Klown Musings: Monotony Gets The Bills Paid

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I had a GMTA moment when I read this article from Kevin Williamson at NRO:

The Case for a Boring Man

As I was lunching with a few conservative political types earlier this week, the subject turned, as it does, to the 2016 field. When the name of a highly regarded former governor came up, the judgment was unequivocal: “He’s just so . . . boring.” That was not intended as an endorsement.

It should be.

Barack Obama has been anything but boring. “May you live in exciting times” may be a fake Chinese curse, but the wisdom communicated therein is real. Thought experiment: Consider the presidency of Barack Obama from the point of view of the sort of person who is likely to support such men. Having vanquished George W. Bush, he has now given us: a military mess in Iraq complete with the deployment of U.S. troops and a mission that is probably unachievable; the continuing disintegration of Afghanistan and its reversion to a jihadist safe haven; an economy that is shrinking significantly and probably is dipping back into recession; a defense and intelligence apparatus that is abusing its powers and the trust of the American people in ways that are not obviously related to defeating terrorist plots; millions without health insurance; millions out of work; corruption in our public institutions, ranging from the IRS to our universities; a self-aggrandizing political elite that is busy enriching itself through the vulgar exploitation of political connections while incomes for ordinary Americans stagnate or decline; etc. There has been a great deal of excitement, but if you voted for Obama because you were angry about the wars, the surveillance state, and the economy, things aren’t looking any better at all.

The most boring president of the modern era probably was Dwight Eisenhower, whose administration was marked by relative peace, prosperity, and confidence in the effectiveness and integrity of our institutions. The most boring president ever surely was Calvin Coolidge, who pinched pennies and kept at his plow, more or less leaving the country free to go about its own business, which turned out to be an excellent economic program.

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I myself don’t have a 2016 candidate, but I’ll say this: I don’t want an exciting one. I don’t need to be inspired and don’t desire to be awed or ruled. I want what has been missing these past years: a responsible, sober, honest, predictable federal government, one that recognizes its own limits — constitutional and epistemic — and under which the president is not a hero but a steward.


If you asked people who was the greatest general in WWII most people would pick Patton over Eisenhower because Patton was flashy and exciting and won battles while Ike was boring and spent his time a long way from the battlefield – some people say Ike was basically a glorified bureaucrat. But the reason that Patton was able to be flashy and exciting and win battles was because his boss was boring.

My uncle used to say, “Variety is the spice of life, but monotony gets the bills paid.” Right now we could use some monotony in the White House.

True success requires lots of monotony. Even jobs that are fun and exciting typically involve a lot or hard, boring work. You want to be an NFL star and win a Super Bowl? You’re gonna have to spend a lot of time on the practice field and the weight room and watching game films of your opponents. The typical pro or Olympic athlete spends hours every day for years and years just to get a few minutes of glory.

Obama loves being POTUS because he craves the spotlight and privileges that come with the job. But he hates the job and he never put in the hard work to earn it. George W. Bush famously said “Presidentin’ is hard” and he was right. They told us that Obama was a lightworker but in reality he is just a light worker.

We need a boring president. Maybe a couple of them in a row. Someone who will get the bills paid, and make the government operate more efficiently, competently and honestly. We need someone who will run government instead of trying to expand or transform it.



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62 Responses to Klown Musings: Monotony Gets The Bills Paid

  1. here here Klown. Sounds like a winner….

  2. driguana says:

    Mitt Romney certainly would have fit the bill!! Just think how exciting the past 2 years would have been with a boring b president like Mitt.

  3. Lulu says:

    After catastrophes people want quiet. They want to fix what was destroyed or messed up. They want to be left alone. I have come to think of this administration as a car wreck or a hurricane that won’t stop. One messed up disaster after another and they won’t shut up and stop making it worse. We need a soft spoken, earnest insurance adjuster.

  4. The Klown says:
    • Constance says:

      Jenny McCarthy was a weird choice for a “women’s show”. Where do the men who run media get the idea that an aging piece of ass who is past her freshness date for male content is suddenly perfect for “women’s content”. Sort of on the same level as putting Robert Pattinson on a men’s sports commentary show.

  5. The Klown says:
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  7. DeniseVB says:

    Whew, we dodged a bullet here, eh? (Won’t run for a third term, Michelle won’t let him even the constitution is changed). Also a video at that minni-ha-ha town hall thing. Actually, I find him quite boorish, especially when he’s trying to act cool with that fakey interest for the people there.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/210757-obama-i-wont-run-in-2016

    Yes, bring on boring and monotony !

  8. votermom says:

    Usually I’d agree with boring, but I think the bureaucracy is so rotten that we need a reformer, not just a hard worker. Thats going to draw a lot of drama from the statists.

    • lyn says:

      True, but it would be boring for the rest of us. I shared the post on my FB page: The Klown always is right, but I’m not a Klownbot.

      • Lulu says:

        Boring is good. And bureaucracy reform can be very exciting! LOL.

        • leslie says:

          It’s so funny, I used to date a man who would say, “Boring is good”, and we’d argue about the value of “boring”. Now that I’m older and probably wiser, I know just what he meant. and yes. reforming this mess would be very exciting.

