Monday, May 31, 2010

En Memorium

In 1945 a B24 bomber crash landed in the ocean. Three members of the crew of nine perished. A surviving airman wrote to the parents of one of the deceased, immigrants to this country:

“…I’ll always remember those last fifteen minutes the rest of my life. And I’ll remember the sight of him – calm, his light hair, holding his comrade, and with a smile on his face. A smile that man smiles but once in his life on earth. He knew. He died a hero’s death – for his country and his comrades…And I’ll always be proud to have served on the same crew with such fine men. May God bless them, may they not have died in vain.”

Our prayers go out to all who have given their lives in defense of freedom. Thank you to all the men and women who have served this country.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

RedStateVT First to Name Sestak Scandal

RedStateVT announces today that it is the first major media outlet to officially name the crime now best described as “Clinton – Obama Try to Bribe Sestak Not To Run For Specter’s Seat.” Every scandal needs a handy shorthand and RedStateVT is proud to step up and do the honors.

In naming a scandal, there are typically two monikers that receive consideration. The suffix “-gate” is the most well known and handiest. However, “The _____Affair” is also widely used and accepted. As we deliberated, RedStateVT felt that Bill Clinton must be recognized in the scandal given his marquee role. Our first choice, therefore, was “The Clinton Affair.” After further consideration, however, we realized that this was not specific enough. Which Clinton affair? How to differentiate? Instead, we decided that simpler is better and have officially chosen “Bribegate.”

Notwithstanding the Obama Administration’s attempt to bury Bribegate before the Memorial Day weekend, Bribegate is alive and well. More to follow on Bribegate!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Impeach Bill Clinton (Again)

After months of silence and stonewalling while the Administration’s lawyers concocted a story to explain away the attempted bribe of Joe Sestak we have our answer. It was Bill Clinton. With that news, RedStateVT becomes the first major media outlet to formally call for the impeachment of the former president. We are aware that this has been tried before and that he is no longer president. These facts should not stand in the way of the pursuit of justice.

Bill Clinton should formally resign as former President of the United States or face impeachment. The transparent and ethical Obama Administration should support this effort.

Friday, May 28, 2010

No Justice, No Peace!

In the days since Mr. Obama nominated her, much has been made of Ms. Kagan’s tenure as dean, and her top-to-bottom transformation of Harvard Law School. Far less attention has been paid to how she climbed from visiting professor to possible successor to Mr. Summers, the result of relentless networking and a remarkable ability to navigate the treacherous waters of Harvard’s internal politics. (NYT, 5/25/10)

We love these hard hitting investigative pieces that the New York Times and others run whenever a Dem president nominates a Supreme Court judge. We get to learn that the nominee loves to cook, reads 16th century French poetry and follows the local sports team. And when it’s a Repub nominee? Then they are picking through their trash can, interviewing waiters to see what kind of tips they left and following them to see if they signal before changing lanes.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Sean for America!

Sean Hannity’s show last night was a no-hold-barred assault on the Obama Administration….the usual kind of thing the media cabal would do on a nightly basis when W was President. It was fun to watch. Hannity – for one - is not going to let the Sestak job bribe scandal go away. What did the President know and when did he know it? Then we had clips of Democrat partisan James Carville ripping Obama for not doing enough about the Gulf oil spill disaster. What has he been doing? Hannity catalogued Obama’s numerous golf rounds and basketball shoot-arounds over the past month. Image is everything and Obama is flunking this one.

Getting Religion
The emergence of the escalating federal debt and government spending as a defining political issue is complicating Democratic efforts this week to push through a major package of tax breaks and unemployment aid over the reluctance of Democrats wary of being painted as budget busters. (NYT, 5/26/10)

Yee, shall know the truth….

Rule Britannia!
A survey in February by the BBC found that only 26 percent of Britons believed that “climate change is happening and is now established as largely manmade,” down from 41 percent in November 2009. A poll conducted for the German magazine Der Spiegel found that 42 percent of Germans feared global warming, down from 62 percent four years earlier.

And London’s Science Museum recently announced that a permanent exhibit scheduled to open later this year would be called the Climate Science Gallery — not the Climate Change Gallery as had previously been planned. (NYT, 5/24/10)

…and the truth shall set you free.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Dog Days

So Much For Unity
A national progressive group is throwing its weight behind a primary challenger to Rep. Jane Harman (Calif.), the latest attempt by liberal activists to replace an incumbent Democrat they deem too centrist. (Washington Post, 5/24/10)

Now wait just a doggone minute here. We thought that it was the Republican Party that was being ‘ripped asunder’ by those radical Tea Partiers! What is going on with the ideologically unified Dem Party?

