The Bender Is Over
Ramesh Ponnuru & Rich Lowry (National Review)
Whatever happens on Election Day, the heroic phase of Obama’s presidency is over. It is over not simply because he will spend the rest of his term playing defense rather than conquering new ground for liberalism. It is over because the assumptions that underlay that first phase of his presidency have already been discredited. Cast your mind back to December 2008. Democrats had just won their second back-to-back blowout election.

They Came For Juan Williams
Barry Rubin (Jerusalem Post)
The firing of Juan Williams by NPR is important for a dozen reasons -- violation of free speech, a demonstration of NPR’s leftist bias, political (in)correctness run wild, an insanely ridiculous example of the inability to deal with Islamism and so on. Just to recap, Williams was recently on Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor with Bill O’Reilly who asked him to comment on the remarks he had made to The View earlier this month and for which hosts Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg walked off the stage.

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    Campaign Countdown
    Mark Steyn (SteynOnLine)
    The decline of great powers invariably starts with the money. When government spends on the scale Washington’s got used to, that’s not a spending issue, it’s a moral one. There’s nothing virtuous about "caring" "compassionate" "progressives" being caring and compassionate and progressive with money yet to be earned by generations yet to be born. That’s what "fiscal conservatives" often miss: This isn’t a green-eyeshade issue.

    The Pelosi Gerrymander
    Wall Street Journal
    What California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger considers to be his two signature achievements--cap and trade and a fairer legislative redistricting process--are both under assault at the ballot box this November. It's a shame he spent months defending the former and is only now starting to promote the one that might do some good.

    Obamacare’s Unkeepable Promises
    Milton R. Wolf (Washington Times)
    We are witnessing the unmistakable collapse of an American presidency. While this may not yet be irreversible, it certainly was predictable and preventable. Chief among its causes has been the unbridled hubris that prompted this president to force Obamacare, the government takeover of the finest health care system in the world, against the clear will of "we the people" while turning his back on the free-market principles that once made us the most prosperous nation on earth.

    Abandoning our Closest Allies
    Stephen Brown (FrontPage Magazine)
    A former official with the U.S. delegation to the U.N. revealed recently a major reason why Canada lost its bid last week to gain a seat on the Security Council. Richard Grenell, a former press officer, said the American delegation deliberately sat on its hands during the run up to the vote that ended in a defeat for a staunch ally of Israel and America’s closest neighbor.

    Obama Underappreciation Syndrome
    Charles Krauthammer (National Review)
    In an increasingly desperate attempt to develop a narrative for the coming Democratic collapse, the Democrats have indulged themselves in what for half a century they’ve habitually attributed to the American Right: the paranoid style in American politics. The talk is of dark conspiracies -- secret money, foreign influence, and big corporations, with Karl Rove and, yes, Ed Gillespie lurking ominously behind the scenes.

    Fools Rush In Where Europe Rushes Out
    Jonah Goldberg (National Review)
    As of this writing, France is paralyzed. By the time you read this, it might be in flames. In Britain, where politics is more polite but the problems are perhaps just as dire, the government is proposing budget cuts on a scale not seen for nearly a century. In Greece, well, the less said about Greece the better.

    What Should A Republican Majority Do?
    David Limbaugh (WorldNetDaily)
    Many are preoccupied speculating about the magnitude of the impending Republican electoral victory, but I don't think it's putting the cart before the horse to caution that we also ought to be concerned -- now -- about what Republicans will do if they do recapture control. The Republicans' power will obviously be limited, even if they emerge with majorities in both chambers, because Obama will remain in charge of the coequal executive branch.

    The Global Poverty Paradox
    Nicholas N. Eberstadt (Commentary Magazine)
    For a brief, glorious, and unforgettable moment 20 years ago, it seemed as if a great and terrible question that had been perennially stalking humanity had finally been answered. That profound question was as old as human hope itself: could ordinary men and women, regardless of their location on this earth or their station in this life, hope that deliberate social arrangements could provide them with permanent and universal protection against the grinding poverty and material misery that had been the human lot ever since memory began?

