- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 17, 2009

WORDS OF WISDOM

“When House Democrats gathered on Friday for their end-of-the week caucus meeting in the basement of the Capitol, caucus Chairman John Larson (D-Conn.) told the group he wanted them to hear first from Rep. Michael Capuano, who’d just returned from a primary campaign for the Senate seat in Massachusetts vacated by the death of Ted Kennedy,” Ryan Grim writes at www.huffington post.com.

“Larson asked Capuano, who finished in second place, to share the wisdom he learned on the campaign trail,” Mr. Grim said.

“Capuano took to the microphone, looked out at his colleagues and condensed what he’d learned into two words. ‘You’re screwed,’ he told his friends in the House, according to one attendee. The room’s silence was broken only by soft, nervous laughter.


“Capuano confirmed the gist of the message - ‘I’m not sure of the exact wording,’ he told HuffPost, chuckling - and said that he doubted his wisdom was anything they didn’t already know.

” ‘I think I was just confirming stuff they already knew,’ he said. ‘I focused on two things: the war in Afghanistan and jobs.’

“Everywhere Capuano went in his state, he said, he was bombarded with demands that the government do more to create jobs. He was also greeted by deep skepticism about Obama’s escalation of the eight-year-old war in Afghanistan.

“Capuano said he told the caucus that opponents of the war need to be given a chance to vote against funding for it on the House floor.”

TIN EAR

“Of all the surprises of President Obama’s first year, the biggest is his continuing tin ear for the mood of the country. He often appears clueless about what Americans want,” New York Post columnist Michael Goodwin writes.

“Almost from the moment he stepped into the Oval Office, the man who smashed the Clinton machine and won an electoral landslide over John McCain seemed to lose his touch with the people who put him there,” Mr. Goodwin said.

“Some days, many days, he doesn’t look like he cares that big chunks of the country, left, right and center, are giving up on him.

“Voters by a large margin have said for months they don’t want the health care overhaul he’s pushing, so he pushes harder. They want less spending and debt, so he doubles down on pork, bailouts, handouts and taxes.

“They thought he would deliver bipartisanship, and he gives his hard-left allies the keys to the kingdom.

“They worry about terrorism, so he wants to close Gitmo and move the worst of the worst to the homeland. With ground zero still a mess, he gives the 9/11 plotters civilian trials in New York.

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