Tuesday, October 26, 2010

My Favorite Jim Geraghty (NRO) Quote

Commenting on the intra-party spat between the Democrat nominee for governor in Rhode Island, Frank T. Caprio, and Obama, Mr. Geraghty, of National Review Online, compared it to Shovel Ready Projects. On live radio, Mr. Caprio told Obama to "take his endorsement and really shove it". Originally Obama refused to endorse Mr. Caprio who is behaving like a Republican, but in typical "about face" fashion, Obama changed his stance on the issue, and decided to endorse him while on a campaign stop at a local factory.

From the NYT piece:
More than a political sideshow, the Rhode Island intra-party spat was a stark reminder that the president is willing to go to great lengths to keep his party in power on Capitol Hill – even if it means stepping into a hornet’s nest of local politics and getting stung.
Which leads me to my favorite Jim Geraghty quote:
This may be a "stark reminder" of that, but I don't know. After the declaration that the Cambridge police acted stupidly; the obliviousness to Democrats' worsening political problems for much of the cycle; the inability to move the numbers for Jon Corzine, Creigh Deeds, or Martha Coakley; the presumption that Pennsylvania Democrats would accept Arlen Specter; the ubiquitous vacations and golf rounds; the empty Oval Office address on the oil spill; and the endless invocation of the tired, repetitive, ineffective pushing-cars-out-of-ditches-and-sipping-Slurpees line, it may simply be a stark reminder that President Obama has the political instincts of a standard river trout.

(Side note: I am familiar with taking something -- most often a dissatisfying job--and shoving it. I am not familiar with how "really shoving it" differs from the standard shoving.)
Nicely done, Jim.

– Jim Geraghty writes the Campaign Spot on NRO.