Barack Obama won a second term but no mandate. Thanks in part to his own small-bore and brutish campaign, victory guarantees the president nothing more than the headache of building consensus in a gridlocked capital on behalf of a polarized public. If the president begins his second term under any delusion that voters rubber-stamped his agenda on Tuesday night, he is doomed to fail. Mandates are rarely won on election night. They are earned after Inauguration Day by leaders who spend their political capital wisely, taking advantage of events without overreaching. Obama is capable
Comments: Looks like he won a 2nd term by the smallest margin ever. If you thought the first term was a disaster, wait until you see the second.
What makes anyone think that a President who has basically legislated via Executive Order, is going to concern himself with whether or not he has a "mandate". He's done what he's wanted since elected, with the Repubs at best being complicit.
It doesnt matter if he won by 1 vote or 30 million. The fact is that he remains the president, sets the agenda, makes appointments and writes executive orders. He knows that he has a Senate that will not hold him accountable and a press that covers for him. He can and will do whatever he wants, whenever he wants with impunity. So the mandate stuff is meaningless.
I'll make this prediction.....within a year....the American people will regret their decision tonight, because the press wont be able to keep a lid on everything forever.
Wait until the unemployment numbers are revised upwards. Or the impending double dip recession. Wait until he signs the small arms treaty and it has the force of law "unless" its rejected by the Senate....and dont expect Reid to allow a floor vote. Wait until the REAL costs of Obamacare kicks in. A whole lot of stuff has been shoved under the carpet and its going to see the light of day.
But whats so bad about all the regret, is that we will still be stuck with Obama until his term expires.
Now that Romney has conceded, who is going to investigate the fraud? Can the House? I have this fantasy that O'Keefe had some people in place and the number 2 will hit the fan with the info on the massive fraud comes out.
Holder will not investigate. We need another option. There must be one.
I am not a statistician, but I have to wonder what are the odds in a fair election that one side loses every race that it needed to win. Even loosing all of the races that appeared as potential pickups, all lost. With a disastrous situation for the opponents on so many levels I don't have room to list, we lose it all. What are the odds?
Will anybody ever look at the votes and the machines and figure it out??
#6 There is NO firewall. Simply remind yourself that there has not been a legal budget passed in three years and this administration has done as it pleased with no real opposition by either house or senate.
Boner is a joke, just another go along to get along. He blows smoke and then postures some more. No action Jackson.
Reid flaunts the law, the Constitution, and any semblence of decency, honesty or honor. No senate Republican will take the necessary action. The courts are gone, and the GOP will NOT resist the appointment of more SC ultra lefties who will continue to urinate on the constitution.
Where, for G-d's sake is the silver lining in this dark cloud? There will be no country and no liberty to recover when the cancer completes it's work.
I am so ticked off at the Krautheimers of the "conservatives" I can't find the words.
30 Governors? So what. Two more years at least of Reid and Zero and there will be nothing left to save and no way to save it.
I am John Galt. I am checking out. I refuse to support the 47%, I refuse to support Hollywood, I refuse to support any liberal based business or venture with my consumer dollar. The hell with them. I am going to cash in my capital gains before the rates go up. I have had it. I am mad as hell and I am not going to take it anymore.
The man has power -- more power than ever -- and he's going to use it. The Senate is even more radical than before: Chris Murphy from CT is far more liberal than Lieberman and more to the left than even CT's Senator Blumenthal; Elizabeth Warren won in MA -- a phoney through-and-through yet she won the Senate seat in MA. McCaskill won in MO, Tammy Baldwin in WI, Donnelley in IN, Kaine in VA -- think of what this means ... the radical left now controls the Supreme Court and all the rest of the federal judiciary.
A big loser in this election is religion. All religious entities are now under the control of government.
Romney went through a bruising primary, endured a multimillion dollar character assassination campaign, faced a press corps that not only opposed him but covered for his opponent, and on top of all that got the momentum blown out of his sails by "Sandy" -- yet in spite of all that, he still came very close to winning. I think he deserves a little more credit and a lot more appreciation for a hard fought campaign.
