Saturday, January 10, 2009

Obama Faces his First Crisis and Blinks

On paper it was a fairly minor though embarrassing crisis, Blagojevich, the corrupt Governor of Illinois, had attempted to sell a Senate seat out from under Obama. After Obama and the Democratic Congress rejected in no uncertain terms his right to appointment a Senator, he went and did it anyway.

At first the Democrats stood strong, warning that Burris wouldn't be seated, but after Burris did arrive and his rejection became the major story of the new Congress-- they gave in. Obama and the Congressional Democrats yielded and it is clear now that with whatever face saving measures are necessary, Burris will be seated.

In other words, Obama has faced his first crisis, even before entering the White House and blinked.

Or as the AP set the scene;

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats beat a hasty retreat Wednesday from their rejection of Roland Burris as President-elect Barack Obama's successor, yielding to pressure from Obama himself and from senators irked that the standoff was draining attention and putting them in a bad light. Burris said with a smile he expected to join them "very shortly."

How were Blagojevich, a cheap thug who seemed to have the common sense of a housefly, and Burris, a failed amateur politician, able to beat the Messiah?

They did it by knowing just how weak and ineffectual Obama really is. And they exploited his Achilles heel, his compulsive need to be in the spotlight. Through sheer boldfaced nerve, Blago and Burris faced down Obama and proved that they were able to distract attention from his program. And that was all it took for him to fold like a cheap suit.

What Burris and Blago proved was that ethics is not a priority for Obama, nor is consistency or even an ounce of grit, all that really matters is keeping the TV cameras focused on him. It was the weakness that McCain's early ads effectively exploited for a lead, and it's a weakness that his old Chicago homies Blago and Burris know really well.

They knew they didn't have to break Obama's nerve, because there wasn't much nerve to break. All they had to do was prove that they could hog the spotlight. And with a deal being struck with Burris, a deal for Blago can't be far behind.

Already there are rumblings among liberal blogs and some pundits that he was railroaded and treated as guilty before being convicted of anything. Which is the kind of trial balloon you send up before you reverse position completely. That's what happened with Burris, where after a brief attempt at smearing him with a false prosecution charge, they reversed to arguing that he should be seated.

But Burris was only a stalking horse to prove that Blago could hurt Obama. Mission accomplished. The Governor of Illinois derailed Congress and Obama. In true Chicago thug style he demonstrated his power by demonstrating how much damage he could do. Had he done that in the first place, we would be talking about Senator Jesse Jackson Jr taking Obama's seat. But while Obama and Rahm Emanuel briefly delivered a setback to the old Chicago mob and the old Black Establishment leaders by trying to steal the seat out from under them, Blago with the help of the Black Congressional Caucus stole it right back.

Burris will now inherit a shaky seat tarnished by corruption, and the new Democratic congress will have begun by demonstrating its willingness to accede to corruption when it's in the interests of Obama. More importantly Obama has demonstrated how gutless he really is, and how little it takes to make him blink first.

Except pretty soon Obama won't be facing down Blago and Burris, whose worst threats were bad publicity, but the likes of Putin and Ahmadinejad, and other leaders who have never taken Obama seriously in the first place, and now have firsthand evidence of how pathetic and cowardly he really is.


Lemon said...

Mr. Obama is not in charge. He is being used by more powerful men.

In Washington we have no patriots in either side of the aisle.
Both Democrat and Repub. have had chance after chance to build the economy and failed to do so.

Rebuilding the infrastructure, though somewhat needed, places no money into the US, nor does it really create lasting jobs. It further drains the economy since it is financed by an already broke US.
Bringing corporations and business back into the US is the answer to provide jobs and create wealth for americans.
You do this by attacting them back from their off shore havens of cheap corporate taxes.
This is how cities do it.

Obama will not be responsible for what individual states do either.
And many governors just spend, spend, spend and raise taxes til the people are dried up.
He has to set an example of lowering taxes, attracting business to the US and etc.

Lemon said...

I wanted to say that WPA like programs are like having a house in foreclosure and going to the bank for loans to make home improvements when what you should be doing is renting out rooms to boarders to make money for the mortgage payment.

Logistics Monster said...

Lemon is correct about more powerful men manipulating The One. He was chosen to be the fall guy when the economy collapses and we are all devastated.

I for one am going to work to see that event does not happen!

It is time to take our country back.

Anonymous said...

Chiming in from Chgo here...the Oblahblah is a coward and just one of the Combine crooks. Agree w/ Lemon he's not pulling the strings at all. Just propped up. Keep in mind the number of times he VOTED(?) present.Putin and the Iranian nutjob will stare him down in one second...they are relieved he's IN da big house!

Anonymous said...

Burris said the three magic words.
Natural Born Citizen.

He is. BO is not.

That made BO fold up.

Nosharia said...

Obama does not hold a monopoly on cowardice among politicians. It is difficult to name even one with the courage of his convictions. In fact, Blago demonstrated more courage. The courage of a thug is still courage. He is a narcissist however, without any fear of consequences. His narcissism will be his Achilles heel in the not too distant future.

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