'Hillary Was Right' About Obama and Terror

Sunday, 10 Jan 2010 06:00 PM

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1. ‘Hillary Was Right’ About Obama and Terror
2. Democrats Could Lose More Than 20 Seats in House
3. Rep. King: Televise Healthcare Talks
4. Bono Catches Heat for China Comment
5. Global Warming? Don’t Tell the Brits
6. Supermarket Calendar Sparks Outrage in Florida
7. We Heard: Michael Steele, Ed Schultz, Bristol Palin

 

1. ‘Hillary Was Right’ About Obama and Terror

During the 2008 presidential race Hillary Clinton’s campaign warned that if a national security crisis arose with Barack Obama in the White House and the “red phone” alerting him rang at 3 a.m., he could not be trusted to adequately respond.

“Turns out Hillary Rodham Clinton was right all along,” declared Charles Hurt, Washington, D.C. bureau chief for the New York Post.

Hillary’s warning in a campaign ad suggested that an Obama White House would so downplay the threat posed by terrorism that “the government’s focus would shift away from the harsh and determined tactics used to protect the homeland,” Hurt wrote on Friday, adding, “Instead, Obama would turn his attention to becoming more popular in the world and stress negotiations over hardball tactics.”

vThat attitude has trickled down to all levels of the government responsible for national security, according to Hurt.

On Thursday, President Obama sought to calm Americans’ fears about the terror threat following the attempted bombing of a plane on Christmas Day. But “there wasn’t much to see in the White House other than bungling of previous bungling,” according to Hurt, as the administration rescheduled Obama’s address to the country several times.

At 8 a.m., the White House said the president would speak at 1 p.m. Then at 1 p.m., the announcement came that he would deliver his address at 3 p.m. At 3 p.m., the White House said Obama would speak at 4:30 p.m. He took the podium at 4:34 p.m.

Hurt cited Obama’s trip to Cairo last year to address the Muslim world, when he said it is “part of my responsibility as president of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear,” and opined, “If you have time for such nonsense, then you are not spending enough time thinking about how to thwart this enemy.

“But it is not like we weren’t warned by Hillary Clinton.”

Another 2008 presidential candidate, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, declared Friday morning that the Fort Hood shootings and the Christmas Day bombing incident show Obama and his advisers have been “fundamentally wrong” in their approach to the war on terror.

Giuliani, who was New York's mayor when terrorists struck on Sept. 11, 2001, told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” viewers that the president has tried to let “political correctness trump reality.”

Giuliani said the Obama administration came into power with the belief that President George W. Bush’s response to the 9/11 attacks was unnecessarily severe, and had alienated America’s potential allies abroad.

“They’d gone too far, Bush had overreacted, we make the war on terror worse if we emphasize it too much — this is what they truly believed,” Giuliani said. “But they were fundamentally wrong.”

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2. Democrats Could Lose More Than 20 Seats in House

Substantial Republican gains in the House of Representatives this year are “almost inevitable,” according to a non-partisan analysis of the 2010 congressional elections.

The Rothenberg Political Report’s latest quarterly analysis asserts that 21 House seats are now more likely to go to a Republican than previously calculated by Rothenberg.

“During our quarterly overview of all the House races across the country, we moved 21 House seats toward the Republicans” and “moved only one seat toward the Democrats,” stated the Report, a Washington, D.C.-based newsletter covering House, Senate, and gubernatorial campaigns, Presidential politics, and political developments.

“Substantial Republican gains now look almost inevitable, with net Democratic losses likely to exceed a dozen.

“While Democratic control of the House is not yet at risk, losses of 15-20 seats are likely, and that target range could well grow with additional Democratic retirements and voter anger.”

According to Rothenberg, 60 House seats will be competitive this year, including 46 held by Democrats and 14 by Republicans.

Rothenberg rates 15 seats as “pure tossups,” 13 of them Democratic and two Republican. The Democratic seats include two that were previously considered solidly Democratic.

Another five seats are considered tossups but are tilting Republican, including four seats currently held by Democrats, and three Democratic seats are considered “tossup/tilt Democratic.”

Two seats are considered to be leaning Republican, and nine are leaning Democratic, all of them currently held by Democrats — including Ike Skelton of Missouri, chairman of the Armed Services Committee. His seat and five others were previously considered to be more solidly Democratic.

Republicans are “favored” in eight competitive races and Democrats in 18, including eight that were previously more solidly Democratic.

Republicans are hopeful that they can put even more than 60 House races in play this November.

National Republican Congressional Committee Communications Director Ken Spain said, “Between candidate recruitment and Democratic retirements, we believe we can expand the playing field and potentially put up to 80 races into play.”

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3. Rep. King: Televise Healthcare Talks

Rep. Steve King has issued a statement supporting C-SPAN’s request to broadcast congressional negotiations on healthcare reform, comparing the current closed-door talks to “Chicago-style gangster government.”

President Obama pledged during a presidential debate in January 2008 that he would be “bringing all parties together, and broadcasting those negotiations on C-SPAN so that the American people can see what the choices are.”

In a letter to House and Senate leaders released on Tuesday, C-SPAN Chief Executive Brian Lamb asked for negotiations on a compromise bill to be televised, as Democrats work to reconcile differences between legislation passed by the two chambers.

“We respectfully request that you allow the public full access, through television, to legislation that will affect the lives of every single America,” the letter read in part.

Rep. King, an Iowa Republican and member of the Subcommittee on Regulations, Healthcare and Trade, said in his statement issued on Wednesday: “In January 2008, candidate Obama pledged not to negotiate healthcare legislation ‘behind closed doors.’ Instead he committed to ‘broadcasting those negotiations on C-SPAN.’ There are serious differences between candidate Obama’s statements in 2008 and President Obama’s actions in 2010.

“Today, the healthcare legislation is being negotiated behind closed doors, and C-SPAN’s request to broadcast these negotiations is being rebuffed. Tuesday night President Obama and liberals in Congress decided to bypass conference committee debate to craft government-run healthcare legislation in secret in an effort to expedite its passage into law.

“These closed-door, back room dealings may be the norm in a Chicago-style gangster government, but they are not acceptable in our constitutional republic. Americans have a right to know what is going on so they can make their voices heard.

“When asked about President Obama’s pledge to allow C-SPAN access to healthcare debates, Speaker Pelosi dismissively said, ‘there are a number of things he was for on the campaign trail.’ Apparently the speaker of the House doesn’t mind the idea of the president breaking his promises to the American people. But the American people do mind, and they expect President Obama to follow through on the promise he made to them on the campaign trail.”

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4. Bono Catches Heat for China Comment

Bono of the rock band U2 has drawn criticism for an article that seemingly supports Chinese-style control of the Internet.

In an opinion piece Bono wrote for The New York Times, he warned the film industry against the threat posed by file-sharing, which has already ravaged the music industry.

“The immutable laws of bandwidth tell us we’re just a few years away from being able to download an entire season of ‘24’ in 24 seconds,” he wrote.

“A decade’s worth of music file-sharing and swiping has made clear that the people it hurts are the creators . . . the people this reverse Robin Hooding benefits are rich service providers, whose swollen profits perfectly mirror the lost receipts of the music business.”

Bono suggested that the feasibility of tracking down file-sharers has already been established: “We know from America’s noble effort to stop child pornography, not to mention China’s ignoble effort to suppress online dissent, that it’s perfectly possible to track content.”

Several commentators assailed Bono’s argument, according to the BBC.

“Bono has missed that even a totalitarian government . . . can’t effectively control net content,” said Cory Doctorow, a journalist specializing in file-sharing policy.

Internet censorship is commonplace in China and the size of the nation’s Internet police force is estimated at more than 30,000. The regime seeks to block Web site content critical of the government and to monitor the Internet access of individuals.

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5. Global Warming? Don’t Tell the Brits

The headline in Britain’s Daily Express on Wednesday said it all: “Snow Chaos: And They Still Claim It’s Global Warming.”

As many regions of the U.S. battled bone-chilling temperatures and ferocious snowstorms this past week, Britain was also socked with horrendous winter weather.

Unusually heavy snowfall — up to 16 inches in some places — closed highways, stranded hundreds of motorists, disrupted trains, and shut down schools and airports across Britain as the country suffered through its longest cold snap since 1981.

Temperatures at mid-week were well below freezing as far south as London.