Here's a mandate for you: the Republican Party is now operationally defunct. The Stupid Party that tried to out-Democrat the Democrats needs to just make it official and close up shop. Its time is over. Because of its ineptitude, I will never again see anything approaching economic freedom in my lifetime.
When an employee fails to meet expectations, it is time to get a new employee.
Romney is a classy, smart, successful man. Our country just lost out on having a great president. If I didn't have kids, I would cash out everything I own and get a place up in the mountains to get away from the greedy, do-nothing leeches who just voted for Obama.
Yes, there is a mandate, the same one His Majesty had in 2008: American Decline. We are on the road to national suicide, just has the Left has always dreamed of. America is no longer the world's leader, by a narrow decision. The consequences will be more devastating than anyone can imagine.
#5 called it. We aren't a parliamentary system. You win by 1 vote, you have a mandate. BO has the mandate to do whatever he wants. All those "broken glass" buffoons who didn't vote have this on their hands.
God has finally given up on us. And I don't blame Him in the least. We don't deserve Him.
NØbama has his mandate. He will turn the Supreme Court, and then nothing else matters. Activist judges declaring anything they want unconstitutional -- with immediate confirmation from the Supreme Court. Just tell me where to drop my guns off, since the 2nd amendment is officially dead as soon as NØbama signs that treaty with the UN.
I've enjoyed many stories and comments here over the past several years, but I think I am done. The American experiment ended tonight. There will be no recovery from another Obama administration. Republicans will be blamed for all the problems of the next two years and the Democrats will retake the house. The fiscal crisis will only hasten the government take over.
My career was in defense. I say was because I do not know how I can possibly remain in my job, not only because of the coming dismantling of our military. I cannot watch up close the betrayal and death of any more servicemen. Nor can I work for a government whose sympathies are aligned with the Muslim Brotherhood and Iran.
So time here will instead be spent preparing for the much more dangerous world we are about to enter. The U.S. will fall as a superpower, and that transition is going to be very harsh. My goal is to find work that will exist in a welfare state and focus on my children. If I am successful, they will end up with the skills necessary for them to fulfill their potential in a country that chooses freedom. That is no longer America. I am not being pessimistic. I am being a realist. As a people we have crossed the threshold to dependency and you cannot go back. Best luck to all of you.
Christie has sabotaged his future in politics, and the buyer's remorse has begun by the MSM. This will almost be fun to watch. Krauthammer wisely said the Republican party is not finished. We are the party with a depth of talent. They will be ready in 4 years. The Dems have rejected their blue dogs and have no future talent.
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Mike PHX, 11/7/2012 2:40:31 AM (No. 8995010)
Dear "President" dumfuk, I am hereby considering myself unemployed for life. I will no longer seek willful employment...I will consider myself a ward of the state. Thanks fer the food stamps! 'N thanks fer thet thar unending employment! Thet thar 900 a munth shore did halp us out!
The country survived 3 terms of FDR. Obozo is lazy, incompetent, undisciplined, and not nearly as cunning. He is going to have a whale of a time trying to get things done with a strongly disciplined GOP Congress. Some of you clamoring for civil war or hiding underneath your computer table need to put your big boy britches on. There is nothing fundamentally wrong with the GOP. The Fifth Estate is the problem. They are a lap dog for our beloved historic empty chair... But when job numbers are revised down, inflation takes off, and the market crashes, they won't be able to hide their naked emperor. Millions of people were converted to the GOP side over the last four years. Millions more will see the light. Doomsdayers are an absolute bore.
I think #37 may have nailed it. Obummer didn't seem interested in the campaign, yet he somehow won. Your explanation may well be the tipping point. The photo op of him saving NJ, then moving on ignoring the continuing disaster. After Bill supposedly warned us, them going out of his way to save the convention, and by extension the race... what was in it for him?
I am just stuck can't afford to stay, can't afford to go, next round of foreclosure will finish me.
The takers outnumber the makers. A blue state electorate which has its hand out for more federal goodies will always defeat the calls for hard work and sweat from our side. We lost decisively last night. There is no denying it. America is gone as a superpower. America is gone, period. Enjoy the collapse.
