November 29, 2011

Norwegian Aryan Gunman Judged Insane; Will Probably Wind Up In Asylum
— Ace


They really need to tighten up that definition.

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Woman Seeks 60,000 Pounds In Damages From Ex-Boyfriend Tattoo Artist, Who Failed To Capture the Magic and Wonder of Narnia in Her Full-Back Tattoo
Update: F A K E

— Ace

She wanted a scene from the Chronicles of Narnia, capturing the magic and whimsy of that world.

The actual tattoo failed to depict Aslan in all his leonine majesty, given that the tattoo is is actually of a steaming pile of poop.

Damnit, I Knew It: Fake.

Thanks to RDBrewer for correcting me.

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Miley Cyrus' New Song Promotes OWS
— Ace

The song is really bad, even by the current standards of music.

Here are the lyrics.

Don't live a lie, this is your one life ooh
Don't live it like you won't get lost
Just walk just walk

It's a liberty walk, it's a liberty walk
It's a liberty, liberty, liberty
It's a liberty walk, it's a liberty walk
It's a liberty, liberty, liberty

Here's to all the boys tryin to hold you back
Tryin to make you fell like your less than that
Got nothing more better than to make you crack
But really just tryin to put your dreams off track
And you know in the end it'll be okay
Cause all that really matters are the steps you take
And everything else falls into place
There's no price to pay, I say

We're alright (alright) yeah, yeah (yeah, yeah)
We're gonna get it where we livin, livin
We're alright (alright) yeah, yeah (yeah, yeah)
We're gonna get it where we livin
Whoa whoa

It's a liberty walk, walk say goodbye to the
People who tied you up
It's a liberty walk, walk
Feeling your heart again, breathing new oxygen
It's a liberty walk, walk free yourself, slam the door
Not a prisoner anymore
Liberty, liberty, li-li-liberty, liberty, li-li
It's a liberty walk (walk, walk)

Don't stop, keep on walking it
Don't stop, keep on talking sh!t
Don't stop, keep on walking it
(walk, walk ....)

Don't be afraid to make a move
It won't hurt you just do what you would
Born to do and everything works out right
Don't listen to all the people who hate


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SCOAMF's Gallup Job Approval Falls Below Carter's
— Ace


President Obama's slow ride down Gallup's daily presidential job approval index has finally passed below Jimmy Carter, earning Obama the worst job approval rating of any president at this stage of his term in modern political history.

Since March, Obama's job approval rating has hovered above Carter's, considered among the 20th century's worst presidents, but today Obama's punctured Carter's dismal job approval line. On their comparison chart, Gallup put Obama's job approval rating at 43 percent compared to Carter's 51 percent.

Honestly this seems like a contrived story to me, "contrived" because Carter's job approval suddenly perked up around this point in his presidency (due to a rally-round-the-flag effect directly after the Iranians took our embassy workers staffers; this bump did not last). Prior to that, he'd been at a lower approval level (lower than Obama's).

But still and all, I have to post it.

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Billy Tauzin, Pharma's $11.6 Million Dollar Man
— Ace

...and a buddy of Obama's. And they guy who brokered a deal between Obama and PhRMA in 2009, over ObamaCare.

In 2009, as the leader of PhRMA, he brokered a deal capping at $80 billion the amount drugmakers would contribute to the overhaul in return for his organization’s support of the law.

It's worse than that. PhRMA actually agreed to spend from $100 million to $150 million on advertising to support ObamaCare (and ergo to support Obama himself).

Ira Stoll wants to know what $11.6 million bought, exactly.

The system really is very corrupt, isn't it?

Via Instapundit.

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Cain "Reassessing" Continuing Campaign Run
— Ace

He'll make a decision "in the next few days."

My theory is that all of these guys are haunted by the Ghost of Tim Pawlenty, and most will be very reluctant to get out of the race until, say, Florida, or after. In a volatile race, you're just one news cycle from being on top. Or being on the bottom.

No one can really know.

