The Libya Scandal Unbound

Mitt Romney made the right play in the last debate with President Obama which centered on foreign policy. While many like myself and even the cool cucumber Charles Krauthammer would have loved to see Romney go at Obama with a Louisville Slugger on the Libya debacle, it would have taken the debate into the tall weeds. As I’ve said many times, candidates running for president actually deserve our sympathy because they have to spend so much time – most of it in the home stretch – convincing really stupid people to vote for them. Maybe that’s a little harsh but what you have to remember about “undecided” voters is that they have no real ideology. They never spend their time doing any deep thinking, of giving much consideration to things outside of their domestic bubble. Romney’s message of “we’ll be a strong nation (i.e. safe) abroad by being a strong nation domestically (i.e. economically)” was a stroke of genius considering who he has to win over in the final days. A broad, macro approach to foreign policy appeals to moderate or undecided voters who he can put him over the top on November 6th.

That being said, us political wonks know that what has happened in Libya is a “big f-ing deal” to quote our Vice President who isn’t just an idiot, he’s an unfeeling and callous individual. I’m the type of person that speaks my mind and occasional bends the rules of decorum, but asking a dead-soldier’s father about his son’s balls is the height of social ignorance and utterly contemptible. You see, to Obama, Biden and Hillary, we aren’t even real human beings, we’re like game pieces, but not in a game of kings like Chess or even Risk. I’m afraid we’re all playing Sorry.

Be that as it may, all the evidence and ass-covering of the past weeks points to only one conclusion. President Obama left our people in Libya defenseless. The only question left is why? Was it a purely political decision? an avoidance of a possibly failed military mission before an election? Certainly the ghost of Jimmy Carter’s ill-fated rescue attempt of the Iranian hostages is still with us. But even if that’s so, it’s maddening to think that Obama and his inner circle would think that something like this could stay a secret.


Let Paul Ryan Be Paul Ryan

Alright, I just finished watching the announcement and speeches from Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan thanks to the invaluable Right Scoop. I’ve said a lot of this on Twitter lately, but now I want to go beyond 140 characters.

First off, it’s an exciting pick for me as it was my pick for Veep. There were a lot of arguments pro- and con- on whether the pick should be Paul Ryan and both were sound. The main argument against was that wouldn’t we be better served with Ryan in the Congress where he eventually become the Chairman of the Ways & Means Committee and maybe even Speaker of the House? That’s a lot of maybes and I think it’s analogous to resting a pitcher for Game 7 of the World Series. This election in November is like Game 6 with us down 3 games to 2. We don’t win Game 6, there will be no Game 7. (IFYKWIMAITWD)

Paul Ryan became a household name for conservatives when he ate the President’s lunch at the Health Care Summit. I don’t think it’s a stretch to say he would not be the Vice Presidential nominee were it not for that meeting and President Obama’s 6 minutes of hell:

Ironically, when President Obama offered up this summit to the GOP, many of us were saying in our best Admiral Ackbar voices “It’s a trap!” We had every reason to believe it so, but were stunned to find out the usually bumbling GOP had a trap of its own in Paul Ryan who displayed his wealth of knowledge on budgetary issues and thus a star was born.

Now that he is the pick, I beg and plead with the Romney campaign to let Paul Ryan be Paul Ryan. Some have joked that with all his charts and graphs he’s a like a Ross Perot Jr. You know what, despite the fact that Perot became a staple of Saturday Night Live fodder, a lot of people loved Perot and his charts and graphs. It resonated. Let Paul Ryan debate Joe Biden with a huge stack of papers, let him spout statistic after statistic to the MSM. Let him kill our opponents, not with kindness, but with knowledge.

I’m not so arrogant as to believe I speak for most people in the country or even in the conservative movement, but a pick like Paul Ryan gives a pessimist like me a glimmer of hope that we can turn this around. It’s easy to dismiss the MSM, but Romney needed a running mate like who knows how to handle Brian Williams and Chuck Todd and Charlie Gibson and all the others that will pepper Ryan with false premise after false premise. You need a running mate that can look them square in the eye and say “You’re premise is wrong. Here’s why:”

Ryan gave a pretty good speech today, full of the usual applause lines, but then in about the last 3 minutes he served up some red meat that was most pleasing to the palate:

The commitment Mitt Romney and I make to you is this:
We won’t duck the tough issues…we will lead!
We won’t blame others…we will take responsibility!
We won’t replace our founding principles…we will reapply them!
We will honor you, our fellow citizens, by giving you the right and opportunity to make the choice:
What kind of country do we want to have?
What kind of people do we want to be?
We can turn this thing around. Real solutions can be delivered. But, it will take leadership. And the courage to tell you the truth.
Mitt Romney is this kind of leader. I’m excited for what lies ahead and I’m thrilled to be a part of America’s Comeback Team. And together, we will unite America and get this done. Thank you.

