Close But Not Quite the Cigar

2011 March 3
by drdog09

Jenifer Rubin launches into a interesting piece —

It is, you see, a matter of priorities. He has found time to weigh in on the Wisconsin labor dispute, and yesterday he popped into the White House briefing rooms to give some perfunctory remarks on the murder of American airmen in Germany. Former White House press secretary Dana Perino remarked on Twitter last night that Obama really didn’t have much to say. (“Highly unusual for a [president] to appear on camera without knowing more than first reports.”)

Perhaps, as some suggested, the White House is still smarting from the poor presidential performance in the aftermath of the Christmas and Times Square bombing attempts. (You have to show your face, Mr. President!) Maybe it’s an effort to shift attention away from the rotten reviews of his own budget, the collapse of the Senate Democrats’ “don’t cut a penny” stance and the administration’s maddening inaction on Libya.

Ever since the lame-duck session and the much-praised speech at the Arizona memorial service, the White House has been adrift. A boring State of the Union address, a status quo budget, a muddled approach to the Middle East and some partisan jabbing (e.g. on Romneycare, on Wisconsin) are about all we’ve seen. Staff changes at the White House were supposed to usher in a more competent and politically moderate administration. It hasn’t happened. (And sure enough, Obama’s ratings are slumping again.)

In the main a reasonable OBSERVATION on the state of affairs in the Obama White House. Which if one were a old line reporter of years gone by that would deserves page A-1. But Rubin is a columnist on the Opinon section of WaPo. So analysis is supposed to be part of her mission. So let me so bold as to finish the piece for her.

Flip the channels looking for any late Errol Flynn swashbuckler. Kings, Queens and various derry do. Now imagine that the court scene is our political establishment for a moment. Now how the conventional wisdom would play this out is that its King Obama and Queen Michelle and playing the Jester is Veep Biden. Got the picture? That is how Rubin is envisioning the situation in her piece.

How about a more realistic version of what has transpired since 2008. We’re at court again. Only this time the King is Reid and the Queen is Pelosi. The Jester is none other than Obama himself. Michelle plays a minor role as stewardess in waiting in this version, even if the bed chamber is AF1.

How can this be? Look at the facts. As much as we may wish to deny it, Reid and Pelosi were the ones making it happen for the Left in Congress. Obama merely assisted by being the Distracter in Chief. Other than the use of his pen to set anything Congress put in front of him to action his role was fleeting and small. But to keep Court in session required both Harry and Nancy to keep the balls in the air. Once either one of them were gone, the balls crashed to the floor.

Which brings us full circle back to Rubin’s article. The WH appears stagnant only because there has not been any legislative action for him to sign on to. With the Queen dethroned, and the King fighting political gout the limelight is all on the Jester and the Jester doesn’t know how to juggle. This should not be any surprise to a beltway type unless they have willfully been unobservant. Which means most of them have done so.

Glad you see the light Ms. Rubin. But your vision of Court is still not clear.

41 Responses leave one →
  1. 2011 March 3 3:18 pm


  2. 2011 March 3 3:27 pm
    bc3b permalink

    I am not sure it’s a nation without leadership. I think Barack Obama knows exactly where he wants to take this country and it’s 180 degrees from where it historically has been. He has got the stimulus passed, ObamaCare passed, but it’s tied up in the courts, DADT repealed, appointed a ton of leftists to the courts and governmental posts, START approved.

    Obama has led us in the direction he planned – turning the country into a third world socialist hellhole.

  3. 2011 March 3 3:54 pm

    re: Obama being awol – lets everyone else take the wheel while he attempts to drive from the back seat, rarely seems to ever want get caught in that drivers seat.

  4. 2011 March 3 4:17 pm

    Three union workers who called out sick to attend a labor rally at the New Jersey Statehouse last week have been suspended.

  5. 2011 March 3 4:54 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    He has got the stimulus passed, ObamaCare passed, but it’s tied up in the courts, DADT repealed, appointed a ton of leftists to the courts and governmental posts, START approved. — BC

    BC, you are proving the root of this post. Bammy has done very little. All the heavy lifting was done in Congress. But I am sure his penmanship is beyond reproach. 🙂

  6. 2011 March 3 6:12 pm

    Where is everyone??????????

    6 posts for an evening thread?????????????

  7. 2011 March 3 6:14 pm
    JustMary permalink

    I’m cooking dinner after a long day of whatever it is I was doing……

  8. 2011 March 3 6:14 pm
    JustMary permalink

    I may have been shopping…..

  9. 2011 March 3 6:16 pm
    JustMary permalink

    Maybe everyone is taking a lead from Charlie Sheen and is out there winning, or something.

  10. 2011 March 3 6:26 pm


    Can I start guest threading? There’s some great stuff out there that needs to be posted.

  11. 2011 March 3 6:33 pm
    JustMary permalink

    Of course! Most guest thread-ers have their own account, but you can always submit something to me via email and I can change the post name to show up as you.

