Barney Frank: We’re losing because Obama hasn’t … blamed Republicans enough

posted at 9:32 pm on August 16, 2010 by Allahpundit

Via Dave in Texas, I can’t shake the feeling that we’ve suddenly entered pre-mortem season for the midterm wipeout that’s ahead. I didn’t think we’d get there for another month at least, but between the gruesome generic ballot polling and The One’s horrible misplay of the Ground Zero mosque, my sense is that something’s changed and the game has now switched from mitigating losses in November to finding ulterior explanations for the inevitable losses to come. The more creative those explanations, the better; the only rule if you’re a lefty is that you can’t claim that voters are responding rationally to the Democrats’ horrible policies. Any other excuse — preferably having to do with “messaging” or “optics” — is A-OK. Take it away, Barney:

Forget that whole conciliatory, post-partisan message thing. President Obama’s problem is that he’s not partisan enough…

Frank said Obama made a critical mistake when he took office in January 2009 by being too nice to Republicans and failing to tell the public just how bad things were following the presidency of George W. Bush. That has left Frank and other Democrats vulnerable to Republican attacks that they are to blame for problems facing the nation — from the intractable war in Afghanistan to the economic collapse at home — when the roots of those crises were planted during the Bush administration, Frank said.

“The president was not partisan enough; he did not put the blame where it lay, and so we’re in a tough fight now,’’ he told roughly 70 attendees at a fund-raiser.

Actually, not until the past two weeks or so — 18 months after the stimulus passed — have voters started to blame Obama for the state of the economy more than Bush. As of one month ago, more voters blamed Bush than Obama for unemployment, the deficit, and even conditions in Afghanistan. It’s not that voters think The One is responsible for the country’s problems, in other words; it’s that they think he’s been simply miserable at trying to solve the ones he inherited, to the point where even the much-loathed GOP is set to get another bite of the apple. Which, of course, is why it’s so absurd for Obama to be touring the country right now telling people that a vote against Democrats is a vote for fear. They’re already so terrified at what Democrats are doing that they’re willing to return a party that they have little confidence in to power simply as a check on the left. I asked this in the generic ballot thread but it bears repeating: How do you screw up so titanically that even an opposition held in disgrace as recently as two years ago starts to look good by comparison?

Oh, the latest poll numbers, by the way: Democratic support is now fading in the swing state of Pennsylvania as well as the Obama stronghold of Illinois. It’s “fear,” you see.


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I have to admit I read your title and almost spit out my Diet Pepsi.

They have no clue and are scared. YEAH!

gophergirl on August 16, 2010 at 9:36 PM

When can we start ridiculing Obama’s last remaining supporters as unthinky, ala W in 2007-8.

drocity on August 16, 2010 at 9:36 PM

Where the hell was he when the Housing bubble was expanding?

rob verdi on August 16, 2010 at 9:37 PM

Forget that whole conciliatory, post-partisan message thing. President Obama’s problem is that he’s not partisan enough…

So, how many America changing bills does Obama have to sign into law with not a single Republican vote before he is “partisan enough?”

Aquateen Hungerforce on August 16, 2010 at 9:37 PM

Barney Frank should try stand-up comedy. He’s funny!

terryannonline on August 16, 2010 at 9:38 PM

Obama is playing a dangerous game. As angry as the extremist are on both sides, Obama feeding that anger is taking a big risk.

Skandia Recluse on August 16, 2010 at 9:39 PM

lulz

RedNewEnglander on August 16, 2010 at 9:39 PM

Yes, this. Run this idea hard. Two more years! Two more years!

exception on August 16, 2010 at 9:39 PM

How do you screw up so titanically that even an opposition held in disgrace as recently as two years ago starts to look good by comparison?

You or Ed posted a nice story in the headlines a few days ago that attempted an answer to that question, and found it to be a signal of something bigger than just Democrat stupidity. Although, there’s plenty of that too.

Weight of Glory on August 16, 2010 at 9:40 PM

I can’t shake the feeling that we’ve suddenly entered pre-mortem season for the midterm wipeout that’s ahead.

You must have missed the Monday-morning quarterbacking (three months ahead) from Bob Hebert of the New York Times of all people. Newsbusters had an amusing clip of Chris Matthews “wincing in pain” when told Boxer “could lose California”. You have thought his dog just got run over. Election night may be the night when Fox News gets crushed by MSNBC in the ratings. I’m looking forward to it.

Marcus on August 16, 2010 at 9:41 PM

Oh sure, Barney. It’s the black man’s fault.

lorien1973 on August 16, 2010 at 9:41 PM

lorien1973 on August 16, 2010 at 9:41 PM

LOL!

