Skip to comments.Is Obama Blowing This Election Before Our Eyes?
Posted on 06/15/2012 5:49:45 PM PDT by pistolpackinpapa
There will inevitably be twists and turns in the coming months, but . . . is this thing starting to feel like a foregone conclusion to anybody else? I just keep waiting for some other shoe to drop, some much better line of argument from Obama, some genuinely devastating ad, some new bit of evidence that the Obama policies are working, and it feels like . . . fffft . . . One wet noodle after another.
Heres a good question: Whens the last time President Obama came back from any point in his presidency? Probably the bin Laden kill, right? I look at the Gallup approval rating since the beginning, and it seems like Obama has been in the 40s since about April 2010 or so. Sometimes hes in the high 40s, sometimes its in the low 40s. Hes at 46 percent approval, 48 percent disapproval right now. That disapproval rating has been in the 40s since late 2009 and hit 50-51 percent a few times last year.
Mind you, I dont want to get overconfident, and after watching five straight presidential elections either go badly for Republicans or go down to the wire, the notion of a solid, strengthening GOP wave through the summer and autumn seems . . . odd and hard to process.
Theres a zeitgeist in the air over the last few weeks, and the polls confirm it: President Obama is flailing as he comes to grips with campaigning to keep his job. Several of his 2008 states are now in play, including Ohio, Wisconsin, Nevada, Virginia and North Carolina. While he flails, he sinks, and Mitt Romney has emerged from a bruising primary battle looking like he could win.
The shift in the campaign is not happening by accident. The fact is, the RNC and the Romney campaign have come into the general election swinging, and swinging with great effect..
It has been less than a month since Mitt Romney officially clinched the GOP nomination by winning the Texas primary on May 29. But in the weeks since then, Obama has not had one single good day. From awful jobs numbers to the private sector is doing fine to the debacle in Wisconsin and the raw exposed divisions within the Democratic Party over his tactics and rhetoric, Obama has been suffering a flurry of terrors. He is looking like a loser for the first time in his career, and neither he nor David Axelrod seems to know what to do about it. The June 8 press conference was supposed to right their ship, but Obamas private sector comment just made things worse, so less than a week later the nation gets treated to . . . yet another speech. Weve seen this about as often as weve watch[ed] Gilligans Island re-runs in syndication. It wont move the needle unless Obama does something dramatic, but that would cut into his no drama Obama schtick and might look desperate. Mitt Romney, meanwhile, looks relaxed on the campaign trail while his message is fostering zero friction among the GOP. Romney has not made the sale yet, but no one should expect him to this early. He just has to stay on message and stay on offense through the conventions, and then come out from there looking like a plausible president with ideas for fixing the economy.
Anyway, heres how David Axelrod began his fundraising e-mail of last night:
This is a make-or-break moment for middle-class Americans and anyone who cares needs to watch the speech President Obama made in Cleveland today.
Make-or-break moment? Dude, the middle-class Americans are like the Costa Concordia right now. Already broken. That moment passed. Now were looking at the rebuilding stage. The message from the Obama team is, Careful, Mitt Romney would louse up this fantastic recovery were enjoying.
So how was Obamas big speech in Ohio greeted? Mediaite, bring us up to speed!
I thought this, honestly, was one of the least successful speeches Ive seen Barack Obama give in several years, said Newsweek editor Jonathan Alter. It was long winded. He had a good argument to make, and at the beginning of the speech he seemed to be making it in a fairly compelling way but then he lost the thread.
Alter said he thought the speech was way too long and Obama had lost the audience by the end.
Daily Beast columnist and economist Zachary Karabell agreed with Alter, saying that the President opened the speech well, but quickly lost the plot.
When he went, sort of, away from offense and on to defense, what weve done and what were going to do, it became unbelievably diffuse and, in some sense purely as a political phenomenon it was very ineffective in that respect because it very well characterized the opponents as this is not going to work but it didnt really give you the sense of what will.
MSNBC anchor Tamron Hall attempted to clarify the Presidents points for her panelists, seeing that the conversation was rapidly spiraling into pointedly off-message territory. Hall said that Obama made a key point that a Romney administration will rely on a more laissez faire approach to tax policy which, in her opinion, would hurt the middle class.
Relax, Mr. President. Youll always have Tamron.
Black Obama, White Obama?
I suspect / fear, they're gonna play another Hoover on US!
Man! I hope there's video of it when it happens.
Zero wants internal bloodshed and he will get it one way or another.
Don't forget his mentors Ayers and Dornan
So I gather that idea's going to go "mainstream" at some point.
You know it and I know it; I want the world to see it.
