Tapper humiliates White House spokesman over transparency
Empty Obama Op-ED
"Has Barack Obama realized that he won the election? I know he told Republicans in the House that “I won” as a means to shut down actual negotiations over the stimulus package and try to get them to vote on a bill in which they had zero input. But in reading Obama’s column in today’s Washington Post, all I see is empty sloganeering and cheap fear-mongering instead of substantive cases for the myriad of spending projects in his stimulus bill"
The Fierce Urgency of Pork
"After Obama's miraculous 2008 presidential campaign, it was clear that at some point the magical mystery tour would have to end. The nation would rub its eyes and begin to emerge from its reverie. The hallucinatory Obama would give way to the mere mortal. The great ethical transformations promised would be seen as a fairy tale that all presidents tell -- and that this president told better than anyone. "
The Great Overreach
"Obama and his party were undone by their hubris. There was just too much muchness in the bill. The once impressive support from conservative economists evaporated. Right-wing radio has been having one long tailgate party celebrating Obama’s overreach. According to the polls, voters are souring on the whole thing. Republicans finally discovered testicular"
‘I Won,’ He Explained
"In a meeting with congressional Republicans, he brandished “I won” as a defense of his version of tax relief. But he later used “I won” to push back against an excessive reliance on tax cuts, claiming that it had been repudiated during the campaign even though he talked every day on the trail of cutting taxes for “95 percent of working people” and never once mentioned a commitment to extreme deficit spending."
The Neverending Campaign
"In only three weeks, Obama has managed to undermine many of the central tenets of his claim to represent hope and change. He has gone from promising to bring "an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas..." to using arguments like "I won," and the worn-out campaign rhetoric he threw to the Democrats last night."
Leadership: Obama's Flack Refuses to Say What Changes the President Would Support or Urge
"It's not leadership to just stand back and let factions clash without direction.
Not leadership. Simply passivity. He doesn't care what's in the bill. He just wants a bill.
Bush did this a fair amount and it infuriated me. But this guy is taking it to a new level -- he won't even list his vague priorities and criteria"
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Spa-blogging Obama's Speech to House Dems On Retreat (Video)
I haven't really gotten my head around how fast this has all been or maybe I am not Web 2.0 compatible. Finally:
Not of his even begins to get into the foreign policy, the crazies he has appointed or much on the mishandling of timing, class, or the press. Playing hacky sack and sophomoricly waxing philosophic.