The news that Commerce Secretary Bryson will be taking a (presumably medical) leave of absence after a series of traffic accidents (including one hit-and-run) last weekend is in fact bad news for the President, but not for the reasons that Politico suggests. After all, as Ed Morrissey notes, Commerce is not exactly a prominent Cabinet office and Bryson has not exactly been a notable – or even noticed – Secretary. And while it’s true that Barack Obama’s month has started badly and does not look to be getting better any time soon, this entire event is fairly small beer.
No, the reason why this event is still bad news for the White House is simpler: it’s demonstrating that media organizations like Politico think that titles like “John Bryson’s leave of absence adds to Obama’s bad news” will drive traffic. former PA Governor Ed Rendell to the contrary, stories with this kind of slant suggest that the Media is looking forward to using its favorite story: The God Who Turned Out To Be A Man After All – with Barack Obama being the ‘hero’ of the story*. At this rate, the President should start practicing his wistful and melancholic looks, since he’s going to need them for the inevitable and interminable retrospectives on his past time in office that will be springing up. Continue reading #rsrh The REAL bad news for Obama about John Bryson’s ‘leave of absence.’
.. John Bryson is a former environmental lawyer and the co-founder of the virulently Green (anti-nuke, anti-coal, anti-LIGHT BULB edition) Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). To give you an idea of how reputable that group is: in 2009 the NRDC raised $866K in Massachusetts… approximately 1% of which went to the actual charity (the average was 43%). I’m uncertain whether to be disgusted at the (perfectly-legal) diversion of funds, or simply relieved that more of the money didn’t end up enabling hardcore Greenie activists.
Anyway, the guy reportedly had a seizure of some kind that caused him to get into three accidents with two cars and get cited for felony hit-and-run. Thankfully, nobody was seriously injured; and, obviously, I hope that Commerce Secretary Bryson gets the help that he needs for a full recovery from his condition.
Background: Americans for Prosperity is having its annual summit this weekend, and the Occupy movement decided to send some people over to disrupt it – which is to say, they tried to rush the building. They failed, of course – the American Left simply is not very good at demonstrations* – but in the process of expressing their inner kindergarteners (the ones that weren’t using actual kindergarteners as props/riot shields, that is) some protesters got hit by a car. And we almost had an incident over it – only it turns out that ‘protesters got hit by a car’ actually means ‘some protesters threw themselves in front of a car.’
Imagine my surprise:
Continue reading Occupy DC tries, fails to trigger Mob incident.
Originally reported as a hit-and-run by the Secret Service; not actually contradicted by this, although Jim’s reporting this from the perspective of a guy who’s had his knee broken, which means that he’s in a particular universe of pain that I am personally thankful to have never personally visited. Hot Air has more.
Best wishes and prayers for Jim, of course. He’s both a good guy and a valuable member of the VRWC, and if does turn out to be the Secret Service and they stonewall… then I encourage Tucker Carlson to go all Breitbart on them.