Skip to comments.President Obama’s competence problem is worse than it looks (Cillizza at WaPo turns on O)
Posted on 07/29/2014 5:47:47 AM PDT by RoosterRedux
You can understand President Obama's current political problems -- and how those problems could make things very tough for his party in this fall's midterm election -- in a single word. And that word is "competence".
Obama was elected in 2008 on a stated promise that he would restore competence to government. He pitched himself as the antidote to "Heck of a job, Brownie" and the Bush years, the person who would always put the most qualified candidate in every job in his Administration. That the basic functioning of government would never be in question.
Almost six years on from that election, however, Obama is faltering badly on the competence question and, in so doing, badly imperiling not only his ability to enact any sort of second term agenda but also Democrats' chances this fall. A series of events -- from the VA scandal to the ongoing border crisis to the situation in Ukraine to the NSA spying program -- have badly undermined the idea that Obama can effectively manage the government.
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Hire a rookie to do the job - what could possibly go wrong?
Hire an arrogant, air-headed rookie with a racist chip on his shoulder and a head full of simplistic socialist ideas and the odds get worse.
Never underestimate the GOP's ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, however, because they don't offer an alternative.
And hire a rookie that learned the little that he does know from Chi-town Thugs.
This is a guy who had a eight-line resume. For the matter of US Senator? He basically walked in...did about twelve months of nothing (there’s no single legislation that you can attach to his name for the first year)....then shifted into campaign mode for year two as a Senator and barely appeared once a month...strictly for big-name voting situations in the Senate.
What great feats did he do as a state senator in Illinois? Well...nothing.
What big-name accomplishments did he have as a community organizer? To this date....no US media organization can indicate anything worthy of an award during this period.
So I go back to the Chauncey-character of the movie Being There...an empty suit guy with slogans that seem to work only when you don’t ask in depth questions. The nation was talked into bringing Chauncey onto the scene, and this is the reward for those voters.
Libs see their party taking a shellacking in 99 days.
Libs never accept personal responsibility for anything.
Hence Libs are going to blame Obama for the butt-whoopin’.
They don’t call him Zero for nothin.
Given his stated purpose of “transforming” America, Clown Prince nobama is being very effective in implementation. Everything this criminal degenerate does is intentional. Most appear to have a difficult time accepting that this affirmative-action hire is a treasonous destroyer.
My Gawd if that doesn't reek of unicorns and fairy tales today! Of course most of us knew back in 2008 that it was a liberal fantasy.
You are correct. He is very competent in his desire to take this great nation down and at the same time make us a socialist quasi Marxist nation.
He’s not as incompetent as he is malicious.
This was predicted by someone, can’t remember who. might be Rush. Since Obama is tanking in approval, the idea is to make it all appear to be incompetence instead of stinkin’ ideology in order to preserve progressivism AKA communism.
I wish people would quit the incompetence thing. The damage to home and abroad was a planned strategy and nobody can deny that they are successful in their plans.
WaPo is attempting to divert attention from deliberate sabotage to incompetence IMO. It’s called let’s take the focus off of the Democrat’s deliberate attempt to murder the Constitution (They say it’s a living document) of the U.S.A., and make it look like it’s all an incompetent Obama’s fault...Yeah that’s the ticket.
They know the party is in trouble, and it’s time to focus the blame. Shucks we were suckered JUST LIKE YOU.
Nothing? Come on, give the guy his due. He was extremely accomplished at getting divorce proceedings released - no small feat!
OBAMA ANNOUNCES NATIONAL SECURITY APPOINTMENT:
Tommy Vietor, Obamba's (ahem) van driver, got national
security clearance; the dude attended WH Situation Room
meetings; Dude Tommy is now working for Hillary, and masterminded her disastrous book tour.
FEEL SAFER YET, AMERICA?
Not to forget the imbeciles at Hillary's all-girl State Dept openly mocked by reporters for their dumbness, unable to cite even one
foreign policy success.
Don’t forget -
O’s never wrong.
All faults fall on everybody else ....... Buck never stops at O’s lap.
He is enacting his second term agenda quite well, thank you.
