Round One – Midwest Sectionals 2 v. 15

Round One of the Midwest sectionals is coming to a close here in the 2009 Preposterous Statement Tournament (not to be confused with the Common Man Dan Cole’s Preposterous Statement Tournament), so be sure to get your final votes in. You can follow the tournament by using the 20 Times Around the Block Preposterous Statement bracket. Make your pick for a winner! A complete list of the statements can be found here.

Which statement is more preposterous?

2. “The symbolism of the delay suggested that Obama intends to continue to poach constituencies that were once reliably Republican.”– E.J. Dionne praising, as an act of bipartisan outreach, the one-day delay of Obama’s executive order to end the ban on funding abortions abroad.

15. “As soon as I took office, I asked this Congress to send me a recovery plan by Presidents Day that would put people back to work and put money in their pockets, not because I believe in bigger government — I don’t.–Barack Obama’s speech to Congress

The changing of guard at the White House usually means that there is an immediate policy change with regard to funding abortions overseas. For some reason E.J. Dionne thinks that there is a voting block out there who traditionally votes Republican and feels comfortable supporting the pro-life cause who would suddenly take note of Obama’s delay of his pro-choice policy change and convert to the Democratic party. All in one day! Now that’s bi-partisanship, and as Lindsey Graham would say, “I know bi-partisanship when I see it.”

As for Obama himself he wants you to know that he doesn’t believe in big government. Sure, he is on pace to outspend president Bush by a significant margin, but who cares? It’s not like his trying to reform health care or anything. Besides, doesn’t he know that the era of bashing big government is over?

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