Former policy adviser to Reagan says Obama has governed as a moderate conservative

Bruce Bartlett, a former aide to Ronald Reagan, is not the only reasonable conservative whose views of Barack Obama’s presidency have not been tainted by the hysterical rhetoric of the Republican Party’s extreme right wing. Bartlett now recalls that other prominent conservatives supported Obama in the 2008 election. “Among the Obamacons,” he says, “were Ken Duberstein, Ronald Reagan’s chief of staff; Charles Fried, Reagan’s solicitor general; Ken Adelman, director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency for...

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Surprise! Obama refers to himself in his speeches less than any of his 11 immediate predecessors

Some of Barack Obama’s critics are given to bogus claims that his use of certain personal pronouns (I, me, my, etc.) in his presidential speeches are evidence of his narcissism — or uppityness, if you will. When non-practicing psychiatrist and notorious Fox News crackpot Charles Krauthammer played this card one day last month, I countered with THIS POST. And now the website BuzzFeed is out with the results of research showing that Obama has used first-person singular pronouns in his speeches less frequently than any president...

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Nobel-winning economist, a former critic of Obama, now hails his presidency

At the outset of his lengthy assessment of Barack Obama’s presidency in the current issue of Rolling Stone magazine, economist Paul Krugman establishes his credentials as an erstwhile critic of Obama and then shifts  to a broad portrayal of the man’s six years in the White House and the challenges he’s encountered: Obama faces trash talk left, right and center – literally – and doesn’t deserve it. Despite bitter opposition, despite having come close to self-inflicted disaster, Obama has emerged as one of the most...

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Rand Paul: White House downplaying Ebola threat because of political correctness

It should come as no surprise that the emergence of a single case of Ebola here in America has prompted fear-mongers on the political right to begin peddling conspiracy theories. But Republican Sen. Rand Paul’s contribution in this regard is especially peculiar: He’s blaming political correctness for what he sees as the Obama administration’s downplaying of the Ebola threat. In a radio interview yesterday, Paul said THIS: I really think it is being dominated by political correctness. And I think because of political...

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Ideologues of the far left and far right try to come to grips with Obama’s attack on ISIS

This has been a tough week so far for Americans of ideological purity, be they lefties or righties. Bob Cesca EXPLAINS: Ask anyone on the far-right, and they’ll tell you President Obama is an incompetent, effete terrorist capitulator. Ask anyone on the far-left and they’ll tell you he’s a cold-hearted baby killer who loves sinking his blood-soaked, warmongering talons into the necks of brown people. The fact that perceptions are so radically diverse indicates that Obama is neither. He’s likely somewhere between both options, which suggests a...

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