In a splendid moment today, while campaigning in North Carolina, Barack Obama set the stage for tonight’s Republican debate in New Hampshire. The grinning Joker joked about his economic failures:
“President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness met today in Durham, NC at Cree Inc., a company that manufactures energy-efficient LED lighting. One of the Council’s recommendations to President Obama was to streamline the federal permit process for construction and infrastructure projects. It was explained to Obama that the permitting process can delay projects for “months to years … and in many cases even cause projects to be abandoned … I’m sure that when you implemented the Recovery Act your staff briefed you on many of these challenges.” At this point, Obama smiled and interjected, “Shovel-ready was not as … uh .. shovel-ready as we expected.” The Council, led by GE’s Jeffrey Immelt, erupted in laughter.
The Obama administration promised the Recovery Act (“the stimulus”) would prevent the jobless rate from going over 8%. It now stands at 9.1%.”
Jobless Americans are so funny. Failed policies are such great fodder for humor. Obama’s joke is another demonstration of what we have written often: Obama does not care that you know he does not care. Obama’s 2011 joke is the Republican’s 2012 laugh line – as Mitt Romney demonstrated earlier today:
Mitt Romney who is now the undisputed leader for the nomination in polls, will have to explain what Tim Pawlenty calls Obamneycare. Mitt Romney will have to put the health care issue to rest either tonight or in the future. The Obamneycare issue is not going away:
“A strong majority of Americans wants to repeal Obamacare, according to a poll released today by Rasmussen Reports.
The survey of likely voters finds that 54 percent at least somewhat favor repeal of the health care law while 35 percent are at least somewhat opposed. And the passion is with the opponents. Some 41 percent strongly favor appeal compared to 28 percent strongly oppose it.
Gosh, the promised White House campaign to sell and explain the law has never materialized. I guess that’s because the more Obama talked about it during the runup to passage, the less popular it became. Or so it seemed. At the very least, he didn’t help.
The Rasmussen poll is something of an outlier, but not inconsistent with other surveys. Polls in recent months by POLITICO, Hearst, and Bloomberg have shown a 6-10 percent margin for those who favor repeal.
What this means, with polling so awful a year after the legislation was passed, is that Obamacare remains a political weakness for Obama, and not one he is likely to solve before Election Day.”
The sideshows tonight will consist of Newt Gingrich trying to prove he is still breathing, Michelle Bachman tied to the Palin bashing Ed Rollins, Herman Cain explaining his not too gay views, Rick Santorum will wrestle a potted plant and the absent Jon Huntsman will, like Obama in Illinois, vote not present.