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Fiesta del sol, 11/7/2012 6:24:02 AM (No. 8995195)
Who needs a mandate? When you can flout the Constitution by writing executive orders and decrees. Who needs a mandate when the Pravda media won't report the true unemployment 16%,Benghazi, or that our President is a gay dude? The media will keep covering important stories like cats yawning(ahem,Diane Sawyer), and let President Hate America go on with the morning Zoo shows to talk about JayZ.
If the GOP couldn't win this election, with the worst pResident in history, Benghazi, Sandy, the national debt, China, Iran, and on and on .. and with demographics trending even further in the Dems' favor:
when will they ever win another general/presidential election?
And the Republicans in our party turned an illegal immigration issue into outright hostility to Hispanics in this country. What was a clear enforcement issue was turned into an election year wedge issue by Karl Rove and snowballed from there.
Romney suggests we help Obama get things done. Yes, now we will see the caving. Problem is when you have a bag full of horsesh!t and you compromise to accept a little bit more each year then you wind up with a larger bag of horsesh!t. And THAT is how the liberals have got their way. Little by little. Bit by bit. It's the old frog in the boiling water.
And that is what this election has shown us.......it's too late to jump out of the pot. And Romney suggests we just help Obama turn up the final flame.
He won. That's all he need to know. The past 4 years he has been doing exactly as he pleased, look for it to continue. Who's going to stop him? Congress? Unlikely. He has edicts to write and install, he has czars to obey his every wish. He has a complicit, corrupt media to cover it all up. Who needs a mandate? He is only one man, but one with the full backing and coverup provided by a totally corrupt, cowardly, and treasonous media.
I am disappointed -- bitterly disappointed. But I keep thinking about this: Zero may have won the election, but God is still God, and God reigns supreme. A lot of people were crying out to Him over the past few days and especially yesterday. And yet, the answer was that this immature clown stays in the White House. When I ponder whether God heard our cries, I think of Romans 1 -- the part about God "giving them over." I think (and with the disclaimer that I'm guessing, because of course I don't know the mind of God) that there are other, deeper things at work here.
Consider this: Had Romney been elected, it would have been by just as small a margin as Zero has been re-elected. Which is to say that many would have rejected everything he said no matter what. But now that Zero stays in office, he'll have to deal with a host of things, including a possible impeachment for his actions in Libya, Fast & Furious, some of his executive orders, etc. I believe with that, the scales will fall from the eyes of a lot of his "believers" in a way that election defeat would not have brought.
Something to ponder on this confusing, heartbreaking morning...
I know a doctor who plans to earn just short of the "greedy" rich amount, then close his office for the rest of the year. There are other docs that feel the same way. And I imagine this thinking will wash over into other service professions. Why work your tush off only to have to turn it over to a loathsome government where it will be wasted? Maybe three or four years of doctor, dentist or manufacturing shortages will wake some people up. About half of them don't have the IQ to process this, tho'.
If we right side Americans give up this easily, then perhaps we don't deserve to be in charge. Get up off the mat and do your part to keep the fire lit under the part of congress we do control. Thank God it's not 2006. Lay down and die and you just let yourself become a part of the problem that faces us.
We must trust in the Lord, for he is our Creator and is our one true source of truth and justice. Obama and the Democrats removed God from their platform (and belatedly snuck him back in only when it became a political issue for them). Well God isn't going anywhere, no matter what Obama and his evil cohorts do. And just because the voters in some blue states think gay marriage is OK, it isn't. I think there is more to this story in the long run.
It is very sad to see how many people were willing to sell their children and grandchildren down the river.
However, God can bring good out of every evil. We simply need to see how He will do it. On the morning after the Crucifixion, everything indeed seemed lost... but there was still an Easter to come. Be not afraid.
Yes, #54, what will Demonrats do when the "producer" Americans go out on "strike?"
Rulers and kings report to God alone. I fear not. Israel had some really bad rulers in its history, and God always came out of it sitting on His throne, a winner, and the evil deposed only when the people turned their faces back to God. I knew this nation, while hurting, had not hurt enough. This was not due to some political barometer, but to a "spiritual" one. This nation in its time of trouble has turned to "the State" and the efforts of men, instead of to the Lord. Mark my words, until people in this country are on their knees begging for His deliverance, this evil will continue to fester.
I still say the MSM has committed the most grievous sin of all. They have sold their souls to the devil by abandoning their Constitutional charter, and will suffer the worst fate of all.
Obamacare is now a reality. The Supreme Court will be directed by International Law. We are now socialists and we will never turn back. We will now have the nanny state blood sucking government the liberals have dreamed of. Christie won't suffer for this. He will become a Democrat and thrive. America is finished. RIP.
Citizens, do not despair! When the Citizens get really fed up with Washington, everything will change! But not until, and most Citizens are not that fed up, yet! Stand by! 2010 was a good example, but we have not been able to carry that magnificent wave forward because of Congressional inertia! -- means, don't rock the boat as we may hurt ourselves! -- lose our perks and all that! Putting Sarah and the other great people on the back burner is all about keeping control -- not doing the best for our America!
My prediction has come true. Obama won and our country is no longer a country with freedom. Our country is now a socialist country, with no though of God and will appoint Supreme court members that will forever protect their own liberal agenda. Our freedom is gone forever. God allowed this to happen and I think that within 6 months, the people of this country will see what a big mistake has been made. Congress will not do anything as they think they will have to do as the majority of the people in this country want. We are doomed.
The truth is that we have become Parasite Nation. We are now outnumbered by the parasites. Those dependent on government handouts, plus those working directly for the government, plus those here illegally now total more than the private sector producers. And that number is only going to get bigger. Much bigger.
We have awoken in occupied, captive Parasite Nation.
Citizens and Patriots! Arm thy selves with Honor, Truth, and unwavering aim! The American government officials who allowed four good and loyal Americans to die in Benghazi without assistance should be subjected to the harshest Laws of the Land without delay! The first duty of a Citizen is to insure that the Laws of the Land are promptly and effectively brought to bear upon those who would sully the American Flag, and its Patriots!
I will not stop fighting for my children and grandchildren. I refuse to give what we have built to progressive ingrates, who will destroy everything we've worked for. We have had things too easy for too long, and grew complacent. We too, contribute to the problem by not fighting for what we believe in.
Are we really going to give up after only four years? This wasn't accomplished in less than 80.
Boehner needs us to constantly put his feet to the fire. We have one house, it's our job to make sure it stands in opposition to the WH.
We lost a battle. Mourn it and then get over it, and figure out how to win the war. Progressives have already given us the winning playbook. WE just have to adopt it.
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Bad Dog, 11/7/2012 8:00:36 AM (No. 8995414)
Wow. I woke up this morning after a fitful few hours of - quote - ''sleep'' - and thought I had had a really bad dream. Now I realize it's a continuation of a real-life, already four-year-long NIGHTMARE. And the dark mist continues to descend on us....
But I appreciate post #52 and others who brought a little more focus into my red and aching eyes. We can't just sit here whining forever - obviously we have much work to do. Have we been vanquished? Are we that wimpy?
Not me. I'll be in a bad mood today and nothing will get me out of it, except remembering #52's post. But the warrior in me (and I'm a 60-year-old grandma!) will be exercising more and eating more healthfully. I may retrain for my CCW which I let lapse, and I may even take bow-hunting lessons. But I REFUSE to give up! I don't even know if I have pilgrim or Revolutionary War ancestor blood in me, but it doesn't matter.... I'm feeling that call, and I'll do my part to get this country back again, or start the new one.
Obama will have a brief reprieve from me until I can gauge his next actions. But I don't expect any better from him, and I'll be ready when the time comes.
