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Meep Meep…

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A funny pic, from Insta-P.

Hey, Obama is simply thinking long-term, securing his legacy. Remember, Ike was widely criticized for always golfing while he was in office, of being the AWOL President. Yet now everyone agrees he was much more hands-on than people gave him credit. Meep. Meep.

Signed, Obama’s greatest fan:

Andrew Sullivan.

Unforced Errors

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Ann Althouse has posted a damning collection of information against the administration concerning the attack on the American embassy in Benghazi.  She features  some quotes from  Sen Graham from “Face The Nation”, laying out the case:

The intelligence community on the ground in Libya has told Senator Corker and myself that within twenty-four hours, they communicated up to Washington that this was a terrorist attack. The president of Libya on the same date said it was a terrorist attack. The video of the compound shows that there was nobody at the Benghazi consulate. There was never a group to riot. And the evidence is overwhelming, and the idea that it was spawned by a- a video and a riot would be– hold the administration blameless. They said it was a copycat of Cairo. It wasn’t a copycat. It was a sustained attack that lasted for six or eight hours, using heavy weapons which undercuts the idea that al– al Qaeda has been dismantled and on the run and it certainly undercuts the idea that our policy choices in Libya have not going after the militia, not helping the Libyans training the national army were good choices.”

It’s not just Susan Rice. The President of the United States said that it was the result of a video on David Letterman two days later. And the facts are very clear. There was never a riot. There was never a group of people around the embassy. It was a coordinated terrorist attack that took hours. Patrick Kennedy from the State Department briefed congressional staffers the day after the attack saying it was a terrorist attack. The next day after she was on your show, the– the counterterrorism deputy said it was a terrorist attack and the President after that went on national TV The View and David Letterman talking about we’re not sure if this was inspired by a video, a hateful video.

Some of you might dismiss this because Graham is a Republican. But Bob Woodward is also featured with quotes.

There are lots of unanswered questions. And I love documents, and they released some documents in this, and if you go and look at the original request for more security, they say our policy, our goal here is to shift from an emergency footing to normalize the security relationship.

Now, this is in March, six, seven months ago. Anyone looking at that what say, wait a minute, read the document in which they say, oh, the situation is incredibly unstable. Well, why are you trying to normalize your security in a situation that’s visibly unstable? You even acknowledge that.

So you’ve got a bad policy. And anyone looking at that would say, wait a minute; we are screwed up; we can’t normalize here.
So that’s the first problem. The second problem is, as soon as an ambassador is killed, the president should be more proactive and be out there. He can go, you know, five minutes in the White House briefing room and say this is really serious; we’re going to get to the bottom of it; we don’t have the answers. And all of this could have been nipped in the bud and it was not.

And when Chris Wallace asked about Susan Rice’s insistence that Benghazi was a video induced riot vs a terrorist attack, Woodward says this:

I don’t think we know exactly why she did that or what was going on. But the key… is, two weeks later, the president’s at the U.N. and citing this YouTube video, I guess half a dozen times. That, as we now know, had virtually nothing to do with what happened in Benghazi.

And as we now know, they knew this was not the case the day after the attacks happened.

So why on Earth would the President and his team continue following such a stunningly bad and damaging path on this, even after it became obvious that this was indeed a terrorist initiated attack?

It was indeed an error on Romney’s part to make the statement before the facts were known. By issuing his first statement, he looked very partisan. These are the people who are never shy about reminding us that politics is supposed to stop at the border. He didn’t get it right. But the Obama administration, in their zeal to try and make Romney look bad, ran with the anti-muslim video story and committed the worse error of responding to Romney instead of waiting to comment on the actual events and leaving politics out of the equation.

When it started to become clear that Benghazi was indeed a terrorist attack, the administration continued to run with the “video” story. Why? Because, in their isolated circle of advisers and in some of the media, it looked like that was working. Romeny seemed to be taking a hit from this.  But once the true nature of the attack permeated out into the regular media, they got caught in the trap they originally laid out for Romney. The administration became the Wiley Coyote of this story.

