Tuesday, December 24

One N.Y. writer is *shocked* to discover that Obama may actually be incompetent !

Peggy Noonan is what passes in D.C. and NY circles as a conservative.  She was also totally enamored of Barack Obama in both 2008 and 2012.  Thus it's with great amusement that I re-print some gems from a column she wrote just a week ago:
Everyone is doing thoughtful year-end pieces on President Obama. Writers and reporters agree he’s had his worst year ever [and] there’s no particular reason to believe next year will be better.

In recent weeks I have begun to worry about the basic competency of the administration, its ability to perform the most fundamental duties of executive management.
I see, Peggy.  And just how long ago did you come to this great revelation?  Cuz, like, those of us not on the NY/DC party circuit figured that out, oh, five years ago.  But hey, better late than never, eh?
It all looks so lax, so loosey-goosey. In the place of the energy and focus that would go into the running of things, the administering and managing of them we have the preoccupation with spin, with how things look as opposed to how they are. The White House never misses an opportunity to shape the argument on TV. They do the talking part, but the doing?

They had 3½ years to make Obamacare work, to rejigger parts of the law that they finally judged wouldn’t work, to make buying the mandatory health insurance easy on their website.  But not only could they not do that--an astounding and historic management failure--they claim they were utterly surprised by their failure. They didn’t know it was coming! Or some knew and for some reason couldn’t do anything. 
Well we wouldn't have to be in the dark about the reason if "journalists" would do their job.  After all, we've had the second-ranking I.T. person at CMS stating to the House committee that she fully briefed Sebelius that the website was a disaster and wouldn't be ready on October 1st, and Sebelius saying she din' know nuffin'.  It shouldn't require much of a cross-examination to find out who's lying--and then why. 

But Peggy and the other supposed conservative elite are satisfied with "for some reason."

Peggy then spins a scenario supposedly intended to show incompetence by Barry's team.  But the bumbler in her scenario is...the military officer who carries the nuclear launch codes.  See how deftly that was done?  Peggy acts as if she's criticizing King Barack's incompetence, but the real villain is...a career military officer?  Wow, nice job, Pegs!

She concludes,
Most of the Obama people just don’t have a background in executing but in communicating. That’s where their talent is—it’s where their boss’s talent is.
Amen.  And they all believe that all one needs to do to be a huge success is to say the right words, with the right style.

And surely that will make everything work fine, eh?

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