MSDNC quote of the day

Who said it?

“We have to remember that Dick Cheney was wrong in a way that was lethal. 100,000 people dead including 4,000 Americans are dead, something like 15,000 wounded because he was wrong.”

If you guessed Chris “it’s my job to help this administration succeed” Matthews, you would be correct.

Chris Matthews and Barack Obama
Caption: MSDNC’s Chris Matthews receives talking points from then-Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama during a taping of “Hardball College Tour” April 2, 2008 at West Chester College in West Chester, PA. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images North America)

A site to bookmark

The St. Petersburg Times‘ Politifact site has a special section devoted to Barack Obama’s campaign promises and keeping track of whether or not he has kept them. Make sure to bookmark it and check it often. I’ve linked up to it in my “Obama Links” section located on the far left column of this page.

The two faces of ObamaAt this early stage of the game, they’ve documented one campaign promise they feel has been outright broken, and that is President Obama’s promise (which he called “Sunlight Before the Signing“) to give the public five days to be able to review a “non-emergency” bill before he signs it into law. He did that when he signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law on January 29th, and he did it today when he signed off on expanding SCHIP (yes, the liberal domestic policies are movin’ right on along).

So … what was the White House’s response when they were questioned about this broken campaign pledge?

The White House issued a statement Wednesday saying Obama was committed to the pledge, and “we will be implementing this policy in full soon.”

“Currently we are working through implementation procedures and some initial issues with the congressional calendar,” the statement read. “In the meantime, we will continue to post legislation on our website for comment as it moves through Congress over the next few weeks.”

In other words, “just let us pass these few things first before we get started.” Sound familiar?

Interestingly enough, I see on Politifact’s site that they have Obama’s promise on lobbyists listed as a “compromise” rather than as a “broken promise” – and here’s why:

The executive order Obama signed includes a waiver clause. The executive order says a waiver may be granted if “the literal application of the restriction is inconsistent with the purposes of the restriction” or “it is in the public interest … . The public interest shall include, but not be limited to, exigent circumstances relating to national security or to the economy.”

LOL. In other words, that “waiver” can include just about anything. This doesn’t come as any surprise to readers of this blog, who already know about Obama’s deeply duplicitous nature on the issue of lobbyists. He’ll call other people out on their associations with lobbyists, but when critics turn around and accuse him of the same he just tells them to “read the fine print on that promise.”

What’s good for he, you see, is not good for thee (another example) …

Update/Related: Same old fudges and loopholes in Obama’s new era of ethics

What he said

In response to Dick Cheney’s sounding of alarm bells over the possibility of another terrorist attack thanks to the dismantling of Bush administration counterterrorism policies by President Obama, and in response to the far left’s warped distortions of his comments as “wishing” for another terrorist attack in order to “hurt Obama,” Michael Goldfarb writes:

After eight years, or maybe seven, in which the left seemed to be rooting for catastrophe — in Iraq, in the economy, in the war on terror — they’re getting a taste of their own medicine. Did Democrats want to see the economy go belly up in 2004, when the biggest story every month leading up to the election was the jobs numbers? In late 2006, when the violence in Iraq was at its worst, Anbar had been written off as a lost cause, and President Bush began entertaining a surge of forces, did Democrats want to see the administration fail? When reports first emerged of wiretapping, harsh interrogations, and extraordinary rendition, did the left not wish to see these policies backfire by undermining support for American policies among our allies? It seemed that way on the right, even if Democrats really did have what they believed to be the best interests of America at heart. Likewise during the 2008 election, when the economic collapse seemed to be the final nail in the coffin of Republican rule — for many on the right it seemed as if the Obama campaign had sold America short.


The tables have now turned. The idea that Cheney wishes to be vindicated by a terrorist attack is absurd, but this is the paranoid idea now spreading across the left. Cheney says in the interview, “When we get people who are more concerned about reading the rights to an Al Qaeda terrorist than they are with protecting the United States against people who are absolutely committed to do anything they can to kill Americans, then I worry.” If Obama and the left are correct that the Bush administration accepted a false choice between principle and security, then they have nothing to worry about. But if they are wrong, and there is a terrorist attack, this will be the narrative on the right, and it is a narrative that I have absolutely no doubt will return the Republican party to power. I’d much rather see Obama succeed, and so would Cheney. But no one should expect Republicans to bite their tongues as Obama dismantles the policies that effectively kept this country safe since the attacks of September 11.


Make sure to read the whole thing.

Gov. Palin smacks down Ashley Judd

Get her, gal!

(CNN) – Alaska governor Sarah Palin’s support for aerial wolf-hunting has sparked a heated cross-country war of words between the governor and an environmental ad campaign fronted by the actress Ashley Judd, with Palin calling the organization funding the ads an “extreme fringe group.”

The squabble began Tuesday when the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund unveiled a campaign called “Eye on Palin,” targeting the governor for what they call her “extreme anti-conservation policies.”

The group is highlighting “Palin’s championing of the brutal and unnecessary aerial killing of wolves and other carnivores” — a controversial practice allowed by permit in Alaska since 2003, with the goal of protecting populations of moose and caribou.

Judd, who has in the past lent her voice to AIDS prevention and reproductive health campaigns, signed on with the group and is featured in a YouTube video. “It is time to stop Sarah Palin, and stop this senseless savagery,” she says in the clip.

Palin struck back in a statement Tuesday night, calling the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund a fringe group that “distorts” the goal of Alaska’s predator control programs.

“Alaskans depend on wildlife for food and cultural practices which can’t be sustained when predators are allowed to decimate moose and caribou populations,” Palin said in the statement.

She added: “Shame on the Defenders of Wildlife for twisting the truth in an effort to raise funds from innocent and hard-pressed Americans struggling with these rough economic times.”

Maybe the tagline in all of Ms. “It’s so nice to live in America again“‘s “pro-wolf” advocacy videos should say/read something like “save the wolves, but kill the babies,” eh? 8-|

Update – 3:42 PM: Thanks for the link, USA Today!



Obama SupermanMichelle Malkin and Ed Morrissey have two must-read posts up today on how badly Obama and his transition team have bungled, among other things, the selection proceess for nominees for his cabinet and picks for his admin.

The imperections of Barack Obama never escaped anyone who actually paid attention to his record and rhetoric, especially during his campaign for president, but for those in the media who made no pretense about who they supported, and for the elites on the left and right (like David Brooks, as Malkin points out) who treated (and, in fact, still treat) Barack Obama as “not of this world,” well, they’ve been in for a rude awakening for the last two weeks as the reality of a less than perfect Democrat sitting in the Oval Office has set in. We didn’t expect perfection, but they sure did.

Of course, this won’t keep the mainstream mediots and Beltway insiders who continue to fall all over him to see and describe him as anything less than a “messiah,” but maybe the American people will start to take notice.

Come to think of it, his approval rating dropped 15% from 83% to 68% in a matter of a couple of weeks (from pre-inaugural to post-inaugural), so it sounds like they already have.

Update/Related – 11:16 AM: The Washington Times reports that Obama has “abruptly” withdrawn the appointment of retired Marine Gen. Anthony Zinni for Ambassador to Iraq “without explanation.”

Hmmm …