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Tax Deal: Lefties Go Wild, Obama Presidency Hits Apocalypse (Multiple Updates from Os Presser)
Pajamas Media ^ | December 7, 2010 | Bryan Preston

Posted on 12/07/2010 1:20:16 PM PST by jazusamo

If the commenters at the Huffington Post, and the hosts and guests at MSNBC, are any guide, the Bush tax cut deal has rendered the Obama presidency a zombie.  It looks alive and is even able to move and groan a bit, but it’s mostly dead.

foxinretreat—CLASS WARFARE and some civil unrest , brewing in a neighborhood near you. Hey oligarchs how it turns out is anybody’s guess. I hope Wikileaks unleashes its info on the banks ASAP, I could care less if WS has to tank to stop this madness.

mjtaylor22—THEY GOT MOR EBANG FOR THEIR BUCK, HOW BOUT INCREASE UI PAYMENTS, AND SEND EVERY CITIZEN A CHECK FOR AT LEAST 1,000..SORRY TAX PAYING CITIZEN……

Linda Mulenbach—Dear Mr. President. You had me, and then you lost me! Can we please have a democratic primary challenger! I am DONE with Obama.

Chefbob50—Wanted: One backbone and set of balls send to B. Obama c/o 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Wash. D.C.

Well, Chefbob, you obviously sent Obama your heart in 2008. Why not complete the deal now?  There’s more HuffPo commentary at the link, including stuff like this:

srheard—The next time I vote for a President, I am going to rank strong negotiating skills right up there with literacy and intellect.

That’s funny.  Conservatives brought up the “competency” argument in 2008 and got slapped with the race card.  Now here’s a liberal playing competency against Obama.  I happened to be watching MSNBC’s Ed Schultz (so you don’t have to) when the deal came down on Monday.  His guest was liberal Rep. Keith Ellison.  I thought the two might have an on-air rage party.

Looking beyond the fever swamps, Paul Krugman doesn’t like the deal at all.  Sen. Dick Durban thinks the Democrats may walk out on it (which would only mean they will get a worse deal after the GOP takes over the House next year).   And liberal Rep. Jim McDermott calls the deal “Obama’s Gettysburg.”  Which, if you think about it, puts Obama in the role of Robert E. Lee.  Guess that means Biden gets to play Gen. Pickett.  Heh.

It does seem as if all of Obama’s various bad choices and lack of experience have come to focus here.  He has no experience in high level, hardball negotiations prior to the presidency, and it showed here: He lost in the eyes of the base that put him in office.  He made a very poor choice in a vice president, and now that vice president is reportedly getting the job of selling this deal.  To put that into some perspective, Joe Biden is so magnetic and persuasive that he has resorted to stealing others’ words and peddling them as his own.  Biden is so persuasive that his plan for Iraq — opposing the surge, breaking it up into vulnerable mini-states — went nowhere.  Biden is so persuasive that he’s never been more than a footnote to any recent presidential contest, until Obama plucked him for the veep job.  It’s not a stretch to think that Biden won’t be any more persuasive among Obama’s liberal base than Obama himself is, and that base is turning on Obama in rage.  Then again, here’s some counter evidence: As I’m writing this, the President is on the air in defensive lecture mode saying that this deal wasn’t about the “politics of the moment, but about what’s possible right now.”  Uh, ok.  And the difference is…?  If his future communications on this and other issues remain as laughable as that, perhaps Biden is the better choice to front the band.

This presidency was already in a state of rapid decay, maybe even freefall.  The mid-term “shellacking” robbed it of its congressional power and killed off Democratic allies in several states.  Major figures like Rahm Emanuel and David Axelrod were already heading for the exits, leaving behind the radical czars, the damaged and the gaffe prone.  Now this deal may go down as Obama’s “read my lips” turn, alienating what’s left of his base.

