Someone open a window

Over at the WaPoo, intrepid reporter Scott Wilson, having spent a laborious but nonetheless informative afternoon in Ari Fleischer’s lap, picked himself up, wiped his chin and sat down to type, which he is unaccountably able to do, given his evidently rather daunting mental handicaps.  You see, Wilson’s now convinced that Obama’s being just too “partisan,”  and wants to make sure long-suffering WaPoo readers know it. 

It seems that the President, in pointing out the myriad disasters unfolding around us that are the inescapably direct result of Bush and his ideology, an act akin to commenting on the wetness of water, crossed some imaginary line for those on the Right.  You see, since they unanimously blame Democrats for everything bad that’s happened since Adam and Eve rode their dinosaurs to Applebee’s, they naturally would prefer that Democrats do likewise.  Just as a child prefers to “win” at tic tac toe.  And their reaction, when they lose, is the same.  Run to Mommy, crying.

Kissing the boo-boo, Mommy Wilson points out with obvious chagrin that Obama’s approval ratings “remain” lamentably high and rounds them downward just a bit, for good measure. (Has anyone noticed that a modifier indicating its fleeting nature accompanies every mention of Obama’s approval rating?  Did they say that about Bush in his first term?  Ever?)  Wilson locates an obscure midwestern professor to back up Ari’s claims about the problematic nature of the President talking, out of turn,  about the blueness of the sky, not because no one capable of fogging a mirror would still believe a word Bush’s most celebrated liar said, but because it makes his one-source wheelbarrow of Legacy Project horseshit, delivered fresh, look nicer on the front page.

Of course, lest the story appear too one-sided, in addition to being fact-free, from a non-credible source, and having no conceivable news hook, Wilson, showing us he’s different from the boys at Politico, deigns to dial up the “liberal leaning” Brookings Institution, and apparently because Michael O’Hanlon couldn’t come to the phone, ended up talking to Thomas  Mann.  That call was disappointing.  Mann pointed out that since Republicans were daily blaming Obama for things that happened last fall, and even summer, it might be less than surprising that Obama was pushing back, although Wilson, unimpressed, hung up before Mann could go on too much about it.  He also dutifully phoned Rahm Emanuel, who wasn’t buying his story either, so also got cut off quickly and summarily.  Luckily, Wilson’s “researcher” (they actually identified the poor thing, but I won’t, out of compassion…) was able to come up with an old quote from fair and balanced Chris Wallace blaming Obama for the stock market collapse, and Eric Cantor was at the ready to finish the story with a resounding paean to the “now,” instead of the less advantageous “then.”  Whew.  That was close.

What Wilson is doing here, besides unremarkably assuming his readers are cretins, is the opposite of what his job is, of course, and it’s this winking amnesia and widespread refusal to analyze honestly what policy failures caused this mess that allow the likes of Ari Fleischer to roam free, blaming others for their failures hither and yon.  And the real story, that bipartisan deregulation and corruption that Bush greatly exacerbated, is being systematically buried under an organized rollout of lies and backdating, is nowhere near as interesting, much less valuable, to an oleaginous gasbag like Wilson as a lengthy, empathetic analysis of hurt Republican feelings.

The credulity required to accept that Obama’s use of the word “inherit” with regard to the economy as some horrid, overly “partisan”  breach of protocol, from the man who told us to “watch what we say… and do” about his old boss, lies somewhere beyond my ability to comprehend.  But it certainly explains a lot about how we ended up where we are.  We stepped in a steaming pile of Wapoo.


  1. Bill says:

    Good post, Darlink.

  2. cocktailhag says:

    Did you read the article, Bill? It was flat-out infuriating. I wish I were smart enough to embed links. My friend Jennie promises to teach me.

  3. Bill says:

    You betcha!

    Is there any relationship between this post and the fact that the author is the Jerusalem Bureau Chief for the WAPO?

    Here’s the link but people will still have to copy/paste it and open a new window to use it.

    I can’t find the manual for this blog’s program.

    • cocktailhag says:

      I’ve never noticed the guy until today. I’m busy, you know. It was clear he was playing the game, “Lying, or Stupid?” and I’d need more information to know which was which.

  4. Bill says:

    Take a peek at the comment I left at the WaPo site. It’s sort of Hagian, if I do say so myself.

    • cocktailhag says:

      I can’t tell you how flattered I am that you used the term “hagian,” but there were a bazillion comments at the Wapoo and my eyes got even glassier than usual. What page are you on, and using what name? I’m burning with eagerness to read it.

