Updated: Obama’s Adolescent White House
Update: Shallow, vindictive White House? Yeah, that fits.
Peggy Noonan claims we are governed at every level today by callous children.
Part of the reason is that the problems—debt, spending, war—seem too big. But a larger part is that our federal government, from the White House through Congress, and so many state and local governments, seems to be demonstrating every day that they cannot make things better. They are not offering a new path, they are only offering old paths—spend more, regulate more, tax more in an attempt to make us more healthy locally and nationally. And in the long term everyone—well, not those in government, but most everyone else—seems to know that won't work. It's not a way out. It's not a path through.
Do you think she might be on to something given a White House that recently attacked a website, Edmunds, by suggesting they did their analysis on Mars? The attack was as foolish as it was childish in nature. The actual attack language only reinforced that sense.
And now we have a silly back and forth going on like two junior high school boys frustrated by not being able to secure their first dates throwing triangular folded paper footballs back and forth at one another in the classroom while the teacher isn't looking. How long before Obama's press secretary is compelled to weigh in and make it worse with his usual befuddled but arrogant foolishness?
The problem is, the teacher in the form of the American people is looking on and they don't very much like what they see. As they are now in control of this entire mess, it's difficult to imagine the scale of the scolding the Democrats are in for come 2010. If we aren't careful, Obama may create some new Federal Division of Youth and Family Services to cancel the election simply to prevent what may well amount to child abuse as it has come to be defined today.
He does realize, I hope, that spanking present-dents and political parties is not a practice that the American electorate is adverse to when the children get this out of hand?