Thursday, February 25, 2010

Manners Please, Mr. President!

Thanks to the intrepid reporting of Mark Leibovich at the Times, we know the cause of gridlock on health insurance reform: Barack Obama's appalling lack of social graces.

It was not always thus, however. The President in the past upheld the dictates of politeness by inviting Republican leaders to cocktail parties. Now, for no reason whatsoever, the President has evidently decided that the Republicans are not good-faith partners in politics and has shunned their pleasant company.

Though shocking, it's true! Leibovitch has left no stone unturned to find disinterested and impartial sources of information. Who better to ask why Obama is disinterested in working with Congressional Republicans than the Congressman who leads the caucus in political combat against the President's agenda?

Mr. Obama, who barely knew the leaders of the other party when he served in the Senate, seems to have lost any expectation that investing a lot of quality time with Republican leaders would help build a better relationship. (To wit: when asked in an interview what he would say to the president in a private meeting, Mr. Cantor said, “I would take the opportunity to press the president on why he thinks it’s better to ignore the public.”)
For those of you who might rudely question Cantor's impartiality, this blog has neither the time nor the inclination to tell you why you're wrong. Suffice it to say that Leibovich consulted a roughly equal number of partisan Democratic sources to present the other side of this profound debate, thus conforming to the highest standards of journalistic excellence.

I feel better knowing that the Paper of Record is there to extend a wagging finger to stem the currents of rudeness flowing through the capital city's social circuitry.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Hall of Uncouth: Alan Grayson

Readers must forgive my breach of my established standards that a long and distinguished career of indecorous and disrespectful behavior must precede induction to the Hall. Mr. Grayson has truly pushed the envelope of uncouthness with his insistence that economic and historical perspective and standards of fairness be applied to judging the actions of Wall Street bankers, rather than mere deference to their feelings.

Well done, Congressman. You've earned it.