It used to be said that the most dangerous spot in DC was between Chuck Schumer and a TV camera. Personally, I always figured you could replace Schumer with any number of US Senators; especially John McCain back when Russert, Matthews, Schieffer, Brokaw and all the rest hearted him real big. Seems like a long time ago, doesn't it Johnny Mac? But hold it, there's a new "most dangerous spot in DC": advisor/ confidante to Barack Obama. One day you're someone he couldn't disown any more than his (typical white) grandmother and the next day you're sittin' on the curb with a big bruise on your backside.
The latest to go is Democrat graybeard Jim Johnson. James Johnson couldn't really help it. He's a competent guy who knows a bit about how Washington works-- which means his resume is at odds with the HOPE/ CHANGE/ Yes We Can! Obama message. Eventually the lone VP searcher will probably be Ms. Kennedy since there are just as many reasons to dump Eric Holder as there were to dump Jim Johnson. As JFK's daughter she's untouchable, but we have no idea if she is even barely competent for this task. That will likely be the theme of the Obama presidency as he fills cabinet posts. The competent folks will mostly have resumes that irk the base that loves Barack because he isn't one of the hated "them." The people that the base will push on him will have pasts that will come out in the senate hearings process. This is just the beginning.
But what a great beginning it's been! As he exits Johnson follows other notables like Samantha Power, an Obama campaign advisor who made the mistake of revealing a little bit too much about BXO views regarding Israel. Remember Austan Goolsbee? He was the economic advisor who got his britches snagged on the barbed wire running along the Canadian border when he gave them a nudge-nudge-wink-wink moment in Ottawa regarding NAFTA. Farrakhan acolyte, Father Pfleger had to be pushed away from the head table. Barack might not think that Reverend Wright is wrong but he knows he's not Reverend Right Now. Hyde Park pals Mr. & Mrs. Ayers, both domestic terrorists, have yet to have their big day in the sun, but the dossiers are brimming. The Democrat's handmaiden media will try to keep those two outta sight-- but eventually the truth will get out to a wider audience. I dream of President Obama nominating Bill Ayers for Secretary of Education. Even the hapless Republicans in Washington should be able to hit that fat pitch out of the park. How many more skeletons are going to tumble out of Obama's closet this summer? Hard to tell. Has the media even made any attempt to look into his father's side of the family beyond reading BXO's two autobiographical books? That might be an interesting place to look into what makes the likely next POTUS tick. Something tells me that if it was a tale that would resonate in the bosom of America we'd be hearing all about it. I'm not a cynic-- I'm a skeptic.
The most interesting moment, however, will be when (if?) Michelle Obama makes another outrageous public statement. It will be very entertaining to watch the drumbeat get louder as Axelrod and Plouffe huddle to figure out what to tell Barack to do about his, ahem, wife problem. I can't wait to hear these words:
"That is not the Michelle that I know."
If it takes over 20 years for a guy to figure out his preacher is a raving, racist loon how long can it take for him to figure out that his wife has some issues regarding the country he wants to lead?
An editorial about Obama's Johnson problem in theWSJ here
Rick Moran nails it at The American Thinker . The title alone is worth the price of admission.
Plus, Moran has the transcript from way back (a couple of hours ago) in the pre-Johnson Dump era:
"Now look, the, the, ah, ah, ah, I mean the uh first of all uh I, I, I am not vetting my VP search committee for their mortgages so you're going have to uh d-direct... Well, nah I mean becomes sort of a... um... I mean this is a game that can be played everybody... It who is tangentially related to our campaign I think is going to have a whole host of relationships. I would have to hire the vetter to uh vet the vetter."
- The Greatest Orator of The Age, Barack Obama
You said it, Barry. I'll bet Axelrod's heart rate doubled as he listened.