    • Lulu says:

      I agree with you totally. Scott Walker union buster and bureaucracy tamer is looking better and better. And that asshole prosecutor that has been pursuing him had to recant that he wasn’t after Walker and found nothing on him (I suspect a personal slander/libel suit was waved in his stupid face.)

      • lyn says:

        Any reformer will have an uphill battle with a biased press and the broken party establishment, but we must have hope that’s not the Obama kind.

        • Lulu says:

          I agree but the IRS incompetence and obvious political bent plus the implosion of the INS and DHS over something they have been expecting and politically planning for a couple of years have changed things a little at least. The collapse of our foreign policy directed by a WH through a politicized Dept of State is another big no-no with horrific ramifications. The public has historically hated a politicized bureaucracy and it is on a collision course with voters. The pendulum swings. I remember Al Gore trying to clean out the rat’s nest of managers who did nothing but collect paychecks. If he had won he would have carried through with it but with Bush and then Obama it has only gotten worse and they have gotten bolder. Time for some RIF’s (Reduction in Force).

          • lyn says:

            Do you have faith in voters? After Obama, I don’t.

          • Lulu says:

            I wouldn’t call them voters because I don’t think most people THINK about voting. That is not how most people approach the world and their lives. I do think people are seeing their opportunities dry up, their lifestyles seriously erode, be told that foreign children who come here illegally are more important than their own children or grandchildren, that they have to pay for theories or practices that they don’t believe in, stuff like that. When you continuously tell people that things must go against their own self interest because …SHUT UP… and someone else is going to make money but not them, it develops into a how do we survive reactive mentality. One thing Vile Progs and many other self interest groups seem to ignore or try to condition out of humans is the survival instinct. I think we have gotten into that territory as a country and it is making people very, very angry.

          • lyn says:

            You have the best insight, Lulu.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Just read another good rant by Greta who blamed a lazy, stupid media for pushing that story by reading what was on the internet, not actually looking for the facts (which were there all the time).

        Walker’s still #1 on my list too.

  9. lyn says:

    A LOL tweet: ‏@markknoller “You are an idiot and the worst president ever,” says Pres Obama, describing some of the critical letters he gets.

  10. Constance says:

    “We need someone who will run government instead of trying to expand or transform it.”

    Well then we need someone who is an Independent because both parties are completely corrupt. Democrats are the party of bureaucracy and government control, Republicans are the party of multinational corporation control. There is no party except the Tea Party who are for The People and the Constitution. And the Tea Party is being attacked by government institutions and both parties.

  11. swanspirit says:

    Rachel Madcow is upset , because Republicans “sort of ” broke in to Gov .Terry McAuliffe’s office and DELIVERED the budget , starting a time clock which requires him to sign it within a certain period .
    I know this shenanigan is probably not ok , but for some reason , my perverse sense of humor has kicked in and I find this hilarious , and am also enjoying the faux outrage by Madcow and others .
    The list of scandals from the White House ? No mention from Madcow , but Republican shenanigans , The horror and the furor !!!
    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/what-occurred-here-unacceptable

    In this case, however, Republicans decided to start the clock when they knew the governor and his staff weren’t in their offices. Indeed, GOP lawmakers waited until they knew the offices were empty, ignored security protocols, and delivered the budget knowing no one would be there to receive it.

    They then sent an email, 15 minutes later, stating for the record that the document had been dropped off (and the clock was ticking).
    To put it mildly, the governor’s office was not pleased that lawmakers had entered their workspace, uninvited, knowing no one was there. McAuliffe’s chief of staff, Paul Reagan, wrote an angry letter to Col. Anthony S. Pike, chief of the Virginia Capitol Police, cc’ing GOP leaders and the superintendent of the Virginia State Police, which is responsible for the governor’s security.

    “This letter is to inform you that under no circumstances are you or any of your officers authorized to allow employees of the General Assembly to enter the secure areas of the governor’s office without my express permission, or the express permission of Suzette Denslow, the governor’s deputy chief of staff,” Reagan wrote in the letter to Pike, dated June 18.

    “What occurred here Sunday is unacceptable,” the letter continues. “Two employees of the speaker of the House of Delegates were given access to an area of the governor’s office where sensitive files and materials are kept.”

    • Mary says:

      Poor ole Rachel. She’s like the falling tree in the forest, when nobody’s there.

      Ho hum.

  12. DeniseVB says:

    What do you mean oops ? Should have been shot down, this is almost an act of war? Meh, not in Obama’s world 😦

    http://lasvegas.cbslocal.com/2014/06/27/report-mexican-military-chopper-crosses-into-us-shoots-at-border-agents/

  13. 49erDweet says:

    “Boring” can also be a personally defining word, telling far more about the speaker than he/she wants to disclose. Synonyms can include “dependable”, “regular”

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  15. swanspirit says:

    Boring would be most welcome after Obama the drama addicted, crisis creating, incompetent axehole .

  16. leslie says:

    Anyone here remember “No Drama Obama” ???
    Now that was certainly a bait and switch.

  17. foxyladi14 says:

    But he still loves you. 😆

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