Anything can happen in two years, and the more morbid among Obama’s allies are pining for a crisis to resurrect him.  I’m not yet convinced that Obama is a one-and-done, but the rage among his base sure makes his re-election look a whole lot less likely.

Update: Watching President Obama’s press conference, I’m struck by just how out of sorts he seems.  He’s trying to argue that he took this short term deal, which will end up being a bad long term for Republicans, because of the “tax cuts on the rich.”  What he doesn’t seem to get is that he’ll be arguing about the “Bush tax cuts” as a whole in two years, when he’s running for re-election, having already lost that debate in 2010.  He’s coming across as hectoring, defensive, and not well acquainted with the facts or the policy.  This may be the worst presidential press conference I’ve seen Bill Clinton denied “that woman.”

Update: Whoa.  Now he’s angrily lecturing the left for their reaction to the deal, citing their negative reaction to ObamaCare because it lacked a public option.  Again, he’s coming across as a know-it-all who’s reminding you of that unforgivable thing you did that ruined your relationship way back when.  While it’s nice to see someone attempt to inject a little reality in the “reality based community,” I predict that this won’t go over well.  At all.

More: Well, that was pretty bad, the kind of presser Napoleon might have given after Waterloo.  Obama, among other things, compared Republicans to terrorists holding the American people “hostage”.  That theme is bouncing around the left, indicating either an unhealthy groupthink is going on or that there’s an actual strategy at work.  It’s a bad line to take, and it won’t work.  Tax policy does not equal terrorism, especially in an age of actual, lethal terrorism.

All in all, not a good finish for 2010 if you’re Barack Obama, which will go down as the year of the death of “Hope and Change.”

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.



TOPICS: Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: obama; presser; prozac; taxes
Mr. President, fortunately for you there's always Prozac.
1 posted on 12/07/2010 1:20:25 PM PST by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo
What we have here is the Presidency of the Philadelphia Experiment:
2 posted on 12/07/2010 1:23:20 PM PST by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: combat_boots

It’d be nice to see it really disappear.


3 posted on 12/07/2010 1:29:39 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

hee hee fun to watch

go there and post “And WHERE IS his birth certificate anyway????? that traitor”


4 posted on 12/07/2010 1:32:46 PM PST by Mr. K ('Profiling' you would be worse than grabbing your balls!)
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To: jazusamo

5 posted on 12/07/2010 1:32:46 PM PST by jimbo123
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To: jazusamo

It’s been a regular ‘motor march’ for Liberals ever since the Nov. election! This is all TOO rich!!!


6 posted on 12/07/2010 1:33:40 PM PST by SMARTY (Conforming to non-conformity is conforming just the same.)
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To: jazusamo

Hey Obama, hows that “hope and change” thing working out for YOU?

It’s over, Obama. When your own crazies see you for what you really are, the scam is over, boy.

Look at it this way, Obama... you did bring us together... we all hate you now.


7 posted on 12/07/2010 1:35:35 PM PST by Gator113 (Sarah Palin can win, and she will win.)
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To: jazusamo

I think that the new Unemployment Compensation extension proposed by obama, should come with an incentive for those drawing that money to find work ASAP.

For the first 6 weeks, they will have pay the lowest tax rate in the IRS code on the money received. The next 6 weeks, that rate will move to the next higher level. The following 6 weeks, the tax liability goes to the next level up. This pattern will continue until that tax rate level matches the highest tax rate that the IRS calls for.

Thoughts?


8 posted on 12/07/2010 1:36:11 PM PST by Howie66 (I can see November from my house.)
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To: jimbo123

9 posted on 12/07/2010 1:37:34 PM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

This may be the worst presidential press conference I’ve seen Bill Clinton denied “that woman.”


10 posted on 12/07/2010 1:38:14 PM PST by milwguy
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To: milwguy

Well, that was pretty bad, the kind of presser Napoleon might have given after Waterloo. Obama, among other things, compared Republicans to terrorists holding the American people “hostage”. That theme is bouncing around the left, indicating either an unhealthy groupthink is going on or that there’s an actual strategy at work. It’s a bad line to take, and it won’t work. Tax policy does not equal terrorism, especially in an age of actual, lethal terrorism.


