We truly regret the Dimocrats did not get a 60 vote majority in the U.S. Senate on November 4. Our regret is genuine.
Our regret stems not only from the re-election of the utterly distasteful Republican Saxby Chambliss. It is this week’s Saxby Chambliss victory which denies the Dimocrats in the Senate a 60 vote majority. Chambliss, we recall, originally won his Senate race in Georgia by sliming paraplegic war hero Max Cleland as a terrorist sympathizer.
No, our regret stems largely from our sense that now the cowardly Dimocratic leadership will avail themselves of the very remote possibility of a Republican filibuster in the Senate as an excuse to not do what they promised to do but don’t want to do in the first place.
And of course the national Dimocratics have as their leader the Chicago master of excuses.
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Obama, before the November 4 election, awarded himself a pompous facsimile of the presidential seal. Likewise post election, Obama has elevated the usual transition staff into an operation worthy of the earlier pompous and deceptive presidential seal facsimile. The recent pomposity is much like the kind of pomposity displayed throughout his short, mostly low level, career – big speeches with flowery words while voting “present” or not voting at all. Words, not actions. Excuses, not deeds.
Obama proclaims himself as THE leader when there is adulation to be had, but passes the buck when there is responsibility to be exercised.
Obama wants both – no responsibility, only adulation – as is his history. Even the dim are beginning to perceive the Obama traits we have documented for well over a year. The latest “malcontent” is Representative Barney Frank.
Democrats are growing impatient with President-elect Barack Obama’s refusal to inject himself in the major economic crises confronting the country.
Obama has sidestepped some policy questions by saying there is only one president at a time. But the dodge is wearing thin.
“He’s going to have to be more assertive than he’s been,” House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank, D-Mass., told consumer advocates Thursday.
Frank, who has been dealing with both the bailout of the financial industry and a proposed rescue of Detroit automakers, said Obama needs to play a more significant role on economic issues.
“At a time of great crisis with mortgage foreclosures and autos, he says we only have one president at a time,” Frank said. “I’m afraid that overstates the number of presidents we have. He’s got to remedy that situation.”
It is humorous to observe Barack Obama, the Jar-Jar Binks of American politics, parade himself in imagined ermine cape and oversized sceptre, while dodging any work that might lower his “popularity”.
Obama has maintained one of the most public images of any president-elect. He has held half a dozen press conferences, where he has entertained question after question about the economy, the mortgage crisis, and the flailing auto industry. He called for passage of extended unemployment benefits—which has passed—and even a stimulus package if possible before Jan. 20. But he has stayed away from trying to dictate remedies for the toughest problems Congress is confronting: the auto industry’s troubles and how to spend the $700 billion bailout. [snip]
Earlier this week, Obama was asked whether he worried that Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson might begin spending the next installment of the money before he assumes the presidency. Obama demurred.
“Until Secretary Paulson indicates publicly that he’s drawing down the second tranche, the second half of the TARP money, it would be speculation on my part to suggest that that money’s going to be used up,” he told reporters at a Chicago news conference Wednesday.
Obama did stress that a significant component of the fund should be used to reduce the number of foreclosures. But he did not specify a particular remedy.
He also declined to take a stand in a debate over the source of money for an auto loan package. The dispute has divided Democrats and hindered progress on assistance for the industry. At issue is whether to take money from the $700 billion designated for the financial sector or to take it from a previously approved loan aimed at manufacturing more energy efficient cars.
“I think it’s premature to get into that issue,” Obama said at the conference.
It’s the blind leading the blind (no offense to the visually impaired or disabled).
Democrats who mock George W. as an utter failure gloss over the fact that this most incompetent of presidents, at the most lame-duck stage of his presidency, still managed to get the Democratic congress to pass a series of bailouts totalling at least a trillion dollars and still manages to lead them by the nose.
If it wasn’t so important and so sad, it would almost be funny. Our leaders are flummoxed.
“The Obama team has to step up,” Sen. Christopher Dodd, chairman of the Senate Banking Committee and one of the lead negotiators, said Nov. 21 in Hartford, Conn. “In the minds of the people, this is the Obama administration. I don’t think we can wait until January 20.”
Two days later, Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan, a point man in helping his state’s main industry, called on Obama to help resolve the dispute over money for the auto loan package.
“It would be very helpful if the president-elect would become more involved in resolving the issue over the source of the funds,” he said. “I want him to offer his assistance. He is a person who can really bring people together.”
“How rude!” as Jar Jar would say.
Frank, shrewd and quick-witted, also poked fun at Obama’s calls for a “post-partisan” governing environment in Washington. Frank predicted that regulatory legislation aimed at preventing abuses related to subprime mortgages and credit cards stood a much better chance next year, when Democrats have greater majorities in the House and Senate.
“It is a grave mistake to assume that parties are irrelevant to this process,” he said. “My one difference with the president-elect, about whom I am very enthusiastic, is when he talks about being post-partisan.
“Having lived with this very right wing Republican group that runs the House most of the time, the notion of trying to deal with them as if we could be post-partisan gives me post-partisan depression,” Frank said.
Since April 2007 we have tried to educate our fellow citizens as to the nature of the Chicago Jar Jar. Our efforts have been condemned in the Hopium dens as rude at the very least. Now, things we wrote about going all the way back to 2007, are echoed (with some distortion) by former Hopium addicts. The latest confessed “dupe” is none other than William Greider from his perch at The Nation magazine.
A year ago, when Barack Obama said it was time to turn the page, his campaign declaration seemed to promise a fresh start for Washington. I, for one, failed to foresee Obama would turn the page backward. The president-elect’s lineup for key governing positions has opted for continuity, not change. Virtually all of his leading appointments are restoring the Clinton presidency, only without Mr. Bill. In some important ways, Obama’s selections seem designed to sustain the failing policies of George W. Bush.
This is not the last word and things are changing rapidly. But Obama’s choices have begun to define him. His victory, it appears, was a triumph for the cautious center-right politics that has described the Democratic party for several decades. Those of us who expected more were duped, not so much by Obama but by our own wishful thinking.
The self-confessed “dupes” continue to lecture those of us who have tracked and continue to track Obama’s flim-flams and circus antics. They, unlike us, never asked “Change – to what?” Indeed, even as they confess themselves “dupes” they persevere in absolving Obama of his myriad deceptions. Already the Obama broken promises to his acolytes are adding up.
In a Republic, candidates must be vetted, leaders must be held to account. If there is no vetting, no accountability, power is given to the unworthy and destructive forces.
The Hopium addled ignored many warnings about Obama. Eventually however, the “dupes” will quote these Pink Pages as prophetic scripture and bemoan what they have done to our Republic.