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Why the Right Really Hates Obama
In These Times ^ | May 8th, 2012 | Theo Anderson

Posted on 05/10/2012 4:39:21 AM PDT by Third Person

How much influence has the Tea Party really had in American politics?

The movement scored real successes in the 2010 election, when the GOP won control of the House and narrowed the Democrats’ majority in the Senate. That success bolstered the GOP’s budget-cutting fervor and set up the debt-ceiling showdown last summer. And wins by Tea Party candidates at the state level have helped create the wave of abortion restrictions recently passed by state legislatures.

On the other hand, there have been major disappointments during the past year. Sarah Palin didn’t run for the GOP presidential nomination, and one Tea Party favorite after another ascended in the primary race, then crashed, until Republicans settled for perhaps the least conservative candidate in the race: Mitt Romney.

And electoral successes haven’t guaranteed passage of hardcore conservative legislation, as the Tea Party-approved governor of Florida, Rick Scott, has learned. Scott began his term by nixing federal funds for high-speed rail in the state, and his approval rating dropped to the low 30s. Since then he’s been forced to move slightly toward the center, proposing more funding for education and backing off his campaign promises to pass Arizona-style legislation that targets immigrants.

But the Tea Party’s influence can’t be measured by its legislative and electoral victories alone. Its main “achievement” over the past three years has been to help the Republicans advance their goal of creating total cynicism about our institutions. The religious conservatives who form the core of the movement have theological reasons for decrying government as hopelessly broken. That makes them a perfect match with the modern GOP, whose leaders decry the corruption and overweening power of government as a strategy for gaining power within the corrupt, overweening government.

The classic example is Newt Gingrich. It’s hard to remember now, after his flameout as a presidential candidate, but Gingrich was the most powerful Republican in the nation in the 1990s, and he rose to that position by coordinating a relentless attack on precisely the institutions that he sought to govern.

As Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein wrote recently in the Washington Post, “From the day he entered Congress in 1979, Gingrich had a strategy to create a Republican majority in the House: convincing voters that the institution was so corrupt that anyone would be better than the incumbents, especially those in the Democratic majority.” Ultimately, Gingrich’s strategy “activated an extreme and virulently anti-Washington base … and helped drive moderate Republicans out of Congress.”

What makes this so damaging and dangerous is that cynicism breeds only cynicism, and hopelessness is a self-fulfilling prophecy. So it’s interesting to consider that, at the heart of the biblical narrative that so many of the Tea Party faithful claim to believe, there’s more than sin and corruption. There is also the possibility of redemption and a basis for hope. There is a Messiah.

Liberals often say that the Right’s hatred of Obama is about his race. Conservatives say it’s about his socialist agenda. But there’s something more going on, and it’s captured in the way that the Right has often mocked Obama as “the chosen one,” the Messiah. Dig a little under the surface of that derision and you’ll discover a world of confusion and ambivalence.

Obama is a deeply familiar figure among tea partiers and conservative Christians. He has the energy and charisma of a pastor, and he’s the sort of authority figure many on the far-Right are conditioned to respect. But the context is all wrong. The messenger is a black man. The hope he offers is grounded in the possibility that human institutions can be expressions of the common good.

In truth, they want to respond to this kind of hope-affirming message, because balancing despair with hope is fundamental to their theology. And the redemptive promise doesn’t even have to be otherworldly. Ronald Reagan became a demigod among conservatives by holding out a bright future for the nation while separating America from its actual institutions. He spoke to conservatives’ need to actually believe in something. And he made it possible for them to believe in America’s future while despising its government.

Obviously, no Republican since Reagan has rivaled his rhetorical gifts or his deftness at fusing electoral politics with a quasi-religious vision. George W. Bush seemed to understand the power of Reagan’s rhetoric but didn’t have the skill to pull it off. John McCain had no feel for it at all.

So the source of the Right’s hatred of Obama isn’t just that he’s a black man and a liberal. It’s also that he’s so much better than any Republican at articulating “that hopey changey stuff,” as Sarah Palin once derided it. The mockery of Obama as the Messiah reveals far more about the Tea Party than it does about the president. They long for a Reagan-style message of hope and possibility. What they get is…Mitt Romney.

And who wouldn’t despair at that prospect?

Of course, there’s far less talk of hope and change this election cycle than four years ago, especially since the Obama campaign has formally changed its slogan to “forward.” And yes: It’s hard not to feel disappointed, perhaps even cynical, thinking about the gap between Obama’s rhetoric and his actual record these past three years.

But the Tea Party has only its cynicism, which leaves the field of positive solutions wide open for Democrats and progressives to occupy. It’s important to critique and shine light on the endemic corruption of our institutions, but Obama was onto something important–in fact, radical–with the “hopey changey stuff.”

Going beyond critique and offering an alternative vision–a measure of hope–isn’t just a rebuttal to the Tea Party’s cynicism and a good way to get under that movement’s skin. Ultimately, it’s the only path to reform.


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We dislike Obama because he's not our team. We like the Reaganesque delivery, just not the message. Yeah, right. Misguided over-analysis by the left once again.
1 posted on 05/10/2012 4:39:22 AM PDT by Third Person
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To: Third Person

I dislike Obama, because I can see no honor in him.
He is a pure Marxist who seeks to destroy the American Dream.


2 posted on 05/10/2012 4:43:35 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (End Obama's War On Freedom.)
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To: Third Person

Wait a minute.....since when has the Tea Party been about anything theological? This guy is projecting his beliefs about what the Tea Party is about. Did I miss the Tea Party talking about abortion? Less spending is not a religious issue.


3 posted on 05/10/2012 4:46:31 AM PDT by Explorer89 (And now, let the wild rumpus start!!)
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To: Third Person

Obama is like an invasive cancer in the lower extremities.

He is politically manufactured, a blanked out past, investigators into his past eliminated almost weekly, opponents are demoralized from battling faux legal battles and then branded a “quitter”.

He is the fruits of success of an organization counter to what built America. And they are going to be very hard to eradicate unless everyone gets with the program.


4 posted on 05/10/2012 4:47:39 AM PDT by Eye of Unk (Liberals need not reply.)
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To: Third Person
"one Tea Party favorite after another ascended in the primary race, then crashed, until Republicans settled for perhaps the least conservative candidate in the race"

The ONLY thing accurate is that Romney-the-RINO is the least Conservative of the group.

The TRUTH is that the GOP-e, and the complicit State-Run-Media, systematically destroyed through innuendo and false (annonymously-sourced) smears, beginning in 2007 with Sarah Palin, and continuing with EVERY challenger that was NOT a GOP-e pick, or DNC-wanted opponent for The Messiah.

There is NO way, in my lifetime, to see the Constitutional Intent restored, save if a CWII or Revolution occurs, period.

5 posted on 05/10/2012 4:50:33 AM PDT by traditional1 (Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: Third Person
" and one Tea Party favorite after another ascended in the primary race, then crashed, until Republicans settled for perhaps the least conservative candidate in the race: Mitt Romney."

Ya wanna know why, YA WAANA KNOW WHY?!! Because none of the them, not one saw the cause bigger than themselves... Romney played them, and none of them was willing to throw their support behind one of the others... conservatives got played because there was no real sacrifice to a cause, they all wanted to be leaders of the cause... so Mitt beat them like a drum...

6 posted on 05/10/2012 4:51:15 AM PDT by dps.inspect (the system is rigged...)
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To: Eye of Unk

He’s a divisive troublemaker with an evil agenda. He’s anti-American on so many levels, it makes your head spin. Every day it’s something new with this Indonesian man-child dictator.


7 posted on 05/10/2012 4:52:21 AM PDT by Third Person
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To: Third Person

He’s not one of us.


