Bin Laden death reax: The shameless and stupid

posted at 6:15 pm on May 2, 2011 by Karl

Last night’s announcement that the US had killed Osama bin Laden was a night for all Americans to feel some measure of victory — or joy that justice had been done, or relief, or closure, or sober reflection on the past near-decade of war, or some complex combination of those feelings.

But for some Americans, the news was a signal to lapse into simple partisan hackery. Don’t get me wrong. Bin Laden’s death will have some partisan political impact, and it is the job of some to discuss it. And the 24/7 news cycle churns ever faster in the age of social media. Obviously, people are going to start raising the topic today. Yet there remains something disturbing about the mentality that leaps immediately to partisan politics upon hearing war news.

Michelle Malkin notes a couple of examples of this mentality. The crass college kids chanting “Yes, we can!” and “Four more years!” outside the White House might almost be excused their immaturity from relative youth, but DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz — who overtly demanded credit for Pres. Obama — and Rep. Gary Ackerman — who twice commented that this is the “mission accomplished” moment Pres. Bush “fantasized” about –really ought to be old enough to know better.

The childish “mission accomplished” jab was by no means limited to Ackerman. ThinkProgress, run and funded by the top echelons of the Democratic Party, was tweeting it during or just after Pres. Obama’s announcement. Prominent lefty blogger Atrios beat them to it. For TNR’s self-confessed Bush-hater Jonathan Chait, it was downright personal: “May 1: Hitler dead, OBL dead, Jonathan Chait born. Bush tried to ruin my b-day w/Mission Accomplished photo-op, but failed.” Chait makes the subtext of the “mission accomplished” jabs explicit, reminding us how many on the left were angry over the idea of “mission accomplished” in 2003 and how happy they were to oversimplify Pres. Bush’s speech that day (which spoke of the “difficult work” left to do in pacifying parts of Iraq, hunting down Saddam’s regime, and transitioning to a democracy) to inflict political damage on the war effort during the insurgency in Iraq. That’s why the immediate reaction of FireDogLake’s Marcy Wheeler was: “In 2006, when they got Zarqawi, I had to remind the nutters on the plane celebrating that OBL was the guy we were REALLY after.” Her co-blogger, David Dayen, reached further back for his dig: “Was GHW Bush sitting with a member of the bin Laden family this time too?”

Although I already mentioned ThinkProgress (and alluded to the Center for American Progress that runs it), one of its star bloggers, Matt Yglesias, deserves special mention for at least blatantly announcing that he was engaging in “some political point scoring.” It deserves that mention in part because Yglesias has previously entertained the idea that John Ashcroft was a bigger threat than bin Laden and even yesterday suggested that bin Laden was not a big deal in his “serious” take on the news, except as a pretext for pulling out of Afghanistan. It’s also worth noting that at least a couple of the commenters to his point-scoring post were seemingly uncomfortable with how narrow and cheap Yglesias was. One can imagine that the reaction of the typical swing voter to the atttitude of people like Yglesias, Markos Moulitsas and Michael Moore is even worse. The left is lucky that independents likely won’t see this infantile behavior directly.

These leftosphere reactions are ultimately as stupid as they are shameless. For example, Bill Sher (of HuffPo and OurFuture) can snark: “Middle East democracy and Al Qaeda: two things President Obama took more seriously than President Bush,” which will come as news to the Iranians and Egyptians. Grist magazine’s David Roberts gloated: “We booted the cowboy and elected a black, liberal urbanite, and he’s the one who tracked down the bad guy. It’s just too, too delicious.” How does that look in light of the news that the intelligence ultimately leading to bin Laden’s death came from the harsh interrogation of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Abu Faraj al-Libi? Indeed, what does it do for any progressive’s credibility to be cheering a unilateral, targeted assassination? Do they think that in Pakistan and other countries, Pres. Obama isn’t looking a lot like Sheriff Bart? The lefties highlighting the fact that Obama said during the 2008 campaign he would conduct such an operation — and criticizing Sens. Hillary Clinton and John McCain for disagreeing — are now siding with people like Andrew McCarthy, which is fine by me, but the blatant hackery involved should be embarrassing to the left.

Scraping the bottom of the barrel of stupid, however, is Peter Daou (Internet guru to the Kerry and Hillary Clinton campaigns) and Dave Weigel (fmr. JournoLister and current Slate blogger). Daou’s instant reaction: “That giant sucking sound? The air coming out of the entire GOP field tonight.” Weigel asked, “So, uh, who wants to run against this guy?”, suggesting the job would be left to Buddy Roemer. Nate Silver may have joined in the instant political pile-on, but was at least smart enough to notice that winning the first part of the Gulf War didn’t propel Pres. George H.W. Bush to reelection in 1992. That election turned instead on the economy and the deficit… which sounds awfully similar to today.

