Great news: Obama says he’s learned that “there’s no such thing as shovel-ready projects” for public works

posted at 2:33 pm on October 13, 2010 by Allahpundit

Hey, we all make mistakes. This one just happens to involve hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars.

While proud of his record, Obama has already begun thinking about what went wrong — and what he needs to do to change course for the next two years. He has spent what one aide called “a lot of time talking about Obama 2.0” with his new interim chief of staff, Pete Rouse, and his deputy chief of staff, Jim Messina. During our hour together, Obama told me he had no regrets about the broad direction of his presidency. But he did identify what he called “tactical lessons.” He let himself look too much like “the same old tax-and-spend liberal Democrat.” He realized too late that “there’s no such thing as shovel-ready projects” when it comes to public works. Perhaps he should not have proposed tax breaks as part of his stimulus and instead “let the Republicans insist on the tax cuts” so it could be seen as a bipartisan compromise.

Most of all, he has learned that, for all his anti-Washington rhetoric, he has to play by Washington rules if he wants to win in Washington. It is not enough to be supremely sure that he is right if no one else agrees with him. “Given how much stuff was coming at us,” Obama told me, “we probably spent much more time trying to get the policy right than trying to get the politics right. There is probably a perverse pride in my administration — and I take responsibility for this; this was blowing from the top — that we were going to do the right thing, even if short-term it was unpopular. And I think anybody who’s occupied this office has to remember that success is determined by an intersection in policy and politics and that you can’t be neglecting of marketing and P.R. and public opinion.”

I won’t rehash my annoyance at the Democrats’ obsession with “branding” and salesmanship as the source of their troubles (suffice it to say, even doctrinaire liberals are starting to tire of it) but savor the irony of The One whining about having allegedly neglected to market his policies thoroughly while admitting that his relentless pre-inauguration marketing of the stimulus for “shovel-ready” projects was wrong, wrong, wrong. Why? Because he forgot to account for the cumbersome regulatory bureaucracy that project managers have to shoulder before those shovels can, in fact, be readied. As lefty Kevin Drum recently put it, “The whole concept of ‘shovel ready’ really doesn’t seem to exist except for projects that are so far advanced they probably have funding already.” Oh well.

I wonder when The One will realize there’s no such thing as jobs “created or saved” either. Something for the next election cycle maybe, when “Obama 2.0″ is in full swing. Can’t wait. I’m going to leave you guys with this excerpt from the same Times piece, not because I think it’s correct or insightful or even an honest assessment of Team Barry’s thinking, but simply because the resulting freakout in the comments should be magnifique. Exit quotation:

Obama’s aides say they will most likely set up their re-election campaign around next March, roughly the same as when Bush and Clinton incorporated their incumbent campaign operations. They are more optimistic about 2012 than they are about 2010, believing the Tea Party will re-elect Barack Obama by pulling the Republican nominee to the right. They doubt Sarah Palin will run and figure Mitt Romney cannot get the Republican nomination because he enacted his own health care program in Massachusetts. If they had to guess today, some in the White House say that Obama will find himself running against Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor.


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You learn those things with experience.

Ronnie on October 13, 2010 at 2:36 PM

There’s a whole lot of us with shovels in hand right now.

Mr. D on October 13, 2010 at 2:36 PM

Obama has already begun thinking about what went wrong — and what he needs to do to change golf courses for the next two years.

FTFY

ted c on October 13, 2010 at 2:36 PM

A thousand facepalms

thebrokenrattle on October 13, 2010 at 2:36 PM

So this makes him…about two years behind those knuckle-dragging Tea Party racists, then?

Whoda thunkit.

Good Lt on October 13, 2010 at 2:37 PM

Somethging else Obama doesn’t know.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVAhr4hZDJE

volsense on October 13, 2010 at 2:37 PM

Obama will find himself running against Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor.

The horror!!! The horror!!!!!!

Cookies Mom on October 13, 2010 at 2:37 PM

But he did identify what he called “tactical lessons.”

That’s what the civilian world calls “failures” and what the military would call “dead soldiers”

semantics.

ted c on October 13, 2010 at 2:38 PM

about time he learned something

emz35 on October 13, 2010 at 2:38 PM

White House say that Obama will find himself running against Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor.

Wishcasting.

portlandon on October 13, 2010 at 2:39 PM

thebrokenrattle on October 13, 2010 at 2:36 PM

No surprise. This is President Facepalm we’re talking about here.

