The Patriot Post Digest
“I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.” –Thomas Jefferson
Government & Politics
The Modern-Day Plantation
Democrats run the Capitol like a plantation
The new book “Game Change” by journalists John Heilemann and Mark Halperin has Washington buzzing. The book revealed some comments made by prominent Democrats that they probably wish had stayed in the smoke-filled room. The one receiving most attention is Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s remark that Barack Obama would succeed as a presidential candidate because he is “light-skinned” and speaks “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.”
Reactions on the Left were all too predictable: Reid groveled before Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, and Democrats circled the wagons. It almost goes without saying that, were a Republican to have said the same thing, he would have been run out of town on a rail. …
But Republicans didn’t have to say anything before Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, thundered, “Senator Reid’s record provides a stark contrast to actions of Republicans to block legislation that would benefit poor and minority communities — most recently reflected in Republican opposition to the health bill now under consideration.” Reid also last month called opponents of health care racists in the vein of those who resisted civil rights legislation in the 1960s (i.e., Democrats).
More interesting, though, is that conservatives disagree on how to handle the revelation. RNC Chairman Michael Steele, who is black, called for Reid to resign his leadership post because that’s what Sen. Trent Lott did in a similar situation in 2002. Steele is an attack dog; it’s his job to say this. But what would Republicans gain by collecting Reid’s scalp? Probably not much. Given his dismal poll numbers, Wall Street Journal columnist John Fund doesn’t believe Reid will even run for re-election, much less win it, so the GOP may pick up his seat anyway.
National Review’s Jonah Goldberg took issue with Steele’s premise as well, writing, “[B]y demanding Reid’s resignation, Steele is making an idiotic, nasty and entirely cynical game bipartisan. Yes, there’s a double standard, but the point is that the standard used against conservatives is unfair, not that that unfair standard should be used against Democrats as well.”
Thanks to Democrats, racism has been so broadly defined that practically anything Republicans do or say can be construed as such. As long as that doesn’t change, the double standard will remain in effect.
Beyond the political chess match, however, the core of the matter is that Reid’s observation isn’t necessarily racist. He was partly correct, too. Besides the fact that no Republican was going to win the White House last year, Obama’s race helped him.
As Martin Luther King Jr. once put it, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” Democrats still have that reversed: “I have a dream that my children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the content of their character but by the color of their skin.” What’s truly racist is that Democrats demand absolute allegiance and ideological purity from blacks, in effect keeping their prized constituency on the modern-day plantation.
News From the Swamp: Health Care Cost Shuffle
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is the latest organization to analyze the health care fiasco currently being cooked up behind closed doors in Washington, and its assessment is not good. According to the report, the legislation will force health care spending to rise by $222 billion over the next 10 years. Conveniently, revenue for the legislation is spread out over a 10-year budget period, but most of the spending provisions are in effect for only six years.
The report also attacks the idea that cuts in Medicare will help fund the health care bill, pointing out that doctors and hospitals will bear the brunt of these reductions. It’s obvious to anyone willing to admit it that this will lead to a lower quality of service and doctors turning away patients insured by the government in favor of those with private coverage and “relatively attractive payment rates.” This report, and several like it from numerous nonpartisan groups, have pointed out repeatedly that the health care bill in its current form will do exactly the opposite of what Democrats claim it will do, yet our “representatives” in Congress continue the proverbial march off of the cliff.
“We’re looking at 37 Democrats who are in districts that are particularly upset and vulnerable to the provisions of this health care bill. Are they going to be with the people or are they going to be with Pelosi?” –House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA), saying that “this health care bill can be defeated”
From the Left: Mass. Hysteria
While Massachusetts is one of the bluest states in the country, Republican Scott Brown has come within striking distance of beating Democrat Attorney General Martha Coakley in the special election to fill the state’s empty U.S. Senate seat. The special election will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 19, and in recent days Brown has gone from also-ran to serious contender. His meteoric rise demonstrates that the public has serious issues with Democrats, and particularly the health care bill.
Brown made a strong showing in a debate against Coakley in which he fielded considerably tougher questions than she did. While Coakley was asked questions about her campaign style and strategy, Brown was grilled about global warming and health care legislation. He held his own and offered a nice zinger when moderator David Gergen asked him if he would be willing to “sit in Teddy Kennedy’s seat” and vote against the health care bill. Brown responded, “Well, with all due respect, it’s not the Kennedy seat, and it’s not the Democrats’ seat, it’s the people’s seat.”
