There's been some dumfuddelry on left end of the political spectrum lately. IT may seem I only bash those on the right, understand there's enough vitriol to go to the left as well.
We all expected the probe into BIll Richardson's contract awarding process would come to nothing, but the rumor that it may have been quashed in Washington is a bit disturbing. Of course, there's the counter argument that the probe was also started at the encouragement of Washington.
Remember the woman who was supposedly attacked by rabid Obama supporters but forgot that mirrors reverse images and scratched the "B" on her face to be read in a mirror, instead of how someone looking at her would have done it? Well lately there was an attack on Democratic HQ in Denver, Co. A first knee-jerk reaction would be people upset at the healthcare reform bill had smashed windows that had posters supporting it. However, it's looking more like it was the act of the radical left who are upset that Obama is governing as a centrist (you know, for being the ne-ultra-plus-right-wing liberal he is according to Fox). If this attack was sponsored to discredit the right is still to be determined (considering no press conference was scheduled, probably not).
S. Andrew Swann (who has a kicking book due out called Wolfbreed) calls our attention to a meeting to discuss how the NEA might be giving grants to advance a political agenda. Now, there is precedent for this, but not through the NEA (it was a part of the WPA - do a search for WPA Posters). The WPA was involved with healthcare by creating posters and visual communications for Public Health Offices (like, "Don't spit on the sidewalk" and the like). I'm not entirely opposed to the Whitehouse starting an initiative to use media to get it's message of service out to the public. But the NEA is not that organization. The NEA should be nowhere near this type of activity. Not so much because of Mr. Courrielche's warning of "it being used for nefarious purposes when the conservatives are in power again" but if it becomes politicized, it can no longer do it's job effectively and will probably be cut entirely in the future. Now, reading this post (I couldn't find other information about this) it could be that this group would be under the United We Serve which, if so, would be perfectly legitimate and the NEA was just called in to help supply prominent artists (which would fall under their auspices as finding a new funding source for the artists). If so they should drop out of it now.
Also, more proof that the Democrats are the party of the Big Tent. Seriously, can you imagine a Republican going so far "off message" without being called a RINO?