Quick Hits: Volume I
-Is there a difference between being a "little" pregnant and not being pregnant at all? Silly question, right? Well there is just as substantial a difference between limited government and no government intervention at the Federal level.
But that's not the case if you listen to President Obama.
Appearing on MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Reports on Tuesday, Politico columnist Roger Simon described a recent interview with President Obama: "...he showed a genuine irritation....when people like Bobby Jindal, you know, standing up, screaming about more federal action...a small-government, no federal aid kind of guy. And the President is calling out those people for hypocrisy."
Simon was discussing a quote from Obama in that interview, in which the President whined: "Some of the same folks who have been hollering and saying do something are the same folks who, just two or three months ago, were suggesting that government needs to stop doing so much." Apparently, asking the federal government to do its job in a national emergency but not take over people's health care is the liberal definition of hypocrisy.
-On the issue of the BP oil spill, Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) apologized to the corporation in what he called a "$20 billion shakedown" by the government. With nearly 60% of the public feeling the President has not done a good job managing this crisis, Barton's statement was politically stupid. The Congressman made it worse by retracting said apology. The Barton fiasco will no doubt serve as a divergence from the fact that Barack Obama received the most BP donations of any politician (Republican or Democrat).
-On a lighter note, conservative cutie MaryKatherine Ham recently announced she is engaged to be married. I was concerned that one of Ms. Ham's most smitten admirers, Sisyphus from "Nihilist in Golf Pants", would be curled up in the fetal position in the corner of a dark room. Thankfully, he emerged long enough to issue an official statement via Twitter.
I've seen this coming for awhile now, but it still stings.
At least his response was more expedient than that of a certain Commander in Chief dealing with a certain oil spill on an unnamed body of water.