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  • Serious Sarah

    12/11/2010 10:35:45 AM PST · by t-dude · 14 replies
    Time Swampland Blog ^ | December 10, 2010 | Jay Newton-Small
    Her reality show is nearly done, Dancing with the Stars is over as is her second book tour. Tomorrow, Palin is heading to Haiti with Franklin Graham -- a dual hit, according to Politico, that helps her with both foreign policy experience and amongst evangelical voters. Today, in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, she endorsed Paul Ryan's road map. Palin, it seems, is moving away from brand-building celebrity to serious potential-presidential candidate. Finally, here's a compiled Q&A with Palin for my story.
  • Sarah Palin's Reading List: C.S. Lewis, Dean Karnazes, Newsmax, Wall Street Journal

    12/09/2010 1:05:02 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    ABC News ^ | 12/09/2010 | Lauren Sher
    What newspapers do you read? It was the question that arguably did Sarah Palin the most harm during the 2008 election. When the Republican vice presidential candidate could not name for Katie Couric which magazines or papers she regularly read that informed her worldview, it fueled the perception among voters that she was not ready for national office. In an interview with Barbara Walters, Palin set the record straight. "I read anything and everything that I can get my hands on as I have since I was a little girl," Palin told Walters in an interview to air tonight on...
  • 'Refudiation' of $600 Billion Printed Out of Thin Air (Sarah Palin letter response to WSJ)

    11/18/2010 12:06:35 PM PST · by Bigtigermike · 26 replies
    WSJ ^ | Thursday November 18, 2010 | Sarah Palin
    While on a United Airlines flight from New York City to Los Angeles this week, a fellow passenger handed me a copy of the The Wall Street Journal Nov. 15 op-ed by Alan Blinder—"In Defense of Ben Bernanke"—and suggested that I write a letter to the editor if I disagreed with the Princeton University professor's claims. Having read the piece, I told the passenger over my shoulder, "You bet I will." Prof. Blinder seems blind to the clear and present dangers of QE2. Instead of seriously discussing these dangers, he takes us on an excursion to a Keynesian utopia, a...
  • China's 'State Capitalism' Sparks a Global Backlash

    11/16/2010 3:59:14 AM PST · by Palter · 68 replies
    WSJ ^ | 16 Nov 2010 | JASON DEAN, ANDREW BROWNE And SHAI OSTER
    Since the end of the Cold War, the world's powers have generally agreed on the wisdom of letting market competition—more than government planning—shape economic outcomes. China's national economic strategy is disrupting that consensus, and a look at the ascent of solar-energy magnate Zhu Gongshan explains why. A shortage of polycrystalline silicon—the main raw material for solar panels—was threatening China's burgeoning solar-energy industry in 2007. Polysilicon prices soared, hitting $450 a kilogram in 2008, up tenfold in a year. Foreign companies dominated production and were passing those high costs onto China. Beijing's response was swift: development of domestic polysilicon supplies was...
  • Bush Book Sells Well

    11/10/2010 10:02:47 PM PST · by SmartInsight · 23 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Nov.11, 2010 | JEFFREY A. TRACHTENBERG
    Former President George W. Bush's new book, "Decision Points," got off to a strong start on Tuesday, selling at least 170,000 hardcover copies plus an estimated 50,000 e-books. The results represent the largest first-day sale of any nonfiction title published by Random House Inc. in the past six years, said Crown Publishers, a unit of Bertelsmann AG's Random House. The figures don't include sales at the nation's independent bookstores or at Kroger Co., the grocery company.
  • Sarah Palin Shreds WSJ Reporter For Not Being Able To Read His Own Paper

    11/08/2010 6:10:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 172 replies · 1+ views
    Business Insider ^ | November 8, 2010 | Joe Weisenthal
    Yow! On her Facebook wall, Sarah Palin shreds WSJ blogger Sudeep Reddy over his response to her comments regarding QE: ------ Ever since 2008, people seem inordinately interested in my reading habits. Among various newspapers, magazines, and local Alaskan papers, I read the Wall Street Journal. So, imagine my dismay when I read an article by Sudeep Reddy in today’s Wall Street Journal criticizing the fact that I mentioned inflation in my comments about QE2 in a speech this morning before a trade-association. Here’s what I said: “everyone who ever goes out shopping for groceries knows that prices have risen...
  • Gallup's Advice for Dems: Duck and Cover

