February 12, 2014

Krauthammer’s ‘Banana Republic’ Videos

Filed under: Health Care,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 12:51 pm

The first video has Krauthammer’s original remarks on Bret Baier’s Special Report on Monday.

The second is from his appearance on the O’Reilly Factor Tuesday evening.


Video 1 (from 0:08 to 0:47):

(This is) wantonly changing the law lawlessly. I mean, this is stuff that you do in a banana republic. It’s as if the law is simply a blackboard on which Obama writes any number he wants, any delay he wants on any provision. It’s now reached the point where it’s so endemic that nobody even notices or complains. I think if the complaints had started with the first arbitrary changes — and these are not adjustments or transitions — these are political decisions to minimize the impact leading up to an election. And it’s changing a law in a way you are not allowed to do.

It’s really hard to handle what follows from Ron Fournier, which I’ll ignore for now. I may deal with it separately later.

Video 2:

O’REILLY: That (the latest arbitrary Obamacare changes) has angered many, including Charles Krauthammer, who joins us now from Washington. So last night you said this was a “banana republic” reaction. Isn’t that a bit harsh?

KRAUTHAMMER: Oh, I think it’s an understatement. At least in banana republics, the caudillo dictates with class. He gets out there on the presidential balcony with Evita at his side, he spreads out trinkets for the crowds, and he makes his announcements. Here it’s done in the Federal Register.

And what we’re getting is the same thing. This is the 27th time that Obama has unilaterally amended a law that has already passed Congress. You’re not allowed to do that.

He is if nobody stands up to him.



  1. Tapper: Why is there no US Ambassador to France?


    $100,000, $100,000 do I hear $100,000
    Thank you, to the man from Chicago.

    Do I hear $150,000, $150, $150…
    Thank you to the woman from LA.

    Do I hear $200,000, $200, $200…

    No more bidders?

    $150,000 going once, $150 going twice, $150,000 to the woman from LA. Congratulations on the your new ambassadorship to France.

    This is the arrogance of open unchallenged corruption. It’s like Obama doesn’t care anymore and why should he? What does it matter anymore, what difference does it make? There is no penalty for his actions. If there is no penalty then it is legal. Ask Harry Reid how that works.

    Comment by dscott — February 12, 2014 @ 4:47 pm

  2. Krauthammer and O’Rielly are billed as really super smart, so how did they both get fooled by Obama’s ACT? Everyone saw Obama for the little dictator he wanted to be, and now he has proved it to the two “super smart” commentators. Question is, how did all “the regular people” figure this out 5 years before the wizards of smart?

    Comment by Johnny Rebel — February 13, 2014 @ 10:43 am

  3. To be fair, Krauthammer had it figured out late-Feb. 2009, which was of course still way too late.

    O’Reilly I haven’t followed enough to know when he (or even if he has really) figured it out.

    2008 was basically “Look … shiny … black guy … first time … don’t think, just vote” for a whole host of people who should have known better — and would have, had they bothered to read center-right blogs, or even National Review. My nomination for #1 tool is WSJ’s Peggy Noonan.

    Comment by Tom — February 13, 2014 @ 12:03 pm

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