January 26, 2010


The Audacity of Oops: The White House Daily Beast columnist Christopher Buckley procured an early draft of President Obama’s upcoming State of the Union speech. (Christopher Buckley, 1/26/10, Daily Beast)

A year ago, I inspired the nation to have the audacity to hope that I would change the political culture in Washington. Now, a year later, it turns out I’m another hack politician—from Chicago, where, believe you me, we know a thing or two about hack politics.

I was going to set a new standard. Now I’m just a complicit bystander as Harry bribes, among others, a senator from Nebraska who wants his state to get a free pass on Medicare—in return for his vote on a health-care reform bill that would make the Founders weep, or throw up. Or both.

What a difference a year makes. But I’m pleased to report that before I came up here tonight, I was able to sign a contract with my publisher for a new book. I’m going to call it The Audacity of Oops.

...oughtn't he write one for himself? After all, he was one of the dupes who bought into the hopey-changey shtick.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 26, 2010 7:20 AM
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