Obama: Scott Brown and I kinda sorta got elected for the same reason

posted at 5:20 pm on January 20, 2010 by Allahpundit

Why, one might even call Scotty B a candidate of hope and change, no? Here’s The One’s surreal attempt to coopt Brown’s victory as being not a repudiation of his agenda but as some sort of oblique affirmation of it. Ed says he’s gotten the message now about ObamaCare after spending six months trying to beg, bribe, and bully the bill through Congress, but has he? If he’s telling himself that this election was about nothing more than free-floating “anger” at D.C. business as usual?

Let’s see if the new senator from Massachusetts can help us zero in on the causes of the “anger.”

To think that a majority party would use the ability to have the super-majority to kind of push things through is leaving a bad taste in people’s mouths, especially as you noted the fact that President Obama made [changing the way business gets done in Washington] one of his campaign themes. You know he was going to be transparent, he would post all these bills on the Internet, and you’d have three days to comment on them. None of that’s happened. So people are disappointed in that regard…

[Question:] But ultimately you say that the primary objection people have here is not so much the substance of the bill; it’s the process as much as anything else.

No. The primary [concern] for the average voter — and I’ve met hundreds of thousands of people since I’ve been running — the biggest problem that I have heard is that, number one, we can’t afford it, and, number two, they don’t like how its been done behind closed doors. They don’t like the political maneuvering now.

It’s not even a conference committee. They are bouncing it back and forth pursuant to a special maneuver. That just says to people, it’s automatically “ding, ding, ding, ding, ding.” It’s raising red flags and people don’t trust it. We can bring it back to the drawing board and do it again.

A Republican pollster found last night that fully 48 percent of Massachusetts voters said health care was the single biggest factor in their vote, with 39 percent claiming they voted for Brown specifically because of his opposition to it. Axelrod lied his ass off on one of the morning shows today when he alleged that Brown never ran an ad against ObamaCare; go watch the clip at Ben Smith’s site for proof to the contrary. In fact, see if you can guess which pundit laid out this useful thought experiment on how crucial health care was to the vote:

Let’s say we had a year-long debate in the run-up to the Iraq war. Let’s say at the end of that debate, 33 percent of Americans thought it was a good idea to invade Iraq, 46 percent thought it was a bad idea and the rest weren’t sure. Then let’s say that there were a bunch of elections in places like New Jersey and Virginia in the middle of this debate and George Bush’s party lost them all badly. Let’s say at the end of this debate there was a senate race in Wyoming in which a Democratic candidate made preventing the war a central plank in his campaign. Let’s say Bush went out to Wyoming and told voters they had to support the Republican to save the Iraq invasion. And let’s say the Democrat still went on to win that Wyoming Senate seat by more than 5 percentage points.

Would you have advised George Bush under these circumstances to go ahead and invade Iraq? Would you have advised him to call a special lame duck session of Congress to push through a war resolution before the new senator could be seated? Would you have advised him to invent some legislative trick so he could still have his invasion? Or would you have said, George, I know you really want to invade Iraq. I know you think an invasion will do a lot of good for the world. But the American people are pretty clear about this issue. Maybe you should show a little doubt. Maybe you ought to listen and give this whole thing a second look.

Surprising answer here. If the big lesson gleaned by The One yesterday was that voters are just unhappy in general, then I guess he’ll need more than one lesson. And he’ll get one. Click the image to watch.


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It’s like having Madonna for president.

bkm on January 20, 2010 at 6:52 PM

We would have voted for Hillary had we wanted that.

I just don’t see how Obama can be made over as a populist. Don’t you have to have something in common with the average American for that to work?

highhopes on January 20, 2010 at 7:20 PM

What a condescending twerp this guy is! No experience at anything only statism. Obama is a product that was manufactured and presented to the masses. Once a liar always a liar, maybe now he can become a populist liar?

The joker is still blaming Bush! Is that suit to big for the little man inside it ?

Sandybourne on January 20, 2010 at 7:33 PM

Obama is lying again . . . . That is he is not telling the truth. Somebody should tell Zero. One of his confidantes or something.

“. . . won`t try to jam anything until Brown is seated . . . .”

Until or until is the question!

Zero did say “jam,” . . . .

Obama is lying again . . . . That is he is not telling the truth.

