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What Went Wrong with Obama?
RCP ^ | 8/4/10 | Jay Cost

Posted on 08/04/2010 12:26:32 PM PDT by Thebaddog

Robert Reich had a thought-provoking piece in the Wall Street Journal yesterday. Unfortunately, his argument begins to fall apart two thirds of the way through.

Reich argues:

A stimulus too small to significantly reduce unemployment, a TARP that didn't trickle down to Main Street, financial reform that doesn't fundamentally restructure Wall Street, and health-care reforms that don't promise to bring down health-care costs have all created an enthusiasm gap. They've fired up the right, demoralized the left, and generated unease among the general population...

The administration deserves enormous credit. It accomplished as much as it possibly could with a fragile 60 votes in the Senate, a skittish Democratic majority in the House, and a highly-disciplined Republican opposition in both chambers. Yet Bismarck's dictum about politics as the art of the possible is not altogether correct.

The real choice is between achieving what's possible within the limits of politics as given, or changing that politics to extend those limits and thereby more assuredly achieve intended goals. The latter course is riskier but its consequences can be more enduring and its mandate more powerful, as both Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan demonstrated.

So far, Barack Obama has chosen the former course. Despite the remarkable capacities he displayed during the 2008 campaign to inspire and rally Americans behind him, as president he has for the most part opted for an inside game.

(Excerpt) Read more at realclearpolitics.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cost; obama
Go to the source and review the electoral maps by county.The maps suggest to me that the democrats stole the election for Obama given the wide swath of Republican counties
1 posted on 08/04/2010 12:26:34 PM PDT by Thebaddog
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To: Thebaddog

The GOP ran a RINO. It’s no surprise that many GOP-heavy counties voted for the fraud Obama, considering the RINO they had for the GOP.


2 posted on 08/04/2010 12:29:16 PM PDT by Carling (Remember November)
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To: Thebaddog
What Went Wrong with Obama?

He got elected president of the United States.

3 posted on 08/04/2010 12:30:29 PM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: Thebaddog

Easier and shorter question to answer:

What went RIGHT with Obammy?


4 posted on 08/04/2010 12:30:49 PM PDT by LeonardFMason
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To: Thebaddog

The title is a false premise. It assumes there is something right about him.


5 posted on 08/04/2010 12:30:59 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (Hail To The Fail-In-Chief)
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To: Thebaddog

The media stole the election for Obama. He was lying then and he is lying now. Why does he not admit this.


6 posted on 08/04/2010 12:31:08 PM PDT by ully2 (ully)
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To: ully2

REEEEEEEEEICH


7 posted on 08/04/2010 12:32:30 PM PDT by Col Frank Slade
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To: Thebaddog

Nothing “went wrong.” Nothing was ever right about this guy.

He sold the American people a bill of goods that they willingly bought. Snake oil. And now we’re stuck with the residue and with him until we manage to get him out of office.

Obama has never known “normal.”

His entire life has been dysfunctional, the product of a leftist and dysfunctional family. Our nation will follow that pattern if his agenda succeeds.


8 posted on 08/04/2010 12:35:34 PM PDT by Jedidah
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To: Thebaddog
Question: "What Went Wrong with Obama?

Response: His flaws are in his very nature.

9 posted on 08/04/2010 12:36:11 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: WayneS

“remarkable capacities he displayed during the 2008 campaign” It was all talk and promises that he had no intention of keeping. Democrats are seeing this now and are leaving him in droves. His approval rating will be 30% by October. After November it will be even lower. At that point he should resign or be impeached and then removed from office.


10 posted on 08/04/2010 12:36:38 PM PDT by RC2 (Remember who we are. "I am America")
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To: Thebaddog

The Emperor has no clothes


11 posted on 08/04/2010 12:37:33 PM PDT by just me (Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom. (John Adams)
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To: ully2

The media didn’t pack caucuses for Obama.

It took more than media hype to wrest the nomination from the Clintons. Barry0’s army of SEUI and ACORN thugs were mobilized to boost him to the Democratic nomination. After that it was a Raacciiist no-brainer that the MN would win.

Actually, if I didn’t have to live through it, I’d think it a masterful deception.


12 posted on 08/04/2010 12:39:25 PM PDT by Jedidah
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To: Thebaddog

He was a creation of the media and his helpers.

He is not smart.

At all.

And anyone with a modicum of experience in the world of actually working knows it.


13 posted on 08/04/2010 12:41:06 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Thebaddog

Well, he was born...


14 posted on 08/04/2010 12:43:11 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Never trust anyone who points their rear end at God while praying.)
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To: Thebaddog

It’s what went wrong with the Democrats when they decided to save themselves from a Hillary failure and they decided to adopt a melanin protected sham to cut her off at the knees. They forgot that if it won, they might not be able to control the cadre that created it. Bummer!


15 posted on 08/04/2010 12:45:48 PM PDT by Steamburg (The contents of your wallet is the only language Politicians understand.)
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To: Thebaddog
His mommie and daddie abandoned him.
16 posted on 08/04/2010 12:46:29 PM PDT by Beckwith (A "natural born citizen" -- two American citizen parents and born in the USA.)
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To: Thebaddog

“What Went Wrong with Obama?”.....

Liberals will never get it!.....Americans have no stomach for whack far left agendas....The idiots trot out an a-hole like Carter or Obama every so often and end up having their asses handed to them on a platter!


17 posted on 08/04/2010 12:48:51 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Beckwith

AND then he was “raised” by Commie Loving Grandparents.


18 posted on 08/04/2010 12:48:51 PM PDT by US Navy Vet
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To: Thebaddog

What the liberals are so distraught about is that not everyone is following dear leader off the cliff.
The engine of commerce is on ‘slow roll’ until this guy is out of office. Even if it takes the next 6 years! Yes, the ‘dumb masses’ are stupid enough to re elect the ‘Prince of Fools’.


19 posted on 08/04/2010 12:53:16 PM PDT by griswold3 ('Regulation and law without enforcement is no law at all)
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To: US Navy Vet
Liberal Economics is an oxymoron Profess-ah.
20 posted on 08/04/2010 12:53:38 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Thebaddog
A stimulus too small to significantly reduce unemployment....

Too small?

Dr. Reich, the "stimulus" failed because the monies were not aimed at the private sector, they were "filtered" (and thus neutered) through federal bureaucricies before arriving to the private sector. The little amount that did arrive to the private sector was a one-time hit, which would not cause capital to leave comfortable places to be put at risk. We have here, Dr. Reich, a QUALITATIVE problem, not a quantitative one.

21 posted on 08/04/2010 12:54:37 PM PDT by wayoverontheright
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To: Thebaddog

bump for later..


22 posted on 08/04/2010 12:56:59 PM PDT by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: Thebaddog

He is a failed abortion?


23 posted on 08/04/2010 12:57:02 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: RC2

When he goes below 30% he’ll go Castro or Hitler. Remember their speeches? Spitting mad, that’s where Bozo is headed. All the smooth cool guy goes out the window- bring on the psycho- burn baby, burn.


24 posted on 08/04/2010 12:59:10 PM PDT by budwiesest (It's that girl from Alaska, again.)
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To: budwiesest

That’s when Congress has to move and move fast. No pussy footin around and forget the politics. Remove him from office, put all of his policys on hold until the ramifications to the country are figured out. But......I doubt that our Congress, of today, can think that fast.


25 posted on 08/04/2010 1:03:33 PM PDT by RC2 (Remember who we are. "I am America")
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To: Thebaddog

A “fragile 60 votes in the Senate”??

Oh cry me a F’n river, you liberal squirt!

How many Presidents have had that kind of majority in Congress?


26 posted on 08/04/2010 1:12:47 PM PDT by digger48
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To: Thebaddog

“...What Went Wrong with Obama?...”

My first guess would be EVERYTHING.


27 posted on 08/04/2010 1:13:03 PM PDT by NCC-1701 (HEY, NAZI PELOUSY, ON NOVEMBER 2, WE WILL DRAIN THE SWAMP!)
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To: Thebaddog

Another good question, What went wrong with Reich?


28 posted on 08/04/2010 1:14:41 PM PDT by hgro (Jerry Riversdun)
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To: Carling
What Went Wrong with Obama?

People really are stupid enough to trust in simple messages like "hope" and "change"...

...only to now be in a position to hope that what little change that is left in their pockets lasts...

29 posted on 08/04/2010 1:20:45 PM PDT by NorCoGOP (OBAMA: Living proof that hope is not a plan.)
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To: Thebaddog

What went wrong? His administration is wrong.In spades. Er. That’s un-p/c. Clubs would be a better analogy. sd


30 posted on 08/04/2010 1:31:39 PM PDT by shotdog (I love my country; it's my government I'm afraid of.)
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To: Thebaddog
What went wrong with Obama?

His mother failed to put him up for adoption. Had she done this, he would have had a shot of being raised in a loving family.

31 posted on 08/04/2010 1:35:43 PM PDT by FourPeas (God Save America)
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To: NCC-1701

He lied about everything and the press amplified and reinforced the lies. Then once in power Obama showed his true colors Bob. But you already knew that didn’t you, you mini liar.


32 posted on 08/04/2010 1:40:16 PM PDT by Eddie01 (All we every really knew was it was crazy to be doin' it any other way)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

They get it, they just think they can fool enough people enough of the time.


33 posted on 08/04/2010 1:44:08 PM PDT by Eddie01 (All we every really knew was it was crazy to be doin' it any other way)
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To: Thebaddog

PRESIDENT: WHAT HAPPEN?


34 posted on 08/04/2010 1:48:48 PM PDT by RichInOC (HA HA HA HA....)
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To: Thebaddog
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5. "Ridicule is man's most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counteract ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage." Saul Alinsky, “Rules for Radicals” (Obozo’s playbook)


35 posted on 08/04/2010 2:00:43 PM PDT by Dick Bachert (The upcoming election is the most important in our lifetimes!!! BE THERE!!!!!!!)
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To: Thebaddog
What Went Wrong with Obama?

I think you'd have to go back almost to the point of his conception to start the enumeration.
36 posted on 08/04/2010 2:02:38 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: Thebaddog
The administration deserves enormous credit. It accomplished as much as it possibly could with a fragile 60 votes in the Senate

It's hard to read past a statement like that. A filibuster proof majority is "fragile"?

37 posted on 08/04/2010 2:45:17 PM PDT by Senator_Blutarski
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To: budwiesest
"When he goes below 30% he’ll go Castro or Hitler. Remember their speeches? Spitting mad, that’s where Bozo is headed. All the smooth cool guy goes out the window- bring on the psycho- burn baby, burn."

I fear you may be right.

I really do.

38 posted on 08/04/2010 4:38:43 PM PDT by SW6906 (6 things you can't have too much of: sex, money, firewood, horsepower, guns and ammunition.)
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To: Thebaddog
What Went Wrong with Obama?

Nothing.
What went wrong with the American citizen may be more relevant.

From day one the
"...time for change is now!" made my hair stand on end.

If I am cured of cancer that is change.
If I get cancer, that is also change.
If you tell me change is coming, I need to know whether I should panic or rejoice.

When doofus started screaming change, my first reaction was, What change??!!?
For two years the question was never answered.
No one else even thought it was worth asking!

And here we are.

Did someone say "the IQ same as the freezing point of water?"

39 posted on 08/04/2010 5:27:50 PM PDT by Publius6961 ("In 1964 the War on Poverty Began --- Poverty won.")
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To: RC2
There are three words which sum up why I do not want Obama to resign or be impeached: 'president -- Joe -- Biden'

I would rather stick it out for the next 2.5 years with Obama as an incompetent, increasingly ineffectual, lame-duck than risk having a 'president -- Joe -- Biden' and the possibility he might get "reelected" in 2012.

