The President says he find the condition of America’s infrastructure embarrassing.
Hold it! I thought we spent hundreds of billions of dollars on “shovel ready” infrastructure projects. Didn’t that get done during his first term?
Or maybe it was something else that was shovel ready.
The bad news is that President Obama has overstepped his authority with his executive order, but Jeff Dunetz has found some good news—
Do you remember back in 2008/2009 when it was said that Obama’s presidency would be like Jimmy Carter’s second term?
Dan Balz, WaPo—
When President Obama was elected in 2008, his victory signaled a generational change and the prospect of renewal for the Democratic Party. Instead, the opposite has occurred. Over the past six years, the party has been hollowed out.
You may also remember that some of us said that Carter’s second term was a best case scenario.
There’s been a lot of analysis about how Larry Hogan beat Anthony Brown. Governor-elect Hogan worked hard for his win, and I don’t want to minimize his efforts, but Brown actively lost the election.
Brown has been singularly ineffective at any management role he was given while serving as Lieutenant Governor with Martin O’Malley. The disastrous rollout of the state’s nonfunctioning Obamacare website is the prime example.
This lack of basic organizational skills propagated through his campaign. The Gentle Reader may remember a story from a few weeks ago about folks walking out on Barack Obama during a campaign rally for Brown. I spoke with a Brown campaign volunteer who described the event as disorganized and running late. The crowd’s mood turned a bit surly. When the Democrats can’t get a crowd in Prince George’s County, Maryland, to stick around to listen their President, something has gone very wrong, and I began to suspect that Hogan had a chance.
Then, a few days later, Hillary Clinton spoke at a Brown rally on the University of Maryland campus—to a room with a lot of empty seats. At that point, I figured that Hogan would squeak by.
The big surprise was Hogan’s margin of victory. I put that down to his hard work that got the Republican base in the suburban and rural areas of the state out on election day.
Now, we will see how he can govern.
The cover of next week’s New Yorker says it all.
The competence of Jimmy Carter. The economics of Herbert Hoover. The transparency of Richard Nixon. And now, the wartime micromanagement of LBJ.