Of course, not everyone on the left was this crass. The Nation’s Ari Melber tweeted this morning: “Political experts are analyzing Obama’s “Osama Bounce” – proof that being a politico can warp your brain & your heart.” Moreover, I am sure that examples of kneejerk shamelessness can be found on the right. However, MoJo’s David Corn went looking for them and turned up a handful of blog commenters and a milblogger I never heard of — which may be why Corn stooped to lumping them in with angry jihadis. Corn apparently found no pundit as prominent as people like Chait, Kos, Moore, Yglesias, Sher, Roberts, Daou or Weigel — something for which the right can be proud.


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I hope we can decorate those seals and their leaders. They are the true heroes not our attention grabbing President.

I want to see them get their day in the limelight. And take it away from that scenestealing camera hog.

William Amos on May 2, 2011 at 6:18 PM

I can hardly wait for the new Code Pink bumper stickers…

I (heart) waterboarding!!

right2bright on May 2, 2011 at 6:19 PM

Good work, sir. Wading through the swamp to bring us things that should be exposed. You have to have a hardy constitution for this work.

ToddW on May 2, 2011 at 6:19 PM

great post karl

The left is lucky that independents likely won’t see this infantile behavior directly.

thank the lsm for that…

but the blatant hackery involved should be embarrassing to the left.

but alas it won’t…they have no shame

cmsinaz on May 2, 2011 at 6:21 PM

I read that the GITC (Grand Islamic Tribute Ceremony) the military conducted for Osama lasted … … get this … … 50 minutes. That’s longer than the raid lasted. I wonder if they passed out Sacred Ceremonial Holy Qur’ans to the sailors or did the officers get them all? Oh wait, that would be an insult to Islam if unclean infidel hands touched the sacred text so they would never have done that.I am beginning to think that Osama won after all. I bet he is laughing his ass off from hell.

HalJordan on May 2, 2011 at 6:22 PM

Hate libs.

blatantblue on May 2, 2011 at 6:22 PM

narrow and cheap

Yep.

So the left supports waterboarding now? And Secret Prisons? And Gitmo?

GarandFan on May 2, 2011 at 6:22 PM

Yeah the libs have been particularly awful over this. Yes Obama is definitely going to gain some points on this, but nothing lasts forever,especially with an economy like this. I’m just going to avoid the news for a couple of days till this blows over.

sandee on May 2, 2011 at 6:23 PM

So, instead of ‘dead cat bounce’ it would be ‘dead terrorist bounce’.

Okay, OBL is dead. Mission accomplished. Let’s pull out of Afghanistan NOW and stop all funding to Pakistan. Isn’t that what you liberals have been screaming about for years?

Timothy S. Carlson on May 2, 2011 at 6:23 PM

Scraping the bottom of the barrel of stupid, however, is Peter Daou (Internet guru to the Kerry and Hillary Clinton campaigns) and Dave Weigel (fmr. JournoLister and current Slate blogger).

Ed Morrissey defends Dave Weigel alot. I hope that will not happen from here on out.

portlandon on May 2, 2011 at 6:23 PM

The shameless, the stupid….

…..and the weird.

Hours before President Obama’s announcement that Osama Bin Laden had been killed, Dwayne Johnson tweeted, “Just got word that will shock the world — Land of the free … home of the brave DAMN PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN!. Post announcement, he followed that up with “..couldn’t have asked for a better birthday present..”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/02/the-rock-osama-bin-laden-death_n_856381.html

idesign on May 2, 2011 at 6:24 PM

Just save this thread in a nice, easy to recall spot so it can be recalled about a year from now when the lefties going out of their heads wondering why the war on terror is still being fought.

BKeyser on May 2, 2011 at 6:25 PM

Also, Hitler actually killed himself on April 30th.

Good Solid B-Plus on May 2, 2011 at 6:25 PM

So the left supports waterboarding now? And Secret Prisons? And Gitmo?

GarandFan on May 2, 2011 at 6:22 PM

Targeted assassinations based on intelligence collected using rendition and torture are perfectly acceptable when a Democrat is in office and illegal war crimes when a Republican is on office. (/s)

DKCZ on May 2, 2011 at 6:26 PM

If Bush had killed Bin Laden, retrieved his body, and given him a Burial at sea within 24 hours, and refuses to release photographic proof of his death,…..

The media would be screaming bloody Murder. They would accuse Bush of conspiracy.

The double standard is unbelievable.

portlandon on May 2, 2011 at 6:26 PM

idesign on May 2, 2011 at 6:24 PM

So, the Rock is a part of the inner circle? (raises eyebrow)

kingsjester on May 2, 2011 at 6:26 PM

Light up them liberals Karl. These points are worth highlighting:

1. How does that look in light of the news that the intelligence ultimately leading to bin Laden’s death came from the harsh interrogation of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Abu Faraj al-Libi?

2) Indeed, what does it do for any progressive’s credibility to be cheering a unilateral, targeted assassination?

3) The lefties highlighting the fact that Obama said during the 2008 campaign he would conduct such an operation — and criticizing Sens. Hillary Clinton and John McCain for disagreeing — are now siding with people like Andrew McCarthy, which is fine by me, but the blatant hackery involved should be embarrassing to the left.

