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How Jim DeMint did Obama a favor (Huh? Alert)
Christian Science Monitor ^ | July 21, 2009 | By Linda Feldmann-Wanker

Posted on 07/21/2009 3:35:45 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

The senator said healthcare would be Obama's 'Waterloo' – if Obama lost, it would break him. Now, Obama is using the comment as an example of crass Beltway obstructionism.

Washington - “If we’re able to stop Obama on this, it will be his Waterloo. It will break him.”

When Jim DeMint uttered those words late last week, he did the president a favor.

In one memorable line, the Republican senator from South Carolina turned the healthcare debate into a personal battle against President Obama. Suddenly, Mr. Obama has a foil. “The Party of No” – the Democrats’ name for Republicans trying to block reform – now has a face, and it’s Senator DeMint.

Both Monday and Tuesday, Obama has riffed on DeMint’s comments, turning the debate into an argument about “opponents of reform.”

On Monday, Obama said, “This isn’t about me. This isn’t about politics. This is about a healthcare system that is breaking America’s families, breaking America’s businesses, and breaking America’s economy.”

On Tuesday, he kept going: “I know that there are those in this town who openly declare their intention to block reform. It’s a familiar Washington script that we’ve seen many times before.

(Excerpt) Read more at features.csmonitor.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 111th; demint; journalism; obamacare; socialism; wanker


1 posted on 07/21/2009 3:35:45 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
As if it was not about Obama before DeMint comment. It has been always about Obama and everyone knows it. In fact in Obama left wing socialist narcissistic mind everything under the sun revolves around him.
2 posted on 07/21/2009 3:39:02 PM PDT by jveritas (God Bless our brave troops)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Yeah, like Rush did him a favor. Hey, Obama, how’d that attack on Rush work for you?


3 posted on 07/21/2009 3:39:35 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: jveritas
Yeah, like that headline on Drudge today.

"This isn't about me."

4 posted on 07/21/2009 3:41:32 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Zero simply can't STAND any criticism. He is the Boy King, the Messiah, the Savior of all the down-trodden Americans who have no voice! (s/) Honestly I don't know how this country can take 4 years of this manque leader. He is so spoiled, so narcissistic, so conceited that I'm amazed he hasn't already put the Constitution through the shredder. Literally.
5 posted on 07/21/2009 3:42:29 PM PDT by originalbuckeye
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

What ? Democrats own both houses of Congress by a majority.
But hey, If Obama wants to give credit to Republicans and take visibility away from Any and All Democrats.....Thats really good, I like it.
Americans are smarter than a 5th grader, and Obama is the 5th grader in charge.


6 posted on 07/21/2009 3:42:44 PM PDT by 4Speed
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I’m always suspicious of articles written by women with hyphenated names.


7 posted on 07/21/2009 3:42:47 PM PDT by Buckeye Battle Cry (Hey Obama, spread my work ethic, not my wealth!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
healthpropagandaT healthliars
8 posted on 07/21/2009 3:45:08 PM PDT by Nateman (If liberals aren't screaming you're doing it wrong.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

With a name like Wanker, what do you expect?


9 posted on 07/21/2009 3:46:21 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

““The Party of No””

Oh HELL YEA we are the party of No! That is a badge of HONOR and one I am PROUD to wear. No Socialism, No National health care, No Government entitlements, No Illegal Aliens... lets see, what else. No Pay raises for Congress critters, No Obama, ...what else... No to more gun control laws, No to taking over the stats Water rights, no to Government take over of the Organic foods markets,. What did I Forget? Oh yea, NO TO FEDERALISM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


10 posted on 07/21/2009 3:46:30 PM PDT by Danae (I AM JIM THOMPSON - Conservative does not equal Republican. Conservative does not compromise.)
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To: Buckeye Battle Cry
Guess she wasn't comfortable with just...Wanker?
11 posted on 07/21/2009 3:46:50 PM PDT by ryan71 (We're in deep kimchi!)
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To: Buckeye Battle Cry

LOL! Me too.

That said, I fail to see how the reporter could interpret it this way. Obviously, she doesn’t realize how many of us would love to break Obama.


12 posted on 07/21/2009 3:47:14 PM PDT by livius
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To: jveritas

Panel on Fox basically said is has always been about obama regardless. hopefully they get nothing before august break.
it doesn’t matter what demint said.


13 posted on 07/21/2009 3:47:52 PM PDT by visualops (portraits.artlife.us or visit my freeper page)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
HUSSEINCARE BLOWS.
14 posted on 07/21/2009 3:51:11 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

They are absolutely living in a fantasy world (big duh) if they think that somehow,the American people are going to say ‘yeah!! this bill is GREAT and the republicans are ruining everything by saying no!! I love this bill now!!’

This “foil” will fall flatter n’ hell on obama.


15 posted on 07/21/2009 3:51:48 PM PDT by spacejunkie01
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To: jveritas

But it gave Obama a tangible point to say that Republicans are resisting because they want him to fail.

I agree with DeMint but it was not the greatest comment. It makes Obama look like a victim.


16 posted on 07/21/2009 3:54:09 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: Buckeye Battle Cry

My dad call those “dash women”.


17 posted on 07/21/2009 3:55:11 PM PDT by DesertRhino (Dogs earn the title of "man's best friend", Muslims hate dogs,,add that up.)
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To: BunnySlippers
The victimhood crap is not going to sell anymore.
18 posted on 07/21/2009 3:56:07 PM PDT by jveritas (God Bless our brave troops)
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To: BunnySlippers
But it gave Obama a tangible point to say that Republicans are resisting because they want him to fail.

