OBAMA’S TWENTY-FIRST MONTH IN OFFICE
1. The House of Representatives began its fall adjournment earlier than in any year since 1960. Unaddressed were the expiring Bush tax cuts and a budget for the fiscal year beginning October 1st.
A *lot* of Democrats wanted to get home and try to save their scalps in the forthcoming elections.
2. The Democrats needed four more votes to reach 60 and repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Well, three, actually, as Majority Leader Harry Reid voted against it for procedural reasons when he saw that the bill would fail. Having voted with the majority he is allowed under Senate rules to try again later.
Senator Blanche Lincoln, the Democrat from Arkansas, feeling the heat from a twenty point plus deficit in the polls, was one of the Democrats voting against it. Too little, too late, Senator.
It all looks to be irrelevant, as a Federal judge has since ruled that DADT is to be done away with.
3. Republicans released their “Pledge to America,” a vaguely worded shopping list. Some stated intentions are obviously not going to be realized – repeal of ObamaCare, for example. Even in the improbable event that they capture the Senate, they’ll be a long way from 60 votes there.
4. The first day of ObamaCare arrived, bringing with it “children” carried in family policies up to age 26, the disappearance of policy lifetime limits, and the inevitable premium increases.
5. Vice President Joe Biden – good old Joe, God love ‘im, continued to entertain, telling attendees at a fundraiser in Chevy Chase, “I guarantee you we’re going to have a majority in the House and a majority in the Senate. I absolutely believe that.”
6. In an attempt to boost the electoral prospects of sinking Democrats, President Obama conducted “an old-fashioned campaign rally” in Madison, Wisconsin. Playing to the kids again is fine, but they will not turn out in the numbers that we saw in 2008, and *this* time some who do turn out will be voting for a different party.
7. Rahm Emanuel left his position as President Obama’s Chief of Staff to return to Chicago to run for mayor. He already has problems – there’s a one year residency requirement which he doesn’t meet.
Emanuel has been a first class Chief of Staff for Obama and it will be interesting to see how his “interim” – and perhaps permanent – replacement, Pete Rouse, will do.
8. President Obama directed a one act play in the form of a “Town Hall Meeting” on October 14th in Washington, D.C. The audience consisted of actors who answered a casting announcement.
Yes. It. Did.
The announcement disappeared (from Backstage.com) after its existence was revealed by bloggers and the news media, but required applicants to identify “what issues, if any, you are interested in or passionate about” and a “short description of your political views.”
9. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism finished spending $918,856 on a study that concluded that “. . . bar fights tend to occur in venues that are relatively dark, dirty, noisy, hot, and crowded and that are frequented by a clientele of younger, less agreeable, less conscientious, more impulsive heavy drinkers.”
10. Casting about desperately for a theme to help campaigning Democrats, Obama decided to slam Republicans with reference to campaign spending by third parties. One organization he went after was the Chamber of Commerce, saying that it took money from foreign entities and donated to Republicans.
Now you have to parse that very carefully to get to the truth of the matter. Yes, the Chamber of Commerce gets money – less than $100,000 a year in the form of dues – from foreign entities, and it is true that the Chamber has donated to Republicans.
See the difference between what occurs and the message Obama wished to convey?
Well, it turns out that the dues go to a completely different account, are not spent on political matters, and are substantially less than the foreign money received by unions, which spend a *much* larger sum on behalf of Democrats. A mini-firestorm hit the airwaves, chastising Obama in a range of tones from motherly admonishments to an accusation of telling “baseless lies,” and he had to back off.
11. A Federal District Court judge has ruled that a 20 state challenge to ObamaCare may proceed.
12. A Kaiser Foundation/Harvard University poll found that “80 percent of black Democrats are as interested or more interested in the midterms than they were in the 2008 presidential election.”
*That* is a prime example of whistling past the graveyard.