As readers of my blog, ResCon1, know, I’m with Jeffrey Lord, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter and Laura Ingraham: The Herman Cain sexual harassment controversy is a high-tech lynching of a highly accomplished black man who threatens the liberal order. Indeed, it’s no “Herman Cain sexual harassment scandal”; it is, instead, a Politico media harassment scandal.
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John R. Guardiano is a writer and analyst in Arlington, Virginia. He writes and blogs for a variety of publications, including FrumForum, the American Spectator and The Daily Caller. Follow him at his personal blog, ResCon1.com, and on Twitter: @Rescon1.
So, some members of the audience at last night's Republican presidential debate booed after a gay soldier asked the GOP candidates whether they would reinstate “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
What conservative doesn’t sympathize with Christine O’Donnell for walking off the set of CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight? Morgan, after all, had O’Donnell on his show ostensibly because of her new book, Troublemaker: Let’s Do What It Takes to Make America Great Again.
Italy did more than any other country to save Jews from the Holocaust. (Franklin Roosevelt’s administration, by contrast, shamefully turned away Jewish refugees and refused to grant them asylum.)
Conservatives are used to having the political playing field tilted against them. The (predominantly) liberal media and the iron triangle of congressional staff, government programs and professional left-wing interest groups pretty much ensures that our public discourse skewers left. But rarely have the terms of our debate been as upside down as they are now.
Conservatives, writes The New York Times’s Ross Douthat, “are increasingly divided over what lessons to draw from America’s post-9/11 interventions.”
Former Bush speechwriter and FrumForum editor David Frum derides what he calls “the conservative media’s pay-to-play deals.” But if I didn’t know better, I’d say David is simply jealous that conservative talk radio hosts, such as Rush Limbaugh, have pioneered a financially lucrative business model, which we’d all do well to emulate.
Has Mitch Daniels’ call for a “truce” on social issues been vindicated? Now that Daniels has signed into law legislation that will stop taxpayer money from going to Planned Parenthood, some people seem to think so. (Planned Parenthood is one of the world’s largest sponsors of abortions.) But color me skeptical. It seems clear that Indiana’s new pro-life legislation got to Daniels’ desk in spite of his “truce” and not because of it.
One of the more interesting and quite objectionable efforts in this nascent 2012 election season is the attempt by some prominent conservative political pundits, of a secular and libertarian bent, to silence and delegitimize social and cultural conservatives.
Many commentators have been quick to argue that President Obama deserves the credit for the spectacularly successful mission to kill bin Laden, because if the mission had failed or gone terribly wrong, he most certainly would have been blamed for the fiasco.
I’ve gotten a fair amount of blowback from Mitch Daniels fans who are indignant that I wrote a piece here on Tuesday arguing that Indiana’s wonkish governor isn’t yet ready to be president.
Over at the American Spectator, John Tabin states what should be obvious to most conservatives: Mitch Daniels most certainly will not run for president. His stunning and telling silence about defense and foreign policy -- which has been well captured over the course of the past year by Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin -- suggests that Daniels isn’t a serious or credible candidate.
The Washington cognoscenti love Leon Panetta, the man Obama just nominated to be the new secretary of defense, and it is not hard to understand why: Panetta is one of them, an establishment figure who faithfully reflects the conventional wisdom; a loyal party apparatchik who will do his president’s bidding; and, most importantly, a man fully prepared to make Obama’s vision of a dramatically downsized U.S. military a reality.
The American labor movement has always had a violent undertow. Union violence has taken hundreds of lives in the past century, and even a pro-union 1969 report on preventing violence in America acknowledged that “the United States has had the bloodiest and most violent labor history of any industrial nation in the world.”
One of the great unheralded struggles for freedom in our time involves the lonely effort by bloggers to get paid for their rants . . . er, I mean opinions! So it is that our blogging brothers and sisters at The Huffington Post are on strike.
The media loves polls and considers their results to be sacred. If a poll shows that the people support a bill, that bill must be just and right. And, conversely, if it shows that the people oppose a bill, then, by definition, that bill must be bad and illegitimate.
Conservatives often act as if the United States is a bystander to history. For example, they say that we’ll have to wait and see what happens in Egypt and Libya, the Middle East and North Africa. If the revolutionary uprisings there turn out well, great. But if not, well, we told you so!
The Mubarak regime’s crackdown on the media -- both the traditional, legacy press and the new, Internet-based social media (i.e., Twitter and Facebook) -- is absolutely wrong and deplorable, but not surprising. As I mentioned in a FrumForum piece on Sunday, “journalists are an integral part of the news. And their reporting, especially today, has real-world political consequences.”
Earlier this week, after the State of the Union address, I wrote a piece explaining why Obama should be thanking Bush for bequeathing to him a set of defense and foreign policies that, by and large, have been successful, and which, for the most part, he has adopted.