Low Popahirum, National Edition (4-18-14)

low popahirum national“Some time around 1,981 years ago today, the Roman authorities in Palestine executed a nut job who had been running around the countryside claiming he was the Messiah. The nut, named Jesus, was one in a long line of people who had done the same thing.” – Erick Erickson/Macon Telegraph

“But their attempted act of coercion against a free press did occasion an extended discourse by Krauthammer on the American left’s many attempts to control and even end debate on various public issues in America. Of course, liberalism has for decades pretty much controlled debate in America. Ever since Vice President Spiro Agnew spoke out against mainstream media bias forty-five years ago, conservatives have made liberal bias a mainstay of their political complaints. The fact that liberals have been so unmoved by these complaints merely adds credibility to the conservatives’ complaint.” – Bob Tyrrell/American Spectator

The ultimate victim here is full disclosure itself. If revealing your views opens you to the politics of personal destruction, then transparency, however valuable, must give way to the ultimate core political good, free expression. Our collective loss. Coupling unlimited donations and full disclosure was a reasonable way to reconcile the irreconcilables of campaign finance. Like so much else in our politics, however, it has been ruined by zealots. What a pity.” – Charles Krauthammer/Washington Post

“But the conventional analysis isn’t accurate. National exit polls from 2012 show scant success for the war-on-women ploy, and there’s no reason to think trotting it out again will help Democrats in the midterms.” – Michael Medved/WSJ

“President Barack Obama used his Thursday press conference to diagnose Republicans as fear-mongering, spiteful, obstinate, petulant and obstructive, as he again declared mission-accomplished in his effort to put the nation’s health-care under government control.” – Daily Caller

“If the government that governs least governs best, then the government that governs via a demented form of ‘scientific management’ and ‘legal assembly line’ governs worst.” – Nick Gillespie/Reason

“Saudi Arabia, the nation that allowed the Islamist boogeyman out of the box, is now trying to shove it back in. According to a Reuters, Saudi Arabia was rattled by regional turmoil that has destabilized the Middle East. Saudi Arabia now is not only intensifying a crackdown on Shiites, liberal reformers, atheists and human rights advocates but even Sunni Islamists. One activist has described it as an ‘undeclared state of emergency.'” – Shoebat.com

“If Condoleezza Rice were as self-pitying and politically crass as Attorney General Eric Holder, she would be wondering aloud what it is about her race and gender that accounts for the hostility to her.” – Rich Lowry/National Review

“This is hugely important and I’ve been sitting on these thoughts for months, but I’m convinced Republicans and conservatives need them now as they plot 2016 strategy. Read it closely. Don’t forget: Hillary Clinton is likely going to win, but it won’t take a Hail Mary pass to beat her. Just a broad marketing strategy.” – Ali Akbar/Storify

“On the 1-10 Harry Reid Scale of Demagoguery, this gets … a seven. Reid’s Kochsteria and his labeling of two men as ‘un-American’ from the floor of the Senate for engaging in the political process in opposition to his own agenda has to get the ten. Abusing the term ‘terrorist’ during a partisan political event has to get a little lower rating, but not by much.” – Hot Air

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