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(Drum Roll): And The Award for Worst Political Punditry of 2010 Goes To…
Frontpagemag-Newsrealblog ^ | 12-25-2010 | Matthew Vadum - Commentary

Posted on 12/25/2010 1:36:08 PM PST by smoothsailing

(Drum Roll): And The Award for Worst Political Punditry of 2010 Goes To…



by Matthew Vadum

December 25 2010

… the ubiquitous political commentator David Gergen. The longtime lib-left Washington establishment mouthpiece who makes his living spewing trite observations and superficial, short-sighted analyses, says President Obama has experienced a “stunning turnaround.” In an op-ed posted at CNN’s website he writes:

Voters who flocked to the Republican banner seven weeks ago are probably scratching their heads, wondering, “Who really won in November?” After handing the president and Congressional Democrats the worst drubbing in more than half a century, they can only watch in disbelief as President Barack Obama has reeled off a series of unexpected victories.

Voters are more likely to be filled with justifiable rage, not confusion. After the electorate overwhelmingly repudiated the Obama agenda on November 2, the president and Democratic lawmakers — aided by a few weak-willed, misguided Republicans — pushed more horrific legislation and deficit spending through. Obama and Democrats extended their middle fingers to America after receiving a richly deserved drubbing at the polls.

Instead of passing a spending bill long before Election Day, Democratic leaders deliberately dragged their heels. They could have easily passed a continuing resolution funding the federal government at current levels into January when the new Congress convenes. But they didn’t want to. They scheduled the lame duck session so they would still have an opportunity to pass items on their unpopular agenda in case they lost the election. It was a political insurance policy.

It is ridiculous for Gergen to say that President Obama has experienced a “turnaround” because his legislative victories in the lame duck congressional session were entirely foreseeable. America’s socialist president had already been winning consistently in terms of his legislative agenda. Although he didn’t get cap-and-trade and card check, he got Obamacare which is something leftists have lusted after for decades. (It was their Holy Grail.) He got bailouts. He took over large chunks of the financial services industry. He took over much of the auto industry. He got a new financial regulator with sweeping new powers.

Obama’s legislative winning streak kept going in the lame duck session of what was the worst Congress of my lifetime. He got the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT). He got ratification of the START treaty. He got an extension of current tax rates (which is just about the only good thing he got — and he sought it reluctantly). He got his school lunch legislation which increases the nation’s welfare burden.

Measured by any standard, President Obama and the Democrats had a great Congress, both before last month’s election and after it.

Obama’s only major setback during the current Congress took place on Election Day — but even that setback didn’t affect the president’s ability to ram legislation through Congress. During the lame duck session of the 111th Congress he controlled — as before Election Day — commanding majorities in both chambers. Obama was unstoppable.

The fact that he was able to corral the trained seals from his own party and peel off some RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) who are retiring is hardly a turnaround. Throughout this Congress with the help of leading lawmakers from his own party Obama was able to ram most of his high priority legislative items through the nation’s legislature. When you win when you overwhelmingly outnumber your adversaries there is nothing “stunning” about it. It is expected.

Gergen’s final paragraph is breathtakingly nonsensical: “So, tough, tough fights lie ahead. But the surprise is that Obama now enters 2011 on a more even playing field — and he and his team have shown a fresh approach to governing that could continue to serve them well in the new year.” What exactly is “fresh” about vanquishing your enemies while conceding virtually nothing? What is so impressive about getting squishes who don’t ever have to face the electorate again to support you on a treaty?

Obama will find it difficult to pursue his agenda when the new Congress commences. He’s got no advantage. If anything, the resolve of the Tea Party-energized Republicans will be strengthened. They will be more even more likely to fight the leftist in the White House with everything they’ve got in a bid save the country from socialist ruin.

Gergen’s op-ed is worthless and intellectually vapid. This is nothing new for him. His commentaries, largely left-wing cheerleading, have been tired and useless for years.

Some people don’t know when to call it quits.


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1 posted on 12/25/2010 1:36:12 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Gergen also told some very tall tales for Clinton. The guy has no shame, no conscience or guilt. A truly vile individual and a unabashed liar. Congrats!


