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Obama’s herky-jerky leadership
Washington Post, by Ruth Marcus

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Posted By:Dreadnought, 9/2/2014 10:39:31 PM

The word of the day is herky-jerky, which is a polite way of saying erratic. And which, I regret to report, is a fitting description of President Obama’s handling of immigration. And, I regret even more, a metaphor for his stumbling stewardship. o recap and add perspective: The country’s immigration policy is broken, with 11 million undocumented immigrants forced to live in the shadows. That this situation endures is the fault of House Republicans who, captive to a gerrymandered, cable-inflamed populace that greets every reasonable solution with cries of “amnesty,” have rejected any comprehensive solution. This recalcitrance may be rational,

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: californiadude, 9/2/2014 10:44:39 PM     (No. 9991210)

He reminds me of Luis Tiant* in the stretch with men on base. Talk about herky-jerky.
*Great relief pitcher for the Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox, 1970´s.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Lala, 9/2/2014 11:06:51 PM     (No. 9991235)

"...forced to live in the shadows..."? They can live in the sunshine of their own countries.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Crashnburn, 9/3/2014 1:49:05 AM     (No. 9991341)

#2 beat me to it. No one forced them to come here. Some paid big bucks and risked life and limb to get here.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Truth Czar, 9/3/2014 7:41:26 AM     (No. 9991503)

JerKoff is more accurate...

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Reply 5 - Posted by: jeffkinnh, 9/3/2014 7:58:40 AM     (No. 9991527)

Once again we are faced with a criticism of BO´s leadership but not his policies. His hard left agenda is fine, if only he would get around to implementing it.

No thanks, the stuff he did get around to in the first couple years did so much damage that most don´t want any more "accomplished", thank you.

Also, these are ILLEGAL aliens. They came to the country illegally. They are staying in the country illegally. They are working in the country illegally. They are raising kids and using our social systems illegally. They are NOT citizens and do NOT have the rights of citizens.

And HERE is why Republicans don´t want a deal about immigration. The absolute first step for immigration reform is to stem the influx of people coming here illegally. This president has made it clear he has no interest in doing that. In fact he is ignoring existing laws to control illegal immigration. What gives opponents any hope he would obey new laws he didn´t like. This is a lawless president and people know it. So creating a "path to citizenship" is a waste of time until we know the president will STAY ON THE PATH.

Liberals want BO to act outside the bounds of law but gnash their teeth when held accountable for their actions. It is impossible to negotiate with anarchists. They don´t believe in obeying rules. This is the fundamental change BO has wrought. A government unbound by law and unaccountable.


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Reply 6 - Posted by: M2, 9/3/2014 8:33:50 AM     (No. 9991581)

The country’s immigration policy is broken, ...is the fault of House Republicans who... have rejected any comprehensive solution.

Ruth lied there. Republicans have been screaming to close the borders, to enforce current immigration laws already on the books, to deport new immigrants, to refuse illegals welfare, and to require immigrants to obey our laws. What is wrong with that "comprehensive solution"?

And "herky-jerky" and "erractic" trivialize this POTUS´ dangerous reign of error. She said she used those terms to be "awfully polite". Why be polite when we are under such a huge sword of Damocles?

But it has pushed the president into the uncomfortable position of claiming broad powers to impose fixes on his own

So when the Congress refuses to kowtow to Obama´s Leftist agenda, POTUS is supposed to do an end-run around Congress with his pen and his phone? Is she serious?

Sometimes if everyone is mad at you, it is proof that you are doing your job. Sometimes, it’s a sign that you are simply messing up.

At least she got that one right.

Teams need a captain.

...except when the team isn´t the President who has one, but the other way around. It is the team running the show with Obama as the snake-oil salesman using taqqiya to sell his poison.

Decision-making is not coming from POTUS. It is coming from a shadow team of unnamed czars we did not elect. Valerie Jarrett is protector, advisor, mother, and POTUS. The Obamas go nowhere without her presence and do nothing without her imprimatur. Read "Blood Feud".

