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October 16, 2013 - 2:51 pm

The Democrats and President Obama have won the budget standoff. We’ll now be confronted with stories and polls showing that the shutdown/budget drama has changed everything, scrambled 2014, the Republicans will never recover, all glory and honor to King Barry the Magnificent. The media will turn him into the Denver Broncos of politics soon enough.

But hold your media horses and don’t walk behind them. The ground is slick with their droppings.

The fact is, President Obama has picked four major fights in 2013.

1. Gun control. Obama began the year exploiting the tragedy in Sandy Hook, NJ to push for new federal gun control laws. He gave speeches, he pushed legislation, he demagogued — all the things he usually does. And he lost big. Gun and ammunition sales soared, and no federal gun laws passed. The gun control push may yet flip Colorado’s senate from D to R through recalls. Obama started the opening battle of 2013 with a defeat, and went 0-1.

2. Immigration. Obama and the Senate Gang of 8 next championed “comprehensive immigration reform.” The Senate passed a bad bill, but the House rejected it. Obama wanted one of two things out of that fight — either to pass a transformative bill that paved the path to legalization, then amnesty, then citizenship for the 12-20 million illegal aliens in the United States, or see the bill fail and use that as a weapon against Republicans. The bill has failed but Obama is threatening to bring it back up again after the current debt war is over. He expects the GOP House to roll for him, but the anger is so pervasive that they’re not likely to give him anything at all, and his poll numbers show no strength to strongarm them. So he is likely to go 0-2.

3. Syria. Remember when President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry tried to get the US to intervene directly in the Syrian civil war? Remember when they called Assad another “Hitler”? Well, Obama wants you to forget all that. But don’t forget it. He lobbied Congress to get into someone else’s civil war and Congress rejected him. The Democrat-controlled Senate wouldn’t even bring it up for a vote, meaning Obama’s own party couldn’t even provide him any cover for this boneheaded idea. It was a humiliating defeat for him, and left him 0-3 on the year. He’s looking like the New York Giants at this point.

4. The Obamacare/government shutdown/debt fight. Obama doesn’t want to live under a budget and refuses to keep our national debt down. He brags that the deficit is shrinking, but to the extent that that’s even happening it’s because of the sequestration cuts that he proposed and then opposed. But in the current fight, he won this one, though he failed to grab the brass ring he wanted, which was to undo the settled law known as sequestration. Still, it’s a win for him. The government will re-open and Obamacare has survived another challenge.

Obama’s overall record for 2013: 1-3. That’s hardly an inspiring record. He is the Washington Redskins of politics right now. He looks talented on paper but hasn’t actually won many games this season. He could go on a run of wins, but he is far from unbeatable.

Next year, Republicans will keep control of the House and the Democrats will have to defend more vulnerable Senate seats than the Republicans do. Enough good candidates who stay disciplined can flip control, leaving Obama stranded for his final two years in office. His signature law is writing more bad headlines for him every day.

I’m not trying to be a Polyanna here. Obamacare is awful and this president is lawless. Two years as the lone Democrat in control may make him more dangerous. But all is not lost, just because we lost the most recent round.

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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Unless one wants to go to war in Syria Obama won big so far. No blood and we get for the most part the Chemical weapons. What goes on in Syria can stay in Syria for all I care. We are not the worlds policeman as we have not done so well in these local civil wars or haven't you been following what has transpired since the 50's? One should at least understand history shouldn't one before saying Syria is a failure?

As for Immigration - you do realize there is an election next year and this will become a hot issue and it will drive out voters. As the GOP voter tends to vote during mid-terms this can only help get Dem voters to the polls and that's not good news to maintain the Senate. The House is less probable but doable.
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Obama always wins because the GOP never fights back. They are the Transvestite Party - girly men who wear business suits.
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Actually I disagree with your tally. I think he scored well on the Syria issue because he managed to get a major concession from Syria (the removal of their chemical weapons) without spending one US dollar or one drop of US blood to acquire that success. Even though Syria is a tiny country they have one of the largest stockpiles of chemical weapons in the world and they're giving it up in exchange for America not attacking them. And Barack Obama pulled that off despite the cowardice of the GOP in congress that would not back Obama up. He did it by HIMSELF. And you can say that he still lost that issue because he did not get the support of Congress regards to Syria even though he asked for it but his legacy defenders will trumpet the fact I just alluded to - that he got a major concession from Syria (without any help from Congress) - as a positive thing in his "win" column. And I think that the bulk of credible historians will agree with that assessment. So I would say that he will end up getting a "thumbs-up" for his success on Syrian. I would also say that in 2013 he has made some progress inch by inch in NK. He has stirred up the Asian situation quite a bit and we need to see how this plays out. He could end up with a very proud 2013 legacy.
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Obama has never figured out how to get legislation passed. He left the details of Obamacare to Pelosi (and at times was actually campaigning for the legislation by contradicting its contents).
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>>His signature law is writing more bad headlines for him every day.
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Which could make it 1-4 against him by the end of the year.
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That 1-3 is not win-loss but win-draw. IOW, the big government crowd won big.

If both houses do go to the Republicans, will there be wins for we minarchists or will be Republicans be the same old drag anchor?
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