Anytime a Republican does this sort of thing, the liberal media are all over him. So where is the outrage? Embattled Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) proclaims: “I’m not ashamed to say that I believe in God, and I believe in His word. The Bible teaches us no one has all the answers. Only God does. And neither political party is always right. This is my compass. My North Star. It gives me comfort and guidance to do what’s best for Arkansas.” Does the Bible say something about Obamacare?
Anyone who argues with Yuval Levin on Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine and/or Ronald Reagan needs to know his stuff. Levin sets William Galston straight: “I think that in [Reagan's] elevation of civil society, in his appeal to the values of everyday life, in his celebration of our political legacy, in his defense of traditional social and cultural institutions, in his recoil from technocracy, and in his reforming spirit Reagan was in some important respects (though of course not in all respects) a thoroughgoing conservative even if Burke were our model of conservatism. . . . Reagan did something that not many American conservatives — then or now — have done: he insisted on tying freedom to order.” Read the whole thing.
Is President Obama’s foreign policy failure more evident anywhere ? James Rosen (the reporter spied on by the administration) informs us that “reports by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and analyses prepared by leading research institutions — including the Arms Control Association, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the Federation of American Scientists — show that the vast majority of Iran’s enrichment capability came online during the Obama administration.” So much for Secretary of State John Kerry’s suggestion that “had only President George W. Bush done the right thing a decade ago, the United States and its allies in the P5+1 — Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia — wouldn’t have found themselves in such a precarious negotiating posture.”
Anything MSNBC can spin, Obama can spin better. “They have a hard time not spinning. Last week I did a column that just focused on what they do with photos, that shows that this is a propaganda outfit, that they do put out government sponsored propaganda. They are running a government-sponsored media organization.”
Anybody know who’s been president for five years? “Obama: ‘Profoundly unequal’ economy a ‘fundamental threat.’” Maybe he should reform entitlement programs that shift wealth to the middle and upper class.
Any more speeches will just reinforce the awareness that all this guy does is talk. “The problem Mr. Obama faces isn’t a communications failure; it’s a facts-on-the-ground failure. He is the author and architect of a perfectly awful law. A few clever lines delivered from an increasingly unpopular and discredited president won’t make any difference. The public is both turning on the president and tuning him out. Americans are tired of Mr. Obama; and they are tired of the pain and trauma, the ineptness and dishonesty, of his presidency. Maybe he was just a Chicago community organizer after all.”
Is there any place Obama is doing well on foreign policy? Not really, according to Americans in a Pew poll: “Fully 70% say the United States is less respected than in the past, which nearly matches the level reached late in former President George W. Bush’s second term (71% in May 2008). Early last year, fewer Americans (56%) thought that the U.S. had become less respected globally. Foreign policy, once a relative strength for President Obama, has become a target of substantial criticism. By a 56% to 34% margin more disapprove than approve of his handling of foreign policy. The public also disapproves of his handling of Syria, Iran, China and Afghanistan by wide margins. On terrorism, however, more approve than disapprove of Obama’s job performance (by 51% to 44%).”