TOTUS’ Former Speechwriter Is Now A “Journalist”

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Jon “Titty-groper” Favreau now works for the Daily Beast:

Leading From Below

…Much has been written over the last few weeks about the limits of presidential power. Some smart observers have pointed out that these limits are not new; that historically they have had less to do with the personalities of our leaders than the structure of our democracy. The founders, reluctant to entrust any executive with the kind of authority that was so abused by the king they revolted against, created a separation of powers between co-equal branches of government.

But how boring is that? The more exciting story to tell is how Lyndon Johnson charmed and strong-armed his way to massive legislative victories. Much less interesting is the fact that most of those victories occurred while his party held record majorities in Congress. By the end of his second term, following the loss of 47 House seats and three Senate seats, one aide joked that Johnson couldn’t even get a Mother’s Day resolution passed.

Today, a minority of senators can kill bipartisan legislation that is supported by a majority of their colleagues. And they frequently do. In the House, the speaker alone can kill bipartisan legislation that is supported by a majority of his colleagues. And he frequently does. Following some of this country’s worst mass shootings, a Republican senator and a Democratic senator with A ratings from the National Rifle Association authored a gun safety bill requiring criminal background checks that was supported by 90 percent of the American people. If I were a reporter, I’d be more interested in what was wrong with the Congress that refused to pass that bill than the man at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue who relentlessly campaigned for it at more than a dozen events around the country.

But that’s just me. This Congress has so profoundly disappointed the American people that I suppose the real news would be if they ever did anything that even remotely reflected popular will. At this point, getting angry with Congress for failing to legislate seems as useful as yelling at a puppy for peeing on the floor: neither of them knows any better.

This president has played plenty of hardball and softball with members of Congress. I was there when he cut deals and cajoled his way to a health-care victory that 100 years’ worth of Democratic and Republican presidents had sought and failed to achieve. I saw him do the same with the recovery act, and student-loan reform, and Wall Street reform, and “don’t ask, don’t tell”—a legislative legacy that, whether you agree with it or not, already stands tall against any other president’s in recent memory.

I’ve also seen what happens to Republicans who dare to even contemplate cooperation with the White House. When Congressman Scott Rigell of Virginia accepted the president’s invitation to join him at an event highlighting the shipyard jobs that sequestration would destroy in his district, the two men had a warm and constructive conversation aboard Air Force One. The president talked about his willingness to pursue entitlement reform. Rigell said he was open to closing tax loopholes for the wealthy. In return, he was threatened with a primary challenge by his local Tea Party, attacked by Grover Norquist as a “cheap date,” and flooded with nasty calls and emails from conservative activists.

If you’re a Republican in Congress, what’s more likely to sway your vote—a trip on Air Force One and a personal plea from Barack Obama, or the threat of a Tea Party challenge that’s taken down so many of your colleagues in recent elections?


Gee, it sure is nice to see that the guy who used to write speeches for Obama to read to us is now able to put aside his political leanings and write objective and balanced essays, isn’t it?

I don’t know about you but I want my congressional representatives to be responsive to the people who elected him/her rather than swoon over a free plane ride (at taxpayer expense) or even a fancy White House dinner (at taxpayer expense).

What makes the Tea Party so effective is that they can produce votes. And most places aren’t like Chicago – you can’t just stuff a few ballot boxes, you have to bring real live voters to the polls.

That’s democracy.

BTW – Obamacare was jammed through without any Republican votes.


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30 Responses to TOTUS’ Former Speechwriter Is Now A “Journalist”

  1. myiq2xu says:

    I do find it disturbing how easily people move back and forth between politics and journalism these days. The two professions are very incestuous.

    (See: WHCD)

    • fif says:

      And don’t forget the revolving door includes Wall St. board positions and the lobbying industry.

  2. myiq2xu says:
  3. myiq2xu says:

    Today, a minority of senators can kill bipartisan legislation that is supported by a majority of their colleagues.

    Just a few years ago Democrats praised the filibuster as the last bastion of democracy. That was when Bush was in office and the GOP controlled the House and Senate.

  4. HELENK says:

    http://weaselzippers.us/2013/05/03/sharpton-benghazi-hearings-a-vast-right-wing-conspiracy-against-hillary-clinton/

    and here comes sharpton on Benghazi.

    could we drop him off in an islamic country without papers?

  5. myiq2xu says:

    My new bifocals are here!

  6. HELENK says:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-22401258

    world media talks about loss of freedom of the press.

    in this country the press sold their souls for a cup of gruel and in other countries the press is fighting for its life

  7. HELENK says:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2013/may/03/rolling-stones-tickets-us-tour

    $600 tickets to see the rolling stones not being bought. wonder why?

  8. myiq2xu says:

    NY Post:

    The cause of the April 17 blast at the plant in the town of West is still being probed, and investigators have offered no evidence that security breaches contributed to the deadly incident. There also is no indication that the explosion had anything to do with the theft of materials for drug making. Anhydrous ammonia has been ruled out as a cause because the four storage tanks remained intact after the blast, said Rachel Moreno, a spokeswoman for the Texas Fire Marshal’s Office.

  9. HELENK says:

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/ct-met-kass-0503-20130503,0,1949953,full.column

    lives were lost, Benghazi should not be a political buzzword.

    good video

  10. HELENK says:

    http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/they-are-murdering-small-business-the-percentage-of-self-employed-americans-is-at-a-record-low

    the number of people working for themselves has never been lower in the history of the United States

  11. myiq2xu says:

    Cloud/Silver Lining Dept:

    Cloud: It looks like none of the SF Giants’ Friday night games this season will be televised on a channel I get.

    Silver Lining: On Fridays the SF Giants wear ugly orange jerseys that I hate.

    • To make more money some MLB teams have mixed up their media outlet palette so badly they’ve become irregularly and unreliably available for home viewing/listening. Sis, a Dodger fan for over 50 years, moved to Giant land (on the central coast) over 16 years ago but still followed them faithfully on local radio until this year when the last remaining net carrying their games had to drop them because of an increased fee. A little bit of something is apparently not as good as a whole lot of nothing.

      • myiq2xu says:

        I can understand that when you are paying a fee to air games you would want exclusive rights in the areas where you broadcast. But they blackout the Giants game everywhere and only air it in the Bay Area.

        I remember when Ted Turner put WTBS on nationwide cable and since he owned the Braves he showed all their games. At first nobody cared because the Braves were crappy but if you got cable you could watch your team play them. Then the Braves got good.

        I’m sure Ted Turner must have exploited someone to make all his money but that was the smartest move he ever made. Even better than when he invented 24/7 news.

  12. fif says:

    “This president has played plenty of hardball and softball with members of Congress. I was there when he cut deals and cajoled his way to a health-care victory that 100 years’ worth of Democratic and Republican presidents had sought and failed to achieve. I saw him do the same with the recovery act, and student-loan reform, and Wall Street reform, and “don’t ask, don’t tell”—a legislative legacy that, whether you agree with it or not, already stands tall against any other president’s in recent memory.”

    Barf. Where to begin? The only reason he had a shot in hell at health care was because of the courageous groundwork done by his predecessors, and he even managed to turn it into a piece of junk with his political paybacks. Ditto Wall St. “reform,” and the “recovery act.” And you can add “Don’t Ask” to the list, because he resisted gay rights advocacy every step of the way (Mr. “when a man and woman marry, God is there” Saddleback debater) until The Human Rights Campaign threatened repeatedly to pull their considerable support.

    These blind kiss-ass partisan hacks are the real problem with our democracy, and they are the fuel for Obama’s hubris.

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