This is way down the list and I know many won't see it, okay most won't, but I am going to say I Told You So. For all the Romneyites who came here, denigrating any mention of Palin or anyone other than Romney, I knew this would happen. I never wanted him to be our nominee. Neither did a huge segment of republicans. Rove and his elitists need to get over the old boy, private school, gentlemen's rules of conduct. The democrats are street fighters. We now have Chicago mobsters running the country. IF there is another election, if I don't like who the nominee is, I will not vote. This is the last time I will hold my nose, choke off nausea, and voted Republican.
Now, on the other hand, every single internal poll showed Romney with a landslide victory. Then suddenly the last two or three days, dead quiet, as someone noted here yesterday. Romney looked ill at his last debate. Christie looked neutered when Obama walked beside him at the devastated New Jersey hurricane site. No way do I believe this was a legitimate victory for Obama. The worst thing that ever happened to this country is voting via computer.
Watching those sate by state electoral maps last night, it became evident exactly who elects a president. Most states were awash in red with the exception of those blue pockets which comprise cities and large urban areas - the most populace areas of the states, i.e., the handouts crowd and their liberal enablers who continue to multiply like rabbits. The vast area of midwestern states ought not to even bother voting, as the number of electoral votes they can muster is trumped by the number of electoral votes awarded to those states populated by the largest number of The Great Entitled.
I apologize for my incorrect info last night! It now appears that all those independents? who kept telling pollsters they were voting for Romney were actually Republicans all along, only they identified as Republicans in earlier polling (2008). So that explains why the polling was off. Liberals were fired up and not answering polls!!
Last night was a big win for the new Dem coalition-I think it's now an unbeatable one: minorities, women, unions, welfare folks, and the media/entertainment complex. Really sad.
That barrage of negative ads that Romney allowed to go unanswered all summer long suppressed turnout for both parties. It was down around 13 million from 2008 and some 3 million of those were Republican. Enough Republicans/Republic leaning independents failed to turn out to allow the Democrat urban turnout machine to prevail.
The problem for Obama going forward is just about everything. All the pain from Obamacare and Dodd Frank is backloaded into 2013 and 2014. The economy is about to head into another recession. The job picture is only going to worsen because Obamacare encourages employers to hire part time instead of full time. Nobody likes what Obama has been doing but they didn't trust the alternative. Add in second term funk. A lot of people will leave the administration and their replacements will have even less talent.
The silver lining is that no longer will Obama be able to blame Bush. Going forward this mess belongs entirely to the Democrats.
Reply 82 - Posted by:
Donna M, 11/7/2012 8:28:13 AM (No. 8995507)
We have turned into Europe, if we are lucky, and Venezuela if we are not. No mandate needed. Executive Orders and regulations will do it, as you've all pointed out. The rest will be taxation, no budget, Republican caving and a weak military. China will outstrip us here within 10 years and dominate the financial markets with its corrupt economy.
Predictions: Christie gets a job in this new administration (don't know which--but he sold us all out), Tiny Bloomberg becomes the head of the rumored Department of Business, in Benghazigate Hillary C. and Petraeus are both thrown under the bus as the CIA gets tagged (and gutted again), and in 2016 Linebacker Moochelle runs for President.
We had one more chance, and God saw us blow it. He, like Elvis, has left the building. He looked at us, His most blessed country, His creatures of free will, and was disappointed.
Obama has all the power and nothing to lose. We will get higher taxes, more regulations, a weaker military, more deficits, more government employees, less private sector employees, open borders, socialists on the supreme court. No mandate? Obama has everything he wanted.
So it was the 47% afterall.. only like some have said.. it is really more like 52%, and growing. I dont want to be in that catagory, and I dont think we need to give up on our conservative roots. Pay no attention to those who think we need to lie down and play nice. Remind everyone you can that the country may have given Obama votes last night, but they also had to elect every single congressman last night as well. So, last I looked, we have control of the HOUSE and they had to be re-elected by people who want them there! Also, we elected new GOP govenors. So the states are going to be fighting hard for states rights.
If we buy into this nonsense that its time for us to give up on our values, then we are lost.
If he doesn't need a constitution, why should he worry about a mandate?
Thank you Gov. Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan for working so hard trying to help us turn around. I know you could have done it. I feel personal pain for your defeat and it is going to take more than words from Dr. K. for me to regroup.
