Skip to comments.The Bad-Faith Presidency
Posted on 11/30/2013 5:02:04 PM PST by upchuck
At the end of the day, the root of President Obamas mendacity on Obamacare was simple: He didnt dare tell people how the law would work. He couldnt tell people how the law would work.
Forthrightness was the enemy. It served no useful purpose and could only bring peril, and potentially defeat. It had to be banished. Instead of candor, Obama made the sale on the basis of dubious blandishments and outright deceptions...
According to Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, the authors of Double Down, Obama brought up climate change in a political strategy meeting in 2011 as an example of his undue caution. Maybe I should just come out and say what I really feel about this, he said. Maybe I should just go out and say what I think about everything.
If this is the only way to pass your signature initiativeand a decades-long goal of your partyit ought to give you pause. But Obama was a natural at delivering sweeping and sincere-seeming assurances that werent true. This kind of thing is his métier...
All politicians are prone to shaving the truth, giving themselves the benefit of the doubt and trying to appear more reasonable than they are. Obama has made it an art form. Bad faith is one of his signal strengths as a politician, and makes him one of the greatest front men progressivism has ever had.
The president styles himself a committed pragmatist. At a fundraiser outside of Seattle the other day, he averred, Im not a particularly ideological person. He just happened to risk Democratic control of Congress to advance the cause of nationalized health insurance. And happened to insist on the left-most plausible version of the law. And happened to defend it with every power at his disposal.
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If Obama was a Republican the media would have called for his impeachment in February 2009, once the cat calls that Republicans cheated to get Obama into the White Hut subsided.
Not to this extent and with these results.
A pre-meditated, amplified lie, lock-step deceit from a party and willing accomplices in the USSC dictate the most evil piece of legislation ever FORCED on "free" Americans.
FUBO, FUJR, FUUSSC & FUCONgress
The US doesn’t even have a president...we have a washed up insurance salesman.
And before that he was selling snake oil.
That's not shading or shaving anything. That's a lie.
Forthrightness is the enemy of almost all lib policies.
Technical correction - By Rich Lowry, not Lowery.
Thanks for catching that. I asked to mods to fix it.
“Obama made the sale on the basis of dubious blandishments and outright deceptions...”
Translation: Obama lied.
Obama’s a bold faced liar. He has no problem at all looking people straight in the eyes and lying. The lies just roll right off his tongue.
Oh that’s right, he’s a liberal democrat.... That explains that.
Violations of US Constitution File for the 2014 Impeachment of arrogant B. Hussein Obama, also known as Barry Soetoro, a legal citizen of the Sovereign Nation of Indonesia.
“Dubious blandishments and outright deceptions”. How about instead “damnable lies”. Simple English please