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The Obama Administration : What Went Wrong
NRO ^ | August 17, 2009 | Victor Davis Hanson

Posted on 08/17/2009 9:16:58 AM PDT by RobinMasters

We are witnessing one of the more rapid turnabouts in recent American political history. President Obama’s popularity has plummeted to 50 percent and lower in some polls, while the public expresses even less confidence in the Democratic-led Congress and the direction of the country at large. Yet, just eight months ago, liberals were talking in Rovian style about a new generation to come of progressive politics — and the end of both the Republican party and the legacy of Reaganism itself. Barack Obama was to be the new FDR and his radical agenda an even better New Deal.

What happened, other than the usual hubris of the party in power?

First, voters had legitimate worries about health care, global warming, immigration, energy, and inefficient government. But it turns out that they are more anxious about the new radical remedies than the old nagging problems. They wanted federal support for wind and solar, but not at the expense of neglecting new sources of gas, oil, coal, and nuclear power. They were worried about high-cost health care, the uninsured, redundant procedures, and tort reform, but not ready for socialized medicine. They wanted better government, not bigger, DMV-style government. There is a growing realization that Obama enticed voters last summer with the flashy lure of discontent. But now that they are hooked, he is reeling them in to an entirely different — and, for many a frightening — agenda. Nothing is worse for a president than a growing belief among the public that it has been had.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 111th; bho44; democrats; discobama; lameduckobama; miserablefailure; obama; obamacare; obamalegacy; pelosi; third100days; vdh; victordavishanson; waterloo
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1 posted on 08/17/2009 9:16:58 AM PDT by RobinMasters
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To: RobinMasters

The real 0bama is coming out and people don’t like what they see .


2 posted on 08/17/2009 9:19:03 AM PDT by lionheart 247365 (-: Who needs scare tactics at a HORROR SHOW ??? :-)
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To: lionheart 247365

Epoch Fail!! Health care Waterloo.


3 posted on 08/17/2009 9:20:15 AM PDT by timetostand
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To: RobinMasters
But now that they are hooked, he is reeling them in to an entirely different — and, for many a frightening — agenda.

So is it the old "bait and switch" technique, or was Obama just "feeding us a line"?

4 posted on 08/17/2009 9:21:19 AM PDT by Jess Kitting
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To: RobinMasters

Soon to be a lameduck.

Hell - the Dems are going to demanding the birth certificate.


5 posted on 08/17/2009 9:22:18 AM PDT by seton89
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To: RobinMasters

Just wait until this winter as more states cut social services drastically, unemployment continues upward, and people are freezing their arses off.


6 posted on 08/17/2009 9:23:33 AM PDT by A.Hun (Common sense is no longer common.)
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To: Jess Kitting
Nothing is worse for a president than a growing belief among the public that it has been had.

The public has been had, and they have also had it with this president.

7 posted on 08/17/2009 9:24:02 AM PDT by Jess Kitting
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To: RobinMasters
When a once-eloquent president now goes off teleprompter, the question is not whether he will say something that is either untruthful or silly, but simply how many times he might do so at one outing.

I want that in Bartlett's Quotations or something.
8 posted on 08/17/2009 9:24:55 AM PDT by VisualizeSmallerGovernment
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To: RobinMasters
You elect someone with a paper thin resume, no leadership experience, and (if you actually listen to what he says) he has overt marxist tendencies (paraphrased response to Joe the Plummer, ‘taxes are good because they spread the wealth...’) - yeah, I suppose eventually disappointment (reality) might sink in...
9 posted on 08/17/2009 9:25:48 AM PDT by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: A.Hun

How about just wait until Hillary resigns and begins running against baRack. He can’t run against W again.


10 posted on 08/17/2009 9:25:59 AM PDT by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: RobinMasters

It is a function of trajectory. Most meteoric rises are accompanied by a similar fall from grace. Who is he? where did he come from? no one knows - it was never properly explored. Media’s Fault!


11 posted on 08/17/2009 9:26:58 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Caution: Angry crowds in the mirror are LARGER than they appear.)
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To: seton89

Yes, the Clinton operatives will covertly start to clamor for the birth certificate setting themselves up for a 2012 run.


12 posted on 08/17/2009 9:28:11 AM PDT by mosaicwolf (Strength and Honor)
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To: All

Read DU today, meltdown like I haven’t seen since 2004 election. They concede the House healthcare plan is done for. They blame it on of all things MSM collusion, special interests feigning support and moles inside the Obama administration. And they say we are nutters.</


13 posted on 08/17/2009 9:28:34 AM PDT by pburgh01
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To: RobinMasters

Glibness and cunning. The aforementioned are the only two attributes “The Divine One” possesses.


14 posted on 08/17/2009 9:28:54 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: lionheart 247365
I think I can speak for everyone on FR:

We all knew something was wrong when Obama got elected...