Cain might get out because there are other factors here (like just not wanting to deal with these questions, and strains on the homefront), but as a general matter people are going to be very reluctant to formally drop out. Even no-hope candidates will keep a skeleton, "notional" candidacy going, because, you never know.

Campaigns may be suspended, but won't be ended, and I don't even think they'll be announced as suspended. At least not until it's well-nigh-inarguable that someone is really, definitely not going to have a swell of sudden support, and I don't know how you would have that confidence.

Transcript of Conference Call: Cain denied there was an affair or sex on CNN, then his lawyer came out and seemed to issue a non-denial.

Now Cain seems to be denying.

“Obviously, you’re all aware of this recent firestorm that hit the news yesterday,” Cain began, his voice somber. “First thing I want to do is say to you what I have said publicly: I deny those charges, unequivocally. Secondly, I have known this lady for a number of years. And thirdly, I have been attempting to help her financially because she was out of work and destitute, desperate. So thinking that she was a friend, and I have helped many friends, I now know that she wasn’t the friend that I thought she was. But it was a just a friendship relationship.”

“That being said, obviously, this is cause for reassessment,” he continued. “As you know, during the summer we had to make some reassessments based upon our financial situation. We were able to hang in there; we reassessed the situation and kept on going. We also did a reassessment after the Iowa straw poll and we made another reassessment after the Florida straw poll. When the previous two accusations, false accusations, came about, we made another assessment. The way we handled those was, we continued on with our schedule. We made an assessment about what was going to happen to our support. But our supporters, and even some folks that we didn’t have as supporters, they stood with us, and they showed it, not only in terms of their verbal support, they showed it in terms of their dollars.”

“Now, with this latest one, we have to do an assessment as to whether or not this is going to create too much of a cloud, in some people’s minds, as to whether or not they would be able to support us going forth,” Cain said.

More at the link.

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Chris Christie: WTF Has The SCOAMF Been Doing With His Me-Time?
— Ace

The spin, as Christie relates it, is that Obama stayed away from the SuperCommittee because he knew it was doomed to failure. So, that's a reason for taking a month off or something.

Obama actually doesn't claim that. Or I haven't heard that spin. He claims instead that he would not have been helpful in the discussions, because, he claims, the Republicans are so partisan and so want to deny him a "win" they will automatically gainsay his arguments.

But that assumes that he's there to take the side of Democratic congressmen and just pitch new arguments in favor of the Democratic congressional (campaign) agenda to Republicans.

True, if that would be the extent of his involvement, it's useless. Obama is not, as he believes, some kind of amazing persuader. He's invested a lot of ego in the proposition that he can convince people of the rightness of progressivism if he can just jawbone them for a while. It doesn't matter how much this is disproven; believing this is central to his conception of himself.

But why would Obama -- supposedly the President of everyone in America, not just the president of the Democrats in Congress -- assume his only role was to play quarterback for the Democrats? Why would he not assume that as President of the whole country he is also tasked with prodding his own party towards a compromise?

The answer is obvious: Obama and the Democrats have nothing to run on, so they'll be running against the "Do-Nothing Republicans" and on Mediscare. That is their only plausible path to victory, so they're making sure nothing gets done, and they sign no agreements involving Medicare.

Rating agency Fitch has put US credit on a negative outlook, indicating a greater than 50% chance it will be lowered from AAA to AA in the next two years, on news that the US failed once again to address its long-term, and long anticipated, financing crisis.


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DOOM: Tied to the whipping post
— Monty


PSA: Appy-polly-loggies for the DOOM-less Monday. Real life presented some small-scale DOOM that kept me from fulfilling my Ace of Spades duties. I denounce myself.

AMR, the parent company of American Airlines, has filed for bankruptcy.

The most terrifying chart-fu yet.

Steyn: “More, more, more”. That might was well be the theme song of the Democrat Party.

The problem is not with a fundamentally broken banking sector. No, the problem is with...stupid investors, apparently. This story just underscores the problem with the mindset of many financial people: they underestimate the role human psychology plays in the markets. When you get right down to it, human behavior is all that matters in economics, because economics is just people doing what people do.