Fighton03 on October 13, 2010 at 2:39 PM

Obama’s aides say they will most likely set up their re-election campaign around next March

Bwahahahahaha! His campaign never ended!

search4truth on October 13, 2010 at 2:39 PM

You too can be president. We’ll even train you on the job! /soros

SirGawain on October 13, 2010 at 2:39 PM

“we probably spent much more time trying to get the policy right than trying to get the politics right.

WTF???

They didn’t even READ THE BILLS, much less try to get them right. Revisionism, anyone?

iurockhead on October 13, 2010 at 2:40 PM

The upsetting part is that for just a few million dollars I would have told him that there were no shovel ready jobs, and the country would have saved billions.
That’s the kind of American I am…

right2bright on October 13, 2010 at 2:40 PM

Because he forgot to account for the cumbersome regulatory bureaucracy that project managers have to shoulder before those shovels can, in fact, be readied.

OK fellers! READY, AIM…now….LEAN!

ted c on October 13, 2010 at 2:40 PM

Economic illiteracy is the foundation of Modern Liberalism.

visions on October 13, 2010 at 2:41 PM

As lefty Kevin Drum put it, “The whole concept of ‘shovel ready’ really doesn’t seem to exist except for projects that are so far advanced they probably have funding already.”

No sh-t, Sherlock! We were saying this a year and a half ago. And he’s right about the projects that are so far advanced they already have funding. Obama attributed the existence of many of those projects to Porkulus, knowing all along they were already in the works. The entire bill was a sham.

As for who they’re gearing up to face in 2012, Huckster? Really? If Palin doesn’t run, Romney becomes the odds-on favorite among the current crop. I suppose a dark horse like Thune or Pence(it ain’t gonna be Daniels) could emerge, but I just can’t see Huck getting the nod.

Oh and BTW, Palin IS running.

Doughboy on October 13, 2010 at 2:41 PM

“If I have a fault it’s that I care too much.” ~ BHO

drocity on October 13, 2010 at 2:41 PM

They doubt Sarah Palin will run and figure Mitt Romney cannot get the Republican nomination because he enacted his own health care program in Massachusetts. If they had to guess today, some in the White House say that Obama will find himself running against Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor.

Sarah is running, but if she doesn’t Mitt can win and Huck will not run

ConservativePartyNow on October 13, 2010 at 2:41 PM

Any word on if Obama 2.0 will be programmed to show real feelings and empathy?

stldave on October 13, 2010 at 2:41 PM

“we probably spent much more time trying to get the policy right than trying to get the politics right…”

So he is saying he should have campaigned more? Good grief…

right2bright on October 13, 2010 at 2:41 PM

There’s the tell. Huckabee is to be the next McCain. Expect the media to become very Huck-friendly in 3..2..1..

sandspur on October 13, 2010 at 2:41 PM

I beg to differ. Sifting through his last SOTU address for a kernal of truth was a shovel ready project.

Kataklysmic on October 13, 2010 at 2:41 PM

He let himself look too much like “the same old tax-and-spend liberal Democrat.”

If it walks like a duck….

drocity on October 13, 2010 at 2:41 PM

On the job training’s a b!tch.
I do think it’s hilarious that this bozo actually admits he’s a phony, liar, & charlatan right in public & notice how no one in the major media is going to hear this.
They are hearing something entirely different.
The man just admitted he’s an idiot.

Badger40 on October 13, 2010 at 2:42 PM

“we probably spent much more time trying to get the policy right than trying to get the politics right.

Now there is a mountain of manure, what policy has he even gotten close to right?

fourdeucer on October 13, 2010 at 2:42 PM

I absolutely love that liberals believe that there are only three people that might win the GOP nomination,Palin,Romney,and Huckabee.

cpaulus on October 13, 2010 at 2:42 PM

Out, freak!

yubley on October 13, 2010 at 2:42 PM

Oh look, Barry’s Training wheels are about ready to come off.

portlandon on October 13, 2010 at 2:42 PM

If they had to guess today, some in the White House say that Obama will find himself running against Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor.

LOL

Good Lt on October 13, 2010 at 2:43 PM

some in the White House say that Obama will find himself running against Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor.

A wish that won’t be granted…how would they feel about going up against Christy.
They don’t know how bad we want him out…

right2bright on October 13, 2010 at 2:43 PM

If they had to guess today, some in the White House say that Obama will find himself running against Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor.

I can’t say I necessarily disagree with this analysis but I don’t think he’ll be running against Huckabee. The times are changing and its likely that the RINO-taint ain’t gonna fly this next cycle.

ted c on October 13, 2010 at 2:43 PM

Obama will find himself running against Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor.

