• Anthony Weiner,  Mark Steyn,  Michael Ramirez

    Mark Steyn: Weiner Helping Junk the Country

    Mark Steyn

    This is hilarious – so read it all.

    After the tumult of the First World War, noted Winston Churchill, only the intractability of the Irish Question had emerged unscathed:

    “Great Empires have been overturned. The whole map of Europe has been changed,” he told the House of Commons. “But as the deluge subsides and the waters fall short, we see the dreary steeples of Fermanagh and Tyrone emerging once again.”

    And so it goes after another tumultuous week in American politics. Nearly a third of homeowners are “underwater” – that’s to say, they owe more on their mortgages than the property is worth. Private-sector job growth has all but vanished. The House of Representatives voted not to raise the debt ceiling.

    But as the debt ceiling subsides – or, at any rate, stays put – we see the dreary steeple of Anthony Weiner emerging from his Twitpic crotch shot.

    For the benefit of the few remaining American coeds Rep. Weiner isn’t following on Twitter, the congressman’s initial position when his groin Tweet went viral was that his Twitter had been hacked. Could happen to anyone. From last Thursday’s edition of The Daily Telegraph:

    “British intelligence has hacked into an al-Qaida online magazine and replaced bomb making instructions with a recipe for cupcakes.”

  • GOP,  Michael Ramirez,  Mitch McConnell

    The Old GOP and the Lunar Eclipse – Time to Replace Mitch McConnell

    Political cartoon by Michael Ramirez

    Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell had an opportunity and a mandate from the November elections but he has failed to keep his party united. Even Senator Lyndsey Graham (Maverick 2 with John McCain) is bitchin’ and moaning.

    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) lashed out at fellow Republicans Tuesday for a “capitulation … of dramatic proportions” to Democrats and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) in the lame-duck Congress.

    Graham said Republicans have no one to blame but themselves for allowing ratification of the New START Treaty and other legislation in the period before new lawmakers are sworn in in January.

    “When it’s all going to be said and done, Harry Reid has eaten our lunch,” Graham said on Fox News radio. “This has been a capitulation in two weeks of dramatic proportions of policies that wouldn’t have passed in the new Congress.”

    Republican senators have broken with the party’s leaders on several key votes in order to advance some of President Obama’s top policies during the lame-duck. GOP members defected to pass a repeal of “Don’t ask, don’t tell” and have done likewise to secure likely ratification for the START Treaty. Some Republicans might allow a health bill for 9/11 first responders to move forward, while three Republicans voted to end debate on the DREAM Act, an ultimately unsuccessful immigration bill.

    Time for Senate Republicans to consider electing a NEW leader in January.

  • Michael Ramirez,  Obamacare

    Obamacare: The 47 Million Uninsured


    Political Cartoon by Michael Ramirez

    And, the costs of Obamacare?

    For the second time this month, congressional budget analysts have dealt a blow to the Democrat’s health reform efforts, this time by saying a plan touted by the White House as crucial to paying for the bill would actually save almost no money over 10 years.

    A key House chairman and moderate House Democrats on Tuesday agreed to a White House-backed proposal that would give an outside panel the power to make cuts to government-financed health care programs. White House budget director Peter Orszag declared the plan “probably the most important piece that can be added” to the House’s health care reform legislation.

    But on Saturday, the Congressional Budget Office said the proposal to give an independent panel the power to keep Medicare spending in check would only save about $2 billion over 10 years– a drop in the bucket compared to the bill’s $1 trillion price tag.

    “In CBO’s judgment, the probability is high that no savings would be realized … but there is also a chance that substantial savings might be realized. Looking beyond the 10-year budget window, CBO expects that this proposal would generate larger but still modest savings on the same probabilistic basis,” CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf wrote in a letter to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer on Saturday.

    Some reforms ultimately will be passed by the Congress but Obamacare?

    I don’t think it will happen.

    If it does, the GOP will roll most of it back after the 2010 and 2012 elections.

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  • Frank Luntz,  John McCain,  Michael Ramirez,  Sarah Palin

    Frank Luntz to John McCain – GO AWAY OLD MAN


    Political Cartoon by Michael Ramirez

    GOP pollster and pundit Frank Luntz had a few choice observations/comments at today’s Republican Governor confab in Miami.

    • Noting that Obama has an email list of 10 million voters, Luntz said that coalition “makes him and his supporters the most powerful special interest group in all of America.”
    • “He’s got 10 million names and our candidate doesn’t know how to use this,” Luntz continues, holding up his BlackBerry in the air.  “There is a problem there.”
    • “Stevie Wonder reads a teleprompter better than John McCain,” Luntz cracked drawing laughs.

    John McCain was too old to be elected President. America had grown tired of Bush and angry old white men.

    McLame should never have been the Republican nominee.

    Flap said this over and over during the primary season.

    McCain admitted did not know how to use e-mail while Barack Obama and the Democrats were raising tens of millions on the internet. He was out of touch and held back Sarah Palin who was more relevant.

    John McCain knew little if anything about financial matters and the economy and it showed while America plunged into crisis. McCain has never run anything except his “MAVERICK” mouth in the Senate cloak room.

    So, while we laugh at Frank Luntz’s quips – we know he is RIGHT.

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  • Charles Krauthammer,  John McCain,  Kathleen Parker,  Michael Ramirez,  Peggy Noonan

    Charles Krauthhammer – McCain for President


    Political cartoon by Michael Ramirez

    Charles Krauthammer endorses John McCain for President today.

    Contrarian that I am, I’m voting for John McCain. I’m not talking about bucking the polls or the media consensus that it’s over before it’s over. I’m talking about bucking the rush of wet-fingered conservatives leaping to Barack Obama before they’re left out in the cold without a single state dinner for the next four years.

    I stand athwart the rush of conservative ship-jumpers of every stripe — neo (Ken Adelman), moderate (Colin Powell), genetic/ironic (Christopher Buckley) and socialist/atheist (Christopher Hitchens) — yelling “Stop!” I shall have no part of this motley crew. I will go down with the McCain ship. I’d rather lose an election than lose my bearings.

    First, I’ll have no truck with the phony case ginned up to rationalize voting for the most liberal and inexperienced presidential nominee in living memory. The “erratic” temperament issue, for example. As if McCain’s risky and unsuccessful but in no way irrational attempt to tactically maneuver his way through the economic tsunami that came crashing down a month ago renders unfit for office a man who demonstrated the most admirable equanimity and courage in the face of unimaginable pressures as a prisoner of war, and who later steadily navigated innumerable challenges and setbacks, not the least of which was the collapse of his campaign just a year ago.

    Read the entire piece.

    But, Charles forgot another conservative ship-jumper – Peggy Noonan.

    For Peggy and Kathleen Parker those state dinners will taste – well, bitter sweet, no?

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