January 16, 2013

‘Used Up, Thrown Away’: Obama Campaign Staffers on Receiving End of Shabby Post-Election Treatment

It’s pretty safe to say that a Monday evening story appearing at Buzzfeed which should thoroughly embarrass President Obama will continue to be ignored or seriously downplayed by the Associated Press, (aka the Administration’s Press), the New York Times, the TV networks, and most of the rest of the establishment press. Longtime media followers will also recognize the story as the type of item which would become a press obsession if it occurred betweem the election and inauguration of a Republican or conservative president.

It seems tha former Obama campaign staffers are getting seriously dissed in the runup to President Obama’s second inauguration. It turns out that they shouldn’t be surprised. Buzzfeed’s Zeke Miller notes that more substative dismissive treatment — and even dismissals — began shortly after the election was over. Excerpts from Miller’s write-up follow the jump (HT Instapundit, whose mini-post is titled “Used Up, Thrown Away”; bolds are mine):


Obama’s Agenda: Shrink Second Amendment Freedoms

Filed under: 2nd Amendment,Activism,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:59 am

This column went up at FrontPageMag.com earlier this morning.


President Barack Obama, who swore he would “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic” when he joined the U.S. Senate in 2005, and that he would “to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States” when he entered the White House in 2009, now stands ready, according to his vice president, to consider “19 steps … (he) can take himself using executive action.”

The administration’s intent could not be more clear. It wants to bureaucratically create a de facto repeal of as much of the Second Amendment’s clearly stated and correctly interpreted individual “right of the people to keep and bear Arms” as possible by January 20, 2017 — and if that requires shredding what’s left of the Constitution’s separation of powers, so be it.

The clear-eyed among us warned that this day might come in 2008 if Obama won the presidency that year. During that campaign, Obama tried to quiet a group of skeptics at a Pennsylvania campaign stop, first by claiming: ““If you’ve got a gun in your house, I’m not taking it.” That wasn’t particularly persuasive, nor was his next line, which predictably did not get the press attention it should have: “Even if I want to take them away, I don’t have the votes in Congress.” It’s now clear that he mostly doesn’t care about how many “votes in Congress” he has.

In 2012, we further warned that reelecting the most visceral opponent of the fundamental human right of self-defense ever to occupy the White House to a second term would exponentially increase the danger to our free exercise of that basic right. Now Obama has won his last election (or so we hope), while bragging that “the American people have spoken.” Hardly. 50.61 percent of voters pulled the lever for Obama despite his being opposed by the worst Republican candidate in my lifetime; fewer than 27 percent of all voting-age adults voted for him, a decline from four years earlier. Nonetheless, it remains the case that Obama has four more years to figure out how to gut the Second Amendment — something which has been one of his overarching goals for at least the better part of two decades.

Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (011613)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:45 am

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


Positivity: Irish pro-lifers rally at defining moment in abortion law

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 6:40 am

From Dublin:

Jan 16, 2013 / 02:06 am

A Jan. 19 pro-life vigil in Dublin aims to rally against the government’s proposal to permit some abortions, warning that abortion advocates are blurring important moral distinctions in the debate.

“Time and again, when the distinction is made between current medical practice which cares for both the mother and baby and direct, intentional abortion, voters give their unambiguous support to pro-life laws,” Caroline Simons, a legal consultant for the Pro Life Campaign, said in a Jan. 14 announcement.

She said the debate over the legalization of some abortions is a “defining moment for Ireland” and Irish people need to “make their voices heard loud and clear.”

The rally will take place in Dublin’s Merrion Square Saturday at 4:30 p.m. local time. A Dec. 4 rally outside of the Dáil Eireann in Dublin drew over 10,000 people.

Simons on Jan. 15 further explained that everyone agrees women must receive life-saving treatments even if it may lead to the unintentional death of the unborn baby.

“Where the disagreement arises is that some are skilfully but unfairly using the occasion to push for an abortion regime in Ireland and are blurring the distinction between necessary medical treatments and abortion,” she said. …

Go here for the rest of the story.