Taylor Swift’s new song “Shake It Off” provides the perfect tune to parody the Obama administration’s nonchalant attitude toward scandal after scandal.
Yesterday, President Obama insisted that Democrats who have spent their entire campaign distancing themselves from him are “all folks who vote” with him and “have supported” his agenda. It’s clear that Obama isn’t getting the picture because, when asked how they would respond to a presidential campaign visit, this is how vulnerable Democrats have answered. Via Bloomberg Politics,
Arkansas Senator Mark Pryor:
“I’m not going to invite anyone in from out of state to campaign for me,” Pryor told MSNBC in March. “But if President Obama did decide to come to Arkansas, I would love to take him to rural Arkansas to show him that a lot of the policies that you see coming out of the Beltway just really don’t make sense in rural America.”
Alaska Senator Mark Begich:
“If he comes up there, I’m going to take him up to the arctic, I’m going to show him ANWAR, I’m going to tell him why we need to drill in ANWAR, change his mind on that if I can. Bang him over the head a few times on it,” Begich said on CNN in November. “I’m happy to do it.”
Colorado Senator Mark Udall:
Asked to answer “yes or no” as to whether he’d want Obama on the campaign trail, Udall said he’d have to check his Outlook. “We’ll see what the schedule allows,” he told CNN in July.
Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu:
“The president is more focused on running the country than helping me in my re-election,” Landrieu told reporters in February when asked about the prospect of them campaigning together. (We’d venture that the president is probably aware of this race now that Landrieu has aired TV ads of herself saying that “the administration’s policies are simply wrong when it comes to oil and gas production in this nation.”)
You can be sure that President Obama made vulnerable Democrats cringe when he insisted on Al Sharpton’s radio show Monday that, despite their attempts to create distance from the White House, they “are all folks who vote with me” and “have supported my agenda.” Via the Washington Free Beacon,
A Democrat commentator writes, “I’ve known Ron Klain for years, respecting him as a smart operative who understands the nexus of politics and policy. His selection yesterday by President Barack Obama as the “Ebola czar” is a bad choice that will not stop the Democrats’ political problems on this issue.” Bloomberg View,
It is what it appears: A political decision forced on the president by political posturing and careless talk about a crisis. It appears that Klain doesn’t even report directly to the president, but to National Security Adviser Susan Rice and Obama’s homeland security adviser, Lisa Monaco.
There was a near perfect choice for Obama: David Petraeus, the former general who commanded U.S. Forces in Iraq and Afghanistan and was the Central Intelligence Agency director before forced out by reports of a sexual affair…
What Obama should have sought is commanding figure who can cut through internal politics and bureaucracies, manage tens of thousands of people, and counter political irresponsibility. Who better fits that role, David Petraeus or Ron Klain? …
But with his choice, Barack Obama has opened the door for an epidemic of political demagoguery.