Patterico's Pontifications

7/21/2010

DOJ Closes Criminal File on U.S. Attorney Firings

Filed under: Law,Obama,Politics — DRJ @ 9:09 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Via Hot Air, the Obama Administration’s Department of Justice has determined there will be no criminal charges filed in connection with the U.S. Attorney firings during the Bush Administration. The report was delivered to House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers (D-MI). This was his response:

“Conyers said in a statement that it was clear that Dannehy’s decision not to bring criminal charges “is not an exoneration of Bush officials in the U.S. Attorney matter as there is no dispute that these firings were totally improper and that misleading testimony was given to Congress in an effort to cover them up.”

He also pointed out that the probe “did not conclude that administration officials testified truthfully to Congress,” only that there was insufficient evidence to show they knowingly made false statement.

“I appreciate Attorney General Holder’s commitment to ensure that such conduct will not happen again,” Conyers said. “I am proud of the committee’s effort to bring the facts of this controversy to light, so that the American people themselves can judge the how Bush Justice Department abused our trust.”

— DRJ

Obama vs Any Republican

Filed under: 2012 Election,Obama,Politics — DRJ @ 7:16 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

I doubted a pollster would do it but Quinnipiac has polled President Barack Obama vs Any Republican opponent, and it’s bad news for Obama:

“A year after President Barack Obama’s political honeymoon ended, his job approval rating has dropped to a negative 44 – 48 percent, his worst net score ever, and American voters say by a narrow 39 – 36 percent margin that they would vote for an unnamed Republican rather than President Obama in 2012, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.”

It’s a long time until 2012 so this isn’t meaningful, except for what it says about at least one pollster’s willingness to risk making Obama look bad.

H/T Drudge Report.

— DRJ

7/19/2010

Obama Scolds Republicans

Filed under: Obama,Politics — DRJ @ 10:51 am

[Guest post by DRJ]

President Obama scolded Republicans today for not extending jobless benefits:

“On Monday, [Obama] sought to cast his Republican opponents as hypocritical for having voted for extensions of unemployment benefits when his Republican predecessor, President George W. Bush, was in the White House, but not now. He accused Republican leaders of subscribing to what he called a misguided notion that providing unemployment aid to people lowers their incentive to look hard for a job.

“That attitude, I think, reflects a lack of faith in the American people,” Obama said.

The president said that the out-of-work people he hears from are “not looking for a handout. They desperately want to work. Just right now, they can’t find a job.”

I agree most Americans want to work … like those former car dealership employees the Obama Administration put out of work.

MORE: Commenter em has more Americans who want to work — Gulf Coast oil workers laid off because of Obama’s moratorium.

— DRJ

7/17/2010

A Time for Choosing

Filed under: 2010 Election,Politics — DRJ @ 6:56 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

The Washington Post PostPolitics columnists Karen Tumulty and Paul Kane consider how the Republican Party will approach the November elections. Some consultants argue the best path is to make Democrats the issue. Others, like Newt Gingrich, say the consultants are wrong and ideas win elections. I’m with Newt, although I don’t see why the election can’t be about GOP ideas and wrong-headed Democratic policies.

What say you?

— DRJ

7/15/2010

Senator Specter’s Votes

Filed under: Politics — DRJ @ 4:40 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Senator Arlen Specter voted “No” on Elena Kagan’s Solicitor General nomination last year when he was a Republican, and even as a Democrat he expressed doubt about supporting her Supreme Court nomination as recently as last month. However, yesterday, Specter announced he now supports Kagan.

Jake Tapper wonders if there is an Obama Administration job offer on the table?

Allahpundit suggests this is proof Obama bribed the wrong Pennsylvania Senate candidate. It could also show Obama was a good judge of whose vote was easier to sway.

— DRJ

UPDATE BY PATTERICO: Specter’s announcement (linked above) is especially annoying given the crocodile tears he cries over a lack of candid responses by Supreme Court candidates:

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan did little to undo the impression that nominating hearings are little more than a charade in which cautious non-answers take the place of substantive exchanges.

In this, she was following the practice of high court nominees since Judge Robert Bork.

. . . .

