Oct 11 2010
Alternate Title: Doubling Down On Stupid
Update: As Ed Morrissey notes, when the New York Times calls foul, is must really be foul - end update
Watching the Sunday shows this past weekend I think the topic which had me most disgusted with the Democrats was the crap about the Chamber of Commerce supposedly funneling ‘secret foreign money‘ into election races. It was a grotesque and amateur attempt to portray the GOP as beholding to foreign influence. It was also an outrageous and unsubstantiated charge, made by an incompetent White House and aimed at law abiding citizens who are participating in the political process.
As Karl Rove, Ed Gillespie, The New York Times and the Washington Post all noted: there is no evidence of any wrong doing or foreign money going into campaigns. More laughable is how lame the charge would be, even if true. The Chamber’s annual budget is something like $200 million dollars, yet it only receives about $100,000 in dues from American corporate interests overseas. That would not pay a single campaign consultant for a single year.
The Chamber has vowed to spend on the order of $75 million this cycle, and is no different than other organizations left and right, many who backed Obama two short years ago. This will be a billion dollar election year cycle, so how is $100K out of $75 million Chamber dollars the end of democracy as we know it? What moron would think this kind of conspiracy theory up? It wouldn’t fly as a Sesame Street skit!
When challenged about the ludicrous nature of the charge, Joe Trippi came out saying there was no proof of innocence, and the Chamber would be assumed guilty until they proved themselves innocent. Talk about stomping on the Constitution! Sadly, I know which moron thought that rebuttal up.
What this dipstick attack indicates is how stupid DC liberals are, especially those inhabiting the White House and leadership posts in Congress. Coincidentally, Mark Halperin notes today in Time Magazine how Emperor Obama’s vaunted intellectual robes have finally been discovered missing:
With the exception of core Obama Administration loyalists, most politically engaged elites have reached the same conclusions: the White House is in over its head, isolated, insular, arrogant and clueless about how to get along with or persuade members of Congress, the media, the business community or working-class voters. This view is held by Fox News pundits, executives and anchors at the major old-media outlets, reporters who cover the White House, Democratic and Republican congressional leaders and governors, many Democratic business people and lawyers who raised big money for Obama in 2008, and even some members of the Administration just beyond the inner circle.
Apparently, outside the band of self proclaimed geniuses, no one is finding this crowd all that bright. No surprise really, given their pathetic performance on the economy, deficits and debt, international priorities, etc. This White House crew has spent more money screwing up than any group of people in all of history (and that probably includes the latter half of the USSR prior to its fall).
And so this group of liberal lame brains (please, consider that one a literal adjective) have decided they need to sling mud to shore up their image of incompetence. Why didn’t anyone else think of that!? Probably because most people would know it would only make the argument of incompetence even stronger.
Hence we get to the second conclusion coming from the Political Industrial Complex regarding Team Obama:
Moreover, there is a growing perception that Obama’s decisions are causing harm — that businesses are being hurt by the Administration’s legislation and that economic recovery is stalling because of the uncertainty surrounding energy policy, health care, deficits, housing, immigration and spending.
And that sentiment is spreading. Many members of the general public appear deeply skeptical of Obama’s capacity to turn things around, especially, but not exclusively, those inclined to dislike him — Tea Partyers and John McCain voters, but also tens of millions of middle-class Americans, including quite a few who turned out for Obama in 2008.
Serial arrogant failure tends to do that to your reputation.
The misery afflicting the country has no political affiliation. Listen to the voices from this striking TV ad for Rob Portman, the Republican former Congressman and Bush budget director who is running for Senate from Ohio. One woman at a Dayton career fair says starkly, “There are no jobs.” A man announces plaintively and with obvious frustration, “I’ve been looking for a job now for 13 months.” Events like this job fair are becoming the grim iconic gatherings of our time, the breadlines for the Obama years.
Obama is out of political capitol – it is all spent. The economy will have to fight its way out of this mess without DC. He really can only survive by following the leads of others – something his ego probably cannot handle. Which means we need to put new people in power and start dismantling the cancer that has become the federal bureaucracy, making sure to leave the sound and necessary elements in place. The path to a brighter future begins on November 2nd, 2010.