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NRCC Updates Its Website

The National Republican Congressional Committee has upgraded its website and unveiled it today at nrcc.org. The catch phrase they wish us to take away from the new site is: Regaining America's Trust Begins in the House.

I hate to say it, but that seems a bit defeatist and gives the impression of the beaten dog. Though, perhaps a little beat down is deserved, eh? Anyway, I just wish it was a bit more of a positive message. Of COURSE we have to admit as a party that we screwed the pooch, but do we have to make that our advertisement theme, too?

It almost seems to scream "We Effed up, but we'll be better, I SWEAR TO GOD!" It is a bit unsatisfying as a rallying cry, I have to say. After all, "regaining" trust implies we lost it in the first place. Wile true, do we have to prostrate ourselves even in a rallying slogan?

It just reminds me of the skinny kid yelling "don't hit me!" And we all remember that yelling that invites double the smacks.

The main page has a "Speak to us" feature asking us all to let the NRCC know exactly what issue we are interested that they pursue. They have several choices. We see Card Check; Fairness Doctrine; Massive Tax Hikes; Cutting Defense Spending and $1 Trillion in DC Stimulus Spending. The usual "Donate Now" buttons are also present.

Also, I encourage everyone to sign up for the NRCC's twitter feed. It is a tad embarrassing that a national party only sports 1,154 twitter followers! Come on everyone, we can do better than that!

There is also a button that takes one to the House YouTube channel that is badly disguised as... well, nothing actually. They need to make the button more obvious as to what it does. It currently says "WATCH NOW" and has a button next to it that says "PLAY." It also sports a few TV and monitor graphics. OK, it is obvious it is a video button, but to what? It is not clear exactly clear once you clink on the thing as to where you will be taken.

In any case, here it is launched and ready to go. Click on over and tell us what you think?

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Obama's WH Chief of Staff Holds Daily, Secret Calls With Pals in Media

Politico reports that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel holds daily chit chat sessions with several Old Media pals every morning to start his day. Apparently Emanuel has for years been involved with daily bull sessions to plan media coverage and ideological strategy with CNN's James Carville and Paul Begala, as well as ABC's George Stephanopoulos, with the occasional participation of pollster Stan Greenberg. But there is one little problem with this daily palling around with mediots these days: Emanuel now works for the White House.

As Politico's John Harris notes, "in any given news cycle, it is quite likely that Washington’s prevailing political and media interpretation -- at least on the Democratic side -- is being hatched on these calls." In light of this early morning scheming, one has to wonder where the supposed autonomy of the media is if they are being programed by the Obama White House in off the record, secret and daily conversations? Where is their objectivity if these media mavens are all assisting Emanuel mould and shape the news to further a specific ideological goal?

Even worse, where are the people that would normally decry a chummy, personal and secretive relationship between Emanuel, a partisan government operative recently called the second most powerful man in Washington, and major members of the Old Media? Where's the outrage that the Obama administration is secretly programing media coverage?

Ed Morrissey of HotAir reminds us of the Old Media outcry that was raised when it was thought that the Pentagon held briefings for analysts that reported on military affairs.

Last April, The New York Times rebuked the Pentagon for offering information to analysts as a sort of breach of the public trust and reported the angry words of Democrat Ike Skelton (D- MO) on the matter.

Representative Ike Skelton, Democrat of Missouri and chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said in a speech on Thursday that he and many other members of Congress were “very angry” about the issues raised by the article. “The story does not reflect well on the Pentagon, on the military analysts in question, or on the media organizations that employ them,” he said.

As Skelton said in April, the cozy relationship the TV analysts had with the Pentagon called those analyst's veracity into question. If this concept was true last April, then the same absolutely must be said of Carville, Begala and Greenberg, and even more so of ABC's George Stephanopoulos who is supposed to be a "news" man as opposed to an opinionist as Carville and Begala are.

After all, if we were expected to discount the military analysts because of their close relationship with the Pentagon, we absolutely have to view these supposed news guys with the same jaundiced eye since they are in daily, secret conversations with the President's Chief of Staff.

