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I Think That’s Just the Way Davenport Folks Are, Rick


Today’s Morning Jolt is a long one, but here’s the wrap up . . .

Obama to Democrats: Somebody Save Me!

Allegedly the President is telling Congressional Democrats he needs them to save his presidency. Hey, pal, who’s going to save us?

On CNN, Rep. Peter DeFazio (Ore.) said, “The White House is putting on tremendous pressure, making phone calls, the president is making phone calls saying this is the end of his presidency if he doesn’t get this bad deal.”

The Hill finds a completely different tune from the administration: “The president hasn’t said anything remotely like that and has never spoken with Mr. DeFazio about the issue,” said White House spokesman Tommy Vietor.

I love how the Obama defense is that a 13-term Democrat who’s voted with the president on just about every major issue is either a pathological liar or psychotically deluded.

At Hot Air, Allahpundit weighs the merits of believing DeFazio: “Remember, DeFazio’s one of the leaders of the liberal revolt in the House against the deal. Let’s say he looked at the whip count and concluded that there aren’t enough progressive no votes to stop the bill — provided that most Republicans, a few tea-party stalwarts notwithstanding, continue to support it. He may figure that instead of trying to persuade his own side to block it, he’s better off at this point trying to give Republicans a reason to bug out. But what could he, as a liberal, say that would captivate the conservative imagination and kick up a sudden groundswell against the deal? Answer: This, my friends. This.

“The only problem with my fiendishly clever theory? As noted in the excerpt, The One has a history of crying to recalcitrant Democrats about his presidency failing, so yeah, he probably really is telling them this. And he’s not entirely wrong, given that as president he’ll take most of the blame from the public if the tax hike goes into effect on January 1. What’s a conscientious Republican who’s worried about the economy to do?”

ADDENDA: The concept of Rick Santorum as a dark horse in the 2012 Presidential field is a concept I’ll have to get used to, but apparently he has his following, and it’s pretty devoted. He Tweets, “17 degrees snowing in Davenport IA and 63 tea partiers brave weather to meet w me. Thanks it was fun.” Or are Davenport Iowans the hardy types who find 17 degrees and snow to be balmy for December?

I just checked. The average low in Davenport in December is 20 degrees; in January it is 13 degrees.

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