Monthly Archives: August 2011

Briefly Responding to Chris Matthews

Originally posted at The Right Wing Blog

On Friday, MSNBC’s resident delusional Democrat Chris Matthews interviewed RNC chair Reince Priebus.  During the interview, media site Mediaite notes that “a blustery Matthews was screaming for him to admit that President Obama had ‘walked into hell’ (a comment that sounded a bit more crazy than Matthews seemed to think it was).”

If you feel like it, you can watch the full segment here.  Below is my brief response to Mr. Matthews’ claim.

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Is Rick Perry 2012′s Fred Thompson?

Originally posted at The Right Wing Blog

Image via Frum Forum


Rick Perry if officially running for President.  Some are suggesting that he’s this contest’s Fred Thompson.  Here’s something from the LA Times:

We all may remember (or, more likely, most of us don’t) Fred Thompson, the former senator from Tennessee who polled so well as a non-candidate that he belatedly jumped into the 2007-08 GOP primary race. Thompson’s campaign quickly stalled, thanks in no small part to a general perception of apathy on the candidate’s part.

Comes now Rick Perry, the Texas governor who had seemed genuinely uninterested in running for president before Republicans still unsold on any of their candidates’ electability went looking for their conservative savior. As with Perry, little of substance was known of Thompson, and neither underwent the kind of pre-campaign scrutiny devoted to Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton or John McCain. (And, as I’ve written before, the media limelight should help expose Perry’s indifference to a potentially profound injustice in Cameron Todd Willingham’s execution). Both Thompson and Perry boosted their poll numbers by flirting with their party’s base before making their plans clear; Perry now sits within error-margin distance of front-runner Mitt Romney.

Sure, the comparisons are largely superficial. Perry certainly seems not to share Thompson’s dispassion (see the photo above). Plus, Thompson lacked the line on his resume about governing a state known for weathering the Great Recession relatively well, while Perry brags about it unceasingly, even though the government he oversees competes with California’s dysfunction. Thompson, previously an actor, evoked comparisons to Reagan; Perry, the popular, conservative governor of Texas — well, you know.

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Obamalaise (Welcome Back, Carter)


The economy is in the crapper, and has been since the “Great Recession” began back in December 2007.  We’ve never really recovered.  Sure, the government economists can claim the recession ended months ago, but with labor participation at the lowest level in 27 years, the truth is clear:  While we may not be in a recession anymore, we have entered a period of malaise.

Day after day, Obama is becoming more and more like another failed, delusional Democrat, Jimmy Carter, who presided over a period of malaise not unlike that of today.

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