Don’t assume that Obama is blowing it. He knows that his constituency is exceptionally stubborn and that he’s stacked the deck by interfering with the power of the local authorities to stop his fraud.
Obama’s problem is that, unless you’re a bureaucrat or a union member, you’re no longer middle class. You’re lower middle class or worse. He can lie all he wants to but the jobless and underemployed are in no mood to listen.
I'm guessing that the rumors that George Soros' online voting company SCYTL is going to hand the election to Obama are true.
"It doesn't matter who casts the votes. What matters is who counts them." --Josef Stalin
So...Obama...just drop out. You did not live up to the job of a president - obviously the work was "above your pay grade." It was just too hard for a kid with no leadership experience, no background in business and economics, no tact or diplomacy with foreign leaders (and no ability to make them respect the U.S.), no understanding of the military, and...most of all...no LOVE for the United States and our Constitution.
Lately, his appearances and speeches all smacked of desperation, he's clearly unhappy about the turn of events.
And this day's stunt is further evidence that his side had lost the general arguments. Hence, rule America by fiat.
What happens next is for some ones to tell the president (in no uncertain terms) ‘Absolutely NO’ to his face that his moves were illegal. And his government essentially dissolves. None of all these motions tied up in court rulings for months and months nonsense.
Better yet, is he doing it on purpose?
There have been a lot of hints about wanting out from both he and Mooch.
Is that who he means when he says "folks?"
He’s really going to blow when he loses in November. As in messy and violent.
I suspect / fear, they’re gonna play another Hoover on US!
Are you saying they will throw US into another Depression? Well, if this nation reelects Barack Obama, we deserve what we get. If this nation puts Obama back in the White House for 4 more years, I hope Unemployment climbs to 35 percent, the economy tanks and houses will only sell for half their value and soup lines are 8 blocks long. Let the good times roll.
If the Kenyan doesn’t get his act squared away soon Ed Schultz of MSDNC will be a full blown alcoholic by the end of June.
He’ll make waffly Mitt try and choose a side. Unfotunately Mitt will say he is for a comprehensive immigration bill but not for blanket amnesty, thereby pissing both sides off.
I think the numbers are in and I suspect they don’t look good for 0bama in November.
He’s trying to do as much damage as possible before he leaves.
I am convinced that he already knows he will not prevail in Supreme Court's decision regarding Obamacare. The clock is ticking. He seems to be getting weirder and weirder each day. I believe his announcement today is in anticipation of that decision. He is desperate to shore the Obama faithful and is trying to change the subject from Obamacare and the economy because he knows the train wreck is coming head on.
He sees the forecasts on the economy. He sees the internals of their polling. He knows it but is coming to grips emotionally with the inevitable. Cue the malaise speech in 3,2,1...
Is Obama Blowing This Election Before Our Eyes?
I sure hope so!!!
Dornan? I think B-1 Bob might resent that! How about Bernardine Dohrn instead?
Why do you assume that there will be an election in November? Or if there is one, that he will leave, regardless of the vote count?
I'd GLADLY have B1 for my mentor.
You're right .. the bitch Dohrn
Everything Obama has tried to distract us from the abysmal failure of his administration has failed.
He even lost the doggie war.
Obama’s solid constituency (the black vote) is a little ticked off by Obama’s latest move regarding illegal youth.
The job market is really bad for black youth and now this influx of job-amnesty for illegal youth?
I heard a couple of very dissatisfied black voters call Rush today.
It’s like we were first and goal and the coach called for a punt.
It's not so much history repeats, as it is groomed.
It looks like a repeating pattern because it is. It is intentional.
“Hes really going to blow when he loses in November. As in messy and violent.”
And it will be compounded by the stark realization that many of the things & records (e.g., state department, immigration, customs, selective service) that have been “unexplored” will no longer be hidden in the dark. His protectors will be swept out of their appointed offices to be replaced by more honest (and hopefully more “curious”) men and women.
I started to argue with her, but then realized that if this message permeates among his base, it might be almost as good as his base voting against him... which they won't because they are either ideologues or bigoted blacks. If his base is convinced or convinces itself that he doesn't want the job, then hopefully, it will make it easier for them just to stay home.
The bottom line is he is an embarrassment for all but the most die hard leftist or bigots.
Obamas solid constituency (the black vote) is a little ticked off by Obamas latest move regarding illegal youth.
The job market is really bad for black youth and now this influx of job-amnesty for illegal youth?
The Romney camp needs to play that up. And, choose Susan Martinez, Governor of New Mexico, as his Vice Presidential running mate.
