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Rehabilitating Romney

Buzzfeed started it, albeit with the typically overwrought headline (3 things = Everything. Ever).

Now NRO is saying, you know, Romneycare really wasn’t anything like Obamacare:

The best way to think about Romneycare is on a left-right scale of 1 to 10. If 10 is a libertarian utopia, and 1 is a left-wing dystopia, Governor Romney moved Massachusetts’ individual health-insurance market from a 2 to a 4. That is, it moved that market modestly to the right.

In Massachusetts, that’s not a small achievement.

Begins thus a trend? Will Obama, having previously resuscitated George W. Bush, now restore Romney to Statesmanhood?

Anyway, this doesn’t bode well for Our Lord and savior.

The Government is Watching Me Type These Words

A few weeks ago, when it was first discovered that the White House was tapping the phone records of the House of Representatives, I threw up a bit of snark on Twitter.

The problem with the modern age is the impossibility of parody.

I’m going to let Rand Paul go off on the scandal du jour:

I can remember well a Senator Obama who joined the Democratic chorus against the warrantless wiretapping of the Bush administration. Now, that chorus has gone mute. The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald has noted what he sees as “a defining attribute of the Obama legacy: the transformation of what was until recently a symbol of rightwing radicalism – warrantless eavesdropping – into meekly accepted bipartisan consensus.”

Not every Republican or Democrat is part of that consensus. When the Senate rushed through a last-minute extension of the Fisa Amendments Act over the holidays late last year, Senator Mike Lee (Republican, Utah) and I offered an amendment requiring stronger protections on business records that would’ve prohibited precisely the kind of data-mining the Verizon case has revealed. Senator Ron Wyden (Democrat, Oregon) introduced an amendment to require estimates from intelligence agencies of how many Americans were being surveilled. Both these measures were voted down.

Read the Whole Thing, as they say. And marvel at the next round of excuses to emanate from the usual suspects.

Oh, BTW…they’re also collecting credit card transactions.

TROLOLOLOLOLOL

It's been a while. It feels good.
It’s been a while. It feels good.

C.S. Lewis once wrote:

Suppose one reads a story of filthy atrocities in the paper. Then suppose that something turns up suggesting that the story might not be quite true, or not quite so bad as it was made out. Is one’s first feeling “Thank God, even they aren’t quite so bad as that,” or is it a feeling of disappointment, and even a determination to cling to the first story for the sheer pleasure of thinking your enemies as bad as possible? If it is the second then it is, I am afraid, the first step in a process which, if followed to the end, will make us into devils.

I suppose I could take this as a tonic not to get too excited by the ongoing SCANDALPALOOZA. If this turns out to be less than we’ve imagined, that will be good, right? If Obama really is schocked and offended by what the IRS was doing, and takes  steps to prevent its future ocurrence, that will be a bonus for everyone, yes?

I must admit this. But I also must admit — because it is true — that I deeply enjoy watching my ideological opponents fail. I enjoyed watching Obama run like a frightened squirrel from the podium after promising us that he was like, REALLY MAD, YOU GUYS! I’M SERIOUSLY! It was fun seeing Eric Holder be all “DURR, WHAT ARE CELL PHONES?” I really dont’ mind watching Jon Stewart losing his temper and realizing the epic truth that the right have been promulgating for decades:

In a few short weeks, you’ve convinced people that when it wants to do some good, Government managerial competence is somewhere between David Brent and a cat chasing a laser pointer. But when Government wants to flex its more malevolent muscle, you’re {expletive} Iron Man!”

I enjoy this more than I should. Even though I know that Stewart and everyone else is just hungering, like a sad dog, for a reason, any reason, to blow this whole thing off. Even though I know that he’s sincere when he states his belief that Big Daddy White Boss really does have everyone’s best interests at heart. It’s just nice to hear someone on the other side admit that what you believe has validity.

So whatever happens, however this plays out, whatever heaping mounds of taural fecal extract that the spin masters manage to cover this in, I can think of no better expression than this:

I Do Believe Benghazi Just Flipped From “Not Going Away” to “Quite Uncomfortably Here”

Bureaucrats are generally dis-inclined to take the heat for politicians.

The blue-on-blue is particuarly encouraging. Is this a function of Obama’s declining coattails, as donkeys seek distance in preparation for 2014?

I wonder how long before Obama feels the need to throw Hillary — or some other mucky-mucks at State — under the bus?

He should make sure he does it on a Saturday night...
He should make sure he does it on a Saturday night…

Jammie-Wearing Fool wants to know:

Where was Obama the night of September 11? And why is nobody asking that question?

A Few More Contractions, and the Economy Will Really Be Rolling!

If you ever needed a definition for “spin”, this is it.

In response to the news today that the economy contracted -.1 percent in the final quarter of last year, Democrats are touting the claim that this is “the best-looking contraction in U.S. GDP you’ll ever see.” The claim was originally made by chief U.S. economist for Capital Economics Paul Ashworth.

Yup. We are double-dipping, ladies and germs, and the smart boys are loving it. Because apart from the contraction of the economy part, everything else was really “encouraging”. Yeah, that’s the word.

Encouraging.

"But look how well it's moving through the water!"
“But look how well it’s moving through the water!”