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realclearpolitics.com ^ | 11/15/2012 | Victor Davis Hanson

Posted on 11/15/2012 5:13:56 AM PST by RoosterRedux

The second-term curse goes like this: A president (e.g., Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, etc.) wins re-election, but then his presidency implodes over the next four years -- mired in scandals or disasters such as Watergate, Iran-Contra, Monica Lewinsky, the Iraqi insurgency and Hurricane Katrina.

Apparently, like tragic Greek heroes, administrations grow arrogant after their re-election wins. They believe that they are invincible and that heir public approval is permanent rather than fickle.

The result is that Nemesis zeroes in on their fatal conceit and with a boom corrects their hubris. Or is the problem in some instances simply that embarrassments and scandals, hushed up in fear that they might cost an administration an election, explode with a fury in the second term?

Coincidentally, right after the election we heard that Iran had attacked a U.S. drone in international waters.

Coincidentally, we just learned that new food stamp numbers were "delayed" and that millions more became new recipients in the months before the election.

Coincidentally, we now gather that the federal relief effort following Hurricane Sandy was not so smooth, even as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Barack Obama high-fived it. Instead, in Katrina-like fashion, tens of thousands are still without power or shelter two weeks after the storm.

Coincidentally, we now learn that Obama's plan of letting tax rates increase for the "fat cat" 2 percent who make over $250,000 a year would not even add enough new revenue to cover 10 percent of the annual deficit. How he would get the other 90 percent in cuts, we are never told.

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KEYWORDS: bho44; scandals; vdh; victordavishanson

1 posted on 11/15/2012 5:13:57 AM PST by RoosterRedux
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To: RoosterRedux

If Benghazi doesn’t take down this administration, nothing will.

They managed to duck and weave their way out of Fast and Furious. They managed to get away with passing off a questionable birth certificate. They managed to shuffle two terrorist attacks on military grounds (recruiting and a base) as simple rogue operations. If the death of 4 Americans can’t be hung around this president’s neck, then he truly is a Teflon executive.


2 posted on 11/15/2012 5:19:47 AM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: rarestia

And with every victory in corruption, they’ll become more arrogant, confident and sloppy.
The closed door meeting today with the 4-star is going to be nothing more than a retirement negotiation.


3 posted on 11/15/2012 5:29:48 AM PST by two23
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To: rarestia

Imagine if an American president endured 3000 deaths on their own soil, while having intel of a possible attack. Imagine if he then invaded a country that had nothing to do with the attack.

The point is not that Bush was worse than Obama. The point is that they are all crooks and on the same team.

Yet on FR, we are looking for impeachment again. My stupid liberal friends want to blame everything on Bush.

As long as both sides do not understand they are being hosed, we will continue to be treated like waste product.


4 posted on 11/15/2012 5:37:43 AM PST by sakic
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To: rarestia

“If Benghazi doesn’t take down this administration, nothing will.”
Yep.


5 posted on 11/15/2012 5:37:56 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: rarestia

F&F is still very much alive, and is possibly more serious than Benghazi.


6 posted on 11/15/2012 5:38:31 AM PST by kidd
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To: RoosterRedux

And we aren’t “just now” learning the tax hike on the rich will only bring in 10% of revenue needed......we’ve known that for a long time. The idiot liberals aren’t called idiot for nothing...


7 posted on 11/15/2012 5:40:58 AM PST by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (The DNC loves abortion so much they will now be called the D&C)
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To: kidd

The press will save OBAMA!!!!


8 posted on 11/15/2012 5:41:41 AM PST by Hojczyk
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To: sakic
Oh goody, still one "troofer" left on FR. I haven't gotten to use this one for awhile....

GO AWAY, DWEEB!

9 posted on 11/15/2012 5:44:29 AM PST by safeasthebanks ("The most rewarding part, was when he gave me my money!" - Dr. Nick)
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To: RoosterRedux

Any action by Congress to call the kenyan to account requires the co-operation or the Speaker of the House i.e. this Boehner creature. Were I a citizen of another country I could snicker just a bit or even laugh outright. Boehner would lose access to the Georgetown Cocktail parties, the single most important perquisite of leadership, were he to do that.


10 posted on 11/15/2012 5:47:25 AM PST by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE www.fee.org/library/books/economics-in-one-lesson)
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA

Benghazi will never mean a thing to about 47%

When the money runs out over Bronco’s economic plan that is so misguided that if any middle income housewife used the same philosophy in her planning, she would be labeled insane, then they will see.

The Republicans in the house and senate, if they don’t get out of the way they’ll get blamed and that is the trouble ahead.


11 posted on 11/15/2012 5:50:09 AM PST by stanne
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA

Benghazi will never mean a thing to about 47%

When the money runs out over Bronco’s economic plan that is so misguided that if any middle income housewife used the same philosophy in her planning, she would be labeled insane, then they will see.

The Republicans in the house and senate, if they don’t get out of the way they’ll get blamed and that is the trouble ahead.


12 posted on 11/15/2012 5:50:09 AM PST by stanne
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To: Hojczyk
The press will save OBAMA!!!!

Sadly, that is exactly what's happening. The press isn't doing its job.

13 posted on 11/15/2012 5:50:34 AM PST by meyer (Proud member of the 53%.)
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To: rarestia

Benghazi will have zero impact on 0bama and his administration.

What WILL take him down, though, will be the inevitable and imminent financial collapse.


14 posted on 11/15/2012 5:53:21 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Hojczyk
Absolutely. The corrupt MSM have been circling the wagons around Obama on F&F and Benghazi. They learned their lesson on Bill Clinton and they are even MORE protective.

