April 10, 2011
The Story of O (Icarus, not Pegasus)By Clarice Feldman
This week is one where the high flying, above it all (or, depending on your point of view, arrogant and totally self-seeking) president has over flown his carefully constructed, made up persona, and his wax wings are melting and with them his party's hold on the voters. He is not the divine winged horse, but just a kid who pasted feathers on his back , said ,"I can fly," and finds himself crashing to earth.
Just as his Attorney General, Eric Holder once again retreated from a position that was instrumental to the president's original campaign and endorsed the policies of his much derided predecessor, the President chose to throw his hat in the ring for yet another shot at the white House.
A number of people offered up suggested campaign slogans for this next round.
Among my friend bgates' suggestions are these:
Tom Maguire couldn't resist offering up these gems:
And Iowahawk tweeted lots of helpful possibilities, including this sampling:
But I think my friend Ignatz' suggestion that candidate for re-election Obama just run against the Obama who campaigned the last time is a good one. It seems that he's now decided that all the things that he pretended to be when he bashed Bush in his last election campaign are now to be discarded.
The petulant presser called by Holder to announce the Administration's triple spin double lutz on military tribunals was obviously occasioned by Obama's calculation that with even Chuck Schumer against the notion of trying Khalid Sheik Mohammed in downtown Manhattan, the scheme which was Holder's (and Obama's) bien pensant brainstorm was going nowhere and it was no longer opportune to Obama's re-election campaign to keep flogging this dead horse to appeal to the moral preeners.
Efforts by Holder to put the blame for the shift on a truculent Congress to the contrary notwithstanding, no politician of any weight bought into the notion. And only a really stupid electorate accepted the idea that the conviction of Mohammed which Holder and Obama assured us was a sure thing after a "fair trial" would be a tribute to our justice system. To everyone else, especially those who actually studied military tribunals, it was a pointless exercise, costly in time, manpower, and the security of the citizens of New York city
Those of us not affected by unfortunate memory loss will not forget how differently the media and Euro-geniuses and Code Pink and Mother Sheehan treat this turn about on the tribunals and Libya and Afghanistan and Gitmo. They all now are more exposed than most blue movie stars.
With that bit of distasteful business done, Obama was ready to begin his great march forward to collect a billion dollar campaign chest.
First stop was a shindig for Al Sharpton's strange, tax dodging outfit National action Network. Certainly, that is reflective of the president's falling numbers among black voters.
In case you are one of those unfortunates with a short attention span, Sharpton incited crowds which murdered a young man in the Crown Heights riot and again at Freddie's Fashion Mart, and was instrumental in the Tawana Brawley hoax. Attorney General Holder, fresh off a whitewashing of the Black Panther dismissal also attended.
I think it's fair to say that all those who voted for Obama -- despite his association with Reverend Wright -- because they believed he offered a post-racial future should be getting the message that he thinks that he can't count on your naiveté much longer and needs Sharpton and Jackson and every other race hustler to round up every vote in the progressive hellholes of America to win another term.
His next stop was before a seemingly receptive crowd to discuss his energy policy, which seems to be, as we noted last week, pay for it twice from Brazil, but for heaven's sake don't extract oil from here.
One man with ten kids complained about the rising price of gas. Obama, who earlier offered up his solution to that as keep your tires filled with air, gave an arrogant answer: He suggested the voter trade in his car for a hybrid. (They must love that in Marin County, but most of the rest of us think it is a snobbish, unrealistic answer. Perhaps he ought to confine his energy ramblings to the rich enclaves of his party. Ordinary working people know better than he does the multiplier effect of high energy costs and the folly of reliance on "green" energy.)
In any event, the Associated Press covered for him by scrubbing the remark from its original article, forgetting I suppose that there are other ways to document their cover up as Hot Air demonstrates:
But rising gas (and food prices) were not the only things that worried voters this week. There was that war or kinetic military action (another kind of KMA which normally is short for an arrogant street expression) in Libya that was going nowhere fast.
There was a lot of first rate commentary on this keystone kops mission on the web this week, but as was the case last week, I find JMH's précis the best:
Although my friend Ranger's view is shorter but equally accurate accurate in my eyes:
For sheer enjoyment, however, nothing could beat the Supreme Court race in Wisconsin. There, relying on the AP unofficial returns, not the precinct-by-precinct reports given to AOL and others on election eve, the media awarded a razor thin victory to the union supported candidate, Kloppenburg. She, in turn, raced to the cameras, not waiting for the official tally or even a certification of the election to claim victory:
In her original statement she expressed confidence that her margin of victory "would hold."
Later in the day she released an official victory statement:
I don't think it churlish to suggest this judicial candidate's actions were injudicious. In any event that's exactly what they proved to be hours later when it appeared that a data entry error meant that an approximately 7500 votes for her opponent, Prosser, had not been entered in the tally the AP was given though AOL, which got the precinct county directly from the precinct in question (Brookfield in Waukesha County). An error in tabulating had been made. Early the next day as the Waukesha poll workers were doing their official tally, they recognized the error and announced it later that afternoon to a disappointed press.
So now it's now between Richard Trumka and Democrat machine on one hand and the three election clerks--Schmidt, Nikolaus and Kitzinger-on the other and I know who I'd credit.
(When we lived in Wisconsin my mother served as a poll worker. Then you had to pass an exam to do that. There were in place impeccable procedures to assure a fair count and tally.) In recent years the votes in Kenosha, Racine and Milwaukee have been corrupted, in large part because former Governor Doyle vetoed all efforts to demand voter I.D. and prior registration and thereby facilitated vote theft, especially in large urban areas where the voters and poll workers were perhaps unlikely to know each other or care much about fraud.
Waukesha is not that sort of place and on Thursday the Wisconsin Senate voted to put the ID bill in a position where it could not be amended. The bill will also require a 28 day residency to vote. Earlier efforts to do this failed because it had a fiscal component and the fleebaggers duck and run action thus precluded action on the bill.)
But luckily for us, the press ran unthinkingly with the unofficial AP tally and so we had the amusing sight of Chris Matthews, Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune and Ken Vogel a Politico writer opining on the significance of the vote, how the unions won brilliantly and Walker and the Republicans were toast just as the chyron announcing the new vote totals ran across the bottom of the screen as derekahunter captured it:
James Taranto of the WSJ has the final word on the Wisconsin race: