Krauthammer: S and P Negative Outlook is a Review of Obama’s Budget Speech

Krauthammer dropped the hammer on Obama again this evening, saying  that S&P’s negative outlook was a review of Obama’s dismal budget speech from last week, which he characterized as a “kick in the teeth at Republicans, (with incidentally, the House leadership and Ryan sitting in front of him”).

He continued, “it was not an invitation to any negotiation. It was a way of saying, you walked into my trap, I’m going to attack you from now until election day.”

video via Newsbusters


I’m getting the feeling that Charles Krauthammer is not at all inclined to like this fellow with the well creased pants.

See also:

Ace of Spades was hammering Obama pretty hard, today, too:

 Identity Theft: American Credit Rating To Fall Due To Reckless Spending Spree By Imposter

Obama’s dishonest slight of hand on his budget:

Keith Hennessey: Yes, Obama Picked His 12 Year Deficit Window So He Could Claim To Match Ryan’s 4.4 Trillion Savings (In Ten Years)

A plea for Republicans to go negative:

How To Get Obama On His Lies

More Obama duplicity:

Obama Spokesman: Obama Never Promised Not To Use Signing Statements
Candidate Obama: I Promise I Will Not Use Signing Statements

CBS News Fudges Madison Tea Party Counter Protest Coverage

Freeper, comps4spice, caught this CBS slight of hand in its  coverage of the Madison tea party, Saturday.

See what they did there? Whether or not there were more counter protesters than Tea Partiers at the Madison rally, is it honest and fair to show a shot from an earlier pro- union protest in a piece  about the Madison rally?

… something caught my eye during the report, specifically when they did a pan of the “liberal crowd”…but they pulled a Dan Rather by using video footage from some liberal rally prior to the April 5th Wisconsin Supreme Court election.

How do I know this? Well, if you go have a look at the video in the link above, pay close attention at the 18 second mark. There is a campaign sign being held by a liberal saying to “Vote Kloppenburg on April 5th”.


Full CBS video, here.

There was a large crowd of tea partiers at the Madison rally considering the inclement weather:

More pictures from the tea party, here. It’s true that they were surrounded by counter-protesters, but why didn’t the CBS reporter cover their thuggish attempts to drown out the tea party speakers? Did anyone in the MSM cover the abominable behavior of the counter protesters?


A comparison of the crowds according to Channel 3000:

A view of the tea party rally, Madison, Wis., 4/16/2011

A view of the counter-rally

There were union counter protesters surrounding the tea party in the first picture. It’s not clear where the tea party crowd ends and the counter protest begins. Barbaric thoughts reports that the pro union counter protesters were  “walking around the sidewalk on the periphery of our rally.”


John at Powerline also picked up on some not-so subtle media bias:

AFP didn’t try to hide what it thinks of the movement in the caption that accompanied a video taken in Massachusetts:

April 15 was tax day in the United States, and Tea Party radicals used it to stage demonstrations across the country, including near the site of the original Boston Tea Party revolt of the colonial era.

Because objecting to unsound fiscal policies that are leading us to bankruptcy is just  oh-so radical.

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Ace discusses the media double standard and wonders whether it’s worth our time to constantly point it out:

Watching the media strain to find weirdness and ugliness in the Tea Party highlighted this as clearly as anything else before: Are their no weird, ugly, stupid or hateful people in the left’s various rabbles? Of course there are, but oddly enough the media always focuses like a laser-beam on the more physically attractive, “straighter” (i.e., has normal stuff like family and full-time job), and so on.

They can’t point their cameras at the left-wing rabble-rousers because it contradicts their comfy narrative, and the left knows they can act as brutishly as the want, and the MSM will give them a free pass. It’s a nice little deal they’ve got going, there.

Hat tip: Gateway Pundit

Linked by Michelle Malkin in Buzzworthy, thanks!

FEC Audit of Obama’s 2008 Campaign Underway

RollCall reports:

The Federal Election Commission has launched an audit into President Barack Obama’s record-breaking 2008 campaign.

Individuals familiar with the campaign told Roll Call Friday that the FEC has been investigating the financial records of Obama’s previous campaign. The scope of the probe, which began approximately two years ago, is unknown. Presidential audits typically take years to complete and can cost millions of dollars.

The newly formed 2012 Obama campaign did not deny there was an audit, but a spokeswoman called it a “review.”

“The FEC is conducting a routine review — as is true with the McCain Campaign, the Romney Campaign and many others — to determine if they have any questions with the information reported,” said Katie Hogan, deputy press secretary for the campaign. “Given that there was an historic number of contributors and contributions — nearly four million and over nine million respectively — this takes time.”

Nice spin. The FEC was required by law to audit the McCain campaign because McCain opted to receive public financing. Obama had originally vowed to do the same, but reneged, therefore, the FEC is not required to audit his campaign.

Yet they are.

FEC spokespeople would not confirm the audit of Obama’s 2008 bid or say why the agency used its discretion to launch its investigation. But the decision came in the wake of Republican allegations of illegal contributions, as well as dozens of letters from the agency questioning transactions that appeared out of compliance with campaign finance laws.

The FEC’s decision to audit the campaign is not surprising, given that it was the largest federal campaign in history, raising more than $750 million in receipts. If Obama’s campaign were not audited, it would have been the first presidential nominee’s campaign to escape such scrutiny since the public financing system was created in 1976.

The potential for the FEC’s audit became increasingly more likely as the FEC questioned some of Obama campaign filings. In all, the FEC wrote 26 letters to Obama for America warning the campaign that if it did not adequately respond to the agency’s questions that it “could result in an audit or enforcement action.”

These letters totaled more than 1,500 pages of questions and data that outlined compliance concerns — including the longest one ever sent to a presidential candidate.

Keep reading.

Hat tip: Brian B.


When You’re losing, “Shut Up” Is All You Have Left

Via The MacIver Institute:

From using Nazi references to adorning the American Flag with political bumper stickers and using it as a poncho, the full extremism of the left was on display in Madison, Wisconsin this weekend.

Rejecting any attempts at conveying a ‘New Tone,’ pro-labor union activists attempt to drown out speakers at the tea party rally at the State Capitol on April 16, 2011.

Rally speakers included John Fund of the Wall Street Journal, conservative media maven Andrew Breitbart and former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin. However, the protesters did their best to prevent those in attendance from hearing any of them.

Last weekend, we saw the left out in full force – not only in Madison, but Portland, Phoenix, Boston, and elsewhere, trying to drown out the tea party. Not content to respectfully counter protest by displaying their own messages, they aimed to disrupt, and shut down stronger voices.

After losing big in November, and in union reform budget battles  all across the nation, their desperation is clearly showing. Their clanging cowbells sound like a death rattle to me.

See Left-Wing Institute For Civil Discourse for more on the counter protests, last weekend. Start at the top and scroll down.