The Failed Obama Administration
So it appears Judd Gregg has withdrawn his nomination for Commerce Secretary, signaling yet another blow to bi-partisanship in an increasingly partisan Washington. Business, it would seem, shall proceed as usual. Two things about this are really funny to me.
First, it’s really funny to me that the media is clinging to every one of these “failed” nominations as though they were major blows to the Obama Administration. Conservative commentators are already decrying Obama as a failure or an embarassment or worse and gleefully harp on his every hiccup. Liberals aren’t much better. The vultures are circling, the blood of the campaign still fresh. And I think the Fox News clan is happy to have a President they can attack instead of defend. Attack is so much better for ratings, and so much more fun.
What the media forgets is that this sort of “trainwreck” is common fare at the beginning of any Administration looking for its stride. Do they honestly think voters remember these sort of foibles? Will we think about how Judd Gregg withdrew his nomination, or whatsisname–that Governor from New Mexico–who was he again? Will we consider these things on election day in 2012?
Second, it’s really funny to me that the Republicans are being so obtuse. I mean, it takes serious skill to shoot yourself in the foot this well, and this often. If the GOP had acted with any scruples, any fiscal responsibility, any political honesty over the past eight years, I wouldn’t be saying this. But they didn’t. They followed George W. Bush to the gates of economic madness and then stepped off the brink, and now they want the American people to believe that they’re the champions of fiscal conservatism? Those were two words utterly absent from the Republican lexicon for nearly the past decade. Power really does corrupt. It would seem loyal opposition does, too.
Gregg said he didn’t see this massive of a stimulus package coming, and what? He can’t serve with a clean conscience in an administration dedicated to such massive spending (and tax cuts!)? Would he have served in the war-mongering, fiscally irresponsible Bush Administration? Would his conscience have prevented him then?
No, in reality Gregg couldn’t bear the assault from his own Party. They want him around to vote against it, and they want to send a message to the Obama Administration. What that message is becomes less and less clear daily.
This is not to say I’m all in favor of the stimulus. But that’s beside the point. The point is, the Republican Party is signing their own death warrant by opposing it. They are grossly underestimating the voter support on this one.
That’s also kind of funny.
Sullivan rounds up reactions to the Gregg “disaster.”