About Time
President Obama will deploy an additional 1,200 National Guard troops to the southern border and request $500 million in extra money for border security, according to an administration official. The decision comes as the White House is seeking Republican support for broad immigration reform this year. (Washington Post, 5/24/10)

RedStateVT would say that Obama is more likely looking to staunch the bleeding of his party by adopting some “get tough” Republican ideas.

Bringing Back the Bush-Cheney Playbook
The top American commander in the Middle East has ordered a broad expansion of clandestine military activity in an effort to disrupt militant groups or counter threats in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and other countries in the region, according to defense officials and military documents.

The secret directive, signed in September by Gen. David H. Petraeus, authorizes the sending of American Special Operations troops to both friendly and hostile nations in the Middle East, Central Asia and the Horn of Africa to gather intelligence and build ties with local forces. Officials said the order also permits reconnaissance that could pave the way for possible military strikes in Iran if tensions over its nuclear ambitions escalate.

While the Bush administration had approved some clandestine military activities far from designated war zones, the new order is intended to make such efforts more systematic and long term, officials said. (NYT 5/24/10)

Remember the endless outrage over the “secrecy” of the Bush-Cheney administration? Well, secrecy is back baby and RedStateVT is lovin’ it!

Mortgage Maestro Departs
As Senator Christopher J. Dodd completed what might be the capstone of his legislative career last week by shepherding a major banking overhaul through the Senate, the guest book in his office offered a glimpse of why he is not seeking re-election. It includes these recent greetings from visitors who stopped by to pay their disrespects:
“Good bye and good riddance to you,” wrote one guest on May 16. “I know it’s tough, but I expected better,” said another (April 15). “Thank you for being corrupt” (March 26). (NYT, 5/24/10)

What was it that Ronald Reagan used to say? The people usually get it right!

Charm Offensive Derailed
If President Barack Obama thought having a private lunch with Republican senators would ease partisan tensions in Congress, he grabbed the wrong recipe.The president walked into a remarkably contentious 80-minute session Tuesday in which GOP senators accused him of duplicity, audacity and unbending partisanship. Lawmakers said the testy exchange left legislative logjams intact, and one GOP leader said nothing is likely to change before the November elections. (AOLNews, 5/26/10)

After sticking it to Republicans on healthcare and in the face of declining prospects for Democrats, Obama now wants to engage the other side. Good for Repubs for not playing along.

And Then There’s This
Rep. Joe Sestak's allegation that the White House offered him a job to drop out of the Pennsylvania Senate primary race against Arlen Specter is a crime that could lead to the impeachment of President Obama, Rep. Darrell Issa said. (, 5/26/10)

Let’s see if the Obama media dogs this story the same way they did…..say the Karl Rove- Valerie Plame story. So far, except for Fox it seems to be a non-event.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Liberals Lacking Nuance

Democrat Presidential Candidate Joe Biden calls Barack Obama “clean.” Democrat Majority Leader Harry Reid says that Barack Obama only speaks in a “Negro dialect” when he wants to. Democrat Robert Byrd is a former KKK member. Racists? Of course, not! Why not? Because they are liberals and everyone “knows” what is in their hearts.

Libertarian Rand Paul says that he abhors racism and that he would boycott any racist establishment, but (given his libertarian philosophy) private business owners effectively should be allowed to choose who they want to offer their services to. Racist? Apparently so. Liberals strut and preen about how smart they are, but when it comes to a discussion with a modicum of subtlety about it, suddenly they are clueless.

A RedStateVT Reminder:
BP and its employees have given more than $3.5 million to federal candidates over the past 20 years, with the largest chunk of their money going to Obama, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. (, 5/5/10)

Monday, May 24, 2010

Getting It

Pay-as-you-go, or paygo, rules require that new entitlement spending and new tax cuts must be paid for dollar-for-dollar with entitlement spending cuts or tax increases. As Paul Ryan, the ranking Republican member of the House Budget Committee has noted, the Democrats under Speaker Nancy Pelosi "have violated pay-as-you-go rules by nearly $1 trillion" over the past three years. (WSJ, 5/24/10)

For the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, who has long pushed the Tory party to adopt an aggressive deficit-cutting strategy, the menu of restrictions, freezes and spending reversals is a first bid to convince a still uncertain public that Britain needs to be in tune with the budget-cutting in Greece, Portugal, Spain and other parts of Europe. “The years of public sector plenty are over,” he said. “The more decisively we act, the more quickly we can come through these tough times.” (NYT, 5/24/10)

OK, we concede. Time for the U.S. to act more like the rest of the world......

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Sunday Funday

Republican Honolulu City Councilman Charles Djou won the special election in Hawaii's 1st district to replace Neil Abercrombie, a 10-term Democratic congressman who resigned to run for governor. Djou had been leading in recent public polls in the winner-takes-all contest -- largely as a result of a feud between two Democratic candidates that has splintered their party's base. The win hands the Republican Party a symbolic victory in its bid to regain control of Congress. (Washington Post, 5/23/10)

Repub wins a seat in Obama’s home state held by a Dem for 10 terms. That’s some kind of symbolism!

We Can Work It Out
President Obama previewed a new national security strategy rooted in diplomatic engagement and international alliances on Saturday as he essentially repudiated his predecessor’s emphasis on unilateral American power and the right to wage pre-emptive war. (NYT, 5/23/10)

Obama added: my strategy based on unilateral disarmament and apologies to the rest of the world is already paying huge dividends. Doesn’t the world already feel like a safer place?

Try, Try Again
Across Western Europe, the “lifestyle superpower,” the assumptions and gains of a lifetime are suddenly in doubt. The deficit crisis that threatens the euro has also undermined the sustainability of the European standard of social welfare, built by left-leaning governments since the end of World War II. (NYT, 5/23/10)

Which, of course, is exactly why Obama is moving in the same direction.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Channel Surfing

RedStateVT took a quick spin around the dial last night. Here is what we found:

Bill O’Reilly questioned a senior State Department official about Assistant Secretary of State Mark Posner who – surprise – has been uncovered as a looney leftist a la Van Jones. The left accuses O’Reilly of being a demagogue, but a fair viewing of his show reveals that the only time he gets hot is when you don’t answer the question.

There was a guest host on Rachel Maddow and we have no idea who he was. Key takeaway? He was all worked up that Obama allows Taliban terrorists to be held indefinitely at a prison base in Afghanistan. No doubt he would prefer that they be given ACLU lawyers and a comfy bed. Alienation on the left is something
RedStateVT has talked about before and it is a major threat to Obama’s chances of serving another term.

Finally, we caught an exchange on Anderson Cooper between Anthony Bourdain, celebrity chef and (unknown to us) astute political commentator and Ted Nugent, rock and roll patriot. It was priceless. Bourdain launched into a profane ad hominem attack on the Tea Party. The Nuge then gave a thirty second response that was about as concise and articulate as any that we have heard. Bourdain was speechless.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

RedStateVT Gets It Right!

Washington politicians, here's the message of semi-Super Tuesday: If you've embraced a liberal agenda of big government and huge spending -- you'll find yourself in trouble.
Yesterday's elections showed that there is only one real dirty word this campaign cycle: liberal -- not incumbent. The focus on incumbents is just a liberal media dodge to ignore the fact that it is their ideology is being repudiated. (Andrea Tantaros,, 5/19/10)

The idea that anti-incumbent fever, striking equally at Democrats and Republicans, is the defining feature of the 2010 election is as misguided as last year's notion that President Obama's oratory would tilt the nation in favor of his ambitious agenda. Yet the media, echoing the Obama White House, has adopted anti-incumbency as the all-purpose explanation of this year's political developments. (Fred Barnes, WSJ, 5/20/10)

Voters said: "It's not the incumbents, stupid. It's how they voted. It's what they stand for."
(Larry Elder,, 5/20/10)

RedStateVT Loves George Will
Many Democrats and commentators who had not hitherto been histrionic about their high regard for Bennett mourned his loss as evidence that the Republican Party, the health of which they say concerns them greatly, is becoming unhealthy. (George Will,, 5/20/10)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Straws...the Grasping Kind

The non-Fox media has apparently decided that surprising election results over the past year – starting with Democrat defeats in Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts - are a result of voter revolt against incumbent politicians, regardless of their political affiliation. Yesterday’s election outcomes including the defeat of Arlen Specter (Republican, no Democrat…wait, what was he?) and Rand Paul’s Tea Party win over Republican establishment favorite Trey Grayson feed this narrative. RedStateVT says that November will be the real test. We suspect it’s less about incumbency and more about policy.

