Law Prof To Congress: “If You Want to Stay Relevant, Don’t Stand Idly By And Let The President Take Your Power Away.”

The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing, this morning to address Obama’s escalating abuses of power.

Entitled, ENFORCING THE PRESIDENT’S CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY TO FAITHFULLY EXECUTE THE LAWS the hearing’s witness panel included, Mr. Jonathan Turley of George Washington University Law School, Ms. Elizabeth Price Foley of Florida International University College of Law, and Mr. Christopher Schroeder of Duke University Law School.

Bob Goodlatte, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, asked the panel what to most would appear a rhetorical question, “Is unilateral decision making good for our Republican system of government?

Turley, who has been one of the most outspoken critics of Obama’s executive overreach, said, “the greatest danger that we have, really cannot be overstated, when he have the concentration of power in one branch. That is precisely the sort of power the framers were seeking  to avoid.”

“What people often miss, he continued  “is that the separation of powers was not about protecting Congress – -separation of powers was designed for the protection of liberty. It was to prevent the concentration of power in any of the branches that would threaten the individual citizen.”

Goodlatte asked Professor Foley what she thought the longterm institutional consequences would be if the current practice of “benevolent suspensions of the law” isn’t stopped.

She answered that people are going to continue to be cynical about government and the Constitution, and ultimately eroding respect for the rule of law.

She also brought up the point that it makes it less likely for Congress to tackle big issues like immigration reform,  “why would you go through the trouble of reaching a very delicate political compromise on an issue like that if you think that the president is going to just benevolently suspend those portions of the law he doesn’t like after you reach that compromise.” She concluded, “if you want to stay relevant as an institution, I would suggest that you not stand idly by and let the president take your power away.”

Goodlatte then asked about the principle of prosecutorial discretion which Obama’s “deferred actions” are based on. “Does prosecutorial discretion have such elasticity that a whole class of people could be recipients of deferred actions based simply on them being in the category…?

Foley said, “yeah, this is sort of a dangerous and scary moment – uh, that’s not discretion – that’s raw, lawmaking power.”

 

Video: Marco Rubio’s Passionate Floor Speech Ripping Cuba, Venezuela and Useful Idiot Tom Harkin

In case you haven’t seen this yet, it’s a reminder of why conservatives fell in love with this guy prior to his involvement with the gang of eight’s amnesty push and it’s why he still has a bright future ahead of him in the Republican party.

Via John Sexton at the Conversation:

Rubio’s 14 minute speech was apparently prompted by comments Sen. Tom Harkin made after a visit to Cuba last month. One of the points Harkin raised was Cuba’s low infant mortality rate. Rubio questioned the reliability of Cuba’s official infant mortality statistics, noting that “totalitarian communist regimes don’t have the best history of accurately reporting things.”

Rubio also noted with regard to Cuba’s high literacy rate that “They can only read censored stuff.” He added “I wish that someone on that trip would have asked the average Cuban: With your wonderful literacy skills, are you allowed to read the NY Times or the Wall Street Journal or any blog for that matter? Because the answer is no.”

Five minutes into the speech Rubio pivoted by noting that Cuba had “exported” their system of repression to Venezuela. He showed a series of large posters, talking about each one in turn. The first was of Leopoldo Lopez, the Venezuelan opposition leader, who was arrested last week.

The second was the famous photo of Genesis Carmona being rushed to the hospital after being shot in the head. “She’s on that motorcycle because the government in Venezuela and the thugs, these so called civilian groups that they’ve armed–another export from Cuba, a model the Cubans follow–they shot her in the head!” Rubio said, pointing at the photo.

Bobby Jindal on a Tear

Governor Bobby Jindal caused great confusion and consternation and mayhaps a bit of pearl clutching amongst Washington wags, Monday morning, when he boisterously strode to the microphone after the National Governors’ Association meeting, and proceeded to let the president have it.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal launched into a repeated assault on President Barack Obama’s leadership in the shadow of the West Wing, in defiance of established bipartisan protocol. Speaking after a meeting of the NGA at the White House, Jindal, the vice chair of the Republican Governors Association, said Obama is “waving a white flag” by focusing on executive actions with three years left in his term. “The Obama economy is now the minimum wage economy,” Jindal added.

The trembling Democrat who followed Jindal was Dan Malloy, the governor of Connecticut. When he was through repudiating Jindal, Jindal returned to the mike and blasted the president some more..

“The National Governors Association is supposed to bring Democrats and Republicans together to discuss policy and share ideas for mutual success”, whimpered Zeke Miller of Time’s Swampland. “But after a meeting at the White House Monday, all pretense at bipartisan comity was shattered as a press conference with lawmakers descended into a partisan fracas.”

How dare he!!!

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“Shattered”

The Governor of Louisiana was DEFIANT of established bipartisan protocol. Goodness gracious… No Democrat has ever ever ever been defiant of established bipartisan protocols like this  before. What a ruckus Bobby Jindal caused in Washington DC today with his shocking, rough defiance of established protocols.