    11/01/2010 6:31:01 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 22 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 11-02-10 | JOHN FUND
    There are going to be surprises Election Day.... How tall will the Republican wave be tomorrow? Two leading political analysts for Gallup have gone through the House races and drawn up what they call the most pessimistic scenario for the GOP. Even so, Republicans end up taking 38 net House seats from Democrats, putting them one seat short of control. Their most optimistic scenario for Republicans is a GOP gain of 90 seats. Impossible? Seasoned Washingtonians don't think so. For 60 years, Gallup has released an amazingly accurate final pre-election poll showing which party is favored by "likely voters." It...
  • Why Obama Is No Roosevelt

    11/01/2010 6:17:38 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 27 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 11-02-10 | DOROTHY RABINOWITZ
    Roosevelt: 'Your government has unmistakable confidence in your ability to hear the worst without flinching and losing heart.'Obama: We don't 'always think clearly when we're scared.'. Whatever the outcome of today's election, this much is clear: It will be a long time before Americans ever again decide that the leadership of the nation should go to a legislator of negligible experience—with a voting record, as state and U.S. senator, consisting largely of "present," and an election platform based on glowing promises of transcendence. A platform vowing, unforgettably, to restore us—a country lost to arrogance and crimes against humanity—to a place...
  • GOP Set for Big Gains as Voters Voice Anger

    10/31/2010 8:19:27 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 18 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10-31-10 | PETER WALLSTEN And DANNY YADRON
    Republicans are positioned for large gains Tuesday, likely retaking the House and picking up seats in the Senate, amid strong voter frustration with President Barack Obama and the Democratic-run Congress, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll. In the new survey, Republicans held a six-point edge, 49% to 43%, when likely voters were asked which party they hoped would be in charge. Nearly half of voters who favored GOP control of Congress said their feelings reflected a vote of protest against the Democrats—an unusually high proportion that pollsters said reflected deep frustration among many voters. "The Democrats are...
  • A Vote Against Dems, Not for the GOP

    10/31/2010 5:57:08 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 67 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 11-01-10 | SCOTT RASUMUSSEN
    Voters don't want to be governed from the left, right or center. They want Washington to recognize that Americans want to govern themselves. In the first week of January 2010, Rasmussen Reports showed Republicans with a nine-point lead on the generic congressional ballot. Scott Brown delivered a stunning upset in the Massachusetts special U.S. Senate election a couple of weeks later. In the last week of October 2010, Rasmussen Reports again showed Republicans with a nine-point lead on the generic ballot. And tomorrow Republicans will send more Republicans to Congress than at any time in the past 80 years. This...
  • Obama Less Lofty as Rhetoric Shifts

    10/31/2010 5:44:00 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 26 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10-31-10 | LAURA MECKLER
    CLEVELAND—President Barack Obama closed out his 2010 campaign season here with a mocking rebuke of Republicans, in stark contrast to the lofty, hopeful rhetoric that marked his 2008 campaign. With Democrats facing potentially big losses on Election Day Tuesday, Mr. Obama has projected a rougher tone than he did two years ago. The bad economy? Blame Republicans, he said. Bipartisanship to solve problems? No, the president said, the GOP has no interest. Bits of the 2008 spirit were still in evidence in a weekend of campaigning, but Mr. Obama's calls for change now came with caveats. He still exhorted, "yes...
  • ObamaCare and Voters. Clinton and Obama told Democrats it would be popular. Whoops.

