I haven’t found the heart to post anything for the last several days because, frankly, I’m bored with the stories that are out there.
I’ve pretty much said my piece on the scandals that are out there. I think they’re all scandals of various different degrees of severity and that none of them will touch the president himself although I think that Eric Holder has become a liability for the administration. The real question guiding whether Mr. Holder remains Attorney General is whether he’s a net liability and the jury is still out on that. As I’ve said elsewhere every administration needs a lightning rod and for the Obama Administration that’s Eric Holder. As long as he can satisfy that function, shielding the president, from the White House’s standpoint he remains a net asset and he’ll stay.
Even Benghazi is a scandal although it’s in a different class from the others. As far as I know nobody’s alleging any actual wrongdoing in the matter—just boneheadedness, recklessness, and a feckless and quickly untenable week-long attempt at diverting attention from what actually happened. It’s essentially a policy disagreement. Should Benghazi even have had a consulate? IMO Libya is barely a country at all at this point. We don’t generally send diplomats to cities but to countries and especially not to cities teetering on the brink of chaos.
Most American just don’t care what happens in Libya, even to American diplomats so I doubt the matter will go much of anywhere. It’s just an irritation.
The IRS affair, the Rosen thing, and the AP thing are still festering. We’ll know whether anything becomes of them in the fullness of time.
I think the economy is slowly stalling but today everybody has their own facts and can try and make their case that everything’s hunky-dory. I don’t see how that case can be made without at least a twinge of shame as long as so many people remain unemployed or underemployed.
Syria may expand into a regional war. Since we’re not going to back Assad (which would be the surest way to end the violence), we’re not going to do much there. Sad as it is our best course is probably to maintain a low profile.
The EU’s economic policy is, apparently, to muddle along. They don’t know what else to do. Nothing they can do as long as Germany has all the marbles.
Maybe Japan’s experiment in reviving its slow economy will work. I doubt that those who’ve been cheering Abenomics along will be at all embarrassed if it flops.
I wonder what Kim Jong-un is up to. No good, probably.