Monday, March 04, 2013


Who believes President Obama coulf magically make the sequester problem go away through the magic force of his presidency? Bob Woodward ... Bill Keller ... and now Tom Brokaw (from Fox Nation, via the Free Beacon; video at both links):

BROKAW: ... You know, the fact is that Speaker Boehner is right. Let the Senate come in here and start to play with this a little bit. Where's their budget? The president can start his budget process over there.

I think the president, by my lights at least, spent entirely too much time in the last two weeks campaigning, in effect, all around the country, lining up that Saturday Night Live parody. All those people who will be affected, when he ought to have been maybe at Camp David and said to Boehner and his team, and members of the Republican side on the Senate side, 'Bring the leadership up here, let's spend five days showing the public that we are interested in trying to make a heroic effort to get a deal here. Can't make any calls out to anybody else except maybe your press representatives but not to your caucus members. We're going to sit here and negotiate this. You're the leaders of the Congress, I'm the leader of the country. We've got to find a way to work this out.'
So the election is over and, just as in 2009, it's time for the press to revert to the notion that right and right-centrist talking points are the normative framework for looking at any question. Obama won't lead! Obama's too busy campaigning! Obama thinks he's a big rock star! He's so overexposed! And his wife -- aren't you sick of her?

Beltway journalists' brains are wired for anti-Democrat spin.


Victor said...

WTF is Brokaw thinking/drinking?

About the only one in DC who wants to make a deal, is the President - and a bad deal at that!

Now old, always obtuse, Brokaw was at the forefront of "The Worst Generation" in journalism.

Ten Bears said...

Man-o-man, the illegal aliens (you know, Aliens) must really be freaked out about something: by my count that's three (3) Stepford Clones just this week! AND a new and improved Super Kool-Aid, now with Florine!

Speaking of propaganda, the (somewhat) funniest thing I saw yesterday was the new guy over at Brother Benen's old digs, Ed Kilgore, an avowed Christian, on his attempt to sit through the History channel's latest propaganda event THE BIBLE... only made it to when the angels
started doing kung-fu. Maybe it's just me, but has anyone else noted the crush of propaganda is a bit heftier these past couple of weeks?

No fear...

Philo Vaihinger said...

Brokaw has always been a man of the right.

There are clips out there of him cheering the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe and Russia, exclaiming "Capitalism on a roll!"

Time or Newsweek, I forget which, used that for their cover story.

Not "Democracy on a roll!"

Heavens, no.

Philo Vaihinger said...

"Beltway journalists' brains are wired for anti-Democrat spin."

They make way too much money. They are surrounded with people with way too much money. All the powerful people the are proud and happy to rub elbows with have way too much money.

Even when they are Democrats, their are conservadems on the class war issues.

Fine with abortion, though. Gay marriage. Taking out the glass ceilings of American boardrooms. All that is cool.

The parts of contemporary liberalism that won't cost them any money.

Bulworth said...

Bring on the meteor.