Wednesday, November 26, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Shortage of functioning brain cells in Washington

thommason column sig

By
July 01, 2014 |

Here’s the situation as it now stands in this capital of the Western world, if it still is.

The president has had his knuckles rapped by the Supreme Court, which unanimously ruled that he couldn’t get away with making recess appointments when the Senate was still in session, which it technically was when he made some to the National Labor Relations Board. It wasn’t a good week for the chief executive seeing that unanimity on the Supreme Court is probably rarer than it is in Congress. It’s kind of like being hit in the head by a gavel wielded by the chief justice who then passes it to the other justices for their turn.

At the same time, the speaker of the House, John Boehner of Ohio, is suing Barack Obama on grounds he has overstepped his authority by failing to make sure the laws are faithfully executed. Never mind that the cement-rooted majority has left a vacuum for Obama to fill. Boehner’s action pretty much seals the fate of most of the president’s agenda perhaps for the next three years even though the likelihood of any court action in that period of time is remote.

Why is that? Well, because it clearly reinforces the hard line to do nothing for this chief executive that Republicans have followed almost since Obama took office. Add that to the fact the GOP hard noses are not only waiting for what they believe will be a solid victory in the coming congressional elections, they are also determined not to budge until after the 2016 presidential balloting.

Meantime, Boehner is vying with Democrat Nancy Pelosi, his predecessor, as the most ineffectual speaker in recent memory, outdoing even Texas Jim Wright and Newt Gingrich, both of whom left the office not only in disarray but in some disgrace.

What a mess, huh?

It is problematic that anything less than an all-out military or terrorist attack on this country would bring about any sort of unity in a government being run by intellectual midgets. If his complexion is any indication, Boehner seems to be spending more time in the tanning salon or on the golf course than he is running the House. Can you imagine a guy of this stature as second after the vice president in the line of succession for the presidency? Heavens to Betsy, Murgatroy. It would be difficult for him to run a two-car funeral let alone the world’s largest economy with all its attendant problems including a divided Congress.

And what is the president doing? What he does best, I guess, running around trying to take the pulse of the nation – apparently one person at a time considering the picture of him in a restaurant booth listening intently to the woes of a comely young lady. What’s wrong, pal, is among other things all that jawboning you do outside the Beltway rather than where it really counts on Capitol Hill. While some hanging out with the voters is good, in the current atmosphere playing the inside game is about the only chance for success. But in that regard, Lyndon Johnson you ain’t.

With apologies for the sports metaphor, it’s time to be Doc Blanchard, Mr. Inside, and not so much Glenn Davis, Mr. Outside, the Army team’s magnificent tandem of another era. There are holes to run through if Obama and his team knew how, but six years of not being able to seems to point up the fact that the president isn’t really comfortable in the head knocking business of politics.

So gridlock seems to be the rule of the day even when it’s in everyone’s interests to compromise here and there. “Compromise?” There will be no use of dirty words in the sanctified halls of democracy.

I have come to believe the worst day in American history may have been when those patriots dressed up like Indians dumped that tea in Boston Harbor. The act gave symbolic inspiration nearly 240 years later to those who would toss overboard most of the solutions necessary to meet the needs of the 21st century.

If this sounds like a rant, it pretty much is. Feels good once in a while, particularly when you’re locked in the national insane asylum.

Dan Thomasson is an op-ed columnist for McClatchy-Tribune and a former vice president of Scripps Howard Newspapers. Readers may send him email at: thomassondan@aol.com.

Dan K. Thomasson

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 11 comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • MarkJuly 01, 2014 - 12:42 am

    "Shortage of functioning brain cells in Washington"...Did this guy get paid to come up with this brain storm?...

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • rlw895July 01, 2014 - 4:07 am

    Republicans figure if things get worse it's good for them. What a country!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Larry WJuly 01, 2014 - 6:05 am

    No. The left needs people to do poorly so that they will need government intervention. I have decided that my cat is a democrat. He gets free food, healthcare, housing, sleeps all day, and he still complains.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • rlw895July 01, 2014 - 6:17 am

    That's only some Dems. But it's some Republicans too. There's a good article in the Washington Post that divides the voting public into 8 groups. Then there are the "bystanders." If a guy puts more faith in the gun in his closet that the Constitution, then he's probably voting for Republicans, even if he is on the dole.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Larry WJuly 01, 2014 - 6:27 am

    Don't have a gun in my closet. Maybe I need one. I trust in my own ability to provide for myself and my family. I have a huge issue with those who are able bodied and sit at home waiting for me to provide for them.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • BobJuly 01, 2014 - 6:48 am

    If you think this is bad wait till Hillary gets in. She got fired from the Watergate hearings, when she got out of law school, she was a plant for the Kennedy's, she lied, removed public papers to hide them, plotted to cheat Nixon out of counsel among other things, all as a 27 year old. Think what she's learned since then. Gives you a bad impression of her huh?

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • JagJuly 01, 2014 - 10:24 am

    Hillary won`t get in

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • BobJuly 01, 2014 - 6:50 am

    Larry, sounds like a smart cat

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • bennypadilla@ymail.comJuly 01, 2014 - 7:32 am

    No where is the shortage in brain cells more evident than in the likes of Maxine Waters, Pelosi, Reid and Obama, listen carefully to the words that come out of their mouths. It's incredible that they are in charge of the policies and security of this nation with such lowly IQ's, how did we ever arrive here to have these people in charge, it's staggering.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Larry WJuly 01, 2014 - 7:38 am

    Meow!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Larry WJuly 01, 2014 - 7:35 am

    Bob. No, just lazy and needy.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Recent Articles

  • Enter your email address to subscribe and receive notifications of new posts by email.

  • .

    Solano News

     
    Groups distribute Thanksgiving food

    By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A1, 3 Comments | Gallery

     
     
    County fair proposal, budget topics of scrutiny

    By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A3 | Gallery

    Police: Vehicle burglaries not new for Fairfield

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A3

     
    Library schedules soap-making program

    By Glen Faison | From Page: A4

     
    Vacaville PD seeks VIPS program volunteers

    By Glen Faison | From Page: A4

     
    Fairfield police offer free gun locks

    By Ian Thompson | From Page: A4, 1 Comment

     
    Fairfield police investigate shooting

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

     
    Science comes to libraries – for all to see

    By Glen Faison | From Page: A5

    Soroptimists seek award applicants

    By Glen Faison | From Page: A5

     
     
    Nichols plans free family concert in Napa

    By Glen Faison | From Page: A7

    Church’s holiday soiree on Vacaville calendar

    By Glen Faison | From Page: A7

     
    Suisun City police log: Nov. 24, 2014

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A9

     
    Fairfield police log: Nov. 23, 2014

    By Glen Faison | From Page: A9

    Fairfield police log: Nov. 22, 2014

    By Glen Faison | From Page: A9

     
    Suisun City police log: Nov. 23, 2014

    By Glen Faison | From Page: A9, 1 Comment

    Suisun City police log: Nov. 22, 2014

    By Glen Faison | From Page: A9

     
    Weather for Nov. 26, 2014

    By Daily Republic | From Page: B12

    .

    US / World

     
    Anger at Ferguson case based on emotion, evidence

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A1, 5 Comments

    Tough to make a case against police in shootings

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

     
    Protesters return to riot-scarred Ferguson streets

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A1, 1 Comment

    In Seattle, tofu turkeys get Thanksgiving pardons

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2, 1 Comment

     
    Los Angeles freeway sign unveiled with typo

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

    Heirloom ring flushed; sewer workers retrieve it

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    Ohio family recovers missing Sasquatch statue

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

    Auction fetches $28K for 1st batch of new bourbon

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    Agreement: LA jails to improve wheelchair access

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

    Window washer fights for life after 11-story fall

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

     
    Oakland police arrest more than 40 protesters

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

    Lawmakers target Golden Gate Bridge sidewalk fee

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A6, 1 Comment

     
    Cosby philanthropy shadowed by sexual allegations

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

    Arkansas, Mississippi gay marriage bans overturned

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A10, 1 Comment

     
    Calorie count to appear with many prepared foods

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

    8 shoes of Holocaust victims stolen in Poland

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

     
    Activists: Syrian strikes kill 60 in IS-held city

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

    AP sources: Top candidate for defense job bows out

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A11, 2 Comments

     
    WWII Museum opening new pavilion in New Orleans

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

    Police: Students ran high school prostitution ring

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

     
    Wet basements in Buffalo as flooding fears ease

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

    Soldiers to spend Thanksgiving in Ebola isolation

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

     
    2 teen female bombers kill more than 40 in Nigeria

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

    Official: Afghan president orders military review

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A12

     
    .

    Opinion

     
    Senate staff cuts reduce transparency

    By Dan Walters | From Page: A8

     
    Hagel: The fall guy

    By David Rothkopf | From Page: A8

    .

    Living

    Community Calendar: Nov. 25, 2014

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

     
    Community Calendar: Nov. 26, 2014

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

    Today in History: Nov. 26, 2014

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    Horoscope for Nov. 26, 2014

    By Holiday Mathis | From Page: B5

    The man I’m seeing makes no effort to get to know my kids

    By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: B5

     
    A do-ahead cornmeal biscuit to sop up your gravy

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

     
    Fresh take on an herb-roasted Thanksgiving turkey

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

    Turn turkey leftovers into a healthy dinner salad

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

     
    .

    Entertainment

    TVGrid

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A7

     
    ‘Birdman’ leads Spirit Awards nominations

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

    .

    Sports

    Red Sox bring in Sandoval, Hanley Ramirez

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Vacaville Christian wins 3-0, advances to state quarterfinals

    By Marcus Lomtong | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Curry powers Warriors past Heat 114-97

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

     
    49ers rookies shine in big roles, out of necessity

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

    Cousins, Kings beat Pelicans 99-89

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    NFL, union discuss personal conduct policy

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    Bama, FSU, Oregon, Miss St keep playoff rankings

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    Messi sets European record with 74 goals

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    Judge OKs Hernandez trial delay in 2012 killings

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    Kurt Busch wins delay of Delaware court hearing

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    Giants third base coach Tim Flannery retires

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    AP source: Left-hander Jon Lester, Giants to meet

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    Pats are unanimous No. 1 in AP Pro32 rankings

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    .

    Business

    Rain, snow could mess up Thanksgiving travel

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

     
    New iPhones push Apple’s market cap past $700B

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

    Twitter lets merchants offer deals to its users

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

     
    US economy posts even stronger growth in Q3

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

    Thanksgiving travel woes? There’s an app for that

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

     
    US home price gains slow for 10th straight month

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

    Barbie dethroned by Team Elsa

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

     
    .

    Obituaries

    Esther Ringler

    By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

     
    Glenita Reyes McLaughliin

    By Daily Republic | From Page: A4

    Leslie “Esi” Gros

    By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

     
    .

    Comics

    For Better or Worse

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

     
    Beetle Bailey

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

    Baldo

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

     
    Dilbert

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

    Peanuts

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

     
    Baby Blues

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

    Pickles

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

     
    Zits

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

    Sally Forth

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

     
    Rose is Rose

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

    Get Fuzzy

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

     
    Frank and Ernest

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

    B.C.

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

     
    Blondie

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

    Garfield

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

     
    Wizard of Id

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

    Bridge

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

     
    Word Sleuth

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

    Cryptoquote

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

     
    Sudoku

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5