Michael Barone: blame entitlements, not tax cuts, for the wealth gap.

Personally, I dislike the whole “wealth gap” argument. In a country where the poorest people can afford iPods, video game machines, cars, refrigerators, flat-screen TV’s, plenty of food, and a roof over their heads, then the “gap” is nothing compared to most of human history. A poor man can now buy and own things that kings and emperors of ages past couldn’t have bought for all the wealth in the land. Poor people have access to healthcare that a hundred years ago would not have been available even to the President of the United States. To me, it’s like saying that a millionaire is poor because his neighbor is a billionaire. This whole thing is really just a hoary old Democrat chestnut: class envy. more...

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Top Headline Comments 11-29-11
— Gabriel Malor

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November 28, 2011

Overnight Open Thread
— Maetenloch

Where Have All The Poster Girls Gone?

Back in the 70's and most of the 80's if you had walked into any teenager's room you would have found the walls adorned with at least several posters - most of them quite sexy. And probably too sexy by today's standards.

For guys it was usually a poster collage based around 'The Farrah' with additional swimsuit models centered around her to provide balance. For girls it was typically Shaun or David Cassidy, a TigerBeat guy, and the rock star du jour. In fact back then pretty much every store had its own poster rack filled with posters ranging from cheesecake to psychedelia to the daily affirmation type.

But now not so much. These days outside of the military and maybe prisons you rarely see scantily-clad babe posters - or really any posters at all. I guess everything has gone digital including the pinups.


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NFL Open Thread (Giants v. Saints)
— JohnE.

Spoiler alert: The Giants will find new and inventive ways to disappoint me in the second half of a season. more...

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DNC Video Ad Attacking Romney
— DrewM

A preview of an Obama-Romney race.

I think a couple of them are unfair (supporting the idea of "stimulus" isn't the same as supporting Obama's stimulus, hiring a lawn company isn't hiring illegals, saying TARP should end isn't same as flipping on your original support and his auto bailout stance was more nuanced).

Of course since Democrats did the ad they left out the big one...his flipping on the nature of Social Security.

Republicans are well versed in Romney's various flips and flops. This video is a good indication of how Democrats would introduce Mitt to the wider electorate. It isn't pretty, is it?

Video via Ben Domenech of The Transom.

BTW- I'm not fond of spreading Democratic propaganda about Republicans but...a lot of the case for Mitt has come down to "he's electable". Maybe, maybe not but don't think the Democrats and Obama are going to roll over because folks like Jen Rubin swoon over Mitt because he's supposedly the only grown up Republican in the race.

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Cain Issues Statement on Affair
— Ace

Yeah, I wasn't posting this, but now he's issued a statement which all but confesses an affair, so:

Mr. Cain has been informed today that your television station plans to broadcast a story this evening in which a female will make an accusation that she engaged in a 13-year long physical relationship with Mr. Cain. This is not an accusation of harassment in the workplace – this is not an accusation of an assault - which are subject matters of legitimate inquiry to a political candidate.

Rather, this appears to be an accusation of private, alleged consensual conduct between adults - a subject matter which is not a proper subject of inquiry by the media or the public. No individual, whether a private citizen, a candidate for public office or a public official, should be questioned about his or her private sexual life. The public's right to know and the media's right to report has boundaries and most certainly those boundaries end outside of one's bedroom door.

Mr. Cain has alerted his wife to this new accusation and discussed it with her. He has no obligation to discuss these types of accusations publicly with the media and he will not do so even if his principled position is viewed unfavorably by members of the media.

It is interesting, and possibly even laudable, the I-won't-lie position.

Of course, the woman herself is talking on the news and likely has proof (email, etc.) of the relationship, so lying is probably not really even an option.

So it's really not laudable. It's just standard, now that I think about it.

Thanks to JohnE for that statement.

Whoops! Sorry, double-posted Drew.


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NYC Planned Parenthood Has Great Gift Idea For Visiting Family on Christmas: Abortion Agitprop
— Ace

I was kind of expecting a sweater with a deer on it, but by gum, this earful of Planned Parenthood talking points is far more original!

