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Glass House Democrats

People who live in Glass Houses...

There is an American proverb that goes like this: “People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones”. It is another way of saying “liars shouldn’t make accusations”.

Recently, President Barack Obama trotted out the spurious campaign theme of “foreign subversion of American democracy” against… wait for it… the Chamber of Commerce. Obama then sent attack dogs David AxlerodRobert Gibbs and Vice President Joe Biden to drum the message into the minds of the uninformed.

Yet, neither the Democrat National Committee (DNC) nor the White House have provided any evidence that the Chamber of Commerce has used foreign-generated funds for campaign ads.

And, rather inconveniently for the Democrats, the left-leaning New York Times  found no basis for the charge… and further, pointed out that many leftist environmental and union groups raise political money from foreign sources.

It is a case of what psychologists term “projection”. It is a form of accusing others of your own sins in order to justify your negative behavior. The rest of us just call it hypocrisy. 

So, why are the Democrats accusing the Republicans of subverting American democracy when they take DOUBLE the foreign funds of their opponents?

Two reasons: (1) to distract independent voters away from the dismal record of Obamanomics, and because (2) nothing arouses the Loony Left’s ire like people spending their own money on conservative political causes.

These are desperate times for Democrat congressional candidates. They need every vote they can muster — even if they have to lie to get them.

© 2010 by kens*ten. All rights reserved.

Billy Joel / “Don’t Ask Me Why” (from the album “Glass Houses”)



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Our Not-Quite Shovel-Ready President

Oooh oooh, that smell... Can't ya smell that smell...

President Obama has used the term “shovel-ready” numerous times. Little did he realize the term would become a highly accurate description of his party’s chances in the 2010 midterm election.

The president used the term endlessly to push for adoption of his $862 billion plus Porkulus plan. The point of all that spending was to immediately produce jobs to stave off unemployment.

“Shovel-ready” was said to mean: Ready to go right now… this minute… this second. We have to do this or the economy will collapse!

Obama told Peter Baker of the New York Times Sunday Magazine that he was surprised to learn that these projects weren’t ready to go right now.

“But the problem is”, Obama continued, “is that spending it out takes a long time, because there’s really nothing — there’s no such thing as shovel-ready projects.”

Baker’s article is entitled, “The Education of a President”. You mean Obama needs on-the-job-training? Remember when Obamabots were saying, “He has as much experience as John F. Kennedy had before becoming president”? That was their way of saying Obama was “shovel-ready” to be president.

Ironically, just a few months ago, the Times was informing us that some of these stimulus projects were never near to shovel-ready. Maybe that is where the president first learned of the shovel-ready myth.

Congress — and the public — were told the money would start to our solve America’s all-to-real infrastructure crisis. But, it turns out much of the money went to fund liberal-favored non-infrastructure projects. Oh, and BP got $308 million to start building a power plant — about three years later.

Gee, I guess the Campaigner-in-Chief sold us a bill of goods. But, is he sorry about it?

Not so much.

According to the president, the failure of the Obamanomics linchpin stimulus effort is because his administration did not sell it properly. Forget the results — liberals always try to distract you from looking into results — this is merely a public relations failure.

Quoth Obama:

“…we were going to do the right thing, even if short-term it was unpopular. And I think anybody who’s occupied this office has to remember that success is determined by an intersection in policy and politics and that you can’t be neglecting of marketing and P.R. and public opinion.”

The White House — as expected — sent their PR flak, Robert Gibbs, out to fix the mess Obama created. But, Democrats on the hustings are said to be livid over the news, or more accurately, over the president’s admission of his rookie naiveté.

The president is not concerned about being unpopular. On this issue, he has succeeded tremendously. Perhaps, he should concern himself with not being fundamentally wrong when it comes to economics.

For such a smart man, Obama often seems to find exactly the wrong answer. No PR campaign can save a president from reality. No matter how hard he tries to ignore it.

© 2010 by kens*ten. All rights reserved.

Lynyrd Skynyrd / “That Smell”

Democrats at War… with Each Other

Gunning for Each Other

No doubt about it, Americans are angry.  And, the anger is not exclusive to political right.

The liberal media reports breathlessly and incessantly on the battle among Republicans between “Tea Party Patriots” and the “GOP Establishment”.

What the media has avoided analyzing… naturally… is the growing and evident divide in the Democrat Party.

Here are a several examples:

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs reacted strongly against criticism from those he termed “the professional left”.  Gibbs told The Hill website, “Those people ought to be drug tested.”

(Despite the truth of Gibbs’ statement, is it wise to call your political base stoners?)

Obama chief-of-staff Rahm Emmanuel, not to be outdone by a mere PR hack, called MoveOn.org and other lefty groups “f—ing retarded” for running ads against administration-supported Democrats.

(Temper, temper Rahm.)

New York Times uber-liberal columnist Maureen Dowd slammed President Obama as “an elitist and situationist.” 

(Poor Maureen has only become more unhinged since Bush and Cheney left Washington.  And, who thought that was possible?)

Labor unions and environmentalists strongly backed Lieutenant Governor Bill Halter (D-AR) for nomination against Obama-supported incumbent Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR).  Lincoln barely survived the primary challenge.

(In other words: No Card Check – No Love.)

The White House tried to buy off Representative Joe Sestak (D-PA) to avoid a primary challenge to party-switching octogenarian Senator Arlen Specter (D/R/D-PA).  Sestak rejected the bribe and easily bested Specter.

(Moral: Never borrow another kid’s pudding spoon.)

So-called conservative Blue Dog Democrats loudly lobbied for a pre-election vote on extending the Bush Tax Cuts to help their slim re-election chances.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid used their powerful positions to prevent such heresy to liberal ideology.

(See what that “Yes” vote on ObamaCare got ya?

The Congressional Black Caucus is feeling unloved by a mostly-white Democrat leadership that keeps investigating them for ethics violations. 

(Now how are Democrats supposed to play the Race Card?)

And, just this week Obama political adviser David Axlerod had a testy conference call with lefty bloggers.  Crooks and Liars blogger Susan Madrak accused the Obama Administration of “hippie punching”.  Added Madrak of lib bloggers in general:

We’re the girl you’ll take under the bleachers but you won’t be seen with in the light of day.

(There are at least one hundred jokes there… and as tempting as it is… I will let them go.)

Imagine Obama and the Democrats losing the Daily Kos and Firedoglake crowd.  Can a Nader/Kucinich 2012 third-party ticket be just around the corner?

Sometimes the stories they don’t focus on are the really important ones.

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