In an unrelated story, hallucinogenic drug use is at an all-time high at the White House.

mankai on October 13, 2010 at 2:44 PM

iurockhead on October 13, 2010 at 2:40 PM

right2bright on October 13, 2010 at 2:41 PM

At least I am in good company.

fourdeucer on October 13, 2010 at 2:44 PM

Christy…Christie…

right2bright on October 13, 2010 at 2:44 PM

There’s the tell. Huckabee is to be the next McCain. Expect the media to become very Huck-friendly in 3..2..1..

sandspur on October 13, 2010 at 2:41 PM

oh yeah, good point. Be nice to a guy then shiv him in the ribs, particularly when they don’t know what’s good for them….like McCain.

ted c on October 13, 2010 at 2:44 PM

“we probably spent much more time trying to get the policy right than trying to get the politics right.

Well that would explain ObamaCare and the recent “Regulatory Reform” wouldn’t it. Oh! wait, my bad, they didn’t even take the time to READ what they passed.

Barry is so good at talking out of both sides of his mouth.

GarandFan on October 13, 2010 at 2:44 PM

No such thing as shovel-ready projects? It took the Clown in Chief this long to figure that out? What happened to “ready to lead on day 1″ or whatever such nonsense came and went as one of this featherweight’s campaign slogans?

mr.blacksheep on October 13, 2010 at 2:45 PM

We can rebuild him. We have the technology.

Stronger. Faster. Full blown communist.

BadgerHawk on October 13, 2010 at 2:45 PM

He could have read the Hotair comments and learned all about the non-existence of “shovel-ready” construction projects. We discussed it in some detail. But they already knew all of that and were intentionally lying about it.

Perhaps he should not have proposed tax breaks as part of his stimulus and instead “let the Republicans insist on the tax cuts” so it could be seen as a bipartisan compromise.

No, because the Republicans would have proposed actual tax cuts, not redistributionist welfare “tax credits”, and market-distorting preferential tax kickbacks to preferred non-competitive green businesses.

forest on October 13, 2010 at 2:46 PM

Actually, I hope that Obama 2.0 gets debugged and never makes it to market.

search4truth on October 13, 2010 at 2:46 PM

I absolutely love that liberals believe that there are only three people that might win the GOP nomination,Palin,Romney,and Huckabee.

cpaulus on October 13, 2010 at 2:42 PM

I find that rather cute and quaint myself…

right2bright on October 13, 2010 at 2:46 PM

I absolutely love that liberals believe that there are only three people that might win the GOP nomination,Palin,Romney,and Huckabee.

cpaulus on October 13, 2010 at 2:42 PM

It’s not unreasonable to rank them as the top contenders(with Newt right behind them). Palin is Obama’s most vocal Republican critic and the most popular politician amongst conservatives and Tea Party faithful(Chris Christie notwithstanding). Romney is the establishment favorite and has a solid campaign staff in place. And Huckster remains a favorite of social conservatives and inexplicably tops a lot of polls that rank the top 2012 GOP contenders.

Doughboy on October 13, 2010 at 2:47 PM

Welcome to BarryLand

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0O7_3o3BrI

Jeebus me got a President that rides on the special bus.

roflmao

donabernathy on October 13, 2010 at 2:47 PM

If they had to guess today, some in the White House say that Obama will find himself running against Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor.

That’s it, they truly are delusional.

And I think anybody who’s occupied this office has to remember that success is determined by an intersection in policy and politics and that you can’t be neglecting of marketing and P.R. and public opinion.”

be neglecting of? It’s be neglectful of.

Just imagine if W or Sarah had said it.

rbj on October 13, 2010 at 2:47 PM

Geez! I knew there were no such thing as shovel ready projects before he did. Maybe I should be in the White House.

ultracon on October 13, 2010 at 2:48 PM

Yes, with this deep introspection now done, we need to spend more time on politics and spin?

Didn’t they already outsource the bill-writing to Congress? Didn’t Obama give like a million speeched on healthcare?

And the projection of Huck as their opponent?

Wow.

johnboy on October 13, 2010 at 2:48 PM

So if there is no such thing as a “shovel ready” job, yet Obama talked about all this money going for “shovel ready” jobs; how exactly can the policy be correct?

lorien1973 on October 13, 2010 at 2:48 PM

You learn those things with experience.

