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Gerson: The Humiliations Have Only Begun
The Washington Post ^ | January 19, 2010 | Michael Gerson

Posted on 01/19/2010 10:07:45 PM PST by Senator Goldwater

So, a Republican has convincingly won Ted Kennedy’s former Senate seat. After opposing health reform. And supporting the waterboarding of terrorists. And appearing as a nude centerfold. In a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans by three to one. And where Republicans haven’t won a Senate election since 1972. After a high-profile visit by President Obama. Who won the state by 26 points last year. But who now carries no political weight in the bluest state in the country. With vicious, public recriminations starting among Democrats even before election day. Following major losses in Virginia and New Jersey.

It means that Rahm Emanuel’s “big bang” theory of legislative liberalism is the most foolish political strategy in recent memory. It means that spending political capital on health reform instead of economic recovery and growth was a dreadful error. It means that a crisis that Obama didn’t want to waste has largely been wasted.

Obama now has the highest disapproval rating in the history of Gallup polling for a president entering his second year in office. He has been handed a series of political humiliations. If he takes all of this as motivation to “stay the course,” the humiliations have only begun.

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: defeated; gerson; ma2010; repudiated; served; upbraided
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1 posted on 01/19/2010 10:07:46 PM PST by Senator Goldwater
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To: Senator Goldwater

Well, here’s another crisis for you Rahm-bo...what are you going to do with it? Can’t let it go to waste, you know...


2 posted on 01/19/2010 10:09:59 PM PST by bigbob
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To: Senator Goldwater

Tomorrow the Democrats will be repeating, “Brown’s victory realy dosen’t mean anything.”


3 posted on 01/19/2010 10:10:33 PM PST by oyez ( damnant quod non intelligunt)
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To: Senator Goldwater

Zero and his speechwriters are getting headaches just thinking about the State of the Union speech.


4 posted on 01/19/2010 10:11:50 PM PST by Rennes Templar ("Though the wrong be often strong, God still rules this earthly throng")
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To: Senator Goldwater

I think we can hear the lamentations of their women. That horrible screetching noise... aaaaaggghhh my ears!


5 posted on 01/19/2010 10:15:32 PM PST by GeronL (http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: Senator Goldwater

Obama - yet another failure, a high profile failure, in a long list of nothing but failures.

Howz that hopie changie thing workin for ya bro?


6 posted on 01/19/2010 10:17:21 PM PST by ASOC (In case of attack, tune to 640 kilocycles or 1240 kilocycles on your AM dial.)
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To: bigbob

The GOP shouldn’t waste this crisis either. They should not only be looking at picking up senate seats in November, but looking at picking up seats with conservatives, not RINO’s. How many other Scott Browns are out there?


7 posted on 01/19/2010 10:17:53 PM PST by Rennes Templar ("Though the wrong be often strong, God still rules this earthly throng")
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To: Senator Goldwater
Obama is no Clinton. He's an ideological leftist. But he's no Stalin. He's a pantywaist who inspires neither people's esteem or their fear.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find only things evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelogus

8 posted on 01/19/2010 10:17:57 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Rennes Templar
Zero and his speechwriters are getting headaches just thinking about the State of the Union speech.

Naaa... same old mantra:


9 posted on 01/19/2010 10:18:10 PM PST by Cobra64
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To: Senator Goldwater
... that Rahm Emanuel’s “big bang” theory ...

Hopefully someone will let this wussy, sappy-looking, evil little pr!ck that it would be wrong to let a good election go to waste.

10 posted on 01/19/2010 10:22:39 PM PST by RobinOfKingston (Democrats, the party of evil. Republicans, the party of stupid.)
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To: Senator Goldwater
"... So, a Republican has convincingly won Ted Kennedy’s former Senate seat. After opposing health reform. And supporting the waterboarding of terrorists. And appearing as a nude centerfold. In a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans by three to one. And where Republicans haven’t won a Senate election since 1972. After a high-profile visit by President Obama. Who won the state by 26 points last year."

The 9-7 wildcard NY Jets came to San Diego after playing on the road to thrash the 2nd seed San Diego Chargers in their home stadium after the Chargers went on vacation for a week.

Guess none of the brilliant sportswriters who picked San Diego by two touchdowns over New York noticed that the Jets had the #1 defense in the entire NFL.

You can't believe ANYTHING you read in a newspaper anymore.

11 posted on 01/19/2010 10:22:47 PM PST by The KG9 Kid
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To: Senator Goldwater
Exactly one year ago today, O was inaugurated...

Happy Anniversary to you!

Happy Anniversary to you!

Happy Anniversary, Barack Obama,

Happy Anniversary to you!

Signed, Scott Brown


12 posted on 01/19/2010 10:24:14 PM PST by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but will give us the shaft.)
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To: oyez

We need to start chanting “mandate” just to irritate them more.


13 posted on 01/19/2010 10:25:47 PM PST by Styria
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To: goldstategop
or their fear.

Wouldn't know it what with all the Obama youth, Obama police force panic posts here. I agree with you, he is a pantywaist.

