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Jonah Goldberg: Besieged Obama’s already jumped the shark
The Boston Herald ^ | August 30, 2010 | Jonah Goldberg

Posted on 08/30/2010 9:41:18 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

You’ve got to wonder when White House political guru David Axelrod will look at the churning pools of poll data and, like Chief Brody in “Jaws,” say: “We’re gonna need a bigger boat.”

The analogy isn’t quite right, because in the movie, the shark ultimately loses. It’s hard to imagine a scenario where Barack Obama and Axelrod victoriously paddle away on the flotsam of their own political wreckage. But in one sense, the analogy works just fine: This White House is rudderlessly lost at sea and inadequate to the challenges it faces.

At the beginning of the year, retiring seven-term Rep. Marion Berry (D-Ark.) recounted a conversation he had with the president. Obama’s push for health-care reform in the face of public opposition reminded Berry of the Clinton-era missteps that led to the Republican rout of 1994. “I began to preach last January that we had already seen this movie and we didn’t want to see it again because we know how it comes out,” Berry told a newspaper.

Or, to quote Brody in “Jaws 2”: “But I’m telling you, and I’m telling everybody at this table that that’s a shark! And I know what a shark looks like, because I’ve seen one up close. And you’d better do something about this one, because I don’t intend to go through that hell again!”

Convinced that his popularity was eternal, Obama responded by saying, yes, but there’s a “big difference” between 1994 and 2010 - “you’ve got me.”

The funny thing is, Obama might have been right. Because things might be much worse for Democrats in 2010 than they were in 1994 - and the big difference might well be Barack Obama.

In fairness, the biggest difference may be the economy, which in political terms should be fitted for a pine box. Of course, Mr. Credibility, Joe Biden, says it’s doing great, sounding like the shopkeeper in the Monty Python “Dead Parrot sketch” who insists the bird’s “just resting.”

In 1994, when the Contract with America Congress took control, the jobless rate was 5.6 percent. Today it’s 9.5 and may well climb higher.

While some people - such as yours truly - think Obama and the Democrats deserve much of the blame, one can be agnostic on all that and recognize that voters have lost faith in the Democratic Party. Already, Democrats in tight races are distancing themselves from the White House, and pretty much everyone has stopped trying to make lemonade out of the ObamaCare lemon.

Moreover, Obama has lost his connection with the American people. On issue after issue he seems determined to craft his responses in a way that will annoy the most people possible.

Some liberals claim that Obama’s mistakes stem from not being progressive enough, while others insist that he’s played his cards right, but we need to wait a bit longer for the payoff.

I’m dubious on both counts. But what’s clear now is that the president who claimed to be the personification of a world-historical moment is lost at sea, and not even a bigger boat will save him.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: biden; economy; obama; obamacare
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I don't think he cares who he annoys, he won't run again.
1 posted on 08/30/2010 9:41:22 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The only thing’s he appears good at is taking vacations, golfing ,and flying all over the world on Air Force One.


2 posted on 08/30/2010 9:44:32 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

people do seem to be saying he doesnt care because he wont run again. i dont agree. his ego is too huge to even contemplate the defeat not running again would mean. he actually thinks his enormous personal talent and huge brain will win the day.


3 posted on 08/30/2010 9:44:33 AM PDT by beebuster2000
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
It’s hard to imagine a scenario where Barack Obama and Axelrod victoriously paddle away on the flotsam of their own political wreckage.

Never underestimate the power of a lying narcissist. ... Wag-the-Dog in 2012 is a definite possibility ...

4 posted on 08/30/2010 9:46:25 AM PDT by TexGuy (If it has the slimmest of chances of being considered sarcasm ... IT IS!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He thinks that he won’t have to run again. He thinks he will be declared “President for Life” before the end of 2012.


5 posted on 08/30/2010 9:46:35 AM PDT by SubMareener (Become a monthly donor! Free FreeRepublic.com from Quarterly FReepathons!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Gee, I was told by all the smartest people that Mr. Skittles was scary smart. I think they got the scary part right - not so much on the smart thingy.


6 posted on 08/30/2010 9:47:27 AM PDT by equalitybeforethelaw
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

7 posted on 08/30/2010 9:47:36 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m constantly amazed that a leftist rag like the Boston Herald carries Jonah Goldberg’s column.

Talk about an oil and water combination!!!

(Jonah usually has some very on-target remarks and observations!! But, the Herald rarely does.)


8 posted on 08/30/2010 9:48:49 AM PDT by DustyMoment
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He is an effete, arrogant academic who subtly insults his constituents every time he opens his mouth. That is the nub of his problem.


9 posted on 08/30/2010 9:49:08 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I don't think he cares who he annoys, he won't run again.

I concur. I do not think he will run again. I think he's already decided, and will announce it next year. One assumes that Hillary will step in to lead the Democrats. She has done more to further herself than Biden has.

10 posted on 08/30/2010 9:49:38 AM PDT by Jack Black ( Whatever is left of American patriotism is now identical with counter-revolution.)
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To: DustyMoment
The Boston Globe is the lefty paper, owned by the New York Times. The Boston Herald is the opposition paper.

-PJ

11 posted on 08/30/2010 9:51:49 AM PDT by Political Junkie Too ("Comprehensive" reform bills only end up as incomprehensible messes.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
It’s hard to imagine a scenario where Barack Obama and Axelrod victoriously paddle away on the flotsam of their own political wreckage.

Similar statements were applied to Bill Clinton, just before and following his 1994 election debacle.

That was, of course, before Newt and the boys screwed the pooch and gave Bill Clinton a big boost toward re-election.

12 posted on 08/30/2010 9:52:12 AM PDT by r9etb
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I don't think he cares who he annoys, he won't run again.

He may get a challenge similar to RFK's challenge to Johnson but it will have to come from the extreme left because they have the most to lose if Obambi starts to govern from the middle to save his presidency.

Hillary! is much to moderate to get any traction against him in a primary fight but even she could give him a couple of broadsides (pun intended) and weaken him for 2012.

14 posted on 08/30/2010 9:53:16 AM PDT by Snardius
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15 posted on 08/30/2010 9:53:30 AM PDT by justlurking (The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good WOMAN (Sgt. Kimberly Munley) with a gun)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

16 posted on 08/30/2010 9:53:44 AM PDT by Zakeet (Mark Steyn: We're too broke to be this stupid)
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To: Jack Black

“One assumes that Hillary will step in to lead the Democrats.”

That is one heck of a scary thought


17 posted on 08/30/2010 9:54:49 AM PDT by rj45mis
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Correction to prior post.

0bama IS the shark and swims with a whole pack of ‘em.

Dolphin schools fight off sharks.

Conservatives are bunching up in schools.

Even little fish make big formations of fish. See pix of Monterey Bay aquarium fish. http://dthorp.smugmug.com/photos/507044563_anMUS-L.jpg

(Note: this isn’t a formation in the form of a fish, but it does happen. It’s AMAZING.


18 posted on 08/30/2010 9:55:00 AM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: r9etb
"Similar statements were applied to Bill Clinton, just before and following his 1994 election debacle."

But the economy turned around for Clinton thanks to the dot com revolution and technology bubble. That's not going to happen for Obama. The only thing that could save 0 is the economy improving dramatically and with his policies that's not going to happen.

19 posted on 08/30/2010 9:55:44 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: Buckeye McFrog
He is an effete, arrogant academic who subtly insults his constituents every time he opens his mouth.

Effete and arrogant, to be sure.

But, say what you will about academics, that charge doesn't stick. One need not agree with them, but at least they have the talent for being able to write and speak coherently and at length, and to marshal their arguments convincingly.

One cannot say the same about Obama. He is most certainly not an academic.

20 posted on 08/30/2010 9:56:29 AM PDT by r9etb
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To: Venturer



21 posted on 08/30/2010 9:57:00 AM PDT by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
He'll never make it...

economy,politics,satire,obama

22 posted on 08/30/2010 9:57:09 AM PDT by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Joe Biden, says it’s doing great, sounding like the shopkeeper in the Monty Python “Dead Parrot sketch” who insists the bird’s “just resting.”

EXCELLENT analogy! LOL!


23 posted on 08/30/2010 9:57:33 AM PDT by silverleaf (Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m sure Axelgreasy is saying, “we’re gonna need a bigger lie.” Look for claims of the bastard boy being the illegitimate son of some American citizen to surface, with accompanying fraudulent ancillary documents. You see, the fraudulent CoLB and microfiche newspaper announcements have failed to force the koolaid down, so a bigger lie needs to surface. Look at what the democrats did when John Edwards was accused: they got a fiathful uncle tom to claim it was his baby! Grab your drawers, they have so many tricks they will use and the demonically inspired media will tout to retain power for their commie democrap klowns. ... And still no one is building the needed guillotines.


24 posted on 08/30/2010 9:58:05 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Dem voters, believing they cannot be deceived, it is impossible to convince them when deceived.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Jumping the Shark” refers to a Happy Days episode in which Fonzie jumps his motorcycle over a shark tank.  This meant the writers were out of ideas.


25 posted on 08/30/2010 10:00:01 AM PDT by Michael Zak (is fighting the good fight.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The actions that Obama and staff have taken, and haven't taken, can all be understood, if one starts off with the assumption that the following was his goal (as a commie spy socialist UN CIA plant, educated in the Organized Crime syndicate/government of Chicago):

This White House is rudderlessly lost at sea and inadequate to the challenges it faces.

26 posted on 08/30/2010 10:00:51 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill informed post.)
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To: circlecity
But ....

But nothing. It's hubris to think that Obama's present failures will remain unadressed, much less to think that the Republicans will do anything other than return to historical form and hand him a victory in 2012.

Even if there's a huge electoral rout in November -- or maybe because of it -- it would be suicidal just to assume Obama is out of the game.

Never forget that Clinton was out of the game in 1994. He was seriously damaged goods. And yet he still managed to kick the crap out of the Republicans only a year later.

The Republicans' mistake then, was to confuse electoral victory with the power to govern. Clinton knew the difference, and used it to resurrect his political career.

27 posted on 08/30/2010 10:02:32 AM PDT by r9etb
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Do you think he’ll take on the role of the vanquished black man who could just not overcome the long buried bigotry and racism of the country that finally bubbled to the surface with his election? For the good of the country, he’ll step aside and try to heal our broken country as the Race Czar to pave the way for the next black man to be elected so he won’t have to fight against what he had to fight agaist.


28 posted on 08/30/2010 10:02:50 AM PDT by FrdmLvr ( VIVA la SB 1070!)
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To: rj45mis
“One assumes that Hillary will step in to lead the Democrats.” That is one heck of a scary thought

I know she knows her way around the block - but personally - she might be worse for the country than Obama...

29 posted on 08/30/2010 10:03:35 AM PDT by GOPJ (TIME Magazine - - a conserve-a-phobe publication.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I love the “Dead Parrot Sketch”. As to the article - it didn’t tell me anything I didn’t already know.


30 posted on 08/30/2010 10:05:19 AM PDT by reed13 (The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.")
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To: rj45mis
“One assumes that Hillary will step in to lead the Democrats.”
That is one heck of a scary thought

The scary part of that thought is that Obummer has made Hillary! appear downright moderate by comparison. The danger is that the Republicans go for their own jugular again and nominate someone not entirely palatable to the independent's thinking. Hillary! runs a moderate campaign and voila'; the Clintons are back in the White House.

31 posted on 08/30/2010 10:10:53 AM PDT by Snardius
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To: Venturer
The only thing’s he appears good at is taking vacations, golfing ,and flying all over the world on Air Force One.

I disagree on all three counts.

He isn't good at vacations. Most of the time is spent negotiating deals with personal contacts, and foreign agents, or posing in stupid photo ops.

Golfing. Anyone who golfs and has seen Obama golf knows he isn't very good, or even just good, at it. Again, it's when many of the deals (where he doesn't want the kids or the media around) are made. Golf is just the charade.

Flying all over the world. Good, as in a mannequin could take his place, and fly all over the world good. Keeping America Great by representing us to other world leaders, not good.

32 posted on 08/30/2010 10:15:56 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill informed post.)
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...Fonzie jumps his motorcycle over a shark tank

Actually, Fonzie jumped the shark while on water skis.

33 posted on 08/30/2010 10:16:27 AM PDT by reformed_dem (And DON'T call me Shirley)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He might not run again in 2012 - BUT HE COULD RUN AGAIN FOR A SECOND TERM ANY TIME THEREAFTER......now that is scary!!!!!


34 posted on 08/30/2010 10:22:01 AM PDT by sodpoodle (Despair - Man's surrender. Laughter -God's redemption)
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To: quantim

Those are the funniest pictures ever.

