Typically, the practice of avoiding making any controversial announcements or decisions in the weeks leading up to an election is something of an artful and hopefully discreet exercise — even if it obvious what is happening, there is usually a fig leaf of cover. Apparently, the Obama administration has abandoned the “artful” aspect of this exercise. In order to hide what they really believe and what they really want to do, this administration is blatantly delaying announcements on a range of topics until after the midterm elections. For instance, when explaining the immigration reform delay, David Nakamura and Ed O’Keefe from The Post reported that a White House official admitted the reason President Obama was delaying action was because “we’re in the midst of the political season.”
So far, here’s what we know we won’t know until after November 4:
The president will not sign — or even release the details of — his executive orders on immigration reform. We won’t get an answer about whether or not the White House will greenlight the Keystone XL pipeline. Consumers will not be able to access information about the new 2015 Obamacare premiums (read: rate hikes) until November 15. And, Obama will not announce his nominee for attorney general. We also found out yesterday that although the investigation into Bowe Bergdahl’s disappearance in Afghanistan has been completed, the results will not be released until — you guessed it — after the midterm elections. And while we are at it, don’t we all think the White House is hiding something from us about Ebola right now?
The White House assumes voters are stupid, ignorant and won’t notice. This administration is openly boasting about hiding the truth from voters until they are clear of the elections and the voters’ wrath. It is insulting. But as we know, in politics, gall pays off.
This all begs the question of what a politically uninhibited Obama White House will look like starting Nov. 5. If this is what we know so far, can you imagine what will be revealed when the White House is no longer working to protect the Democratic Party? Right now, the leaders of federal departments and regulatory agencies are mostly lying low, being a little more circumspect and judicious than the White House itself. We can only imagine what additional delays are being kept hidden.
There have been some rumors of a White House staff shakeup and changes being made, but based on my own observations and some denials from White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, it seems more likely that the president will double down, or hunker down — especially if Democrats are the minority in the Senate for his final two years in office. I expect Obama will become even more insular, disengaged and indifferent, but at least if Republicans are in the majority in both houses of Congress, there will be more checks on him as he retreats to his limited worldview and left-wing ideology.
Anyway, the White House deferrals we are aware of today are probably just the tip of the iceberg. We don’t know for certain what will happen on Nov. 4, but once the election is over, we can be certain the administration will be revealing a lot of plans and decisions that will likely rile a lot of voters.
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