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February 18, 2011

Make Believe Media: Obama's Failure of Leadership Is Actually A "New, Crafty" Way To Lead

Related news: Obama's greenish, soft stools are among the exemplars par excellence of greenish, soft stools in the history of the universe.

Even Obama's cowardice and irresponsibility is, it turns out, brilliant and even noble.

President Barack Obama's proposed budget this week raised a key question about how he governs: Can he lead without getting out in front?

Obama says the government has to fix Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security to avoid fiscal disaster. He just doesn't think he should be the first one to say how.

That, Republicans say, is an abdication of leadership. Obama says it's smart leadership, that if he made a specific proposal now on how to fix those politically charged programs, it would just become a target for critics, feed talk-show shouting and make real negotiations impossible.

He may be right. Where leaders such as FDR and LBJ once could send specific legislation to Congress and see it enacted, things changed in recent decades. Bill Clinton proposed a detailed health care plan in 1993 — and cartoonists had a field day lampooning it, lobbyists ganged up against it and Congress gave up on it. George W. Bush tried to propose major changes in Social Security in 2005, and Democrats ripped his plan to pieces.

Ah, you see? Previous presidents attempted to lead on difficult issues and were punished for it. That means not that this attempt to lead was admirable, but that they were wrongheaded. See, Obama's figured this out. He knows the best way to lead is to not lead at all. The best way to do his job is to not do his job at all. The best way to make choices is to make no choices.

Okay. Sure. Makes sense.

I guess that means I'm like the all-time best orgasm-provider in history. My "new, crafty" method of bringing a woman to orgasm is to be so inept at it she buys a reliable vibrator.

Yay me.

Now comes the Obama model.

Oh it's a "model." I though it was just chickenshit, but now I see it's a "model."

He never sent specific health care legislation to Congress, yet managed to enact sweeping changes in a law that his party had sought since Harry Truman. He proposed only broad principles for financial regulation, and got what's arguably the most ambitious regulation of Wall Street since the 1930s.

Let's add in he never proposed what he wanted in a stimulus bill and let Nancy Pelosi write it. That worked out about as well as ObamaCare -- yes, with supermajorities in both houses of Congress they both passed, but they are both failures.

Liberals, determined to lower the bar ever lower for the Man-Boy Who Can't Do Anything Right, are now claiming that simply passing a bill is a success.

The bill's merits and results are entirely irrelevant. He passed it. He won.

Changing entitlement programs such as Medicare and Social Security will be harder: He faces a Republican-led House of Representatives on this one. And he'll eventually have to offer more specifics to drive the debate, analysts say. But he's clearly trying to forge a new model of presidential leadership adapted to a new age.

What, the new age of chickenshit?

"It's a potentially effective strategy for Obama," said Bruce Buchanan, a scholar of the presidency at the University of Texas. "Leadership has always been changeable across presidential history."

By the way: There is nothing "new" about being a pussy. Other people have tried fecklessness, cowardice, and selfishness as a "leadership" model. The only thing "new" here is the Make Believe Media's rush to credit Obama with yet another unprecedented triumph.

Thanks to Hot Air. Good Lord. Jaw drop.

Also at Hot Air is this made-up liberal nontroversy over Congressmen sleeping in their offices. Skip down to the second video, of Lawrence O'Donnell, if you need a laugh. He repeatedly calls Zev Chavetz a "tax criminal" for sleeping in his office in DC (on a modest cot), and just will not relent with the idiotic attack.

One thing is that he seems like he's on the edge of laughing at how stupid he's being himself, but he's selling this crap to the left seriously. It's not ironic.

Chavetz, meanwhile, just keeps laughing in his face.

It is astonishing that these people will brand FoxNews as "right wing media" when the rest of the media takes silly crap like this off left-wing websites on pushes them as "news."

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