Barack Obama gave some lively performances on the stump after that sorry debate, including before 30,000 roaring people in Madison, so someone seems to have told him how bad it was.(Snip)There’s no doubt that he did envision himself as transformational. Almost everything that had happened in his life before becoming president—succeeding at everything, often leaving observers in awe of him—clearly suggested to him that he’d conquer the presidency. He also believed, I think really genuinely believed, that he was and could be a post-partisan figure.
Comments: I'm not sure I've ever posted a Tomasky piece before, but it's fun to see the other side beginning to doubt.
Tomasky laments that Obama might be worn down over having had to deal with several years of bad economic news and overseas crises, but it never occurs to him that Obama's own failed policies, lack of leadership and general ineptitude might have caused that mess.
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country boy, 10/7/2012 7:11:40 AM (No. 8915381)
The obama people are still delusional. A second four years of obama will be so much worse than the first four. Interest rates are going back up to 4.00% (currently 1.73%). Just that will be a killer. Automatic budget cuts will include 2/3 reduction in Earned Income Tax credit. Probably cell phones too. Wake up obamabots. The music has stopped.
Obama's view of himself is not real. Obama supporter's view of him is not real. The truth eludes them both.
I hate saying it this way, but much of America is ungodly. I don't mean they are heathen, evil Satan worshipers, I mean they set aside no resources for God or for spiritual growth. They don't hate God or deny God, they just don't want anything to do with God or His values.
But as Bob Dylan sang, everybody will serve somebody and those people put their faith in a person instead of God. That person will be a person who is a narcissistic liar and the person that fits that description best is Barack Obama. They WANT TO BELIEVE he will save them, so when he tells them what they WANT TO HEAR, they believe him, worship him and become one with him.
That hurdle is insurmountable which is why 40-45% of Americans will not change their vote no matter what Obama does.
Amen number 7 the problem lies with the truth and morals. Does the ends it achieves justify a lie. The left was able to use lies to elect obama because he was a blank slate. Obama or the left can’t use the same lies this time because obama has a record.
Hussein indeed has a record now. Too bad it's a a scratchy old 78 on a Gramaphone stuck in a groove playing "Happy Days are Here Again". His followers can't figure out how to download it to their iPods.
I have always believed that Zippy did not want this job; that he was nominated and voted in by accident. His harpie wife displays her disdain for America (in particular, white America) with every public appearance.
The Presidency is a tough job - one for which our Boy Wonder has not been prepared.
While both they (and Mitch's mamma) love the perks, they hate the job and I do not believe he wants to win this election.
If he doesn't want the job he is certainly spending a lot of money pretending he does. I think the real core of his problem here is that he has never had to fight for anything in his life and he doesn't know how.
I read, before the 2008 election, that the handlers, planners, advisers who were primping and preparing Barack Obama for big things expected the 2008 campaign to merely introduce him to the nation. They had no idea Obama could actually defeat Hillary Clinton for the nomination. Thus, not only was Himself not ready for a major race, but his "people" weren't ready either. The theory is meant to explain his inadequacy in the Oval Office.
I believe it's all true, except he could never have truly become presidentially informed and skilled, not in four years or forty.
Regardless of the Mitt that showed up, whose remarks stunned you into silence, the President gave up. He ran away from the fight. It's like Monday morning quarterbacking...telling someone the day after what was really happening, what you should have done. Mr. President, you had the podium. You caved. You didn't fight back. You didn't show me you wanted the job.
The next day, you start talking about what you should have done. Then everyone in the media started making excuses, including one about adjusting to the altitude. It looks a lot like high school with gossip girls. Or a spoled kid whose mommy makes excuses for everything they do. Regardless, you didn't fight back and correct things when you had the chance. All your friends are upset and make excuses for you. How emasculating. That's not the kind of leader I want as we deal with the powder keg that is the Middle East and North Africa.
So, let's get this straight: you’re betting another 20 million jobs, untold misery on the possibility that you might be right about him being "transformational"?? Or is that the kind of hateful, miserable, painful "transformational" you and liberals like you are looking for. Like the like he's already given us for four years. Ah, good hearted liberals!
Instead, could you just save a lot of people heartache and pain and just say "I was wrong."!! Take responsibility for your OWN mistake four years ago?
There was a time, many years ago, when I was willing to vote for, even campaign for Democrats. But I saw that all of the tired dreams of people like this poor, silly, pathetic little writer would add up to exactly zero.
There was Reagan. His ideas actually worked. People got jobs, business boomed, Things were good, people were happy. There you go.
Of course, all of the liberals hated him for it. Not so much because other people did well (I guess liberals just hate that, those sweet liberals) but because it made them WRONG.
Just shut up, admit what you so breathlessly, longingly hope will happen- simply won't. It can't. The world is not that Utopian fantasy you and all of your liberal fools are looking for and it never will be.
Of course, Tomasky is right about one thing, simply phrased incorrectly. Obama is a child, and he, like every other child is tired of this game and wants to take his ball and go home. Someone made a call against him. Waahh.
Michael, you thought you hitched your wagon to a star. You hitched it to...a jack....well, one of those things that represents the Democrat party....
Maybe it just struck him that he doesn't know spit about economics and that all those neat little Marxist slogans he's been running on don't work. Maybe he's thinking, better to lose than ride this disaster into a second great depression. Maybe he just wants to be worshipped and he can see that's not going to happen so it might be better to let Romney suffer the worst of the results of his efforts. Maybe he can become Bill Clinton's best friend and be revered among the Democrat cognoscenti (yes that's an oxymoron).
Since there is no there there, it's hard to see how Obama can reach down inside and come roaring back after his lackluster performances. If he bombs in the second debate, which most likely he will since he won't have his beloved teleprompter there to speak others' words, two bits there will be some excuse for him not to be able to show up for the third.
Though I don't know about narcissists....are their self-images ever truly shattered?
Great article and equally great posts, as usual. I am reminded of a poll I heard last night on the news wherein 58% of Democrats feel that the economy will improve in the near future and only 37% of Republicans think that will be the case. What interested me more than the numbers ( I might not have the exact percentages) was the admission that liberals 'feel' and conservatives 'think'.
Sandra Fluke keeps sending me e-mails. Okay, these e-mails don’t actually contain the type of Weiner-esque Democratic electronic solicitations that are suitable for disclosure only on “The Dirty.” But her messages could be considered provocative. In her latest e-mail, she said she wants me to meet her for a “chat” in San Francisco. Actually, her e-mails are all about money. With a pretentiousness so blatant it’s entertaining, Fluke is trying to convince me to give money to Democratic candidates. Political fundraising is a permanent exercise and, obviously, lists are not always properly culled.
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FORNEY, Texas - George Zimmerman, the former Florida neighborhood watch leader cleared of all charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, was pulled over for speeding in North Texas on Sunday, CBS DFW reports. According to the station, Zimmerman was armed when officers pulled him over on Highway 80 in Forney, east of Dallas. (Snip) The officer reportedly did not recognize Zimmerman, who was driving a Honda pickup. Zimmerman told the officer he was armed and was then told to put the weapon in his glove compartment, according to the station.
Gotta figure her lead would be even bigger without Joe Miller in the field here. Her nomination for the taking? Alaska should be a top tier pick up opportunity for Senate Republicans next year…but their top choice of a candidate is Sarah Palin. 36% of GOP primary voters in the state say they’d like Palin to be their standard bearer against Mark Begich to 26% for Mead Treadwell, 15% for Dan Sullivan, and 12% for Joe Miller.
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