Aquateen Hungerforce on August 16, 2010 at 9:42 PM

It’s not that voters think The One is responsible for the country’s problems,…

The One had a hand in the countries problems..before being the Prez. Same with his party….and Barney

Electrongod on August 16, 2010 at 9:42 PM

Honestly, all I got from that was ” Flubba, flubba-flubaa! Flubba-flubba! Flubba! Flubba! Flubba! Flubba! Flubba! Flubba! Flubba!”

ThePrez on August 16, 2010 at 9:42 PM

Drolling Barney.

The only person in the country more loathsome than the DetstructoTransformer.

How appropos that they should have a scratching melee in the bathhouse.

Dumbo vs Pinochio

notagool on August 16, 2010 at 9:43 PM

I wonder if Jon Stewart is writing Barney’s material.

terryannonline on August 16, 2010 at 9:43 PM

Blame Bush For Every Mistake = Not Partisan Enough!
Makes sense to me.

JimK on August 16, 2010 at 9:51 PM

Barn is just spewing…….NOVEMBER…..focus on lowering expectations and Destroying the progressives in both parties!!!

PappyD61 on August 16, 2010 at 9:51 PM

“Obama is not tough enough on Republicans” is now a Democrat talking point. When reporters ask Harry Reid if there is any area where he is willing to criticize President Obama, Reid says he wishes Obama had been tougher on Republicans.

daveundis on August 16, 2010 at 9:52 PM

Hey, you little twerp! Everytime Obama opens his big mouth, it’s all the Republicans and George Bush’s fault. Are you sleeping through his ramblings like you’ve been your whole term in Congress?

quint906 on August 16, 2010 at 9:53 PM

Where the hell was he when the Housing bubble was expanding?

rob verdi on August 16, 2010 at 9:37 PM

Helping blow it up.

Aviator on August 16, 2010 at 9:56 PM

I guess Barney Should take Obama’s keys; he clearly doesn’t know how to drive.

JCred on August 16, 2010 at 9:59 PM

Something is scary alright.

Joe Caps on August 16, 2010 at 10:00 PM

“The president was not partisan enough; he did not put the blame where it lay, and so we’re in a tough fight now,’’ he told roughly 70 attendees at a fund-raiser.

All Obama’s done is play the blame game for nearly 2 years now. Give me a break.

ddrintn on August 16, 2010 at 10:00 PM

“The president was not partisan enough; he did not put the blame where it lay, and so we’re in a tough fight now,’’ he told roughly 70 attendees at a fund-raiser.

All Obama’s done is play the blame game for nearly 2 years now. Give me a break.

ddrintn on August 16, 2010 at 10:00 PM

Yeah, can we have the keys back? Enough with this joy ridin’

Electrongod on August 16, 2010 at 10:03 PM

Things Obama will have GREAT put in front of about his presidency

Great Divider
Great Disparager
Great Whiner etc…

Barney Frank is a tool…

bluemarlin on August 16, 2010 at 10:06 PM

Frank says Obama should have been harder on GOP.
He said “harder” (insert Beavis & Butthead laughter here)

iceman1960 on August 16, 2010 at 10:08 PM

Nothing would make me happier than seeing this sanctimonious, elitist pr!ck lose in November!

rockmom on August 16, 2010 at 10:11 PM

30 years as representative. Is it wrong of me to wish his “lifestyle” might have offed him earlier?

GTR640 on August 16, 2010 at 10:05 PM

He was lucky.

rockmom on August 16, 2010 at 10:12 PM

Barney the Blowhard strikes again. What a tool.

txag92 on August 16, 2010 at 10:15 PM

Frank said Obama made a critical mistake when he took office in January 2009 by being too nice to Republicans and failing to tell the public just how bad things were following the presidency of George W. Bush.

When exactly was Obama too nice to Republicans…?
He has insulted them every chance he got.
Also fatboy Frank seems to think that the only information available to people is what the President tells us.
Excuse me hot pants but I don’t get my information from Barack Obama unless I want to be lied too.

NeoKong on August 16, 2010 at 10:17 PM

The Policies of the Past… Deficit spending, government intrusion into the people’s lives, government control of the economy.

Obama’s policies aren’t the policies of the past… Deficit Spending, government intrusion into the people’s lives and government control of the economy are not the policies of the past.

Holger on August 16, 2010 at 10:19 PM

NeoKong at 10:17

Right on, brother !

teacherman on August 16, 2010 at 10:25 PM

VOTE BARNEY FRANK OUT OF OFFICE!