Ronnie on October 13, 2010 at 2:36 PM

On the job training….over a trillion dollars and counting.

Asher on October 13, 2010 at 2:50 PM

Another solid B-. Oh wait! This one is an epic Fail.

Buy Danish on October 13, 2010 at 2:50 PM

“there’s no such thing as shovel-ready projects”

But I will lift the ban on off-shore oil drilling a month ahead of time considering it will take 6 to 8 weeks to get the rigs back on line.

fourdeucer on October 13, 2010 at 2:50 PM

huck it will not be…

winston on October 13, 2010 at 2:50 PM

And this is supposed to be the smartest President to ever sit in the oval office? Really? Really??? REALLY??? ROFL!

capejasmine on October 13, 2010 at 2:51 PM

They are more optimistic about 2012 than they are about 2010, believing the Tea Party will re-elect Barack Obama by pulling the Republican nominee to the right…..If they had to guess today, some in the White House say that Obama will find himself running against Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor.

Wow, that’s some confidence they have over there. So, your candidate won’t win because he’s so fab (as are most Messiah’s) but rather because the opposition is so very weak? Good Lord, why even bother if that’s their line of attack?

volnation on October 13, 2010 at 2:51 PM

I thought Shovel Ready Jobs were the undertakers burying those who went through the DEATH PANELS?

portlandon on October 13, 2010 at 2:51 PM

Elect someone with less experience than a legislative intern and you’ll reap countless moronic “discoveries” like this.

ya2daup on October 13, 2010 at 2:52 PM

You can tell they are scared of Romney. That’s why they are hoping that the GOP won’t vote for him. Romney is the only person in the GOP field who is qualified to dig us out of this recession. He did it before with the olympics.

Chudi on October 13, 2010 at 2:52 PM

Obama will find himself running against Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor.

Wait a minute, I thought he was going to be running against Bush again.

Johnnyreb on October 13, 2010 at 2:52 PM

Ramirez needs to come up with a cartoon showing an open grave next to a tombstone reading “Obama Administration 2008 – 2012″ with the caption, Shovel Ready.

PackerBronco on October 13, 2010 at 2:53 PM

Management 101

mankai on October 13, 2010 at 2:54 PM

He realized too late that “there’s no such thing as shovel-ready projects” when it comes to public works.

You mean that $10 million turtle tunnel in Florida wasn’t shovel-ready? This is what happens when you hire an incompetent ideologue for on the job training.

RadClown on October 13, 2010 at 2:54 PM

So PBHO is either clueless, a liar, or both.

Thank you very much, 52%’ers, nice job electing a complete and utter fool to our highest office. Enjoy the tax bill he gave you because there is nothing else.

Bishop on October 13, 2010 at 2:55 PM

He has spent what one aide called “a lot of time talking about Obama 2.0”

Let me help you out: resign.

ya2daup on October 13, 2010 at 2:55 PM

Actually, I hope that Obama 2.0 gets debugged and never makes it to market.

search4truth on October 13, 2010 at 2:46 PM

Lessee, if you debug Obama 2.0, you get…..Zer0.

Wait a minute, isn’t that what got us into this mess in the first place??!!

VelvetElvis on October 13, 2010 at 2:55 PM

Chudi on October 13, 2010 at 2:52 PM

You funny guy. #1.

Bishop on October 13, 2010 at 2:57 PM

Obama 2.0?

Is that like New Coke or Windows Millenium?

American Elephant on October 13, 2010 at 2:57 PM

You can tell they are scared of Romney. That’s why they are hoping that the GOP won’t vote for him. Romney is the only person in the GOP field who is qualified to dig us out of this recession. He did it before with the olympics.

Chudi on October 13, 2010 at 2:52 PM

Uh huh. They don’t fear Romney at all. I think he could beat Obama simply because a vast majority of Americans are not gonna vote for 4 more years of this crap. But Mittens has a lot of baggage, especially Romneycare.

The two biggest issues in the 2012 election(barring Iran getting a nuke) will be the economy and health care. Mittens immediately takes one of them off the table for the GOP.

Doughboy on October 13, 2010 at 2:58 PM

Do you suppose that he’ll ever notice that the bloated, enormous bureaucracies that prevent his porculus projects from being “shovel ready” are in no small part the creation of his and his party’s big gov policies?

MJBrutus on October 13, 2010 at 2:58 PM

You can tell they are scared of Romney. That’s why they are hoping that the GOP won’t vote for him. Romney is the only person in the GOP field who is qualified to dig us out of this recession. He did it before with the olympics.

