Democratic donors like George Soros, the bête noire of the right, and his fellow billionaire Peter B. Lewis, who each gave more than $20 million to Democratic-oriented groups in the 2004 election, appear to be holding back so far.
“Mr. Soros believes that he can be most effective by funding groups that promote progressive policy outcomes in areas such as health care, the environment and foreign policy,” said an adviser, Michael Vachon. “So he has opted to fund those activities.”
For donors, there is certainly an element of fatigue from giving cycle after cycle, as well as an economic squeeze brought on by the recession, the operatives said. But some more ideological donors are also upset that the Obama administration has not been more aggressive in pushing a liberal agenda. Big donors from Wall Street, including hedge fund executives and investment bankers, are also angry at the administration.
Shouldn’t Obama and Biden be scolding them to “get in gear”, or is that kind of bullying and scorn reserved for us commoners?
“Joe Biden”: With the exception of “broken teleprompter” these are the scariest two words in the White House communications shop.
A teleprompter joke? Seriously? This is still what passes for wit in the George W. Bush/Sarah Palin Articulous Speakitude And Hand Writing Party?
It would be one thing if all Biden did was offer the occasional Washington gaffe (i.e., accidentally telling the truth), or if he merely talked as if he learned history from Monty Python skits (as when he claimed that FDR went on TV to reassure Americans after the 1929 stock market crash. FDR wasn’t President. No one had TV). But that’s not how he rolls.
Last month, Biden spoke to the European Parliament in Brussels. “As you probably know, some American politicians and American journalists refer to Washington, D.C., as the ‘capital of the free world.’ But it seems to me that this great city, which boasts 1,000 years of history and which serves as the capital of Belgium, the home of the European Union and the headquarters for NATO, this city has its own legitimate claim to that title.”
Okay, so at this point I’m assuming that Jonah’s going to explain how Brussels is not 1,000 years old, is not the capital of Belgium, is not the home of the EU, and not NATO HQ,especially with this lead-in:
Still, I’d give him a pass, too, if this was crazy Joe talking. We’d all just roll our eyes if he came in there reciting Irish limericks in Klingon and claiming that we can switch from fossil fuels to Grape Nuts cereal.
Hahaha! It’s funny ‘cuz that is totally stuff Joe Biden would say!
And now here is Jonah’s actual expert “dismantling” of Biden’s Horrible Ridiculous Gaffe:
Let’s look at Biden’s case for Brussels as Freedom Command Alpha. It’s 1,000 years old! OK. But for most (all) of that time Brussels was hardly synonymous with “freedom.” Beijing is twice as old as Brussels, Cairo older still. Does that burnish their liberty-loving street cred?
Aha, but Biden adds that Brussels is the capital of Belgium! While I’m sure that’s a huge matter of pride in high school ping-pong competitions against Antwerp, does anyone else care?
It’s true that Brussels is the headquarters for NATO, but NATO takes its orders from a different capital — Washington, D.C.
Then there’s the fact that the EU has set up shop in Brussels. Surely this was really Biden’s only point. He was telling the unaccountable Lilliputians of the EUrocracy that Gulliver sees them as equals now.
In other words, his rebuttal is not that anything Biden says was untrue, but rather that he, Jonah, simply doesn’t care. Really, is that seriously the best he can do? He couldn’t write something about how gargantuan oil spills are good for our health, or how the Gaza flotilla was actually a deadly invasion fleet come to wipe Israel off the map in a firestorm of nuclear death? Very, very disappointing, even for Jonah.
Wow, so “lifelong Democrat who hasn’t wavered in his presidential vote since 1980” and war pimp Michael O’Hanlon finally, reluctantly endorses Barack Obama after being “unable to support [him] over the last two years.” And only because he thinks Joe Biden is a stronger running mate than Sarah Palin.
Well, I guess Obama’s strategy of floating really godawful VP candidates like Bayh and Kaine has succeeded in making most of us relieved that he picked Biden, but he should have given the dark horse option some more thought:
Pros: Balances out Obama’s troublingly semi-dovish past with tough, muscular “eat the world” policy.
Cons: Will eat the world.
Granted, picking the Devourer Of Worlds probably wouldn’t go over real well with most progressives at first, but once they see a 100-foot tall purple guy bellow out “SILENCE, FOOL! Galactus cares not for the petty concerns of your trivial planet! Galactus hungers!” in the vice-presidential debate, I think they’d start to appreciate having him on their side.
On the other hand, it’s probably unlikely that Galactus would ever accept second billing, so perhaps the Silver Surfer would have been a more appropriate choice. In additional to the usual vice-presidential and running-mate responsibilities, he could scout ahead and identify which states and cities are ripe for Obama to devour.