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Obama Tells Texas Donors He’s Fixin’ to Get GOP ‘Back in Functioning State’

"The only way that we can realign our politics so that it matches up with the decency and goodness of the American people is if elections matter."

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Bridget Johnson

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November 6, 2013 - 10:21 pm
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Here he said that the lesson of the year — the first of his second term — showed “that although the American people are full of common sense, and in their workplaces and in their families and their congregations, on the soccer fields and all the various parts of their life, they’re looking out for one another and they’re making good decisions and are resilient in the face of challenges, that’s not very often reflected in Washington.”

“The only way that we can realign our politics so that it matches up with the decency and goodness of the American people is if elections matter, and we’re able to both deliver a message and organize ourselves so that folks who aren’t acting responsibly pay a consequence, and that we’re lifting up and rewarding candidates who are serious about the challenges this country faces and are willing to work together in a spirit that is constructive in order to deliver for the American people.”

That, Obama continued, is “what 2012 was about, and that’s what 2014 was about, and I suspect that’s what 2016 is going to be about.”

“And I have to say that I’m a proud Democrat and am committed to the values that the Democratic Party represents, but I’m also interested in getting the Republican Party back in a functioning state. Because this country has two parties, and we need both of them operating in a way that allows us to move forward,” he said. “And I think that will eventually happen. Voters have an ability I think to help parties self-correct, although sometimes it takes more than one cycle to do it. But in the meantime, we can’t just be standing still.”

Obama never mentioned Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) by name — the closest he came was a reference to “one senator from Texas” — but Cruz was ready with a rebuke of the Dallas trip.

“President Obama should take his broken promises tour elsewhere so Texans can continue focusing on the solutions that have allowed our state to become and remain the nation’s economic and job creation powerhouse,” Cruz said.

Carney said Obama picked Dallas for his trip “because Dallas is one of the 10 cities with the highest number of uninsured residents in the country.”

He said Obama wanted to press for Medicaid expansion here because “while it’s perhaps the case that Texas Republicans may not be responsive to the views of a Democratic president or a Democratic administration, they may at least take into account to some degree the views of their constituents.”

Asked whether the Virginia governor’s race gave a renewed mandate to Obamacare, Carney said “if anything, healthcare worked in Gov.-elect McAuliffe’s favor and to the disadvantage as an issue of his opponent.”

“In a race where history was tilted against the Democrat, 40 years of history tilted against the Democrat, one candidate ran as a fierce opponent of the Affordable Care Act, made it the central issue of his platform; another candidate ran embracing the Affordable Care Act,” he added. “One of them won, and one of them lost.”

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Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Is this man mentally ill or is he just obnoxiously repugnant naturally?

And was it necessary to fire up Air Force One to travel halfway across the country to bad mouth his political opponents? Couldn't he have done it from the golf course?
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The only reason the Socialist in Chief is here in Texas for fundraising is, we're the only state left which has actual money.
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What? No "If you like your Republican you can keep your Republican"?
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you can bet on one thing, he's up to no good in Texas. find out who he talked to, what he has promised, and where did he go. talking to scumbag lawyers is to be expected, they worship at the same evil temple. see if he has met w/ the unions and are they maintaining the voting machines? maybe he just wanted to see what it will take to screw up the Texas economy too. probably got some devious e.p.a. surprises up his sleeve. that halfwit is a disaster waiting to happen, wherever he is. destroying wealth and success is his forte, no doubt.

that pic. on the news - is that the way cowboys cover up a pile o'chit these days, with a 10 gal. hat?
36 weeks ago
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it was this kind of rhetoric which caused the guillotine to be invented....and used.
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I'm sorry, but this president is not an impromptu speaker. He is a president in search of a teleprompter. I hope he finds one, or, better yet, finally shuts up.
36 weeks ago
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and why would the GOP want to do anything that a chicago thug Liar, and admitted unpatriotic, irresponsible failure propose.
36 weeks ago
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so does he want us to go back to the days of the 'deep south' of a hundred years ago? this guy's family didn't even show up here until the mid 1900's.
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Yes, Barry, elections do have consequences: they mostly put decent, law-abiding people in office; they also put a fair share of unethically-minded opportunists in office; and they also, on very rare occasions, put people like you in office.
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davelnaf. can you please use initials, rather than name, as I have to live with having the same name.

Besides using initials sounds more appropriate. It is B.O. (Barack Obama)

Thank you
36 weeks ago
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My apologies, barry1817; not wanting to offend a fellow conservative I will dust off ‘Bamster’, ‘O,’ and ‘Odumba,’ among others, and cease using O's real name.
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Does anyone notice that the only ones who can afford to sponsor his "little meals" are attorneys? Wonder where they got all that money....I know, they aren't the only ones paying for dinner, but they are HOSTING the dinners. Go figure.....
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The Trial Lawyers Association absolutely supports the progressive Democratic Party. That's why the country can't have tort reform. The lawyers like it just the way it is.
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The President is absolutely insane. Either that, or really doesn't care about anything other than campaign fundraising.
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Why can't he be both?
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he wants to get the GOP “back in a functioning state.”

You mean like "Chicago?"
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Well, by coincidence, the GOP in Texas is "in a functioning state." It's the ones in the other 56 that are not in functioning states.

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