Deja vous

Sherman1864 on January 20, 2010 at 7:33 PM

he guy is a pathetic, uninspiring slug. How did he charm or “charismatize” anybody? He looks and sounds like a constipated mortician.
rrpjr on January 20, 2010 at 7:20 PM

LOL Lucky I wasn’t drinking anything!

mad scientist on January 20, 2010 at 7:36 PM

just don’t see how Obama can be made over as a populist. Don’t you have to have something in common with the average American for that to work?

highhopes on January 20, 2010 at 7:20 PM

Saying he was voted in the same manner of Scott Brown is his first step on the populist bridge. Watch how many ways in the future hw will be “just like us”

bkm on January 20, 2010 at 7:36 PM

Carter the Second has returned us to a 70’s Show, of sorts.

Now every time Zero speaks we need cut away to a video clip of a grimacing Red (Kurtwood Smith) saying: “Dumbass!”

Following Zero’s certain to be pompous State of the Union address it would be a perfect Republican response. Then Scott Brown could give a talk about removing senators and congressmen who still feel entitled to their jobs.

viking01 on January 20, 2010 at 7:37 PM

An ego this big is very resistant to learning anything.
There may not be enough lessons within his one term to teach him anything useful.

mad scientist on January 20, 2010 at 7:38 PM

Let’s just face it. This dude is insane.

Key West Reader on January 20, 2010 at 7:45 PM

Watch how many ways in the future hw will be “just like us”

bkm on January 20, 2010 at 7:36 PM

Barry’s just like us knuckle-dragging bitter clingers — we fearful xenophobic racists who are too dumb to know what’s good for us? Is he going to buy himself a Bible, a shotgun, and a pick-up truck so he can try to fit in?

It’s too late, Barry. We already know exactly who you are, and what you think of us. Your mask slipped a while back, and there’s no use trying to put it back on. Game over.

AZCoyote on January 20, 2010 at 7:57 PM

I would assume he meant crowds at rallies and not specific introductions.
WitchDoctor on January 20, 2010 at 6:56 PM

Probably, but I went to the Rose Bowl and sure didn’t “meet” 100,000 people. Even allowing for his lies constant exaggerations, perhaps my expectations (everybody vs. anybody can buy a truck) are too high. I’d love to see some of his English assignments from Occidental, though. B+?

rogerb on January 20, 2010 at 7:58 PM

Wow! So Massachusetts voters decided to sacrifice “Kennedy’s seat” and give it to a Republican to get revenge on that damn Republican Bush administration for the last 8 years?

Electrongod on January 20, 2010 at 8:04 PM

does anything in Obama’s mind NOT revolve around him???


jcrue on January 20, 2010 at 8:11 PM

I guess Obama is still inhaling!

microfiction on January 20, 2010 at 8:27 PM

It’s always about him, isn’t it? Obama is the One. There is no other. Amen.

afotia on January 20, 2010 at 8:55 PM

What a complete moron. He still is bringing up the Bush years. Put on you big boy pants and start acting like a man you little whiney girl.

Holy crap he makes me so disgusted!

I am so glad that we are a quarter through this low point in American history.

DuctTapeMyBrain on January 20, 2010 at 9:12 PM

How on earth did Stephanapoulous stop himself from blurting out, “Are you serious?!”

LASue on January 20, 2010 at 9:35 PM

Arrogant SOB

Herc_Dude on January 20, 2010 at 9:40 PM

One of Obama’s many “malaise” speeches.

obladioblada on January 20, 2010 at 9:51 PM

“People are angry and they’re frustrated.”

No hock, Sherlock, and you’re the problem, you purple-lipped Gump.

AubieJon on January 20, 2010 at 9:55 PM

Yes , to replace a f____up.

bayview on January 20, 2010 at 10:05 PM

Scott Brown and I kinda sorta got elected for the same reason


See, Scott looks like the folks on the dollar bills.

BobMbx on January 20, 2010 at 10:14 PM

These idiots are starting to sound like Harry Reid after he got his @$$ handed to him by Rush Limbaugh when Rush auctioned off Reid’s letter to the head of Clear Channel for millions.

He acted like he was going along with the gag the whole time.

CurtZHP on January 20, 2010 at 10:28 PM

At what point does this become Obama’s economy? His very FIRST act in office, the stimulus was meant to fix it all, that’s what we were told, thats why it needed to be DONE NOW!

Some guy on O’Reilly named Trippi is blaming insurance companies for the ‘people’s anger’. Huh?

