The Administration

Memo to the NRA

How about we keep the president's daughters and apps that tell the kiddies to play at shooting people out of this?

Good grief. Even by the low standards of modern discourse, some folks do find ways to sink to new lows.


A democracy under siege

Our president has unilaterally decided that he can rearrange the separation of powers, by simply ignoring the powers and authority of the legislative and judicial branch of our government.

This would normally be impossible, because the outcry would be tremendous. However, in the case of Emperor Obama, anything that he decides to do is sanctioned by the left-wing media, who are supposed to be the watchdogs of a free society. Instead, they have become the lapdogs of an impending dictatorship.


The courage to be blamed

Yesterday during Obama's press conference he once again threw down the gauntlet to Republicans, emphasizing that, during the debt-ceiling debate, spending cuts were not going to be addressed. He also made it clear that if the Republicans tried making cuts an issue, they would be responsible for veterans and Social Security recipients not getting their checks, and more financial turmoil.

As with the fiscal-cliff debate, Obama is hoping that the Republicans will be frightened into submission and they will forget the fact that he also bears responsibility for any fiscal consequences that will probably ensue. Because of the allegiance of the mainstream media to the president, he feels he can always set the agenda and control the narrative; therefore, veracity is not necessary.


Daschle for White House chief of staff

It now appears likely that President Obama will name White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew to become the next Treasury secretary. Lew would be an excellent choice. His selection for Treasury would mean that President Obama would name a new chief of staff, and there is no better person in America for the post than Air Force veteran and former congressman, senator and Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.).


Hagel, Reagan, Powell, Carlucci, Korb, Burt, Pickering

There are no greater witnesses to the excellence of President Obama's choice to be secretary of Defense, former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.), whom I applauded in a recent column, than the strong support Hagel is receiving from a long list of national security leaders who served under President Reagan. Reagan always believed, as Hagel does, that while military force is sometimes needed, the best course for the U.S. is to seek diplomatic solutions that avoid large-scale combat missions when possible. It is Chuck Hagel who is most in line with the Reagan worldview and the Republican and bipartisan traditions of American security policy, not his critics on the right.


John Kerry, statesman

A brief note here to express my enthusiasm, excitement and strong support for the nomination of Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) to be secretary of State.

I consider myself a good friend, big fan and on many occasions a collaborator with Sen. Kerry, who I believe has the potential to be a brilliant secretary of State in the tradition of George Marshall, who also combined diplomatic and military skills. I strongly defended United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice from attacks on Benghazi that I believed were unfair to her and believe she has a future as brilliant as Secretary of State-designate Kerry.


Who will heed the cry?

What does the situation with ex-Marine Jon Hammar seen chained to a bed as he's held captive in Mexico have in common with the attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya?

They both present situations where American citizens are on foreign soil and in serious trouble. Hammar was in a unit that sustained heavy casualties in Iraq and witnessed firsthand the death of many colleagues. Jon had just completed a nine-month course treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, and his Mexican trip was supposedly his vacation. This is akin to those brave American citizens in Benghazi who desperately needed the help of a competent and caring government and failed miserably to receive it.


Obama’s selfish data play

Terry McAuliffe had to figure he’d done enough for President Obama.
He raised lavish sums of money for both of the president’s White House campaigns. As chairman of the Democratic National Committee in 2004, he gave the president, then a little-known state senator from Illinois, his big speaking spot at the Democratic National Convention. That speech launched the president’s career.


The GOP's anti-Susan Rice jihad

a) Susan Rice is clearly qualified to be secretary of State;

b) Susan Rice is clearly not the most qualified candidate to be secretary of State;

c) these attacks against Susan Rice are among the most unfair and shameful partisan attacks in my memory — she did nothing wrong;


GOP Susan Rice letter was wrong, not racist

I think the world of Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), whom I consider one of the finest leaders in American public life. I agree with him that some comments against President Obama, including those by John Sununu, did include dog-whistle race politics. But having recently written a call on Matt Drudge to stop the race stories, I feel compelled to state that regarding the Republican letter against Susan Rice, the letter was wrong but not about race at all.

It is untrue to suggest that Susan Rice "incompetently" or "willfully" misled the American public, but these are not dog-whistle words the way Sununu slandering the president by calling him "lazy" were dog-whistle words.