WOE, IS ME, thinking about strikes in Syria is just too much for members of the modern, hyper partisan and wholly irrelevant Congress.
Tuesday’s meeting with congressional leaders offered little additional insight into Obama’s plans…
only reinforcing a growing sentiment that 12 months after the last Syria debate, lawmakers in both parties want to avoid a politically difficult authorization vote ahead of the midterm elections.
What a feckless bunch of pantywaists.
For all the talk that President Obama is “weak,” take a look at what Congress has become since the Senators Howard Baker and Ted Kennedy roamed the Capitol halls and you’ll have your true definition of the word.
It’s why under Bush, then Obama, the executive branch has become more and more powerful, with the President saying to a bipartisan group on Tuesday that
“he has the authority he needs to take action against (ISIS) in accordance with the mission he will lay out in his address…”
The only criticism I would level is the one I’ve been charging for a year, which is that he should have used his authority last year. This isn’t 20-20 hindsight, because it was clear what was happening last year.
This is what the majority leader of the Senate, a Democrat, had to say about it all.
“I’m just waiting for the president’s speech tomorrow,” added Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). “I’m glad to have been at the White House, had a little preview of it, I look forward to it.”
“A little preview…”
“I look forward to it…”
Darling, isn’t it?
No longer does the president have to work for congressional support. He just summons them to the White House, sits them down like a gaggle of junior cub reporters to tell them absolutely nothing about his plans to authorize unilateral strikes that the American people should be thankful he’s going to order by himself, because Congress doesn’t have the stomach or the spine for the debate, let alone an actual decision that requires a vote.
“A lot of people would like to stay on the sideline and say, ‘Just bomb the place and tell us about it later,’ ” said Representative Jack Kingston, Republican of Georgia, who supports having an authorization vote. “It’s an election year. A lot of Democrats don’t know how it would play in their party, and Republicans don’t want to change anything. We like the path we’re on now. We can denounce it if it goes bad, and praise it if it goes well and ask what took him so long.” [New York Times]
This is why the midterm elections don’t matter.
This is why people should not be inspired to get out to vote.
This is why our democratic republic is crumbling from the infrastructure outward.
Congress either is a cheerleader for their guy in the White House, or they’re obstructionist until their guy gets in.
Not even the beheading of two American journalists can rally a hyper partisan and irrelevant Congress to stand beside the commander in chief, as the country has done since the videos showing the beheading of James Foley and Steven Sotloff.
The good news for President Obama tonight, as he prepares to address the nation tonight at 9 pm EST, is that this is an opportunity for him to shift the mood and rally Democrats. His poll numbers as bad as Bush in 2006, it’s a boost his party desperately needs heading into November, because their national security reputation is crumbling.
Obama’s speech tonight could make the difference in a marginal Senate shift and catastrophe.
It’s no coincidence that tomorrow is the commemoration of 9/11.