Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Obama could break C-SPAN ratings record tomorrow

Remember on August 21, 2008 when presidential candidate Obama said he'll broadcast health care negotiations on C-SPAN? He didn't follow through, of course, but the idea of televising important government meetings that are normally conducted in shadows is still appealing.

And what private meeting are more people interested in then the one tomorrow between President Obama and U.S. Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal about a Rolling Stone article quoted McChrystal criticizing the president and his administration.

Obama made a big mistake by promising greater transparency in government - which he has not done. He also had the bad luck to come into office right after the American left put a lot of effort into (correctly) reminding America that protesting and criticizing politicians is patriotic. What better way could he win back his supporters than by a belated gesture of compassion and civility to McChrystal in public?

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