Obama to target Bush executive orders in first days

posted at 9:38 am on November 9, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Barack Obama wants to find ways to make his mark quickly in the opening days of his presidency and reverse the legacy of George W. Bush.  Obama will focus his efforts on the list of executive orders that shaped White House policy, reversing them quickly.  That does not require legislative approval, but it could bring the most contentious issues to the forefront immediately and create more polarization than post-partisanship (via Jazz Shaw):

Transition advisers to President-elect Barack Obama have compiled a list of about 200 Bush administration actions and executive orders that could be swiftly undone to reverse White House policies on climate change, stem cell research, reproductive rights and other issues, according to congressional Democrats, campaign aides and experts working with the transition team.

A team of four dozen advisers, working for months in virtual solitude, set out to identify regulatory and policy changes Obama could implement soon after his inauguration. The team is now consulting with liberal advocacy groups, Capitol Hill staffers and potential agency chiefs to prioritize those they regard as the most onerous or ideologically offensive, said a top transition official who was not permitted to speak on the record about the inner workings of the transition.

In some instances, Obama would be quickly delivering on promises he made during his two-year campaign, while in others he would be embracing Clinton-era policies upended by President Bush during his eight years in office.

One suggestion might even make sense, from a states-rights perspective.  Bush signed an EO blocking California from adopting its own emissions requirements for automobiles, apart from the federal CAFE standards.  That EO was a sop to the auto industry, but it defied federalism.  If Obama rolled back that EO, it would support the federalist principle of state sovereignty and weaken, however slightly, the Commerce Clause attack on it.

The other top two targets will enrage the pro-life lobby.  Obama plans to end the federal ban on funding for human embryonic stem-cell research (hEsc) and upend the Mexico City rule that forbids federal foreign aid to be used to promote abortion. He can expect a big controversy on both.

The hEsc order annoys researchers who can’t get money for their projects elsewhere, but that’s because the technology has surpassed hEsc.  Scientists have since developed plenipotentiary stem cells from adult tissue, ending the need to destroy embryos at all.  If hEsc really held out any promise apart from other technologies, it would not need federal funding at any rate — it would have private donors lining up to invest in it, as other stem-cell research does.

While American voters feel some ambiguity on abortion, they overwhelmingly do not want their tax dollars paying for or facilitating abortions.  The Mexico City rule forbade federal funds to be used to facilitate the acquisition of abortions by groups abroad, much as the Hyde Amendment prohibited federal funds to be used in the same manner domestically.  If Obama rescinds it, he can expect a great deal of outrage from pro-life groups and a reopening of the debate over the use of tax money to procure abortions anywhere.

These aren’t exactly low-hanging fruit, nor are they the acts of someone who professed to find middle ground between pro-life and pro-choice groups.  These are the acts of a pro-abortion absolutist, and they presage the sponsorship of Planned Parenthood’s Freedom of Choice Act.  So much for governing from the center.


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BHO will fail.

After all – this is his first job.

It is only a matter of how quickly he fails and to what extent.

All we can hope for is that we still have a country to re-claim in the next election.

DeweyWins on November 9, 2008 at 9:43 AM

No Hope and Change for babies in the womb…nice start BO.

Question: how do you hope a president is successful, when nearly all of the policies he supports you believe to be bad for the country…How do you do it?

joepub on November 9, 2008 at 9:43 AM

Bu…bu…he has a first-class temperament! He’s too smart to be a left-winger!

lodge on November 9, 2008 at 9:44 AM

There you go, all you conservatives who stayed home on election day. How’d you like them apples?

Dee2008 on November 9, 2008 at 9:45 AM

And the RINO’s responded….

Patrick S on November 9, 2008 at 9:46 AM

Don’t blame me. I voted for Kodos.

CanadianGuy on November 9, 2008 at 9:46 AM

The campaign is over, all campaign promises are now null and void.

The Obamessiah knows what is best for you. He doesn’t need your input. He doesn’t need your votes any longer. The all knowing Obamessiah will reign supreme.

