Mark Halperin of Time magazine (last time he was on Morning Joe was to admire a picture of Obama in Cairo and schoolboy gush “Obama is so cool”) continues to ignore reality and facts. Halperin continues to write worshipful, and trusting, tributes to Obama. But Halperin is right about one item on his latest “love Obama” list called 10 True Things About President Obama His Opponents Are Wrong About.
5. He has a ferocious political operation that is thinking clearly everyday about avoiding a nomination fight and about re-election in 2012.
Nomination fight? Re-election worries? Obama?
The extremely respected (by Big Media) Amy Walter who writes for National Journal wrote an article unrelated to Halperin’s list which nevertheless explains the Obama Dimocrat worries (readers of Big Pink will not be surprised but it will come as a shock to the Hopium addled):
There are two very different elections going on.
In 2012, President Obama will have had four years to see if the gamble on big federal outlays into a stimulus package, auto and bank bailouts, and energy investments has paid off. For congressional Democrats up in 2010, however, the long view isn’t politically feasible.
At a recent Christian Science Monitor breakfast, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer handed out a tightly spaced one-pager that listed 13 “major initiatives” that have been enacted into law since Obama took office. To be sure, it’s an impressive list. But the next election will be a referendum on the economy. Period. If things are looking good, then Democrats can make the case for why it’s important to keep their party in charge. If it’s not, then all the bragging about the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act or Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights won’t mean much.
Amy Walter’s provides the reality based view about the Obama economy: “At this point, it’s tough to argue that the stimulus has indeed stimulated the economy.”
Obama is right to be worried and the Obama Dimocrats are right to be petrified:
The bottom line is that right now, there’s little tangible proof that all the outflows have made much of an impact. [snip]
Yet, watching Vice President Joe Biden’s awkward attempts to promote the benefits of the stimulus package suggests that congressional Democrats will have their work cut out for them. A greater effort by the White House to get the money out the door could help matters. At this point, however, it’s tough to argue that the stimulus has indeed stimulated the economy. [snip]
As the “cheerleader in chief” for stimulus spending, Biden’s been touring local communities to give an “all politics is local” pitch for the benefits of the program. But if voters are looking at high unemployment next year, the promise of a $1.7 million replacement bridge over Conodoguinet Creek in Carlisle, Pa., isn’t going to make them feel much better.[snip]
Some congressional Democrats, especially those facing unpalatable votes on health care reform (i.e. raising taxes), will be tempted to vote against the president to avoid being pulled down in 2010. But with their party in control of Congress and the White House, it’s going to be really hard for any Democrat to run as a “lone wolf,” especially if that member is a freshman without an established identity back home. This isn’t to suggest that Democrats should simply follow Obama lockstep. But as we’ve seen with Republican moderates the last two cycles, if the brand goes bad, sometimes it doesn’t matter how you voted.
Amy Walter notes Obama’s good approval numbers but recalls a childhood game of “Don’t Break the Ice”.
The goal of the game was to knock out as many pieces as possible without sending the polar bear crashing to the ground. Sometimes the polar bear came down after one piece was knocked out; sometimes he could still be standing even as his ice world crumbled all around him.
Obama won’t necessarily be the polar bear on the floor in 2012. But a lagging economy could take out quite a bit of the Democrats’ board.
Technical analyst Robert Prechter on Monday said he sees the United States losing its top AAA credit rating by the end of 2010, as he stuck by a deeply bearish outlook on the U.S. economy and stock market.
Prechter, known for predicting the 1987 stock market crash, joins a growing coterie of market heavyweights in forecasting the United States will lose its top credit rating as the government issues trillions of dollars in debt to fund efforts to bail out the economy.
Fears about the long-term vulnerability of the prized U.S. credit rating came to the fore after Standard & Poor’s in May lowered its outlook on Britain, threatening the UK’s top AAA rating. That move raised fears that the United States could face a similar risk, with the hefty amounts of government debt issued in both countries to pay for financial rescues causing budget deficits to swell.
