Here’s another one of those 1,000-word pictures.
OK, so technically it’s ten words. But still…
UPDATE: Here’s the video. Damning stuff.
Is this Obama’s “Read My Lips” moment?
Is this Obama’s “Read My Lips” moment?
Maybe he said “We’ll do it on knee-pads.”
Actually, I see this as a great opportunity for Obama to turn his fates around. If he acted leader-like all of a sudden, and took on Nancy and the gang, and basically demanded that they make the debate public, I would certainly give him some props.
But based on his past actions, I see the odds of that happening as slim. I’m expecting some excuse like “Sorry folks, but I have no control over the rules of Congress.”
That would have been even smart back, say, in June. But now Obama no longer has the clout to make Congress snap to attention. Or most anyone else, for that matter.
He’s too well-loved and not enough feared. You’ve got to be both to be an effective president, but Obama started pissing away his Fear Factor when he gave Congress pretty much 100% responsible for the stimulus package back in February.
What we’re looking at here is probably unprecedented — the potential for a first-year Lame Duck with three years left in his term.
I love how you racist teabaggers complain about Obama lying when he has no control over his party, but you didn’t say anything when George McHaliBusHitler lied us into war and killed 100 million people!
Sorry. Couldn’t resist the urge to write a clear, well-reasoned, relevant, Progressive rebuttal.
Yeah. Liar. The downside with Obama beginning to fail so early – and this is a problem with Rush’s thesis that we should hope that Obama fails – is that supporters of the cause will have yet another excuse to keep their awful dream alive. The only way to make collectivists see the error of their ways is to sit back and watch as the State hauls their family off to the train station, or to watch as they suffer through the bureaucratic hell through which they want to feed the rest of us.
Even if Obama is a one-term blotch on our history (please, oh Lawd), the True Believers will be back around again, like a cancer that can only be cured by chemo. They won’t stop until they personally have to pay the price for their dumb ideas. And like chemo, the rest of the body is going to have to suffer, too.
The Republican Party has pissed away a year, soliciting funds via two-page letters whose entire message could be compressed into one sentence: We are not those horrible Democrats, and therefor you should send us money immediately to set this country to rights!
When they should have been proposing some positive goals (which are entirely lacking in those dreary letters), and capitalizing on the blatant crookedness of the Obama administration by offering contrasting directions for the country. This video in which Obama hammers over and over on “we’re gonna do the negotiations on C-Span” is just what the Rs should have been doing – pointing out the contradictions between glittering words and sordid behavior.
There are boxcar loads of similar crookedness begging for Republican attention, if they just had any desire to offer leadership. The firing of Inspectors General (after the White House seizure of control over those supposedly independent blokes) – the travesties of national security – the trampling of the rights of secured creditors in the GM and Chrysler seizures – the blatant malfeasances of Fannie and Freddie – the cap-and-trade legislation based on fraudulent climate ‘science’ – the festering gang of ‘czars’ and tax cheats – on and on.
But no, the Rs fear that if they stick their necks out and offer positive alternatives, the Democrats’ MSM poodles would chop off those delicate necks. But isn’t that what a political party is for – to offer a better path than the opposition? Guess not, so they’re leaving it up to the tea parties and Sarah Palin.
Not much of a party.
The reason the R’s don’t step up to the plate is that they want the power the D’s have. The are the same animal, just different side. We need to clean house, and I mean the whole house.
If our constitution means anything then the people need to act like adults and kick the kids to the curb. Otherwise we will witness the end of UsA.
(I’m feeling the end of America).
This doesn’t matter at all in the long run, or even in the electoral medium run.
Breaking promises is really not a not-re-electable offense.
GHWB wasn’t bounced because his lips said “no new taxes” and he raised taxes. Heck, I wish I could say he was bounced because he raised taxes — but it wasn’t even that.
He was bounced because he was old and tired and ran a lousy campaign, like pretty much every other campaign he ever ran in his life except the one before, when he still had some static electricity on his suit from rubbing up next to the Gipper for eight years.
Sorry guys. Dream on! We have to win on the merits. And like most of the commenters here, it’s hard to see that the R’s are up to it.
so you would support the Dems then, Ron?
Way too much attention to “party”, and not enough to individuals who actually respect and represent We The People. What ever happened to expecting, and demanding honor and character from our elected representatives? I’m with Jake, we should clean house, completely… after all, they work for us… don’t they?
No, dick, he’s just being realistic. Right now (as Insufficiently pointed out) the GOP doesn’t really have a strong agenda or effective leadership.
Ron (long time no see), I would add that GHW Bush lost because he was the “old history” candidate. By 1992 the Cold War was over, and voters were looking past that time, which helped Clinton very much, since he was the first post-WW2 winning candidate. The voters dumped Bush the same way the British dumped Churchill in 1945. In both cases the conservative warrior-figure was dumped in favor of the progressive peacetime candidate. I suppose most voters figured they wouldn’t need those crazy, paranoid conservatives around any more.
What I do find interesting is that a measurable number of progressive bloggers and leaders have also become quite unhappy with Barry by this point.
While I’m not about to predict they’re going to join the GOP, I expect we’ll see some interesting positions evolve the next few years.
The future also depends on Barry’s learning curve. Right now he’s finding out the hard way he just can’t kick back after gloating that “[he] won,” and DC professionals aren’t in the habit of following orders the same way Chicago machine politicians do. Barry Obama can pontificate, but not negotiate. Not in terms of day-to-day political horse trading, anyway.
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