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October 17, 2014 • 02:40 pm

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On a Change of Fodder for Late-Night Comics:
 
 

"Something peculiar has happened. As I write, none of the Republican candidates for Senate has become a public embarrassment. On the contrary: For the first time in a decade, it is the Democratic candidates, not the Republican ones, who are fodder for late-night comics. That the Democrats are committing gaffes and causing scandals at a higher rate than Republicans not only may be decisive in the battle for the Senate. It could signal a change in our politics at large. ...

"There is plenty of time for Republicans to have a Macaca moment. But right now, as of October 17, 2014, the Republican Senate candidates have performed better than they have in years. For the moment, today, as you read this, the Democratic candidates are the jokes.

"Savor it."

 
 
— Matthew Continetti, Washington Free Beacon Editor in Chief
— Matthew Continetti, Washington Free Beacon Editor in Chief
Posted October 17, 2014 • 11:32 am
 
 
On America's Dangerous Ebola Advice:
 
 

"Early on, official narratives from the CDC and the president loudly assured Americans that they could catch Ebola only from 'close contact' with exotic 'bodily fluids' like blood and semen. Americans were simultaneously assured that there was no way you could catch Ebola on, say, a bus or a plane, and that they were silly and paranoid to think otherwise. Later, of course, the CDC quietly admitted that the Ebola virus can survive on dried surfaces for hours and could even potentially be passed through a sneeze.

"Oh, well. Details, details. The official, high-level strategy to combat Ebola -- which, it bears repeating, is a contagious virus that can literally liquefy your insides -- appears to be the same foolproof strategy that was recently used to not lock the front door of the White House. It is, in other words, completely devoid of common sense."

 
 
— Heather Wilhelm, Real Clear Politics
— Heather Wilhelm, Real Clear Politics
Posted October 16, 2014 • 11:33 am
 
 
On Obama's 'Blizzard of Lies':
 
 

"In 1996, the late, great New York Times columnist William Safire published a column, 'Blizzard of lies,' in which he laid out a series of falsehoods by Hillary Rodham Clinton and declared 'Americans of all political persuasions are coming to the sad realization that our First Lady -€” a woman of undoubted talents who was a role model for many in her generation -€” is a congenital liar.'

"Today, Americans of all political stripes are coming to a similar, sad realization about our president. A recent Fox News poll asked Americans 'How often does Barack Obama lie to the country on important matters?' Thirty-seven percent said 'most of the time,' 24 percent said 'some of the time,' and 20 percent said 'only now and then.' Just 15% said 'never.'

"Think about that: 81 percent of Americans believe that Obama lies to them at least 'now and then' on 'important matters.'

"That is simply stunning."

 
 
— Marc A. Thiessen, The Washington Post
— Marc A. Thiessen, The Washington Post
Posted October 15, 2014 • 11:36 am
 
 
On the House of Representatives Following the Midterm Elections:
 
 

"WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democrats' high hopes of mitigating House losses in a rough election year have been dashed by reality.

"The question now is not whether Republicans hold the House - that's a given. Rather, it's how many seats could the GOP add to its majority on Election Day? And how close could it get to its post-World War II high of 246 in Harry S. Truman's administration?"

 
 
— Donna Cassata, Associated Press
— Donna Cassata, Associated Press
Posted October 14, 2014 • 11:53 am
 
 
On the Invisible Name on the November Ballot:
 
 

"'I am not on the ballot this fall,' Obama proclaimed recently. 'But make no mistake: These policies are on the ballot. Every single one of them.'

"For swing-state Democrats, this is the worst of both worlds. Without Obama at the top of the ticket, they fear the president's most loyal supporters won'€™t turn out, while Republicans and independents will flock to the polls to register their opinion of an administration that has pursued a tepid foreign policy while aggressively insinuating itself into the lives of ordinary Americans.

"The polls show this dynamic. In every one of the nine tossup Senate races except Kansas, Republicans are more likely than Democrats to consider 2014 a referendum on Obama. At a recent Hoover Institution conference, Stanford political scientist Douglas Rivers put it this way: 'There is no overriding issue other than that Republicans don'€™t like Obama and Democrats are lukewarm about Obama.'"

 
 
— Carl M. Cannon, RealClearPolitics Washington Bureau Chief
— Carl M. Cannon, RealClearPolitics Washington Bureau Chief
Posted October 13, 2014 • 11:53 am
 
 
On War and Indecision in the Middle East:
 
 

"Obama has committed the U.S. to war on the Islamic State. To then allow within a month an allied enclave to be overrun -- and perhaps annihilated -- would be a major blow.

"Guerrilla war is a test of wills. Obama's actual objectives -- rollback in Iraq, containment in Syria -- are not unreasonable. But they require commitment and determination. In other words, will. You can't just make one speech declaring war, then disappear and go fundraising.

"The indecisiveness and ambivalence so devastatingly described by both of Obama's previous secretaries of defense, Leon Panetta and Bob Gates, are already beginning to characterize the Syria campaign.