This is our last stand. Romney/Ryan have to give it everything they’ve got. Don’t fear the MSM, don’t fear the smears. Spread the message and fight.

Biden Jokes About Spy Swap

Vice President Biden was on Jay Leno last night joking about the spy swap with Russia, saying he hoped they would take Rush Limbaugh and it wasn’t his idea to send away the hot redhead.

Look, I’m not a stick-in-the-mud, I don’t mind politicians joking around, but something about this just makes me shudder. I think if the country was in better shape and/or in better hands, I might have just laughed it off. Instead, all I can think about is Putin rubbing his hands together in evil bliss.

Obama Scandal And Resignation?

Okay, let’s dive into this. The Sestak scandal is starting to become a little bigger than I expected. Today, a new angle in Denver as we find out there is yet another Sestak in Senatorial candidate Andrew Romanoff who was offered a job not to run for the Senate in Colorado. This is according to anonymous sources out of the White House, i.e. a leak. (Paging G. Gordon Liddy…please pick up the bugged white courtesy phone)

Now you know me, I never take these anonymous-sources stories at face value because anyone that leaks something to the media does it for a reason: they want the information reported in the media. The question then becomes ‘why?’ Am I to believe there are people in the Obama Administration that want to hurt Obama? Of course, for George W. Bush, there were plenty, but Obama is a bureaucrat’s dream, so it’s harder to believe he has enemies in his own house. But anything is possible…I just suggest that you keep this in mind.

Interestingly, there is an article in the American Spectator this morning from Peter Ferrara who ups the ante from his original prediction that Obama won’t run in 2012 to predicting Obama will resign before 2012. It’s certainly fun to think about, but it’s not gonna happen. The former prediction is a possibility, though remote, but I’d eat my hat if Obama resigned. His ego would never allow it.

And it would mean President Biden. Scary to say they least, however, I find it interesting that today Biden became the only left-winger in the alpha quadrant of the Universe to take Israel’s side in the flotilla fiasco. Is he tacking to the center in anticipation of a big promotion?

While I’m in Oliver Stone mode, here is my conspiracy theory on Sestak/Romanoff: Obama knows the GOP is going to take over the House in November. Why not distract them with a presidential scandal and work up some sympathy with the public when they hold hearings? Hey, it worked for Bill Clinton!

Strange days.

Joe Biden’s Great Week

Sending Joe Biden to counter Dick Cheney is like taking a knife to a gun-fight. Case in point, Biden had the audacity to take credit for the success in Iraq brought on by the “Surge” that he and Obama fought against and sought to undo once they got into the Executive Branch (obviously, they didn’t).

One gets used to Joe Biden’s hypocrisy and lies, but for the man who once suggested breaking Iraq into three pieces to take credit for a military success from the Bush administration is just too much.

To top it off, he pissed off new Senate wunderkind Scott Brown by implying the Brown (who is a 30-year National Guardsmen and defense attorney) didn’t understand the difference between federal courts and military tribunals. Brown wasn’t amused and said so.

What makes this so all so astounding is that Biden really, truly believes he is the smartest man in America.

The Cheney Family: Sunday Warriors

As usual, the Cheney Family (recently accused by Larry O’Donnell of being torture lovers) are the strongest advocates for the safety of the United States while the country is led by utter incompetents.

And folks, if you don’t have Gateway Pundit bookmarked, do it now. Jim Hoft is your one stop shop for everything you need to know.

A Caption Contest For The Ages

It appears Glenn Reynolds ruffled a feather or two by simply pulling a picture off the White House Flickr page and going “what the hell?” Racism! says Andrew Sullivan, proving for the umpteenth time the disease he’s carried for several years is affecting his brain. Seriously.

Anyway, Ed Driscoll has the best caption:

“Can you get me off the hook, Barry…For old time’s sake?”

“Can’t do it, Joe.”