Noonan and Matthews…Both Sides Blowing On Obama’s House Of Cards

Yesterday, in what was simply a brilliant essay for the Wall Street Journal, Peggy Noonan used the simplicity of Occam’s Razor to explain this complete unraveling of the Obama Administration.  While walking through the implications of Wisconsin’s failed recall election, Noonan used the metaphor of a “house of cards” to describe a president completely out of control and in a fragile decline.  John Hinderaker, at Power Line, perfectly snipped the very heart of the article.  The excerpt is long, the original article longer, but every word of both is worth reading.

From The Wall Street Journal,

President Obama’s problem now isn’t what Wisconsin did, it’s how he looks each day—careening around, always in flight, a superfluous figure. No one even looks to him for leadership now. He doesn’t go to Wisconsin, where the fight is. He goes to Sarah Jessica Parker’s place, where the money is.

There is, now, a house-of-cards feel about this administration.

It became apparent some weeks ago when the president talked on the stump—where else?—about an essay by a fellow who said spending growth is actually lower than that of previous presidents. This was startling to a lot of people, who looked into it and found the man had left out most spending from 2009, the first year of Mr. Obama’s presidency. People sneered: The president was deliberately using a misleading argument to paint a false picture! But you know, why would he go out there waving an article that could immediately be debunked? Maybe because he thought it was true.That’s more alarming, isn’t it, the idea that he knows so little about the effects of his own economic program that he thinks he really is a low spender.

For more than a month, his people have been laying down the line that America was just about to enter full economic recovery when the European meltdown stopped it. (I guess the slowdown in China didn’t poll well.) You’ll be hearing more of this—we almost had it, and then Spain, or Italy, messed everything up. What’s bothersome is not that it’s just a line, but that the White House sees its central economic contribution now as the making up of lines.

Any president will, in a presidential election year, be political. But there is a startling sense with Mr. Obama that that’s all he is now, that he and his people are all politics, all the time, undeviatingly, on every issue. He isn’t even trying to lead, he’s just trying to win.

Most ominously, there are the national-security leaks that are becoming a national scandal—the “avalanche of leaks,” according to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, that are somehow and for some reason coming out of the administration. A terrorist “kill list,” reports of U.S. spies infiltrating Al Qaeda in Yemen, stories about Osama bin Laden’s DNA and how America got it, and U.S. involvement in the Stuxnet computer virus, used against Iranian nuclear facilities. These leaks, say the California Democrat, put “American lives in jeopardy,” put “our nation’s security in jeopardy.”

This isn’t the usual—this is something different. A special counsel may be appointed.

And where is the president in all this? On his way to Anna Wintour’s house. He’s busy. He’s running for president.

But why? He could be president now if he wanted to be.

Today, Chris Matthews had a less graceful observation of Obama’s failures, ranting for him to stop his “pissant tactics”.

It looks like Obama’s house of cards is being blown in from both sides.

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  • Diane Harvey

    Chrissy, looks like that tingle that ran up your leg is turning into pissant tactics running down.

    Nice job on Jeopardy,

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  • James

    That has been the definition of obamas entire political career. He wins an election and then does nothing in that position except run for his next office. He has done this all the way to the presidency, fooling enough saps each time to vote for him. He has no accomplishments no speak of except by accident, as when he just happened to be the one sitting in the White House, or golf course as for obama, when our intelligence agency finally caught up with bin laden. He unashamedly takes credit for others accomplishments, such as the Stuxnet virus program which was established under President Bush. obama is the very worst in a politician.

  • Patty

    It seems that this administration has been in over its head for 3 1/2 years. Law Professor, Community Organizer running a NATION.

    Leadership comes from great foundation at home with deep commitment and confidence.

    Your life experiences, values and a true commitment to the people you serve. If a leader doesn’t show confidence and great morals, he cannot lead. Obama’s life was focused on Socialism and a poor judgement in those he chose to associate himself with and it is evident that this explains why he is placing our nation at risk.

    There is a danger when you believe you are so powerful that you can say or do anything a nation will fall in place is simply naive. His leadership abilities are coming into question now, he just doesn’t seem to realize others are watching in shock.

    But those of us knew his lack of experience and his inaptness would catch up to him and now, it has come to a head. And personally, Obama will not recover. But this nation will because as I see it, Romney is the only choice. And he does have a great foundation and a loving family who have morals and character and this is definitely a great start to turn us back around and bring leadership back as we all are greatly in need.

    Respect must come back to the office of the presidency.

  • west1890

    Today’s Ann Barnhardt blog has a brutally honest description of the poseur in the White House, titled ‘Gazpacho’. It’s not reading for the faint of heart. We do indeed have a Chauncey Gardener who is supposedly running the country, but, of course, he’s not. Somebody, actually many somebodies, are pulling his strings. It becomes more apparent every passing day that we must get him and his controllers out of the White House or the U.S.A. is finished. It’s nothing short of a miracle that we have not already imploded and we are surely on borrowed time.

