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“President Declares a Political War He is Bound to Lose” By Clark S. Judge

Friday, November 21, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The weekly column rom Clark Judge:

President Declares a Political War He is Bound to Lose
By Clark S. Judge: managing director, White House Writers Group, Inc.; chairman, Pacific Research Institute

President Obama’s speech to the nation last night – carried on cable news channels but not on the broadcast networks – was a declaration of political war, a war the president is almost certain to lose.

How nakedly political was it? According to morning press reports (http://dailym.ai/1vvVmMT), the address was subtitled in Spanish. Perhaps the White House has provided this service before, but I can’t find a record of it. That the president’s team decided to do it for, apparently, the first time this time only confirms the obvious. The speech was not about national policy or the national interest. It was about confrontation. And indeed its raw political purpose was the reason the major television networks gave on background for refusing to carry it (http://wapo.st/1vvMZjx).

Still, on its surface, it was a pretty good statement. The president pointed to success in securing the border, the failure of which has been a major obstacle to Congressional approval of immigration reform. He offered immediate aid to university students from other countries, another big issue and one that, like border security, Republicans have championed. And his path to citizenship (“back of the line”, pay fines, wait years) for illegals was much like what many in both parties have advocated for years.

What was not to like? Continue Reading

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The President’s Speech

Friday, November 21, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

So my short form reaction was tweeted out last night:

POTUS speech was a Bayeux tapestry of half truths, lies, cliches and cringe-inducing bathos.

The long form, well, listen to the four hour broadcast from Thursday via The Hughniverse.  A very low point in our history, and one I’ll explore with Hillsdale College President Dr. Larry Arnn in hour three of today’s program, and with other guests as well.

My advice to the DC GOP is to stay focused on the agenda you would have otherwise pursued: Killing the Iran deal if it emerges from the shadows, reimposing sanctions on that rogue regime, rebuilding the Pentagon, pursuing immigration reform with a bill Title I of which is a long strong, double-sided fence with a road between the twoo side across at least half of the 2,000 mile U.S.-Mexico border, and Titles II through X contingent upon the completion of the fence, tackle tax reform, and block all judicial nominations.  Of course if you can muster enough votes to send good stuff to the president do so, but 60 is a very high number.

The key development of last night: Hillary’s full-throated endorsement of the president’s lawless, unconstitutional action.  Noted and certain to be as often referred to as her “what difference does it make” pratfall.  James Webb has got to be looking a lot better to a lot of old-fashioned Democrats today who believe in the rule of law, a pro-uniuon party, and a speak softly/big stick military.

 

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Accommodation: The New Coercion

Thursday, November 20, 2014  |  posted by Garrett Fahy

By Brian Fahy & Garrett Fahy

In upstate New York, Robert and Cynthia Gifford were recently fined $13,000 for refusing to host a lesbian wedding on their private farm. They were also ordered to pay restitution to the lesbian couple, who held their wedding elsewhere. Continue Reading

The Lawless President, Salting The Fields

Thursday, November 20, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

First, a programming note. The president addresses the nation tonight at 8 PM EST.  My show will add an extra hour to collect reactions from callers and experts, and thus will be carried on most of my stations until 10 PM EST.  You can listen online by clicking the button above or via the app if you are away from the car or home radio.

Pete Wehner is exactly right: “Mr. Obama is about to commit an act of constitutional infamy. This is a stain that will stay with him.”

Wehner also points to another of the Beltway’s very smart, very restrained observers, Ron Fornier of The National Journal, who said of the president in a discussion not of the immigration lawlessness but of the breakdown and patchwork fixes concerning Obamacare that “the central attribute you have to have as any leader, in any walk of life and certainly in government is trust and this president has destroyed the credibility of his administration, himself and government itself.”

Lawless.  Infamous. Untrustworthy.  Echoes of how 1974 must have sounded to folks living in the nation’s capital. Continue Reading

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