Hooray for us. Today is our anniversary. Four years and still kicking.
Four years of warning about Barack Obama and now much of our writing is conventional wisdom. Those in the Democratic Party that shouted HOPE, CHANGE, RACISTS, agree with us:
“The budget deal, angrily rejected by Nancy Pelosi as it passed Thursday, was the last straw. Patricia Murphy on why some liberals are now pushing for a primary challenge to the president.
As President Obama headed to Chicago Thursday afternoon to kick off the first official fundraiser of his re-election campaign, he left behind a sizable collection of dispirited Democrats.
They were not relishing the chance to vote on a budget-cutting bill that had been forged without their input and that most found repugnant. [snip]
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, warned that the $38 billion in promised cutbacks would hurt the most vulnerable Americans. “We don’t have enough time to talk about the ways it violates our values,” he told The Daily Beast.
There is no more visible symbol of Democratic disgruntlement than the woman who was perhaps the president’s closest ally when she wielded the speaker’s gavel. When Nancy Pelosi voted against the budget measure Thursday, she did little to hide her anger with the White House over the fact that Obama, for the first time, had left her out of the negotiations on a major deal. Instead, he chose to work directly with Boehner and Reid to hammer out the compromise that each could take back to their caucuses for approval.
“I have been very disappointed in the administration to the point where I’m embarrassed that I endorsed him,” one senior Democratic lawmaker said. “It’s so bad that some of us are thinking, is there some way we can replace him? How do you get rid of this guy?”
Isn’t that just sad? “How do you get rid of this guy?. You bought him, you own him. Wallow in your misery. We told you he was a flim-flam con man from Chicago and nothing he says can be believed or trusted:
“For many Democrats, the budget bill was only the latest in a string of disappointments served up from the White House since 2009, when Obama swept into office on a tide of goodwill and a platform of base-pleasing promises they say he hasn’t lived up to. On the list are his pledges to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, pass comprehensive immigration reform, and end the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.
In 2008, for example, Obama promised Latino groups that he would pass comprehensive reform within a year of taking office. But he made no serious push to do so when the Democrats controlled the House and Senate. Latinos are further incensed over the fact that his administration is deporting a record number of illegal immigrants, more than under George W. Bush.”
Isn’t that just sad? The fools believed him. They actually believed him. Now the tears are flowing like pink champagne:
“But a number of Democrats are past protesting the president, discussing among themselves ways to recruit a primary challenger in 2012.
“I have been very disappointed in the administration to the point where I’m embarrassed that I endorsed him,” one senior Democratic lawmaker said. “It’s so bad that some of us are thinking, is there some way we can replace him? How do you get rid of this guy?” The member, who would discuss the strategy only on the condition of anonymity, called the discontent with Obama among the caucus “widespread,” adding: “Nobody is saying [they want him out] publicly, but a lot of people wish it could be so. Never say never.”
They sound like “racists”.
A Marist poll out today pegs Obama approval at 44%. The poll undersamples Republicans and oversamples Dimocrats. Likewise a new Washington Post/ABC poll pegs Obama approval at 47% but it too manifests the same sample problems. Those who will absolutely vote for Obama in 2012 are 28%. Those who will absolutely NOT vote for Obama are a solid 45%.
Obama is not doing much better in Gallup polls:
“The latest Gallup Daily tracking three-day average represents a new low for Barack Obama, with just 41 percent of Americans approving his job performance as president. This matches his previous lows in August 2010 and October 2010, just before the mid-term elections, and it is significantly down from his 2011 average of 48 percent. The president’s disapproval rating now stands at 50 percent, the highest point since August last year. In contrast, George W. Bush’s approval rating at this stage of his presidency stood at 70 percent (April 2003), and the average for US presidents in the ninth quarter stands at 57 percent.
Disconcertingly for the White House, his ratings have plummeted among independents, from an average of 44 percent in 2011 to just 35 percent this week, devastating figures if translated at the ballot box in 2012, where securing the independent vote will be vital. Even among Democrats, support for the president is now running at just 77 percent, down four points from the 2011 average, and down seven points from the average for 2009-11.
As Gallup points out, Obama is now as unpopular as he has been at any stage of his presidency:”
How do we get rid of this guy?
