Weds/Thurs Open Thread

Hey y’all – I know all day Thursday is going to be hectic for me as I get back into the work groove. I will check in at some point when I can, but most blogging will probably be night time blogging.

Catch ya later.

Maine Fall Foliage

A maple leaf falls on a crisp autumn day, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009, in Freeport, Maine. Peak foliage color has arrived along Maine.
(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Some simple truths about why Obama won a Nobel

In a silly piece in which he tries to prove that it’s Democrats who “love America more” now, Michael Cohen writes:

The greatest irony of the conservative response to the Nobel Committee’s honor is that it is a clear indication that there is a global thirsting for American leadership and engagement. Conservatives should be delighted by what is basically a European call for American leadership; yet the response has been to treat it as a mark of shame for Obama.

Sigh. Tom Maguire sets the record straight:

Mr. Cohen retreats from “global thirsting” to “basically a European call” within one paragraph. Given more space he might have arrived at the truth – the Nobel Peace Prize was a call by some European leftists for Obama to be more like them. They have no interest in American leadership – they want American followership on global warming, engagement over confrontation with our enemies, and a host of other issues. And they will probably get it.


I should also note that when both George W. Bush and Tony Blair were nominated for a Nobel Peace prize back in 2002, there were very few conservatives who cheered the idea – in fact, the only thing most of them loved about it was in knowing the fact that liberals, who consider even the very nomination for the worthless award such a badge of honor, had to be foaming at the mouth with rage over the possibility that “bloodthirsty warmongers” like Bush and Blair had been nominated for a prize that had previously been awarded to the likes of the peace-loving Yasser Arafat and foreign policy genius Jimmy Carter.

In fact, you know that Obama’s winning of the Nobel Peace Prize has to be bad when even his favorite Republican David Brooks denounced it as “sort of a joke” – a statement which, incidentally, is how a lot of us have felt the last year or so about David Brooks’ columns.

And the Nobel Prize in and of itself.

Obama WH’s war on Fox News: How Nixonian

Michelle Malkin has a great write-up this morning on the players behind the WH’s all-out assault on Fox News. It all sounds very Nixonian, what with both the vicious attempts at smearing a news outlet that refuses to roll over and crown Obama as King of America as well as a growing enemies list. And here I thought this administration was going to “change” things in Washington, DC, get away from the “same ol’ tricks” allegedly played by prior administrations? Turns out they have indeed “changed” Washington, DC – for the worse.

Meanwhile, what’s the WH’s admitted favorite “news” network been up to these days? Well, Chris Matthews was caught yesterday openly fantasizing on air about how “somebody’s going to jam a CO2 pellet into [Rush Limbaugh’s] head and he’s going to explode like a giant blimp.” And liberal icon Keith Olbermann? He blathered on last night about how he felt Michelle Malkin, without the “fascistic hatred,” was “a big mashed-up bag of meat with lipstick on it.”

No wonder the WH likes MSDNC so much. It treats critics of the administration the same way they do. You know what they say: Birds of a feather …