Patterico's Pontifications


Marie Harf Is Finally Asked A Question On Her Level

Filed under: General — JD @ 6:17 pm

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John Hudson ✔ @John_Hudson
A reporter just asked @marieharf why the State Department is not starting an Ice Bucket Challenge for Ebola

Given the propensity of Harf and Psaki to engage in #hashtag diplomacy, sadly, in this context, the question isn’t ridiculous.

This reporter should get an award for this.


Thought Experiment, Or …. If The MFM Wasn’t A Roving Gang Of Dem Apologists

Filed under: General — JD @ 5:59 pm

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Let’s think back over the last 6 years, and how the MFM and the Left (I know, redundant) were apoplectic that Sarah Palin had the temerity to have children, hunt, and be selected as a VP candidate. Her, her uterus, and her children’s actions have been more closely scrutinized by the MFM and the Left than Obama’s carefully crafted Narrative.

Imagine if her son in the military previously had drug issues, and was subsequently discharged from the military for cocaine usage within months of signing up. Imagine if her daughter also had issues with cocaine. The level of scrutiny you are easily able to conjure up in your mind is that of a former Governor and former VP candidate.

It would only stand to reason that a sitting VP encountering the above scenarios would undergo similar, if not more scrutiny. But that would not be the case. And everyone knows why.

But they are unbiased. Just ask them.


Obama Names Political Hack As Ebola “Czar”

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 5:12 pm

Nothing says “trust” like a political hack:

President Barack Obama will appoint Ron Klain his “Ebola czar,” knowledgeable sources tell CNN.

“Key player in Solyndra scandal”? Check.

Debate prepper for Obama and Biden? Check.

Knowledge of health care issues? Er . . . uh . . .

But he knows politics and damage control, and that’s what we need in a Damage Control Czar.

Ebola Czar. What? I didn’t say Damage Control Czar. No, I didn’t.

P.S. I’m sick of “czars” of any stripe.

Ezra Klein Is A Moron

Filed under: General — JD @ 11:50 am

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As a palate cleanser from all the Ebola coverage, I present to you, Ezra Klein. As you should know, Ezra is a hyper-partisan leftist JournoLista, that started Vox, an enterprise that does not let a day go by without a dramatic display of dishonest and/or ignorance, while claiming to be news explainers, the smartest thinkers, while simultaneously having the likes of Klein, Yglesias, and other mental midgets on their staff.

Most recently, Ezra posted about how the Yes Means Yes law in California is a horrible law, and that’s why he supports it. His support distills down to you have to shatter a few dozen eggs in order to make a hipster omelet.

Today, Sean Davis tears apart Ezra’s attempt to explain the different burden of proof in civil and criminal actions, and the difference between due process and substantive due process.

In doing so, he managed to set the practice of law on its ear. In an article that sets out to outline “what most people get wrong”, WunderMoron proceeds to get basically everything wrong.

I blame typos.


Rand Paul: At Least This Patterico Guy Got the Facts Right

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:27 am

As I told you last night, Senator Rand Paul accurately cited the CDC’s advice on Ebola and got pilloried for it by the Associated Press and other outlets. However, he did find one outlet that he says got it right:

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I was considering changing my slogan to: “Patterico: higher standards than the AP!” . . . but it just doesn’t sound that impressive, does it?


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