Ben Buchwalter

Don’t Just Comment on the News, Dig it up and Make it.
February 27, 2009, 12:11 pm
Filed under: Media, Republicans | Tags: , , ,

Eric just pointed this out to me. Tucker Carlson speaking some sense about the media at CPAC. Advocating for a conservative news organization that has news as its primary focus. Cites the New York Times as a good example on the Liberal side.


February 25, 2009, 8:57 am
Filed under: General Politics | Tags: ,

Picture from the 2006 State of the Union:

Picture from Obama’s first speech to a joint session of Congress:


Collection of Jindal Bashing
February 25, 2009, 8:44 am
Filed under: 2010 and 2012, Republicans | Tags: , ,

If you saw potential 2012 candidate and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s response to President Obama’s non-State of the Union tonight, you know it was awful. Here is a collection of what people are saying about it.

Let’s start with Fox News, the people most likely to think Jindal did a good job:

Here’s David Brooks’ response:

I think Bobby Jindal is a very promising politician, and I oppose the stimulus because I thought it was poorly drafted. But to come up at this moment in history with a stale “government is the problem,” “we can’t trust the federal government” – it’s just a disaster for the Republican Party. The country is in a panic right now. They may not like the way the Democrats have passed the stimulus bill, but that idea that we’re just gonna – that government is going to have no role, the federal government has no role in this, that – In a moment when only the federal government is actually big enough to do stuff, to just ignore all that and just say “government is the problem, corruption, earmarks, wasteful spending,” it’s just a form of nihilism. It’s just not where the country is, it’s not where the future of the country is. There’s an intra-Republican debate. Some people say the Republican Party lost its way because they got too moderate. Some people say they got too weird or too conservative. He thinks they got too moderate, and so he’s making that case. I think it’s insane, and I just think it’s a disaster for the party. I just think it’s unfortunate right now.

Josh Marshall live-blogged it, picking up the Jindal as Kenneth the Page from 30-Rock reference.

Unfortunately, Jindal’s miserable performance following Obama’s non-SOTU doesn’t matter too much. He’ll still be a strong contender for the Republican nomination for President in 2012. Kathleen Sebelius (Gov. KS) and Tim Kaine (Gov. VA) have given weak responses to past State of the Unions and both are considered strong future candidates for President.

Also, Bill Clinton’s first exposure to a national audience was at the 1988 Democratic National Convention, where he gave an incredibly long speech that even drew boos.

So Jindal had a terrible night. But he’s not down for the count.

UPDATE: Here’s Bill Clinton with Johnny Carson immediately after the botched DNC speech. Should Jindal go on Leno?

Obama at Last Year’s State of the Union
February 24, 2009, 3:08 pm
Filed under: Barack Obama, General Politics | Tags: ,

Obama will adress a joint-session of Congress tonight for a non-State of the Union. Ben Smith reminds us of then-candidate Obama’s response to President Bush’s final State of the Union. 

Each year, as we watch the State of the Union, we see half the chamber rise to applaud the President and half the chamber stay in their seats. We see half the country tune in to watch, but know that much of the country has stopped even listening. Imagine if next year was different. Imagine if next year, the entire nation had a president they could believe in. A president who rallied all Americans around a common purpose. That’s the kind of President we need in this country. And with your help in the coming days and weeks, that’s the kind of President I will be.

Cue chills.

Gary Locke at Commerce
February 23, 2009, 6:02 pm
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Akshay with the scoop! Gary Locke will probably be appointed to head the Commerce Department. He’ll be the second Washingtonian appointed to the Obama administration, after Seattle police chief Gil Kerlikowske got the Drug Czar spot.

Locke was the first Chinese-American governor in U.S. history and always seemed like a good guy to me. Though I remember he gave a pretty weak rebuttal to one of Bush’s early State of the Unions. Still, lets just hope that Locke sails through the nomination.

Light Blogging this Week…
February 23, 2009, 4:34 pm
Filed under: Media, Random | Tags: ,

Mostly links. 

See Ezra Klein on Twittering:

So I give: Twittering is the next big thing. It’s the new blogging. It’s like Vampire Weekend combined with Watchmen dusted with affordable hydrogen energy technology. And unlike with blogs, the MSM seems determined to get there first.

The Oscars
February 23, 2009, 1:04 pm
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I thought the Oscars were alright. But I could not stop thinking about this Kate Winslet scene from Extras

h/t Andrew Sullivan