    10/30/2010 2:14:41 PM PDT · by SmartInsight · 25 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Oct 30, 2010 | WSJ Editorial
    Midterm elections amid a lousy economy are usually bad for the President's party, but it looks as if a neutron bomb may detonate on Democrats in 2010. And one of the major reasons that this year shifted from ordinary losses to potential catastrophe is ObamaCare. This election is a referendum on an entitlement the public never wanted and continues to hate, as evidence from around the country is showing. Take almost any poll at random. Even this week's New York Times-CBS poll has repeal leading among likely voters, 47% to 43%. The latest Pew-National Journal survey shows that a majority...
  • Swing Voters Are Flocking to GOP

    10/29/2010 6:47:31 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 27 replies · 1+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10-30-10 | PETER WALLSTEN AND NEIL KING JR.
    The Democrats' final push to woo undecided voters appears to have fizzled, potentially putting dozens of competitive House races beyond reach and undermining the party's chances in at least four toss-up Senate seats, according to party strategists and officials. Independents, a crucial swing bloc, seem to be breaking sharply for Republicans in the final days of the campaign. One nonpartisan prognosticator, Stuart Rothenberg, said Friday he thought the Republicans could pick up as many as 70 House seats—something no party has achieved since 1948. The Republicans need 39 seats to take the majority. Fading Democratic support among independents is also...
  • Suspicious Packages on Cargo Planes Intercepted

    10/29/2010 1:31:56 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 14 replies · 1+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10-29-10 | ADAM ENTOUS And EVAN PEREZ
    WASHINGTON—Authorities intercepted two U.S.-bound suspicious packages in cargo shipments from Yemen, raising alarm in the U.S. and Europe at a time when counterterrorism officials say they are closely tracking multiple suspected terror plots by al Qaeda and its affiliates. The discovery of the packages on UPS and FedEx cargo planes in the U.K. and Dubai prompted U.S. officials to conduct wider screening for potential bombs in airports in Newark and Philadelphia and in a delivery truck in New York City. No explosives were found. The White House characterized the incident as a potential terrorist threat, and officials said they believed...
  • The Gender Card: Hitting a Guy Where It Hurts

    10/28/2010 7:10:17 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 16 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10-29-10 | MICHAEL M. PHILLIPS
    It's a male politician's nightmare. You're facing a female challenger. You're lagging in the polls, but a great debate performance could redeem you. Then, just when you think victory is within reach, your opponent hits you where it hurts. "Man up," she taunts. How do you recover from that? It's a tough one, as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid can attest. It took the Nevada Democrat a week to come up with a retort after GOP challenger Sharron Angle zinged him with a "man up" during a televised debate this month. (Ultimately he settled on, "From the street to the...
  • Early Voting in Pa. Shows GOP Tilt

    10/28/2010 4:36:35 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 29 replies · 2+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10-28-10 | Jonathan Weisman
    The latest absentee ballot statistics released this afternoon by the state of Pennsylvania show a strong Republican tilt in the Keystone State, a bad sign for Democratic candidates up and down the ticket. According to the secretary of state’s office, 53,226 absentee ballots have been returned by registered Republicans in Pennsylvania compared with 37,631 by registered Democrats.
  • Ky. Democrats to Air ‘Stomp’ Ad Against Rand Paul (VIDEOS)

    10/28/2010 4:24:14 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 15 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10-28-10 | Patrick O’Connor
    With the election five days away, politicians and their backers aren’t holding back. Kentucky Democrats will begin airing an ad over the weekend that features a supporter of Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul stepping on the head of a woman from MoveOn.org. The ad comes on the heels of another commercial aired by Democrat Jack Conway’s campaign that questioned Mr. Paul’s faith.
  • Whitman Banks on Big Ground Game

    10/27/2010 6:32:07 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 8 replies · 1+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10-28-10 | STU WOO And NAFTALI BENDAVID
    GOP's California Gubernatorial Candidate Plays Catch-Up With Sophisticated Voter-Turnout Effort in Campaign's Final Days. OAKLAND, Calif.—Volunteers for Republican Meg Whitman's campaign for California governor are calling voters in Farsi, Korean and two Chinese dialects. They are canvassing Latino voters in East Los Angeles. Ms. Whitman, trailing in every poll, has rolled out a big get-out-the-vote operation, funded with part of the $162 million she has spent on the race so far. The effort is a particularly sophisticated version of voter-mobilization pushes candidates and parties are ratcheting up with less than a week before Election Day. Many candidates believe get-out-the-vote drives...
  • Is Time Up for Ted? -- The Ohio gubernatorial race heats up.