15 posted on 08/17/2009 9:29:23 AM PDT by John123 (Turn on your teleprompter Obama and read your lips... "No New Taxes!!")
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To: lionheart 247365

I’m just glad we are finally here instead of where we were in March and April. Adulation is never good for a democracy.


16 posted on 08/17/2009 9:30:05 AM PDT by johnnycap
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To: subterfuge

I don’t think it will be Hillary, but you’re right, someone will.

IMO It will probably be Kuchinich..... because Obama isn’t far enough left for the majority of Dems.


17 posted on 08/17/2009 9:30:07 AM PDT by A.Hun (Common sense is no longer common.)
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To: RobinMasters

What went wrong is voters didn’t percieve the economic crisis to be another Great Depression.

Roosevelt had an almost free hand because voters perceived the Great Depression to be a crisis that required extrodinary action. They allowed Roosevelt to “reshape” America and government.

Obama wanted to reshape America and government also. Unfortunatly, American don’t think things are so bad that we need to throw everything out and start over (as Obama seems to be trying to do.) They want our economic problems addressed, not our economy reshaped. They want health care improved, not rebuilt from the ground up.

Obama didn’t get the crisis he was hoping for. That’s what happened.


18 posted on 08/17/2009 9:31:08 AM PDT by Brookhaven (Film everything and put it on YouTube.)
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To: RobinMasters
Nothing is worse for a president than a growing belief among the public that it has been had.

Except perhaps treating the public like they are stupid. Calling us un-American, Nazi's and evil mongers doesn't help either.

Even your run of the mill gun toting bible clinging hick knows it is a lie to say you can provide health insurance to 46M people without increasing the deficit.

The rejection of Obama is more about the deficit than anything else, IMO.

19 posted on 08/17/2009 9:31:10 AM PDT by IamConservative (I'll keep my money. You keep the change.)
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To: seton89
Hell - the Dems are going to demanding the birth certificate.

Ha! That'll be the day... ;)

20 posted on 08/17/2009 9:31:28 AM PDT by John123 (We all knew something was wrong when Obama got elected)
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To: lionheart 247365
Having been asked/forced to wait for the ‘real’ Obama was in itself, a red flag that should have put everyone off this horse’s a^%!!

No legitimate and viable candiadate could or ever should be indulged the way “O” was indulged in the run-up to the campaign or during the campaign. I know more about the guy I bought my last car from than I know about this ‘President’. Just think about that for a moment.

21 posted on 08/17/2009 9:31:38 AM PDT by SMARTY ("Stay together, pay the soldiers and forget everything else" Lucius Septimus Severus)
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To: timetostand
"Epoch Fail!! Health care Waterloo."

Epic Fail.

Epic.

Sheesh,

AV

22 posted on 08/17/2009 9:31:46 AM PDT by Atomic Vomit (http://www.cafepress.com/aroostookbeauty/358829)
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To: RobinMasters
Hanson has an amazing talent for literate rants that hit all the points.

This is over-the-top (because McClellan is such a dolt), but it made me laugh:

"Press Secretary Robert Gibbs makes Scott McClellan sound like a Cicero by comparison."

23 posted on 08/17/2009 9:33:33 AM PDT by browardchad
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To: mosaicwolf
Clinton operatives will covertly start to clamor for the birth certificate

Covert? It's front page on all of the tabloids that the Clintonistas control. It alternates with Sarah Palin "divorce" stuff. Now, what do you suppose Sarah Palin and Barack Obama have in common?
24 posted on 08/17/2009 9:34:37 AM PDT by VisualizeSmallerGovernment
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To: RobinMasters

I don’t think he’s going to go quietly. I just had a truly creepy experience.

I was at a volunteer project when suddenly a group of strangely smiling, somewhat hyper people in their early 30s descended on us. My first thought was that they were Moonies or Hari Krishnas.

But they were worse: it turned out they were a crop of some 30 Americorps volunteers who had been “assigned” to my town and apparently are to be placed in each elementary school classroom. These people are absolute goofballs. They started gushing to us about how “the government” was going to do all these wonderful things and how they had been sent here to “help” us. Then they announced that they had one place left on their “team” and asked a couple of our volunteers if they wanted to “work in the community” and receive a salary for it.

I was stunned. I had no idea these people were fanning out across the country. This is one of the creepiest things I have seen yet. What exactly are they going to do sitting in our elementary school classrooms? Fortunately, I don’t think they can get into our Catholic school (a good argument for sending your kids there).

Even a rather liberal lady I was working with muttered “Hitler Youth” under her breath when they left. We were all very unnerved by this.


25 posted on 08/17/2009 9:35:00 AM PDT by livius
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To: Jess Kitting

I know my world is not that significant, but I can tell you that more and more people who used to not give a rats rear end about politics are sickened by what Obama and the democrats are doing to this country.


