My president is really getting beat up on this week. I was feeling sorry for him until he said this:
“I can assure you that I certainly did not know anything about the [inspector general] report before the I.G. report had been leaked”
via Obama: I didnt know about IRS practices – CBS News.
I still want to feel sorry for him but when you are the chief it is your job to know what you’re underlings are doing, at least to the extent that you won’t be blindsided by a leak to a newspaper.
Kathleen Parker is upset about a couple of things. She sees the run in the White House had with Bob Woodward and the press being denied access to the President when he played golf with Tiger Woods as an ominous threat to a free press. But apparently she also sees the “blogosphere” as a threat to the free press too.
I’m bothered by Gene Sperling’s effort to bully Woodward into not publishing his story placing the origin of the idea for the sequester on the White House, there is plenty of corroboration that Woodward is correct, but I’m bothered because I just don’t like bullying. I don’t see this, as Parker does, as a danger of the independent press losing access to the White House.
See, in Parker’s world there is the “official media”, of which she is a part and then there is the “alternative media” of which she is in competition with. She seems to think the “official media” is a part of the fourth estate while the “alternative media” is not and is an outlet for politicians to get their word out bypassing the gatekeepers in the fourth estate.
“Add to these likely sentiments the fact that Americans increasingly dislike the so-called mainstream media, sometimes for good reason. Distrust of media, encouraged by alternative media seeking to enhance their own standing, has become a tool useful to the very powers the Fourth Estate was constitutionally endowed to monitor. When the president can bypass reporters to reach the public, it is not far-fetched to imagine a time — perhaps now? — when the state controls the message.”
~ Kathleen Parker
See, I’m troubled because the Administration wants to hide the fact that they thought up the idea for this sequester but now want to blame the Republican leadership for it so are bullying reporters to keep the facts from being put out there. She’s upset because the “alternative media” is being given access to the White House also.
Kathleen, can’t we all just get along?
And it isn’t just the Republicans. Scare tactics like this are uncalled for also:
“I cannot guarantee that those checks go out on August 3rd if we haven’t resolved this issue. Because there may simply not be the money in the coffers to do it,” Mr. Obama said in an interview with CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley, according to excerpts released by CBS News.
via Obama says he cannot guarantee Social Security checks will go out on August 3 – Political Hotsheet – CBS News.
These guys know they are going to come to a deal on this and the nations credit limit will be raised. I just get so tired of the posturing. And they don’t need to be scaring my parents!
Just so you know, I am not at all happy with the straw man campaign that’s being run by the opposition party. Yeah, its fun to think of George W. Bush as a straw man and its always fun to knock a straw man down but its still just a straw man and not the actual candidate that has enough issues on his own that a straw man shouldn’t be required.
But here’s the problem, if you personally attack Sen. McCain you have no place to say he’s the one slinging the mud. No one is going to mind you slinging a little mud on a lame duck president whose approval rating is in the gutter.
I’d love to find a righteous man that I could support but he isn’t out there this year.
In eight days we elect the next president of the United States. I haven’t said much about this because I’m less than enthused about my choices. There is really no one running, not even in the various third parties, that I feel I can support. For the first time in ages I’m truly undecided…. or at least I was.
I’ve made my choice but even now it wouldn’t take much to sway it in the next eight days. Basically I’ve been torn between wanting to keep congress and the administration out of the control of one party and voting for someone who once said that they would prefer a clean government to freedom of speech. There’s more than that one comment that has me upset with him but I think that most succinctly explains where I’m coming from.
As of now my plan is to be the last person voting in my precinct in eight days. I’m going to take as long as I possibly can to completely commit.
As of this writing Google’s news search is giving 876 articles related to Richard Clarke‘s revelations about the Bush administration’s handling of the war on Terror. I think I’m going to pass, for now, allowing any of what Clarke has to say influencing my opinions. There are numerous reasons for Clarke to embellish his story and a major incentive to malign his character by the folks in the White House. I’m not sure I’ll hear anything credible from him or about him for, maybe, weeks to come.
I do know that his book will sell much better now that his name is in the minds of us all than it would have had he not gone on 60 Minutes saying what he said. I also believe that a book critical of the Bush handling of the war on terror will sell much better than a book praising this administrations efforts there. I’m always going to wonder exactly what his motivations are.
The Daily Standard brings up some questions about his motivations and the reality that Clarke lives in. This could be a hatchet job on the man but it does show that we need more than a weekend to determine the credibility of the people in the news.
A number of my cynical friends, including a very good online friend, are entertaining the idea that maybe we know exactly where Osama bin Laden is hiding and that he will be conveniently captured sometime this October. This is just a little too cynical for me to accept. That’s just giving a lot more credit to the abilities of the current administration to pull off. Remember, a whole lot of people would have to be in on this plan and the Bush administration hasn’t even been able to keep key cabinet members from going off script and telling the world their own personal opinion. How, then, could they expect to keep all the people required to catch bin Laden, if they have him already, from spilling the beans?
Now, I love a conspiracy theory as much as the next guy but that doesn’t mean I believe them. It takes a lot of competence to successfully keep a conspiracy hidden. I don’t see any evidence of that level of competence among this administration. That’s another reason that I tend to believe that G.W. Bush truely believed that Saddam had WMDs in production and would find them when we invaded them. I believe that even Saddam believed he had WMDs in production.