    10/27/2010 6:06:31 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 33 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10-28-10 | STEPHEN MOORE
    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio Democratic Governor Ted Strickland is trying to mount a furious comeback campaign against challenger John Kasich, the former Republican congressman. The latest polls suggest Mr. Strickland has narrowed what had been a comfortable lead for Mr. Kasich in recent months. A new Quinnipiac Poll has Mr. Kasich ahead 49% to 43%. That six-point margin is down from ten points a week ago. "Gov. Ted Strickland has momentum and . . . has made the race for governor competitive," Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, was quoted as saying in the Columbus...
  • The Rage Against Citizens United

    10/27/2010 5:51:26 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 21 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10-28-10 | DANIEL HENNINGER.
    Why Barack Obama gave the Supreme Court a public tongue-lashing. Taking office in January 2009 as president, Barack Obama's achievement was everywhere called historic. He was at the pinnacle of American life. Two years later, he may be on the cliff's edge of another historic achievement—the electoral wipeout of his party with some of the Democrats' longest-serving and revered members of Congress disappearing in the avalanche. Presidencies and parties decline for lots of reasons, but looking back, one of the pivotal events in writing the history of the first Obama term is likely to be the tongue-lashing he gave several...
  • Signs of the Democratic Apocalypse

    10/27/2010 5:39:14 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 31 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10-27-10 | KARL ROVE
    Midterms are tough for presidents, but party leaders aren't usually in trouble. Next Tuesday Democrats will receive a crushing rebuke. More to the point, voters will be delivering a verdict on the first two years of the Obama administration. Midterm elections are almost always unpleasant experiences for the White House, especially when the economy is weak. But key races that should have been safe for the party in power demonstrate the extent to which President Obama and his policies have nationalized the election. In Nevada, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has a huge war chest in a state Mr. Obama...
  • Blue Dogs Face Sharp Losses in Midterms

    10/25/2010 7:57:16 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 25 replies · 1+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10-26-10 | GERALD F. SEIB
    WASHINGTON—More than half the members of the Blue Dog Coalition—the organization of moderate to conservative Democrats in the House—are in peril in next week's election, a stark indicator of how the balloting could produce a Congress even more polarized than the current one. The Blue Dogs are often seen as a kind of human bridge, connecting left and right in the House. But that bridge is imperiled by the coming Republican wave in midterm elections, the most stark example of how the midterms are likely to weaken Capitol Hill's political center. Of 54 Blue Dogs in the House, six already...
  • The NAACP's Unhealthy Tea Party Obsession

    10/25/2010 4:47:09 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 14 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10-25-10 | JASON L. RILEY
    Black-on-black crime remains at epidemic levels and black children continue to suffer in bad schools. Doesn't the organization have better things to worry about? The gulf between the priorities of civil rights leaders and the actual needs of the people they claim to represent has been growing for decades. And the trend continues with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's release of "Tea Party Nationalism." The NAACP passed a resolution in July condemning "racist elements and activities" in the tea party. Now it has issued a report that accuses the movement of giving a "platform to anti-Semites,...
  • Third-Term Bloomberg Backs Two-Term Limit

    10/25/2010 4:26:16 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 25 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10-25-10 | Michael Howard Saul
    Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who orchestrated the overturn of term limits in 2008 as he successfully pursued a third term for himself, declared Monday he will support a ballot measure to restore the law banning elected officials serving more than two consecutive four-year terms. “I’m voting to restore,” Bloomberg said when asked by The Wall Street Journal what his position is on the Nov. 2 ballot question on term limits. The mayor defended the controversial decision to overturn the term-limits law two years ago, saying it “was changed legally.” He said he considers next week’s referendum to be a fulfillment of...
  • Key Tax Breaks at Risk as Panel Looks at Cuts