“The holidays are upon us! Going home or getting together with relatives for the holidays is always a stressful time, but if your family members are the type who regularly protest outside the local Planned Parenthood, you know that this holiday is going to be a doozy,” the New York City affiliate of Planned Parenthood explains on its website. “Luckily, we have some tips for surviving those awkward conversations”

The abortion provider offers supporters “8 Easy Steps for Discussing Reproductive Health and Justice at the Holiday Table.” The online cheat-sheet includes such advice as “Avoid bumper speak talk” to steer away from anger-inducing slogans, and “Remember the big picture” to keep the conversation on common goals such as the need for health care. It also advises readers to “Know your facts, but keep the conversation more global.”

“It’s good to clarify misinformation—for example, the misconception that emergency contraception ends a pregnancy—but staying there can cause a fight. Instead, try to clarify, and then transition back to the underlying value of why you believe what you do,” the tip sheet explains.

That last Fun Science Fact is based on a bit of technicality -- as I understand it, they're saying that the emergency contraception prevents implantation of a fertilized egg on the uterine wall, which is what they call a "pregnancy."

Actually they're not saying that. They don't really explain their position. I'm guessing that's the way their argument would go, if they made it.

I have a feeling that a plurality of people arguing against abortion would define it at fertilization.

So, that's kind of dishonest. If you know how your opponent is defining a pregnancy differently from you, and you claim a "pregnancy" doesn't occur, knowing he's actually defining "life" from the moment of conception and you're just sort of hoping he misses the fact you're pulling a bait-and-switch over the terms of debate, well, maybe you'll shut him up, but dishonestly.

Merry Christmas, here's that empty semantic argument you wanted, straight from Santa's Workshop! Ho Ho Ho!

Another suggested response is about the issue of sex education.

Question: I think sex ed should be left to the parents.

Suggested Response. I totally agree that parents should be the main educators of their children when it comes to sex.

Wait, one guy says sex ed should be left to parents, and the suggested response is "I totally agree that parents should be the main educators about sex..."

Hey, I totally agree with the exact opposite position you just stated, but I said "I totally agree" in the beginning, so that's a Positive sort of thing and now you should agree back with me!

It's all this sort of third-grad debate tactics, either manipulative or just dishonest.

Suggested for use with family and friends. At Christmas dinner.

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Woman Claims She Had Long Term Extramarital Affair With Herman Cain
— DrewM

This is more obligatory than anything at this point.

An Atlanta businesswoman is breaking her silence, claiming she has been involved in a 13-year-long affair with Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain.

Over the Thanksgiving weekend, FOX 5 senior I-Team reporter Dale Russell sat down with Ginger White, who had an amazing story to tell.

“It was pretty simple,” White said. “It wasn't complicated. I was aware that he was married. And I was also aware I was involved in a very inappropriate situation, relationship.”

At least it's not an allegation of harassment.

Hopefully this won't interfere with Cain's campaign swing through Iowa New Hampshire South Carolina Ohio ahead off its all important June primary.

BTW- If you had "Newt Gingrich will benefit most from reporting of alleged sexual misconduct and an extramarital affair", wow and good for you. I for one did not see that coming.

Added: Coblogger John E. sends on Team Cain's response. It's....not good.

"Mr. Cain has been informed today that your television station plans to broadcast a story this evening in which a female will make an accusation that she engaged in a 13-year long physical relationship with Mr. Cain. This is not an accusation of harassment in the workplace – this is not an accusation of an assault - which are subject matters of legitimate inquiry to a political candidate.

Rather, this appears to be an accusation of private, alleged consensual conduct between adults - a subject matter which is not a proper subject of inquiry by the media or the public. No individual, whether a private citizen, a candidate for public office or a public official, should be questioned about his or her private sexual life. The public's right to know and the media's right to report has boundaries and most certainly those boundaries end outside of one's bedroom door.

Mr. Cain has alerted his wife to this new accusation and discussed it with her. He has no obligation to discuss these types of accusations publicly with the media and he will not do so even if his principled position is viewed unfavorably by members of the media."