This chart shows how vulnerable Barney’s seat is:

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/graphics/01_21_10_districts/

Barney won re-election in 2008 with the lowest percentage of votes of all of the Massachusetts Congressional Disticts – 64%.

And that was before Scott Brown’s statewide Senate victory in Massachusetts.

Take a look at the chart to see how much of Barney’s District voted for Republican Scott Brown.

Please, Massachusetts, can you give us one more miracle?

wren on August 16, 2010 at 10:26 PM

No word from Barney why Democrats refused to pass a budget this year. Is it Barney Freddie or Fannie Frank? Odd that Barney Frank doesn’t accept any criticism of his party’s involvement with the clustarfark of the mortgage mess.

Democrats: GO HOME.

TN Mom on August 16, 2010 at 10:27 PM

Oh Wren, I hope your dream comes true. Barney’s Frank is a a shocking troll I’d love to see lose…and lose badly.

Trouble is, I know how Newton and Wellesley vote and I just won’t believe it ’til I see it. His districts are lousy with MOONBATS!

You know, I was once a Liberal and I hafta believe that even if I still were, I’d not be able to stand Barney’s Frank because he’s such a nasty mofo. Gosh, he’s a human stain and I can’t believe he gets away with his BS and his standard trick of being a bloody awful blowhard!

Gob on August 16, 2010 at 10:35 PM

Obama is playing a dangerous game. As angry as the extremist are on both sides, Obama feeding that anger is taking a big risk.

Skandia Recluse on August 16, 2010 at 9:39 PM

You know he’s feeding it deliberately.

disa on August 16, 2010 at 10:39 PM

Hey, you little twerp! Everytime Obama opens his big mouth, it’s all the Republicans and George Bush’s fault. Are you sleeping through his ramblings like you’ve been your whole term in Congress?

quint906 on August 16, 2010 at 9:53 PM

Barney’s not a little twerpI’m a ‘little twerp…and Barney’s the blithering yokel.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 16, 2010 at 10:43 PM

Proofreading is my friend.
*slaps side of head*

annoyinglittletwerp on August 16, 2010 at 10:44 PM

Barney Frank: We can’t get pregnant because thats not a vagina………………?

dmann on August 16, 2010 at 10:53 PM

Nothing would make me happier than seeing this sanctimonious, elitist pr!ck lose in November!

rockmom on August 16, 2010 at 10:11 PM

If I weren’t superstitious about such things, I would love to play the “who do you most want to see lose?” game. There are some where the victory would be so, so sweet. Too dicey to jinx it though.

Missy on August 16, 2010 at 10:55 PM

Wow the correct and accepted term (V word) for female genitalia gets the boot…………….

All Hail Salem communications!

dmann on August 16, 2010 at 10:57 PM

Didn’t Obama inherit his problems from Big-Gov-Bush and Democrats (including Obama himself)?

GardenGnome on August 16, 2010 at 10:57 PM

I blame Barney

…not that barney.

chewydog on August 16, 2010 at 11:00 PM

Trouble is, I know how Newton and Wellesley vote and I just won’t believe it ’til I see it. His districts are lousy with MOONBATS!
Gob on August 16, 2010 at 10:35 PM

To: Gob
Alas, Frank’s 4th district does have its share of moonbats. I lived in Barney Frank’s district for many years in the 1980′s.

But Scott Brown’s miracle victory and Barney’s link to the Freddie and Fannie housing debacle has given me hope that Massachusetts voters will fire Barney in November.

Earl Sholley and Sean Bielat are the Republicans who are running in the Sept 14 Primary for Barney’s seat.

If you live in or near the Massachusetts 4th Congressional District, please let us know which candidate has the strongest chance of defeating Barney Frank.

wren on August 16, 2010 at 11:02 PM

take 2

Barney Frank:…..what do you mean I can’t get pregnant? Really….its not the same, thats not a ^agina?

dmann on August 16, 2010 at 11:04 PM

Obama is playing a dangerous game. As angry as the extremist are on both sides, Obama feeding that anger is taking a big risk.

Skandia Recluse on August 16, 2010 at 9:39 PM

I’ve had that fear for a while, now. And if it’s deliberate, can you imagine the depth of the game he’s actually playing? What if Obama’s actually trying to bait some crackpot (from either side) into trying to take him out? The mind boggles.

If violence breaks out, we’re in the deepest pile of sh*t you could imagine.

I’ve had a different, but related, thought: what if he’s a Manchurian candidate … from the Right? What if he’s a deep plant by people who believe (a la the “Gang of Three” from Atlas Shrugged) that the only way to save the country is to destroy it? And the only way to destroy it is from the inside, with someone charismatic enough to be elected, and push through policies guaranteed to take the country down…

That’s my crackpot theory for the night. Figured it was loony enough to lighten the thread up a little. ;-)

nukemhill on August 16, 2010 at 11:05 PM

Frank said Obama made a critical mistake when he took office in January 2009 by being too nice to Republicans

“I Won”…..