Monday evening, Jindal went on Fox News’ Special Report with Brett Baier  and doubled down on the “white flag of surrender” talk that had so upset Malloy.

Can we see a little more “defiance of established protocols” from republicans please? The president hasn’t been shy about showing his defiance of the Constitution, the rule of law, or the TRUTH for the past five years, for crying out loud. it’s the very least they can do.

See Also: The Hayride:  JINDAL: 10 Ways Obama’s Phone And Pen Could Jumpstart The Economy

Pat Caddell: ‘Establishment Republicans Want the IRS to Go After the Tea Party’ (Video)

Last night, Fox News’ Political Insiders discussed the IRS scandal, and the fact that so far, the Obama Regime been allowed to get away with criminal acts that would have been the downfall of any other president. As a way of explaining the GOP’s lack of action on the scandal, Pat Caddell explained, “the reason is, the establishment Republicans want the IRS to go after the Tea Parties. Got it? They want to go after the Tea Parties because the Tea Parties are an outside threat to their power hold, and I’m telling you, the lobbying, consulting class of the Republican Party and Republican leadership who have been attacking the Tea Parties and alienating them, they want the IRS to do this.”

That, of course, is just Caddell’s opinion. He doesn’t necessarily have information  (other than Republican fecklessness) to reach that conclusion.

And it’s not entirely true that the Republican leadership has done nothing. As CBS News reports, congressional Republicans are pulling out all the stops to oppose the IRS rule changes that would affect 501 (C) (4) non profit groups.

Republicans are keeping a wary eye on the agency’s moves. This week, the GOP stepped up its protests against the proposed changes to IRS rules that would significantly limit the way certain nonprofit groups can engage in political activity. After sending a series of letters calling for the rule change to be abandoned, Republicans have started pursuing legislation that would halt the rule changes, arguing that the so-called reforms would actually exacerbate the problem – essentially codifying such behavior.

“Instead of putting safeguards in place to protect our civil liberties, the Obama administration is now dragging the IRS back in the opposite direction,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said on the Senate floor Tuesday. “It’s now pushing a regulation that would actually entrench and encourage the harassment of groups that dare to speak up and engage in the conversation.”

Senator McConnell; Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio; House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va.; and other Republican leaders from both chambers a letter to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen last week asking him to abandon the rule changes. House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Regulatory Affairs Subcommittee Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio,  also sent a letter making the same request.

In other news, Robert Costa is reporting that Congressional Republicans are now focusing on calming their divided ranks. 

After a tumultuous week of party infighting and leadership stumbles, congressional Republicans are focused on calming their divided ranks in the months ahead, mostly by touting proposals that have wide backing within the GOP and shelving any big-ticket legislation for the rest of the year.

Comprehensive immigration reform, tax reform, tweaks to the federal health-care law — bipartisan deals on each are probably dead in the water for the rest of this Congress.

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Republican leaders are also quite aware of voters’ skepticism about the GOP’s policies, and most believe that a softer sell, rather than an assertive attempt to pass major bills, is a smart play. A Washington Post-ABC News poll in January found that just 19 percent of Americans have confidence in congressional Republicans to make the right decisions for the country, while 80 percent do not.

That means a huge chunk of Republicans don’t trust them, either.

On health care, Republicans will offer their own wholesale substitute for the Affordable Care Act in the spring or summer, making full repeal of the law a keystone of their election-year message.

Republican operatives said the GOP’s slowing pace is unsurprising, given the party’s internal squabbles and the usual pattern ahead of midterm elections, a period that has rarely provided moments for ambitious bipartisan legislating.

If the Republican leadership were really interested in calming the ranks, they would give the go ahead on that select committee on Benghazi, and ratchet up the investigation into the ongoing IRS scandal.

 

Groundhog Day: Debt Limit (Video)

The Heritage released a video at the Foundry, this morning, expressing that feeling of “deja-vu” we all feel when it’s time for Washington to have their multi-annual debt ceiling debate.

As far as Washington is concerned, it’s like the movie Ground Hog Day where the Bill Murray’s character wakes up again and again on the same morning – and keeps making the same mistakes.

Depending on which party’s in power, the ones arguing for or against raising the debt ceiling will change—which makes for fun historical quotations like Obama vs. Obama on the debt limit. In our new video, you can see politicians from both sides arguing the debt limit—and vowing that they will not, absolutely not, have this same argument again next year.

FYI, since last Fall,  Congress hasn’t been limiting the debt at all.

The government has actually been operating since October with no debt limit in place. Congress “suspended” it twice last year, and they’re considering doing it again—for an entire year.

Just since the limit was suspended in the fall, Washington has borrowed nearly $600 billion. So what happens if lawmakers throw up their hands and abandon the debt limit for a year? Romina Boccia, Heritage’s Grover M. Hermann Fellow, warns:

The debt limit serves as an important congressional check on federal spending and borrowing. Without a debt limit, all control over borrowing decisions shifts to the Treasury secretary, who is appointed by the president. Effectively, this concentrates borrowing authority in the executive branch, and hands the president a blank check to borrow against the U.S. taxpayer.

