Today Barack Obama punished America with another tedious speech. This publicity stunt gusher of words was not about the gusher of oil from Obama’s Katrina but about immigration. It was a silly speech broken by the weight of oh so many flowery words which amounted to nothing.
Conservatives and Republicans (and even genuine illegal immigration rights advocates if they are honest about it) did not need to hear the speech because they knew it was sure to be Obama bunk. (Like the inaugural oath, Obama bungled today’s speech too but the tingles at MSNBC were still felt and the question of “birth” is still to be understood by Barack.)
Fools listened to Obama’s flowery words on immigration, but the real message for the wily was his opening statement. No, it was not about the latest rise in jobless claims. It was not about the “leading indicator” on the economy, Wall Street – submerged and the economy tanking. No, it was not that the oceans had receded and that the planet has healed either. Obama instead preferred to begin his remarks with sweet halcyon memories of the last time he was at that venue.
The last time Barack Obama spoke at Obama lovin’ American University in Washington D.C. was when the now defunct Ted Kennedy endorsed him as part of a long and well planned scheme to gift Barack Obama the Democratic nomination. Ted Kennedy, the Barzini of American politics, had planned that gift to Obama long ago but pretended he was on the sidelines. It was at American University that Ted Kennedy stuck the long unsheathed knife into the back of Hillary Clinton.
Why is that Ted Kennedy, sans Chappaquiddick memory, the key to today’s publicity stunt speech? Because Barack Obama feels the hot breath of fate catching up to his flim-flammery. That hot breath comes from the nostrils of Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton – and not in an amorous way. Today George W. Bush’s top communications aide lays out July 2010 reality:
“Former President Clinton bucked the White House in endorsing the challenger in Colorado’s Senate race. Mark McKinnon on why 42’s popularity is surging—while Obama may be the kiss of death this fall.[snip]
Straying from the playbook is bad enough, but it has to be a source of some frustration and teeth-gnashing for Obama’s inner circle that Bill Clinton has become a more popular campaign surrogate and endorser than their boss.[snip]
Love him or loathe him, Bubba inspires “The Real Thing”—brand loyalty.[snip]
Über-liberal Janeane Garofalo delivers a body blow: “I have to say I was surprised how disappointing the Obama administration has turned out to be.” And for the knockout: “I am more used to it now.” She’s not alone. Jon Stewart jabs David Axelrod: “Has government during this time proved itself competent?” And from Bob Herbert in The New York Times: Barack Obama and the Democrats “have wasted the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity handed to them in the 2008 election.”[snip]
So it won’t be a big surprise if Democrats, particularly in swing districts, prefer for Obama to stay in DC come fall.
But Bill Clinton will likely be in huge demand, as will Sarah Palin, his Republican counterpart, who has become a heavyweight endorser as well.”
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What was once dismissed as Big Pink lunacy is increasingly the conventional wisdom now. But that’s true about so many things these days. Let’s recall what we wrote back in 2009:
“While we don’t think Hillary Clinton will directly challenge Obama for the nomination in 2012, we do think it is the job of sensible Democrats and smart Hillary supporting websites to drive Obama from the 2012 race. It is also the job for American citizens who care about the country.”
“I do get the issues that others have about Daschle….but the fact remains that Obama’s political genius is being one of the best M&A guys in politics – morphing major pieces of the Daley machine into the Daschle machine into the Kennedy machine and into the Edwards machine. They are still trying to meld the Clinton franchise in, but that’s been difficult.”
You betcha it’s been difficult and now clearly not going to happen. As the Obama boobery and ceaseless incompetence so vividly demonstrated by Obama’s Katrina escalates, the Hillary Clinton 2012 articles flood forth like a Big Pink truth machine. For instance:
“Nearly six in ten voters nationwide — 57% — say President Barack Obama’s handling of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is either the same or worse than Bush’s handling of Katrina. This includes 34% who report Obama’s management of the disaster is comparable and 23% who view it as worse.”
While most Dimocrats (59%) still sip Hopium on this issue, Independents (63%) give Obama Bush-like or worse ratings. Almost one third of Independents believe Obama’s Katrina is worse (29%) than Bush’s Katrina and (34% think Obama=Bush). Independents (62% strongly disapprove or disapprove) of Obama’s Katrina response. They’ll remember in November.
Dimocrats will only put aside the Hopium cup after November, if and only if, there is doom and devastation in the election results.
