Published On: Thu, Sep 8th, 2011

When Can We all Just Quit Pretending that Obama has a Clue?

Ever since Obama went on his big summer bus trip last month, that question has been bouncing around in the back of my mind.  I asked a friend of mine tonight, and he cleared it up for me.  His answer?

About 8 pm tomorrow night.

My friend made another good point.

” The fact that he even has to give this speech to Congress is so obnoxious.  Just submit the damn bill, post it at and then get to work.”

Makes a lot of sense.

Also watched the Republican debate tonight.  Thought each candidate acquitted themselves quite well.  There’s a President in there somewhere. Measured responses, a lot of experience, a lot of good ideas.

My friend works for the Feds, inside the beltway.  He thinks the election will be close.  I don’t.  I think the electorate has had it with this administration and is seething with outrage, disgusted with the time we’ve wasted these last three years.

Capped off the night watching the MSNBC recap.  Not easy to watch. The commentary ranged from what seemed like the usual meth fueled outbursts by Chris Mathews, to the condescending superiority of Lawrence O’Donnell, to the snarky comments of Rachel Maddow.  Watching Al Sharpton posing as a major league pundit is strange, but then again he was a community organizer, so I guess he’s qualified for anything.

I’m just thankful that Chet Huntley, David Brinkley and John Chancellor are not still around to see this.  They would all have had to be put on suicide watch.

I have a fantasy that Obama goes to the Capital tomorrow, speaks for about ten minutes,and then  there’s a power blip and the teleprompter blinks off.  He looks from left, to right and then again from left to right, loosens his tie, lights up a Marloboro and finally admits,

“I’ve got nothin'”

I’ll be watching tomorrow. Most Americans won’t.

About the Author

- Russell Halley is a lifelong political voyeur. Halley started writing for weekly newspapers in the early 70's, and advanced to a successful career as a freelancer, having been published in several national magazines. Eventually, however, the call of commerce lured him away and he switched to circulation, working with many of the largest publishers around the world to increase readership. As an avocation, Russell has always followed and participated in the minutia of the political world, and migrated from a severe left wing point of view to conservatism. He was flattered when the San Jose Mercury News once described his style as “Republican Punk”, and prides himself on a certain expertise in this arena, with a perspective that he hopes sheds light on the issues of the day. Read more of Halley's clips here.