The Tell: How Jay Carney signals to everyone that the Administration is unworthy of our trust.
I want to play poker with James Carney. I want to see him throw a handful of blue chips after drawing two cards. Then I want to watch that little turd's left, upper lip fold back and his head drift down and to the left when he declares his bet.
Carney came to this White House via the Duh Biden campaign after carrying the party water at TIME magazine. And that lip has been rolling back ever since; in a big way over the last two days. The administration has elected to say that the email covering up Hillary Clinton's depraved indifference to the safety of our people in Benghazi was actually about the protests carried out the previous day in other cities around the region. Protests that no one cared a lick about by 10:00PM on 11 Sep 2012.
To his credit, it is clear that Carney doesn't believe a word he is saying. The rolling lip attests to that every single time. To his everlasting discredit, he doesn't have the nuts to stand on his hind legs and say. "This is indefensible bullshit and I'm not going to be the face of it!"
And so the lip curls. If I were sitting across the table from him at that moment, I'd go all in and clean his clock.
But there is a larger question that the democratic party is betting you are too ignorant to grasp. You see, they are happy to trot poor Carney out day after day to argue talking points. If they ever get really busted on the talking points issue, they know they will get away with it. They have no conscience or concern about lying to EVERYONE about ANYTHING. It is the straight line between their neglect (Benghazi) or design (Fast and Furious). In these cases, they will argue the secondary points all day long, even when they know they'll lose; perhaps even especially so. Because they know if they can play rope-the-dope with people like Boehner and McConnell, they get away with actually getting people killed, quite predictably, by their own actions. With the IRS scandal, they keep discussion on minutia. With Obamacare, they are happy to take the slings and arrows about the shitty roll-out, because the bigger story is the irrevocable damage the entire program will do the the economy and to us. When conversation gets to close to the larger truths, Barry's Bullshit Brigade will bring up lesser failures to dumb down the conversation. And YOU let them.
This assortment of spunky, snarky, quirky non-leaders are counting on their mastery of the one-liner and YOUR laziness to carry them through their term in some semblance of peace so they can move on to their speakers' fees and honorariums. In Obama's case he is praying that his heiress apparent - Hillary - will survive. He will buy property in DC and spend his time interfering in her administration a la Putin, until he lacks breath. But for all this to be so, you, dear reader must pull a Carney. You must tuck your tail, curl your lip and say something inane like. "Oh, they all do it." But we all know, they don't ALL do it; not on this level. But these people do. ______________________________________________________________________________Update: It was just a few days after this went out that Jay Carney announced his resignation. You have witnessed the power of streetpolitics.us!!!…And probably a hundred other blogs and commentaries. But hey, I'm sure this is the one that brought him down. Muah-haha!
Update number 2: My regrets for getting rid of Carney are here.
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