The President did his best to show anger and shock at the IRS’s mishandling of conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status in a press conference this evening where he took no questions. He promised to “hold responsible parties” accountable claiming that he “will not tolerate” this type of behavior in any agency, but especially the IRS “given the power that it has and reach that it has in all of our lives.”
He promised safeguards and to work with Congress. He claimed this is a “fixable” problem. (Of course, that makes sense now that the election is over.)
He had the gall to tell Congress not be partisan in its investigation. Even in the midst of a scandal with a clear abuse of power in his administration, he finds the time to take a swipe at Republican leadership in Congress. “Democrats and Republicans owe it to the American people to treat that authority with the responsibility it deserves and in a way that doesn’t smack of politics or partisan agendas.” Let’s face it, that little remark was not directed at the Democrats.
He also talked about ensuring that the “laws are clear” so that they can be enforced fairly. So, was he trying to say they were not enforced fairly because the laws were not clear? He certainly implied that.
This was basically a press conference about nothing where the President just wants the evening news cycle to run a story claiming he is outraged and “doing all that he can.”
Charles Krauthammer on Fox said just after the press conference that this is the “bare minimum” that the president had to do. He is exactly right. This was basically punting the controversy forward a day with generalities hoping that the outrage will die down.
DaTechGuy Blog March 7th:
If Mitt Romney is the nominee everything changes for the worse for him
Mitt Romney will still have an organization, but instead of being vastly superior it will be inferior to Obama.
He will still have the GOP party apparatus behind him, but he’ll not only face an opponent with the party apparatus unlike in Iowa and Maine that party won’t be in a position to make “judgement calls” on caucus counts or re-counts.
It means he will have to deal, for the first time, the MSM hitting him as “extremist” his religion will be hit as “extreme” and he will have the full “Racist, sexist, homophobe” meme thrown both at him and at his Mormon religion and the MSM will do it without fear or worry.
And it goes without saying Mitt Romney won’t have the ability to outspend Obama, in fact every indication is he will be outspent by Obama.
Romney has outspent each of his rivals — and all of his rivals put together. His campaign organization has been operating for years, and it has put his name on the ballot everywhere, while neither Santorum nor Gingrich had a big enough organization to get on the ballot in an important state like Virginia.
In the general election, President Obama will have all the advantages against Romney that Romney currently has against his Republican rivals. Barack Obama will have boots on the ground everywhere — not just members of the Democratic Party organization but thousands of labor union members as well.
All indications are Mitt will win Illinois big (Stacy McCain’s post today is the clearest sign on it). He will rightly get congratulations for doing so, what he will be doing in the fall when he can’t outspend Obama 7-1 in a state and 21-1 in a media market with the MSM in full attack mode against him, that remains to be seen.
If Mitt wins the nomination I’ll be with him, but as long as Rick Santorum is in this race, I’ll stick with Rick Santorum as the best choice not only for the country but as the better choice to face president Obama and his friends in the MSM this fall.
…but only because she gets it right:
One of my husband’s friends–hated Bush, loved Obama and defended him vociferously for the first year, less passionately the second–told him over lunch this week that he’s done with Obama and “I never thought I’d say this but I miss Bush. We knew that he said what he meant, even if we didn’t want to hear it. We knew who he was, even if we didn’t like him. And we never had to wonder whether he liked us. He always did.”
And that is it, in a nutshell. Bush is missable, because we miss having a president whose affection for his country and its people–even the ones who hated him–was never in doubt.
We miss Bush because he never lectured us or harangued us, and when people disagreed with him, they were not immediately called names in an attempt to simply shut up debate.
This is an awful lot like a person who sick of the faults of their Husband of wife takes off with someone who promises them something different and exciting. For a time different and exciting is fun, but sooner or later the hard work of actually living together takes place and reality takes over.
George W. Bush was and is a decent and honorable man, who did what he thought was right and never went after people who absolutely despised him. Remember this?
Do you think that Obama could have shaken that kind of thing off like President Bush did? I think not.
Memeorandum thread here.
btw: The title and first line of this post is in keeping with my plan of writing posts in the style of the New York Times Editorial page in the hopes of landing a plum writing job.
If you want to make a list George W. Bush’s friend and allies in the media it likely doesn’t include Maureen Dowd, Eugene Robinson or Peter Beinart. Yet the three of them seeing their hero Barack Obama floundering over the Ground Zero Mosque and the democrats on the defensive over their support of it expect George W. Bush to save the day:
There’s a new argument emerging among supporters of the Ground Zero mosque. Distressed by President Obama’s waffling on the issue, they’re calling on former President George W. Bush to announce his support for the project, because in this case Bush understands better than Obama the connection between the war on terror and the larger question of America’s relationship with Islam.
President Obama has spent most of his term in office bashing George W Bush and blaming him for everything except the kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby. The democratic strategy for 2010 has been blame Bush, now they are waiting for him to save them.
President Bush has politely refrained from critique of the current administration, I can’t see him bailing out these people who will not show any gratitude for it, even if he was so inclined. Does that mean that they will blame Bush for any political problem caused by Obama’s statements? Well DUH!
Memeorandum thread here.
Update: Corrected some spelling mistakes
Update 2: I absolutely love Doug Powers headline at Michelle Malkin’s site
Ground Zero Mosque Supporters Beg Greedy, Lying, Human Rights Violating War Criminal to Join Their Crusade
Update 3: I could copy and paste these headlines all day:
To save Obama, Left cries out for … George W. Bush?