2 posted on 12/25/2010 1:39:24 PM PST by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: smoothsailing

Runners Up were:

Ed Schultz
Chris Matthews
Kieth Olbermann
Dan Rather
Joy Bayhar


3 posted on 12/25/2010 1:39:50 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: smoothsailing
The part that is correct is that Obama (Reid actually) could have never have achieved these victories without RINO support.

People like Lugar, Corker, Alexander, etc. need to be shown the door.

4 posted on 12/25/2010 1:44:21 PM PST by bwc2221
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To: smoothsailing

Obama gets my vote. Excluding Republicans from every aspect of the political process, and then turning around and blaming those same Republicans for the results of the very process from which they were excluded was grossly intolerable.


5 posted on 12/25/2010 1:44:30 PM PST by Hoodat (Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. - (Rom 8:37))
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To: smoothsailing

Tie between Kraut and Rove

Merry Christmas


6 posted on 12/25/2010 1:49:40 PM PST by bray (Sarah Palin will destroy the Repub Party, hopefully!)
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To: caver
Gergen also told some very tall tales for Clinton. The guy has no shame, no conscience or guilt. A truly vile individual and a unabashed liar. Congrats!

Trained by George Goebbels.
7 posted on 12/25/2010 1:51:04 PM PST by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: smoothsailing

And Mr. Vadum gets the award for “Lamest Excuse for Trying to Explain Away a Political Ass-Kicking.”


8 posted on 12/25/2010 1:51:54 PM PST by r9etb
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To: smoothsailing
Hell, he doesn't sound much different than Charles Krauthammer lately.
9 posted on 12/25/2010 1:54:41 PM PST by fish hawk (RINO-plasty: Congressional surgery done with a vote.)
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To: fish hawk
Gergen AND Krauthammer, and a bunch of Freepers, seem not to understand what the last Lame Duck Session was about.

Now for the nut-cutting in January. They will be truly mystified!

10 posted on 12/25/2010 2:00:18 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: fish hawk
Krathammer has never been a conservative. He started out working for Carter and Mondale and writing for the New Republic. Like Lieberman, he's a hawk on defense (because of Israel) but a liberal on most other thimgs.

In fact, FNC is not conservative but RINO/neocon.

11 posted on 12/25/2010 2:07:27 PM PST by bwc2221
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To: Cheerio
Trained by George Joseph Goebbels.

Fixed.

12 posted on 12/25/2010 2:09:57 PM PST by Slings and Arrows
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To: bwc2221
FOX News ran for office as a Democrat?

IN-CRE---------IBLE ~

The term doesn't fit a group grope like a network.

13 posted on 12/25/2010 2:10:29 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: smoothsailing
My vote would go to Joy Bayhar. When informed that Sarah Palin enjoyed reading the works of C. S. Lewis, she dismissed him as a writer of children's books. One could say the same thing about Leo Tolstoy, author of a version of The Three Bears.
14 posted on 12/25/2010 2:12:33 PM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: caver

Obummer’s “turnaround” will take another turnaround come January. Has Gergen foreseen that?


15 posted on 12/25/2010 2:31:32 PM PST by luvbach1 (Stop Barry now. He can't help himself.)
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To: smoothsailing

When I first heard of Gergen he was characterized as a “moderate” conservative.


16 posted on 12/25/2010 2:32:46 PM PST by luvbach1 (Stop Barry now. He can't help himself.)
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To: bwc2221
In fact, FNC is not conservative but RINO/neocon.

You're probably right but characterized by the left as hard-core, party line, conservative Republican. Testimony to how far left they are.

17 posted on 12/25/2010 2:35:40 PM PST by luvbach1 (Stop Barry now. He can't help himself.)
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To: Fiji Hill
that Palin...enjoyed reading the works of C. S. Lewis, she dismissed him as a writer of children's books.

Obviously betraying her ignorance and the obvious fact that she knows Lewis only through the recent films of his works which are, like his books, fantasies, but rich in Christian allegories that are lost on most children and Behar.

