"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

End of Civilization As We Know It, Part 1,739

The Obama press conference this afternoon featured zero, that's right, zero questions about either (a) the incompetent rollout of Obamacare or (b) the ham-handed tactics of the Administration in shutting down national monuments.   Hot Air has the story:

It ran for one hour and six minutes, with 12 different reporters being called on — although, notably, not Ed Henry of Fox News — and between them they couldn’t muster one question about the catastrophe that is Healthcare.gov or the spectacle of National Park Rangers locking senior-citizen tourists out of war memorials and/or inside their hotels. I admit that, near the end of it, when Twitter was already starting to buzz about the oh-fer on this week’s two unhappy topics, I started rooting for the press corps to ignore them, not unlike how you might root for an opposing pitcher when he’s throwing a perfect game against your team in the ninth. On the one hand, it’s a disaster for your interests; on the other hand, you’re seeing something historic in process. Today, we all witnessed a perfecto — no runs, no hits, not the barest insinuation in front of a national television audience that the federal government’s behavior towards the public this week has alternated between almost literally unbelievable incompetence and vindictiveness.

We no longer have a free press in this country.   We have court eunuchs, jostling each other for position so they can lick the boots of the King.

Disgraceful.   Embarassing.   Shameful.

So, as of today, the toughest, fairest questioning of the Obama Administration about Obamacare's rollout has come from.... drum roll... Jon Stewart!

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