“It’s not going to be a good year for Democrats by definition,” [former White House press secretary Jay] Carney said. “The sixth year is always particularly bad for a president’s party. You couple that with the fact so many seats are defended by Democrats in red states where Mitt Romney did very well against the president, double-digits in most cases, and there’s no outcome in November that anybody could say would be great for Democrats, except for barely holding onto the Senate.”
…it’s that the sight of Jay Carney saying something clearly and straightforwardly (and, frankly, accurately) is a kind of a new sensation for everybody. It’s like watching a moose tap-dance; theoretically it’s possible, but you still kind of have to stare. I’d feel bad about being rude like that; but, hey, Jay Carney.
PS: I understand that it’s currently fashionable to manage expectations about the Senate. Oh, who am I kidding? It’s always fashionable. Win or lose, every two years it’s like clockwork.
Yeah, basically, in this administration your ultimate purpose as a staffer is to be steadily leeched of everything – energy, time, life, soul, self-esteem – and then be discarded like the empty beer can that you more or less are to them. This is happening to Jay Carney even as we speak; he’s apparently on the way out the door, just in time to avoid being asked all those pesky questions about how the President feels about losing the Senate*. It’s actually kind of sad that he’s going. Continue reading Report: Jay Carney soul-drained almost to replacement level.
(H/T: Hot Air Headlines) I’m not going to bowdlerize that title: it was, in fact, a penis joke, and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney actually stood at the podium and made it.
White House press secretary Jay Carney on Thursday said Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, had “Putin envy” after his office released a video accusing President Obama of being more willing to negotiate with the Russian leader than with the GOP on budget issues.
“The video, I thought, demonstrated a little bit of Putin envy,” Carney told reporters during his daily briefing.
In Washington, scandals metastasize, growing and changing until we can’t remember what they were about in the beginning. A bungled burglary became a cancer on the presidency, forcing Richard Nixon to resign in disgrace. A money-losing Arkansas real estate deal led to Monica, a blue dress and Bill Clinton’s impeachment. Already, the furor over the dismissal of eight U.S. Attorneys has shifted focus from the crass but essentially routine exercise of political patronage to the essential project of George W. Bush’s presidency: its deliberate and aggressive efforts to expand and protect Executive power.
Via Hot Air Headlines comes this tacit admission that all of that stuff about global warming that Obama pontificated about at his last Inauguration? Yeah, that was just what we call pillow talk, baby: “White House spokesman Jay Carney Jan. 23 deflated environmentalists’ hope of a major federal program to counter climate change, by declaring that the ‘we have no intention of proposing a carbon tax.'” Shocking, I know: truly, truly shocking… that Carney was being so uncharacteristically blunt and coherent. I can only assume that he has the flu – it’s a bad year for it – and the drugs are making Jay Carney talk and act all funny.
“I think the President has long supported congressional action on climate change,” Carney said Jan. 22. But “he looks at [climate control] in a more holistic way, and he will move forward in implementing some of the [regulatory and spending] actions that he took in the first term,” he said.
“It profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world … but for Wales, Richard?”
When asked by a reporter about a claim by Michigan state Democrat that “there will be blood” should Republicans pass a union-choice law in Michigan, [White House Press Secretary Jay] Carney professed ignorance and then downplayed the comment.
“I haven’t see those comments, and I’m not sure they mean what someone interprets them to mean,” he said.
They’re praising Osama bin Laden’s name in protests all over Eusrasia and Africa – said protests starting on the anniversary of 9/11 – and Jay Carney thinks that this is all about a sh*tty movie that the government is currently trying to pressure YouTube into removing. I don’t know which would be worse: if this was cynicism on Carney’s part, or honest imbecility.
[UPDATE: Welcome, Instapundit readers. Come, I will conceal nothing from you: it’s been a rotten week (the whole family’s been down with colds, which is precisely as much fun as it sounds when your youngest is two and a half). Retail therapy would be nice: hit the tip jar to the side and I promise to spend it on wargame miniatures.]
This is going to be a very visual post, and, as usual, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney provides little if any actual semantic content, so I will simply summarize each video. First off, we have the standard obfuscation: