Today, seventeen days after the inauguration, the B.O. administration is almost over.
Barack Obama and his dwindling gang of supporters can dismiss such analysis as premature, but Barack Obama already senses the curtain’s fall.
While many believe that Barack Obama will follow the disasterous tragectory of Jimmy Carter, the Obama model is really the late President Gerald Ford.
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Barack Obama, after only ten days, understood it’s almost over for him. Obama knows “it’s the economy, stupid“.
Without a national economic recovery (to save Obama Dimocrats in the midterm election) by February 2010 at the earliest, and January 2011 at the latest, Obama will be acknowledged by all, even his Big Media masters, to be a failure.
President Barack Obama acknowledged Monday that the fate of his re-election four years from now likely rests on the success of the proposed $825 billion stimulus package.
“A year from now, I think people are going to see that we’re starting to make some progress. But there’s still going to be some pain out there,” Obama predicted during an interview on NBC’s “Today Show.”
“If I don’t have this done in three years, then there’s going to be a one-term proposition.”
In acknowledging that his political fortune hinges on the state of the economy, Obama urged the country to be patient in waiting for the stimulus to take effect.
Already, even the high priests of the Church of Obama are committing apostasy. Chris Matthews finally admits there is something stinky in the Church of Obama, and it’s not the incense [Beware, Matthews video at LINK]:
CHRIS MATTHEWS: What we have here is a failure to communicate. Let’s play Hardball. Good evening, I’m Chris Matthews. Leading off tonight, I’ll say it again: this failure to communicate, it’s not just the Daschle problem with not paying taxes or the Geithner problem with not paying taxes or the deputy OBM director’s problem with not paying her taxes. Believe me, it’s bigger than that. I’ve never met a political figure more gifted at communication than Barack Obama. Certainly he was in Kennedy’s league and Reagan’s league.
But here’s the difference: you knew what those presidents were doing once in office. You knew Kennedy wanted the Peace Corps; wanted to put a man on the moon, wanted civil rights. You knew Reagan was out there cutting taxes to make government smaller. What’s Barack Obama doing? He keeps talking about his stimulus package like it’s some big Santa’s bag filled with all sorts of sundry items: extended unemployment benefits, “green” jobs, aid to states. But how on earth does this trillion-dollar grab bag work? How does spending this money—all of it borrowed—repeat, all of it borrowed, going to help the country get moving again? That’s my question. And I’m going to keep asking it.
The hard lesson for Obama supporters, and it is a very hard lesson is this: The problem is Obama AND the Obama message. The hopey-dopey no-red-state-no-blue-state-just-the-United-States message is the real problem. The hopey-dopey Obama message is the problem because without the proper analysis you will never arrive at the proper solution.
We backed Hillary Clinton during the primaries because she was experienced and qualified and was a fighter. We rejected the hopey-dopey message which was really a barely disguised cult of personality.
As we have written over and over again, the reason why there is so much hostility and fighting and unpleasantness in politics today is because the electorate is divided and because the issues matter. The Obama hopey-dopey message that the solution to important issues was personal interaction, just get along, reach across the aisle, invite your opponents to lunch, was and is dopey.
The nasty Obama message that it was those “baggage” laden Clintons that were the problem betrayed the inner ugliness at the core of Barack Obama and Michelle Obama.
The Obama campaign whine, purchased wholesale by the Hopium addled addicts, and repeated at the inaugural that Americans need to put an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics is the elemental misunderstanding of Obama and his Hopium addled dwindling gang of supporters.
Obama’s basic misunderstanding of present day reality is why seventeen days after the inaugural it is so easy to see the end of Barack Obama.
Gerald Ford, was appointed the 38th President after the resignation of Richard Nixon on August 9, 1974. President Ford presided over the worst economy since the Great Depression, with growing inflation and a recession during his tenure.
Gerald Ford was initially a popular president with a
George W. Bush Nixon weary nation. At his swearing in Ford proclaimed “Our long national nightmare is over…”
On September 8, 1974, the Gerald Ford presidency effectively ended with the pardon of Richard Nixon. It took just under a month for Ford to effectively destroy a chance of election, neuter his presidency, and go from hero to goat.