The waters are parting, the sun is beating down… and as you all know, sunshine is the best disinfectant.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on November 9, 2008 at 9:47 AM

Oh and … Gird your loins!

CanadianGuy on November 9, 2008 at 9:47 AM

I rather doubt he will do anything overtly controversial right away, according to Rahm Emmanuel – nothing that will start a firestorm.

It will all be feel good stuff… SCHIP, etc.

Queen0fCups on November 9, 2008 at 9:47 AM

And the media will respond with the phrase, “imperial presidency”? …crickets chirping…

Wethal on November 9, 2008 at 9:47 AM

The only positive thing about this is that it will be a flagrant slap in the face to all the pro-life people who were stupid enough to support Obama.

katiejane on November 9, 2008 at 9:48 AM

It will all be feel good stuff… SCHIP, etc.

Queen0fCups on November 9, 2008 at 9:47 AM

Good stuff?

Dee2008 on November 9, 2008 at 9:48 AM

No Hope and Change for babies in the womb…nice start BO.

joepub on November 9, 2008 at 9:43 AM

Lucky for Obama his mother wasn’t nearly as pro-choice as he is.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on November 9, 2008 at 9:49 AM

The mask comes off early it seems. It should be an interesting four years.

sofiretwo on November 9, 2008 at 9:50 AM

I rather doubt he will do anything overtly controversial right away … nothing that will start a firestorm.

It will all be feel good stuff…

Yeah that’s right. McCain said we had nothing to worry about.

CanadianGuy on November 9, 2008 at 9:50 AM

Thank you for the post, Ed. With Fox now kissing the a** of Obama’s prospective administration, the stock of conservative bloggers has to be going through the roof. I expect that you and your colleagues will be the only source for relevant news and analysis.

BuckeyeSam on November 9, 2008 at 9:51 AM

put on your seat bealts

deedtrader on November 9, 2008 at 9:51 AM

Queen0fCups on November 9, 2008 at 9:47 AM

Once of the many reasons I think he took on Emanuel is that he needs the input into how to avoid Clinton’s policy mistakes. Not that it wouldn’t be obviosu to stay away from contentious social issues (homosexuals in the military) or try to take on complicated, hot-button issues like universal health care.

S-CHIP should be interesting because Hawaii just dropped universal health care for children because too many parents who could afford their own coverage dropped it to sponge off the government, and Hawaii just couldn’t afford it. Hard to ignore what’s going on in your home state.

Wethal on November 9, 2008 at 9:51 AM

Come on everybody! He is the messiah. So, he’ll just bring back to life all of those children that he allowed aborted after they achieve “personhood.”

Pope Linus on November 9, 2008 at 9:52 AM

You Dumb A** so called pro life people that voted for this man because you wanted change.Well you are going to get change like you have never seen before.Also you pro gun people that did the same you are in for a big change.I do not want to hear for you people crying and complaing you voted for Barry so leave me alone and live with your change you deserve all of what you are about to recive.

thmcbb on November 9, 2008 at 9:54 AM

It IS good to hear that someone on his transition team is leaking. But which transition team is this–the one we all know about, or the secretive 501(c)4 tax-exempt “Obama/Biden Transition Project“? Read about it here:
http://spectator.org/archives/2008/11/07/wasting-no-time#comment_5864

Dee2008 on November 9, 2008 at 9:55 AM

How is this a surprise to anyone? He consistently voted pro-abortion, even voted against the right of babies born alive to get medical care, stated that he was for federally funding abortions, etc…
I have been soooo frustrated with conservative pundits and talk show hosts that plead for us to give him the benefit of the doubt, who say that either he will be forced to govern more moderately, or will act as he promised in a more bi-partisan way- B.S. !!!
He will do just as I have been warning to all the people around me who thought I was behaving like chicken little….
He will push hard for his Marxist, leftist agendas and there will be no one there to stop him in gov’t or just as frightening… the media, who will soft pedal everything form this looney.
We must be on toes, people and get ready…..

beththebaker on November 9, 2008 at 9:55 AM

Oh and McCain will be there fighting for us all….

