Kurtz: Say, did Obama dupe the Washington Post?

posted at 8:31 pm on January 29, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Earlier today, the Washington Post reported that Barack Obama would try to bigfoot the Senate’s Gang of Eight and put forward his own, more liberal plan for comprehensive immigration reform — which Allahpundit couldn’t quite believe.  When Obama finally arrived in Las Vegas, though, he gave an unremarkable speech that boiled down to er, yeah, what they said.  Obama did warn that he would move his own plan if Congress dawdled on passing a reform bill, but let’s not forget that Obama said the same thing about ObamaCare, too … and never came up with a plan of his own.

In other words, Obama set expectations high but voted “present,” after making the same calculation that AP did earlier today.  If the deal blows up, why put yourself in position to take the blame?  Howard Kurtz and Lauren Ashburn wonder whether the Post got “duped” on Obama’s strategy:

The question is whether Obama got duped about the progress of the Senate talks.  The trip to Vegas had to have been in the works for a while.  The announcement over the weekend of an agreement in principle on a reform package, and the rollout yesterday, pre-empted Obama’s opportunity to take the lead on the issue.  Instead of delivering a memorable address on a contentious mess, Obama spent $522 per word to say “Me too” in the desert.

Politically speaking, this is as good an explanation for what the Gang of Eight did to Obama’s plan as any:

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I hope everyone knows how the dollar per word thing started..:)

idesign on January 29, 2013 at 8:37 PM

I don’t, idesign.

cptacek on January 29, 2013 at 8:39 PM

Will they have makeup sex now?

fogw on January 29, 2013 at 8:40 PM

(I’m guessing Palin said it, because that sounds like something she would say…memorable and at the heart of the matter. But please, do tell :) )

cptacek on January 29, 2013 at 8:41 PM

No wonder Dear Liar told executives not to go to Vegas. He views it as his personal playground and isn’t good with sharing his stuff. Yours, he’ll share, just not his own.

rbj on January 29, 2013 at 8:45 PM

I don’t, idesign.

cptacek on January 29, 2013 at 8:39 PM

Well here you go..:)

idesign on January 29, 2013 at 8:49 PM

I think Obama has a gambling problem…plus they can still smoke in the casinos. Moochelle is gonna kick his rear if she finds out.

teejk on January 29, 2013 at 8:51 PM

Ok, Ed, the milkshake guy is a tad bit scary.

Cindy Munford on January 29, 2013 at 8:52 PM

idesign on January 29, 2013 at 8:37 PM

Is it the cost of getting him dumbass out to Vegas and back divided by the number of words in his speech?

Cindy Munford on January 29, 2013 at 8:53 PM

I don’t, idesign.

cptacek on January 29, 2013 at 8:39 PM

Well here you go..:)

idesign on January 29, 2013 at 8:49 PM

But don’t we get some kind of opportunity depreciation for the hours that he is out of DC (at least on the plane) when he can’t do too much harm?

txmomof6 on January 29, 2013 at 8:56 PM

Did Marco Rubio dupe Ed Morrissey by claiming to be anti-amnesty while running for Senate, then working on an amnesty bill in office?

I’m gonna with… no. Both of them were always pro-amnesty. Same answer for Obama/WaPo.

sauldalinsky on January 29, 2013 at 8:57 PM

idesign on January 29, 2013 at 8:49 PM

At least Fox paid for Gov. Palin, we got to pay for dumbass.

Cindy Munford on January 29, 2013 at 8:58 PM

sauldalinsky on January 29, 2013 at 8:57 PM

I don’t believe that Ed was given the opportunity to vote for Sen. Rubio from Minnesota.

Cindy Munford on January 29, 2013 at 8:59 PM

Is it the cost of getting him dumbass out to Vegas and back divided by the number of words in his speech?

Cindy Munford on January 29, 2013 at 8:53 PM

That’s correct, but that’s not how this dollars per word thing started this week..:)

idesign on January 29, 2013 at 9:01 PM

Cindy Munford

You can skip my last post..:)

idesign on January 29, 2013 at 9:03 PM

Maybe the WaPo should report the actual news instead of what the Obama administration tells them is news.

supernova on January 29, 2013 at 9:04 PM

Obama, et al OWN the WAPO.

/Dupe?

Key West Reader on January 29, 2013 at 9:04 PM

The trip to Vegas had to have been in the works for a while.

How to VACAY… ObamaStyle!

/pimp

Key West Reader on January 29, 2013 at 9:06 PM

Dupe? Who’s kidding who here?