26 posted on 08/17/2009 9:35:11 AM PDT by b4its2late (Ignorance allows liberalism to prosper.)
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To: lionheart 247365

he was doomed from the get-go because of his arrogance and beligerance...

the fact is 58 million of us voted against chairman zero....there were almost as of us who voted against the heavenly president sent from above in ‘08 as those who voted against “evil” ticket of GWB/Cheney in 2004....

yet chairman zero and his beligerent administration treated us like the enemies from the get-go....his arrogance somehow thought we would follow in line....


27 posted on 08/17/2009 9:35:38 AM PDT by God luvs America (When the silent majority speaks the earth trembles!)
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To: RobinMasters
And it's too bad there is no other party to exploit this turn of events.
There is no Republican leader to lead the counter-offensive into the shattered front of the Demoncrats.
Just McAine/Schmidt kow-towing to the homosexual lobby, Tom Delay on Dance Fever, Steele looking more clueless every day.
Sara could, but the "Machine" just continues to slap her around.
We're screwed.
28 posted on 08/17/2009 9:36:48 AM PDT by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: Jess Kitting
Nothing is worse for a president than a growing belief among the public that it has been had.

And this foreign joker tries to rub the public's nose in it by arrogantly reminding everyone that "he won".

29 posted on 08/17/2009 9:43:14 AM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (DON'T TREAD ON ME!!!!! Just say NO to the Evil Kenyan witch doctor - FUBO ---)
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To: John123
Maybe not, even rabid dogs turn to eat their own eventually.

I see the Pelosi / Read crowd as rabid in every sense

30 posted on 08/17/2009 9:45:19 AM PDT by BornToBeAmerican (We the people, ..... never)
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To: RobinMasters

If McCain had done his JOB and told the American people who BO really is/was... he might have won the election.

But, we had to play nice.


31 posted on 08/17/2009 9:47:53 AM PDT by Reagan69 (The only thing SHOVEL-READY since BO's stimulus has been MICHAEL JACKSON (tammy bruce))
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To: RobinMasters

This is what happens when radical left liberals think they are in the drivers seat....America rejects them!


32 posted on 08/17/2009 9:48:27 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: RobinMasters

there’s no there, there.
the left wants the government to run everything but they picked a guy who hasn’t run anything in his life.


33 posted on 08/17/2009 9:50:26 AM PDT by ari-freedom (Obama acted stupidly...and that's after knowing all the facts.)
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To: pburgh01; All
Read DU today, meltdown like I haven’t seen since 2004 election.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=102x4018655

seabeckind (124 posts) Mon Aug-17-09 12:09 PM Response to Original message 14. I agree, O is cutting his own political throat It's probably that f'ing Rahm -- dlc stooge. If they ram this thing thru he's going the LBJ route and there'll be a very serious primary challenger. And believe me, I'll be scraping the Obama off my sweat shirt and writing the other guy's name on it. In fact, maybe it'd be good to do that now to send a message. So far (you Obama people can flame all you want) he has done around 4 things that I did NOT vote for. Iraq, Geithner/Summers, and ... oh f' it. I'm too pissed to think straight. And yeah, Dennis was my first choice. Only statesman in the crowd. I'll be doing an email/call to Inslee later today. Probably letter to the local paper, too.
34 posted on 08/17/2009 9:51:11 AM PDT by TSgt (I long for Norman Rockwell's America.)
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To: RobinMasters
I got somethin' special for you over here...


35 posted on 08/17/2009 9:51:27 AM PDT by khnyny ("Giving government money and power is like giving car keys and whiskey to a teenage boy")
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To: RobinMasters
The Obama Administration : What Went Wrong

That implies that there was something right with it to begin.

36 posted on 08/17/2009 9:52:47 AM PDT by Joiseydude (I'd rather die on my feet, than live on my knees. Live free or die.)
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To: Brookhaven

right, it’s bad but not ridiculously bad. and if it gets ridiculously bad, Obama won’t be able to blame that on Bush anymore.


37 posted on 08/17/2009 9:53:47 AM PDT by ari-freedom (Obama acted stupidly...and that's after knowing all the facts.)
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To: Brookhaven

Very good analysis, BrookHaven. I couldn’t agree with you more.


38 posted on 08/17/2009 9:54:09 AM PDT by RobinMasters
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To: lionheart 247365

It means the average schmuck who voted against the POS because they could tell he was a ...POS....has more political acumen than Noonan, Parker, Brooks, Powell, and most of the NRO staff.


39 posted on 08/17/2009 9:55:11 AM PDT by silverleaf (If we are astroturf, why are the democrats trying to mow us?)
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To: RobinMasters
Sixth, there is a growing fear that Obamism is becoming cult-like and Orwellian

Becoming cult-like? Huh? It has been since the beginning...didn't the little symbol tip you off?