Many of his colleagues say they believe the same, that Mr. McCain will quickly reassert himself in the Senate and could, if he so chooses, be a valuable asset to Mr. Obama as the new administration seeks to move its agenda on the economy, national security, immigration and climate change, among other issues.

“If President-elect Obama lives up to his rhetoric to reach across party lines, and I hope that he will, he is going to need John McCain,” said Senator Susan Collins, a Maine Republican and longtime ally of Mr. McCain. “He is going to be a real player.”

In his concession speech on Tuesday night, Mr. McCain said he was ready to do his part.

“These are difficult times for our country, and I pledge to him tonight to do all in my power to help him lead us through the many challenges we face,” he said of Mr. Obama, in a speech that many Democrats hailed as promising for its conciliatory tone.

Longtime associates of Mr. McCain say they expect him to play a constructive role in the Senate and not sulk in the aftermath of defeat, trying to undermine Mr. Obama. They expect him to rededicate himself to the legislative art in his remaining years in the Senate. “It is just not in his nature to stand still,” said one longtime adviser who would talk about the Senate return only if he was not quoted by name.

But there is serious fence-mending to be done. Plenty of harsh words were expressed over the course of recent months, and many Senate Democrats were angered by what they interpreted as a lack of respect for Mr. Obama from the McCain campaign and the senator’s own warnings about the dire perils of liberal Democratic government.

Some of the hatchets are quickly being buried. Senator Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat and Senate majority leader, spoke by telephone with Mr. McCain on Friday; according to an aide, they agreed to put the attacks of the last few months behind them. Mr. Reid, who for months during the campaign had carried with him a set of negative quotes about Mr. McCain from fellow Republicans to have ready for recitation, plans on ripping up the quotes, said his spokesman, Jim Manley.

CanadianGuy on November 9, 2008 at 9:55 AM

No Catholic can or will endorse the taking of innocent life.

Kmiec

Of course not. Ehm, they’ll just endorse the candidate that endorses the taking of innocent life.

?

artist on November 9, 2008 at 9:55 AM

And the media will respond with the phrase, “imperial presidency”? …crickets chirping…

Wethal on November 9, 2008 at 9:47 AM

So even though Bush pulled out 200+ executive orders, that was not an ‘imperial presidency’ ?

The president was never supposed to have this much power – even Nixon knew that. The power was always supposed to be in congress’ hands. And I *would* like that to be returned.

Bush was a pro big-government – hell if Obama has to size it down, so the hell be it.

A Axe on November 9, 2008 at 9:56 AM

Merry Christmas!

Darth Executor on November 9, 2008 at 9:56 AM

And I *would* like that to be returned.

A Axe on November 9, 2008 at 9:56 AM

Uhh, are you sure? As incompetent as Bush is in some areas, he looks like Aristotle compared to congress.

Darth Executor on November 9, 2008 at 9:57 AM

If Obama rolled back that EO, it would support the federalist principle of state sovereignty and weaken, however slightly, the Commerce Clause attack on it.

Oh, boy, Ed. Now you’re really begging for a rehash of the Supreme Court’s California medical marijuana decision, aren’t you?!

SWLiP on November 9, 2008 at 9:58 AM

Ed doesn’t understand abortion prevents women from being punished with a baby. In that way, every abortion saves a life, a life of punishment. Some women can be prevented from being punished even 3 or 4 times. A simple procedure to avoid what amounts to a lifetime of pain and torment. I think of Obama’s own two daughters. Why would you want to punish them with a baby, when they’re not ready for it. This is compassion.

Paul-Cincy on November 9, 2008 at 9:58 AM

Hey guys: stop whining and get on the job

This, and hundreds of other blogosphere articles are celebrating the obvious – I mean, what? you actually thought he’d behave decently once elected? duh, he’s a true fascist and his only real policy is himself.

Know what the real job is? 2010. Take back Congress.