Absolutely true, but try telling that to Paul Kirk and the Massachusetts Democrat machine. Kirk was handpicked by Gov. Deval Patrick to hold the seat after Kennedy died, and he offers a crucial vote on health care should the vote come before the special election. Kirk has promised that he will vote for final passage, while Brown has indicated he will offer the 41st vote to prevent it. But now that it seems sure that the election will pass before the final vote, Kirk and the secretary of state’s office, which oversees the special election, may be prepared to stall final certification of the results if Brown wins. They claim they will have to wait a minimum of 10 days for absentee and military ballots. This standard certainly wasn’t in play when Kennedy himself was seated the day after the special election in 1962.
“For some time now, leading Democrats have seemed to suffer from an ideological monomania vis-à-vis ObamaCare. No matter how unpopular the measure is, and thus how politically perilous for Democratic office-holders — they are determined to push it through. But this reaches a new level of pathology. One can understand why they might want to play games with the certification of a Brown victory, but what in the world do they gain by saying so ahead of time? If Brown becomes the first Republican elected to the Senate from Massachusetts since 1972, it would be as clear a message of opposition to ObamaCare as one could hope to have…. For Democrats to announce pre-emptively that they will ignore such a message shows a stunning contempt for democracy.” –Wall Street Journal columnist James Taranto
Judicial Benchmarks: Washington’s Felon Vote
In its ongoing war against sanity, the Ninth Circus Court of Appeals has once again decided it knows better than the people and their elected representatives. Why wouldn’t it? After all, there are upwards of 30 of our most politically connected former lawyers on the Circuit. Why shouldn’t they know more about what to do about 100-year-old provisions of the Washington State constitution than the 6.5 million citizens of Washington?
The Court is offended that prison inmates in Washington are disproportionately minorities (this is a painful fact across America). Thus, two members of the Circuit concluded that the provision in the state’s constitution denying felons the right to vote was racial discrimination, violating the federal Voting Rights Act. Now, we always thought that convicted felons became convicted felons because a jury found them guilty of committing a felony. We find it hard to believe that Washington juries are motivated to convict by the race of the accused. We also find it difficult to believe that the citizens of Washington would tolerate such a racist judicial system. However, we find it all too believable that two members of the most reversed court in America would rule this way. After all, judges know best. Soon, however, the case may head to the U.S. Supreme Court, where sanity is more likely to prevail.
Our Part of the Copenhagen Carbon Footprint
While he really didn’t have to go, Barack Obama decided it was best for him to lead the United States at the recent Copenhagen climate summit. So we sent Air Force One and the usual presidential entourage with him to chilly Denmark. On the other hand, individual Congressmen had absolutely no reason to go, but many went anyway — at taxpayer expense — and managed to rack up quite an impressive carbon footprint.
A Gulfstream 5 and two 737 jets were required just for the congressional delegation of more than 100 people, who also managed to book 321 hotel nights at five-star accommodations and consume thousands of dollars worth of meals.
Most damning was the estimate that the carbon dioxide produced by that delegation alone would be enough to fill 10,000 Olympic-size swimming pools. On the whole, it would have been more useful to the average American to heat their home this historically cold winter by burning the money wasted giving certain members of Congress and their staffers a European vacation.
Around the World: Freedom Declines
Since 1972, Freedom House has done the world a service by the annual publication of its Freedom in the World, which monitors trends in democracy and tracks improvements and setbacks in freedom worldwide. This year’s just-released edition has bad news for freedom lovers. For the fourth consecutive year, global declines in freedom outweighed gains in 2009, representing the longest continuous period of decline for global freedom in the nearly 40-year history of the report.
The survey analyzes developments that occurred in 2009 and assigns each country a freedom status — Free, Partly Free or Not Free — based on a scoring on key indicators. Five countries moved into “Not Free” status, and the number of electoral democracies declined to the lowest level since 1995. However, 16 countries made notable gains, with two countries improving their overall freedom status. The most significant improvements in 2009 occurred in Asia.