11 posted on 12/07/2010 1:39:13 PM PST by milwguy
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To: jazusamo
Chefbob50—Wanted: One backbone and set of balls send to B. Obama c/o 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Wash. D.C.

Sorry, those parts will not fit on that model.

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12 posted on 12/07/2010 1:41:52 PM PST by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: jazusamo

Be carful folks. I went to the sites and read all that great stuff, resulting in an uncontrollable smile that I just can’t stop. Of course, this has cause me to drool and now I can’t get close to my keyboard.

Again... be carful. Find a drool rag before you start to read this stuff. LMAO


13 posted on 12/07/2010 1:43:05 PM PST by Gator113 (Sarah Palin can win, and she will win.)
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To: combat_boots

Seeing your post, the picture of the Naval Vessel in your post causes me to think about the future, and the fact that someday this asshat will have a Naval vessel named after him.

Wondering what vessel the Navy has that would warrant such embarrassment.


14 posted on 12/07/2010 1:43:57 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: jazusamo
All the little kids used to think he was so cool, now they're embarrassed that they ever liked him.


15 posted on 12/07/2010 1:45:32 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: jazusamo
Nice article, but Mr. Preston gets it wrong here:

Dick Durban thinks the Democrats may walk out on it (which would only mean they will get a worse deal after the GOP takes over the House next year).

Well, no..... the House generates revenue bills, but they have to be passed by both houses and signed by the president before they become law.

If the Democrats are politically savvy (and they are), they will walk out on the deal, and stonewall anything they don't like in the next session. It's a perfect setup for the usual "Nice Democrats vs. Mean Republicans" gambit, and you know whose side the media will be on.

If the R's take a hard line now, it probably helps Obama and the Democrats in general.

The R's can probably get something passed and signed into law -- something that won't be perfect, but it will be better than the "nothing" that the purists will get if they insist on perfection.

And then, next year, they can do it again and get a little more.

16 posted on 12/07/2010 1:46:49 PM PST by r9etb
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To: dead

Wondering where the pierced ears, earrings, and nose rings, etc. are in that picture?


17 posted on 12/07/2010 1:50:00 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: jazusamo
And liberal Rep. Jim McDermott calls the deal “Obama’s Gettysburg.” Which, if you think about it, puts Obama in the role of Robert E. Lee.

Well, Obama is a Democrat just like the Confederates were. And Baghdad Jim McDermott always roots against the US Army. ;~))

18 posted on 12/07/2010 1:50:52 PM PST by Ditto (Nov 2, 2010 -- Partial cleaning accomplished. More trash to remove in 2012)
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To: jazusamo

Something smells fishy.


19 posted on 12/07/2010 1:53:51 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Howie66

I believe there’s many people though not by any means all that are happy as can be to be drawing that unemployment instead of working. Something like you suggest may be appropriate.


20 posted on 12/07/2010 1:55:31 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Gator113

ROFL! Good advice.


21 posted on 12/07/2010 1:57:07 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

I was reading DU earlier, they have abandoned THE ONE! It’s too funny over there!


22 posted on 12/07/2010 2:00:12 PM PST by blondee123 (IMPEACH THEM ALL! FREEDOMS SLIPPING AWAY DAILY!)
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To: Ditto

Yep, Baghdad Jim jumped out at me, he’s a commie.


23 posted on 12/07/2010 2:00:26 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: blondee123

Glad to hear it. LOL!


24 posted on 12/07/2010 2:01:44 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Actually, Zero needs an anti psychotic drug...strong drugs...too strong for anyone who is acting as president...hello Biden...


25 posted on 12/07/2010 2:02:49 PM PST by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: rockinqsranch

Does the Navy use garbage scows? I vote for that.