Or, even better: recognize that this guy wasn’t elected this time either. Look at the voting line-ups in Ohio (and Florida and around DC) as reported on election day – and then look at the poll by poll counts. Where did the votes go? Ohio has half a million (twice the messiah’s margin) missing Republican votes – and the lineups and heavy advance voting says most of those people did vote.

I know he seems beyond the law right now- but if you don’t act you’ll have show trials for Republicans next year and President Obama in office in 2018. So do something now or stop whining, because at least in Ohio,Florida, and the DEC area I think McCain Palin almost certainly won on votes cast, but lost on votes counted.

Paul Murphy on November 9, 2008 at 9:58 AM

He’s got to dance with the ones who brung him—and a whole lot of unsavory characters brung him.

Sekhmet on November 9, 2008 at 9:59 AM

thmcbb on November 9, 2008

On top of that, three years from now Bush will be remembered as a fiscal conservative.

Know what I mean Vern?

GULP!

artist on November 9, 2008 at 9:59 AM

No Catholic can or will endorse the taking of innocent life.

Kmiec

Many already did…. dopes!

beththebaker on November 9, 2008 at 9:59 AM

I find it ironic that had abortion been available when this slug was conceived we wouldn’t even be talking about him.

thomasaur on November 9, 2008 at 9:59 AM

You are surprised why?

angryed on November 9, 2008 at 10:00 AM

The power was always supposed to be in congress’ hands.

Scary thought, given the current occupants of Capitol Hill. But as I understand it, the power is to be split among Congress, the President and the Supreme Court. It’s the balance of power that may need adjustment.

Dee2008 on November 9, 2008 at 10:00 AM

Bush was a pro big-government – hell if Obama has to size it down, so the hell be it.

A Axe on November 9, 2008

LOL!

You lost me after the hyphen.

artist on November 9, 2008 at 10:00 AM

Paul-Cincy on November 9, 2008 at 9:58 AM

I”ve been wondering if anyone will dare ask either Obama if their daughters will get the cervical cancer vaccine. It’s recommended for older girls and teens with the assumption that they will eventually become “sexually active” before marriage, even if they plan to someday marry and be faithful.

Wethal on November 9, 2008 at 10:02 AM

Because the financial and economic system has so crippled anything that Obama planned to do, he will need to throw out some bones to the liberal dogs to chew on while he does little or nothing to solve the economic crisis.
Easy things such as executive orders will keep the liberal press happy for days on end.
Until the financial calamity is on the way to being solved, Obama can not do much of anything on the national front. That is 1-3 years away. (And he will let the Democratic congress lead the way on anything.)

albill on November 9, 2008 at 10:02 AM

One suggestion might even make sense, from a states-rights perspective. Bush signed an EO blocking California from adopting its own emissions requirements for automobiles, apart from the federal CAFE standards. That EO was a sop to the auto industry, but it defied federalism. If Obama rolled back that EO, it would support the federalist principle of state sovereignty and weaken, however slightly, the Commerce Clause attack on it.

Yep, nothing like demanding more expensive standards from the struggling auto makers to make them want to produce more cars.

As for the Embryonic Stem Cell research, there is no evidence to suggest that embryonic stem cells work to treat anything. It’s actually the adult stem cells and some umbilical stem cells that work. But those, of course, don’t have the ultimate result of a dead baby, so we gotta have embryonic stem cells!!!

mjk on November 9, 2008 at 10:03 AM

OT: WTF is Mary Mitchell, a ridiculously biased Chicago Sun Times columnist, doing on Meet the Press? Channel change.

BuckeyeSam on November 9, 2008 at 10:04 AM

nor are they the acts of someone who professed to find middle ground between pro-life and pro-choice groups.

He promises to make abortion rare, but any time the gov’t subsidizes something, it becomes more common.

jgapinoy on November 9, 2008 at 10:04 AM

Many already did…. dopes!

beththebaker on November 9, 2008 at 9:59 AM

Look at the bright side, they’re automatically excommunicated for it.

