As Barack Obama was completing his first year of on-the-job presidential training, he and his liberal friends and supporters had to acknowledge that this was a very tough week for them. Here is just a quick run-down of some of the week’s signature events:
Scott Brown Replaces the Liberal Lion!
As reported in a previous article, Scott Brown, a Republican, scored one of the biggest political upsets of all time when he won the special election to fill the Senate seat once held by the late Ted Kennedy. With that victory, the Democrats lost their filibuster-proof majority in the Senate and likely lost the ability to continue passage of the far-left agenda which they embarked on following Obama’s inauguration.
Brown’s victory marks just the latest in a string of stunning losses for the Democrats, following previous losses in the governorship races in New Jersey and Virginia. Just over a year ago, the Democrats and their left-stream media allies were pronouncing that the Republican Party and conservatism was dead. The American people have clearly proven that is not the case, though.
Some people are already suggesting that Brown could be a potential presidential candidate in 2012. His background includes being a state representative from 1999 to 2004, a state senator from 2004 to now, and will be a U.S. Senator for almost three years by the time of the 2012 presidential election. That background actually compares quite favorably to Obama’s at the point when he decided to run for the presidency. However, given that the American people have seen the results of electing a completely inexperienced empty suit as their president, it is highly doubtful that they would risk making the same mistake on Brown in 2012. If he turns out to be the person that he seems to be though, then he could have a very bright political future.
Breaking News: John Edwards is a Liar!
Actually it is not breaking news at all to anyone who has been paying attention to the news over the past couple of years. After months and months of denials, John Edwards finally admitted to what everyone else in the country already suspected – that he did indeed father the child of his supposed ex-mistress Rielle Hunter. Clearly he decided to finally stop telling lies and admit the truth only because there is a new tell-all book due out in February. The book was written by Andrew Young, a former Edwards aide who actually claimed at one point that he was the father of the baby.
Now some of Edwards’ “two Americas” rhetoric from his presidential and vice-presidential campaigns makes more sense. It is not that there are really two Americas for all Americans, but just that there are two Americas for Edwards. In one America, Edwards was in North Carolina married to a cancer-ridden political wife who was always standing by her man on the campaign trail. And in his other America, Edwards was on the west coast with his young, vibrant and energetic mistress. It probably did seem like a battle of the haves versus the have-nots in Edwards’ mind but to everyone else it was just another case involving an unfaithful husband.
One thing to remember is that this is a man…..well, this is a person anyway who was the Democrats’ vice-presidential candidate in 2004. A real man actually takes responsibility for his actions. This person, this liar, this scumbag and this cheater was potentially one step away from occupying the White House. Republicans out there who sometimes feel defensive whenever some gloating liberal makes a comment about Sarah Palin being their vice-presidential candidate in 2008 should always immediately respond with two simple words: John Edwards. How can the Democrats and liberals ever defend putting him on their ticket?
Air America Grounded – This Time for Good!
Air America, the liberal talk radio network, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on Thursday and announced that it would immediately cease its programming. Some may see that as no big news, either because they did not know that Air America was still on the air anyway or because they know that Air America had filed for bankruptcy protection in the past but kept operating. However, that previous bankruptcy filing was under Chapter 11 rules, which allow companies to continue operations while re-organizing to improve future operations. This time though, the company has filed under Chapter 7 rules which means it is completely going out of business.
On the Air America website, a statement about the network’s closure read, “The very difficult economic environment has had a significant impact on Air America’s business. This past year has seen a “perfect storm” in the media industry generally.” Apparently the folks at Fox News Channel and many of the conservative/libertarian media outlets must have awfully good umbrellas because they do not seem to be suffering any ill effects of that perfect storm. Unlike its competitors, the ratings at Fox are up significantly over the past year.
Perhaps the real problem at Air America was not the perfect storm at all but rather that their content and commentators sucked. Few Americans want to hear radio hosts bad-mouthing their country on a daily basis and as the election of Scott Brown showed, they also do not like the concept of bigger and more-intrusive government. That stuff may have sold well in 1917 Russia, but it has never sold well in the United States of America.
In addition, Air America is the network that helped Janeane Garafalo evolve from being an unfunny comedienne to an even less funny liberal commentator. That fact alone can easily explain why Air America never quite made it as a successful network. It also spawned the career of Rachel Maddow, who has now found her comfort zone with the other wannabe-journalists at MSNBC. Perhaps more of her former colleagues will join Maddow at MSNBC and then they can help do for that network what they did for Air America. Actually, given the ratings for MSNBC it seems that many of the old Air America staff members may have already infiltrated its ranks.
So in conclusion, with all that occurred this was clearly a very bad week for Obama, Democrats and other liberals. On the flip side, though, that means it was one heckuva great week for America!
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