Updated. Saturday evening. October 4, 2014.
Hardest part of the drive up and back to Syracuse is trying to ignore the news shows blaring from the TVs at the Thruway rest stops while having a cup of coffee and taking advantage of the WiFi to noodle on the net. It’s usually CNN. One story after another about how THIS IS THE WORST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED.
That last story we told you was THE WORST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED? FORGET THAT. IN FACT, AS FAR WAS WE’RE CONCERNED NOW THAT ONE NEVER HAPPENED. THIS ONE IS THE THE WORST THING. UNTIL THE NEXT THING. AFTER THAT WE’LL GO BACK TO THE FIRST THING WHICH WE’LL BE EVEN A WORSE THING BY THEN.
Don’t watch TV news. Just don’t. Ever.
Last night on the way home I was able to ignore most of it but then I let my guard down and I saw him.
He was on CNN lying about how the President has not been presidenting when it comes to ISIS because he’s been off fundraising and golfing and vacationing and otherwise not doing his job presidenting.
This is their story and they’re sticking to it: Whenever there’s a crisis, the President isn’t to be found. He’s off somewhere fundraising, golfing, vacationing, something, anything but presidenting. Man never presidents.
Romney’s apparently forgotten that after he lost in 2012, he whined it was because the President unfairly presidented during Hurricane Sandy.
Of course, Romney spent the campaign demonstrating he didn’t know the first thing about presidenting.
But there’s Romney, spoiling my coffee break, lying that the President has done no presidenting about ISIS.
I guess those planes just ordered themselves into the air.
Pilots said, Darnit, we can’t wait for the President to get around to it, let’s go get those IS somnabitches on our own. Mitt Romney says it’s the right thing to do!
Erin Burnett played the clip of Romney lying as part of her interview with Paul Ryan in which Ryan then lied about how the President’s been doing a lousy job presidenting on ISIS.
Ryan was there shilling for his new book in which he lays out his vision for the better, happier, more glorious America that will result when he’s done presidenting the hell out of the place. Basically, it will be the conservative’s dream version of Ronald Reagan’s dream version of America except the only part it gets right is that in this new America life’s going to be a lot harder for poor people, which, when you think about it, is pretty much the central fact of Reagan’s America.
Any way, in the course of his shilling, Ryan did some lying of his own about the President’s presidenting.
Ryan’s lies were more in the vein of things omitted than things actually said.
For instance, he thinks it’s not enough the President is dropping bombs on Iraq. He thinks the President needs to do what “we’ve” done that’s working in Afghanistan, neglecting to mention that what “we’ve” done was actually done by the President.
He said the president needs to stop “micro-managing” the military and listen to the generals, then took a swipe at the President for recommending defense cuts based on his having listened to the generals.
By the way, “micro-manage” is Republican shorthand for “How dare a Democrat President act like he thinks he’s the Commander-in-Chief.”
Burnett read Ryan a passage from his book, some bombast about American exceptionalism and America’s responsibility as the world’s last best hope on earth to drop a lot of bombs and kill a lot of people, then played a clip of the President using similar bombast only with better phrasing, and asked Ryan if he and the President weren’t basically saying the same thing.
Ryan said they were but the difference was the President didn’t mean it.
The President’s policies don’t match the bombast.
What he meant was the President wasn’t presidenting in the way Paul Ryan thinks he should president, again neglecting to mention a key point---that it’s impossible for the President to president in a way any Republican thinks he should because the way they think he should is by doing something different from whatever he’s doing because whatever way he’s presidenting is wrong because he’s the one doing the presidenting.
The point is simply and always to oppose and undermine and sabotage and belittle and humiliate and defeat him whatever he’s doing and keep him from presidenting at all.
If the President put “boots on the ground” and sent in the “enablers’' Ryan says he thinks he should, Ryan would be telling us how that was the wrong way to president.
Naturally, Burnett didn’t call Ryan on Romney’s lies or his own.
She didn’t say, Congressman, why is your former running mate lying about the President? Why are you lying about the President?
She didn’t say, Congressman, why are you here instead of back on Capital Hill congressing? Isn’t it just to sell your book? And isn’t that a form of fundraising? After all, you’re using it to help sell yourself as a possible Presidential contender someday, aren’t you? The whole point is for people to say, Look, Paul Ryan has written a book, he must be a smart guy, let’s make him President, isn’t it? This is why people are supposed to take you seriously, because you’ve written several budgets you claimed would end the deficit but which depended on fudged numbers and the expectation of a supply side miracle and now you’ve “authored” a book that tells poor people they wouldn’t be poor if they practiced virtues you never had to practice in your whole life because you were born into money and married more and now supplement your government paycheck with Right Wing welfare?
No. She sat there nodding at his lies and then said, in effect, So Congressman, tell us more about what an important book you’ve written and why we should all rush out and buy it!
I guess she couldn’t ask him those other questions because it would have violated the agreement the media seems to have with Republicans in which the Republicans’ terms for appearing on the news shows are: If you ever ask us an intelligent and penetrating question that challenges any of our lies we’ll walk off the set and never come back and then all you have on your shows are Democrats and you know how they are? All they’ll want to do is talk realistically about the nation’s problems and the actual workable plans they have to solve them, boring your audience and you to tears. And the media’s terms are: Just tell us what you want us to say.
Note to anyone, Democrat or Republican, President or Congressman, journalist or politician, military or civilian, using the phrase “boots on the ground” as a euphemism for “sending in ground troops”: Saying “boots on the ground” doesn’t make you sound like real army. It makes you sound like you think you’re playing Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.
Further note: In order to believe Republicans like Mitt Romney aren’t racists you have to believe they’re too stupid to know there’s a difference between calling a white President lazy and calling a black President lazy.
Updated to make one plus one equal forty-two: It’s not just ISIS. Paul Ryan lies when he tells the President how to president on the budget too. Jonathan Chait adds up all the ways Ryan’s budgeting doesn’t add up:
Paul Ryan has emerged from his long post-election period of repositioning, soul-searching, and secretly but not secretly visiting the poor. He had been caricatured as an Ayn Rand miser and attacked as a social Darwinist, merely for proposing the largest upward transfer of wealth in American history. Ryan has identified the root cause of his difficulties, and it is fiscal arithmetic.
Read Chait’s post at New York Magazine, Paul Ryan Declares War Against Math.