14 posted on 01/19/2010 10:25:56 PM PST by HerrBlucher (Jail Al Gore and the Climate Frauds!)
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To: Senator Goldwater

Hillary must be cackling so hard she can barely catch her breath. She’s known all along that health care reform was a concrete wall inviting polticians to run into it headlong — she tried to do health care reform as First Lady/Back Seat Driver and learned the hard way. My guess is that she didn’t even try to warn President Obama to keep his distance from it, because she *wanted* him to run headlong into a concrete wall. He beat her in the Dem primaries and stole *her* chance to be President. She’s the type to hold a grudge.


15 posted on 01/19/2010 10:26:06 PM PST by GovernmentShrinker
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To: Senator Goldwater
"Obama now has the highest disapproval rating in the history of Gallup polling for a president entering his second year in office."

Obama- Fastest trip ever from Immaculation to Lame Duck!

16 posted on 01/19/2010 10:28:16 PM PST by matthew fuller (Obama- Fastest trip ever from Immaculation to Lame Duck!)
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To: Senator Goldwater

Yesterday’s election was a referendum, among other things, on Rahm’s heavy handed manner of forcing through legislation regardless of whether the public wants it or not. Obama should fire him this week if he wants to salvage any credibility.


17 posted on 01/19/2010 10:28:21 PM PST by purplelobster
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To: Senator Goldwater
Stole this from a comment at HotAir earlier:

This may be the first State of the Union address with profanity.

18 posted on 01/19/2010 10:29:39 PM PST by Dems_R_Losers (U.S. Out of My Doctor's Office!!)
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To: Senator Goldwater

The State of the Union is going to be VERY, VERY uncomfortable for Obama. If I believed he possessed one bit of humility, I would say he could use it to do a mea cullpa..a “I HEARD YOU” speech and maybe turn things around. But he won’t. Because he can’t..he’s just not wired for it.


19 posted on 01/19/2010 10:32:12 PM PST by Hildy (This Christmas, the Democrats have given America the one gift that keeps on taking.)
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To: purplelobster
Robert Kuttner wrote a long article about Rahm Emanuel's messing up of health care over on the Huffington Post. I advise all conservatives to go there and read it. The man who engineered all those Democratic victories learned all the wrong lessons from the 1994 debacle.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find only things evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelogus

20 posted on 01/19/2010 10:35:29 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Rennes Templar
>”Zero and his speechwriters are getting headaches just thinking about the State of the Union speech”<

Maybe someone should send them an Obama Bingo Card.
Might give them some ideas for the speech.

21 posted on 01/19/2010 10:36:23 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (There is nothing Democratic about the Democrat Party...)
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To: Hildy
The man is no Clinton. Clinton just wanted the trappings of power and he was willing to compromise with Republicans to keep it. Obama is on the other hand the true believer in the Left's dreams. Its hard to see him changing course in the face of reality.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find only things evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelogus

22 posted on 01/19/2010 10:37:49 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: matthew fuller
Immaculation to Incineration...
23 posted on 01/19/2010 10:37:53 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (There is nothing Democratic about the Democrat Party...)
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To: Senator Goldwater
Would Rahm Emanuel please pick-up the White Courtesy Phone:

The Fat Lady in the funny hat wants to sing you a song!

24 posted on 01/19/2010 10:42:15 PM PST by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the next one...)
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To: ASOC
Obama - yet another failure, a high profile failure, in a long list of nothing but failures.

Obozo is batting 0 for 4. How soon before he is benched by his own party?

25 posted on 01/19/2010 10:44:07 PM PST by teletech (Say NO to RINOS!)
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To: goldstategop

Thanks for suggesting the Kuttner article. An excellent piece and the comments (mostly liberals I am sure) were very interesting.

Obama is losing his base and energizing his opposition and that is a recipe for disaster..... he is becoming the rat version of Bush and the damage will heavily impact not just him but his party.

I hope the GOP does not squander their good fortune (again).


26 posted on 01/19/2010 10:51:01 PM PST by volunbeer (Dear heaven.... we really need President Reagan again!)
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To: Mad Dawgg
Damn man, I think Beowulf would crap his pants and run for the tall grass going up against her!
27 posted on 01/19/2010 10:59:24 PM PST by The Cajun (Mind numbed robot , ditto-head, Hannitized, Levinite)
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To: Senator Goldwater
It means that spending political capital on health reform instead of economic recovery and growth was a dreadful error.

That presumes it was ever a choice they could make. They knew full well how to destroy the economy by putting together this nonsense. But healing a broken economy? Completely clueless.

28 posted on 01/19/2010 11:01:42 PM PST by william clark (Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: purplelobster

I would be stunned if Obama fires Emanuel. The Chicago Machine created Obama. They own him. He can’t fire Emanuel.


29 posted on 01/19/2010 11:07:11 PM PST by karnage (worn arguments and old attitudes)
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To: The KG9 Kid
I love their logic. Brown was elected even though he posed for Cosmo.

