Hats off to S. Robert and Denise Zeilstra for organizing and underwriting the event.
He made no notable news, and did so quite smoothly. Unless sticking by his guns over cutting charitable deductions is news.
And the former constitutional law professor did go on in his answers, perhaps not by accident. Holding the floor is another means of control for any president. Like males hold the TV remotes.
The result: only 13 questions in 57 minutes.
And as The Ticket noted during its live-blogging, not one single question on either war, including the one the commander-in-chief recently ordered 17,000 more Americans to march into.
I watched the late-night replay, having missed the live event while participating in the NRCC’s dinner honoring Bobby Jindal at the Building Museum. Most of the congressmen there were optimistic about their increasing ability to be heard by the voting public, largely because the president’s budget proposals (see below) are both so astonishingly irresponsible and so disconnected from the economic conditions that worry most voters.
Last night’s press conference telegraphed increasing insecurity on the president’s part about his budget and about his way forward. Filibusters are not the tactics of the confident, and the defensiveness throughout the Q-and-A underscores President Obama’s nervousness that large parts of his own party in Congress are revolting from the prospect of this massive lurch towards wild spending in support of half-baked dreams of remaking the country.
This graphic from The Heritage Foundation’s The Foundry blog, posted by Conn Carroll, is all anyone needs to see as the budget debate moves towards it conclusion in the Congress. All Republicans and responsible Democrats must act together to emphatically reject this ruinous plan.
Critics are struggling to find the right words, and many say such a plan isn’t “sustainable.” Others say it is a recipe for “European style socialism.”
But New Hampshire’s Judd Gregg got it right: This sort of wild spending will bankrupt the United States, destroying the value of its currency in the process and unleashing a wicked inflation that will diminish everyone’s existing wealth while crippling the ability of young people to successfully accumulate wealth.
Responsible Democrats know this cannot be the blueprint for the future, and perhaps understand that the president wanted to be able to promise all of his many constituencies the moon and the stars and then leave it to the Senate to impose some minimum sanity of the plan.
Senate Democrats especially have to step up and impose restraint on this scheme. They know it is a recipe for a disaster, and they have to stop it.