Darth Executor on November 9, 2008 at 10:04 AM

Wethal on November 9, 2008 at 10:02 AM

I think we all know the answer to that… yes! Obama wants “age appropriate” sex ed. for kindergartners! He doesn’t want his young girls “punished with a baby” which means he assumes they will be sexually active…Why punish them with another punishment, cancer?

This is just the beginning, folks.

beththebaker on November 9, 2008 at 10:05 AM

I find it ironic that had abortion been available when this slug was conceived we wouldn’t even be talking about him.

thomasaur on November 9, 2008 at 9:59 AM

That’s a really good observation. Really good. Pro-lifers could (and should) use that to their advantage.

Mr. D on November 9, 2008 at 10:05 AM

Slightly off-topic, but related: How could 0bama promise Planned Parenthood to sign the “Freedom of Choice Act” when the bill’s never even made it into committee? Could that sort of thing be an executive order?

Quisp on November 9, 2008 at 10:06 AM

thmcbb on November 9, 2008 at 9:54 AM

I don’t think there are very many of your targets visiting this website.
Send those sentiments to your local newspaper–see if they print them!

jgapinoy on November 9, 2008 at 10:06 AM

OT: WTF is Mary Mitchell, a ridiculously biased Chicago Sun Times columnist, doing on Meet the Press? Channel change.

BuckeyeSam on November 9, 2008 at 10:04 AM

It’s a President O executive order promoting Chicago radicals. Next week William Ayers will replace Andrea Mitchell on the roundtable.

CanadianGuy on November 9, 2008 at 10:06 AM

I wish there was a way to abort Hussein.

ErinF on November 9, 2008 at 10:07 AM

So far as Barack is concerned this is governing from the center.

Speakup on November 9, 2008 at 10:07 AM

Celebrate life!

Scratch.

Celebrate diversity!

artist on November 9, 2008 at 10:07 AM

albill,
The economic problems cannot solved by P-EGO. Only free-market solutions will clean this up in a timely manner.

(president-elect gubmint obama)

thomasaur on November 9, 2008 at 10:07 AM

albill on November 9, 2008 at 10:02 AM

Maybe a little naive.. Obama said during the Dem primary debate that (re: tax policy)”fairness” was more important that growing the economy..
We lose!

beththebaker on November 9, 2008 at 10:08 AM

How could 0bama promise Planned Parenthood to sign the “Freedom of Choice Act” when the bill’s never even made it into committee?

They were doubtless waiting until after the election so as to hide their extremism.

jgapinoy on November 9, 2008 at 10:08 AM

This guy will completely destroy the Republic . . . it’s really too bad there isn’t another liberty loving country to migrate too.

rplat on November 9, 2008 at 10:08 AM

Bush was a pro big-government – hell if Obama has to size it down, so the hell be it.

A Axe on November 9, 2008 at 9:56 AM

The funny thing is you think it’ll be less and not a pro-Big Government under The One. Think again. It’ll just be Big Government shaped into what his agenda is.

eanax on November 9, 2008 at 10:08 AM

Celebrate life!

Scratch.

Celebrate diversity!

Not too much diversity–everyone must be convenient, of the right health level, & the desired sex, or you get aborted!

jgapinoy on November 9, 2008 at 10:10 AM

WTF is Mary Mitchell, a ridiculously biased Chicago Sun Times columnist, doing on Meet the Press? Channel change.

BuckeyeSam on November 9, 2008 at 10:04 AM

Mary Mitchell is the most racist woman on earth. She makes an effort to condemn white people in every one of her stupid columns. She is the female Rev. Wright.

sherry on November 9, 2008 at 10:11 AM

I wonder what all that conservatives who endorsed him will say when he rolls all this out (displaying a world class temperament while he does it, of course.)

Bilby on November 9, 2008 at 10:11 AM

it’s really too bad there isn’t another liberty loving country to migrate too.

Hollywood leftists have lots of choices, but they never keep their pre-election threats promises, do they?

jgapinoy on November 9, 2008 at 10:12 AM

This guy will completely destroy the Republic . . . it’s really too bad there isn’t another liberty loving country to migrate too.

rplat on November 9, 2008

New Zealand just elected a conservative.

Seriously, IDK how much longer we can pretend red/blue states are compatible.

Liberals control almost every influential institution: government, arts/entertainment, education K-grad school, media etc…and they’re making inroads in religion.

artist on November 9, 2008 at 10:12 AM

The 700M must be paid back to those who have lottery tickets. Elections have serious consequences. Obama has some serious “pay back” to do, why waste time.

Of coarse the leftist agenda will be pushed, as they financed the Obama campaign. Leftist now have power in all (3) houses, and will load up the bench with Liberal activist Judges. The equivalent of a royal flush.

We’ll just have to wait and see how Americans like the leftist diet we are all going to have shoved down our throats.

Keemo on November 9, 2008 at 10:13 AM

Thank you for the post, Ed. With Fox now kissing the a** of Obama’s prospective administration, the stock of conservative bloggers has to be going through the roof. I expect that you and your colleagues will be the only source for relevant news and analysis.

BuckeyeSam on November 9, 2008 at 9:51 AM

Take a screen shot of this place for your grandchildren, Buckeye. It may be soon outlawed as ‘hate speech’.

petefrt on November 9, 2008 at 10:13 AM

To quote Denny Green:
“They are who we thought they were”!

jjshaka on November 9, 2008 at 10:13 AM

Quisp on November 9, 2008 at 10:06 AM

No, I think an executive order can only reverse an executive order. EO’s cannot reverse a law passed by Congress. The Hyde Amendment, which limits federal funding for abortion, is included in yearly appropriations bills. The partial birth aborion ban is also a law that would need another law to overturn it, and the Congressional Dems aren’t going anywhere near that issue for the time being. The “conscience” clause, which allows doctors and hospitals to refuse to perform abortions, even if they get federal funds, is usually part of the Hill-Burton funding for medicine.

Wethal on November 9, 2008 at 10:13 AM

And away we go….

gophergirl on November 9, 2008 at 10:13 AM

about 200 Bush administration actions and executive orders that could be swiftly undone

Bush-haters on the Right will soon miss him very much.

jgapinoy on November 9, 2008 at 10:13 AM

Who on earth are his advisors? If he is looking for a way to under mine his presidency from the start. I think he has found it. Have always wondered if this man thinks for himself, and am now convinced he either does not or cannot.

jeanie on November 9, 2008 at 10:15 AM

Not too much diversity–everyone must be convenient, of the right health level, & the desired sex, or you get aborted!

jgapinoy on November 9, 2008 at 10:10 AM

Exactly, and when his Universal Health Care for all bankrupts the system, forces the good doctors either out of the system or to very expensive “private” care and health care and diagnostic machines will become scarce, abortions will be one way to help alleviate the long waits and rising costs… Maybe a forced abortion law? Not unrealistic.
Trig will be part of an “end of an era” so to speak :(

beththebaker on November 9, 2008 at 10:15 AM

Bush-haters on the Right will soon miss him very much.

jgapinoy on November 9, 2008 at 10:13 AM

three years from now Bush will be remembered as a fiscal conservative.

Know what I mean Vern?

GULP!

artist on November 9, 2008 at 9:59 AM

artist on November 9, 2008 at 10:16 AM

Hey, fellow conservatives. Next time the opportunity rolls around, lets each run for something if it’s at all possible. I’m putting my money where my mouth is and targeting a city council seat this June.

Let’s take the reigns and leave the Obamabots behind. This is doable.

pugwriter on November 9, 2008 at 10:17 AM

Bush-haters on the Right will soon miss him very much.

jgapinoy on November 9, 2008 at 10:13 AM

I don’t hate him, he’s not out of office yet – and I already miss him and Laura.

God help this great country – we’re going to need it

gophergirl on November 9, 2008 at 10:18 AM

If Obama comes out and reverses many of the Bush’s EO that are socially conservative, it is clear that he is sending a message his administration will be the most liberal left wing agenda in history.