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One group that supported Obama is clearly waking up from the Hopium. 2010 Obama Dimocrats have a money problem and vote problem as voters one-by-one and interest group by interest group wake up to the Obama Dimocrat lies. As individuals and groups wake up to the Obama lies they immediately close their wallets. Closed “gay” wallets are forcing Obama to try his usual FAKE today:
Mr. Obama, in an Oval Office announcement, is expected to offer details about which benefits will be provided. It is the most significant statement he has made on gay issues, and it comes as he faces intense criticism from several gay rights leaders over what they suggest has been a failure to live up to campaign promises in the first months of his presidency. [snip]
“Extending benefits to partners of gay federal employees is terrific, but at this point he is under enormous pressure from the gay civil rights community for having promised the moon and done nothing so far,” Richard Socarides, an adviser to the Clinton administration on gay issues, said Tuesday evening. “So more important now is what he says tomorrow about the future for gay people during his presidency.” [snip]
But administration officials said the timing of the announcement was intended to help contain the growing furor among gay rights groups. Several gay donors withdrew their sponsorship of a Democratic National Committee fund-raising event next week, where Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. is scheduled to speak.
With Obama it’s always about the money. Whether it’s Rezko or healthcare (Obama sent out yet another email request for money yesterday) it’s always about the money.
The presidential memorandum — scheduled for signing tomorrow at 5:45 p.m., may in the short term, give Joe Biden something positive to say at a June 25 fundraiser that has seen prominent guests drop out, a host sharply attack the administration, and which is expected to be marked by protests.
Gay “leaders” have been secretly winking and nodding and promising their constitutents for months now that Obama was going to do great things for the Gay community “soon” These Gay “leaders” were complicit in the Obama bamboozle. But now these Gay “leaders” are running to get ahead of the parade as Gay-Americans put aside the Hopium syringes:
The order is one of several lower-profile moves the administration had promised gay groups this month, but appears to have been announced this evening to stem rising protest.
There is only one way to deal with a thug and Gay “leaders” are learning Obama is a thug:
And they’re shifting toward a more confrontational strategy, which could include a march on Washington later this year.
The executive director of the Empire State Pride Agenda, a large state-based gay rights group, Alan Van Capelle, greeted today’s announcement sarcastically.
“Welcome to 1999,” he told POLITICO. “How revolutionary of the White House to give benefits to same-sex couples, when two-thirds of conservative Wall Street are already doing it. What an achievement.”
“It’s just one of the things that should have been done in January,” Van Capelle, who was among those taking his name off the Biden event, said, calling for a “comprehensive strategy.”
It’s a memorandum, not an executive order; health benefits are not included; it will be late in the day to avoid too much news attention. Gay-Americans are waking up to the fact that
Obama simply cannot be trusted. Obama cannot be trusted on any issue. Obama cannot be trusted by his friends. Obama cannot be trusted by his enemies. Obama cannot be trusted.
DNC Treasurer Andrew Tobias is defending a gay and lesbian fundraiser with Vice President Joe Biden, which is under attack by the movement’s grass roots over the administration’s legal defense of the Defense of Marriage Act. [snip]
Organizers, I’m told, are scrambling to get visible White House action on gay issues in advance of the June 25 dinner to prevent it from becoming a protest stage.
Obama acted later in the day as he saw the fundraiser will not get that luscious Gay money. DNC’s Tobias was reduced to crowing via email that the fundraiser would feature “protesters outside” the event so that donors could contribute yet feel protesty and secure that the toughy message would be heard.
Not to harp on this story today, but a reader sends on an a remarkable e-mail that DNC Treasurer Andrew Tobias, who’s organizing the event, sent gay donors to reassure them that there would be protesters at a June 25 gay and lesbian fundraiser with Joe Biden.
“Don’t worry; there are likely to be plenty of protestors outside to make the point that we deserve full equality NOW.
Just like Obama that double message quoted above: ‘protest me by giving me money’.
But not all Gay Americans will continue to be Obama fools. There is now a Facebook group just beginning (perhaps they will wake up fully someday and realize the problem is Obama himself) dedicated to “Democratic Party Boycott Until DOMA or DADT Are Repealed”
“I pledge to withhold all donations to the Democratic National Committee (and all Democratic Campaign Committees), Organizing for America, and all Democratic Senators and House Members until the Obama Administration begins to repeal DOMA or end Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore.”
Howard Dean, who claims he was unaware of all the misogyny and sexism during 2008 because he did not have cable television is still making excuses for Obama. Others are not so easily duped (warning: Huff n’ Puff link):
Howard Dean protested on The Rachel Maddow Show that he doubts Obama himself was aware of the recently filed brief in defense of the Defense of Marriage Act. [snip]
I have no doubt that President Obama was well aware of the brief filed in defense of DOMA. He also has indicated that his office intends to defend DOMA in subsequent legal challenges.
