Watcher’s Council Nominations – State Of Disunion Edition

“L’Estat is Moi! Apres Moi, le deluge!” Yes, we are officially back in the days of the French Bourbons and the ineffectual, narcissistic and parasitic pre-revolution days of Louis XVI.

He is, given his own words, a failure. The five years of inequality and economic stagnation he talked aboutbelong to him, as much as he tries to put the blame elsewhere.

So now, he informs us that he plans to rule with a pen, to stop ‘standing still’ and rule even more than he already has by diktat, decree and executive order..even if he has to precipitate a constitutional crisis to do it.

Oh, and that bit of drama about ‘forcing’ Federal contractors to pay a minimum wage of $10.10 an hour? The contractors will do so gladly, with a cynical smirk or two, because they know they won’t be picking up the bill, and neither will the president – the taxpayers will. It’s a perfect example of this president’s signature dishonesty and contempt for the rest of us.

It was embarrassing to listen to and even more embarrassing to reflect that this is whom we have leading our country.

Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere, and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council.Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday morning.

Council News:

As you might remember last week at this time we said farewell to our dear friends and Council matesThe Mellow Jihadi and The Political Commentator. We were certainly sorry to see them go, but look what we have here..this week marks the debut of a new Council member, Ask Marion and the return of an old friend, The Independent Sentinel. Our regular readers are familiar with both of these fine writer’s work from their frequent appearance in our Honorable Mentions, and in The Independent Sentinel’s case, her previous work as part of the Council.

Those of who haven’t had the pleasure of reading them are definitely in for a treat.

Watcher’s Council Activities: My latest piece over at The Times of Israel, ‘Baseless Hatred, Israel’s Ultimate Price Tag’ can be read here.

WoW community member, Council Alumnus and noted author Trevor Loudon is on a book and speaking tour currently. As Tom White over at VA Right said, if he’s speaking anywhere near you, go see him! I certainly second that.

His next scheduled appearance is a speech before the  Medina OH TEA Party
The Lodge, 600 High Street, Wadsworth, OH
Thursday, January 30, 2014  —  7:00 pm

Up and coming appearances and events can be found on his site, And his books are available here, or directly from the author here.

This weekThe Blue Ridge ForumSeraphic Secret, and The Pirate’s Cove earned honorable mention status with some great articles.

You can, too! Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.

To bring somethingto my attention, simply head over to Joshuapundit and post the title a link to the piece you want considered along with an e-mail address ( which won’t be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6PM PST in order to be considered for our honorable mention category. Then return the favor  by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week when it comes out Wednesday morning

Simple, no?

It’s a great way of exposing your best work to Watcher’s Council readers and Council members. while grabbing the increased traffic and notoriety. And how good is that, eh?

So, let’s see what we have this week….

Council Submissions

Honorable Mentions

Non-Council Submissions

Enjoy! And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us Twitter..’cause we’re cool like that!

Marc Thiessen: Obama Copied Bush’s 2007 SOTU

Political commentator, Marc Thiessen, a regular guest on The Kelly File, and a former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, thought some of the portions of Obama’s State of the Union speech sounded “eerily familiar” to him.

He says there were lines like, “our job is to help Americans find a future of hope and opportunity”, “a future of hope and opportunity begins with a growing economy”, and “a future of hope and opportunity requires that all our citizens have affordable and available health care” and “extending opportunity and hope depends on a stable supply of energy,” which Thiessen said all came from Bush’s 2007 SOTU speech.

“Barack Obama has gone from blaming George W. Bush to plagiarizing George W. Bush,” the former Bush speechwriter  laughed.

Video via Truth Revolt:

SOTU speeches tend to follow the same basic template, but I couldn’t find the exact lines in Obama’s speech that Thiessen claims were lifted from Bush’s speech.   Here’s the text of Obama’s speech. Maybe you can find them. The text of Bush’s 2007 speech is here. 

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.

Video: Greg Gutfeld’s Deadly SOTU Drinking Game

Ace of Spades thinks Greg Gutfeld may be trying to kill us with his SOTU Drinking Game…

Text below, but it’s better to watch — video after the jump. He announces the rules of the game with a desperate weariness that sells the bit.

“Every time he says ‘folks,’ drink. Every time he says ‘fair share,’ drink. Every time he says ‘extraordinary,’ drink. Every time he brags about working tirelessly, drink. When he frets about lack of compromise, drink. If he says, ‘Bring me a bill, and I’ll sign it,’ drink. When he brings up the middle class, the people he’s ruining, drink. Every time he says, ‘It’s the right thing to do,’ drink. Every time he cites someone that his policies have helped, drink. If she’s in the audience, drink some more. Every time he says, ‘I never said it would be easy,’ drink. If he says that after mentioning ObamaCare, drink again. If he says ObamaCare’s rough start was worth it, drink. And every time he reminds us that running a country is really hard, say, ‘Yeah, we can tell,’ and drink … Finally, each time you feel like you’re being screwed, drink. And if you still buy anything from this gas bag, then you deserve the world’s worst hangover, and enjoy it, ‘cause you built that.”

For serious drinkers only – obviously.