  • Patty

    And as far as the killing of Bin laden, the doctor needs to be rescue and now. He is a hero and without him, Bin laden would not have been located. Of course, we give thanks to Seal Team 6, undoubtedly.

    I feel that if Obama doesn’t do something in the way of Covert action anything this too is another disgrace.

    And to make this killing political speaks volumes to the ego and character of Obama. That was a slap in not just Seal Team 6 but every American.

    Now, leaks and it has place this nation’s National Security at risk and who will want to do the work of national operations if secrets are being leaked. We have looked more and more vulnerable since Obama took office. This too is not leadership it is a disgrace.

  • Patty

    I have said this over 2 years that Obama needs to be impeached. Everyone tells me it won’t happen but I in my years have never seen a leader of our nation work like this leader has.

  • Patty

    #6 June 8, 2012 at 11:07 pm
    west1890 commented:

    It is a miracle. I have worried about something major coming. I pray that nothing happens because what we have heard not just this week, not just in a month, or even a year. It has been just about every day Obama has been in office.

    I admire Grassley and Issa for their fortitude and keeping up the good fight. We need to thank them, at least someone is doing something, anything. I sit here typing away hoping for a new day and that day I hope and pray will be in November 2012.

    Renew, is the word I choose, because Change is a dirty word, lately.

  • Patty


    Hilarious!! 😆

    Hungry Jack syrup truck spills onto Buttermilk Pike

    A highway truck accident never sounded so delicious. A semitrailer hauling Hungry Jack pancake syrup collided with a highway median at the Buttermilk Pike overpass in northern Kentucky, causing the truckload of syrup to spill all over the highway.

    “Every lane of southbound I-75 was covered in pancake syrup,” Fort Mitchell Police Officer Mark Spanyer told the Kentucky Enquirer. “It was a royal pain in the butt.”

    The semitrailer dumped hundreds of boxes of Hungry Jack syrup bottles.

    Thankfully, no one was seriously hurt in the accident, including the driver. Spanyer said the incident occurred on Thursday when the Hungry Jack driver maneuvered to avoid a car on the highway with a blown-out tire. While the driver was able to avoid the car, he then crashed into a median on the Buttermilk Pike overpass.

    Sadly, cleanup crews were forced to use sand, rather than giant pancakes, to clean up the mess. {..}

  • mcc

    God only knows who’s really playing president. He sure isn’t.

    Maybe it’s Valerie Jarrett. He wants to be president, he just doesn’t want the work that goes with it. As James #4 said: once elected, he begins campaigning for the next position. It’s what he’s done his entire political life.

    Campaigning he’s willing to do. He can read the teleprompter. He gets to tell his lies and make fun of other people. Some days he really enjoys it.

    Should he be reelected, it’ll be back to the golf course day after day and Mooch’ll be all set to take off on the first of her next 10 luxurious vacays. They’ll figure they deserve it after so many months of doing without.

    Besides, that campaigning was hard work.

  • Practical Jane

    Bilderberg’s over and they’ve all gotten the memo: O’s Out.
    Time for Romney to manage the decline.

  • Patty

    Iranian general: Our finger on war trigger
    Enemies ‘are all within range of the resistance fire

    Now What? and what would Obama Do? wwod God help us!

  • Patty

    #12 June 8, 2012 at 11:27 pm
    Practical Jane commented:

    Bilderberg’s over and they’ve all gotten the memo: O’s Out.
    Time for Romney to manage the decline.

    second that!

  • Patty


    All I see is, MO and BO walking out of the White House with their bags packed and never coming back in November. Then I don’t care how many vacays they go on. It will never be on the Tax payers dime. But……who knows! 8)

  • http://deleted mcc

    #12 June 8, 2012 at 11:27 pm
    Practical Jane commented:
    Bilderberg’s over and they’ve all gotten the memo: O’s Out.
    Time for Romney to manage the decline.

    Meant to mention some days ago that I saw a “List” of Bilderberg attendees for only a short time linked at Drudge’s site – usually those posts are up more than a day – and the name that stood out most for me was Peggy Noonan’s.

    Maybe she goes regularly…

  • Sandy

    Obama’s beginning to remind me of Rainman. Sir there’s a dangerous situation in the Middle East they need your input. I’M RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT. Sir you are President I’M RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT, FOR PRESIDENT, PRESIDENT.

  • http://deleted mcc

    #15 – Patty – I’m pretty sure (and certainly hope) you’re right.

  • Patty


  • Sandy

    I disagree that Bilderberg wants Romney to manage the decline. If Bilderberg wants Obama out its because the rest of the world is coming apart and only a strong USA can hold off a possible WW3.