No bite, no bark

Rahm Emanuel doesn’t bark so loudly these days. He’s just a average guy, doing average guy things. Why can’t they leave him alone, the poor fellow is just busy trying to be a father:

Rahm Emanuel, Mr Obama’s new chief of staff, and Jesse Jackson Jr, the co-chairman of his presidential campaign, both faced new revelations about their possible involvement in the scandal…. The TV station said Mr Emanuel had “multiple conversations” with Mr Blagojevich, who is accused of trying to “sell” the open Senate seat for a cabinet post or lucrative top foundation job, and his chief of staff.

As I expected, the Obama administration is going to be extremely entertaining, a veritable parody of a presidency. Which, coming after the joint disasters of Clinton and Bush, is somewhat impressive. I mean, the guy hasn’t even taken office yet and he’s already enmeshed in scandal.

I wonder how many Obama enthusiasts in the media are beginning to regret their “cover for the candidate” campaign already?

Too little, too late

Republicans really should have broken with Bush back in 2004 at the very latest:

A bailout-weary Congress killed a $14 billion package to aid struggling U.S. automakers Thursday night after a partisan dispute over union wage cuts derailed a last-ditch effort to revive the emergency aid before year’s end.

Republicans, breaking sharply with President George W. Bush as his term draws to a close, refused to back federal aid for Detroit’s beleaguered Big Three without a guarantee that the United Auto Workers would agree by the end of next year to wage cuts to bring their pay into line with Japanese carmakers.

None of the bailouts make sense or will do what they are nominally intended to do, so every failed bailout is a positive step. The longer the pain is postponed, the worse it will be. Trying to bailout boats with gaping holes in them simply isn’t going to work.