Morning Examiner: WaPo’s war on civility

Politics,Beltway Confidential,Conn Carroll

When Sen. Dick Lugar, R-Ind., lost his primary election, The Washington Post editorial board whined about the “confrontational, partisan attitude” of his opponent. If The Post is really concerned about the growing confrontational partisanship in Washington, then they need to look in the mirror. It is their own long established blatant partisanship that has been poisoning the well in DC for years.

Today’s 5,000-word front page story detailing an alleged 50-year old bullying incident committed by Mitt Romney when he was in high school is just the latest in a long line of blatant water-carrying for Democrats by The Post. How many stories/editorials did The Post run on Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell’s college thesis? Ultimately, Virginia voters saw through The Post’s partisan priorities and elected McDonnell in a landslide.

But while The Post’s journalistic choices do not always move voters at the ballot box, it does affect their choices. It puts all Republicans on notice that papers like The Post will devote whatever resources are necessary to highlight every bad rumor from their personal lives. Why was the Republican presidential field so weak this year? Because candidates like Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels refused to expose their families to the casual indifference The Post displays as it destroys lives in pursuit of its goal of electing Democrats.

And it is not just the politicians and their families that get hurt. There is always collateral damage when decades-old personal stories are reported. Just ask the family of the alleged bullying victim who told ABC News: “The portrayal of John is factually incorrect and we are aggrieved that he would be used to further a political agenda.”

The Washington Post is a corporation. As all people do, they have a First Amendment right to spend their money as they see fit. We just ask that they don’t whine when conservatives choose to do the same.

Campaign 2012
Obama: President Obama moved quickly to capitalize on his new found support of gay marriage. Within hours of his announcement his campaign released a video attacking Romney on the issue, and last night he touted his new position at a $40,000-a-table Hollywood fundraiser that drew in $15 million for his reelection.

Romney: Romney says he does not remember the incident described by The Post, but he did apologize for all the “stupid things” he did in high school.

Wisconsin: The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has posted a video of Republican Gov. Scott Walker telling a supporter that he would introduce a bill to roll back collective bargaining for public employees to “divide and conquer” organized labor, and turn Wisconsin into a right-to-work state.

Around the Bigs
The Wall Street Journal, J.P. Morgan’s $2 Billion Blunder: J.P. Morgan has lost $2 billion on an investment strategy predicated on continued economic recovery. They are expected to lose another billion if the Obama economy continues to stagnate.

The Los Angeles Times, U.S. pressures legislators on bullet train funds: The Obama administration threatened California on Thursday with rescinding $3.3 billion in federal grants to start construction of a bullet train if the Legislature does not act by June to appropriate the state’s share of funding.

The Hill, House votes to replace Pentagon cuts mandated by debt deal: The House voted Thursday to override steep cuts to the Pentagon’s budget mandated by last summer’s debt deal and replace them with spending reductions to food stamps and other mandatory social programs.

The Washington Post, Spain’s lingering bank crisis weighs on economic recovery: Spain, the euro zone’s fourth-largest economy, is suffering from the growing burden of bad real estate, development and mortgage loans. Up to $100 billion may be needed to bail them out.

Righty Playbook
AEI’s James Pethokoukis notes that the new jobless claims report is more evidence that under Obama we have become a stagnation nation

The Weekly Standard‘s Daniel Halper notes that man in Obama auto bailout seems to have been gainfully employed since 2006.

A The Corner, Maggie Gallagher wonders if Fox News has evolved on gay marriage too.

Lefty Playbook
Talking Points Memo‘s Josh Marshall argues that Obama’s marriage move will shore up critical elite media support.

ThinkProgress posts video of Ellen DeGeneres giving Obama a standing ovation for endorsing gay marriage.

The New Republic‘s Ed Kilgore argues that any conservative attempt to campaign on gay marriage will backfire.

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