Friday, September 11, 2009

Bottom of the 9th, 2 outs, 2 strikes, Obama swings...

The dust has settled after President Obama's "big speech" to "rescue" his healthcare "reform." The quotes are appropriate because the speech wasn't big, just more of the blah, blah, blah he's been blathering in 28 previous "big" speeches on healthcare. And the "rescue" obviously failed as even his supporters can't find a single member of Congress whose vote has been changed.

And as to whether his healthcare socialism plan will be "reform," well only in Obama's mind, certainly not in the minds of the vast majority of Americans, who rank changes in our healthcare system way down their priority list on urgent matters that the President should be "fixing."

Truth is, Obama has proven absolutely incapable of fixing anything since he moved into the White House, and a lot of stuff that ain't really broke, like healthcare, top his Mr. Fix-It List.

The Washington Post, which always tries to put the best spin on whatever nonsense comes out of the White House, had this gloomy headline this morning: Details Still Lacking On Obama Proposal, White House Unclear on How Some Far-Reaching Goals Would Be Met.
One day after President Obama pitched his plan for comprehensive health-care reform to a joint session of Congress, administration officials struggled Thursday to detail how he would achieve his goal of extending coverage to tens of millions of uninsured Americans without increasing the deficit.
To use Obama's own baseball analogy, his "big speech" to the joint session of Congress was the bottom of the 9th, two outs, nobody on base and two strikes down. And what drew the only chuckle of the night from Congress during the "big speech"? When Obama admitted what the WaPo says this morning, "details still have to be worked out." He's got it all figured out and he's ready to pass this bill, except for one minor detail. How are we taxpayers going to pay for it?

So Obama points to center field with his bat, takes a mighty swing at the final pitch and ...
Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright;
The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light,
And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout;
But there is no joy in Mudville - mighty Casey has struck out.
But though there is no joy in Mudville or out there in the leftwingnut stands, there will indeed be joy all across the land in the hearts and minds of Main Street America when this farce is over.

And the irony of this crash-and-burn administration thus far was pointed out by one of the panel members on Fox News before the big speech Wednesday night. I think it was Stephen Hayes who said that polls had shown a slight uptick in public support for the healthcare reform bill during the recent 10-day period when ... wait for it ... Obama was on vacation.

So Mr. Narcissism who so loves the sound of his own voice that he's given more "big speeches" thus far in his presidency than any previous occupant of the White House, is in fact his own worst enemy. The more he talks, the more people distrust him. In fact, Obama is giving a whole new twist to the "bully pulpit" of the presidency. The more he talks and the more he blames all who disagree with him of being "bullies," the more he exposes his own paranoia and bullying ways.

And the more enemies he makes in Congress and across the land with his bullying ways, the more this old saying applies: You ain't paranoid if everybody really is out to get you.

He's fast becoming the bully pulpit in reverse. Keep on speechifying BHO. You're doing great.

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