The left is hilarious.

CWforFreedom on May 2, 2011 at 6:27 PM

And yet…and yet….conservatives all over are bending over backwards to praise Obama, saying how this is apolotical and we should just be happy OBL is dead.

I swear some people on the right are just stuupid when it comes to playing politics. You don’t ever praise your opponent. The left never does. They stay on message, they attack 24/7. And it’s how they win.

angryed on May 2, 2011 at 6:27 PM

Liberals celebrating capital punishment without a trial. Heh.

CWforFreedom on May 2, 2011 at 6:28 PM

Also, Hitler actually killed himself on April 30th.

Good Solid B-Plus on May 2, 2011 at 6:25 PM

is it too late for him to demand a burial at sea with a 50 minute sacred ceremony and some passages read from Mein Kamph?

HalJordan on May 2, 2011 at 6:28 PM

is it too late for him to demand a burial at sea with a 50 minute sacred ceremony and some passages read from Mein Kamph?

HalJordan on May 2, 2011 at 6:28 PM

Desecrating Hitler’s body was against Nazi Law! We’re only going to make more people hate us on the world stage!

(Yes, I know the Soviets got to Hitler first.)

Good Solid B-Plus on May 2, 2011 at 6:29 PM

Waiting for sesquipedalian to post something ‘thoughtful’ on this thread…

ricer1 on May 2, 2011 at 6:30 PM

Seen the DEVGROUP boys in action.

They won’t look for…nor do they want any limelight. Unlike their CinC, they aren’t in their line of work to make a lot of money and/or to leave a “legacy”

SwabJockey on May 2, 2011 at 6:30 PM

The left is hilarious.

CWforFreedom on May 2, 2011 at 6:27 PM

Unilateral, targeted assassinations are allowed under special circumstances:

Circumstance A: A Democrat is the President.

Circumstance B: See Circumstance A.

Good Solid B-Plus on May 2, 2011 at 6:31 PM

The problem with the leftist obamabots is that they fail to realize that it was not their presentdunce that orchestrated this. This was a long time in the making and American troops, after 10 dreary years in the field of battle located this barbarian and asked for permission to eliminate.

All the presentdunce did was text back “OK” likely from his blackberry while on the 16th hole, drinking a beer and salivating over the upcoming gala dinner. Presentduncetwat.

I salute our Military; those who have fought so hard. They deserve the credit. Not the presentdunce.

Key West Reader on May 2, 2011 at 6:31 PM

Weigel asked, “So, uh, who wants to run against this guy?”, suggesting the job would be left to Buddy Roemer.

$4+/gallon gas, 9%+ unemployment, $14+ trillion debt, $1.5 trillion deficit; the Osama bounce will last until we have to fill our gas tanks again.

rbj on May 2, 2011 at 6:31 PM

Tweet this:

$6 gas will wash the memory of OBL away by 11/12.

profitsbeard on May 2, 2011 at 6:31 PM

Corn apparently found no pundit as prominent as people like Chait, Kos, Moore, Yglesias, Sher, Roberts, Daou or Weigel — something for which the right can be proud.

It’s hard to wear that pride sometimes as the snark from the left moves elections.

If Bush had killed Bin Laden, retrieved his body, and given him a Burial at sea within 24 hours, and refuses to release photographic proof of his death,…..

The media would be screaming bloody Murder. They would accuse Bush of conspiracy.

The double standard is unbelievable.

portlandon on May 2, 2011 at 6:26 PM

True. And “Senator” Obama would be leading the inquisition.

Rational Thought on May 2, 2011 at 6:32 PM

via Powerline( via Althouse poster )

Nancy Pelosi, press conference, September 7, 2006:

[E]ven if [Osama bin Laden] is caught tomorrow, it is five years too late. He has done more damage the longer he has been out there. But, in fact, the damage that he has done … is done. And even to capture him now I don’t think makes us any safer.

Nancy Pelosi, earlier today:

The death of Osama bin Laden marks the most significant development in our fight against al-Qaida. … I salute President Obama, his national security team, Director Panetta, our men and women in the intelligence community and military, and other nations who supported this effort for their leadership in achieving this major accomplishment. … [T]he death of Osama bin Laden is historic….

the_nile on May 2, 2011 at 6:32 PM

Ed Morrissey defends Dave Weigel alot. I hope that will not happen from here on out.

portlandon on May 2, 2011 at 6:23 PM

Agreed. Dave Weigel is one of the most pathetic leftist hacks in existance.

Why anyone, much less HotAir, would give this “Journolist” moron the light of day is beyond me.

Norwegian on May 2, 2011 at 6:33 PM

William Amos on May 2, 2011 at 6:18 PM

I’m with you, there.
Unfortunately, O will make a farse of a ceremony, just before the election.
Count it.

pambi on May 2, 2011 at 6:33 PM

Thanks Karl. Awesome thread.

OmahaConservative on May 2, 2011 at 6:34 PM

Hmmm.. Why wasn’t Kid Rock tweeted?

