WSJ: President Barack Obama’s most recent nominations and appointments show that he is assembling a muscular senior team of trusted allies to carry out his second-term plans, without concern for Republican sensitivities, some GOP officials say.
And they’re just discovering this? On Friday Peggy Noonan pointed out that Obama means to change the country and crush the GOP, and cited several examples of how the effete lapdogs of the Republican Party refuse to acknowledge this and fight back and instead have rolled on their backs and stuck their furry paws in the air, begging for treats.
Lesson two came from Republicans on Capitol Hill. Conservatives on the ground are angry with them after the Benghazi hearings. Members of the Senate and the House have huffed and puffed for months: “It’s worse than Watergate, Americans died.” Just wait till they question the secretary of state, they’ll get to the bottom of it.
Wednesday they questioned Hillary Clinton. It was a dud.
The senators weren’t organized or focused, they didn’t coordinate questions, follow up, have any coherent or discernible strategy. The only senator who really tried to bore in was Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, who asked a pointed question that was never answered: If you wanted to find out what happened when the consulate was attacked, why didn’t you pick up the phone the next day and call those who’d been there? John McCain made a spirited, scattered speech—really, it was just like him—that couldn’t find the energy to end in serious questions.
Why can’t Republicans fight? How has the party managed to elect a coterie of country club weaklings who sniff about hurt feelings and do … nothing? There was a great suggestion not long ago, when Al Franken was wavering on an assault weapon bill, trying to gauge the damage he’d do to his base by opposing one vs. the anger of rural voters who’d as soon shoot him as a nuisance deer in the garden: start a (phony) grass roots movement, “Citizens for Sane Gun Laws” or some such nonsense, collect a million signatures on a petition and present it to Al in the full glare of media klieg lights. Force the issue, force him to choose a side, rather than a waffle. That’s great theatre and great strategy – something David Axelrod would dream up for his party. My guess is that the Republicans will try to blackball him from the golf club instead.