For many, already it’s more than buyers’ remorse. It’s anger that instead of the limousine Ted Kennedy sold them they got an Edsel:
“Bad news for President Obama and congressional Democrats is common these days, but these results unveiled Tuesday are simply dismal. Asked to compare Obama to a car, one Iowan chose an Edsel: “Something that had a lot of hype, but failed to live up to expectations.” Another older man described Obama as “a wrecked Ferrari, something that looked great to many people, but was now ruined.”
“In August 2009, [our focus groups found] there was a wait-and-see attitude towards the president. That has changed,” summarized Gillespie. “There is not only growing concern about spending, debt and the direction of economy but creeping doubts about the president’s leadership abilities, which is probably a more troublesome concern to the White House and the president’s supporters.”
According to the Independents polled “…the manner in which President Obama responded to the oil spill made them more apprehensive about what would happen should a terrorist attack or foreign-policy crisis occur.”
There’s a lot of bad news for Obama and his juiced up Dimocrats:
“Independents are now thinking about the same issues that Republicans are, and their thinking is virtually indistinguishable from Republicans,” he said. “Independents are really engaged, they are really paying attention. That is not normal; usually independents are a little tuned out.”
He said that changes in independents’ perceptions of Obama can largely be attributed to a pair of key events. The first was the health-care legislation, “not the content but the way it was adopted. It was backroom politics, smoke-filled rooms, deals.”
The second was the Gulf: “They really looked at him and drew a different conclusion. They don’t see managerial experience; they started seeing that he hasn’t really managed the crisis.” The focus groups in Florida and Arkansas seemed most focused on the president’s response to the spill.[snip]
“You kept hearing words like ‘downhill,’ ‘bankrupt,’ ‘falling apart.’ There was no optimism or hope for the future. They have no reason to believe things will get better. . . . On Obama, they described him as ‘all style, no substance.’ They gave him credit for being a good speaker and charismatic, but characterized him as not coming through and not delivering.”
Um, “all style, no substance”. Anyone remember this?:
“President Obama’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform is meeting today as part of its efforts to craft recommendations by December on how best to address America’s red-ink problem. [snip]
Yet the president’s decision to establish a commission to address a problem he described as potentially catastrophic seems odd in light of his earlier criticism of commissions in general. As Ari Shapiro noted on National Public Radio today, the president mocked the notion of commissions to address problems back when he was a candidate.
Here’s Mr. Obama on September 18, 2008, not long after the economic collapse: “Senator McCain’s first answer to this economic crisis was – get ready for it – a commission. That’s Washington-speak for ‘we’ll get back to you later.'”
“Folks, we don’t need a commission to spend a few years and a lot of taxpayer money to tell us what’s going on in our economy,” he continued. “We don’t need a commission to tell us gas prices are high or that you can’t pay your bills. We don’t need a commission to tell us you’re losing your jobs. We don’t need a commission to study this crisis, we need a President who will solve it – and that’s the kind of President I intend to be.”
Um, by Obama’s own flowery words he stands condemned – a failure of leadership. “We’ll get back to you later”.
“Still, as Shapiro notes, most commissions end up having little real world impact – much as then-candidate Obama suggested. (One notable exception is the Sept. 11 commission.) The deficit commission is just one of at least four commissions set up by the Obama White House: there are also commissions on the BP oil leak, nuclear power and potentially creating a museum of the American Latino.”
Hillary Hater Dick Morris does not miss the clues strewn about right in front of everyone, while Big Media wastes time fixated on Obama verbiage. Morris makes several points which we have made earlier and repeatedly: (1) Hillary and Bill coordinate; (2) 2010 will write the tale for 2012:
“A little bit of daylight has begun to emerge between the Clintons and President Obama. As the president’s ratings drop — recently, particularly among liberals — the first signs are beginning to show of distance between the former rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination.
As always with the Clintons, the signs are made evident by a carefully choreographed two-step in which they fill their separate roles, one as an outsider and the other as a loyal insider to the Obama Administration. But never doubt that everything these two do is coordinated and orchestrated.
On Bill’s end, there emerge faint signs of disagreement with the president. Commenting on the Gulf oil spill, the former president warned against ratcheting up the rhetoric against BP noting that it is that firm’s expertise upon which the Administration must rely to end the spill and terminate the slide in his ratings that it has triggered. More confrontationally, Bill has endorsed Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff for the Democratic Senate nomination in Colorado even as the Obama White House is strongly backing Michael Bennet, the Democratic Senator appointed to fill the seat vacated by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. For Bill Clinton to challenge Obama so overtly to a proxy battle in the Colorado Senate primary is, indeed, remarkable considering his wife’s role in the Administration.”
