National Journal reporter James Oliphant has discovered that the Obama White House has a very powerful weapon it can deploy against its critics: bloggers.
Under the Onion-ready headline “Obama Calls for Earmark Reform, Signs Earmark-Laden Spending Bill,” (3/12/09), the L.A. Times‘ James Oliphant and Christi Parsons begin their story: President Obama railed against pork barrel projects on Wednesday. Then he signed a massive spending bill stuffed with them. I’m not sure what the cut-off for something being “stuffed” with something else is, but I’m pretty sure that 2 percent doesn’t qualify. Maybe the word they’re looking for is “sprinkled”?