Saturday Movie Matinee: Democrats vs Republicans on Contempt Vote

Today’s theme is Democrats vs Republicans on the vote to hold Holder in Contempt of Congress.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t home for the full House Contempt vote, last Thursday, so I had to miss most of the floor speeches. I did turn on my CSPAN iphone ap when I had a chance to listen in when I could, and remember being aghast when I heard Democrat voices like Hank Johnson’s coming through…

I don’t know what to tell you other than, this guy don’t know sh*t from shinola, but he’s a pretty good representation of the caliber of argument coming from the House Democrats.

Georgia’s own Hank (Guam could Capsize!) Johnson, put on his legal scholar hat to explain to the ignorant masses that we just have to trust that there is a good reason for Holder (?!) to invoke executive privilege.

He also explained how the Republicans leaders at the beginning of Obama’s presidency were;

“scheming to disrupt, and uh….say no… and obstruct everything the President put forth….  They have done everything they can to make the President look bad. This is a manufactured crisis, it has no legal substance whatsoever, this is just simply a cheap stunt to bring disfavor on the President of the United States. And I ask my colleagues to not let us sink to this level……this is truly saddening.”

I’m sorry, the average Joe could eat a bowl of alphabet soup and crap out a smarter statement than that.

And now, here’s an emotional, but as always, highly articulate, and well reasoned Trey Gowdy explaining the reason for the contempt vote: “The same rules apply to everyone”…

“For those of you who want a negotiation, a compromise, an extraordinary accommodation, (to use the Attorney General’s words), for those of you who want to plea bargain, my question to you is simply this; will you settle for 75 of the truth? Is 50 of the truth enough for you? A third? Or do you want it all? Because if you want it all you want all the documents….”

Dem Rep Cohen (TN) says GOP focus on Fast and Furious, (which started under the Bush administration) is “misplaced”, and like Johnson, advances the theory that the Republicans are just out to get Obama.

Compare to Rep Jason Chaffetz’s (UT) reasoned and fact filled defense of the contempt of Congress vote on House floor:

Former prosecutor Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) defends Attorney General Eric Holder, saying that we should be focused on stopping the gun violence that spills across the border, but instead are inexplicably focusing on documents.

Everything in this speech is designed to obfuscate and deceive:

In his one minute speech, Speaker of the House, John Boehner explains “how we got here, and the acts of the case”. He argues that by invoking executive privilege, the Obama administration has   “left us no other options”.

Are Democrats across America proud of how their Reps conducted themselves regarding a scandal that is already much worse than Watergate because it has a body count, and with 1000 weapons still out there, unaccounted for, a body count that is certain to grow? Are you proud of their “circle the wagons” loyalty to party over principle?

SEE ALSO:

Doug Ross: Sharyl Attkisson double-taps Eric Holder on CBS News: perjury, cover-up and retribution confirmed:

Thanks to heroes like Dodson and Forcelli, as well as true journalists like Sipsey Street Irregulars, Gun Rights Examiner and Sharyl Attkisson of CBS News, it will become increasingly difficult for vintage media to ignore the utter lawlessness of Eric Holder and his out-of-control DOJ.

Oh, and as for the results of Holder’s “internal investigation” by the DOJ “inspector general”, which has been supposedly been underway since February 2011 — 18 months, or 50 percent longer than the Warren Commission investigation into JFK’s assassination — not a single word has been forthcoming.

Rep. Issa: it’s time to subpoena Holder’s “inspector general” Cynthia A. Schnedar. It’s time to find out what she knows and when she knew it. Or she can take the Fifth, which would tell us everything we need to know.

Gretawire: Rep. Jason Chaffetz ‘On the Record’

Watch to the very end where she asks him, “Do you have more? Do you have any sources or whistleblowers that have sort of piqued your interest….”

Chaffetz: “Yes. Yes. Absolutely.”

There is more coming.

Karol Markowicz: Opinion: Fast and Furious – and Eric Holder’s Mistake – is Deadly Serious

I’m not going to give you the whole the-media-would-lap-up-this-scandal-if-the-president-was-Republican song and dance though it’s obvious to anyone paying any attention that they would. I just want to focus on the latest spin from the media on the whole story. It had two parts. Part 1 is “who cares?” and part 2 is “let’s make fun of those who do care.”

Take Roger Simon from Politico. He’s their Chief Political Columnist, which sounds pretty serious. So it’s strange that a serious Chief Political Columnist would tweet this yesterday:

Think House GOP now sorta regrets scheduling its Holder contempt vote for today? ‪#WhoStillCares

Who still cares that the U.S. government sold guns to Mexican gangs? I care. Brian Terry’s family cares. I’m sure the families of the hundreds of Mexicans who were killed with these guns care. I guess a “Chief Political Columnist” doesn’t have to worry about stray bullets from these guns but those who do CARE.

The Chief Political Columnist then tweeted:

If guns don’t kill people, but people kill people, why are conservatives upset over Fast & Furious

I guess in the Beltway this might be a…joke? In the rest of the country it’s an eyeroll.

Big Government: Fast and Furious: Dead Fish Stink from the Head Down:

Back in 2009, I was in Del Rio, Texas, attending a Texas Border Sheriff’s Coaliton conference. During one particular Q and A session, the Obama liaison from the Department of Homeland Security kept focusing on stopping the southern flow of guns and money into Mexico.

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Issa Puts Details of Secret Wiretap Applications in Congressional Record (Update!: ATF Honcho: “ATF Needs to F—k” Whistleblowers)

More “political gamesmanship” from the GOP via Ace of Spades HQ:

This is that red-banner headline Drudge has — but the site is overloaded and can’t be reached.

But JohnE. reached it earlier, and sent it by email.

This is from Roll Call. Update: Link now appears to be working.

Darrell Issa Puts Details of Secret Wiretap Applications in Congressional Record

By Jonathan Strong
Roll Call Staff
June 29, 2012, 12:06 p.m.

In the midst of a fiery floor debate over contempt proceedings for Attorney General Eric Holder, House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) quietly dropped a bombshell letter into the Congressional Record.

The May 24 letter to Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), ranking member on the panel, quotes from and describes in detail a secret wiretap application that has become a point of debate in the GOP’s “Fast and Furious” gun-walking probe.

The wiretap applications are under court seal, and releasing such information to the public would ordinarily be illegal. But Issa appears to be protected by the Speech or Debate Clause in the Constitution, which offers immunity for Congressional speech, especially on a chamber’s floor.

According to the letter, the wiretap applications contained a startling amount of detail about the operation, which would have tipped off anyone who read them closely about what tactics were being used.

Holder and Cummings have both maintained that the wiretap applications did not contain such details and that the applications were reviewed narrowly for probable cause, not for whether any investigatory tactics contained followed Justice Department policy.

KABOOM!

I’ve gotta run, you can read Ace’s reaction, here.

UPDATE:

Via Matthew Boyle of The Daily Caller: Grassley: Politics in US attorney’s decision not to prosecute Holder?

Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley is pressing Ron Machen, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, to explain whether political interference has blocked him from prosecuting Attorney General Eric Holder, whom the House of Representatives held in criminal contempt yesterday.

After the contempt vote, Deputy Attorney General James Cole wrote to House Speaker John Boehner saying the administration has decided it won’t ask Machen to enforce the resolution.

“The Department has determined that the Attorney General’s response to the subpoena issued by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform does not constitute a crime, and therefore the Department will not bring the congressional contempt citation before a grand jury or take any other action to prosecute the Attorney General,” Cole wrote.

But in a letter to Machen, Grassley wrote Friday that the U.S. attorney doesn’t appear to have personally made the decision not to prosecute. It appears, he wrote, that Holder or some other political figure in the Obama administration made it for him, and that the decision seems to lack even the appearance of “independence.”

This Attorney General is as clean as a whistle. Those awful Republicans just need to stop being motivated by partisan politics…
UPDATE:
This was posted on the Clean-up ATF whistleblower website, today:
We are midst of never before seen levels of corruption, mismanagement and deceit at DOJ and ATF.The conduct of DOJ is mind-blowing.What has and is taking place at ATF is never going away until it is addressed with something other than words of false promise. Excuses and a failure to react/address do not fly with ATF Agents. Someone has to find the character to walk the walk and stop talking.The executives know full well what happened in Fast and Furious. They know the who, what, when, where, why and how. They know.That level of understanding also applies to the Reno Field Office, the preferred treatment for SES’s in trouble, the issues affecting moral, and the individual issues of Vince Cefalu, all the whistleblowers, Jay Dobyns and everything else dirty about our agency.The leadership of DOJ and ATF all know what time it is on every aspect of every dispute. They know.

UPDATE!

In a Friday letter to the DOJ’s Inspector General Michael Horowitz, Grassley and Issa said they’re now concerned retaliation is much more likely following Thursday’s votes to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in criminal and civil contempt of Congress.

“We just learned that ATF senior management placed two of the main whistleblowers who have testified before Congress about Fast and Furious under the supervision of someone who vowed to retaliate against them,” they wrote before describing how senior political figures have made dangerous threats before.

Grassley and Issa said that in early 2011, right around the time Grassley first made public the whistleblowers’ allegations about Fast and Furious, Scot Thomasson – then the chief of the ATF’s Public Affairs Division – said, according to an eyewitness account: “We need to get whatever dirt we can on these guys [the whistleblowers] and take them down.”

Thomasson also allegedly said that: “All these whistleblowers have axes to grind. ATF needs to f—k these guys.”

According to Grassley and Issa, when Thomasson was asked about whistleblowers’ allegations that guns were allowed to walk, Thomasson said he “didn’t know and didn’t care.”

The  details of secret wiretap applications that Issa put into the Congressional Record can be found here.
RELATED:
Dennis K. Burke, who as a lawyer for the Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee in the 1990s was a key player behind the enactment of the 1994 assault-weapons ban, and who then went on to become Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano’s chief of staff, and a contributor to Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential primary campaign, and then a member of Obama’s transition team focusing on border-enforcement issues, ended up in the Obama administration as the U.S. attorney in Arizona responsible for overseeing Operation Fast and Furious.

When Obama nominated Burke to be U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona, Burke told the Arizona Capitol Times he believed he understood what the president and his attorney general wanted him to do.

I guess so.

SEE ALSO:

Doug Ross: Sharyl Attkisson double-taps Eric Holder on CBS News: perjury, cover-up and retribution confirmed

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Friday Free-For All: ObamaTax = “Major Fraud”

Obama still hasn’t figured out how arrogant and unpresidential public gloating like this looks to the average American…especially since most of us oppose ObamaTax:

Via Weasel Zippers:

So be it. We’ll see how well such arrogance serves him, this November.

Gateway Pundit: Top Lawyer Arguing Against Obamacare Says Democrats Committed “Major Fraud” By Not Honestly Representing Obamacare As a Massive New Tax (Video):

Attorney Michael Carvin, one of the lawyers arguing against ObamaCare in front of Supreme Court, told Megyn Kelly that a major fraud had been perpetrated on the American people. If Obamacare would have honestly been represented as the largest tax in history it never would have passed through Congress. Democrats kept this a secret from the American people. Chief Justice Roberts yesterday, in some bizarre twist of logic, decided that it was indeed a massive tax.
Americans, you’ve been had.

Watch the videos via Andrew Kaczynski of Buzzfeed: Five Times The Obama Adminstration Said The Individual Mandate Was Not A Tax.

The Shark Tank: Hillary Clinton Calls Obama a Liar in Romney Video:

I am just going to let this video speak for themselves. Obama has shown a pattern of lies and distortions dating back to the 2008 Democratic Presidential primary race against Hillary Clinton. Watch the video, and see how Hillary smacks him down.

He continues spending millions of dollars, perpetuating falsehoods.So shame on you Barack Obama-Hillary Clinton.

Ace: Obama’s “Crowning Achievement” Is… A Tax:

But now, about that ObamaTax.

Now, Republicans can attack the law not only for being “big government” but for being a huge tax during in weak economy, adding burdens to middle class taxpayers and slowing economic growth. And the GOP doesn’t have to come up with a detailed plan to “replace” Obama’s health care plan.

And Bruce McQuain: Speaking of taxes, here are 20 new taxes ObamaCare imposes:

These via the Americans for Tax Reform.  Says the ATR:

Taxpayers are reminded that the President’s healthcare law is one of the largest tax increases in American history.

Indeed.  Tax increases which took place in 2010 after the passage of the bill:

Read it all…it’s a nightmare for the American taxpayer.

Like I said, yesterday; Republican candidates have been handed their campaign theme – they had better pound it. Most Americans don’t like being lied to.

The National Journal leaked yesterday:

“I’m sure they’ll nail us on taxes and I’m sure it will work,” said a senior White House official speaking on condition of anonymity. “But, given the alternative, that’s a bitter pill I’m ready to swallow.”

The White House, realizing how toxic this issue is to them, now essentially saying that the Supreme Court’s ruling was wrong.

Unbelievable…

Via The Foundry: Sen. Jim DeMint’s Rallying Cry to Repeal Obamacare:

DeMint’s speech, which Heritage excerpted for this short video, came just two hours after the ruling shocked and disappointed many conservatives. After all, tea-party activists swept a group of freshmen lawmakers into the halls of Congress last year and their vote to repeal Obamacare was a major triumph. Equally disappointing for many was the court’s decision.

“We all knew when Obamacare passed that the urgent priority had to be the repeal of that bill and the replacing of the people who imposed it on the American people. That is still the priority today,” DeMint said at Heritage.

