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“I think the White House has to understand that some of this is coming from their ranks,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein told a World Affairs Council forum.
Actually, that was the position of New York Times columnist Gail Collins in November 2008 concerning President George W. Bush. The economic situation was so bad, she wanted Bush to resign and step aside so that the economic problems could be fixed. But take her article, switch a few words, and her analysis is even more applicable today. Here you go:
“Thanksgiving Labor Day is next week soon, and President Bush Obama could make it a really special holiday by resigning.
Seriously. We have an economy that’s crashing and a vacuum at the top. Bush Obama— who is currently on a trip to Peru to meet with Asian leaders who no longer care what he thinks busy partying and raising campaign cash— hasn’t got the clout, or possibly even the energy, to do anything useful.
His most recent contribution to resolving the fiscal crisis was lecturing representatives of the world’s most important economies on the glories of free-market capitalism the American people about how none of this was his fault.
If Bush Obama gives up doing nothing by giving up his job, it’s possible that someday history might elevate him to the ranks of the below average. Better than Franklin Pierce! Smarter than Warren Harding! And healthier than William Henry Harrison!”
I think the Times are going to run this piece tomorrow. What do you think? h/t to Mollie Hemingway at Ricochet who reminded us of the Collins piece.
For the article on Thomas’ appearance at Stetson law School: http://www.freedomslighthouse.com/2010/02/justice-clarence-thomas-hits-nyt-and.html
The Other Plot to Wreck America
By FRANK RICH
THERE may not be a person in America without a strong opinion about what coulda, shoulda been done to prevent the underwear bomber from boarding that Christmas flight to Detroit. In the years since 9/11, we’ve all become counterterrorists. But in the 16 months since that other calamity in downtown New York — the crash precipitated by the 9/15 failure of Lehman Brothers — most of us are still ignorant about what Warren Buffett called the “financial weapons of mass destruction” that wrecked our economy. Fluent as we are in Al Qaeda and body scanners, when it comes to synthetic C.D.O.’s and credit-default swaps, not so much.
For the full NYT OpED: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/10/opinion/10rich.html