So, we should be expecting CNN and ABC to announce their embarrassment that their purported "news" men are being so co-opted, right? We must be ready at any time to hear people say that Stan Greenburg's work is forever compromised and untrustworthy, right? We must be on the verge of apologies by all four men for allowing their veracity to be called into question because of their cozy relationship with the Obama White House... right?

If not, then why not? Where is the proper level of outrage?


Could it be?

Could it maybe be that these "news" agencies don't care if their news men are being co-opted by the White House because it's THIS White House? One run by a Democrat. And a White House run by The One, at that?

Well, I for one, am calling for ABC and CNN to fire Carville, Begala and Stephanopoulos as well as for everyone to stop considering Greenberg's work worthy of attention. Short of firing the three TV newsers, the networks should tell their employees to cease and desist with these secret planning sessions with the White House and issue apologies to the viewers for not informing them of this secret pipeline to power.

How can we believe that Carville, Begala and especially Stephanopoulos will be informing us of what is really going on since we are now aware that they have been daily joining a powerful member of the Democratic Party in ideological strategizing? How can we believe that we are getting anything other than the Party line directly from Barack Obama instead of unbiased news when these three men speak to us from our TVs?

Fire Carville, Begal and Stephanopoulos now. They have sold out to Obama and cannot be trusted to report the news to the viewing public.

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Modernizing the Mealer 3R economic Energy Plan...

 WE MUST GET THIS RIGHT THE FIRST TIME.. In the private sector! 


The economy has not disappeared due to one problem, but several problems. The main problem is also the solution with which we will revive the economy.

Everyone must agree that with the best mortgage, the safest mortgage and the best loan possible... Not a single man or woman anywhere can purchase on credit without a job. good paying jobs at Walmart or Home Depot selling Made in China junk or scrap lumber will secure a loan... especially with the lay-offs we see today and will see tomorrow.

USA jobs, mainly in the manufacturing sector is the solution and I have the means to get there.... I won't waste breathe or your time with too many details of this solution that MUST be instituted in the private sector now. There are so many "experts" out there who come up with bad ideas... I am not an 'economic expert' who has polished seats with his/her hind-end more than having done anything else.

This plan I worked out was done so as to offer a replacement the fuel taxes that Mealer American Motors Corporation automobiles would eventually do away with. *MealerAMC autos also act as home power sources...

The government (of any country) would lose hundreds of billions in fuel tax revenue and have no decent way to re-gain it. The 3R changes that!

If you can now grasp why I have put extensive researched into this plan, you can read on....If not.. Start over and read slowly.

All communities nationwide would gain immediate revenue from these training programs and local community colleges would benefit as well.

The Mealer (aka McCain) 3R Economic Energy Plan entails utilizing the millions of vacant buildings (like old Walmart and stores that were put out of business by Walmart) as hands on training in USA MFG. America has thousands of '3R teachers' looking for jobs and many of them from old union killed businesses that are now in China and Mexico. No matter what the trainees build... It can be re-sold as Made in USA quality products. Does anyone remember the days when most products in America had that stamp?

Huge tax write offs for building owners do differ payments or donate buildings or years of lease amounts, plus fair write offs for equipment that is purchased and deferred. (I have spoken with several USA tooling companies and they are thrilled to work this way!)

Paid 3R Schooling is a great moral booster and means even more American jobs.      Paid?     Sure..      The students are paid to learn as per federal and state higher education/school programs, PLUS they earn a percentage of the products that are sold. Once again, I checked... Even 'evil' Walmart will stock these goods... If some slave labor Red China Communist or a poor child in a sweatshop can build the Chinese junk we buy today... A skilled (and learning) adult American can do better.

Another huge revenue source is packaging these small private businesses as commodities (...checked... it's legal) and selling them to the thousands of  "Speculators".. You know, like the crude oil speculators who helped destroy the economy we are now being forced to save?  "Packaged an group commodities" makes these businesses much less likely to fail, and I am certain teams or memberships will be formed to help one another when certain manufacturing is slow in demand.

These small businesses need not compete with the Walmart made In China craze that really killed the economy. They need not manufacture billions of 'widgets'... only thousands. There is no monopoly in the deal, just a great job to be had. This of course, is after the trainees are out of the schooling stages and several of them past the advanced business law schooling  -'quick classes' (they can learn as they grow the companies)... These people with the proformas would find the huge new class of investors looking for huge profits, take their packaged team of loosely collected USA MFG companies as one LLC or Corporation and put a lot of people to work.

