“It took President Obama fewer than 50 days to go from shellacking to swashbuckling.
Seven weeks earlier to the day, the president faced harsh questions about his leadership as he took responsibility for Democrats’ loss of the House in the previous day’s election. But the man who faced reporters Tuesday afternoon in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building was treated by his questioners as a conquering colossus – and Obama didn’t mind wearing those shoes. [snip]
He bestowed superlatives on his accomplishments:
“The most productive post-election period we’ve had in decades.”
“The most productive two years that we’ve had in generations.”
“The most significant arms-control agreement in nearly two decades.”
“The biggest upgrade of America’s food-safety laws since the Great Depression.”
“Al-Qaeda is more hunkered down than they have been since the original invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.”
More! Most! Biggest! And when he wasn’t praising his accomplishments, he was praising himself: “One thing I hope people have seen during this lame-duck, I am persistent. I am persistent. You know, if I believe in something strongly, I stay on it.”‘
He should have kept most of that, um, stuff, in the sack. But like the celebrity he is he cannot help but be persistent and go on television and jump on sofas. Now no matter how much he tries the box office is not what it used to be.
It is back to “messianic status”. It’s time to try to steal “comeback kid” from the holster of the real Houdini “comeback kid”. “And that was about as tough as the questioning got.”
“Obama even looked better: The makeup was heavy, the lip injury faded, his blue tie coordinated with the curtains. He gave his questioners only half an hour – which turned out to be more than enough for the gentle lines of inquiry. [snip]
Obama, minutes from departure for his Hawaiian vacation, played along.”
Another month, another vacation.
Some of us recall something Barney Frank said during the primaries when Obama and the Hopium Guzzlers were so into “turning pages”.
“This brings me to my particular concern with Senator Obama’s vehement disassociation of himself and those he seeks to represent from “the fights of the nineties.” I am very proud of many of the fights I engaged in in the nineties, as well as the eighties and before. Senator Obama also bemoans the “same bitter partisanship” of that period and appears to me to be again somewhat critical of those of us who he believes to have been engaged in it.
I agree that it would have been better not to have had to fight over some of the issues that occupied us in the nineties. But there would have been only one way to avoid them — and that would have been to give up. More importantly, the only way I can think of to avoid “refighting the same fights we had in the 1990’s”, to quote Senator Obama, is to let our opponents win these fights without a struggle.”
We miss that Barney. We miss a lot of our once friends who used to be interested in telling the truth and not polishing a lie.
Want a health care bill to tout as “unprecedented”? Surrender to Big PhaRma on profits, abort the concerns of women, and rob the elderly on Medicare. Want a painless budget resolution? Rob Social Security. That’s the way to win – don’t fight, just surrender.
“Hillary Clinton supporters’ Christmas message: We told you so.
After the worst two years any Democratic president has ever had, with Democrats, liberals, and moderates fed up with him and knowing there is nothing but coal in their political and policy stockings, and after Obama did to the Democratic Party in 2 years what it took George W Bush to do to the Republicans in 8, Hillary Clinton supporters Christmas message to all those responsible for the mess of a presidency that is Obama is undoubtedly ” we told you so”.
And it’s not like it wasn’t obvious from the beginning. Obama had displayed his entire political life, but especially during the Democratic primaries, that he was the most underhanded, unscrupulous, dishonest, untrustworthy politician since Richard Nixon. But with none of Nixon’s grasp on real politics, how government works, foreign policy and certainly none of Nixon’s toughness.
So why all of Obama’s supporters are complaining now is hard to understand. There was nothing, absolutely nothing from day one, to recommend Obama on any level or suggest to anyone that Obama had any business being president, from his flagrant political dishonesty on display daily during the primaries and continuing into his presidency, his complete lack of conscience when it came to anything except his own political fortunes and his lack of ability evidenced in the fact that he had accomplished exactly nothing — zero — in 13 years as an elected official. Democrats can now add to Obama’s resume that he absolutely wasted the biggest congressional majority any president has had in 50 years.”
But, but, but, according to Big Media and other Obama acolytes he is a colossus with a sack full of, um, stuff ready to unload on our heads next year after the great gifts he bestowed on America this year:
“Washington has rushed to declare President Obama a political Lazarus based on an active and successful lame duck session of Congress that saw tax rates extended for two years, the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and will likely on Wednesday add the ratification of a nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia.