Freedom House found “declines for freedom were registered in 40 countries in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and the former Soviet Union, representing 20 percent of the world’s total polities. Authoritarian states including Iran, Russia, Venezuela, and Vietnam became more repressive. Freedom also declined in countries that had registered positive trends in previous years, including Bahrain, Jordan, Kenya, and Kyrgyzstan.”
Commenting on the Freedom House report, The Wall Street Journal noted:
The recent reversals coincide, however, with America’s own waning interest in democracy promotion. This didn’t start with the Obama ascendancy. Chastened by the 2006 midterm election debacle and sinking public support for his Mideast policies, President Bush took rhetorical and practical emphasis off his own flagship foreign-policy agenda.
The current administration has changed the focus entirely. In its dealings with Russia and China, strategic issues trump any talk of democracy or human rights, which earlier this year in Beijing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton notably called a distraction to bilateral relations. Ditto in Iran.
Is this the change that we were promised during the presidential campaign? Has America changed from being “the shining city on the hill” to a country which disregards the inscription on the Liberty Bell to “Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the Land unto all the Inhabitants thereof” and considers the promotion of democracy a “distraction to bilateral relations”?
Department of Military Correctness: SEAL Trial Moved to Iraq
The Courts Martial of Navy SEAL Petty Officers Matthew McCabe, Jonathan Keefe and Julio Huertas continues apace with two of the three heroes being forced to move their trial to Iraq in order to avail themselves of their constitutional right to confront their accuser in open court. This rare, if not unprecedented, move should be viewed with extreme caution and we hope defense counsel has taken appropriate measures to protect fully the rights of the accused.
For them to enter the sovereign territory of Iraq, even under the auspices of a military court, may place them in peril both physically and legally. What’s to prevent the Iraqi government from bringing additional trumped up criminal charges and ordering their arrest? How will the U.S. military protect them from such arrest should such action take place?
One possible alternative would be to insist they hold the trial aboard a U.S. naval vessel in international waters off the Iraqi coast. Failing that, the U.S. Embassy is a second logical alternative.
In a related question, there is an interesting legal position we may be forced to confront in light of the criminal trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in New York City. If, as this administration insists, KSM (and others) are just “criminals,” then under what legal authority has this administration justified the continued Predator attacks on these civilian “criminals”? We know this administration fully supports a double standard in tax cases and racism allegations, and we certainly don’t expect anything different in this case.
This Week’s ‘Alpha Jackass’ Award
“Most of the domestic groups that we pay attention to here are white supremacist groups. They’re anti-government, in most cases anti-abortion, they are usually survivalist type in nature, identity oriented. … Those groups are groups that claim to be extremely anti-government and Christian identity oriented.” –TSA nominee Erroll Southers
Meanwhile, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the radical Muslim who actually tried to bomb a U.S. airliner, pleaded “not guilty” in federal court last Friday.
China’s Successful Missile Interceptor Test
As China’s economic might continues to grow, with its auto and banking industries overtaking the U.S. in world dominance, the Red Dragon’s military might also is advancing ominously. This week, China’s official Xinhua news agency reported that China tested “ground-based midcourse missile interception technology.” Xinhua also said, “The test has achieved the expected objective. The test is defensive in nature and is not targeted at any country.” The U.S. military confirmed the test did take place and apparently was successful. Pentagon spokeswoman Major Maureen Schumann said, “We detected two geographically separated missile launch events with an exo-atmospheric collision also being observed by space-based sensors.”
China’s successful anti-ballistic missile test comes just days after Beijing complained about U.S. weapon sales to Taiwan, including Patriot PAC-3 air defense missiles, which are themselves capable of intercepting short- and medium-range ballistic missiles and could be used against Red Chinese missiles deployed along China’s coast and aimed at Taiwan. Both Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Pentagon said they did not consider China’s test to be related to these Taiwanese arms sales. While that may be technically true, since it typically takes many days or weeks to prepare such a missile test, there is little doubt that Beijing intended to send Washington a message — that message being, “Taiwan is ours, stay away. And if you don’t stay away, you will have to contend with our rapidly growing military technology.” Just one more rattling saber that our waffling Dear Leader will have to deal with, or ignore at our country’s peril.