I'm pretty sure taking the Bill Clinton "zone of privacy" approach isn't a winning formula in the GOP primary.

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Study: Most Extreme, Eye-Catching "Predictions" About Global Warming Are "Implausible;" New "Science" Points To Less Severe Changes
— Ace

It's all kind of made up. I don't really care that this new bullshit "projection" is more moderate than the last bullshit "modeling session."

New research takes some of the most dire global warming projections off the table. A study published last week in the journal Science concludes that the more extreme climate change scenarios, which involve temperature increases of up to 10°F are implausible. Instead, the study finds, we are likely in the midst of a more manageable, but still potentially dangerous, shift in the planet’s climate.

But now this new "science" -- this new concoction of computer models and gestimated variables for things we do not understand and therefore cannot model at all, like cosmic rays and clouds and such -- this time you've got it all buttoned up and squared away, right?

In fact, this study’s projections still warm the planet to the highest levels in human history.

Right, right, I forgot that part where you successfully calculated the global mean temperature for the last 40,000 years. Oh right, after discarding the Medieval Warm Period and, if I'm not mistaken, an earlier, even warmer sauna period in human history.

You know what they did for this study?

Previous studies had been assuming -- assuming -- a very sensitive earth. An emo earth. An earth whose weather-moods change quickly and goth-ishly based on CO2.

But if the earth gets very hot when a little more CO2 is added, it should also be sensitive the other way, and get quite cold when CO2 fractions fall.

So, if the earth is really going to get this warm based on CO2 going up, it should have gotten quite cold in the past, when CO2 fell. Enough to freeze all the oceans on the earth, it turns out, based on their "models."

Since these researchers bothered to actually check that against the record -- duh, there is no record of literally the entire world ocean freezing over, so the earth must not be that sensitive, either way, to carbon dioxide level changes.

Can you believe the models we've been hearing about for fifteen fucking years didn't have this minor level of real-world reality check?

They just always turn the knobs on these models up to highest conceivable sensitivity to get the scare factor they want.

And then they call it science.

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Thomas Edsall In the NYT: Obama Will Explicitly Abandon Working Class White Vote
FoxNews: Edsall Says Obama Will Abandon Working Class White Vote
Dave Wiegel: Look How Racist Fox Is

— Ace

Dave Wiegel's been explaining his wonderfully complex mind to me on Twitter.

Here's what I've determined:

Thomas Edsall can write, in the NYT, that Obama will "explicitly" "abandon" the "working class white" vote. That is the main point of the article, that the Democrats, though founded on the Working Class White vote, and though struggling for 30 or 40 years to get it back, is finally just giving up on this vote, and will attempt to construct majorities in the future without it -- going for minorities, the young, "secularists," and affluent whites.

That's the whole point of the article. I quoted it earlier. There is nothing in the article which is not about that.

Anyway, because the NYT likes to hide Democratic losses from its Democratic readership, and finds talk of losing white votes icky, they gave the article the vaporous, soporific headline "The Future of the Obama Coalition."

FoxNews saw the same article, noticed that the New York Times had given the article a deliberately non-informative headline, and so wrote about it themselves with an actually informative headline: "NYT: Obama Campaign To Abandon White Working Class."

Anyway, because of this: racist.

It's amazing to me that Edsall can say something, and not be racist (and nor the NYT be racist), but Fox can say the same thing -- quoting Edsall and the NYT -- and they're racist.

But that's how I'm told it works.

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Major Explosion Rocks Iranian City Critical To Producing Enriched Uranium; Iranian State News First Reports Explosion, Then Deletes It From Its Website
— Ace

Jewish Lightning Strikes Twice?

Less than two weeks after a mysterious explosion destroyed an Iranian missile base near Tehran, the Islamic Republic's official news agency FARS reported Tuesday that a loud blast was heard in the city of Isfahan at 2:40 pm local time, but later removed the report.

According to the initial report, search and rescue teams called to the scene confirmed the blast, but reported no injuries.