Chudi on October 13, 2010 at 2:52 PM

Obama = Pepsi
Romney = Diet Pepsi

Sorry. I hate Pepsi.

portlandon on October 13, 2010 at 3:00 PM

Huck? Keep wishing on that star….

cmsinaz on October 13, 2010 at 3:00 PM

The good news? Probably the smartest thing I’ve ever heard from the Obama administration.

The bad news? They should have known all this in 2008.

Wasn’t it Hillary who said that the White House isn’t the place for on-the-job training? She was right.

Chris of Rights on October 13, 2010 at 3:02 PM

Anyone think the democrat party is going to Obama and tell him that for the good of the party Obama can’t run for a second term?

Will there be a democrat party left, if Obama runs for a second term?

Skandia Recluse on October 13, 2010 at 3:02 PM

It’s become a cliche by now, but what the hell:

Thank GOD we didn’t get Caribou Barbie in the White House! Thank GOODNESS we got somebody with a BRAIN in his head, with the experience and gravitas necessary to be President!

/sarc

This dumb ox Obama was the freaking Elvis Presley of politics two years ago! The news media were pronouncing his speeches some of the most important in American history before he even gave them! People were about ready to start building monuments to him on Inauguration Day! Anybody see anybody swooning over this meathead nowadays? What a foul, disgusting bill of goods our corrupt Democrat-activist media helped to foist on this country! Feh!

Aitch748 on October 13, 2010 at 3:02 PM

If they had to guess today, some in the White House say that Obama will find himself running against Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor.

No freakout. In fact I want them to think it’ll be Huckabee and plan their campaign around that for as long as possible.

JeffWeimer on October 13, 2010 at 3:03 PM

And I think anybody who’s occupied this office has to remember that success is determined by an intersection in policy and politics and that you can’t be neglecting of marketing and P.R. and public opinion.”

So he’s talking to 4 people out of the 300+ million Americans he presides over? Or are those 4 people the only ones he feels accountable to?

Are any of the other 4 living presidents speaking out about Obama policies? I haven’t seen any do it yet. Why is he talking to them telling them to remember something?

This guy is a lunatic. A stark raving narcissistic lunatic.

ButterflyDragon on October 13, 2010 at 3:03 PM

Baker should have just written the piece as a bulleted list of the things that Obama didn’t know. Aw, heck, he could have also made a big list of the things that Obama still doesn’t know.

Jaibones on October 13, 2010 at 3:04 PM

Politics & Policy from the guy who don’t know sh!t from sh!t let alone sh!t from shinola.

fourdeucer on October 13, 2010 at 3:05 PM

Doughboy on October 13, 2010 at 2:58 PM

I wonder who they really are scared of? Definitely not Huckabee, and probably not Romney since Masscare takes O-care off the table. Seriously, I try to think of that candidate who when they announce, cause Obama and his cronies to throw up because they know that they’re now in the fight of their lives. Obama is definitely beatable in 2012 assuming that his opponent is willing to take the gloves off.

volnation on October 13, 2010 at 3:05 PM

Obama 2.0?

Is that like New Coke or Windows Millenium?

American Elephant on October 13, 2010 at 2:57 PM

im guessin’ yep.

ted c on October 13, 2010 at 3:06 PM

So Obama 2.0 is a teleprompter with a retro-fit.

Thanks in advance.

booter on October 13, 2010 at 3:07 PM

American Elephant on October 13, 2010 at 2:57 PM

Nah, Microsoft Bob.

JeffWeimer on October 13, 2010 at 3:07 PM

…Obama will find himself running against Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor.

Only in their dreams.

irishspy on October 13, 2010 at 3:07 PM

A thousand 787 billion facepalms

thebrokenrattle on October 13, 2010 at 2:36 PM

FIFY

UltimateBob on October 13, 2010 at 3:08 PM

there’s no such thing as shovel-ready projects

Really?

Can we have our money back then?

Rebar on October 13, 2010 at 3:08 PM

Obama = Coke Zero.

Emperor Norton on October 13, 2010 at 3:08 PM

Before an infrastructure project can be “shovel-ready”, someone from a state government has to recognize a need (to widen or improve a road or bridge, renovate a building, etc.), then seek competitive bids, which usually requires engineering contractors to spend 3 to 12 months (depending on the scope of the project) calculating what needs to be done and preparing a proposal. At the time Porkulus passed in February 2009, there might have been some “shovel-ready” projects for which the engineering had already been done, but states did not fund for lack of money.