    10/25/2010 12:42:51 PM PDT · by KansasGirl · 31 replies
    WSJ.com ^ | 10/25/10 | Damian Paletta
    Sacrosanct tax breaks, including deductions on mortgage interest, remain on the table just weeks before the deficit commission issues recommendations on policies to pare back with the aim of balancing the budget by 2015. The tax benefits are hugely popular with the public but they have drawn the panel's focus, in part because the White House has said these and other breaks cost the government about $1 trillion a year. At stake, in addition to the mortgage-interest deductions, are child tax credits and the ability of employees to pay their portion of their health-insurance tab with pretax dollars. Commission officials...
  • Tea Party Shaping 2012 Race

    10/24/2010 5:30:44 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 80 replies · 3+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10-25-10 | PETER WALLSTEN
    The tea-party phenomenon is forcing possible Republican presidential candidates in 2012 to make early and potentially high-risk strategic gambles over how to harness the movement. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is traveling the country to build alliances with local tea-party activists in key presidential primary and caucus states. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is solidifying ties with traditional party leaders and organizations by helping them with fund raising and candidate endorsements. The two potential rivals are acting on opposing assumptions about the newly energized but volatile tea party-infused Republican base. The results of their decisions will show the impact that...
  • Poll: A Democratic Comeback in Ohio Governor’s Race?

    10/24/2010 4:26:56 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 38 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10-24-10 | Mary Lu Carnevale and Laura Meckler
    Could the Ohio governor’s race really be a toss up?A new poll found John Kasich, a former congressman, leads Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland by just two percentage points, 49% to 47%, among likely voters — a statistical dead heat.“There’s certainly an uptick in excitement on the Democratic side, which has allowed the race to become more competitive,” said Eric Rademacher, co-director of the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Cincinnati, which conducted the poll for a group of eight Ohio newspapers. “It could break either way,” he said. The poll has a 3.3 percentage point margin of error.The...
  • Rove: Republicans Are Only Doing What Democrats Have Done

    10/24/2010 4:15:27 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 25 replies · 1+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10-24-10 | Laura Meckler
    Republican strategist Karl Rove said today that in running a slew of TV ads paid for by undisclosed donors, GOP groups are only doing what Democrats have done in the past. “This has been going on for a long while,” he said Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “Suddenly everybody’s gotten spun up about it this year… Once we copied what liberals did, liberals got upset.” Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D., Md.), who heads the committee working to elect House Democrats, replied, “Karl Rove just told you he did not want the voters to know who is spending tens of...
  • Audit Faulted Cuomo's HUD Overhaul

    10/22/2010 6:37:23 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 4 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10-23-10 | JACOB GERSHMAN
    Andrew Cuomo points to his time as Housing and Urban Development secretary as a prime example of how he's made government more efficient and effective. But federal auditors say Mr. Cuomo oversaw a "poorly planned" overhaul of personnel that bulked up HUD's public outreach but undermined the agency's enforcement efforts. During the gubernatorial debate on Monday, Mr. Cuomo touted his four-year record at HUD, saying he "shrunk government" and promising to do the same in Albany if elected governor. "The question in this race is who can actually do it. Who can get it done," he said. While the number...
  • Christie's Teachable Moment

    10/22/2010 6:17:28 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 15 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10-23-10 | MONICA LANGLEY
    TRENTON, N.J.—He says she's a "greedy thug" who uses children as "drug mules." She says he's a "bully" and a "liar" who's "obsessed with a vendetta." Chris Christie, the Republican governor of New Jersey, and Barbara Keshishian, president of the state's teachers union, say they want to improve public schools. That's where agreement ends. In speeches, mailings and multi-million dollar TV ads, they've battled over teacher salaries, property taxes and federal education grants. They have met once, an encounter that ended when Mr. Christie threw Ms. Keshishian out of his office. For Mr. Christie, 48 years old, the fight is...
  • Cyber Attack Strikes FreedomWorks

