You never know what's going to get the right-wing loonies upset. Well, OK, anything about Barack Obama or the Democrats will set them off, I guess. But sometimes, it's so bizarre that I have to wonder if these people are just putting us on.
Is this whole Tea Party thing just a parody? Is the Republican Party just a big inside joke? Is Larry Kudlow merely poking fun at himself? Or is he really upset about a hug?
Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is leaving the White House, and at the departure ceremony, he and Barack Obama exchanged a hug. Kudlow is aghast. OMG, it's a sign of weakness! Manly men would just shake hands, you know.
Remember, this is on global television. And it has to do with the very top of the United States government. Our friends and enemies were all watching.
I think the hug lacked dignity. It did not send a message of American power and forcefulness. So I fret about the reaction around the world to this kind of fraternity-like emotionalism in full public view.
Why not just a dignified, stand-up, serious handshake? That’s what Reagan would have done.
Heh, heh. This is a joke, right? I mean, come on, no one could be this idiotic, could they? As the loonies get weirder and weirder, it gets harder to tell who's serious and who's just trying to be another Stephen Colbert. In situations like this, I can't help but think it's all just a big put-on. Kudlow can't be serious, surely.
I can just see Osama bin Laden sitting in his cave, watching cable TV, then jumping up in joy. "They hugged! They hugged! We've got the Great Satan now! Thank Allah they didn't shake hands, or we'd be doomed."
I suppose, to make up for this, we'll have to invade Grenada or something. Hmm,... what would the Gipper do? Send bin Laden illegal weapons? Something manly like that, no doubt.
Kudlow is a Catholic who's been married three times (but I'm sure they only shook hands). As far as I can tell, he's never been right about anything:
On June 26, 2002, in a commentary by Kudlow in NRO titled "Taking Back the Market — By Force", Kudlow called for the US to attack Iraq because "a lack of decisive follow-through in the global war on terrorism is the single biggest problem facing the stock market and the nation today." Kudlow was one of 250 economic experts to sign an open letter dated February 12, 2003 endorsing George W. Bush's policies on economic growth and jobs.
Kudlow firmly denied that U.S. would enter a recession (in 2007) or that the U.S. was in recession (in early and mid 2008). In December, 2007 he wrote: "The recession debate is over. It's not gonna happen. Time to move on. At a bare minimum, we are looking at Goldilocks 2.0. (And that's a minimum). The Bush boom is alive and well. It's finishing up its sixth splendid year with many more years to come". In May, 2008 he wrote:"President George W. Bush may turn out to be the top economic forecaster in the country" in his "R" is for "Right".
Somehow, being that wrong - all the time - doesn't seem to make the slightest difference to the career of a political pundit and television personality. Maybe the idea is that he's bound to be right some time, just through the law of averages.
No, if I had to guess, I'd say the guy is working on a comedy routine here. Yeah, he still has a ways to go, don't you think? This is weird funny, rather than ha-ha funny.