Good News for Mitt, via Buzzfeed: Health Care Verdict Drives Flood Of Small Contributions To Romney:

Romney, who has pledged to begin the process of repealing the bill on his first day in office, brought in over $3.2 million in online donations from more than 30,000 individual donors in the first 11 hours after the ruling, according to press secretary Andrea Saul. By contrast, in the entire month of May, Romney’s first month as the presumptive Republican nominee, the candidate listed 27,661 individual donations who reached the $200 reporting threshold on Federal Election Commission filings.

Get this:

The Obama campaign repeatedly declined to release information about their fundraising after the decision.

I know….they just don’t want to spike the football, muahahaha.

Neal Boortz for Townhall: The True Impact of the Obamacare Decision:

I spent the better part of yesterday listening to various pundits and reading blogs and columns about the ObamaCare decision. I think a lot of people are missing something here; missing something very important. The Court’s ruling on ObamaCare grants the Congress of the United States the power to command virtually any action – any action that would not in and of itself constitute a crime – of any individual in this country, and to demand compliance with that command or be penalized. The federal government can now regulate virtually any human activity in which you wish to engage, and to regulate whether or not you will be allowed to refuse to participate in that activity, so long as a penalty is attached to your noncompliance.

Now that the Supreme Court has ruled on the individual mandate, what’s next for both conservatives and the Republican party on health-care reform?

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BRIAN BURCH notes:

Only one man in the last 40 years has been elected president without a majority of the Catholic vote. Even those Catholics who oppose elements of Church teaching don’t want the federal government forcing their Catholic school to provide sterilizations and abortion pills, which the HHS mandate would require. That’s why a majority of Catholicsfavor a clear exemption to the HHS mandate.

But President Obama has refused to grant a workable exemption to Catholic institutions and instead has sought to define the very criteria for what constitutes a religious group. And that’s why states with significant Catholic populations, such as Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania, have suddenly become swing states. If Romney were to win just one of these states, it’s hard to imagine a scenario where Obama wins reelection.

AoSHQ: Liberals: Oh No You Can’t Use Reconciliation To Undo ObamaTax, Republican Senators: Oh Yes We Will:

Some pre-emptive butthurt from liberals:

@timothypmurphy: Old enough to remember when reconciliation was an unconscionable abuse of power.

Right, because only you get to use reconciliation to pass a bill, but it would be hypocritical of us to take you at your word — that the bill is subject to reconciliation — to repeal it.

Kaus wonders why liberals believe this.

Because liberals have the unique ability to suspend their disbelief if it benefits their side.

You can sign AFP’s Hands Off My Healthcare Petition, here.

Watch One Man Photoshop Machine, Slublog go a little crazy on Twitter

Twitchy: Obama’s gloating gone wrong

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Video: Krauthammer on Why Chief Justice Roberts Did It

A lot of people are speculating about what John Robert was up to with his ObamaCare decision, today.

Mark Levin is stunned, calling the decision “lawless”, and “a brutal assault on individual sovereignty….We had four justices, including Kennedy who wanted to throw the entire thing out. The Chief Justice saved it. We can repeal ObamaCare, but how do we fix the Constitution now that it’s been abused….again!”

Charles on Fox News’ Special Report with Bret Baier thinks he knows why Roberts did it:

He cranked out a lengthier explanation for his Washington Post column:

National health care has been a liberal dream for a hundred years. It is clearly the most significant piece of social legislation in decades. Roberts’s concern was that the court do everything it could to avoid being seen, rightly or wrongly, as high-handedly overturning sweeping legislation passed by both houses of Congress and signed by the president.

How to reconcile the two imperatives — one philosophical and the other institutional? Assign yourself the task of writing the majority opinion. Find the ultimate finesse that manages to uphold the law, but only on the most narrow of grounds — interpreting the individual mandate as merely a tax, something generally within the power of Congress.

Result? The law stands, thus obviating any charge that a partisan court overturned duly passed legislation. And yet at the same time the commerce clause is reined in. By denying that it could justify the imposition of an individual mandate, Roberts draws the line against the inexorable decades-old expansion of congressional power under the commerce clause fig leaf.

Law upheld, Supreme Court’s reputation for neutrality maintained. Commerce clause contained, constitutional principle of enumerated powers reaffirmed.

That’s not how I would have ruled. I think the “mandate is merely a tax” argument is a dodge, and a flimsy one at that. (The “tax” is obviously punitive, regulatory and intended to compel.) Perhaps that’s not how Roberts would have ruled had he been just an associate justice and not the chief. But that’s how he did rule.

Some other Roberts friendly musings here, here and here, and especially here.

Holder Held In Contempt, 255-67, 100 Dems Walk Out – Issa’s Speech, Pelosi’s Insane Rant, Holder’s Bitter and Cynical Statement (Video)

The House of Representatives voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress a short while ago. The vote was 255 ayes, 67 nays, and 1 present vote for Contempt Perjury Lied to House. Ouch. Seventeen Democrats joined the Republicans to vote for contempt – 100 did not vote at all, opting to dramatically walk out of the chamber in protest -  talk about “gamesmanship”.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, said on the House floor, “I never thought it would come to this.”

Pelosi, completely out of her mind, completely unable to deal with reality, said the contempt vote was “stunning”, and  “let’s just ignore the whole thing, and not dignify what they are doing and not be present on the floor when they do this heinous act…” Start at 7:00 for the best parts:

Eric Holder responded with a bitter and cynical statement that repeated the administration’s weak talking points, accusing the Republicans of advancing a “politically motivated” investigation during an election year  – in other words -accusing Republicans of  acting in bad faith, rather than in trying to get to the bottom of  what has been aptly dubbed “murdergate”. He patted himself on the back for taking action (only after whistleblowers had come forward), and only calling the Terry family to offer condolences after he had been shamed into it, and he decried what he called “reckless charges” and “truly absurd conspiracy theories”.

Uh huh. Alinsky would be proud.

This is a  tour de force of brazen corruption, dishonesty and incompetence:

Since this corrupt fool has no intention of stepping down, I hope the Republicans are ready for a protracted fight, and the Alinskite tactics that will be employed.

See Also:

Oversight and Reform: Issa Statement on Bipartisan Vote Holding Attorney General in Contempt over Refusal to Produce Fast and Furious Documents

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Video: Obamatax

Obama’s candidacy in 2008, his presidency, his reelection – virtually everything he says -  is based on lies.  His biggest whopper of all?: “No taxes on the middle class.”

The great Jim Geraghty says: A Lot of Promises Reached Their Expiration Date Today.

Red State’s Ben Howe highlighted the duplicity in another excellent video:

This Supreme Court decision just gave Republicans their campaign theme.

