Stop Levitating, Start Governing: Kristol

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 14, 2009 1:35 PM CST
Stop Levitating, Start Governing: Kristol
The world's only commercially operating maglev railway arrives at a station Tuesday May 23, 2006, in Shanghai, China.   (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

(Newser) – One of William Kristol’s favorite highlights of the new stimulus is the $8 billion reserved for a high-speed levitating train connecting Disneyland and Las Vegas. It wasn’t in the House bill and got just $2 billion in the Senate’s version, so they “compromised” on $8 billion. And where was Obama amid this grand compromise? “He’s not amid it,” Kristol writes in the Weekly Standard. “He seems to be magnetically levitating” above it.

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Indeed, Obama seems to be the “missing player” of his administration. He let Congress write the stimulus, let Geithner go ahead with his disastrous financial rescue non-announcement, let Richard Holbrooke and Jim Jones cast him as a foreign-policy outsider, and let Joe Biden send mixed signals on Afghanistan. These missteps should cheer Republicans. “But not much. The country needs a president capable of exercising leadership.”
(Read more William Kristol stories.)

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