Strategists A group of political strategists who have spent years firing heavy artillery at each other came together at the Hay-Adams Hotel yesterday, put aside their weapons, decried the polarized state of debate in America and vowed a new approach to peaceful coexistence. Toward that end, they are launching a Web site that they hope will eventually reach 30 million opinion leaders, elevate public discussion on matters from politics to sports to culture and, in the process, make them some money. Mark McKinnon and Matthew Dowd, who were...
  • Bush's Approval Rating Falls to New Low

    03/10/2006 7:27:19 AM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 111 replies · 1,614+ views
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 3-10-06 | RON FOURNIER
    Bush's Approval Rating Falls to New Low By RON FOURNIER, AP Political Writer 13 minutes ago WASHINGTON - More and more people, particularly Republicans, disapprove of President Bush's performance, question his character and no longer consider him a strong leader against terrorism, according to an AP-Ipsos poll documenting one of the bleakest points of his presidency. ADVERTISEMENT Nearly four out of five Americans, including 70 percent of Republicans, believe civil war will break out in Iraq — the bloody hot spot upon which Bush has staked his presidency. Nearly 70 percent of people say the U.S. is on the wrong...
  • Analysis: State of the Union Agitated (Ron Fournier Alert!)

    01/31/2006 7:17:54 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 54 replies · 2,056+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/31/06 | Ron Fournier - ap
    WASHINGTON - The state of the union is fretful. President Bush acknowledged the public's agitated state Tuesday night when he gave voice to growing concerns about the course of the nation he has led for five years. His credibility no longer the asset it once was, the president begged Americans' indulgence for another chance to fix things. There is no shortage: the Iraq war, global terrorism, a nuclear Iran, a stingy global economy, skyrocketing health care costs, troubled U.S. schools, rising fuel costs, looming budget deficits and government corruption. All received presidential attention Tuesday night. In his fifth State of...
  • Analysis: Bush Drops Rosy Iraq Scenarios

    12/18/2005 10:07:38 PM PST · by ncountylee · 33 replies · 1,113+ views
    AP ^ | December 18, 2005 | RON FOURNIER
    WASHINGTON - No more rosy scenarios. After watching his credibility and approval ratings crumble over the course of 2005, President Bush completed a rhetorical shift Sunday night by abandoning his everything-is-OK pitch to Americans and coming clean: He was wrong about the rationale for going to war in Iraq; he underestimated the dangers; the country has suffered "terrible loss"; and the bad news isn't over. Even with his high-profile display of candor _ a step anxious Republican leaders had been demanding for weeks _ Bush remained unyielding. "To retreat before victory would be an act of recklessness and dishonor and...
  • Alito's Mom: 'Of Course, He's Against Abortion'

    10/31/2005 3:27:11 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 84 replies · 2,366+ views
    Associated Press ^ | October 31, 2005
    WASHINGTON -- President George W. Bush nominated veteran judge Samuel Alito for the Supreme Court Monday, seeking to reshape the judiciary and mollify conservatives who derailed his previous pick. Ready-to-rumble Democrats said Alito may curb abortion rights and be "too radical for the American people." Drawing an unspoken contrast to failed nominee Harriet Miers, Bush declared that the appeals court judge "has more prior judicial experience than any Supreme Court nominee in more than 70 years." Abortion emerged as a potential fault line. Democrats pointed to Alito's rulings that sought to restrict a woman's right to abortion. Senate Judiciary Committee...
  • Newsview: Cheney Again at Center of Drama (AP's Looney Leftist Writer's Pathetic Hit Piece)

    10/25/2005 10:01:33 PM PDT · by indianrightwinger · 14 replies · 540+ views
    Newsview: Cheney Again at Center of Drama By RON FOURNIER, AP Political Writer Tue Oct 25, 7:26 PM ET WASHINGTON - It should surprise nobody that Vice President Dick Cheney is at the center of another firestorm. He's got his hands in just about everything at the White House. Now the administration's Mr. Fix-It faces a sticky political, if not legal, situation with the latest leak in the CIA leak investigation. "His name is thrown into the mix," said Stephen Hess, a presidential scholar and political analyst at the Brookings Institution. "Big time." Cheney once called a New York Times...
  • GOP Nervously Eyeing Rove and CIA Probe

