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October 7, 2013 - 1:07 pm

The Hill reports that Lord Obama has relegated maneuvers — because there are no negotiations — over the government shutdown to his lieutenant, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

President Obama has handed over the reins of leadership on government funding and the debt limit to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).

Reid is now fully in charge of his party’s negotiating strategy, a significant change from past showdowns with Republicans.

He has taken the initiative from Obama, who played the principal role in the 2011 debt-limit talks and New Year’s fiscal cliff deal.

I don’t believe a word of this story. It includes howlers like this one.

Liberal Democrats do not fully trust Obama, in part because of his more diplomatic style. Their disquiet was deepened by his past tax deals with Republicans and repeated offers to trim Social Security and Medicare costs.

Since when was President “I won” and ‘bring a gun to knife fights” and “hit them twice as hard” and “punish your enemies” diplomatic? Since, never. From day one he has been divisive by nature and by design.

Obama alarmed some in the Senate Democratic caucus last week when he convened congressional leaders at the White House to discuss the government shutdown and looming debt-limit debate.

They feared he might take the lead in the talks and make concessions to get past the current fiscal crisis.

So they’re admitting that he’s a lousy negotiator? The Russians and Iranians are taking notes.

“There’s some concern being expressed now that Obama is calling the leaders to the White House that this might be premature,” said Sen. Tom Harkin, a senior Democrat from Iowa. “What’s he going to say? What’s he going to do?

“I hope he just says, ‘Harry’s the leader. We’re following Sen. Reid,’” he added.

So, if this is true, didn’t the Democrats just admit that their dear leader Barack Obama is incompetent to do his job?

That wasn’t their intended message, of course.

Their intended message is that gosh darn it, Obama is just too nice.

Here’s why I don’t believe it’s the truth.

Barack Obama the lifelong Alinskyite is not about to hand over the largest agitation operation of his community organizer career to others. This is the moment his presidency is all about. Bigger than passing Obamacare by a mile. He believes that he is on the bring of making Obamacare permanent, while also cracking the Tea Party and breaking the back of GOP opposition to him going into the 2014 mid-terms. But this is about much more than Obamacare. Obama thinks that he is on the brink of a smashing victory that will end with him having unlimited power over spending, without any budget accountability, and unchecked power from any opposition in Congress. If he wins as he believes he will, no one will stop him from imposing any part of his agenda, not Republicans, not the states, not the courts. Would Napoleon outsource command of the Grande Armée on the eve of Austerlitz (or Waterloo)? Emperors don’t do that sort of thing.

Obama may well have handed the day-to-day wisecracking off to Reid, who would be performing that service for free anyway, but he has not handed off the high level strategy. His ego is too grand for that.

Additionally, the reality is that Reid does not control the National Park Service or any of the executive branch agencies that are prosecuting the shutdown. Obama controls those. He is not about to outsource that control. The National Park Service and the FAA and the rest have become his enforcers.

So why project the image that Obama has handed things off to Reid?

Well, the White House probably took an internal poll and it revealed that Obama is too personally connected to the squabble. He is probably taking on water for closing monuments to veterans and closing parks and all of that. His popularity may be getting mixed with Congress’ unpopularity, and he was already at about 43% before this fight got going. He now looks petty and spiteful and unpresidential. Publicly handing the dirty work to Reid is an attempt to distance Obama from all that, and an attempt to elevate himself above it all. It would allow him to be the hidden hand moving pieces around behind the scenes.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Oh, horse sh!t....the dems are only trying to shield the empty suit boy-king from the increasingly negative poll numbers the petulant, childish, sadist-in-chief is starting to get associated with....nothing more, nothing less. Honest Americans can read these crooks like a book. IF, and that's a huuuuge IF, Sens Cruz & Lee can keep the pussilanimous repubs from snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, we could really win this thing. For the moment, I am actually pleased that Speaker Boehner has chosen to stick with the true conservatives in the House and Senate fighting for the American people...let's hope he stays the course.

Remember BENGHAZI!
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Of course he is hands-on. It's all he knows, he's got nothing better to do, and so long as the media whores and eunuchs continue to assume their positions he'll be pretty effective at it.
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>> He now looks petty and spiteful and unpresidential.

I think this nails it. I don't think there is anyone near the president who could have produced the insight that the optics of kicking the Vets who stormed Normandy away from their memorial would look bad. The don't value the Vets, no one in the group think does, and they got blindsided by #Spitehouse tags.
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Just more of their shameless politicking.
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Obama is simply demonstrating the same innate Muslim negotiating strategy that Yasser Arafat used. He and Obama (and, I assume, any other Muslim) simply pose negotiating objectives as preconditions to negotiations and then act injured when the good guys reject the tactic.
Thus, Bam says he'll negotiate but, "not with a gun to his head." If the good guys waive what they want, then Bam will talk. Now, Reid may be a crook but he has been negotiating for years and does not have the Muslim tendency.
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Oh, horse sh!t....the dems are only trying to shield the empty suit boy-king from the increasingly negative poll numbers the petulant, childish, sadist-in-chief is starting to get associated with....nothing more, nothing less. Honest Americans can read these crooks like a book. IF, and that's a huuuuge IF, Sens Cruz & Lee can keep the pussilanimous repubs from snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, we could really win this thing. For the moment, I am actually pleased that Speaker Boehner has chosen to stick with the true conservatives in the House and Senate fighting for the American people...let's hope he stays the course.

Remember BENGHAZI!
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