UPDATE:

Via Weasel Zippers Romney’s new ad: “Day One, Job One, Repeal Obamacare”…

UPDATE II:

Weasel Zippers: White House Website Still Says Obamacare Individual Mandate Is Not A Tax…

 

Decision Day: Will ObamaCare Be Struck Down? Live Blog: UPDATE: Groan…

The Supreme Court will announce the ruling at 10:00 am ET.

On pins and needs, here. No predictions or “tea leaves” from me… I have no idea what they’re going to decide, and hate to speculate – we’ll hear soon enough.

The Scotusblog website will  the Obamacare ruling, during its Live Blog of the announcements. They expect the Obamacare decision to come up at about 10:15 am.

Keep in mind, Mitt Romney promised that if the Supreme Court upholds the law, he will work to repeal and replace it when he gets into office.

“We’ll all be waiting to see how the court will decide. One thing we already know… it’s bad policy that’s got to go,” Romney said. “And so if the court upholds it, if they say, ‘Look, it passes the Constitution,’ it still is bad policy, and that’ll mean if I’m elected, I’m going to repeal it and replace it. If on the other hand the court strikes it down, they’ll be doing some of my work for me.”

John Boehner said yesterday, “if the court does not strike down the entire law, the House will move to repeal what’s left of it.”

Meanwhile, some top GOP aides told Politico that Republicans will not seek to preserve even the law’s most popular provisions.

That includes a rule allowing young adults to stay on their parents’ health care plans until they turn 26, as well as one forcing insurance companies to cover people with pre-existing conditions.

WHITE HOUSE SPOKESMAN SAYS OBAMACARE IS CONSTITUTIONAL BUT WON’T HAZARD GUESS ON WHETHER SUPREME COURT WILL AGREE

Anyone want to hazard a guess of what Emperor Obama will do if the whole damn thing is thrown out?
Today @ 12:30pmET, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) and The Heritage Foundation’s David Addingtonwill offer the conservative response to the Supreme Court’s ruling on the President’s health care law.WATCH LIVE, here.
SEE ALSO:
UPDATE:
ObamaCare is upheld!
@philipaklein SCOTUS: “The individual mandate is not a valid exercise of Congress’s power under the Commerce Clause.”
Monica Crowley@MonicaCrowley This ruling is a mess. Mandate could survive as a tax?! #WhatTheBleep
Aaron Worthing@AaronWorthing from scotusblog: “entire ACA is upheld, w the exception that the fed gov’s power to terminate states’ Medicaid funds is narrowly read.”
Michelle Malkin@michellemalkin RT @SCOTUSblog CJ Roberts’ fifth #SCOTUS vote saved the #ACA.
John Nolte @NolteNC No penalty for citizen who doen’t buy insurance?
Vicki Mckenna@VickiMcKenna SCOTUS: “The court reinforces that individuals can simply refuse to pay the tax and not comply with the mandate.”
Via Fox News, Justice Kennedy in his dissent, said the law was invalid in it’s entirety.
Greta Van Susteren calls the upholding of this hugely unpopular law, “a huge win for the Obama administration”.
Doug Powers at Michelle Malkin writes:

The mandate survives “as a tax.” That should help the middle class dig out of the recession. (flashback 2009: Obama says individual mandate isn’t a tax)

This doesn’t mean we’re stuck with Obamacare forever — it means that November 6th just got much more important, and I didn’t think that was possible.

See the above quote from Boehner and Romney and keep heart.

Via Freedoms Lighthouse: GOP Rep Schweikert: “Supreme Court just woke up a sleeping giant….election just rolled back to 2010 because it was driven by Obamacare”

via @SCOTUSblog Kennedy says: “In our view, the entire Act before us is invalid in its entirety.”

Longtime ACORN operative, now DNC Director, Patrick Gaspard, keeping it classy….Via Weasel Zippers: DNC Executive Director on Obamacare Ruling: “It’s Constitutional, Bitches!”

So true>>>@MTavistockThe Left will have a new monolith to loot, pillage, and game…

Speaker John BoehnerToday’s ruling by the Supreme Court underscores the urgency of #fullrepeal of #ObamaCare http://j.mp/LFJTni  #4jobs

UPDATE:

Bernstein at Volokh Conspiracy raised the prospect that Roberts initially voted to strike the entire law down but relented under political pressure:

Scalia’s dissent, at least on first quick perusal, reads like it was originally written as a majority opinion (in particular, he consistently refers to Justice Ginsburg’s opinion as “The Dissent”). Back in May, there were rumors floating around relevant legal circles that a key vote was taking place, and that Roberts was feeling tremendous pressure from unidentified circles to vote to uphold the mandate. Did Roberts originally vote to invalidate the mandate on commerce clause grounds, and to invalidate the Medicaid expansion, and then decide later to accept the tax argument and essentially rewrite the Medicaid expansion (which, as I noted, citing Jonathan Cohn, was the sleeper issue in this case) to preserve it? If so, was he responding to the heat from President Obama and others, preemptively threatening to delegitimize the Court if it invalidated the ACA? The dissent, along with the surprising way that Roberts chose to uphold both the mandate and the Medicaid expansion, will inevitably feed the rumor mill.

Carney: Contempt Vote “Political Gamesmanship” that “Won’t Sit Well With Most Americans” (Video)

This is just astounding…at his press briefing today, Jay Carney insisted that the Holder Contempt Vote is just political theater and “an unnecessary distraction from the work that Congress should be doing for the American people on the economy and on jobs, and that many Americans – most Americans will view it that way.”

Carney said a contempt citation would be “the kind of political gamesmanship that frustrates the American people so much about what happens in Washington.”

President Obama’s spokesman urged House Republicans on Wednesday to cancel a planned vote to hold Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. in contempt of Congress, saying most Americans don’t care about the separation-of-powers struggle.

“We hope Republicans change their minds as to what the right course of action is,” said White House press secretary Jay Carney, adding that lawmakers should be focused instead on boosting the economy. “I cannot imagine this will sit well with most Americans.”

As I noted on Sunday, it’s always amusing when Democrats try to speak for the American people. I’m sorry, but  Jay Carney doesn’t speak for me, or anyone who has been paying close attention to this scandal.

This habit of accusing the opposition of bad faith is one of the most disgraceful tactics the Obama administration uses – it’s right up there with the race card.

Last summer, in the heat of the budget battles, a disgusted Charles Krauthammer wrote  that charging one’s opponents with bad faith, was “the ultimate political ad hominem”.

It obviates argument, fact, logic, history. Conservatives resist Obama’s social-democratic, avowedly transformational agenda not just on principle but on empirical grounds, as well — the economic and moral unraveling of Europe’s social-democratic experiment, on display today from Athens to the streets of London.

Obama’s answer? He doesn’t even engage. That’s the point of these ugly accusations of bad faith. They are the equivalent of branding Republicans enemies of the people. Gov. Rick Perry has been rightly chided for throwing around the word “treasonous” in reference to the Fed. Obama gets a pass for doing the same, only slightly more artfully, regarding Republicans. After all, he is accusing them of wishing to see America fail for their own political gain. What is that if not a charge of betraying one’s country?

The charge is not just ugly. It’s laughable.

Now, they’re accusing Republicans of holding the stonewalling Attorney General in contempt for no other reason than political gain – which doesn’t even make sense, since the Republican leadership was so worried about the political optics of going forward that they dragged their feet until it could no longer be avoided. All of the Republicans are acutely aware of how the Democrats are ready and willing  to shamelessly demagogue this vote to hold the country’s first African American AG in contempt. They understand it’s a risky thing to do – but the right thing to do.

It’s now being reported that the Congressional Black Caucus plans to walk out during House vote On Holder’s contempt charges…

Friends of this administration have secret ‘activities’ planned around Holder contempt of Congress vote” no doubt designed to make it look like “the American people” overwhelmingly disapprove of the Republicans actions.

Yet they accuse Republicans of “political gamesmanship”.

If you live around the DC area, a Fast And Furious Protest on White House North Lawn is being organized For July 2nd.  Let’s show the Obama administration that Americans do care.

UPDATE:

Oversight and Reform will be streaming the vote live, tomorrow — click here to watch the House debate the Holder Contempt Resolution.

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Ann Coulter: The biggest scandal in U.S. history:

Democrats will never stop trying to take our guns away. They see something more lethal than a salad shooter and wet themselves.

But since their party was thrown out of Congress for the first time in nearly half a century as a result of passing the 1994 “assault weapons ban,” even liberals know they’re going to need a really good argument to pass any limitation on guns ever again.

So it’s curious that Democrats all started telling the same lie about guns as soon as Obama became president. In March 2009, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced to reporters on a trip to Mexico: “Since we know that the vast majority, 90 percent of that weaponry (used by Mexican drug cartels), comes from our country, we are going to try to stop it from getting there in the first place.”

As she sentimentally elaborated on Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren show: “The guns sold in the United States, which are illegal in Mexico, get smuggled and shipped across our border and arm these terrible drug-dealing criminals so that they can outgun these poor police officers along the border and elsewhere in Mexico.”

Suddenly that 90 percent statistic was everywhere. It was like the statistic on women beaten by their husbands on Super Bowl Sunday.

The Blaze: Al Sharpton Clashes With Rep. John Mica Over Fast and Furious in Tense Interview:

Good Lord, how cringe inducing. Is MSNBC capable of shame and embarrassment?

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Hump Day Link-Around: The Contents of Obama’s Character

Andrew Klavan, PJ Media: The Contents of Obama’s Character:

…of all the weird, creepy and false left-wing religious tenets the Obama administration has forced down this nation’s throat, none is as impossible to swallow as the myth of the president’s superior character.

I am so with him on this:

1. He lies to us constantly about who he is. Not in the way most politicians lie, spinning and shading events with self-serving half-truths. He lies with the arrogant bravado of a con man messiah. My grandfather was tortured by the British. My parents met because of the march in Selma. My white girlfriend wanted to be black. These aren’t lies that were forced out of him in a rough moment to defend himself from controversy — like the lie about terrorist William Ayers being just a guy in the neighborhood, or the one about never having heard the hate-mongering of Jeremiah Wright — these are intentionally crafted falsehoods. They were meant to do exactly what they did: to recreate Obama in the image of the black savior leftists had been waiting for, the man who would relieve them of the disfiguring guilt arising from their dreadful history of racism and justify the disastrous havoc their policies have wreaked on African-Americans.

2. He does not believe in the American way. When he is not lying, when he thinks he’s among friends, when he inadvertently announces his radicalism because it runs so deep he doesn’t even realize it is radicalism, when he thinks he can get away with it because it’s good politics, Obama reveals his philosophy to be antithetical to the exceptional American project of limited government, personal liberty and free enterprise. The Constitution needs to be falsely interpreted to allow wealth redistribution.  The free market doesn’t work. His actions should not be hampered by Congress. The Supreme Court has no right to overturn his laws as unconstitutional. America is arrogant overseas. He can decide unilaterally which laws will be enforced. He can override the free practice of religion if he thinks the issue is really, really important. Again and again, he reveals himself to be wholly a product of the anti-American, anti-liberal and anti-democratic left at odds with the principles of our founding.

3. He has no clue how things actually work. Even if socialism did work, it would be wrong because it would strip people of the fruits of their labor and the property rights on which liberty depends. Thankfully, it doesn’t work, which makes the moral issue moot. But Obama has no clue of what’s been tried and found wanting. He surrounds himself with ideologues and tunes out anyone who’s ever made an honest dime in the real world. Thus every single idea the “progressive” president puts forward is a regressive throwback to notions that have been failing miserably for more than seventy years. The stuff he believes is just plain dopey. He thinks technology is the cause of unemployment. He does not understand that only private jobs create the wealth that makes public jobs possible. He thinks that wind and solar energy should be subsidized and fossil fuel production suppressed. He insists on bringing the European social model to the U.S. even as the model implodes in front of our eyes.

Read the entire piece at PJ media.

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CFP: CPUSA Says Re-electing Obama is “Absolutely Essential”:

A writer for the Communist Party USA says that “…re-electing Obama is absolutely essential,” and warns that “divisions among Democrats and a potential wave of bad economic news can combine to threaten President Obama’s reelection.”

Marxist John Case, who writes for various CPUSA publications, has written a piece, “The danger of a Romney election [1],” for the party publication People’s World, which warns that “Re-electing Obama is not sufficient to bring economic recovery or even relief to our people.

This is why Sooper Mexican is one of the fastest rising stars in the conservative blogosphere: Department of Justice Arizona Immigration Hotline Phone Call:

When the news broke that the Department of Justice had set up a “hotline” to call in abuses of civil liberties in Arizona after the Supreme Court ruled on SB1070, I didn’t think much of it.

Then I called in. I can’t believe what I heard.

Listen in at the link.

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Patterico has the latest on the Kimberlin saga, featuring the execrable Neal Rauhauser:

Strong Circumstantial Evidence That Brett Kimberlin Is Astroturfing the Alleged “Threats” Against Him and His Allies:

Ask yourself if the following scenario seems likely:

A convicted perjurer and bomber, obsessed with people he perceives to be his “enemies,” sees evidence of a threat by one of those long-time “enemies.” The threat is made in a comment to a blog post about the bomber, 9 days after the post was originally published. The bomber sees that threat 1-8 minutes after the threat is made. This occurs around midnight.

The threat is by an impostor commenter, falsely using the name of the bomber’s “enemy.” Within minutes, the host of the blog notices the fakery, deletes the comment and related comments, and posts explanatory comments that he has done so. But the bomber/perjurer already has the threat on his Internet browser.

Despite the evident importance of the threat, however, he waits at least 32 minutes to capture the screenshot.

