52 days, 52 mistakes

March 13, 2009

Don Surber has the list. Hey, you can’t say Obama hasn’t accomplished anything. Give the man credit.


Steele’s stumbles

March 13, 2009

Baseball Crank has an interesting theory on the source of Michael Steele’s troubled first few weeks as head of the Republican National Committee: the dilemma of the Blue-State Republican.

One important role, which Republicans have had trouble filling in recent years, is the blue-state Republican: politicians who have the skill to win office in states or districts where a majority of the voters are hostile to the GOP, its ideas, and/or its people. Blue-state Republicans don’t necessarily have to be moderates or liberals (though most are), but they do have to have one critical characteristic: the ability to persuade voters to look at them for who they are and not judge them based on their perception of other Republicans/conservatives. Inherently, that is a job that requires me-first-ism and distancing from those other Republicans the voters don’t like. A provocative icon of pure conservatism like Rush Limbaugh or a divisive social issue like abortion is a perfect foil for doing just that.

There’s one simple problem: when you take someone who has instinctually internalized the art of distancing and you make him the putative spokesman for the whole party, you get the worst of both worlds: a guy who keeps putting his own image above that of the party faithful and their core beliefs, followed by the need to apologize and look like he’s beholden to the very people he just tried, intentionally or just by instinct, to distance himself from. It’s a lose-lose situation.

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Read the whole post; I think it’s very perceptive. And it makes me wonder if the problem can be resolved in any way that allows Steele to remain as an effective RNC chairman.

What do you think? I dont know


This is embarrassing

March 13, 2009

First they grovel and apologize to anyone they can find while slagging the prior administration, then they can’t translate English to Russian, then they insult the Prime Minister of our closest ally, and now the Obama Administration can’t even spell the name of the visiting President of Brazil:

…the White House announcement misspelled his name as "Luis Ignacio" and put "Lula" – a nickname that decades ago became a legal part of the Brazilian leader’s name – in quotes.

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is president of the largest nation in South America, a functioning democracy that is also an important trading partner of the US and a key ally in moderating the growing trend toward radical leftism there. Yet, not only could we not be bothered to check how his name is spelt, we also shifted his visit at the last minute to accommodate a minor US holiday, probably because President Obama is tired again and needs to get away, poor dear.

But I bet he he gives Lula a neat gift from Target! Maybe those DVDs will be in Spanish!* Idea

For Pete’s sake, did all the adults leave with the last administration? Mark Steyn was right: it is the Obamateur Hour.

*(Yes, I know the language of Brazil is Portuguese. That’s the point.)

LINKS: Ed is disgusted. Fausta reminds us that Mexico is on the list of the slighted, too. Obi’s Sister wonders if PBO is waiting for the magic unicorn.


Culture of Corruption watch

March 13, 2009

Obama appointee takes leave after raid.

Yesterday, the FBI raided the offices of Vivek Kundra, Barack Obama’s appointee as Chief Information Officer for his administration, in a bribery sting that netted two arrests, including one of Kundra’s top aides.  Kundra has apparently decided to spend some time with his family, as the White House announced that he would take a leave of absence from the job he just started.

President Obama has, at various times, compared his administration to those of Lincoln, FDR, and JFK. His acolytes have been even more worshipful:


But this latest news, when combined with slipshod vetting and the litany of tax cheats and Cabinet nominees withdrawing under investigation, puts me in mind of other analogies:

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President Grant? President Harding? Or Bozo?

You make the call.  Thinking

(Well, there was supposed to be a poll here, but so far nothing works right. Crying )