Last night the Abbott and Costello of the Hyde Park set hosted a dinner for Chinese Prime Minister Hu Jintao. A good time was had by those, with closed eyes, and in attendance. For most Americans however, the night was more Halloween than stately dinner.
After a long day of tricks there were few treats for downtrodden Americans. Regular Americans cannot help but feel like they are second best to the interests of clowns and ghouls who now control our government.
To begin with, the lantern-jawed, muscular member of the Abbott and Costello Obama duo “stunned”, and not in a good way. She performed in a Cirque Du Soleil red dragon costume. For a second, diners might have thought they stumbled into auditions for Chicago’s Medusa. Either that or the fabric for the costume was a loaned backdrop from the intestines scene in the film Fantastic Voyage. The bony husband was the perfect complement to the eye-popping display of obliviousness. He appeared to be pulled from Lurch-like heights by gravity or some great force to bow. We hear he resisted the impulse. We could not watch. It was a night of visual horror.
It was a day of political horror as well. The Republican leadership of the House and Senate decided early not to attend the taxpayer paid for frivolity. They probably made the right decision. Leslie Gelb explains:
“The Chinese side won this test of wills and power for two reasons. First, they had the easier bargaining position: All they had to do was hold the line, while Washington had to gain concessions. Second, Hu was in a far stronger position overall because China’s economy continues to grow in double digits, while the American economy remains troubled. [snip]
Last weekend, some members of the Obama team even considered taking desperate measures. Specifically, they were contemplating either simply dropping the joint communiqué at the end of the summit or canceling the state dinner, according to administration officials. Their thinking was that Hu couldn’t possibly afford to let the whole summit fail, while Obama’s toughness would look good politically. Fortunately, they dropped both ideas.
For Obama, it was precisely the right time to start undoing Beijing’s grossly unfair economic practices. But all the Obama team managed to extract from the visitors was about $45 billion in new contracts to buy American goods and services, particularly civilian airliners from Boeing. Most of these deals had been in the pipeline well before the summit. On the really key economic issues, Hu essentially avoided showdowns and compromises and sounded reassuring. These make-or-break items included China’s unfair currency manipulation to gain price advantages on exports, its stealing U.S. intellectual property to make U.S. goods without paying for them, and its placing high and illegal hurdles in the path of American companies trying to do business in the Middle Kingdom.”
At least our military is stronger than China’s, for now – and we get to keep the pandas for a few more years. Hooray!
At the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, Americans listened to celestial choirs of civility. We kid.
At the capitol the level of civility, was not as bad as accusing a cancer survivor of running a panty business from her basement and providing fellatio to get elected. It was not as bad as the attacks on the parents of a neurosurgeon treating Congresswoman Giffords because they donated money to Tea Party candidate Christine O’Donnell. No it was not that bad.
But it was bad. At the Capitol the civility was to call the other side “Nazis”. Anderson Cooper, no “teabagger” he in the political sense, tried “Keeping Them Honest” and asked for a retraction of the “Nazi” charge. However he failed.
The screams of “Nazi”, like the screams of “racist” came in defense of the Obama health scam flim-flam. Last year and the year before last the fight was all about Obama’s big gift to Big PhaRma and Big Insurance. This year… well not much has changed. What has changed once again is what Evan Thomas chooses to tell us. Last year Evan Thomas loved Obama’s scam. This year, when it is too late, not so much:
“Sometimes criticism comes in the unlikeliest of places.
On Friday’s “Inside Washington,” Newsweek columnist Evan Thomas, once an editor at the magazine with a long track record of having liberal positions (even once having likened President Barack Obama to a deity), noted the modest improvement in the unemployment number reported on Friday. However, nearly a year after Obamacare was passed and signed into law, he admitted Republicans were right for voicing their opposition of it.
“It ain’t because of Congress,” Thomas said. “The unemployment will go down a little bit but the game in Washington will still be this unreal game. Health care though – I got to say, is one place where I think where Republicans are right.”
Back in November 2009, Thomas admitted the health care reform bill had flaws, but still voiced his support for it. Now he has proclaimed it a failure.
“The health care bill is a disaster,” Thomas continued. “We’re sort of slowly learning – it’s not working. It’s interesting – they’re implementing it and it’s not working out at all as people anticipated. There’s all sorts of wildly wrong projections. As it’s being practiced – it’s failed.”
Some of our readers might recall our article “After The Lovin'” in which we documented how Evan Thomas thought Obama was a Messiah only to tell us what he really thought when it was too late – after the election. Obama is “creepy” Thomas told us – after the election. Tom Brokaw didn’t know anything about Obama either:
Lovely. And don’t miss the tidbits about how none of them know anything about Obama’s attitude or policy towards China. That video is as fresh today as it was in 2008.
With all that history in mind, the House yesterday finally passed a bipartisan health care bill – for repeal of the Obama scam. Obama thugs called the repeal “racist” for no better reason than the word falls trippingly from their tongues. It was a publicity stunt. But perhaps it is a publicity stunt with a purpose.
It is likely the Republicans will be able to rid us of this scam, not now but bit by bit and completely after 2012. But if not, they have set up some great publicity stunts for the rest of the year and into 2012. And there are the courts where now 26 states want the scam repealed.
As publicity stunts go we prefer repeal to an invitation for dinner with Abbot and Costello Obama. Who needs dinner with those two?
The big winner of yesterday possibly agrees with us. Who is yesterday’s big winner? Hu. Madame Hu that is. She stayed home in China.