President Obama is already threatening to disregard Congress and use executive actions to make laws. Will he have all the borrowing power, too? Does Congress do anything anymore?

Members will take another vote at the end of February to determine what to do about the debt ceiling. In the meantime, the U.S. national debt reached nearly $17.3 trillion at midnight on February 7. As Boccia says, “The approach of that deadline should have sparked serious Congressional deliberations of how to reduce the growing debt burden on taxpayers.”

Republicans had been planning to tie the debt ceiling deal to the Keystone Pipeline, but now it looks like they’re taking Charles Krauthammer’s advice and are hoping to repeal the “risk corridors”  in ObamaCare that allow for a taxpayer bailout for insurance companies.

That wish list, described to TIME by a House GOP leadership aide, represents a marker being laid down as the Obama Administration says the debt ceiling must be raised by the end of February, and as Democrats warn Republicans not to play a game of chicken with the nation’s credit rating again. The path toward approval of the controversial pipeline was cleared a bit last week by a State Department report that found minimal environmental impact in building the pipeline. So Republicans are leaning toward seeking a repeal of so-called risk corridors in the health-reform law instead. The risk corridors reimburse insurers buffeted by fewer healthy people signing up than they had originally expected, acting as a cost buffer during the experimental early years of health care reform.

The leadership aide described repealing the risk corridors as Republicans’ more likely target. Many Republicans are calling the program a government bailout of insurance companies, including Representative Steve Scalise, Republican of Louisiana, who chairs a coalition of House conservatives. “I think it would be a real tough position to sell to say that when we’re running out of money, when we’re maxing out our credit card, we should also be borrowing money from China to bail out insurance companies,” Scalise told TIME last month.

VIDEO: Keystone Pipeline: “It’s Time”

“After five years, five studies, and countless public comments, it’s time,” says Speaker Boehner.  “It’s time to act #4jobs. It’s time to #UseThePen.  It’s #TimetoBuild the Keystone pipeline.”

Scott McKay of Louisiana’s premiere political blog, the Hayride, is of the opinion that Obama, who’s looking ahead to funding his presidential library, is too beholden to deep pocketed left wing environmental groups to approve the pipeline.

…And then there’s the Keystone XL pipeline project that not only could lower oil prices nationally, but also create jobs in state, and for which Landrieu has stumped as has Cassidy. Because of a Senate resignation, very soon Landrieu could take over in the final months of her term the chairwomanship of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which could be a selling point for her in two ways: a vote for her not only puts her in position to continue in this influential post, but also it could well keep Democrats in control of the Senate, which is necessary for her to keep it, and hers is a seat almost certainly they must win in order to do that.

Problem is, for years now on the pipeline issue Obama has done his best Andrei Gromyko imitation and it continues to go nowhere as he uses every means possible to frustrate not just Landrieu and Cassidy, but congressional majorities and his neighbors of the Great White North as well. Despite yet another study coming back discounting any undue environmental risk from it, he may continue to stall on it to placate environmentalists until after the election. This exactly the testament that Landrieu does not want – she’s supposedly one of the most influential senators on this issue, yet she can’t even persuade a president of her own party to back her. If she can’t get anything done for Louisiana with all of that going for her, somebody new can only go up from there.

I say there’s about a 50% chance that he will approve the pipeline, and if he does,  he’ll wait until the summer to make the announcement in Senator Landrieu’s backyard, with her at his side.

Issa and Jordan To IRS Commissioner: Withdraw IRS Political Speech Rule

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Tuesday, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Regulatory Affairs Subcommittee Chairman Jim Jordan today requested that IRS Commissioner John Koskinen withdraw the controversial proposed IRS regulation that would limit political speech by nonprofit organizations. Issa argues that his Committee’s investigation into the IRS’s targeting scandal “has raised serious flaws and concerns about the process and substance of the proposed rule.”

“The proposed regulation is intended to clarify the tax-exemption determinations process and resolve problems identified in a Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) audit report. It does not,” wrote Chairman Issa and Chairman Jordan. “As written, the Administration’s proposed rule will stifle the speech of social welfare organizations and will codify and systemize targeting of organizations whose views are at odds with those of the Administration.  In addition to these substantive concerns, we also have serious concerns about the process by which the Administration promulgated this rule.”

Concerns include the following, detailed in the letter:

·         The proposed rule codifies the Obama Administration’s earlier attempts to stifle political speech.

·         The proposed rule improperly applies Federal Election Commission standards to tax-exempt organizations.

·         The IRS’s efforts to develop new restrictions on political speech for non-profit groups, led by Lois Lerner and the IRS chief counsel’s office, began long before the TIGTA audit was released.

·         The proposed regulation will needlessly harm social welfare organizations.

Read today’s letter here.

Jordan Sekulow of the ACLJ appeared on the Blaze, yesterday to talk about the IRS rule change.

Meanwhile,  it is now being reported that Obama didn’t consult Justice before saying there was not a smidgen of corruption at the IRS.

President Obama didn’t check with the Justice Department before saying there was no corruption at the IRS, the department’s deputy told Congress on Tuesday, ahead of several potential showdowns on Capitol Hill this week.

