Look, Barack Obama has never been anything but a lightweight, petulant man too small for the office to which he has been elected.
From the beginning, he has displayed absolutely no leadership skills, no political skills except a glib nature and a ready smile that got him elected multiple times to increasingly more important offices in an era where voters prefer style over substance, and a petty nature where if you didn't agree with him, you were not worthy to negotiate with. And as his term progressed, this small man became even smaller; resembling more a pathetic, Captain Queeg-like persona than one worthy of the most powerful man in the world. When he couldn't get his way 100% on a given bill or policy position, he tried using executive orders to circumvent the legislative process, and the Supreme Court shut him down at virtually every turn.
Which pretty much explains his decision to NOT attend the funeral of Justice Antonin Scalia this weekend. Scalia's brilliance, in addition to his steadfast support for the intent of the Framers in their desire to limit government through the words of the U.S. Constitution, further weakened an already weak man in Obama. So naturally, instead of being a real President who would automatically, and without blinking an eye, honor the life and service of a Supreme Court Justice who had served his country honorably for over 30 years, Barack Obama has decided to do - nothing.
Maybe he's got a tee time this Saturday at Congressional.
For Obama, the worst thing is that he's playing right into the hands of Republicans who are none too keen on approving any nominee Obama might be considering for Scalia's replacement. After all, if you want the GOP-led Senate to at least CONSIDER your next appointment, you might want to try holding out the hand of compromise and friendship to those whose votes you're going to need, right? I mean, if this President thinks that simply nominating someone from a lower court who received approval from Republicans in the past is going to cut it, he's smoking some serious weed. Appeals court judges aren't the same as Supreme Court Justices, and Obama should realize that. And if he's planning on using that silly argument in hopes of having his media toadies run interference for him with the voters, he's worse than stoned - he's crazy.
Obama and his fellow Democrats have been on the wrong side of lame-duck appointments for years, and every day comes a new tape unearthed that shows more of them absolutely, positively denying a GOP president their nominee(s), so to claim that Obama has a Constitutional duty and right to have his nominee heard is just plain wrong.
The glib chatter and the ready smile are not enough to overcome the petulant actions of the boy-President any longer. He just hasn't realized what many of us already know.
Oh, and while he can't find it in his heart to travel a mile of so out of his way to honor the passing of a member of one of the three branches of government, he IS finding time to visit Cuba in the next month. I guess burning some more fossil fuels and propping up a Socialist cesspool (all the while adding another "accomplishment" to his resume) is more in keeping with his style.
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