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‘Imperial Presidency’ Becomes Republicans’ Rallying Slogan
New York Times ^ | MARCH 31, 2014 | ASHLEY PARKER

Posted on 03/31/2014 11:01:12 AM PDT by reaganaut1

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Republicans, poised for strong gains in the midterm elections, are offering starkly conflicting messages about President Obama to rally their voters. In one moment, they say the president is feckless and weak. But in the next, they say Mr. Obama is presiding over an “imperial presidency” that is exercising power that verges on dictatorial.

So far, they are succeeding in having it both ways.

Representative Paul Broun, Republican of Georgia, who has criticized Mr. Obama for “leading from behind” on foreign policy, stood before a gathering of Republican women here recently, his voice loud and deliberate, as he raced through a long list of areas where he said the Obama administration has veered “totally out of control” — the health care law, Internal Revenue Service treatment of conservative groups, and the National Security Agency’s surveillance program, to name a few.

As the crowd murmured its assent, Mr. Broun, who is running for his party’s Senate nomination, reached into his black blazer and pulled out the pocket-size Constitution he always carries.

“They’re a symptom of a government that has just totally left the bounds of our U.S. Constitution,” he said, “and the solution is putting this government back on the course that our founding fathers gave us in the U.S. Constitution.”

If Republicans have a rallying cry heading into the 2014 midterm elections, it is their unified anthem against Mr. Obama’s “imperial presidency” — a two-word, bumper sticker-ready slogan that encapsulates their criticisms about government overreach through Mr. Obama’s prolific use of executive actions.

The phrase is part of an effort by Republicans to nationalize a series of concerns about the Obama White House, and the role of government, into a pithy, compelling expression.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; Politics/Elections; US: Georgia
KEYWORDS: election2014; gopestablishment; liberalagenda; nyslimes

1 posted on 03/31/2014 11:01:12 AM PDT by reaganaut1
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To: reaganaut1

These are the same people with no one better than Prince Jeb to run, right?

Idiots.


2 posted on 03/31/2014 11:02:54 AM PDT by stanne
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To: reaganaut1

Only the smug and smarmy idiots at NYT would say this is a cognitive dissonance. History is filled with weak and feckless emperors who frittered away the empire abroad in favor of using dictatorial powers at home against their own people.


3 posted on 03/31/2014 11:10:14 AM PDT by FateAmenableToChange
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To: reaganaut1
Leave it to the Slimes to editorialize.
In one moment, they say the president is feckless and weak …
. . . in terms of foreign policy.
But in the next, they say Mr. Obama is presiding over an “imperial presidency” that is exercising power that verges on dictatorial …
. . . on the home front (i.e. domestic affairs).

How come this zombie of a newspaper hasn’t stopped moving yet?
4 posted on 03/31/2014 11:10:49 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: FateAmenableToChange

Looks like you got there first.


5 posted on 03/31/2014 11:12:24 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: reaganaut1
So far they are succeeding in having it both ways.

Yes, bitch. Pay attention: He's weak and feckless in foreign policy and a lawless dictator at home. Get it?

6 posted on 03/31/2014 11:13:10 AM PDT by clintonh8r (Don't give up! The liberals are buggering and aborting themselves into extinction.)
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To: reaganaut1

This is an idiotic strategy and it largely insulates other democrats. The problem is the democrats, with obama at the wheel.


7 posted on 03/31/2014 11:17:12 AM PDT by youngidiot (God help us.)
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To: reaganaut1

” Republicans, poised for strong gains in the midterm elections”

So says NYT,,is this the kiss of death?


8 posted on 03/31/2014 11:19:44 AM PDT by austinaero
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To: Olog-hai

“How come this zombie of a newspaper hasn’t stopped moving yet? “

Because we have done nothing about it. We should be going after their advertisers and their editorialists.

Seriously, if we out Alinsky Alinsky with the NY Slimes, they will be out of business in a year.


9 posted on 03/31/2014 11:26:01 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("Heck of a reset there, Hillary")
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To: reaganaut1
conflicting messages about President Obama to rally their voters. In one moment, they say the president is feckless and weak. But in the next, they say Mr. Obama is presiding over an “imperial presidency” that is exercising power that verges on dictatorial.

As if there were never any emperors who were terrible at foreign relations.