8 posted on 05/10/2012 4:57:46 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Third Person
"So the source of the Right’s hatred of Obama isn’t just that he’s a black man and a liberal. It’s also that he’s so much better than any Republican at articulating “that hopey changey stuff,” as Sarah Palin once derided it."

SSSTTTTRRRRIIIKKKKKEEEEE ONE, swing and a miss by the author.

The derision of Obama as the Messiah/the Anointed One, etc. has to do with the media's treatment of Obama, and how EVERY story, every mere mention of his name, resulted in the media fawning adoringly at how he was this "transcendent" character whose every thought and motive need not be questioned, but is obviously for the greater good. No vetting, because he was Obama!

9 posted on 05/10/2012 5:09:31 AM PDT by cincinnati65 (Romney is not MY candidate for President in 2012.)
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To: Third Person

“What makes this so damaging and dangerous is that cynicism breeds only cynicism...”
I don’t agree with author AT ALL.
Americans sorely need a healthy dose of cynicism!
Their breezy, giddy and irresponsible approach to the selection of ‘Pepsi commercial’ type personalities to lead the greatest power in the known universe has lacked gravitas for as long as I can remember.
Even if you disregard the current, most objectionably unqualified President in our history... and just consider the intellectual and professional light-weights like Gore, Kerry, Edwards who were considered previously, it’s proof positive of American voters’ lack of wholesome cynicism requisite in the selection of Presidential candidates.

The DNC has an absolutely free hand here. I would be willing to bet that most Liberals exercise more mature cynicism in the purchase of a car or big screen TV than they do in the consideration of Presidential nominees!


10 posted on 05/10/2012 5:10:48 AM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: Third Person
Theo, your premise is as empty as an Obama promise.

“...you’ll discover a world of confusion and ambivalence...”

The Tea Party is neither! We are focused on the Constitution and the restoration of America, from the regulatory abyss Obama has created.

“The hope he offers is grounded in the possibility that human institutions can be expressions of the common good.”

Obama “offers” NO “hope” and what he pretends to offer certainly isn't “grounded” in anything but hatred for America.

Mouthing the words is NOT the same as having the capacity to “offer” anything.

“...isn't’ just that he’s a black man....”...Race has NOTHING to do with anything! How do you explain Alan West?

What's not to hate about liberalism, that preaches the destruction of America and freedom from responsibility and consequences.

“It’s also that he’s so much better than any Republican at articulating “that hopey changey stuff,”

How does the author conclude that nebulous platitudes successfully masquerade as “articulating”?
Suggesting that the government will steal from the productive job creators and redistribute the proceeds to the unmotivated is NOT “articulating” anything beyond vote buying via class warfare.

“But the Tea Party has only its cynicism...” No, Theo, we have ANSWERS, which focus on the return to the Constitution and personal responsibility, minimum government intrusion on our lives, elimination of regulatory strangulation of our business and industry.

11 posted on 05/10/2012 5:15:33 AM PDT by G Larry (Criminals thrive on the indulgence of society's understanding)
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To: Third Person
We dislike Obama because he hates our country, our ideals, and our beliefs....literally everything that once made us a great nation.

They long for a Reagan-style message of hope and possibility. What they get is…Mitt Romney

Can't argue with this statement, though!

12 posted on 05/10/2012 5:22:56 AM PDT by CAluvdubya (I just try to stay out of the fray...)
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To: Third Person
So the source of the Right’s hatred of Obama isn’t just that he’s a black man and a liberal.

IOW we do hate him because he's a black man, among other reasons.

Race-baiting POS.

13 posted on 05/10/2012 5:28:05 AM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: Third Person

Theo, Theo, Theo — you don’t have a clue-o, clue-o, clue-o.


14 posted on 05/10/2012 5:28:50 AM PDT by WashingtonSource
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To: Third Person

I searched in vain for a single paragraph in that article that did not contain an error. Most paragraphs were based upon an error.