As Andrew Sullivan is so fond of saying….  Meep. Meep.

Media FAIL… The Daily Beast Going Bust?

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Looks like the Harmon family is divesting interest in NewsWeeks Daily Beast online blog.

Barry Diller launched The Daily Beast under the auspices of former New Yorker and Vanity Fair editor Tina Brown in October 2008. The presence of Brown, coupled with an emphasis on political coverage that dovetailed with the election of U.S. President Barack Obama one month later, allowed The Daily Beast to immediately establish a brand and build an audience.

But advertising sales never caught up with the buzz, and media reports have estimated losses at The Daily Beast at around $10 million annually.

Diller and Harman decided to merge their titles in November 2010 — the rationale was to leverage the combined audiences to cross-sell advertising at both publications and subscriptions for Newsweek. The Daily Beast is a free, ad-supported site.

So far, however, the combined venture is still losing money, according to Diller, though he has said this year’s loss will be substantially less than last year’s. He did not give a figure and Brown has called reports of $30 million in losses last year “excessive.”

Here is the deal. The Daily Beast is predominately liberal. It was created with the expectations that the Obama friendly slant would guarantee a growth audience for years to come. It did have a great launch -“Sorry, Dad, I’m voting for Obama.” – And they lured into the fold the one blogger who has perhaps the biggest man-crush on Obama that could ever exist… Meep. Meep…. and more Meeps.

Ah… The folly of expectations! Just like The Nobel Peace Prize committee awarding President Obama that most honored prize even though he had only been in office for not even six months, because the President was surely going to do something to encourage World Peace and was certainly going to craft policy to make his “vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons“, a reality that has yet in any way to materialize (Bush’s fault I’m sure). And no, assassinating US citizens and killing people with drones and giving the OK to fly spy drones over your own citizens does not help the cause for peace….

Oops. I side-barred.

Anyway, the media strategy at the Daily Beast was destined to fail because left a huge chunk of the reading audience alienated from the get-go… Yes, that would be Conservatives. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not advocating for the placement of far right commentators by any means, but you don’t want to cater to the far left either. I mean, it’s not like Air America was also a success, and they were only a little more to the left than The Daily Beast has consistently been. You figure that lesson would have been learned.

I can hear someone saying now… “Well, what about FOX News or National Review Online? They cater to one side of the political fence and have been very successful!”.

Two points here. The Daily Beast seems to have been built on the assumption that Obama would be a hugely successful President. At this point, that certainly looks like a silly assumption. Live by the Obama sword, die by the Obama sword (sorry again Nobel Committee, probably a bad idiom to use for this President). More important in this case IS the examination of FOX News and National Review Online. Why FOX has worked so well, that many liberal detractors seem to ignore, is that before FOX, there was almost nothing out there in the cable news industry that catered to the right wing audience. Murdoch and friends had a completely untapped audience waiting for someone to come along and snatch up that demographic segment.

National Review Online?

They had a very successful branding, and they started small. This is often the most important aspect of starting a business that both Air America and apparently The Daily Beast completely ignored. They both started big, huge in AA’s case, which didn’t leave them any room for segment growth. Both FOX and NRO were able to grow to fit their audience, not the other way around. I also suspect that a great many in the business / advertising world have over-estimated the effectiveness of online advertising (yes facebook, I’m looking your way) and have set themselves up for a rude awakening when that bubble bursts. But them, I’ve always thought the price for advertising was always overvalued in many aspects of media, so this may be a bias on my part clouding my judgement.

Is this a sign that daily Beast is going under? I can’t say. There is still time to save the product. But they have to get much smarter and much more accommodating to other political point of views if they are going to survive. Oh, and get rid of Tina Brown. She doesn’t exactly have a great track record for the last several years.

