Put Down Your Phone … On Second Thought, Go Right Ahead

 

I love unattributed quotes from the Obama Administration, primarily because the trend over the past few years seems to indicate that there’s some fairly high-placed source in the White House who can’t resist drunk dialing the press. Perhaps there’s an uncorked bottle of Chablis under Valeria Jarret’s desk at all times. Maybe Jay Carney’s constantly got a flask on him (be honest … wouldn’t you?). Or maybe Joe Biden just has the Secret Service doing Costco runs for Red Bull (the juice boxes just don’t get him there anymore).

Whatever the case, this Administration has a gift for handing the press the worst possible characterization of their actions. Remember, it was an unattributed source who gave us “leading from behind” as the rallying cry for Libya. Ditto the recent declaration that the Administration’s response to Syria would be “just muscular enough to not get mocked.” (Step 1: Set bar incredibly low, Step 2: trip over it). Now, in today’s Wall Street Journal, yet another verbal kamikaze is in the cockpit:

Said a senior administration official: “We are winning…It doesn’t really matter to us” how long the shutdown lasts “because what matters is the end result.”

If you characterize the shutdown as a disaster in the making and then publicly declare that you’re willing to ride it out as long as necessary to maximize your political advantage, there’s only two possible interpretations: (1) you were lying about the severity of the situation in the first place or (2) you’re happy to let the country suffer as long as it allows you to put points on the board.

Someone in the White House is going to spend today desperately trying to conceal a hangover.

There are 15 comments.

  1. J.Maestro Inactive

    Sorry, but whats the news aspect of this? The administration is hardly making a secret of its intention to milk this for every possible advantage — even when the messages are mutually exclusive.

    The culprits in this case aren’t the brazen liars. The culprits are every American who mindlessly accepts those lies without noting the insult.

    The administration position is pure exploitation. The exploited ought to care (but many don’t).

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    • October 4, 2013, at 8:42 AM PDT
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  2. Jeff Y Inactive

    That’s the thing about telling lies. Eventually, you can’t keep track of them, and you start inadvertently revealing the truth. It’s true of individuals and organizations.

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    • October 4, 2013, at 8:44 AM PDT
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  3. Matthew Hennessey Contributor
    Troy Senik, Ed.

    …there’s only two possible interpretations: (1) you were lying about the severity of the situation in the first place or (2) you’re happy to let the country suffer as long as it allows you to put points on the board.

    Yes and yes.

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    • October 4, 2013, at 8:46 AM PDT
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  4. T-Fiks Member
    Jeff: That’s the thing about telling lies. Eventually, you can’t keep track of them, and you start inadvertently revealing the truth. It’s true of individuals and organizations. · 9 minutes ago

    This statement is true, but only for those who still recognize the existence of objective truth.

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    • October 4, 2013, at 8:58 AM PDT
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  5. flownover Inactive

    Come on guys, this drunk (the admin) has more people ( the press) to drive him home, tuck him in, and then buy him more drinks the next night than any movie star or pop singer could hope for . And some of the very best agents in the bidness . 

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    • October 4, 2013, at 9:09 AM PDT
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  6. Done Contributor

    Obvious bluff is obvious.

    If they are happy with 90% of the EPA not being on the job indefinitely, than I’m happy to oblige them. If they like government being run by a skeleton crew, than maybe we had more in common than I thought.

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    • October 4, 2013, at 9:34 AM PDT
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  7. Vance Richards Member

    Would the President qualify as a “senior administration official”? Sadly, I can’t say that would be beneath him.

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    • October 4, 2013, at 9:39 AM PDT
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  8. John Peabody Member

    Isn’t this the entire two-sided bluff? I would think the argument can be turned right around toward the Speaker, in that he is allowing the shutdown to continue until it is agreed to de-fund the ACA, which is his desired end result.

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    • October 4, 2013, at 9:52 AM PDT
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  9. Done Contributor
    John Peabody: Isn’t this the entire two-sided bluff? I would think the argument can be turned right around toward the Speaker, in that he is allowing the shutdown to continue until it is agreed to de-fund the ACA, which is his desired end result. 

    The difference being Boehner has offered multiple compromises as a sign he wants to end it. 

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    • October 4, 2013, at 9:54 AM PDT
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  10. BrentB67 Inactive

    The longer this goes on, the better it gets for the right.

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    • October 4, 2013, at 10:55 AM PDT
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  11. Jimmy Carter Member
    Frank Soto

    The difference being Boehner has offered multiple compromises as a sign he wants to end it. · 1 hour ago

    Has Boehner tried crying?

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    • October 4, 2013, at 11:04 AM PDT
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  12. Done Contributor
    Jimmy Carter
    Frank Soto

    The difference being Boehner has offered multiple compromises as a sign he wants to end it.

    Has Boehner tried crying? 

    As Skipsul pointed out, you don’t want to play this man at poker. After he was done crying and you confidently reveal your 3 Kings, he’d flip over a fullhouse and quietly take your money.

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    • October 5, 2013, at 2:29 AM PDT
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  13. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
    Frank Soto: Obvious bluff is obvious.

    If they are happy with 90% of the EPA not being on the job indefinitely, than I’m happy to oblige them. If they like government being run by a skeleton crew, than maybe we had more in common than I thought. · 2 hours ago

    I’ll drink to that!

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    • October 5, 2013, at 2:29 AM PDT
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  14. BrentB67 Inactive
    Frank Soto
    Jimmy Carter
    Frank Soto

    The difference being Boehner has offered multiple compromises as a sign he wants to end it.

    Has Boehner tried crying? 

    As Skipsul pointed out, you don’t want to play this man at poker. After he was done crying and you confidently reveal your 3 Kings, he’d flip over a fullhouse and quietly take your money. · 1 hour ago

    I think John Boehner’s stock is on the rise in all of this. The end game will be crucial, but he is gaining ground.

    Long the SOTH.

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    • October 5, 2013, at 5:38 AM PDT
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  15. Jimmy Carter Member
    BrentB67

    Long the SOTH. · 1 hour ago

    And short His sheets.

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    • October 5, 2013, at 6:58 AM PDT
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