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Hope He Can Change

February 3rd, 2009 - 9:07 pm

III. Then there was the shrill, harsh campaign rhetoric of Bush shredding the Constitution–FISA, Guantanamo, Patriot Act, Iraq, renditions–followed by ‘all that for now staying the same’, inasmuch we haven’t been attacked in over seven years. This suggests either that Obama was disingenuous then or disingenuous now. Let us hope it was the former.

IV. The stimulus is an ungodly disaster–a trillion dollars to foster Democratic constituencies that will leave a generation to come with unsustainable debt. Listening to Reid/Pelosi has proven catastrophic. Necessary loan guarantees to stop meltdowns have morphed into a liberal wish list (cf. Emanuel’s ‘don’t let a crisis go to waste’) of a half century. Borrowing trillions to cure an economy that borrowed hundreds of billions and got itself into an abyss of debt makes no sense.

V Robert Gibbs, the new press secretary is, well, incompetent. He is a Scott McClellan nightmare that won’t go away—given his long McClellan-like relationship with the President (McClellan should have been fired on hour one on the job). When Davis now sorta blames Fox News for Obama’s calamities he is McClellan to the core. He is sounding as duplicitous, vague, and contradictory as Obama is supposedly transparent and bipartisan. The conflicting messages don’t mix. I think he is kind and a good person in a way McClellan was not (though not always so in the primaries), but Gibbs is not helping the President and absolutely exposing the press to ridicule, who otherwise would have ripped apart someone of his caliber long ago.

VI. True, Biden is just being Biden. But now he is Vice President Biden of our United States. Already, he’s ridiculed the Chief Justice. He has trashed the former VP. He has bragged on himself ad nauseam in very Bidenesque weird ways (best qualified VP in history he booms), and it has only been two weeks. He is as incompetent in foreign affairs as Gates, Jones, Holbrooke are skilled.

And the result of all this?

At home our President is losing critical credibility—but at a geometrical rate in week 2 of a four-year term. He must for our sake improve—fast!

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