February 24, 2012

Just When You Think You’ve Seen It All …

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:20 pm

… there’s news of an alliance between Romney and Paul.

National Review’s Patrick Brennan:

As Katrina noted earlier today, last night, Rick Santorum’s campaign suggested that there may be a covert alliance between Ron Paul and Mitt Romney, especially in view of their behavior at the debate in Arizona. Such a deal would presumably involve Ron Paul attacking Santorum, as he has quite frequently, especially on Santorum’s spending record, so that Romney can avoid further lowering his own favorability ratings.

Paul’s spokesman denies this, noting that they have spent millions on four television ads attacking Romney, but there does seem to be something, prima facie, to their conduct during debates, if one assumes that the alliance would preclude Paul from criticizing Romney in debates. In the previous seven debates, going back to the January 7 New Hampshire debate, Ron Paul has only attacked Mitt Romney once.

Washington Post, February 1 (that’s right, 23 days ago):

The Romney-Paul alliance is more than a curious connection. It is a strategic partnership: for Paul, an opportunity to gain a seat at the table if his long-shot bid for the presidency fails; for Romney, a chance to gain support from one of the most vibrant subgroups within the Republican Party.

Yesterday at WaPo:

The two teamed up Wednesday night to blast former senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) at the GOP presidential debate in Mesa, Ariz.

And now, Paul’s national campaign chairman, Jesse Benton, confirms that the decision last week by the two campaigns to skip a March 1 CNN debate in Georgia was a closely-coordinated one.

Laura Ingraham interviewing Rick Perry, as carried at Hot Air yesterday:

Ingraham: Hey, Governor, when you watched this last night, did you take away this impression that some are taking away — and I think I stated this a couple days ago on the show — that your Texas compatriot there, Ron Paul, seems to be, you know, guarding the flank for Romney. He seemed to go in at various junctures and either amplify Romney’s points or try to take Santorum out at the knees on issues that clearly benefit the would-be frontrunner Mitt Romney. Do you get the sense that there’s an unspoken alliance there?

Perry: You know, I don’t know whether there is an alliance there or not, but that’s been the case all through the debates, all 20 of them I might add. That Ron Paul and Mitt Romney had a really interesting partnership, let us call it.

Doug Ross suggests a new banner ad for Ron Paul:


Long-time Paulbots weren’t available for comment.

Finally, a reminder that Hugh Hewitt, who has also not commented as of yet, wrote the following concerning Ron Paul on December 23, just two months ago:

When you vote for a candidate, you vote for all of his or her positions. You accept the moral responsibility for the working out of their platform in practice.

If Paul’s positions are so problematic, his strategic coordination with Romney should also be problematic.

AP’s Boring Borenstein: Gleick’s Heartland Doc Theft ‘Mirrors’ Climategate Incidents

SethBorensteinAssociatedPress2012On Thursday, over 40 hours after the Pacific Institute’s Peter Gleick (pictured here) revealed that he stole documents from the Heartland Institute by posing as one of that organization’s board members, Seth Borenstein at the Associated Press finally broke the ice and filed a related three-paragraph “this is boring, you don’t need to read it” dispatch. Two hours later, the AP science writer extended it to 500-plus words, but kept the headline as uninformative as possible — “Scientist admits taking, leaking think-tank papers.”

The “clever” failure to describe Gleick as a “climate scientist” (which he is) will dissuade many of those who see the headline from clicking through or reading further. By contrast, the headline at Borenstein’s report on February 16 after Gleick (whom Borenstein did not name) disseminated the documents was: “INFLUENCE GAME: Leaks show group’s climate efforts.” In his longer item, Borenstein (or is it now “Boring-stein,” Seth?) posits the howler that what Gleick did “mirrors” the Climategate email revelations which occurred in late 2009 and late 2011. In your dreams, pal. The initial item plus excerpts from the longer one are after the jump.


IBD: ‘Five Biggest Whoppers in Obama’s Energy Speech’ (and a Sixth Which Is Not Energy-Related)

I’ve got a sixth, but it doesn’t (directly) relate to energy, which I’ll save for the end of the post.

Here are the five super-sized whoppers Investor’s Business Daily identified (enumeration and bolds added by me):

1. “We’re focused on production.”