"When in the Course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with one another...a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the Separation." Lock and load, people. We have been abandonned by all we hold dear. It's time.
I said before-I was just a little uneasy about how lackadaisical Obama seemed to take the debates, like he just didn't give a crap. He told Putin this was his last election(as if he knew he would win). Why is it the swing states took so much extra time to tally their votes, when all other states, east of the Mississippi river, had already counted, tallied, closed and submitted? hanky panky? suspicious.
The electoral college approach to elections is screwed. Why should the presidential election boil down to what about seven key states or so want? Is that fair? The midwest, short of Ca and Wa, the south always go Republican. Forget New England already-any hope last night at times was a farce(I should have known better-Pa/Me).
The gov should drop the electoral college aspect and just make it popular vote only. To heck with this aspect of the electoral college being implemented to offset state's advantage in regards to population. Obama has broken so many laws, defiled the constitution, the we can sure as h change some laws as well! Besides he has steamrolled any and all laws he deems as stemming from 1776 white men. If he can quash old laws, we can quash old laws.
I predict Obama will be much more concerned about his safety this second term. He's made a lot of enemies. His treatment of the military and the people in flyover country won't be forgotten. I also don't think it will take him long to begin pouring salt into our wounds.
The popular count continues to roll in, and Obama is pulling further away. At this writing, he has received 52.5% versus Romney's 47.5%. This was not close, Zero has beaten Romney as well as he did McPain. It's time to face facts, folks. This is a repudiation of conservatism like no other. It doesn't matter that we are right about the coming apocalypse, The rest of the country isn't buying it and/or doesn't care. Painful, but plain and simple.
Having been so enraged by the outcome that I have had no sleep, my perceptions may be a bit clouded, but in the course of a tooth-grinding seven hours or so, I have decided that if anyone gripes to me about anythig: gas prices, food prices, or anything else, I'm going to ask them if they voted for Obama. If the answer is yes, I"m going to point out at length that this is what they voted for.
As for Ann Coulter's crush, Chris Christie, it was obvious that he had to embrace Obama or be denied Federal help for his storm-stricken constituents. Us plain-speakers call it "blackmail."
May I add one observation that I haven't seen anywhere? EVeryone is amazed that Obama won despite having about 10 million fewer votes than in 08....because Romney got millions fewer votes than McCain....who got millions fewer votes than Bush....everyone is saying where'd all those Repub voters go?? Well, THEY DIED, folks. The older generation who was very conservative, independent, and anti-socialist is being replaced by the younger voter who is a very, very different animal. Repubs have to accept this and figure out how to win them over...
We were socialist lite, now we are socialist marching briskly to communism. My only consolation is that my husband & I are old, we have no children or grandchildren. I am determined to march cheerfully to my fate with my head up and the memory of a once great nation in my heart. I will give no one the satisfaction of seeing anything but a bright smile today. The Spartans, the Greeks, the Egyptians, the Romans, the British Empire have all gone into that good night and now we are going too. We must face our end bravely as our founding fathers did as an example to us.
He owns it – every horrible piece of it and the liberals who put him in again own it too. Benghazi,fast & furious, Hurricane Sandy, 16 Trillion, Afghanistan & Iraq and Israel’s fate. President Bush & the republicans cannot be blamed any longer.
We have been forsaken as a nation and God has turned his face from us. We were born free and will die slaves in a communist state. Half the country is on government assistance. They were not about to give up the milk that was free. They chose comfort over freedom hence they deserve neither and people like us will join them in suffering the consequences for their foolishness.
God said "choose life". This nation did not choose wisely last night.
May God have mercy on some of us Proud American in MA
I just saw on Drudge that Romney's totals didn't match McCain 2008 totals. DO you smell major tampering? I don't mean simply the old, "Everyone I know voted for...", I'm talking about major tampering.
Republican turnout was huge. Independents when polled, broke for Romney in all national polls. Why are Romney's numbers lower than McCain's 2008? Even if the Dems managed to outnumber us, Romney's numbers should exceed THAT lackluster performance.
