Journalistic Laziness

This is what political journalism looks like in 2012. When you can’t come up with a compelling reason to re-elect a failed president, you recycle a story about a candidate from 1987.

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Newsweek in 2012 — shoddy, soulless, and probably out of business (soon).

Dear Mr. Obama, Jerusalem Is the Capital of Israel

…and has been since 1948. Despite your attempt to remove any reference to it from the White House website, despite the fact that your press secretary refuses to acknowledge it, and despite feeble attempts to create documentation claiming it isn’t.

Charades.

2012

A Man and his Dog need food

Dan Rather, The Forgeries and the Tarnish on the Tiffany Network

8 years ago, the internet erupted with news that CBS, and specifically Dan Rather, reported a politically timed story aimed at damaging George W. Bush’s reelection. When the dust settled, there were forged documents, firings, and the unceremonious retirement of Mr. Rather.

TexasMonthly recounts the story in all its glory.

Charlie Rangel Will Resign This Week

At least Tunku Varadarajan of The Daily Beast thinks so.

He’s an embarrassment, and a hindrance to his party’s 2010 fortunes.

Rangel is toast.

MORE: Rangel proceeding worries Dems and puzzles ethics experts.

Obama summons 2008 voters

You remember the big block of voters who came out of nowhere in 2008 to vote for The One, don’t you? Yeah, those brainless, out of touch with reality, touchy-feely sheep who were hypnotized by the second coming of the pseudo messiah. Those voters.

Well, Obama understands that 2010 will be a blow out for the Dems if he doesn’t "reconnect" with "his" base. So he pulled out the teleprompter, set up his YouTube camera, and went to work.

Gaze into my eyes…

The question is, will it work this time around? Everyone knows voter turn out for congressional elections is notoriously lackluster. The only way Obama can effectively rally the lemmings is if he manipulates a willing media into putting him on TV (in a positive light) nightly from say, late September until the vote in November. Unfortunately for Barry, this time around the media might have to go to Defcon 5 to filter out the discontent of real voters who are intelligent enough to realize what kind of train wreck the Obama presidency has been to date. ABC-CBS-NBC-CNN-MSNBC-PBS will have to manufacture some interesting camera angles to blunt out the thousands of people holding signs like this one.

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Psychobabble

This should scare you to death.

Repeal all of Obamacare?

Lest you think the GOP is gearing up for a quick November 2010 election win and an even quicker repeal of Health Care Reform, think again.

In a brief chat with the Huffington Post on Tuesday, National Republican Senatorial Committee chair John Cornyn (R-Tex.) implicitly acknowledged that Republicans are content with allowing some elements of Obama’s reform into law. And they’d generally ignore those elements when taking the fight to their Democrat opponents as November approaches.

Realistically, a full repeal is probably a loser position in November. After all, when asked, most Republicans in congress are quick to note that there are points of agreement with Democrats on certain aspects of Health Care Reform. You know, the whole pre-existing conditions stuff, etc.

I was just wondering how long it would take for someone in the party to speak up and “clarify” the campaign year position on what it means to get rid of Obamacare. For the record, it took just over two hours after the bill got signed. Expect more “clarity” as we get closer to fall.

I Love Reality

Wait for it.

So here’s a prediction for you: Obamacare is not going to happen, regardless of the fact that the president is going to sign it into law today, regardless of what happens in the 2010 and 2012 elections, and regardless of any speech given anywhere in Washington. The government’s ability to simply say “Make it so!” and ignore economic reality is coming up against its limit. If Nancy Pelosi thinks the Republicans are obstructionists, wait until she wants to borrow money from people who don’t want to lend it to her and don’t have to run for reelection.

Obamacare will be a huge new outlay on an already bloated federal budget, two-thirds of which is committed to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, national defense, and interest payments on the national debt. Somebody’s not going to get paid. Bond investors are worried that it’s going to be them, but my bet is that it’s going to be those who have put their faith in Obamacare. But, hey, it was fun while it lasted. Have a Tylenol.

Kevin Williamson is a deputy managing editor of National Review.

You can read the whole thing here.

I’m a realist too, and what Williamson says makes a whole lot of sense. When it comes to tough choices, the entitlements with the most longevity will win the day. They’ll be paid, while Obamacare won’t. So, yeah, take a Tylenol.

Edward M. Kennedy, Dead at 77

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While I have nothing but disdain for the Senator from Massachusetts, today is not the day for that. Teddy Kennedy is dead, and I’ll remember him for his commitment to family.

“Edward M. Kennedy — the husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle we loved so deeply – died late Tuesday night at home in Hyannis Port,” the statement said. “We’ve lost the irreplaceable center of our family and joyous light in our lives, but the inspiration of his faith, optimism, and perseverance will live on in our hearts forever.”

Those are genuine words, I’m sure. My thoughts go out to the Kennedy family as they work through their loss today.

MORE: The cash register has already begun to ring.