    10/22/2010 1:39:13 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 15 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10-21-10 | Peter Wallsten
    A mysterious cyber attack apparently struck the computer servers at the pro-tea party group FreedomWorks this morning, just as it launched a major fund-raising drive. FreedomWorks officials are investigating, but they suspect they were attacked deliberately, perhaps by a political opponent seeking the thwart its fund-raising efforts. The attack crippled the site at about 9:45 a.m. just when the fund-raising drive was publicized on the radio by conservative talk show host Glenn Beck. The group estimates it lost about $80,000 in potential donations as it struggled to bring its site back online. An “autopsy” showed a highly sophisticated hacker struck...
  • Campaign's Big Spender (VIDEO & GRAPHS)

    10/22/2010 12:05:03 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 7 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10-22-10 | BRODY MULLINS And JOHN D. MCKINNON
    The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees is now the biggest outside spender of the 2010 elections, thanks to an 11th-hour effort to boost Democrats that has vaulted the public-sector union ahead of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the AFL-CIO and a flock of new Republican groups in campaign spending. The 1.6 million-member AFSCME is spending a total of $87.5 million on the elections after tapping into a $16 million emergency account to help fortify the Democrats' hold on Congress. Last week, AFSCME dug deeper, taking out a $2 million loan to fund its push. The group is...
  • Obama, Biden Plan Another Ohio Trip

    10/21/2010 4:07:08 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 17 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10-21-10 | Laura Meckler
    President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden plan to finish their fall campaigning with yet another trip to Ohio as they work to rally voters behind Gov. Ted Strickland, who is battling for a second term, officials said today. It follows an Obama trip to the Buckeye state just last weekend, when the president led a rally in Columbus. The president, vice president and First Lady Michelle Obama have made several trips there this season as they try to stem a strong challenge from Republican John Kasich. Mr. Obama’s final campaign swing, next weekend, will include big rallies in...
  • The Anti-Pelosi Boomlet

    10/20/2010 4:34:55 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 7 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10-21-10 | JOHN FUND
    if Democrats retain the majority, Nancy Pelosi will expect support from every member, and she will get support from almost every member.. It's become the new way of spotting which House Democrats are in deep political trouble. A dozen Democratic incumbents -- about one in 20 of those seeking reelection -- so far have publicly distanced themselves from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Significantly, half aren't from southern districts where the San Francisco Democrat has traditionally been a hard sell. The latest defector is Rep. Jason Altmire, who represents the Pittsburgh suburbs in Pennsylvania. While he won't rule out voting for...
  • ObamaCare, for Some

    10/20/2010 4:29:08 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 10 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10-21-10 | The Wall Street Journal Editorial Staff
    Step right up and get your waiver. Well, well. In the clearest evidence so far that ObamaCare is harmful in practice and an election-year liability, the Obama Administration has decided not to enforce some of the law's "consumer protections." At least when the results are politically embarrassing. Over the last several weeks the Health and Human Services Department has granted dozens of temporary waivers to certain ObamaCare mandates so that insurers and businesses won't drop or cancel coverage. The most conspicuous went to McDonald's to protect the "mini-med" plans for some 30,000 hourly workers from a rule that prohibits annual...
  • The Democrats' Great Depression

    10/20/2010 4:10:45 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 6 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10-20-10 | JAMES TARANTO
    Obama voters have no reason for enthusiasm.. The Wall Street Journal puts some numbers to the "enthusiasm gap" that's favoring Republicans in next month's election: "Just 56% of voters who supported [Barack] Obama in 2008 say they are very interested in the midterm elections, compared with 77% of those who voted for Republican presidential candidate John McCain." The numbers come from the latest WSJ/NBC poll, and the Journal notes that "Democratic leaders accept that the 'enthusiasm gap' between the parties is real," though they "are trying to counter it with tens of millions of dollars aimed at getting out the...
  • Madoff's Diamond Ring, Grand Piano to Be Auctioned

    10/20/2010 4:03:13 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 15 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10-20-10 | JENNY ROTH
    More than 400 pieces of personal property from Bernard Madoff and Ruth Madoff, including a diamond engagement ring and a Steinway grand piano, will be sold during a live and online auction in New York next month by the U.S. Marshals Service. The property was forfeited and seized in connection with the criminal prosecution of Bernard Madoff. The proceeds from the auction will be used to compensate the victims of his multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme.
  • Democratic Official Keeps Up the Fight