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen is scheduled to appear before the tax-writing committee Wednesday, where he will likely have to defend new rules clamping down on non-profit groups. And Republicans have invited a Justice Department lawyer involved in investigating the IRS to testify Thursday — though Deputy Attorney General James Cole has said he won’t allow her to appear.

 

Wednesday Thursday morning’s Oversight  hearing, The IRS Targeting Investigation: What is the Administration Doing? starts at  9:30 a.m.

Linked by Doug Ross, thanks!

Video: Reactions To Obama’s SOTU Speech

There were a lot of Republicans jockying for the camera after the president’s State of the Union speech last night,  moderate Democrats, on the other hand, were clearing out quickly. 

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rogers of Washington gave the official Republican response:

Read the comments at YouTube if you need a reminder of how much trouble this nation is in.

SEE ALSO: 

Truth Revolt: Feminist Comedian: ‘I Want to Rip Out the Uterus’ of ‘C***’ McMorris Rodgers and ‘Eat It’ 

What was it that Mike Huckabee said that was so outrageous and offensive, again? Oh yeah. He said; “if the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing for them a prescription each month for birth control, because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of the government, then so be it.”

Hm…Anybody else ever notice that the bar that measures what constitutes “vile” behavior is set much lower for Democrats than it is for Republicans?

Senator Mike Lee (UT) gave the Tea Party response:

See also: DAILY CALLER: Six reasons why Mike Lee’s tea party response to the State of the Union was AMAZING.

Senator Ted Cruz shared his thoughts with Megyn Kelly, after the speech last night on Fox:

Rand Paul gave his own response – just because:

Paul cited former President Ronald Reagan when he made the argument that “government is not the solution to our problems, government is the problem.”

“If we don’t understand the cause of joblessness, we’ll have trouble fixing it,” Paul said. “As we entered into the Great Recession, Republicans and Democrats misdiagnosed the problem as too little government. So they gave us more government in the form of bank bailouts and a government stimulus plan.”

The fact of the matter is, he explained, the government doesn’t create jobs very well, he said.

Cato Institute Video:

Cato Institute scholars Alex Nowrasteh, Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, Benjamin H. Friedman, Simon Lester, Neal McCluskey, Mark Calabria, Dan Mitchell, Justin Logan, Patrick J. Michaels, Walter Olson and Jim Harper respond to President Obama’s 2014 State of the Union Address.

Politico: Reaction For Obama’s SOTU Was Tepid And Subdued In Chamber (Video):

So, @MarkUdall! You going to have @barackobama campaign with you in Colorado?

Dem Sen. Mark Begich On Obama: “I Don’t Need Him Campaigning For Me”…

What?  Harry Reid said vulnerable Democrats were looking forward to campaigning with Obama.

But I don’t know – on CNN last night they were saying that Demcrats were running away.

Moderate Democrats’ SOTU Reaction: Run!

The applause in the chamber for Obama was tepid. Republicans mostly sat on their hands. But one group – moderate Democrats up for reelection this year – had a less casual reaction.

See also:

Hot Air for a Fact-Check Round-up: Snow jobs and minimum honesty:

Usually after the State of the Union, we’d feature a media fact check to see where spin crossed the line in the presidential address into “You lie!” territory. Perhaps because Barack Obama managed to “win” Politifact’s Lie of the Year in 2013, we have a few media outlets on the case today — the Associated Press, Glenn Kessler at the Washington Post, and Politicoall got rapid research completed overnight. What nuggets did they find?

Ted Cruz: President Obama Dodged Our Questions!

HE REFUSED TO PROVIDE ANSWERS ABOUT IRS SCANDAL, BENGHAZI ATTACKS, PROTECTING OUR PRIVACY, OBAMACARE, AND THE ECONOMY

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WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today highlighted the questions that President Obama failed to answer last night in his State of the Union address.

“Last night President Obama had the opportunity to answer critical questions that millions of Americans are asking all around the country, but he didn’t, which is precisely why so many Americans have lost trust in this President,” Sen. Cruz said. “If President Obama truly wanted to restore credibility to his government, he would have announced meaningful action on a series of urgent matters that are of great importance to our safety and freedoms. He would have addressed the IRS’s illegal targeting of conservatives, announced action to bring terrorists to justice for the attacks on our embassy in Benghazi, taken steps to protect Americans from unjustifiable privacy violations by the federal government, provided Americans relief from Obamacare’s hurtful effects, and committed to pro-growth policies to get more Americans working. Instead, he showed that he refuses to hold himself or members of his Administration accountable to the American people. Rather, he intends to pursue more executive actions, in defiance of the separation of powers, the will of the American people, and their elected representatives.”

Ace’s assessment - (speaking for o-so many of us):

I can’t weigh in on whether it was a “good speech.” I strongly doubt that. But I didn’t watch. At 1:30 am or so I went to bed and turned on the TV and the speech was replaying on Fox. I heard Obama say something — I forget what, but he used his Stage Whisper fake drama voice — and I cursed “F*** you” at the TV.