PS. To Yahoo writer Peter Lauria – Thank you and Yahoo for including the fact that you used to work for the Daily Beast so that we can know there might be some bias in this report (why did you leave I wonder). But… BUT… Andrew Sullivan did not exactly scoop the story about Anderson Cooper being gay. You can’t scoop something when the whole world pretty much knows it anyway.

Wow! I’m being awfully snarky tonight.

Cynical Politics At Its Best! (and general stupidity)

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[Welcome Instapundit readers. Always grateful to have new eyes poking around here]

Remember when Obama the candidate was refreshingly honest about his previous drug use in the past. Well, looks like the hopes and dreams of those who support personal freedoms and thought he would understand given his history have gone up in smoke!

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Remember when the Obama administration was going to be stand-offish on states that had approved the use of medical marijuana?

Well, there’s a election coming, and it always helps to look tough on drugs (mmmm-kay).

Oh, he was very much for it before he was against it.

And just to show how idiotic and political this is, there’s this. Just a couple of months ago, there was a huge, I mean HUGE pot bust here in Sanger, which is near Fresno.

How big was it?

Check out the video of a helicopter flying over the pot growing operation.

Yes, you do keep asking yourself, are they done filming yet?… are they done now?… NOW???

Yet, just a month later, the people who were arrested during this raid…. were set free! On orders of the same Fed that is now going after the state sanctioned medical marijuana sellers. What. Were these people who were detained donors to the party or something???

Remember when this administration was going to be ultra tough on polluters?

Job losses due to regulations would look bad. According to the Associated Press “EPA regional administrator Al Armendariz said the agency’s decision to ease the standards had to do with new data and was not political”. Sounds good and all, except this administration has a long history of ignoring science when it suited their needs. Did I mention there is an election coming?

Plus, the President, who wants to be considered Mr Compromise, can’t compromise on his latest jobs bill, which guarantees it won’t get past the republican house. It’s almost as if there is an election coming, and he wants to blame the lack of a jobs bill on Republicans!

And speaking of…. Don’t think they’re of the hook!

Here is the stupid!

We know that the unemployment rate for 18 – 25 year olds is very high, at about 24%. We also see that the vast majority of the Occupy Wall Street crowd is right within that demographic. But I guess Herman Cain doesn’t have all the facts:

“What do they want? I don’t have facts to back this up, but I happen to believe that these demonstrations are planned and orchestrated to distract from the failed policies of the Obama administration. Don’t blame Wall Street. Don’t blame the big bank. If you don’t have a job and you’re not rich, blame yourself.”

But this at least has some tact. Laura Ingraham on her radio show today told them bluntly “they needed to get a job”. Uhm… If they could find a job in this economy, maybe they wouldn’t be protesting!

Jeez! Why does any one listen to these people.

PS. Yes, I do know that many (most) of the protesters at the various “Occupation” sites haven’t a clue, are serial protestors, will go out and picket any liberal cause at the drop of a hat, and don’t know what they’re doing it for most of the time. That doesn’t negate the fact that unemployment is a severe concern for that age group, and that many major corporations are sitting on money, not reinvesting it back into the economy and creating more jobs. If they are simply waiting for the Presidency to change hands, well, that doesn’t look good either.

PPS. Meep Meep = Silent Silent.

Obama’s biggest cheerleader has gone mysteriously silent on the administrations decision to crack down on medical marijuana. I suspect he’ll respond one of these days, but it’s pretty embarrassing when a very part time blogger beats him to it. But, I guess it’s complicated.

Barrack Obama… He’s Magical!!!!!

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    Andrew Sullivan writes:

    Obama call for Assad to step down in a way calculated not to seem like internal meddling….

    What????

    If you’re demanding that a world leader step down even if you’re absolutely right in making that demand… I’m sorry, you ARE meddling in the affairs of other countries! I mean, really! If the Russian President and the U. N. said Obama is destroying the world economy and should step down, is there anyone in the White House who would NOT consider this internal meddling.

