In case you missed it earlier today Ezra Klein, the uber-liberal Washington Post blogger who has no problem appearing on news networks while claiming to be a health care reporter (integrity!), slammed Rand Paul as an extremist because of his objections to certain provisions of the 1964 civil rights act. What makes Paul and extremist according to Klein? Well here’s what he has to say:
So I take Paul at his word that he’s not a racist. What he is, however, is an ideological extremist. He is so categorically opposed to public regulation of private enterprise that he cannot even bring himself to say that the Woolworth lunch counter should’ve been desegregated. Instead, he falls back on the remedies of the market: “I wouldn’t attend, wouldn’t support, wouldn’t go to,” a private institution that discriminates, he told Rachel Maddow. But he would let them discriminate.
Basically Ezra is claiming that since Rand Paul is ideologically consistent even in uncomfortable situations where many would not be that makes him ideologically extreme. Ok… that’s fine. We can go with that definition if Ezra likes.
Well the last time I live tweeted an Obama speech people really seemed to enjoy it so I figured, why not, I’ll take on the State of the Union too. So here you go… all my tweets from last nights speech and from the Republican response given by Bob McDonnell. My point in bla bla translating the two speeches wasn’t necessarily that they were poorly delivered (and actually I think McDonnell did a pretty amazing job in his speech) but, rather, that, like nearly all modern political speeches, they are nearly meaningless rehashing of already known, and even decades old, talking points surrounded by overwhelming heaps of tired rhetorical tricks and lots of bla bla.
Obama: bla bla bla bla bla hey guys bla bla bla the constitution says I gotta bore you to death tonight
Obama: bla bla bla bla I inherited a mess just like the world wars bla bla *Biden head shake* bla bla bla
Obama: bla bla bla bla random small town reference bla bla bla wall street hates children bla bla
Basically they’re calling Harry Reid a liar. While it is interesting in and of itself whether or not Harry Reid made his demeaning comments on the record or off I think there is another, more interesting, aside. That is why in the world would anybody think that saying his “negro” comments were off the record make it any better? If anything it just makes people wonder what else Reid says when he thinks nobody is writing it down…
Yes people, you have to give the Daily Caller a chance. Jim Treacher (aka the treach as I am now calling him as of this moment) is a quality blogger who is highly regarded and any project he is involved in deserves our attention and a legitimate chance to impress us.
By now the video which apparently shows military personnel “kidnapping” a protester right off the streets of Pittsburgh yesterday has already made the internet rounds. It even made it on to the Drudge report this morning. Thus, not surprisingly the complete lack of facts surrounding what is happening in the video and its brevity have lead to wild speculation about what is really happening.