Racist.

Key West Reader on May 2, 2011 at 6:35 PM

“So, uh, who wants to run against this guy?”

I admit, Obama’s in candy land now. He’s got his birth certificate to brag about and now this!
But, like, what’s Obama going to do the next year and a half? Start every press conference, answer every question and begin every new proposal with “I produced my birth certificate now and I got Bin laden.”
“Yes, gas prices are high. But Americans need to realize I produced my birth certificate now and I got Bin laden.”
“I reject the GOP budget cuts because I produced my birth certificate now and I got Bin Laden!”
“Inflation? Unemployment? Spiraling debt? Are you kidding me? I produced my birth certificate now and I got Bin Laden!”

JellyToast on May 2, 2011 at 6:38 PM

Corn is one of the eunuch-like leftie whiners, like E.J. Dionne, for ex.

Schadenfreude on May 2, 2011 at 6:40 PM

$6 gas will wash the memory of OBL away by 11/12.

profitsbeard on May 2, 2011 at 6:31 PM

Nothing will erase the memory of Osama bin Laden’s evil deeds or the righteous justice of his death at the hands of the US military, but Obama’s shameless attempts to take credit for Osama’s death won’t fool many into overlooking that his administration has been an economic disaster.

DKCZ on May 2, 2011 at 6:40 PM

I hope we can decorate those seals and their leaders. They are the true heroes not our attention grabbing President.

I want to see them get their day in the limelight. And take it away from that scenestealing camera hog.

These ceremonies are never in the limelight. I’m just grateful there will not be a new “silent star” in the BOH at Langley on this one, if you know what I mean. That makes this moment all the sweeter.

ace tomato on May 2, 2011 at 6:40 PM

the_nile on May 2, 2011 at 6:32 PM

+1

nice catch you found

cmsinaz on May 2, 2011 at 6:41 PM

Does anyone know if any of McCain’s Libyan rebel heroes got to kiss Osama goodbye before they buried him at sea?

HalJordan on May 2, 2011 at 6:41 PM

Allahpundit you have worked your butt off…where can I send you chocolate strawberries, with a case of beer?

ProudPalinFan on May 2, 2011 at 6:42 PM

Weigel asked, “So, uh, who wants to run against this guy?”, suggesting the job would be left to Buddy Roemer.

$4+/gallon gas, 9%+ unemployment, $14+ trillion debt, $1.5 trillion deficit; the Osama bounce will last until we have to fill our gas tanks again.

rbj on May 2, 2011 at 6:31 PM

What does Obama have to crow about Besides the Military getting osama?

Chip on May 2, 2011 at 6:42 PM

I read Corn’s article…this doesn’t seem to add up to a big long lasting bump to me.

I mean there seems to be much less celebrating than I see on CNN.

I feel like more people are feeling mixed up about this, like I am.

Obama did good. But it was a small moment in the midst of a tangled and negative record.

So this seems like the broken clock thing. Obama happened upon the right solution.

petunia on May 2, 2011 at 6:44 PM

Whooops wrong guy! Ok for the HA team/feel sick today

ProudPalinFan on May 2, 2011 at 6:46 PM

Another thing. Obama ordered the execution of those Somali Pirates as well. He seems very comfortable ordering executions.

I think he has held power long enough. Let’s get him out before we become his targets.

petunia on May 2, 2011 at 6:46 PM

I got mixed up feelings b/c Mr. PPF and I were confused about the celebration like December 31st. That was this morning. Beck’s show was mostly funny with the cookies, confetti and the band…

ProudPalinFan on May 2, 2011 at 6:48 PM

The double standard is unbelievable.

portlandon on May 2, 2011 at 6:26 PM

It’s also unbelievable they don’t see that.
It’s also unbelievable that the media doesn’t call them on it.
It’s also unbelievable that the American electorate has been suckered by this time & again.

Badger40 on May 2, 2011 at 6:50 PM

I hope we can decorate those seals and their leaders. They are the true heroes not our attention grabbing President.

I want to see them get their day in the limelight. And take it away from that scene stealing camera hog.

One of the most impressive things about these folks is that they do what they do in anonymity.

After all, they technically don’t “exist.”

But, I am sure they are hearing the thanks sent their way nonetheless.

IndieDogg on May 2, 2011 at 6:52 PM

OUR MILITARY IS A W E S O M E!!!!!!

Fund them MORE !!!!!

CWforFreedom on May 2, 2011 at 6:52 PM

***

What does Obama have to crow about Besides the Military getting osama?

Chip on May 2, 2011 at 6:42 PM

It’s heartening to see that Obama finally earned a day’s pay for only the second or third day of his administration. But the more I think about, what was his risk, given the extent of the intelligence developed by other Americans and the planning and training undertaken by other Americans?

My guess is that if the mission blew up in his face, only the left would have screamed bloody murder. Conservatives would have mourned the fallen (while the left would have seen them as unwitting pawns) and firmly supported the effort as a calculated risk that had to be taken (while the left would have crucified Obama for “caving” into conservatives, Tea Pariers, and any other non-liberals who are blood-thirsty interventionists).

