DougJ hears something bubbling in the collective gullets of The Villagers:
But the Obama budget is more than just the sum of its parts. There is, entailed in it, a promiscuous unwillingness to set priorities and accept trade-offs. There is evidence of a party swept up in its own revolutionary fervor — caught up in the self-flattering belief that history has called upon it to solve all problems at once.
Roger Cohen yesterday (via John and Kevin Drum):
But that does not change the fact that Obama, in his restorative counter-revolution, must be careful to steer clear of his French temptation.
“The financial [crisis] seems big enough,” Leno said. “[Obama is] also taking on energy and health care. Is he biting off too much? Should we just go, ‘All right, let’s fix the economy; next year we’ll talk about health care or energy.’ Should you pick one and focus on that? It’s like we’re doing everything all at the same time.”
But many of these governmental pros clearly are doubtful whether this administration—or any other—can make it work.
I’m still convinced the administration is trying to do too much too fast and that the hasty planning and execution of these complex policies will lead to untold problems down the road.
My, how farting out insubstantial conventional wisdom can quickly pollute the public commons! Really, it seems that Brooks & the rest of the head-up-ass Beltway pundit brigade are simply in love with the (muffled) sound of their own voices of ‘moderation’, “[offering] no substantive criticism of any particulars of any policy but rather an overall pessimism about the possibility of doing anything,” as DougJ puts it.
Pessimism. The default position for lazy, overpaid, woefully underqualified hacks who, during a time of political upheaval and economic crisis, offer no serious insight whatsoever, much less expertise. And it’s an all-too tired pose that was well-past its best-before date 10 fucking years ago.
Sharpen the pitchforks.
4 thoughts on “A Round-about Way of Calling David Brooks, Roger Cohen, David Broder and Jay Leno Fatuous Assholes (Because They, um, ARE Fatuous Assholes)”
Whatever happened to “the first 100 days”? Why isn’t Obama getting the media-honeymoon the other presidents have always received?
Do you think it’s—?
is Obama supposed to be Marie Antoinette now or something? i get so confused.
You know, we should give him some time, since he inherited such a huge mess. Out here in the heartland, folks seem willing to give the man some time to do the heavy lifting.
Get off it. He has enough money in his hands to make whatever ‘change’ he wants to happen. Soon we’ll see that change has to come from within every person. Daddy Barack aint gonna bring the change.
I’d like to challenge the author of this blog to a fistfight