Ruth is upset with Obama for not being tough enough to do what the Left wants done. Couching her criticism in left-handed slaps at Obama, she is still blaming Republicans.

At this most explosive time, we need a leader, not a team of cocaine-addled, pot-smoking business-suited Mad Men
left over from the sixties good old days of Marxist dreamland.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Lonestar Jack, 9/3/2014 8:50:06 AM     (No. 9991598)

Leadership and Obama are antonyms

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Mobyclik, 9/3/2014 9:06:40 AM     (No. 9991611)

FTA: ´´Yes, the border crisis exploded right after the president’s announcement (it has improved, but public opinion has not caught up to reality).´´

Another LIE that basically says we peasants don´t understand the wonderful job being done on the border by the Feds. Illegals and jihadists are still flowing across the border, but the Useless Media has lost interest and moved on to more important issues, like some homosexual playing football or every police department in the country is 100% racist.

Ruth, somewhere there´s a McDonalds that needs a burger flipper. Don´t tell them you have a journalists degree, that only tells them you couldn´t find a real job.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Felixcat, 9/3/2014 9:19:26 AM     (No. 9991637)

Memo to Ruth: If we would secure our borders and enforce our current immigration laws, all these illegals wouldn´t be here living in the "shadows." And BTW, they don´t live in the shadows - especially when they´re marching on the National Mall screaming for their "rights."

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Reply 10 - Posted by: privateer, 9/3/2014 9:23:12 AM     (No. 9991648)

Thanks OP for the paragraph! When I read: "The country’s immigration policy is broken, with 11 million undocumented immigrants forced to live in the shadows.", I knew Ruth Marcus is a useful/blithering idiot. Clear evidence that there will ALWAYS be a Helen Thomas.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: congar, 9/3/2014 9:23:59 AM     (No. 9991650)

…"Once again, this is a hole that the president helped dig himself into — and one that was easily foreseen. Once again, he looks weak and uncertain, not in control of his game…”

Even die hard Obama maniacs are creeping into acknowledgement of the Messiah’s long, long list of misgivings.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: civilservant, 9/3/2014 9:33:11 AM     (No. 9991668)

If ever one gets into a discussion about illegal immigration with a brain dead liberal, and they trot out the canard that our ´Immigration laws are broken´, remind them that ignoring a law by lawbreakers is NOT proof that a law is broken. To emphasize that, replace the word ´immigration´ with the word "murder". Lotsa people ignore that law, does that mean it is broken and needs to be ´fixed´?

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Me_Opinionated_Nah, 9/3/2014 10:45:12 AM     (No. 9991781)

“…a fitting description of President Obama’s handling of immigration” and every other issue he ‘handles’. An even more fitting description: childish.

Washington Compost Critic-Apologist Ruth Marcus is all over the map, going this way and that way with this slalom of a column. Journalist or Contortionist? What is she? Which is it?


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Reply 14 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua, 9/3/2014 11:34:14 AM     (No. 9991858)

Herky-jerky leadership? How about treasonable leadership.

The Obama gang is being pulled in opposite directions. They do not want to attack their allies, but that just doesn´t fly. The result is a split personality presidency and leadership.



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Reply 15 - Posted by: strike3, 9/3/2014 11:36:43 AM     (No. 9991861)

The herky-jerky action is the result of people pulling the puttet´s strings too hard. Trying to get this lazy, shiftless bag of wind to do anything but play golf has got to be frustrating. When the witches coven that is the democratic leadership chose a figurehead, they couldn´t have done a worse job. Obama makes them and himself look worse every day.

It´s not leadership, it´s a NASCAR race where none of the cars has a steering wheel.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Dodge Boy, 9/3/2014 7:13:16 PM     (No. 9992538)

If Ruth Marcus keeps this up, I´ll have to start calling Obie "herky jerky".

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