Fact: … Obama has chosen almost always to limit production. He canceled leases on federal lands in Utah, suspended them in Montana, delayed them in Colorado and Utah, and canceled lease sales off the Virginia coast.

His administration also has been slow-walking permits in the Gulf of Mexico …

2. “The U.S. consumes more than a fifth of the world’s oil. But we only have 2% of the world’s oil reserves.”

Fact: … (the statistic is) bogus. New exploration and drilling technologies have uncovered vast amounts of recoverable oil. …

3. “Because of the investments we’ve made, the use of clean, renewable energy in this country has nearly doubled.”

Fact: Production of renewable energy — biomass, wind, solar and the like — climbed just 12% between 2008 and 2011, according to the federal Energy Information Administration.

4. “We need to double-down on a clean energy industry that’s never been more promising.”

Fact: Renewable energy simply won’t play an important role in the country’s energy picture anytime soon, accounting for just 13% of U.S. energy production by 2035, according to the EIA.

“There are no short-term silver bullets when it comes to gas prices.”

Fact: Obama could drive down oil prices right now simply by announcing a more aggressive effort to boost domestic supplies. When President Bush lifted a moratorium in 2008, oil prices immediately fell $9 a barrel.

The non-energy whopper I heard on the radio yesterday, confirmed in my visit to the White House transcript of the speech, is as follows:

Now, some politicians they see this as a political opportunity. I know you’re shocked by that. (Laughter.) Last week, the lead story in one newspaper said, “Gasoline prices are on the rise and Republicans are licking their chops.” (Laughter.) That’s a quote. That was the lead. “Licking their chops.” Only in politics do people root for bad news, do they greet bad news so enthusiastically. You pay more; they’re licking their chops.

This is offensive on several levels:

  • A guy who is supposed to be president of the entire country quotes a media mischaracterization of opponents’ positions for political gain in what is supposed to be a policy-related presentation. He has no shame, and exercises no rhetorical restraint. Ever.
  • Obama’s party and the media continually and consisted rooted for the economy to go downhill during the entire Bush administration and downplayed its performance, which in retrospect and compared to the past three years looks mighty good.
  • What a freaking ingrate. If the GOP were really “licking their chops” over the bad economy, the party’s governors wouldn’t be trying so hard and to an extent succeeding in bringing their states back from the brink fiscally and economically. As shown here, the top six states in percentage workforce growth in 2011 were Republican right-to-work states. Their weighted-average workforce growth of 2.30% far exceeded that of the rest of the nation (1.04%). Job growth in these and other key GOP-governed states is a key reason why the economy, which only grew by an annualized 0.4% and 1.3% during the first two quarters of last year, didn’t slide back into recession during 2011′s first half. If Republicans were really rooting for a bad economy, the governors of the six states involved, plus other GOP overachievers like Ohio’s John Kasich, Florida’s Rick Scott, Arizona’s Jan Brewer, and others would have tried to kill progress in their states instead of fostering it. Meanwhile, pathetic laggards like Obama’s home state of Illinois (December unemployment rate: 9.8%; jobs added in from March-December 2011: 8,000) are holding us back.

The guy who is working on making this country fail by starving it of energy and causing prices to skyrocket (I fear that we haven’t seen anything yet) is in the White House, and his First Helpers are the Senate’s Majority Leaders and the House’s Minority Leader.

Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (022412)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 7:15 am

Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow later. Other topics are also fair game.


Positivity: Michigan teen lifts car off trapped grandpa

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Ida Township, Michigan (video at link; HT Daryn Kagan):

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

A Michigan teenager is being called a hero after lifting a more than 2,000-pound car to save his grandfather trapped underneath.

Austin Smith and his grandfather, Ernest Monhollen, were fixing an old Buick. Smith sat in the driver’s seat and realized something was very wrong.

“I was inside&pumping the brakes like this, and I felt it rock just slightly,” said Smith.

The 15-year-old got out of the car, and moments later the Buick collapsed on top of his 74-year-old grandfather.

Smith was able to lift the front end high enough for his grandfather to escape.

“Thank God he was here, because if it was just me and his grandmother, it would have been over,” said Monhollen. …

Go here for the rest of the story.