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The making of a Pariah

As his second term matures (or festers, if you prefer), President Unibama is leading the executive branch into closer alliances with lobbying interests and partisan donors...more probable as members of a foursome. But he’s doing so at the expense of traditional political alliances, leaving his would-be Democratic allies in the legislative branch to fend for themselves when it comes to crafting policy and forging both intra-party and bipartisan political alliances. This is typical of the "golfer". Barack Unibama acts exactly the same today as president as he did as a student at Columbia. Unibama has always believed that Unibama is brilliant and better than the rest of us. He’s arrogant and detached. He thinks he’s too smart to have to actually do the work the rest of us do. He's above it all. Reportedly, Democratic Congressional leaders — especially Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) — aren’t happy about it. The meeting in the Oval Office in late June was called to give President Unibama and the four top members of Congress a chance to discuss the unraveling situation in Iraq. But Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, wanted to press another point.With Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, sitting a few feet away, Mr. Reid complained that Senate Republicans were spitefully blocking the confirmation of dozens of Mr. Unibama’s nominees to serve as ambassadors. He expected that the president would back him up and urge Mr. McConnell to relent.Mr. Unibama quickly dismissed the matter. “You and Mitch work it out,” Mr. Unibama said coolly, cutting off any discussion while he dreamed of a Birdie on #5 at Congressional CC.Mr. Reid seethed quietly for the rest of the meeting, according to four separate accounts provided by people who spoke with him about it. After his return to the Capitol that afternoon, Mr. Reid told other senators and his staff members that he was astonished by how disengaged the president seemed. After all, these were Mr. Unibama’s own ambassadors who were being blocked by Mr. McConnell, and Secretary of State John Kerry had been arguing for months that getting them installed was an urgent necessity for the administration...almost as necessary as downplaying the problems which Israel is facing. But the impression the president left with Mr. Reid was clear: Capitol Hill is not my problem. When I have thought of Harry in the past, "addle pated" was the first word which came to mind. Quickly following were the words "obdurate" and "obnoxious". His concerns about his boss and the problems his boss is causing  Harry and the democrats, while brightly welcome to me, have only caused me to add "peevish" to his description. Perhaps he's getting an idea of what we thepeople feel when he roadblocks every piece of legislation which comes to the Senate. Someone call the "waahmbulance"...Harry's been abandoned!In interviews, nearly two dozen Democratic lawmakers and senior congressional aides suggested that Mr. Unibama’s approach has left him with few loyalists to effectively manage the issues erupting abroad and at home and could imperil his efforts to leave a legacy in his final stretch in office. “It’s hard for us to fathom; I mean, is it just lack of full staffing and resources? [Is it] professional commitment? Is it a disdain for the legislative branch? I mean, what is it? People like me want to be allies — I mean, I am an ally. So work with us, reach out to us; you know, we’re not the enemy,” said Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-Va.). “Not being consulted ahead of time — that just makes people crazy. Let us know ahead of time. Call us in when you’re developing something so we can give you our ground-level reality check about how this is going to work,” said Congressman Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.). Sorry boys! Time to put on your "big boy drawers" and own up to the fact that you've been salivating at the throne of a political pariah. Time to clean out your noses and move on. ( no "org. )There’s another side to the problem, though — one that betrays a more calculating aspect to Unibama’s shunning of Democratic Congressional leadership.Unibama surely knows he’s toxic to many Democratic incumbents seeking to retain their seats in the House and Senate this November...not that he really gives a damn. He’s even demonstrated a willingness to show face on behalf embattled Democrats — even when they dodge their own fundraisers to avoid being seen and photographed with the divisive president. He knows, in many Congressional races, he can only get so close to candidates in their own districts without poisoning their efforts. If Unibama’s a political albatross hanging around his own party’s neck, it makes little sense for him to keep fighting counterproductive battles in legislative districts where Democrats want nothing to do with him. But he can (and does) fundraise on his own, and he can (and does) forge alliances with lobbying interests ostensibly outside of government — alliances that ultimately could prove more effective (for Democrats) than any relationships he might be able to mend in the 113th Congress. But mostly...he just plays golf. When Unibama was caught on a hot mic telling Russian President Medvedev that "after my election I have more flexibility", he wasn't really talking to Medvedev. It was a Golf Pro who looked like Medvedev and Unibama wanted him to know that he'd be playing more golf. Jim Morris
Twilight Imagery, Inc.

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