Our president apparently has been feeling real good lately, doing two of his most favoritest things. Campaigning. And vacationing.
We’re going to treat the campaigning phenomenon on this one. Our man in the Oval Office seems to have never gotten beyond trying to win the privilege of doing something useful. He won the privilege, but has never got the hang of doing anything useful.
So he’s hung in chronic campaign mode. Doctors come to mind. They claim they’re practicing. Still, we go to see them so they can practice on us. What’s wrong with this picture?
Anyway, O’Bama was recently in Kansas City campaigning. Not for himself. That will come later. Fine with him. It’s still campaigning. This time he was out there hustling for Democrats running in the fall midterm elections.
Gave him a good chance to try out some one-liners for his next guest shot with Leno, Dave, or Stuart Smalley, who famously said, “I deserve good things. I am entitled to my share of happiness. I refuse to beat myself up. I am attractive person. I am fun to be with.”
Except for that last claim, it could sound like the President himself, don’t you think?
But I kid around.
O’Bama did say some singularly nasty things about congressional Republicans, perhaps in his effort to foster bipartisanship in the U.S. Congress, a major interest in his campaign.
Stumping for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Robin Cook in Kansas City, POTUS tried out some new attack rhetoric, framing the fall midterm elections by blaming the GOP for the sluggish economy, and urging voters not to give Republicans another chance.
“This is a choice between the policies that got us into this mess in the first place and the policies that are getting us out of this mess, and the other side is banking on people not having a good memory,” said Mr. Obama. “They’re trying to bamboozle you.”
The president fingered Republican Congressman Roy Blunt as one of the GOP leaders who made the decisions that led to the financial meltdown and compared the GOP controlled Congress ousted in 2006, to a wayward teenage driver,
“These folks drove the economy into a ditch and they want the keys back, and you’ve got to say the same thing to them that you say to your teenager, you can’t have the keys back because you don’t know how to drive yet,” said our Comedian in Chief.
Roy Blunt is the likely GOP standard bearer in the race this fall to replace retiring Senator Kit Bond (R-Mo).
Obama left Missouri and winged off to Las Vegas, where he raised money for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), who is seen by political experts as one of the most vulnerable incumbent senators in the country. Reid’s opponent is Sharron Angle, a little known GOP candidate with ties to Tea Party activists.
Obama attacked Angle aggressively, claiming she believes in “worn-out” Republican theories and that she is “extreme.” He hit on her views on social security, Medicare, clean energy and the BP oil spill.
At the fundraiser for Reid Thursday night, Obama noted Reid’s race was going to be a “close election” and encouraged supporters to knock on doors and make calls to get out the vote for the senator.
The president used similar rhetoric at the earlier event in Kansas City, bluntly blaming the GOP for a laundry list of national problems: “For the last two years, Harry has been dealing with the do-nothing Republican leadership in the Senate…But despite all their tactics, despite all their political maneuvering, he’s [Reid’s] just been steady.”
Friday the Republican National Committee (RNC) released a new television ad slamming Obama and Reid on their views on the economy and saying they give too many bailouts and handouts. The ad was slated to appear in Nevada for one day with the message that the two are a “bust.”
And are they? You make the call. But make loud and clear.
WHO ARE ‘STUDENTS’ WHO RILED UP ETHERIDGE? DOES NRCCC KNOW?
The National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee knows the identity of the two young men who approached Rep. Bob Etheridge, in a highly publicized incident in which the Democratic congressman roughly grabbed one of the men.
That’s according to Carter Wrenn, a long-time Republican strategist, who is a consultant to Renee Ellmers, the GOP candidate who hopes to unseat Etheridge in November.
After a recent Ellmers news conference, Wrenn told reporters he knew nothing of the identity of the two men who approached Etheridge and neither did the Republican congressional committee, which is tasked with defeating Etheridge.
But after conversations Wednesday with the political director and the executive director of the Washington-based group, Wrenn said today that the congressional committee knows who the young men are.
“They told me yesterday they know who they are,” Wrenn said. “It wasn’t clear whether the students worked for them or not.”
The identity of the students has been a mystery because they declined to identify themselves to Etheridge on the video as Etheridge repeatedly demanded: “Who are you?”
The face of one student that is shown on the video is deliberately blurred.