I am through with Dana Milbank, and also with anyone who quotes him, relies on him, believes him or—take note, Washington Post—employs him. There must be some level of insulting, dishonest, toadying, intentionally misleading punditry that qualifies as intolerable, and Milbank’s latest column for the Washington Post—syndicated elsewhere so the maximum number of weak minds can be polluted—defined it. I’m not going to reprint a word of it for fear that it will poison the blog, or cause your head to explode like mine just did—but I can describe its thesis. Get this: Milbank decries a “crisis of the week political culture” in Washington, and blames the news media, Republicans and Congress for the shifting attention. I am suppressing a scream as I write this.
There is a “crisis of the week” political culture because the incredibly inept and incompetent President of the United States has mismanaged every conceivable aspect of the government’s policies, domestic and foreign, while maintaining incompetents and political hacks in key positions and sending the message that there will be no accountability for abject failure, and because, despite pledging unprecedented transparency, the standard operating procedure for this group of ideologically doctrinaire and skill-challenged group has been to posture, obfuscate, stall, mislead and lie until various ugly chickens come home to roost, and then to rely on the news media to accept absurd excuses, explanation and blame-shifting theories, chaos has been percolating beneath the surface in dozens of vital areas—oh yes, more bad news is coming—and the full measure of various disasters are finally becoming known.
There is a crisis of the week mentality because a new catastrophe caused by the epic incompetence of this Administration is being uncovered every week, and sometimes every day.
And Dana Milbank blames the political culture, as if it is making this stuff up.
And he expects readers to agree with him.
And a lot of them will.
It boggles the mind to think about this, but it was just a couple of years ago when Democratic hack Paul Begala boasted that the Obama Administration was uniquely scandal free. Of course, Begala, who lies for a living, wasn’t even correct at the time–there was the scandalously increasing debt, Fast and Furious, and Solyndra, the dishonestly-sold stimulus that supposedly had “shovel-ready projects” but mostly shoveled funds to unions, the incompetently managed BP oil spill, the illegal bombing of Libya in violation of an act of Congress, and more. What Begala should have noted instead was that it was amazing what a Democratic President and his appointees can get away with, when most or all of these would have been front page news had a Republican President been in power.
Then it began to unravel, as I predicted it would, along with the myth that this President 1) could be trusted and 2) had a clue how to do his job. There was the “red line” fiasco; the weak response to Syria, the NSA revelations (preceded by NSA lies), the Snowden betrayal (Obama wouldn’t deign to pick up the Red Phone and ask Putin to return him); the military sex scandal, the Secret Service scandal, Benghazi, Susan Rice, the botched ACA website, the revelation that Obama’s promise about being able to keep your plan and doctors was a calculated lie, the I.R.S. scandal—still unfolding, the Veterans Administration scandal, the mishandling of the Bergdahl prisoner exchange, and Rice’s pronouncement of a likely deserter as “a hero,” the President unconstitutionally making unilateral changes in Obamacare without following the Constitution’s black letter process for amending laws, and now thousands of minors and other illegal immigrants streaming across the boarder in response to Administration policies and public statements. Meanwhile, abroad, Putin is taking advantage of Obama’s proven reluctance to even follow through on his own “red lines” by moving on the Ukraine, Iraq was abandoned to Isis and Iran, Iran is still building nuclear weapon capability, and the Mid-East looks like it is ready to explode into a new war involving Israel.
Yes, there is some sad political advantage in flooding the public consciousness with so many scandals and consequences of bungled leadership that it can’t focus on all of them at once. There is little precedent for dealing with absolute ineptitude—even in the much-maligned Bush administration, the news media had to dig for its scandals, like the still confusing Valerie Plame affair. The blame for the public and media’s “attention deficit disorder” as Milbank—oops, I promised not to quote him…be still, my rumbling head—is not the political culture, nor the media, but the leader responsible and accountable for the barrage of horrible developments, Barack Obama. It defies belief, even from this thoroughly disgraced American journalistic establishment, that anyone would have the gall to make the argument Milbank has. Or that any editor would allow such dishonest offal to be published.
Speaking of scandal whiplash, the one that Obama pronounced as having not a “smidgen” of evidence of corruption has been buried by the crisis at the border. See how nice it is to have so many crises at once? At the Weekly Standard, there is a completely accurate summary of the counter-smigeon evidence, and back at at the Post, Ed Rogers writes…
“At the President’s next encounter with the media, I will scream collusion if no one asks him for his exact definition of a “smidgen,” and if he thinks he has seen a smidgen of corruption yet. At this point, only the most gullible or culpable can continue to claim there is no compelling evidence in this case. Given the delays, lies and stonewalling, there is no viable argument against a special prosecutor. In a stunning revelation this week, it was disclosed that former IRS official Lois Lerner told colleagues, “we need to be cautious about what we say in emails” and then proceeded to ask the IRS IT department, in an e-mail, “if [instant messaging] conversations were also searchable.” When she was told they were not, she e-mailed back, “Perfect.” This is a smoking gun e-mail in that it makes plain she had a cover-up in mind. There is no other plausible explanation…In another disclosure, Lerner’s attorney said that previous emphatic statements he had made declaring that Lerner did not print hard copies of her e-mails were not lies, just a “misunderstanding.” In this case, it is obvious what happened. When Team Lerner discovered that not keeping hard copies of some e-mails – which are considered government records – would in itself violate the law, it changed its story. It’s as simple as that…. the Democrats’ denials, excuses and alibis are getting harder to make. After all, in Washington being guilty is still a bothersome disadvantage.”
Ah, but if you are guilty of so many misdeeds and blunders that the public can’t follow the all at once, you’re in luck.
And it’s everyone else’s fault.