10 posted on 03/31/2014 11:26:36 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: reaganaut1

With the help of a conservative congress, a conservative POTUS should agree to reduce the unconstitutional powers of the president with the following:

1) Prohibit Presidential Signing Statements, Czars, recess appointments for terms longer than the recess without senate approval, land-grabbing presidential proclamations, and the agreement that future State of the Union addresses will be in writing, only, to save both time and money.

2) Restoration of the Posse Comitatus Act and the War Powers Act. Strict delineated limits on Executive Privilege.

3) Elimination of much of the job security found in federal employment, so if a job is eliminated there is no obligation to laterally shift employees or to continue their employment.


11 posted on 03/31/2014 11:29:14 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (WoT News: Rantburg.com)
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To: reaganaut1

NYT can’t be that stupid.

So that only leaves deceitful.


12 posted on 03/31/2014 11:30:50 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: reaganaut1

Oh good! An incoherent message that the uneducated low info types won’t understand! Perfect!

So much better than “Obama and the Democrats are giving control of your internet to China and Russia”

Or....

ObamaCare Sucks and so do the Democrats who shoved it up your a$$.

Well done. Go test that slogan in a “Man on the street” style poll. I’m sure it will do real well.

End sarc.


13 posted on 03/31/2014 11:33:14 AM PDT by my small voice (A biased media and an uneducated populace is the biggest threat to our nation.)
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To: reaganaut1

Talk about an “imperial presidency” - check this out ... Obama’s is directly telling the military how to deal with sex abuse cases... Excuse for a purge is probably more like it...

Political hunt for sex abusers puts military justice in peril, lawyers say

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/mar/30/political-hunt-for-sex-abusers-puts-military-justi/


14 posted on 03/31/2014 11:33:24 AM PDT by GOPJ (http://fellowshipoftheminds.com/2012/12/12/u-s-physicist-tom-fife-obama-was-groomed-to-be-president-)
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To: reaganaut1
He is ineffectual and weak, which is why he needs to veer toward dictatorial powers to get his way. That's how it worked in Chicago and he's shocked that people are pushing back.

But before you complain about having it both ways here, consider that 0bama has stated that Putin's invasion of Crimea was a sign of weakness.

15 posted on 03/31/2014 11:35:18 AM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: reaganaut1

Yes he can.

Incompetent leader abroad.

Jackbooted thug at home.

Yes.

He can.


16 posted on 03/31/2014 11:38:21 AM PDT by samtheman (Obama. Mugabe. Chavez. (Obamugavez))
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To: reaganaut1

Not terrible...but how about “Repeal Obamacare” and “Culture of Corruption” and “Jobs for Heteros AND Homos”?


17 posted on 03/31/2014 11:41:21 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: reaganaut1

ObamaCARE/RomneyCARE is the rallying cry.
BUT
the GOP and Romney created, and still want, DeathCARE.

G.O.P. = GAVE(GIVES) OBAMA POWER


18 posted on 03/31/2014 11:55:26 AM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: reaganaut1; TigersEye; Fred Nerks

If Jeb Bush wins the Rove appinted GOP abominomination, the GOP cpnservative base will vote only for TP candidates. We know our stuff now, no more RINOplasty for the Tea Party.

No more enabling the left. We want our country back.

The kids have run the store and its nearly brought the downfall of a great nation. Time to put adults back in charge.

Time for Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and Trey Gowdy to step up.


19 posted on 03/31/2014 12:55:06 PM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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To: FateAmenableToChange

Roger that. Obama’s foreign policy is clearly weak and feckless, while his domestic policy is profoundly dictatorial.


20 posted on 03/31/2014 1:07:07 PM PDT by afsnco
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To: reaganaut1

It’s actually pretty easy to be both imperial and feckless. He’s got one attitude for one group of people, another for everyone else.

Imperial president: running roughshod over constitution, attacking republicans and conservatives, usurping power granted to Congress or states, destroying any individual peon who stands up to him

Feckless and weak: dealing with anyone who not on the Right, dealing with any foreign leader, trying to project power abroad, alienating allies, emboldening enemies


21 posted on 03/31/2014 4:32:47 PM PDT by Personal Responsibility (I'd use the /S tag but is it really necessary?)
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To: reaganaut1
So, these GOOP party members let him get away with all the unconstitutional actions so they will have a campaign slogan. Right!!! That's the ticket!

Let him destroy the nation so they can get some rinos elected.

!^#%^&!!!

22 posted on 03/31/2014 5:18:28 PM PDT by Know et al (Let's keep the Freep!!!)
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