Iranian Bombing and Nuclear Talks
Iranian nuclear scientist Masoud Ali Mohammadi was killed Tuesday when a nearby motorbike exploded as he left his house in Tehran. The blast was powerful enough to blow several doors and windows out of surrounding buildings. Ali Mohammadi was a particle physicist and reportedly an ardent supporter of the Iranian revolution. Initial speculation was that this was the work of one of the world’s premier intelligence services — perhaps Israel’s Mossad — who have conducted many similar operations over the past decade. Indeed, as sure as the sun rose in the east, Iranian officials leapt to blame Israel for the attack.
However, Ali Mohammadi was not exactly a top-level figure. He was an academic who played an apparently marginal role in nuclear activities, which seems to indicate that it wasn’t Mossad.
Even still, the attack will do nothing to improve Iran’s attitude toward the UN Security Council or the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as negotiations proceed over Iran’s nuclear program. In fact, the Iranian regime itself could have perpetrated the assassination to bolster its case at home.
The U.S., Britain, France, Russia and China, which, together with Germany, represent the P-5+1 (the five permanent Security Council member states plus Germany) are scheduled to meet Saturday in New York to discuss Iran’s continued failure to meet its obligations under the Non-Proliferation Treaty and five UNSC resolutions going back to 2006. Iran is likely to become more defiant as that process advances.
Meanwhile, China made it known on Thursday that they could not attend the P-5+1 meetings after all, as Foreign Minister He Yafei “has a busy schedule.” How nice of China, which currently occupies the UNSC presidency, to do all they can to keep pressure on Iran. Fortunately, China’s one-month presidency of the UNSC is followed in February by France, which has been tougher on Iran over the last year than anyone, including the United States.
Business & Economy
Obama’s Magical Mystery Jobs Tour
Barack Obama and congressional Democrats promised the $787 billion stimulus package would spur 3.5 million new jobs over two years. Nearly one year later, the tally is approaching four million — jobs lost, that is. December’s report revealed 85,000 jobs lost and unemployment at 10 percent (though real unemployment — including those who have simply stopped looking for a job — is over 17 percent). The president’s solution? Why, another stimulus, of course.
Philosophizing that “the road to recovery is never straight,” Obama claims that the $75 billion “Jobs for Main Street Act” currently before the Senate will continue the smashing success of the first stimulus. Success? Oh yes, to manipulate the numbers in its favor, the administration has designed its own job-tracking formula that gives new meaning to the term “fuzzy math.” The administration has dropped the ridiculous jobs “saved or created” mantra, opting instead for the stat of jobs “funded” by the stimulus. Under this convenient formula, Obama claims to have created two million jobs to date. Miracles never cease.
If you haven’t seen these jobs in your town, though, you’re not alone. For example, according to an Associated Press analysis, reviewed by independent economists from five universities, $20 billion-plus in transportation spending from the first stimulus has yielded virtually zip in local job growth. Even Thomas Smith, a pro-stimulus Emory University economist who reviewed the analysis, stated, “As a policy tool for creating jobs, this doesn’t seem to have much bite.”
Despite the Norman Rockwellian title of the Jobs for Main Street Act, Main Street isn’t buying it. GDP growth and stock market improvements notwithstanding, small businesses, which propel real economic growth, simply aren’t hiring. In the New York Post, Charles Gasparino explains why: “Having weathered the recession, they now fear the administration will choke off the nascent recovery and increase their costs through higher taxes to pay for the myriad of programs President Obama has in store for us, including the hyperexpensive health-care overhaul.”
This “damn-the-torpedoes, full-speed-ahead” approach is no mistake. Regardless of recovery rhetoric, the president’s aim has been clear from the start: “I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody,” he said during the campaign. Of course, the 15.3 million Americans who are unemployed might take issue with this.
Yet, as Christina Romer, Chairwoman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, stated, the stimulus “has done exactly what we have anticipated it would do.” She was referring to the supposed job growth. But substitute the president’s “redistribute the wealth” intent, and Romer’s statement is disturbingly true.
Administration Announces New Bank Tax
A regional convenience store has an interesting placard at the cash register informing patrons that the store pays more in debit and credit card transaction charges than it makes in net profits. The placard further invites the customer to sign a petition to tell Congress to limit transaction fees charged by the “evil banks.”
