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Obama's Failure of Leadership (Newsweek editorial)
Newsweek ^ | Oct. 2, 2010 | Newsweek

Posted on 10/02/2010 12:28:57 AM PDT by SmartInsight

I'm loath to admit it, but I think there's been a failure of leadership in this White House. Why else would a party on the verge of extinction less than two years ago be poised to take over one or perhaps both chambers of Congress?

The ascendancy of the right has put Democrats on the defensive. A Hoover Institution study shows that House Democrats who voted for two out of three of Obama's signature proposals (health care, the stimulus, and cap-and-trade energy policy) are likely to lose, a formula that would give the Republicans 43 seats, enough to take control of the chamber.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: democrats; elections; miserablefailure; obama
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Dems are in full blown panic mode.

The article is quite pathetic, somehow Obama's failure is all the fault of the Republicans and it claims that Obama worked oh, so hard, to work with Republicans...

1 posted on 10/02/2010 12:29:03 AM PDT by SmartInsight
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To: SmartInsight

You forgot the hurl alert. One for the article, and one for the photo. After all, it’s Eleanor Clift.

BTW: Don’t bother reading the article. Here it is in a nutshell: Republicans have been partisan; Obama has been too bi-partisan. Democrats should be explaining why the bailouts and porkulus and TerriSchiavoCare are all good ideas, and if they fail to do so, they almost deserve to lose.


2 posted on 10/02/2010 12:33:53 AM PDT by Arthur McGowan (In Edward Kennedy's America, federal funding of brothels is a right, not a privilege.)
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To: SmartInsight

BTW: This is a COLUMN, not an “EDITORIAL.”


3 posted on 10/02/2010 12:34:32 AM PDT by Arthur McGowan (In Edward Kennedy's America, federal funding of brothels is a right, not a privilege.)
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To: SmartInsight

No, he’s leading all right. It’s just that no one with half a brain (or more) wants to follow where he wants to lead.


4 posted on 10/02/2010 12:34:32 AM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: SmartInsight

The article is an insane example of historical revisionist thinking. It claims the problem is that Obozo tried to get bipartisanship with Republicans. When did that ever happen? When he rammed Obamacare through on pure party lines? Same with cap-and-tax in the House? No, the problem is that Obozo is an arrogant incompetent narcissist and the American people hate everything he’s trying to do.


5 posted on 10/02/2010 12:36:39 AM PDT by hsalaw
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To: hsalaw
The reason November is going to be such an earthquake is that millions of people are saying: 'I didn't vote for bailouts, I didn't vote for amnesty, I didn't vote for union kickbacks, I didn't vote to muck up my employer sponsored healthcare, I didn't vote for unelected judges to smack down voters who want to protect their state from illegals or the fraud of same-sex 'marriage'. I voted to fix the damned economy. And they haven't done that, they've made it worse!'

When do we prosecute these Kool Aid drinking fools? I'll be damned if these traitors and tax cheats get to flip us off one last time in a lame duck session, then come slithering back as lobbyists next April.

WAKE UP AMERICA!


OBAMA-ALL HAT
Obama

We expect a leader to be effective in his job, not just a public relations artist who is "all hat and no cattle."

6 posted on 10/02/2010 12:40:51 AM PDT by BobP (The piss-stream media - Never to be watched again in my house)
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To: SmartInsight

7 posted on 10/02/2010 12:43:49 AM PDT by Zakeet (Like the wise Wee Wee said, "We can't be broke ... we still have checks in the checkbook.")
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To: SmartInsight

I don’t see anything of value in anything Eleanor Clift has to say, this is just the most recent. Barry had majorities in the house, the senate, they had the presidency, plus he had all the media cheerleading but he still couldn’t pass his wonderful agenda because of those mean old Republicans? Please.


8 posted on 10/02/2010 12:53:26 AM PDT by JayNorth
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To: SmartInsight

The libs can’t grasp that Obama is leading in the wrong direction, they really think his package should be tempting.


9 posted on 10/02/2010 12:55:45 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter Of Fact, Not A Matter Of Opinion)
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To: SmartInsight

America has rejected 0bama.
First they were in denial.
Now they are despondent.
Next, they will lash out with violence.


10 posted on 10/02/2010 1:02:11 AM PDT by counterpunch (End the Government Monopoly!)
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To: SmartInsight
Anything Clift is Crap...........

:}

11 posted on 10/02/2010 1:04:03 AM PDT by AwesomePossum (I have never looked this forward to a November........)
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To: SmartInsight

I’ll bet that fired up all 10 subscribers.


12 posted on 10/02/2010 1:12:51 AM PDT by Bhoy
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To: SmartInsight

You forgot to put a mega-barf warning in the title.