I want my five minutes back.


15 posted on 05/10/2012 5:34:09 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (I like Obamacare because Granny signed the will and I need the cash)
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To: Eye of Unk

“The basic and crucial political issue of our age is: capitalism versus socialism, or freedom versus statism. For decades, this issue has been silenced, suppressed, evaded, and hidden under the foggy, undefined rubber-terms of “conservatism” and “liberalism” which had lost their original meaning and could be stretched to mean all things to all men.

The goal of the “liberals”—as it emerges from the record of the past decades—was to smuggle this country into welfare statism by means of single, concrete, specific measures, enlarging the power of the government a step at a time, never permitting these steps to be summed up into principles, never permitting their direction to be identified or the basic issue to be named. Thus statism was to come, not by vote or by violence, but by slow rot—by a long process of evasion and epistemological corruption, leading to a fait accompli. (The goal of the “conservatives” was only to retard that process.)” A. Rand

“O” has come out of this very miasmic sewer which Liberals have created. He is the fullest expression of both the process and the result.

Growing up we all nursed a dread of what the final and most dangerous manifestation of successful Liberalism would be for America…our wait is over!

There has never been an absence of ghastly examples of failed Liberalism on this planet. I really blame Conservatives as well… because they have not been energetic enough in opposing Liberal trends.


16 posted on 05/10/2012 5:34:49 AM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: Third Person

This article is nothing but a bunch of BS. The author doesn’t have a clue about the Tea Party, Republicans, or conservatives.

We don’t want a Messiah. We just want someone who will uphold the U.S. Constitution and a government that will live within its means like the rest of us are required to do.


17 posted on 05/10/2012 5:35:34 AM PDT by randita
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Obama is the epitome of “the other”.

He’s not one of us. He shares no common values with traditional America, Western Civilization, or Christian culture.


18 posted on 05/10/2012 5:37:43 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: G Larry

I always respond to the left when they bring up the race card:

Are you honestly going to say that we’d support 0bama’s agenda if he were white,
or that we’d oppose Herman Cain, Alan West, or Thomas Sowell because they’re black?
Honestly?


19 posted on 05/10/2012 5:39:40 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Third Person
But the Tea Party has only its cynicism ...

Ah, yes, (t)hat power of accurate observation which is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it. ~ George Bernard Shaw

20 posted on 05/10/2012 5:40:19 AM PDT by Spartan79 (I view great cities as pestilential to the morals, the health, and the liberties of man.)
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To: BuffaloJack
no honor in him.

And that cuts all the way in and through the bone.
21 posted on 05/10/2012 5:42:51 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: Third Person
which leaves the field of positive solutions wide open for Democrats and progressives to occupy
Interesting choice of words ... Dems, Progressives and occupy(ers) are one and the same ... commies.
22 posted on 05/10/2012 5:43:45 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: facedown

I don’t like him because he’s a commie bastard.


23 posted on 05/10/2012 5:51:14 AM PDT by MichiganCheese (It's now or never!)
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To: Third Person
We like the Reaganesque delivery, just not the message.

You believe this crap?

#1 0bama does not have Reaganesque delivery or content.
#2 0bama does NOT deliver the hopey changey stuff better than Reagan.

In the final analysis, I dislike 0bama because he disliked me first. I am an American. 0bama hates Americans.

24 posted on 05/10/2012 5:54:48 AM PDT by GreyMountainReagan ("Pray for America")
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To: Eye of Unk

You are right; it is called world communism


25 posted on 05/10/2012 5:55:00 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Third Person

I always find it amusing that liberals have to find some deep psychological meaning to the dislike of Obama. Heaven forfend that it be just straight forward antipathy to his policies


26 posted on 05/10/2012 5:59:55 AM PDT by Nifster
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To: Third Person

What a load of crap.


27 posted on 05/10/2012 6:13:36 AM PDT by pgkdan (ANYBODY BUT OBAMA!)
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To: Third Person

I found Newt’s speeches to be very optimistic.

