HotAir Daily Express 10/23/2013

Hot Air Daily Express

Video: CNBC host calls for Mexican music on segment about Ted Cruz
10/23/2013 10:01:01 AM  Ed Morrissey
As The Hill points out, Ted Cruz isn’t actually of Mexican descent, which makes this faceplant by Steven Liesman on CNBC yesterday even more obnoxious than it already was.  Liesman, who blamed Ted Cruz for delaying the September jobs report from

CBS: “dramatically underestimates costs” in new estimate feature
10/23/2013 9:21:26 AM  Ed Morrissey
Well, the good news is that HHS has actually tried to fix a few things on the website.  The bad news is that the fixes make the confusion and incompetence even worse.  After hearing a hailstorm of criticism over the necessity to completely

Juan Williams: You know, it’s the GOP’s fault that flopped
10/23/2013 8:41:52 AM  Ed Morrissey
Juan Williams has a clear grip on responsibility for the failure of a program that got passed in Congress with no Republican votes, and implemented with no Republican management in a Democratic administration.  Williams claims that the White House would

30 years ago today: Beirut barracks bombing
10/23/2013 8:01:26 AM  Ed Morrissey
The suicide bombing on the Beirut airport barracks for American peacekeepers in Lebanon killed 241 US servicemen — 220 Marines, 18 sailors, and three soldiers. The last time that many Marines died at once was during the assault on Iwo Jima, and the

Quotes of the day
10/22/2013 10:41:16 PM  Allahpundit
Following the troubled rollout of the website behind Obamacare, very few Americans said the launch is going well, according to a new poll out Tuesday. Only 12 percent said the enrollment process on is going well, the CBS survey shows.

Sebelius: Obama didn’t know about website problems until after launch
10/22/2013 10:01:49 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Hey, he reads about every other crisis in the paper. Why not this one, too? Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told CNN’s Sanjay Gupta that President Obama was completely clueless about serious problems with

Waxman: Let’s get real, these ObamaCare glitches are the private sector’s fault
10/22/2013 9:21:07 PM  Erika Johnsen
You might have thought that the ultimate culpability for the current problems plaguing ObamaCare belong to the administration that sloppily designed, forcefully passed, and hastily implemented the gigantic redistribution project — but you would

McCain: I’m seriously thinking of running for reelection in the Senate
10/22/2013 8:41:24 PM  Allahpundit
Via WaPo. To think, some people say I never give you guys any good news. For what it’s worth (not much, three years out), he sounds a bit rosier here about running again than he did last month when the subject came up. Maybe there’s good

Dem. Sen. Shaheen: So, we should really start thinking about that individual mandate delay now, no?
10/22/2013 8:01:22 PM  Erika Johnsen
You know they’re all thinking about it, even if they won’t all say so. An excerpt from Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s letter to the White House on Tuesday, via Roll Call: The Affordable Care Act has already positively impacted the

It begins: Dems’ number two in the House calls for more money for ObamaCare website
10/22/2013 7:21:56 PM  Allahpundit
The best part of this is that he admits he doesn’t know if the site actually needs more money or not. “Give them a little” is something he seems to say almost reflexively, I guess because when a government program is failing badly,

Four different polls show support for ObamaCare increasing slightly since the shutdown
10/22/2013 6:41:22 PM  Allahpundit
Our new Townhall cousin Conn Carroll tracked the trends. Oof: In fact, since the government shutdown began, every poll that has been taken shows Obamacare gaining in popularity, not declining. The Washington Post/ABC News poll shows support for Obamacare

NPR’s Liasson to Carney: Will we be getting daily updates on ObamaCare, like during natural disasters?
10/22/2013 6:01:51 PM  Erika Johnsen
Now actively engaged in throwing everything they have at the stubbornly persistent ObamaCare glitches and the optics thereof, the White House announced earlier today that they putting some of their absolutely best possible people directly on the job to

Interpol chief: Maybe we should let civilians arm themselves after Westgate terror attack
10/22/2013 5:21:46 PM  Ed Morrissey
The founders of the United States protected the right to bear arms for a number of reasons. They wanted to ensure against the imposition of tyranny, and also have the ability to call militias to muster for external threats.  They also recognized that

A new, er, high: 58% now support legalizing marijuana in Gallup poll
10/22/2013 4:41:24 PM  Allahpundit
Seven years ago, the public opposed legalization 36/60. Today, the numbers have almost flipped — 58/39 in favor, thanks to a sharp spike that followed a few years when people were split roughly evenly on whether the drug should be legalized or not.

Oh, by the way: The “tech surge” isn’t going to rescue the ObamaCare website
10/22/2013 4:01:53 PM  Allahpundit
Or, to be more precise, it’s not going to rescue the site anywhere near as quickly as the White House needs to avert disaster. The task is simply too complex, and’s problems too various, to get things humming smoothly within

Bloomberg’s anti-gun PAC dropping $1.1 million for McAuliffe in Virginia race
10/22/2013 3:21:20 PM  Erika Johnsen
Get excited, Virginia: You’ve got the full Bloomberg treatment coming your way, via Politico: Michael Bloomberg’s pro-gun-control super PAC will drop $1.1 million on ads for Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the final two weeks of the Virginia

The Ed Morrissey Show: Andrew Malcolm
10/22/2013 2:51:50 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), my friend Andrew Malcolm joins us as always on today’s TEMS at 4 pm ET! The Prince of Twitter and I will discuss ObamaCare, the Army’s admission on training and lack thereof, and all of the hot

New fundraising e-mail from Alan Grayson: You can’t spell “tea party” without a burning cross
10/22/2013 2:41:42 PM  Allahpundit
Fun fact: So unhinged has this guy been over the years in his criticism of political opponents that he was once accused of being “one fry short of a Happy Meal” by … Anthony Weiner. During his first stint in Congress, he called one of

Confirmed: run by incompetents
10/22/2013 2:01:40 PM  Ed Morrissey
Yes, this isn’t exactly breaking news, given all of the evidence we’ve seen since the rollout.  Today, though, we have two conflicting reports pointing fingers at the government and at the contractors hired by the government, with both sides

HealthCare.Gov’s advertisements descend into self-parody
10/22/2013 1:21:35 PM  Erika Johnsen
Is this real life? “Pretty easy.” Mm hmm. “You can be covered, too!” …Er, no, you must be covered, or pay the price of the individual mandate, and the faultiness of the website is currently preventing a whole mess of

Why does Sebelius still have a job if “nobody’s madder than” Obama over debacle?
10/22/2013 12:41:25 PM  Ed Morrissey
“Nobody’s madder than me,” Barack Obama told the nation yesterday, “about the fact that the website isn’t working as well as it should.”  But is he? In the same speech, he extolled the system that hardly anyone can

Video: Jon Stewart and the “Spinning Beachball of Health Care”
10/22/2013 12:01:52 PM  Ed Morrissey
Two weeks ago, Jon Stewart ripped Kathleen Sebelius for lying to him about the ObamaCare rollout during her segment on the Daily Show.  Last night, Stewart pulled no punches in going after the top banana in a ten-minute extended rant over the unfolding

Rubio: I’m introducing a bill to delay the individual mandate until the ObamaCare website is fixed
10/22/2013 11:21:53 AM  Allahpundit
Smart politics. It won’t pass, but then it’s not really designed to. He said all he is calling for is a delay on the requirement until the U.S. General Accounting Office certifies the Web site is working and has been functioning for six

WaPo: Golly, that sequestration has taken a toll on DC job market
10/22/2013 10:41:29 AM  Ed Morrissey
Perhaps it’s just bad timing, or a lack of perspective.  To be fair, the Washington Post is a local newspaper, so its focus on the local economy shouldn’t surprise anyone. Even with that in mind, their story on how the sequestration has