Go figure. We criticized from the left, and we won. Of course, those who ascribe to “My President, wrong or right” have been out in force, damning all who dare to question their leader. I guess I view democracy differently. I believe it means that we all have a voice in our government, which is ostensibly of, by and for the people, and that it’s not only our right, but our responsibility to hold our elected officials accountable.
So, we spoke out against the administration’s admonitions that we must attack Syria because Syria attacked its own people. And we spoke out about the president’s decision that insiders told us had been made that would have Larry Summers named to replace Ben Bernanke as chief of the Fed.
On both points, we won. We’re not bombing Syria. Yesterday, Larry Summers withdrew his name from consideration for the job.
In the end, I really don’t care how we got here. The people who proclaim that President Obama is playing multi-level chess while the rest of us are mere checkers players are vilifying anyone who doesn’t agree that Obama and Putin planned the whole diplomatic solution at the G20, and that he called Summers and told him to pull out of the running for Fed chair.
Whatever… thought it would have been nice to hear the president mention the word “diplomacy” instead of “bombs” when he addressed the nation regarding Syria.
But, as Alan Grayson said, “All’s well that ends well.”
Congressman Grayson joined me on the show this morning to recap all that transpired since August 21, and the push-back we’ve both experienced. We also talked a bit about Summers’ withdrawal, and what I would have done if it wasn’t him on the line calling in!
I’m going to state for the record that I’ve been disappointed by the job that Barack Obama has done by and large. I didn’t have huge expectations, but even without them, I am continually frustrated by his hippie punching, his loyalty to people that don’t have his best interests, much less the country’s, at heart. But that said, I also recognize that this president has not only had to deal with record levels of obstruction but also a simmering level of irrationality that prevents much of praise to be accomplished.
That level of Obama Derangement was on full display during the Sunday shows. And yet it’s treated like a normal and valid point of view.
Like John McCain, who never met a military action he didn’t love, calling Obama’s averting of a military incursion as the act of a “loser.”
Or Rep. Justin Amash, who asserted that they would be doing President Obama a favor if they delayed the implementation of Obamacare.
Or Bill Kristol, who said that this incident will make it harder for Republicans to support him. Because they’ve been so supportive up till now.
Or Chuck Todd, who laughably claimed that Republicans did not talk about Benghazi on the one year anniversary of the attack on the consulate.
But let’s end on a slightly more positive note and listen carefully to the question Barney Frank posed (and wonder why it came from him and not host David Gregory) and question why it was so difficult for Maria Bartiromo to answer it.
And, by the way, unlike last weekend, we had a winning week in our How to Beat the Bookies at Pro Football system test! Check it out!