Republicans might be more effective in their opposition to Democrats if they saved their ammunition for the bigger battles ahead.
It was reported by various news agencies this morning, May 31, 2009, that President Obama has kept yet another campaign promise, this one to his wife, Michael Obama. He reportedly told his wife before the election that when his campaign for the presidency was over, win or lose, he would take her out for dinner in the Big Apple and to a Broadway show. It has also been reported that the Republican National Committee (RNC), in response this presidential date, issued a news release chastising Obama for saying that he understands American’s troubles, but then hops up to New York for “a night on the town.” How petty!
The White House declined to say how much the trip was costing taxpayers, but I can’t imagine Mr. Obama not paying for the dinner out and the show tickets himself. And even if taxpayers did have to pay for their flight to New York in a smaller jet of the presidential fleet, it seems to me that the price was well worth it if only to demonstrate a little normalcy to the people amid these troubled economic times. Americans deserve a little “true” romance — and, according to reports, New Yorkers lined up eight-deep in places to catch a glimpse of the first couple as they drove by. Surely, the First Couples’ endorsement of the West Village restaurant, Blue Hill, and Broadway’s Belasco Theater showing “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone,” has helped to stimulate a little business in the City of Light. And since the First Couple didn’t have to drag along the entire White House staff for a longer stay at the Camp David retreat center, I for one will not begrudge the President and First Lady a well-earned night off.
Having said that, neither do I begrudge anyone’s right to criticize, including the RNC and even Rush Limbaugh. After all, he’s got a living to make and he does have a following. But I have a right to think what I do too, and I think Republicans might be more effective in their opposition to Democrats if they saved their ammunition for the bigger battles ahead: the confirmation of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court who, if confirmed (or should I say when), will be one of only three Democratic Supreme Court justices, the Waxman-Markey cap and trade bill, and Ted Kennedy’s new national health care plan.
The ugly rhetoric is surely turning-off many moderate Republicans and independents, and is certainly losing Republicans support among Hispanics. By the way, if you think that Sonia Sotomayor is a racist because some outspoken Republicans have said she is, know that the justification for this claim is based on an out-of-context statement taken from a 2001 argument about her ability to render better judgments in cases involving prejudice than a white, male judge might be. The entire text of her statement is available at CNN.com.
I invite your comments, whether supportive or not.