I brushed my teeth and didn’t hear much more than I had the first time. When I came back out, he said something else clingy, desperate, and false, and again I said “F*** you,” then I turned him off my TV and watched something else for twenty minutes.

So that’s what I got out of it.

Video: Mitch McConnell Torches Obama In New Campaign Ad

Senator McConnell really brought down the thunder in this campaign ad criticizing Obama – the Divider in Chief. The noted First Amendment hawk released the video ahead of the SOTU to slam the president for being a divider not a uniter. It was  produced by filmmaker Lucas Baiano, and criticizes Obama on unemployment, health care, the IRS scandal and coal.

I like it even more than the also excellent “Abuse of Power”  video the Cruz campaign put out Tuesday. Maybe because the Minority Leader hit on a theme that really strikes a chord with me. As I’ve said on a number of occasions – We’ve never had a such a divisive president before, nor one so obviously full of contempt for half of America – the portion that doesn’t vote for big government. It’s horrifying, really.

Via The Daily Caller:

“The president’s job is to unite the country, not divide,” McConnell says in the video. “His job is to bridge differences, not not aggravate them. To encourage success, not condemn it.”

“The president seems to have forgotten that he was elected to lead all Americans,” McConnell says.

Ted Cruz on Fox News: Obama Should Apologize For ObamaCare and Do Something To Fix It (Video)

There are five specific questions dealing with the IRS, NSA and Benghazi scandals, ObamaCare, and jobs, that Senator Ted Cruz would like the president to answer in his State of the Union speech, Tuesday.
Today the Texas Senator talked to Gretchen Carlson of Fox about questions he (and many Americans would like answers to).
On Obamacare, he reiterated his assertion that Obama should apologize for lying about ObamaCare, saying “over 5 million people trusted President Obama when he said ‘if you like your health insurance plan you can keep it; if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.’ We now know that statement wasn’t true, and if he was actually taking responsibility for his action, he would number one say I am sorry, but then number two, he would act to fix it. Empty words don’t mean a whole lot.”  He went on to say, “for President Obama’s apology to mean something… he’s got to stop making it worse.”

On Benghazi, he noted that “Hillary Clinton today says she regrets that four brave Americans lost their lives… but at the same time, she doesn’t want to do anything to fix it. If she really was sorry, then she would stand up and join me and 22 other Senators calling for a joint select committee in Congress to investigate… why nobody has been held accountable.”

“A little over a year ago”, he continued, “President Obama said nobody cares more than I do about Benghazi. To the best of my recollection, that was the last time president Obama ever uttered the word Benghazi. If he was telling the truth… then I would expect thattomorrow he would call for some accountability now.”

 

Unfortunately, the chances of the president taking Ted Cruz’s advice and talking about these issues are close to nil.

Obama is president to liberal Democrats. Period. The rest of us can kiss off, as far as he’s concerned.

Check out these headlines that have come out ahead of the  Obama’s State of the Union Democrats Address: Obama To “Offer Election-Year Agenda For Democrats”, “Provide Fodder For Democrats”

Headlines: The State Of The Union Will “Offer Election-Year Agenda For Democrats”

 

Associated Press: “Obama Address An Opening Salvo For 2014 Elections.” (Josh Lederman, “Obama Address An Opening Salvo For 2014 Elections,” Associated Press, 12/17/14)

 

Reuters: “Obama To Use Speech To Offer Election-Year Agenda For Democrats.” (Steve Holland, “Obama To Use Speech To Offer Election-Year Agenda For Democrats,” Reuters, 1/26/14)

 

The Hill: “Obama’s Big Speech: Banging Base Drum.” (Niall Stanage And Amie Parnes, “Obama’s Big Speech: Banging Base Drum,”The Hill, 1/27/14)

 

Politico: “Obama’s Plan To Save The Senate.” (Manu Raju And Carrie Budoff Brown, “Obama’s Plan To Save The Senate,” Politico, 1/15/14)

The White House’s Stated Goal: “Provide Fodder For Democrats Along The Campaign Trail”

 

“Preserving Democrats’ Fragile Majority In The Senate Is Of Key Concern To Obama…” (Josh Lederman, “Obama Address An Opening Salvo For 2014 Elections,” Associated Press, 12/17/14)

 

“…Part Of [Obama’s] Underlying Message Will Be: Please Vote For Democrats In The November Elections.” (Steve Holland, “Obama To Use Speech To Offer Election-Year Agenda For Democrats,” Reuters, 1/26/14)

 

“Obama Has A Plan To Save The Senate’s Tenuous Democratic Majority: Sell A Populist Message…” (Manu Raju And Carrie Budoff Brown, “Obama’s Plan To Save The Senate,” Politico, 1/15/14)

 

“The Aim Is To… Provide Fodder For Democrats Along The Campaign Trail…” (Manu Raju And Carrie Budoff Brown, “Obama’s Plan To Save The Senate,” Politico, 1/15/14)

 

“This Year’s Address Is Critical To Forming A Narrative On Which Democrats Can Campaign This Year.” (Steve Holland, “Obama To Use Speech To Offer Election-Year Agenda For Democrats,” Reuters, 1/26/14)

The White House Is “Coordinating Its Political And Policy Agenda With…Vulnerable Lawmakers”

 

January 15th, 2014: “The White House Is Wasting No Time Coordinating Its Political And Policy Agenda With Congressional Leaders And Vulnerable Lawmakers.” (Manu Raju And Carrie Budoff Brown, “Obama’s Plan To Save The Senate,” Politico, 1/15/14)

 

“The White House Engagement So Far Ahead Of The State Of The Union Is Unusual.” (Manu Raju And Carrie Budoff Brown, “Obama’s Plan To Save The Senate,” Politico, 1/15/14)

 

“Barbara Mikulski Said Lawmakers Pitched Obama On Their Top Priorities For The Election Year.” (Alexander Bolton, “Senate Dems Press Obama On Priorities,” The Hill, 1/15/14)

 

Senate Democrats “Brought Up What They’d Like In The Agenda For The State Of The Union And What They Would Like Us To Concentrate On For 2014.” (Alexander Bolton, “Senate Dems Press Obama On Priorities,” The Hill, 1/15/14)

 

Dick Durbin: “There’s Hardly A Leadership Meeting That Goes By That That Question Isn’t Raised: How Will This Impact The 2014 Class?” (Laura Litvan And Kathleen Hunter, “Reid Gives Landrieu Chairmanship To Tip Re-Election Odds,” Bloomberg, 1/16/14)

Obama SOTU: Same Story, Same Result (Video)

The House Republicans released a video Monday in anticipation of Obama’s State of the Union speech, tomorrow. The video takes us on a trip down memory lane to the president’s last five SOTU addresses, foreshadowing his next round of empty promises and disingenuous happy talk.

In this video, House Republicans look back at Obama’s sickening  lies on ObamaCare:

Last week, Mark Levin suggested that the GOP boycott the SOTU. I think every sentient being in the country should. (I realize that excludes most Democrats.) Let Obama speak to his own dwindling, tone deaf, cacophonous  choir.

They need to do something bold that will get the attention of some of our fellow citizens and which the media, which will attack it, but cannot ignore it.

If they’re not going to take a stand constitutionally and legally, they should at least take a stand on the steps of the Capitol or somewhere. Together, shoulder to shoulder, and say we have a lawless president doing lawless things and make their case to the American people. It would be historic, it would be profound.

What is he going to say that he hasn’t said before? What will he be offering to the group his policies have hurt the most – the middle class – this time? More government spending? More wealth redistribution?  What promises will Obama’s teleprompter make him say on Tuesday, and why would anyone with a brain believe him?

I don’t have the stomach to watch it.

Krauthammer’s Advice to GOP: “Take the Side of the Little Sisters of the Poor – You Can’t Lose” (Video)

After yesterday’s “media tempest in a teapot” over some misquoted lines from a Mike Huckabee’s speech, pundits are debating whether Republican men should discuss women’s issues or just zip it. In a speech before the NRC, the former Arkansas Governor said Democrats want to “insult the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing for them a prescription each month for birth control, because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of government.” Some media outlets reported the line as if Huck himself believed women can’t control their libido. Many took offense that he characterized Democrats as believing the same.

John Hayward weighed in at the Conversation, arguing that men shouldn’t shy away from important issues, but learn to avoid certain words and phrases that can be easily mischaracterized.

The other conservative backlash I’ve noticed against this specific passage of Huckabee’s speech is that he was foolish to set himself up for misquote mania by daring to talk about women’s libidos and reproductive systems, even if he was sarcastically describing Democrats’ views of women, or more precisely their political agenda to make women see themselves that way.  Republicans are therefore supposed to avoid using any words that could be randomly resorted to make them look really bad.  In fact, maybe it would be best if male Republicans avoided talking about women altogether, especially in the context of social issues.

There are a few topics that could be judged especially radioactive – the fallout zone around Todd Akin is large, and it’s got a half-life that take years to decay.  But it seems to me that backing male Republicans away from “women’s issues” entirely would be ceding a great deal of rhetorical territory to the Democrats, who incessantly make proclamations on those subjects.  In fact, if male Republican candidates never say a word about women, they will soon be attacked for their silence on women’s issues.  Is the challenge really more about avoiding certain words and phrases?  That’s really a universal political skill, when you think about it.  Every conceivable segment of the electorate has words and phrases that are guaranteed to provoke a negative reaction.  And when you’re a Republican, you can guarantee the media will never, ever ignore your utterance of those hot-button phrases.

Bret Baier asked the panel to weigh in on the question on Special Report, Friday evening. He noted that Republicans (ever in a defensive posture)had chosen Congresswoman Kathy McMorris Rogers to give the Republican response to Obama’s State of the Union speech – hoping to mitigate the Democrats’ “War on Women” b.s.

Krauthammer declared, “that kind of cosmetic change is not going to work if you keep having people talk about the psychology of women’s sexuality. For God’s sake, why do you have to talk about that?!” My thoughts exactly. Republicans are not impressed with symbolic gestures – (if that’s what it is.) They need to learn how to talk about women’s issues without giving Democrats any openings to attack them on, and go on the offensive where we’re on solid ground.