…….
“I don’t want the folks who created the mess to do a lot of talking; I don’t mind cleaning up the mess, just don’t do a lot of talking”

Barack Obama
Aug. 8, 2009 , Virginia speech


“Why don’t you grab a mop…why don’t you help clean up….”

Obama in New Orleans, Oct. 2009

Pelosi gags Republicans to save Dems from embarrassment
posted at 6:00 pm on July 16, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

In their zeal to protect their members from politically hazardous votes on issues such as gay marriage and gun control, Democrats running the House of Representatives are taking extraordinary steps to muzzle Republicans in this summer’s debates on spending bills. …


Democrats lock Republicans out of committee room

By Susan Crabtree – 10/20/09 05:47 PM ET


Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.) locked Republicans out of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee room to keep them from meeting when Democrats aren’t present.

Towns’ action came after repeated public ridicule from the leading Republican on the committee, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), over Towns’s failure to launch an investigation into Countrywide Mortgage’s reported sweetheart deals to VIPs.

Democrats Block GOP Health Care Mailing
July 23, 2009
By Jackie Kucinich
Roll Call Staff

Democrats are preventing Republican House Members from sending their constituents a mailing that is critical of the majority’s health care reform plan, blocking the mailing by alleging that it is inaccurate.

House Democrats Lock GOP Out of Committee Room

By JAMES FREEMAN

>Democratic staff for the House oversight committee informed their GOP counterparts today that the majority has changed the locks on the committee’s hearing room. While Republicans previously enjoyed their own key to the room, they will now have to request access from Democrats.

Dems to bypass tradition on final health deal
House, Senate negotiations to complete legislation will cut out Republicans

WASHINGTON — House and Senate Democrats intend to bypass traditional procedures when they negotiate a final compromise on health care legislation, officials said Monday, a move that will exclude Republican lawmakers and reduce their ability to delay or force politically troubling votes in both houses.

…..Great point Barney……Obama making infantile,partisan remarks on a continuous basis,locking the GOP out of legislation meetings,changing the locks on doors,and trashing any traditional methods of passing legislation is clearly a sign that the Obama administration is not partisan enough.

Maybe Barney could get NASA to run everything after they are finished making peace with Islamic Radicals…..

Baxter Greene on August 16, 2010 at 11:08 PM

If you live in or near the Massachusetts 4th Congressional District, please let us know which candidate has the strongest chance of defeating Barney Frank.

wren on August 16, 2010 at 11:02 PM

Wren, well I have heard more about Earl Sholley on the local radio, but I’m a political junkie and I have heard more crickets than anything about the GOP primary.

Still, don’t give up hope. I think another Scott Brown-like win is feasible at this time, but this would be the ONLY time. I am with you thou’…I want to see him fired!!

Gob on August 16, 2010 at 11:13 PM

Forget that whole conciliatory, post-partisan message thing. President Obama’s problem is that he’s not partisan enough…

President “I won” isn’t partisan enough? Leave it to Fatso for the understatement of the year.

Barney so wants to ‘roll the dice’ one more time.

GarandFan on August 16, 2010 at 11:24 PM

Barney Frank must be suffering from self loathing more than any of us can comprehend. The guy is way to sharp to to not know everything he says is a complete lie or at best, the most pathetic spin ever unleashed on the world. He must go to bed at night and sweat and flail hoping God doesnt hit him with a lightning bolt for being such a disgraceful human being. (…and no, its has nothing to do with him being gay…sorry, lefties, i just dont care))

I dont think even he knows how he has become the partisan hack no thinking person takes seriously or respects in the least. Im sure thats not what his goal was as a young man.

It is just more proof that the more angry, self hating, dishonest, and arrogant a politician becomes, the farther left they go….also, the less shame they feel for having abandoned any integrity they may have had.

ie….see Charlie Crist

alecj on August 16, 2010 at 11:51 PM

Actually, not until the past two weeks or so — 18 months after the stimulus passed — have voters started to blame Obama for the state of the economy more than Bush. As of one month ago, more voters blamed Bush than Obama for unemployment, the deficit, and even conditions in Afghanistan.

Now, don’t you go around trying to confuse Barney with the facts.

JohnGalt23 on August 16, 2010 at 11:52 PM

Wren, well I have heard more about Earl Sholley on the local radio, but I’m a political junkie and I have heard more crickets than anything about the GOP primary.
Gob on August 16, 2010 at 11:13 PM

Come on Republican Party! The September 14 Massachussetts Primary is less than 1 month away. We need to hear more than crickets about the race against Barney Frank!

