Monthly Archives: August 2009
With the long, hot summer coming to an end, President Barack Obama returns to a cool reception in Washington.
To put it mildly, things ain't going well in Obamaland. The President's approval ratings continue to fall at a record rate, his administration lacks focus and his signature health care reform agenda is on life support.
Obama's political capital account is bankrupt, depleted from too many compromises on health care and other issues. With his once-vaunted ability to rally a nation with stirring rhetoric gone, jeers now replace cheers at Obama rallies and those who predicted the President wasn't ready for prime time are clucking and saying "I told you so."
The self-anointed attack dog for the failed administration of former President George W. Bush, which turned the Justice Department into a political hack agency, Sunday accused the Obama administration of playing politics with the investigation of prisoner torture.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney turned to Fox News, the mouthpiece for Republicans, to launch his latest attacks.
"I just think it's an outrageous precedent to set, to have this kind of, I think, intensely partisan, politicized look back at the prior administration," Cheney said in an interview broadcast Sunday.
Cheney's broadsides are the latest in an orchestrated series of attacks from the former Vice President.
Former Homeland Security secretary Tom Ridge, under fire from former colleagues in the Bush administration for saying politics ruled terror threat levels during that administration's time in the White House, is backpedaling and saying that's not what he meant.
Ridge, in his first interview since allegations of manipulating threat levels for political gain surfaced last week, now says he didn't mean to suggest such a thing.
"I'm not second-guessing my colleagues," Ridge told USA Today in an interview.