Dr. K.’s advice to Republicans is for them to talk about issues like late term abortions – which everyone agrees are an abomination – or the Regime’s attacks on the Little Sisters of the Poor.

“When there’s a suit between the leviathan State of Obama and the Little Sisters of the Poor”, Krauthammer declared,  “take the side of the Little Sisters of the Poor. You can’t lose.”

So true.

Video via National Review.

Feds Finally Crack Down on 2012 Campaign Finance Fraud

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Image via Powerline

In 2012, Obama.com—which was run by Robert Roche, an American businessman and Obama fundraiser who lives in Shanghai — raised a boatload of money for Barack Obama’s reelection campaign..

Roche’s China-based media company, Acorn International, runs infomercials on Chinese state television. Obama.com redirects to a specific donation page on BarackObama.com, the official campaign website. Unlike BarackObama.com, Obama.com’s traffic is 68 percent foreign, according to markosweb.com, a traffic-analysis website. According to France-based web analytics site Mustat.com, Obama.com receives over 2,000 visitors every day.

The name Robert W. Roche appears 11 times in the White House visitors log during the Obama administration. Roche also sits on the Obama administration’s Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations, and is a co-chair of Technology for Obama, a fundraising effort. (In an email exchange, Roche declined to discuss his website, or his support for the Obama reelection effort, referring the inquiries to the Obama campaign team. The Obama campaign, in turn, says it has no control over Roche’s website; it also says only 2 percent of the donations associated with Obama.com come from overseas.)

But it isn’t just foreign donations that are a concern. So are fraudulent donations. In the age of digital contributions, fraudsters can deploy so-called robo-donations, computer programs that use false names to spew hundreds of donations a day in small increments, in order to evade reporting requirements.

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This makes it all the more surprising that the Obama campaign does not use a standard security tool, the card verification value (CVV) system—the three- or four-digit number often imprinted on the back of a credit card, whose purpose is to verify that the person executing the purchase (or, in this case, donation) physically possesses the card. The Romney campaign, by contrast, does use the CVV—as has almost every other candidate who has run for president in recent years, from Hillary Clinton in 2008 to Ron Paul this year. (The Obama campaign says it doesn’t use the CVV because it can be an inhibiting factor for some small donors.) Interestingly, the Obama campaign’s online store requires the CVV to purchase items like hats or hoodies (the campaign points out that its merchandise vendor requires the tool).

The Obama Campaign claimed that it was rigorous in its self-regulation effort. “We take great care to make sure that every one of our more than three million donors are eligible to donate and that our fundraising efforts fully comply with all U.S. laws and regulations,” a campaign spokesman told GAI president Peter Schweizer.

But as Schweizer noted, instead of allowing outsiders—the press, the public, good government watchdog groups, or the Federal Election Commission—to independently determine whether everything was on the up and up, the Obama camp instead relied on self-policing combined with a lack of transparency – leaving an opening for foreign and fraudulent donations. In 2012, Obama raised over $1 billion.

Finally,  the feds are looking into massive campaign finance fraud. Just not Obama’s. And actually not all that massive.

See, there’s this guy who is accused of reimbursing “people who he had directed to contribute $20,000″ to the campaign of a U.S. Senate candidate.

The accused is conservative author Dinesh D’Souza, the author of books like Illiberal EducationWhat’s So Great About America, and The End of Racism, and the  the film 2016: Obama’s America, which was based on his book, The Roots of Obama’s Rage.

According to Reuters, D’Souza was accused of “arranging excessive campaign contributions to a candidate for the U.S. Senate.” He is accused of reimbursing “people who he had directed to contribute $20,000″ to the campaign of a U.S. Senate candidate who is not named in the indictment. He was also charged on one count of “causing false statements to be made.”

In 2012, federal law “limited primary and general election campaign contributions to $2,500 each, for a total of $5,000, from any individual to any one candidate.”

Preet Bharara, an Obama appointee who is the U.S. Attorney for Manhattan, said, “As we have long said, this Office and the FBI take a zero tolerance approach to corruption of the electoral process.”

An *Obama* appointee who takes “a zero tolerance approach to corruption.” It is to laugh.

D’Souza’s lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, told The Hollywood Reporter that D’Souza “did not act with any corrupt or criminal intent whatsoever… at worst this was an act of misguided friendship by D’Souza.”

Gerald Molen, a co-producer of the 2016 movie, accused the Obama administration of “criminalizing dissent through the selective enforcement of the law.”

As you may remember 2016: Obama’s America became a box office hit in the summer of 2012 – a rare thing for a political documentary. You may also remember –  it wasn’t complimentary of Obama or his vision.

“After we win this election, it’s our turn.  Payback time.  Everyone not with us is against us and they better be ready because we don’t forget. The ones who helped us will be rewarded, the ones who opposed us will get what they deserve. There is going to be hell to pay.  Congress won’t be a problem for us this time. No election to worry about after this is over and we have two judges ready to go.”  - Valerie Jarrett 11/2012 (Allegedly)

Retaliation against political enemies? – check.