    Williams Isn’t to Blame
    Linda Chavez (Jewish World Review)
    National Public Radio fired its longtime news analyst Juan Williams this week for saying something that many Americans feel. Williams, who also works as a Fox News Channel contributor (as I do), told FNC host Bill O'Reilly that when he gets on an airplane and sees someone in Muslim garb, he gets "nervous." Williams prefaced his remarks by reminding viewers that he had written several books about the civil rights movement.

    The Closing of NPR’s Mind
    Rich Lowry (National Review)
    The government-funded media outfit fired Williams for comments on the Fox News program The O’Reilly Factor that wouldn’t even be considered particularly controversial outside the hothouse of NPR. I know Williams a little from my own commentary gig at Fox, and can say he’s exactly what he appears -- a likable, calls-them-as-he-sees-them liberal who, on most things, defends the Obama administration, sometimes passionately, always civilly.

    Juan Williams’ 1st Amendment rights
    Joseph Farah (WorldNetDaily)
    National Public Radio, which gets significant funding from taxpayers through the federal government, fired Juan Williams Wednesday because of the content of his commentaries on another network. This is an illustration of why NPR and PBS need to be defunded completely by taxpayers.

    Free the Taxpayers: Defund State-Sponsored Media
    Michelle Malkin (Jewish World Review)
    In the wake of commentator Juan Williams’s feckless firing by National Public Radio, supporters on the Internet sounded a cheeky rallying cry: "Free Juan!" But Williams has now been liberated from the government-funded media’s politically correct shackles. It’s taxpayers who need to be untethered from NPR and other state-sponsored public broadcasting.

    The U.S.’s Disorganized Retreat
    Conrad Black (National Review)
    Each week, the world visibly evolves toward a multipolar system, slowly devising new arrangements as traditional multinational structures atrophy. The United Nations is now an almost universal joke. The annual General Assembly meetings are not the draw they were, and the most publicized appearances are by lunatics, such as Ahmadinejad or Gaddafi.

    Chris Coons Lied, Granny Died
    Ann Coulter (WorldNetDaily)
    In all of life's tribulations, there is nothing so aggravating as being condescended to by an idiot. In last week's CNN debate in the Delaware Senate race between the astonishingly well-spoken Christine O'Donnell and the unfortunate-looking Chris Coons, O'Donnell had to put up with it from Coons for 90 minutes.

    Candidate Obama: In West Virginia, He’s The Man To Beat
    George Will (Jewish World Review)
    In 1863, West Virginia became the 35th state by seceding from some secessionists: 50 counties, with few slaves, left Virginia; almost all have seams of coal. Barack Obama has a remarkable hostility to coal. For example, in 2008 he said: "If somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it's just that it will bankrupt them because they're going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that's being emitted."

    Three Wars, Little News
    Victor Davis Hanson (National Review)
    It is a busy time in America. The Major League Baseball playoffs are competing with the upcoming midterm elections for the public’s attention. The rescue of courageous miners in Chile has for a time overshadowed even the latest psychodramas of Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton. There is endemic fear among Americans that continual $1 trillion--plus annual deficits and near--10 percent unemployment are about to destroy the vaunted American standard of living.

    Finally -- Proud To Be A Republican
    Dennis Prager (WorldNetDaily)
    After I became a Republican in the early 1990s -- in a recent column, I explained how emotionally difficult it is for a Democrat to vote Republican, let alone become one -- I concluded that I had left the dangerous party and joined the stupid party. Of course, as I often noted on my radio show, I prefer the foolish to the destructive. But, still, being a Republican engendered little pride.

    That Strange Summer of 2008
    Victor Davis Hanson (National Review)
    How our first postracial, postnational, bipartisan president has revealed himself to be a condescending doctrinaire ideologue. Historians will look back at the 2008 campaign in the light of the 2010 midterm elections. Almost everything the president has done in the last two years is simply a continuance of that now strangely distant summer.

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