HotAir Daily Express 09/05/2013

Video: “You sound just like Paul Wolfowitz!”
9/5/2013 10:01:56 AM  Ed Morrissey
Proponents of military action against Syria seem to be falling back to a self-contradictory argument, which is that Barack Obama’s credibility has to be rescued to protect America’s interests — and at the same time that we should trust

Reuters: Kerry’s sunny estimate of Syrian opposition not backed up by intelligence
9/5/2013 9:21:01 AM  Ed Morrissey
John Kerry has come to Capitol Hill to deliver the hard-sell on war against Bashar al-Assad, but Reuters reports that his supporting data is rather suspect.  Kerry insists, as does John McCain, that the Free Syrian Army controls the opposition in Syria

ADP estimates 176K new private-sector jobs in August
9/5/2013 8:41:37 AM  Ed Morrissey
Tomorrow we will see the August jobs report from the BLS, so today is Tea-Leaves Reading Day.  The big leading indicator comes from ADP, the payroll-processing giant, which estimates that the US economy added 176,000 jobs in the private sector last

Could Client #9 end up as Candidate #2?
9/5/2013 8:01:16 AM  Ed Morrissey
Less than a month ago, Jazz Shaw wondered whether Client #9 could be stopped.  Eliot Spitzer had a 17-point lead over Scott Stringer in the New York City Democratic primary race for comptroller and presumably a clear path to a political comeback.  In

Quotes of the day
9/4/2013 10:41:18 PM  Allahpundit
Because Syria’s convulsion has become as serious as Barack Obama has been careless in speaking about it, he is suddenly and uncharacteristically insisting that Congress participate in governance. Regarding institutional derangements, he is the infection

Rand Paul: John Kerry “sounds like he must be a clairvoyant”
9/4/2013 10:01:10 PM  Erika Johnsen
Heh. This is from yesterday evening, but I think it still pretty darn relevant after another day of John Kerry testifying at Congressional hearings concerning Syria, this time over on the House side. The administration is putting on their confident face

Venezuelan government: Uhm, these rolling blackouts are totally the result of the opposition’s sabotage
9/4/2013 9:21:04 PM  Erika Johnsen
Hmmm. Venezuela sits on top of some of the world’s largest proven oil reserves, and yet they somehow can’t even manage to find the money nor the resources to keep the lights on consistently. You might be tempted to think that this stems from

Study: Fracking boom boosted incomes by $1,200 in 2012
9/4/2013 8:41:41 PM  Erika Johnsen
I mentioned yesterday that hydraulic fracturing, and the subsequent domestic oil-and-gas boom for which the innovative drilling technique has been largely responsible, has been quite the saving grace for the otherwise pretty bleak Obama economy through

Kerry: Why yes, some Arab countries have offered to foot the entire bill if we “go do the whole thing” in Syria
9/4/2013 8:01:54 PM  Allahpundit
Via RCP, that sounds like a deal, no? We send our boys to be the tip of the Sunni spear in a sectarian war against the Shiites and in return Saudi and Qatari oilbags cut us a check for $100 billion or whatever. I wonder how much they’d be willing

Report: GOP operatives, former Boehner aides expect him to retire after midterms next year
9/4/2013 7:21:27 PM  Allahpundit
Nothing concrete, just speculation, but speculation from people who know Boehner well. Before you pop the champagne, ask yourself: How much of an improvement would Speaker Cantor be? “He has to say that [he's staying]. He can’t not say that.

AFL-CIO’s Trumka: Yeah, employers are cutting workers’ hours because of ObamaCare
9/4/2013 6:41:58 PM  Erika Johnsen
Labor Day was presumably not a particularly happy occasion for AFL-CIO boss Richard Trumka this year; he had, after all, only just learned that 40,000 Longshoremen were formally ending their association with the AFL-CIO chiefly because of ObamaCare and

House whip count: 46 votes in favor of Syria attack right now — and 169 against
9/4/2013 6:01:25 PM  Allahpundit
That’s what Think Progress says as of 4:30 p.m. ET. The big caveat: Many of the yays and nays aren’t firm. TP’s trying to divine intent from casual statements made by House members about how they’re likely to vote, which is

