The City of Atherton, California – Loser – The City of Atherton spent $8,000 on security and cleanup for one of President Obama’s fundraising events in April. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $3 million at the event. Atherton officials thought it reasonable that the DCCC kick back .0003% of their haul to cover the costs incurred by the city. They billed the White House. They billed the Democratic National Committee. They billed the Secret Service. This week Town Manager George Rodericks made it clear that Atherton is not going to let this slide without a fight. He’s mad and he’s not going to take it anymore. If the DNC won’t pony up the cash (remember, Atherton is asking for less than one one-thousandths of the proceeds from the event) the city will seek the money elsewhere – from the fat cat homeowners who hosted the event. Homeowners beware. Milton Friedman was right. There is no such thing as a free lunch. Or free security and cleanup for millionaires passing off the costs to the regular people, either.
Liberal Apologists – Loser – It’s been a rough month for apologists on the Left. It’s getting harder and harder to find even the most tenuous rationale to blame President George W. Bush for the scandals plaguing the Obama administration. Worse still, these are not the type of scandals that Liberals tend to overlook with a wink and a nod. Adultery, bribery, and general moral turpitude are easily dismissed as trivial. But covert military-industrial complex programs? Wide spread and warrantless wire-tapping? Brazenly attacking the cherished Fourth Estate? These are the sort of things that Dick Cheney would do, not the Beloved and Exalted Leader. Let the rationalizing begin.
Gun Control Advocates – Loser – It’s not so much anything that happened this week. It’s what hasn’t happened in the last six months that lands the gun control advocates on the Loser list. Despite a lot of pretty talk from the President and members of both houses of Congress nothing has been done to appease those screaming for tougher gun control in the wake of the Newtown massacre.
Edward Snowden – Winner (?) – A former CIA employee turned traitor now with a price on his head and on the run in Hong Kong might seem like an odd choice for a Winner this week, but Edward Snowden has accomplished what he set out to do. He exposed the NSA’s secret domestic surveillance program. He would be a folk hero if G.W. Bush were still in the White House. But instead Snowden exposed domestic spying under the Obama Administration so he’s somewhere between hero and traitor. Nobody seems to know quite what to make of Snowden as he revels in his 15 minutes of fame. I don’t know what history will say about Snowden in the long run but right now, this week, he comes out on top.