It is amazing how much of our Obama analysis (since April 19, 2007) now is no longer considered outré but rather conventional wisdom.
The past is prologue. From our first month of publication we noted that Obama cared more for the Rezkos of his world than for his own middle class and poor constituents. The Obama health care scam is Rezko healthcare.
“But fear not” say Obama and his Obama Dimocrats, “the stupid voters will never catch on.”
We are not being harsh. That indeed is the Obama Dimocrat strategy – that voters will forget and be bamboozled in the coming year. The Wall Street Journal details how “Democrats Pin 2010 Hopes on Bill”:
Slumping in the polls and struggling to pass climate and financial legislation, President Barack Obama and Democratic leaders are counting on an historic health care victory to buoy their electoral prospects in 2010. [snip]
White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel has been telling Democrats a win on the health issue will reverse the slide in public opinion, just as passage of another controversial proposal, the North American Free Trade Agreement, lifted President Bill Clinton in the polls.
The Obama Dimocrats are betting that after a year of flowery Obama speeches and advertisements in 2010 that Americans will reverse opinion and reward Obama Dimocrats instead of the current vilification. Ordinarily that is a good bet. American voters are easily distracted, as evidenced by the 2008 primary elections. This is especially true when the Big Media Party decides to spearhead the bamboozlement.
“If Democrats want to run on this, then we invite them to go ahead and do so. The Obama-Pelosi agenda continues to feed into the emerging 2010 narrative that this is a Congress that spends too much, taxes too much and borrows too much,” Ken Spain, communications director of the National Republican Congressional Committee, said Sunday.
Last week’s Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll not only showed a substantial majority opposed to the plan, but for the first time, it showed a plurality favoring the status quo over passage.
The Obama health care scam will be closely watched, which bodes ill for Obama and his Dimocrats. Health care is a concern of all Americans and we suspect Americans will be closely watching for actual results, as opposed to listening to flowery words. The Obama Dimocrat promises on health care will not match the results and there will be a reckoning.
The Democratic leadership is particularly relying on a health victory as other domestic priorities struggle. The failure of the United Nations climate summit to reach a binding accord could cripple Mr. Obama’s chances of securing legislation to limit greenhouse-gas emissions, even after many House Democrats took a politically painful vote for legislation to cap carbon emissions.
Mr. Obama’s standing with American voters has fallen more dramatically in his first year than any recent president, in part because he was so popular at the outset, but also because voters perceive he has not accomplished much, said Democratic pollster Peter Hart.
His 47% approval rating is just the start of his problems, pollsters say. The Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll also found the first real evidence that Mr. Obama’s personal bond with Americans — his likability — has been battered by high unemployment, Democratic infighting and months of bickering over health care, Just 29% of Americans now say they feel “very positive” about the president, down from 36% in October and 47% in February.
And at least some of that bleeding is coming from Democrats; his 86% approval rating in September is now down to 79% among Democrats.
In an interview Friday, Mr. Emanuel expressed little concern for the president’s standing with the Democratic base. Mr. Emanuel said the liberal wing of the party is already coming back to the fold.
The Wall Street Journal report is confirmed by Politico:
There’s no point in the White House saying this, so it won’t.
But an official predicted to me the other day that Obama’s numbers would hit 60 after the health care bill passes, and Chuck Schumer seems to think roughly the same thing: that the public polling on the Democratic reform bill will turn around “soon.”
When people see what is in this bill and when people see what it does, they will come around,” Schumer said. “The reason people are negative is not the substance of the bill, but the fears that the opponents have laid out. When those fears don’t materialize, and people see the good in the bill, the numbers are going to go up.”
As we wrote, ordinarily the Obama Dimocrats are placing a good bet on Americans forgetting. But health care “reform” is what Americans expect and they are about to not only witness, but experience, a health scam fiasco costing individuals, in some cases, thousands of dollars. And the Republicans are going to make the Obama health scam an issue in 2010.
Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Michael Steele promised on Monday political repercussion for lawmakers who support healthcare reform.
Steele said that the GOP would seek to ramp up pressure on centrist lawmakers who could still oppose the health bill in Congress, but said they would more likely face a “pink slip” from voters if they stick with the legislation.
“The fact that they (the democrats) have total disregard for the concerns and interests of the American people by pursuing this boondoggle of a healthcare bill,” the party chairman said in a conference call on Monday. “I plan to have my foot on the throats of Democrats in this issue, and hold them accountable.” [snip]
“It’s game on. Harry Reid: Take comfort,” Steele said of the Senate majority leader, a Nevada Democrat who’s expected to face a difficult reelection battle next fall. “You’ve got a lot of friends but you and your friends are going to be looking for work in January 2011.”
