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A blessed Easter to you and yours,
Bob Woodward, the Bob Woodward of Woodward & Bernstein that took down Richard Nixon over Watergate, has had the temerity to criticize our thin-skinned POTUS on the Sequester.
“Can you imagine Ronald Reagan sitting there and saying, ‘Oh, by the way, I can’t do this because of some budget document?’” Woodward said.
“Or George W. Bush saying, ‘You know, I’m not going to invade Iraq because I can’t get the aircraft carriers I need?’” Or even Bill Clinton saying, ‘You know, I’m not going to attack Saddam Hussein’s intelligence headquarters,’ … because of some budget document?”
The Defense Department said in early February that it would not deploy the U.S.S. Harry Truman to the Persian Gulf, citing budget concerns relating to the looming cuts known as the sequester.
“Under the Constitution, the President is commander-in-chief and employs the force. And so we now have the President going out because of this piece of paper and this agreement. ‘I can’t do what I need to do to protect the country,’” Woodward said.
“That’s a kind of madness that I haven’t seen in a long time,” he said.
Not long after that Woodward charged that a Very Senior White House staffer “threatened” him over those remarks. Over at Twitchy you can see the Lefties piling on. How dare their darling Nixon Killer cast dispersions on the Mighty O?
Ace of Spades HQ’s Ace writes, “Obama hatchet man David Pflouffe works energetically to spread the word that Woodward is an old horse who should be put down for glue.”
Even former Clinton White House aide Lanny Davis is now acknowleding threats for criticizing Obama:
A day after Woodward’s claim that a senior White House official had told him he would “regret” writing a column criticizing President Obama’s stance on the sequester, Lanny Davis, a longtime close advisor to President Bill Clinton, told WMAL’s Mornings on the Mall Thursday he had received similar threats for newspaper columns he had written about Obama in the Washington Times.
Davis told WMAL that his editor, John Solomon, “received a phone call from a senior Obama White House official who didn’t like some of my columns, even though I’m a supporter of Obama. I couldn’t imagine why this call was made.” Davis says the Obama aide told Solomon, “that if he continued to run my columns, he would lose, or his reporters would lose their White House credentials.”
Now, Democratic spokesman Chuck Dodd is saying that Woodward is now a spokesman for the Republicans.
We certainly live in a Mad, Mad World — and our leader is “mad as a hatter”!!!
The president, down in Florida for vacation without his family, will spend the day golfing. The press, meanwhile, is on a “party bus,” according to the pool report:
“Today, the President will be playing golf at the Floridian. We will release a list of those in the President’s foursome this afternoon. At this time, there are no public events scheduled or plans for the President to leave the grounds of the golf club. If those plans change, we’ll let you know promptly.”
Meanwhile, Obama works on his slice with one, maybe two, $1,000 per hour golf pros.
“I wonder what the peasants are doing tonight?” — Camelot
The bad news is, we have Barack Hussein Obama to kick around for the next four years… there is no good news.
Having started yesterday out with a sense of calm apprehension, I went to bed in a state of being not “comfortably numb”. All of the talking heads and number crunchers on the conservative side of our body politic had proven to be dead wrong. The hard-core Lefties over at DailyKos were evidently calling it correctly a week ago.
How can one be looking at the same polls and come up with two such widely disparate predictions? With so much Democratic malaise, a weak President overseeing a flailing economy and with the Damaclean Benghazi hanging over his head, all the while facing a surging GOP candidate with sterling business credentials and the political expertise to navigate the current turgid partisan Congressional waters — HOW DID WE LOSE?
In her post, “It’s All About The U.S. Supreme Court“, Sonja Eddings Brown, founder and President of The Kitchen Cabinet women’s political organization, has this clue:
But we know for a certainty that the GOP spent a billion dollars waging a 20th century campaign in the 21st century.
We spent the bulk of our hundreds of millions on TV, when no one was watching TV. The remainder was spent on Direct Mail which most Americans toss before it arrives on our kitchen counters. That left in the bank, was spent on robo calls when Americans were unplugging their phones.
[All] was neutralized IN ONE DAY, by the Obama campaign’s smart, state-of-the-art online social networking campaign. Obama’s strategists developed 30 million followers online and then simply e-mailed polling places to them and told them Romney would steal their lifestyle choices.
We lost this one on the Internet folks. While WE were spending our time online waging a war of ideas with words and images to fire up our base and expose the uninitiated to our ideas, the Obama team was building a sophisticated mechanism to do only one thing: Scare the living bejesus out of a massive amount of voters at just the right time and be right there in their smart phones with all the info they needed to go and save them from that great peril by voting for the Mighty “O”.
It’s so brilliant a strategy that you’d have thought it came from a James Bond super-villain… not the President of ALL the people of the United States — uh, all — yeah right… my bad?
So, what’s next? Have to lick the wounds a little, but then there is much work to do. WE still have the majority in the House and we must make sure our representatives man up and grow a spine if they don’t have one already, else they’ve got to go in ’14! Andy over at Ace of Spades HQ is reacting in his own special way:
You like your big government, assholes? Pay for it. But I’ll have a chair when the music stops.
I encourage all similarly-situated Americans to do the same.
You idiots that reelected Obama, and elected Warren and the like, can’t vote yourselves an infinite slice of my wallet. I’ll always be one step ahead of you.
A large amount of money will be moved to offshore tax havens between now and 12/31. Also, watch dividend-paying stocks. A ton of money’s about to be distributed in advance of the return-to-Boooosh!!11! tax rates plus the new Obamacare tax on investment income.
Oh, and it’s my birthday. Instead of spending it happily effing off, I’ll spend it moving money. Point. Click. Done. So, happy.
Oh, and be careful if you choose that kind of route and be sure you have a great accountant, and probably a really good tax attorney!!!
Before I end this piece I’d like to express how much I appreciate Mitt and Ann Romney and the upstanding and uplifting campaign that they ran. Mitt raised a lot of money, but he also spent many ten’s of millions of his own personal wealth pursuing what he hoped was his destiny. God must have something great in store for this good man as he would have made a great POTUS — and we would ALL have been better off with the next four years being under his stewardship. Over at his blog, Hugh Hewitt has some parting words on this same topic that I’ll end with as well:
Pray for the president and the Congress and yes, with special zeal, for the health of the Supreme Court. We are in uncharted waters, but the Framers were geniuses, and we will see if that wisdom surpassed even what we had previously appreciated.
Just in case you’re wondering how Obamacare will be enforced, just look at all the new IRS agents that were hired over the Spring when it looked like the ACA was likely to be overturned, just to kick off the Fed’s efforts in a timely fashion I’d imagine. $500-million of the HHS budget was diverted from initial use to add the new agents.
From The American Thinker just this past April:
President Obama is playing shell game with tax dollars in order to rush implementation of Obamacare before the Supreme Court strikes it down.
It may also be a ploy to bring Obamacare implementation so far along, that the Supreme Court will be reluctant to overturn the entire bill.
The shell game involves a $1 billion appropriation to HHS – Republicans call it a “slush fund” – that the agency can use as it sees fit. Half of the funding has been transferred from HHS to the IRS in order to set up enforcement structures for those who fail to buy insurance under the individual mandate.