President ’08

Hillary Campaign to Cicilline: Just Raise Taxes!

By Monique Chartier | March 10, 2009 |

[This post originally appeared on February 22, 2008. I’ve bumped it up so that commenter Jayzeeh can judge first hand my opinion of David Cicilline and firefighters.] Because the Providence firefighters had promised to picket Senator Hillary Clinton’s Rhode Island event this weekend over their lack of a contract with the city, her campaign has…

UPDATED: Is Obama clueless or are his actions intentional?

By Donald B. Hawthorne | March 7, 2009 |

UPDATED: Roger Kimball: I was having lunch yesterday with a prominent critic of the Spender in Chief, and he raised a possibility that many of us have entertained over the past several weeks: that Obama is simply out of his depth: that he hasn’t a clue about what makes the economy tick and his talk…

Riding the buyers’ remorse train on day 44 of Obama’s presidency

By Donald B. Hawthorne | March 4, 2009 |

Christopher Buckley. David Brooks. Even David Gergen. Jim Cramer. Now Silicon Valley entrepreneurs see their incentives are being altered for the worse: Like the college students who stayed up late to be inspired by his campaign rallies only to find Obama’s first significant action to be a stimulus program that will transfer about a trillion…

President Obama and Article Two: Do We Really Want to Know?

By Monique Chartier | February 16, 2009 |

Unless an objection was filed, Occidental College had until 10:00 am Pacific time today to respond to a subpoena filed on behalf of “Keyes et al” requesting Academic and housing records of Barack Hussein Obama, including but not limited to approximately two years from September 1979 to June 1981 Why do Plaintiffs wish to review…

Praise Song for That Day

By Marc Comtois | January 22, 2009 |

Yesterday, Dan Yorke was talking about the inauguration poem, “Praise Song for the Day“, by Elizabeth Alexander and asking for impressions. For his part, Dan thought that it was a solid effort that was essentially a snapshots across America (a “literary split screen” as Dan called it). He thought that it could have been improved…

Inauguration or Coronation?

By Marc Comtois | January 19, 2009 |

The inauguration festivities seem to be particularly “big” this time around. Wonder why? It seems much more like a coronation than an inauguration (I know, this will probably be taken as me being just another cranky-con. Oh well). Anyway, Michael Drout, Professor of English and Chair of the English Department at Wheaton College (I don’t…

Even Lenin would be impressed

By Donald B. Hawthorne | December 5, 2008 |

Melanie Phillips: Trevor Loudon has got hold of a fascinating analysis of Prez-elect Obama’s administrative appointments by Mark Rudd and Jeff Jones, two former Weather Underground terrorists (chums of Obama’s old ally [chance acquaintance], the unrepentant former WU terrorist William Ayers). The two of them are now on the board of Movement for a Democratic…

Hillary Acts Coy

By Monique Chartier | November 19, 2008 |

How did President-Elect Obama wind up in the awkward position of standing by while the person on top of his short list vacillates about accepting arguably the most prestigious position in his Cabinet? Hillary Clinton’s “agonizing” decision over whether to accept Barack Obama’s offer of the secretary of state position could be the result of…

The Primacy of Identity

By Justin Katz | November 18, 2008 |

The left’s investment in identity politics has proven to reap rewards. In battling the concept that people should develop their senses of self in such a way as to deemphasize a relative superficiality like ethnicity, the planners and plotters and goers-along cleared the field for such results as this: Political and sociological analysts in several…

Hitchens: Next Stop – Back Down to Earth

By Monique Chartier | November 15, 2008 |

In view of his grumpiness with both candidates, if you jumped into Christopher Hitchens’ post-election column randomly and missed that one crucial sentence, you’d have no idea who he voted for. It was Senator Obama. But Hitchens has some choice words about inflated expectations of the President-Elect which have been raised by a fawning media…

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