HotAir Daily Express 10/17/2013

Hot Air Daily Express

Video: The red-meatiest red-meat ad of all time
10/17/2013 10:01:23 AM  Ed Morrissey
It’s more than a month old, but don’t let that stop you from watching it now.  Potomac Strategy Group recently focus-tested this spot, reports Jim Geraghty, and it produces real movement against Terry McAuliffe — even among Democrats. 

Alexander out at NSA?
10/17/2013 9:26:12 AM  Ed Morrissey
NSA director Keith Alexander and his top deputy will depart soon, according to reports from Reuters and other news agencies that first broke yesterday afternoon.  John Inglis will retire at the end of the year, and Alexander will follow his deputy out

Video: House stenographer freaks out on House floor
10/17/2013 8:56:40 AM  Ed Morrissey
Obligatory, it seems, given the wide coverage of this strange and sad spectacle from the House vote last night to pass the Reid-McConnell compromise that ended the budget impasse. Drudge blasted it on Twitter this morning, and Politico reported it last

Did the deal allow the President to set the debt limit from now on?
10/17/2013 8:16:10 AM  Ed Morrissey
That rumor has been flying around, in part due to the natural opacity of last-minute deals struck at the eleventh hour of a “crisis.”  The legislative branch controls the debt ceiling, but Democrats have occasionally proposed to either

Quotes of the day
10/16/2013 10:41:50 PM  Allahpundit
At the last GOP conference meeting of the two-week government shutdown, no lawmakers went to the microphones to give their take. Instead, after Speaker John Boehner told Republicans they had “fought the good fight,” they all rose up to offer a standing

Cory Booker projected winner of NJ Senate race
10/16/2013 10:01:42 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
And, with that, another Democratic vote in the Senate. CNN: CNN projects Cory Booker will defeat Republican Steve Lonegan to win the special election to fill the remaining 15 months of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s term. Booker, mayor of Newark,

Pelosi: To watch Harry Reid “was to watch a master at work”
10/16/2013 8:41:10 PM  Erika Johnsen
Just in case you were at all curious about what the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives had to say on today’s budgetary goings-on, here you go. She was apparently plenty eager to get a deal done throughout, but at the end of day was

So, which newspaper’s going to file the first “WH quietly thinking about delaying ObamaCare” story?
10/16/2013 8:01:14 PM  Allahpundit
Rest assured, the White House is quietly thinking about delaying ObamaCare. Even if there’s only a five percent chance right now that they end up doing it, the scope of the disaster that is means they’ve got to be kicking this

Obama administration’s model clean coal plant not panning out too well
10/16/2013 7:21:19 PM  Erika Johnsen
President Obama will pay any and all lip service necessary to appease the riled coal industry, insisting that no way is his administration using their regulatory powers to slowly but surely squash coal plants out of existence. After all, his

Video: I personally wouldn’t use “Redskins,” says … Charles Krauthammer
10/16/2013 6:41:40 PM  Allahpundit
An unfortunate corollary to the left’s big push to make changing the team’s name the new bien-pensant cause celebre. I say “unfortunate” not because Krauthammer’s opinion is unfortunate — he makes the case against

Experts shocked, baffled that thousands of intelligence workers were furloughed as part of shutdown
10/16/2013 6:01:26 PM  Allahpundit
The stories about the Park Service barricading memorials are irresistible as examples of petty harassment of the public to build opposition to the shutdown, but this McClatchy piece about intel furloughs is far more consequential. Take five minutes to

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac might not be going anywhere after all
10/16/2013 5:21:23 PM  Erika Johnsen
In early August, in light of the slowly recovering housing market, President Obama announced some sweet new plans to push Congress to shutter the two federal mortgage giants to which much of the blame for the housing bubble and the bursting thereof

House conservatives: No, we’re not going to oust Boehner
10/16/2013 4:41:26 PM  Allahpundit
They wanted to try to defund ObamaCare, even if it meant a shutdown, so he tried to defund ObamaCare even if it meant a shutdown. It was never going to work, everyone knew it, and Boehner went ahead with it anyway. If he had followed “don’t

Video: The man DC blames for the shutdown is …
10/16/2013 4:01:15 PM  Ed Morrissey
Earlier, Erika noted Barack Obama’s “the buck doesn’t stop here” on polarization in Washington, but Media Research Center’s Dan Joseph took to the streets of Washington DC to find out who people blame specifically for the

DOJ to allow ATF agent to publish a “Fast and Furious” book, just not profit from it. Oh, and only after they edit it first.
10/16/2013 3:21:55 PM  Erika Johnsen
Last week, Ed brought brought us the story of the administrative drama currently plaguing Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent John Dodson in the endeavor to publish his personal account of his experiences in blowing the whistle on Operation

The Ed Morrissey Show: Guy Benson, Mary Katharine Ham
10/16/2013 3:13:21 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), it’s time again for our Salem All-Stars! Guy Benson and Mary Katharine Ham join me today to discuss the shutdown of the shutdown, and what happens next. Don’t miss it! The Ed Morrissey Show and its

Ted Cruz: No, I won’t hold up the Senate bill to end the shutdown
10/16/2013 2:41:38 PM  Allahpundit
Remember, Senate rules require 30 hours of debate on a bill unless all 100 members consent to waiving them. If Cruz (or Lee or Rand Paul) withheld his consent, boom — we hit the debt ceiling tomorrow and the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man appears in the

Videos: Hawaii, Wisconsin ObamaCare experiences … less than optimal
10/16/2013 2:01:44 PM  Ed Morrissey
Reports from two more states and their experiences with ObamaCare exchanges show that the HHS effort has produced a lot of embarrassment across the board.  Hawaii built its own exchange, one of just 16 states (plus DC) to build their own exchange, rather

Key “defund” backer: Let’s be realistic, we can’t repeal ObamaCare until 2017
10/16/2013 1:21:22 PM  Allahpundit
Via the Corner, it’s Michael Needham of Heritage Action, arguably the single biggest driver of the “defund” effort besides Ted Cruz himself. Question: If repeal is obviously impossible because, after all, Democrats control two-thirds of

Reporter: Do you take any credit for making Washington more divided? Obama: In a nutshell? …No.
10/16/2013 12:41:36 PM  Erika Johnsen
He doesn’t exactly say “no,” not in so many words, but nowhere between the “I have consistently sought compromise” and the “what we haven’t seen is a willingness on the other side to engage in the basic

Coming your way: The Hillary Clinton (Off the Record) Award Tour
10/16/2013 12:01:24 PM  Ed Morrissey
Is it awards season already? It is for Hillary Clinton, although it’s difficult to determine why.  Her four-year tenure as Secretary of State didn’t produce any significant new diplomatic agreements,, featured an embarrassing and sycophantic

Obama: Now that this shutdown’s out of the way, it’s time for amnesty
10/16/2013 11:21:25 AM  Allahpundit
When your opponent is weak, press your advantage. “Once that’s done — you know, the day after — I’m going to be pushing (Congress) to say, call a vote on immigration reform,” Obama told the Los Angeles affiliate of Univision, the

Video: The Affordable Care Act is looking pretty darned unafforable
10/16/2013 10:41:55 AM  Ed Morrissey
Remember when the proponents of the Affordable Care Act promised that ObamaCare would save most Americans $2,500 in premium costs a year? And perhaps you remember when Barack Obama claimed “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan” so