Many Blacks will stay home anyhow. BHO has not produced for the brothas like they thought he would. Now, he’s giving jobs, that the 26% unemployed Black youth could have, to Illegals. And, the new has worn off. They’ve had their Black President. He will get the same percentage of the Black vote, he just won’t get the same number. 16.5 million Blacks voted in 2008. I predict that that number will be 1.5 million less in 2012.... So, he’ll get 95 percent of 15 million rather than 95 percent of 16.5 million.
Special Ed is aleady well past your deadline!
“Are you saying they will throw US into another Depression?”
You mean BESIDES the one we have been in for four years?
Full blown alcoholic by the end of June? Crazy Ed’s mental health will never improve that much in just two weeks!
She would be trouble.
Considering that illegal immigration, and any attempt to pass a “comprehensive immigration” bill has gotten masses of people riled up I think he goofed on this. Those that weren’t paying much attention are now and they are seeing pandering for votes and this will get more people to the polls to vote him out. This just energized a huge segment of the population.
Just keep pushing him. He doesn’t know how to handle it.
Don’t count on it.
Remember the MSM is still lying and covering up for him.
We’ll see the same illegal overseas and other contributions
We’ll see voter fraud ten times worse
We’ll see the race card pulled as never before (Romney is a sitting duck with his religion’s history of discrimination against blacks)
Don’t think the rats will give up their Communist coup without a struggle.
This will be the dirtiest fight in election history
We’ll be lucky if we EVER get rid of the Marxist/Muslim sob.
Re: Your Post #42: I hope you’re right. I really do hope you’re right.
The evidence that Obama's policies are working is all around you, if you just open your eyes.
Look Obama is a pathetic politician, and I don’t mean that in the terms of all politicians are slimeballs and pathetic, I mean, he’s PATHETIC at politicing.
He doesn’t have a base, he never built one, he doesn’t have anything or anyone to lean on. He didn’t spend years building a base or consensus... He basically was handed a few elections in IL, didn’t do jack once he was elected and then thanks to a perfect anti-clinton and anti-bush storm wound up in the white house. He doesn’t know how to do the fundamentals of politicing.
Look at him, he doesn’t build consensus, he doesn’t work with fellow politicians, he ran roughshod through his first 2 years because his party had complete control... and instead of focusing on things that mattered and were important for the nation and his own survival, jobs, economy, etc.. what did he do? Rammed through ideological legislation that was doomed to fail... once his party lost control of congress, he became completely neutered. He has been unable to do anything, not because congress is stalemated, but because HE has no political ability.
ALl he has is attempting to throw his weight at something, and when folks don’t fold immediately, and he can’t blackmail them into doing his desires, he is effectively useless.
This guy has never faced a hard campaign in his life, he’s never accomplished ANYTHING that required finesse or consensus. If he couldn’t do it by fiat, it didn’t get done.
So now he’s sitting there, with it blindingly obvious his policies a complete failure, both foreign and domestic. HE’s got no one to help him out.. he can’t run on his record, when he should have been focusing on things that mattered he was pushing through unconstitutional laws, or just burning more money on wasted “bailouts”.. So, he sits there now, without any ability to run on his record, and without anyone having his back, because he is an arrogant fool who honestly thought he would never really need anyone, because he is just that damned great... and he’s a man alone.
This guys political talent isn’t even at city dog catcher level, and its blindingly obvious to anyone who is watching. Clinton was right to call him an amateur.. and he’s going down in flames and nothing is going to stop it.
HE has a national peak of 42-43% IMHO if he runs a perfect campaign, and frankly his campaign is a joke at this point.. they keep going the way they are going, he won’t even get 40% of the popular vote.
The very idea this guy was not only re-electable, but was a sure thing was a laughable proposition from the start. Why republicans ever bought into that nonsense is beyond me, he’s a turd, and not even a polished one.
If you think we’ve been in a Depression for the last 4 years, apparently you did not have parents or grandparents who lived in the 1930s. You ain’t seen nothin’ yet!
hes going down in flames and nothing is going to stop it.
I wish I was as sure of that as you are. There are a lot of stupid people in this world. One woman on CNN yesterday who lives in Washington County, PA said: “I’m voting for Obama. I think he’s done the best he could with what he inherited.” She looked like your typical, common-sense, everyday, white, American lady. But, dumb as a can of Spam. He does have a base: Liberals, Blacks, Gays and Dummies. Now, after yesterday’s political ploy re: Hispanic youth, include Hispanics in that base. Sorry my friend, but that all totals up to more than 40 percent. But, I’m not giving up hope that he can and will be defeated.
Oh, I think he's long since there already.