Obama fumbled while taking the oath of office at the inaugural (Hillary Clinton did not fumble her oath when Joe Biden made a mess of things). The fumbled oath was a harbringer of things to come. Since then Obama has been flailing like a squid in inky waters.
Within those inky waters, the Republicans have recovered from their November electoral losses. The remaining Republicans in congress come from the most Republican districts and are the least likely to fear Obama. The Republicans can also take great cheer from the united front they exhibited in the House of Representatives vote on the flim-flam “stimulus” bill.
The Republicans will also concentrate their fire on Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid and ignore the ignorable Barack Obama. The Republican strategy includes coordinated attacks on THE essential bill for Barack Obama. Without the “stimulus” bill in essentially an Obama dictated form, Barack Obama will face a 2010 bloodbath, a fully energized NObama coalition, and an electoral nightmare in 2012.
It must be noted that even if the Obama flim-flam “stimulus” bill is enacted into law – it will not work, it will not stimulate the economy. But at least passage of an Obama dictated bill will keep Obama somewhat relevant and able to try to tackle his other flim-flams. Without passage of the flim-flam “stimulus” scam, Obama will become an object of derision even by his supporters and friends.
The attacks on the flim-flam “stimulus” scam are having an effect, a strong effect:
Gallup says only 38 percent of Americans support the current version of the stimulus.
WHITE HOUSE PRESSURE: Obama is already becoming frustrated with his Democratic congressional leaders on the stimulus. As Mike Shear and Shailagh Murray report about the White House meeting: “But two Democratic sources with knowledge of the meeting said the president took a blunt tone with the lawmakers, urging them to drop whatever needs to be cut from the bill to gain bipartisan support and to pass Congress soon. One source said Obama appeared to be frustrated by the public perception that the recovery bill was becoming laden with partisan pet projects.”
Rasmussen’s release of a poll showing more Americans oppose the Democratic proposal than support it set off what seemed like a renewed sense of confidence among GOP members. The new poll numbers offered Republicans some political capital they previously haven’t had, after substantial losses the last two elections.
Obama supporters in elective office understand it is time to run away from the flim-flam “stimulus” scam and turn on each other. The scammers are scurrying:
McCASKILL: I think that there have been some mistakes made [by House Dems]. From my perspective there have been mistakes made on the stimulus bill. There has been such a starvation diet for some of these programs that the appropriators got a little over anxious in the House. They probably did some things they shouldn’t have…
The Dimocrats and flim-flam Obama do not have the votes to pass the Obama flim-flam “stimulus” scam:
Senate Democratic leaders conceded yesterday that they do not have the votes to pass the stimulus bill as currently written and said that to gain bipartisan support, they will seek to cut provisions that would not provide an immediate boost to the economy.
The legislation represents the first major test for President Obama and an expanded Democratic Congress, both of which have made economic recovery the cornerstone of their new political mandate. The stimulus package has now tripled from its post-election estimate of about $300 billion, and in recent days lawmakers in both parties have grown wary of the swelling cost. [snip]
Despite warnings of dire consequences if Congress does not act boldly, Republicans have become resolute in their opposition to what they view as runaway and unnecessary spending in the legislation. And as the total in the Senate version climbs to $900 billion, unease also is stirring among moderate Democrats.
The few moderate Republicans remaining in the Congress are saying NO to the Obama flim-flam “stimulus” scam:
Sen. Olympia J. Snowe (Maine), a moderate who has been considered the most likely GOP vote in favor of the plan, said yesterday that she cannot support it until items that would not do enough to stimulate the economy or create jobs are dropped.
“They should scrub it,” said Snowe, who voted for the tax-relief portion in the Senate Finance Committee last week. She said many of the provisions were jammed into the legislation by members of the Appropriations Committee who were “trying to short-circuit the normal legislative process.” [snip]
Although some Republicans would prefer to shelve the measure temporarily, hoping that spending demand will cool, other GOP lawmakers would prefer to stay on schedule and find common ground. “There’s sort of political chaos right now,” he conceded.