Nice call for Obama. But that’s what he gets paid to do. The left acts as if this was a military version of Doug Flutie’s Hail Mary Pass. As I see it, this was a carefully planned and executed mission by Americans who are clearly up to the task. I say leadership credit goes pretty much equal between the Bush and Obama administrations. But the far more important planning and execution credit goes to the intelligence and military communities–they did an unbelievable job.

BuckeyeSam on May 2, 2011 at 6:56 PM

The US Navy- Silent Service.

Thank you for a job well done!

I’ll reserve my “thank yous” for those not out there bragging about how it was “their discretion” that allowed this old piece of festering puss to get whacked.

NTWR on May 2, 2011 at 6:57 PM

If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets and President Musharraf won’t act, we will.

As I noted on the other post, Obama didn’t just say he would hunt down Osama, he said he would give the PK leader the first crack at apprehending/killing OBL.

Another Obama lie.

mockmook on May 2, 2011 at 6:58 PM

Then Bambi can also take credit for letting the dirty bomb come across the southern border with Hammas agents. Brace for it, or something like it.. It’s coming!

faol on May 2, 2011 at 6:58 PM

I wonder if Obama would have also given Hitler a respectful, religious funeral. To afford any amount of respect or consideration to this rancid pile of goat dung is at best disgusting.

rplat on May 2, 2011 at 6:58 PM

If Obama politicizes this, then he is an absolute shame

Never forget. The US Military carried out the orders of President George W. Bush.

Key West Reader on May 2, 2011 at 6:59 PM

If Bush had done this, the press would have been all over him with complaints.
.
How come you killed him and didn’t attempt a capture?
.
How come no trial? Is this justice?
.
Civilians were killed. How could you allow this?
.
Although I think Bush was much too weak in his response to the Islamists and did not do the job, only Obama could get away with this as a clean victory.
.
The press only goes along with Leftists.

FactsofLife on May 2, 2011 at 6:59 PM

Anyone who thinks bagging OBL 18 months before the election will swing even ONE voter is a complete idiot. Yeah, if the election were held tomorrow, its a big deal.

But it won’t be held tomorrow. Its more likely Al-Queda will retaliate between now and then than it is that getting OBL is going to give Obama any bump in November 2012.

deadrody on May 2, 2011 at 7:00 PM

The Dems that have whined the most about divisiveness are the first people to try and make this American victory all about Obama.

Thanks for the laughs, you hacks.

Moesart on May 2, 2011 at 7:03 PM

Quite alright for them to rant the ridiculous for another week or so but most of them won’t ever let it go.

How absolutely stupid Chris Matthews, Wasserman-Shultz et al. will look 16 months from now when real life settles back in with another year of dreadful unemployment, shocking gas and food prices, and a sluggish economy and all they want to talk about is Bin Laden’s death.

Sometimes the left not being able to let anything go might be a good thing in the end.

sherry on May 2, 2011 at 7:05 PM

Obama milking it. Big speech at WTC on Thurs. Life sucks.

andy85719 on May 2, 2011 at 7:07 PM

I swear some people on the right are just stuupid when it comes to playing politics. You don’t ever praise your opponent. The left never does. They stay on message, they attack 24/7. And it’s how they win.

angryed on May 2, 2011 at 6:27 PM

This.

In my 35 odd years of being “politically aware”, I have seen innumerable instances of conservatives giving the left the “benefit of the doubt”, “giving credit where credit is due”, etc.

Never has the left ever reciprocated. They are always on the attack, they are always looking for victories great or infinitesimally small, they are always looking for ways to spin to their advantage.

They. Never. Give. An. Inch.

It’s well past time for the right to put on the big boy pants, and fight as hard, as dirty, as them.

Rebar on May 2, 2011 at 7:08 PM

Oh Karl, you know you can’t embarrass the Left: They have no shame. They propose they are the adults in the room when the entire lot of them behave like screeching infants and support policies that threaten to infantilize the rest of us whether we want it or not.

The left has never had a standard for itself. The media has always protected their baby carriages and strollers.

BKennedy on May 2, 2011 at 7:08 PM

Of course we have crass lefties playing political games. Should we expect anything else?

I wish that I could expect better from our side and I seem to recall a time when I could. Unfortunately, while most of our leadership does still retain a modicum of decorum one need only read a single day’s of posts at H/A to see how many on the right have chosen to emulate the left.

So, ODS replaces BDS and on and on it goes.

MJBrutus on May 2, 2011 at 7:09 PM

Rosie O’Donnell woke up this morning and said “on second thought, maybe fire can melt steel”.

If this had happened on Bush’s watch, the percentage of Liberal Truthers would have increased significantly. But because it happened on Obama’s watch, and has the potential of helping him get re-elected, you’ll be seeing a lot of these Truthers saying “we finally got the bastard who was responsible for 9/11, and it took a Democrat to do it”.

