Skip to comments.Obama: Republicans won't win another presidency without a move to center
Posted on 07/03/2014 6:02:45 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
President Obama on Wednesday predicted the Republican Party would have to "move back to the center" if it ever wanted to win another presidential election.
During an interview with "Marketplace" radio show, Obama defended his recent effort to sidestep Congress on a number of issues this year in the face of inaction.
He said Republicans are unable to carry out "basic functions of government, pointing to the failure to pass immigration reform and the government shutdown last year.
"I don't think this is a permanent state of affairs, he said. I think over time the Republican Party will move back to the center, mainly because if they don't, they'll never win the presidency again.
Earlier this week, Obama called on his administration to bring him a list of executive actions he can take on immigration reform after determining House Republicans would not act this year, despite support from both parties and business groups.
"Despite all that, we still couldn't get the House of Representatives to act, primarily because of politics, primarily because they're captive of a small ideological band inside their caucus," Obama said.
During the interview, Obama also defended the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform bill passed during his first term, but said more reforms need to be made.
He noted that the law was not meant to solve all the problems of the banking system but was enacted "to prevent another catastrophic financial crisis."
He said the United States is ahead of other nations in regulating the financial sector, but more reforms are needed to prevent banks from taking "big risks because the profit incentive and the bonus incentive is there for them."
"That is an unfinished piece of business, but that doesn't detract from the important stabilization functions that Dodd-Frank were designed to address," he said.
“He said Republicans are unable to carry out “basic functions of government, pointing to the failure to pass immigration reform and the government shutdown last year.”
Translation: Republicans won’t do my bidding by allowing me to rule as a dictator because I’m a worthless meat puppet masquerading as president.
What’s his definition of center a Socialist?
It warms the cockles of my heart the way the DemoncRATS are so concerned about the future of the Republican party. First Schumer, and now Obama.
He is correct.
The GOP is as leftwing socialist as the DNC.
It would have to pass through the center to the conservative
position to have any chance. Not a chance.
The GOP stands for Give(Gave)-Obama-Power.
Since the last two we ran were left of center that means we need to move to the right... and keep moving.
We should believe him because we can always trust a far left politician to have the best interests of the GOP at heart.
It’s their move to center ANC compromising with a tyrant tat got us into the mess we’re in.
Its their move to center and compromising with a tyrant that got us into the mess were in.
That's a meme was should start using. Anytime you mention his name, call him a weirdo.
He really is a weirdo. He has virtually nothing to do with his family or non-butt buddies. He spends most of his time alone. He never conducts any actual presidential activities. He literally has no cabinet meetings.
He is a bona fide weirdo, and we should start calling him that.
Barrack Weirdo Obama.
Saul Alinsky would approve. If we were Leftist.
Republicans have already moved center if not left. The GOP-e of today are your daddy’s Democrats of yesterday.
exactly... wth does he care?
I hope they will move to the center. The GOP establishment is so far left now, a move to the center would be a move to the right.
Hey smelly Obama up yours. The Rinos did that the last 2 presidential elections.
This, from the man just voted President Most Likely To Screw Things Up.
i think "weirdo" is too good for him... there are lots of weird people that i like because they are weird... i have been called weird... my kids are often weird... that is because they are different... and i like that...
Obama is more bizarre... how about "Bizarro," as in Bizzaro World where everything good is bad... opposite of Earth...
Again, narcissism at its best. Republicans won’t rule because they aren’t like me. Horsepucky.
The Republicans won’t win because they are a bunch of spineless lazy ba$tards who prefer giving in to liberaldom with Amnesty, a peyote-induced delusion Hispanics will vote for them, if ONLY......
They won’t win because they don’t stand for anything that requires principles and determination. They instead choose to undermine, ignore, scheme against, ridicule and discount their once strongest leg of their base. Screw them.
I just don’t see how “passing immigration reform” can be listed as a basic function of government.
The good news is that, 0bama is almost always wrong.
Thanks for the tip...
Republicans have already moved center if not left.
When have Republicans ever significantly reduced the size of government? The truth is that they are in league with their so-called Democrat “opponents” and they have a long track record of big spending and supporting the expansion of government.
Anyone who thinks that the GOP is conservative is falling victim to their election propaganda. The GOP wants our votes and our money, but not our principles.
And they will probably fall for it. How much farther can you get than McCain and Romney.
The ‘Pubs won’t win as long as they run ‘RAT Lite candidates. No choice between two wings of the same political organization: The Lifetime Career Appropriators Party.
Again, narcissism at its best. Republicans wont rule because they arent like me.
You summarized it accurately in a single sentence. Good job!
