Thanks to Congressman John Campbell for filling in for me last week (and making news with Speaker Boehner and Leader McCarthy) and setting the stage for this week’s opening of the fall campaign which will hinge on America’s collapsing position in the world, the bizarre combination of the president’s lassitude abroad and his threatened abuse of the powers of his office at home, especially with regards to immigration, and a still dormant economy.
The president’s sit down with new Meet The Press anchor Chuck Todd revealed an entitled incumbent who seem almost suprised that Todd would prss him on such things. He also seemed wholly unprepared for Todd’s pressing him on the flip-flop on his threat to go rogue on immigration, and made a spectacular slip of the tongue when responding to Todd’s follow-up:
CHUCK TODD: But the politics, I mean, it looks like election year politics.
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Not only do I want to make sure that the Ts are crossed and the Is are dotted, but here’s the thing, and Chuck, and I’m being honest now, about the politics of it. This problem with unaccompanied children that we saw a couple weeks ago, where you had, from Central America, a surge of kids who were showing up at the border, got a lot of attention. (emphasis added.)
I tell my law students all the time to listen for such poker tells for they indicate that the speaker knows he isn’t routinely honest in speech or understood by his or her listeners to be honest. This was the president, under pressure from Todd, begging to be believed now that he has entered into a period of irredeemable credibility collapse at home and abroad. Nobody believes him: Not our friends abroad, not our enemies, not even his own political base.
My Washington Examiner column this morning explores the consequences of the president’s back-flip on immigration and they are horrible –for Democrats. The president is in a vise: He promised to undertake what is at best a wildly extra-Constitutional action on behalf of a favored political constituency, and then he broke his promise to them. As the column explains, this helps every Republican candidate, hurts many Democrats, and can only get worse when and if the president “acts” after the election. The Beltway smart-set must have woken up to the fact that this is the weakest senior staff the city has seen since….well, you fill in the blank.
I am broadcasting from D.C. today and tomorrow and begin today’s show from the Heritage Studios with Congressman Tom Cotton, soon to be Senator Cotton, followed by CNN’s Peter Hamby –one of the better political reporters rising in the new era marked by Jake Tapper’s move to CNN and Todd’s to take the controls at MTP. The RNC’s Sean Spicer will be by, and I’ll hear from Lanhee Chen and Stanley Kurtz on the looming Clinton co-presidency as well, so don’t miss any of today’s Beltway edition of the program.
And, yes, I fished out the Madison again, even as the Buckeyes and the Browns stumbled out of the gate. 11-1 and 15-1 won’t be bad at all.