Friday, February 6, 2009

Gobsmacked

I suppose I can understand why President Obama got behind the eight ball on promoting the stimulus package and let the Republicans control the message. It’s probably because he couldn’t believe that there could be people like Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) who could say something as breathtakingly stupid as this

Insurgency, we understand perhaps a little bit more because of the Taliban. And that is that they went about systematically understanding how to disrupt and change a person’s entire processes. And these Taliban — I’m not trying to say the Republican Party is the Taliban. No, that’s not what we’re saying. I’m saying an example of how you go about [sic] is to change a person from their messaging to their operations to their frontline message. And we need to understand that insurgency may be required when the other side, the House leadership, does not follow the same commands, which we entered the game with.

…and expect to get anywhere. To quote Billy Joel, you should never argue with a crazy man.

I realize that Mr. Obama spent two years running for the office and he’s seen and heard a lot of strange things — he’s a Muslim, he’s not really an American citizen, he can’t hit a three-pointer — from the blogs and the tabloids and Bill O’Reilly, but to be up against this kind of crap from people who have been elected to Congress must have really caught him by surprise.

I think he’s finally getting over the gobsmacking moment of the viral stupidity that is coming out of people like Mr. Sessions or the ironic whining of fear-mongering by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who spent the last eight years doing exactly that, or Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), proving that his grasp of economics is why he is still the in the Senate.

Now that he realizes what he’s up against — a party that doesn’t care much about anything other than winning at all costs so they can stand on top of smoldering ruins and bellow about their victory — he’s got to really make the case over the talking heads and the blithering idiots.