This is not a headline that the Obama administration particularly wanted to see.
As an increasing number of African-American lawmakers voice dissent over the Obama administration’s war plans in Syria, the chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) [Martha Fudge, OH-11] has asked members to “limit public comment” on the issue until they are briefed by senior administration officials.
A congressional aide to a CBC member called the request “eyebrow-raising,” in an interview with The Cable, and said the request was designed to quiet dissent while shoring up support for President Obama’s Syria strategy.
…particularly since it’s coming from The Cable. That it is showing up there is pretty telling, not least because it means that – oh, rarest of cases! – the Beltway Establishment is as leery of intervening in Syria as the rest of the country is.
But I digress. Look, if Barack Obama isn’t sure about keeping the support of the CBC – a group that is typically utterly reliable when it comes to supporting the Democratic establishment – then the President has a real, real, real problem on his hands. And I don’t know how he will be threading that particular needle. Unless he… no. That could never happen. Still. There are only four men who can really give Barack Obama informed advice now. In chronological order: the first is old, and frankly hateful. The second is old, and not well. The third is… not reliable, and will not give Obama good advice. That leaves the fourth guy. Who could really help Barack Obama right now. Only, Obama would chew off his own leg first; his pride couldn’t take the strain.
As Spider Robinson once put it: God is an iron.
Moe Lane (crosspost)