Since they never tire of playing the victim, concocting anti-government conspiracy theories, or projecting their Nixon-era guilt, this conservative media trend actually makes sense: If you cross the White House, you will be audited!
But that doesn't stop National Review Online from raising the dark specter of an unfolding/imaginary, anti-business intimidation campaign. Writing about yesterday's SCOTUS ruling to allow corporations to more directly finance campaign advertising, Steve Hoersting wrote:
For now, there is little doubt that the Citizens United ruling will free up many more resources for politics in coming election cycles. We can expect existing unions to turn on the spigots even more openly, and for new entities to crop up to accept corporate money.
The only real question is whether corporations brave enough to take advantage of the opinion, and go against the Democrats, will risk audits or the nationalization of their businesses.
So based on nothing more that than a fervent, conspiracy-minded imagination, NRO warns businesses that they'll be audited --that the Obama administration will illegally use the IRS --if corporations spend money to criticize Democrats.
And of course, if there's a hollow anti-Obama conspiracy to push, count Glenn Beck in:
From Westwood One radio host Fred Thompson's Twitter account:
When we noted the rather useless NJ poll that simply asked voters if they would today re-elect Obama for a second term (even though he wont be on the ballot for two more years), we stressed how pointless it was to pit Obama vs. "somebody else" on the hypothetical ballot.
In other words:
Perhaps what would be revealing is if National Journal did a poll and inserted the name "Sarah Palin" into the slot of "someone else." Or "Newt Gingrich." Or "Tim Pawlenty." The point being that elections are between two candidates, not an incumbent vs. "someone else." Unless voters know who the "someone else" is, the results are pretty pointless.
Nonetheless, the National Journal poll enjoyed some online buzz because (wow!) "50% say they would probably or definitely vote for someone else."
Well, now Fox News has run a 2012 poll and filled in the "somebody else" slot (and filled it mostly with FNC employees!), and not surprisingly the results are quite different than simply asking people if they'd vote for Obama without giving them a specific challenger.
According to Fox News, Obama would waltz to re-election against Mitt Romney, sail to a second term against Sarah Palin, and probably wouldn't even have to campaign against Newt Gingrich.
So, from now until 2012, you can pretty much ignore media polls that ask voters to pick between Obama and the mysterious "somebody else."
Thanks to this Scott Brown-related dispatch [emphasis added]:
Mass. could benefit if senators set aside partisanship
Right, and if ponies could fly they'd land on rainbows.
This goes back to the point I made yesterday about how the political press refuses to tell the truth about what's been happening inside the Beltway for the last 13 months regarding how the GOP has adopted a radical and unprecedented partisan approach to the White House, to the point where basically every single GOP member opposes all key administration initiatives. We've never seen anything like it in modern American history, but the press pretends like it's normal, and that gosh, bipartisanship is still possible.
Does the Globe really think there's a chance Sen. Mitch McConnell and Rep. John Boehner are suddenly going to free their members to vote their conscience on issues and to vote for what's best for their constituents?
The Globe is being almost childishly naive here.
From the January 22 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:
From a January 21 Army Times article:
A company under fire for etching biblical references on rifle scopes used by the U.S. military said Thursday it will stop the practice, and offered to provide modification kits to the Pentagon to enable their removal on existing optics.
Michigan-based Trijicon Inc. made the announcement in a statement released by Levick Strategic Communications, a Washington, D.C.-based firm that specializes in crisis management.
"Trijicon has proudly served the U.S. military for more than two decades, and our decision to offer to voluntarily remove these references is both prudent and appropriate," Trijicon president Stephen Bindon said in a statement. "We want to thank the Department of Defense for the opportunity to work with them and will move as quickly as possible to provide the modification kits for deployment overseas."
Trijicon also said it will remove the inscriptions from all products it has made for the military, but not yet shipped, and that it will provide foreign military services that purchased Trijicon products the same options.
From the Fox Nation:
From Joseph Curl's January 22 Washington Times column:
When the handsome new student arrived on Thursday for a tour of his new school, fellow classmates swooned with delight, lining up to meet the mysterious cool kid and maybe, just maybe, win him over to their clique.
But the newcomer played it coy, running a hand through his perfect hair and flashing his Hollywood smile as he got his flirt on, clearly intent on playing the field for a bit.
"I understand there's an interest in who I am and what makes me tick," he said aloofly. But with a James Dean-like defiance, he added, "I don't owe anybody anything."
Sen.-elect Scott Brown won a special Senate election Tuesday in Massachusetts, giving Republicans 41 members in the Senate, just enough to thwart any legislation pushed by the majority Democrats. While he signed autographs Thursday at the Russell Senate Office Building with his new moniker - "41" - he also made it clear that he may, on occasion, be signing the number "60," too.
But just to make sure, Mr. McCain heaped praised on the charismatic newbie, who isn't yet a senator and who, as the once-obscure state senator joked repeatedly on Thursday, doesn't have an office or even business cards.
"Senator Brown represents, I think, the dreams and the hopes and the frustrations that Americans feel today, and they want the kind of leadership that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts just sent us," Mr. McCain said.
The maverick won chivalry points by escorting the rookie to his next class, past a throng of ogling reporters and photographers, lined up at times 10 deep. He handed the newcomer off to the senior senator from Massachusetts, who immediately tried to make amends to his new classmate for the mean things he'd said behind his new friend's back.
From Sarah Palin's Twitter feed: