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Mark Steyn: Can Obama plug leak in his support? (Steyn at his best alert)
Orange County Register ^ | June 18, 2010 | Mark Steyn

Posted on 06/18/2010 12:01:06 PM PDT by Zakeet

I believe it was Jean Giraudoux who first said, "Only the mediocre are always at their best."

Barack Obama was supposed to be the best, the very best, and yet he is always, reliably, consistently mediocre. His speech on oil was no better or worse than his speech on race. Yet the Obammyboppers who once squealed with delight are weary of last year's boy band. At the end of the big Oval Office address, Keith Olbermann, Chris Matthews and the rest of the MSNBC gang jeered the president. For a bewildered Obama, it must have felt like his Ceausescu balcony moment. Had they caught up with him in the White House parking lot, they'd have put him up against the wall and clubbed him to a pulp with Matthews' no-longer-tingling leg.

So what? He always "disappoints." What would have been startling would have been if he hadn't "disappointed." His eve-of-election rally for Martha Coakley "disappointed" the Massachusetts electorate so much they gave Ted Kennedy's seat to a Republican. His speech for Chicago's Olympic bid "disappointed" the Oslo committee so much they gave the games to Pyongyang, or Ouagadougou, or any city offering to build a stadium with electrical outlets incompatible with Obama's prompter. Be honest, guys, his inaugural address "disappointed," too, didn't it? Oh, in those days you still did your best to make the case for it. "He carries us from meditative bead to meditative bead, and invites us to contemplate," wrote Stanley Fish in The New York Times. "There is a technical term for this kind of writing – parataxis, defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as 'the placing of propositions or clauses one after the other without indicating ... the relation of co-ordination or subordination between them.'"

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I am such a disapointment that Chrissy wanted to club me to death with his no-longer-tingling leg.

1 posted on 06/18/2010 12:01:07 PM PDT by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet

Styn also referred to 0bama as the Milli Vanilli president.


2 posted on 06/18/2010 12:04:19 PM PDT by two23 (Everything About Them Is a Lie)
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To: Zakeet
Liberal Pundits Called In To Get Their Minds Right!

Catching Heat From Left, Obama Meets With Liberal Commentators to Discuss Gulf Spill

3 posted on 06/18/2010 12:05:32 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Zakeet

“It Takes A Spillage”


4 posted on 06/18/2010 12:09:08 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: two23

Steyn needs to tell it like it is. Obama is a bad joke played on the American people and the Democrats are no different.


5 posted on 06/18/2010 12:10:20 PM PDT by RC2
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To: Zakeet
My colleague Rich Lowry suggested the other day that most people not on the Gulf coast aren't really that bothered about the spill, and that Obama has allowed himself to be blown off course entirely unnecessarily. There may be some truth to this: For most of America, this is a Potemkin crisis. But what better kind to trip up a Potemkin leader?

I wouldn't say that. It's on the lips of everyone I talk to, and I'm far from the gulf.

We may not be living the 'immediacy' of the catastrophe as those on the gulf are, but we will be affected as well. And we are bothered.

6 posted on 06/18/2010 12:10:29 PM PDT by bcsco (First there was Slick Willie. Now there's "Oil Slick" Barry...)
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To: Zakeet

Not everyone should be allowed to vote!

7 posted on 06/18/2010 12:10:49 PM PDT by Islander7 (If you want to anger conservatives, lie to them. If you want to anger liberals, tell them the truth.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
“It Takes A Spillage”

That's great! LOL

8 posted on 06/18/2010 12:11:18 PM PDT by bcsco (First there was Slick Willie. Now there's "Oil Slick" Barry...)
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To: Zakeet
Steyn at the top of his game:

When he did get specific, he sounded faintly surreal. "As we speak, old factories are reopening to produce wind turbines, people are going back to work installing energy-efficient windows..." Energy-efficient windows? That's a great line – if Obama's auditioning to play himself on "Saturday Night Live" parodies.

And hang on, isn't this the same guy who was promising to start "kicking ass" just a few days ago? You may find yourself recalling the moment in the film "In And Out" when Kevin Kline is trying to master the "How To Be Manly" audiotape and accidentally says "What an interesting window treatment."

9 posted on 06/18/2010 12:13:34 PM PDT by La Lydia
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To: Zakeet

The reason they are so disappointed is that because they thought once they got a true lib into true power (which they’ve done) he would show himself to be a Chavez or a Castro.