The Hillary Hate is strong with Dick Morris (a foolish addiction for Dick, and Republicans, if he truly wants to defeat Barack Obama) but he gets right the meaning of 2010:
“Hillary, as befits her position — but not necessarily her personality — is more demure. While she takes no shots at her boss and does not cross him in any way, she is gradually expanding her purview beyond the foreign affairs mandate of her job. It was Secretary of State Clinton who first released to the media the fact that Obama’s Justice Department would be suing the state of Arizona over their new anti-illegal immigration law. And it was also the Secretary of State who noted that she felt that rich people were not paying their “fair share” of taxes in the U.S., while carefully explaining that she was only expressing her personal views. Would Condi Rice have thusly spoken out? Or Madeline Albright? Or even Colin Powell?
Hillary’s forays into domestic policy issues come through her role as a former presidential candidate, not the most comfortable of hats to wear while working in the White House of one’s former adversary.
So…where will this lead? If Obama recovers his popularity and keeps control of Congress it won’t lead to anything. But should his drop continue and the Republicans win the 2010 elections, a groundswell could emerge for Hillary for the 2012 nomination. The Clintons’ moves indicate that they are fully aware of this possibility and want to be in a position to exploit it should the opportunity arise.
The more immediate impact, however, will likely be harsh and swift retaliation from the Obama White House, particularly against Bill for his Romanoff endorsement. These boys and girls come from Chicago where politics is played a little bit differently. Look for no more presidential missions to North Korea or Haiti for a while for the former president and for some strong indication of White House displeasure.”
Dick Morris must have missed the already hot war of attacks from Barack Obama against Bill and Hillary Clinton and the earlier counterattacks. Dick Morris is correct however about the Colorado race and Bill Clinton’s slap on Obama’s face with a dueling glove. It will be an Obama vs. Bill faceoff in Colorado. The White House was not informed of Bill Clinton’s endorsement of Romanoff and this lack of warning alone must have shocked the White House.
(Also, savor the true political brilliance of Bill Clinton: After single-handedly getting the nomination for Blanche Lincoln in Arkansas (the Big Blog Boys hated her and declared that her defeat would make them powers to be feared and that with her defeat a powerful message would be sent that they are to be feared and worshiped) Bill Clinton turns around and comes to the rescue at a crucial moment for their favorite in the Colorado race. Big Blog Boys are now on the same side as Bill Clinton against Barack Obama. Bill must have laughed his glasses off at that bit of jujitsu.)
So lovely and debonair has Bill Clinton’s deft Romanoff endorsement been that even the Hopium laced Politico was forced to explain and partially retract some of their truly dumb reporting.
“Bill Clinton’s stunning endorsement of an underdog insurgent running against the White House’s handpicked candidate in the Colorado senatorial primary should be proof that whatever the public perception may be of a united front between President Barack Obama and the former president, Clinton remains very much his own man – and his own political force.
The email Clinton sent out urging support for Andrew Romanoff went a long way toward undoing the impression Clinton had given – thanks to his rescue mission to Arkansas on behalf of Sen. Blanche Lincoln earlier this month – that he had become a reliable White House ally willing to do the heavy lifting in support of Obama’s favorite candidates.[snip]
In fact, even Clinton’s mission to Arkansas – contrary to some reports – was not on assignment, but as part of his own, long quest to repay favors to his wife’s presidential campaign. [snip]
Democrats with a close knowledge of the Clinton-Obama relationship declined to talk about it publicly, because both sides see the value of public harmony.[snip]
But it retains an intensely competitive edge. Obama’s criticism during the campaign of Clinton’s compromises when he was in office deeply rankled the former president. One former Clinton aide put a comparison of the men’s political skills bluntly: “He’s still the best. He’s better than Obama.””
That “impression” of subservience came from Politico, not Bill Clinton. Those reports of Bill on “assignment” came from Politico, not anyone with any sense. We await, without holding our breaths, the day that Politico retracts in toto the silly report called “Game Over, The Clintons Stand Alone“.
Dick Morris also has the correct insight into the recent Bill Clinton comments praising Barack Obama. Praising Barack Obama? In the same way Marc Anthony praised the treacherous Brutus and the “lean and hungry” Cassius – Bill Clinton praised Barack Obama. “For Brutus is an honorable man” says Bill, and a few scenes later Brutus Obama is chased out of the city and into oblivion.
