This Week in Conservative Media: Afghanistan and Health Care 'In Big Trouble'

The question of Afghanistan and what to do with it is looming large this week in the conservative blogosphere. Early yesterday, Hot Air blogger Ed Morrissey called out New York Sen. Chuck Schumer for endorsing an "unusual strategy in Afghanistan—the very 'air raiding villages and bombing civilians' that Barack Obama derided as a candidate." Morrissey, also known as "Captain Ed" to his readers, says Democrats have argued since 2006 to shift the focus away from Iraq and toward Afghanistan. "Now that they’re on the hook for making those decisions, suddenly 'air raiding villages and bombing civilians'— exactly what Schumer offers as an alternative—looks attractive."

Many have weighed in, but a political cartoon posted on Red State does a decent job of illustrating the conservative mood the past few days on Obama’s handling of Afghanistan. (Newt Gingrich gets his official RINO —Republican in Name Only—creds in another GOP cartoon for his endorsement of pro-choice New York congressional candidate Dede Scozzafava.)

Michelle Malkin is keeping her focus on health care (or "Obamacare"), but is letting others do the talking. She leads with what she calls columnist Doug Powers's "closer look at Harry Reid’s state opt-out sop," in which he argues, "I haven’t seen this section of the bill, but one thing is certain: It will be easier to get Michael Moore through the eye of a needle than for states to opt out of Obamacare." No matter what, Malkin says "Harrycare" is in big trouble with word out of a Lieberman-supported filibuster.

Elsewhere at Red State, Erick Erickson writes an open letter: "Dear Left Wing Bloggers: Thank you for challenging Joe Lieberman and helping him be bold enough to shaft you."

Whoever wins the next 24-hour cycle of the blog wars, there is quite a bit of titillation over at Hot Air about how Fox News's ratings have shot up 10 percent (and "14 percent in the coveted 25 to 54 demographic") since the White House and the network have been warring over what constitutes real journalism. If it bleeds, it leads. Even if we're only talking about paper cuts.