The momentum to cut spending became apparent in votes on several amendments. First, the Senate fell two votes shy of the 60-vote threshold needed yesterday to add $25 billion for highway projects and transit programs.
Desperate for votes Obama proves to be a clod yet again – he just lost a potentially vital vote in the Senate:
What was I saying yesterday about pro quo?
Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH), the president’s pick for Commerce Secretary, just revealed during an interview with CNBC that he would recuse himself from congressional votes while his nomination is being considered by his former Senate colleagues.
Things would be different if he had, for instance, resigned in anticipation of his confirmation. But a cloture vote only succeeds if at least three-fifths of all duly elected and serving members of the Senate vote ‘yes’. With Gregg still seated, the Democrats need 60 votes to end debate, even if he votes ‘present’. If all caucus members vote yes, they have 58. They need two. Gregg could have been one of those two. But of course, Gregg has nothing but the utmost respect his soon-to-be boss–who has, of course, committed to changing Washington–and to vote the way Obama wants him to would appear unseemly.
Aware of his increasing irrelevance and clodishness, Obama is desperate and resorting to George W. Bush style scare tactics to force through the flim-flam “stimulus” bill.
“Let’s not make the perfect the enemy of the essential,” Obama said while acknowledging criticisms of the plan. “A failure to act and to act now will turn crisis into catastrophe and guarantee a longer recession.”
If and when a flim-flam “stimulus” bill ever passes the U.S. Senate, Nancy Pelosi looms:
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has signaled that she is not going to simply clear a vastly different Senate bill. But going to conference would make it more likely that the bill will not be completed by the holiday weekend, and Pelosi has threatened to keep her chamber in session if President Obama does not have a stimulus package on his desk by then.
The economy of course is in tatters and government policy is not helping:
The US Treasury on Wednesday opened the floodgates of government bond issuance, revealing plans for a record debt sale in February and more frequent auctions in the months to come.
The announcement came amid growing fears about US government deficits and sent the yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note rising to 2.95 per cent, up from just over 2 per cent at the end of December.
The rise in Treasury yields has been pushing mortgage rates higher, complicating efforts to revive the economy. The US Federal Reserve said last week it was “prepared to” buy Treasuries if that would be a “particularly effective” way of reducing private borrowing costs.
“The Fed has to be troubled by the fact that mortgage rates have been rising and the buying of Treasuries by the Fed may come sooner than the market expects,” said William O’Donnell, UBS strategist.
Hopium addled addicts are trying to salvage the Obama shipwreck. At The Nation they worry
The Right is Winning Today. Of course this Obama flim-flam “stimulus” scam has very little to do with Left/Right politics – It’s The Economy, Stupid!
The legislation is a big priority of President Obama, who devoted his radio address last Sunday to making the case for prompt passage of the bill. All major liberal non-profit and labor groups are supporting it and several recent polls suggest that a plurality of the American public are generally supportive.
Nonetheless, as Horn reports, “Here in Washington, DC, the word on the street is that the Right is killing us with phone calls to Congress. One congressperson said the calls are running 100 to 1 against the Obama economic recovery plan. The legislation is now on the Senate floor. If Senators perceive that Americans side with Obama in this fight, that will strengthen the power of progressives in the debate and we’ll get a good bill. If, on the other hand, Senators are feeling the heat from conservatives, then our advocates will be weakened and we’ll get a lousy bill. That’s just the way things go on Capitol Hill.”
As the invaluable Fact-esque blog wrote yesterday “This is the Superbowl of Activism and We’re Losing Big.” Progressives need to hit the phones and fast. Call your Senators toll-free at 1-866-544-7573 and demand immediate passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
We Progressives and Democrats oppose the Barack Obama flim-flam “stimulus” scam.
Call 1-866-544-7573 and demand immediate defeat of the Obama flim-flam “stimulus” scam.