Good news: Obama to take “combative” approach to Brown victory

posted at 8:57 pm on January 18, 2010 by Allahpundit

A follow-up to last week’s video clip of The One promising to make the midterms a referendum on ObamaCare, which is working like gangbusters right now for Marcia or Marla or whatever her name is. Not sure if there’s actual strategy at work here or if it’s just their “do the opposite of what Clinton did” instincts at work. Clinton didn’t pass health care and got wiped out in the midterms, ergo we must pass health care regardless of how many people hate it. Clinton tacked towards the center after he was repudiated by voters, ergo…

President Barack Obama plans a combative response if, as White House aides fear, Democrats lose Tuesday’s special Senate election in Massachusetts, close advisers say.

“This is not a moment that causes the president or anybody who works for him to express any doubt,” a senior administration official said. “It more reinforces the conviction to fight hard.”…

There won’t be any grand proclamation that “the era of Big Government is over” — the words President Bill Clinton uttered after Republicans won the Congress in the 1990s and he was forced to trim a once-ambitious agenda.

“The response will not be to do incremental things and try to salvage a few seats in the fall,” a presidential adviser said. “The best political route also happens to be the boldest rhetorical route, which is to go out and fight and let the chips fall where they may. We can say, ‘At least we fought for these things, and the Republicans said no.’”

Translation: If your head hurts from trying to deal with ObamaCare, wait until they get around to cap-and-trade and amnesty.

My favorite part? Obama’s the underdog against Scott Brown or something:

But the president’s advisers plan to spin [Brown's win] as a validation of the underdog arguments that fueled Obama’s insurgent candidacy.

“The painstaking campaign for change over two years in 2007 and 2008 has become a painstaking effort in the White House, too,” the official said. “The old habits of Washington aren’t going away easy.”

Imagine the contempt you’d have to have for voters’ intelligence to spin a Republican win — in Massachusetts — as some sort of business-as-usual victory for entrenched interests. Hey, champ? In case you haven’t heard, Republicans don’t win in New England anymore. Or at least, they didn’t until you launched Project Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste. This victory belongs to you as much as it does to Scotty B; take credit for it.

That’s all I can reasonably quote from Politico’s piece. Follow the link for more on how they’re planning to blame Coakley (justifiably) and wage class warfare on Wall Street, because if there’s one thing Tim Geithner’s Treasury Department can’t stand, it’s giant investment banks. For your viewing pleasure, via Greg Hengler, here’s D.C. rep Eleanor Holmes Norton reminding Massachusetts voters that Obama and the Democrats really don’t care what they think.


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President Barack Obama plans a combative response if, as White House aides fear, Democrats lose Tuesday’s special Senate election in Massachusetts, close advisers say.

I guess that means he’s not going to bow to Scott Brown. After all, he’s an American and a typical white person.

But it probably means a strongly worded letter.

atheling on January 19, 2010 at 12:55 AM

What a dipsh*t. When the American people find out what is in the bill we will fall in love with it??!! Lady, that is part of the problem. We don’t find out what is in the bill until you a$$holes decide if you are going to pass it or not. If we are going to love it, why not allow a thorough vetting of the bill before you ping-pong it to Zero-bama’s desk. Clueless, clueless, clueless…..

Mallard T. Drake on January 19, 2010 at 1:20 AM

the economy may have become a little less bad. Obama could be the underdog and comeback kid.

modifiedcontent on January 18, 2010 at 10:00 PM

You are probably wrong about that. The economy has only been good since 2000 because of artificial bubbles. Look at the pie chart on this page, and tell me which one of these items the GOP is going to be able to cut, and cut drastically if they gain the house and senate this year. We both know they won’t cut anything, and they never will unless it’s defense.

It means we as a nation aren’t going to do crap until it is far too late. We are simply waiting till the world decides to quit financing our government’s lavish lifestyle. We may have one last bubble, that might carry us through 2012, but when it goes it’s going to take the government with it.

DFCtomm on January 19, 2010 at 1:24 AM

With statesmen like Chuck Schumer having already degraded to calling Brown names, how more combative does Obama feel he needs to be?

Freddy on January 19, 2010 at 1:24 AM

“The response will not be to do incremental things and try to salvage a few seats in the fall,” a presidential adviser said. “The best political route also happens to be the boldest rhetorical route, which is to go out and fight and let the chips fall where they may. We can say, ‘At least we fought for these things, and the Republicans said no.’”

Hum?

Sounds a little bitter.

Not not surprising, Obama is clinging to his failed version “leadership”.

Obama has nothing but antipathy to people who disagree with him.

