January 28, 2010

And he's a lawyer

The Messiah demagogues the Supreme Court (whose members just happened to be seated in front of him):

[The recent SCOTUS decision in Citizens United v. FEC] "open[ed] the floodgates for special interests — including foreign corporations — to spend without limit in our elections. Well I don't think American elections should be bankrolled by America's most powerful interests, or worse, by foreign entities."

This is totally false:

The Court held that 2 U.S.C. Section 441a, which prohibits all corporate political spending, is unconstitutional. Foreign nationals, specifically defined to include foreign corporations, are prohibiting from making "a contribution or donation of money or ather thing of value, or to make an express or implied promise to make a contribution or donation, in connection with a Federal, State or local election" under 2 U.S.C. Section 441e, which was not at issue in the case. Foreign corporations are also prohibited, under 2 U.S.C. 441e, from making any contribution or donation to any committee of any political party, and they prohibited from making any "expenditure, independent expenditure, or disbursement for an electioneering communication... ."

Maybe the best part about this nonsense is Justice Sam Alito mouthing the words "not true" after Obama's lie. Maybe he should've yelled out "you lie"? Hell, why not? The moonbats are already likening Alito to Rep. Joe Wilson anyway, even though the two instances are only remotely similar. (That's why we call 'em the "Local Gaggle of Moonbat Bloggers," after all.)

And then there were these usual Messiah rhetorical devices:

1) He trotted out the usual straw men: “I was told by some,” “Washington has been telling us,” etc. And once these awful straw men are set up, our hero Obama answers defiantly, “I don’t settle for second place!” The straw-man ploy is now stale.

2) The “I didn’t ask for” trope: Obama acts as if he bravely endures persecution on our behalf, rejects the easy path, and presses ahead on the difficult path.

3) The “they did it” trope: So when Obama talks of “lobbying” and “horse trading” on health care, apparently some right-wing nut in the Senate started buying votes at $300 million a clip? The Washington insider who has the White House and Congress blames . . . Washington!

4) The “Bush did it” trope: So Obama’s deficits are the result of Bush’s spending and weak economy — but is a relatively quiet Iraq due to Bush’s successful surge? No. Obama himself will bring the war in Iraq to a close. He did not offer one word of praise for Bush in a speech calling for unity.

5) The meaningless token: So after piling up the two largest budget deficits in U.S. history, Obama promises fiscal sobriety and spending freezes — but only in 2011, after we pile up yet another year of trillion-dollar-plus red ink.

6) The above-it-all lecturing: After blaming Bush for 30 minutes and castigating the Republicans for “just saying no to everything,” Obama lectures on Washington’s partisan bickering. And after a year of hardball Chicago politicking, a politically weakened Obama calls for bipartisanship and a new tone. That will go over really well.

7) The meaningless deadlines and promises: No speechwriter should invoke Iran and a deadline to comply on nonproliferation; no one believes Obama after the past four failed deadlines, and he should give it all a break.

8) The final hope-and-change flourishes: The emotional end of the speech, which used to set crowds afire in 2008, seemed more rote.

Posted by Hube at January 28, 2010 08:14 PM | TrackBack

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Here's the thing. No matter what Obama does he is clear. If the economy is in the toilet and he is not re-elected he will say 'i did the best i could but was left with a sinking ship and i was the last one on it when it went down.' if the economy turns around then he walks on water. if he isnt re-elected and the next president comes in and things improve it is because of what obama put into place to allow that to happen. no matter what, he is untouchable.

Posted by: arthur at January 29, 2010 06:56 AM