For every USA MFG position, a new economy around that person would be created in food services, clothing, etc... including housing and local government. THIS IS HUGE.

Go ahead, find the problems with this plan (typos excluded)... I know your concerns.

I already have the answers and they are well researched and legal answers.

There is no other way to save the economy.


 NOT A SINGLE VIABLE PLAN, except the 3R...

If you can find a better plan, I will buy it!

Just like Mealer Companies products and our non-fossil fuel, non-EV automobiles are the next phase for technical growth, this economy saving plan is IT for the future of America and the world economy.

No. Don't even suggest what you are thinking...Neither Mealer Companies, nor myself make a dime from instituting this plan and saving America... I refuse to.

 HOWEVER, I do plan to sell every American one of my cars and take us off the grid when possible...

 HOPEFULLY... See me on FoxNews soon!

 John Lewis Mealer

Mealer Companies


200 Economists Against Stimulus

While the media and the new administration would like to have us believe there is no dissagreement among economists that President Obama's massive stimulus plan is absolutely necessary, here are 200 leading economists, which include Nobel laureates and other very respectable scholars from across the country, who beg to differ.

The Cato Institute is running a full page ad in the Washington Post, New York Times and Roll Call this week with a letter showing that whoever says, "all economists agree on stimulus" is wrong.

The letter, which is signed by 200 economists, reads:


Notwithstanding reports that all economists are now Keynesians and that we all support a big increase in the burden of government, we the undersigned do not believe that more government spending is a way to improve economic performance.More government spending by Hoover and Roosevelt did not pull the United States economy out of the Great Depression in the 1930s.  More government spending did not solve Japan’s “lost decade” in the 1990s. As such, it is a triumph of hope over experience to believe that more government spending will help the U.S. today. To improve the economy, policymakers should focus on reforms that remove impediments to work, saving, investment and production. Lower tax rates and a reduction in the burden of government are the best ways of using fiscal policy to boost growth.


Full disclosure: Chris Moody is the Manager of New Media at the Cato Institute.



Biden Leaves The Senate With A WHOPPER On His Lips

The gregarious and gracious Jake Tapper of ABC posted an amusing story of the rambling and rather pointless farewell speech Thursday that Joe "the mouf" Biden left on the Senate floor (you make the joke here). Tapper headlined his piece "Biden Yields the Floor (Literally)." The "literally" was just Tapper's little jab because apparently Biden used the word nine times during his loquacious 5,659 word address to his Senate colleagues.

From Biden's speech, Tapper relates one of Joe's little ... shall we say, "stories"? I say "stories" as in those same sort of unbelievable tall tales that your favorite uncle would always blurt out at family gatherings. You know, like the one where that wacky uncle claimed he was there when Tojo surrendered in Japan, or he was they guy that first taught Michael Jackson how to moon-walk, or he was really the guy that invented the Internet? Yeah, that kind of crazy uncle.

ANYhoo (to steal a Tapperism), Joe gave us all the following "story" for posterity:

Biden claimed he'd walked up the steps (of the Senate) and went in the reception room. "There was no one there," he said. "And the glass doors, those French doors that lead in behind the chamber opened."

"I just walked in," Biden said. "Literally, I walked in. And I walked in down here, and I came through those doors. And I walked into the chamber, and the lights were still on. And I was awe-struck. Literally awe-struck. And what in God's name made me do it, but I walked up... and I sat in the presiding officer's chair. And I was mesmerized.

"And the next thing I know," he recalled, "I feel this hand on my shoulder." It was Capitol policeman who spun Biden around and asked, "'What are you doing?' And after a few moments, he realized I was just a dumb-struck kid and didn't arrest me or anything. ... That was my first time I walked on the Senate floor."

"It's literally a true story," the vice president-in-waiting assured the crowd.

Nine or 10 years later, Biden said that same Capitol Hill policeman asked Biden if he remembered him.

"Welcome to the floor legally," Biden recalled that cop telling him.

Number one, how would the young Biden not have noticed that a Capitol Policeman was entering that giant, empty chamber about to nab him as a trespasser? How can he expect us to believe that "the next thing" he knew was that he was being grabbed up by police?