DSchoen on January 19, 2010 at 1:56 AM

Anyone notice how she said “…when the people find out what’s in this bill…”
I’d like to know what’s in the bill before they vote on it.

fitzsweetpea on January 19, 2010 at 2:25 AM

“It more reinforces the conviction to fight hard.”…

Speaking of conviction, when do prosecutions begin for administration officials for their crimes against the Constitution?

BuckeyeSam on January 19, 2010 at 2:33 AM

O will likely have Bo pee on the legs of Fox News reporters.

Sergeant Tim on January 19, 2010 at 4:54 AM

Obama’s the underdog against Scott Brown or something

That’s definitely the tactic. When Obama appeared in that black church on Sunday, the preacher said they have a custom of helping those in need at their church, and they intend to help Obama. “We’ve got your back,” is the term he used.

It’s not Coakley, or the Democrats, or healthcare or his policies that are in trouble — Obama’s in trouble, goes the meme — and he needs your help.

Hey, it worked the first time. It’s all about him, and reality be damned.

Nichevo on January 19, 2010 at 5:13 AM

Look you tea baggers “MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY!!!” screamed the community organizing gangsta thug as he was wheeled out of the WH on a gurney…”Is this our President?” read the bold headline on DRUDGE.

winston on January 19, 2010 at 5:43 AM

dear leader wanted to change the tone in washington…I think he has…he really has dropped the office of the presidency to a new low…

cmsinaz on January 19, 2010 at 6:24 AM

The Democrat 2010 campaign themes:
- We don´t want Bush again; i.e. voting for a Republican = voting for Bush.
- Republicans ruin everything; the Party of “No”.

Wonder if the Democrats are now thinking a loss in Mass. would be good for their chances in 2010. (They lose this battle, but they will win the war….)
Democrats must be thinking they can use the loss in Mass. as a rallying call for Democrats to stop the come back of Republicans in Congress.

For the next 6 months Democrats in Congress will say they can`t get anything done because of those “bad” Republicans.
And the only way anything can get done is have more Democrats in Congress….

albill on January 19, 2010 at 6:32 AM

Eleanor Holmes Norton is an old commie fool.

PLEASE SEND SCOTTT $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ FOR LEGAL CHALLENGES

OmahaConservative on January 19, 2010 at 6:53 AM

The thing about this debate and about watching the Executive power change hands last year has always made me shake my head at this process and the way the players respond is; for 8 years the GOP and its pundits go out of there way to discredit polls and focus groups, discounting their importance or calling them out as partisan or slanted left. The Dems clung to polling as a way to move their arguments forward. Its all just reversed now and it is all very revealing about both sides. GOP cites public polls White House/Left say polling isnt to be trusted or used in policy decisions.

OSUBuciz1 on January 19, 2010 at 7:21 AM

OSUBuciz1 on January 19, 2010 at 7:21 AM

Ignore the polls and consider this election a contrast of individual freedom versus socialist control. Also, it looks like most Democrats are sick of being portrayed as loony left fringe liberals.

Roy Rogers on January 19, 2010 at 7:42 AM

You are probably wrong about that. The economy has only been good since 2000 because of artificial bubbles … We may have one last bubble, that might carry us through 2012, but when it goes it’s going to take the government with it.

@DFCtomm, I understand the western economies, including Europe, are structurally screwed and that the babyboomer bubbles have to pop onces and for all. If that one last bubblet comes just before 2012 though, it will get Obama reelected.

modifiedcontent on January 19, 2010 at 7:55 AM

A perfect compare-and-contrast exercise for private enterprise vs. “progressive” government. Take a product that consumers hate and….

They don’t call them command economies for nothing.

Barnestormer on January 19, 2010 at 8:08 AM

go out and fight and let the chips fall where they may. We can say, ‘At least we fought for these things, and the Republicans said no.’”

Shows you how really stupid and self centered Obama is…this isn’t a “Republican” victory, there isn’t enough Republicans in Mass to gain a victory.
Obama is just plain ignoring the electorate because he knows better, he is smarter, and anyone who disagrees is a fool and needs to be disregarded.
He will learn, as he goes down as the most hated president ever…he will eventually turn against every single person who does not agree totally with his agenda.
That is right, he will eventually be hated…because he is greedy and selfish…only his agenda is right, and the rest of us are fools.
This guy is even worse then I ever imagined…Clinton had the common sense to see the writing on the wall…this guy wants to “fight” it out with the voters, he will lose.

right2bright on January 19, 2010 at 8:09 AM

Anyone notice how she said “…when the people find out what’s in this bill…”
I’d like to know what’s in the bill before they vote on it.

fitzsweetpea on January 19, 2010 at 2:25 AM

They should start with “when all the politicians see what’s in this bill”, none of them have read the bill…

right2bright on January 19, 2010 at 8:10 AM

It’s too bad he doesn’t save this rhetoric for people trying to destroy our country, like Castro, Chavez, etc. Instead he wants to fight a fellow American, and embrace our enemies…my God, I am really beginning not to just dislike Obama, but to actually hate this guy…he is despicable.

right2bright on January 19, 2010 at 8:13 AM

Also, it looks like most Democrats are sick of being portrayed as loony left fringe liberals.

