Love them, hate them, but you can’t deny that they’re the two greatest communicators of the past 20 years in American politics. It’s a must-watch discussion for politicos of both parties, Save Jerseyans, particularly since the man on the right (and the man on the left’s wife) are the likely frontrunners for their respective parties’ nominations in 2016:
Widespread Outrage Over Obama Administration Abuses Results in Strange Alliances
Why do I say that? Because this week, for the first time in recent memory, I agree with the American Civil Liberties Union.
That’s right; the ACLU and I are standing on the same side of an important issue.
So what cataclysmic event has occurred to bring such strange political bedfellows together? The Obama administration and its evil eavesdropping program, that’s what.
Now before anyone starts to blame this entire mess on George W. Bush, the differences couldn’t be more clear. President Bush, in the aftermath of the worst terrorist attack ever on U.S. soil, ordered the National Security Agency to monitor phone calls being made by American citizens to international destinations linked to terrorism.
Shamefully, President Obama and his underlings have taken that pre-emptive action to unprecedented and unnecessary levels, ripping the United States Constitution to shreds along the way.
Rand Paul told us in dramatic fashion that the Obama Administration’s areal drone policies could lead to the murder of Americans by their government without due process protections. Many Democrats (and even a few Republicans) insisted that Paul’s concerns were unfounded, but this country’s top law enforcement official refused to rule out strikes against American citizens on domestic soil let alone overseas. AG Eric Holder didn’t want to entertain what he considered an unlikely “hypothetical.” We were assured that even if the President of the United States did have the power, that we could nevertheless rest assured he would never use it.
Apparently Holder’s hypothetical has been a secret reality since 2009; the NYT confirmed today that four Americans have been killed by drone strikes over the past four years since President Obama took office. They lied to us again, folks.
Welcome to America 2013: if the government’s ruling party doesn’t like you, then you’d damn well better understand that (1) an IRS audit or (2) a drone strike are among the possible repercussions for your insolence.
Tragedy Brings Out the Worst in Many Liberals. I Have a Theory…
Yesterday’s horrific Oklahoma City-area Tornado is hard to fathom, Save Jerseyans. Two dozen school children are reportedly dead in the suburb of Moore; the total death toll as of this writing is estimated at 51 as first responders and volunteers frantically search the rubble for more survivors.
Sometimes God’s plan doesn’t make much sense, does it? You and I struggle to keep faith that there is a plan. It’s all part of the mortal condition.
Something you can always count on: the Left’s impulse to politicize any tragedy only seconds after it’s happened. I can think of a million examples but the Connecticut school shooting aftermath stands out in my mind. Moments after the storm ripped through Moore’s suburbs, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) took to the chamber’s floor and delivered a 15-minute global warming rant; here’s the meat of his crazy pie:
So, you may have a question for me. Why do you care? Why do you, Sheldon Whitehouse, Democrat of Rhode Island, care if we Republicans run off the climate cliff like a bunch of proverbial lemmings and disgrace ourselves? I’ll tell you why. We’re stuck in this together. We are stuck in this together. When cyclones tear up Oklahoma and hurricanes swamp Alabama and wildfires scorch Texas, you come to us, the rest of the country, for billions of dollars to recover. And the damage that your polluters and deniers are doing doesn’t just hit Oklahoma and Alabama and Texas. It hits Rhode Island with floods and storms. It hits Oregon with acidified seas, it hits Montana with dying forests. So, like it or not, we’re in this together.”
Not to be outdone, The Daily Show’s co-creator Lizz Winstead offered up this gem on Twitter:
New Poll Predicts Potentially Tight 4-Way Race for GOP Nomination
Public Policy Polling (PPP), a respected national Democrat-affiliated organization (not always an oxymoronic designation, btw), has released the results of its latest 2016 presidential survey. No surprises.
The prospective GOP Primary pack remains tight; Marco Rubio (16%), Jeb Bush (15%), Chris Christie (15%) and Rand Paul (14%) occupy a field of support with only a 2-point distribution. Oof! It’s anyone’s game as of today, Save Jerseyans, assuming you accept PPP’s data/methodology. I have no reason not to accept it.