“British winters are typically mild, and cities and towns are generally ill-equipped to deal with heavy snowfall,” according to The Associated Press.

But the Daily Express observed that climate experts say “blizzards, ice, and sub-zero temperatures that have gripped the U.K. for almost a month in a record deep freeze are not ‘robust’ indicators of global weather patterns.”

Unusually bad winter weather wasn’t limited to Northern Europe, however. Temperatures plunged to 10 degrees in parts of China and Beijing experienced its biggest snowstorm in 60 years on Jan. 3.

The cold claimed at least 157 lives in India during the week, and 30 died in Bangladesh.

Back in the U.S., a meteorologist with AccuWeather.com said in some areas this will be the “coldest winter in many people’s memory.”

Climate experts’ claims about global warming “come despite the fact that the rest of the northern hemisphere, from America to Europe and Asia, is suffering some of the worst winters in living memory,” the Daily Express noted.

Christopher Booker, author of “The Real Global Warming Disaster,” said, “It is amazing how this scaremongering from climate change lobbyists keeps arising even though they are constantly being proved wrong.

“Last year there was snow in Saudi Arabia and still they persist in saying the temperature is going up.”

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6. Supermarket Calendar Sparks Outrage in Florida

A free calendar given out in Publix supermarkets has outraged South Florida residents. The calendar designated Dec. 7 as “Islamic New Year” instead of commemorating the Pearl Harbor attack on that date.

The calendar also includes Venezuelan and Cuban independence days and “Haitian Flag Day,” but omits Patriot Day commemorating the 9/11 attacks, Palm Beach Post columnist Jose Lambiet disclosed.

Local radio host Jeff Katz told Lambiet that his studio’s phone lines lit up when he and a fellow host broke the story on Wednesday.

“Listeners went nuts,” Katz said.

“Some of them were waiting for an hour to have their say. Some marketing genius at Publix decided to be politically correct and include South American dates for their South American customers.

“But most people are outraged by what Publix forgot. If you’re going to be that way, then how about including Israel’s day? They forgot that, too, despite the Jewish population here.”

Publix spokeswoman Kimberly Jaeger told Lambiet that the calendar noted only “holidays” and not “days of remembrance,” but said the supermarket chain will add Pearl Harbor to next year’s calendar.

To Read Full Palm Beach Post Story — Go Here Now

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7. We Heard . . .

THAT the Republican National Committee has transferred $20,000 to the Northern Mariana Islands in what could be support for local candidates — or, as some suspect, political payback.

The money sent to the U.S. Commonwealth in the Western Pacific Ocean — population around 80,000 — has raised eyebrows because the Islands have no electoral votes in presidential elections and no voting members in the U.S. Congress.

But RNC Chairman Michael Steele won his race to head the national GOP with backing from the committee’s five island constituencies — the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, American Samoa, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands — which under committee rules have as many voting members on the committee as any of the 50 states.

“Insiders said the islands sought a financial commitment from the eventual winner,” National Journal’s Web site reported.

Steele advisers deny that a deal was cut, and an RNC spokesperson said the money was intended to help Republicans win elections. The GOP candidate in the 2009 gubernatorial election was narrowly defeated.

THAT liberal radio talker Ed Schulz has been contacted by a top Democratic leader in North Dakota about a possible run for the seat being vacated by Democratic Sen. Byron Dorgan, who announced on Tuesday that he won’t seek re-election this year.

Schulz, who also hosts “The Ed Show” on MSNBC, told viewers on Wednesday: “I did get a phone call this morning from the House Democratic leader, Merle Boucher, and he asked me to consider a run for the Senate seat in the state of North Dakota. I asked him very point blank, ‘Is this an official ask?’ He said, ‘Yes, it is.’”

Schultz said he is “flattered” and “honored,” but added that he “can’t say that I’m even considering it right now.”

THAT Sarah Palin’s 19-year-old daughter Bristol has launched her own public relations firm.

The company, based in Anchorage, Alaska, will be known as BSMP LLC, Bloomberg reported. Her full name is Bristol Sharon Marie Palin.

Bristol was pregnant while her mother ran for vice president, and she gave birth to a son in December 2008. She has since parted ways with the boy’s father, Levi Johnston.

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