"The Iraquis can see it. The Kurds can feel it. The jihadists are counting on it."

 
 
— Charles Krauthammer, Syndicated columnist
— Charles Krauthammer, Syndicated columnist
Posted October 10, 2014 • 11:57 am
 
 
On White House Links to 2012 Columbian Prostitution Scandal:
 
 

"As nearly two dozen Secret Service agents and members of the military were punished or fired following a 2012 prostitution scandal in Colombia, Obama administration officials repeatedly denied that anyone from the White House was involved.

"But new details drawn from government documents and interviews show that senior White House aides were given information at the time suggesting that a prostitute was an overnight guest in the hotel room of a presidential advance-team member -- yet that information was never thoroughly investigated or publicly acknowledged.

"The information that the Secret Service shared with the White House included hotel records and firsthand accounts -- the same types of evidence the agency and military relied on to determine who in their ranks was involved."

 
 
— Carol D. Leonnig and David Nakamura, The Washington Post
— Carol D. Leonnig and David Nakamura, The Washington Post
Posted October 09, 2014 • 11:52 am
 
 
On Obama's Delays and Indecision in the Middle East:
 
 

"Former President Jimmy Carter is criticizing President Barack Obama's Middle East policy, saying he has shifting policies and waited too long to take action against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

"In an interviewed published Tuesday in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the 39th president said the Obama administration, by not acting sooner, allowed ISIL to build up its strength.

"'[W]e waited too long. We let the Islamic State build up its money, capability and strength and weapons while it was still in Syria,' he said, using an alternate name for the terrorist group. 'Then when [ISIL] moved into Iraq, the Sunni Muslims didn'€™t object to their being there and about a third of the territory in Iraq was abandoned.'"

 
 
— Jonathan Topaz, Politico
— Jonathan Topaz, Politico
Posted October 08, 2014 • 12:11 pm
 
 
On the Politicization of the Border Patrol:
 
 

"There is now no Border Patrol, at least as Americans have understood the agency whose job was enforcing federal immigration statutes. It died as an enforcement bureau sometime in 2013, not long after the reelection of Barack Obama, in a way that it could not have before the election. Instead, in Orwellian fashion, at a time of plague and terrorism abroad, it is now the Border-Crossing Enabling Service, whose chief task is facilitating the illegal entry of thousands from Latin America and Mexico, largely to further the political agenda of the Obama administration, contrary to the law, the will of Congress, and the wishes of the majority of the American people. Mention the phrase 'immigration law' or 'Border Patrol,' and Americans sigh that neither any longer exists. Yet such a perversion of the mission of a federal agency for political purposes has become thematic of this administration. Perhaps the end of border enforcement is emblemized best by Obama'€™s own uncle and late aunt, who in open defiance broke federal immigration law and did so with impunity, resided illegally in the United States, broke various state laws, and ended up either on public assistance or mired in the U.S. judicial system."

 
 
— Victor Davis Hanson, Hoover Institution Senior Fellow and Nationally Syndicated Columnist
— Victor Davis Hanson, Hoover Institution Senior Fellow and Nationally Syndicated Columnist
Posted October 07, 2014 • 12:01 pm
 
 
On the Continuing Appeal of Fox News:
 
 

"Fox News may be demolishing its more liberal cable news rivals in the ratings but to Democrats it's still the bogeyman. That's why President Obama took the opportunity to criticize the network during a speech defending his economic record at Northwestern University today. But in doing so, the president not only demonstrated the weakness of his position but also why he doesn'€™t understand Fox'€™s appeal. ...

"The difference between Fox's coverage of ObamaCare and that of much of the mainstream media is not so much that the network portrays ObamaCare as a 'fanged threat to freedom' but that on MSNBC and CNN, not to mention the broadcast networks and the New York Times, critiques of the law or even discussions about its effectiveness, its impact on the economy, or on individual rights are often hard to find. Fox has become the dominant cable news network not so much because it is conservative as because it is the one place viewers know they can go to find alternative views to that of the liberal media establishment that has so often acted as the president's unpaid cheering section."

 
 
— Jonathan S. Tobin, Commentary Magazine Senior Online Editor
— Jonathan S. Tobin, Commentary Magazine Senior Online Editor
Posted October 06, 2014 • 11:56 am
 
Question of the Week   
Which of the following Cold War events led to the establishment of the “Hotline,” a direct telephone link between the White House and the Kremlin?
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Quote of the Day   
 
"Something peculiar has happened. As I write, none of the Republican candidates for Senate has become a public embarrassment. On the contrary: For the first time in a decade, it is the Democratic candidates, not the Republican ones, who are fodder for late-night comics. That the Democrats are committing gaffes and causing scandals at a higher rate than Republicans not only may be decisive in the battle…[more]
 
 
—Matthew Continetti, Washington Free Beacon Editor in Chief
— Matthew Continetti, Washington Free Beacon Editor in Chief
 
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In dealing with deadly and difficult-to-curtail infectious diseases such as Ebola, should government-imposed travel bans and quarantines supersede civil liberty and other concerns?