At 70 years of age, after years in a multiple sclerosis induced coma, original Mickey Mouse Club member Annette Funicello died today with her family by her side. “She’s on her toes dancing in heaven… no more MS. My brothers and I were there, holding her sweet hands when she left us.”
The Iron Lady died today too. Margaret Thatcher, the woman who put steel in the spine of a wobbly George H. W. Bush during the Iraq invasion of Kuwait deserves respect even from ideological opponents today for a life well lived. Margaret Thatcher not only broke the glass ceiling in Great Britain but she also rose to Prime Minister in class conscious Britain from her beginnings as a grocer’s daughter.
Instead of respect, reptiles like Donna Brazile who embraced Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton in 2008, has the hideous effrontery to ask “Okay, what did the #ironlady do to advance Great Britain and the world? Did she leave lasting footprints for women in politics? #justsayin” Donna Brazile is a pig. Donna Brazile is a stupid pig.
Baroness Thatcher and Annette Funicello, dead as they both are, still have more honesty and life in them than the still breathing Barack Obama.
What is the sound of a lame duck quacking? That “quack” sounds more like a croak. Lame duck Obama is croaking and Big Media is beginning to notice:
“Obama running short of time to burnish legacy in second term
The next 10 weeks are a make-or-break period for President Obama’s second-term agenda.
He needs quick victories in the Senate on gun control and immigration if he is to build momentum for a fight in the Republican-controlled House — the chief obstacle to his agenda. [snip]
As the gun-control fight has gone on and Obama’s initial talk of wide-ranging reform has been trimmed and trimmed again, the president has faced renewed criticism over his ability — or inability — to shepherd meaningful legislation through Congress.
On immigration, there are doubts as to whether he seriously wants a deal. [snip]
Obama has thrown the weight of his office behind a push for stricter gun-control measures, squaring off against the National Rifle Association (NRA), one of the most powerful lobby groups in Washington.
Losing such a high-profile battle when polls show voters support an assault-weapons ban and expanded background checks would rank as one of Obama’s biggest policy failures.
Proponents of immigration reform say it must pass before the end of June to avoid becoming entangled in the fight over the federal debt limit, expected in July.
Obama’s immediate problem on guns is weak support from Democrats, especially centrists running for reelection next year in conservative or swing states. [snip]
When asked about legislation to expand background checks to cover sales between private individuals, Begich said he wanted to see a Republican with an “A” rating from the NRA endorse it.”
Yeah, that’s gonna happen. Begich has a long wait.
The problem is that… well have you noticed that all the stories about North Korea emphasize the danger of inexperienced leadership in North and South Korea? Go ahead, Google it.
North Korea and South Korea have inexperienced leaders and that is somehow a problem. But in the mighty United States having a boob with no experience in moving legislation forward or any leadership qualifications… and 2008 Big Media cheers “Let’s go with change and hope for the best because anyway he’s not that woman we don’t like who does have experience and leadership skills.”
The problem is Barack Obama. The plucked chickens are coming home to roost on his scrawny ass:
“PROMISES, PROMISES: Obama’s IOUs start coming due
He’s promised to set a course in law against global warming, stop Iran from gaining the ability to make nuclear weapons, slash America’s use of foreign oil, restrain college costs, take a big bite out of the national debt even while protecting the heart of the big entitlement programs and overhaul immigration law.
He’s promised to make health insurance not only universally accessible, but “affordable,” through a 2010 health care law that is finally entering prime time and will soon be tested.”
Barack Obama thought he could exploit the deaths of small children to pass gun control measures that would have done nothing to prevent the deaths of small children in Newtown Connecticut. It should have worked. Small children and cute pets steal scenes in movies and in a political war you just can’t beat a cute kid – especially one that has been butchered while in school. But Obama can’t even do the easy stuff
“President Obama’s make-or-break week on guns
President Barack Obama finds out this week whether he scratches out a narrow victory on gun control — or ends up with nothing at all. [snip]
Senate action is Obama’s best chance for a deal — but even there, Democrats haven’t settled on which bill to advance. The White House and most Democrats are behind a proposal that requires background checks for all gun sales, although even that is far less than what gun control advocates had hoped. Obama, though, won’t get anything better in the House, and he might not get that much.
After the Newtown tragedy, Obama pledged to use the full power of his office to prevent another such rampage.”
Obama’s “full power” is about the same as two aged fireflies with asthma.
Barack Obama’s firepower is less than a broken water gun:
“Proposed bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines are all but guaranteed to go down to lopsided defeats. The battle is now over how tough to make a background checks bill for gun sales — which polls show the public broadly supports. Conservatives have balked at record-keeping requirements when background checks are conducted, and Democrats have had a difficult time finding a GOP ally to sign on to a deal including them. [snip]
Reid has promised gun control advocates votes on an assault weapons ban and prohibitions on high-capacity ammunition magazines — both of which will go down to certain defeat — but it is the battle over expanding background checks where all the action is focused.
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and a dozen other Republicans — including Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Lee of Utah and Marco Rubio of Florida — have threatened to filibuster any gun bill, potentially restricting Reid’s options over what can be brought up for votes. [snip]
Reid is also boxed in by his desire to protect red-state Democrats up for reelection in 2014. These lawmakers would be happy to oppose the assault weapons ban or magazine limits yet might not want to be forced to support a Democratic-authored background checks bill with no Republican cover.”
Barack Obama and lantern jawed Michelle Obama can traverse the country burning fuel along the way all they want. But Obama’s fate, according to Obama lovin’ Politico, is in the unsteady hands of the promiscuous Hill:
“Hill holds President Obama’s legacy in its hands
It’s now or never for the White House.
President Barack Obama’s second-term agenda is in doubt as Congress returns to Washington this week for a spring and summer stretch that could go a long way to define the scope of Obama’s legacy.
Obama will unveil what his team is calling a “compromise” budget on Wednesday, but Republicans and Democrats alike are already criticizing elements of the plan.
The president’s effort on gun control might do no better than a watered-down bill destined to fail in the House, which Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) may bring to the floor as early as this week. Gun control advocates who had hoped for an assault weapons ban or other big reforms are bound to be disappointed by a strategy expected to allow for votes on those issues but don’t secure victories.
And Obama’s push to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws — the best chance he has to enact a sweeping social policy change in his second term — still faces significant hurdles, even in the Senate, where chief negotiators have fallen behind schedule.
The window for action on these issues will start to close as the 2014 midterm election cycle whips into full swing at the end of the year. After that, the next Congress figures to be colored by partisan posturing for the 2016 presidential election.
The president and his aides say Republicans will determine whether gun control, immigration reform and a major deficit-reduction deal become law or fade away.“
Republicans can barely do what is in their own interests. Yet Barack thinks Republicans will save him. What is the sound of this lame duck quacking? “Baaaaaraccckkkk”, “Baaaaaraccckkkk”, “Baaaaaraccckkkk”.