Hard to understand how a community organizer turned president could fail.
Although many don’t think he has failed. Many think he is right on target achieving what he set out to do - undermine America.
To further demonstrate the bias of the enemedia, the editor chose the word “competence” to headline a story about the jug-eared moron’s incompetence.
“So I go back to the Chauncey-character of the movie Being There...an empty suit guy with slogans that seem to work only when you dont ask in depth questions. The nation was talked into bringing Chauncey onto the scene, and this is the reward for those voters.”
Basically it was, “let’s find us a black guy who doesn’t have the rap sheet of Jackson, Sharpton or Farrakhan, can read from a TelePrompTer and speak at the same time, has a family and has no discernible past that can be dug up and proven and let’s make him President.”
What they found was an Islamofacist, white hating Marxist, Communty Organizer from Chicago was was trained by Alinsky.
And they thought this was a good idea.
The Clintons are relying heavily on "white privilege" to get back into office. The Clintons' have benefitted from, and are climbing back into office, using privileges far beyond those of the "community of color" to whom they plan to appeal.
"White privilege" denotes the array of advantages the Clintons have cultivated over years in public office. The gold-plated, endless perks of "white privilege" include:
<><> their personal massive wealth in the $2 billion range....
<><> ownership of multiple homes in posh enclaves....
<><> the chain of high public offices they've held....
<><> privileged friends in high places....
<><> global connections....
<><> constant affirmations of their own worth....
<><> greater social status...
<><> the expansive freedoms wealth and connections provide...
<><> unlimited access to the press to speak freely.....
<><> their memoirs made millions....
<><> Dec 2000 book deal $8 million; 2014 book deal $14 mill....
<><> three tax-exempt Clinton family foundations worth hundreds of millions....
<><> Clinton foundation "endowment" skyrockets to $200 million overnight....
<><> Hillary's $200,000 speeches.......
<><> Bill's tax-paid cushy pensions/benefits....
<><> tax-paid Clinton Library (Hollywood honey Sultan of Brunei a donor).....
<><> Chelsea's paid-for $10 million uber-condo.
2016 Hillary was relying on the "income equality" bugaboo to hoist herself into office......as good a definition of "white privilege" as any.
The Clintons strategy is to label others as "different" while presenting themselves as "normal." The Clinton "normal" is couple billion dollars laying around without having a real job.
The Never-Enough Clintons had planned to run a populist campaign, critical of the Wall Street types....that's after the world was informed that speaker Hillary was pocketing $200,000 a throw from Goldman Sachs.....and other corporate giants.
Even though they were "dead broke" (snix), the greedy, mega-wealthy Clintons have money pouring in from everywhere without lifting a finger...said to be worth couple BILLION dollars.
Never-enough Bill/Hillary look to cash in w/ another go-round in the White House. The Clintons owe bigtime......money is pouring into their three tax-exempt foundations......and these donors expect payback.
I would include "incompetence" in his list of characteristics. I agree that he had an agenda he wanted to achieve, but it hasn't gone as planned.Obamacare leaves us with seriously deficient medical care, the Muslim Brotherhood can't govern, and arms to "friendly" rebels created ISIS, chaos in Libya, and a reversal of gains in Iraq and Afghanistan. We're running out of friends, globally. He isn't in control of his stunt with "children" overwhelming our southern border. Summary....he has miscalculted everything he's touched.
What overshadows and magnifies his incompetence problem is that he's vindictive and intellectually lazy.
The writer has a nine year long WaPo weblog so he is a left journalist insider. He is a frequent contributor to MSNBC and has done lead in hosting for Andrea Mitchell MSNBC.
He is 38 years old and in the prime of his career.
The rats are leaving the ship.
some of us did not fall for the B/S speeches or the living cult media.
Now we have ended up in a world which is a mess, illegals now coming here in an invasion, and all this idiot who has never had a real job in his life is doing is fund raising, golfing and vacationing while giving snide remarks like a little child at school who is running for class leader
Republicans will lose again if they ignore constitutional conservative values.
As soon as he does something that pleases the Washington Post/New York Times, it will be Comeback Kid 2 time
OK, skip my opinions about Chris Cillizza specifically and WaPo in general, and go right to the big issue: What is wrong with people, people in general (including us, BTW) who believe that "no prior executive experience" is not a disqualifier for the Presidency?
In the past, a track record of executive accomplishment was a big plus. Now, not only is it not necessary, it is somewhat of a negative.
When "Obama" came into office, the Europeans and the American intelligensia were absolutely PEEING THEIR PANTS with excitement about how well he would manage the Executive Branch.
Forget that he's a Kenyan. Forget that he's a commie. Forget that he's a muslim (or, more likely, an atheist).
THERE WAS NO REASON TO BELIEVE HE COULD MANAGE HIS WAY OUT OF A WET PAPER BAG.
Why did such a large number of otherwise clever people ever believe otherwise?
the homosexuals and druggies sure think he;s doing a great job along with illegals
...and especially as he is traitorous.
I agree, but the damage he has done is irreversible in many cases. Our sovereignty is gone.
Problem is there are people in both parties that go along with the plan, they just disagree on who would be better at running it. The people in the GOP are not adverse to religion and Jews as the Marxist left is.
Yes, Obama is a bumbler in so many ways, but those who run the behind the scenes operations are downright evil and committed. Their idea is total destruction and chaos, and when the bottom falls out, they promise to “fix it” by taking total control their way.
Incompetence gives the left a way out. You can see the strategy forming for the 2014 elections. All those little Marxists are now campaigning against him to save their skin. They all adored and protected him before. Now that the plan is exposed and more and more are horrified, they know they have to pretend otherwise.
He doesn’t say a word about the IRS auditing conservatives or Lois Lerner. I really hope the next republican president we have sends the IRS after every liberal media person in this country.
It’s just a roflmao moment to contemplate that any human anywhere EVER had even a single momentary thought that this dumbass was, of all things, competent!!!
A media-driven but largely self-induced hysteria? I really can't answer...
So, even for us, the ones that knew he was a nothing in 2008, we lost the election but we said, hey, give the jerk a chance, who knows, maybe he will prove to be better than expected. After all, Americans still want the President to do a good job.
From day one is was already looking bleak but hey, he's new, inexperienced and feeling out the office.
Now, 6 years later, the devastation is visible for all to see. He has set back US and Western interests 35 years!
What is really sad though, is that he still has more than 2 years to finish the US and her allies off. Absolutely depressing.
And then, after he's proved himself a failure, rehire him for another 4 years to finish off America.
I agree, McCain would have been a disaster too, but Romney would have been been a BILLION times better.
All hail King Putt, the emperor has no clothes!
He’s not incompetent. He’s accomplishing everything he set out to do. He’s evil!
He said he was going to fundamentally transform the nation and he's done a remarkably effective job so far.
The mistake people make is to ASS-U-ME that they and obama see the same problems or see them the same way or that they share the same American point of view to solve them.
Adjust the point of view until cause and effect line up, regardless of the words being said, and it all makes sense.
Keep in mind that Romney would've been President if:
Instead of backing off on Benghazi he had destroyed Obama with the issue.
Not been afraid to campaign for votes in challenged areas. If he'd gotten just 15% of that vote (the outliers) it would've meant a few states.
Had been as aggressive against Obama as he was against his primary challenges. Was it latent racism and fear of being labelled as such?
Come out STRONG about protecting our borders. It being listed as an "issue" wasn't enouth.
Spelled out an actual plan for small businesses to emerge again. His corporate raider resume did not inspire voters to change sides.
I supported Romney, one reason being cultural decency returning to the WH would've been awesome. But I'm not sure he "gets it" what middle America is looking for.
Good summation and then he went rogue golfing, fundraising, vacationing and promoting his LGBT lifestyle cause and throwing fund raising pot(+) parties in our former White House. May the devil call him home in a lightning bolt flash before more damage.
Hire a rookie to do the job - what could possibly go wrong?
Wrap together affirmative action and on-the-job training and you get OBAMA!!!
I agree with your summation
Booting him out of office would have negatively impacted his self esteem.
We all know it would be racist to do that.