Then the perjurer and bomber never refreshes the thread again in the next 19 days.

The perjurer and bomber says he’s not the guy who left the threat. And he doesn’t know who did. He just happened to see it, coincidentally, during that 8-minute window, 9 days after the post was published. And that was the last time he ever hit “refresh” on the post about himself.

Does this scenario make any sense at all?

Kimberlin Loses, Again:

This time, he lost an appeal of a court’s refusal to hold Seth Allen in contempt.

Brett Kimberlin Associate “Gaped Crusader” — And the Evidence Connecting Him to Neal Rauhauser:

The methods include “outing” people’s identities; posting their home addresses; and creating (phony) civil and criminal liability. The Gaped Crusader attributes each atrocity to Neal Rauhauser or his associate Brett Kimberlin (who runs the Occupy for Accountability blog that published pictures of my house).

The Gaped Crusader thought he was making these observations anonymously. But he made mistakes, many of which are listed in this post — which reveals extensive evidence connecting the Gaped Crusader to Brett Kimberlin associate Neal Rauhauser.

The evidence includes (among other things) common topics of obsession; common unique catch phrases; admission by both of a particular trip at a particular time; characteristic method of formatting emails; and my personal favorite: a shared IP address.

It’s a slam dunk.

Brett Kimberlin Threatens Even More Unconstitutional Peace Orders Against Aaron Walker:

Aaron Walker is not responsible for the reaction of other people to his peaceful speech, in which he repeatedly disclaims any intent to have people harass Kimberlin in any way whatsoever. (As do I.)

The thing is, Kimberlin has been told all of this before — and he still goes back and gets peace orders. And the judges in the Maryland court system give them to him. These judges feel bound by their own rules instead of the rules set by the Supreme Court, as Judge Vaughey famously made clear.

So when Kimberlin makes a threat like this, it is not idle.

He is not going to stop, until someone (morally and legally) forces him to stop.

Are there any judges in Maryland who aren’t hopelessly inept and/or corrupt?

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Imagine what the headlines would look like if this were a tea party leader…

Big Government: Gay Rights Icon Arrested on Child Porn Charges:

The search warrant is a comprehensive list of terribles: images of year-old infants subjected to sodomy and oral sex, and perverse racial comments (Brinkin’s email: “I loved especially the 2 year old n—– getting nailed. Hope you’ll continue so I can see what the little blond b—- is going to get. White Power! White Supremacy! White D— Rules!”).

Ugh…I think I’m going to be sick, now.

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I’m sure this next story has nothing at all to do with the Rashad Richey debacle…

Georgia Tipsheet: Mug shot down: state Rep. wants bill prohibiting mug shot display:

 Free speech or profit through others’ humiliation?

State Rep. Roger Bruce (D-Atlanta) falls into the second category when it comes to whether or not websites have the right to display mugshots of those arrested in Georgia. So strongly, in fact, that he plans to introduce a bill concerning the matter for the coming 2013 General Assembly Session.

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This will get your blood boiling…

The Jawa Report: Remember The Unhinged NC Teacher Who Told Her Student Criticizing Obama Was A Criminal Offense?

If you don’t remember, go read about it HERE.

It appears she was right. Not in the eyes of the law, but rather in the eyes of the liberal-leaning school system. The young man who challenged the teacher while recording it on his cellphone has been facing harassment not only from Tanya Dixon-Neely, the unhinged teacher, but also from other students who are related to Dixon-Neely and the school’s administrators.

Fearing their son’s safety, the parents of the young man have requested help from the school itself. So far, the school has refused safety accommodations. In fact, the school administration seems to be blaming the young man for the negative publicity (emphasis mine):

Keep reading. Outrageous.

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John Yoo, AEI: The immigration proclamation: President Obama may not ignore laws he dislikes:

A president may decline to carry out a congressional command in only two situations. First, the president may and should refuse to execute congressional statutes that violate the Constitution, because the Constitution is the highest form of law. If federal officials had to enforce every congressional enactment, they “must close their eyes on the constitution, and see only the law,” as Chief Justice John Marshall wrote in the Supreme Court’s Marbury v. Madison decision (1803) recognizing the power of judicial review. “This doctrine would subvert the very foundation of all written constitutions.” In the War on Terror, the Bush administration argued that the president could refuse to execute laws that infringed on the executive’s constitutional national-security powers. Otherwise, a Congress with a different view of foreign policy could order the military to refuse to carry out the president’s orders as commander-in-chief.

Read the whole thing at the link…

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J Christian Adams, PJ Media: Eric Holder’s Thin Argument to Keep Foreigners Voting Illegally:

It turns out at least 50 of these foreigners have voted in Florida elections. If done in a federal election, this constitutes a federal crime. Yet why has the Justice Department not charged these individuals?

Of course we all know the answer – preventing the removal of the foreigners is more important to Eric Holder than prosecuting the ones who voted illegally.

Now comes the Justice Department’s attempt to obtain an injunction against Florida from proceeding with the removal of the foreigners. DOJ claimed that removal of foreigners would have a racially discriminatory impact. That is, more Hispanics would be removed than whites as a percentage of the population.Well, so what?

Florida has punched back in this memo:

The fact that a program to remove non-citizen voters affects a large percentage of minorities is neither surprising, nor remotely indicative of impermissible discrimination. Any program that removes non-citizens from the rolls in Florida, even if 100% accurate, will undoubtedly have this result. But DOJ cannot and does not argue that the accurate removal of non-citizens has any impermissible disparate impact.

Translation: of course there will be a disparate racial impact when illegal foreigners are removed from the voter rolls. What else would you expect?  That alone doesn’t make it illegal.

Lord help us.

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Katie Pavlich, Townhall: Bipartisan: More Democrats to Vote Holder in Contempt:

Georgia Democrat John Borrow will be voting to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt over his on-going stonewalling of the Congressional investigation into Operation Fast and Furious.

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Twitchy: Left shrieks over reports that up to 35 House Democrats may back Holder contempt vote:

The White House claims House Republicans are engaging in “political theater” as they prepare to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt for refusing to supply subpoenaed documents related to the deadly Fast and Furious gun-tracking operation.

Not so fast, White House.

As many as 35 House Democrats are reportedly prepared to vote for the contempt resolution. It appears the GOP’s political “witch hunt” isn’t so political after all, doesn’t it?

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AP: Judge refuses to block Florida voter purge:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge has refused to stop Florida from removing potentially non-U.S. citizens from its rolls.

The U.S. Department of Justice sued the state to halt the purge, arguing it was going on too close to a federal election.

U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle said Wednesday that there was nothing in federal voting laws that prevent the state from identifying non-U.S. citizens even if it comes less than 90 days before the Aug. 14 election.

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Weasel Zippers: DCCC Chief Tells Endangered Democrats To Stay Away From DNC Convention…

Yes, away.