. . . Kagan did little to move the nomination hearings from the stylized “farce” (her own word) they have become into a discussion of substantive issues that reveal something of the nominee’s judicial philosophy and predilections.

It may be understandable that she said little after White House coaching and the continuing success of stonewalling nominees. But it is regrettable.

MOVING INTO SAM KINISON MODE: Gee, I wonder why it is that Supreme Court nominees never say anything substantive anymore. Could it be that the last one to do so was Robert Bork, who confidently articulated his positions and backed them up with logic and rigor — only to see [expletive deleted]HOLES LIKE ARLEN SPECTER TWIST HIS WORDS BEYOND ALL RECOGNITION UNTIL THE NOMINEE’S STATEMENTS BECAME A [expletive deleted]ING CARICATURE OF HIS ACTUAL [expletive deleted]ING POSITIONS!!!

7/13/2010

Chris Christie’s Success

Filed under: Politics — DRJ @ 11:37 am

[Guest post by DRJ]

The New York Times looks at New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and his surprising success. The article includes this Christie quote that resonates with me:

“The most important thing in public life, in a job like governor, is for the people you’re representing to know exactly where you stand,” Mr. Christie said in an interview on Friday. “People who disagree with me on things at least have a sense of comfort in knowing where I’m coming from.”

Ronald Reagan was the most effective politician I’ve seen in my lifetime, and Chris Christie’s statement reminds me of him. To be popular, politicians and constituents should agree on core values but they don’t have to agree on every issue. Voters respond to issues but they also respond to politicians who speak the truth as they see it and act accordingly.

— DRJ

Congressman “Not Aware of” Black Panther Case (Updated)

Filed under: Politics — DRJ @ 11:16 am

[Guest post by DRJ]

Congressman Brad Sherman
Reseda, California
July 11, 2010:

QUESTIONER: “My concern this [week?] is with Eric Holder and the Department of Justice, and their lack of prosecuting after they got the judgment against the Black Panthers Party for voter intimidation. I find this really hard to swallow and I’d like to know what you think about their decision and not following through after they got a judgment. And the latest news that hits the Department of Justice — this new policy that they are not going to prosecute cases with black defendants where the plaintiffs are white. I’d like your take on this information.

SHERMAN: I am extremely sure that we do not have a policy at the Department of Justice of never prosecuting a black defendant …

[Interrupted by heckler.]

… and I’m sure they say that somewhere on the internet, but that doesn’t make it true.

[Many responses.]

As to the Black Panther Party, I’m simply not aware of that case …

[Loud boos.]

— DRJ

UPDATE — Fox News’ Megyn Kelly and Kirsten Powers discuss the video excerpt and the New Black Panther story, and provide an interesting look at the opposing views on this story:

7/6/2010

Capitol Police Investigate Hoaxes

Filed under: Crime,Politics — DRJ @ 2:57 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

The U.S. Capitol Police are investigating hoax emails sent to area media that claimed Senators Diane Feinstein and Patrick Leahy had died.

I guess some people crave attention but I’m not sure if this is a crime. If it isn’t, it soon will be.

— DRJ

7/5/2010

NJ Governor Chris Christie

Filed under: Politics — DRJ @ 1:53 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie explains his principles:

Christie is winning converts in the blogosphere. Does the national GOP have his courage and common sense principles?

— DRJ

7/3/2010

Send in Palin

Filed under: Politics — DRJ @ 10:44 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Earlier today, Hot Air linked an NRO post by Kevin D. Williamson suggesting the GOP replace Chairman Michael Steele with Sarah Palin:

“Re: Steele and the RNC: Allow me to chime in with my usual observation on this subject: This is a job for Sarah Palin. Palin would be a much better RNC chairman than presidential candidate or freelance kingmaker. She’d raise tons of money and help recruit good candidates, i.e., she’d excel at doing the things Steele should have been doing instead of appointing himself Republican pundit-at-large.”

Williamson concedes Palin is polarizing but “these are polarized times. And it’s one thing to have a polarizing party chairman, another to have a polarizing candidate.”

I think he’s right, although I doubt she’d take it if she wants to run for President. What do you think?

— DRJ

UPDATE BY PATTERICO: Let me get this straight: Steele makes too many gaffes . . . so let’s get Sarah Palin?

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