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October 30th, 2013 - 12:00 pm

Welcome back, ladies and gentlemen, for another round of America’s most exciting and challenging game show. And remember, all answers must be phrased in the form of exasperation.

Are you ready to play? Here we go, and pay special attention to every word and maybe you’ll be the one to Name! That! Pundit! Begin:

The menu of current problems feels far more perilous because these go to issues of core competency to govern:

Eavesdropping on foreign leaders. The choices here are unflattering. Either President Obama did not know what his spy agencies were up to, in which case he is not fully in control of the reins of power after nearly five years in office, or he knew, in which case he did not think through the obviously inadequate cost-benefit ratio and his aides are misleading the public now.

It’s tempting to write this one in all caps, but I’ll confine my alarm to italics: How could he not know? If he did know, how could he think the information gleaned could possibly be worth the risk of having foreign leaders discover the surveillance?

Syria. No, Mr. President, this is not a problem solved, critics-jumped-the-gun situation. Even if the country had been transformed into the Garden of Eden, the herky-jerky nature of the administration’s approach — drawing a red line, failing to enforce it, trumpeting enforcement, then suddenly shifting to Congress — does not portray the president in a flattering light. This is first year of first-term amateurishness, not the workings of an experienced president and well-functioning national security machinery.

Oh yes, health care. The president’s signal domestic policy achievement. Probably the most important legacy of his administration. Time for italics again: So how could the rollout of the website be so bad?

Emphasis in the original, because our Mystery Pundit said so!

I’ll give you clue to today’s answer: This time we have a feisty female columnist.

Could it be firebrand Ann Coulter saying such nasty things about the President?

Well, it could be — but it isn’t.

How about that catty Mona Charen?

Wrong again!

Would you believe… Washington Post doyenne Ruth Marcus?

Yes, Ruth Marcus.

Thanks for playing, and come back next time for another exciting episode of Name! That! Pundit!

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"This is first year of first-term amateurishness..."

Ah, but this is his first year, the last four are Bush's fault.
47 weeks ago
47 weeks ago Link To Comment
Another line that works -

β€œIt isn't so much that liberals are ignorant. It's just that they know so many things that aren't so.” ― Ronald Reagan

But things are so. And now it's becoming apparent, hence the existential crises most progs will find themselves in.

Here's my theory. He has no attention span for the job. He's like any number of my sister's law school friends. Loves the perks, thinks he can do anything he wants without consequence. Relying on the underlings to do things.

But the underlings are as bad as any lib, and get things wrong because they miss or ignore fundamentals. Or don't care.

Now they're flummoxed as to why it's all going pear shaped.

Holy crap it's gonna be a long three years. I can't fathom what's ahead.
47 weeks ago
47 weeks ago Link To Comment
All the Obama disasters are explained by the one line:

Either he knew, and did this idiotic thing on purpose anyhow, or he didn't know which makes him incompetent, since it's his job.

Eventually, all these obama-caused disasters are lining up to where even the progs have to admit it. It's flat out in their face. To do otherwise is to turn into an irrelevant "Iraq Bob".
47 weeks ago
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It's almost like he's had no executive experience. Too bad no one pointed that out in 2008.
47 weeks ago
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Not true. He was an editor of a law review. He has extraordinary skills in organizing his community to benefit his slum lord buddy.
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