My personal musings about anything that gets on my radar screen--heavily dominated by politics.


If You're Going To Get In The Ring, Throw Some Punches 

The President gave a very strong radio address today (courtesy The Corner). The punchline:

At this moment, somewhere in the world, terrorists are planning a new attack on America. And Congress has no higher responsibility than ensuring we have the tools to stop them.

Read the whole thing--it's good.

Except for one thing: in the whole of the speech the President mentions "Congress" four times and "House" or "House of Representatives" seven times. BUT IT WASN'T THE WHOLE OF THE HOUSE THAT WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS. It was the Democrats in the House, and the President should have called them out for that.

Somewhere, in some remote part of this country, there is some poor Joe who hasn't been paying too close of attention to the world over the last couple years (or who is soo diseased by Bush Derangement Syndrome so as not to know the difference), so Joe may still think the Republicans run the Congress. And, hearing the President's speech, Joe may say to himself "Damn Republicans--you'd think they could get something done." And so the President's speech failed to inform Joe with whom the fault actually lies, so Joe is no smarter going to the ballot box later on.

This unwillingness to engage is infuriating. This one is on a par with condemning the publication of national security secrets without actually mentioning the New York Times.

I don't know what is wrong with this President that he doesn't like to throw the heat, always dancing around the edge of the strike zone with breaking balls. He's gotta go after these guys--he's got 360 days left in office to do something. He should simply not care what it looks like doing his business--step on toes if he must, but let's call a spade a spade when it's appropriate.

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