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THE WHITE HOUSE BUNKER SO SOON?

BlueMax372 2010/10/14 13:06:50
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October 13, 2010


By Tony Blankley

Based on the recent appointments of the two most powerful staff positions in the White House, and on various statements, it would appear that the White House is descending deeper into the bunker in anticipation of the expected shift in congressional majorities next year.

The selection of Pete Rouse for chief of staff and Tom Donilon for national security adviser are both in-house promotions. Moving deputies up to principal rank is more typically seen in the seventh and eighth years of a White House administration -- when an administration often has lost its instinct for innovation and creative responses to changing events.



Moreover, in each case, a senior figure is being replaced with a staffer. Rahm Emanuel was both an elected congressman and in the senior leadership of the Democratic House when he became chief of staff. Gen. James Jones had been Supreme Allied Commander Europe and four-star commandant of the Marines before becoming national security adviser last year.

Donilon and Rouse -- both with good careers as staffers -- have never held a principal position. They may well rise to the occasion -- even as Jones seemed to descend at his White House occasion-but they start in the hole as major political forces in their own rights. Worse, they are both known as political Mr. Fix-its, rather than serious policy players -- more suited for executing presidential orders than helping the president see and move toward different strategic visions of his presidency.

Evidence of this emerging bunker mentality was compounded when the president said on a radio show last week that if the GOP wins in November, it will be hand to hand combat next year.

We saw last year that the President did not flinch in the face of strong (60 percent-40 percent) public opposition to his health bill. Never before had major social legislation -- Social Security, Medicare, civil rights, voting rights, welfare reform -- been passed without strong public support.

Although I obviously disagree with his policy positions, I find the president's unflinching attitude personally admirable. Ronald Reagan stuck with his Central America war policy although it never was supported by more than 40 some percent of the public (and often only a quarter). But there will be serious consequences if a presidency, on a sustained basis, ignores public opinion.

President Obama doesn't need to triangulate and cave on his convictions across the board as Bill Clinton did after the 1994 election. But if the people speak as loudly as both parties' operatives currently expect, and the administration goes into hand-to-hand combat mode, that is likely to be good for neither the administration nor the country.

We will be entering 2011 with the economy floundering, the housing market in jeopardy of a profound further dislocation, the agreed imminent need to start controlling the out-of-control deficit, the increasing risk of a trade war with China, the Afghanistan War going badly (with the GOP giving the president most of his support on that war) and the terrorism threat on the rise -- among so many other dangers.

Not all of those matters divide on a partisan basis. The tone taken by both the GOP and the president will affect their ability to work together where they are not divided.

Moreover, whether the president takes public opinion into consideration or not, it is a dead certainty that surviving congressional Democrats will.

So the danger for both the president and the country is that we won't merely have partisan divide or gridlock -- but we will have, as well, a White House isolated from its own congressional party men and women (much as George W. Bush was in his last two years).

As Politico reported over the weekend: "... no matter how bad things get, Rouse and Obama have no plans to break up the small group of campaign veterans who surround the president -- nor are they likely to bring in the outsiders many Democrats think the White House sorely needs.

"'It's kind of a tight team over there, to state the obvious,' says Pennsylvania Gov. Edward Rendell, a former Democratic National Committee chairman, in a recent interview with POLITICO. 'Sometimes it's hard to find a point of contact -- or even know who to call over there.'"

By the way, we Republicans felt the same way about the Bush administration's isolation from its own party -- particularly post-2006.

But it ought to be grounds for serious concern when a party loyalist (and very shrewd politician) such as Rendell risks speaking up publicly only 19 months into the administration, warning of a sclerosis that usually doesn't overcome a White House until the sixth or seventh year.

The White House should reconsider the destructive path it is going down.


Copyright 2010, Creators Syndicate Inc.

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  • Col.TJefferson1775 2010/10/15 21:49:43
    Col.TJefferson1775
    +2
    LMAO---bunker...the FOOLS would be well advised to LEAVE THE COUNTRY .....QUICK!

    Great post BTW BlueMax!
  • Libertarian 2010/10/15 03:32:31 (edited)
    Libertarian
    +3
    I think that if it were not for Tea Party rally's and people voicing their opinions at town hall meetings. obama and a democratic congress along with a couple of liberal Republicans, would have passed a lot more progressive laws. The American people stood up and said stop it. Now that the mid term elections are here they are all scared to death. And they should be. We should fire as many as possible so they will know that we are in charge. As long as we have the Constitution, and the rights that it provides. Like the 2nd amendment the right to gun ownership. The Government will never be able to fully oppress us.a iss
  • JT For Political Reform 2010/10/14 22:47:11
    JT For Political Reform
    +3
    This administration has been sending out the SOS since it was put into office. SOS=stuck on stupid.
  • Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA 2010/10/14 20:29:16
    Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA
    +3
    The Conservative Republicans can get us turned around from this downhill slide, if they so choose. I hope the Tea Party rallies don't stop just because we got some people elected into office.
  • BlueMax372 Torchma... 2010/10/14 21:40:55
    BlueMax372
    +2
    Agreed! If we have an electoral tsunami in less than three weeks, we can't rest on our laurels. We have to keep our newly-elected representatives' feet to the fire in order to turn us away from the road to serfdom. If they don't perform as promised, they'll do one term and get flushed.
  • unicorn... BlueMax372 2010/10/15 06:44:00
    unicorn_lady1
    +2
    There is so much WE have to do too. The days of electing politicians and going to sleep till the next election are over. This is only the beginning.
  • Skyler 2010/10/14 19:11:30
    Skyler
    +4
    I've already stocked my arms.

    I've been a soldier for 10 years now, have done 2 tours. I've had my eyes opened. I will never act on an order that I know is wrong. Especially when it requires me to harm my own countrymen. When that day comes when I refuse, I will cease to be a soldier, and become the revolutionary.
  • unicorn... Skyler 2010/10/14 22:39:15
    unicorn_lady1
    +2
    Hugs and Thank You for your service to our Country.
  • Skyler unicorn... 2010/10/15 21:12:33
    Skyler
    +2
    Thanks Uni.
  • Arizona1950 2010/10/14 18:47:51
    Arizona1950
    +3
    The storm clouds are gathering ... prepare for it! Don't run and hide until it blows over ... get out the storm coats, boots, and umbrellas because as we all know this too will pass and tomorrow or the next day the sun will shine again. It's just a change of season and a washing away of the old.
  • No nonsense NanC...don't BS... 2010/10/14 18:36:18
    No nonsense NanC...don't BS me!
    +4
    A tsunami is inevitable.
  • ActionJackson 2010/10/14 16:45:04
    ActionJackson
    +8
    The White House has a strict agenda to follow. The members of Obama's cabinet are dedicated Socialists. They are the most hardcore of their organization and they feel the time for compromise is over. They believe in taking decisive action and they aren't about to adjust or alter their plans. They will do everything in their power within the next two years to push their agenda (even in the face of a Republican Congress). They may have some tricks up their collective sleeve that will throw the nation for a loop. Expect them to continue pushing their evil agenda.
  • unicorn... ActionJ... 2010/10/14 22:11:41
    unicorn_lady1
    +3
    They have already passed pieces of legislation tucked into their several thousand page bills that set the stage for forfeiting our sovereignty.
  • Rodney 2010/10/14 16:31:59
    Rodney
    +9
    Barry has himself surrounded with "YES" men. Academics with no experience in the private sector, butt kissers that have radical ideas of Socialist and Marxist ideologies.
  • Red Branch 2010/10/14 15:38:04
    Red Branch
    +8
    " ... there will be hand to hand combat next year ... "

    OK. Your message has been received and it is understood. Send forth your private armies & give it your best shot. You will get one chance, so make it a good one.

    GOP, lead us back to a Constitutional Republic or get out of the way.
  • BlueMax372 Red Branch 2010/10/14 20:02:04
    BlueMax372
    +4
    RB, we should make that "...or get out of the line of fire!"
  • Red Branch BlueMax372 2010/10/14 22:10:26
    Red Branch
    +3
    Why, if they are acting as human shields for the libs, they have it coming.
  • BlueMax372 Red Branch 2010/10/15 00:11:52
    BlueMax372
    +3
    I'm easy. But then, you've probably heard that already.

    heard
  • Red Branch BlueMax372 2010/10/15 02:19:09
  • ol_crank_arm 2010/10/14 14:57:23
    ol_crank_arm
    +11
    Blatant, overt violations of the Constitution are something The People of America very rarely tolerate and the gossimar excuses (when ANY attempt was made at all) given for this Administration's ultra vires usurpations have simply enraged the Public's indignation.

    "Serious men were concerned very candidly not with who should run the government, but with how to restrain, repress, and even eliminate government. They were concerned with purpose, not merely with program.

