DispatchPolitics : Secretary slams political 'trash talk' Columbus Dispatch Politics
1. The poor puppy president can't get out his propaganda.A Republican member of President Barack Obama's cabinet blistered conservative talk-radio hosts and cable-television news yesterday, saying they have eroded civility and impeded the nation's ability to solve big problems.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood told The Dispatch that the level of "harsh discourse in Washington has probably reached an all-time high," and he partly blamed it on "all of this trash talk about the process and about politicians 24/7" on cable television and talk radio.
LaHood referred to criticism Obama received for appearing Sunday on five television news shows to promote his health-care overhaul. The secretary also indicated that even the president's bully pulpit is no match for the cacophony over the airwaves from the political right.
"He can't even compete with all this stuff that people are saying about him, so the idea that he did five interviews on Sunday, that's just minuscule compared to the kind of trash talk that goes on all week prior to that," LaHood said.
"All of this background, all of this trash talk in the background, it does not contribute to civil discourse, and it does not contribute to the government or the country's ability to solve big issues."
"Now, when you get farmers picking their corn and beans, driving around in their (tractor) cabs listening to, from 9 to 3, these guys all revved up against Obama, against everything that he's trying to accomplish, that gets people stirred up. They're making an enormous amount of money by trashing politicians and trashing the process."
Referring to cable TV news shows, LaHood said, "Look, you know as well as I do that there's not enough news for 24 hours, so what happens is that these channels keep repeating politicians yelling at one another or people that are all exercised, and that gets people all revved up.
"And it also gives the idea that maybe these politicians don't know what they're doing."
2. Transportation Secretary LaHood can't get out his Clunkers checks.
3. America has never seen a White House COMPLAIN so much.
4. "Harsh discourse in Washington has reached an all time high," harps LaHood.
6. And the deadbeat who doesn't pay his bills, who hires hundreds of homeless to send back stacks of requisitions to cash starved car dealers, feels it's all the fault of "trash talk" on the radio and "cable" (LOL!) tv.
7. LaHood responded to criticism Obama received for appearing on FIVE Sunday talks during which the importunate president, apparently, just could not put forth his piece.
8. Funny, when Obama preempted primetime for the FOURTH TIME in July, all America heard him, without knowing about which he spoke, castigate the Cambridge cops who collared Professor Gates.
9. The bully pulpit is no match for Sean and Rush, let alone Beck, howls the Secretary-in-arrears.
11. It's all those "farmers picking their corn and beans, driving around in their cabs listening to, from 9 to 3, these guys all revved up against Obama" that are the particularly pointiest problem.
12. And "they're making an enormous amount of money" in the process.
13. Oh, my.
14. That's the opulently overpaid pundits LaHood points to, not the planters.
15. Jay Rockefeller, Ron Wyden, Harry Reid, Diane Feinstein, John Kerry, Mike Ross, Lynn Woolsey, Ben Nelson, Kent Conrad, Mary Landrieu---they all listen to and get their high-rpm talking points from Rush?
16. CBO's Elmendorf receives his ARITHMETIC from the Harmless Fuzzball?
18. Chris Wallace was right---what a bunch of crybabies.
19. Most unleaderly-like.
20. Why, all this "revving up" (the cable guys, not the tractors) "also gives people the idea that maybe these politicians don't know what they're doing."
21. You think?
22. LaHood, now, he KNOWS what he's all about---bitching.