“Guess what: you’re going to have a lot more to fear and a lot more to explain over the next year when you get home,” Steele said of lawmakers who support health reform. “Come next November, they’ll speak. And they’ll speak very loudly, and very clearly.”
Michael Steele is a bit of a blowhard so we take what he says with a plateful of salt. But we do believe that Republicans, at every level, will see that the health scam is a prime motivator for voters in 2010, which is why we believe the Republican threats.
Sean Trende at RealClearPolitics summarizes the situation:
But Democrats seem to have made the collective decision that, for better or for worse, their fate lies with Barack Obama succeeding with his legislative agenda. I think this is a gross miscalculation, but it isn’t entirely irrational either. Look at it this way: If nothing gets done in the next year, the Democrats are almost certainly in deep trouble in 2010. If the bill passes and Obama’s popularity continues to sag, the Democrats are potentially (probably, in my estimation) in even deeper trouble.
Their only hope for a good outcome is that the bill passes, and Obama somehow convinces the nation over the course of the next year that it was a good thing, that unemployment declines substantially, and that his popularity rises. This isn’t particularly likely, but it is the only path that offers some hope of survival for Democrats in marginal seats. To paraphrase Obama, if Obama is unpopular, the Republicans are coming after Democrats either way. Their only hope for Obama to become popular is probably to keep passing things and hope the economy turns around. And Nelson can afford to wait until 2012 for this to happen.
Republicans should beware, the American voter can be bamboozled. Hillary supporters know this all too well. But Americans are also capable of seeing the difference between promise and execution. Many Americans were bamboozled in 2008, but after a few months realized Obama was all flowery talk and bamboozlement and have turned on Obama.
Republicans have facts on their side and should employ the facts in the remainder of the year and in 2010. Republicans should hold Obama to his own flowery words standards and show Americans the difference between Obama words and Obama actions.
On health care, there are all the Obama promises in election season and the Obama actions this year. Jay Cost has a too brief review of Obama’s health scam actions:
It stinks of influence peddlers. Reviewing winners and losers in the Senate health care bill shows clearly that it was written with the full advice and consent of privileged interest groups. [snip]
Big corporations get nice paydays, too. Private insurance industries get the public option eliminated. Meanwhile, PhRMA made sure that there would be no significant prescription drug re-importation provision in the bill. Byron Dorgan said the FDA might have put the kibosh on it because of pressure from the White House.
Yet when it comes to big, wet kisses for entrenched interests, you can’t beat the individual mandate. People will soon have to buy health insurance from private companies, or else face a tax penalty from Uncle Sam. Democrats who think they can come back later to fix this perverse result are kidding themselves. The insurance lobby is already so powerful that Democrats couldn’t get the public option through now – what makes them think they’ll be able to later, after they’ve given insurers 30 million additional customers, and required every last American to do business with them? The insurance companies are going to be to the 21st century what Standard Oil was to the 19th.
Republicans also need to call this “reform” what it is – “Rezkocare”. We started to write about Antoin “Tony” Rezko in April 2007. In April 2007 we began to question the hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars funnelled by Obama to Rezko.
In The Case Of The Missing State Senator we asked about Obama “How did his experience as a “community organizer” inform his work as a state legislator?”
Our questions about Obama were easy to answer. Obama does not even have to choose, he is on the side of the Tony Rezkos and Big Insurance and Big Pharma.
When Obama constituents shivered and froze in Rezko owned housing, Obama was busy collecting campaign checks from the very same Rezko. This is a history that was never explored (other than here and other Hillary sites) during the primary elections nor in the general elections. African-Americans, poor and helpless, were ignored so that Obama could help landlord Rezko continue his scams and even obtain minority set-aside program status to continue his scams. The past is prologue, Republicans.
Republicans, the past is prologue. Obama did not care about his freezing constituents in Chicago and Obama certainly did not care about his constituents when it came to health care in Illinois or radioactive leaks in Illinois. Obama health scams nationally were imported from his Chicago days.
The Obama history on health care was first discussed on Big Pink in September 2007. On September 17, 2009 we again discussed that Obama history (The Obama Health Plan Obama Supporters Do Not Want To Discuss). It is an ugly history which has not been employed in election campaigns ever. It’s time for the Republicans to begin to discuss the Obama history we began to discuss in 2007:
For all the Obama flowery words the treacherous snake is always ‘neath the flower. The goal Obama killed then was “quality healthcare at costs that are reasonable”. What we know of current plans is that the costs will be unreasonable and that “quality” is not to be mentioned. The transfer of wealth to insurance companies with the IRS as the Chicago style fee payment enforcer terrorizing citizens on behalf of the insurance companies is the current Obama Hoped for Change.
