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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Saturday, May 04, 2013

Alien invaders

It's time to ask: what planet do the denizens of Washington, DC come from?

While the Marathon bombing and the FBI's failure to heed to warning signs about Tamerlan Tsarnaev has occupied the attention of most rational people, the Washington establishment -- including the press corps -- has already moved on.
“Just because the government might have had a document about how to handle extraterrestrials doesn’t mean there were any,” said Merrill Cook, a Republican from Utah who was twice elected to the House.
Yes, our nation's capital is discussing the issue of very critical issue of immigration -- from another solar system.

To be fair, this appears to be a bipartisan example of Unbelievably Foolish Obtuseness. And there may even been a reasonable discussion to be had about government transparency.

But coming amid the questions about the performance of the FBI and customs officials in protecting our borders from real or potential human dangers, the utter irrelevancy of our so-called leaders has never been more obvious.

Nor is it limited to the once and future elected class. Media pundits have once again been blathering about the relevancy of the Obama Administration given its inability to sway an obdurate Republican minority from behaving like responsible officials.

After ABC White House correspondent Jonathan Karl questioned Obama on whether he was "out of juice," Obama reminded the journalist that we have a government of checks and balances.

Not good enough for Maureen Dowd:
Actually, it is his job to get them to behave. The job of the former community organizer and self-styled uniter is to somehow get this dunderheaded Congress, which is mind-bendingly awful, to do the stuff he wants them to do. It’s called leadership.
Dartmouth College government professor Brendan Nyhan calls this the "Green Lantern" theory, that Obama somehow has magical powers to bend Congress to his will.

Actually, it might take a superhero to solve the chronic irrelevancy of Washington, DC. Either that or a hefty supply of Kryptonite.

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