I suppose the Lightbringer thinks he can take some of the air out of the tires of the juggernaut his sterling record has helped construct…
President Barack Obama sent a letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid requesting a Joint Session of Congress on September 7th at 8pm to present his economic growth plan to the nation.
Obama writes that it is his intention “to lay out a series of bipartisan proposals that the Congress can take immediately to continue to rebuild the American economy by strengthening small businesses, helping Americans get back to work, and putting more money in the paychecks of the Middle Class and working Americans, while still reducing our deficit and getting our fiscal house in order.”
Obama’s announcement conflicts with a long-scheduled debate between the Republican presidential candidates at the Reagan Library sponsored by NBC and POLITICO.
Just to remind everyone, that debate has been planned for months. It will take place at the Reagan Library at the exact same time as Obama has requested. It’s too late for candidates to rearrange their schedules, but it’s perhaps possible for the debate to take place later in the evening.
Of course, the point of convening the joint session is to float the idea that Obama has something new to say, some fresh, as-yet-unheard-of plan. After all, don’t we all remember the last time he asked for a joint session? His administration leaked that the president would have some new ideas about the impending disaster known as ObamaCare.
Unexpectedly, er, unfortunately, all he did was fling partisan poo at the walls.
You’ll pardon me for not giving this man the benefit of the hundredth doubt.
Professor Jacobson over at Legal Insurrection suggests Speaker Boehner reject Obama’s request, but I’m inclined to side with Ed on this point:
Besides, this actually plays well for Republicans. Usually, the opposition party gets a few minutes for a rebuttal speech, shot in an anteroom with none of the drama and flair of a joint session speech. Instead, the GOP will have eight or nine responses to Obama on live television in a dramatic setting. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if the Republicans at the debate decide individually to focus their criticisms on Obama all night long and his plan, especially if — as I suspect — the plan will amount to a junior-grade Porkulus.
At the same time, it’s going to be obvious to everyone that the White House manipulated this for his re-election efforts, which will further reduce Obama’s credibility and the credibility of his proposal. And the first rule of political campaigning is not to get in the way of your opponent when he’s busy shooting himself in the foot.
Exactly. We have here a president who seems intrinsically incapable of getting out of his own way. He seems to have the opposite of the Midas Touch, in that everything his alleged wisdom touches, turns to an even lower approval rating.
But hey, if he wants to step in the dog’s business again, in front of both houses of Congress, and give a stage full of Republican candidates the opportunity to fisk him like proctologists vying for the title of World’s Most Invasive Specialist, then who am I to question him?
Bring it on, Skippy.