Once again, Charles Krauthammer is in rare form, but then again since that sage columnist is often in this form, it’s probably not entirely accurate to call it “rare.” Well, the idiom works.
Writing on the failures of the various big-government initiatives this president had put into place, the conservative columnist quips,
So what do you do when you say you can, but, it turns out, you can’t? Blame the other guy. Charge the Republicans with making governing impossible. Never mind that you had control of Congress for two-thirds of your current tenure. It’s all the fault of Republican rejectionism.
He goes on to show how “a president whose central campaign theme is that Republicans put party over nation, sacrificing country to crass political ends” was putting party over nation, sacrificing country for crass political ends.
Krauthammer’s focus is the 1,700-mile trans-USA Keystone XL pipeline: “President Obama decreed that any decision must wait 12 to 18 months — postponed, by amazing coincidence, until after next year’s election.” The pipeline, the columnist reminds us, “angered Obama’s environmental constituency.” So, now the Democrat’s got them in his camp for 2012, but he has prevented private companies from providing the shovels for thousands, perhaps tens of thousands, of shovel-ready jobs.
Oh, and he’s depriving the American people of access to oil from our very hemisphere — and from one of our closest allies. As oil fluctuates near the $100 mark.
Post-partisan? Most partisan in more like it.