Archive for July 2009
No, it’s not about Congress. This is the most original excuse EVER for wrecking your car!
Iain Murray reports at The Corner that public fury over Waxman-Markey is having an effect. Good for you! Now keep the pressure up, and apply it on the health reform bill as well. A small, well-informed and mad-as-hell group can have a huge effect on politics.
I haven’t been able to find out how much the Obama administration spent redesigning the White House web site. Considering they want over $18 million of your tax dollars to redo the practically new recovery.gov site, I’m sure it wasn’t cheap.
But the revamp doesn’t seem to be working by any measurement. In February, whitehouse.gov was almost the 500th most popular Web site in the world. It’s now 3,732. Traffic to the site has fallen 51.6% in the last three months.
The latest Gallup rolling three-day average polls may explain why.
It would seem that people have begun to realize the change Obama brings wasn’t what they’d hoped for.
Sen. Claire McCaskill’s aides held a townhall meeting that turned into a tea party. UPDATE: here’s a military veteran asking the senator for an apology for having ignored the Constitution and having the crowd stand up and roar. He knows far more about that document than most of the duly elected fools on the Hill and the entire Obama administration.
The Tea Party group that went to McCaskill’s St. Louis office had a male staffer give them the finger, the door was locked, the blinds closed, and staffers called the cops claiming there was a mob beating on the doors, according to a reporter appearing last night on Greta Van Susteren’s “On the Record.” What the little cowards didn’t know was that the group had several videographers taping the entire event, thereby proving the staffers were lying.
I’ll update when I find some better videos, but suffice it to say that Congress critters can expect a lot more of this during the August recess, especially when the actual critter is present.
I was gobsmacked to hear White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs on FOX News Sunday saying that Obama had been prepped on the Prof. Gates kerfluffle. He considered beforehand that he might be asked about it, and yet this master orator could come up with nothing better than “the Cambridge police acted stupidly”?
And now he has spent days trying to walk the cat back into the carrier, using every rhetorical trick in the book to try to convince the public he didn’t really say what he said, and that he didn’t really mean what we thought he meant.
Gibbs even used the same “calibrating” phraseology that Obama did. When Brett Baier (substituting for Chris Wallace) asked about Biden and Obama changing what the stimulus was supposed to do and on what timetable, Gibbs repeated the same lies his two bosses have been using regularly. Unsurprisingly, Gibbs spouted the mantra on health reform is that “progress” is being made and that it will cut costs and provide better care and help small businesses — none of which it will do. And Gibbs obediently presents the alternative as “doing nothing.”
The thing which really caught my eye was that Gibbs and Obama have the same “tell” which indicates they’re being considerably less than truthful — repeated “uh”s. If you watch video from last Wednesday’s presser, Obama went wild with the pause word. My conclusion is that he lies just as much as Bill Clinton did, but is aware he’s lying, while Clinton usually managed to convince himself he wasn’t.
Speaking of health care, keep the pressure up on your Congress critters. I called Speaker Pelosi’s office today to remind her she is Speaker of the House of Reps, not of the Democratic Caucus, and the answerer practically hung up on me, o I’d say things are tense on the Hill. I also called some of the Blue Dogs’ offices, and while they were more polite, they also sounded rather stressed out, so whatever you’re doing, continue!
Watch Harry Alford, CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce take a 2 x 4 to the Senator from la-la land. No, it’s not hypocritical if you understand the purpose of the group, but even if it were, who could resist taking pleasure from anyone landing richly deserved blows on one of the smugest people in Congress?