Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Obama fights back

I have mixed feelings about the remarks Obama made about Boehner at a town hall meeting. I'm happy that he's fighting forcefully against the GOP on their own ground. It's a far cry from the placid bi-partisan platitudes of a year ago. But I'm sad our political discourse has been reduced to sparring by meaningless soundbyte. And even sadder that such a large percentage of our population prefers it that way.

On the hand I'm amused that Joe Scarborough took his own swipe at the Boehner this morning, effectively calling him a lazy drunk.
"After five o'clock, six o'clock at night he's disengaged -- at best," Scarborough continued. "You can see him around town. He does not have, let's say, the work hours of Newt Gingrich. ... Every Republican I talk to says that John Boehner, by five or six at night, you can see him at bars."
Of course it means nothing coming from Morning Joe. He plays the same game as Tweety does, alternately trash talking one party or the other, more by design than principle. Their inner script is calculated towards ratings, not on firmly held convictions. Also useful for establishing their neutrality, since they can claim to piss off both sides equally.

That's showbiz I guess but a hell of bad way to inform the electorate.

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