Democrats have a filibuster proof majority in the Senate and over 255 vote majority in the House. Obama and his democrat can pass any bill they want even if every single Republican votes against it. As I said before this victimhood crap is not going to sell anymore with a majority of Americans.

19 posted on 07/21/2009 3:58:48 PM PDT by jveritas (God Bless our brave troops)
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To: jveritas

Yet, Obama says he wants a bi-partisan bill. He’s not going to get it so he’ll sell 50% of the country down the river on his CRAP health care plan.


20 posted on 07/21/2009 4:01:03 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: Buckeye Battle Cry
I’m always suspicious of articles written by women with hyphenated names.

As a woman, I feel the same way.

21 posted on 07/21/2009 4:03:11 PM PDT by Faith
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To: jveritas

I also like her logic, if we go along quietly, we lose. If we resist him, we are just doing Obama a “favor”. Interesting,,


22 posted on 07/21/2009 4:05:12 PM PDT by DesertRhino (Dogs earn the title of "man's best friend", Muslims hate dogs,,add that up.)
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To: jveritas
Obama’s Party has complete control of congress. The news media is 110% behind him and will try to put down anyone who does not praise his name and he is having trouble pushing his health bill through. Hey, Obama, your health bill sucks and the majority of us know it. Your a fake and people are waking up out of their stupor.
23 posted on 07/21/2009 4:09:02 PM PDT by kempo
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

It’s about Obama and it’s about deathcare.


24 posted on 07/21/2009 4:17:25 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

BWAAHAHAHAHA! They have the majority to pass this. The GOP can’t obstruct anything.

This isn’t passing cuz the American people are pissed and the internal polls show that.


25 posted on 07/21/2009 4:28:32 PM PDT by Free Vulcan (No prisoners. No mercy. 2010 awaits.....)
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To: Free Vulcan

Doesn’t matter if he tries to make it personal. people still don’t like the details coming out of this train wreck healthcare bill. I also think that part of his ratings freefall is , people are starting to not like Obama the man , not just his socialism.


26 posted on 07/21/2009 4:34:26 PM PDT by RED SOUTH
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Another dumb comment from Jim Dummint. Ultimately, this skirmish will not win or lose the debate, but it is another unnecessary distraction.
27 posted on 07/21/2009 4:45:13 PM PDT by muleskinner ("You know the Germans always make good stuff')
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To: muleskinner

I think DeMint is baiting him.

If you’ve seen the movie ‘300’, there’s an apt line in there about Xerxes - his hubris makes him easily taunted and baited.

No different here.


28 posted on 07/21/2009 4:50:15 PM PDT by Free Vulcan (No prisoners. No mercy. 2010 awaits.....)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

As 0bama’s polling numbers continue to tank, I would think no one did him any favors.


29 posted on 07/21/2009 4:56:52 PM PDT by TommyDale (Independent - I already left the GOP because they were too liberal)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

It was a dumb thing for DeMint to say.
It can only serve to rally Democrats behind Obamunism on a party-line basis.


30 posted on 07/21/2009 4:59:39 PM PDT by devere (.)
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To: kempo

Exactly correct.


31 posted on 07/21/2009 5:06:40 PM PDT by jveritas (God Bless our brave troops)
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To: devere

Telling the truth now days in the Republican camp is a dumb thing to do? I don’t think so. The reason the Republicans got their ass handed to them the last election is because they were afraid to speak anything other than politically correct statements.


32 posted on 07/21/2009 5:07:37 PM PDT by kempo
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To: devere
No it will not. Many blue dogs democrat in conservative district are not going to be rallying for Obama playing the victim role when they know he is destroying the country with his socialism.
33 posted on 07/21/2009 5:09:52 PM PDT by jveritas (God Bless our brave troops)
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To: kempo

I was amazed to see NBC News tonight use the terms “bully pulpit” “angle” and “populist rhetoric” when describing Bambi’s attempts to get ObamaCare done. They stopped short of calling him a snake oil salesman - either hell has frozen over, or somebody slipped something into Chuck Todd’s food. I was encouraged, at least for a few seconds.


34 posted on 07/21/2009 5:23:41 PM PDT by GnuHere
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To: kempo

“Telling the truth now days in the Republican camp is a dumb thing to do?”

What Demint did is tell the Democratic majority Congress that if Obama loses on health care he is finished on everything. How exactly does that help us win? It’s just like taunting the opposing sports team on the eve of the big game. Sorry, but DeMint said something stupid.


35 posted on 07/21/2009 5:27:34 PM PDT by devere (.)
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To: devere

There’s a reason that Vito Corleone told Sonny:

“Never let anyone outside the family know what you are thinking.”


36 posted on 07/21/2009 5:54:03 PM PDT by Carlucci
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I like the graphic, but if I could do Photoshop I would make it one of those tiny pinkie bandages (not nearly) covering a huge scrape...


37 posted on 07/21/2009 6:30:44 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
The senator said healthcare would be Obama's 'Waterloo' – if Obama lost, it would break him.

In one way I can understand the comparison. Looking at it another way - Napoleon was a great leader.....Obama doesn't even come close.

38 posted on 07/22/2009 5:50:32 AM PDT by Retired COB (Still mad about Campaign Finance Reform)
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To: Retired COB
In one way I can understand the comparison. Looking at it another way - Napoleon was a great leader.....Obama doesn't even come close.

Napoleon sucked, too. And he was in a tailspin way before Waterloo; his army was never the same after the Russian adventure.

39 posted on 07/23/2009 1:49:43 PM PDT by Dick Holmes
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