The White House, Chicago-style


Are there no depths to which our President will not sink?

Karl Rove wrote a stellar piece for The Wall Street Journal yesterday, reporting that the President of the United States said to Democratic member of Congress Peter DeFazio, “Don’t think we’re not keeping score, brother.”

This was in response to Rep. DeFazio’s vote against Obama’s stimulus bill porkapalooza crap sandwich. “Don’t think we’re not keeping score, brother.” Along with threatening members of Congress, President Obama has started ratcheting up the pressure to get his budget passed. He has mobilized his White House advisors, and is reaching out to his usual suspects,, Americans United for Change, the SEIU, ACORN, to help in the effort.

In other words, business as usual at the White House. Chicago-style business, as outlined by Saul Alinsky:

RULE 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions.

“Don’t think we’re not keeping score, brother.” It remains to be seen how many members of Congress will actually sit still for this. It is to be hoped that even Democratic members will recognize it for the thuggery it is, and realize that they don’t have to play that game. Political retribution is no fun, but Congress would do well to remember that they answer to the people, and not to the President; and the people are less and less supportive of this generational theft:

People who feel positively about [Obama’s] budget fell from 44% in late February to 39% this week. People who feel negatively about the budget increased one point to 27% in the same time frame. And after all that budget talk, people who claim to not know enough to have an opinion increased 10% from 30% to 33%.

Obama will probably be able to cram this thing through Congress via threats and other pressure. But he’s not endearing himself to much of anyone with either his tactics, or the bill itself.

Don’t think we’re not keeping score, President Obama.



One Response to The White House, Chicago-style

  1. Josie says:

    Good stuff today in both your Rants! Thanks!

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