Skip to comments.Obama dismisses Blanche Lincoln's plea to be more centrist
Posted on 02/05/2010 1:30:02 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY
President Obamas sharp exchange of views with House Republicans made a splash the other day -- though for civility and substance, I much preferred the excellent left-meets-right encounter between Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) and our very own wunderkind Ezra Klein.
In any case, for those seeking a true measure of Obamas judgment, on both policy and politics, the meeting between the president and Senate Democrats yesterday was much more instructive. Obamas words made it clear that, notwithstanding his partys recent election losses at the polls and its declining poll ratings, he has no intention of embarking on a Bill Clinton-style triangulation strategy.
The pivotal moment came when Sen. Blanche Lincoln of deep-red Arkansas, a centrist whos on her way to defeat in November, practically begged the president to repudiate extreme liberals -- a clear reference to the Nancy Pelosi-led House -- and tack to the center. Arguing that the Democrats ambitious legislative agenda was sowing job-destroying uncertainty in the business community, she asked: Are we willing as Democrats to push back on our own party?
Obamas reply, in a nutshell: Sorry, Blanche.
If the price of certainty is essentially for us to adopt the exact same proposals that were in place for eight years leading up to the biggest economic crisis since the Great Depression -- we dont tinker with health care, let the insurance companies do what they want, we dont put in place any insurance reforms, we dont mess with the banks, let them keep on doing what theyre doing now because we dont want to stir up Wall Street -- the result is going to be the same. I dont know why we would expect a different outcome pursuing the exact same policy that got us into this fix in the first place.
(Excerpt) Read more at voices.washingtonpost.com ...
Earth to Blanche Lincoln: The people of Arkansas elected you, not B. Hussein Obama. You owe them, not him.
"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
Good, I’m glad that he is turning out to be an ideologue. It will make the November blowout all that much bigger and sweeter.
To put it in poker terms, Obama is all in on his leftist, statis, socialist, communist, marxist agenda. He will be repudiated in November!!!
So in other words, he is an ideologue. LOL
Please, read the comments to the original article!! It reads like DU in there - quite disturbing that anyone actually buys into the tripe that Obama is selling.
She should have switched parties when she had a chance.
WTF??? Deep-red Arkansas? You gotta be kidding. BOTH of our Senators are Dims, as are 3 of our 4 Rep's. Get real!
Yes, I know that the political climate is changing here, but I am just talking #'s over the last several years.
I think he will move to the center after the November blowout. In his own mentally unbalanced way hes been able to rationalize NC,VA and even Mass. When he no longer has majorities he’ll come off all buddy like,’I hear you now’,and hope that people change their opinion of him. Won’t happen and if the newly elected are smart,they won’t chose to work with his lame duck self either.
(like how i got hope and change in there?)
I read some,but i just ate dinner and now the pizza is repeating. Your warning wasn’t strong enough. Those people,most all of them,seem to think Obama is in the center politically.
Blanche, too late, you’re hosed.
What is amazing, though, is the reader comments at the bottom of the article. The Post's readership obviously has a high proportion of moonbats.
And, just as obviously, they're not interested in "fair" -- they want pundits whose fangs are dripping with the blood of Republicans (not to mention "moderate" Democrats).
It's not a very pretty picture...
Those folks are going to go down with the ship. And, when they do, they're not going to go down quietly.
If anything, His followers might be more dangerous than He is.