But Obama’s accomplishments are likely to be mere foothills compared to the heights that the president and Congress will be forced to scale in the months ahead. The impact of the lame duck on his reelection prospects in 2012 will almost certainly be small. [snip]
Van Hollen said he expects incoming House Speaker John Boehner, Ohio Republican, to push for reducing spending to 2008 levels in the new CR. Boehner, however, has not said when he will try to make significant spending cuts, and there is a good chance he could do so even sooner than March.
Also in the spring, the national debt is likely to be nearing its current ceiling of $14.3 trillion, requiring an act of Congress to raise it. Former Republican Sen. Alan Simpson, who served as a co-chair of Obama’s deficit commission, has predicted a “political bloodbath” during this debt limit fight.
In fact the debate over how to solve the nation’s debt problem and runaway entitlement spending will begin in February when Obama releases his proposed budget for the 2012 fiscal year that begins in October.
And it’s likely that the budget, CR and debt ceiling fights will be just the beginning of a tumultuous year that could make the lame duck’s relative bipartisan spirit a quickly forgotten relic.”
Republicans know what matters is budgets. How you spend your money, and how much money you have to spend is what governing is all about. But not to worry, Obama will score many “wins” as he begins bit by bit to loot Social Security to pay for his shiny objects and vacations. The Republicans will be all too willing to help Obama “win” many more such “victories”.
“I’m getting whiplash trying to follow the Democrats’ talking points. First, it was a disaster when Obama agreed to extend the Bush tax cuts. Obama was a wimp. Then it was a horrid error to allow the omnibus spending bill to die (and with it all that funding for ObamaCare). The White House, liberals complained, also blew it on the DREAM act. And now, presto: Obama has mounted a phenomenal comeback!
Not exactly. The sources of the left’s delight — repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” and ratification of the New START treaty — are irrelevant to the vast majority of Americans. Voters care, as the Democrats should have but refused to learn during the referendum of 2010 (the midterms results were, one wit cracked, “a restraining order” on liberal statism), about the economy, jobs and the growth of government. These are far and away the most important issues in every credible survey, and will be the focus of the Republicans’ 2011 agenda.
And if the highlight of Obama’s term, according to outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was the “historic” ObamaCare legislation, then the highlight could soon be extinguished. Obama’s central domestic achievement is facing judicial scrutiny, a Republican onslaught to repeal, or at least defund, it, and a public that has never “learned” to love the bill.”
“Follow the money” is more than just a Watergate relic. It’s called governing. Republicans are governing and Obama Dimocrats are only interested in the bright spotlights of fame and celebrity and a shiny golden calf.
“Only inside the Beltway could the passage of an arms control treaty and repeal of DADT consume so many for so long and result in such exaggerated punditry. Would Republicans have traded wins on DADT and START for their wins on the DREAM act, the tax deal and the omnibus spending bill? Not in a million years. [snip]
They also confuse legislative achievement with political success. If passing stuff was the secret to a political comeback, then the Democrats after ObamaCare and the stimulus plan would have had the greatest year ever.”
Yup. Conservative Jennifer Rubin sounds exactly like Massachusetts liberal Barney Frank:
“But as long as the left wants to succumb to conservatives on the issues that voters care most about — taxes and spending — I suppose conservatives should keep mum. So let’s keep this just between us.”
Republican/conservative Jennifer Rubin must be peering into our Big Pink crystal ball:
“… I don’t see how Democrats could have missed the implications of the defeat of the omnibus for ObamaCare. The aide, with obvious relish, dismissed the idea that Democrats in effect missed this one. He told me, “I think senators knew there was funding in the omni. That makes it all the sweeter: [Senate Democrats] would have had to force a fight to spend more and fund a bill that half the country not only hates, but wants to defund.” [snip]
How did Democrats wind up in this fix? A GOP operative and former Senate staffer e-mails me that “after the omnibus collapsed, [Senate Majority Leader Harry] Reid didn’t have an alternative. If conservatives are feeling bad about START, they should be really happy about this. With the new Congress in January, the GOP will be in a strong position on fighting ObamaCare.”
In other words, the loss of funding is directly attributable to the slothful behavior of House and Senate leaders who passed no budget or appropriations bills before the lame-duck session. They assumed, I guess, that Republicans would roll over and pass an omnibus spending bill after an election, one that everyone had assumed was going to go badly for the Democrats. Well, that was poor planning. The failure was then compounded by Reid, who dramatically overreached on the omnibus, making it impossible to round up votes for cloture.
