During the 2008 presidential campaign, the death march of a campaign, we heard a term bandied about the the Democrat contenders.
Well, here are a couple of those Smart Power moments.
It appears that President Obama can not get straight who the president of Russia is. And who the prime minister is. And yet, it is A-OK that President Obama muffs up who the president of Russia is:
"I suspect when I speak to President..eh.. Prime Minister Putin."
FTR, the president of Russia is Dmitry Medvedev. The prime minister is Vladimir Putin.
Now I know that most people believe that Prime Minister Putin is the power behind the throne, so to speak. But to be so dense as to make a near boner of a statement like President Obama did shows that maybe his Smart Power is not all that it is cracked up to be.
Also, imagine if former President Bush had said that? Or if Sarah Palin was the vice-president and said something like that? Front page news.
Oh, speaking of vice-presidents, the gift that keeps on giving, Vice-President Joe Biden had this to say over the weekend to Clinton apparatchik George Stephanopolus:
STEPHANOPOULOS: While we've been here, some pretty grim job numbers back at home -- 9.5 percent unemployment in June, the worst numbers in 26 years.
How do you explain that? Because when the president and you all were selling the stimulus package, you predicted at the beginning that, if you get this package in place, unemployment will peak at about 8 percent. So, either you misread the economy, or the stimulus package is too slow and...
BIDEN: The truth is, we and everyone else misread the economy. The figures we worked off of in January were the consensus figures in most of the blue chip indexes out there. Everyone thought at that stage -- everyone -- the bulk of...
STEPHANOPOULOS: CBO would say a little bit higher.
BIDEN: A little bit, but they're all in the same range. No one was talking about that we would be moving towards -- we're worried about 10.5 percent, it will be 9.5 percent at this point.
STEPHANOPOULOS: But we're looking at 10 now, aren't we?
BIDEN: No. Well, look, we're much too high. We're at 9 -- what, 9.5 right now?
BIDEN: And so the truth is, there was a misreading of just how bad an economy we inherited.
Now, that doesn't -- I'm not laying -- it's now our responsibility.
So the second question becomes, did the economic package we put in place, including the Recovery Act, is it the right package given the circumstances we're in? And we believe it is the right package given the circumstances we're in.
We misread how bad the economy was, but we are now only about 120 days into the recovery package. The truth of the matter was, no one anticipated, no one expected that that recovery package would in fact be in a position at this point of having distributed the bulk of the money.
We misread how bad the economy was.
Vice-President Biden said that not once, twice, but three friggin times in the interview.
This is the man that is in charge of the so-called economic recovery? The man that did not even know the website address (www.recovery.gov) of the program he was put in charge of? Oh, and now he tells us that there was no way that the bulk of the money in the so-called economic "stimulus" plan would be distributed by now. But, remember the doom and gloom we were told by people like President Obama, Vice-President Biden and the rest of the motley crew of Democrat leaders? In fact, the president said that passing the so-called economic "stimulus" plan would prevent unemployment from reaching these heights.
Good Lord, imagine if we had those dumb Republicans running the circus in Washington?
Ah, you know, I can not stop at just a couple of Smart Power moments.
There is a third in the making.
And that would be the esteemed secretary of state, Hillary Clinton.
While Honduras is actually following the rule of law, something Mrs. Clinton seems to be very unfamiliar with, in removing a president, Manuel Zelaya, who do you think Mrs. Clinton is supporting?
Why, Mr. Zelaya, of course!
As noted when the crisis began in Honduras, Mr. Zelaya was trying to change the constitution to run for a second term. The current constitution bans it. And same constitution says a president can not do what Mr. Zelaya was trying to do. The change must come from congress. Too bad that the Honduran congress did not want to make the constitutional change. And it was backed by the supreme court. And by the current interim president, Roberto Micheletti, who is a member of Mr. Zelaya's Liberal party. The armed forces was acting on the order of the supreme court to remove Mr. Zelaya before he could carry out an illegal referendum.
But, Mrs. Clinton is siding with this President Piggy, aka Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, protege.
And of course, that Smart Power emanates from the top in the person of President Obama.
We should be standing by those trying to keep the rule of law in Honduras. We should let Honduras deal with its problem in the way that it is dealing. The reason there is violence is that it is being orchestrated by Zelaya thugs. The same thugs that stormed an air force base to steal the ballots for the illegal vote. Then they were going to distribute the printed in Venezuela ballots.
Again, Smart Power is winning out. The United States will back a bully and leave good, decent people out to dry.
Maybe, the Democrats should just admit it. They have no idea what we are doing here. Hey, it might just work!