Perhaps Barack Obama has been sneaking out of the White House after hours for a slushee because he also has decided that the evil banks are a potential revenue source for the Treasury. It seems that his Treasury Department has looked at the $46 billion earned by the Federal Reserve Bank in 2009 and concluded that the banking industry could support a donation to offset the cost of the TARP spend-a-thon. The terms of the Troubled Asset Relief Program do require the beneficiary to pay interest to the Treasury, but Obama’s proposed fee would be an addition to those interest charges.
The Wall Street Journal reports, “If approved by Congress, the new tax — which the White House calls a ‘financial crisis responsibility fee’ — would force about 50 banks, insurance companies and large broker-dealers to collectively pay the federal government roughly $90 billion over 10 years.” Furthermore, “Banks that have repaid their TARP money wouldn’t escape taxation.” GM and Chrysler are exempt, however.
As a socialist, Obama has as much tolerance for profits as Superman does for Kryptonite (our apologies to Superman for the comparison) … unless those profits are derived from a fictional autobiographical memoir of a 40-year-old man whose accomplishments couldn’t fill a 3×5 index card. However, just in case he reads our humble publication, we would like to remind Mr. Obama that profits represent the return for risk. Profits beget retained earnings, beget capital formation, beget expansion — the one sustainable source of job growth.
Don’t get us wrong — the federal government (read: taxpayers) never should have bailed out banks in the first place. But many of them have already paid back TARP money, or are working to pay it back (some never wanted it in the first place but were forced to take it), and another tax is not exactly the right remedy for a struggling economy. That $90 billion could cost the economy $1 trillion when the lost capital results in less lending. Alas, everything looks like a nail to someone with a hammer.
Regulatory Commissars: No Salt For You!
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg envisions a healthy world — one with no cigarettes, trans-fat, or guns — and he is going to make you healthy, doggone it, whether you like it or not.
As the mayor begins his third term (which, to those familiar with New York City term limits, is a whole other matter), he has found yet another menace to his utopia: salt. As with his other nanny state goals, the mayor’s vision goes far beyond his own backyard to cities and states across the nation.
His administration’s new salt initiative calls for food manufacturers and restaurants across the country to cut their salt content by 25 percent over the next five years. They claim that national cooperation is necessary due to interstate sales. For now, participation of New York businesses is voluntary, but this means little to those of us familiar with the war on trans-fat. That was originally voluntary too, but when restaurants didn’t jump on the bandwagon, the city government legislated them into submission.
While the benefits of lowering salt have been well documented in the fight against high blood pressure, not everyone is convinced of the benefits of across-the-board sodium reduction. There has been no large-scale study of the negative effects of cutting salt, and several medical researchers point out that there are too many variables to assume that this measure is good for everyone. Dr. Michael H. Alderman of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, likened the plan to “an uncontrolled experiment with the public’s health.”
Several companies, including Campbell (which has already cut sodium in their products without government strong-arming), will not be joining the plan. They prefer to adjust their recipes according to what the market calls for — at least while they still have a choice.
Culture & Policy
Second Amendment: Interpol and the Executive Order
There have been disarming reports of late about an Executive Order by Barack Obama concerning the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol). According to the NRA-ILA, “President Obama’s order amends a 1983 order by President Reagan, in which the U.S. recognized Interpol as an international organization that is entitled to certain legal immunities under the International Organizations Immunities Act (IOIA).” Interpol, founded in 1923 and composed of 188 countries that share information about international criminal investigations, has long been immune from civil lawsuits, so the claim that the immunity comes from Obama is incorrect. Many reports assert that Interpol personnel would be granted diplomatic immunity and would then have the ability to seize firearms, among other violations of U.S. citizens’ rights. These fears are likely unfounded.
Diplomatic immunity applies only to diplomats, not agents. The immunity the agents do have is only “relating to acts performed by them in their official capacity.” Furthermore, the NRA notes, “Law enforcement officers working with Interpol are detailed from agencies in various countries, such as the FBI or the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. They have no power of arrest outside their own countries. Therefore, a seizure of an American (or of an Americans’ firearms) would likely not fall within the official duties for which Interpol officials would be immune from prosecution.”
Granted, we are wary of Obama and other leftists around the world — particularly when it comes to Second Amendment rights — but this appears to be a false alarm.