I think this is a version of the BIG LIE. If it's big enough, everyone is forced to believe it.
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DENVER - 9Wants to Know has learned federal investigators believe Colombian drug cartels have taken root within Colorado´s medical marijuana industry. On Thursday, federal agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency and Internal Revenue Service executed search warrants on several medical marijuana shops in Denver and Boulder. One of those shops is VIP Cannabis, a shop near Federal Boulevard and Alameda Avenue. Numerous calls into VIP Cannabis by 9Wants to Know have not been returned. While the warrants and other documents relating to the investigation are under court-ordered seal, sources spoke on the condition of anonymity to 9Wants to Know.
Minorities continue to offer a bulwark of support for the Affordable Care Act, according to the latest United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll. But the deepening discrepancy between their views of Obamacare and their support for President Obama´s reelection last year shows skepticism about whether the big social-welfare program has worked touched even the White House´s most ardent supporters. A battery of questions about who benefits from the health care law, whether it should be repealed, and what´s to blame for its rocky rollout all reveal a portion of the electorate that´s far more favorable to the sweeping reform than
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama´s signature health law has helped spur stronger economic growth by contributing to slower increases in healthcare prices and spending, the White House said on Wednesday. The White House´s assertion of the economic benefits of the law commonly called Obamacare runs counter to the views of many critics, who say it is raising insurance premiums and chilling job creation. (Snip) "The government´s non-partisan actuaries report this is the result of the terrible economy under President Obama, not his health care law," Boehner press secretary Brendan Buck said in an email.
The Obama administration has not always been great at selling its agenda, but the president´s adoption of the right-wing slur "Obamacare" as a prideful new name for the Affordable Care Act has been a notable exception. We often think the proper response to being called a dirty name is to object. That´s a good first step, but in the long term, the judo approach is constructive -- hurl the power being used against you back to your opponent. For example, in 1968 William F. Buckley could offend Gore Vidal by calling him a "queer" on television. Today, the line would
President Obama on Tuesday sought to redirect some of the political blame for the botched rollout of the federal health insurance exchange to Republicans, characterizing GOP lawmakers as rooting for the law’s failure. Addressing a gathering of business executives, Obama acknowledged that the health-care rollout “has been rough, to say the least,” and he lamented the government’s archaic information-technology procurement system. Obama said that fixes to the HealthCare.gov Web portal are underway and that the exchange will function for a majority of people by the end of November. But the president said staunch opposition from congressional Republicans is inhibiting the
I have never been much of a conspiracy theorist. For me it was always Oswald by himself from the Texas School Book Depository and nothing in the intervening fifty years has disabused me of this notion. For the most part, I’m an Occam’s Razor kind of guy — the most obvious explanation is likely to be true. (Snip) To put it bluntly, Occam’s Razor has moved. Things that were once possibilities now seem almost certainties to me. Principal among those is that Obama’s academic records are perpetually unavailable for a reason — and that reason is most likely that they reveal
Last summer on his $100 million family tour of Africa, Barack Obama hoped for a priceless photo op with Nelson Mandela, the ailing freedom pioneer who went from prison cell to the presidency of South Africa. Mandela´s family suggested that wouldn’t happen. So, the Obamas did a photo op in Mandela´s former prison cell. Which Obama’s White House quickly tweeted upon word of the icon´s passing at 95. [Skip] But Obama was also caught staring at television coverage of Mandela’s passing, which became Obama’s Photo of the Day.
Hardly a week goes by without Hillary Clinton receiving another award. Last month she was named a “Global Champion” by the International Medical Corps, received the American Patriot Award at the National Defense University Foundation and the Hermandad Award from the Mexican American Leadership Initiative. [Snip] At this rate, if a bunch of elderly left-wing Swedes toss her the Nobel Peace Prize early on, the way they did to Obama, it will barely rate mention among all the other glittering trophies that have been bestowed on a woman whose only actual accomplishment was being married to a crooked governor with
Speaker John Boehner said his party should support gay Republican congressional candidates and urged his colleagues to “be a little more sensitive” when running against women. “Some of our members just aren’t as sensitive as they ought to be,” Boehner said. When asked if he thinks his party should support gay candidates, Boehner simply said: “I do.”
