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Tilting at Windmills

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July 21, 2009

THE NOT-SO-MYSTERIOUS OMB DELAY.... Yesterday, the White House announced that the Office of Management and Budget's midsummer budget update is going to be delayed a bit. This wasn't especially surprising, but the AP reported, "The release of the update -- usually scheduled for mid-July -- has been put off until the middle of next month, giving rise to speculation the White House is delaying the bad news at least until Congress leaves town on its August 7 summer recess."

That's a little misleading. The only real "speculation" that the administration is trying to bury bad budget news is coming from the media and congressional Republicans. Sen. Jim DeMint (R) of South Carolina, for example, said yesterday that President Obama "is refusing to release a critical report on the state of our economy, which contains facts essential to this debate. What is he hiding?"

Before these claims go too far around the bend, let's make note of reality here -- OMB midyear reports are frequently delayed during presidential transition years. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs explained this yesterday:

"Look, as happens in virtually every transition year in government, mid-year reviews tend to get pushed back because of the transition of moving people in and out of their former and current jobs. For instance, the mid-session review under the most previous administration took place on August 22. President Clinton's first year in office, the review was released on September the 1st.

"So I think the notion that this is somehow motivated by anything other than a transition from one administration to the next is a little on the silly side."

Those looking for a new scandal will have to look elsewhere.

Steve Benen 9:20 AM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (7)

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"Those looking for a new scandal will have to look elsewhere."

Why? The press will ignore precedent on this and bang Obama over it. This "scandal" will work just fine for the wingnuts and the media, thank you very much.

Posted by: howie on July 21, 2009 at 9:22 AM | PERMALINK

Retardican Sen. Jim DeMint (R) of South Carolina, for example, said yesterday that President Obama "is refusing to release a critical report on the state of our economy, which contains facts essential to this debate. What is he hiding?"*************

Why I don't know Jim. Looks like nothing. By the way, what are you repigs hiding in the Health Care Reform debate?... and why are you demanding a special a prosecutor to investigate DICK's role in breaking the law by telling the CIA not to inform Congress of ongoing programs? What are you hiding?... and why aren't you hitting the roof over the CIA illegal spying on American's when it is now clear that they spy on whomever they please, with or without the proper oversight? What are you hiding? What a gasbag. Another empty-headed, manipulative, Rove-wannabe trying to look righteous and sanctimonious.

Posted by: In what respect, Charlie? on July 21, 2009 at 9:40 AM | PERMALINK

Ah, the illegitimate offspring of Charlie are returning to frolic.

Posted by: berttheclock on July 21, 2009 at 9:59 AM | PERMALINK

Ah, the illegitimate offspring of Charlie are returning to frolic.

Nah, it's probably Marler attempting links again.

Posted by: shortstop on July 21, 2009 at 10:34 AM | PERMALINK

Yes, but Steve, remember Republicans have now returned to their "inner core principles" of fiscal conservatism and "restraint on spending." So now extra attention to budget matters must be given by the media. You should know this by now ; )

Posted by: Chris on July 21, 2009 at 10:40 AM | PERMALINK

When will the media stop listening to this or barring that investigate the claim and either drop the quote or do what Gibbs did and in the article point this out? Seriously.

Posted by: ET on July 21, 2009 at 10:47 AM | PERMALINK

howie, how you wish you were right.

With the invent of technology, more educated people than your neck-of-the-woods, we know how to duck when we see a sack of sh** being thrown our way.

Most of us are too busy, or just stay away from the crap these undereducation - just released from prison ministers too.

Posted by: annjell on July 21, 2009 at 10:52 AM | PERMALINK
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