I have several ideas for posts, some related to the Prop 8 hearing, others related the animosity of certain segments of the left (in stark contrast to the broad-mindedness* in other progressive precincts). But, alas, the last-minute revisions of my dissertation have both deprived me of time to blog and of the energy to craft original content.
So, I’ll just leave you with Charles Krauthammer’s commentary on the president’s statement on the deal extending the Bush tax cuts:
Well, I was struck by the tone and by the audience. This is ostensibly a speech to the American people. It was actually a speech addressed at Daily Kos, the New York Times, and MoveOn. This was a speech that was rather partisan. Interestingly, it’s about the first agreement and supposedly the first step in a new era of comity in Washington, but it was quite partisan. He attacked the Republican ideas. He said he disagrees with them strongly, but he had to compromise. This was a speech aimed at appeasing the Left which is extremely angry over this, and it laid out the details of the agreement. We came in a few seconds left, a few seconds after it started, but generally when you get a deal like this, he mentions the opposition and the leaders and he thanks them, and he says how wonderful it was entering in these negotiations and reaching the agreement. I didn’t hear any of that, which is odd for the first step on a new, a new kind of a tone in Washington.
Jennifer Rubin reports that after leaving the White House, Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid “looked like someone shot his dog.” He may have won a fifth term in the Senate and held onto his job as majority leader, but it seems his Republican colleagues may yield more power than he. Contrast the Democrat’s demeanor with Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s statement:
“I appreciate the determined efforts of the President and Vice President in working with Republicans on a bipartisan plan to prevent a tax hike on any American and in creating incentives for economic growth. Their efforts reflect a growing bipartisan belief that a new direction is needed if we are to revive the economy and help put millions of Americans back to work. Members of the Senate and House will review this bipartisan agreement, but I am optimistic that Democrats in Congress will show the same openness to preventing tax hikes the administration has already shown.”
Far more presidential than that of the president.
*and genuine good will. I’ve been wondering at what some lefties are really nasty in their commentary here while others do strive to engage us. There’s more to that than this — and do hope to address in the near future. I see this contrast in other environments than blogging.