From his little Obama praising skit, astute watchers of Bill Clinton will notice how Bill Clinton demands action (“blow up the well!”) from the action-less Barack. The “fire eating preacher” comparison to Obama can easily be construed as a Jeremiah Wright reference. The details from Bill Clinton on the Gulf situation (did you know about all the Vietnamese in the region Bill talks about?), the “ya gotta be who you are”, the repeated ‘I’m not second guessing anybody’, the talks about the skimmers from other countries is a total juxtaposition of what a real leader looks like and speaks like and knows from the callow fella this Barack creature is.
Indeed, so callow is Barack Obama that increasingly he is called a woman.
In some woman hating quarters, Barack Obama’s weakness and vanity and preening and self-absorption, and easily distracted airheaded-ness is seen as womanly. It’s a stupid lack of understanding about the human race. Some women are Obama-ish, some women are strong leaders like Hillary and Sarah Palin. Some black people are disgusting, some black people are wonderful. Some black people are arrogant [fill in the “uppity” attack from Big Blog White Boys here], some black people are humble and well adjusted. Some white people are disgusting, some white people are wonderful. Some white people are arrogant, some white people are humble and well adjusted. Repeated these sentences for all groups, all races, all genders, etc. etc.
But for some, Barack Obama, the weak and silly (let’s call weak and silly women Obamaish from now on), is now a woman:
“If Bill Clinton was our first black president, as Toni Morrison once proclaimed, then Barack Obama may be our first woman president. [snip]
No, I’m not calling Obama a girlie president. But . . . he may be suffering a rhetorical-testosterone deficit when it comes to dealing with crises, with which he has been richly endowed.[snip]
Women, inarguably, still are punished for failing to adhere to gender norms by acting “too masculine” or “not feminine enough.” In her fascinating study about “Hating Hillary,” Karlyn Kohrs Campbell details the ways our former first lady was chastised for the sin of talking like a lawyer and, by extension, “like a man.” [snip]
His lack of immediate, commanding action was perceived as a lack of leadership because, well, it was. When he finally addressed the nation on day 56 (!) of the crisis, Obama’s speech featured 13 percent passive-voice constructions, the highest level measured in any major presidential address this century, according to the Global Language Monitor, which tracks and analyzes language.”
Obama is Obama and that is his weakness. Bill Clinton is Bill Clinton and that is his strength. Hillary Clinton is Hillary Clinton and that is her strength. But in politics Bill and Hillary are on the same page and that page sure is interesting to read:
“Bubba is back, and that’s bad news for Barry
The current Clinton resurgence may or may not be the groundwork for a 2012 primary challenge of our beleaguered president. That will depend on when (and if) President Obama can pull himself out of his current skid.
But whether this is the start of Hillary’s revenge or just some flexing by the former first lady and her globetrotting husband, it’s still bad news for Obama. Americans may not be certain if they’re ready for a Republican president, but the chorus of regret over Hillary’s 2008 loss is deafening.
Obama, anointed as “our first female president” by Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker for his preference for talk over action, has proven himself passive and vain. His secretary of state, meanwhile, seems tough, decisive and a self-sacrificing team player.
The first 18 months of the Obama presidency have played perfectly to Hillary’s 2008 pitch: Obama is not man enough for the job, but she is.“
Hillary was and is ready, Obama won’t be ready ever. “Talk about comprehensive, abstract solutions to concrete problems” and commissions and flowery speeches from Obama.
“It’s not just the 3 a.m. calls that Obama seems to struggle with. Whether it is an emerging crisis, like the explosion of an oil platform, or a long-standing problem, like the stalled American enterprise in Afghanistan, Obama prefers to let all the calls go to voicemail.
Obama likes to talk about comprehensive, abstract solutions to concrete problems. You say “border security” and he says “path to citizenship.” You say “plug the hole” and he says “global warming.” You say “unemployment” and he says “economic sustainability.”
It’s no wonder that in a poll by Rasmussen Reports, 57 percent said Hillary was qualified to be president compared with the 51 percent who said Obama has what it takes.”
And let’s never forget the “race speech” in which Obama distracted from the issues of his 20 years plus with Jeremiah Wright in order to emit a lecture on race relations. All the flowery words and speeches but no functioning, competent solutions. No wonder there is such a renaissance of Big Pinkism in the wider world of Big Media:
“We’ve felt a few tremors of ambition from the former first lady in Foggy Bottom.