Here are the websites for the Republicans who are in the race against Barney Frank:

Earl Sholley http://sholleyforcongress.us/

Sean Bielat http://www.seanbielat.org/

Here is a link to the podcasts of a great debate that Jeff Katz moderated with Earl Sholley and Sean Bielat on August 11 on RushRadio1200.

http://www.rushradio1200.com/cc-common/podcast.html

Here is an update on the money each candidate had raised as of 6/30/10

http://www.fec.gov/DisclosureSearch/HSRefreshCandList.do

wren on August 17, 2010 at 12:40 AM

Obama is too proud to do the right thing when his party is destroyed in November. He’ll think himself a bystander and wonder what happened to those Dhimmicrats that don’t know how to campaign like he can.

Mojave Mark on August 17, 2010 at 12:43 AM

McCarthy is rolling over in his grave wishing he had done more.

ButterflyDragon on August 17, 2010 at 1:42 AM

Stand-up?! Barney should try bend-over comedy.

BHO Jonestown on August 17, 2010 at 4:57 AM

How do you screw up so titanically that even an opposition held in disgrace as recently as two years ago starts to look good by comparison?

great analysis in this thread AP. The current phenomena we are seeing is totally thread worthy for a “The Dems suck so bad that ..________…”fill in the blank with “their momma”… contest. We are at that point in history right now.

ted c on August 17, 2010 at 6:04 AM

I can’t shake the feeling that we’ve suddenly entered pre-mortem season for the midterm wipeout that’s ahead. I didn’t think we’d get there for another month at least, but between the gruesome generic ballot polling and The One’s horrible misplay of the Ground Zero mosque, my sense is that something’s changed and the game has now switched from mitigating losses in November to finding ulterior explanations for the inevitable losses to come.

I think the worm has finally turned and the scales have fallen from their eyes and they are seeing the army that is arrayed in front of them. The American voting electorate has been kicked over like a friggin hornet’s nest and I doubt that they/we are ever going to become complacent again. This is a generational wake up call and our children will remember this. It will be our grandchildren that will need to continue on, alas, it was the grandchildren of those that lived through the depression that gave us the 1960′s. …more coffee.

ted c on August 17, 2010 at 6:08 AM

the roots of those crises were planted during the Bush administration, Frank said.

Ah yes, I remember those Bush years. I remember seeing Bush lisping into the camera that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were in fine shape, and demanding that they should be taking on more risk, not less.

Oh no, wait, that wasn’t Bush. That was some fat load named . . . Barney Frank.

AZCoyote on August 17, 2010 at 6:23 AM

Fear of a Democrat planet.

It takes a nation of millions to hold us back!

Barney Frank thinks he’s Chuck D.

Bring the noise!

NoDonkey on August 17, 2010 at 6:31 AM

Just keep yapping Barney.

Terrye on August 17, 2010 at 7:02 AM

Has blaming Bush created a job?

seven on August 17, 2010 at 8:01 AM

It’s pretty clear the donks are losing because people know what they did last night.

People are now wide awake to your scam Bawney, wide awake.

tarpon on August 17, 2010 at 8:01 AM

Do these Dems actually believe this stuff, or is it just protective spin? If it’s spin then they have no respect whatsoever for the intelligence of the American people. This from one of the main architects of the financial mess we don’t seem able to climb out of.

jeanie on August 17, 2010 at 8:27 AM

The most ridiculous thing about blaming Bush for every spending bill he sent through is each one had Obama’s signature on it. Accountability is not a progressive concept. When you can still attack your opponent for your own stimulous plan, guaranteed to work, and it fails miserably, it demonstrate an incompetence only a demonrat can understand.

volsense on August 17, 2010 at 9:38 AM

The next obvious phase- when American troops are sent home from Afghanistan in order to guard declining stocks of food in supermarkets from desperate, hungry mobs-will be to blame Bush for for the election of Obama. “This Chicago POS would never have been president in the first place had it not been for public frustration and anger against Bush.”

MaiDee on August 17, 2010 at 9:43 AM

Barney isn’t thinking right as someone tried to make his mouth pregnant for the past thirty years…..

adamsmith on August 17, 2010 at 9:55 AM

Bawney may have left the closet, but his brain’s still in the dark.

SD on August 17, 2010 at 2:09 PM

Even with declining interest among democrap voters,you can bet the farm that on election day here in Pa.the simmpletons will be out to support Sestak and co.

DDT on August 17, 2010 at 2:25 PM