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May 8, 2014 - 9:15 am

President Obama told a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee fundraiser in L.A. last night that the country is “not going to make good choices unless we break out of this cycle in which dysfunction breeds cynicism, and cynicism then breeds more dysfunction.”

“I’m in trouble at home. And the reason is, is because I told Michelle back in 2012 I had run my last campaign, but a couple months ago, I had to let her in on a secret, and that is, honey, I got one more campaign I got to run,” he quipped to a well-heeled audience including Barbra Streisand, James Brolin and Jeffrey Katzenberg. “I need to make sure we continue to have a Democratic Senate, and I need a Democratic House of Representatives in Washington. And I’m going to do everything I can to make that happen.”

Obama lamented that “despite the progress that we’ve made on issues that are important to everybody here, there’s still disquiet around the country.”

He talked up the minimum wage effort at the Bel Air home of Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn, where ticket prices ranged from $10,000 to $32,400.

“And we can debate a lot about whether the Senate rules need to be changed and are there problems with our media and campaign finance and there are a whole bunch of structural reasons why Washington isn’t working as well as it should. But the principal reason is that there is just a fundamental difference in what we as Democrats believe and what this particular brand of Republicans that we’ve got in Congress believes,” he said.

“…And the congenital problem that Democrats have is in midterms especially, we don’t vote. Our voters are younger, they’re more likely to be minority. And because they’re more likely to be struggling, they’re not always paying attention when the president — presidential candidate isn’t on the ballot. And so you’ve got a self-fulfilling prophecy — people who have the most at stake in a government that works opt out of the system; those who don’t believe that government can do anything are empowered; gridlock reigns and we get this downward spiral of even more cynicism and more dysfunction.”

The president tried to encourage his donors to have “a sense of urgency” about this election.

“This is my last campaign, and I’m going to put everything I’ve got into it, but I need you to feel that this is just as important — because we can’t afford to wait until 2016. And nothing is going to happen magically, by the way, that changes in 2016 if we still have the same kind of voting patterns and the same dysfunction that we’ve got right now in Congress. We’ll be stymied all over again,” Obama continued.

“The good news is we’ve got public opinion on our side if people actually turn out — on every issue. On minimum wage, on pay equity, on clean energy, on immigration reform — there’s not an issue in which we do not possess a majority in this country. But it has to manifest itself during election time, and especially during midterms.”

MORE: ‘Daunting’ Midterm Poll: Fewer Dem Voters Casting Ballot ‘for Obama’

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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"we've got public opinion on our side"

Such are the words of a man who stands for nothing. Having popular public opinion on your side is great if you're running for Prom King or whatever. It doesnt take much leadership to get people to think you're cool. Leadership comes when doing the right thing goes against the tide. Obama is a pathetic excuse for a President. He's a Celebrident.
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yes, he delusional. he's also the worst sort of delusional: delusional with actual power.
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Bloody delusional.

At what point do they call the men in the white jackets to take him away?
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Educational Demographics for 2012 election
Percentages are portion of the total vote
Education Obama Romney
Some HS 1.92% 1.05%
HS graduate 10.71% 10.08%
Some college 14.21% 13.92%
College grad 13.63% 14.79%
Postgraduate 9.90% 7.56%
Totals 50.9% 47.1

The largest difference in voting percentages is for postgraduates and they favored Obama. Claiming that the Obama voters are uneducated is not supported by the facts. Such a claim (as with many on this forum) seem to be sour grapes and wishful thinking. Mitch McConnel declared in 2009 that his top priority was to deny Obama a second term but was unable to deliver on his promise.
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DoctorF claimed favorability of the ACA has been falling.
Real Facts from Kaiser Family Foundation

Date Favor Unfavor
Sept 2011 51 34 High
May 2011 35 50 Low
Jan 2014 50 34
Mar 2014 46 38

Favorable opinion has been greater than unfavorable since Jan 2013. Some of the unfavorable opinion is the result of people that want either a single payer or more liberal law.

59% want congress to keep or improve the law
38% want it replaced or repealed.

46% of the public still believe the lie that the law will provide financial help to immigrants.

