Temper Tantrums With Eugene

Watching the Ed Show on MSNBC, yes I do that.  It’s important to get in touch from time to time with the other 12 people watching Ed; Mr. Todd Webster a “Democratic strategist” (seems to be an awful lot of those; might be part of the Democratic problem) and Heidi Harris a Las Vegas talk show host and to appearances a conservative are bantering with Ed.

Mr. Webster, standing firmly on the wind blown moral high ground dissertates; how terrible, how just awful it is that people are trying to discredit the President, to undermine him as a leader and “as a person”.  The appropriate sympathetic body language is well on display.  Ms. Harris confronts Mr. Webster with the long campaign to do the same to President Bush.  Mr. Webster, essentially, has no response to the truth of it.  He’s got nowhere to go with his argument and displays a knowing, dismissive smile hoping Ed will change the subject quickly and save him from the all too obvious contradiction and absence of a core standard.   

Therein lay one of the fundamental dynamics ruling this election season.  Right is wrong and wrong is right and it’s completely relative.  You’re guy is not wrong; if he’s your guy no other standard need apply, because, well……….he’s your guy!  Should the other guy do exactly the same thing its Armageddon waiting to happen.  Eugene Robinson thinks we’re having a temper tantrum, damn right we are!  Gene, may I call you Gene; we differ on why that may be the case.   

The necessary assumption on the part of those who partake in this manner of equivalency is that we won’t notice.  There may have been a time when that was the case, but not now.  The logical extension of that assumption is that we are somehow intellectually challenged to a degree whereby we don’t have the chops to notice or comprehend.  We notice!  We notice that both sides engage in the same (expletive deleted).  It’s enough to generate a temper tantrum. 

Gene says; forget about the bad form of questioning the essential wisdom of the American People.  Gene says “it’s impossible to ignore the obvious”: “The American people are acting like a bunch of spoiled brats.”  You bet Gene, we are going to stamp our feet and hold our breath until arrogant asses get off the stage, Pulitzer Prize or not. 

Gene, sorry to have to tell you this, but you’re a part of the problem.  Your column claims and I quote, “This is not, I repeat not, a partisan argument”; followed by, you guessed it, a repetition of partisan talking points. It’s enough to get your temper up.

Gene reminds us the President talked of a long term plan and we should be patient, but the long term plan as represented by the President’s budget insures, in fact guarantees, financial collapse.  I remind Gene that the Right Track / Wrong Track numbers are 2 to 1 against, has been for a while, and Gene just sees it as a temper tantrum. I could start stamping my feet any second now.

Gene, who is really having the temper tantrum here?

Move to the left or right in primaries, move to the center in general elections.  It’s discussed by “experts” purely in terms of strategies, of wining.  No discussion of the underlying dynamic which is, well…….lying.  I feel a temper tantrum building!

Legislation is complex to the point of incomprehensibility, many believe by design.  If you disagree you’re flawed.  Public policy evolved to the point where the public voice is trumped by an agenda. Do I sense rising blood pressure?

Yea, we’re having a temper tantrum, we’re angry and we’re scared.  We can insure that a can of peas has all of the appropriate information we need but we can’t rely on the same standard in the political class; “warning contents of this politician may not be what they claim or appear to be, use of this politician may lead to anger, disappointment, frustration and temper tantrums.”

  • JD

    I have to admit that it is true about the whole bush deal. There were definitely people on the left who attacked him as a person, Tyrant, blood thirstily, and oil driven.

    This is where, I guess, I am confused. The truth is two wrongs don’t make a right. That said, if everyone is keeping tally then I hope after Obama we can all call it even and stop some of the character slander.

    The truth is Bush was not an evil man but, of course, there are those who disagreed with his philosophy. The same is true about Obama. I nor anyone else should expect everyone to like him and in truth the president of the Unites States is there to Get the Job done and in a way do the dirty work. Essentially he or she takes the wrap for everything.

    If congress isn’t doing what it is suppose to, look at the administration.
    If the supreme court isn’t doing what it is suppose to, loot at the administration.
    If the economy isn’t doing what it is suppose to, look at the administration.
    If a hurricane hits the coast, look at the administration
    If an oil rig blows up, look at the administration
    And the list goes on…

    It is a shame that although we don’t agree with certain presidents that we have to diminish the simple fact that whoever is in the Oval office is our president and as of so far we have not had a dictator rise to power. Plain and simple.

  • Bill Hedges

    I use to watch THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW but never ED SHOW. My loss I am sure.

    Maybe I am dense but I do not see much character assassination of barry here. Unless you consider Messiah, Savior, Flem Flam Man, and the like insults. Most conservatives I believe do not stop with flamboyant description but ponder the reasons why the colorful language pertains to this President.

    I find it rare in appropriateness to compare obama to Bush. For purposes of showing hypocrisy oh yeah. But not way liberals enjoy using it. Gitmo was a big issue in campaign. Still cramped with bad boys and no NYC trials.

    Those illegal wire tapes obama continued and found to be legal by the courts. Liberals wanted to impeach Bush over that issue..

    Bush was slow with Katina liberals said yet he actual broke some laws to give aid and comfort to the fools who stayed behind and refused to leave the coast. Bush authority was governed by the State calling upon federal government help. Oil disaster was not. Beyond State boundaries barry was free to do what was necessary. He floundered like a ship in ocean with no fuel. For self preservation cameras was limited access to damaged area. To protect union jobs foreign help was refused then limited. Leak was preventable had administration followed regulation and not waved regulation to BP. BP the most noted regulation breaker in Gulf and friend to barry. Comparison of Katrina to oil leak gives Bush heads up and obama slow to action. Barry made many mistakes.

    Obama’s agenda does poorly in the polls. Even worse , 60-70 %, against barry’s stance on Arizona illegal’s law and NYC building controversy.

    After span of time a few word description of Rush Limbaugh seems appropriate to paraphrase. CONTINUE TO FAIL PRESIDENT.

    Perhaps the most baffling of this Democrat controlled conundrum is best seen in obamacare. The people wanted this but not what was passed. Big rush to pass caused inability to read bill that was not completed by Congress or put on net as promised. Pelosi said pass then we will explain. After rush to pass little goes into effect for nearly 4 years. Obama wants presidential election to occur first. Thinking people must wonder why. If obamacare will help so many and save so much cash why the wait ? Why need to steal a $ trillion from social programs and add people to Medicaid and medicare. Shall we discuss bought votes and abortion use of federal money with meaningless executive order to pass obamacare.

    I do not blame President for Supreme Courts rulings. I do blame President for misquoting meaning of the ruling. Repeatedly.

    I blame President who knew oil regulators had compromised oil drilling safety in Gulf then waves regulation to top rule breaker BP.

    When obama was lawyer working with Acorn threats of RACISM lawsuits was made if more loans to minorities were not given to home buyers. Using Jimmy Carter’s plan, Bill Clinton added teeth by opening up Wall Street firms into banks, SEC brings in higher multiples to dollar of worth. Creating the perfect economic collapse.

    None of which was Bush’s fault. Bush tried to stop year one in office.

    In new Bank regulation still Fannie and Freddie was not fixed.

    Just a few of Bush’s warnings and events leading to our destiny:

    “April: The Administration’s FY02 budget declares that the size of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is “a potential problem,” because “financial trouble of a large GSE could cause strong repercussions in financial markets, affecting Federally insured entities and economic activity.”

    “** 2003”
    “January: Freddie Mac announces it has to restate financial results for the previous three years. “

    “February: The Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (OFHEO) releases a report explaining that “although investors perceive an implicit Federal guarantee of [GSE] obligations,” “the government has provided no explicit legal backing for them.” As a consequence, unexpected problems at a GSE could immediately spread into financial sectors beyond the housing market. (“Systemic Risk: Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Role of OFHEO,” OFHEO Report, 2/4/03)”

    “September: Fannie Mae discloses SEC investigation and acknowledges OFHEO’s review found earnings manipulations”

    “September: Treasury Secretary John Snow testifies before the House Financial Services Committee to recommend that Congress enact “legislation to create a new Federal agency to regulate and supervise the financial activities of our housing-related government sponsored enterprises” and set prudent and appropriate minimum capital adequacy requirements.”

    “October: Fannie Mae discloses $1.2 billion accounting error.”


    Article shows timeline and things Bush tried to stop collapse.

    Democrats fought Bush tooth and nail. Yet Bush falsely blamed for recession.

  • landreaux

    Ccertainly two wrongs don’t make a right but will we continue to accept the ongoing “wrongs” as a permanent circumstance of the political debate. We can take the argument further, Clinton, Reagan, BushI etc. My point is its up to us to say NO! Not acceptable regardless of the direction of the arrow. We simply can’t accept the hypocracy anymore. If we want to “fix” or begin to fix our political circumstances calling out hypocracy would be a good start.