Thursday’s News 11-18…
Here are some highlights – or lowlights depending on your POV – from today’s news pages…
The New Washington… from NYT Politics:
Hope? Change? Heh.
Two weeks after a midterm election that both sides interpreted as a mandate to change the way Washington does business, little, it seems, has changed. […]
Mr. Obama’s communications director, described the White House as “hopeful but not naïve.”
But other Democrats say the president must come up with an aggressive strategy to put himself back in the driver’s seat. If he cannot pass legislation, they say, he must use his executive authority and the force of his office to advance his agenda in ways that do not require Republican cooperation. The Center for American Progress, a research group with close ties to the administration, put out a report this week called “The Power of the President” that sought to identify areas where Mr. Obama can bypass Congress.
Ah yes. The Power of Positive Delusion! There’s nothing wrong with the agenda, just a little communication glitch.
If Mr. Obama is to build support, he must get out of Washington and take his case directly to the American people, said Leslie H. Gelb, president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations. But, he said, the president cannot make that case in the intellectual way that he has in the past.
Yeah, take it straight to the people. Just not in an “intellectual way” whatever that is. Talk about folks who’ve been living in a cave for two plus years. This President is incapable of carrying on a dialog without Mr.T. As in TelePrompTer. Add to that the fact that the major media outlets are 120% in the tank for TheBoyPresident™ both personally and for his agenda.
We are in for a REALLY interesting two years.
Harry is having wet dreams… from our friends at Politico:
“I will move the DREAM Act as a standalone bill in the lame duck,” Reid wrote on his Twitter account. “It’s good for the economy & Pentagon says good for natl security.”
On the campaign trail, the Nevada Democrat promised Hispanic supporters he would bring the stalled legislation to a vote after the Nov. 2 midterm election. The DREAM Act provides a path to citizenship for young illegal immigrants who complete two years of college or military service.
Talk about teeing one up for “the people”. And I’ll bet Harry Potter is dumb enough to invite the student body president from Fresno State to address the Senate on the merits of the bill.
Well gosh. Momma grizzly gets bitten in her cave… again from the NYT:
ANCHORAGE — Senator Lisa Murkowski won a historic victory on Wednesday in her long-shot run for re-election as a write-in candidate.
By Wednesday afternoon, 15 days after the midterm elections, it was clear from a count of write-in ballots in Juneau, the state capital, that Ms. Murkowski had enough of a lead over her opponent, Joe Miller, that Mr. Miller would not be able to catch up.
[…] on Wednesday, Randy Ruedrich, the chairman of the Alaska Republican Party, which had been supporting Mr. Miller, called on him to concede. “This was a free and fair election,” Mr. Ruedrich said in a statement. “It is now time to look forward.”
Oops. Maybe former Governor Palin doesn’t have as much pull with her constituents as we’d been led to believe. Of course she did have the misfortune to back a less-than-stellar candidate. But gosh, losing to a freaking write-in candidate with a name like Murkowski? Oh well. Maybe the former Governor’s constituents know something those of us in the lower 48?
The Fool’s Gold State! Again from the NYT:
LOS ANGELES — Five weeks after the Legislature passed a budget that promised to close a $19 billion budget shortfall, California has sunk back into yet another fiscal crisis, this time facing a $26 billion gap that is posing a major new challenge for the incoming governor, Jerry Brown, and seems almost certain to force deep cuts in a state already reeling from three years of financial turmoil.
Heh. Five weeks and an unexpected $26B “gap”. Otay ‘panky. Methinks the real question is whether California will outlast Greece, Portugal or Ireland as an economic entity. BTW, that new gap doesn’t include the $100B (or is it $300B) shortfall in the California public employees pension system.
Miss Nancy leading the Democrats, but to where? From our friends at the WaPo:
After two days of closed-door meetings in which they rehashed the election and argued about who was to blame, the Democrats remain uncertain of the political path forward. Speaking to reporters after the vote, Pelosi (Calif.) and her leadership team did not offer ideas for rebuilding the party ranks that were decimated by defeats in moderate and conservative districts, leaving behind the smallest group of House Democrats since the Truman administration.
“This is an experienced, diverse leadership team that is very strong,” Pelosi said. “It is a team that took us to victory in ’05 and ’06 and will take us to victory again. In the meantime, I would say to the American people: We extend a hand of friendship to the Republicans; we look forward to hearing their ideas on job creation and deficit reduction.”
Two days? Two freaking days? Gee, we’re ending the same place we started with The Power of Positive Delusion! A “hand of friendship”???? Right. I hope the new Speaker takes some time out and gets his teeth sharpened.