    10/20/2010 6:16:46 AM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 8 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10-20-10 | JANET HOOK
    Rep. Chris Van Hollen has one of the grimmest jobs in politics: putting a brave face on Democrats' chances in November. The Maryland lawmaker, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, is charged with trying to keep the House in his party's control, a goal most political prognosticators say is nearly out of reach. The 51-year-old is soldiering on—encouraging candidates, telling reporters the die isn't cast and deciding which candidates should get more or less financial support from the party. "It's like Whac-A-Mole," said Mr. Van Hollen, after checking a daily report on Republican campaign ads popping up from coast...
  • Judge to Rule by Year End in Virginia Health-Care Suit .

    10/19/2010 5:54:56 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 14 replies · 1+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10-19-10 | JANET ADAMY
    RICHMOND, Va.—A federal judge said Monday that he would rule before year's end on whether the health overhaul violates the Constitution, and he seemed sympathetic to the plaintiff's core argument. In a two-hour hearing here, U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson pressed both sides on a case that could reshape the sweeping health law President Barack Obama signed in March. The case, one of 20 filed so far challenging the law, is considered among the most crucial because it is the furthest along of the state-led lawsuits. Virginia, led by its Republican attorney general, wants the entire law struck down on...
  • GOP in Lead in Final Lap

    10/19/2010 5:06:58 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 13 replies · 1+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10-20-10 | JONATHAN WEISMAN
    A vigorous post-Labor Day Democratic offensive has failed to diminish the resurgent Republicans' lead among likely voters, leaving the GOP poised for major gains in congressional elections two weeks away, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll. Among likely voters, Republicans hold a 50% to 43% edge, up from a three-percentage-point lead a month ago. In the broader category of registered voters, 46% favor a Democratic-controlled Congress, compared with 44% who want Republican control. But in the 92 House districts considered most competitive, the GOP's lead among registered voters is 14 points, underscoring the Democrats' challenge in maintaining...
  • Christie Is Right About the Hudson River Big Dig

    10/15/2010 4:54:40 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 23 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10-16-10 | STEVE MALANGA
    The money might be better spent on New Jersey's roads, which are rated among the worst in the nation. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has come under intense criticism for threatening to cancel the largest infrastructure project in the nation, a new rail tunnel connecting New York City with the Garden State. But Mr. Christie is right to be skeptical. Much of the censure is coming from an "infrastructure über alles" crowd that too readily ignores that the costs of these big projects are often grossly underestimated and their benefits significantly exaggerated. The rail tunnel, known as the Access to...
  • The Education of Barney Frank

    10/14/2010 6:41:21 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 16 replies · 1+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10-15-10 | The Wall Street Journal Editorial Staff
    The benefits of a competitive election. Political competition is a wonderful thing. To wit, it is even making a more honest politician out of Barney Frank—well, sort of. Mr. Frank is facing his first serious electoral challenge since 1980 from Marine officer and business executive Sean Bielat, and the liberal baron is making some remarkable concessions to the public mood. For example, he seems newly sympathetic to the plight of small business, saying that he now favors repealing ObamaCare's infamous new Form 1099 reporting requirements for detailing purchases with any contractor above $600. Mr. Bielat has been hammering away on...
  • Stupid Politician Tricks

    10/14/2010 6:30:26 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 7 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10-15-10 | JOHN FUND
    Democrats are attempting to obfuscate their voting records. It's one of the most misleading types of campaign ads -- a challenger accuses the local Congressman of voting "with" unpopular Speaker Nancy Pelosi an overwhelming percentage of the time. In reality, most votes are mundane, uncontroversial matters of moving House business along. Then again, what really matters in such political ads is the symbolic rejection of the party leader being named. Ms. Pelosi is now coming in for exactly such treatment by fellow Democrats attempting to save their skins. Alabama Rep. Bobby Bright says he will refuse to vote for Ms....
  • Who's the Extremist?

