Archive for January 2010
His Oneness met with the House GOP members on Friday and it was quite interesting. I give full props to the President for showing up, though I’m sure he thought it would be a slam-dunk stage for him. He did avoid most of the vacuous phrasing he commonly uses, and at least sounded serious about the deficit and health-care reform, even though I discerned no diminution of his innate arrogance, nor much decrease in his professorial lecturing. And I nearly fell out of my chair laughing when he claimed not be an ideologue. Philip Klein takes a less charitable view.
The big winner was the GOP, which hardly looked like the single-minded obstructionists His Oneness continuously portrays them as. He was forced to admit that the GOP does have some solutions on offer, which might come back to haunt him. The members were civil, but they gave as good as they got, and my sense was that His Oneness didn’t like it.
I especially liked the exchange with Rep. Paul Ryan, who is one of the sharpest knives in the drawer, and an administration critic I’m sure Obama regards as too damned effective.
Do I think His Oneness will stop saying if anybody has any ideas, send them to me? No, because he has already switched to “better ideas”, so he can continue to have it all ways. Nor do I think any reporters other than Jake Tapper, Major Garrett, or Les Kinsolving will have the balls to ask at a presser why his meetings with the Democratic House members aren’t televised.
The 1 hour 26 minutes is well worth your time. Send it to your liberal relatives to annoy them by Obama showing up, and terrify them that Obama might actually be trying to distance himself from Congressional Democrats!
For those of you who didn’t believe Nancy Pelosi on Thursday when she said there would be a health care reform bill, this should help change your mind. As Hugh Hewitt points out in the linked piece, the recent Supreme Court ruling means that corporations can spend money on issue ads. If companies are smart, they’ll jump into the fray and decrease their lobbyists’ fees.
This is about power and control, not health care, so it makes sense that Democrats would literally do anything to achieve their goal. And His Oneness will happily sign a bill which meets NONE of the requirements he laid out.
If you’re impressed by Obama’s plans for spending freeze, take a look at this chart from Veronique de Rugy and you won’t be any longer. In her written explanation, she memorably says “…this budget freeze is akin to skipping dessert after binging at an all-you-can-eat buffet, and still hoping to lose weight.”
Edward Lazear calls the changes ” optical rather than substantive” here and Michael Graham points out that spending rose 22% in 2009, hardly indicative of fiscal restraint, and with worse to come according to CBO. Rep. Paul Ryan weighs in on our president’s failure to understand economics, which would tend to produce a permanent disconnect between budget rhetoric and reality.
BrietbartTV helpfully informs us that His Oneness referred to himself 132 times in the speech, which I believe is a new record.
I thought the first part of the speech was very defensive, and that as a whole, it didn’t really make much sense. I wasn’t bent out of shape by his throwing a dart at the Supreme Court, but he lied about what the court did — it’s STILL illegal for foreigners, individuals or corporations, to contribute to election campaigns.
People who thought he’d pull a Clinton and at least appear to move to the center were sorely disappointed. He is still hawking his liberal health-care reform and other wares, and I read his tone as “how many times do I have to repeat this for you stupid oafs?” If anything, he doubled down on his radical bets, thus proving to me he doesn’t get it. As Rich Lowry put it, His Oneness thinks we the people don’t get it.
I also noticed that Our Lady of Perpetual Dissatisfaction seemed even angrier than usual, while His Oneness seemed in general annoyed with us all. And he is still blaming Bush and Republicans for everything.
National security was an afterthought stuck amidst all the other things he was promising. All SotU speeches are rather boring laundry lists, but this was one of the worst I’ve suffered through. It was petulant and petty, scolding and hectoring, yet peculiarly unfocused. If I wanted to listen to another arrogant, snarky, condescending male, I could go back to college. It was another campaign speech, but less rhetorically sound than most he has given.
I’ve long maintained that extreme Islam has a dire tendency to produce warped personalities. Miranda Devine has an excellent piece on the connection between sexual frustrations and jihad as expressedby Abdulmutallab, the Christmas bomber. I have never found it surprising that attempting to live a 7th Century life in the 21st Century is a recipe for disaster.
The incomparable Iowahawk has a screamingly funny send-up of the Coakley/Brown race in Massachusetts.