Iran's uranium enrichment plant is located just outside Isfahan – one of Iran's largest cities.

The report also stated that a security official confirmed that the explosion had occurred, but refused to give further details.


In a curious turn of events, shortly after the initial report was published, the item was removed from the news agency's website, which is affiliated with the country's Revolutionary Guard.

Hours later, deputy governor of Isfahan province told Iran's Mehr news agency that there was no report of a major explosion in the province.

Supposedly the explosion was large enough to be heard through the whole city.

And yet now, it didn't happen at all.

This blog caught a screencap of the FARS report, before it was disappeared, including a picture of thick black smoke plume. Ignore the picture; a commenter at Elder of Ziyon says that's just a stock photo they run with explosion stories.

Completely Unvetted... And this is just some guy yammering on YouTube, but he's claiming his sources in Iran say that three explosions have hit Iran, at three different missile Shahab-3 and Shahab-4 missile bases. (Those are what they would hit Israel with.)

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Joe Scarborough Wants You To Know He And His News Team Are Totally Hip and Funny and Not At All Like Those Other Stuffed Shirts You See on TV
— Ace

So, they did an Anchorman parody ad.

Before you say "Oh it's not bad," subtract, in your mind, the Dance To The Music song and the super-stacked brunette at the end.

What's left? An SNL intro-credit sequence with boring people.

By the Way: A year and a half ago, when Joe and Mika's radio show was cancelled -- yes, cancelled -- they claimed the show was just being retooled or something, and would come back, soon, in an "expanded format" or something.

When does this new format start?

It's a pretty funny clip, with Scarborough speaking darkly of other people on the radio -- those who've been there a long time -- being "scared" of Joe and Mika, because they know, and I quote, "Their world is about to end."

This, on the day they say goodbye because they're being cancelled.

Maybe I should give him credit for trying to pull a Reggie Dunlop.

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Does Obama Unconsciously Want To Lose?
— Ace

Our listless, hapless, distracted, depressed president might be looking for a soft bit of canvas to flop on.

There are only two ways to look at the Obama re-election campaign right now: Either the upstart candidate who stunned the world when he defeated the Clinton machine to capture the Democratic nomination three years ago has lost every bit of that massive mojo, or the bruised and battered president, after three years in office, just doesn’t want another spin in the Oval Office.

How else to explain the nonstop missteps, the stammering and stuttering campaign, not to mention the brazen attacks on American voters, who, he has said, have “fallen behind,” lost their “ambition and imagination,” gotten “lazy” and “a bit soft” - this is a guy seeking the support of America?!

Curl has a good point about Obama's future, if he won:

He knows that over the next four years, with automatic budget cuts set to take effect and the American people’s rising ire over the profligate spending in Washington, he’s going to have no money to redistribute to the masses.

So, why bother? It’s going to get worse before it gets better. Who needs it? Why preside over a government that, instead of giving everything to everybody free, takes it all away, cuts so deeply that nearly every American will be affected? Especially if you think Americans are lazy, lack ambition - they’ll never rise to the challenge, so why not just bail?

That's an interesting point -- Obama likes playing the redistributionist hero. He's unhappy because he can't play that role now.

Would he be able to play that role in 2013 and 2014, if he won?

There is a big reason Obama would like to hang on: Vindication. Just as he thought the recovery would be automatic in 2009, freeing him up to pursue whatever political agenda he liked, trusting that the Recovery Fairy would sprinkle some expansion pixie dust on America and fix everything, I think he still believes that it's coming. Just a little delayed. And it will be a big recovery, because of his policies, not despite them.

So he could be imagining that if he can just get through this brief, half-decade-long rough patch, the days where he gets to play Liberal Hero again are just around the corner.

Would he be able to spend like gangbusters? Not as much, but the Republicans couldn't do much to stop him when he was unpopular; if the economy recovered, and he was back to being on the news everyday to talk about how awesome he is, they'd be able to restrain him even less.

So I don't know about this claim. Interesting, but I can see him genuinely holding out hope that his big ObamaRecovery is just lost in the mail, but will get here any day now.

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