Sunday, June 20, 2010

The incompetence spill

It just keeps coming! Nothing can plug it!

First, there's this hilarious question-and-non-answer exchange between State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner and someone from the Press on the subject of whether or not Hillary Clinton was speaking for the administration when she said that the feds would be suing Arizona over the latter's immigration enforcement legislation.

Secondly, it looks like Obama's Oil Spill Commission is going to consist of two scientists and five leftist policy hacks.


bingbing said...

Has anyone called Chuck Norris?

bingbing said...

Andrew Bolt has a good piece on this today.

The update with Charles Krauthammer nails it.

Pres. Barack Obama doesn’t do the mundane. He was sent to us to do larger things. You could see that plainly in his Oval Office address on the Gulf oil spill. He could barely get himself through the pedestrian first half: a bit of BP-bashing, a bit of faux-Clintonian “I feel your pain,” a bit of recovery and economic-mitigation accounting. It wasn’t until the end of the speech — the let-no-crisis-go-to-waste part that tried to leverage the Gulf Coast devastation to advance his cap-and-trade climate-change agenda — that Obama warmed to his task.

Pedestrian is beneath Obama. Mr. Fix-It he is not. He is world-historical, the visionary, come to make the oceans recede and the planet heal.

How? By creating a glorious, new clean-green economy. And how exactly to do that? From Washington, by presidential command, and with tens of billions of dollars thrown around. With the liberal (and professorial) conceit that scientific breakthroughs can be legislated into existence, Obama proposes to give us a new industrial economy....

Here’s the offer: Tax carbon, spend trillions, and put government in control of the energy economy — and he will take you he knows not where, by way of a road he knows not which.

That’s why Tuesday’s speech was received with such consternation. It was so untethered from reality. The Gulf is gushing, and the president is talking mystery roads to unknown destinations. That passes for vision, and vision is Obama’s thing. It sure beats cleaning up beaches.