February 9, 2013

Byron Tau Gives Politico Credit For Story on OFA Politicking — Until His Final Sentence

Does the Politico do so little noteworthy original work that it has to make it appear as if it’s taking credit for stories it didn’t break? It sure looks like it from here.

In a story about President Obama’s Organizing For Action organization, the not-for-profit lobbying result after Obama and those running the presidential campaign’s Organizing For America chose to become a permanent fixture, Politico’s Byron Tau predictably whitewashed the seriousness of OFA’s violation of IRS rules against partisan political activity in allowing a supporter of Democrat Terry McAuliffe to recruit signature gatherers for his gubernatorial campaign. Tau also acted as if his web site had gotten the story either first or at the same time as a competitor when he wrote in his second paragraph that “OFA removed the post after it was flagged by POLITICO and the Weekly Standard.” Then, in the final sentence of his 11-paragraph entry — one I guess he hopes nobody will read — Tau wrote:

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Chris Christie: The GOP’s Next Crummy Presidential Nominee?

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:59 am

The only open question: How badly would the Garden State Grandstander underperform Mitt Romney?

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This column went up at PJ Media and was teased here at BizzyBlog on Thursday.

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Sensible conservatives have had to put up with a lot since Ronald Reagan left the White House — and to be clear, Reagan also had a few very weak moments. But expecting us to get enthusiastic about the sadly realistic prospect of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie becoming the Republican Party’s next presidential nominee is, at least for me, way beyond the pale.

If Governor Christie isn’t the most cynical, self-centered, egotistical opportunist exploiting a carefully developed but fundamentally false conservative persona on the political scene today, I don’t want to meet the person who is.

The event representing the straw that broke the camel’s back, causing me to reject the idea of Christie ever rising any further than Garden State Governor, took place on Tuesday, when he lashed out at the federal flood insurance program’s utter failure to come through in time of dire need for the victims of Superstorm Sandy. Here is some of what he said:
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Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (020913)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

Rules are here. Possible comment fodder follows. Other topics are also fair game.

Positivity: French marriage advocates rally support amid debate

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Paris:

Feb 7, 2013 / 04:03 pm

A coalition of marriage supporters are rallying support for the institution, organizing conferences, marches, and petitions, as France’s parliament continues debate over same-sex marriage.

On Feb. 5, the National Assembly or the lower house of the French parliament, approved adoption by same-sex couples and voted to change the procedure for bestowing surnames on newborns.

Reacting to the news, the group “La Manif Pour Tous,” or “March For All,” said the move defies the will of “55 percent of Frenchmen” who are “are against the adoption of a child by two people of the same sex.”

Three days prior on Feb. 2, the National Assembly also approved a key article of a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in the nation.

The bill as a whole continues to be debated in the National Assembly this week, after deputies voted in favor of defining marriage as between two persons, regardless of sex, by a margin of 249 to 97.

Same-sex marriage is supported by the ruling Socialist party, and is opposed by the Union for a Popular Movement party.

“We are happy and proud to have taken this first step,” said Justice Minister Christiane Taubira. “We are going to establish the freedom for everyone to choose his or her partner for a future together.”

La Manif Pour Tous held a conference in Paris Feb. 6 featuring “the deputies who heroically lead the fight against this bill…for the opportunity to receive congratulations and encouragement from the public and citizens..”

The bill faces a final vote in the National Assembly Feb. 12. The Senate is due to review the bill beginning March 11.

La Manif Pour Tous is planning a march in Paris to be held March 24. Their online petition protesting the bill has already gathered over 276,000 signatures.

The group held a Parisian march Jan. 13, which – according to Bruno Dary, the former military governor of the city of Paris – drew between 1.3 and 1.5 million people. …

Go here for the rest of the story.