He used the college kids, his own race and the liberal nut jobs to get into the office come hell or high water.

He has been on a mission for many years to change America. Of course, he is going to start on day one. I just wonder how long it will take for the evangelicals that voted for him to start speaking up.

sherry on November 9, 2008 at 10:18 AM

I can’t even go to church this morning out of fear that I won’t be able to hold my tongue. There are other parishoners that I know voted for this scumbag who deserve to be scorned and I can’t trust my temper. They may go to my church but these people are not Christians.

thomasaur on November 9, 2008 at 10:18 AM

I wonder what all that conservatives who endorsed him will say when he rolls all this out (displaying a world class temperament while he does it, of course.)

Bilby on November 9, 2008 at 10:11 AM

No real conservatives voted for him. It is an oxymoron!

beththebaker on November 9, 2008 at 10:19 AM

reigns …er…reins

pugwriter on November 9, 2008 at 10:20 AM

pugwriter on November 9, 2008 at 10:17 AM

Let us know where you are so we can “spread the wealth” where it matters.. :)

beththebaker on November 9, 2008 at 10:21 AM

I don’t want to read one more line about the Agent of Death’s “cute little girls.”

T J Green on November 9, 2008 at 10:21 AM

Ok anyone surprised by any of this were not paying attention

unseen on November 9, 2008 at 10:21 AM

Wethal on November 9, 2008 at 10:13 AM

thanks

Quisp on November 9, 2008 at 10:21 AM

I don’t want to read one more line about the Agent of Death’s “cute little girls.”

T J Green on November 9, 2008 at 10:21 AM

Or that damn dog. For goodness sakes – it’s one of the top stories even on FOX.

gophergirl on November 9, 2008 at 10:23 AM

… and America’s votes of November 4th are coming-g-g-g-g HOME to ROOS-S-S-S-S-S-ST!

Yoop on November 9, 2008 at 10:25 AM

“No Hope and Change for babies in the womb…nice start BO.

Question: how do you hope a president is successful, when nearly all of the policies he supports you believe to be bad for the country…How do you do it?”

Brilliant. What I have been thinking/feeling. I too am sure that this is BO’s idea of being a centrist. Frankly, his moving hard left is going to be terrifying.

America1st on November 9, 2008 at 10:25 AM

Obama is a winner, but not a leader.

We will see the fallout from that over the next year.

drjohn on November 9, 2008 at 10:26 AM

P.J. O’Rourke will be happy with a lot of these reversals.

CanadianGuy on November 9, 2008 at 10:26 AM

Bilby on November 9, 2008 at 10:11 AM
I wonder what all that conservatives who endorsed him will say when he rolls all this out (displaying a world class temperament while he does it, of course.)

Pretty soon everyone will realize Obama’s eminently reasonable rhetoric masks a far left-wing set of policy prescriptions. By the way, that mask is blatantly and thoroughly DISHONEST. Yes, I called The One dishonest. What else would you call it. It’s a beautiful mask though. I’ll give him that.

Paul-Cincy on November 9, 2008 at 10:27 AM

Wow. So a President can just reverse another President’s Executive Orders just like that? That doesn’t seem right.

SoulGlo on November 9, 2008 at 10:28 AM

Elections have consequences, that means we need to make gains in 2010 and knock this guy on the defensive, get to it, all of us.

rob verdi on November 9, 2008 at 10:28 AM

And Bush thinks it’s just awesome that America elected this radical. What a dumbass.

WisCon on November 9, 2008 at 10:28 AM

Don’t blame me.

I voted for ManlyRash.

Fasten the seatbelts, y’all. :-(

pambi on November 9, 2008 at 10:30 AM

56 million peple rejected Obama; Obama won because of the black and hispanic ignorants

tocoloro on November 9, 2008 at 10:30 AM

Take a screen shot of this place for your grandchildren, Buckeye. It may be soon outlawed as ‘hate speech’.

petefrt on November 9, 2008 at 10:13 AM

Absolutely dead on target. Total destruction of the opponent, and that means some version of the fairness doctrine will be top priority. Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck, Ingraham, Hewitt, Levin; they all know it’s coming, and coming soon.

