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How Obama Became the Superhero of Excuses (Ron Fournier spanks Ezra Klein)
The National Journal ^ | Wednesday, May 21, 2014 | Ron Fournier

Posted on 05/21/2014 11:13:06 AM PDT by kristinn

You helped elect an untested presidential candidate, a man almost as liberal as you. He promised to heal the oceans, make health care an unalienable right and transform Washington's toxic culture. You mocked Republicans, independents and squishy Democrats who had the audacity to criticize your guy, much less doubt the inevitability of his victory. President Obama won, twice, and then didn't live up to anybody's expectations, including his own.

What do you do? Well, if you're Ezra Klein and a coterie of inflexibly progressive pundits, you re-purpose an attack used against President George W. Bush's bombastic approach to geopolitics. You call anybody who questions Obama's leadership style a Green Lanternist. In a post for Vox stretching beyond 2,500-words, Klein makes his case against Obama critics.

"Presidents consistently overpromise and underdeliver," he begins, a fair start. Surely, the editor-in-chief of Vox is going to make the obvious point that presidents and presidential candidates should know enough about the political process (including the limits on the executive branch) to avoid such a breach of trust.

.....In Washington, we call it pandering. In the rest of the country, it's called a lie. Klein yawns.

SNIP

The launch of the Affordable Care Act and the worsening of conditions at the Department of Veterans Affairs are emblematic of Obama's inattention to the hard work of governing. He is slow to fire poor-serving Cabinet members and quick to dismiss controversies as "phony scandals." To the Obama administration, transparency is a mere talking point. The great irony of his progressive presidency: Democrats privately admit that Obama has done as much to undermine the public's faith in government as his GOP predecessor. The Green Lantern Theory is an excuse for failure.

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


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ezraklein; obama; ronfournier; veterans

1 posted on 05/21/2014 11:13:06 AM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn

I’m too busy here at work to do this, but someone needs to craft an “Excuse Man” super hero with a giant “E” on his puny bird like chest.


2 posted on 05/21/2014 11:18:35 AM PDT by lormand (Inside every liberal is a dung slinging monkey)
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3 posted on 05/21/2014 11:20:47 AM PDT by lormand (Inside every liberal is a dung slinging monkey)
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To: kristinn

It isn’t a case of overestimating the power of the President when one hears “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan, period” stated repeatedly by a fellow who knows it’s a lie. It’s a case of a liar.


4 posted on 05/21/2014 11:21:49 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: kristinn
I disagree with Ron on the notion that there has been a rightward march of the GOP.

In the 1990's Republicans AGREED that the budget should be balanced, welfare ended, marriage involved one man and one woman, citizens could not be detained without due process, etc. These values were scarcely contested.

Twenty years later, the GOP has given less ground than the Dem's, but BOTH parties have drifted left.

5 posted on 05/21/2014 11:26:02 AM PDT by LucianOfSamasota (Tanstaafl - its not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: kristinn

It shows the power of the MSM.

Every problem in the last 6 yrs is “Bush’s fault”.
Every problem from 2001-2008 was “Bush’s fault”.

No problem was attributed to BJ or Baraq.


6 posted on 05/21/2014 11:26:19 AM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: LucianOfSamasota
the GOP has given less ground than the Dem's, but BOTH parties have drifted left.

Yeah, but only by about a half inch.

7 posted on 05/21/2014 11:29:02 AM PDT by Fledermaus (Conservatives are all that's left to defend the Constitution. Dems hate it, and Repubs don't care.)
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To: kristinn

Ezra Klein? I’ll PASS. Thanks.


8 posted on 05/21/2014 11:31:32 AM PDT by LeonardFMason (LanceyHoward would AGREE)
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To: nascarnation

Well, of course nothing is ever the fault of the left. They have good intentions, so they can’t be measured by the results of their policies. /sarc

That would be racist, etc.

At some point the 800lbs gorilla in the room becomes impossible to explain or defend. It is obvious the house is trashed, and there is nothing left to do but shoot the gorilla and begin to clean up the mess.


9 posted on 05/21/2014 11:36:02 AM PDT by Ouderkirk (To the left, everything must evidence that this or that strand of leftist theory is true)
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To: lormand

That would make a great comic.

Every panel has someone coming to Obama with a problem and his punchline is always “I will not rest until your problem is solved” and then he goes to luch or dinner or to sleep or whatever (depending on the time of day)


10 posted on 05/21/2014 11:36:07 AM PDT by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period. PALIN/CRUZ 2016)
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To: kristinn
Ron Fournier spanks Ezra Klein

I'm pretty sure that Ezra would like that.

11 posted on 05/21/2014 11:40:13 AM PDT by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: kristinn


12 posted on 05/21/2014 12:04:11 PM PDT by Iron Munro (The “fourth estate”has morphed into a 5th column)
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To: lormand
someone needs to craft an “Excuse Man” super hero with a giant “E” on his puny bird like chest. or Obama in Captain Obvious'uniform. He only tells us what we know already.
13 posted on 05/21/2014 12:05:39 PM PDT by dblshot (I am John Galt.)
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To: dblshot

Does Obama, with all the golf he plays,break 100?


