Notes To The White House

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on April 19, 2009

I don’t pretend that anyone at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue reads what I scribble. But in the event that I am wrong, let me dedicate this blog post to Rahm Emanuel, who today, had the following advice to give to Republicans:

Top White House advisers on Sunday challenged Republicans to offer alternatives and not simply criticize administration approaches, as Congress prepared to return from a two-week recess and take up a charged agenda centered on core Obama objectives.

“You have to come constructive,” Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff, said Sunday, “and when you’re the party of no, when you’re the party of never, when you’re the party of no new ideas, that’s not constructive.”

Was the Chief of Staff giving this kind of advice to then-House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi when she was opposing Social Security reform . . . without offering any kind of alternative plan of her own?


Then why are we forced to endure this lecture? Doesn’t Emanuel work for the very President who declared that his ideas should be accepted because he “won,” and who stood idly by while House Democrats–Emanuel’s former colleagues–shunted Republicans to the side during the crafting of the stimulus package and did all they could to lock Republicans out of the decision-making process?

Apparently, this White House thinks that the general public has an attention-span and memory equivalent to the lifespan of a mayfly. It’s the only way I can explain the “thinking” behind many of this Administration’s public pronouncements.

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