Fate is fickle, power cyclical, and nothing is new under the sun. Especially in Washington, where after every election the losing party is sagely instructed to confess sin, rend garments and rethink its principles lest it go the way of the Whigs. And where the victor is hailed as the new Caesar, facing an open road to domination.
And where Barack Obama, already naturally inclined to believe his own loftiness, graciously accepted the kingly crown and proceeded to ride his reelection success to a crushing victory over the GOP at the fiscal cliff, leaving a humiliated John Boehner & Co. with nothing but naked tax hikes.
Thus emboldened, Obama turned hisinaugural and State of the Union addresses into a left-wing dream factory, from his declaration of war on global warming (on a planet where temperatures are the same as 16 years ago and in a country whose CO2 emissions are at a 20-year low) to the invention of new entitlements — e.g., universal preschool for 5-year-olds— for a country already drowning in debt.
To realize his dreams, Obama sought to fracture and neutralize the congressional GOP as a prelude to reclaiming the House in 2014. This would enable him to fully enact his agenda in the final two years of his presidency, usually a time of lame-duck paralysis. Hail the Obama juggernaut.
Well, that story — excuse me, narrative — lasted exactly six months. The Big Mo is gone.
It began with the sequester. Obama never believed the Republicans would call his bluff and let it go into effect. They did.
Taken by surprise, Obama cried wolf, predicting the end of everything we hold dear if the sequester was not stopped. It wasn’t. Nothing happened.
Highly embarrassed, and determined to indeed make (bad) things happen, the White House refused Republican offers to give it more discretion in making cuts. Bureaucrats were instructed to inflict maximum pain from minimal cuts, as revealed by one memo from the Agriculture Department demanding agency cuts that the public would feel.
Things began with the near-comicalcancellation of White House tours and ended with not-so-comical airline delays. Obama thought furious passengers would blame the GOP. But isn’t the executive branch in charge of these agencies? Who thinks that a government spending $3.6 trillion a year can’t cut 2 percent without furloughing air-traffic controllers?
Looking not just incompetent at managing budgets but cynical for deliberately injuring the public welfare, the administration relented. Congress quickly passed a bill giving Obama reallocation authority to restore air traffic control. Having previously threatened to veto any such bill, Obama caved. He signed.
Not exactly Appomattox, but coming immediately after Obama’s spectacular defeat on gun control, it marked an administration that had lost its “juice,” to paraphrase a charming question at the president’s Tuesday news conference.
Not to mention his late budget.
Well deserved, too.
Why wasn’t a warning IN WRITING from Russia taken seriously?
And what about the warning from Saudi Arabia?
A paid observer in the Boston Mosque he attended (like NYCity took flak for doing) would have shown him to have been radicalized.
Maybe the real problem was how elite college students (and graduates like Obama and Holder) are so absorbed by the romance of multiculturalism and diversity that they aid and abet before and after the fact rather than see reality like those passengers on Flight 97 who acted so as to at least prevent MORE deaths.
thank you for the POST, I was looking for a post to fit this revelation,
and this week there will be a REVELATION from 3 people who where in BENCHASI
they have been threaten many way and many times even
by MANY MEDIA viciously
coming to say what happen really in BENGHASI they expose themselves now
and SENATOR GRAHAM is protecting them,
LIKE SENATOR TREY said there will be real action with the truth given from the mouth of
those who where there,
FOX WILL AS USUAL GIVE US ALL,
and not to be miss.
All the major advertizers need be made aware that this show will be as popular as Watergate. No advertisements -no show then Benghazi will fade away as F n F. People love a good congressional hearing bloodbath.