  12. 2011 March 3 6:37 pm
    JustMary permalink

    I just looked, and you were already in there as a contributor. I can send you instructions if you’d like.

  13. 2011 March 3 6:39 pm
    justrand permalink

    I’ve been watching Glenn Beck and drinking “grape juice”.

    And yes, Eph, we’d love to have you post!

    My work has been insane lately…sorry. That’s why I love this site, since we have so many excellent folks to post threads! 🙂

    cheers and I, uh, need more “grape juice” 🙂

  14. 2011 March 3 6:39 pm
    brucefdb permalink

    Second look at Eph?

  15. 2011 March 3 6:48 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Second look at Eph?


  16. 2011 March 3 6:53 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Eph, now no picnic jokes 🙂

  17. 2011 March 3 7:09 pm

    EPH the magic blogger

  18. 2011 March 3 7:18 pm
    janzam permalink

    Good post drdog. I’m a fan of Jennifer Rubin. She seems to frequently cut to the chase.

    Yes, there is a pile of news out there. Some of it is hopeful, like the Fl judge who put a 7 day limit on Obama to response to HC. Then you have the WI standoff, which is exhausting to watch. Ohio’s legislation was impressive. But, it had different circumstances surrounding it. And, of course Libya, having a dictator clinging rather well to power and killing lots and lots of people in the process — also recapturing the symbolically important oil fields in the midst of his comeback.

  19. 2011 March 3 7:19 pm

    18 LMAO!

  20. 2011 March 3 7:21 pm


    Yes please send me instructions. I might put someting together from time to time just to keep everyone on their toes. Just send to my email.

  21. 2011 March 3 7:21 pm
    janzam permalink

    IMO, though, the heroes of the week are Judge Vinson and Gov. Walker. They are two intrepid men!

  22. 2011 March 3 7:26 pm
    janzam permalink

  23. 2011 March 3 7:30 pm

    That will come back to haunt him if he has national ambitions. You don’t bargain with monopolists.

  24. 2011 March 3 7:41 pm
    bc3b permalink

    I was at a high school basketball game. Is that a qualified excuse, Eph?

    Chris Christie appears to love being in the spotlight. I have the feeling people will start getting tired of him fairly quickly.

  25. 2011 March 3 7:44 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    “I’ve said let’s get rid of civil service and let everything be collectively bargained, as long as collective bargaining is fair, tough, adversarial and there’s someone in that room representing you,” he said. — from the post

    To be fair and to be down right rude at the same time. NJ public service system is nothing like Wisc. So in a nut, Christie has not faced a collective bargaining situation or any other governor of that state. So Christie has blinders on to a certain extent about what the governors in the midwest states face. I think if he saw how the game is stacked he might change his tune.

    So long as there is that Union — Democratic axis the bargaining game is fixed before the chips are on the table.

  26. 2011 March 3 7:51 pm

    We must never lose sight of the fact that he is an east coast politician.
    There is something in the water supply.

  27. 2011 March 3 8:06 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    The ATF gun trafficking screw up is starting to heat up.

  28. 2011 March 3 8:07 pm

    Another agency to abolish.

  29. 2011 March 3 8:08 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    True IP. Ya have to honor the guy, he speaks plain and has some guts, literally. Quite rare in a politician at his level. But his stance on a whole list of issues would not fly nationally for a presidential run.

  30. 2011 March 3 8:24 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Our DoD procurement can have its ups and downs. But Britian has it worse I think –

    Don’t know if the author has an axe to grind but it looks pretty bad.

  31. 2011 March 3 8:28 pm
    bc3b permalink

    drdog09 #28

    Very interesting. Let’s see if See-BS follows up.

  32. 2011 March 4 6:11 am

    “The number of unemployed people dipped to 13.7 million, still almost double since before the recession.”

    -AP on today’s “great” job numbers

  33. 2011 March 4 6:30 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Woman who was falsely arrested, denied counsel, denied medical treatment, all for taking a photograph at an airport, wins a $70m default judgement.

  34. 2011 March 4 6:32 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Hey Eph,

    How can Gallop be reporting 10.3% and rising and the BLS say 8.9% and dropping? Emperor has no clothes maybe?

  35. 2011 March 4 6:56 am


    Got me, but a lot of people out there are talking about Gallup’s numbers a lot more often these days.

    All the GOP has to make is a 30 second TV ad referencing the Gallup unemployment number and the AP’s 13.7 million people out of work and you have a new president in 2012

  36. 2011 March 4 7:02 am

    104 % !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    and rising….

  37. 2011 March 4 7:02 am

    The investors aren’t buying the crap.

  38. 2011 March 4 7:02 am

    10.4% that is….

  39. 2011 March 4 7:03 am

    Who here would have ever thought that GALLUP would come in and educate the American public????

    LOL !!!!!!!!!!!!

  40. 2011 March 4 7:19 am

    34 – Good.
    40 – Not I, don’t worry though few voters are paying attention to the gallup number, the trickery will work for the most part on lower information voters.

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