So within the span of less than a week, the Birther and Truther movements were both dealt a serious blow.

ardenenoch on May 2, 2011 at 7:12 PM

I admit that all day I have been strolling along with a grin on my face and a spring in my step. But on occasion I am brought to Earth with a sobering thought….I have yet to see this administration do anything without an ulterior motive. While the world is transfixed watching the right hand of the administration I can’t help but wonder “what is the other hand up to?”.

Sorry folks, but I don’t trust Obama….this goes counter to everything he believes in.

Renee on May 2, 2011 at 7:13 PM

Obama milking it. Big speech at WTC on Thurs. Life sucks.

andy85719 on May 2, 2011 at 7:07 PM

Probably the first of many. The public will move on but Obama will be beating this dead horse until the night before the election. Let him. He’ll look more out of touch then ever.

sherry on May 2, 2011 at 7:15 PM

So, the Rock is a part of the inner circle? (raises eyebrow)

kingsjester on May 2, 2011 at 6:26 PM

Now that’s funny.

On a more serious note, there were a few of our own Happy Hot Air Heads who were a little bit off the rail on last night’s monster thread (3067 to date) who were more than happy to embrace any wisp of a thread of a conspiracy.

Given the sheer volume, not a bad outcome; however, we need to remain the sane alternative to the say anything for expediency’s sake party.

Credit where credit’s due, then back to the grindstone.

hillbillyjim on May 2, 2011 at 7:16 PM

According to the Left:

1. Waterboarding is torture

AND

2. Torture doesn’t work.

Because they can’t square that circle in light of these circumstances, I am looking forward to their admission that waterboarding isn’t torture.

DrMagnolias on May 2, 2011 at 7:16 PM

petunia on May 2, 2011 at 6:44 PM

I talked to quite a few folks today. They expressed excitement that Osama was killed, anger that we gave him an Islamic burial, and then began talking about gas prices.

txhsmom on May 2, 2011 at 7:16 PM

Good read at Redstate

Osama Bin Laden’s Death: Proving Liberals Really Don’t Mean Their Rhetoric Posted by Melissa Clouthier Monday, May 2nd at 4:04PM EDT

Osama Bin Laden died and no liberals cried…for him. If they cried, it was tears of joy. Just like the rest of America.

When the rubber meets the road, liberals aren’t crying that:

Intelligence gathered, probably via “enhanced interrogation” in a secret prison (or if you’re a liberal, torture), lead to Osama’s death.

Justice meant a targeted assassination aka capital punishment

A country’s boundaries were violated to achieve justice (how can we violate a sovereign nation?!!)

Bullets were used

Base impulses like “vengeance” were indulged

Diplomacy didn’t achieve what 40 Navy Seals achieved.

http://www.redstate.com/melissaclouthier/2011/05/02/osama-bin-ladens-death-proving-liberals-really-dont-mean-their-rhetoric/

CWforFreedom on May 2, 2011 at 7:20 PM

Obama milking it. Big speech at WTC on Thurs. Life sucks.

andy85719 on May 2, 2011 at 7:07 PM

By the 4th of July–heck, maybe even Memorial Day–this is all forgotten. Summer’s coming. People want to travel and eat good food. The economy’s pricing both beyond the reach of many, many Americans.

Grace_is_sufficient on May 2, 2011 at 7:20 PM

txhsmom on May 2, 2011 at 7:16 PM

It wasn’t really an Islamic burial. It was more like the way many of us give a goldfish its “burial at sea.” Krauthammer had some heartening comments in that regard tonight. I also saw some sites voicing complaints about it, so that’s a good sign :-)

MJBrutus on May 2, 2011 at 7:21 PM

yeah… everyone can just chill out. We still have a long way to go before the election.

I am willing to let liberals gloat for a week. I expected as much. People will forget as they always do.

johnnyboy on May 2, 2011 at 7:23 PM

The public will move on but Obama will be beating this dead horse until the night before the election. Let him. He’ll look more out of touch then ever.

sherry on May 2, 2011 at 7:15 PM

I said the same thing to my husband this morning. I think it might drive his numbers down even further, esp. if he refuses to give our troops proper credit.

Grace_is_sufficient on May 2, 2011 at 7:23 PM

Nice call for Obama. But that’s what he gets paid to do. The left acts as if this was a military version of Doug Flutie’s Hail Mary Pass. As I see it, this was a carefully planned and executed mission by Americans who are clearly up to the task. I say leadership credit goes pretty much equal between the Bush and Obama administrations. But the far more important planning and execution credit goes to the intelligence and military communities–they did an unbelievable job.

BuckeyeSam on May 2, 2011 at 6:56 PM

Yes agreed, it was win-win for him.

Besides, this is probably the first time he’s made the right choice in a while, if not in his entire administration.

Even a broken clock….

Chip on May 2, 2011 at 7:25 PM

Obama milking it. Big speech at WTC on Thurs. Life sucks.

andy85719 on May 2, 2011 at 7:07 PM

Obama using the military as he always does–as a prop for his glorification.