They were waiting to hear in this speech that BP would be destroyed, the troops be commandeered to the coast and people were being arrested. When they didn’t, their radical bloodlust was angry.

Chrissy himself said Where was the power?


10 posted on 06/18/2010 12:13:54 PM PDT by I still care (I believe in the universality of freedom -George Bush, asked if he regrets going to war.)
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To: Zakeet
Memo to Secretary Rodham Clinton: Do you find yourself of a quiet evening with a strange craving for chicken dinners and county fairs in Iowa and New Hampshire, maybe next summer? Need one of those relaunch books to explain why you're getting back in the game in your country's hour of need?

Anyone else think that Carville's "We-uh dy-in down heah" speech was Hillary's informal announcement of her candidacy?

11 posted on 06/18/2010 12:14:34 PM PDT by newheart (History is an outbreak of madness--Ellul)
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To: Zakeet
Chris Matthews and the other leg-tinglers invented an Obama that doesn't exist.

Absolutely! Yes, it is one of Steyn's best. HOORAY Mark!

12 posted on 06/18/2010 12:16:06 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: Zakeet

Hillary Clinton’s new book about restarting an election campaign:

“It Takes a Spillage”

ROTFLMAO! Steyn is a genius.


13 posted on 06/18/2010 12:16:55 PM PDT by kidd
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To: Zakeet
OMG -- what a writer!

...this administration was supposed to be the new technocracy – cool, calm and credentialed chaps who would sit down, use their mighty intellects to provide a rigorous, post-partisan, forensic analysis of the problem, and then break for their Vanity Fair photo shoot."

"The president directed his Nobel Prize-winning Head of Meetings to assemble a meeting to tackle the challenge of mobilizing the assembling of the tackling of the challenge mobilization, at the end of which they directed BP to order up some new tackle and connect it to the thingummy next to the whachamacallit. Thank you, Mr. President. That and $4.95 will get you a venti oleaginato at Starbucks."

...and the last paragraphs -- I won't spoil the fun -- are just too deliciousl

14 posted on 06/18/2010 12:18:19 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ('Bush Did It' Is Not a Foreign Policy -- Victor Davis Hanson)
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To: Zakeet

“Parataxis.” Steyn is great.


15 posted on 06/18/2010 12:19:17 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: Zakeet
Obama's energy-efficient windows....

There are some kickbacks involved here....will try to find some links later.

16 posted on 06/18/2010 12:19:17 PM PDT by GSWarrior (Be wary of all politicians..... especially ones that you admire.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Talk about a GREAT bumper sticker!!


17 posted on 06/18/2010 12:21:48 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Don't care if he was born in a manger on July 4th! A "Natural Born" citizen requires two US parents!)
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To: RC2

I appreciate Styn’s humor in the midst of such a dismal time in America.
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2537450/posts
“Mark Steyn Blames It On The Rein of Barack Obama, the Milli Vanilli President”


18 posted on 06/18/2010 12:21:49 PM PDT by two23 (Everything About Them Is a Lie)
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To: La Lydia
Obama: "What an interesting window treatment."

19 posted on 06/18/2010 12:34:20 PM PDT by evets (beer)
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To: Zakeet; knews_hound
Memo to Secretary Rodham Clinton: Do you find yourself of a quiet evening with a strange craving for chicken dinners and county fairs in Iowa and New Hampshire, maybe next summer? Need one of those relaunch books to explain why you're getting back in the game in your country's hour of need?

"It Takes A Spillage."

Ping to knews_hound! One of Mark's finest!
20 posted on 06/18/2010 12:35:27 PM PDT by jellybean (Bookmark http://altfreerepublic.freeforums.org/index.php for when FR is down)
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To: Zakeet

Energy efficient windows, windmills, 7$ a gallon gas, gas wells relocating to South America, get ready to line up on odd and even days to buy gas that you can’t afford to go to your soon to be non-existent job and on your way home, stop at Wal-mart and support the Chinese who paid off the Clintons to get your jobs. Good job, Dimmies


21 posted on 06/18/2010 12:36:42 PM PDT by 1000 silverlings (everything that deceives, also enchants: Plato)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Oh,that's good!

Ironic that Obama chose a Greek backdrop for his inaugural ball, isn't it? Now he's trying to turn the U.S. into Greece.