Well, Teddy got elected even though he killed a woman.

30 posted on 01/19/2010 11:10:24 PM PST by CaptRon
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To: Rennes Templar

Not to worry. Zero’s TelePrompTer will come up with an appropriate speech. Speech writers are so last century.


31 posted on 01/19/2010 11:13:49 PM PST by AFreeBird
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To: Senator Goldwater

” So, a Republican has convincingly won Ted Kennedy’s former Senate seat. After opposing health reform. And supporting the waterboarding of terrorists. And appearing as a nude centerfold. “

Ladies and Gentlemen, I’m afraid we’re about to witness an unsightly deluge of topless Congressbeasties. You should sequester any small children, and may wish to avert your eyes, lest they be forever damned.


32 posted on 01/19/2010 11:32:10 PM PST by Humble Servant (see y'all in the Gulag.)
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To: GeronL

” I think we can hear the lamentations of their women. ‘

Sounds like flying ashtrays to me!


33 posted on 01/19/2010 11:34:10 PM PST by Humble Servant (see y'all in the Gulag.)
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To: Humble Servant

did you see the “women” at the lesbian bar where MSNBC was bradcasting from?? It was a Pat Convention.


34 posted on 01/19/2010 11:36:08 PM PST by GeronL (http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: Senator Goldwater
0bummerCare is DEAD!
35 posted on 01/19/2010 11:39:48 PM PST by Uncle Miltie (Liberal Massachussetts says: "FUBO!")
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To: Senator Goldwater

Wow, that’s so harsh it sounds like I could’ve written it.


36 posted on 01/19/2010 11:40:53 PM PST by Uncle Miltie (Liberal Massachussetts says: "FUBO!")
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To: Senator Goldwater

I thought the Clintons were good at creating Republican voters, but Obama puts them to shame.


37 posted on 01/19/2010 11:47:00 PM PST by TChad
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To: GeronL

“I think we can hear the lamentations of their women. That horrible screetching noise... aaaaaggghhh my ears!”

It’s music to mine. ;O)


38 posted on 01/19/2010 11:49:31 PM PST by BigCinBigD (")
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To: bigbob; All

That's right Libs.

Prepare to get donkey-punched on a regular basis from here on out.

39 posted on 01/19/2010 11:58:58 PM PST by BP2 (I think, therefore I'm a conservative)
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To: Rennes Templar; All

> Zero and his speechwriters are getting headaches just
> thinking about the State of the Union speech.

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"What kind of bullsh!t lie is my speechwriter going to
have to come up with to save my ass this time?!"

40 posted on 01/20/2010 12:06:07 AM PST by BP2 (I think, therefore I'm a conservative)
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To: LibFreeOrDie
The Lord spoke very loudly with this win. Exactly, one year to the day...no coincident....

1Co 3:19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.

41 posted on 01/20/2010 12:06:14 AM 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: Senator Goldwater
From the Washington Post, no less.

The times, they are a-changin'.

Change we can believe in. :-)

42 posted on 01/20/2010 12:10:56 AM PST by Allegra (It doesn't matter what this tagline says...the liberals are going to call it "racist.")
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To: Senator Goldwater

hey obama..fetch us coffee!


43 posted on 01/20/2010 12:14:53 AM PST by rrrod
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To: Senator Goldwater
The Humiliations Have Only Begun


Headline of the Day



44 posted on 01/20/2010 12:29:12 AM PST by Jeff Chandler (:: The government will do for health care what it did for real estate. ::)
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To: CaptRon
"Well, Teddy got elected even though he killed a woman. "

More women would have died if he posed nude for Cosmo
45 posted on 01/20/2010 1:16:46 AM PST by ari-freedom (Obamacare: nananana nananana hey hey hey goodbye!)
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To: bigbob

I’ve said for a long time that Rahm needed a good ass whoopin.
Guess he got one last night.


46 posted on 01/20/2010 2:40:50 AM PST by Joe Boucher (This marxist punk has got to go. (FUBO))
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To: Dems_R_Losers

I haven’t had the stomach for a State of the Union address in years as they’re generally “a gazillion $ for this, a gazillion $ for that giveaways” but I think I’ll watch this one.


47 posted on 01/20/2010 2:49:13 AM PST by Nickname (2012 - Yes You're Canned!)
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To: Dems_R_Losers

Think anyone has the gaul to yell out LIAR to the lying obammy at this one?


48 posted on 01/20/2010 2:54:06 AM PST by Joe Boucher (This marxist punk has got to go. (FUBO))
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To: volunbeer

Well if any group can squander any good fortune.,The GOP can.

Look at how they acted when they got power. Spent my money like dems and ignored any conservative agenda.
If the pubbies nominate RINO turds again they should lose too.
Conservatives or go fish.


49 posted on 01/20/2010 2:58:56 AM PST by Joe Boucher (This marxist punk has got to go. (FUBO))
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To: Cobra64
Denial is NOT a river in Egypt!
50 posted on 01/20/2010 7:29:59 AM PST by SlightOfTongue
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