The PJ Tatler

McConnell Resurrects Long-Dead American Icon

Caspar Milquetoast, from H.T. Webster - Timid Soul

Although H.T. Webster died in 1952, Caspar Milquetoast is apparently alive and well and working in the U.S. Senate. (click to expand)

In 1924, H.T. Webster began drawing a comic called “The Timid Soul” for the New York World newspaper. It featured Caspar Milquetoast, a man afraid of practically everything and everybody.

Fast forward 90 years: Today’s New York Times says that Barack Obama “feels liberated” by getting past those messy elections so that he can implement is agenda on immigration, climate change and regulating the Internet, among other issues. Of course, previous election victories also liberated Obama to implement his agenda.

When you’re on a date with Barack Obama, ‘yes’ means yes, and ‘no’ means yes.

Barack Obama is no Caspar Milquetoast.

“…aides said Mr. Obama has concluded that he cannot let opposition from the other party stop him from advancing his priorities…”

In this case, “opposition from the other party” means decisive electoral defeat in the midterm elections after you explicitly said that your policies are on the ballot — every one of them.

Now, take a few steps from the White House down the National Mall to the Russell Senate Office Building and meet the leader of that oppositional other party — new Senate Majority Leader Mitch Milquetoast…uh, McConnell, reacting to Mr. Obama’s hubris.

“I had maybe naïvely hoped the president would look at the results of the election and decide to come to the political center and do some business with us,” [McConnell] added. “I still hope he does at some point but the early signs are not good.”

I had maybe naively hoped Sen. McConnell would look at the results of the election and decide to come to the front, and do what voters really want. I still hope he does at some point but the early signs are not good.