I wonder what it’s like to live in a dream world where you can arbitrarily concoct anything in your own head then spew it forth as absolute fact to a dumbstruck and trusting crowd of idiots who think you are GOD!!
Yes, I'll be sure to take political advice from an unAmerican homosexual mohammedan communist abortionist usurper.
The good news is that, 0bama is almost always wrong.
...or lying. More likely the latter.
Barak Abu Obama is right.....Republicans have punked out on the conservative right. Tea Party Time!
Romney was too conservative.
Given that the GOP is already left of center, I’d say Obama is correct.
When the last Bush signed The Military Commission Act of 2006, which made all Americans into immediate ‘suspects’, and ‘wet on The Bill of Rights’, I dropped any affilations with Republicans AND the GOP, and became a Libertarian.
The Republican Party has turned into an ouroborus, eating it’s own. If they can purge, by any means possible, those that are a hindrance, because of their ‘tenure’, they need to go the RIGHT of REAGAN!!
Romney may have been better than this Queer-In_Charge, but still does not have the guts of Teddy Roosevelt. We need guts, not impotency.
IMO the Tea Party is our only option. The GOP is a lost cause.
These are the dark ages. In my lifetime, I’ve never encountered a president with more contempt for Americans than this guy.
He teaches me nothing. Nothing. He’s no Jackie Robinson. He’s petty street thug, who cares not in the least.
I predict that once this guy is out of office, people will come forth with the true details. For example we’re hearing stories that he camps out in his bedroom eating potato chips and chocalate. Seldom asks for advice from previous presidents or people in the know.
His latest body language tells you he doesn’t give a rat’s about his job or this country.
We don’t need to elect another senator. I like T. Cruz and some of the things Rand Paul and others say, but not again. We need an able bodied down to earth person with a track record of getting things done either in business or as governor. Put the senator on the VP side of the ticket...
I like Ben Carson. Someone the whole world would emulate and learn from.....
Time will tell.
We have been tacking to the left for so long that even their hero JFK would now be a considered way too radical a conservative.
It worked well with Dole, McCrap, and Romney
It helps to have a complict media behind you cheerleading and amplifying your every word while at the same time distorting or dismissing your opponents’ views.
The leftist enablers in the media are every bit as vile as Obama is.
True that. Good post.
Is Trujillo Spanish for wanker?
It is astounding how many Dems are so worried about the Pubbies winning/losing future elections.
All the Pubbies have to do is stay on the same course. It seems to be working fine to keep them out of the WH. They almost had a chance for the Senate in 2012, but managed to quell that. They might have a chance again in 2014, but they always manage to find ways to pull defeat out of the jaws of victory.
Not to worry, Dems, the GOPelites are quite happy with the status quo and will spend $millions to maintain it — even if it involves attacking/defeating Republicans in state elections.
” I think over time the Republican Party will move back to the center, mainly because if they don’t, they’ll never win the presidency again. “
OK. Who here really thinks that obama wants to help Republicans win the presidency?
Barrack Bizarre Obama.
The DemocRATS moved so far left of the old Soviet Union and North Korea that they fell off the charts. They are still “winning” elections. This is baloney.
Several weeks ago Karl Rove was doing his spiel on FoxNews, after one of the Tuesday primaries.
Rove was talking about what the general GOP needs to do to win. He let it slip (I bet he wished he could edit the transcript of that live interview) that one of the things the GOP needed to win was to become more ‘conservative’.
I dropped my coffee cup! He actually said the c-word and that it was the direction the GOP needed to go.
The FoxNews host either missed that or chose to ignore it, as the interview continued.
Sorry, but Carson would be chewed up and spit out in the election cycle. He has no political experience and would be red meat for the MSM and Dems.
You think what Palin got from the MSM/Dems was rough? They would up that against Carson.
In Pollyanna Land he might be an excellent candidate. He may be the greatest surgeon in history. Okay, let him run for dog catcher and other elective local positions to see what kind of a polician he would be.
We already have one OJT novice screwing up the nation. We need a strong one to correct the current mess and, regrettably, that is going to require a strong politician who knows how to get things done in biggest political environment on the planet.
When you consider the Supreme Court ruled just a week ago that Obamas recess appointments were an abuse of power, the timing of this latest go it alone announcement is particularly interesting.
That press conference was borderline bizarre given the timing of it, given his attitude, Setmayer explained. I called it a petulant temper tantrum thrown by the President.
i agree... and i said the same thing about Palin when she was the VP nominee... i believe they brought her on the world stage just a bit too soon... i get in trouble every time i say that... i get accused of being a Palin hater--which i am most definitely not... just to clarify--i am not saying that Palin does not have more experience than Ben Carson... she certainly has a lot more in the way of governing...
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