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I think Jay Cost absolutely nails it here. No matter where you stand ideologically, Obama has been an unbelievable incompetent politician, not just an incompetent president. He is just tone deaf.

I genuinely think that if he was a white guy from Chicago named Barry Olsen, his approval numbers would be in the mid to low 30s. His only politically redeemable quality is that he's black with a strange name.

1 posted on 04/15/2011 8:08:58 AM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: OldDeckHand
....all the way down to collector of the Port of New York (Chester A. Arthur).

....all the way down to the unemployed community activist (0).

2 posted on 04/15/2011 8:11:15 AM PDT by Red Badger (Mitt Romney: The Harold Stassen of the 21st century........)
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To: OldDeckHand

Has anyone determined if “O” is good at ANYTHING?


3 posted on 04/15/2011 8:11:20 AM PDT by SMARTY (Conforming to non-conformity is conforming just the same.)
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Nobody who wins the Presidency can be called an incompetent politician in that, by definition, a good politician is one who can get himself elected. Regardless of his "tone-deafness," he was able to convince enough (gullible and moronic) voters to go for him. How is that a "failure"?

He can be rightly judged an incompetent President, in that he is incapable of governing or running the Executive Branch of government.

4 posted on 04/15/2011 8:13:37 AM PDT by Cincinatus (Omnia relinquit servare Rempublicam)
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You bring up a good point. And it’s true of many other politicos.

When Ted Kennedy first ran for the Senate, for example, his opponent charged that if his name were Edward Moore rather than Edward Moore Kennedy, that nobody would take his qualifications in running for Senator seriously.

Ditto Hillary Clinton. There’s no way Hillary Rodham begins a political career and becomes a serious presidential candidate in her own right, if not for her connection to Bill Clinton.

I’m sure there are many other politicos who got high positions because of family or other connections, not because they themselves are so brilliant, have the answers to the nation’s problems, etc.


5 posted on 04/15/2011 8:18:52 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: OldDeckHand

Apparently not as bad as the GOP >,>


6 posted on 04/15/2011 8:20:23 AM PDT by chris37 (awesome!)
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To: OldDeckHand

0bama is a genuis at marxist politics.


8 posted on 04/15/2011 8:21:33 AM PDT by paulycy (Islamo-Marxism is Evil.)
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And, as much as he may suck at politics, he’s still kicking the GOP’s arse all over the map.


9 posted on 04/15/2011 8:21:38 AM PDT by Buckeye Battle Cry (Terrorism in nothing more than Kinetic Islam)
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To: OldDeckHand

AA will out. If you’ve never had to do anything but show up, you not only don’t develop the necessary skills, you don’t even know that you need to develop them.


14 posted on 04/15/2011 8:30:15 AM PDT by Let's Roll (Save the world's best healthcare - REPEAL, DEFUND Obamacare!)
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To: OldDeckHand

Truth be told, Present Stroker could screw up a wet dream.


15 posted on 04/15/2011 8:31:26 AM PDT by Howie66 (I can see November (2012) from my house.)
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“Obama hit his high point at Iowa’s Jefferson Jackson Dinner in November, 2007.”

Republicans should play sound-bite after sound-bite from that speech, which takes the form of “We were promised X, but we instead we got Y.” Obama made virtually an identical list of promises and has proceeded to break every single one. And on most measures—unity of the country, ability of citizens to afford basic necessities, ability of citizens to save, unemployment etc.—things are FAR worse today than in November 2007 when he was insisting the country was on the wrong track and needed to change. So using Reagan’s simple question “Are you better off today than you were four years ago?” most voters in 2012 will be forced to say “No.” And no longer will they be able to blame GWB for the abysmal state of politics and the economy.


18 posted on 04/15/2011 8:35:10 AM PDT by DrC
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A quibble here. At the time, Collector of the Port of New York was an extremely important (and lucrative) position. 75% of the revenues of the entire federal government were generated from this source, and Arthur was responsible for managing the activities of the several hundred employees engaged in collecting tax revenue. A far cry from being a community organizer.


19 posted on 04/15/2011 8:42:48 AM PDT by Parmenio
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