And here’s a preview of the “Empty Suit’s” speech, tonight (hat tip Geo):

Tea Party Express, the nation’s largest tea party political action committee, is allowing credentialed press to join the organization’s leadership at the National Press Club tonight to watch the State of the Union Address, the GOP response, and the official Tea Party response with Senator Mike Lee. Senator Lee will be delivering his remarks from an adjacent room at the National Press Club.

Tea Party Express Chairman Amy Kremer and Tea Party Express Co-Founder and Chief Strategist Sal Russo will be available for comments and reactions throughout the evening.

Date: Tuesday January 28, 2014

Time: 9 PM EST

Location: The National Press Club – 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, Washington, DC 20045

Room: 1st Amendment Lounge

Tea Party Express hosted the first ever Tea Party State of the Union response in 2011. Last year’s speaker was Senator Rand Paul.

Senator Mike Lee will deliver the official Tea Party Response to  Obama’s 2014 State of the Union Address, here.

U.S. Chamber’s Donohue Comments on State of the Union:

U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue issued the following statement ahead of President Obama’s State of the Union Address:

“Tonight we expect the president to discuss a number of important policies that will help spur growth and improve America’s global competitiveness. We also expect there to be a strong emphasis on inequality and opportunity, but the president’s overall plan to address it is flawed.

“America’s promise has always been equality of opportunity, not outcome. To ensure every American has the opportunity to pursue and achieve the American Dream, we need more good-paying jobs and workers with the skills, education, and incentives to fill them. Government can’t create those jobs; the private sector can.

“We can’t afford to double down on the failed policies of tax, spend, regulate, and mandate. That approach hasn’t worked for the last five years, and it won’t work now. It’s time for a change in direction that will lead to stronger growth, more jobs, bigger paychecks, and greater opportunity for millions of Americans. It’s time to work toward reducing deficits and regulations, reforming taxes and entitlements, aggressively expanding domestic energy, and dramatically improving our education and training programs.”

The Chamber’s 2014 Jobs, Growth, and Opportunity Agenda includes expanding trade, producing more domestic energy, improving infrastructure, modernizing the regulatory process, making essential changes in entitlements, fixing the flaws in Obamacare, curbing lawsuit abuse, and advancing American innovation by protecting intellectual property. The agenda also focuses on revitalizing capital markets, passing immigration reform, and efforts to improve education and training, which will expand opportunity, address inequality, and create jobs.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.

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AoSHQ: Kevin Williamson on the Grisly Farce That Is the State of the Union

This is quite the opening paragraph:

The annual State of the Union pageant is a hideous, dispiriting, ugly, monotonous, un-American, un-republican, anti-democratic, dreary, backward, monarchical, retch-inducing, depressing, shameful, crypto-imperial display of official self-aggrandizement and piteous toadying, a black Mass during which every unholy order of teacup totalitarian and cringing courtier gathers under the towering dome of a faux-Roman temple to listen to a speech with no content given by a man with no content, to rise and to be seated as is called for by the order of worship — it is a wonder they have not started genuflecting — with one wretched representative of their number squirreled away in some well-upholstered Washington hidey-hole in order to preserve the illusion that those gathered constitute a special class of humanity without whom we could not live.

It’s the most nauseating display in American public life — and I write that as someone who has just returned from a pornographers’ convention.

From The Conversation: 

Video: Obama’s Abuse Of Power

A Republic, if you can keep it, or even if you don’t want it any more

Juan Williams Gives Obama More Bad Advice

Why Democrats Love Obama’s Minimum Wage Hike

Video: Krauthammer Mocks Obama’s “Pathetic” Executive Pen and Phone Threat: “The Caudillo Waves His Pen”

Charles Krauthammer was invited on to Greta Van Susteren’s Fox show to explain why Obama seems to have ditched his mission to change Washington in favor of his executive pen and phone.

“He’s going to eliminate Article One of the Constitution which says that legislation comes from Congress. This is the way they do it Venezuela, Cuba and other places, Dr. K snarked, “the Caudillo waves a pen, he shows it on Twitter and says I will rule from the pen. (For those of you in Rio Linda, a Caudillo is a Latin American military dictator.)

“What makes it sort of pathetic,” he continued,  “is that it sounds like a tough threat and it is unconstitutional, it’s not how you ought to be the president of the United States, but in the end there’s very little he can do.”

Krauthammer reminded viewers of Obama’s big “we can’t wait” tour of 2011, which was largely ineffectual. “In the end, the only thing the president can do with a pen –  executive orders – is fairly limited,” he said, making sure to note that the exception to the rule is the EPA which can shut down whole industries.

“He can’t even do what normal presidents have done – which is work with other side.”

Greta noted that Clinton actually liked members of Congress – even those on the other side.

“You get the impression he chose the wrong field,” Krauthammer quipped.

Neither of them mentioned Obama’s executive order in June of 2012 that bypassed Congress to enact the Dream Act, an executive overreach Krauthammer called “out and out lawlessness” at the time. It seems to me that chances are good that we will be treated to more such lawlessness because of Obama’s complete and utter failure to work with Congress.