14 posted on 05/21/2014 12:13:59 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("Heck of a reset there, Hillary")
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Baraq’s golf scores are as well buried as his SATs and LSATs.

Even Edward Snowden can’t get them leaked....


15 posted on 05/21/2014 12:16:56 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: kristinn

16 posted on 05/21/2014 12:18:18 PM PDT by null and void (When was the last time you heard anyone say: "It's a free country"?)
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To: dblshot
or Obama in Captain Obvious'uniform.

Captain 'O'blivious photo CaptOblivious.jpg

17 posted on 05/21/2014 12:19:41 PM PDT by null and void (When was the last time you heard anyone say: "It's a free country"?)
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To: LeonardFMason
Ezra Klein? I’ll PASS. Thanks.

I don't need to. I Ezra Klein'ed before I left the house.

18 posted on 05/21/2014 12:20:39 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: nascarnation
Baraq’s golf scores are as well buried as his SATs and LSATs.

And his Indonesian passport, and his real-deal BC.

19 posted on 05/21/2014 12:22:53 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: nascarnation

Good point. I often wonder about the mental gymnastics these ‘Progressives’ have to do to justify that it’s ALL President Bush’s fault, meaning he’s all powerful. And President Obama is held harmless, because it’s ALL Congress’ fault.
I hope the water from the well they spat in tastes very bitter.


20 posted on 05/21/2014 12:26:13 PM PDT by griswold3 (I was born heI're in America. I will die here in a third world country. Obama succeeded.)
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To: kristinn
[Linked article] Notice that the broken promises are pawned off to nonhuman forms ("his 2008 campaign" pledged ... "It also promised ... ") rather than Obama himself. The verbal gymnastics are an early hint that the main purpose of the essay is to shelter Obama from blame. There's so much more.

Good catch -- author catches a lie-beral JournoListing weasel, Klein, lying like a rug.

Keeping in mind that Klein was the architect of the JournoList and proximately responsible for all its lies and conspiracies great and small.

21 posted on 05/21/2014 12:34:43 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: Mr. K

There was a cartoon circulating a few years ago about “Action Item Man”, where everything becomes an Action Item, but he never really does anything.


22 posted on 05/21/2014 12:35:40 PM PDT by Hardastarboard (Please excuse the potholes in this tagline. Social programs have to take priority in our funding.)
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To: mojito
I'm pretty sure that Ezra would like that.

Ever catch Klein on TV? Charlie Rose flattered him with a Charlie Rose Power Junkie of the Week (TM) interview recently. Klein's egotism and moral skank just ooze from him. Even his face outs him as one of those eyes-glow-in-the-dark power-mad Bram Stoker characters.

23 posted on 05/21/2014 12:37:49 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: lentulusgracchus
Ever catch Klein on TV?

If I ever had the misfortune to glimpse that smirking, self-infatuated little krap weasel on the telly I wouldn't be able to turn the channel fast enough. My stomach isn't as strong as yours.

24 posted on 05/21/2014 12:53:50 PM PDT by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: kristinn

Don’t spank Ezra Klein too hard. He reportedly enjoys that kind of stuff, you know. Besides, if you took him to the woodshed for a spanking, the rats would leave ASAP.

Around DC he is known as “Little Shit”, which applies to his personality and his writings.

Mr. KAPO, once the pride of the Wash. Post. Now on his own and just as Leftist as before.


25 posted on 05/21/2014 4:36:43 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: kristinn

I’m pretty sure Fournier never wrote about his misgivings electing Obama until lately when everything is turning to sh!t. I don’t recall him standing up for the GOP or conservatives when they voiced their fears about electing an untested unknown to the highest office in the land. In fact, I’m gonna go out on a limb here and deduce that Ron voted for The One in 2008 and possibly in 2012. I guess he thinks that jumping from the sinking ship now absolves him from his share of the blame. Think again, Ron.


26 posted on 05/21/2014 5:02:07 PM PDT by Prince of Space (Be Breitbart, baby. LIFB.)
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To: kristinn

Oblame-A-Man?


27 posted on 05/21/2014 5:51:25 PM PDT by CivilWarBrewing
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To: nascarnation

Did you catch obama when he said “We all” need to do something. It’s always someone else’s fault. Sometimes it’s even the American citizens’ fault.


28 posted on 05/21/2014 6:53:44 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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To: kristinn
Ezra Klein is deliberately responsible for the leakage of numerous intelligence documents through his precious Journolist. It says a lot about the Hussein administration's incompetence and agenda that he isn't sharing a cell with Bradley Manning right now.
29 posted on 05/21/2014 7:25:51 PM PDT by Objective Scrutator (All liberals are criminals, and all criminals are liberals)
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To: LucianOfSamasota

I would argue that neither party functions as a political party today...they both serve as a funnel for special interest groups (from oil and banking, to environmental foundations and gay marriage). You show up...show some money...get a Senator tied into your cause, then build onto it.


30 posted on 05/22/2014 12:33:40 AM PDT by pepsionice
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