Alarming News: I like Morgan Freeberg. A lot.
Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler: We were following a trackback and thinking "hmmm... this is a bloody excellent post!", and then we realized that it was just part III of, well, three...Damn. I wish I'd written those.
Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler: ...I just remembered that I found a new blog a short while ago, House of Eratosthenes, that I really like. I like his common sense approach and his curiosity when it comes to why people believe what they believe rather than just what they believe.
Brutally Honest: Morgan Freeberg is an intriguing guy...[he] asks great questions and answers others with style, flair, reason and wit. On the blogroll he goes. Make him a part of your regular blogospheric reading. I certainly will.
Brutally Honest: Morgan Freeberg is brilliant.
Common Sense Junction: Misha @ Anti-Idiotarian never ceases to amaze me. He keeps finding other good blogs. I went over to A.I. this morning for my daily Misha fix and he had found this guy named Morgan Freeberg in Fair Oaks, California, that has a blog, House of Eratosthenes. Freeberg says its "The Blog That Nobody Reads" but it may now become the blog that everybody reads.
Jaded Haven: Good God, Morgan, you cover a topic from front to back with a screwy thoroughness I find mind boggling. I'm in awe of your thought proccesses, my friend, you're an exceptional talent. You start by throwing in the kitchen sink, tie in someone's syphilitic uncle, bend around a rip tide of brilliance and bring it all home in a neat, diamond dripping package of an exceptionally readable moment of damn fine wordsmithing. I love reading you.
Mein Blogovault: Make "the Blog that No One Reads" one of your daily reads.
Philmon: When Morgan meanders, stick with him - he's got a point and it'll be worth it in the end. He's not a hit-and-run snarky quip kind of guy. The pieces all fall into place like tumblers in a lock and bang! He's opened a cognative door for you.
Rightlinx: Morgan at House of Eratosthenes is one of the best writers out there. I read him nearly every day because he manages to provide an interesting perspective, even though I don't always agree.
Poetic Justice: Cletus! Ah gots a laiv one fer yew...
So I’m reading about what the President needs to do tonight and I’m reading about what the Secretary of State did & said yesterday. It is clear that Clinton’s statement came out of the President’s “debate prep.” Not so much in a “ya think?” way but more in sort of a “like duh” way.
Hillary is clearly playing the good soldier on the eve of the crucial second presidential debate between her boss, President Obama, and challenger Mitt Romney. After Vice President Joe Biden threw Clinton under the bus during the vice presidential debate, stating that neither he nor President Obama knew anything about the security situation in Benghazi, Hillary stepped out to the front to take the hit.
But, from the first link about what the President needs to do, we have…
“The first thing he can do is show up,” says a well-connected party strategist who shares the Democratic view that the president disastrously failed to engage in Denver. “He needs to be Joe Biden without the smirks.”
The strategist wants to see a forceful Obama — a really forceful Obama — take on Romney. “The ’47 percent,’ he ought to be shoving up Romney’s a–,” the Democrat says. “Romney can say he apologized. But Obama can say an apology doesn’t change things. Romney didn’t misspeak. That was a two-minute oration that basically gave Romney’s view of America.”
Problem: Putting this all together and smooshing it around in a big ball, and then adding to that this consequent sub-scandal about the President receiving intel briefings on His iPad, it doesn’t seem to me that this is going to work. It won’t work with the undecided voters and it won’t work with the base either. Depending on how you define “base,” I suppose…
I mean, just think out the message. You’ve got this Holy President who cannot be bothered to show up at intel briefings, opting to receive the briefing content on His iPad so that His time can be freed up because He’s the President and so forth. It obviously doesn’t work because He had to abandon the practice after the Benghazi debacle, under a cloud of embarrassment. But that’s alright because the guy who is going to be the President’s debate opponent, tonight, has a “view of America” that acknowledges that some 47% see themselves as victims and don’t want to take responsibility for anything. Therefore, Romney isn’t going to go around the country and chase their votes because there’s no point to it. And the President doesn’t have a similar view?
What exactly is He doing with all this time saved from not bothering to show up for daily intelligence briefings? He plays a lot of golf, goes out to appear at fundraisers, guests on Letterman and on The View. It has become rather difficult to envision Him burning any midnight oil hashing out details of legislation with representatives from Congress or anything like that, this seems to be entirely delegated to smart legal-beagles who must know what they’re doing…while our First Holy President goes out to give more speeches. Do those speeches have something to do with being a President for all Americans, to contrast Him with that insensitive guy who “doesn’t care” about the “47 percent”? Eh…no. And that isn’t just my opinion, President Obama has made history with His reputation as a polarizing president.
Probably as a result of comments like “cling to guns or religion, or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them,” an infamous snippet He delivered at…yup…another fundraiser. It’s not an isolated case by any means. You don’t have to listen to an Obama speech for very long before you hear it: Some class definition of loathed individuals, people who can’t be reached because the President’s skin is too dark…or they have too much money in the bank…or both of these things. In any case, these are people who don’t need any more influence, they have had plenty enough already. That’s the common theme. It does not paint a picture of an effective critic, who has room to talk about Romney failing to properly care for & about the 47%.
Keep in mind the picture being painted, is not being painted by a conservative blogger, it’s a self-portrait the President is painting of Himself. He travels around the country giving speeches, He’s pretty sure the security things back in Washington will sort of work themselves out — and they don’t — while He delivers speeches excoriating “millionaires and billionaires in their corporate jets.” Right after stepping off one of the country’s biggest jets. Then He rips into Romney for ignoring the hopes and wishes of the forty-seven percent because, you know, ignoring half of America is something I guess you’re only supposed to do when you’re already sworn in, or something.
I don’t think a sans-serif Biden performance is going to polish this turd into a stepping stone for the President’s re-election, I just don’t. President Obama will deliver it all with flourish, and no small measure of talent, I’m sure. He’ll arouse wonderful warm feelings in people who make their decisions with lots of feely and very little thinky, it’ll work on them. But He had them already.
For either candidate, “appealing to base” means, by implication, reach out to the people who’d never vote for your opposition at any rate, and try to ensure they’ll bother to turn out to vote. The Romney/Ryan ticket has very little work to do here. They’ve gone on to the more time-appropriate and potent reaching-out to the undecideds. This counts double, since failure to reach out to the base results in a missing vote, whereas failure to reach out to an undecided voter results in a vote for the other side.
This is where Benghazi has really hurt Obama. He is truly a solution in search of a problem, said solution being, He can convince lightweight thinkers that He’s sort of God or something. So He appears, to airheads, to be a deity of some kind. Well the debacle in Libya creates a need for Americans to be reassured, not quite so much that they have a deity in the White House, but they have someone who’s capable of overseeing things, applying attention to details. Obama’s inflexible answer to this is to say, I’m zipping around the country but it’s alright, stuff’s being handled. Except when it’s not.
That’s the trouble with solutions in search of problems. When a problem confronts them that exists outside of the problem they intend to solve, rather than tailoring themselves to address whatever was not already addressed, their temptation is to tone that part down, pretend it isn’t really sitting out there, doing what problems do…which, by & large, tends to be: grow. The temptation is to simply sidestep reality, something which seems to come naturally to President Obama & crew. I don’t think it’s going to work here. Romney & supporters would have to say okay, and let the whole thing go. Fine, let’s pretend Benghazi never happened.
But that won’t work either. It hasn’t been just Benghazi.
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