What were people thinking when they voted for this POS?

BuckeyeSam on May 2, 2011 at 7:27 PM

On 9/11 the left reacted with cheap political shots at George W. Bush. Today the left again reacts with cheap political shots. Raise your hands all of you who are surprised by this.

JammieWearingFool on May 2, 2011 at 7:28 PM

The US Navy- Silent Service.

Thank you for a job well done!

I’ll reserve my “thank yous” for those not out there bragging about how it was “their discretion” that allowed this old piece of festering puss to get whacked.

NTWR on May 2, 2011 at 6:57 PM

Actually, the Navy’s “silent service” are the submariners. But your point is well taken nonetheless.

Big John on May 2, 2011 at 7:33 PM

Waiting for sesquipedalian to post something ‘thoughtful’ on this thread…

ricer1 on May 2, 2011 at 6:30 PM

Sesquipedouchebag?

Lanceman on May 2, 2011 at 7:36 PM

First the Birth cert and now this issue out of the way, the press won’t have anything to talk about except the Dear Reader’s experience and record of accomplishment…..

….. maybe the NSM can sell more infomercial time to fill in the dead air.

Chip on May 2, 2011 at 7:37 PM

Obama milking it. Big speech at WTC on Thurs. Life sucks.

andy85719 on May 2, 2011 at 7:07 PM
Probably the first of many. The public will move on but Obama will be beating this dead horse until the night before the election. Let him. He’ll look more out of touch then ever.

sherry on May 2, 2011 at 7:15 PM

If he attempts to milk this thing for his own political benefit he will absolutely tank in the polls.

The kid needs to grow up; he’s not the beginning and he won’t be the end. He needs to give credit to Hillary Clinton who, in a defacto manner is navigating our Military’s affairs; likely due to loyalty to our Country. I am not a fan of Mrs. Clinton but I know that while they are Statists at heart they do love our Country.

I think the O-Min needs to be warned. If you even attempt to make this American Military victory your own for political gain, you will, in fact, without a doubt fail. And you will fail miserably.

Americans are not stupid. I guess Bill Ayers and Karl Marx forgot to teach you that lesson.

Key West Reader on May 2, 2011 at 7:38 PM

Well if Bush’s actions created many many terrorists what will this action do?

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CWforFreedom on May 2, 2011 at 7:40 PM

These people are such hypocrites, they really are. Can you imagine the reaction of lefty Truthers if Bush had sent in a kill team to take out Osama and then had dumped his body in the ocean? The conspiracy theories write themselves.

Terrye on May 2, 2011 at 7:42 PM

I hope we can decorate those seals and their leaders. They are the true heroes not our attention grabbing President.

I want to see them get their day in the limelight. And take it away from that scenestealing camera hog.

William Amos on May 2, 2011 at 6:18 PM

Decorate yes, limelight no. There’s no way the military should make these heros public for a long time. Their families would become instant targets. We will find a way to honor them.

Rovin on May 2, 2011 at 7:44 PM

Nice call for Obama. But that’s what he gets paid to do. The left acts as if this was a military version of Doug Flutie’s Hail Mary Pass. As I see it, this was a carefully planned and executed mission by Americans who are clearly up to the task. I say leadership credit goes pretty much equal between the Bush and Obama administrations. But the far more important planning and execution credit goes to the intelligence and military communities–they did an unbelievable job.

BuckeyeSam on May 2, 2011 at 6:56 PM

Absolutely.

Terrye on May 2, 2011 at 7:44 PM

It’s also worth noting that at least a couple of the commenters to his point-scoring post were seemingly uncomfortable with how narrow and cheap Yglesias was.

I’m so sorry I followed that link.

disa on May 2, 2011 at 7:44 PM

Well if Bush’s actions created many many terrorists what will this action do?

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CWforFreedom on May 2, 2011 at 7:40 PM

Well CW? This will be the MSDNC and Debbie Bad Perm Schultz’s message for the next 18 months:

Bush did it wrong. Obama did it right.

Key West Reader on May 2, 2011 at 7:45 PM

Wow. An entire post dedicated to explaining that leftists act like leftists? We know, we know!!! :-)

joejm65 on May 2, 2011 at 7:48 PM

So within the span of less than a week, the Birther and Truther movements were both dealt a serious blow.

ardenenoch on May 2, 2011 at 7:12 PM

Yes, but now it is time for the Deather movement! Just wait, people will say he did not die, or he died years ago…no body, no mission accomplished. People can not help themselves.

Terrye on May 2, 2011 at 7:49 PM

..while I want to savor your fine post and the resultant comments, Karl, my initial “headline reaction” would be that — given Obama’s immense ego — this might turn out to be a Paul Wellstone Memorial moment for him if he plays this one note to long and too hard.

