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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Uh Oh

The first rule of Washington politics: Set up an organization that responds to constituent concerns.

Or ...
Democratic activist iffy on Perriello
Danville Register & Bee

To the editor:

As a Farmville businessman and community activist, I am called on by citizens to assist them with issues with Social Security and the Veterans Administration for more than 30 years. Not that I agree with their philosophies, but I have had a good working relationship with Dan Daniel, L.F. Payne and Virgil Goode when they served in Congress.

I have been a lifelong Democrat and I am the former Fifth District Democratic Chairman, but I have maintained a good working relationship with Republicans on issues that impact the public at large.

In fact, with L. F. Payne and Virgil Goode — when I called them about an issue, I received a call back the same day willing to discuss the issues that was given to me by citizens.

This is not the case with Tom Perriello. I served on his so-called transition committee, and hosted a get-out-to vote rally for him and Barack Obama in Farmville just days before the November election.

I’ve called on several occasions and e-mailed with no response from him or his aides. I attended a town hall meeting last fall, at this meeting I told him about my concerns. I have stated for the record that I am not supporting anyone I cannot communicate with. I and the people I represent will not be taken for granted.

Maybe this November, my friends and I might do something I have never done before — go fishing. [link]
In fairness to Mr. Perriello, the last time I emailed my congressman, Rick Boucher, with a question, I never got a response from him or his crew either.  But then I never worked to get him elected either.  To say the least.

Rookie mistake, Tom.  Shape up.  Or be shipped out.

Come Dream With Me

Ah, the world of make-believe.

From a letter to the editor of the Roanoke Times:
I urge President Obama to take his actions further and ban offshore drilling in new areas such as the East Coast. Furthermore, the president should lead the charge for a clean energy economy and insist that Congress pass legislation to reduce America's unsustainable dependence on oil.
In response, King Mongkut decreed, "So shall it be written.  So shall it be done."

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I think a resourceful commenter is right.  I was right insofar as the quote, "So shall it be written, so shall it be done" was uttered by a Yul Brynner character. But, as it turns out, not by the one I thought it was.  It wasn't King Mongkut in "The King and I."  It was Ramses in "The Ten Commandments."  And, if this account is accurate (and IMDB is generally accurate), the quote went: "So let it be written, so let it be done."

My thanks for the catch.

WaPo, Obama's House Organ

Can you ever imagine the Washington Post putting bullshit like this on its front page if the central figure in the story was ... say ... George Allen?

I wonder if the White House pays for this sort of advertisement?

When All Else Fails ...

Obama And U.N. Pass More Iran Sanctions

Iranians laugh ...

... and keep on enriching uranium.

Suppose our fearless leader is going to come up with a Plan B before Iran wipes Israel off the face of the Earth?

I Have a Different Take

Karl Rove thinks Obama is resembling our doofusest president ever more and more as time goes by:
Obama and the Trouble With Voting 'Present'
Weak and radical, the president looks more like Jimmy Carter all the time.
By Karl Rove, Writing in the Wall Street Journal

When Barack Obama announced he was running for president in February 2007, Nathan Gonzales of the Rothenberg Political Report wrote "Obama's history of voting 'present'" in Springfield, Ill.—even on some of the most controversial and politically explosive issues . . . raises questions . . . Voting 'present' is one of the three options in the Illinois Legislature (along with 'yes' and 'no') but it's almost never an option for the occupant of the Oval Office."

Mr. Gonzales's words were prescient. Barack Obama may now be president, but at times he appears to be merely present. That has been the case with his response to the environmental catastrophe unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico. The president was late recognizing the disaster's magnitude, late in visiting the region, late in approving requests by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, and late in feigning outrage. He has never offered an independent plan to stop the leak.

Mr. Obama also seems disinterested in hearing from experts about the spill. The White House's "Deep Water Horizon Response Timeline" doesn't list a single meeting between Mr. Obama and industry experts, though he did send Energy Secretary Steven Chu and others to Houston May 12 to meet with BP and others.

Yet while the president says his Noble Prize-winning energy secretary has been "examining every contingency," Mr. Chu was clueless about BP's plans to install a cap over the well to funnel oil to a vessel on the surface. As the New York Times reported last Saturday, "After the cap was successfully placed, Mr. Chu wondered aloud why oil was still spewing." BP engineers had to explain that oil was still coming from vents that "would be closed very slowly to ensure that mounting pressure would not force the cap off."

Even now, Mr. Obama looks like a spectator, albeit an angry one, barking at White House aides to "plug the damn hole" (now that's a good idea no one has thought of) and telling NBC's Matt Lauer he's in search of an "ass to kick."

This is causing the public to revisit concerns it's had about Mr. Obama since he clinched the Democratic nomination in March 2008. Then the ABC/Washington Post Poll reported that 46% of Americans found him too "inexperienced" to be an effective president, the highest number ever for a major party presidential nominee. In October, just before the election, ABC/Washington Post asked the question again: 44% called Mr. Obama too inexperienced. On issue after issue, Mr. Obama is providing plenty of evidence to validate those concerns.

Americans might hope the president's diffidence when it comes to the hard work of government might mitigate his more extreme liberal tendencies. No such luck. Mr. Obama is an odd mixture of passivity and radicalism. He's happy to be a cheerleader for policies (like nationalizing health care) that many Americans find dangerously liberal.

The country has had another president both weak and radical at the same time: Jimmy Carter. [link]
I can see the comparison drawn between Obama and Carter.  In many ways, it's a valid one.

But I think the better comparison is between Obama and the regional manager at Dunder Mifflin, Michael Scott, on the mockumentary "The Office," a man who is completely inept, lacks any kind of management skills, and who makes up for his shortfalls by pretending to be a hard-driving boss who takes no prisoners - and who occasionally has to resort to "kicking ass."  Though he never seems to actually do it.  One who is looked upon by those around him as being a complete nonentity. And at times a buffoon.

In either case, we suffer for his shortcomings.

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End result?

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George Will adds his two cents:

"Obama is the first president whose presidential campaign was his qualification for the office he sought."

The sting brought on by harsh truth.

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Dorothy Rabinowitz sees Obama as being "a man without a country."  It works too.