Despite this outrageous decision, in the great game of politics, Obama is attempting to silence the gay outcry by announcing the extension of benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees.
Dean went so far to suggest that repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell would appease the LGBT community.
Well, I hate to be the one to explain a rights struggle to the first Black President, but the equality movement is not a grab bag of rights. You don’t get to reach in and see which prize you’ve won. [snip]
Now is the time to pull the funding you have given to the DNC (like some of the most high profile gay leaders in this country). Now is the time to send a letter explaining why you won’t be directing any future donations to the Obama administration no matter how many nice emails they send you. Now is the time to blog, argue and get angry.
Gay fools who trashed Hillary Clinton are now forced to wake up to reality and admit that Obama cannot be trusted.
First off, Chuck Todd on MSNBC said that because this is only a “memorandum,” as he called it, it will expire when Obama leaves office. Lovely. Second, health benefits for federal employees won’t be covered. [snip]
The other announcement Obama will be making is a non-discrimination “something.”
The Clinton haters who made false charges against Bill and Hillary Clinton and excuses for Barack Obama are now waking up with Obama throwing them out of bed. At this late date Gay “leaders” begin to wake up to the Obama treacheries. However if the money supply is halted, 2010 Dimocrats will suffer as they deserve:
It’s over, folks. A lot of us have been saying that if Marty Rouse, the Human Rights Campaign’s National Field Director, were to pull his attendance from next week’s DNC $1,000 a person gay fundraiser, then the fundraiser would effectively be dead. Well, HRC official Marty Rouse just pulled out as a result of the White House’s homophobic DOMA brief in which they equated gay marriage to incest.
The DNC was hawking the attendance of “HRC’s Marty Rouse” for a few weeks now, among other gay luminaries, in order to build attendance at the event.
Other Gay Obama supporters are getting out of that stinky bed:
Alan Van Capelle, Executive Director of the Empire State Pride Agenda and Foundation, has confirmed to me that he has pulled out of the DNC gay fundraiser as a result of the DOMA brief flap. Kudos to Alan.
These foolish Gay “leaders” who supported Barack Obama over the long time friend Hillary Clinton are even waking up to Big Media Obama complicity:
Note to our friends in the media. This is a story deserving a little national attention. It seems the Obama folks have gotten to the mainstream media – you’ll note that practically none of the corporate media are covering the growing rupture between Obama and the gay community other than on their blogs, even after HRC sent probably the first chastising letter to a Democratic president since 1996 (and reporters always have told me in the past, it’s not a story until HRC weighs in – well now they have, twice). Guess that means we’ll just have to ramp up the pain.
Speaking of pain, I contacted top gay blogger Andy Towle today to ask if he’d be attending the big gay fundraiser the DNC was holding later this month with VP Biden as the special guest. Andy was on a list I’d seen of already committed attendees. Andy told me that he had already contacted the DNC to say that he wouldn’t be attending at this time (yet another reason we like Andy and his blog). The DNC had planned to raise a lot of money from gay A-listers by coinciding this fundraiser with the 40th anniversary of Stonewall. Instead, the DNC may be about to witness Stonewall 2.0.
(Oddly, we’ve heard nothing in four days, since the DOMA brief scandal broke, from gay congressional leaders – Barney Frank, Tammy Baldwin, and Jared Polis – all of whom are hosting this rather ill-timed and inappropriate Democratic effort to milk money from our community at the same time Democrats are equating us with incest and not lifting a finger on any of our legislation priorities in Congress or the White House. It’s not awfully clear why any gay person would give a Democrat a dime ever again. Check back, we’ll be updating you daily on whether Barney, Tammy and Jared ever decide to say boo about the hate brief and their role in this fundraiser that is quickly turning into a major fiasco for the Democratic party.)
Andy’s news comes on the heel of word that veteran gay advocate, and longtime friend of Bill Clinton, David Mixner is pulling out the fundraiser as well. David wrote one hell of an essay this weekend about the hateful DOMA brief the Obama administration submitted late Thursday night.
It’s not just Gays, Women and Jews who are getting angry and threatening to cut off money. Rural Democrats are “angered” too.
Even the most stupid, Hillary hating, Bill Clinton hating Gay “leaders” are waking up and worst of all – cutting off the money supply. That’s why 2010 Dimocrats and 2012 Obama are worried.
Iranians Americans are waking up.