"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

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Lame Duck Alert!

A number of stories are out today that lead to one conclusion... Obama is now officially a lame-duck President.

1. Obama's nominee for the Civil Rights Division head within the Justice Department was voted down in the Senate with eight Democrats siding with Republicans.   The nominee, Debo Adegbile, is the former head of litigation for the NAACP Defense Fund, after working as an associate at a prominent New York law firm, Paul Weiss.    Of marginal interest:   he's the son of a Nigerian father and a white mother (much like Obama), and was raised (again, like Obama) by his white mother.   Obviously he's a mainstream liberal, which you would expect for that position in a Democratic Administration, but it appears that his nomination was derailed because at one point he had worked pro bono on behalf of Mumia Abu-Jamal, a convicted cop killer in Philadelphia who became a cause celebre in leftist circles.

2. Former IRS official, Lois Lerner, took the Fifth in a Congressional hearing into the agency's targeting of conservative 501(c)(4) organizations.   Recall that this is the scandal that Obama said had not a "smidgen" of corruption only a few weeks ago.  Lerner is patently maneuvering to get immunity before she testifies, presumably about how high up the knowledge of the targeting went in the White House.

3. John Kerry "confidantes" (read:  leakers) are saying that Obama sabotaged Mideast peace talks by being overly critical of Israel.

In all of these, Democrats who ought to be Obama's supporters are fleeing a sinking ship.

And, of course, there's this ongoing humiliation:

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