HotAir Daily Express 09/12/2013

Hot Air Daily Express


Matthews: Remember when US had a real leader, like … George W. Bush?
9/12/2013 10:01:33 AM  Ed Morrissey
Looks like Chris Matthews isn’t going to get a tingle over Barack Obama’s latest pivot. On last night’s Hardball, Matthews ripped Obama for a lack of leadership and focus, complaining that the President jumps from issue to issue with no

Good news: Obama pivoting again to the economy
9/12/2013 9:21:02 AM  Ed Morrissey
After his humiliation on the world stage over Syria, we all knew this was coming … right?  Behold, the evergreen “pivot” strategy (via Instapundit): The White House is signaling it wants to shift back to the economy after two weeks in

CNN wonders: Can Putin be trusted?
9/12/2013 8:41:01 AM  Ed Morrissey
The short answer — no. The longer answer is also no.  And pretty much all of the points in between are no as well, for all the reasons CNN lists in this report.  However, just the fact that we have arrived at the position where we have to ask that

WaPo: Syrian rebels now getting CIA arms
9/12/2013 8:01:11 AM  Ed Morrissey
Don’t worry.  I’m sure these weapons will be going to the really nice rebels that John McCain assures us we can distinguish from all the naughty ones: The CIA has begun delivering weapons to rebels in Syria, ending months of delay in lethal


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Quotes of the day
9/11/2013 10:41:32 PM  Allahpundit
We did a poll last weekend in Colorado Senate District 3 and found that voters intended to recall Angela Giron by a 12 point margin, 54/42. In a district that Barack Obama won by almost 20 points I figured there was no way that could be right and made a

Out of other problems, L.A. city government goes after…tree houses
9/11/2013 10:01:48 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Strange, is it not? The city can’t seem to use the ridiculous amount of tax money they scoop up in Los Angeles to, say, fix potholes and provide basic services competently. But they can come after a 10-year-old tree house. Oh, boy, can they. Take

Russian president trolls Obama, entire United States with NYT op-ed
9/11/2013 10:01:11 PM  Erika Johnsen
And there it is. The cherry on top of this foreign-policy fustercluck sundae. He probably could have captured the proffered sentiment just by making a Vine of himself blowing a raspberry and saved himself a lot of trouble, no? Here’s a highlight in

Dem senator: I’m pretty sure this was all a part of Obama’s “creative” foreign-policy plan
9/11/2013 9:21:10 PM  Erika Johnsen
Huh. And here I was thinking that President Obama’s pusillanimous lack of long-term vision just got us outmaneuvered by Vladimir Putin and is making us look like a bunch of indecisive amateurs on the world stage. Via National Review: JAKE TAPPER:

Broken record: France to miss deficit-reduction targets because of “weaker than expected” economic growth
9/11/2013 8:41:11 PM  Erika Johnsen
I’ve been seeing a lot of headlines lately about how Europe’s recent small and patchy improvements in economic growth and consumer confidence are signs that the eurozone has at last succeeded in riding out the worst consequences of their

White House to Big Labor: Can you guys not pass a resolution shaming ObamaCare, please? Update: Resolution, approved
9/11/2013 8:01:21 PM  Erika Johnsen
While a handful of individual unions have already come out publicly with strong criticisms of ObamaCare and the unfortunate ways in which the law pretty much wrecks their multi-employer health insurance and hence dissolves one of the largest attractions

9/11 message from Ron Paul: It was blowback for decades of intervention in the Middle East
9/11/2013 7:21:36 PM  Allahpundit
“Blowback” or “payback”? Say this for the guy: He doesn’t stray off-message just because people might be touchier than usual today at the idea that, while flying planes into skyscrapers is wrong, we sort of had it

Corporate execs responsible for thousands of layoffs send letter to Congress calling for … immigration reform
9/11/2013 6:41:21 PM  Allahpundit
You know the old saying about illegals doing the jobs Americans won’t do? Sometimes the reason Americans “won’t” do them is because they’ve been escorted from the premises by security after cleaning out their desks. The good