    But… I know… Man Crush! Meep Meep, and all that.

Andrew Sullivan – The Rose Colored Glasses Conundrum… Or, The Man-Crush That Just Won’t Die!

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Sullivan writes:

 

I rather glibly wrote recently that one reason president Obama has not opened a can of rhetorical whup-ass on those actually seeking the default of the US Treasury, is that he wants to avoid the “angry black man” trope. Once he is defined as that, the GOP needs nothing more to use the race card silently against him. That’s why they keep arguing that the president who killed bin Laden, prevented a Second Great Depression and achieved universal healthcare in his first term is somehow another Jimmy Carter.

But of course he isn’t. And of course he understands the political dynamic out there. He just knows that the one thing the far right wants – and needs – to do is get into a fight with him, elevating them, dimnishing him, and alienating the middle of the American electorate. His approach is the classic civil rights movement approach with a black leader addressing a largely white electorate: non-violence, reasoned argument …

If you have to see President Obama through the prism of  the civil rights movement in order to see him as a success??? You have a huge problem.

(A)    Many, maybe most of the current crop of voters never experienced the civil rights movement first hand. They may have encountered bits of clear racism in their lives, but for many, those were but tiny sparks compared to the all out raging flames of civil unrest and violence experience in the full fires of racism during the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. It’s impossible for so many of us to relate to it because we didn’t live through it. Even if you did live through it, your perception of it depends on your point of view. Example –  I grew up in the 70’s, smack dab in the middle of the Cold War. Yet,  my generation as a rule did not perceive the Soviets as a threat the way the previous generation just ten years older did.  Yes, we thought they were dangerous, but, because we didn’t live through the Cuban Missile Crisis, and never had to hide under out desks for a nuclear  bomb drill, we simply did not grow up with the same abject fears as our older brothers and fathers.  We related to Brezhnev more as a joke on a Saturday Night Live skit than we did as an evil ominous world leader…. And our generation is better off for it.

More important

 

(B)     When you have to put on any lenses in order to perceive a leader as a success, you’ve got problems…. Because most of us don’t wear that odd prescription of corrective lenses, and the lenses we do wear, will never distort the world enough to paint President Obama as a phenomenal success the way that Andrew Sullivan HAS to see him as [Meep Meep].

Now, of course, I could be wrong and history could judge Obama to be a much better President than I give him credit for. However, history is not kind to weak Presidents, even if they get some good things accomplished. Carter, after all did get the Camp David Accords done on his watch and did actually deregulate more Federal programs than Reagan did. But I don’t see Carters star rising to anything other than “Better ex-President than President” status, which, by the way, seems to be the trajectory of Obama Predicessor-In Chief G. W. Bush.

And there’s a maybe unintentional funny ending to the Sullivan post. After posting a comment from another site exclaiming how wonderful Obama is and how…

“Obama is winning. Democrats are uniting behind him, although some white progressives think that they could do the job better. Independents are flocking to him.”

Sullivan ends saying this:

Let the Dish say Amen.

OK. First, President Obama has just this week-end hit an all time low in his polling numbers – 39 percent! So the voter are definitely NOT flocking to him… And, in the face of reality, that he’s losing support from Democrats themselves, one does have to be religious about this President to think otherwise…. Which is ironic, because Sullivan takes great pains to criticize the religious fervor that has gripped the base of the GOP!

It’s past time for him to look in the mirror.

PS…. And…. Meme Alert!

Obama has taken a seat at the negotiating table and said “There is no reason why we cannot work out solutions to our problems by acting like responsible adults.

The “Adults In The Room” one is alive and well!

Will The Most Famous “Man Crush” Ever Die???? A Challenge To Andrew Sullivan.

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Jennifer Ruben writes:

A Republican aide e-mails me: “The Speaker, Sen. Reid and Sen. McConnell all agreed on the general framework of a two-part plan. A short-term increase (with cuts greater than the increase), combined with a committee to find long-term savings before the rest of the increase would be considered. Sen. Reid took the bipartisan plan to the White House and the President said no.”

