…in the local fishwrap (with different stories than the one a gobschmacked Jim Hoft links to).
The first was a pretty amazing analysis by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar. “Amazing” by virtue first of being headlined “Obama missteps add confusion to health overhaul” and, secondly, by containing gems like this:
…It’s all recasting Obama’s image. The cool, crisp candidate who captivated voters last fall has been replaced by a president who is constantly calling for action, with little to show for it and his credibility at stake.
And, oddly enough, they don’t speak to a single Democrat. Not one! But they do have quote from both Sen. Charles Grassley, R-IA…
…”He doesn’t have a plan,” said Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, one of the bipartisan negotiators. “He’s given some broad guidelines of what ought to be done, but you find (the congressional bills) now being completely contrary to the letter that the president sent up here on June 2 when he said that he wanted to bend the inflation curve of medical care downward.”
…and inexplicably leave the last word…to Sen. Jim DeMint, R-SC!
…”We need to put the brakes on this president,” Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., told NBC on Wednesday. “His goal seems to be a government takeover, not making insurance more available. So I do think we need to stop the president on this.”
The second surprise* was nestled in the Page 6 continuation of the front page ObamaTV story.
Obama, health execs met in Feb.
The list shows that executives and lobbyists began visiting in early February for private meetings on healthcare policy.
Washington – President Obama’s administration began holding private meetings with health industry executives and lobbyists at the White House a few weeks after he took office, a visitor list released Wednesday night by the White House shows.
Oh my, oh my! The word’s getting out! And, in a not-so-subtle slap, the paper again inexplicably leaves as the last word a rebuke.
…Obama released a list of White House visits by healthcare executives after a government watchdog group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, or CREW, announced that it would sue to try to get White House visitor logs. So far, the Obama administration is following a Bush administration policy of refusing to release the logs, which are maintained by the Secret Service.
[* The link I found carries on for a few more paragraphs than appeared in our fishwrap, but the extra hardly qualifies as complimentary, either.]
I’m just thinking that ~ as I said earlier this week ~ there are some serious signs that the worm has turned. As the “digs per article” count escalates, the auguries hint that the “thrill up the leg”/protect at all costs MSM is having to come to grips with the manufactured object of their
affection adoration and his real time self. The fantasy of Obama’s election to the presidency and the fact of the amateurish execution of his presidency is expressed perfectly by Kipling: “Never the twain shall meet”.
The competing visions: the candidate’s snowy halo enveloping fat, beatific, hopeychangey cherubs and the President’s hapless, crude and untalented occupation of his office…are irreconcilable.
(He is also not helped by a singularly ugly cast of supporting characters, elected or appointed.)
We can all see it clearly from out here. All things considered, it’s a wonderment to finally be able to read about it.