In February, the Bush family’s personal emails were hacked by Guccifer, a hacker who uncovered photographs of former President George H. W. Bush in a hospital bed and George W. Bush’s oil paintings in the process. It seems Guccifer has struck again, this time targeting former President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Library. The hacker has reportedly uncovered doodles of Clinton drawing on what were, at the time, classified documents. Among the doodles is apparently a picture of a penis. The document uncovered is a briefing of the strategic measures the United States could take prior Clinton’s decision to intervene in
Denver - A baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony must serve gay couples despite his religious beliefs or face fines, a judge said Friday. The order from administrative law judge Robert N. Spencer said Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Denver discriminated against a couple "because of their sexual orientation by refusing to sell them a wedding cake for their same-sex marriage." The order says the cake-maker must "cease and desist from discriminating" against gay couples. Although the judge did not impose fines in this case, the business will face penalties if it continues to turn away gay
Amid an array of “knock-out” attacks against a number of Jews in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood, a city councilwoman pointed to the success of the Jewish community as triggering the aggression. Councilwoman-elect Laurie Cumbo emphasized that while she “admire[s] the Jewish community immensely” for its work ethic, black teens may see it differently. “While I personally regard this level of tenacity, I also recognize that for others, the accomplishments of the Jewish community triggers feelings of resentment, and a sense that Jewish success is not also their success,” Cumbo, who was recently elected, wrote in a letter. Chief among the issues
On Tuesday, The Boston Globe reported that Onyango “Omar” Obama, uncle to President Obama, says that his famous nephew stayed with him while a student at Harvard Law School in the 80s, in contradiction to The White House’s contention that the two had never met. At Thursday’s White House daily briefing, Press Secretary Jay Carney confirmed that the President had, in fact, briefly stayed with “his father’s half-brother,” as Carney described Omar Obama, and that no one had actually asked the President about it when the White House initially commented. The 69 year-old Omar Obama has been facing deportation back
Former President Bill Clinton shared an anecdote regarding Nelson Mandela and the aftermath of his impeachment Friday on CNN. Clinton revealed shortly after the “impeachment business” finished on Capitol Hill, Rep. Henry Hyde (R., Ill.) who managed the impeachment trial requested a meeting at the White House. The former president granted the meeting out of lessons of humility and forgiveness he learned from Mandela, he said: BILL CLINTON: I remember one day, oh, about a month after the whole impeachment business was over, Henry Hyde, who had run the whole show, unbelievably enough, maybe a few months after, it was
The world premiere of the “Ballad for Trayvon Martin for Orchestra and Jazz Quartet” is set for tonight. Princeton University’s director of its jazz-studies program composed the work in honor of the Florida teen. Anthony D. J. Branker told the Star-Ledger that the piece is intended to “be a form of healing” after Martin’s death and the controversial court case that followed it. The ballad, which will be performed by the university’s official orchestra and jazz ensemble, is intended to be a tribute to victims of racial violence, Branker explained. He hopes that the performance will be “one that speaks to
WASHINGTON – A fourth straight month of solid hiring cut the U.S. unemployment rate to a five-year low of 7 percent in November, an encouraging sign for the economy. The Labor Department says employers added 203,000 jobs, nearly matching October´s revised gain of 200,000. The job gains helped lower the unemployment rate from 7.3 percent in October. The strengthening job market is likely to fuel speculation that the Federal Reserve may start to scale back its bond purchases when it meets later this month. The economy has now generated an average of 204,000 jobs from August through November. That´s up
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has high praise for potential 2016 contenders Vice President Joe Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. “I think Joe Biden will go down in history as one of the best vice presidents ever, and he has been with me, at my side, in every tough decision that I’ve made,” Obama told MSNBC in an interview Thursday held at American University. “Hillary, I think, will go down in history as one of the finest secretaries of state we’ve ever had, and helped to transition us away from a deep hole that we were in,