Obama already doesn’t answer to the mainstream press — and they’re fine with that which is why they never ask him directly challenging questions, or even simple ones like, “can we see your college transcripts?” I mean, that’s an easy one. And the follow up is easy, too: “why not?”
Another easy-peasy: “define ‘transparency’”.
So, forget the press. Obama does not answer to them and never will, because the press doesn’t even want that. They’ve worked very hard building their narrative and they don’t want it mussed with.
Obama barely answers to congress. His own wife admits that he’s “done a phenomenal job” making end-runs around legislation (96 Executive Orders and counting) and his administration co-operates as little with congressional inquiries (or with congress, itself) as possible, while the press either plays it down or simply ignores it, for them.
And so, particularly since the GOP hasn’t the balls to do more than harrumph about much of anything, Obama answers minimally to that branch of government, and seems disinclined to want to do more.
And now, of course, this Libya story. It’s pretty bad. Three weeks after the attack (during which time various media types have admitted that yeah, this was a terror-attack, they’re still allowing Obama to carry on about a video, without question) we learn that the Embassy compound in Benghazi still has not been secured, and oh, yeah, sensitive documents are lying on the ground.
Let’s not even bother dwelling on the howls of (justified) outrage that would greet this information, by both the press and the Democrats (yes, I am redundant) were a Republican president currently in office. Let’s think about these two realities: Hillary Clinton wants Congress to not fuss about Benghazi until after the elections, and basically has the balls to say that (she has what the GOP congress lacks) and oh, yeah, she knew it was a dangerous situation.
The vibe is, “just let’s get past these next few weeks, and nothing will matter, anymore. If that takes a sudden ambassadorship to make an inconvenient story go away, so be it.
Here’s what I’m starting to think about Benghazi, why it happened, when it should not have — there were warnings enough about the security situation — and why the White House and State went out of their way to try to call the thing anything, anything, but a terror attack: I think the Obama administration — the whole boiling of them, and Mrs. Pelosi, Mr. Reid and their posses and pals — have become so confident that a victory in this election means they will never again have to answer to anyone about anything, that in their heads, they’re already there.
And the Benghazi story is inconvenient in timing, but not in scope. It “complicates” things, but it can be gotten through.
All they have to do is continue to tell the press they can’t answer any questions, keep obfuscating the already muddied story with talk of a video, get the spineless congress to delay their investigations (or dismiss them, with the help of the press, as “political desperation” if the congress insists) and run out the clock.
Win in November and that’s the game. Between the compliant, incurious and obsequious press, a cadre of fully-established-and-in-place White House Czars, continual “flick of the wrist, law of the land” Executive Orders, a noodle-spined congress, a senate controlled by a man who feels no compunction about stopping any-and-all-legislation not completely to his liking, and a couple more Supreme Court Justices?
“Hey, transmit to Vladimir (and Chavez, and Ahmadinejad and who-all else) that if they can just wait until after the election — then I can do as I damn please. I’ve got the precedents. I’ve got the tools, I’ve got the talent; I’ve got the drones, foreign and domestic.
And I’ll never have to answer to the press, the congress or the American people, again.”
Basically, all they have to do is grit their teeth, hold on and — with the help of their mainstream pals — plow through any pesky, irritating Benghazi resistance. If they emerge victorious in November? The world is their oyster, with an R in every month.
And by the way, if that happens, there will be plenty of blame to go around, but the major culprit will not be Obama — it will be a mainstream media that has been completely, happily, determinedly derelict in its duty to the public trust for at least the past decade, but certainly since Obama emerged as a serious candidate in 2007. A republic cannot withstand the loss of an unencumbered press, and our press wasn’t even pressured into its encumbrances; it took them on willfully, carried Obama into the White House on its shoulders and then bowed out of the Oval chamber, ass-first and with besotted trembling.
Someone asked me the other day why I’m not promoting this. Well, you know me, I’m not much of a joiner. I’m all for prayer and fasting, though. I just wonder whether we’re in a season of penance when blessings are not so much withheld as tough to recognize. In which case, perhaps we need to pray and fast for strength and fortitude for a tremendous battle.
So, you’re getting ready for the debate? A few things to keep in mind:
Instapundit: A look at the media machine
How to prime your BS detection skills beforehand
Remember: It’s all about the gotchas
Ed Morrissey on stratgery
Sarah Hoyt: How to fight a rear-guard action
Press also not reporting on this, but of course.