And according to PPP, despite potential primary problems looming, the Governor of New Jersey continues to poll the strongest against a Benghazi-embattled Hilldawg of any named GOP’er:
Chris Christie continues to be the only potential Republican candidate who polls competitively with Clinton, trailing her just 47/44. Christie has a 40/32 favorability with Democrats, making him the only potential 2016 contender with any crossover appeal. Clinton holds identical 10 point leads at 51/41 over Paul and Rubio.”
Click here to read PPP’s full analysis and data tables.
Way down in the Palmetto, State Save Jerseyans, former Governor Mark Sanford is taking his seat in South Carolina’s First Congressional District, the same seat he occupied before assuming that state’s Governor’s mansion for two terms. He defeated businesswoman Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, brother of Stephen Colbert, resident of Montclair who is well known for his antics on The Colbert Report (and a parishioner of the same Church as my grandmother!).
A significant amount of money was poured into this race to try and help Colbert-Busch create a sort of “Scott Brown Effect” exposing Sanford for all his public mishaps including his affair during his time as Governor, i.e. along the Appalachian Trail, as well as other potentially damaging revelations.
Nevertheless, Sanford returns to Capitol Hill claiming 54% of the vote to Colbert-Busch’s 45%, leaving several Democratic analysts to wonder in the coming days to ask themselves some tough electoral questions ahead of 2014.
We Desperately Need Some Real Superheroes Down in Washington
For those of you who don’t follow the goings-on of the Marvel universe, this Friday marks the opening of the much-anticipated blockbuster Iron Man 3. I’ve seen the trailers, Save Jerseyans, and I have grudgingly read the critiques, most recently in this morning’s Star Ledger.
Allow me to provide you with a bit of background here, in the event you are not a fellow comic book enthusiast. Meet Tony Stark (played by Robert Downey Jr.) – inventor, industrial tycoon, bionic man and snarky (putting it very mildly) superhero all rolled up into one delicious package (my own personal take). After experiencing some recent traumatic turns, he decides to vacate the famed red and gold suit and operate it remotely, preserving himself and his sanity, so it would seem. In short, he becomes a shell of his former self. Or, at least that’s what the reviewer thinks.
Is it about self-preservation? Is it about shying away from the dangers that the suit represents? Is it all about selfishness and self-absorption?
At this point, I am not quite certain. But what I do know is that citizens are putting their trust in Tony Stark to defeat his villainous arch-enemy, the Mandarin, and whatever personal demons he is chasing need to take a backseat to his higher calling as a protectionist.
Consider the dealings of our elected officials in Washington. Now, they’re not exactly in the throws of hand-to-hand combat with a grandmaster martial artist who also serves as CEO of a corporation specializing in biochemical weaponry and the head of an international terror organization, but still….
Conservative Talker’s Falling Out with New Jersey’s Governor Continues
Back in 2010 when the Christie Administration was brand new, conservative talk radio legend Rush Limbaugh wondered aloud whether “it was wrong to love another man” because he loved the New Jersey Governor. Now the bloom is completely off the rose, Save Jerseyans. And I doubt that plant will ever flower again.
El Rushbo took Chris Christie to task on Monday afternoon’s program after the Guv appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and strongly defended Barack Obama’s response to Hurricane Sandy:
RUSH: Six months after Hurricane Sandy, thousands of people are still homeless, looters are still raiding homes under repair, there is still chaos, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is saying that President Obama kept every promise he made after Hurricane Sandy. So those of you suffering, it must be your own fault.
RUSH: So six months after Hurricane Sandy thousands of people are still homeless; looters are still raiding homes under repair; people still don’t have electricity; people’s homes still haven’t been rebuilt. And yet the governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, says that Obama kept every promise that he made. Kept every promise. So there’s a lesson here. If you are a public official, governor, for example, and a weather disaster happens where you live, whatever you do, suck up to the nearest bunch of liberals you can find, and the media will love you, and whatever goes wrong will not be blamed on you. Just amazing.