Via Ace of Spades HQ: 

Coincidence: Hollywood’s only conservative group is getting close IRS nonprofit scrutiny

Another Coincidence: James O’Keefe Group Being Audited by NY. Again.

Yet Another Coincidence: Dinesh D’Souza Indicted For Election Fraud

Still Another Coincidence: IRS Proposes New 501(c)(4) Rules That Just Happen to Cover Most Tea Party Groups

Judge Strikes Down Wisconsin’s ‘John Doe’ Subpoenas

one more: Obama Admin Accused Of Filing Standard and Poor’s Lawsuit In Retaliation For 2011 US Credit Downgrade

It’s like the night of the long knives – Chicago style.

Congress won’t be a problem for them, this time - check.

Two judges ready to go – check. 

They’re not even being subtle. We are officially living in a Banana Republic, now folks….

And the Stupid Party is  doing what? 

Let this seep in for a few minutes. The entire force of the GOP establishment is being applied towards Obama’s most cherished agenda item for his second term, not towards fighting Obamacare and the debt ceiling. While Americans are concerned about out-of-control government, Obamacare, debt, and jobs, these clowns are concerned about illegal immigrants, foreign lobbies, and special interests. –Daniel Horowitz

Rolling over and playing dead.

Update via Weasel Zippers: 

Keep in mind, D’Souza is facing a maximum sentence of two years in prison. Update: Now I’m hearing $1,000,000 fine from D’Souza plus up to seven years of jail…(I’m guessing his debate with Bill Ayers at Dartsmouth on Jan 30 is now cancelled…)

Let’s look at what happens when you do even more than what Dinesh is alleged to have done, but you’re a Democrat…

From Overlawyered:

The Federal Election Commission has fined an Arkansas law firm for making illegal contributions to John Edwards’ 2004 presidential campaign. Tab Turner solicited four $2,000 contributions from his co-workers at Little Rock law firm Turner & Associates in January 2003 and illegally reimbursed them for their contributions using a company credit card, according to the FEC. He also used a company credit card to make an illegal campaign contribution in his own name and to pay for various campaign expenses. Federal law prohibits donors from making contributions in others’ names and prohibits direct corporate contributions to a federal candidate. Edwards for President also agreed to pay a $9,500 fine, and called the commission’s announcement “old news,” reported the AP.

Linked by Doug Ross, thanks!

Issa Explains Why He’s Against A Select Committee On Benghazi (Video)

Darrell Issa appeared on Fox News’ America’s Newsroom, Monday,  to talk about Obama’s continuing scandals. The latest ATF scandal, which involves manufacturing crimes using mentally challenged individuals, he called “Fast and Furious revisited.”

Issa made clear that the ATF never acts alone, these are multi-agency operations.: “This is President Obama’s Dept of Justice that continues to support these rogue operations that lead to harm in communities,” Issa charged.

in response to the question of why a select committee has not been  been appointed, he noted that ” the IRS scandal is a good candidate for a Special Prosecutor.” But in the case of Select Committees, “the fact is, I have all the same powers and have used the same authorities as a Select Committee would use. This administration is slow.”

He argued that the Obama administration does the same type of stonewalling  to ALL the committees that have lawfully subpoenaed material.

“And I think that’s where we’re beginning to have some real headway, he continued. “An Obama appointee – a federal judge, has begun in fact going forward to order the administration to turn over the false statements and the information related to it in Fast and Furious. It may break loose – the whole idea that this administration cannot deliver us what we want, lie to us whenever they want to, and then slow roll any kind of discovery relating to information about false statements.”

Issa plans to pursue, the Fast and Furious, Benghazi and IRS scandals, in 2014, set to be his last year as Chairman of the Oversight and Reform Committee.

Full Chris Christie Presser: ‘Embarrassed and Humiliated,’ Fires Aide, Apologizes for Traffic Jam Scandal

In his hour long press conference, this morning, New Jersey Governor  Christie expressed more sadness than anger that  his deputy chief of staff Bridget Kelly had lied to him about the bridge closure, which allowed him to go out and give false denials to the public. Christie said he had fired Kelly, and told “Bill Stepien, his 2013 campaign manager, not to apply to become state party chairman or to work with the Republican Governors Association, which Christie is taking over.”

Jim Geraghty puts his finger on the most troubling aspect of this.

Large stretches of Christie’s press conference made for a textbook example of authentic, emphatic expressions of contrition, including a raw, refreshing bluntness about his long ties to the aides in question, and direct, quick action to ensure consequences for wrongdoing. But there was a somewhat troubling aspect in that Christie remained to insist that not one but several members of his team behaved in reprehensible manner, abused the state’s authority, and were willing to lie to him about it. He may not have known about their actions, and may have been left in the dark the whole time… but he apparently has terrible judgment in who he hires and trusts.

My own feeling on this is that Christie will come out of it okay, if the investigation shows that he had no part in it. But that remains to be seen.

The transcript from the Press conference is here.

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