Democrats love their SEIU union money, but when small business people’s voices are represented by the Chamber of Commerce, fury erupts from the administration. Watch this Axelrod interaction with Bob Schieffer. Axelrod mentions the Supreme court case. They just cannot let it go.
Here is the president blasting the Supreme Court in his radio address:
And of course, President Obama also blasted the Supreme Court in his State of the Union address which was just shocking and appalling:
President Obama and his administration simply cannot let this judicial result lie. Their lopsided speech advantage was taken away. They’re angry.
The whole Chamber of Commerce foreign money thing is bogus anyway. Go read Allah’s post to get the details. The real story, as Karl Rove notes, is that the President is blasting his political enemies. So very, very strange. And wrong.
U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu on Thursday applauded companies that have quit the U.S. Chamber of Commerce because they disagree with the business group’s climate change policy.
“I think it’s wonderful,” Chu told reporters at a solar energy event on the National Mall. He said companies that left the Chamber object “to foot dragging, to denials” and realize that efforts to reduce emissions of greenhouse gasses are “part of our economic future in the United States.”
Fundamentally, President Obama just doesn’t get along well with people. The spiked Vanity Fair story revealed a vindictive, petty and just mean President–and that was the President interacting with one of our allies.
And this inability to let slights or difficulties go and react with anger is losing the President support even among those who have remained loyal to this point. From PWire Taegen Goddard:
Mark Halperin: “With the exception of core Obama Administration loyalists, most politically engaged elites have reached the same conclusions: the White House is in over its head, isolated, insular, arrogant and clueless about how to get along with or persuade members of Congress, the media, the business community or working-class voters. This view is held by Fox News pundits, executives and anchors at the major old-media outlets, reporters who cover the White House, Democratic and Republican congressional leaders and governors, many Democratic business people and lawyers who raised big money for Obama in 2008, and even some members of the Administration just beyond the inner circle.”
President Obama is even losing the elites. It’s Barack Obama against the world, evidently, and it’s not pretty or Presidential.
This kind of rhetoric is nothing short of McCarthyism. The government makes baseless accusations and then blames the people accused for not clearing themselves. Will Obama start appearing at rallies with his “little list” of an ever-changing number of foreign contributors? The White House launched the same kind of baseless attacks on the Koch family and Americans for Prosperity this summer and have yet to offer one substantial piece of evidence that any of these groups or people have done anything wrong at all, except to oppose Obama’s policies.
This is an administration that apparently has never learned the difference between being a political campaign and serving in the government. In the former situation, this would constitute slander, which is bad enough. When it comes from the government, it’s a form of tyranny — an attempt to use the power of government to silence dissent.