But, an even harder thing to believe is that 10 years later the same policeman would have a), remembered him as a kid, b), realized he just became a Senator, c), would still have been working there, and d), have remembered the previous incident enough to give that cutsey "welcome legally" comment to a new Senator Biden. It is all just too absurd to believe. It seems more like a tall tale than a true one. Joe is that crazy uncle at the family gathering.

So, it is likely that Joe Biden leaves the Senate with one more whopper added to a long, 35 year history of them. Then again, with Joe's equally long history of plagiarism, maybe the story is true... but happened to someone else? Perhaps some Irish politician experienced it?

Of course, I am sure his Senate colleagues were happy to attend Joe's last harangue on the Senate floor. I can imagine that his colleagues were happy to see the last of him for his constant 5,000 word stem-winders. And, it doesn't seem likely that many of his Senate colleagues thought too much of the man in the first place since over the entirety his 35 or so years in that body they never looked to him to be a leader on much of anything. After all, aside from a few Senate committee chairmanships -- which his long tenure alone would seem to guarantee -- he was never asked to become the minority leader, majority leader, or asked to fill any of the other high positions in the Democratic Party or similarly powerful Senate roles. It appears that he was always just good ol' Joe. The funny guy that everyone liked but that everyone also thought of as mostly inconsequential.

And now, yaaa for us, he is a heartbeat away from being president of the United States.


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Obama Inaugural A CO2 Disaster About to Happen! Will Green Loving Media Report?

It ain't easy being green, and in the case of Barack Obama's inaugural, it seems like he's not even trying to green it up. According to the Institute for Liberty, the Obamathon in Washington will produce about 575 million pounds of CO2 emissions.

In a study titled Carbon Bigfoot, the IFL concludes that the CO2 glut will be substantial. From the global warming wrecking celebs flying all over the place in their many private jets, to the many hundreds if not thousands of vehicles that will be used to get people to and in the midst of the inaugural, the CO2 carnage is at the amazingly high level.

The IFL finds:

  • Celebrities, politicians, and bigwigs using 600 private jets will produce 25,320,000 POUNDS of CO2
  • Personal vehicles could account for 262,483,200 POUNDS of CO2
  • n the parade, horses alone will produce more than 400 POUNDS of CO2

The IFL also came up with a revealing illustration about what this all means.

It would take the average U.S. household 57,598 years to produce a carbon footprint equal to that of the new president’s housewarming party

Granted the IFL scoffs at the very notion of worrying, as greenwits do, that all this revenue generating travel and commerce is a bad thing.

But, it is interesting that the folks that claim to be the best, most mean and green, tree hugging, global warming priests around are going to be responsible for this conflagration of globalony destruction.

The Obamathon in Washington will be a global warming catastrophe... but here's guessing that no one will say a cross word in the Old Media!

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Left Doesn't Mind When Gov't Takes Over Art... When Dems Are In Charge

So, what sort of hue and cry do you think would have been raised if President Bush had proposed that he develop an "art czar" like Obama is proposing? Do you think that the left would have eagerly agreed with the idea that a President Bush should be in control of art in America -- at any level whatever?

No, high dudgeon would have been the likely outcome if Bush had proposed to invent the pseudo cabinet position of "art czar" answerable only to the executive branch. Once again Bush would have been excoriated by the left as stamping on people's Constitutional rights of free expression. They would have lost their tiny little minds over the fact that government with a Republican at its head would be controlling art in any way at all. They would have been outraged anew over the audacity of the Bushhitler and apoplectic over his various evils.

And, at some level they'd have been right.

Not that Bush is a freedom quashing Hitler wannabe, but that the federal government has no business whatever having anything at all to do with the art world. Not funding it, not directing it, not planning it, not even promoting it.

Yet, here is how Artnet News greets the announcement that the Obammessiah is considering inventing an "art czar" out of whole cloth:

The transition team of President-elect Barack Obama is keeping a firm hand on any appointment news, but the buzz in art-and-politics precincts has the new administration seriously considering the idea of an official White House Office of the Arts, overseeing all things having to do with the arts and arts education. The new arts czar wouldn’t be a cabinet-level position -- too complicated and too limiting, say insiders -- but rather a liaison with the president with real access to funds and power. Who might fill the post, which would be a CEO kind of job? One possible candidate could be Agnes Gund, former president of the Museum of Modern Art and founder of Studio in a School.

