The whole Internet is abuzz with political news, opinions, and spin, but only here at Camp Campaign can you get it all – reported, opined, and spun – condensed into six pithy paragraphs every week. Without further exposition, here are the biggest winners and losers from the world of politics this week.
Boneheaded Politicians – This was a good week to be a typical bonehead in politics. With 23.75 hours a day devoted to coverage of the Casey Anthony trial, politicians could get away with anything short of shooting up a McDonald’s with a machine gun this week.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn – Did he do it? I don’t know, but he’s a free man this week. I guess the moral of the story is if you are going to be a lecherous lout, choose an unreliable nut-job as your victim.
The Dalai Lama – Unlike his last visit to the US, the Dalai Lama is getting a nice welcome this time around.
Barbara Boxer – Her sad little revisionist history speech was rejected by all but her most ardent supporters, and there aren’t as many of them as there used to be. She wasn’t alone in playing the “blame it on the other guy” game by any stretch – President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner were two very visible contestants this week. But Boxer’s peculiar spin was just the most egregious. The general public has lost the stomach for the infighting and finger pointing at a time when the government is on the precipice of a historic and humiliating failure.
The FAA – The FAA had the audacity to treat 124-year-old Republican Senator and amateur pilot James Inhofe like a mere mortal bound by the same rules as the rest of us. As a result, Inhofe has introduced a bill limiting the FAA’s oversight over pilots in a variety of ways that mean nothing to the 99.99% of us who don’t have pilot’s licenses, but managed to take up valuable time on the Senate floor – time that could have been used to, oh, I don’t know, come up with a plan to responsibly raise the debt ceiling and reduce the deficit.