Key Senate committee approves Syria attack resolution — after breaking rules to rush vote
9/4/2013 5:21:44 PM  Allahpundit
The longer this drags on, the greater the risk that a public backlash will grow and derail passage in Congress. The obvious democratic solution: Fudge the rules a little to ram the resolution through committee ASAP. After Obama was nice enough to consult

“Secretary of Explaining Stuff” Bill Clinton: The GOP should really help fix these ObamaCare “glitches”
9/4/2013 4:41:16 PM  Erika Johnsen
As part of their wide-ranging attempt to ‘educate’ and ‘inform’ the still largely confused public about the manifold and wondrous benefits available to them via ObamaCare if only they’ll be so obliging as to sign up for it,

Matthews: Congress needs to “save the President’s hide” by voting for war
9/4/2013 4:01:00 PM  Ed Morrissey
To be fair, Chris Matthews isn’t actually endorsing this argument, but suggesting that it’s the only reason Democrats have to back up Barack Obama’s demand for military strikes on Syria.  In fact, once you get past the blizzard of

Video: National laughingstock sick and tired of you judgmental losers heckling him
9/4/2013 3:21:11 PM  Allahpundit
Who the hell are you people to judge him, just because he’s … asking you to judge him fit to serve as mayor of New York? I know Ed posted it in the Greenroom but Weiner’s at seven percent in the polls with the primary less than a week

The Ed Morrissey Show: Guy Benson, Joshua Foust
9/4/2013 2:51:51 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), Guy Benson is back to discuss the latest in the Syria debate, and maybe even Anthony Weoner’s latest meltdown. We’ll also welcome Joshua Foust, a skeptical voice on the NSA and Edward Snowden stories,

Endgame: It’s time to bomb Syria, says … Howard Dean
9/4/2013 2:41:56 PM  Allahpundit
I tried to imagine in yesterday’s Kerry post who’d be the next left-wing anti-war hero from the Iraq era to prove himself a partisan fraud by flipping to support Obama’s Syria adventure. The best I could do was Joe Wilson. In hindsight,

Rand Paul resolution: Obama violates the Constitution if he attacks Syria without Congress’s approval
9/4/2013 2:01:53 PM  Allahpundit
I don’t know if there’s a way for him to force Reid to bring this to the floor, but if not, Boehner must — must — include it in the House package. It’s three paragraphs long so go ahead and read it in full, but this part

Kentucky Medicaid expansion beats back first legal challenge; Forward!
9/4/2013 1:21:10 PM  Erika Johnsen
On Monday, the Washington Post editors once again expressed their utter frustration with the spitefully obstructionist Republicans and red states still getting in the way of ObamaCare’s pending success, with one of their chief complaints aimed at

Report: State Dept knew of Benghazi vulnerabilities, ignored them
9/4/2013 12:41:41 PM  Ed Morrissey
The State Department has a long-standing policy of waiving security requirements in dangerous areas, as well as ignoring threat assessments, a new report on the Benghazi terror attack concludes. The sacking of the consulate a year ago could be repeated

Stewart: We have to bomb Syria because we’re in the seventh grade
9/4/2013 12:01:52 PM  Ed Morrissey
Jon Stewart returned from his lengthy summer hiatus and immediately hit the big story of the day, which is how the US can best rescue Barack Obama’s credibility. He called the exercise a “d***-measuring contest” that offers nothing more

Molting hawks: McCain, Liz Cheney, Marco Rubio signal opposition to Syria attack
9/4/2013 11:21:18 AM  Allahpundit
Cheney’s a firm no whereas Rubio’s merely “highly skeptical” that an attack will stop Assad from using WMD in the future, but the more big-name hawks balk, the more political cover Republican fencesitters in Congress will have to

Video: ObamaCare hikes Wisconsin premiums as much as 125%
9/4/2013 10:41:37 AM  Ed Morrissey
Last week, Nebraskans discovered that insurance premiums would rise as much as 143%, thanks to the mandates in ObamaCare that will take effect in January.  This week it’s Wisconsin’s turn.  The local Fox affiliate reports that premiums will