22 posted on 06/18/2010 12:37:53 PM PDT by CharlieOK1 (I refuse to pay for DUmmies' Healthcare!!!)
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To: Zakeet
Chris Matthews and the other leg-tinglers invented an Obama that doesn't exist. Unfortunately, they're stuck with the one that does...

Mr. Steyn neatly summarizes the malaise of many of the 0bama voters.

23 posted on 06/18/2010 12:38:21 PM PDT by Noumenon ("Upon what meat doth this our Caesar feed, that he has grown so great?" - Julius Caesar)
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To: Zakeet
Steyn 2012 . I just discovered he was born in Hawaii , or something .
24 posted on 06/18/2010 12:39:37 PM PDT by kbennkc (For those who have fought for it freedom has a flavor the protected will never know .F Trp 8th Cav)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

The Audacity of `D`oh!`


25 posted on 06/18/2010 12:44:57 PM PDT by Darkwolf377 ("You seem to believe that stupidity is a virtue. Why is that so?"-Flight of the Phoenix)
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To: Zakeet

Is there a Steyn ping list?


26 posted on 06/18/2010 12:45:51 PM PDT by Calm_Cool_and_Elected (I'm a Republican and I own a cat.)
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To: Zakeet

Positively splendid...until the end when he mentions Hitlery. That thought is like the plague.


27 posted on 06/18/2010 12:48:07 PM PDT by SueRae
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To: Zakeet
Steyn forgot to mention Barry's "Blessing of the Fleet"


28 posted on 06/18/2010 12:48:27 PM PDT by COUNTrecount (Barry...above his poi grade.)
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To: Calm_Cool_and_Elected; knews_hound
Is there a Steyn ping list?

Yes, knews_hound is the keeper of the Steyn list. Let him know if you'd like to be added.

29 posted on 06/18/2010 12:53:11 PM PDT by jellybean (Bookmark http://altfreerepublic.freeforums.org/index.php for when FR is down)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
For Obama..
“It Takes A Spillage ...
........ to pillage"

Obama...just a unqualified Jimmy Carter in moms' jeans
30 posted on 06/18/2010 12:56:54 PM PDT by Stand Watch Listen (It's the 'Land of Opportunity'... NOT... the 'Land of Entitlements'!!!)
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To: Zakeet

Yes we can let oil go to waste. A crisis? Not so much.
31 posted on 06/18/2010 1:01:34 PM PDT by Theophilus (Not merely prolife, but prolific!)
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To: Zakeet
I think this is also a brilliant parody of Johnny Horton's Battle of New Orleans:
"I fired off a speech

But the British kept a-spillin'

Twice as many barrels as there was a month ago

I fired off a speech

But the British kept a-spillin'

Up the Mississippi from the Gulf of Mexico..."


32 posted on 06/18/2010 1:05:04 PM PDT by jellybean (Bookmark http://altfreerepublic.freeforums.org/index.php for when FR is down)
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To: Theophilus

33 posted on 06/18/2010 1:05:10 PM PDT by Minus_The_Bear
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To: Zakeet
So the president has now declared war on the great BP spill – Gulf War 3! – and in this epic conflict the Speechgiver-in-Chief will surely be his own unmanned drone:

Genius.

34 posted on 06/18/2010 1:33:29 PM PDT by agere_contra (Obama did more damage to the Gulf economy in one day than Pemex/Ixtoc did in nine months)
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To: Zakeet

That’s what BP needs to fix this mess - energy-efficient windows!


35 posted on 06/18/2010 1:35:25 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Washington, we Texans want a divorce!)
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To: Minus_The_Bear

You know, since I read “Dreams from My Father” in 2007 until now, I have been throwing up a little in my mouth every time I hear another superlative about this affirmative action junkie. He’s the smartest, most intelligent, best writer since Lincoln. I really hate listening over and over again to people who give this kind of credit where credit isn’t due.

Einstein was a genius. Lincoln was perhaps inspired. Jefferson was gifted. Franklin was innovative. Beethoven was creative. Michelangelo was amazing...

Those I agree with. A few more articles like this one in his portfolio and Mark Steyn will gain his own place in the pantheon...Obama...he is not now nor never was fit to be the custodian of that building.

Recognize and reward the true genius, creative, innovator. Please don’t cheapen these citations by giving them to the undeserving. How do you think the Nobel Peace Prize became such a joke?


36 posted on 06/18/2010 1:37:20 PM PDT by johnnycap
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To: OrangeHoof

Yeh, and we need to keep our tires at the proper pressure.


