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Is This My New Reality?

On Friday, September 17, George Will spoke at the Hillsdale College celebration of the Constitution.   He is a baseball fan who shares many anecdotes from the national pastime.   On Friday George mentioned Earl Weaver, irascible manager of the Baltimore Orioles.    About the third inning, Weaver would run out and confront the American League umpires with, “Are you going to get any better today?   Or is this it?”

Velma Hart addressed President Obama at the CNBC Town Hall meeting on September 20.   She spoke of her exhaustion with defending the President and his mantle of change.   She added this about her disappointment in Obama:  “This was not the change I voted for.”   When she asked the poignant question, “Is this my new reality?” she was in effect echoing Earl Weaver:  “Are you going to get any better or is this it?

We are told the recession is over which only adds to voter angst as many are out of work and unemployment continues to rise.  And the President has essentially exhausted his options.   And none of them worked.    His worn lines on the failures of President Bush and about how much worse it would be without him evoke only anger and ironic laughter.   Without change Mr. President’s answer to Ms. Hart’s question is, “No, I will not get any better and this is the new reality.”

Obama has allies in the mess we are in.   One of them is our appointed junior Senator here in CO, Michael Bennet.    Obama wanted a big stimulus.   Bennet was there.     We had to reform health care.    Bennet dutifully voted for it.    This is why we affectionately call our appointed junior Senator, Rubber Stamp Michael.    A rubber stamp, as a political metaphor, refers to a person with considerable de jure power but little de facto power because they so seldom disagree with the power organs of their institution.   This perfectly describes Bennet.   Obama wants it.   Michael does it.

He did leave the reservation recently when he said that we got nothing for the 820 billion dollar stimulus package for which he voted–rubber stamped.   One of the men who could have told him it would not work is Ken Buck, GOP candidate for the U.S. Senate here in CO.    Would it not be better to have a man who will stand up to Obama rather than a man who looks down and away and then votes the future of our children away and only later regrets it?    Of course it would.

In 2010 let us vote for the real thing–a man like Ken Buck who will focus on creating jobs, controlling spending, and doing what is right for Colorado.   One who will say, “No, this is not the new reality unless we send the same crowd back to D.C. who have already rubber stamped Obama’s 13 trillion dollar debt.”    Let us get it right this November.   We have had enough of misleading, false ads and rubber stamps

In 1980 the Philadelphia Phillies won their first World Series title.   Their very colorful relief pitcher, Tug McGraw, was asked what he was going to do with his share of the winnings.   He said, “I am going to spend 80% of it on wine and women and waste the rest.”   Give Tug McGraw credit.    He only planned to waste 20%.    Appointed Senator Michael Bennet said of the stimulus–we wasted it all.   Let us Elect a man named Buck on November 2.    His will not be an Appointed position and neither will he ever be a RUBBER STAMP.