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“The Great American Panel” Monday Night, and “The Declarant President”

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I’ll be on Sean’s Great American Panel Monday night and no doubt we will be talking GOP presidential politics.

My new Washington Examiner column has to do with President Obama’s expanding view of presidential power, an attitude which is seeping down into all the ranks of his appointees.

I am hoping Monday’s show leads off with Politico’s Ben Smith, whose article is the subject of the post below. When I tweeted the link, Ben retweeted it with a very misleading twist:

RT @hughhewitt: Politico’s Smith sideswipes Romney // Claim is I invented conservative gripes re Romney (!)

A quick side-by-side:

In the morning Ben wrote that “[t]he former governor of Massachusetts may be the punching bag of the conservative media, ridiculed on blogs and talk radio as a plasticine, untrustworthy flip-flopper and the grandfather of the hated Obamacare.”

In the afternoon Ben wrote that “[t]he fact that many, perhaps even more than half, of conservative talkers don’t attack the Republican frontrunner isn’t exactly news.”

It would be to people who only read Ben Smith’s article this morning, which was my point, and the smoke Ben blows in the rest of the post is just that.

Ben concludes:

Hewitt also uses a big chunk of his items for an attack on my motives (I’m an “aggressive partisan”) and to develop a grand theory of POLITICO, which aren’t really in my line of work to get into blog spats about.

Hmmm. Ben has been a guest before and perhaps he will be again tomorrow. The invitation stands even if his “reporting” didn’t.

As for his tweet, we have to hope that they all aren’t that misleading.


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