Jennifer Rubin on the Dim Won’s fading power of oratory, Commentary: 
[Barack Obama’s] rhetoric (which to the amazement of many conservatives – who noticed he was largely talking New Age gibberish during the campaign – transfixed a great number of people for a very long time) is now seen for what it is â€” a smokescreen for bad ideas and an exercise in misdirection. Unfortunately for Obama, he may discover that once the president has lost the interest and trust of the voters, it’s hard to get these precious commodities back.
More like a confederacy of dunces. [Cngressman Henry] Waxman and his colleagues in Congress can’t possibly understand the health care market well enough to fix it. But what’s more striking is that Waxman’s outraged reaction revealed that they don’t even understand their own area of responsibility – regulation — well enough to predict the effect of changes in legislation.
Chrissy Matthews, meet Chrissy Mathews. Chrissy is upset because the Great One, Rush Limbsugh refered to the Obama Regime as well a regime. Yet poor Chrissy can’t seem to remember she referred to the Bush(43) administration as well a regime, from Byron York, Washington Examiner :
Finally â€” you knew this was coming â€” on June 14, 2002, Chris Matthews himself introduced a panel discussion about a letter signed by many prominent leftists condemning the Bush administration’s conduct of the war on terror. “Let’s go to the Reverend Al Sharpton,” Matthews said. “Reverend Sharpton, what do you make of this letter and this panoply of the left condemning the Bush regime?”
Oops. Perhaps Joe McCarthy never called the U.S. government a regime, but Chris Matthews did. And a lot of other people did, too. So now we are supposed to believe him when he expresses disgust at Rush Limbaugh doing the same?
This may explain why Limbaugh is a pundit. Whereas, Matthews is but a news reader.
A tale of two pictures, The photo mash-up was done by the New York Slimes. The top photo is of the Weathermen 1969. The bottom the Tea Party, contemporary. So questions:
- Which group resorted to violence?
- Which picture includes an unrepentant terrorist?
- Which group was sponsored by foreign government?
- Which group was motivated by fear of losing their student deferments?
- Which group was too young and stupid to know better?
Last which picture includes the person who both launched Barack Obama’s political career and ghost wrote his book?
Hat tip and more, Donald Douglas, Americana Power :
No doubt the editors included that “varying degrees” qualifier will get them off the hook. But there’s no escaping the truly bankrupt moral equivalence NYT’s claiming between a genuine domestic terrorist organization and a grassroots movement of conservatives, middle-class anti-tax activists, and an army of frustrated geriatrics. In contrast to a year’s worth of tea parties and town halls, the Moscow-backed Weatherman launched a series of bombings starting in 1969, totalling 25 attacks in all, as part of its war against “Amerikkka.” To this day, unrepentant terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn are venerated as social justice messiahs while today’s citizen tea party activists wind up on DHS intelligence reports as “right wing extremists.”
Honesty is the best policy. Professor Ann Althouse  spares no expense to establish her bona fides on the subject of radicals:
Is it a “hit piece” if the NYT parallels Tea Partiers and 60s radicals?
Gateway Pundit thinks it is and so does American Power, but they are righties. You have to look at this from a lefty perspective, and that’s something that I â€” with a long life experience among the lefties â€” can do. (I went to the University of Michigan as an undergrad in 1969 and had SDS people arguing on the other side of my dorm room wall, I lived in the West Village in the 1970s, I went to NYU School of Law circa 1980, and I have been with the law professors at the University of Wisconsin â€” in what is affectionately known as the People’s Republic of Madison â€” since 1984. I have had lovers quarrels with Communists.)
Honesty like that deserves a link.