Quotes of the day

posted at 10:53 pm on June 1, 2010 by Allahpundit

Sorry, but this isn’t “change you can believe in.”…

Obama promised to change Washington’s culture. Instead, his White House counsel justified the White House move by pointing out that past White Houses have done Sestak-type deals, though he offered no examples.

Change indeed.

Charlie Cook, analyzing the current political environment, pointed out in a recent report that, “long-serving Democratic members of Congress identified as having ‘gone Washington’ are especially under threat.” Presumably, the same holds for short-serving Democratic presidents.

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In times of crisis, you get a public reaction that is incoherence on stilts. On the one hand, most people know that the government is not in the oil business. They don’t want it in the oil business. They know there is nothing a man in Washington can do to plug a hole a mile down in the gulf.

On the other hand, they demand that the president “take control.” They demand that he hold press conferences, show leadership, announce that the buck stops here and do something. They want him to emote and perform the proper theatrical gestures so they can see their emotions enacted on the public stage.

They want to hold him responsible for things they know he doesn’t control. Their reaction is a mixture of disgust, anger, longing and need. It may not make sense. But it doesn’t make sense that the country wants spending cuts and doesn’t want cuts, wants change and doesn’t want change.

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The centrifugal force exerted on conservative leaders toward the extreme wing of their party is bound to lead to even more magnified rhetoric in the next few years. The contrast between those excessive attacks and Obama’s famous cool will serve him, and the Democrats, well.

Within the overheated conservative bubble there is little room for discussions of serious policy alternatives to deal with America’s problems, reminders that the country is typically drawn to optimistic candidates (like Reagan and Obama) and weighty appeals to the center of the electorate. If Obama is the worst President ever, as conservatives seem to believe, why do they need to say anything more than that to take control of Congress and then get rid of him? But while the conservatives’ ultimate condemnation rallies their core supporters and resonates with some centrist voters, over time it is unlikely to produce a majority against the Administration.

It can’t be pleasant for Obama to be the subject of such attacks. And solving the country’s major problems in a bipartisan fashion will be difficult under these rancorous circumstances. But as long as those trying to beat him are blind to the fact that tens of millions of voting Americans think Obama is doing a fine job, this President has a great ally in his enemies.


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to be so cluless to think obama is “optimistic” shows just how clueless allapundant is.

having obama’s name written that close to ronald reagan, especially evoking a comparison to optimism, is sickening.

we know this already but its worth repeating. allapundint is a palin hating, flaming closet lib.

sidewinder22 on June 2, 2010 at 10:52 AM

we know this already but its worth repeating. allapundint is a palin hating, flaming closet lib.

sidewinder22 on June 2, 2010 at 10:52 AM

While that may be true, the quote you picked from above wasn’t written by ALLAHPUNDIT. Are you new to this website?

The article is at Time.com and is authored by Mark Halprin, not ALLAHPUNDIT.

Inanemergencydial on June 2, 2010 at 11:04 AM

While that may be true, the quote you picked from above wasn’t written by ALLAHPUNDIT. Are you new to this website?

It would be helpful if the sources were given for “Quotes of the Day”. After all, a “quote” is a spoken statement by someone, whose name should be mentioned.

Of course, it’s rather sweet that the first QOTD is from lefty Kirsten Powers. When SHE has doubts, Obama is in big trouble.

Steve Z on June 2, 2010 at 11:30 AM

It would be helpful if the sources were given for “Quotes of the Day”. After all, a “quote” is a spoken statement by someone, whose name should be mentioned.
Steve Z on June 2, 2010 at 11:30 AM

Quotes are often references to written material that was never spoken. The relevant quality in this case is the identification of the author of the speech in question.

By convention, in these “Quote of the Day” posts at this site, the source of each individual quotation is always identified by directly linking to it (and typically, this is the only link provided in each delimited segment).

This not only identifies where (and from whom) the quote was sourced, but also gives readers the ability to immediately verify for themselves that the quote was accurately conveyed, and to see any surrounding or amplifying context.

The system seems to work well. You should try availing yourself of it some time.

By not explicitly calling out the source in plaintext, readers are given the opportunity to first see if they can guess the source of the quote in question, and then sometimes be surprised when they click on the link and find out who it was that really said it. Plaintext inclusion of source names without any other interaction would ruin this feature, in my opinion.

VekTor on June 2, 2010 at 4:03 PM

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