latest great line: "In fairness, the president took a French-bath of Clintonism before he
took to his beloved TelePrompTer. He doused himself with the scent of
the deficit-fighter and trade-promoter. He unveiled a slew of small,
easy, applause-gathering proposals and populist appeals that he knows
will go nowhere." This is Goldberg's way of saying that there's no there there in Obama's promise of change, primarily because the one most incapable of change in Washington is Barack Obama!
Goldberg notes, too, the President's propensity to blame the inadequacies of others for his failures. He blamed Bush (of course) and, with special relish, he blamed recalcitrant Republicans in Congress for their "partisanship" and general unwillingness to let him do whatever he wants. What about the mass of public opinion that is opposed to his policy proposals? Is that completely meaningless? To the extent that it got a mention, it was buried beneath the only part of the speech where Obama seemed
to attempt to shoulder some blame for the failure of health-care. That is, he claimed that he and his administration did not do enough
health-care! What!? We needed yet another
speech? One more would have done it? Yup. That's it. We needed to hear some more from him . . .