Furthermore, if Obama were to resign or be impeached any time after 2 years and 1 day in to his term, or the potential would exist (and however unlikely it might be I would not want to risk it) for us to have to live with almost SIX years of 'president -- Joe -- Biden'.

But, if we grit our teeth, oppose Obama every time he is wrong, and let him continue to fail then we can be rid of both of them in 2012.

40 posted on 08/05/2010 5:02:37 AM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: WayneS

I understand what you are saying but they can impeach him, putting him on trial in front of America, but not remove him from office. Like they did with Clinton. By doing this it would bring out everything he has done to ruin our country. Once he is impeached, I would think he would be powerless.


41 posted on 08/05/2010 7:32:04 AM PDT by RC2 (Remember who we are. "I am America")
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To: RC2
Good point.

Impeachment and removal from office are, of course, two different processes. I should have specified that I did not want to see him impeached and removed from office --- and please accept my apolgy for assuming you meant "removed from office" when you wrote "impeached".

42 posted on 08/05/2010 11:06:28 AM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: Thebaddog; Grampa Dave; tubebender; hedgetrimmer; forester; marsh2; calcowgirl; ElkGroveDan; ...
Someone has done some brilliant work on those maps!

Especially the historic maps that show the dramatic shifts!!!

43 posted on 08/06/2010 9:48:44 AM PDT by SierraWasp ("Contempt of Congress" used to be a minor crime. Now it's a badge of honor!!!)
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To: SierraWasp

Great maps! Looks like the Dems owned the east coast, west coast, and with the help of Obama’s Chicago machine, a large chunk of the upper Midwest. The rest of the country didn’t buy the phoney hope & change. Interesting observations on his victory in 08 in the article as well.


44 posted on 08/06/2010 9:58:36 AM PDT by Fu-fu2
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To: Thebaddog

The country is divided along a rural-suburban/urban divide.

This election was stolen in the cities, which is where AL Franken’s votes, also miraculously appeared.

Which is why Holder’s DOJ failure to prosecute voter intimidation is so greivous.

We need a Voter’s Bill of Rights, as substantial as the original Civil Rights Bill, proving for identification of voters, cleanup of voter rolls and regularzation of the voting process.

This is something that the Tea Party Movement should embrace as part of its return to First Principles.

The Civil Right Greivance Industry Appartous within the DOJ ought to be redirected to this end.


45 posted on 08/07/2010 4:23:11 PM PDT by happygrl (`)
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To: Carling
The GOP ran a RINO. It’s no surprise that many GOP-heavy counties voted for the fraud Obama, considering the RINO they had for the GOP.

The only thing McCain did right was select Sarah. Without her on the ticket, McCain would have lost in Mondalean fashion.

46 posted on 08/07/2010 4:26:48 PM PDT by Night Hides Not (If Dick Cheney = Darth Vader, then Joe Biden = Dark Helmet)
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To: budwiesest
Spitting mad, that’s where Bozo is headed. All the smooth cool guy goes out the window- bring on the psycho- burn baby, burn.

As a woman, I truly agree with your intuition.

The American public is going to see the meltdown of a President, and then we will enter new territory in attempting to deal with it.

47 posted on 08/07/2010 4:28:54 PM PDT by happygrl (Continuing to predict that Obama will resign)
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To: Thebaddog
The administration deserves enormous credit. It accomplished as much as it possibly could with a fragile 60 votes in the Senate

Fragile?

The last time Republicans have had 60 votes in the Senate was in 1909. The most the GOP has had since 1931 is 55. And, in those last 79 years, the GOP only had 55 Senate seats for 3 congresses (6 years). The Bush tax cuts were passed by a 49/51 Democratic Senate.

48 posted on 08/07/2010 4:40:13 PM PDT by Brugmansian
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