George Will must have gnawed his fingertips off during the State of the Union address last week, given his full-tilt growl at Obama and anyone who isn't a right-wing lunatic on Fox News Sunday this week.
Here's the transcript:
OBAMA: America, for all that we have endured, for all the grit and hard work required to come back, for all the tasks that lie ahead, know this -- the shadow of crisis has past. And the State of the Union is strong.
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WALLACE: President Obama sounding like anything but a lame duck when he addressed the new GOP-led Congress in his State of the Union speech this week. And we're back now with the panel. George, not a mention of the mid-terms, no reference whatsoever to new Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, are you surprised the president decided to act as if November never happened?
WILL: No, ignoring reality is part of the job description of being a progressive, so you ignore the majorities that are out there. The fact is I think Mr. Obama believes that anything he has to do collaboratively is beneath his dignity, and that therefore the remainder of his term is to set up the 2016 election. And therefore, why believe that -- to coin a phrase he made famous -- elections have consequences.
You can hear the fear over 2016 ooze right out of his mouth and onto the airwaves, polluting everything in its wake, can't you?
The funny part about this clip is Will's petulance that the midterm election outcome hasn't had the intended effect of bringing Democrats and progressives to their knees, begging forgiveness for the sin of bringing healthcare to millions, turning the country around after the Great Recession, and plugging some holes in financial regulations.
Elections have consequences! You can almost hear him say that, but of course, that's only for Democrats. When you're a conservative and you've lost the last two national elections and the White House, while only managing to claim Congress after some serious gerrymandering and billions invested in politicians and policy, there's only one thing left to do: