Skip to comments.Obama Has Already Lost
Posted on 04/30/2012 4:28:16 AM PDT by Kaslin
On April 30th in 1789, at Federal Hall in New York City, George Washington took the oath of office to become the first president of the United States. He took that oath amidst a widespread surge of popularity and consensual respect that has yet to be replicated in any subsequent presidential election in this country. For two terms, Washington was able to govern, and govern well, because even before he won the election as president of the United States, through his deeds, Washington had won the respect and trust of all of colonial America. If measured against that high standard, Barack Obama, whether he is elected in November 2012 or not, will be unable to govern effectively, if at all.
Whether the standard to measure Barack Obama is legislative, fiscal, foreign policy, managerial or personal, Obama ranks among the lowest of the low in presidential ability.
Legislatively, Obamas signature piece of legislation, Obamacare, is tied up in a Supreme Court challenge which has exposed the shameful short cuts, side dealings and horse-trading that Team Obama was forced to implement in order to have the legislation scrape past the Senate. Billions of dollars of incentives to Senators and congressmen can be done once or twice. But, if congress requires these kinds of tawdry incentives to advance Obamas presidential agenda, it is hard to imagine Obama has any ability to implement future legislation.
Consider some of Obamas other signature efforts--a JOBS bills that doesnt create jobs, an energy policy that increases the price of gas at the pump and increases Americas dependence on foreign oil. An insistence of subsidies, for failed green endeavors, that waste billions of taxpayer dollars on ill-thought Solar and wind schemes that advance the agendas of Obamas political allies.
Fiscally, Obama has been the most irresponsible president in the history of the United States (and that is saying something!). Obamas spend, spend, spend agenda has kept the economy from growing, has created new generations of citizens dependent upon the government dole and has resulted in the slowest growth in GDP in three years. And for what? Obama has not been able to create the jobs he promised because Obama doesnt understand that business, not government, creates jobs in a free economy.
Entitlement spending has ballooned to outrageous levels wherein over 50% of Americans do not work, nor do they look likely to do so in the future. Obama has put in place trillions of taxpayer dollars as spending intended to stimulate the economy. But the economy has not been stimulated, though the pockets of Obamas political allies have been generously lined with taxpayer dollars.
The president has not even been able to produce a federal budget that can be debated seriously by congress. His last such pathetic attempt was unanimously voted down (0-414), showing that Obama has been abandoned by his own party. Could congress, in a bi-partisan effort, be sending the president an indisputable message about what they think of Obamas stewardship of the economy?
What does it say that Obama cant even get one vote on an issue as important as the federal budget? There seems to be universal, bi-partisan agreement that in matters financial, the president is irrelevant.
Obamas international shenanigans, from his bowing and scraping his way across Asia during his first year in office, to his hugs and handshakes for charlatans and brutish dictators, has been a public embarrassment. Obamas off-mike comments to Medvedev show the president to be an anxious schoolboy, lackey-like and eager to be all things to all people, desperate for praise and willing to sacrifice American values to achieve.
The story of George Washington and the cherry tree may be apocryphal; merely a tale emblematic of George Washingtons propensity for truthfulness, but Obama spawns no such legend. He has told too many falsehoods, taken too many short cuts, and appointed as his spokespersons and surrogates, too many who do the same, and hence, Obama has lost the trust of the American people. What Obama has lost is what Americans value mostintegrity.
And then there is the personal. It is turning out that Obama is actually not very likeable. At every opportunity, Obama seems to jump into controversies that should be solved at a state or local level (Gates affair in Cambridge, MA or Trayvon Martin in FL), before he has all the facts. Obama is showing himself to be a race-baiter, citing directly, or through his surrogates, that any who disagree with his policies or opinions must somehow be racist. Or theres the class-warfare mongering. Repeatedly, Americans hear Obama blaming millionaires and billionaires, claiming that they havent paid their fair share, though Obama is a multi-millionaire and he, too, takes advantage of every tax loophole.
Barack Obama has been so fixated on his re-election (another of his falsehoods since he has often stated he didnt care if he was a one-term president) and consumed with building winning issues-based coalitions, that he has lost the trust and respect and confidence of most Americans. Even if Obama, by some sleight of hand, were to win in November, he has no mandate; he lost consumer confidence, and he cant govern.
John Marshall once said that a statesmen is a a person that loves the people enough to tell them the truth". Barack Obama is clearly no statesmen and has repeatedly refused to deal honestly with the nations problems as he ceaselessly maneuvers for short term political gain. Even if he wins the election, itll be the longest lame duck session in the nations history. Barack Obama cannot govern. The nation is wiser and demands a statesman.
If any churchgoer or nominal churchgoer counts (including people who were born into it rather than pledging their faith as adults), I’m not so sure the support is that solid in the US.
Hope you’re right but more and more can not see or care what’s best for the country in the long term. It’s all about what can they get from the “stash” right now. It’s the same high school mentality where people voted for the class president who, without any authority to do so or any thought on the part of the voters as to how he or she would do it, promised everyone free ice cream.
“Too many here are projecting their point of view upon larger America, which doggedly follows other political trends.”
Question before the 2008 election: “Do you really think they’ll elect this guy?”
The answer: “Nah, they never will. You’re just projecting your point of view upon larger America, which doggedly follows other political trends.”
I think a more fundamental lie in that situation is the lie that government ought to become the instrument of things that historically were done by private churches and private Christians. You can be as generous to the down and out as you wish with your own dime, and God may bless you for that. It doesn’t mean we ought to turn America into a bloomin’ welfare state.
Go to the Real Clear Politics map and then to get the additional 43 votes needed for Obama to hit 270 click on Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, and Florida.
Romney is losing. His path to victory is extremely narrow, and Obama is nearly there ALREADY.
And Romney is certainly not “The Great Debater”. That would have been Newt.
Like with future oil supply, you've got to start drilling sometime, and the best time is NOW.
Drill here, Drill Now!
Ick. That was me in 2008, double fist pumping into the air above my head when Obama took out Hillary. I KNEW he was the absolutely worst, unelectable candidate the Dems could have picked. Unfortunately Republicans did the same thing. Turned it into a dogfight when it could have been an easy stroll to the White House.
The path to victory (or let us say, non-loss) is for Mitt to allow Barack Obama to step on his own je ne sais quoi. Which Barack Obama does with gusto. Mitt just needs to sit there and look as pretty as he can. Mitt could well throw it away. But he’d have to try.
The polling figures today simply are not good enough to support the Rovian projection to November. Obama should not be neck and neck with his presumptive challenger today — he should be way ahead. He’s got big worries.
Write me (the rhetorical me) a big enough check and I’ll be happy to wear egg on my face for life.
As if there will even be 2016 elections if Barack Obama wins?
The November vote is NOT the equivalent of oil drilling. That’s more like, do we pump the oil we have now or do we try algae.
But of course, nobody will believe you any more.
You can’t compare a race with a stinking incumbent to one with no incumbent.
Obama played the race card against a race card coward. That isn’t happening now.
But getting a viable 3rd party of conservatives off the ground is like drilling for oil. Start now, show strength, and grow for the future.
And, since Romney is losing anyway, the reasonable thing to do is to start strengthening that 3rd party now.
Actually Supertramp (Roger Hodgson)
America demands a statesman? I don’t know one!!!
Obama should lose, but then the Republicans had to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, as usual, by picking Romney.
Re: the subject of Romneycare vs. Obamacare, I think that Romney could at least say that his version was the best thing for Massachusetts. As conservatives, we may disagree with the approach, but we're either for states' rights or we're not. At least Romney didn't pass his plan in the middle of the night, while giving away 100s of millions in various vote-buying schemes.
No question. Wonder what will happen in Tampa if Milt Romnuts is down by 10 to 15% by then?
I know a lot of folks think that, but I don't see it that way, HD. I see Romney as a 3rd Way Social Corporatist. In other words, he's not a real capitalist. Social Corporatists will applaud capitalism so long as their elite oligarchy controls decision making.
I posted the same thing before reading your comments. As governor, Romney did what he thought was best for their state, and I believe the law and program was pretty popular within their state. If we conservatives are for states' rights, we have to accept that. I don't believe that Romney passed that with the intent of taking it country-wide however, so there are a number of key differences between the two.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not yet an ardent Romney supporter, but he has ways of arguing what he did was within his rights as a state. Furthermore, it appears that overwhelming majorities within Massachusetts wanted the program, and it was passed in the daylight, without lots of shennanigans. Obama can't say ANY of that about his.
I thought Romney wasn’t yet nominated. So how can he be losing?
Which is it?
I don’t think any of us were ARDENT Romney supporters but he’s the candidate.
And I am ardently in favor of getting rid of Obama.
Is there any other way? I don’t think so.
We need to focus on Obama now and stop dissing his opponent.
Though the polls seem to dispute this, I think this author is right.
Obama has become ubiquitous, in our faces in an unprecedented way. Fenway Park, Jimmy Kimmel show, NBA games, he is seen doing everything but the country's business. He is beginning to be recognized for being an instigator of divisiveness, a catalyst for animosity.
The belief that he is incompetent is gathering steam. As Obama's tone is exhibiting more anger, more frustration, his speeches are becoming grating to us. By November this guy will be reviled by enough to vote him out, IMHO.
those who think romney is losing the nomination at this point are in denial.
I, too, hope he has already lost the election.
Obama may have lost the consent of the majority to govern but if he somehow lies and cheats his way into a second term, that won’t stop him from using every executive order, every EPA-type agency, every czar, every NYT op-ed, every bribing giveaway program he can to finish cementing in place the ruination of our republic.
He must be defeated on Nov. 6th.
“Romney is losing. His path to victory is extremely narrow, and Obama is nearly there ALREADY.”
I think the game is rigged though. We have Soviet style candidates, we might be having Soviet style elections too.
If I am WRONG however, Romney may well be obliterated.
Everything that can be thrown at Obama has been thrown at him for three years, and deservedly so. So far, almost no one has attacked Willard Mitt Romney as he will be, and as he deserves to be. We’ll see how Willard stands up to the same same kind of campaign he waged against his betters (each and every one of them, bar none) in the primary. Add to that Obama has delivered most of what his base clamored for, Willard has shattered the GOP base for a long time or even permanently.
I agree with you 100%.
I agree, PS144. Romney ran against zero opponents with the financial resources to launch an all-out attack on him.
That has changed.
Romney is even a target you don’t need to lie about. He really is a pro-abortion, pro-gay marriage, anti-gun, big government, pro-tax liberal.
And don’t think for a moment Obama doesn’t have the cash to backchannel attacks designed to dampen republican turnout.
My opinion of Hillary hasn't changed for the better but I would now rank his personality as at least as bad as hers. He has done and is doing more harm than she would have done--her foreign policy might have been marginally better and she probably wouldn't have managed to get the federal takeover of health care through Congress.
The dream police, they live inside of my head
The dream police, they come to me in my bed
The dream police, they’re coming to arrest me, oh, no
You know that talk is cheap
And those rumors ain’t nice
And when I fall asleep
I don’t think I’ll survive the night, the night
‘Cause they’re waiting for me
They’re looking for me
Every single night
They’re driving me insane
Those men inside my brain
DREAM POLICE — SUPERTRAMP, 1979
You may very well be right, but I really don’t see how the country survives another 4 years of the Marxist-in-Chief. I would sooner vote for a ham sandwich than have Obama back.
Romney has named Judge Bork as a legal consultant.
He’s talking with Bolton about foreign affairs.
He might nominate Bork to the Supreme Court... wouldn’t that be a hood.
Way to go on your associates so far, Mr. Mitt.
“How does that demographic compare, in voting percentages, to the general under-21 crowd?”
I don’t know but I do know that the founders only intended for responsible, productive and literate people to vote and they had good reason for that. They also intended for only males to vote and although I didn’t think so in my younger days I now see that they had good reason for that also. They were no bunch of dummies and those who imagine they can come up with a better system than we started with should think long and hard about that.
“You can’t compare a race with a stinking incumbent to one with no incumbent.”
“Obama played the race card against a race card coward. That isn’t happening now.”
Brilliant, intellectual, really-really smart,
above-it-all Independents, plus die-hard ethnic groups that worship at the feet of The President, plus those who are
dyed-in-the-wool Progressives, no matter what, will put him over the top, 55 to 45%, not to mention Mickey and Minnie Mouse, plus the votes that will be counted many times, plus the phantoms that will visit the polling places. (Race will have nothing to do with it, only the propaganda that floods the airwaves.)
(probably via another Executive Order)
I am a realist. I live in REALVILLE and I don’t apologize to you or anyone else for refusing to keep my head stuck in the sand about the reality what kind of disaster this nation faces, infact the problems this country faces are significant enough that they cannot even be solved by winning temporary political elections on the margins.
“unless and until JR steps in and silences one side of it.” Yes, let’s trample all over the 1st ammendment why don’t we?
Rush lives in REALVILLE, you live in a tent at the edge of GLOOM & DOOMSBURG.
You have no candidate that you back, so you surrender.
Worse than surrender, your inaction helps the enemy.
Make no mistake, obama is the enemy, mittens is weak and spineless, but no one can call him a communist traitor, who is plotting the end of our second amendment rights.
The pinnacle of his presidency was the day he was inaugurated. I predict he will be resoundingly defeated in November.
Ultimately it’s Jim’s private board to manage as he pleases. I have decided to risk getting kicked for the sake of being honest. I am highly disappointed that Barack Obama’s main challenger is shaping up to be a third rate, compromising, flip flopping, wishy washy excuse for a Republican — and yet Barack Obama has been so horrible that even this excuse looks like an oasis in a desert. As an oasis on an arduous journey across the dry land, it certainly is by no ways a destination — not even the best of presidents could be, let alone the Mittster.
Barring unforeseen circumstances, I’m buying stock in nose clothespins.
The welfare rolls aren’t anywhere large enough to buy off even progressives who have or recently had day jobs. They may not go for Mitt but they are willing to sit out Obama in protest.
Bud I’ve given up long ago on trying to be clever. That is no avenue into truth, it’s only so much debate jiu jitsu.
But I refuse to be confused by irrelevant factors.
I hope you’re right. (I can’t wait until November.)
this article should be turned into a Republican campaign commercial.
I hope you’re right. (I can’t wait until November.)