Some in Big Media and Republican circles are perplexed. They don’t understand how Obama can seriously state that he will veto a short term debt deal, thereby supposedly throwing the country into default, because he wants a long term debt deal. ‘Isn’t that making the perfect the enemy of the good?’ (if we take Barack Obama at his word – which we do not and no sensible person should either) these befuddled observers ask. It’s typical Obama flim-flam.
He’s played the same bullchips before. Hillary Clinton supporters remember – South Carolina, January 21, 2008:
“CLINTON: There was a particular amendment that I think is very telling. It was an amendment to prohibit credit card companies from charging more than 30 percent interest. Senator Obama voted for it. I voted against it. It was one of the biggest lobbyist victories on that very bad bill that the bankruptcy bill represented. And I think it’s important. You know, if you look at the recent article about Senator Obama’s work on health care reform in the Illinois legislature, it’s a very interesting piece about how he basically did the bidding of the insurance companies during that effort. Now, I’m just saying that if we’re going to…
CLINTON: … be hurling these charges against one another, I’m used to taking the incoming fire. I’ve taken it for 16 years. But when you get into this arena…
… you can’t expect to have a hands-off attitude about your record. And it is perfectly fair to have comparisons and contrasts. I voted against a 30 — I voted for limiting to 30 percent what credit card companies could charge. Senator Obama did not. That’s a fact.
OBAMA: Absolutely. It is a fact, because I thought 30 percent potentially was too high of a ceiling. So we had had no hearings…
… on that bill. It had not gone through the Banking Committee. I don’t know about a lot of folks here, most folks here, if they’ve got a credit card, are paying 29 percent. So under this provision, that would’ve been fine. And we had not created the kind of serious…
EDWARDS: You voted against it because the limit was too high, is that what you just said?
OBAMA: That is exactly what I just said, John, because…
EDWARDS: So there’s no limit at all.“
It was John Edwards’ only decent moment in 2008. Back then the issue was a ceiling on credit card interest rates. Now it’s a ceiling on the national debt. For Obama it is the same flim-flam. In both instances Obama makes the same convoluted argument. On the bankruptcy bill Obama did the bidding of the financial services industry and its lobbyists. Now Obama will do anything to prevent election year discussions of his own record on the economy, jobs, and the debt.
At that 2008 debate Hillary Clinton warned the nation:
“CLINTON: Well, you know, Senator Obama, it is very difficult having a straight-up debate with you, because you never take responsibility for any vote, and that has been a pattern. You, in the — now, wait a minute. In the Illinois state legislature…
CLINTON: Just a minute. In the Illinois state senate, Senator Obama voted 130 times present. That’s not yes, that’s not no. That’s maybe. And on issue after issue that really were hard to explain or understand, you know, voted present on keeping sex shops away from schools, voted present on limiting the rights of victims of sexual abuse, voted present time and time again. And anytime anyone raises that, there’s always some kind of explanation like you just heard about the 30 percent. It’s just very difficult to get a straight answer, and that’s what we are probing for.”
Hillary Clinton (and humble Big Pink) warned America. [Those interested in Hillary’s too quick comment about Obama and the “recent article” on Obama and health care should read our very own “The Obama Health Plan Obama Supporters Do Not Want To Discuss.“] Republicans or the very few in Big Media who think they can deal with Barack Obama with any sort of decency or trust should disabuse themselves of that notion quickly. Obama simply cannot be trusted and all he cares about is himself.
Hillary Clinton tried to warn America. We tried to warn America. But even we did not realize it would be this bad, and we thought it would be very bad. Recall the 3:00 a.m. ad?
That ad has to be updated:
Scene: A crisis room.
Leader #1: What do we do? This is a real crisis. What do we do?
Leader #2: What do we usually do in a crisis?
Leader #3: In a crisis we call the president so the president can lead.
Leader #1: So should we call Obama at the White House?
Leader #2: Oh God no!
Leader #3: We want the problem resolved. Whatever you do don’t call that boob.
Leader #4, Leader #5, Leader #6, Leader #7, Leader #8, Leader #9, Leader #10…: Don’t call the Boob!
Leader #2: Let sleeping dogs lie… and boy can he lie…
The script written by us, inspired by real events, and realized by Craig Crawford:
“It’s no surprise that Republicans, led by House Speaker John Boehner, went out of their way to insult the president, but remarkably Democrats also went forward over the weekend with Capitol Hill debt talks that did not even include a symbolic emissary from the White House.
After a perfunctory meeting with Barack Obama on Saturday — a session he had hurriedly called to maintain at least the appearance of leverage — Democrats and Republicans returned to their caves on the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue for the real talks, without anyone from the White House included.
This served to reinforce Boehner’s vow to exclude Obama from the discussions. The internal logic of Washington’s byzantine protocol indicates a bipartisan snub of the president.”
Whatever you do, do not call the treacherous, self-interested Boob:
“With the collapse of the Boehner-Obama talks, it looks as if something closer to “regular order” in the legislative branch will probably be needed to produce the final deal to raise the debt limit. The House is moving toward taking up a plan drafted by the speaker and his lieutenants, and Senate majority leader Harry Reid is drafting a competing version for his chamber.