Lest We Forget
On Tuesday, the toll of American dead in Afghanistan passed 1,000, after a suicide bomb in Kabul killed at least five United States service members. (NYT, 5/19/10)

With George Bush out of office, we no longer receive the constant media updates on the number of American lives lost in the War on Terror. We honor the brave men and women who serve and those who have given their lives in defense of the country.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Just Like Hugo Chavez

Woody Allen has a strange take on the democracy that allowed him to become rich and famous. The "Scoop" director said it would be a cool idea for President Barack Obama to be dictator for a few years. Why? So he could get things done without all the hassle of opposing views getting in the way. (, 5/18/10)

Oh those wacky Hollywood types!

Note to Bill Clinton
Indiana congressman Mark Souder (R) will resign his seat after an affair with a staffer came to light, he said in a statement this morning. (Washington Post, 5/18/10)

This is what you are supposed to do in this situation. (In the interests of bi-partisanship, we will include South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford here as well. Oh, and David Letterman, also.)

Monday, May 17, 2010

Left of Obama

For nearly nine years, the threat of international terrorism has fueled a government jackhammer, cutting away at long-established protections of civil liberties. It has been used to justify warrantless wiretapping, an expansion of the state secrets privilege in federal lawsuits, the use of torture, and the indefinite detention of people labeled enemy combatants. None of these actions were necessary to fight terrorism, and neither is a dubious Obama administration proposal to loosen the Miranda rules when questioning terror suspects and to delay presenting suspects to a judge. (NYT, 5/14/10)

The New York Times: standing strong for terrorists’ rights!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

The Truth, the Whole Truth

Future historians tracing the crackup of the Republican Party may well look to May 8, 2010, as an inflection point. That was the day, as is now well known, that Sen. Robert Bennett, who took the conservative position 84 percent of the time over his career, was deemed not conservative enough by fellow Utah Republicans and booted out of the primary. (Dana Millbank, Washington Post, 5/16/10)

So after upset wins in Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts Millbank sees the demise of the Republican Party. But wait, wasn’t there something else about Bennett that might be relevant? What was it? Thinking...thinking…oh, yeah, this:

“…his 2008 vote in favor of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) bank bailout. Bennett also had co-sponsored a bipartisan bill to mandate health insurance coverage (although he eventually voted against the health care reform bill President Obama signed).” Christian Science Monitor, 5/8/10)

Ignorance is Bliss
In television interviews over the weekend, Attorney General Eric Holder warned that Arizona's new anti-illegal immigration law could lead to racial profiling and might prompt Latinos to stop cooperating with police. However, it emerged at a House hearing Thursday that Holder hasn't actually read the statute. "I have not had a chance to. I've glanced at it. I have not read it," Holder acknowledged in response to questions from Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas). (, 5/13/10)

Holder now joins the exalted company of Shakira as someone who is against the Arizona immigration bill, but has not actually read it.

Friday, May 14, 2010

A Difference Without A Distinction

The Obama administration’s decision to authorize the killing by the Central Intelligence Agency of a terrorism suspect who is an American citizen has set off a debate over the legal and political limits of drone missile strikes, a mainstay of the campaign against terrorism.

The notion that the government can, in effect, execute one of its own citizens far from a combat zone, with no judicial process and based on secret intelligence, makes some legal authorities deeply uneasy. (NYT, 5/14/10)

Kudos to Obama for giving the kill order on Anwar al-Awlaki, who is now apparently responsible for inciting several acts of domestic terrorism. A couple of points to make. First, let’s just be clear that the entire Middle East is a combat zone. Who does the New York Times think they are kidding with the “far from a combat zone” language? Second, consider the hypothetical of a group of American terrorists holed up in the Capitol Building threatening to detonate a bomb. Do we not take them out (with extreme prejudice as the military would say) because they are Americans, far from a combat zone?

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Tea Leaves

Republicans have reassembled their coalition by reconnecting with independents, seniors, blue-collar voters, suburban women and small town and rural voters—all of whom had moved away from the party in the 2006 elections, in which Republicans lost control of the House. Those voter groups now favor GOP control of Congress. (WSJ, 5/13/10)

The GOP also enjoys a lead in the polls that now sample likely voters. In Rasmussen, the GOP is ahead 44% to 37%. (Karl Rove, WSJ, 5/13/10)

“You win by letting the middle of the road know that your ideas — based on time-tested truths — are the right ones for the country,” Palin said. (, 5/13/10)

Quote of the Week
Let's be clear: When Eric Holder thinks we're being too easy on terrorists, we are being too easy on terrorists. (Ann Coulter, 5/13/10)

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Not Judicious

Kagan hails from a very small ideological neighborhood -- Manhattan, Princeton University, the University of Chicago and Harvard Law School. To paraphrase President Obama, she shows a keen understanding of how the law affects the daily lives of people on the Upper West Side and in the Ivy League. (Michael Gerson, Washington Post, 5/12/10)

So much for diversity.

The Specter of Defeat
One year after leaving the Republican Party in the face of crumbling support, Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania is now fighting to avert rejection — and presumably the end of his career — at the hands of Democrats. (NYT, 5/11/10)

Goes around, comes around…

This Must Be Stopped Now
The eldest grandson of former President Jimmy Carter won a seat in the Georgia state senate in a special election Tuesday night. (WSJ, 5/11/10)

The country simply cannot withstand another Carter in public office.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Daddy Care

Under the rules, an employer-sponsored health plan or a company selling individual insurance policies must offer coverage to subscribers’ children up to the age of 26, regardless of whether a child lives with his or her parents, attends college, is a dependent for income-tax purposes or receives financial support from the parents.

Coverage is to be available to married and unmarried children alike.

The cost will be borne by all families with employer-sponsored insurance, with family premiums expected to rise by about 1 percent, the government said. (NYT, 5/11/10)

So to be clear…to be eligible under Obamacare your kids don’t have to live at home, go to school, or be your dependents and they can stay on Dad’s health care plan. Why stop there? Why not also say that they don’t even have to be your kids?

On his radio show several weeks back, Dennis Miller had a great line about trying to push your grown children out into the world so that they could learn to fend for themselves. Meanwhile the government is expanding the parental safety net.

And, by the way, we thought premiums were going down!

Barney Frank Could Not Be Reached For Comment
Fannie Mae asked the U.S. government for an additional $8.4 billion in aid after posting an $11.5 billion net loss for the first quarter, the latest sign that the bailout of the mortgage investor and its main rival, Freddie Mac, is likely to be the most expensive legacy of the U.S. housing-market bust. (NYT, 5/11/10)

Monday, May 10, 2010

Ignore At Your Own Peril

Those who say the tea party movement consists mostly of angry white men will have to recast their stereotyping in at least one regard — 55 percent of them are women, according to a recent Quinnipiac University poll. (NewsMax, 3/29/10)

Earlier this month, Gallup reported that most Tea Partyers are smack in the middle of the mainstream when it comes to their age, education, employment and race; they do "skew right politically," the poll noted, but then, the mainstream skews right as well. (US News & World Report, 4/15/10

First we learn that Tea Party members are not exclusively white, then we learn that they are not exclusively male. What's next? They're not "angry?"

Those like President Obama (who in private has reportedly used a pejorative term to label the Tea Party) would be wise to pay attention.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

We're Aligned!

Sen. Bernie Sanders said Friday he wants federal officials to investigate what appear to be “enormously disturbing” conflicts of interest affecting Federal Reserve loans to failed financial institutions. (Burlington Free Press, 5/8/10)

RedStateVT said Friday that it wants federal officials to investigate what appear to be “enormously disturbing” conflicts of interest affecting sweetheart mortgage loans to failed U.S. senators…..including Connecticut Senator Christopher Dodd. (RedStateVT, 5/8/10)

Friday, May 7, 2010

Big Money

BP and its employees have given more than $3.5 million to federal candidates over the past 20 years, with the largest chunk of their money going to Obama, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. (, 5/5/10)

First Obama is revealed to have received $1 million from evil bankers Goldman Sachs. Now we learn that he has taken money from eco-terrorists BP. RedStateVT demands to know: Is Obama in the pocket of Big Business?

You Be the Judge
“Proponents of a “21st century constitution” or “living constitution” aim to transform our nation’s supreme law beyond recognition – and with a minimum of public attention and debate. Indeed, if there is an overarching theme to what they wish to achieve, it is the diminishment of the democratic and representative processes of American government. It is the replacement of a system of republican government, in which the constitution is largely focused upon the architecture of government in order to minimize the likelihood of abuse of power, with a system of judicial government, in which substantive policy outcomes are increasingly determined by federal judges.” (Stephen Markman, Imprimis, April 2010)

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Barack W. Obama

Obama supporters must cringe at the eerie parallels that seem to keep arising between the former president and the current one. Unpopular military surges (Iraq and Afghanistan), begrudging acceptance of Cheney terrorism policies (see RedStateVT's post: Luke, I am your father) criticism over slow response to environmental disasters (Katrina, Gulf oil spill). Maybe the first W wasn't so bad after all!