Nice job.


35 posted on 08/30/2010 10:24:12 AM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: equalitybeforethelaw
Gee, I was told by all the smartest people that Mr. Skittles was scary smart. I think they got the scary part right - not so much on the smart thingy.

Mr. Skittles, managed to go from Gangland Politician to President, without providing the required credentials to even run for the office, and almost ZERO experience, and is now installing Sharia Law over the U.S. Government, and positioning as many 'socialist/communist' minded liberals as he can in various offices of government, making up offices (czar positions) to get by approval requirements.

Not just any dummy can do that.

36 posted on 08/30/2010 10:25:03 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill informed post.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

My nineteen year old son believes 0bama will refuse to step down and it will cause a civil war. My son WANTS this to happen. I said,”why?” “Because,” he said, “it will open people’s eyes to who the guy really is.” Is that scary? My own son really believes it will take a civil war to force Zero to stand down. Brrr.


37 posted on 08/30/2010 10:27:09 AM PDT by Excellence ("A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky, dangerous animals and you know it.")
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To: Political Junkie Too
The Boston Globe is the lefty paper, . . . . .

D'oh!! You are correct. I was thinking the Globe when I read the article in the Herald.

38 posted on 08/30/2010 10:27:18 AM PDT by DustyMoment
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To: r9etb
It’s hard to imagine a scenario where Barack Obama and Axelrod victoriously paddle away on the flotsam of their own political wreckage.

Yeah... and we all 'knew' that Marion Barry , after he got caught smoking crack, would never even be able to run for dogcatcher, little lone a political office, ever again.

39 posted on 08/30/2010 10:29:08 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill informed post.)
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To: FrdmLvr

From your lips to Bill Ayres’ ears - another book!


40 posted on 08/30/2010 10:30:11 AM PDT by GnuHere
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To: silverleaf

“Joe Biden, says it’s doing great, sounding like the shopkeeper in the Monty Python “Dead Parrot sketch” who insists the bird’s “just resting.

EXCELLENT analogy! LOL!”

Henceforth when Biden utters a ridiculous statement “he’s pining for the fijords.”


41 posted on 08/30/2010 10:30:45 AM PDT by bk1000 (A clear conscience is a sure sign of a poor memory)
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To: reformed_dem; Michael Zak

...Fonzie jumps his motorcycle over a shark tank

Actually, Fonzie jumped the shark while on water skis.


The writers should have gone with the motorcycle.


42 posted on 08/30/2010 10:36:07 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill informed post.)
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To: UCANSEE2
The Fonze
43 posted on 08/30/2010 10:39:02 AM PDT by jimmyray
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The trouble is that if the GOP takes congress and saves the country, they will save 0bama’s sorry anti-American ass in the process much as what happened with Ol’ Slick after ‘94.


44 posted on 08/30/2010 10:39:22 AM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: equalitybeforethelaw
Gee, I was told by all the smartest people that Mr. Skittles was scary smart

LOL.

45 posted on 08/30/2010 10:39:35 AM PDT by freespirited
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To: Venturer

The only thing’s he appears good at is taking vacations, golfing ,and flying all over the world on Air Force One.”

Also- hiding every possible paper trail of his entire history -—including his birth.


46 posted on 08/30/2010 10:40:34 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
On issue after issue he seems determined to craft his responses in a way that will annoy the most people possible.

My worry? This actually could be Obama's "Mister Nice-Guy" personality; and that after the November elections, we might meet ... "Mister Scorched-Earth."

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47 posted on 08/30/2010 10:45:01 AM PDT by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: Excellence

Read this and show it to him:

What Good Can a Handgun Do Against An Army?
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-backroom/2312894/posts


48 posted on 08/30/2010 10:48:43 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I don't need a newspaper to know the world's been shaved by a drunken barber.)
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i dont agree. his ego is too huge to even contemplate the defeat

His ego will be fine because he will make millions and be treated like royalty by traveling around the world and claiming that America just wasn't ready for a black President.

49 posted on 08/30/2010 10:52:59 AM PDT by Oshkalaboomboom
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To: UCANSEE2

Right!


50 posted on 08/30/2010 10:54:36 AM PDT by Michael Zak (is fighting the good fight.)
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