The lunar eclipse on the day of the winter solstice had mystic effects on Congress and embrazoned the President with new unearthly powers. Or perhaps he has simply turned the executive operations into an apparat, with his almost invisible staff being apparatchiks who wielded the levers of power whhile remaining on the down low. In either case, things have been drastically different since Rahm left to go to the city of blues and polkas.
Putting aside interstellar influences and Marxist metaphors for his wins, the President’s record this week has certainly been impressive. Most impressive was the mandate sent to Sen. Kyl by his own Republican collegues that their role as apparatchiks for Obama’s future defeat was not worth risking enhanced national security and undermining world peace. The ghosts of former Senators could be seen in their votes that actually put country first and did pretend that the treaty, a 17 page document agreed to and available since last April, was being rushed through. Kyl’s objections bordered on being bi-polar; at best his was a transparent, brazen attempt to co-op the executive branch and dishonor America’s word and leadership around the world for flimsy procedural reasons.
More impressive was the vote to repeal “don’t ask, don’t tell.” Extending dignity and rights to those who fight for and are willing to die for freedom really does express our “better angels.”
This season, I’m really glad to be sitting around the fire with the television on mute.