Energy independence. New royalties by allowing our energy companies to drill for new oil and gas, enough in fact to pay off the government debt during the next generation. Think of the great future our children and grandchildren could have! With energy independence, we could begin to ignore those people in the middle east that hate us.

Saving Social Security through privatization using the Chile example. Now that’s hope for the future. imo. I wish I could have signed up for a system like that 40 years ago. I wish my son could sign up for a system like that now.

It’s too bad that the GOP-e and Romney beat him down the way they did.

As for Mr. Obama, there’s no hope like that in his actions. With his agenda, we’re headed down the PIIGS road. It’s as plan as day. The PIIGS example is right in our faces. Our children and grandchildren face a dismal future with the likes of Obama and the GOP-E. It’s as simple as that.


28 posted on 05/10/2012 6:36:38 AM PDT by MulberryDraw (He who is the Glory of Israel does not lie or change his mind;)
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To: traditional1

The only place where the tea party has zero influence is inside the GOP.


29 posted on 05/10/2012 6:40:43 AM PDT by DManA
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To: Third Person

The country is on the threshold of fiscal collapse and the only think Obama has to offer is new spending programs.

When the country descends into violent chaos EVERYONE will be hating the name Obama.


30 posted on 05/10/2012 6:43:08 AM PDT by DManA
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To: traditional1

I agree with all you have posted, though I would add one thing to your last sentence: “There is NO way, in my lifetime, to see the Constitutional Intent restored, save if a CWII or Revolution occurs, period.”

A Soviet style bankruptcy in cash, credibility and support of the Washington government could have the same purging effect as CW.II or AWI.II, and possibly at considerably less cost. It was a relatively soft landing for the constituent ‘republics’ of the USSR. Perhaps it will be for Americans as well.

The Founders’ principles are going to endure at least as whispers and aspirations as long as there are people. They will endure longer than any nation state.


31 posted on 05/10/2012 6:43:12 AM PDT by Psalm 144 (Obama's record is an open charnel pit. Romney's too, but under a whitened sepulchre.)
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To: Third Person

Thanks for this thread.

___________

HEY! THEO ANDERSON! Yeah, YOU!

When you used the Liberal Agenda Media word “cynicism” you identified yourself as a Liberal!

Are you writing a hit piece on those who are NOT apathetic about America being taken over by Marxist Dictator Obama?

Do your re-search again and you will find that the Taxed Enough Already Folks used to be the Silent Majority.

Deal with it.


32 posted on 05/10/2012 6:54:16 AM PDT by Graewoulf ((Dictator Baby-Doc Barack's obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND U.S. Constitution.))
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To: Graewoulf

“cynicism”, working leftist definition,

not trusting in the moral and intellectual superiority of the ruling elite.


33 posted on 05/10/2012 6:58:43 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Explorer89

writer is a moron running around inventing stuff to fit his narrative.


34 posted on 05/10/2012 7:05:48 AM PDT by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: SMARTY

Decades of affluence and television have ruined Americans and done nothing but breed a larger and larger class of non-producers. It hasn’t happened overnight, both parties are responsible (there’s really only 1 party), and ultimately it is the disinterested entertainment-addicted people who are getting what they deserve.

This campaign will degenerate to a reality show sports event style. There will be a poll released daily to let you know what the score is and who’s ahead.


35 posted on 05/10/2012 7:20:39 AM PDT by wrencher
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To: Third Person
The author is clueless in almost every respect. He especially misses the point with his comment that, "But the context is all wrong. The messenger is a black man." Obama's black identity is central to liberal support for him. Apparently, they cannot comprehend the fact that normal people just don't care about skin tone. I'd guess that the vast majority of conservatives would be thrilled with Thomas Sowell, with Herman Cain if Cain could have handled the "scandals" in a manner that caused them to disappear, with Allen West, or with any other politician from any racial group who agreed with decent Americans on the issues, and especially on fiscal responsibility.
36 posted on 05/10/2012 7:30:28 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Can we afford as much government as welfare-addicted voters demand?)
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To: MrB

Right. Critical statements by those of us on the Right are twist-labelled (=spin) into their trademark word “cynical.”

