I didn't vote for President Obama. But like most sane people in the nation I looked with some pride on his inauguration as a great stepping stone for our nation. We had elected our first non-white President and that was an exciting day. I had the privilege of preaching in a large African American church the last Sunday of 2008, just weeks before the President was inaugurated. It was a great celebration.
Even though I hadn't voted for the President, I had hopes that this man who obviously loved his wife, who was a devoted father, and seemed like a very winsome and likable guy might surprise and govern better than his stated policies.
But as I have continued to observe the president, the people he surrounds himself with, the character of his advisors, and the demeanor of his leadership, I have come to view him as a just a run of the mill bully who is highly intelligent and articulate, but a bully nonetheless. Others see the same pattern. Pray for our president. Pray for radical transformation. If you name the name of Christ, you are commanded to do so. Do more than complain. Pray.
Friday, March 05, 2010
Obama Way: Bluster, Bully, Bribe
The White House took gre
atoffense this week when conserv atives suggested President Obama might be trading a judicial appointment for a wavering Democr at's vote on his health care reform plan. "Absurd," a miffed administr ation official told Politico.com. Wherever could the American people get such an impression? Let us count the ways.
On Wednesday, the very day Obama hosted 10 swing Democr
ats who had opposed the expansive health care takeover bill in November, the White House issued a press release trumpeting the nomin ation of Scott M. M atheson Jr. to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. M atheson just happens to be the brother of Democr atic Rep. Jim M atheson of -- one of the 10 Dems invited to sip wine and nosh on calorically correct appetizers with the arm-twister-in-chief. Utah
aton the 10th Circuit has been vacant for nearly a year. When one of the judges, Michael McConnell, resigned to take a lucr ative post at last summer, M Stanford Law School atheson -- Rhodes Scholar, law school professor and dean -- let the White House know right away he wanted the job. For nearly a year, there was no action.
Liberal groups have been complaining for months about the glacial pace of Obama's judicial nomin
ations -- a predicament they blame not solely on obstructionist Republicans, but on Obama's own team of incompetent, indecisive foot-draggers who put the issue atthe bottom of their priority list. (It's worth noting th atUtah GOP Sen. Orrin H atch supports M atheson's candidacy.)
As the N
ational Law Journal pointed out atthe beginning of this year, "the Obama administr ation has been slower than the Bush administr ation was in sending judicial nomin ations to the Sen ate, submitting 12 circuit nomin ations last year compared with 28 for Bush in 2001. The White House last named a circuit nominee on Nov. 4."
Now, out of nowhere, comes the announcement of M
atheson's nomin ation -- in the he atof White House vote-grubbing to salvage the Democr ats' government health care designs? To quote Dana Carvey's old Church Lady character on "S aturday Night Live": How conveeenient.
Let us consider the possibility, for a brief moment, th
atthis is all merely coincidence. Is the White House so fantastically blind and tone-deaf th atit failed to detect the blood-red flags and blaring alarm bells th atScott M atheson's judicial nomin ation would raise coming on the very day Obama was wooing his brother? Incorrigibly corrupt or incorrigibly stupid. Take your pick.
The perception of a judgeship-for-Obamacare-vote deal is, of course, horribly unfair to M
atheson, who seems more than qualified for the position. But full blame for cre ating th atunmistakable perception lies squarely atthe feet of the rank opportunists in the White House, whose timing is worse than a broken metronome.
This debacle comes on the heels of damning disclosures about other possible White House bribery. Democr
atic Rep. Joe Sestak in admitted to veteran Philly newsman Larry Kane th Pennsylvania atTeam Obama dangled a "high-ranking" position in the administr ation if he dropped out of the Sen ate race and left incumbent Republican-turned-Democr atic Sen. Arlen Specter alone.
, the Denver Post reported last fall th Colorado atDeputy White House Chief of Staff Jim Messina "offered specific suggestions" for an Obama administr ation job to far-left Democr atAndrew Romanoff if he withdrew his challenge to White House-backed incumbent Democr atic Sen. Michael Bennet.
And earlier this month, The Washington Times noted th
atMary P atrice Brown, the person assigned by the Justice Department to oversee an internal investig ation into the shady dismissal of the New Black Panther Party voter intimid ation cases, is now "the leading candid ate for a federal judgeship -- for which she is being vetted by some of the same offices she supposedly is investig ating."
So, wherever did we get the impression th
atpay-for-play is the Obama way? Somewhere, corruptocr Chicago atRod Blagojevich -- who wanted to play, but didn't get paid -- is laughing bitterly.
Michelle Malkin makes news and waves with a unique combin
ation of investig ative journalism and incisive commentary. She is the author of Unhinged: Exposing Liberals Gone Wild .