This is how it works:

Obama: “here….print this”

WP: “ok”

BobMbx on January 29, 2013 at 9:07 PM

I don’t think the Washington Post needs to be “duped” by Obama:

They have time and again proved themselves to be “self-duping“!!!

landlines on January 29, 2013 at 9:08 PM

idesign on January 29, 2013 at 9:01 PM

After I commented, I looked at your link. These people need to seek help. I don’t care if you like or hate Gov. Palin, to go out of your way to come up with some one off way to judge her never used on any other commentator, has to be a mental disorder serious enough to disqualify them from gun ownership.

Cindy Munford on January 29, 2013 at 9:08 PM

After I commented, I looked at your link. These people need to seek help. I don’t care if you like or hate Gov. Palin, to go out of your way to come up with some one off way to judge her never used on any other commentator, has to be a mental disorder serious enough to disqualify them from gun ownership.

Cindy Munford on January 29, 2013 at 9:08 PM

And if you Google it, you’ll see that article is on every lib web site….

idesign on January 29, 2013 at 9:11 PM

@Cindy Bingo!

tommy71 on January 29, 2013 at 9:11 PM

Ok, Ed, the milkshake guy is a tad bit scary.

Cindy Munford on January 29, 2013 at 8:52 PM

Speaking of There Will Be Blood, I finally got around to watching FrackNation, where that title line comes up in a not-so-funny confrontation.

FrackNation is a great documentary. Seriously great. If you (general) haven’t seen it, it is worth the time and sitting through the strange commercials shown on AXS.tv to view it. It is truly unbelievable how easily the media and entertainment complex manipulate public perception. Somewhat shocking and infuriating.

Fallon on January 29, 2013 at 9:13 PM

It would appear that the attack on Sarah will cause even more embarrassment for Obama and his excesses regarding travel.

Rose on January 29, 2013 at 9:15 PM

As if on cue, the progs are whining that Obama punted. The Senate IR proposal has too many restrictions…….yada, yada, yada.

tommy71 on January 29, 2013 at 9:15 PM

The GOP will cave, Obama will have Rubio cover for “comprehensive immigration reform”, we’ll be told to make lemonade out of lemons and that it’s really the conservative thing to do and it’s really brilliant because all those Latinos will be voting for the new Mr Inevitable, and the GOP will lose control of the House and lose seats in the Senate in 2014.

OK, enough of this place for me. On to Breitbart.

ddrintn on January 29, 2013 at 9:17 PM

What is Obama’s obsession with Vegas? Must he ruin everything I love?

gophergirl on January 29, 2013 at 9:17 PM

It would appear that the attack on Sarah will cause even more embarrassment for Obama and his excesses regarding travel.

Rose on January 29, 2013 at 9:15 PM

SarahCuda just tossed FoxNews.

/You ain’t seen nuthin yet.

Key West Reader on January 29, 2013 at 9:18 PM

SarahCuda just tossed FoxNews.

/You ain’t seen nuthin yet.

Key West Reader on January 29, 2013 at 9:18 PM

With a bullet..:)

idesign on January 29, 2013 at 9:22 PM

I think this will go down as one of the great failures of the W administration. Had W and his luminaries been better politicians, they would have persuade conservatives…gradually…of the necessity of the bill.

As it was, McCain was showboating his way thru the process and Rs wound up using nativism as the reason for their failure. It wasn’t nativism, it was trying to shove people around. (Honestly, it was just like the SS ‘privatization’…W got his a** handed to him because he was a lousy politician)

Rs don’t have a lot of principles..mostly to stay elected…they don’t have multigenerational causes that the Left does, so it leaves them rudderless

r keller on January 29, 2013 at 9:25 PM

Say, did Obama dupe the Washington Post?

…you can’t dupe dopes!

KOOLAID2 on January 29, 2013 at 9:27 PM

With a bullet..:)

idesign on January 29, 2013 at 9:22 PM

No violence intended.

With a bullet, was a term used on American Bandstand when a hit was taking off…

Does anyone remember that? LOL

idesign on January 29, 2013 at 9:29 PM

What is Obama’s obsession with Vegas? Must he ruin everything I love?

gophergirl on January 29, 2013 at 9:17 PM

Short answer, yes. But, he’ll never ruin me or Texas. ;-)

TXUS on January 29, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Short answer, yes. But, he’ll never ruin me or Texas. ;-)

TXUS on January 29, 2013 at 9:30 PM

;)

gophergirl on January 29, 2013 at 9:31 PM

Fallon on January 29, 2013 at 9:13 PM

I am waiting for it to be release on DVD, we don’t get the channel that it is on.

