Oil slick: if you thought they were incompetent yesterday…

June 9, 2010

Yet another beauty from the Keystone Kops Obama Administration. So far, we’ve learned that the administration and the agencies it supervises have moved, if at all, at a snail’s pace regarding the offer of a Maine businessman to supply them with roughly eight miles of containment boom per day. Now, per Loren Steffy of the Houston Chronicle, we have yet another example of how the Greatest Administration Ever couldn’t find it’s rear end with both hands and a flashlight:

U.S. and BP slow to accept Dutch expertise

Three days after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico, the Dutch government offered to help.

It was willing to provide ships outfitted with oil-skimming booms, and it proposed a plan for building sand barriers to protect sensitive marshlands.

The response from the Obama administration and BP, which are coordinating the cleanup: “The embassy got a nice letter from the administration that said, ‘Thanks, but no thanks,’” said Geert Visser, consul general for the Netherlands in Houston.

Now, almost seven weeks later, as the oil spewing from the battered well spreads across the Gulf and soils pristine beaches and coastline, BP and our government have reconsidered.

Oh, well, that’s just dandy! Only a month-and-a-half after being offered help from experts in this kind of crisis, the government and BP finally get around to saying “Yeah, okay. Might be a good idea.”

Call me parochial and lacking in nuance, but, isn’t it better to have more resources on hand to fix a problem than not to have what you need? Do you wait to go the store for a hammer to fix the hole in the roof until it collapses during a downpour? When your neighbor offers to help put out a fire on your property, don’t you say “yes, thanks?”

Hell yes you do!

Oh, and they were even willing to build Governor Jindal his sand berms – the ones the Interior Department couldn’t make up their minds about.

WTF? I ask again, W.T.F.??

Does anyone in the White House or BP know what they’re doing?

(via Hot Air)

Palin Power: three for four

June 9, 2010

Politico looks at yesterday’s races and notes one theme out of many: the power of Sarah Palin’s endorsements as 75% of the candidates she backed in the June 8th primaries won:

Some of Sarah Palin’s riskiest endorsements scored major victories Tuesday for the former Alaska governor, showing off her power in Republican primaries.

Palin had four primary endorsements in play – Carly Fiorina, Nikki Haley, Terry Branstad and Cecile Bledsoe – and three won or moved on to a runoff.

Palin served different roles for each candidate – sometimes spotlighting conservatives not well known to the national scene while at others validating conservative credentials to an unsure grassroots and even stepping in to deflect nasty attacks.

The former governor’s influence was significant-to-decisive in California, South Carolina, and Iowa. Interestingly, the last two are important early contests in the Republican presidential primaries. Hmmm…  Thinking

In Arkansas, she wasn’t able to put Bledsoe over the top, but she did help make it very close.  Altogether, this should tell anyone thinking of dismissing her as a lightweight, especially her potential Republican rivals, that Sarah Palin is a force to be reckoned with. Assuming these people (and others she’s backed) win, and assuming she runs for president in 2012, there will be quite a few people who owe her, big-time.

One question for anyone out there (cue crickets): Why didn’t Sarah Palin issue endorsements in the Nevada primaries, when any Republican nominee stands a good chance of defeating the Senate majority leader in November? Scalping a senator of Reid’s power should seem awfully tempting for someone with presidential aspirations. Now, she can of course campaign for the winner, Sharron Angle, but it won’t have quite the same effect as it would have had she played kingmaker queenmaker before the election.

Was there something about all three (Angle, Lowden, & Tarkanian) that would put her off, or am I grossly overestimating her popularity in Nevada?

UPDATE: Time Magazine asked Palin how she picks her endorsements. Her answer is interesting.

A perfect contrary indicator

June 9, 2010

Oh, my. Judging by the results in last night’s elections, my record as a kiss-of-death endorser from 2008 continues. Of five races in California and one in Nevada, I’m a perfect… 0-6.

Forget bellweather states; this is a “for whom the bell tolls” blog.  Blushing

Wait, I’ve got it! The Obama administration should offer me a federal job in return for not endorsing any Democrat in November! I think US Consul in Bermuda would do just fine – for starters.  Big Grin

Oh, well. Commiserations to the losers and congratulations to the winners. It’s on to November. Remember:

Vote Whitman.

Vote Fiorina.

Vote Fein.

Oh God! What have I done?? Nailbiting