More Tea Party Violence?
The FBI will aid Santa Cruz, Calif., police in their investigation of a riot by what authorities are calling a "methodical, coordinated" anarchist group that damaged and vandalized 18 businesses in the city's downtown last weekend.Police said the anarchist group organized an unsanctioned May Day event as a "political and physical cover" for the riot, which caused an estimated $100,000 in damages to the downtown area. The group had touted the event as family-friendly, using fliers and a website, which has since been removed. (AOLNews, 5/5/10)

Disgraced Former President Bill Clinton weighed in recently on the potential for Tea Party inspired violence (see RedStateVT’s post: The Disgraced Former President Weighs In.) No word yet on whether the Disgraced Former President sees the May Day riots as validation of his concerns.

Sign of the Times
President Reagan had a sign on his desk that said, "It's amazing how much you can accomplish if you don't care who gets the credit." If President Obama had a sign, it would say, "It's amazing how much you can accomplish if you don't care what the public thinks." (Fred Barnes, WSJ, 5/4/10)

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

RedStateVT Asks 3 Questions

Who Wrote It?
"A White House as politically attuned as this one should have been conscious of two obvious historical lessons. One was the Exxon Valdez, where a late and lame response by both industry and the federal government all but destroyed one of the country’s richest fishing grounds and ended up costing billions of dollars. The other was President George W. Bush’s hapless response to Hurricane Katrina.

Now we have another disaster in more or less the same neck of the woods, and it takes the administration more than a week to really get moving.

The timetable is damning."

A) Wall Street Journal editorial page
B) Ann Coulter’s weekly column
C) RedStateVT
D) New York Times editorial page

If you guessed D) you are today’s winner! What is going on here? RedStateVT wonders if this is the start of the end of days.

*(NYT, 4/30/10)

Can we check his papers?
RedStateVT is investigating reports that Faisal Shahzad, the Pakistani-born suspect in the attempted Times Square bombing, is a member of a fundamentalist Christian sect with ties to the Tea Party movement.

What does it take to be discredited?
Al Gore buys yet another multi-million dollar house.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Possibilities and Realities

As the Arizona abomination makes clear, there is a desperate need for federal immigration action to stop the country from turning into a nation of vigilantes suspicious of anybody with dark skin. (Dana Millbank, Washington Post, 5/2/10)

It occurred to RedStateVT that this is exactly what liberals do. Millbank worries about the possibility of vigilantes rounding up honest Hispanics, when the reality that Arizona is confronting is actual crime: drug and arms smuggling.

Meanwhile, those who feared the possibility of Tea Party violence are faced with the reality of actual violence over the weekend at protest rallies over the Arizona immigration law.

Monday, May 3, 2010

It's Official: Fox News is Fair and Balanced

Guest host for The O’Reilly Factor last Friday night was, no not Rush Limbaugh, but Juan Williams. So – not that we ever doubted - it is now official that Fox News is fair and balanced and the rest of the mainstream media is not. Fox has its conservative voices like Sean Hannity, its independents like Bill O’Reilly and its liberals like Juan Williams and Alan Colmes. Most are clearly staked out and the programs let each side have a voice. So why do liberals dislike Fox? That’s easy! It’s simply because Fox gives conservatives the voice that they will never get elsewhere. The liberal media purports to report the news when, in fact, they have a built-in bias and shill for one side.

Until we see Ann Coulter guest hosting for Katie Couric we will know the truth.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Coffee with The Master

RedStateVT just returned from an out-of-town visit with its political guru, a former Reagan administration official. The Master is a savvy political mind who knows the players and the ways of Washington and who generously gives of his time to school RedStateVT on a variety of topics. Yesterday we discussed – among other things – the backroom deals that were behind the health care bill. Fascinating stuff. No surprise The Master is incredulous at the ruthless no-holds-barred tactics of the Obama administration.

The Master’s most interesting thought: perhaps Obama does not get the Dem nomination in 2012. Who does? Hillary!

They’re baaaaaaack!