06 May 2010

Soundbites are media terrorism.

John Boehner is pretty much a moron. I suppose that's easily understood, but for some reason he gets elected to represent a great many people. I suppose the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. At any rate, in response to the successful foiling of a few plots -- in large part because they have been perpetrated by bumblers -- Boehner plans on attacking the Obama administration:
"We have been lucky, but luck is not an effective strategy for fighting terrorism," Boehner is expected to say at his weekly press briefing, according to aides, and he will denounce the administration's "bland reassurances."
Boehner is correct that luck is not a strategy, and it shows his ability to string nonsequiturs together into a nifty soundbite. He might as well be a Monday morning quarterback opining, "We have been lucky, but luck is not an effective strategy for winning ballgames." Well, no shit. The strategy wasn't luck, you fool. In sports or real life -- and there is a difference -- the outcomes may shift depending on luck, but in neither case is that the strategy.

So let's replace "bland reassurances" with "bland pandering," which is exactly what Boehner is doing.

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