Skip to comments.Congress stands its ground (While King 0 Preens & Pouts)
Posted on 07/25/2011 1:13:58 PM PDT by mojito
Between 6 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Sunday, the nation began a constitutional course-correction. The current occupants vanity and naivete a dangerous amalgam are causing the modern presidency to buckle beneath the weight of its pretenses. And Congress is reasserting its responsibilities.
At his Friday news conference-cum-tantrum, Barack Obama imperiously summoned congressional leaders to his presence: Ive told them I want them here at 11 a.m. By Saturday, his administration seemed to be cultivating chaos by suddenly postulating a new deadline: The debt-ceiling impasse must end before Asian markets opened Sunday evening Eastern time, lest the heavens fall.
Those markets opened; the heavens held. The faux deadline, reportedly invoked at a Saturday White House meeting by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, who should resign, inevitably seeped into the media and invited overseas panic, thereby risking the nations currency, for brief tactical advantage.
Amid these tawdry episodes, House Speaker John Boehner signaled constitutional sanity regained: Congress will forge a responsible path forward. Congress. Obama has marginalized himself.
Inordinate self-regard is an occupational hazard of politics and part of the job description of the rhetorical presidency, this incessant tutor. Still, upon what meat doth this our current Caesar feed that he has grown so great that he presumes to command leaders of a coequal branch of government? He once boasted (June 3, 2008) that he could influence the oceans rise; he must be disabused of comparable delusions about controlling Congress.
When he was a lecturer on constitutional law, he evidently skipped the separation-of-powers doctrine. But, then, because this doctrine impedes the progressives goal of unleashing untrammeled government, they have long loathed it: Woodrow Wilson, the first president to criticize the American founding, considered the separation of powers the Constitutions radical defect.
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Is it just my imagination, or has old George become a lot more scathing towards the pretensions of the Boy King of late?
About damn time, George.
Will is so mad he forgot to throw in a baseball metaphor.
Maybe because they've been such cowards before. Remember TARP? They voted it down, but then the stock market dropped 700 points and Republicans where terrorized into voting for it. That's the sort of thing Obama was counting on again, and not without reason.
The blackmail Obama tried with tax hikes would have eroded the economy and the markets knew this.
“Still, upon what meat doth this our current Caesar feed that he has grown so great that he presumes to command leaders of a coequal branch of government?”
Say it again, George. Bravo!
Let Obama hold his next press conference on the first tee.
Let there be no raise in the debt limit so we can see if Obama is as bad a manager as we have all noted.
1. George, you’re 3 years late and you forgot to use the word ‘mendacity.’
2. Obama is now like the substitue teacher that lost all control of his class.
It is arguable that, because of his inexperience, Obama is not ready for the presidency. It is arguable that McCain, because of his boiling moralism and bottomless reservoir of certitudes, is not suited to the presidency. Unreadiness can be corrected, although perhaps at great cost, by experience. Can a dismaying temperament be fixed?
George Will should be explaining why he favored Obama over McCain in 2008. These pseudo-intellectuals (Will, Noonan, et al.) strained to find reasons to ignore the obvious, that Obama would be a train-wreck for America as we knew it, so they could flaunt their enlightenment at their Beltway parties. It will take generations, if ever, to undo the damage that Obama has done, and we can thank George Will for his part in bringing that about.
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The August 2nd deadline is because Obama’s HUGE BIRTHDAY BASH FUNDRAISER is on AUGUST 3!!!!!! THAT is the reason for the dealine of Aug.2.....so he can PARTY!!!!!
Oh, I remember that well. He’s got to be eating those words. And I don’t think I’ve read anything by him since then...until just now.
His article today was smokin’.
We don’t just have a Boy King... America voted in a Caligula.
He fiddles while America burns.
George Will, the reluctant tea partier.
Nero was the fiddler. Caligula decided one day that he was GOD. Oh wait . . .
Obama a demagogue for an age of smooth surfaces; Huey Long with a better tailor