HotAir Daily Express 08/07/2012

Did Obama admin officials lie to Congress about Delphi pension termination?
8/7/2012 10:01:56 AM  Ed Morrissey
I don’t know about you, but I’m beginning to detect a pattern from the Obama administration.  When called to testify before Congress, executive branch officials say, “No, no, no” … but their e-mails later say, “Yes,

New Romney ad attacks Obama on “gutting” welfare reform
8/7/2012 9:21:22 AM  Ed Morrissey
Team Romney moved to take advantage of another gift from Barack Obama — this one not so much a gaffe but a strange strategic move by Obama and his administration.  A month ago, Obama removed the work requirements and limitations on welfare, one of

Hot Air VP Survey: August Edition
8/7/2012 8:41:00 AM  Patrick Ishmael
There are rumblings that Mitt Romney may make his VP pick as early as Thursday or Friday, so let’s poll this one last time. Questions? Contact me here. This post was promoted from GreenRoom to To see the comments on the original post,

Obamateurism of the Day
8/7/2012 8:01:21 AM  Ed Morrissey
Remember when we elected a President who promised to usher in a new era of meaningful politics, an end the days of partisanship for only the sake of partisanship, and rising above cheap personal attacks?  Good times, good times: Adding a new attack line

Quotes of the day
8/6/2012 10:21:19 PM  Allahpundit
Eighty-six percent of voters who say they voted for Barack Obama in 2008 are backing Obama again this year, a smaller proportion than the 92% of 2008 John McCain voters who are supporting 2012 Republican candidate Mitt Romney. Nine percent of 2008 Obama

Bad news from new book: Obama doesn’t like Romney
8/6/2012 9:24:20 PM  Allahpundit
When a presidential race turns as bland as this one has, a little garlic isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I wonder if the feeling’s mutual or if Mitt, the consummate manager, is all business in getting this project done. “One factor made

Video: The greatest ad ever?
8/6/2012 8:21:11 PM  Allahpundit
To cleanse the palate, via LauraW at Ace’s site, a new entry in the surprising recent ad trend involving people being scarred for life. The last spot I saw that was as genuinely funny as this was … I’m tempted to say the Darth Vader

John Sununu: Let’s face it, Reid is doing Obama’s bidding in smearing Romney; Update: “No one should feel sorry for me,” says … Reid
8/6/2012 7:46:43 PM  Allahpundit
Is there anyone on either whose naivete is so tender that they don’t believe this is true? In light of yesterday’s Democratic hack tour de force of tacit endorsement on the Sunday shows, I feel like the White House has all but confirmed that

Big Carbon
8/6/2012 6:52:00 PM  J.E. Dyer
So, how’s that carbon-trading thing going?  Big Carbon set up shop in the European Union in 2005, and is scheduled to make its North American-franchise debut in California in January.  How goes the trade? Eurozombie The answer in Europe is: not well. 

Cheney walks back comments about Palin?
8/6/2012 6:17:03 PM  Allahpundit
I wonder if he tweaked her initially because he thought he could win this media fight (in the interest of working an angle for Rob Portman) or if he tweaked her because he didn’t expect any pushback from Palin and other conservatives, including his

Video: “Zero Dark Thirty” trailer
8/6/2012 5:31:26 PM  Allahpundit
I know, I know, the White House’s relationship to this movie is dodgy (albeit not as dodgy as it once was) and so none of us wants to admit that it looks good. But seriously: How could it not be good? How terribly amateurish would a film about the

Weekly Standard: Christie now under “serious consideration” for VP?
8/6/2012 4:51:11 PM  Allahpundit
Bill Kristol’s been a Christie booster for ages so it’s tempting to dismiss this as wishful thinking, but I don’t know. Makes more sense now than it did three months ago. Speaking of Christie: As of Friday, when we wrote the editorial

Could the DNC be making North Carolina more red?
8/6/2012 4:11:20 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Barack Obama won the state of North Carolina by 14,000 votes in 2008. His return in 2012 was supposed to be triumphant, a celebration of the swing of this formerly red state to the blue column. If his return is underwhelming, what was meant to solidify a

Great news: TSA to unionize [Update]
8/6/2012 3:31:30 PM  Dustin Siggins
>From The Right Scoop, initially blogged by PJ Media: As of Thursday, August 2, 2012, the Transportation Security Administration has agreed to unionize. The agency, best known for groping and offending Americans as we attempt to fly from one part of the

Obama campaign surrogates taken to task on the Sunday talk shows over Reid’s tax accusations
8/6/2012 2:56:26 PM  Dustin Siggins
Ed hit this over the weekend, noting that if the Obama campaign really wanted Reid to stop making unsourced allegations, it would and he would. Ed’s not the only one making this clear, however — Candy Crowley hammered Robert Gibbs on

Is Warren an anomaly or a harbinger for the Democrats?
8/6/2012 2:21:59 PM  Ed Morrissey
Republicans began licking their chops when organizers for the Democratic convention in Charlotte announced that Elizabeth Warren would get a plum speaking slot in prime time — just before Bill Clinton’s formal nomination of Barack Obama as

New Obama ad: Romney “out of touch” with women
8/6/2012 1:46:10 PM  Dustin Siggins
On Saturday, the Obama campaign released an ad hammering Romney for opposing the HHS Mandate and wanting to defund Planned Parenthood. The ad mostly focuses on a couple of women talking about how “out of touch” Romney is with how the average

Cohen: Harry Reid is exactly what’s wrong with Washington; Update: WH distancing itself from Reid?
8/6/2012 1:11:24 PM  Ed Morrissey
Earlier today, I noted that George Will had ripped Harry Reid for his baseless accusations of tax evasion thrown at Mitt Romney, even from the Senate floor, calling it “McCarthyism from the desert.”  Will is a conservative commentator, of

Ousted EPA administrator vows to “stop the construction of any new coal plants in Texas”
8/6/2012 12:36:48 PM  Rob Bluey
Al Armendariz’s big mouth cost him his job as a regional administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Now that he’s working for the Sierra Club, Armendariz appears even more opinionated about the industry he once regulated. In his

RNC announces first round of speakers to GOP convention
8/6/2012 12:01:55 PM  Ed Morrissey
The RNC and Republican convention organizers have announced some of the speakers for the Tampa event that starts three weeks from tomorrow — but not the most-watched slots.  The Tampa Bay Times picks up the scoop, although there aren’t any

Will: Reid accusations “McCarthyism from the desert”
8/6/2012 11:21:38 AM  Ed Morrissey
George Will slammed Harry Reid on ABC’s This Week roundtable for his evidence-free accusations of tax evasion by Mitt Romney, drawing the obvious parallel to Senator Joe McCarthy and his ever-changing list.  With Reid, it’s an ever-changing

Team Obama raises $75 million in July …
8/6/2012 10:41:33 AM  Ed Morrissey
You have to hand it to Team Obama.  What they lack in competitiveness, they provide in, er … brevity: Reporting back on last month’s fundraising numbers: In July, 761,000 people donated to raise over $75 million for this campaign. Thank