13 posted on 10/02/2010 1:14:02 AM PDT by TennesseeProfessor
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To: Arthur McGowan

Thanks for the recap, Arthur; I’m trying to go back to sleep and don’t want to get too upset over what that witch Eleanor has to say!

Rush was right; pinning him as a “community organizer” right along.


14 posted on 10/02/2010 1:14:10 AM PDT by Joann37
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To: SmartInsight
they are just pissed they have been routed...almost

this is their Waterloo

and November's election will be

La Haye Sainte

15 posted on 10/02/2010 1:14:31 AM PDT by wardaddy (the redress over anything minority is a cancer in our country...stage 4)
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To: Arthur McGowan

Exactly right. Headline has no relation to the opinion.


16 posted on 10/02/2010 1:23:05 AM PDT by indianrightwinger
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To: SmartInsight

“he made getting along his top priority, extending an olive branch to the other side, which Republican leaders rebuffed.”

I don’t know what planet Newsweek is on, but Barry spent the last three years taking cheap shots at Bush and countless Republicans. I don’t know why Newsweek considers this an olive branch. In fact, Barry’s most finely honed skill is taking sophmoric cheap shots. His level of maturity was most transparently visible during a campaign speech when he spoke about McCain while simultaneously scratching his cheek with his middle finger and putting on a smug grin to the cheers of his sycophants. It was clear at the time that Barry was a juvenile creep unfit for office.


17 posted on 10/02/2010 1:23:55 AM PDT by purplelobster
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To: SmartInsight

I don’t think there’s been any real failure of leadership. For that to occur, there would have to be the expectation, reasonable or not, of the leader-figure being a leader. For example, if I was walking down the street and saw a dog turd, I wouldn’t have any expectation nor any justification for having any expectation that said d-turd would function as a leader.

I never saw any particular aspects of “leadership” in 0bama. He always impressed me as a street hustler whom I’d expect to be offering fake Rolexes in a city parking lot. That he could be elected to an IL congressional seat was and is a tribute to the openness of our system and our tolerance for really blatant sub-mediocrity; and certainly to a large extent, his ability to snake an election via the use of dirty tricks. That he could be elected president is testament to the gullibility of massive numbers of voters and the fact that the GOP ran a true garden slug of a candidate.

But I never saw any leadership. Street hustler, yes. Dog-turd, maybe. Leader, no way.


18 posted on 10/02/2010 1:25:39 AM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder ("No longer can we make no mistake for too long". Barack d****it 0bama, 2009, 2010, 2011.)
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To: Arthur McGowan

I wish I read your post before scanning the article.
Hard to believe drivel like this is worthy of ink let alone publishing.

“I continue to believe that the passage of universal health care is an historic achievement, and that Glenn Beck’s grandchildren will agree even if he and his followers are blind to it.”

HHURLL


19 posted on 10/02/2010 1:27:41 AM PDT by schwingdoc
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To: purplelobster
"I don’t know what planet Newsweek is on"

That's exactly why the WaPo Company sold it to a senile 92 year-old audio pioneer Sidney Harman for a buck.

yitbos

20 posted on 10/02/2010 1:29:10 AM PDT by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds.")
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To: SmartInsight

“Obama took office not wanting to fight or blame anyone, and the Republicans played him. They stood up to him and he wasn’t prepared to defy them, revealing a vulnerability that has brought the Democrats to the brink of disaster. Obama ran on the idea that his election was a sign that everybody was going to get along but he also ran on a platform, and he won with 53 percent of the vote, the biggest margin of any Democrat since LBJ. Instead of claiming his rightful mandate, he made getting along his top priority, extending an olive branch to the other side, which Republican leaders rebuffed.”

Geez, this entire paragraph is really a psychotic episode of lies.


21 posted on 10/02/2010 1:30:04 AM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder ("No longer can we make no mistake for too long". Barack d****it 0bama, 2009, 2010, 2011.)
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To: bruinbirdman

He got ripped off.


22 posted on 10/02/2010 1:35:59 AM PDT by jospehm20
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder
"For example, if I was walking down the street and saw a dog turd, I wouldn’t have any expectation nor any justification for having any expectation that said d-turd would function as a leader."

I really did LOL at this.
23 posted on 10/02/2010 1:39:34 AM PDT by malkee (Actually I'm an ex-smoker--more than four years now-- But I think about it every day.)
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To: JayNorth
"I don’t see anything of value in anything Eleanor Clift has to say"

She's worth about what Sidney Harman paid the Washington Post Company for Newsweek, $1.00.

yitbos

24 posted on 10/02/2010 1:41:37 AM PDT by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds.")
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To: SmartInsight

I’ve decided that I need to either move to another dimension or start doing drugs (lots of drugs) to be able to understand what liberals are (unsuccessfully) trying to articulate.