Sharr on January 20, 2010 at 11:19 PM

Obama, you couldn’t hold a candle to Brown

ToddonCapeCod on January 20, 2010 at 11:58 PM

Relax everyone, he will simply make another tedious, repetitive speech and all will be right in the world….. in his eyes.

The guy will learn the hard lesson in 2010 AND 2012.

dthorny on January 21, 2010 at 12:00 AM

Obama: Scott Brown and I kinda sorta got elected for the same reason

People thought Obama was going to be the 41st Senate vote to kill a disastrous Health Care bill? Or people thought Obama was a failed leader who was imposing idiotic economically disastrous policies so they elected him President?

I don’t remember that at all. Was I drinking heavily and hallucinating last November, or now?

If not, is Obama? Can I have what he’s having, but only half because I just want to see the colors, not lose all sense of reality.

gekkobear on January 21, 2010 at 1:45 AM

But they could never be angry or frustrated with you, oh great, glistening black messiah. I do believe his ego has reached planetary size.

SKYFOX on January 21, 2010 at 8:27 AM

And the spoiled entitled prep boy phony says:
“Me too!”

PaddyJ on January 21, 2010 at 8:57 AM

Bona-fide liar………….

bluegrass on January 21, 2010 at 8:58 AM

This is not denial, it’s spin.

It’s also crap.

It makes absolutely no sense to say that anger over the last eight years is why you replace a Democrat with a Republican.

No sense at all.

Only liberals will believe it.

drjohn on January 21, 2010 at 9:15 AM

If people were that dissatisfied with Bush for 8 years, he would have been a one term President. Look in the mirror Barry, you’re the reason for the loss. Accept it, you pompous, conceited ass.

bhawknine on January 21, 2010 at 10:11 AM

Me thinks someones feet aren’t planted to firmly in reality.

iceman1960 on January 21, 2010 at 10:57 AM

Liberals: You wanted a Black JFK and all you got was a Pookie Jimmy Carter.


Roy Rogers on January 21, 2010 at 11:15 AM

As much as I hate to say it, Obama is partly right. He got elected on Hope and Change. Translation, the people wanted to throw out the bums in Washington. That certainly is the same sentiment that got Scott Brown elected.

Of course, Obama totally glosses over the fact that he has turned his back on all of that Hope and Change in all the ways that mattered to moderates. He hasn’t brought more transparency, like he promised. He hasn’t brought more bipartisanship. He hasn’t, in short, brought better governance to Washington.

Obama and Scott Brown got elected for some of the same reasons. And Obama will get UN-elected for those very same reasons.

hawksruleva on January 21, 2010 at 11:21 AM

Hey Obozo, you are lying again. We Americans do NOT hate Corporate America; we do not hate Wall Street; we do not hate Bankers; nor do we hate big oil or pharm etc. Do they need some cleanup, why not. However, you are working once again on your divide and conquer Alinski plan and you will NOT get us worked up against the things and structure that have helped make America great. Shut up and go away.

highninside on January 21, 2010 at 12:43 PM

Obama is kinda sorta out of his mind!

MCGIRV on January 21, 2010 at 1:14 PM

Wrong, wrong, and again wrong, Mr. President Purple-Lips Cigarette breath!

joe btfsplk on January 21, 2010 at 2:01 PM

The Dumbocrat “leadership” and BHO are ignoring the reality. In November they will be even more irrelevant. They will be voted out of office and he will be a double amputee lame duck or impeached. Scott Brown got elected here in MA because he promised to vote against the terrible health care bill, promised to protect our rights not terrorists rights, and promised fiscal sanity. These precepts are totally opposite the Administration, Senate and Congressional Dumbocrats. Scott truly loves his country, it shows, and when he takes his Oath to uphold the Constitution HE will mean it.

Gandalf on January 21, 2010 at 6:24 PM

Narcissist of the 1st degree. Arrogance levels all in its path. It will pancake The Wafer shortly.

MEshclle is equally narcissistic. Not proud of her country, she was handed jobs paying $400G because she is…you guessed it, b***k.

One termer, neuterized for the remainder of his term.

Cleveland Steamer on January 21, 2010 at 7:23 PM

Obama got elected for not being Bush.

Scott Brown got elected for not being . . . Obama!

Yeah, that is kinda, sorta the same reason.

Ordinary American on January 20, 2010 at 6:10 PM

Insightful! So, in a way, the president is right.

Sir Napsalot on January 22, 2010 at 12:14 PM