Washington (22/11- 25). Joe Biden came out with his first Cabinet picks before Thanksgiving, and the media were falling all over themselves with compliments. Oh, they are all so thoroughly professional, deeply experienced and manifestly competent. The media even tried to suggest with a straight face that this warmed-over pile of Obama administration appointees is “not going to be political.”
How ridiculous. Elected people — and their appointees — have to be political.
At least they’re not demanding Joe Biden be inaugurated early. In 2008, they were so deeply enchanted with then-President-elect Barack Obama that they wanted to slash the transition period in half and get those wonderful Democrats back in power. Al Neuharth, founder of USA Today, wrote in his Nov. 14, 2008 column: “We should move the President’s inauguration up to the first Tuesday in December, one month after the election. “…People who elect a new president are eager for the change to take place. The sooner the better.”
New York Times columnist Gail Collins wanted then-President George W. Bush to do the patriotic thing … and quit. “Thanksgiving is this week, and President Bush could make it a really special holiday by resigning,” she wrote. “Seriously. … just to be on the safe side, the Vice President ought to turn in his resignation first. (We’re desperate, but not crazy.) Then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would become president until Jan. 20. Obviously, she’d defer to her party’s incoming chief executive, and Obama could begin governing.”
To be blunt, he was implying Bush had suddenly become as useless as an assassinated president.
After all this brouhaha, PBS “Washington Week” host and Obama superfan Gwen Ifill declared on Dec. 5, 2008, that a generic group of “people” wanted Obama sworn in pronto: “Maybe what people are beginning to say is that this president-elect should be president now?” New York Times reporter Peter Baker repeated after her, responding: “That’s right. Exactly. People voted for change, and this strange, odd 77-day waiting period that we impose, in effect, between our election and our inauguration … it’s such a long period …”
Remember, these are some of the same badly disguised Democrats who would later lecture us for four years about the importance of “democratic norms.” The only norm they seem to revere is having Democrats in power.
Tim Graham is director of media analysis at the Media Research Center and executive editor of the blog NewsBusters.org.
The incoming Biden administration is effectively the third coming of Obama with the Clintons lurking in the shadows. Quickly the media is dismissing the claim from conservatives this is the same-old lukewarm slow growth globalism is back. With the democrats yelling “here is nothing to see” John Kerry regurgitation of the more than useless Climate Accords and a nuclear Iran returning to the table will unlikely unify the country.
Oddly enough the Democrats forget, or like to forget, the Trump administration juggled the perpetual U.S.-North Korean real crisis with this pariah state, killed off a few terrorists who were involved in the bombings of the U.S. embassies in Africa, Iranian revolutionary guard leaders and eliminated Mohsen Fahrizade, the scientist who was the leader of the Iranian nuclear program.
Perhaps the later was not a U.S. operation but certainly served U.S. interests. Trump has redrawn the balance sheet of NATO, got out of the endless war despite democrats claims and started peace talks with the Taliban. Not bad for 4 years.
No questions the Republicans could pay back in spades the years of subversive undermining the Trump presidency until the public has enough. But Biden and the radical left is on the rise and have given the loonies sufficient oxygen to start the smouldering fires of socialism and revolutionary ambitions.