The idea of such a position has been floating around for some time. In its 2008 "10-Point Plan," for instance, the U.S. Conference of Mayors suggested the establishment of a cabinet level secretary of culture and tourism. And though the Obama campaign didn’t specifically mention such a post, it was the first to have an in-depth arts platform (developed in consultation with Americans for the Arts), which actively painted the candidates as "champions of arts and culture," urging the creation of an "artist corps" trained to work in low-income schools, among other projects. Stay tuned.

Stay tuned? Stay tuned is all they can say?

Where is the outrage that a president dares imagine that HE should be telling artists what to do with his little "art czar"? Where is the "artistic integrity" of these purported artists who so often wish to claim they are free of coercion or control by government and should remain so? Why is it that they don't seem to mind The One taking control of their world of art?

Ah, but that is just it, isn't it? These so-called artists really HAVE no principles. They love them some Obama and that is all they need to turn around and paradoxically cast their general disdain of government out the proverbial window. Of course, wait until the next Republican gets in office and see them suddenly remember that they want their freedom from oppressive government, eh?

But, for now, the silence from the "art" community is deafening.

And while we are at it, how about eliminating the unconstitutional funding that is PBS and the National Endowment for the Arts?

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Urge President-elect Obama to Make Pay Equity a Top Priority

  engr.dr.samuel.adeniyi ajanaku421 seward sq se dcdc, DC 20003-2000
  January 13, 2009
Barack ObamaPO Box 8102Chicago, IL 60680
Re: Make Pay Equity a Top Priority
Dear President-elect Obama:

I join with the American Association of University Women (AAUW) in congratulating you on becoming our next President, and I thank you for your leadership in the area of pay equity. I also urge you to exercise your considerable leadership and influence to ensure that the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act bills are among the first you sign into law after you assume the office. I ask you to urge the Senate to take up both bills together, in the next week.

Enacting both bills, in tandem, is critical to achieving pay equity for women: the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act rights the wrongs done by the Supreme Court, regaining ground we've lost and ensuring people who've been discriminated against can seek vindication. The Paycheck Fairness Act would create stronger incentives for employers to follow the law as well as strengthen penalties for violations, strengthen federal outreach, education and enforcement, and prohibit retaliation against workers who ask about employers' wage practices. Passing both of these important bills together is crucial. One bill fixes a past mistake, and the other helps ensure that such a mistake won't happen again.

As the 2007 AAUW report Behind the Pay Gap shows, women just one year out of college working full time earn only 80 percent of what their male counterparts earn, even when they work in the same field. With a record number of women in the workforce, wage discrimination hurts the majority of American families. As a vocal supporter of Lilly Ledbetter, the bill that bears her name, and the Paycheck Fairness Act, you could send a strong message by signing these bills into law as one of your first acts as our new President.

Women tend to be hurt first and worst during economic downturns. Especially in these tough times, equal pay for equal work is a necessary step towards achieving economic security for all Americans. Together, the bills can help create a climate where pay discrimination is not tolerated, and give your new administration the enforcement tools it needs to make real progress on pay equity.

Again, I urge you support both the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act to ensure the change hard working Americans need to receive equal pay. Thank you for your leadership on this issue. I look forward to your response.




AP: No Experience in new CIA Chief Somehow Shows Obama's 'Clean Break from Bush Administration'?

To paraphrase Forrest Gump, Inexperienced is as inexperienced does. At least that is what comes to my mind when hearing that Barack Obama has picked the inoffensive, completely inexperienced and unqualified Leon Panetta to be the new director of the CIA. Really. Leon Panetta? The onetime director of the Office of Management and Budget Panetta, that Leon Panetta? This old Clinton partisan has absolutely no experience whatsoever with intelligence gathering or the administration of the same. None. Zip. Nadda.

