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Obama Suggests Republicans Lack Ted Kennedy’s Courage

This is very rich.

No doubt, Edward Kennedy was a great legislator. He passed tons of stuff. So, speaking at a tribute marking the opening of the Edward M. Kennedy Center, lecturer-chief-Obama chastised other senators, no doubt most of them of the Republican persuasion, for lacking the courage to pass stuff too.

People fight to get in the Senate and then they’re afraid. We fight to get these positions and then don’t want to do anything with them. And Ted understood the only point of running for office was to get something done — not to posture; not to sit there worrying about the next election or the polls — to take risks. He understood that differences of party or philosophy could not become barriers to cooperation or respect.

Now, first of all, Obama does have first hand knowledge of this issue, because you could put the list of his accomplishments on a sticky note.

Unless, that is, you include running for president, writing a book, and giving speeches. Then we might be able to use an index card.

It’s amusing to me how it goes without saying in Washington that lawmakers are successful only if they “get something done.”

They’ve actually gotten a lot done, and so we are left with a metastasizing welfare state and $18 billion in debt. Does it ever occur to anyone here among the Washington cognoscenti that Congress actually needs to stop “getting something done?”

Somehow, rolling bad laws back is never considered getting things done. It’s Neanderthalism, rather, a return to a less tolerant and compassionate America, or whatever. Getting things done means progress.

Our system, with its checks and balances, is intentionally not set up to make it easy to get things done. Totalitarianism, on the other hand, is constructed to really move things along nicely. All you need is a place to stack the bones of the Kulaks, and you’re off.

If our Founders wanted efficiency, they would have offered George Washington a crown instead of a veto pen.

As president, Obama has continued his run as the world champion of not getting anything done. With the exception of Obamacare, for which he needed a fully Democratic Congress and some parliamentary funny business, Obama has achieved very little with Congress.

For this, he wants to blame Republican cowardice and Obama-hatred. But even Bill Clinton, who was probably reviled even more intensely by what was then also viewed as a deeply partisan GOP, achieved a strong legislative record. As did Ronald Reagan, who racked up major legislative achievements, despite being abhorred by his opponents as a war mongering dunce.

Obama’s problem is Obama. He lacks the energy and temperament to build relationships and assemble coalitions. Members of Congress often don’t even know who his legislative affairs people are, so clunky is the White House lobbying operation. And that clunkiness flows from the top.

This would all be fortunate for those who don’t want more statism, except that Obama, via executive orders, is at long last accepting the crown Washington eschewed. And getting things done.

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35 Responses to Obama Suggests Republicans Lack Ted Kennedy’s Courage

  1. Can’t he ever say anything to make me proud?Can’t he say anything that makes me rest assured? Can’t he be man enough to at least hint that he has taken the Country in a terrible downward path? I will stop there for now.

  2. The courage to turn “Bork” into a verb, an act Obama is very familiar with.
    Oh, yes, and the courage to continually prove Joe Wilson a prophet.

  3. This whole Ted Kennedy celebration thing is creeping me out.

    I have to agree with Ann Coulter who said “Ted Kennedy has the only confirmed kill on the War on Women”. Seeing our leaders celebrate him is sickening to me.

    • Obama is just selling the Kennedy mythology, the hagiography (hey, how many times do you get to use that word? ;+}) of the Kennedys constantly peddled by the Democrats and the MSM. When we lived in Massachusetts, the daughter of our next door neighbor was a maid at the Kennedy compound in Hyannisport. She used to tell about what went on in the Kennedy compound that would curl your hair and unravel your socks. Should she have spilled the beans? Probably not, but it was a real insight into the Kennedy world.

  4. “People fight to get in the Senate and then they’re afraid. We fight to get these positions and then don’t want to do anything with them.” Really??? This coming from a guy who missed over 300 role call votes in his one and only term in the Senate! What an arrogant hypocrite!

  5. Once, just once could he give a speech and not denigrate others,but no. Today was a perfect opportunity to unite but he simply does not have it in him. This country is so divided, all due to Obama and his nasty personality.

    • Quite frankly, I hope that if a Republican wins in 2016, that they call Obama out at the inauguration.

      Sure, that’s un-presidential. But then, Obama will have spent eight years being the prototype un-president, so turnabout is fair play.

      And frankly, Obama’s been abusing the bully pulpit for over half a decade, and it’s going to be high time that he was forced to sit there and put up with a verbal bitch-slapping in front of God and everybody.

  6. Well, at the very least, Republicans DON’T have Ted Kennedy’s driving ability.

    Or, for that matter, his prowess with a telephone.

    So not being like Ted Kennedy is not a bad thing.

  7. “And Ted understood the only point of running for office was to get something done — not to posture; not to sit there worrying about the next election or the polls — to take risks.”

    Said the guy famous mostly for gutlessly voting “Present” to evade accountability for any vote that would complicate his striving for the next office

    You would think that a $1.3million weekend of Florida golfing at taxpayer expense would keep Obama loose and more magnanimous. But he’s such a giant A-Hole that nobody wants to deal with him. Hence, his failed Presidency.

  8. So, Republicans don’t have the “courage” of Teddy Kennedy! Hmmphh. Let me think about this for a while. OK, here we go! So repubs are less courageous than a man who left a young woman trapped in a submerged car while he saved himself. And repubs are less courageous than a man who left a young woman trapped in a submerged car while he scrambled to find advice as to how to handle the incident. And repubs are less courageous than the man who obtained an anullment of his marriage to the woman who had born him several children, so he could marry the younger woman he had been shtuping (that’s polite talk for screwing) for years. Yeah, those repubs just pale in the shadow of the paragon of courage, Edward Moore (Ted) Kennedy. I’m a bit surprised the ground accepted him and didn’t regurgitate his bloated alcoholic ass right back up to the surface!! One final point, the butthole never ran for president. Why, because his courageous ass was afraid of SOMETHING!

    • Ted Kennedy actually did run against Carter for the 1980 Democrat nomination for President, but he ultimately lost. It turns out he was a lousy, pompous candidate, full of blather, bunkum and piffle. Carter pretty much wiped him out, although Kennedy did carry out the farce all the way to the nomination convention. But Kennedy couldn’t shake off the Chappaquiddick event, and famously got stumped for an answer on television when Roger Mudd asked him why he wanted to be president. There were already rumors about his extramarital affairs, his drinking and his outrageous behavior. He really never stood a chance.

  9. ” Obama does have first hand knowledge of this issue, because you could put the list of his accomplishments on a sticky note.”

    ! Love this !

  10. Chemical make up of Ted Kennedy and Hog Wash is identical. I know it’s a freak happenstance of nature but it’s true…mostly..Further study shows Barack Obama is running a close 98%. Simply amazing!

  11. Say what you will (and you’re justified) about Ted’s dating behavior, at least he knew how to be a legislator–the Senate of yore followed “regular order”–committees examined each agency’s proposed activities (authorization) and then the financial breakout (appropriation). It wasn’t this eek, money running out, let’s extend at same rate, same programs, or close the govt stuff.

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