She has stampeded the administration on announcing some topics near to her heart, particularly the awarding of partner benefits to gay federal employees and filing a federal lawsuit against Arizona’s illegal-immigration crackdown.
There has also been the occasional Clinton insider whispering to a friendly reporter about how the secretary is left out of the Obama inner circle and can’t overcome Obama’s aloofness.
Also note well where she has made her friends in the administration. She is chummy with the warriors — siding with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and keeping lots of channels open to the trigger pullers, including the recently ousted Gen. Stanley McChrystal.[snip]
When you heard Bill Clinton tell Wolf Blitzer that he felt bad for Obama about the pounding he was taking on the oil spill he might as well have been saying “I told you so.”
Bubba’s pitch two years ago was that Obama might make Democrats feel good, but that he couldn’t deliver.
When Clinton then suggested that it might be time to bring in the Navy to blow up the leaking oil riser and then dump a million tons of stone on the hole, he showed that there was another way to handle the situation than holding meetings on whose ass to kick.
Billy Jeff Clinton has been everywhere lately: Taking the heat for the administration’s effort to bribe Rep. Joe Sestak out of the Pennsylvania Senate primary. Saving Blanche Lincoln’s candidacy in Arkansas. Blowing his vuvuzela with Nelson Mandela in South Africa for the World Cup. Laughing off Valdimir Putin’s denials about the recent Russian spy bust.
But the big moment came when Bill endorsed former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff, who is running a campaign to knock off Obama’s man, Sen. Michael Bennet.
Clinton’s endorsement came when Romanoff needed it most — just at the end of the fundraising cycle when Romanoff needed a boost to show he was viable against the White House-backed Bennet.
It was a neat play for Clinton. By lobbing a grenade into the race, he shows that he’s hip with the more “progressive” Romanoff and that he has his own mind on politics. Rather than just running Obama’s errands and trying to get people out of races as he did with Sestak, Clinton is bucking the system.
Just as he did in 2008, Bill is testing the limits of how hard he can hit Obama without causing a backlash.
If Obama continues to weaken, count on Bill to take heavier shots.”
And do we need to mention that both Blanche Lincoln and Andrew Romanoff endorsed Hillary over Obama in 2008?
Is it a farfetched notion? Not if we can drive Obama from the race by dealing political death, doom, and destruction to Obama and his Dimocrats in November. The task is easier today than it was when we first proposed it.
Barack and Scowly must be sent packing back to the swamps and slaughterhouses of Chicago. Both Barack and Scowly are aware of the danger to their endless parties and Versailles life. On June 17, 2009, Mark Halperin (now with Obama lovin’ MSNBC) wrote:
“He has a ferocious political operation that is thinking clearly everyday about avoiding a nomination fight and about re-election in 2012.”
A nomination fight in all likelihood will not be against Hillary Clinton. If Hillary Clinton decides to run in 2012 or 2016 it will not be for herself but for the country. After Obama has so debased the once great Democratic Party (now the Obama Dimocratic Party) it might be impossible to put the pieces together again into a coherent winning whole. But if anyone can do it, it is Hillary.
On the last day of last year we wrote, “The insanity will be stopped with sanity. It will begin with massive Dimocratic defeats in November 2010. The insanity will end with Hillary 2012.”
Earlier this year, we also wrote:
“The ideal situation, which will cause the sexists and misogynist to die or be killed, would be a Hillary Clinton versus Sarah Palin presidential battle in 2012. The sexists and misogynist will pleasure themselves with dreams of a “catfight” between two strong women. But for an America in desperate need of a philosophical battle, not an orgy of veiled and not so veiled sexual assaults such as Barack Obama waged in 2008, a Hillary Clinton versus Sarah Palin contest will illuminate. First Barack Obama must be forced off the political stage and back to the filth of Lake Michigan where he can extract new sums of money from the Chicago mob. On that first point Hillary Clinton supporters and Sarah Palin supporters can all agree – we have interests which coincide.“
Geographic tectonic plates are shifting causing earthquakes and possibly volcanoes all over the world. Is there any doubt that political tectonic plates are moving as well? Aristotle warned us that “Nature abhors a vacuum.” In the vacuum of leadership America suffocates under today, a leader will emerge. That next leader will likely be a woman. If not, it will likely be a rough beast, slouching from Chicago.
2010 will foretell 2012.