From the ‘Non Compos Mentis’ File
Our thoughts and prayers are with those in Haiti after the terrible and deadly earthquake there this week. The disaster, though, provided fodder for, of all things, the health care debate. MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann asked how U.S. health care would withstand such a disaster: “[H]ow would survivors of something like this here fare in terms of getting on their own feet economically afterwards, with the health care system we have in place right now?”
In our estimation, we think our system would fare just fine. We’re certainly the first to come to the aid of a nation such as Haiti, sending our own doctors and supplies, not to mention our military. Does Olbermann really think that once health care is rationed and doctors themselves are in short supply, America will be able to help itself, much less other nations? American generosity is possible because of our (mostly) capitalist system — the system that Olbermann and other leftists want to replace with the graveyard of socialism.
Meanwhile, Pat Robertson, founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network, also made regrettable remarks about Haiti’s tragedy. On his show “The 700 Club,” Robertson claimed that during the 18th century when Haitian slaves sought freedom from the French they made a “pact to the devil.” He concluded, “Ever since, they have been cursed by one thing after the other.” Thus the earthquake. Robertson made similar comments after Hurricane Katrina. We would remind Pat that most Haitians are Catholic.
Actor Danny Glover had his own theory as to the cause of the earthquake: “All this hell because of global warming. … When we did what we did at the climate summit in Copenhagen, this is the response, this is what happens, you know what I’m sayin’?” What Glover is sayin’ is that because there wasn’t an agreement at Copenhagen, climate change is causing earthquakes. Robertson says the Haitians offended God, Glover claims they angered Gaia.
Barack Obama has their back, though. Speaking to the Haitians, he said, “[A]fter suffering so much for so long, to face this new horror must cause some to look up and ask, ‘Have we somehow been forsaken?’ To the people of Haiti, we say clearly, and with conviction, you will not be forsaken; you will not be forgotten. In this, your hour of greatest need, America stands with you.” In other words, the Chosen One hasn’t forgotten them.
Faith and Family: Bicoastal Fronts on the Same-Sex Marriage War
From sea to shining sea, Americans are being divided on the moral issue of whether two people of the same gender should have the right to declare themselves married. Californians thought they had settled the question (for the second time) when the ballot issue and constitutional amendment Proposition 8 narrowly passed in 2008. But their verdict was soon called into question and eventually landed in the courtroom of Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker, with a trial to overturn the will of the voters starting this week.
In addition, Judge Walker has promised to turn this trial into a three-ring circus by posting delayed video of the proceedings on YouTube, citing a recently approved federal pilot program which allowed telecasting certain non-jury civil trials. Supporters of Proposition 8 objected to this, citing that ongoing harassment by opponents would have a chilling effect on the willingness of witnesses defending Proposition 8 to be filmed. The filming question went before the United States Supreme Court, which has blocked filming the trial indefinitely.
Across the country, the New Jersey Senate denied the bid of activists to make the Garden State the fifth to allow same-sex marriage. While the state has allowed civil unions since 2006, the same-sex marriage bill was voted on hurriedly so outgoing Gov. Jon Corzine could sign it since incoming GOP Governor-elect Chris Christie opposes the bill.
The bill was rejected by a 20-14 vote, falling seven votes short of passage in the 40-member body and never making it to the Assembly. Same-sex marriage supporters vow to make their next move in court.
If you haven’t had enough Hope ‘n’ Change lately, Barack Obama, the musical, is set to open in Germany. “Hope — the Obama Musical Story” will feature 30 singers, actors and dancers in a bilingual mix of English and German, often quoting from Obama’s stump speeches from the 2008 campaign. There are also love songs between Barack and Michelle, duets with Hillary Clinton and numbers featuring defeated GOP candidates John McCain and Sarah Palin.
As usually happens with this kind of story, we have our own ideas for songs in this musical. Simply borrowing from “Phantom of the Opera” provides plenty of fodder. Given Obama’s narcissism, he could sing “Think of Me” to himself, while the media chorus could croon of Michelle, the “Prima Donna.” Joe Biden would be a perfect fit for “All I Ask of You [Is That You Pay Your Taxes].” And there are several numbers for the American people: “Masquerade,” “Why Have You Brought Me Here?”, “Twisted Every Way,” “The Point of No Return,” and, perhaps best of all, “Poor Fool, He Makes Me Laugh.”