    10/14/2010 6:06:18 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 6 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10-14-10 | JAMES TARANTO
    Campaigning against the voters backfires. Go figure! Another poll brings more bad news for Democrats. Ho hum, bottom story of the day. But wait. This survey, from the Hill, may tell us something about what's driving all the other polls: "Likely voters in battleground districts see extremists as having a more dominant influence over the Democratic Party than they do over the GOP."This is not a nationwide poll, but that makes it even more troubling for the Dems. Of the 10 "toss-up" House districts polled, nine elected Democrats in 2008. (One subsequently switched to Republican in a special election.) On...
  • Obamanomics Paints Ohio Red

    10/14/2010 5:41:04 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 24 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10-15-10 | STEPHEN F. HAYES
    Republicans appear poised for major gains in the Midwest, a region dominated by the president in 2008. Two years ago this week, with a little more than two weeks left in the 2008 presidential contest, Barack Obama delivered a speech on the economy in Toledo, Ohio. His advisers touted the speech—on the most important issue of the race, in the state that decided the 2004 presidential contest—as the beginning of his closing argument. One month after the collapse of Lehman Brothers froze the global economy and seized the campaign, Mr. Obama laid out his "emergency rescue plan." "It's a plan...
  • Opinion Journal: Capitalism Saves Miners (VIDEO)

    10/13/2010 2:16:37 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 10 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10-13-10 | DAN HEINNINGER
    Wonder Land Columnist Daniel Henninger and Americas Columnist Mary Anastasia O'Grady analyze the Chilean rescue.
  • Feingold: I'm the Original Tea Partier!

    10/13/2010 12:48:38 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 66 replies · 1+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10-14-10 | JOHN FUND
    The Wisconsin senator boasts of his strong support for gun rights even though the NRA gave him failing grades during his last two re-election bids. The increasingly strained efforts by Wisconsin Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold to ingratiate himself with conservative voters don't appear to be having much effect. His GOP challenger Ron Johnson has led in every major published poll since July, and currently has a lead of seven points in the RealClearPolitics average of recent polls. That hasn't stopped Mr. Feingold from trying to reinvent himself as the original Tea Partier. He plugged away again in this week's debate...
  • GOP Groups Launch Massive Ad Blitz

    10/13/2010 9:02:28 AM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 9 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10-13-10 | BRODY MULLINS And DANNY YADRON
    Alliance Spends $50 Million on Competitive House Races Where Democrats Have More Money Now An alliance of Republican groups is launching a $50 million advertising blitz this week in a final push to help the GOP win a majority in the House, representing the biggest spending blitz ever by such groups in a congressional election campaign. The coordinated effort, which the groups have dubbed the "House surge strategy," tops what the official Republican House election committee expects to spend on television ads for the entire contest. It is aimed at the few dozen competitive races where Democratic candidates have significantly...
  • Trumka: Unions to Build Firewall

    10/12/2010 3:43:00 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 17 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10-12-10 | Jonathan Weisman
    AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told reporters today that unions were going to build a firewall to protect the Democrats’ House majority, and he presented numbers suggesting the Republican mountain to climb to the majority is indeed a steep one. By Trumka’s math, 75 Democratic House seats are in play, a number roughly in line with independent estimates. To secure a majority, the GOP needs to net 39 seats. Of the 75 in play, 37 are what Trumka calls “high union density” districts, from the suburbs of Chicago to the hard-scrabble working regions of Pennsylvania.
  • Death Panels for Democrats

    10/12/2010 2:19:18 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 44 replies · 1+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10-12-10 | JAMES TARANTO
    How bad is it for the Democrats? So bad that they "began a strategy of triage on Monday to fortify candidates who they believe stand the best chance of survival," the New York Times reports today.So bad that this is the second "triage" story to appear in the Times. We noted the first Sept. 7.So bad that the Cook Political Report yesterday downgraded Rep. Barney Frank, the disheveled, fast-talking Democrat from Massachusetts, from "safe" to "likely" Democratic. Four other representatives were dealt the same indignity: Raul Grijalva (Ariz.), Jim Oberstar (Minn.), Ben Ray Lujan (N.M.) and Solomon Ortiz (Texas). We noted...