1st & 2nd Amendments are the first targets… Governing (controlling) the internet is coming. Taxing the internet is coming. We can all look to the Tom Shipley’s of the country to thank some day. I don’t expect to see much of his kind around these parts as we watch this unfold.

Keemo on November 9, 2008 at 10:31 AM

The good news is if Obama comes out of the gate pushing a far-left liberal agenda, it won’t take long for those “independents” or “bush-haters” to jump ship and move on over to the right.

I do not believe that this country is ready for a progressive agenda.

sherry on November 9, 2008 at 10:32 AM

Paul-Cincy on November 9, 2008 at 10:27 AM

Does anyone else think that due to the MSM adoration of this guy, that Matthews is the only one who wasts to ensure a successful presidency? Where do you think all the crap we have discovered here already will be publicized? How will het “average” person get their info? How will MSM spin EVERYTHING that this clown does?
If any form of the fairness doctrine passes, along with “alterations” of election laws.. (and who is there in power to stop them?) The American people will be all smiles and all hopey.. changy for a very long time.

beththebaker on November 9, 2008 at 10:34 AM

Seriously, IDK how much longer we can pretend red/blue states are compatible.

artist on November 9, 2008 at 10:12 AM

We can’t keep pretending. There’s always been a divide in America since its founding.

eanax on November 9, 2008 at 10:34 AM

Obama will disarm the american people, will drastically cut-back defense spending, will kill conservative talk radio amd the internet; communism is coming, the america people deserve it for being so materialistic and caring more for the pockebook than for political freedom and ideals

tocoloro on November 9, 2008 at 10:35 AM

Oh I DO hope that conservatives try and use the abortion issue via embryonic stem cell research to propel themselves to power in 2010, how wonderful. If this election has taught us anything it’s that the BHO camp is supremely confident and prepared on these kinds of culture-war issues. Much more so, then on the substance of his tax proposals.

And if you don’t like executive orders now, but you had no problem with them under Bush then you are a partisan hack and not a true conservative. The irony is THICK. We heard 8 years of conservatives and neo-cons talking about the unique authority of the executive branch. Bush/Cheney could hold secret meetings on policy, they could unilaterally throw out the Geneva Conventions or any other treaty the U.S. had signed, we could unilaterally reverse legislation via executive fiat, and NOW Obama is merely using the standards Bush used and it’s “slavery”. Spectacular.

I agree with you folks on one thing, Bush was NOT a conservative, but you re-elected him! Which suggests that most of you are partisan hacks, not conservatives.

DeathToMediaHacks on November 9, 2008 at 10:36 AM

Let us know where you are so we can “spread the wealth” where it matters.. :)

beththebaker on November 9, 2008 at 10:21 AM

Never fear. Once my campaign committee is in place and we are rolling this spring I’ll lose all sense of pride or restraint and beg for every dollar we can get. ;)

I’m in the Inland Empire of Southern California. Find out who the real conservatives are in your local government and support them.

How many of us don’t know who is on their school board, city council, who their local judges are, or even their mayor? If we want Washington to change, we need to change how we handle local government. For example:

In our most recent city council election, held in an off year, of the 35,000 registered voters in our ward, only about 3,500 actually voted! To win such an election all one really needs is 50% plus one or 1,751. But we typically ignore local elections and let real opportunities for conservatism fade to dust.

It’s about citizen government, folks. We need to re-invigorate the concept.

pugwriter on November 9, 2008 at 10:37 AM

And here, some people just thought he was talking about pocket change.

I guess I need to look for the “Don’t Blame Me” bumper stickers.

moonsbreath on November 9, 2008 at 10:37 AM

the america people deserve it for being so materialistic and caring more for the pockebook than for political freedom and ideals

I thought you folks were capitalists? That’s sounding awful commie.

DeathToMediaHacks on November 9, 2008 at 10:38 AM

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