Columnist’s lament: The irrelevancy of easy targets
March 27, 2009
A friend writes, referring to Obama, "Capitol Hill Blue is slamming your man lately ????" I wrote back "I think in part this is because it is easier for writers to attack than praise. The later is generally boring and with the Internet you can see how many people read your articles. On the hit counter, nasty beats nice.
Who do the Republicans have for us to bash?
Bush is wisely laying low.
The Republican usual targets are irrelevant.
Sarah Palin’s latest media moment was at an Alaska GOP dinner where she complained that before her debate with Joe Biden she couldn’t find anyone to pray with.
Chris Mathews, on Hardball, played the YouTube video of Palin and he and his quests piled on her, not content to let the ridiculous video stand on it’s own. I’m not fan of Palin and the Hardball crew was amusing. But it was meaningless chatter. (Here’s a transcript.
From the ridiculous Palin to the wretched Dick Cheney, in an ongoing saga of life imitating art, continues to make us wish he’d not only channel Darth Vader but wear his black headpiece so we don’t have to look at his devil eyes and twisted smile.
The hapless RNC chair Michael Steele’s missteps seem to bring out the dull side of knife from political columnists. He’s just too likable.
GOP wunderkind, former Hindu Piyush "Bobby" Jindal has a lot going for him as a potential presidential candidate but comparing their speaking in front of a camera to Obama’s is like comparing Penn and Teller.
It’s not surprising that many columns are being written about Obama and his economic team. Even with the rare political columnist who can claim actual expertise in economics, Paul Krugman comes to mind, all any writers can do is predict disaster. But for the merciless hit counter, columns about economics are as dull as dirt for most readers.
Alas, what are columnist left to write about? The teleprompter!
It is amazing how swiftly a presidential tendency turns from observation to joke to meme. Barack Obama — called "the most eloquent political speaker of our time" — has become known as the teleprompter president.
I fully expect the next "Law and Order" or "CSI" or "24" episode to feature an embattled president racing against time trying to boost national economic confidence. It will star, as himself, Barack Obama.
Then, we’ll see Obama singing on "American Idol," twirling on "Dancing With the Stars" and dissecting the American psyche while sitting on Oprah’s sofa.
Also on Capitol Hill Blue, Dan Thomasson complains about "Obama’s manipulaterd non-press conference
". He considers it "non-press" apparently because the president gave long answers to questions from Stars and Stripes, Ebony Magazine, Agence France and Univision and skipped over reporters from The Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times.
Fox News is calling Obama "Prompter in Chief" and misreporting an incident:
Conservative media figures uncritically highlighted a SkyNews.com report that a "teleprompt blunder has led to Barack Obama thanking himself in a speech at the White House in a St Patrick’s Day celebration." In fact, a pool report of the event released at the time indicates Obama was, in the words of the Telegraph’s Toby Harnden, making "a good-natured and well-received joke" at the expense of Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen, who earlier in the event had mistakenly read from the teleprompter displaying Obama’s speech.
Bush and Cheney, and then Sarah Palin, were the gifts that made every morning Christmas or every evening Hanukkah. From Tina Fey to Jon Stewart (left as Darth Cheney*) lefty political writers were like kids run amuck in a candy factory.
I answer only to a personal sense of guilt when I can’t come up with an idea for a new column. If I wore the same black plastic suit as Cheney I’d be hoping for Barack Obama to really screw up so I could get back to writing the weekly columns I did prior to the election.
Next column? How about accusing the president of child neglect if he keeps putting off getting the puppy for Sasha and Malia?
* Image from screen shot of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show on Wikimedia Commons.