From RedState.com contributing editor and American Spectator contributor Caleb Howe's Twitter:
Gee, nothing loaded in this one, right?
Obama's health care summit: Just for show?
Honestly, can GOP talking points appear more transparently in the form of an AP headline?
Keep in mind there is no reporting within the article to substantiate the sneering premise; that the White House has invited Republicans to a health care summit simply for theatrics, and that the White House has absolutely no intention of trying to accomplish anything.
Make no mistake, that is the GOP spin about the summit, but should the AP really be in the business of treating spin as fact?
Meanwhile, get a load of the this piece of priceless AP analysis [emphasis added]:
Still, there are a couple of issues on which Obama could try to nudge both sides.
He could officially bury the government insurance plan sought by liberals. A major obstacle for Republicans, the public option never had the votes to pass in the Senate. Yet Obama has hesitated to declare it dead.
The president could also follow through with curbs on medical malpractice litigation. Although he agrees with Republicans that fear of lawsuits leads doctors to practice defensive medicine and drives up costs, Obama has not insisted that limits on litigation be in the bill.
Any step toward limits — fiercely opposed by the nation's trial lawyers — is certain to draw solid Democratic resistance in a midtern election year. It's unclear how much such a gesture by Obama would help at this point.
Is this a joke? The AP sets out to explain ways that Obama could nudge "both sides" towards a health compromise. But then the AP only mentions initiatives that Republicans favor.
Or maybe that's the Beltway's media's new definition of bipartisanship -- doing whatever Republcians want.
UPDATED: Behold the Obama bipartisan trap. For a year, the Beltway press has been blaming Democrats (and Dems only) for the fact that Republicans oppose virtually every White House initiative. Now, when Obama overtly reaches out to the other side for a bipartisan summit, the AP suggests it's "just for show."
From the February 8 Washington Times editorial, titled, "Snowmageddon is nigh":
As Washington digs itself out from under the Snowpocalypse, the region braces for yet more flurries. At least 18 inches of snow lie on the ground at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, and some places were blanketed under as much as three feet. More arctic blasts this week could drive 2010 into the history books as the capital's snowiest winter ever.
The news must send chills up the spines of global warming adherents, for whom this winter has been marked by discontent. Several of the movement's high priests have been exposed as charlatans. The famed "hockey stick" chart - cited as indisputable evidence that the planet has been warming for a century owing to carbon emissions - was exposed for fraudulently doctoring data to "hide the decline" in global temperatures. When the the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned that glaciers were melting as a result of the selfishness of mankind, the claim turned out to be a complete fabrication.
Those who value freedom should thank Mother Nature for her sense of humor, undermining the case for global warming one flake at a time. So although we're quite tired of shoveling, we say, "Bring on the blizzard."
Tonight, Bill O'Reilly attempted to step outside the laws of space and time in order to defend his newest Fox News colleague, Sarah Palin. As O'Reilly noted, Palin delivered the keynote address at the first Tea Party Nation convention. After showing video of Palin criticizing congressional Democrats and the Obama administration, O'Reilly claimed, "It took just moments after that before the left-wing media replied, hammering Governor Palin." O'Reilly then showed a clip of Democratic consultant Bob Shrum telling MSNBC's Ed Schultz that Palin's Tea Party convention comments were "a masterful exercise -- masterful -- in paranoid politics."
But the Palin comments O'Reilly aired weren't made at the Tea Party convention. Rather, they came during Palin's interview with Chris Wallace, which aired on the February 7 edition of Fox News Sunday, a day after Shrum criticized her remarks at the Tea Party convention.
O'Reilly's video trick effectively granted Palin a reprieve for the comments Shrum actually was criticizing -- specifically, numerous false and dubious claims Palin made during her February 6 speech:
SHRUM: What we heard tonight was more a masterful exercise -- masterful -- in paranoid politics. I mean, she came across to me as a merchant of hate with an "Oh gosh" smile. I mean, go down the things she said. Barack Obama has never talked about the war on terrorism. Yes, he has. The way the shoe bomber was handled on Christmas Day. Those were under the rules set up by -- not the shoe bomber, the underpants bomber -- those were under the rules set up and applied to the shoe bomber by the Bush administration. Small business needs tax cut. Ed, who's proposing the tax cuts for small business?
SCHULTZ: Barack Obama is.
SHRUM: Barack Obama. Who's opposing them? The Republicans. It's the technique that believes that you can say anything and get away with it, as long as you stir up the base.
It would appear that technique is right at home at Fox News.
Glenn Beck today said that President Obama was "as fiscally responsible as a real housewife of Orange County at a Louis Vuitton sample sale." As evidence, Beck produced a chart of FDR's presidential spending as a percentage of GDP, claiming "the highest, if you see, in 1941, you might remember that date because it's supposed to live in infamy, 1941, 12 percent of GDP." Beck compared that figure to estimates from Obama's 2011 budget proposal: "Here's the lowest at 22.8 percent."
Beck then warned his viewers that this level of spending might lead to an all-out collapse of the American economy:
BECK: May I ask, how is this sustainable? Forget sustainable, how is this even sensible? How is this not suicidal for our country? How is this not going to turn us into, I don't know, Greece?
The only problem is that the U.S. Government Printing Office keeps track of these kinds of things.
What, then, are we to make of the budgets of fiscal conservative idol Ronald Reagan? See, federal spending during the Reagan administration never fell below 20 percent of GDP and peaked at 23.5 percent in 1983. Will Beck now attack Reagan's pursuit of fiscal policies that were "suicidal" for America?
On February 8, Glenn Beck's Fox News show broadcast from California. Beck took the opportunity to host his very own Republican primary.
First up: former Hewlett-Packard CEO -- and one-time adviser to John McCain's presidential campaign -- Carly Fiorina, who discussed the virtues of the founding fathers and citizen lawmakers.
After a quick commercial timeout, Beck hosted Tea Party favorite Chuck DeVore, who proceeded to explain how progressives are destroying America.
Beck made clear he was not endorsing a candidate. Just so long as we all agreed that progressives are a disease.
From the Twitter account of DeVore adviser Justin Hart, accessed February 8:
At least eighty advertisers have reportedly dropped their ads from Glenn Beck's Fox News program since he called President Obama a "racist" who has a "deep-seated hatred for white people." Here are his February 8 sponsors, in the order they appeared:
And no, I'm not sure which side to root for.
But I do know I'm enjoying a chuckle reading Breitbart's Big Journalsim site today suddenly denouncing birthers as bad (just like Breitbart did last weekend), knowing that --oops!-- Breitbart's Big Hollywood spent much of last year defending birthers.
So yes, let the RW birther cage match begin! My money's on Breitbart to lose.