Quote of the Day

“If the guy wants to play golf, the guy deserves a couple of days off. He wants privacy — big deal. This is the biggest non-story that the media have created since the Kardashian weddings.  I don’t understand what the story is and what the outrage is.”

Charles Krauthammer on Fox News, speaking truth to crazy.

Quote of the Evening

“At 37 footnotes, it might be the most annotated suicide note in history.”

Charles Krauthammer, conservative columnist and commentator, about the third iteration of Paul Ryan’s budget plan, “The Path to Prosperity,” in April 2011.

The House of Representatives passed his plan that month, 235 to 193, with only four Republicans voting against.

New Rule — No More Comparing the U. S. to Greece

Charles Krauthammer is saying that President Obama’s budget is “worthy of Greece.”

I am sick to death of the ridiculous and irresponsible comparisons between us and Greece.  You hear it all the time on Fox News, that Obama is turning us into Greece, and unfortunately most Fox viewers don’t know better and they believe this garbage.

The United States has its own currency and its own Central Bank.  This means that we can print money.  Greece does not have its own currency or its own Central Bank.  Only the European Central Bank can print euros, and they take their orders from Germany, not Greece.

The United States Treasury can go out into the market place right now and borrow money for ten years at about 2%.  Greece?  They can go out and borrow money for ten years at about 33%.  So you can see that the rest of the world doesn’t equate the U. S. with Greece as Krauthammer does.

We are a country of about 311 million people, with a GDP approaching $15 trillion.  Greece?  They have 11 million people and a GDP of about $300 billion.

There are responsible ways to argue about the merits of Obama’s latest budget.  Inciting panic and hysteria is not one of them.

Forget Obama, Newt’s Going After Krauthammer

I know that Newt Gingrich doesn’t care about or play by the rules, but, in going after Fox News political commentator and syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer in an email*, the Super PAC supporting his campaign, Winning Our Future, is breaking a major one — Never Attack Down.

Presidential candidates are supposed to go after other presidential candidates who are doing as well as or better than they are, but not pundits.  The email about Krauthammer is very nasty and condescending, referring to him not as the conservative he now is, but as “the long time former speechwriter for ultra liberal Walter Mondale” and “the man who was calling Barack Obama elegant.”

In response to Krauthammer’s on air comment that Gingrich “is really in decline now,” the email says “I think what is in decline now is the respect Krauthammer once had among conservatives.”

How does Newt explain Krauthammer’s hostility?  Jealousy, plain and simple.  The email calls Krauthammer “a bit jealous of Newts intellect — supported by the fact that Newt was way ahead of the good Doctor on everything from Ronald Reagan to Sarah Palin to the tea party movement.”  Emphasis added.

The email just adds to Newt’s growing whiny, cry baby image.  It makes him look petty, not presidential.  Enemies’ List, anyone?

*”Krauthammer Continues Establishment War Against Newt.”

GOP Intellectuals Can’t Stand Newt, the Intellectual Candidate

It’s interesting that Newt Gingrich presents himself as the intellectual in the GOP primary race, and yet party intellectuals (George Will, David Brooks, David Frum, Peggy Noonan, Charles Krauthammer) can’t stand him and are arguing passionately against the passionate one.  They agree that he’s smart, but conclude that scary should make you run screaming from smart.