He doesn’t walk on water?

February 7, 2009

It’s a pity Mark Steyn isn’t a US Senator; his speeches would be the most entertaining of the last 100 years. Here he is on Obama, the stimulus, and the collapse of the messianic image:

Appearing on "The Rush Limbaugh Show" last week, I got a little muddled over two adjoining newspaper clippings – one on the stimulus, the other on those octuplets in California – and for a brief moment the two stories converged. Everyone’s hammering that mom – she’s divorced, unemployed, living in a small house with parents who have a million bucks’ worth of debt, and she’s already got six kids. So she has in vitro fertilization to have eight more. But isn’t that exactly what the Feds have done? Last fall, they gave birth to $850 billion of bailout they couldn’t afford and didn’t have enough time to keep an eye on, and now, four months later, they’re going to do it all over again, but this time they want trillionuplets. Barney and Nancy represent the in vitro fertilization of the federal budget. And it’s the taxpayers who’ll get stuck with the diapers.

Those supporters who were wary of touting Obama as the walk-on-water Messiah did their best to lower expectations by hailing him merely as the new FDR. You remember the old FDR – "We have nothing to fear but fear itself." Ha! With the new New Deal, we have everything to fear. As President Obama warned Tuesday, "A failure to act, and act now, will turn crisis into a catastrophe." If you’re of those moonstruck Obammysoxers still driving around with the "HOPE, NOT FEAR" bumper stickers, please note that, due to an unfortunate proofreading error at the printing plant, certain nouns in that phrase may have become accidentally transposed.

Read the whole thing. Not worthy


The Chairman speaks

February 7, 2009

Michael Steele has released his first video since becoming chairman of the Republican National Committee:

It’s a nice start: low-key, factual, and reasonable. Steele avoids any sign of frothing partisanship or Obama Derangement Syndrome. He criticizes the Democrats’ National Penury Plan stimulus package and points out that Republicans have offered alternatives that actually would stimulate the economy.

I’m glad to see this. This is the kind of approach –measured, adult, sober, with a bit of tweaking thrown in– that the Republicans need to take to restore themselves in the mind of the public as a reasonable alternative to the Democrats when the 2010 and 2012 elections roll around.

With the Republicans reduced to a near-rump minority by two successive electoral thrashings, Steele almost by default becomes the face of the Party to the nation during this rebuilding effort. I think he’s off to a good start.