HotAir Daily Express 02/21/2013


Q-poll shows Menendez cratering on approval in NJ
2/21/2013 10:01:04 AM  Ed Morrissey
Those darned right-wing blogs!  In case no one knew it before, today’s poll from Quinnipiac demonstrates that allegations of corruption and use of prostitution still matters in politics, even in New Jersey. In a month, Senator Robert Menendez

Video: An American Pope?
2/21/2013 9:21:54 AM  Ed Morrissey
Color me skeptical, but not from a lack of good candidates among the American cardinals that will travel to Rome. CBS News interviews Monsignor Anthony Figueiredo in Rome, who tells audiences that the possibilities are “wide open,” and that

NRA PAC has best fundraising month since summer
2/21/2013 8:41:12 AM  Ed Morrissey
The previous best month in NRA’s PAC fundraising took place in the context of a national election.  This new haul took place in the context of a national debate.  As gun-control advocates tried to paint the NRA as an extremist group — or

Car bomb hits near Russian embassy, Assad power base in Damascus
2/21/2013 8:01:30 AM  Ed Morrissey
If Syrian rebels wanted to send a message to Bashar Assad’s allies as well as the regime, they succeeded today. Rebels conducted a suicide-bomb attack on a checkpoint in Damascus, near both the Russian embassy and the regime’s Ba’ath


Quotes of the day
2/20/2013 10:41:15 PM  Allahpundit
Why should RINOs hang their heads in shame and be relegated to the fringes of their party? The party is the fringe. Isn’t it time to reclaim the salt lick? RINOs need to be defiantly proud, aggressively centrist and unapologetically sane. There are a

Marco Rubio and the simple politics of a sense of humor
2/20/2013 9:31:41 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
The water bottle goes global. This is the way Republicans must learn to do battle, with a wink, and a social IQ, and a sense of humor. The media will never treat Rubio with anything near the deference they treat President Obama, and he knows it.

Greece: Any more austerity pressure, and we’re looking at a “social explosion”
2/20/2013 9:21:28 PM  Erika Johnsen
Greece has been stuck in an economic recession for going on six years now and is currently the seat of the highest unemployment rate among the 17-member euro bloc, with a jaw-dropping 27 percent of its eleven million population out of work (including a

Womp: Florida Gov. Scott decides to expand Medicaid
2/20/2013 8:41:18 PM  Erika Johnsen
Looks like Florida’s abstention from designing their own health insurance exchange system was not a precursor of things to come, as Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced this afternoon that he’ll be joining the ranks of the other GOP governors in

New ad from gay-rights group: Republicans support gay marriage too, you know
2/20/2013 8:01:50 PM  Allahpundit
Something new from the Respect for Marriage Coalition keyed to their splashy new poll about same-sex marriage. Want evidence of how much the phrasing of poll questions can influence the responses you get? Here you go: Voters express strong support for

Chuck Schumer: Hagel almost had tears in his eyes when I explained that “Jewish lobby” is offensive
2/20/2013 7:21:15 PM  Allahpundit
How can he be sure? Hagel always looks like he’s been crying. To believe that a professional politician needed it explained to him that the term “Jewish lobby” is problematic, you’d have to believe he’s an abject imbecile.

Dem Senators look for someone to blame for Obamacare
2/20/2013 6:41:21 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
James Taranto found news of a hearing this week that I missed, in which Democratic lawmakers grilled Gary Cohen, head of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight about Obamacare’s mounting problems. It’s like a David Brooks

Ted Cruz: Let’s face it, Democrats are attacking Rubio partly because he’s Latino
2/20/2013 6:01:42 PM  Allahpundit
They’d be attacking him no matter what just because he’s a rising star from the other party, but yes, of course it’s true that a rising star who’s Latino complicates Democratic plans for a permanent majority in a way that some

Video: North Korea’s burning love for US and Obama
2/20/2013 5:21:30 PM  Ed Morrissey
Just kidding, Pyongyang!  Your subtlety in your latest propaganda video doesn’t quite mask your rage at the US for having electricity that can actually light up our communities at night and an economy that can feed our people.  Or was this from

Finally: The U.S. Postal Service functional-fashion clothing line
2/20/2013 4:41:52 PM  Erika Johnsen
Modernity has been tough for the U.S. Postal Service. The ‘self-supporting’ government enterprise, faced with technologies and market competition slowly but surely rendering their business model less and less viable, has tried to institute

Mitt Romney to speak at CPAC for some reason
2/20/2013 4:01:53 PM  Allahpundit
Everyone will applaud politely, of course, but there’s no way to avoid the ineffable awkwardness that will surround this speech. Then again, if there’s one thing Romney does well, it’s ineffable awkwardness. (“Severely

NRA launches ad campaign this week targeting red-state Senate Dems
2/20/2013 3:21:58 PM  Ed Morrissey
Had enough of a break from the 2012 election cycle?  If not, too bad — because 2014′s cycle starts tomorrow.  According to Roll Call’s David Drucker, the NRA will roll out full-page newspaper ads in red states represented by Democrats

The Ed Morrissey Show: Guy Benson, Face the Chat
2/20/2013 2:46:15 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 latest in politics. Don’t miss it! The Ed Morrissey Show and its dynamic chatroom can be seen on

Bob Beckel on guns: When was the last time you heard about a rape on campus?
2/20/2013 2:41:32 PM  Allahpundit
Via Mediaite, I missed this last night but Twitchy didn’t. After months of “war on women” demagoguery keying off of Akin and Mourdock, I didn’t expect that the left’s big gun-control push might include a contingent of rape

Gingrich: We can’t let Karl Rove and a bunch of billionaires handpick GOP candidates for Senate
2/20/2013 2:01:45 PM  Allahpundit
Go figure that a guy whose candidacy was steamrolled by Romney’s Super PAC in Florida isn’t keen on the idea of Super PAC proliferation. But pay attention to what he says in the clip about campaign finance reform. If Rove’s new group

Yikes: Review declares a state of financial emergency in Detroit
2/20/2013 1:21:57 PM  Erika Johnsen
Detroit, that historical magnate of the American auto industry, was once the country’s fourth most populous city — but the municipality has long since fallen off the fiscal straight-and-narrow, and here come the consequences. After decades of

Boehner: We already did the revenue end of the budget-standoff resolution
2/20/2013 12:41:13 PM  Ed Morrissey
Congress isn’t in session this week, but that doesn’t mean that they’re entirely out of the media’s gaze, either.  After Barack Obama waggled his finger yesterday at Congress over the sequester he himself proposed and signed into

Even Aquinas did math
2/20/2013 12:01:20 PM  Ed Morrissey
Often, when religion and politics come up in conversation, people want to ask how a Catholic can be conservative — or how a Catholic can be liberal.  We have plenty of both in our community, to the everlasting frustration of just about everyone. 

Jackson, wife expected to plead guilty to federal charges today
2/20/2013 11:21:30 AM  Ed Morrissey
Word of the plea agreement between former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr, his wife, and federal investigators began to leak out last week.  Today the couple will appear in court to enter guilty pleas on charges of corruption, bringing to an end yet another

Video: McCain town hall on immigration in Arizona gets hot
2/20/2013 10:41:02 AM  Allahpundit
I’m giving you the video, but honestly all you need to do is look at this photo. That’s the face of a man who once famously grumbled about having to build “the goddamned fence,” then magically metamorphosed into an immigration