Historiann: "Intellectual Dishonesty: Ur Doin It Rite on the Left"
You must read Historiann, because she's on a roll. Talkin' about those who say our poor, poor President can't get anything done because of the big, bad partisanship wolf that keeps huffing* and puffing and blowing the House in (and the Senate, especially!)
Well, some of us–or should I say more accurately, some of you–better sit up, grab your forks, and get ready to chow down on some Humble (or Umble) Pie. Check out this embarrassment from Michael Tomasky: apparently, because Obama hasn’t accomplished much in his first 11 months in office and because partisanship has only gotten worse, it means that the U.S. political system is ”broken.” That’s right–Dear Leader is in fact powerless before a few determined loudmouths in the Senate. (I’m speaking of President Joe Lieberman, President Blanche Lincoln, President Olympia Snowe, President Max Baucus, President Ben Nelson, President Chuck Grassley, and President Mary Landrieu–who all have more power than President Barack Obama because they’re not afraid to use the levers they have to get what they want. Too bad Obama didn’t learn at their feet when he was their junior colleague!)
One of many great quotes:
Somewhere–either from above or below–the ghost of Lyndon Johnson is laughing at these crybaby Dems and so called “progressives,” and crying for the rest of us. WWLBJD? I’ll tell you: He would have phoned up those Senators, and talked to them about some up-and-comer D.A., mayor, or congressperson in their states he’d be inclined to support in a big way in a primary challenge if they didn’t play ball with the President. He also would have let them know that their hometown crowd-pleasing porky pet projects would be stripped, defunded, and kicked to the curb, and that he would make sure their constituents knew whose fault it was. (But of course, this scenario presumes that we have a President who wants to pitch for the home team instead of a President who wants to be the Umpire.)
And I love that Umpire metaphor. That's what we've been looking for, doncha think?
*yeah, half-pun deliberate.