34% of the public still believe the lie that the law will establish a government panel to make decisions about end-of-life care for people on Medicare.
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The typically ignorant voter has no idea of the real agenda that is under the radar. When a man decides he's a woman that day and wants to use the ladies room, which party supports that insanity? Using the IRS to target ordinary citizens. Which party is OK with that? Fight to the death making voters properly identify themselves to exercise the franchise. Again. What party is that? The gender studies/identity politics scam? This is a Republican idea? The only thing that keeps Democrats from being tarred and feathered is the fact that the media hides the absolute lunacy of the left and it's power center the Democrat Party. The reason the Low Information Voters are on your side, Mr. President is because your party promises them free stuff stolen from someone you've spent an enormous amount of time demonizing. Wait till it all collapses and the free stuff stops. It's going to get real ugly.
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The Left is counting on the Collapse, though.

It's a modified Cloward-and-Piven.

They want to overload the system so everyone is struck poor. But first, the Progressive Leftist Ruling Class wants to concentrate as much material possession into their own hands first before it does so. That anything involving land or infrastructure belongs to the Ruling Class and the Ruling Class alone.

Because what fun is it to have Serfs to rule without a kingdom?

And what fun is it having a kingdom to rule without Serfs?
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Another sad thought:

It's often mentioned that any Impeachment Motion against Obama will never garner the needed 67 [?] Democrat votes in the Senate.

Then, alas, that indicates that enough Democrats in the Senate and amongst the voters at large nationally don't value their personal honor and our National well being enough to separate themselves from everything associated with the creature named Obama.

These Democrat Senators, at least, have some education.....don't they?

Does their "Tenure" trump literally everything?
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Honor is a fading concept in this country. Gimme Gimme Gimme is the battle cry of the Millennials, the blacks, the disability scamming white trash hillbillies, the deadbeats and the degenerates. What do they have in common? They are all constituencies of the Democrat Party
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“despite the progress that we’ve made on issues that are important to everybody here, there’s still disquiet around the country.”

Despite the progress? Did he really say that? Honestly?

“The good news is we’ve got public opinion on our side..."

Apparently the only person (besides Chris Matthews & Ed Schultz) that BO can still buffalo, is himself.

"...where ticket prices ranged from $10,000 to $32,400."

Anyone notice the silence, from the left, lately about money in politics?
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"And so you’ve got a self-fulfilling prophecy — people who have the most at stake in a government that works opt out of the system; those who don’t believe that government can do anything are empowered . . ."

'Why don't you people understand? Government is the answer to all your problems. Just give me the power to give you everything you want & then I'll have the power to take everything you have. And then all will be well.'

Mr. President, here's a newsflash: those who don't believe government can do anything SHOULD be empowered. They are then free to create, produce & achieve what government cannot . . . and be rewarded for doing so.
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Every word he says is intended to divide. That's a pretty pathetic characteristic for the supposed "leader" of our country.
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Well, when your objective is to destroy the country that you "lead", division is a necessary tool.
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“…And the congenital problem that Democrats have is in midterms especially, we don’t vote. Our voters are younger, they’re more likely to be minority."

In other words, low information voters who don't care what's going on in their own backyards.
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Rather than continuing using the term, "low information voters" why not come straight [unpopular term nowadays] out and say the "ill educated and uneducated voters" who really are Obama's numerical source of voters, which also exposes the sorry state of our Public School systems?

If High School Civics is now "uncool", then it's our own damned fault that we've got this Obama creation as our twice elected president.
This in turn opens up the can of worms called "parental responsibility" which of course is directly associated to that currently unfashionable idea of fathers AND mothers staying together in the same household and raising children.....together.

All of the above is directly the result of open borders with Mexico and Central America with the [surprise!] swarming of millions of illegals.
This is not our immigrant wave of the 19th century with arrivals processing at Ellis Island and San Francisco. Those new arrivals gradually assimilated, learned English, and grew self supporting.
And, they managed this somehow before Lyndon's "Great Society" and the Great Leveling which was then spawned.

Hence - we're in a great circular helluva mess right now, a social disaster perpetuated by this "low information" ghettoized high breeding population, this new demographic, and it's going to take generations, if ever, before we're able to pull ourselves up "by our bootstraps." Again, this is not our 19th Cent. immigration wave.

Our pre-Obama America is now History, and, most sadly, no one reads History any longer....no one reads anything at all much beyond 139.9 consecutive characters.

We're right now "hoist on our own petard".


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Keep doing what he's doing and he's got his self-fulfilling prophesy.
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He is not only a disaster at home, in the US, he has created disasters around the world as well, just recently in the Ukraine. I hope and believe that more Europeans finally see through the spin and the propaganda and notice the little, weak and incompetent man, backed by a bunch of inmoral , corrupt oligarchs. His politics almost brought us a new, big war over here.
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