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November 8, 2014, 6:24 PM EST

In the wake of Tuesday's epic landslide for Republicans in the midterms, the New York Times ran a brief story titled "Rising Stars in the Republican Party." Accompanying the story were six photos of victorious Republicans, starting with Joni Ernst, whose victory in Iowa wrested control of the Senate control to the GOP.

"But now that the last ballots (well, most of them, anyway) have been counted, here is a look at some of the Republicans' rising stars of the 114th Congress -- and the people who, along the way, surprised us, entertained us and, in some cases, made us squeal," wrote Times' reporters Ashley Parker and Jonathan Weisman.

November 6, 2014, 11:41 AM EST

Liberals are still coming to grips with the epic shellacking suffered by Democrats across the nation in this year's midterm elections.It wasn't a surprise in the least to Rush Limbaugh, the self-proclaimed "Doctor of Democracy" who saw it coming last winter.

November 5, 2014, 12:10 PM EST

After Ronald Reagan's seismic victory over Jimmy Carter in 1980, jubilant conservatives declared that the New Deal was finally done, five decades after its architect, uber-Dem Franklin Roosevelt, was elected to the first of four terms. After his solid victories in 2008 and 2012, Barack Obama was hailed by liberals as the irresistible force behind an emerging, permanent Democratic majority. Turns out those predictions were a tad premature, to the point that even Huffington Post political analyst -- on MSNBC, no less -- announced last night that "the Obama era is over."

October 30, 2014, 12:53 PM EDT

In yet another sign that liberals view next Tuesday's midterms with fully warranted fear and loathing, Rachel Maddow gamely tried last night to depict GOP Senate candidate Joni Ernst as only a few bullets short of official status as a heavily-armed and barricaded survivalist.

Since few people beyond the low-rated, leftist fever swamp that is MSNBC's core audience are likely to have heard Maddow's harangue, its impact on the Senate race in Iowa can safely be described as negligible.

October 29, 2014, 4:39 PM EDT

Has a person who did something undeniably brave and dangerous in an effort to save the lives of others earned the right to henceforth act like a crackpot? Watching the bizarre saga of nurse Kaci Hickox, I have my doubts.

Hickox, you've surely heard by now, is the Doctors Without Borders nurse placed in mandatory quarantine in New Jersey after spending a month in West Africa treating victims of the Ebola outbreak. She tested negative in a preliminary test for the disease but a forehead scan showed a temperature of 101, which Hickox attributed to her anger over her confinement. Other readings found her temperature to be normal.

October 27, 2014, 9:28 PM EDT

Repeated viewings of "The Rachel Maddow Show" provide little in the way of satisfaction for the sane among us, except when she is at her most righteously indignant at the stupidity of lesser mortals, which is to say, nearly all of humanity.

On her MSNBC show Friday, Maddow could barely contain her unbridled contempt for GOP congressman Darrell Issa over his remarks about Ebola.

October 26, 2014, 7:54 PM EDT

Perhaps you've seen the Facebook post making the rounds -- "Are you safer now from Ebola and beheading than you were six years ago?"

ISIS aside, though suffice it to say this threat isn't ending anytime soon, a big part of the reason that Ebola has made the transatlantic leap from Africa is because of the unwillingness of a president whose ancestors hail from the continent to impose a flight ban on air passengers from nations stricken with the deadly disease.

October 24, 2014, 8:22 PM EDT

Hard to believe Rachel Maddow would let this pass had it been the Wall Street Journal or Washington Times instead.

Responding to news of the death of former Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee, Maddow recounted Bradlee's three-decade long tenure at the Post, the sole daily newspaper in his career. The paper's masthead on Tuesday still included Bradlee's name, Maddow pointed out, with the masthead being shown.

October 23, 2014, 8:19 PM EDT

How about that, maybe those wild-eyed assertions that Barack Obama isn't who he claims to be aren't far off the mark after all. Once liberals hear his latest remarks on voter ID laws, they just might conclude that Obama is a Manchurian candidate -- for conservatives.

The president was a guest on Al Sharpton's radio show Tuesday -- yes, "the Rev" has a radio program but hardly anyone listens because it's even more dreary and predictable than the awful dreck he serves up on MSNBC.

