And now, amid the post Katrina-like denouement after Scott Brown's ascent, what do we hear?
Eleanor Clift of the tea party people:
Charles Blow of the NYT:It's hard to take their rhetoric seriously
Gail Collins on the KSM Trials:The president simply couldn't seem to escape his professorial past, to convey his passion and convictions in the plain words of plain folks, and to breach the chasm between the People's House and people's houses.
As I was saying, last November, the Justice Department announced that the terror trial of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed would be held in Manhattan. Almost everyone in New York rallied around. This was seen as standing up to terrorism.
Joan Walsh, Salon:
These confused, unrealistic pleading sort of whines are very informative.In case he wasn't fully aware that Republicans are impervious to his political charm, President Obama saw it early in his first State of the Union address. After ticking off a list of taxes he'd lowered, the chamber was in cheers -- except for the GOP side of the aisle, where traditionally tax-cutters have clustered. Obama smiled and ad-libbed, "I expected some applause for that one."
- They do NOT comprehend WHAT IT IS the tea party people are so totally dedicated about, except foggy comprehension of anger and snarling, most of which does not really redound to their own benefit, anyway.
- They believe if Obama merely explains himself better, all will be well.
- They really believe the republicans have done nothing but say no, offered no plans of their own, and that the people believe that as they do
- They believe FOREIGN enemies of the United States, anywhere on the planet, and our way of life deserve all the benefits of Americans in court when captured in the act of slaughtering Americans, and that the world will celebrate this attitude and all will be better.
Is it any wonder they do not really understand what is going on around them?