26 posted on 12/07/2010 2:05:05 PM PST by Conservative4Ever (Man the pitchforks and torches.......let the revolution begin)
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To: jazusamo
For over EIGHT straight years the American public was LIED to that the Bush tax rates only provided CUTS to the wealthy. Now their heads are exploding because they want the same tax rates extended for the middle class. My TV never ever goes on any of the alphabet channels, and it never will again.

I want the GOP to stand up and remind the entire nation of the RAT lies every chance they get - they are not doing that.
27 posted on 12/07/2010 2:12:49 PM PST by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: r9etb
If the Democrats are politically savvy (and they are), they will walk out on the deal, and stonewall anything they don't like in the next session. It's a perfect setup for the usual "Nice Democrats vs. Mean Republicans" gambit, and you know whose side the media will be on.

That would work for them IF they hadn't spent the last eight years saying the GOP was the "party of NO." If they now become the party of no, the Republicans will use that very effectively against them.

28 posted on 12/07/2010 2:18:23 PM PST by apoxonu
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To: Cheerio

Amen to that! Especially the new House with the majority we have and it’ll be easier in the new Senate with the added seats.


29 posted on 12/07/2010 2:23:15 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Cheerio

DU, HP is complete meltdown


30 posted on 12/07/2010 2:26:41 PM PST by GlockThe Vote (Who needs Al Queda to worry about when we have Obama?)
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To: apoxonu
That would work for them IF they hadn't spent the last eight years saying the GOP was the "party of NO." If they now become the party of no, the Republicans will use that very effectively against them.

I don't think so. There's a double standard where such things are concerned. For the Dems, it can and probably will be characterized as a "principled stand."

The Democrats can, as they always do, claim to be standing up for the little guy -- and they have no scruples about using that endless supply of good folks who really are hurting.

The Republicans, meanwhile, are forced to argue on the basis of why Congress shouldn' help out people who are hurting.

Americans are, by and large, nice people who don't mind helping other people out. And it's very true that good people are hurting. And for that reason, the Democrats have by far the easier job in convincing people of their position.

Over decades they've figured out how to make the emotional appeal, and they've dulled peoples' senses about the economic and moral difficulties associated with their position.

The R's have got to start working on educating people about reality. It may not be possible until things break for real, though.

31 posted on 12/07/2010 2:43:10 PM PST by r9etb
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To: rockinqsranch
"Wondering what vessel the Navy has that would warrant such embarrassment."


32 posted on 12/07/2010 2:50:12 PM PST by SnuffaBolshevik
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To: jazusamo

WH Presser and apocalisp. How appropriate.


33 posted on 12/07/2010 2:52:08 PM PST by Hardraade (I want gigaton warheads now!!)
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To: r9etb

AND—they have to start realizing that playing on emotions is as necessary as “playing” to intellect. Some people vote with their heads—but more vote with their GUT! Time for Pubs to stop “being above that” and use soundbites that don’t just buzz around the brain, but actually carry a STING!


34 posted on 12/07/2010 3:18:40 PM PST by milagro
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To: apoxonu
That would work for them IF they hadn't spent the last eight years saying the GOP was the "party of NO." If they now become the party of no, the Republicans will use that very effectively against them.

That is purely delusional. Sort of like only whitey is able to be racist whenever he questions the first black President. The GOP has no way to use that effectively against the RATS when the RATS own the state run media. The GOP will always be the "old mean" party of NO when they frame every debate and are the one setting the table before the negotiations commence.
35 posted on 12/07/2010 3:44:21 PM PST by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: jazusamo

Just take a poll of those drawing unemployment who they voted for in 2008.

I lost my job one year ago this month.

I have not even thought about applying for unemployment.

My situation is my concern and not a thing that I would put off on my fellow citizens.


36 posted on 12/07/2010 4:09:14 PM PST by Howie66 (I can see November from my house.)
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