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May 03, 2014

Saturday Political Thread: Jeux sans frontieres [WeirdDave]

Here I am, 47 years old, and I find myself in my first serious-you-guys old man crisis. I can't stop yelling for these kids to get off my lawn country. This week we were treated to the spectacle of Tommy Vietor telling Bret Baier “Dude, that was like 2 years ago” in response to a question on Benghazi. First of all, dude looks like he's twelve years old. No fooling.


My daddy's the sheriff of Mayberry!

He's not, I checked, he's actually 32, and until recently he was National Security Council spokesman, one of the people in charge of formulating the public face of US policy for the world. Kind of young, but he's probably an expert, right? Doctorate from Yale, time as a fellow at a prestigious foreign policy think tank, that sort of thing? Nope, he's Obama's bus driver. Well, van driver, but at this point, what difference does it make? In 2008 he got a job schlepping the press around in Dear Leader's wake (and probably mopping up the drool from the floor of the van). He parlayed an uncanny ability to stop for red lights into a sensitive national security job, along the way developing the gravitas to go on national news program and address the host as “dude” while claiming that he couldn't remember an attack on American sovereignty that killed an ambassador because he has the attention span of a caffeinated puppy. (We should try that with Obamacare: “Dude, that was passed, like, four years ago, who cares?”) Jesus wept.

OK, one guy. Doesn't prove anything. Well, how about this young woman?


That's Jen Psaki. She's 35. Y'all may recognize her as the official spokesperson for the United States of America's Department of State. Y'all may also recall that she felt that it would be the height of “smart power” to have the U.S. start a hash tag war with Russia on Twitter, and after getting her clock cleaned by Putin to whine about Russia "They have not been following up their hash tag with actions." Yes, she actually said that, there's video:

Hash tag diplomacy. She followed it up by citing Think Progress and Daily Kos as proof that Israel is an “Apartheid state”. Oy Vey. What's her Curriculum vitae? She's a press secretary. She's always been a press secretary, for various Democrat politicians, for Francis the talking mule Kerry, for OFA. A press secretary, and now she's the face of American diplomacy. America, f*** yea!

I could go on, but why bother? They're not all youngsters, Jay Carney is actually older than I am, but he seems to share the same level of sophistication, intellect and honor.


White House Press Secretary James “Jay” Carney

It occurred to me then that someone should write a song about these mewling quims, then I realized that someone already had.

“Dressing up in costumes, playing silly games, Hiding out in tree-tops, shouting out rude names.”

Such is the state of the leadership of the United States of America in the sixth year of our Lord Barack Hussein Obama (PBUH). Excuse me, but I'm going to go duck and cover like those kids in the video. Wake me when it's 2017, if there's anything left.

ETA: STILL think I'm being unfair? Wanna know how our moral and intellectual superiors spend their spare time in Washington? Well, here's the aforementioned Vieter and chief speechwriter Jon Favreau just chilling on a Sunday in DC. Is it too much to expect administration officials to act like, you know, adults, not frat boys?


When I rule the world, anyone over 25 who plays beer pong will be lined up against the wall and pummeled mercilessly with ping pong balls

Open thread to discuss politics and such.

[PS from Y-not: WeirdDave sent this to go with the Gardening thread (which will be about canning this week, per reader requests), but that won't go up until later and it's been a couple of hours since the last thread... so have at it and enjoy!]

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