Roy Rogers on January 19, 2010 at 7:42 AM

Bingo Roy. And I really believe that most Dems are NOT looney left.

JusDreamin on January 19, 2010 at 8:17 AM

And AP, how about an election day open thread?

JusDreamin on January 19, 2010 at 8:18 AM

A peek inside Obama’s brain: The American people are enemy combatants.

Buy Danish on January 19, 2010 at 8:19 AM

Bring it on.

jarodea on January 19, 2010 at 8:28 AM

It’s the redistribution stupid…He’s bent on wealth transfer from the productive to the non-productive by any means necessary…He talks a smooth line which belies his cold calculations. He’ll bare his fangs if he has to as we shall see…

Nozzle on January 19, 2010 at 8:33 AM

What happened to reaching across the aisle? The new way of doing business in Washington?

Oh well.

MassVictim on January 19, 2010 at 8:35 AM

Bring it, Barry. Bring it.

Such contempt for the will of the governed is moving us to action.

Let’s make Dems UNELECTABLE as untrustworthy to govern Constitutionally until they purge their party of ‘progressivism’, Marxism, Maoism, Chavismo, international socialism, and the rest of the anti-Western, anti-American poisons that have taken control of their party.

Let the message from the polls be loud and clear. Let Obama’s ideology be excised from mainstream American politics and returned to its former disrepute. This president needs to go down not quietly, but in disgrace and in flames, for the protection of future generations.

petefrt on January 19, 2010 at 8:47 AM

Anyone notice how she said “…when the people find out what’s in this bill…”
I’d like to know what’s in the bill before they vote on it.

fitzsweetpea on January 19, 2010 at 2:25 AM

Norton is reason #1043 why ‘home rule’ for DC is a bad idea.

petefrt on January 19, 2010 at 9:01 AM

“The old habits of Washington aren’t going away easy.”

I agree totally. The problem for me is that ObowMao is the biggest playuh of the game.

Blacksmith8 on January 19, 2010 at 9:14 AM

Can you spell I-M-P-E-A-C-H-M-E-N-T ?

BetseyRoss on January 19, 2010 at 9:16 AM

We must see President Obama as the person he really is, a puppet for the Chicago Political Mob. His egos recent attempt at tough action show him and his backers for what they are-a bunch of cry babies when they do not get their way.

Let U.S. remember, Presidnet Obama is about to enter what children psychologists call the “Terrible Two’s” which is full of tumult and tantrum. Let’s insure he is properly prepared to enter Kindergarten in 2012 by sending him back to school in Chicago.

MSGTAS on January 19, 2010 at 9:16 AM

I hope he wears his MOM jeans and brings his latest
GQ cover to the fight.

elderberry on January 19, 2010 at 9:26 AM

What happened to reaching across the aisle? The new way of doing business in Washington?

Oh well.

MassVictim on January 19, 2010 at 8:35 AM

That only works so long as the people across the aisle, do exactly what he tells them to do.

MarkTheGreat on January 19, 2010 at 9:28 AM

What happened to reaching across the aisle? The new way of doing business in Washington?

Oh well.

MassVictim on January 19, 2010 at 8:35 AM

This is a new way, no one has ever done what he has done…no one has ever treated the opposition with such contempt.
He has reached across the aisle, and told the Republicans to sit down and shut up….I won….

right2bright on January 19, 2010 at 9:32 AM

Bring it on.

jarodea on January 19, 2010 at 8:28 AM

Yep. It’s not “Republicans” who are saying no to Obama and his statist thug buddies, it’s Americans. And there are a whole lot more of us than there are of them. If they want a fight, they’ll get one.

AZCoyote on January 19, 2010 at 9:44 AM

@DFCtomm, I understand the western economies, including Europe, are structurally screwed and that the babyboomer bubbles have to pop onces and for all. If that one last bubblet comes just before 2012 though, it will get Obama reelected.

modifiedcontent on January 19, 2010 at 7:55 AM

It could, but I think it’s going to pop before then. I think mid 2010 or early 2011 is the end, but it really does depend on the nations that buy our debt.

DFCtomm on January 19, 2010 at 9:59 AM

Obama thinks the people are complete drooling idiots who believe anything he says because they adore him so. The five that show up that is.