Now, if George W. Bush had picked such an inexperienced man for any government position much less one at cabinet level, the media would have crucified him -- in fact, it did if you recount the Harriet Meyers for SCOTUS debacle. So, in "Obama's intel picks short on direct experience" does the Associated Press scoff at the pick? Do they lambast Obama for picking such a completely unqualified man for CIA in a day when we are besieged on all sides by enemies from whom our ability to gather intelligence is a major weapon of protection? Do they decry this pick of a man with not even the tiniest amount of experience for one of the most delicate and important positions of the day?

Nope. In fact, the AP celebrates it as some sort of proof that Obama made this pick to show he is making a "clean break from Bush administration." A clean break? How is picking a man with no experience with the intelligence or law enforcement communities to be the new head of the CIA any kind of proof that Obama is breaking with Bush?

WASHINGTON – President-elect Barack Obama's decision to fill the nation's top intelligence jobs with two men short on direct experience in intelligence gathering surprised the spy community and signaled the Democrat's intention for a clean break from Bush administration policies.

If the AP means that by picking Panetta, Obama is breaking with Bush because Bush actually picked qualified candidates for that position, well, then they have a point. But that would hardly be something to celebrate would it? And obviously that is not the AP's take on this absurd appointment.

The AP goes on to cover for Obama's long avoidance of this most important pick, pretending it is good that The One waited so long to fill this position.

The Obama transition team's long delay in selecting CIA and national intelligence directors is a reflection of the complicated demands of the jobs and Obama's own policies and priorities.

More likely it’s proof that Obama hadn't a clue what to do and had been dithering over it because he was lost as to what to do.

Even more ridiculously, the AP somehow sees in its tea leaves that this is some "unequivocal message" that he will stand against "torture" and “rendition.”

Obama is sending an unequivocal message that controversial administration policies approving harsh interrogations, waterboarding and extraordinary renditions -- the secret transfer of prisoners to other governments with a history of torture -- and warrantless wiretapping are over, said several officials.

Really? Leon Panetta? Has Leon Panetta been a leading voice against torture and the rendition program (the very program that Clinton started in the 1990s)? If he has no one was ever aware of this brave Panetta stance!

And then the AP gets even more “stupid is as stupid does.” The very next paragraph is almost a contradiction to Panetta's choice.

The search for Obama's new CIA chief had been stalled since November, when John Brennan, Obama's transition intelligence adviser, abruptly withdrew his name from consideration. Brennan said his potential nomination had sparked outrage among civil rights and human rights groups, who argued that he had not been outspoken enough in his condemnation of President George W. Bush's policies.

So, the solution to Brennan not being "outspoken enough" against torture is to pick Panetta who has uttered barely a word about torture at all? What sense does that even make? Why isn't this lapse in Obama's logic a cause for the AP to throw a dig at the Obammessiah?

Then we find the AP casually mentioning that Obama did not consult with the incoming head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D, CA). The AP reports that the pick surprised her.

Again, if a Republican had made such a rookie move it would have raised the AP's eyebrows, but since The One made it the AP reports it as mere matter of fact.

So, what is going on with this ridiculous pick? How does Obama explain it?

A former senior CIA official who advises Obama defended the surprise choice of Panetta, who has no direct intelligence experience beyond a two-year stint in the mid-1960s as a U.S. Army lieutenant. The official said Panetta had been a consumer of CIA intelligence when he was at the White House. He said he was selected for his administrative, management and political skills which will allow him both to control and advocate for the agency.

Because Panetta once read a CIA report, he is now fully qualified to lead the CIA? That sounds like the same sort of logic... or lack thereof... that Obama used to say he himself had foreign policy experience because he once lived in Indonesia as a child!

I've not in my life seen so many backflips to avoid even the appearance of criticism in anything that isn't mere advertising copy. This is a most ridiculous AP effort, to be sure. It is so absurd, in fact, that one is suspicious that Obama wrote it for them and the AP just slapped its imprimatur upon it and then threw it up on the Internet unaltered!

One last point can be made to reveal the media's hypocrisy here. Remember the universal mantra chanted by the media about Gov. Sarah Palin? The media decried her supposed lack of experience to take on the role of vice president. But now, all of a sudden, experience doesn't matter in the case of Panetta? Is the role of vp so much more important than that of CIA chief, especially in this day and age?

Yet, now no experience at all in the most delicate and important position for our times is a virtue. It's simply unbelievable. This is sycophancy of the sickofanciest kind.

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