25 posted on 10/02/2010 1:43:26 AM PDT by Infralutheran
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To: Arthur McGowan
Sounds like a proactive assembling of the circular firing squad of blame. Everyone can see the train racing towards the cliff. Nobody thinks they can stop it.

Better yet, the railroad company is wondering how not to blame the engineer, who even now adds fuel to the engine of their own doom!

Must! Save! Obama!

This single-minded loyalty to an incompetent dilettante is burning the Democratic majority to the ground. The price for that self-inflicted arson will be paid shortly. But it won't end there. After the Blue Dogs are put down like Old Yeller, and Obama has nothing but a left leaning choir to preach to, it'll get worse.

When he really is outnumbered, like the Republicans are now, all will see how weak a leader he really is. The Republicans will be on the offensive. The Democrat survivors won't get close enough to him to risk being thrown under the bus. Obama doesn't have the skills to deal with either of those problems. Both problems at the same time will relegate him to the golf course for the next 24 months. Pouting. Whining. Ineffectual. Defeated.

Sympathy for him will dry up faster than his tears.

If there's one thing Americans can't stand, it's people who suck at their jobs.

Exposed as a limp, whiny fraud, his popularity will plummet faster than Milli Vanilli's. He'll become a washed up messiah. When blind love ends, it will turn to hate. That hate is coming, friends, and it's going to come from the ones that loved Obama the most.

The next two years will be so miserable for him, he may not even run for (and be defeated at) a second term.

26 posted on 10/02/2010 1:46:15 AM PDT by Steel Wolf ("There are moderate Muslims, but Islam itself is not moderate." - Ibn Warraq)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder
"I never saw any particular aspects of “leadership” in 0bama."

The guy lead half the socialist/democrat party to sacrifice their political futures in order to nationalize health care.

He nationalized the mortgage industry.

Nationalized student loans.

Nationalized 2/3 of the auto industry.

Nationalized AIG.

Don't underestimat the Little Dictator wannabee.

yitbos

27 posted on 10/02/2010 1:58:55 AM PDT by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds.")
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

“Obama took office not wanting to fight” (”if they bring a knife, we’ll bring a gun”) or blame anyone... “(like Bush, Republicans, Fox News, CEO’s, the “rich”, etc.)

He blamed America on his Apology Tours, and whined about Arizona to the UN.

So when did he make “getting along his top priority”? Oh, the Beer Summit.


28 posted on 10/02/2010 2:23:17 AM PDT by drierice (The 'stimulus' cost more than 6 years of the Iraq war.)
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To: Arthur McGowan

what is the diff?


29 posted on 10/02/2010 2:26:58 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys)
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To: SmartInsight

“The ascendancy of the right has put Democrats on the defensive. “ LIE

The policies of the LEFT have sunk the Democrats


30 posted on 10/02/2010 2:28:26 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

bho3card


31 posted on 10/02/2010 2:37:56 AM PDT by FrankR (obama can only be what WE allow him to be.)
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To: SmartInsight

GOVERNING_FROM_A_GOLFCART_PING!


32 posted on 10/02/2010 2:59:56 AM PDT by The Duke
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To: SmartInsight

When did Newsweek start writing for Comedy Central?


33 posted on 10/02/2010 3:01:02 AM PDT by HarleyD
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To: Arthur McGowan
BTW: This is a COLUMN, not an “EDITORIAL.”

I always thought any piece that is written as an opinion, either by a single author or by a newspaper's editorial board, as opposed to 'news', is considered editorial? Where do we put 'column' in Free Republic's categories for posting?

34 posted on 10/02/2010 4:28:48 AM PDT by paudio (How could you be an open-minded person if you are a liberal?)
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To: SmartInsight; All
Obama took office not wanting to fight or blame anyone, and the Republicans played him.

I guess poor Eleanor forgot about THIS:

Obama to GOP: ‘I Won’

or THIS:

Obama: ‘If They Bring a Knife to the Fight, We Bring a Gun’

35 posted on 10/02/2010 4:30:45 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: Arthur McGowan

The name Newsweak is a HURL alert.


36 posted on 10/02/2010 4:41:38 AM PDT by Carley (For those who fought for it, freedom has a flavor the protected will never know.)
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To: SmartInsight

Au contraire - Obama is giddy with success. In a year and a half he’s established the deliberate destruction of American free enterprise and laid the groundwork of the destruction of our medical systems.

