Well that was fun – now what?

Yesterday was a microcosm of the Obotian experience: Exultation, followed by outrage and then despair.

Morning: “Ha ha! Take that you teabagging racists. Obama is the shiznit! That’s how you play bare-knuckle politics!

Mid-day: “How dare those tea-bagging racists disrespect the President like that!”

Afternoon: “What? Obama caved in to those tea-bagging racists AGAIN?

The schadenfreude was so thick you could eat it with a spoon. I had three or four helpings. But now what?

Ann Althouse raises a good point:

Should Obama be criticized just for doing a Joint Session of Congress, quite aside from the debate? This proposal isn’t going to amount to anything, is it? It’s political grandstanding. There’s something dreadful about locking all the members of Congress in place where they’re supposed to sit silently — God forbid anyone yells “you lie!” or whatever — or cheer and laud the President. Frankly, I don’t think it’s presidential, because — in America — we have 3 branches of government, and the President’s forays into the Capitol should be rare, dignified rituals of a nonpartisan nature.

We have three co-equal branches of government. Obot claims to the contrary, Congress does not have to kowtow to the President. In fact, they shouldn’t. The President does not demand a joint session of Congress, he requests it. They don’t have to honor that request, even though they always have.

So anyway, what is Obama going to say that is so important? We know that the subject is jobs, but what legislation will he propose?

Matt Yglesias:

I think Jon Chait gets this exactly right. The debate between moderate Democrats who want the president to propose initiatives that can pass Congress even if they don’t create jobs and liberal Democrats who want the president to propose initiatives that would create jobs even if they can’t pass Congress is nonsense.

If you’re going to propose things that can pass Congress and they create jobs, then I don’t think it matters whether or not they’re popular. The job creation will be rewarded. But if you’re going to pass something that can’t pass Congress, then it doesn’t matter at all whether it would hypothetically work, all that matters is that it polls well. And as Chait says, the things that Keynesian analysis suggests would create jobs — much larger budget deficits, higher inflation — are not popular things to campaign on. The smart move, if you’re just going to give a speech for speech’s sake, is to make the speech be full of nonsense bromides that voters like to hear. Except one problem President Obama will face is that for a “nonsense bromides” strategy to be maximally effective, it would be really useful for the entire progressive echo chamber to get really excited about his bromide agenda and start loudly insisting that the bromides would be super-successful in reducing unemployment if implemented. But Paul Krugman, Rachel Maddow, etc. won’t do that. A speech full of bromides will be disparaged as bromidish. These are the wages of the “hack gap,” the fact that the progressive media ecology is less leadable than the Conintern. Consequently, the president will probably try to split the difference in a way that leaves everyone unhappy and sniping at him from all directions.

Is there anything Obama can propose that would be a) popular, b) worthwhile and c) have a hope in hell of passing?

There is no way that Congress is going to pass another massive stimulus bill. Obama had his chance with that and screwed it up. So what’s left? More tax cuts? Some trade treaties that won’t be a drop in the bucket to our economy?

But if Obama is just going to get up in front of Congress and propose “nonsense bromides” so he can posture for his reelection then Congress should tell him to go piss up a rope not to waste their time.

BTW – Remember when progressives eschewed groupthink and authoritarianism? Now they want followers, not independent thinkers.

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17 Responses to Well that was fun – now what?

  1. myiq2xu says:

    BTW – Sometime tomorrow or Saturday we will go over 300,000 hits

  2. votermom says:

    Is there anything Obama can propose that would be a) popular, b) worthwhile and c) have a hope in hell of passing?

    He could propose to put his golf clubs on ebay. That & Michelle’s shoes.

    • Mary says:


      Mika still complaining this morning on Morning Joe that the Republicans were disrespectful of the president.


  3. Mimi says:

    It does not matter in the least what he proposes. No one that matters to his reelection is listening. He tried to horn in on an over hyped Republican debate after weeks of teasing his base and the media about another speech to save the nation. He lost. Now he is going to try to go head to head with a eagerly awaited football game. He loses again. He had his shot with stimulus with a Democratic congress and he pissed it away. Though his self absorption he made sure that the very entity absolutely necessary to his success was decimated in November 2010. He is the Blanche Dubois of presidents.

  4. WMCB says:

    What now? Well, it looks like he’s trying to rally his troops to support him in his effort to blame it all on Congress and scold them for not “stepping up”.

    Friend –

    Today I asked for a joint session of Congress where I will lay out a clear plan to get Americans back to work. Next week, I will deliver the details of the plan and call on lawmakers to pass it.

    Whether they will do the job they were elected to do is ultimately up to them.

    But both you and I can pressure them to do the right thing. We can send the message that the American people are playing by the rules and meeting their responsibilities — and it’s time for our leaders in Congress to meet theirs.

    And we must hold them accountable if they don’t.

    So I’m asking you to stand with me in calling on Congress to step up and take action on jobs:


    No matter how things go in the weeks and months ahead, this will be an important challenge for our organization.

    It’s been a long time since Congress was focused on what the American people need them to be focused on.

    I know that you’re frustrated by that. I am, too.

    That’s why I’m putting forward a set of bipartisan proposals to help grow the economy and create jobs — that means strengthening our small businesses, giving needed breaks to middle-class families, while taking responsible steps to bring down our deficit.

    I’m asking lawmakers to look past short-term politics and take action on that plan. But we’ve got to do this together.

    I will deliver this message to Congress next week, but I’m asking you to stand alongside me today:


    More to come,


    What a dick. He’s calling a joint session so he can stand up there and pound the podium and castigate Congress. He’s using the time-honored tradition of asking for a Joint Session for important stuff like SOTU and wars, to herd them in like naughty schoolboys for a dressing down by the principal.

    He really is an arrogant dick.

  5. DeniseVB says:

    FLOTUS seems to have the same crackerjack team of schedulers in the WH…..

    “The National Design Awards usually take place in the middle of July, but this year Michelle Obama will host it at the White House on September 13, right in the middle of New York fashion week. As a result, several honorees can’t make it, including finalist Jason Wu and runner-up Prabal Gurung. Gilles Mendel, who is this year’s fashion design winner, moved the date of his runway show so that he’ll be able to accept his award in person. WWD chided, “First Lady Michelle Obama sure knows her designer labels, but her handlers must have misplaced her fashion calendar.” Har har.”


  6. Dario says:

    BO and MO are losers as defined below

    • informal a person who fails frequently or is generally unsuccessful in life

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