    07/14/2005 1:05:53 AM PDT · by Crackingham · 52 replies · 1,672+ views
    AP ^ | 7/14/05 | Ron Fournier
    Republicans are nervously watching the fight over Karl Rove's involvement in a news leak that exposed a CIA officer's identity, fearing that President Bush's chief adviser has become a major political problem. While the president passed up another chance Wednesday to express confidence in his deputy chief of staff, his political team engineered a series of testimonials from members of Congress who praised Rove and condemned Democratic critics. "The extreme left is once again attempting to define the modern Democratic Party by rabid partisan attacks, character assassination and endless negativity," said Rep. Tom Reynolds, R-N.Y., chairman of the GOP congressional...
  • Kerry Looks the Part; Should He Get It? (FOURNIER ap BIAS ALERT)

    PHOENIX - Democratic Sen. John Kerry (news - web sites) passed a major test in the three debates with President Bush (news - web sites), standing toe-to-toe with the incumbent and looking at least as presidential. Now the hard part: persuading voters to let him take Bush's place in the Oval Office. Some Republicans openly fretted about the campaign Thursday while the Democrats rushed to polish Kerry's presidential credentials. He planned a series of speeches designed to cast himself as the champion of the middle class and Bush as the toady of the elite. "We're calling this next week an...
  • AP: Bush Fights to Keep Emotions in Check

    10/08/2004 8:25:59 PM PDT · by ambrose · 87 replies · 3,081+ views
    AP ^ | 10/8
    Posted on Fri, Oct. 08, 2004 Bush Fights to Keep Emotions in Check RON FOURNIER Associated Press WASHINGTON - President Bush smirked and winked and chuckled to himself. He jumped from his stool, chopped at the air and interrupted the debate moderator. As he fought to keep his emotions in check in a testy, personal debate with Sen. John Kerry, the president asserted, "That answer almost made me scowl." Several answers brought Bush's emotions to the surface, for better or worse, as he sought to curb Kerry's momentum. The question that hung over the second of their three debates was...
  • HURRICANE RON HITS SWIFT VETS: AP Reporter Ron Fournier's Shameful Leftist Spin

    08/19/2004 1:48:12 PM PDT · by L.N. Smithee · 19 replies · 1,685+ views
    APes at AP; The Left Coaster blog ^ | August 19, 2004 | L.N. Smithee
    This morning brought this wire story from the Associated Press: by Ron Fournier BOSTON (AP) - Sen. John Kerry accused President Bush on Thursday of relying on front groups to challenge his record of valor in Vietnam, asserting, "He wants them to do his dirty work." (snip) [John Kerry said] "But here's what you really need to know about them. They're funded by hundreds of thousands of dollars from a Republican contributor out of Texas. They're a front for the Bush campaign. And the fact that the President won't denounce what they're up to tells you everything you need to...
  • Democrats Decry Bush As They Court Women (Loser Alert)

    05/20/2003 8:53:57 AM PDT · by Lance Romance · 7 replies · 228+ views
    AP Politics ^ | Ron Fournier
    Democrats Decry Bush As They Court Women 34 minutes ago By RON FOURNIER, AP Political Writer WASHINGTON - Democratic presidential candidates, courting female voters in their fight for the party's nomination, condemned President Bush's policies on the economy and terrorism, and pilloried his judicial nominations. Each claimed to be the White House's harshest critic.   "I don't think we can win this race without standing up to the president," said former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean on Tuesday. The tough-on-Bush rhetoric coursed through every speech delivered by eight of the nine presidential candidate at a gathering sponsored by EMILY's List, the...
  • Bush Files For Reelection

    05/16/2003 8:34:54 AM PDT · by Timesink · 132 replies · 210+ views
    Associated Press | May 16, 2003
    Breaking News:: WASHINGTON (AP) President Bush files for re-election with the Federal Election Commission, White House officials say.
  • Democrats, true to form, snipe at presidential candidates

    05/16/2003 7:19:43 AM PDT · by Valin · 8 replies · 221+ views
    AP ^ | 5/16/03 | Ron Fournier
    <p>WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Even as former President Bill Clinton called for an end to intramural squabbling, moderate Democrats criticized two of their party's presidential candidates Thursday. The Democratic Leadership Council (DLC), a centrist political organization that helped catapult Clinton to the presidency in 1992, ended its two-day strategy session with swipes at former Vermont governor Howard Dean and Rep. Dick Gephardt of Missouri.</p>
  • Democrats Frustrated by Bush's Ongoing Popularity

    05/15/2003 9:42:38 PM PDT · by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday! · 40 replies · 364+ views
    Fresno Bee.Com / AP ^ | 5/15/02 | RON FOURNIER
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) - Jennifer Mann flipped from channel to channel for the latest news about the terrorist bombings in Saudi Arabia, an exercise in frustration for the Democratic state legislator from Pennsylvania.</p> <p>"Everywhere I turned, there was President Bush," she said with a sigh.</p>