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President Obama’s 2% Solution For The Gulf and Isarel’s Commando Raid on the Hamas Supply Convoy

Monday, May 31, 2010  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

My new Washington Examiner column focuses on Team Obama’s latest fumble in the Gulf.

For serious analysis of the Israeli interdiction of the Hamas supply convoy which led to the deaths of at least 10, keep checking in at Powerline and Jeffrey Goldberg’s blog at the Atlantic. Goldberg’s caution is very useful: “I learned from the Second Intifada (specifically, the story of the non-massacre at Jenin) not to rush to judgment without a full set of facts.”

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Then I’d Hate To See What “Unprepared” Looks Like

Monday, May 31, 2010  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Team Obama’s Carol Browner on yesterday’s Meet the Press: “We have been prepared from the beginning.”

Turns out that Alinsky didn’t have a chapter on effective administration of disaster, and while the president and his team refuse to authorize a key berm plan (see below), they have completely bungled the first 41 days of the response to the oil rig explosion.

The Washington Post runs its first “consequences of the incompetence” piece, and thousands more could be written, from every town along the coast, about every business and family suffering as a result of the Obama paralysis.

“We should have built the berms” will be the single summary line for the post-explosion fiasco. How long will the president delay in doing the obvious?

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OiiOhh: The 2% “Solution” and the Collpase of the Budget Process

Saturday, May 29, 2010  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

President Obama on Friday in Port Fourchon, La., with Coast Guard officials and, from left, Governors Bob Riley of Alabama, Charlie Crist of Florida and Bobby Jindal of Louisiana.

The president came, he saw, and he left for vacation. (Florida’s Charlie Crist could be contemplating either the president’s “plans” or Marco Rubio’s polling numbers). The oil continues to surge into the gulf and towards the shore, and still the president’s A-Team has approved only a small portion of Bobby Jindal’s plan to dredge sand and build berms. Intense political pressure got the smallest part of the plan approved, which underscores again just how incoherent the president’s management of the disaster’s aftermath has been.

“Here the president doesn’t seem to have a clue,” Louisiana Senator David Vitter said. “His decision on the emergency dredging barrier-island plan is a thinly veiled ‘no.’ Approving 2 percent of the request and kicking the rest months down the road is outrageous, absolutely outrageous.”

Nor does the president have a plan for the deficit on which Congress can act, and so the Pelosi-Reid forces stumble along doing the only thing they know how to do: spend money we don’t have. From this morning’s Politico:

Democrats narrowly won House approval Friday of a nearly $90 billion jobs and tax package, capping days of turmoil that split the party and called into question its ability to effectively lead on budget and economic issues.

For the once activist House, the changed mood is quite extraordinary as if many members want only to hunker down and wait out November’s elections-still five months away. Going into Memorial Day, the budget process has all but collapsed, and an emergency war funding bill-requested in February-has yet to be even considered by the House Appropriations Committee.

Even the left-wing has begun to admit OiiOhh —Obama is in over his head:

Oiiohh (White) T-Shirt

Oiiohh Drowning T-Shirt (Navy) T-Shirt

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Could The GOP Win A Majority In The Senate?

Saturday, May 29, 2010  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

With the president’s latest display of his peculiar blend of ideological extremism and incompetence, the odds grow of a vast rebuke at the polls in November.

My most recent Townhall.com column reviews the path to 51 for the Senate GOP.

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