If this is accurate the president is playing with fire. By halting a bipartisan deal he imperils the country’s finances and can rightly be accused of putting partisanship above all else. The ONLY reason to reject a short-term, two-step deal embraced by both the House and Senate is to avoid another approval-killing face-off for President Obama before the election. Next to pulling troops out of Afghanistan to fit the election calendar, this is the most irresponsible and shameful move of his presidency.

If this is true, I dare Sullivan to declare this is one of those “Meep Meep” moment, where this President has outwitted the Republicans much like the iconic Roadrunner vs the Coyote. But, I suspect he will anyway. The “Man Crush” is just that strong with this one!!!!

PS. When news came around yesterday that there was a Democrat penned / Obama approved deal in the works for $2.7 billion in cut, and no tax increases, I was set to write that, since that seems like a reasonable deal yet the Republicans had brushed it aside, the Dems had indeed scored a MAJOR public relations coo and had made the Republicans look like idiots. But the story has changed radically and the original MSNBC article has seemed to have gone down the memory whole… Well… Now we are here.

Meme Watch – It’s A Forgery!!!!!

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… Or something.
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Andrew Sullivan asks “why wait so long“?… And then answers his own question thus:

I know it was politically savvy because, by the rules of jujitsu, Obama allowed the nutty right (is there any other variety with influence now?) to make fools of themselves.

Because, you see, Obama is the Road Runner, and all his opponents are the coyote (Meep, Meep), which of course explains why Obama’s poll numbers are so low, he’s morphing into G. W. Bush redux, and can’t seem to get much of anything right. When Sullivan became disillusioned with the war, he simply couldn’t understand why so many others didn’t follow his lead and still stuck with Bush. Strange, after everything that has happened, botched health care reform, botched stimulus, botched cash for clunkers, botched Gitmo policy, botched 2010 elections, botched and incoherent Middle East policy implementation in Egypt, Lybia, and Syria, including entering yet another war of convenience, you would think that Sullivan would finally realize that Obama is more like a regular run-of-the-mil real life roadrunner than the cartoon version….

But this is what it’s like when you have some serious political blinders on.

Personally, I would have waited until the heat of the campaign. I mean, what a blown opportunity! Just think of the damage you could have inflicted if one of the GOP nutters ended up winning the nomination! I mean, you could have done the whole Rick Lazio to Hillary Clinton thing and walked right up to the opponents pudium and… FACE… Here is the long form!!!! You Just Got PWND!!!!

Oh well.

But, on the bright side, now we get to see the idiots at World Net Daily squirm and slither and try and twist their way out of this one. The fools that follow WND just got seriously PWND!

Open Revolt!

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You know it’s bad times for Obama when Andrew Sullivan is taking notice of the FAIL. Can it be true? Is the most serious Man Crush Of All Time really over??????

Stay Tuned!

PS. His Shangri-La has gone away….

PPS. I got Ann-a-lanched…. or Althoused if you will!… And Instalanched!

Rush Is Right?

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For the last two weeks, Rush has been telling the Republicans not to go to the Obama Health Care Summit. Here is some video of him giving this advise.

They went anyway…. and scored some points. You can tell because there is no news of “Obama’s Spectacular Triumph” to be found in today’s papers or in the news. Hell, even Obama’s # 1 blogger cheerleader is conceding his guy didn’t do great. For reference, this is what we usually see from Andrew Sullivan when anything Obama is the topic (Andrews love of all things Obama is a mirror image to Rush’s view of all things Obama. In the end, they kinda cancel each other out). It is ironic. For the last week, Rush was demanding that the Republicans not even go to the thing. Yet, as it turns out, they would have been in a weaker position, would have been void a positive political notch on the post had they followed his advise.

Even if they wouldn’t have come out ahead, as with the other Obama summits, at least the beer was probably good.