Cindy Munford on January 29, 2013 at 9:31 PM

With a bullet* Billboard’s charts Notation for a record…single or album

:)

CoffeeLover on January 29, 2013 at 9:31 PM

In other words, Obama set expectations high but voted “present”,

Business as usual.

GarandFan on January 29, 2013 at 9:33 PM

idesign on January 29, 2013 at 9:29 PM

I don’t remember the use of the term bullet but I remember it had a good beat and was easy to dance to.

Cindy Munford on January 29, 2013 at 9:33 PM

The announcement over the weekend of an agreement in principle on a reform package, and the rollout yesterday, pre-empted Obama’s opportunity to take the lead on the issue.

Dead on, Ed.

Obama’s speech this afternoon was a rope-a-dope. It was last minute reposturing brought on by members of his own party asking him to stay out of it, or asking him at least not to torpedo the bipartisan effort. He realized that he’d look bad if he torpedoed it now, so he put it off a week or two. The only thing that has changed is the timing.

He won’t torpedo it today. He’ll torpedo it tomorrow. He wants to inflame this issue for election 2016. Bank on it.

petefrt on January 29, 2013 at 9:38 PM

I don’t remember the use of the term bullet but I remember it had a good beat and was easy to dance to.

Cindy Munford on January 29, 2013 at 9:33 PM

That too..:)

idesign on January 29, 2013 at 9:39 PM

I hope everyone knows how the dollar per word thing started..:)

idesign on January 29, 2013 at 8:37 PM

So according to Liblogic it means that what Al Jazeera paid per viewer of Current TV must’ve been…well, astronomical!!! Geez something like $100 million each!

Dr. ZhivBlago on January 29, 2013 at 9:40 PM

Step 0: Be a conservative.

Step 1: Invent conspiracy theory.

Step 2: Realize it didn’t stick.

Step 3: Not realize you were the one who invented the conspiracy theory to begin with. Instead come up with yet another conspiracy theory which justifies your imagination running wild.

lester on January 29, 2013 at 9:49 PM

Evening, folks.

Rusty Allen on January 29, 2013 at 9:50 PM

Rusty Allen on January 29, 2013 at 9:50 PM

Hey, Kiddo!

Cindy Munford on January 29, 2013 at 9:55 PM

:)

Rusty Allen on January 29, 2013 at 10:00 PM

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Crusading Perpetual Campaigning Speechy Tour,

Term Part Deux,Never/Endus Distractional Three Ring
Progressive Socialist Circus,…….Dems..R..uS!!

canopfor on January 29, 2013 at 10:05 PM

Duh, okee doke Lester. hyuck hyuck!

1. Be subjected to a steady stream of deceit and misinformation.
or
2. Throw away the “newspaper” and turn off the TV.

Pick one.

This bitter clinging racist xenophobic
Luddite moment brought to you by

S. D. on January 29, 2013 at 8:29 PM

Repeat from the 60 min. thread

S. D. on January 29, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Step 0: Be a conservative.

Step 1: Invent conspiracy theory.

Step 2: Realize it didn’t stick.

Step 3: Not realize you were the one who invented the conspiracy theory to begin with. Instead come up with yet another conspiracy theory which justifies your imagination running wild.

lester, it’s time for your violin lesson! on January 29, 2013 at 9:49 PM

You’re so right, Nessman!

Thanks so much for admitting that Chimpy Bush never stole 2 Presidential elections, didn’t concoct the 9/11 attacks, and didn’t make up the WMDs in Iraq.

A+

Del Dolemonte on January 29, 2013 at 10:31 PM

I’d say the boy-king actually accomplished something, if duping the Wa-Po Wackos was any kind of accomplishment.

MelonCollie on January 29, 2013 at 10:42 PM

There is no other way to say it. Kurtz is a gullible fool. Giving every pass to a liberal and questioning every utterance by a conservative. This moron could only work in media. He is that stupid.

pat on January 30, 2013 at 1:35 AM

fogw on January 29, 2013 at 8:40 PM

Same sex, different position . . .

BigAlSouth on January 30, 2013 at 5:55 AM

If the dogs catch the stuffed rabbit, they will no longer run after it.

Little Bammie doesn’t want an immigration bill to pass. Mexican illegal aliens are much more useful if they stay illegal.

slickwillie2001 on January 30, 2013 at 10:23 AM

Maybe the WaPo entire press corps should report the actual news instead of what the Obama administration tells them is news.

supernova on January 29, 2013 at 9:04 PM

FIFY.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on January 31, 2013 at 11:38 AM