Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Something other than conventional wisdom.

I sez, "The trouble for D.C. democrats isn't an apathetic base, but the opposite."

If the base were apathetic it wouldn't care that Guantanamo is still open for business.

If the base were apathetic it wouldn't care that president Obama didn't deliver a single-payer health-care system.

If the base were apathetic it wouldn't care that conservative economic policies failed America, but democrats ceded the moment to fill the vacuum.

If the base were apathetic it wouldn't care that D.A.D.T. was not repealed.

If D.C. democrats are hunting for an enthusiasm gap, they should look between campaign pledges and legislative action. That is the same place, coincidentally, where they can locate a solution to their dilemma.

From "Yes we can" to "they won't even worse"?

The election strategy concocted by D.C. Democrats for the upcoming mid-term election can be summarized as follows:

"You could do even worse than vote for us"

Does that sound like a winning strategy?

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Colbert in Congress

Stephen Colbert goes to Congress in character:

Thursday, September 23, 2010


Jon Stewart is on the mark in this clip, which covers a "town hall" meeting recently attended by president Obama:

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Mind the enthusiasm gap

I always enjoy when someone takes the time to simplify tortured logic and feed it to me straight. For instance, while lunching with the upper-crusts of Connecticut, president Obama bashed his base. Some idiotic D.C.-thinkers tried to justify the pool-pissing moment, but David Sirota describes it like so:

"The president has decided to not even acknowledge the legitimacy of Democratic voters' expectations - many of which he himself asked us embrace in his "real change"-themed campaign for the presidency. That's right, just as White House press secretary Robert Gibbs attacked the "Professional Left" a few weeks ago, the president has decided to make fun of Democratic voters who dare expect him to fight for the policies he promised. "

Here is a link to the whole article.

Happy Dam a Rahm

If democrats lose as projected in November, will president Obama continue to praise those responsible and continue to cast aspersions at the left?

Friday, September 10, 2010

Bad economic news

Whenever I hear the word economist used in the same sentence as Chicago I shudder involuntarily. Chicago economists, in my view, are responsible for shuddering Main Street and turning Wall Street into a casino backed with public money. I am not a fan of president Obama's latest pick to chair his Council of Economic Advisors, Austan Goolsbee.

Isn't it interesting that Mr. Goolsbee is described as a "Centrist Economist" in the story above?

Have you ever heard of a "Centrist Mathemetician", "Centrist Surgeon", or "Centrist Rocket Scientist"?

This political appointment signifies that president Obama continues to place his faith in those most responsible for creating the crisis. That is very bad news since spin doesn't pay the bills.

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Not flaming crosses?

The Dove World Outreach Center, a Baptist church, plans to burn copies of the Koran on the anniversary of 9/11.

Religious people seem to enjoy prancing around the frontiers of hatred. Perhaps for an encore they can drop their trousers and moon Mecca?

Hypocrisy alert

Where were all the deficit hawks when Bush was in office?

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Dog days

It is a difficult thing to watch the Obama administration in action these days. So many people thought they were electing the next Jack Kennedy and wound up electing a president without a strong sense of purpose, without the ability to control the narrative, and without the necessary toughness to make his words real for the middle-class.

Even as it becomes crystal clear that voters are going to punish this administration for doing too little, president Obama is out there promoting tax cuts for corporations (see here).

Many on the left cling to fantasies that president Obama is being misled by his handlers, but I believe it is they who were misled. The president's actions consistently convey that he believes in the right of corporations to rule, and will only make token gestures on behalf of the middle class.

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"Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge"

Charles Darwin