“The latest Gallup figures are even worse than the most recent Quinnipiac University national poll released at the end of March, which tracked Obama at just 42 percent approval. As I noted in a previous piece, President Obama receives strong negativity ratings for his handling of virtually all key issues, including the economy, budget deficit, health care, foreign policy and energy policy:”
Obama’s reaction is to ramp up on the petulance. Brad Watson took on Obama fairly and he got the treatment from Obama that Trump is gets from the Republican/conservative “leadership”. “Let me finish my answers the next time we do an interview…” cried the petulant one. Maybe that’s why he is so “unpopular in Texas” and the Dimocratic House caucus.
In an unrelated matter, Allen West took a page from Trump and compared Obama’s arrogance to a “third world dictator.” At least Texan George W. Bush was only called a “cowboy.”
How do we get rid of this guy? Donald Trump is trying but the Republicans/conservative “leadership” prefers L.L. Bean decked high school guidance counselors. The “leadership”, as opposed to the rank and file of Republicans/conservatives, don’t like the birth certificate issue The Donald employs to beat up on The Fraud:
“A new survey shows doubters of President Barack Obama’s birthplace well-represented among Republicans in critical caucus-state Iowa.
• 48 percent of Iowa GOPers don’t think Obama was born in the U.S.
• 26 percent say they aren’t sure.
• Another 26 percent believe he was born in U.S.
• 63 percent of Iowa Republicans say they won’t support a candidate who endorsed a health insurance mandate – an issue that has bedeviled Mitt Romney.
• Like so many Iowa polls, Mike Huckabee is on top of the pack. He nets 27 percent of the vote, followed by Romney at 16 percent and Donald Trump at 14 percent. No one else breaks into double-digits.”
Polls like that spur the “leadership” of the Republican/conservative movement into attacking, not Obama, but Trump. Big Media is all in on the “Dump Trump, Fluff The Fraud” hijinks:
“Republican activists in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina appear deeply intrigued by, and open to, a run by Donald Trump, the publicity-loving business tycoon and host of NBC’s “The Apprentice,” even as he perpetuates falsehoods about Obama’s citizenship and questions the legitimacy of his presidency.
“I hear more and more people talking about Donald Trump,” said Glenn McCall, Republican Party chairman in South Carolina’s York County. “He’s got people fired up.”
Trump has got Republicans/conservative activists “fired up” and Obama “wee-weed up”. Instead of allowing The Donald a chance to bloody The Fraud, the “leadership” is in protect Obama mode, just like Big Media. The “leadership” does not want “forceful, colorful” – the “leadership” wants bland and threadbare. Big Media, eager to exploit the supporters of other candidates, is busy creating narratives with which to protect their golden calf:
“These Republican officials and activists stopped short of saying they see Trump as the eventual nominee. But they said their party is hungry for forceful, colorful figures to attack Obama and other Democrats on health care, spending and other issues. [snip]
There’s a political vacuum in the GOP, insiders say, and it’s being filled by an unusually large and diverse number of White House hopefuls. [snip]
Palin’s apparent fade and Trump’s rise are arguably the most surprising events in recent weeks, as more establishment-oriented contenders, including former governors Romney of Massachusetts and Pawlenty of Minnesota, took formal steps toward full-fledged candidacies. [snip]
This early in the race, polls measure name recognition more than anything else. That may help explain strong showings by Trump and Huckabee. The Arkansas Republican won the 2008 Iowa caucus and hosts a TV show, but has done little to signal he will run again. Trump, meanwhile, is turning heads in early voting states, including Iowa where he’s slated to headline the state GOP’s summer fundraiser June 10.
“He is causing conversations,” said Trudy Caviness, the GOP chairwoman in Iowa’s Wapello County.
McCall said Trump “is saying on the national stage what other people won’t talk about.”
That includes talking about trade, China and oil dependency. But Trump’s biggest buzz stems from his embrace of the claim that Obama wasn’t born in the United States, and therefore is constitutionally barred from being president.
Documents, including Obama’s birth certificate, show he was born in Hawaii in 1961.
Several Republican activists said they don’t care much about Obama’s birthplace, but they’re tired of waiting for the more establishment-backed challengers to challenge the president often and fiercely. For some, Trump fills that void. [snip]
Trump also said he opposes increasing the nation’s debt limit, even though experts have said that could cause the government to default on its debts. “I wouldn’t raise it,” he said. “You’re going to have to make a (political) deal someplace. You might as well do it right now. I’d do it right now. I’d stop it right now.”
In New Hampshire, Republican activist Phyllis Woods of Dover said she was surprised by the commotion Trump is causing.
