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To: OldDeckHand
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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To: Cincinatus
Nobody who wins the Presidency can be called an incompetent politician

Not so sure about that. Sometimes there's such a vacuum that anyone the press thrusts into power will make it.

Obama was/is a creation of leftist media. They did it for him. However, I'm not so sure they can do it again because more people are onto the KGP-type tricks.

Another incompetent boob who made it to office was the Peanut Farmer. The vacuum post-Watergate made it possible.

7 posted on 04/15/2011 8:21:29 AM PDT by Siena Dreaming
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To: Cincinatus
"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."

If we had an honest, skeptical media, Obama would never have won that election, or at least he wouldn't have won by 7-points.

I will admit that Obama (Axelrod) did run an almost flawless campaign, and McCain ran a perfectly dreadful campaign But, McCain also faced a deluge of criticism everyday in the media. Obama didn't. He never demonstrated any real political skill, primarily because he didn't have to. He was, quite simply, our first affirmative action candidate that also enjoyed the "Not George Bush" trump card.

In 1972, unemployment was higher by two full points than where it was when Nixon assumed office, and we had just gone through four BRUTAL years of war - a war that Nixon had won largely on a platform of his "secret plan" to get out of Vietnam. Not only did we not get out, we doubled down. And yet, Nixon was such a brilliant politician, that against the backdrop of rising unemployment and a ridiculously unpopular war, he CRUSHES McGovern. That's political skill.

Obama, MUCH like another horrifically bad politician - Jimmy Carter - was elected primarily because he was from a party that wasn't the unpopular party. Carter didn't represent Nixon's Republican party, and Obama didn't represent Bush's Republican party. That was all the "political" skill either one needed to win.

Sometimes people get elected in spite of their political skill, or lack thereof. I think Obama is one such person.

17 posted on 04/15/2011 8:34:53 AM PDT by OldDeckHand
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