The War Planner on May 2, 2011 at 7:49 PM

Michelle Malkin notes a couple of examples of this mentality. The crass college kids chanting “Yes, we can!” and “Four more years!” outside the White House might almost be excused their immaturity from relative youth

Before any real announcement was made, reports of kids outside the WH were going. So how did they rally that up so quickly? Move on got a heads up before the American public as a whole?

capejasmine on May 2, 2011 at 7:50 PM

If Obama is reelected, it won’t because Seal Team 6 killed Bin Laden. Obama wasn’t elected because of what he did or did not do.

He was elected because of his mystique, his aura, his symbolism. He was an unaccomplished first term senator, who had been an unaccomplished community organizer.

He is now an unaccomplished president, except for letting the military do what the military does. Barack Obama is Barry Soetoro. He is “Hope” and “Change.” He is smoke and mirrors.

A lot of people will vote for that. I hope most do not.

Star20 on May 2, 2011 at 7:50 PM

Obama milking it. Big speech at WTC on Thurs. Life sucks.

andy85719 on May 2, 2011 at 7:07 PM

Just watch your grocery and gasoline bills.

Schadenfreude on May 2, 2011 at 7:51 PM

Here’s a great reaction. I lost a friend in Iraq in 2006- first Navy Seal to die. We went to this pub afterwards and sent him off right:

Navy SEALs — The Beer Guzzlin’ Celebration
5/2/2011 3:12 PM PDT by TMZ Staff

A bunch of Navy SEALs based in San Diego celebrated their faces off last night … toasting the UNBELIEVABLE raid carried out by their fellow SEAL brothers at a S.D. bar … which happens to be owned by a retired SEAL.

TMZ spoke with American bad ass Greg McPartlin — owner of McP’s pub — who told us when the news broke, SEALs from the nearby Naval Base Coronado quickly packed the house … many carrying American flags.

We’re told the soldiers went through 8 kegs, 15 cases of beer and TONS of cocktails in just four hours … while leading the bar in several “USA!” chants.

McPartlin tells us, “It’s great — Osama was expecting his 72 virgins, instead he got 24 Virginians!” (The Navy SEAL team that executed the mission is based in Virginia.)

FYI — the Naval Base Coronado is the home of the USS Carl Vinson … the ship from which Osama’s body was dumped into the North Arabian Sea.

A media relations spokeswoman at the base tells TMZ there are currently no celebrations taking place at N.B.C., in part because, “Our boys had a lot of fun over at the Irish pub last night!”

Link

Chuck Schick on May 2, 2011 at 7:52 PM

Oh, let the lefties have their week of silliness. Either the nonsense dies down, or else the lefties double down in the weeks to come and insist on trying to portray President Peacock as George S. Patton.

In a way, it’s been bizarre fun watching the lefties suddenly embrace the War on Terror just because a victory came when THEIR guy was in the Oval Office.

Aitch748 on May 2, 2011 at 7:59 PM

$6 gas will wash the memory of OBL away by 11/12.

profitsbeard on May 2, 2011 at 6:31 PM

Nothing will erase the memory of Osama bin Laden’s evil deeds or the righteous justice of his death at the hands of the US military, but Obama’s shameless attempts to take credit for Osama’s death won’t fool many into overlooking that his administration has been an economic disaster.

DKCZ on May 2, 2011 at 6:40 PM

Which is just what I meant. The exploited “memory”.

Obama opposed GITMO.

GITMO is where the strike intel came from.

No GITMO, no Osama kill.

Obama is a slippery contortionist whose advisers got him to make the right call on this one thing.

But his effect on the economy and nation’s future is far more damaging than OBL’s could ever be.

profitsbeard on May 2, 2011 at 8:01 PM

I have great respect for SEALS. Operated with them a couple times, in Nam. I knew a guy in my industry a few years ago who always bragged he was a former SEAL, even carried some kind of “I.D.” card. I thougth he was a phony and mentioned him to a website that went after fake SEALS. I haven’t seen the guy since.

Star20 on May 2, 2011 at 8:02 PM

MoJo’s David Corn went looking for them and turned up a handful of blog commenters and a milblogger I never heard of

You’ve never heard of Blackfive?

disa on May 2, 2011 at 8:10 PM

The Moderate and Right respond to the Left, and respond with fearful defensiveness.

The Left ALWAYS goes to political-campaign speech with EVERY issue and EVERY movement by or from the Right, it’s what Leftwingers do. They infiltrate, they pose, they lie…it’s what the Left DOES.

So I get irritated with some on the Right who respond to this with surprise, as if the Left’s never behaved like that before or no one has noticed what they’re doing before.

The Right has to stop “reacting” to the Left as the Right is doing, has done, because then the Right starts attacking it’s own and — presto — the Left ‘wins’.

I’m not saying that discussing the Left’s icky behaviors is wrong (as here, this post by AP)…not at all…I’m just saying that REACTING to the Left’s ickiness is wrong because the Right then starts attacking it’s own in some vain attempt to “stop the Left” from doing “it” (and it’ll never stop them from doing whatever, they are generally just cads and will likely always be so).

Lourdes on May 2, 2011 at 8:14 PM

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