They’re Just Not That Into You
(FROM: Human Events) For me, the definitive feature film when it comes to dating, relationships and the single life is and will always be actor and director–not the Obama speechwriter by the same name–Jon Favreau’s Swingers (“You’re like a big bear with claws and with fangs…”). I have neither read nor seen the movie which provided the inspiration for Monica Crowley’s piece, He’s Just Not That Into You, but even knowing nothing about the book or film, Crowley is right on here. For all of the talk by Republicans about recognizing that there is good and evil in the world and identifying each, the GOP seems to have a difficult time acknowledging the political adversaries–even I cannot call the liberals evil, per se–in their midst. Enough with the olive branches. If the Democrats want to take a page from “partisan attack terrier” Rahm Emanuel (a brilliant description by Crowley) and want to be increasingly adversarial, we should be too.
The Law Liberals Always Break
(FROM: American Thinker) I’ve written a lot before about not wanting to be the pediatrician who saves the life of a sick, young Adolf Hitler, usually in the context of the farce that is global warming. But the Law of Uninteded Consequences applies to much more than the dangers of overreacting to the unsettled science of climate change and any possible human responsibility. In truth, liberal policies do indeed tend to derail other liberal policies down the road and, once again, I attribute it to the overall lack of a principled approach to politics and ideology. With principles, everything comports with an overall theme; without, arguments and policies and ideas form when politically convenient and without thought to downhill ramification. Great article.
In Gingrich Mold, a New Voice for Solid Resistance in GOP
(FROM: The New York Times) Eric Cantor. To be perfectly honest, I wasn’t aware of the guy until late spring of last year, at least not in the sense that I would actively pay attention when he came to a microphone. Now, however, is completely different. I am thrilled that John Boehner, architect of some of the worst losses Republicans have seen in the House for decades, defers to him. Even more so when I hear that Cantor is in regular conversation with Newt Gingrich. Yes, there are some issues with possible conflicts of interest due to his wife’s work for a bailout-enriched bank and, yes, there is that whole Judaism thing — but I really think we’ve got ourselves a keeper. Although, the fact that the Times is doing a flattering profile of him (like they did for John McCain, a favorite of the media because of his non-conservative ideals, up until he secured the GOP nomination) DOES make me wonder a little bit.
Brown’s Vote Key to Passing Stimulus
(FROM: Cincinnati Enquirer) Obviously, my thoughts and prayers go out to Sen. Sherrod Brown and his family in this difficult time. I am fortunate enough to still have both of my parents–and a wonderfully nice liberal stepmom–with us, so I cannot imagine how difficult it must have been for Sen. Brown to deal with his mother’s funeral and such. It’s always heartbreaking. That being said, I’m not sure that the White House sending a government jet to pick up the senator and bring him to Washington for the “stimulus” vote was exactly the right way to spend taxpayer money. Even if it were a Republican who required wrangling for a crucial vote, I’m not sure that the government jet is the right way to go about it. Am I being a little uncouth? Because I’m really not sure. I feel awful for Sen. Brown, I really, really do, but it just seems a little off-kilter for a Democrat White House to spend taxpayer money in order to wrangle a crucial Democrat so he can, in turn, cast a vote to spend much more taxpayer money. I don’t know. Maybe it’s just me.
Pelosi Daughter’s ‘Right America’ Set for HBO
(FROM: Newsmax) I’d rather watch a three-hour Animal Planet documentary on “How Animals Poop.” But that’s just me.
History’s Cesspool of Bad Ideas: Socialism and Corporate Social Responsibility
(FROM: Townhall) With a headline like this, how can you NOT read it?!? Very nicely done. An excerpt:
From what I can tell from news reports about the contents of the final bill, it is clear that what really got stimulated over the past several weeks were the bowels of the Democratic Party. Seems like every cockamamie socialist program that didn’t see the light of day during the past eight years has suddenly been disgorged into this massive trillion-dollar legislative receptacle. I suggest that we call this monumental monstrosity the Ex-Lax Act of 2009.
So, is there a silver lining in this piece of congressional crapola? Yes there is. American voters will now get a whiff of big government socialism and I believe that those who actually pay taxes, and invest their savings, may once again appreciate the attributes inherent in the system envisioned by our founding fathers—limited government, private property, personal freedom and open markets.
Ken Starr: Obama’s Supreme Court Picks Will Face Trouble
(FROM: The Washington Times) This kind of goes back to the “They’re Just Not That Into You” deal above. Obama and others gave former President George W. Bush a difficult time over Justices Alito and Roberts– just thank goodness it wasn’t Justices Miers and Gonzales–and should expect the same from Republican leadership . . . but only if the GOP realizes that their friends across the aisle, well, aren’t. The problem here is that, with the Democrats numbers and with turncoats like Arlen Specter, Olympia Snowe, and even John McCain (given his judiciary-related history), I’m not sure what problems even the most radical Obama picks, such as Elena Kagan or Sonia Sotomayor, will encounter. Alas, the current balance of power may leave Republicans praying for a pubic-hair-on-my-Coke moment.
Probable ‘Honor Killing’ in Buffalo, NY
(FROM: Buffalo News) Just because we don’t see it here as often as we do in Europe doesn’t mean that it is not happening, doesn’t mean that it is not working its way to the United States. While the article doesn’t specifically say this was an “honor killing,” it has the deadly side effects of radical Islam written all over it. As an aside, the husband being investigated, a prominent Muslim businessman, is the founder of a media outlet established in hopes of painting Islam in a better light.
Committee on Doubt and Uncertainty
(FROM: The Wall Street Journal) Why we allow Barney Frank and Friends to continue driving America into the ground is beyond me. Even now, according to the piece, after everything we should have learned about the aftereffects of the Community Reinvestment Act and the forced relaxation of lending practices, Frank is still warbling the need for homeownership to essentially be perceived and treated as a right. It’s sickening.
Journal Weekend Interview: Jeb Bush
(FROM: The Wall Street Journal) While I certainly do not agree with the former Florida governor–or his brother, for that matter–on everything, I do agree with his policy-based adversarial approach to the Obama presidency. An excerpt from Fred Barnes’ nice interview:
To publicize their alternatives to President Obama’s policies, Mr. Bush wants Republicans to emulate the British (“recognizing that we have a different system”) and set up a shadow cabinet. “We should organize our opposition based on policy,” he says. “I don’t think the  election was a transformational one in the ideological sense. I don’t think Americans went to the left. Maybe I’m wrong, but I don’t get that sense. It’s a huge opportunity to advocate reforms and advocate our beliefs and do so with some humility and recognition that the other guys won.”