The President DEMOLISHES the House Republicans at Their Baltimore Retreat
Even Faux Noise (Fox News) knew it was a lost cause when they cut away 20 minutes before it all ended to start sniping and griping. The C-Span server crashed from so many people streaming live.
So they thought that they could ambush Barack “can’t explain domestic policy without a TelePrompter” Obama? Now the Republicans are openly grumbling that they should never allowed cameras at this summit. Because the proof is there. They have nothing but talking points. Nothing. It showed all their asses to the world; that the Party of No have no clothes. None. The man was brilliant; his strategy of meeting them on their own ground was brilliant. He countered and confronted them with facts. He told them that their Rovian strategy of always campaigning was killing their ability to help their own people.
This was the lead story on all the 5:30 p.m. news shows tonight. I know they’re not going to do this again.
The moment President Obama began his address to Republicans in Baltimore today, I began to receive e-mails from Democrats: Here’s an except from one of them: “I don’t know whether to laugh or cry that it took a f$$@&$* year for Obama to step into the ring and start throwing some verbal blows… I’m definitely praying at mass on Sunday morning that this Obama doesn’t take another 12 month vacation.”
This e-mail comes from a very influential Democrat.
Accepting the invitation to speak at the House GOP retreat may turn out to be the smartest decision the White House has made in months. Debating a law professor is kind of foolish: the Republican House Caucus has managed to turn Obama’s weakness — his penchant for nuance — into a strength. Plenty of Republicans asked good and probing questions, but Mike Pence, among others, found their arguments simply demolished by the president. (By the way: can we stop with the Obama needs a teleprompter jokes?)
More than the State of the Union — or on top of the State of the Union — this may be a pivotal moment for the future of the presidential agenda on Capitol Hill. (Democrats are loving this. Chris Hayes, The Nation’s Washington bureau chief, tweeted that he hadn’t liked Obama more since the inauguration.)
During the presidential campaign, it was John McCain who proposed a form of the British Prime Ministers’ questions for the president. It was derided as a gimmick. This is no gimmick. I have not seen a better and perhaps more productive political discussion in this country in…a long time. 90 minutes worth!
No lie. Even Booman at Booman Tribune says that we need a Question Time.
Obama performed as well as any British prime minister during Question Time. The same cannot be said for the Republicans who, by and large, tried to use dishonest arguments and demonstrably inaccurate statistics only to have Obama tell them to get serious and stop trying to score cheap political points. I can honestly say that if as many Americans watched today’s Q & A with the Republicans as watched the State of the Union, our political problems would be over. If we had Question Time, we’d have a much easier time winning over public opinion and sustaining support for progressive policies.
For those of you who have never seen the British Prime Minister’s Question Time, which happens each week in the House of Commons and is broadcast and recorded for even international audiences, you’ll never see such a political free-for-all in your natural life (barring fisticuffs that explode in the Japanese Diet or the Korean parliament). Tories, Liberals, Social Democrats and Laborites lob questions like hand grenades at the Prime Minister for policy decisions that s/he’s made during the week, and it’s almost like the last man or woman standing. But it sure does clear the air and doesn’t allow for many talking points.
This is the first time that I have ever seen You Tube allow the recording of an event rather than hacking it up into distressing increments. This video goes on for more than 90 minutes. If your family members and friends w/o Internet connections missed it and want to see it, tell them to see it again just to savor the humiliation, it will be rebroadcast tonight at 7 p.m. Central, 8 p.m. Eastern, and 9 p.m. Pacific on C-Span. MSNBC will most probably rebroadcast it at 9:00 p.m. (Central), and will have Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow, and the notorious Chris “Tweety” Matthews critique this amazing talk in a repeat at 11 p.m. (Central).
I swear, this was the Obama I voted for. Took the battle right into the nest of the enemy, pulled the pin, and walked away dusting himself off.