Left to Obama: Why Can’t You Be More Like Bush?

August 18, 2009 at 11:11 am | Posted in Barack Obama, health care | 12 Comments
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Looking for Taibbi’s article on the healthcare reform bill out this week and came across his latest blog post on Truth Slant:

“I’ll say this for George Bush: you’d never have caught him frantically negotiating against himself to take the meat out of a signature legislative initiative just because his approval ratings had a bad summer. Can you imagine Bush and Karl Rove allowing themselves to be paraded through Washington on a leash by some dimwit Republican Senator of a state with six people in it the way the Obama White House this summer is allowing Max Baucus (favorite son of the mighty state of Montana) to frog-march them to a one-term presidency?

To quote Method Man’s Calvin “Cheese” Wagstaff character from The Wire, “This is some shameless shit right here.”

First of all, the fact that he quotes The Wire is amazing.  Second, who would have predicted that 8 months into his term Obama would be making Bush look good?  For all the vitriol directed at the former president for acting like a cowboy-bully in the White House, it’s ironic that the left is  asking Obama : Why can’t you be more like Bush?

But, politically speaking, I wonder how productive it is for Democrats to rail against their party as weak or afraid of its own shadow.   Is it really what’s best for the party?  And could it do more harm than good? I hestitate to step into the echo chamber and agree with the cricitism of democratic weakness because it usually perpetuates a talking point whose origin can usually be traced back to the RNC.   Democrats will never be billed as the strong, united party when its accused as being weak at the faintest sign of a flinch.  But, the Dems do need a kick in the butt.  They are dropping the ball on healthcare reform by letting the Republicans control the debate.  Remember this death panel rumor was one they should have been prepared for.  For the sake of the party and healthcare reform, dems need to be told grow a backbone — without being call spineless.


Well Played, George Bush(!?)

April 28, 2009 at 10:21 am | Posted in Barack Obama | Leave a comment
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Obama is getting an A+ for his political handling of the swine flu outbreak, instilling a sense of calm in his public remarks, while behind the scenes, according to aides, “the President is directing his administration to be ready in case an alarm needed to be sounded.”  Others are giving much of the credit for the government’s early preparation for a flu pandemic to…former President George W. Bush (huh?!).  From the NYT:

“We’re seeing a payoff of the original investment made in pandemic preparedness by the Bush administration,” said Jeffrey W. Levi, executive director of Trust for America’s Health. The term pandemic refers to a widespread outbreak of an infectious disease. …On his summer vacation in 2005, Mr. Bush read “The Great Influenza,” a history of the 1918 pandemic by John M. Barry.”

Imagine what Bush’s political legacy would be if he had been dealt disease instead of floods…

Gore Vidal vs. David Dimbleby

November 5, 2008 at 6:37 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I watched mostly BBC coverage of the election last night.  And this was BY FAR the best interview I’ve seen on presidential politics in some time:

McCain Tears Apart Republican Party

October 26, 2008 at 11:06 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Don’t Stand So Close To Me

September 2, 2008 at 11:13 pm | Posted in '08 Campaign, McCain | Leave a comment
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President Bush addressed the Republican National convention via satellite from the White House tonight, sending the McCain campaign into a spin of political acrobatics as outgoing president, with an approval rating hovering around 30, percent took the spotlight.

The delicate dance McCain is leading tonight is to use the President to energize the Republican base, without undermining his argument that he’s the true candidate of change.  A tall order as Obama’s chorus of attacks linking McCain to Bush grow only louder.
But, McCain escaped from the Bushes unscathed tonight, as the President was strategically slipped between two tribute videos to Teddy Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan.  The implication: Bush is a mere anomaly in a series of successful Republican Reigns. 

I doubt the public will buy it.  First, Teddy Roosevelt left office 100 years ago.  You can’t seriously play that card.  Second, the Reagan lovefest is getting old.    Is the voting public really that distracted by shiny metal objects that the last eight years of Bush are magically erased with images of the Gipper?  Please. Third, Bush is no anomaly, no blip on the screen.  He had 8 years in office to get it right and he didn’t. And fourth, if the McCain campaign wants to walk down memory lane of Republican presidents of the past, NEXT STOP: Richard Nixon.



More Photo Oops

August 19, 2008 at 9:20 pm | Posted in '08 Campaign, McCain | Leave a comment
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WSJ Turns Comic-al

July 25, 2008 at 3:40 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments
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The Wall Street Journal’s Andrew Klavan :

A cry for help goes out from a city beleaguered by violence and fear: A beam of light flashed into the night sky, the dark symbol of a bat projected onto the surface of the racing clouds . . .

Oh, wait a minute. That’s not a bat, actually. In fact, when you trace the outline with your finger, it looks kind of like . . . a “W.”

There seems to me no question that the Batman film “The Dark Knight,” currently breaking every box office record in history, is at some level a paean of praise to the fortitude and moral courage that has been shown by George W. Bush in this time of terror and war. Like W, Batman is vilified and despised for confronting terrorists in the only terms they understand. Like W, Batman sometimes has to push the boundaries of civil rights to deal with an emergency, certain that he will re-establish those boundaries when the emergency is past.

Play Practice

July 23, 2008 at 1:22 pm | Posted in '08 Campaign | Leave a comment
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Is the Obama campaign taking a page out of Bush’s playbill?  Today he appeared in front of Palestinian Qassam rockets while denouncing Hamas’s rocket attacks on Israel.

Here’s the best of Bush on the “world stage”:

Bush Flushed With Excitement

June 25, 2008 at 1:18 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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One of the few ideas hatched while drunk that still sounds just as brilliant the next day.

“From the Department of Damned-With-Faint-Praise, a group going by the regal-sounding name of the Presidential Memorial Commission of San Francisco is planning to ask voters here to change the name of a prize-winning water treatment plant on the shoreline to the George W. Bush Sewage Plant.”

The plan, naturally hatched in a bar, would place a vote on the November ballot to provide ‘an appropriate honor for a truly unique president….’

“The renaming would take effect on Jan. 20, when the new president is sworn in. And regardless of the measure’s outcome, supporters plan to commemorate the inaugural with a synchronized flush of hundreds of thousands of San Francisco toilets, an action that would send a flood of water toward the plant, now called the Oceanside Water Pollution Control Plant.”

-New York Times

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