Hitler had his own symbol too you know?

40 posted on 08/17/2009 9:56:34 AM PDT by NMEwithin
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"Watta dumb***. You screwed up healthcare bigtime.
Now the Repubs are surging and have taken over public opinion.
How frickin' stupid can you get? Jeeze, Now I gotta trot out your
frickin' wife and kids in those ugly Gap clothes to try and make you
look good again."

41 posted on 08/17/2009 9:58:33 AM PDT by Liz (When people fear govt, we have tyranny; when govt fears the people, we have freedom.)
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Americans need to be very vigilant: Obama and his loathsome COS staff Rahm Emanuel are very calculated in their use of power. As dissent among the populace grows, they are capable of plotting staged events to boost their advantage. If these two arch-manipulators perceive there isn’t measurable fear in the hearts of the people, they will create that fear to solidify their power. They know people will succumb to fear and will relinquish their God-given liberties when they are fearful.

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Obama's "healthcare reform scam" is just the tip of the iceberg. Here's a short list that is fueling America's spiraling rage.

There’s (1) Obama’s endless Czar politburo, (2) the loathsome Rahm Emanuel and Robert Gibbs, (3) Third World takeover (amnesty/illegals/La Raza/ Sotomayor), (4) smarmy Barney Frank posturing on finance issues, (5) letting Sen Dodd go scot-free w/ VIP mortgages,

(6) Obama's billion dollar financing of ACORN's Civilian Security Force, (7) trillion dollar bailouts of bonus-rich businesses vacationing at luxury resorts, (8) a self-absorbed jetlining Congress more concerned with perks and privileges than constituents’ concerns,

(9) Americans' disgust with being called Astroturf, The Brooks Brothers Brigade, being told to "get out of the way."

CITIZEN ALERT Obama/Rahm are purposefully antagonizing large groups in middle America, goading us into civil unrest. This would give these America haters an excuse to declare Martial Law.

How will they do it? Easy. Obama has given ACORN billions of tax dollars to form a Civilian Security Force to silence the populace, and march us to reeducation camps.

42 posted on 08/17/2009 10:01:46 AM PDT by Liz (When people fear govt, we have tyranny; when govt fears the people, we have freedom.)
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To: Jess Kitting
Nothing is worse for a president than a growing belief among the public that it has been had.

Except maybe kicking us when we are down. The apology tour probably would have been praised five years ago. But in this climate, you do not trash the USA and expect the people not to despise you.

43 posted on 08/17/2009 10:05:01 AM PDT by Darth Reardon
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To: RobinMasters

Very good article.


44 posted on 08/17/2009 10:10:36 AM PDT by autumnraine (You can't fix stupid, but you can vote it out!)
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To: RobinMasters

Thanks to “Mack Daddy” the dumb-o-crat blood bath starts in 2010 and continues through 2012.


45 posted on 08/17/2009 10:11:02 AM PDT by chiefqc
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To: Atomic Vomit

Epoch fail - clever play on words, whether intentional or not.


46 posted on 08/17/2009 10:12:23 AM PDT by sbMKE
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To: mosaicwolf

I think her 2012 campaign began about a year ago when she knew she was beat. She may have even lost on purpose, if she could see the coming economic situation and decided that she didn’t want to be associated with it. Better to lose the primary without kicking and screaming, take the SoS job to look like a team player, then come out in 2012 and say, “Look, you picked him and I honored your decision, but it turns out he’s not up to the job and it’s time to put in the A team”.

She couldn’t use the classic Clinton campaigning tools against him, and found out that unlike the hubby people just don’t empathize with her. She got out played at her own game, or probably just didn’t see him coming. But she ain’t down for the count.


47 posted on 08/17/2009 10:12:51 AM PDT by Darth Reardon
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To: RobinMasters
Mr. Momjeans in an interview in January--when asked about his daughters: "People think I'm cool. THEY'RE the ones that are really cool."

LOLOLOL.

Paging Predident Momjeans--Mr. Alinsky is holding for you on line 5.

48 posted on 08/17/2009 10:15:42 AM PDT by Miss Behave (AKA "Noogie." I dispense 'em. Hertz Doughnut?)
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To: A.Hun

It will probably be Kuchinich......
Where has the little big mouth been on health care? During his campaign for reelection he went to nursing homes and senior meetings warning everyone that republicans were going to take away their social security, why isn’t he warning them about democrat ‘end of life’ counceling starting at age seventy five and death panels?


49 posted on 08/17/2009 10:19:12 AM PDT by Maumee (wtw)
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To: RobinMasters
What Went Wrong?

“I, Barack Hussein Obama, do solemnly swear...”

50 posted on 08/17/2009 10:20:12 AM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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