The passage of Obamacare have massive public outcry was a big first clue that Democrats don't care. The MSM covers them, and the recent election shows there were no consequences for Obama himself.

Obama and Democrats have little to fear. What is to stop Obama and Democrats from doing even more evil? The media? After F&F and Benghazi you can see that there is basically no more accountability.

With a corrupt MSM eager to cover up any government action, however evil, I fear we are in for some very dark and sinister days ahead.

15 posted on 11/15/2012 5:56:30 AM PST by Obadiah (Americans said, "Give us Barabbas!")
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To: meyer
The press isn't doing its job.

I keep seeing the statement "maybe the press will finally do its job". What folks don't seem to realize is that the description of that job has changed. It is no longer to ferret out the truth and keep Americans informed - that is what Herridge/Rubin are doing on FOX with their outstanding Benghazi reporting. No, the rest of the so-called media is merely an advertising/public relations agency for Obama, to make him look good, to be adoring and fawning, to smooth over and cover up what should be abhorrent and disgusting. They need to be dismissed as 'media' and treated for what they are .... how, exactly, we do this in a meaningful way, I'm not sure.

16 posted on 11/15/2012 5:57:35 AM PST by MissMagnolia ("It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains" - Patrick Henry)
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To: sakic
"Imagine if an American president endured 3000 deaths on their own soil, while having intel of a possible attack. Imagine if he then invaded a country that had nothing to do with the attack."

Ah, are you talking about FDR? He invaded a dozen or more countries that had nothing to do with the Pearl Harbor attack.

Stupid comment.

17 posted on 11/15/2012 5:59:26 AM PST by Jabba the Nutt (.Are they stupid, malicious or evil?)
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To: RoosterRedux
Thanks for posting Victor Davis Hanson on Free Republic -- he used to be a regular feature, and I've missed his articles lately.

If there is any kind of ping list for Hanson, please put me on it.

18 posted on 11/15/2012 6:04:05 AM PST by BroJoeK (a little historical perspective....)
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To: meyer

The Press is, indeed, doing its job. Their job is to survive. They are a bunch of private businesses that are run for immediate gain and that gain now comes more surely through political machinations than through private market entrepreneurship. It is the result of economic calculation. The press is dead if it is a neutral just-the-facts publisher because of the Net etc. They hang on with their alliance with government. Of course, soon they will be an owned part of government but the presstitutes believe they will be the secure and prosperous propaganda arm of the government. They crave to attain the status of Pravda and Tass in their heyday.


19 posted on 11/15/2012 6:32:46 AM PST by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE www.fee.org/library/books/economics-in-one-lesson)
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To: MissMagnolia
What folks don't seem to realize is that the description of that job has changed. It is no longer to ferret out the truth and keep Americans informed...

I agree. When I have heard why people went into Journalism, it was always because "they wanted to make a difference in the world." Well, they are. They, as I see it, are willing tools to bring down what they have been taught is an unfair society. Now, if they had said they wanted to use their investigatory and writing skills to bring the facts to the people, I might have some respect for them. Like you, have no idea how we get around such a vast propaganda network.

20 posted on 11/15/2012 6:33:31 AM PST by stayathomemom (Beware of kittens modifying your posts.)
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To: MrB
What WILL take him down, though, will be the inevitable and imminent financial collapse.

More likely, the collapse will be successfully blamed on the Tsar Bush and increasingly on "domestic terrorists" and wreckers and enemies of the people and of the State. Lenin the kenyan will be strengthened as the NKVD Homeland Security agents disappear the enemies. Eventually will come the show trials and famine as the agricultural delivery system bresks down due to the cost of energy and the regulations of the State. And then there will be the inevitable et cetera. Robespierre. Lenin. Mao.-> Obama.

21 posted on 11/15/2012 6:41:11 AM PST by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE www.fee.org/library/books/economics-in-one-lesson)
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To: safeasthebanks

Better to be called a dweeb than to be blind.

No matter who is prez, things never change for almost all of us, but ignorant people like you believe trhat one Party is looking out for your interest.

Keep believing the criminals. Look how well it has worked out for you.

At some point one would hope that everyone could figure out that no matter who wins, the same folks control the monetary strings. Keep expecting good leadership and keep wondering why you never get it.

But I’m the dweeb.


22 posted on 11/15/2012 7:08:32 AM PST by sakic
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To: arthurus

“Robespierre. Lenin. Mao.-> Obama”

You are right.

Fast & Furious = Reichstag Fire

General’s sex scandals = Blomber Fritsch affair.

They are running the NSDAP playbook as well.


23 posted on 11/15/2012 7:11:58 AM PST by MikeSteelBe (Austrian Hitler was, as the Halfrican Hitler does.)
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To: kidd

or connected.....


24 posted on 11/15/2012 7:16:22 AM PST by annieokie
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To: RoosterRedux
Apparently, like tragic Greek heroes, administrations grow arrogant after their re-election wins.

What would Obama look like if he grew even more arrogant? I'm afraid that we are about to find out.

25 posted on 11/15/2012 7:23:52 AM PST by Pollster1 (Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: MissMagnolia
No, the rest of the so-called media is merely an advertising/public relations agency for Obama,...

It's not Obama. It is the liberal agenda along with the smack-down of conservatism. That's what they see as their job.

26 posted on 11/15/2012 8:32:45 AM PST by houeto (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: RoosterRedux

Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. Provebs 16:18


27 posted on 11/15/2012 8:57:42 AM PST by Pining_4_TX ( The state is the great fiction by which everybody seeks to live at the expense of everybody else. ~)
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