See, his audience (people he’s trying to please) isn’t the American people. It’s Jeremiah Wright and Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro and all those liberal college professors. It’s the disgruntled bedwetters and all of America’s enemies. Don’t forget - he hates America. In his mind he’s a huge success.


37 posted on 10/02/2010 4:45:53 AM PDT by RoadTest (Religion is a substitute for the relationship God wants with you.)
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To: SmartInsight

Election night, I am going to change the channel and exclusively watch NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, PMSNBC, etc. Elections have consequences.


38 posted on 10/02/2010 4:56:25 AM PDT by The_Media_never_lie
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To: SmartInsight

Election night, I am going to change the channel and exclusively watch NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, PMSNBC, etc. Elections have consequences.


39 posted on 10/02/2010 4:56:33 AM PDT by The_Media_never_lie
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To: SmartInsight

The article IS pathetic and about 3 years too late.

Sorry there newspeak, you are tied to the kenyan dictator just like all the rest of you poofers who openly campaigned for him. Not buying it or your mag.


40 posted on 10/02/2010 5:07:57 AM PDT by Texas resident (Outlaw fisherman)
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To: SmartInsight

Another pile of Newsweek revisionist Bullshit!. I counldn’t get through the article because it was getting too deep!


41 posted on 10/02/2010 5:12:33 AM PDT by wetgundog (" Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is no Vice")
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To: Zakeet

No, I’m fairly certain Beck’s grandchildren will see very little of this health insurance fiasco. They shall read in the history books about how big of a fraud that the architect of this mess- really was.


42 posted on 10/02/2010 5:23:09 AM PDT by iowan in texas
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder
That he could be elected to an IL congressional seat was and is a tribute to the openness of our system and our tolerance for really blatant sub-mediocrity; and certainly to a large extent, his ability to snake an election via the use of dirty tricks. That he could be elected president is testament to the gullibility of massive numbers of voters and the fact that the GOP ran a true garden slug of a candidate.

I must commend you here for some of the finest writing I've seen on FreeRepublic. LOL.

43 posted on 10/02/2010 5:42:19 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("Let the Eastern bastards freeze in the dark.")
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To: Steel Wolf
If there's one thing Americans can't stand, it's people who suck at their jobs. -- Steel Wolf

I just wanted you to know that I've filed this one among the best insights on the American political/economic climate that I've seen.

44 posted on 10/02/2010 5:48:08 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("Let the Eastern bastards freeze in the dark.")
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To: iowan in texas

All the Boomer grandchildren will see the unpayable “Balance Outstanding” on their credit card and know that Grandpa & Grandma Boomer lived it up and left the grandkids with the bill.


45 posted on 10/02/2010 6:22:09 AM PDT by LZ_Bayonet ( I AM THE TEA PARTY LEADER !)
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To: SmartInsight

Why did’t you warn us, that the article was written by Elinor Swift?

I read about three or four paragraphs, and once again realized that this lady is deranged.

Obama had at the beginning the whole country backing him. We gave him a chance....

Then it didn’t take long to see the man’s agenda...and in time his incompetence.

Those of us here on this forum, each day would find something surreptitiously coming out of the WH. Esp on Fridays.

Each day we’d find out the truth.

I listened to the Wisconsin speech he gave. It was embarrassing.

This man does not represent me. He is not our president. I may not have been totally for LBJ,Clinton, even that idiot Carter....But I respected the office. I also didn’t get the idea that any of these men put partisanship above the office. They did what they thought was right for the people.

This guy is the sorriest example of incompetence.

The speech in Wisconsin left me shaking my head...

In fact, Jon Stewert of all people made fun of it also.


46 posted on 10/02/2010 6:34:32 AM PDT by nikos1121 (Praying today for -25, better yet -26......)
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To: SmartInsight

“Obamas Failure of Leadership’’. Wow. Two years and “Newsweek’’ finally gets it. Boy, they aren’t slow on the uptake are they?


47 posted on 10/02/2010 8:18:55 AM PDT by jmacusa (Two wrongs don't make a right. But they can make it interesting.)
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To: jmacusa

FEB 2009 cover:

They're backpedaling as hard as they possibly can. Too late.


48 posted on 10/02/2010 8:22:16 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater ("Get out of the boat and walk on the water with us!”--Sen. Joe Biden)
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To: SmartInsight
Clift's account of the last two years is starkly delusional. There is no better illustration of the buzzard's dictum that "liberalism is the politics of denial."
49 posted on 10/02/2010 8:30:52 AM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Future Snake Eater

You mean THIS is an actual Newsweek cover? Holy Smokes! They aren’t hiding it are they?


50 posted on 10/02/2010 8:43:34 AM PDT by jmacusa (Two wrongs don't make a right. But they can make it interesting.)
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