18 posted on 12/25/2010 2:40:57 PM PST by luvbach1 (Stop Barry now. He can't help himself.)
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To: bray
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19 posted on 12/25/2010 2:43:43 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Sorry, I can’t stand that turd ball!


20 posted on 12/25/2010 2:46:41 PM PST by Randy Larsen ( BTW, If I offend you! Please let me know, I may want to offend you again!(FR #1690))
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To: muawiyah

“Now for the nut-cutting in January.”

I got a new kitchen tool for peeling and reaming. When you’re done with your nut-cutters I want my turn.


21 posted on 12/25/2010 2:51:51 PM PST by sergeantdave
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To: smoothsailing

Gurgling finally won something.


22 posted on 12/25/2010 3:02:28 PM PST by screaminsunshine (Americanism vs Communism)
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To: bwc2221
Like Lieberman, he's a hawk on defense (because of Israel) but a liberal on most other thimgs.

That's not necessarily a bad thing.


Runaway Slave

Apostle Claver tells the world how the real party of racism is the Democrats

23 posted on 12/25/2010 3:17:01 PM PST by rdb3 (The mouth is the exhaust pipe of the heart.)
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To: smoothsailing

Gergen is delusional.

The most absurd Gergen episode I remember is when he was working for the Clinton administration and they interviewed Gergen about the effect that the Lewinsky scandal was having on ol’ Bubba.

Gergen actually cried during the interview, saying it hurt him so bad to see poor Clinton abused so unfairly. His tears were such a bad fake I was embarrassed for him and had to change the channel.

Like a bad movie sequel, David Rodham Gergen is still out there in the punditry, breathing perfectly good air and taking up valuable space.


24 posted on 12/25/2010 3:26:27 PM PST by webstersII
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To: smoothsailing
What is a damn shame is Krauthammer is saying much the same thing about Obama’s legislative triumphs after the Nov. election.

He's basically saying that he has regained much, if not all, the power he lost due to the “shellacking”.

Let's hope he’s dead wrong.....

25 posted on 12/25/2010 3:32:45 PM PST by HardStarboard (I'm sure George and Dick had quiet smiles while watching the election results!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Well, Joseph is a far cry from the comedian. Thanks


26 posted on 12/25/2010 3:33:31 PM PST by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: SandRat

Add Paul Krugman to that list.


27 posted on 12/25/2010 3:59:30 PM PST by Proud_USA_Republican ("The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.")
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To: luvbach1

No there will not be another turnaround. The Democrats are gonna run rough shod over the the Republicans. You’ll see them pulling all kind of stunts that the R’s should have done themselves when they were in the minority. They will stifle and stall and do what ever it takes to gum up the works while Boehner and company look on and do nothing but cry. I have no doubt the MSM will be featuring the minority leader Pelosi more then the new Speaker.

We’ve already been given a preview with this fiasco of a lame duck session. The repubs didn’t put up a fight, lost everything, and claimed victory.

Yea I know it sounds pessimistic but I have seen absolutely nothing good come from the Republicans since Reagan. Hell even when they held all the power they were wimps. Oh they’ll make a couple big shows with much grandstanding and chest pounding and may even win 1 or 2 but in the end they’ll get pounded by Pelosi, Reid, and company. Sorry but I won’t be looking for any turnarounds any time soon.

We can and will sit and type on websites, make calls to DC, argue amongst ourselves but the facts are the other side has already won. There is only one way to get out of this and it ain’t the ballot box. Many of us have had that figured out for a long time now. Simple facts are: not enough have!

Our founding Fathers knew what was necessary and although outnumbered militarily and facing almost certain defeat were able to pull a miracle. Their spirit and determination built this nation but that spirit has long since passed. If I could find an inkling of that spirit perhaps my optimism would return.


28 posted on 12/25/2010 4:11:14 PM PST by Graneros (Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)
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To: Slings and Arrows

.....Or George Gobel (deadpan stand-up comedian who
made TV variety show rounds and Tonight Show appearances
in the ‘60s)


29 posted on 12/25/2010 4:12:40 PM PST by Sivad (NorCal Red Turf)
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To: Graneros
Re your post #28, you may be right but if you are we may well have lost our last chance to save this nation, which you did say: ...the other side has already won.
30 posted on 12/25/2010 5:06:01 PM PST by luvbach1 (Stop Barry now. He can't help himself.)
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To: smoothsailing
"aided by a few weak-willed, misguided Republicans"

Well put and precisely accurate. Especially on homosexualizing the military, the minority leader dropped the ball. EVERYTHING should have been put on hold until the new congress is sworn in. This was a really disgusting display from our GOP senate adulterers (Ensign), closet homosexuals (Collins & Kirk) and intellectual midgets (Murkowski, Snowe, Collins). I STRONGLY suspect Burr's vote had something to do with one or both of those two effeminate looking young males I see on the Christmas cards he sends to me. What a disgrace.

31 posted on 12/25/2010 5:24:08 PM PST by MSF BU (YR'S Please Support our troops: JOIN THEM!)
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To: smoothsailing

For my money it’s roveR the wonder punk. Backstabbing for “The Party” has to carry more points than a fawning sycophants boot licking.


32 posted on 12/25/2010 6:15:35 PM PST by Dr.Zoidberg (Warning: Sarcasm/humor is always engaged. Failure to recognize this may lead to misunderstandings.)
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To: rdb3

Not necessarily a good thing either. I prefer politicians who place the good of the United States above all other countries, including Israel.


33 posted on 12/25/2010 7:23:08 PM PST by bwc2221
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To: bwc2221
Not necessarily a good thing either. I prefer politicians who place the good of the United States above all other countries, including Israel.

Indeed, although I can't figure out why Israel was even mentioned.

Hope you're having a blessed Christmas.


Runaway Slave

Apostle Claver tells the world how the real party of racism is the Democrats

34 posted on 12/25/2010 8:26:27 PM PST by rdb3 (The mouth is the exhaust pipe of the heart.)
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To: Sivad

“Lonesome George.” I think that’s who the OP confused Lil’ Joe with.


35 posted on 12/25/2010 10:41:23 PM PST by Slings and Arrows
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To: Cheerio

*chuckle* De nada.


36 posted on 12/25/2010 10:43:13 PM PST by Slings and Arrows
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To: Graneros
We can and will sit and type on websites, make calls to DC, argue amongst ourselves but the facts are the other side has already won.

Ditto that.

There is only one way to get out of this and it ain’t the ballot box. Many of us have had that figured out for a long time now. Simple facts are: not enough have!

Not enough would. In fact, NONE will or it would have happened by now.

Our founding Fathers knew what was necessary and although outnumbered militarily and facing almost certain defeat were able to pull a miracle. Their spirit and determination built this nation but that spirit has long since passed.

Ditto that also. I think of the sacrifices they made, and then that so few of the beneficiaries today will get off their asses even to drive somewhere to hold up a sign, never mind holding something that would actually get the attention of the criminals in Washington.

People can whine all they want on the internet (until the govt shuts it off) but it will change nothing. Indeed it's an opium of the people that Marx would have nailed and that Lenin would have appreciated.

37 posted on 12/26/2010 6:41:06 AM PST by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (Happy New Year!)
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To: smoothsailing
Gergen has raised the banal and obvious to the level of art.

I have been hearing his gibberings off and on for years and still await the first rudimentary original insight.

38 posted on 12/26/2010 7:52:44 AM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: smoothsailing

Remember when PBS tried to pass Gergen off as a “conservative”?


39 posted on 12/26/2010 7:53:41 AM PST by FormerACLUmember (Character is defined by how we treat those who society says have no value.)
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To: luvbach1
Try "Mere Christianity," "Abolition of Man" and "The Screwtape letters."
40 posted on 12/26/2010 7:56:51 AM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: HardStarboard
I have a glimmer of hope--the hope that the new 65 republican congressmen and six or seven senators will be as enraged by the lame ducks as the rest of us are, and renewed in their determination to go a different way.
41 posted on 12/26/2010 8:00:13 AM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: smoothsailing

He and Rove must be best buds.


42 posted on 12/26/2010 4:36:29 PM PST by HonestConservative (http://www.freedomradiorocks.com)
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