    The deepest concern then, as it should be now, was not the sort of law to impose upon citizens, not the sort of order to impose upon citizens, not the sort of privileges and prerogatives to bestow upon government, not the tasks to assign it or the titles to enhance it. No. The concern was to impose law upon government". --Karl Hess

    American Politicians too often forget that The People are the Sovereign Power.
  • NidStyles ol_cran... 2010/10/14 15:43:38 (edited)
    NidStyles
    +7
    Had the Tea Party concept not worked I have a feeling many of the soldier's would have been looking at this situation and wondering how to go about it. Politician's often forget that Soldier's are American's first. They may follow order's today, but if you start giving the wrong sort of order's, they probably will not be following them tomorrow.
  • ol_cran... NidStyles 2010/10/14 16:10:55
    ol_crank_arm
    +7
    What I find extremely encouraging, is that a good number of Constitutionally loyal Vets are running for office! I pray for their success and resistance to the corruption that permeates government from top to bottom today.
  • NidStyles ol_cran... 2010/10/14 16:12:32
    NidStyles
    +7
    I doubt any tried and true Oath Keeping Vet would betray us. I have been wrong in the past, and do reserve the right to be wrong again in the future. I just would like to hope I'm not.
  • mrk5panzer NidStyles 2010/10/14 19:37:18
    mrk5panzer
    +2
    This is true--------but if you start filling the ranks of our Military with illegals from a lot of other countrys then you may have a part that will turn on the people.
  • NidStyles mrk5panzer 2010/10/14 21:31:22
    NidStyles
    +3
    That will be the day the US fall's.
  • Dave 2010/10/14 14:30:00
    Dave
    +6
    "You can't stop an avalanche"-g. s.
  • BlueMax372 Dave 2010/10/14 14:35:29
    BlueMax372
    +8
    I'm sincerely amazed that there aren't at least a dozen grand jury investigations already underway of George "The Puppeteer" Soros.
  • Dave BlueMax372 2010/10/14 14:54:47
    Dave
    +6
    Even if there was, he would just flee to switzerland.
  • BlueMax372 Dave 2010/10/14 15:03:22
    BlueMax372
    +5
    I'm also disappointed that the Mossad hasn't taken the fat old bastard out yet.
  • Red Branch BlueMax372 2010/10/14 15:46:12
    Red Branch
    +6
    " ... that the Mossad hasn't taken him out ... "

    That is part of the problem, there are just some things you have to do yourself. We used to be the 'can-do or will-do' nation and look what happened when we stopped.

    There are other ways to take him out than a .30:06. I believe he is a convicted felon, so why is he in the US. Freeze his assets during the investigation.

    Someone made a run on our currency during September 2008. The treasury realized that and kept dumping money on the market and whomever it was stopped. That is Soros' game.
    September 2008 was the beginning of the financial collapse.
  • BlueMax372 Red Branch 2010/10/14 20:05:11
    BlueMax372
    +2
    Obie is Soros' puppet. Nothing will happen to Soros until we frog march the POS Obama out of the White House.
  • Red Branch BlueMax372 2010/10/14 22:10:59
    Red Branch
    +2
    Jan 2011 is soon enough.
  • unicorn... Red Branch 2010/10/14 22:15:39
    unicorn_lady1
    +3
    EXACTLY!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~...
  • Theresa Red Branch 2010/10/15 16:20:05
    Theresa
    +2
    George Soros may be an American Citizen but he does not reside in America most of the time he is Europe.
  • Red Branch Theresa 2010/10/18 19:10:16
    Red Branch
    +2
    I know. We have arrested others outside the boundaries of the US. We could freeze his assets.
  • Theresa Red Branch 2010/10/18 19:12:17
    Theresa
    +2
    He Stays in non extradition countries or in ones where it is very hard to send him packing especially if he bribes all the immigration judges.
  • Red Branch Theresa 2010/10/18 19:13:00
    Red Branch
    +2
    There's got to be something that can be done. I hope.
  • Theresa Red Branch 2010/10/18 20:05:09
    Theresa
    +2
    Not really unless you want to do the deed yourself no one else will want to do it for you. Remember he has very good protection. The best money can buy.No country is going to sanction any attempt on him.
  • BlueMax372 Theresa 2010/10/18 19:21:30
    BlueMax372
    +1
    Hopefully the Mossad will take him out sooner rather than later.
  • Red Branch Dave 2010/10/14 15:39:54
    Red Branch
    +4
    That's not a very big place to hide.

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