And if you feel the need for a snack, we'll have more crap sandwiches latter.
I'm really enjoying all the hand wringing by Obama's media supporters. Obama is basically doing EXACTLY what he said he'd do, and they're surprised. (Perhaps they should be. Obama may be the first President I can remember who has done what he said he'd do during the campaign.) But if Obama has lost Dowd, then he's going to be in very deep shit, and soon. No wonder Obama's already going gray.
I am also enjoying all the other circuses/crises. Obama has ignored the economic turmoil except as a method of forcing huge government spending increases down our throats. (Obama doesn't even understand the basics, so perhaps we're better off if he doesn't really focus on the economy. Except that the vast expansion of government spending will have large negative consequences.) His Treasury Secretary speaks only when it will create more chaos in the market place. Obama has selected one tax cheat after another for important posts, and has even put one of the tax cheats in charge of both the IRS and a new effort to hunt down tax cheats who use off-shore banking to hide wealth. (The Obama Administration needn't bother with this, though. Pretty soon there won't be any wealth to hide.)
But that's not all! Obama has insulted the British PM, turned his back on our allies in Eastern Europe so that he can play the fool for Putin & co., decided to give $1 billion dollars to Hamas while criticizing Israel for not letting their citizens be killed more efficiently, and has made a public pissing match with a fat & happy radio host THE central issue of his Presidency.
The ongoing spat with Rush Limbaugh demonstrates that the Obama team has far more interest in campaigning than in governing. While Geithner kept the banks in the dark as to how he plans to stabilize the finance sector (mainly because even he has recognized that his ideas are crap), Obama's team has been consistent in their orchestrations of a campaign against Limbaugh. Campaigning is easier than governing, so we shouldn't be surprised that is where Obama is focusing his energies. (I had foreseen this state of permanent campaign back in July of 2008. People will be yearning for the aloofness of the Bush Presidency 'round about autumn, I suspect.)
But at least Rush has a large audience. What's the point of also going after Jim Cramer and Rick Santelli? In the face of NO meaningful opposition to his agenda Obama has decided to demonize anyone he can in order to distract from the fact that he doesn't know how to govern.
As I write I see that Iran has stated that they can attack Israel's nuclear sites via missile, Israel is considering a solo attack on Iran to prevent Iran from creating nuclear weapons (assuming they haven't already), Venezuela's Chavez has stolen more American assets, the Swiss have become restless over US attempts to bully their banks, the Obama Administration has decided that making energy more expensive is key to getting the economy back on track, and one of Obama's new intelligence appointees is under investigation for ties to foreign governments.
The story about the appointee to chair the National Intelligence Council demonstrates some of the basic competency problems with the Obama Administration.
The Obama Administration will vet the candidate AFTER they have nominated him! Outstanding. This has occurred because of a breakdown in command - Blair should not have made this decision without having gone through the White House vetting procedure. But between the new head-vetter's problems with his own background and the Obama White House's infatuation with AM radio, this Administration does not possess the needed competency for even cursory vetting of nominees.
The director of national intelligence, Dennis C. Blair, last Thursday named Mr. Freeman, a veteran former diplomat, to the chairmanship of the National Intelligence Council, known inside the government as the NIC. In that job, Mr. Freeman will have access to some of America's most closely guarded secrets and be charged with overseeing the drafting of the consensus view of all 16 intelligence agencies.
Mr. Freeman has not submitted the financial disclosure forms required of all candidates for senior public positions, according to the general counsel's office of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
Nor did Mr. Blair seek the White House's approval before he announced the appointment of Mr. Freeman, said Mr. Blair's spokeswoman, Wendy Morigi.
"The director did not seek the White House's approval," Ms. Morigi said. "In addition to his formal background security investigation, we expect that the White House will undertake the typical vetting associated with senior administration assignments."
For the moment Obama's polling numbers remain high, but that won't last. I wonder how many more stories we will read about Michelle Obama's well-toned arms or hard-hitting pieces about Obama's soft drink of choice in coming months? Or how many more cheery stories we'll see about the new Cheap Chic or the unexpected happiness of some unemployed people because now they have time to decompress? At some point the public will likely turn on Obama, and the media will probably suffer for having been nothing less than the Obama Propoganda Machine. It's going to be an ugly summer. If the temperatures are unusually hot this summer....
UPDATE: Holy leg tingles! Obama is losing Matthews!