‘And the President is obviously not happy with his set of choices. One person told me, in a meeting he called this military action in Libya a ‘turd sandwich’ but he was quoting one of his national security aides who likes to use that term.’
This may be much ado about nothing, particularly if the president was merely quoting someone else's line. Still, I doubt the White House is thrilled this little nugget is available for public consumption. They're smarting in the polls -- a new low, according to Quinnipiac -- and Congress is starting to get antsy:
THE WEEKLY STANDARD has obtained the text of a letter freshman senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) sent tonight to the Senate majority and minority leaders. In it, Rubio proposes that the Senate authorize the president’s use of force in Libya, and that the authorization state that the aim of the use of force should be the removal of the Qaddafi regime.In other words, if we're going to escalate and expand the war/kinetic military action anyway, we might as well make it official. Getting Congress on board would also be nice, wouldn't it? Not that the administration really gives a damn:
Challenged on whether Obama overstepped his constitutional authority in attacking Libya without congressional approval, Clinton told lawmakers that White House lawyers were OK with it and that Obama has no plans to seek an endorsement from Congress...
If the president wants to tuck into a truly fetid, year-old turd sandwich, I know where he can find one:
Health care lobbyists and advocates are bracing for six pages of the health care reform law to explode into a phonebook-sized federal regulation when the Department of Health and Human Services releases its long-delayed accountable care organization rule expected this week.
Several industry sources have told POLITICO that they’re expecting at least 1,000 pages of regulations to emerge from the process.