October 22, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT

The news of Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee's passing was only hours old and the revisionism was already under way.

Appearing on last night's Rachel Maddow show on MSNBC to share his memories of Bradlee was Post columnist Eugene Robinson, who was hired at the paper by Bradlee and had known him more than 30 years.

October 20, 2014, 2:49 PM EDT

Mark Levin does not suffer liberal foolishness gladly, as his radio listeners are keenly aware, and whether said fools are employed at Fox News Channel is irrelevant to him.

Levin, well-deserving and most recent recipient of the Media Research Center's annual William F. Buckley Jr. Award for Media Excellence, went after Fox's Sheppard Smith for complaining about "hysterical" voices in media warning of the threat from Ebola, with Smith specifically citing talk radio in his complaint.

October 17, 2014, 8:52 PM EDT

How refreshing to hear something resembling candor in the Obama administration's public pronouncements on the threat from Ebola.

Problem is, the implications of what is being said with this newfound candor are ominous to say the least, a flabbergasted Rush Limbaugh outlined for his radio listeners yesterday.

October 16, 2014, 7:25 PM EDT

Cable giants Bill O'Reilly and Jon Stewart enjoy squaring off against each other, as they occasionally do when one is a guest on the other's show, and it often makes for great TV.

Last night's slugfest was no disappointment as O'Reilly appeared on "The Daily Show" for the ostensible purpose of discussing his new book, "Killing Patton." Stewart quickly dispatched with that and steered toward a single topic -- white privilege. The conversation soon turned into a heated confrontation.

October 15, 2014, 3:25 PM EDT

Aww, isn't it sad when liberals turn on one another -- unless, of course, you're watching from the sidelines as a conservative, in which case, break out the popcorn!

The easily irritated Ed Schultz tore into foremost left-wing court jester Jon Stewart after Stewart committed the unpardonable offense, and only three short weeks before the midterms, of pointing out Democrats' blatant hypocrisy on big money in politics.

October 12, 2014, 4:03 PM EDT

The ominously growing Ebola outbreak has taken a turn for the Orwellian.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a ubiquitous media presence of late, made the talk show rounds again this morning to ease public anxiety about the possibility of the outbreak getting worse.

October 11, 2014, 8:37 PM EDT

New York magazine reported this week that NBC was willing to move heaven, earth and heaven yet again if necessary to corral Comedy Central's Jon Stewart to moderate "Meet the Press." Anyone who heard Rush Limbaugh's epic evisceration in response is likely to see Stewart and NBC in a dimmer light.

Limbaugh could see this coming months ago, telling his listeners in May that "comedians are now the 21st century journalists for the far left."

 

 

 

October 9, 2014, 6:03 PM EDT

ISIS ... in America? ... that's just crazy talk! At least if claimed by a Republican in Congress and heard at MSNBC, while a House Democrat making a comparably ominous warning is ignored at the same network.

It was all Rachel Maddow could do last night to contain her mirth at the apparently preposterous possibility that suspected ISIS terrorists have been caught at the US-Mexican border, as claimed by Congressman Duncan Hunter, Republican of California.

October 8, 2014, 8:49 PM EDT

Heard the latest outrageous remark by Rush Limbaugh? No?! That's OK, neither has anyone else.

Liberal radio host Alan Colmes has become the latest in a long line of left wingers to vilify Limbaugh by claiming he said something that only they somehow managed to hear.

October 8, 2014, 2:49 PM EDT

Back in July when thousands of illegal aliens were flooding the US-Mexican border and conservatives were understandably concerned about the threat to public health from a porous border, MSNBC's Steve Kornacki compared this to hysteria in California in the late 19th century over Chinese immigrants.

As an example of the alleged current hysteria over illegals from Latin America, Kornacki, guest hosting for Rachel Maddow, showed a clip of NBC reporter Luke Russert engaging in a would-be ambush interview with GOP House member Phil Gingrey.

October 6, 2014, 4:40 PM EDT

ABC News reporter Pierre Thomas unveiled a detailed investigative report on school shootings during yesterday's "This Week" program that surprisingly did not feature what such reports invariably include -- a plea for more restrictions on gun ownership.

While this one dispatch might well be an outlier, it did come as a welcome relief from one of the most predictable patterns in news.