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Second-Term Blues
Weekly Standard, by Fred Barnes

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Posted By:StormCnter, 3/4/2013 5:08:01 AM

Why do presidents get in trouble in their second terms? They think they have a mandate when they don’t. They believe they’re stronger politically than they really are. They’re convinced they can get away with things other presidents couldn’t. They think too highly of themselves personally and act accordingly. President Obama hasn’t hit the second-term skids—yet. And he insists he knows the perils of four more years in the White House and how to avoid them. But there are signs of trouble ahead, signs that Obama and his advisers appear not to have recognized. Sign number one is the sequester.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Spidey, 3/4/2013 5:28:07 AM     (No. 9206841)

Obama´s biggest problem isn´t the republicans but the threat of losing his base by not fulfilling his laundry list of promises to them.When Obama´s not blaming republicans for problems,he´s demanding underlings throw themselves on the sword to cover up a backfired scheme. Recently is some career idiot taking the rap for letting illegals out of detention.

Before that,he wasn´t available to talk to as Benghazi came under attack.He was probably busy courting donors with a do not disturb sign on the door.He went to Las Vegas the very next day raising funds without shedding a single tear for the murdered ambassador.

Since Obama was elected,this country has been conditioned to accept failure,so even if he has a series of screw ups,nobody will notice because it´s par for the course.

When the left was whining about the Iraq war,they said that money is needed here. Where are those people now complaining about Obama´ foreign aid giveaways?

If 1 in 6 people don´t know where their next meal is coming from,shouldn´t that money be spent on food relief?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Trigger2, 3/4/2013 5:48:03 AM     (No. 9206850)

Yeah, the sequestration is so bad that Lurch just handed the muslim brotherhood in Egypt a cool $125,000,000. Barry cares more about those muzzies than he does American citizens.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: suziesuburbanite, 3/4/2013 8:33:56 AM     (No. 9207070)

"Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall."

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Reply 4 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 3/4/2013 8:43:58 AM     (No. 9207090)

Maybe $5/gal. gas will wake up the snoozing populace. It´s coming soon.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: MattMusson, 3/4/2013 8:50:54 AM     (No. 9207104)

Napoleon was the scourge of the Continent - until he fought at Waterloo. Next thing you know - he is on his way to Elba. Other Emperors fell to the weight of compounded small blunders.

The question I have is whether Obama will meet his Waterloo - or die the death of a thousand cuts?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Patchy Groundfog, 3/4/2013 9:02:29 AM     (No. 9207134)

Despite his moaning about DC insiders, Obama is truly one of them, just as he has aspired to be for his entire adult life.

It´s all very Game Of Thrones as he is interested solely in palace intrigue. The only time he departs the royal estate is to whip the rabble into a frenzy.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: LZK, 3/4/2013 9:06:40 AM     (No. 9207143)

Wake up Fred -- there´s light at the end of the tunnel....

WE the people are really upset about the tax and spend demorats and you´re not hearing that because of all the Washington DC blarney. Happy St. Patrick´s Day early....

Get out into the "real world" -- out here in fly/over country.

Even Chicagoans are starting to complain....


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Reply 8 - Posted by: gesundheit, 3/4/2013 9:14:54 AM     (No. 9207165)

If Obama can´t lie anymore without the MSM exposing the lies and correcting them, as Bob Woodward and others have begun to do, Obama is doomed.

Obama´s government has been driven by the Big Lie. But Big Lies once supported by the media become Big Embarrassing Whoppers when the media withdraws its support, as is happening now.

During Obama´s first term, a lone Republican had the courage to stand up at one of Obama´s State-of-the-Union addresses and declare after an obvious untruth, ´´You lie!´´ and he was criticized and soon ignored.

At another State-of-the-Union address, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito was caught on camera emphatically shaking his head at another of Obama´s obvious lies. But he too was soon ignored.

Last week, the dean of the Washington MSM, Bob Woodward, exposed another of Obama´s lies, one concerning the Sequester, and he then exposed that he had been threatened by the White House for so doing, but Bob Woodward is NOT being ignored.

On the contrary, other journalists have been joining the growing Obama-tells-big-lies crowd, which threatens to morph into a Tahrir-Square type of anti-Obama movement.

It´s doubtful Obama can put this politically destructive toothpaste back in the tube, so the next four years promise to be far from the big picnic Obama had expected.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Arby, 3/4/2013 9:37:25 AM     (No. 9207226)

Fauxbama and Sasquatch will have real problems when the PIAPS goes on the offensive, distancing herself from their feckless adventures.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: udanja99, 3/4/2013 9:52:29 AM     (No. 9207262)

Poster #8, keep in mind that we saw Clinton commit perjury on national television. The media didn´t care and the lofo´s didn´t care. Heck, I even remember the media seriously discussing whether or not Clinton should tell the truth in his grand jury testimony before it even took place. Afterwards Clinton´s popularity soared. Does anyone think that, 15 years and $trillions in freebies later, the majority of the country is going to care now?

At this point I have zero hope for the future of my country. Having lived behind the Iron Curtain for several years, I know what´s coming. Get yourselves prepared now!

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Reply 11 - Posted by: nonsense, 3/4/2013 10:08:16 AM     (No. 9207294)

Little glimmers of light are beginning to show in the regime´s vaunted legacy. I can´t help but grin at Woodward´s connection between, "I am not a crook" Nixon, and "I am not a dictator" O. The Legacy is forever tarnished, and not even ValJar with her string of failed ideas will be able to put it back together again.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: EnsignO´Toole, 3/4/2013 10:24:55 AM     (No. 9207332)

#2 All we need to know for what lies ahead is what Obama said, in his own words, in Audacity of Hope
“I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”

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Reply 13 - Posted by: RancherJack, 3/4/2013 10:40:01 AM     (No. 9207360)

It´ll get worse, I promise

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Reply 14 - Posted by: mickturn, 3/4/2013 11:16:06 AM     (No. 9207468)

It´s pretty simple Fred...Arrogance and Ignorance reach their peak, together they take the person out of the thinking game!

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Butch59, 3/4/2013 11:37:24 AM     (No. 9207539)

There is one thing that stands out as fact. And that is that far too many people like Fred Barnes and the Washington RINO´s simple think that Obozo is just another swing of the political pendulum and that someday soon it will swing in the opposite direction. I personally don´t believe that. It looks to me as if Obozo and company are working overtime to regain the House in the 2014 elections. If they do, and maintain the Senate, then we really will have a dictator in the WH. And the damage will begin in earnest. Think of Germany in the 1930´s.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Heraclitus, 3/4/2013 3:23:27 PM     (No. 9208062)

#15, never mind the 1930s, think 2009-10... we know what a one-Party regime looks like. Of course, one must admit, with no need to run in another election, he has no reason to even pretend to stay within Constitutional bounds.

If Republicans can´t stop stabbing each other in the back, undermining each other, in-fighting and otherwise weakening the Opposition to this most destructive of regimes, it won´t be BO who has the blues.

What we need is a little bit of old Vlad Lenin´s "anti-factionalism" & "iron-fisted" Party unity. (See what it looks like now, with the Dem. Party.)

Get over the petty personality conflicts. please.

Imagine being on the battlefield. We ARE on the political battlefield.

In the early days of the American Revolution, information was communicated by, among other means, Committees of Correspondence.

We need to do something similar, word-of-mouth may be more important than we might think. Don´t give up talking with those in your circle of aquaintances, as exasperating as it is when confronted by... ummm... ignorance...

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Reply 17 - Posted by: strike3, 3/4/2013 4:13:21 PM     (No. 9208142)

Barry could have possibly charmed his way into the perfect dictatorship had he been smarter and less obvious about his intentions.

Instead, he tipped us off by his arrogant actions, his love of spending our money and his blatant abuse of his position. He overpromised and underdelivered and he showed us his hand much too early. He blew it and it´s only a matter of time before it all comes tumbling down. But beware, the battle of desperation, the violent conflict with the American people is yet to be fought.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Rafter, 3/4/2013 6:36:54 PM     (No. 9208333)

FDR won a landslide in 1936, and then promptly blew all his political capital
on an ill-advised "court-packing" scheme to expand the SCOTUS to 15 members, thus
tainting the remainder of his second term.

FDR was entering Lame Duck status, with unemployment still in the mid-teens
during his second term. Only the idiocy of Hitler´s war let FDR run for a third term.

The rest, as they say, is history.
FDR got a re-write because he prosecuted World War Two successfully.
It was actually the War that ended the Depression, providing cover for FDR´s
ill-advised New Deal overreaches.

Although it hurt Ike to not be able to run for a third term, the GOP is lucky it passed
the two-term limit amendment before Klintoon and Obama both came along.
GAWD bless us everyone!

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