  5. Casual_Observer says:


    Or should I say droll, and soaked in cigarette smoke.

    • cocktailhag says:

      Would that it were. It’s so rainy, windy, and awful here, that even grabbing a quick puff on the balcony is all but impossible, with or without a fur. Any perceived drollness must be therefore reevaluated, upward, in light of the lack of chemical help.

  6. Bill says:

    I used my real name (I’m tired of hiding) and it’s on Pg. 12.
    “Let me see if I have this straight.

    Obama has been in office for about a month and a half. Check

    The economic problems this country is in started about a year prior to his taking office. Check

    The Bush Administration started handing out billions of dollars to AIG and others several months prior to Obama taking office. Check.

    Therefore, Obama is playing partisan politics by telling the truth. Check

    Well, I can certainly say that I agree with that since the Republicans haven’t known how to tell the truth since Eisenhower.

    Good article. When did you leave Pravda for your new position with the WaPo?

  7. sysprog says:

    Cocktailhag, chill.

    Have a frozen NASCARita.

    C’mon, Scott Wilson’s just a concerned friend.

    He’s contributing helpful suggestions.

    See, it’s like this: those Republicans really really really want to reach across the aisle and be trans-partisan, so Obama’s strategic move is to keep Republicans happy, and then they’ll keep trying to make him succeed and look good.

    Remember, Reagan was all sweetness and light in the 1984 campaign and was blaming Carter for everything that went wrong that year.

    Republicans, quite reasonably, just want Obama to do the same thing.

    Blame Carter.

    • cocktailhag says:

      Having tossed back a Nascarita equivalent or three, per your advice, and even some other stuff of which Mary Steyr would be primly mortified, I’m still torn as to whether Wilson’s a dope or a dick.
      Last time I checked, the righties were blaming Carter for a bunch of things, I just can’t recall what they were.

    • cocktailhag says:

      … Not that “dope” and “dick” are mutually exclusive….

    • Pedinska says:

      NASCARita? Huh.

      The things I miss trying to be healthy with my pom-tinis. :-s

      Everything was Jimmy’s fault until Bill. Passing of the torch(ing)…..

  8. bystander says:

    Egregiously OT

    I wouldn’t presume to put this in Glenn’s threads for all of the obvious reasons once you look at it. But, I thought CH would get a kick out of it.

    Bridge destruction set to Opera.

    • cocktailhag says:

      That was really cool. I wonder, though, why they can let all that crap just fall in the river. Here, they set up elaborate catchment devices to keep the river clean when they paint bridges, let alone demolish them. Maybe it’s because we’re all such hippies out here.

  9. Bill says:

    It seems to me that it would be a lot cheaper and more efficient if they just crashed a Piper Cub loaded with a barrel of jet fuel into those bridges and let nature take over from there.

  10. karrsic says:

    what a great word.

    • cocktailhag says:

      Well, a synonym, unctuous, is just as good, but I think it’s overused.(and didn’t sound nearly as good with “gasbag”) Thank heaven I have several dictionaries, two thesauruses, and grew up with a teacher for a mother.

  11. Bill says:

    “two thesauruses”

    Wouldn’t that be thesauri”?

  12. Bill says:

    Well, since we’re talking about whores (Scott Wilson) it might be time to talk about David Vitter’s latest challenger for US Senator from Louisiana.

    Stormy Daniels is contemplating a run and probably will if she’s drafted.

    See the story here –

    and, you can visit the Draft Stormy website here –

    She can’t be any worse than what we have now.

    Maybe I can get an interview for the Cocktailhag News Network. That would be a giggle.

    • cocktailhag says:

      Dang, would I ever love that. I’m already the CEO of Hags for Daniels, you know. As soon as I get around to organizing it, anyway…. What with HDTV and everything, though, I’m not so sure I want to be in a screen shot with her. If you want to make some trouble in the upcoming primary, I’d love to hook you up with my cousin, Paula, and her husband, Bruce. Not only would you like their politics, but they’re a load of fun, and they’re in New Orleans pretty much full time now.
      A Stormy Daniels fundraiser at their house in the Marigny would be something to remember.

  13. Karen M says:

    I really think you’ve hit on an epithetical meme with WaPoo!

  14. OSR says:

    I thought I was the only one who remembered that “watch what we say” line.

    It’s kind of ballsy for Bush Republicans to be complaining so soon. I don’t think it would require too many investigations before indictments could be obtained, perhaps right on up to the top.