Nancy tried to sell the notion that GOP gains were meaningless two weeks ago.

http://hotair.com/archives/2010/01/15/pelosi-the-gops-midterm-buzz-is-all-hype-cnn-poll-gop-by-three-on-generic-ballot/

Which really tells us she spent time thinking about their crushing losses.

The approach outlined in the article amounts to little more than defiance in the face of Obama’s severely damaged agenda taking on water with insufficient life boats.

Meanwhile the vacuous appearing one runs around telling the crew to ignore the ship’s leaning, that it can’t possibly sink.

Is it possible they actually believe the horse manure they say? I think its all posturing and window dressing, spin applied to garner power. No matter what they say, whats between the lines is that they see their grasp on the government slipping away.

November is going to be wicked awesome.

dogsoldier on January 19, 2010 at 10:04 AM

“This is not a moment that causes the president or anybody who works for him to express any doubt,” a senior administration official said. “It more reinforces the conviction to fight hard.”…

Awesome. Bring it.

bridgetown on January 19, 2010 at 10:21 AM

Dear President Obama,

“Pants on the ground!” Beeeatch!

Very Respectfully,

Roy “Yippie Ki-Yay Mutherphuqer” Rogers

Roy Rogers on January 19, 2010 at 10:50 AM

Four words, Biggie O: Mandate from the people.

A few more: “Elections have ramifications.”

Any of these getting through to you? Yeah, didn’t think so.

How does it feel to be the first one-term president we’ve had since Carter? Just curious.

CatsGodot on January 19, 2010 at 10:55 AM

“combative”

the thugs way

notagool on January 19, 2010 at 11:38 AM

Is the President looking for Martyrdom?

Dr Evil on January 19, 2010 at 12:02 PM

Bows to dictators; talks tough to his constituents.
Barack Hussein Maobama, bringing T’ird World Socialism to the White House.

james23 on January 19, 2010 at 12:34 PM

Waits weeks to address shooting massacre of Americans by muslim terrorist, plays golf after being informed of attempted bombing of U.S. aircraft by muslim terrorist where passengers saved themselves (“the system works”)…

Responds to Haiti earthquake within hours…

Who’s Constitution is he sworn to protect and defend again???

Roy Rogers on January 19, 2010 at 12:46 PM

that fueled Obama’s insurgent candidacy.

If they lose, will they all become Hezbolama then?

BL@KBIRD on January 19, 2010 at 12:52 PM

a “combative” approach?

You’ll put your eye out, kid!

mojo on January 19, 2010 at 1:09 PM

Too much fun laughing at the clownish left. I’m rather enjoying this.

Jaibones on January 19, 2010 at 1:25 PM

The Dems pass the current Senate version of Obamacare at their own peril. Frankly, in this election year, I suspect that the turnover is going be even higher than back in 1994.

As for the Norton comments, I am sorry but I expect her to spin wildly for her party. No surprise there.

itzWicks on January 19, 2010 at 1:35 PM

Imagine the contempt you’d have to have for voters’ intelligence to spin a Republican win — in Massachusetts — as some sort of business-as-usual victory for entrenched interests. Hey, champ? In case you haven’t heard, Republicans don’t win in New England anymore. Or at least, they didn’t until you launched Project Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste. This victory belongs to you as much as it does to Scotty B; take credit for it.

AP, WHEN YOU’RE RIGHT, YOU’RE RIGHT.

ON THIS ONE, I GIVE YOU A SOLID A+. This line is golden:

This victory belongs to you as much as it does to Scotty B; take credit for it.

Congratulations, Scott B… este … AP.

TheAlamos on January 19, 2010 at 3:37 PM

Ominous.

Dr. ZhivBlago on January 19, 2010 at 4:27 PM

LIVE ELECTION RESULTS & CHAT: Scott Brown vs Martha Coakley: http://mittromneycentral.com/2010/01/19/live-election-results-chat-scott-brown-vs-martha-coakley/

dnlchisholm on January 19, 2010 at 7:19 PM

“The response will not be to do incremental things and try to salvage a few seats in the fall,” a presidential adviser said. “The best political route also happens to be the boldest rhetorical route, which is to go out and fight and let the chips fall where they may. We can say, ‘At least we fought for these things, and the Republicans said no.’”

No, he’s not just gonna double down or even triple down…..the Messiah is gonna DOUBLE DOUBLE down! (“even more cowbell” as they’d say at NRO). Yes, the magic of ‘The Ones’ persona will overcome this minor setback, much the same way he did in Trenton, NJ; Richmond, VA; and Copenhagen (twice)!

olesparkie on January 20, 2010 at 7:41 AM

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