Defunding ObamaCare is not a new idea that Republicans came up with during the lame duck. It has been the subject of intense discussion by lawmakers, pundits, advisors and activists since the law was passed. The opportunity to defund ObamaCare simply came sooner than expected. And for that, Republicans can only thank Reid and soon-to-be former Speaker Nancy Pelosi.”
Brilliant chess players this triumvirate of clowns – Obama, Reid, Pelosi.
Sounding very much like a Frank Sinatra song we love, even some in Big Media understand that Obama and his Hopium Guzzlers had a “terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year”:
“Obama’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year
WASHINGTON — Barack Obama’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year got off to a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad start.
There he was, on New Year’s Day, on vacation with his family in Hawaii, stuck on a secure phone with counterterrorism officials, trying to figure out what screw-ups had allowed a would-be terrorist to board a Christmas Day flight with explosives in his underwear.
Things only got worse for Obama when he returned to Washington in between a pair of epic winter storms.
From the start, 2010 delivered a string of setbacks that built up to an electoral shellacking come November, to use the president’s own word.”
But not to worry. It was a very good year we are told. ‘”This is what change looks like,” Obama said proudly, after the health care law passed.”
It was a very good year:
Unemployment rate: 9.7 percent. Presidential approval rating in Associated Press-GfK poll: 56 percent. Congressional approval: 42 percent.
The Jan. 19 election to fill the Senate seat vacated by the death of Obama’s ally and friend, Ted Kennedy, delivered a jarring result. [snip]
He was losing touch.
“Do they really get us and what we’re going through?” Obama wondered aloud.[snip]
Unemployment rate: 9.7 percent. [snip]
Unemployment rate: 9.7 percent. Presidential approval rating: 53 percent. Congressional approval: 22 percent. [snip]
In the fierce maneuvering for a health care law, Democrats rained favors in back rooms to placate deep-pocketed special interests and wavering lawmakers. Spring arrived like streaks of mud on the carpet.
It was a mess. [snip]
“This is a big f—— deal.”
Obama took his victory on the road. In Iowa he dared Republicans to try to repeal the law. You could say he taunted them.
“Go for it,” he said. “Be my guest.” [snip]
Unemployment rate: 9.9 percent. Presidential approval rating: 49 percent. Congressional approval: 28 percent. [snip]
Four days later, oil was found leaking nearly a mile below the surface. [snip]
Unemployment rate: 9.7 percent. Presidential approval rating: 49 percent. Congressional approval: 28 percent.
The oil slick was massive and growing. [snip]
Overseas, just before Memorial Day weekend at home, a roadside bomb pushed the U.S. military death toll to 1,000 in Afghanistan, the war that Obama decided to fight with escalating force while withdrawing combat boots from Iraq. [snip]
Unemployment rate: 9.5 percent. Presidential approval rating: 50 percent. Congressional approval: 24 percent. [snip]
Unemployment rate: 9.5 percent.
The administration called it “Recovery Summer” but people didn’t seem to be buying it. [snip]
Joblessness is now. [snip]
Unemployment rate: 9.6 percent. Presidential approval rating: 49 percent. Congressional approval: 24 percent. [snip]
Michelle Obama’s five-day trip to the south of Spain with daughter Sasha touched off a mini-firestorm stoked by questions about the wisdom of such a glamorous trip and over-the-top speculation about who was footing the bill. Suddenly the popular first lady was being labeled a “material girl” sponging off taxpayers. [snip]
“It’s time to turn the page,” he said. [snip]
Unemployment rate: 9.6 percent. Presidential approval rating: 49 percent. Congressional approval: 26 percent.
Restive voters were not waiting for November to have their say. [snip]
Unemployment rate: 9.6 percent. Presidential approval rating: 49 percent. Congressional approval: 23 percent.
Obama campaigned largely in urban areas in liberal states, his unpopularity such that many Democrats wanted to keep their distance from him in the home stretch. [snip]
If Democrats used the health care law in their campaigns, it was to dissociate themselves from it. [snip]
Unemployment rate: 9.8 percent. Presidential approval rating: 47 percent. Congressional approval: 26 percent.
Obama was reflective the day after. He was not looking for asses to kick. [snip]
Obama blew off some steam at a pickup basketball game, coming away with a gashed lower lip needing 12 stitches. [snip]
The year drew to a close with the government in a defensive crouch against the drip-drip-drip of WikiLeaks disclosures. [snip]
A burst of bipartisanship came back, this time with teeth. It has left liberal Democrats feeling bitten.”
‘”This is what change looks like,” Obama said proudly, after the health care law passed.”
Yeah. Change for the worse.