The Teflon is wearing thin on a beleagured President Barack Obama as more and more people see through the facade. Even the fawning Washington press corps, no longer mesmerized by rhetoric, is taking a harder look.
Over on Capitol Hill, Democrats find themselves mired in an ethical mess surrounding Rep. John Murtha — the Pennsylvania con artist that Nancy Pelosi tried to ram down her colleagues’ throats as her second-in-command.
The mafia calls it "new boss, same as the old boss." Others call it "more of the same." I call it some good old fashioned karma comin’ round.
Obama this week fired an Inspector General at AmeriCorps who had the gall to investigate a friend of the President. Didn’t this idiot IG know that friends of the administration are above the law? What’s wrong with him? Did he actually believe the hype that things would be different in an Obama administration?
The Washington Post is reporting that Obama is abandoning his controversial plan to relocate cleared Gitmo detainees to the U.S. The young President found that charm and rhetoric couldn’t sway widespread, bi-partisan opposition to the idea of letting possibly dangerous — and certainly angry — people into the country.
Like so many former Presidents, Obama’s increasing flip-flops on issues leave heads shaking and political opponents ready to pounce. First he opposes mandated health care, then he supports it. He opposed rendition and other questionable treatment of prisoners then he endorses such tactics.
Larry Margasak of The Associated Press says the continuing Democratic ethics problems on Capitol Hill are playing right into Republican hands as the party tries to regain lost seats in next year’s mid-term elections.
The revelation that Democratic appropriations kingpins may face a House ethics investigation of their campaign receipts from lobbyists for recipients of government grants and contracts moves Republicans closer to gaining a corruption issue in 2010.
Republicans know well how lapses in ethical standards can sink a political party. They lost control of the House in the 2006 midterm election, succumbing in part to accusations from Democrats that the GOP had produced a "culture of corruption" in which lobbyists showered gifts on lawmakers in exchange for government contracts and other legislative favors.
The Democratic chairman and senior Republican on the House ethics committee dropped their political bomb Thursday night, announcing that the panel is reviewing the practice of lawmakers steering money and contracts to favored companies, and then receiving campaign contributions in return for the "earmarks."
Moderate Democrats, who thought Obama would be an ally, grow more and more concerned about the President’s big-government, big-spending policies and some are organizing to try and bring the administration under control.
A coalition of more than 100 moderate House Democrats is hoping to unify as they attempt to limit the size and scope of a government-sponsored health insurance option — a key sticking point as health reform enters a delicate phase of negotiations.
Members of the New Democrat Coalition have organized a meeting with their counterparts in the Blue Dog Coalition on Friday morning in a bid to show some strength in numbers as they haggle with party leaders and the three chairmen drafting the bill.
I suspect Obama and the Democrats are headed for a fall. Given the high expectations from both the 2006 mid-term elections — when Democrats seized control of Congress — and 2008 when Obama won the White House, the fall will be long and hard.
Based on what we’ve seen to date, that fall will be well-deserved.