(Reuters) — The man responsible for getting Democrats elected to the Congress this fall has a message for his party’s candidates: Stay away from the Democratic National Convention in September.

“If they want to win an election, they need to be in their districts,” New York congressman Steve Israel, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, told the Reuters Washington Summit on Tuesday.

Israel emphasized that Democratic President Barack Obama’s poll ratings — which have hovered around 50 percent — have little to do with his stance.

“I don’t care if the president was at 122 percent favorability right now,” he said. “I think (candidates) should be in their districts,” rather than spend time at the convention, which will be in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 3–6.

FTR Radio: David Limbaugh Interview On “The Snark Factor With Fingers Malloy”

David Limbaugh, author of the brand new book “The Great Destroyer: Barack Obama’s War on the Republic”, joined us on FTR Radio to talk about his new book and the upcoming Supreme Court decision on ObamaCare.

In a wide ranging 30 minute interview, David talks about how in the book he covers…

**How through Chicago style thug politics, Presdient Obama uses an us-against-them argument to promote destructive polices.

**How the President and his staff are using Alinsky tactics and are lying, especially in demonzing the budget plan of Paul Ryan.

**He compares the governing style of the President to acting as a adolescent and a bully. He also characterizes him as a “rank extremeist loud mouth city councilman”, and says that if America reelects him we are committing national suicide.

**David also briefly talks about what a conversation between himself and Rush Limbaugh might sound like during a round of golf.

Buckle up and get ready for a great interview with one of the most passionate advocates for America and the free markets, not to mention an all around good guy. The Snark Factor with Fingers Malloy with special guest David Limbaugh starts now


Steny Hoyer Indicates Contempt Vote Will Be Bipartisan

On Sunday, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa predicted a “bipartisan” floor vote would hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress on Thursday.

“I believe they will [vote to hold him in contempt],” House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) told “Fox News Sunday.”

“Both Republicans and Democrats will vote that,” he added. “I believe it will be bipartisan.”

While some liberal pundits scoffed at that idea,  it now looks almost certain that a number of Democrats will be defecting the party line to vote for contempt. Rep Steny Hoyer of Maryland is conceding that a number of Democrats are considering a yes vote.
CBS News reports:

The chief Democratic House head counter, Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, declined to tell reporters how many defections he expected, but acknowledged that some in his party would consider heeding the NRA’s call for a “yes” vote.

The gun owners association injected itself last week into the stalemate over Justice Department documents demanded by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The NRA said it supports the contempt resolution and will keep a record of how members vote.

An NRA letter to House members contended that the Obama administration “actively sought information” from Operation Fast and Furious to support its program to require dealers to report multiple rifle sales.

In other Fast and Furious news, Darrell Issa questioned Obama’s  eyebrow-raising assertion of executive privilege in a letter to the White House on Tuesday:

In a letter obtained by The Daily Caller, House oversight committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa pressed President Barack Obama directly on his assertion of executive privilege over documents related to Operation Fast and Furious.

“[Y]our privilege assertion means one of two things,” Issa wrote to the president in a letter dated June 25. “Either you or your most senior advisers were involved in managing Operation Fast & Furious and the fallout from it, including the false February 4, 2011 letter provided by the attorney general to the committee, or, you are asserting a presidential power that you know to be unjustified solely for the purpose of further obstructing a congressional investigation.”

Issa’s entire seven page letter can be read, here.

And oh joy – The Daily Caller’s Michelle Fields interviewed Al Sharpton, and guess what? He has  secret ‘activities’ planned around Holder contempt of Congress vote [VIDEO].

I stopped tracking Obama and his acolyte’s cynical election year racial politics months ago. It became so prevalent after the Trayvon Martin case, I couldn’t keep up. But we are about to see the race baiting strategy reach a crescendo in the coming days.

Stir up the base…Divide and conquer. That is Obama’s reelection strategy.

It’s pretty sick, but what else does he have?

NRA’s Ginny Simone questioned Niger Innis about Sharpton’s disgraceful Fast and Furious race-hustling on NRA TV:

See also:

“Lie, noun, 1. A false statement made with deliberate intent to deceive; an intentional untruth.”

There are other words in the English language that dance around the edges of “a false statement made with deliberate intent to deceive” — misrepresentation, mendacity, falsehood, improbity, prevarication, perfidy, untruth. But nothing cuts through such rhetorical claptrap like that little three-letter word “lie.”

Thus begins the fast and furious descent of President Obama. Almost exactly 40 years to the day after burglars slipped into the Watergate complex, setting off a coverup that toppled a president, Mr. Obama on Thursday invoked executive privilege to shield documents about his administration’s shockingly inept “gunwalking” program known as Fast and Furious.

That same day, the lies poured forth in the White House briefing room, delivered by the president’s chief spokesman.

“What I can tell you is that there is nothing in these documents that pertains to the Fast and Furious operation,” Jay Carney said, asserting that “every document related to the Fast and Furious operation has long since been provided to congressional investigators.”

“Hogwash,” said Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee. “Through my investigation, I know there are reams of documents related to the ‘operation itself’ that the Justice Department has refused to turn over to Congress.”

The Obama administration and their sycophants are spinning as fast and furiously, as they can, now.
UPDATE:
Linked by Michelle Malkin, thanks.

Another One: Mo Senator Claire McCaskill May Skip Dem Convention – Sept. Schedule “in Flux” (Updated with More)

The Weekly Standard reports that Missouri senator Claire McCaskill,  may well skip the Democratic convention in September. For those keeping score, this brings the the number of Democrats avoiding their own party’s convention like the plague, to at least eight. Last week, Michelle Malkin reported on what she labeled the Tarheel trainwreck: The coming DNC disaster:

…at least seven Democratic officials will skip Obama-palooza: New York Democratic Reps. Bill Owens and Kathy Hochul; Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. Mark Critz; three endangered Democratic politicians from West Virginia, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, Sen. Joe Manchin, and Rep. Nick Rahall; and Utah Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson.

The Democratic boycotters have dinged Obama on everything from his election-year illegal alien amnesty power grab to his failed jobs programs to his destructive war on coal. While “Forward!” may be the official Obama campaign slogan, “Back Away!” is quickly becoming the dissenting Democrats’ rallying cry.

According to the Saint Louis Beacon, “A campaign aide said the senator’s schedule for September was still in flux. McCaskill expects to be in a tough re-election battle.”

McCaskill had missed the state Democratic convention several weeks ago because her mother has been ill. She did make the party’s biggest fundraising event of the year, the Jefferson-Jackson dinner, last Friday.

Juan Williams writing for Fox News helpfully explains;

A weak presidential candidate at the top of the ticket does not usually help anyone on the ticket. But in this election cycle conservative Democrats obviously see their political fortunes as separate from Obama’s.