37 posted on 06/18/2010 1:51:19 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Zakeet

Genius at work, and I mean Steyn, not the “unmanned drone.”


38 posted on 06/18/2010 1:53:38 PM PDT by Malesherbes (Sauve qui peut)
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To: Zakeet

"yet he is always, reliably, consistently mediocre."

They need to plug the leak between his ears.

39 posted on 06/18/2010 1:54:34 PM PDT by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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To: OrangeHoof
I am putting a brick in my Harley gas tank .

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40 posted on 06/18/2010 2:15:18 PM PDT by kbennkc (For those who have fought for it freedom has a flavor the protected will never know .F Trp 8th Cav)
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To: I still care

Agree-they are angry that he’s too conservative. That means no help to the conservative cause from their discontent.


41 posted on 06/18/2010 2:51:08 PM PDT by des
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To: bcsco
"I wouldn't say that. It's on the lips of everyone I talk to, and I'm far from the gulf. We may not be living the 'immediacy' of the catastrophe as those on the gulf are, but we will be affected as well. And we are bothered. "

I agree. I'm in Pennsylvania, and people here are very upset about it. My hair stylist is collecting clippings and shipping them off to make absorbent booms, and people are talking about the horrible impact, contaminated seafood, dead birds and overall mess. It's just one more thing that has reasonable people mad at government in general and him in particular. BP isn't getting off easy either.

42 posted on 06/18/2010 3:04:10 PM PDT by Think free or die
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To: Zakeet
Chris Matthews and the other leg-tinglers invented an Obama that doesn't exist. Unfortunately, they're stuck with the one that does...

What a gift of insight!

43 posted on 06/18/2010 3:04:10 PM PDT by Gritty (Once you're in the Dar al-Islam, that’s it; there’s no checkout desk - Mark Steyn)
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To: Think free or die

No one involved should get off easy. Yet I fear too much anger is directed at BP and ignores the very heavy role the government has played (or failed to play, perhaps). It’s not just that they’ve dragged their feet, but that they are implicit in the requirement for having to drill that deep to begin with.


44 posted on 06/18/2010 3:07:16 PM PDT by bcsco (First there was Slick Willie. Now there's "Oil Slick" Barry...)
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To: bcsco

I agree.


45 posted on 06/18/2010 3:10:07 PM PDT by Think free or die
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To: Zakeet

Styen BUMP!! He is a priceless treasure.


46 posted on 06/18/2010 4:12:34 PM PDT by upchuck (Don't let freedom slip away. After America, there is no place to go ~ Kitty Werthmann - Google her.)
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To: I still care
They were waiting to hear in this speech that BP would be destroyed, the troops be commandeered to the coast and people were being arrested. When they didn’t, their radical bloodlust was angry.

Some liberal disappointment was due to the increasing body of evidence relating to the President's incompetence. This was among only the relative sane liberals, however.

Among the insane wing of the Democrat party -- about half of them, it would appear -- the source of their disappointment was as you say.

Their Messiah failed to a.) seize BP and b.) shut down the rest of the oil industry (he only snuffed the deepwater offshore business). You can read their comments on some blogs and articles. They wanted the supply of petroleum to dry up -- so we would be forced "to go green and save the planet."

I suppose they all already have their bicycles, their wood stoves and eat cold tofu.

There is a strain of insanity abroad in the country...

47 posted on 06/18/2010 4:34:48 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: johnnycap
Please don’t cheapen these citations by giving them to the undeserving. How do you think the Nobel Peace Prize became such a joke?

It's affirmative action on steroids.

48 posted on 06/18/2010 4:37:55 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: jellybean

I was wondering how many of the people who read that will recognize it.


49 posted on 06/18/2010 4:40:22 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: bcsco
No one involved should get off easy. Yet I fear too much anger is directed at BP and ignores the very heavy role the government has played (or failed to play, perhaps). It’s not just that they’ve dragged their feet, but that they are implicit in the requirement for having to drill that deep to begin with.

An intelligent and accurate assessment. May I repeat it?

1. For whatever reason that the rig blew, BP correctly owns the ultimate responsibility.

2. For whatever reason, the federal government abjectly failed to respond to its sole responsibility, by law, for mitigation.

3. Further, the Obama administration and the Democrat Congress are solely to blame for BP having to drill in those difficult circumstances.

At bottom, that's the only way blame can be assigned.

50 posted on 06/18/2010 4:44:53 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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