What is now, is what was – in Illinois
Republicans, we think, will indeed fight the Obama health scam next year because it is in their interests. It is the way to win election. More and more Americans will see the connect of Obama’s scams in Chicago and Obama’s scams in Washington.
In 2008, Americans believed the Obama campaign words “Hope and Change”. Now Americans know they have been scammed. Even the Hopium guzzlers are getting a clue that “Hope and Change” meant only that Obama believed they were “Dopes and Deranged”.
Even on the website run by the fourth Gabor sister, reality is setting in. It is a reality we wrote about years ago.
As the president’s job performance numbers and ratings on his handling of virtually every domestic issue have fallen below 50 percent, the Democratic base has become demoralized, and Independents have gone from his source of strength to his Achilles Heel, it’s time to reflect on why. [snip]
It isn’t hard for them to see that the winners seem to be the same no matter who the voters select (Wall Street, big oil, big Pharma, the insurance industry). [snip]
What’s costing the president and courting danger for Democrats in 2010 isn’t a question of left or right, because the president has accomplished the remarkable feat of both demoralizing the base and completely turning off voters in the center. If this were an ideological issue, that would not be the case. He would be holding either the middle or the left, not losing both.
What’s costing the president are three things: a laissez faire style of leadership that appears weak and removed to everyday Americans, a failure to articulate and defend any coherent ideological position on virtually anything, and a widespread perception that he cares more about special interests like bank, credit card, oil and coal, and health and pharmaceutical companies than he does about the people they are shafting.
Americans were bamboozled in 2007 and 2008. But now reality has hit Americans between the eyes and they are not happy. What we wrote about, and were attacked for since 2007, is now conventional wisdom:
Consider the president’s leadership style, which has now become clear: deliver a moving speech, move on, and when push comes to shove, leave it to others to decide what to do if there’s a conflict, because if there’s a conflict, he doesn’t want to be anywhere near it.[snip]
Leadership means heading into the eye of the storm and bringing the vessel of state home safely, not going as far inland as you can because it’s uncomfortable on the high seas. This president has a particular aversion to battling back gusting winds from his starboard side (the right, for the nautically challenged) and tends to give in to them. He just can’t tolerate conflict, and the result is that he refuses to lead.
We have seen the same pattern of pretty speeches followed by empty exhortations on issue after issue.
The writer of the above was an Obama Hopium guzzler in 2008. Now he writes what we wrote years ago. What we have been saying all along is:
Obama is a Chicago flim-flam man who bamboozles with flowery words. Obama is weak and not a fighter. Obama is a stooge of powerful interests, such as the Big Media Party. Obama only cares about self advancement and will sell anyone out. Obama can’t be trusted and he is a boob. Obama is a treacherous, self-interested, boob.
The Obama Hopium guzzler from the Gabor website also seems to agree with us that Obama is the Third Bush Term:
Like most Americans I talk to, when I see the president on television, I now change the channel the same way I did with Bush. With Bush, I couldn’t stand his speeches because I knew he meant what he said. I knew he was going to follow through with one ignorant, dangerous, or misguided policy after another. With Obama, I can’t stand them because I realize he doesn’t mean what he says — or if he does, he just doesn’t have the fire in his belly to follow through. He can’t seem to muster the passion to fight for any of what he believes in, whatever that is. He’d make a great queen — his ceremonial addresses are magnificent — but he prefers to fly Air Force One at 60,000 feet and “stay above the fray.”
We thought a lifetime fighter for Americans, with intellectual heft and experience, was the president America needed. But she was called a “racist”. Her experience was denigrated. Her intelligence and maturity deplored. We were right.
When Obama said during the campaign he would televise meetings on health care reform on C-SPAN so that Americans could see who was carrying water for the insurance and pharmaceutical companies Obama knew he was lying.
Obama lied because he is the one carrying water for those he attacks with words. Obama’s actions speak differently.
Obama is on the side of special interests in Washington in the same way he was on the side of the Rezkos in Chicago.
Obama Dimocrats are audaciously betting that Americans will not catch on to the flim-flam in 2010, as in 2008. But audacity often goes hand-in-hand with arrogance. Audacious arrogance will doom the dims in 2010.