One of those conservative Democrats, Sen. Claire McCaskill, is locked in a tough reelection fight in Missouri, a state Obama lost in 2008. In addition to backing away from the president on the budget deal, she is also backing away on immigration policy changes allowing young illegal immigrants in high school or the military to avoid deportation.

“My preference would be for Congress to resolve this issue …,” McCaskill said. “I’ll be looking at the details of this announcement closely to ensure it isn’t a magnet for illegal immigration.”

McCaskill is distancing herself from the president in the hope of persuading swing voters that she is more of an independent than a Democrat.

A Rasmussen poll taken earlier this month found McCaskill losing to her likely GOP opponent by 12 points. McCaskill needs independent voters and she does not see the Obama brand helping her cause.

It’s interesting that Juan would characterize McCaskill as a “conservative” Democrat when her voting record is anything but.
UPDATE:
Montana’s John Tester (D, Mont) jumping off the sinking ship, too.
Charlotte now more radioactive than Chernobyl.
UPDATE II:
 John Barrow, the Georgia Democrat, looks to be following the lead of Claire McCaskill of Missouri, and Joe Manchin and Earl Ray Tomblin of West Virginia and will not be attending the Democratic National Convention. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports:
WASHINGTON—Augusta U.S. Rep. John Barrow will skip the Democratic National Convention in September, adding to a growing list of Democrats distancing themselves from the national party’s major quadrennial get-together.
That brings the number of major Democrats skipping the Democrat Convention to 10.
See Also:

While both lawmakers say they’re missing out on the chance to attend President Barack Obama’s formal re-nomination for president to concentrate on their own re-election campaigns, observers note that it makes sense for them to keep Obama at an arm’s length.

That differs from just four years ago when both attended the 2008 convention in Denver.

“I have seen Barack Obama in the Senate,” McCaskill said at the convention. “I have been by his side campaigning in diners and coffee shops. I know he will bring the change we need in Washington.”

Linked by Michelle Malkin, and Doug Ross, thanks!

A Video Message From Herman Cain and Ken Blackwell To Eric Holder

The American Civil Responsibility Union has launched a new campaign called “Protect your Vote”, and are employing the persuasive talents of Herman Cain and Ken Blackwell in an effort to shine a spotlight on threats to Americans’ voting rights, and promote  Voter ID laws.

They say the Obama administration has “launched an all-out war on voter ID laws” to bolster the president’s re-election chances and are simply asking  Attorney General Holder to: keep America free:

“Protecting the integrity of the ballot box is essential to our democracy,” Blackwell says.

“Laws requiring voters to show identification at the polls are common-sense measures to prevent fraud and corruption and to ensure that each year’s election returns accurately reflect the will of the people.

“With the attack led by the Obama Justice Department on voter ID laws across this country, ACRU has decided to mount a counteroffensive to protect the integrity of ballot boxes all across our country.”

Gov Jan Brewer Rips Obama on Greta: “What They’ve Said to Az is, Drop Dead Arizona” (Video)

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer was initially delighted with the Supreme Court ruling on the AZ immigration law, Monday, but her glee was dampened just a few hours later when the Obama administration maliciously revoked the 287(g) agreement between Arizona law enforcement officers and the federal government in the enforcement of immigration law.

She didn’t hold back her feelings of disgust and disappointment with the Obama administration, Monday night on Greta Van Susteren.
“This is politics at its best,” Brewer fumed.

Brewer also criticized Obama’s latest executive decision to change immigration policy, calling it, “backdoor amnesty.”

“Why aren’t they abiding by the rule of law?” she asked of the Obama  administration. She added, “What they’ve said to Arizona is, drop dead Arizona. Drop dead and go away, and we’re going to ignore you.”

“Is this not America?” she asked. “Do I not as governor have the right to protect the people of Arizona? It just is incomprehensible to think that this is all taken place today. It ticks me off. I think that it should tick the people of America off.”

When Greta asked if she would appeal the administration’s 287(g) decision, she said bluntly answered that she didn’t know if she could.

 “It is actually the federal government. It is their program, and it’s almost become apparent that they can do whatever they darn well want. They don’t want to enforce their laws, they won’t let us help them  enforce their laws…. The bottom line is, we need a new administration, somebody that will take the responsibility… uphold the rule of law, and secure our borders so we can deal with all the issues dealing with illegal immigration.”

Aaron Worthing SWATted

He prevailed in court this morning, only to have be targeted with the vicious left-wing intimidation tactic of SWATting, this evening.

Via Twitchy:

Aaron Walker, one of the bloggers targeted by Brett Kimberlin, is the latest victim of SWAT-ting. Walker, who goes by Aaron Worthing online, tweeted the news of this extreme form of harassment being used on his family shortly after news broke that the peace order against him had been modified, restoring his First Amendment rights. Thankfully, though, Aaron reports that he and his wife are safe.

Obviously, whoever is behind this, is desperate and not thinking clearly. Within moments of Worthing/Walker’s tweet, the story went viral on Twitter. All the SWATing did was draw more unwanted attention to the Kimberlin criminal cabal.

Patterico spoke to Walker and one of the police officers on the scene…

The officers had machine guns but did not point them at Aaron. They were quickly able to determine it was a hoax.

RS McCain’s immediate reaction; “Holy F-ing Sh*t!”

Readers will excuse the intensity of my reaction, but I simply cannot imagine that any criminal would be so stupidly overconfident to attempt such a thing, at a time when there is so much public attention on the subject. It boggles the mind.

Check out Walker’s blog, Allergic to Bull, later tonight for an update about the incident.

New Super PAC, “Special Operations Speaks” Emerges To Defeat Obama

 

Special Operations Speaks, a Super PAC of ” Honorably discharged veterans of the Special Operations communities of all the Armed Services” have organized an effort to defeat Barack Hussein Obama..

Has anything like this ever happened before in our nation’s history?

Their mission:

SOS is configured as a “Super Political Action Committee” (Super PAC) that will enable it to exert maximum influence as an advocate for the election of an advocate of constitutional government as President of the United States.  Subsequent to the 2012 campaign, SOS will continue to exert pressure on behalf of the Special Operations community.

Of particular interest to SOS is the urgency of maintaining the level of secrecy that has heretofore been a hallmark of Special Operations.  The recent leaking of highly classified information from the offices of the Commander-in-Chief himself clearly indicates the need to protect sensitive information from the public (and enemy’s) eye.  SOS will educate the public and its representatives in the US Congress about this issue.

Until November 6, 2012, SOS will organize and execute operations designed to help elect an American Patriot to defeat Barack Hussein Obama.

An SOS petition to stop the leaks can be signed, here.

Here’s one of the featured videos on their photos and videos page. You’ve probably already seen it. Watch it again as it helps explain the impetus for the forming of this Super PAC.

Spiking the Football:

Hat tip: Lucianne

Linked by Doug Ross, thanks!

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