The Party of Rush vs. the Party of No Rush at All
2:00 PM, Mar 4, 2009 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
Charles Krauthammer sounded an ominous note on Fox last night about the direction- or lack thereof-of the administration on the banking problem:
Indeed, the Cult of Competence seems utterly at a loss for how to deal with the banking crisis, preferring to operate on the familiar grounds of taxing and spending, touting education and health care. Yesterday, the President derided a two-month 25-percent drop in the Dow as a "tracking poll" that "bobs up and down from day to day," but means nothing in the long term. Tell that to somebody whose long-term funds ain't looking so hot these days.
Today, those same people woke up to find that the White House is not only prioritizing every social program they can think of over the banking crisis, but they've got a detailed, extensive, plan for making Rush Limbaugh the face of the Republican Party. Nevermind the fact that the party has very little power in controlling either message or votes right now. Obama's poll numbers are still very high. People want to believe in him, but how long will that last once they realize the "bold, new, fresh ideas" Obama brought to a country in need consist of a recycled 1993 attack on a talk-show host devised by recycled 1993 political hacks who appear on less popular talk shows.
This is the plan being devised at the highest levels in the Obama White House. This is what they're spending time, energy, and media on:
Robert Gibbs offered Republicans a gift today, lapsing into his old campaign talking points, and falling just short of admitting that the Rush talk is exactly the kind of "distraction" from important issues Obama decried daily on the trail:
With left-leaning critics like Hillary Clinton adviser Peter Daou also taking on the all-Rush-all-the-time strategy, one wonders if the gleeful partisan trio of Emanuel, Begala, and Carville overreached in their yearning for the war room of yore.
For a guy who could sense "distraction" on the trail at every turn, Obama's awfully bold in allowing the silliest of distractions in serious times to be created in his own office. The Messiah has never looked so small.
I look forward to the time when the Obama administration can get "beyond these divisions that distract us from our common challenges and our common opportunities and move the country forward."