Saturday, September 27, 2008

The little messiah screws up again

The Atlantic explains that it wasn't McCain who torpedoed the White House conference on the bailout deal:

Though Sen. Chris Dodd implied that Sen. McCain sandbagged the rest of the negotiators by bringing up alternative proposals, McCain himself did not bring up those proposals, according to four independent sources briefed by four different principals inside the meeting, including two Republicans and two Democrats.

"McCain has not attacked the Paulson deal," said a third Republican who was briefed by McCain direclty. "Unlike the [Democrats] in the [White House] meeting, he didn't raise his voice or cause a ruckus. He is urging all sides to come together."

Republicans like John Boehner brought up the concerns of House GOPers and McCain acknowledged hearing about their concerns. And McCain, and staffers, did seek to gauge the level of support of the GOP working group's white paper. The Democrats were left with the impression that McCain endorsed the GOP efforts, but they concede that he did not raise them directly.

The fact is that Boehner doesn't have 100 votes from his conference -- 100 votes that Nancy Pelosi really wants. And that's not McCain's fault.

But Boehner and the White House -- and McCain -- if they want to get something passed -- do have the responsibility to persuade these Republicans to support the bailout .

After all, if not to get these recalcitrant Republicans on board, why did McCain go to Washington in the first place?

In the first place McCain didn't go to Washington to force the House Republicans to accept a bad deal. He went to Washington because he is a United States Senator from the state of Arizona. He has a sworn duty to be the voice of the people of Arizona in the Senate. He is 50% of Arizona's Senate representation. And love John McCain or hate him he is a man who will do his duty or die trying.

In the second place there was no "deal" for McCain to blow up. The supposed deal is a giant ream job that the Secretary of the Treasury and congressional Democrats are trying to get the nation to bend over and grab their ankles for and the House Republicans aren't having any of it - and thank God for them.

The Republican counter proposals may not be perfect but they are market based, they do not leave the taxpayers in the position of having to cover a blank check for up to a trillion dollars and they provide for the economic stimulation of serious tax cuts which will grow the economy to the point where the cost of the bailout will not be onerous.

In the third place the truth of what happened in the meeting, according to insiders, is that the Democrats all deferred to B. Hussein Obama -otherwise known as the little messiah, allowing him to be their spokesman. The reports are that he went into the meeting very much ignorant of anything but the bare outline of the Republican position and proceeded to attack the Republican proposals in a belligerent and ill-mannered (and ill-informed) way.

It is at this point that the meeting is said to have fallen apart in shouting and argument.

This is how Barack Obama brings people together.

This is how Barack Obama leads.

This is the "change" we can expect from Barack Obama.

This is what we can "hope" for from Barack Obama.

The little messiah is an ignorant and simple minded man who simply cannot function anywhere outside of the sewer of Chicago street politics without a teleprompter feeding him words written by David Axelrod or some other puppetmaster.

This is not a "man" who needs to be allowed any closer to the White House than the guided tour.