Distancing From Obama?

The cable pundits  are filling their time talking about how so many Democratic Senate candidates are distancing themselves from President Obama.  I guess there’s nothing much else to talk about these days.  Drama must equal ratings.  Not surprisingly North Carolina’s Kay Hagen and Kentucky’s Allison Grimes tiptoe around the subject of the first Black president.  More surprisingly is Colorado’s Mark Udall.  He’s not really distancing himself from President Obama, but Obama isn’t out in Colorado campaigning for Udall, unlike Elizabeth Warren, Hillary Clinton (twice — so far) and First Lady Michelle Obama.

There are a couple of things wrong here.  First, the polls may overstate the Presidents’ unpopularity.  He is certainly way more popular than Congress.  Second, the polls may reflect that the lazy main stream media are just stenographers for the right.  More cuckoo-nuts right wingers equals more ratings.  Third, the low mid-term turnout meme may not apply this year.

The President gets this.  His objective is for the Democrats not to lose the Senate.  His feelings are not hurt.  What the pundits miss is that while some may not want the President on their campaign trail, they are more than happy to accept the cash he generates from fund-raisers.  And should they win, they won’t forget his contributions to their campaigns.

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The President vs. the Pentagon

With all the upheaval with ISIL and Ukraine the latest right wing meme is that the President isn’t listening to his military advisers.  They reinforce this with the recent criticism from Hillary, Gates, Panetta and most lately President Carter plus a handful of retired generals who are out of the loop and armchair generals (pundits) whose motivations are to raise ratings .  You get the picture that while in a meeting with his military advisers has his hands over his ears, screaming “I can’t hear you. La la la la la.”

Apparently none of these great thinkers have ever read Walter Goerlitz’ History of the German General Staff.  Goerlitz states that staff suggests, giving pros and cons, and line decides.  The Nazi party lost sight of that.

So the critics that say that the President didn’t run with their answers don’t really get it.  Or maybe they do.  They have nothing to lose, unlike the President.  They have a myopic view, unlike the President.

p.s. As to President Carter’s criticism, the only one who may have got that right was Michael Tomasky.  When asked about this by Stephanie Miller, he replied: “Do you think that might have something to do with his grandson running for office?”

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Outsource Congress?

A couple of years ago I got new shingles on my roof.  The crew that installed it all spoke Spanish.  Most of them spoke only Spanish.  A few of them spoke a little English.  Only one of them was fluent in English.  Were they illegals?  I don’t know.  Didn’t care.  What was impressive is that they got the job done in six hours.  From tearing off the old shingles to putting on the new ones to clean up, they did it all is six short hours.   And then they went on to another job.  This is a job that took me and a couple of buddies three days to do several years ago.

About a year ago, Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor announced that they would be in session fewer days in 2014.  Specifically, 113 days for the 113th Congress.  The most do nothing Congress in American history thinks it’s a good idea to work even less.  This while domestic problems grow and foreign issues mount.

So it got me to thinking.  If our elected representatives don’t want to work, why don’t we outsource Congress to people like those who re-roofed my house.  They worked hard.  They worked fast.  They worked long hours.  They did a great job.  And most importantly, they worked as a team.

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Can We Talk?

Joan Rivers dies at age 81.

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ISIL, ISIS, Schemisis

Lets see.

1. Nobody likes these guys.

2. They are brutal fanatics.

3, John McCain was seen a year ago shaking their hands saying they are “Freedom Fighters.”

 

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Israel vs. Hamas

The ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas has everyone wondering how to end this mess.  Secretary of State John Kerry has been working his ass off only to be the object of criticism for his efforts.  Which is weird as he’s the only one who’s trying.

As with many issues in life, one has only to turn to the old Andy Griffith Show for the answer.  A 1960 show, A Feud is a Feud, featured the Carters and Wakefield’s feud.  At one point Andy told them: “You been a feudin’ so long you forgot what you been a feudin’ about.”

Secretary Kerry, it’s worth a try.

 

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Immigration and Independence Day

Protesters in Murrieta California blocked Homeland Security buses carrying undocumented immigrants.  Many of the undocumented are children sent by their parents in hopes of a better life.  Similarly the protesters parents or grandparents or great-grandparents came here seeking a better life.  On this 4th of July the protesters should be ashamed of themselves.

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