Not all GOP insiders embrace Trump.
“You’ve got Donald Trump on TV making a fool of himself,” said Leigh Macneil, the Republican chairman in New Hampshire’s Merrimack County. Macneil said Trump is filling a regretful vacuum because more mainstream candidates are holding back. “We’re looking for people who will step up,” he said. He wishes more outspoken, forceful candidates would jump in, especially New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Indiana Rep. Mike Pence.”
It’s divide and conquer and the Republican/conservative “leadership” does not see it – or wants to join the Big Media narrative in order to embrace non-candidates they audaciously dream will come to save them. These other “serious” candidates will then be beaten up by Big Media. The “leadership” wants to stuff Ronald Reagan with sawdust and parade him around the country as the candidate of choice.
Too bad the voters don’t agree. Republicans/conservatives in the rank and file, as opposed to the “leadership” are about to experience what Hillary Clinton supporters experienced from the Democratic “leadership”.
Years after we declared Obama the Third Bush Term (check the side panel morph pictures and articles) McClatchy Newspapers acknowledges our claim:
“He ran as the anti-Bush.
Silver-tongued, not tongue-tied. A team player on the world stage, not a lone cowboy. A man who’d put a stop to reckless Bush policies at home and abroad. In short, Barack Obama represented Change.
Well, that was then. Now, on one major policy after another, President Barack Obama seems to be morphing into George W. Bush.“
Imagine that. The flim-flam con man from Chicago said one thing and does something else. Who would’a thunk it? The Third Bush Term:
“On the nation’s finances, the man who once ripped Bush as a failed leader for seeking to raise the nation’s debt ceiling now wants to do it himself.
On terrorism, he criticized Bush for sending suspected terrorists to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and denying them access to U.S. civilian courts. Now he says he’ll do the same.
On taxes, he called the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy wrong, and lately began calling again to end them. But in December he signed a deal with Republicans to extend them for two years, and recently he called the entire tax cut package good for the country.”
Democrats and Republicans, Bush Haters, Bush Lovers – we can all now agree on one thing
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.
Willard Romney is busy eating sawdust just in case the “leadership” decides to parade him around as the “winner”. The “leadership” is busy:
“Leading Republicans are mounting an attack on real estate tycoon Donald Trump, worried that his flirtation with a 2012 presidential run hurts their chances to field a serious challenge to Barack Obama.
Many Republican officials doubt the billionaire and celebrity TV star known as The Donald actually wants the pain and suffering that comes with a presidential campaign. They see him as a self-promoting publicity hound and his talk of a White House bid as a stunt drawing more attention to himself.
But polls show Trump getting a bounce from his highly public consideration of a campaign and his foray into “birther” politics, the idea some conservatives cling to that Obama was born in Kenya instead of Hawaii and so can not legally hold the presidency.
Concerns voiced by party elites suggest they are worried that the news media’s fascination with Trump is crowding out some of the attention normally bestowed on the most serious of the Republican candidates.
Even if Trump emerged victorious as the Republican nominee, influential party players seem to doubt that he’d be able to defeat Obama.
Karl Rove, who was the architect of Republican George W. Bush’s two presidential victories, called Trump a “joke candidate” for focusing on Obama’s birth certificate. [snip]
And conservative newspaper columnist George Will told ABC News’ “This Week” online “Green Room” segment that Trump is a “blatherskite.””
“That is a word my grandmother was fond of as someone who blathers promiscuously,” Will said.
All this leads Jennifer Cook, a political expert at the non-partisan Cook Political Report, to conclude: “It does seem that the GOP establishment is now engaged in a serious effort to undermine Trump’s candidacy.”
“Blatherskite”? Aren’t pundits then “blatherskites” by definition? Trump took on a “blatherskite” this morning:
Trump is showing the way to fight the Chicago way. Don’t back down. If the “blatherskites” ask for your tax returns, ask for the birth certificate. If the “blatherskites” defend Obama tell them “George, they’ve co-opted you.” Then there is the Al Sharpton reverse racist card. The “blatherskites” will shout “Al Sharpton” in the same way that Obama Dimocrats shout “racists” – to shut you up – but don’t you let them shut you up.
After four years, the “blatherskites” have not shut us up. They won’t shut us up in 2012 either.
This past Sunday tornadoes killed 45 Americans in southern states. Five Americans were killed in Afghanistan, casualties of a suicide bombing. Obama went golfing.
“Fore” more years. “Now, watch this drive.”