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Dem Recriminations Begin
WSJ ^ | 10/26/12 | Taranto

Posted on 10/26/2012 8:10:14 AM PDT by pabianice

Blame Early and Blame Often

Voting has already begun, so why not recrimination too?

"What's welling up in America's ruling Democrats is not yet a full-throated scream of desperation," observes commentator Neil Macdonald, who is Canadian and therefore a neutral observer. "But as Samuel Johnson famously remarked, the prospect of being hanged in a fortnight concentrates the mind wonderfully."

True, as Macdonald says, "for the most part, Barack Obama's supporters are still clutching the cloak." Mitt Romney is only slightly ahead in most national polls, Obama clings to a slender lead in Ohio (though Josh Jordan argues at National Review Online that those polls seem to overrepresent Obama supporters who say they've already voted), and the New York Times's Nate Silver is still 1,000% (OK, 71%) behind Obama.

"Losing campaigns have a certain feel to them," observes the Times's Ross Douthat in a blog post. "They go negative hard, try out new messaging very late in the game, hype issues that only their core supporters are focused on, and try to turn non-gaffes and minor slip-ups by their opponents into massive, election-turning scandals." Though Douthat concludes his post with a bizarre and convoluted caveat that amounts to an acknowledgment that there is a nontrivial chance of an Obama victory.

We second that acknowledgment. It would be premature for the left to despair. This is a time for dread and denial. What also seems premature, although fun, is the rush to assign blame in advance for an Obama loss.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Philosophy; Politics/Elections

1 posted on 10/26/2012 8:10:16 AM PDT by pabianice
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To: pabianice
If it turns out to be true that CIA had their cross-hairs on the mortar that killed the SEALs and was ordered to stand-down, the president might as well resign. He's finished because he was watching the event and did nothing and because of that our heroic SEALs died. How shameful.

Obama, you killed them. Leave now, while we will still let you leave voluntarily.

2 posted on 10/26/2012 8:27:02 AM PDT by Rapscallion ( Both are in over their heads, out of their depth and wholly unaware of how they are pervceived.)
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To: pabianice; All
To "educate" folks who, in 2008, didn't bother to compare their own vision of "hope and change" with the "redistributionist" meaning in the mind of the candidate, there is nothing like mass unemployment all around you, reduction in family earnings, prospects of higher taxes, used-up savings, and wild politicians running around saying, "Just give us more time."

Now, his meaning and its consequences are more clear, and that may account for the changing polls.

Let's face it: an "educated electorate" never would have elected a man to the office of President with Obama's lack of transparent academic achievements, blatant Far-Left voting record and lack of even basic levels of management experience.

By contrast, America's Founders and Framers of the Constitution he so disdains, were learned men, scholars of history, and men who put their own lives on the line for the sake of liberty for future generations! They understood that "taking" the people's money and "redistributing" it, spending more than is necessary for defense and common needs, and building voting constituencies by promising "goodies" from the public treasury will lead to loss of freedom and prosperity.

We can't publicize the following wisdom from Jefferson often enough between now and November 6:

"To preserve [the] independence [of the people,] we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude. If we run into such debts as that we must be taxed in our meat and in our drink, in our necessaries and our comforts, in our labors and our amusements, for our callings and our creeds, as the people of England are, our people, like them, must come to labor sixteen hours in the twenty-four, give the earnings of fifteen of these to the government for their debts and daily expenses, and the sixteenth being insufficient to afford us bread, we must live, as they now do, on oatmeal and potatoes, have no time to think, no means of calling the mismanagers to account, but be glad to obtain subsistence by hiring ourselves to rivet their chains on the necks of our fellow-sufferers." --Thomas Jefferson to Samuel Kercheval, 1816. ME 15:39

"I deem [this one of] the essential principles of our government and consequently [one] which ought to shape its administration:... The honest payment of our debts and sacred preservation of the public faith." --Thomas Jefferson: 1st Inaugural, 1801. ME 3:322

"I sincerely believe... that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity under the name of funding is but swindling futurity on a large scale." --Thomas Jefferson to John Taylor, 1816. ME 15:23

"[With the decline of society] begins, indeed, the bellum omnium in omnia [war of all against all], which some philosophers observing to be so general in this world, have mistaken it for the natural, instead of the abusive state of man. And the fore horse of this frightful team is public debt. Taxation follows that, and in its train wretchedness and oppression." --Thomas Jefferson to Samuel Kercheval, 1816. ME 15:40

"We, the People" still will need to hold the new president to account for adhering to and using the Constitution's limits on government spending to win back our freedom. Better begin the education process now!

3 posted on 10/26/2012 8:29:15 AM PDT by loveliberty2
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Remember, Romney can win the popular vote and still lose the electoral one if all those now dependent on government line up and vote to continue their lunch at the public trough. They are concentrated in the big city areas of the swing states and are in fact an army of useful idiots that can give this nation over to the Marxists .

4 posted on 10/26/2012 8:32:20 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: pabianice

New ad to send to your email list and especially Liberals you know.

What four more years of the Messiah will do to our country and your children and grandchildren’s future.

5 posted on 10/26/2012 8:42:45 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: Don Corleone
Well thanks Don, glad we have an oracle of reality in this thread. None of us have really pondered Romney losing. Glad you could straighten us out and tamp down our ebullient enthusiasm. What would we ever do without posters like you, who come here and serve up a heaping serving of negativity.
6 posted on 10/26/2012 9:10:11 AM PDT by pburgh01
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To: loveliberty2

The educational program that is most needed is also the simplest one:

A country cannot consume more than it produces and remain economically healthy.

Now that sounds absurdly simple but it’s surprising how few really understand the ramifications of not doing so. Here on FR I stated that imports had to be paid for by exports and the response was as though I was peddling snake oil.

The result of not being able to pay for what we consume is painfully obvious, the general impoverishment of the entire country.

7 posted on 10/26/2012 9:12:33 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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