This is a good development. Because it’s been clear for some time now that President Obama has been the real roadblock.”
Whatever you do steer clear of the treacherous, self-interested Boob! He promised celestial choirs of cooperative singing, but A Boob Does What A Boob Does Best: Boobery. The celestial choirs instead are snarling dogs who do not trust the Boob:
“In 2008, Barack Obama, as a presidential candidate, made changing that culture a signature objective; if anything, it has grown more dysfunctional during his presidency.“
Obama’s entire history is a misogynistic dance of self-interest and smoke filled rooms which advance his career – so how did anyone seriously expect him to change the culture of corruption in which he thrived?
David Brooks in 2008 thought Obama was the man of his dreams. Now Brooks, who turns his love for Obama on and off with schizophrenic regularity, is out of love and is saying “Don’t call the Boob.”
“Everything was mysterious, shifting and slippery. One day the president was agreeing to an $800 billion revenue increase; the next day he was asking for $400 billion more. Spending cuts that seemed to be part of the package suddenly seemed hollow. Negotiating partners disappeared.
It was phenomenally hard to figure out exactly who was offering what. Democrats in Congress were kept in the dark and were understandably suspicious. It was all a recipe for misunderstandings, hurt feelings and collapse. [snip]
Obama lectured the leaders of the House and Senate in the sort of patronizing tone that a junior high principal might use with immature delinquents. He talked about unreturned phone calls and being left at the altar, personalizing the issue like a spurned prom date.
Obama’s Friday appearance had a gigantic unintended consequence. It brought members of Congress together. They decided to take control. The White House is now on the sidelines. Democratic and Republican Congressional leaders are negotiating directly with one another.“
Why didn’t Boner, er Boehner, return Obama’s call last week?
Republican Leader #1: Should we call Obama?
Republican Leader #2: No, keep the Boob as far away as possible.
Republican Leader #3: If you want to get anything done keep away from the Boob. Call Reid or Pelousy or the kitchen cat, but for all that is sensible and holy, keep away from the Boob.
The Republican leadership is not alone is recognizing who the flat tire is. For all the Big Media propaganda in service to the golden calf the American public has not been fooled:
“While pundits have been quick to declare President Obama the winner of the messaging war on the debt ceiling negotiations, his poll numbers show no such advantage. [snip]
Yet, it’s hard to deny the trend: A slew of recent polls are increasingly suggesting that public confidence in Obama and his handling of the economy is eroding. A new Washington Post/ABC News poll holds a fair amount of bad news for Obama.
But looking more closely, Obama’s overall job approval, while remaining at 47 percent for the last two months, shows that fewer voters “strongly approve” of Obama’s handling of the economy now than in previous months.
A CNN/ORC poll released Friday showed a sharp drop in Obama’s overall job approval rating, which now lies at 45 percent in July, down from a previous 48 percent.
More notable is that the poll shows Obama’s disapproval rating is at 54 percent, the highest since just before the 2010 midterm elections in September.
The Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling also declared Obama in “perilous shape” after a poll last week found that a rising number of Democrats are unhappy with the job Obama is doing, while independents were evenly split.
One Republican pollster, David Winston, said the trend is more likely explained by deepening pessimism about the state of the economy, punctuated by two straight months of rising unemployment and stagnating economic growth. No longer will Obama’s personal favorability, which has long been sky high, help buoy his job approval going into the 2012 election.
“Ultimately, at some point in time, [Obama’s] overall job approval is going to move toward his economic approval. And it’s obviously not good for him,” Winston told POLITICO. “Typically, when you get disappointing numbers like 9.2 percent, that’s affirming to people that the economy isn’t working.”
Solution: Don’t call the treacherous, self-interested Boob.
The American people are hanging up on the Boob and if the election was held today, the Boob would be headed to the Rezko house and future. In the summer heat some are even dreaming that Obama has already quit and gone back to the fecund corruption slaughter houses of Chicago:
“Ironically, the path to a resolution may become more clear without Obama involved in the negotiations, as Congress can now focus on combining the Reid and Boehner plans once they pass in both chambers. Obama’s lack of leadership in this episode won’t be soon forgotten.”
Both John Boner, er Boehner’s, actual plan and Harry Reid’s existing plan (yup, they both have a plan) are now being revised. They have a chance of success as long as they keep away from the Boob. The Boob does not have a plan, never did on anything except his career, and does not intend to produce a plan – too much work and scrutiny.
Smart Republicans/conservatives and NObama Democrats must keep in mind that the problem is Barack Obama. Whatever the disputes are, and there are many and they are legitimate remember: the problem is Barack Obama.
Democrats or Obama Dimocrats who think this is going to be anything better than the Boehner or Reid bill, should put down the Hopium pipe and listen to Carville who knows Obama has boobed up the debt ceiling kerfuffle. Who could be surprised? Weatherman not required. Obama blows.