To a Liberal, the Goodness of THE GOVERNMENT is infinite. There is nothing that a BIGGER Government cannot do in their minds.

We saw this recently from thinkers on the left, such as Robert Reisch of Cal-Berkley, when he claimed that the TARP, Pelosi Porkbarrel Stimulus Bill and the QEs of Helicopter Ben all failed because not enough money was thrown at the various problems.

Those of us opposed to this destruction of OUR money were labeled “cynical.”


37 posted on 05/10/2012 7:44:19 AM PDT by Graewoulf ((Dictator Baby-Doc Barack's obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND U.S. Constitution.))
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To: DManA

That’s about the best summary I’ve seen so far.


38 posted on 05/10/2012 7:48:36 AM PDT by norton
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To: Third Person
... as “the chosen one,” the Messiah.

This trope came right out of obama's election campaign and was furthered by the left and the media. All us "real people" did was mock it when it arose.

'Member all the pictures of the little chap with the quasi-halos behind his head.

39 posted on 05/10/2012 8:53:29 AM PDT by RobinOfKingston (The instinct toward liberalism is located in the part of the brain called the rectal lobe.)
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“In truth, they want to respond to this kind of hope-affirming message”

Only an idiot leftst would think Obama’s screeching against the rich, bashing business, attacking our values, and calling for a government solution to everything is ‘hope-affirming’ ... Obama is positively Orwellian and Alinskyite.

Hype and Chains.


40 posted on 05/10/2012 9:50:54 AM PDT by WOSG (Anyone But Obama)
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To: GreyMountainReagan

“I dislike 0bama because he disliked me first. I am an American. 0bama hates Americans. “

That’s a good one.


41 posted on 05/10/2012 9:54:05 AM PDT by WOSG (Anyone But Obama)
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To: Third Person

Obama’s delivery owes more to Mussolini than Reagan.


42 posted on 05/10/2012 9:58:47 AM PDT by steve8714 (God bless those in uniform, who labor for true peace.)
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To: MrB

I like Hugh Hewitt’s movie sound bite:

“I don’t like you because you’re gonna get me KILLED!”

Don’t know what movie it’s from, but the emotion in the voice is priceless.


43 posted on 05/10/2012 10:10:01 AM PDT by G Larry (Criminals thrive on the indulgence of society's understanding)
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To: G Larry

Looks like that’s from “Die Hard”:

“You’re a racist. You don’t like me cause I’m white.”
Zeus Carver ( Samuel L. Jackson ): “I don’t like you because you’re gonna get me killed.”


44 posted on 05/10/2012 11:08:00 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Third Person

Stealing the phrase FRom an unknown FReeper:

“I loathe Obama because of the content of his character!”


45 posted on 05/10/2012 5:01:59 PM PDT by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: Third Person
So the source of the Right’s hatred of Obama isn’t just that he’s a black man and a liberal.

Huh?

-PJ

46 posted on 05/10/2012 5:16:28 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you can vote for President, then your children can run for President.)
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To: Third Person

Simple answer :
He is a phony
This guy is so phony he makes Tommy Flanagan the Pathological Liar seem genuine

Holden Caufield hated phonies,

I hate phonies
Maybe I am PhonyPhobic but I hate phonies


47 posted on 05/10/2012 5:40:35 PM PDT by woofie (It takes three villages and a forest of woodland creatures to raise a child in Obamaville)
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To: DManA

Lugar would not agree


48 posted on 05/10/2012 5:44:29 PM PDT by woofie (It takes three villages and a forest of woodland creatures to raise a child in Obamaville)
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