The other anniversary: One year later, trying to figure out why we were in Benghazi
9/11/2013 6:01:18 PM  Allahpundit
Via Ace, carve out 10 minutes for John Sexton’s news mosaic of what the CIA was really up to in Benghazi when the jihadis made their move. The two leading theories for months have been that the agency was either trying to round up surface-to-air

Video: Anti-war students hound Petraeus on New York streets, screeching “war criminal”
9/11/2013 5:21:46 PM  Allahpundit
Via Mediaite, not just “war criminal.” One guy calls him a “piece of sh*t,” which is what he gets for 40 years of distinguished service. I’m tempted to say that a spectacle like this discredits the anti-war movement, but

Study: ObamaCare could cost billions more than anybody projected
9/11/2013 4:41:38 PM  Erika Johnsen
Here’s a complementary pair of Reuters stories from the early half of the week, just to help build up the sense of excitement I’m sure you’re all feeling as the first open enrollment day of ObamaCare approaches in T-minus three

McCain: Maybe Obama should go ahead and bomb Assad without Congress’s approval
9/11/2013 4:01:01 PM  Allahpundit
A little taste of what might have been during a McCain presidency. The senior Republican acknowledged the decision would be a difficult one, but he said he did not think members of his own party would try to remove President Obama from office if he acted

Must see: A brief history of Obama’s “smart power” on Syria
9/11/2013 3:21:50 PM  Allahpundit
Whatever you spent your day doing yesterday and however much fun you had doing it, I guarantee that you didn’t have as much fun as the FNC editor who assembled this. And this is only the stuff that works on video. If they included every screw-up

The Ed Morrissey Show: Matt Lewis, Guy Benson
9/11/2013 2:54:06 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), Matt Lewis of the Daily Caller joins me again to discuss last night’s speech by Barack Obama on Syria. Guy Benson joins me today to continue that discussion and go over any new developments today.

CIA Director promises to produce Benghazi survivors for Congressional testimony
9/11/2013 2:41:33 PM  Ed Morrissey
Will John Brennan clash with John Kerry over Benghazi? The survivors of the Benghazi attack exactly one year ago have yet to appear before Congressional committees investigating the terrorist attack that claimed four American lives. including Ambassador

Russian lawmakers threaten US lines of communication to Afghanistan over Syria policy
9/11/2013 2:01:28 PM  Ed Morrissey
Did Russia bail Barack Obama out of a jam of his own making, or did Vladimir Putin beat him in global diplomacy?  Even the former is hardly impressive, argues Jonathan Allen at Politico: Talk about a Washington bailout. President Barack Obama turned to

DWS: Colorado recall was a clear-cut instance of “voter suppression, pure and simple”
9/11/2013 1:21:22 PM  Erika Johnsen
You might have thought that the success of the recall election effort in Colorado last night, in which two Democratic state legislators who voted in favor of new gun-control measures earlier this year were booted from office, was a sign that Coloradans

Video: Rand Paul’s rebuttal to Obama’s speech on Syria
9/11/2013 12:41:13 PM  Allahpundit
Useful, if only as a contrast to O’s blithe suggestion in his own speech that using “military might” against a monster should be enough to give conservatives war fee-vah. Paul touches all the bases you’d expect here — his

Does NSA share raw domestic data with Israelis?
9/11/2013 12:01:06 PM  Ed Morrissey
Just how much intel do we share with the Israelis?  According to the Guardian and based on more of the Edward Snowden cache, plenty — and not just from foreign signals intelligence (SIGINT).  A memorandum from the NSA’s files states that the

CNN poll: 61% who watched Obama’s speech say they favor his approach to Syria
9/11/2013 11:21:33 AM  Allahpundit
Good lord. He did it. No, just kidding. Dip into the crosstabs and you’ll see that reaction was more nuanced than the headline implies: He barely moved the dial on the key questions about whether this would achieve anything or whether it’s

Reviews in for Obama speech: “Incoherent,” “disingenuous,” “nothing new”
9/11/2013 10:41:07 AM  Ed Morrissey
Earlier today, I wrote a review of President Obama’s speech, which was hardly complimentary. Other reviews make it look positively warm in comparison.  Take for instance this long and pointed criticism from John Harris at Politico, which frames the