But by throwing a huge amount of Federal money into the system when the engineering work had not been done, the decisions of WHICH projects were worthwhile were made by members of Congress, not state and local governments better aware of the need, and engineers who would be better aware of the relative economic feasibility of one project over another. So, most of the projects were wasteful and overpriced, and some of them are STILL not shovel-ready.

Congress was ready to shovel money, and that’s about it.

The “stimulus” might have worked if Congress had allocated an amount of Federal support for infrastructure projects for each state in proportion to its population, and let the STATES decide which projects were most worthwhile, and overseeing the competitive-bid process. It might have taken awhile for the projects to work their way from the engineering phase to the construction phase, but the money would have been spent more efficiently on useful projects rather than on unnecesary “white-elephants”.

But Obama and the Democrats were not interested in real results or real infrastructure improvements or real jobs, but the “impression” of “doing something”–look how much we spent quickly to create jobs!!! Then they spent a year debating ObamaCare, while the Porkulus money was frittered away on white elephants.

Steve Z on October 13, 2010 at 3:09 PM

Wow, his remarks weren’t exactly humble pie, but they were probably as close to it as Mr. President will ever get. Since that interview, though, he’s gone back to being an arrogant jacka$$.

scalleywag on October 13, 2010 at 3:09 PM

The Comrade Zero Administration: Shovel Ready From Day One

Cicero43 on October 13, 2010 at 3:09 PM

I wonder who they really are scared of? Definitely not Huckabee, and probably not Romney since Masscare takes O-care off the table. Seriously, I try to think of that candidate who when they announce, cause Obama and his cronies to throw up because they know that they’re now in the fight of their lives. Obama is definitely beatable in 2012 assuming that his opponent is willing to take the gloves off.

volnation on October 13, 2010 at 3:05 PM

Two candidates fit that bill: Christie and Palin. Both connect with people and both are fearless when it comes to taking on the left.

Doughboy on October 13, 2010 at 3:10 PM

Obama = Coke Zero.

Emperor Norton on October 13, 2010 at 3:08 PM

Obama = Coke Zero.

Emperor Norton on October 13, 2010 at 3:08 PM

works both ways…..

ted c on October 13, 2010 at 3:10 PM

You mean originally unfunded, complex multi-million/billon dollar projects take planning???

Say it ain’t so… I thought these things were ready to go and you just had to pick up 20 illegals at Home Depot everyday and get started. Huh.

NickelAndDime on October 13, 2010 at 3:12 PM

The White House thinks they will be running against Huckabee. I guess they forgot he has to get past Hillary first. These loons just don’t get it, do they?

volsense on October 13, 2010 at 3:16 PM

Obama gave a long, friendly, sit-down interview with the New York Times. I’m sure the Washington Examiner, Weekly Standard, or Fox News will be getting their interview any day now.

hawksruleva on October 13, 2010 at 3:17 PM

Obama 2.0…

The Chevy Volt Edsel of Presidencies.

trigon on October 13, 2010 at 3:17 PM

They doubt Sarah Palin will run and figure Mitt Romney cannot get the Republican nomination because he enacted his own health care program in Massachusetts. If they had to guess today, some in the White House say that Obama will find himself running against Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor.

Obama will probably be running against “none of the above”. Huckabee and Romney are has-beens, and Palin may be too radioactive in the general election. According to RCP, Republicans will have between 27 and 35 Governorships after the 2010 elections. Look for the 2012 Presidential nominee to be a successful, popular Governor from a big purple state. Chris Christie, Bobby Jindal, and Mitch Daniels come to mind, and by 2012, even Jeb Bush could be a contender, despite his last name. Or maybe a Governor elected this year, if he/she performs extremely well on the job.

Steve Z on October 13, 2010 at 3:18 PM

You mean originally unfunded, complex multi-million/billon dollar projects take planning???

Say it ain’t so… I thought these things were ready to go and you just had to pick up 20 illegals at Home Depot everyday and get started. Huh.

NickelAndDime on October 13, 2010 at 3:12 PM

That would be faster. I’m guessing the union requirements in the stimulus bill were a big factor in the slowdown.

hawksruleva on October 13, 2010 at 3:18 PM

Obama’s lips move and lies spew forth
Another lie who woulda thunk ?

ELMO Q on October 13, 2010 at 3:19 PM

No such thing? He’s a slow learner.

Oink on October 13, 2010 at 3:19 PM

Obama still thinks he has a messaging/positioning problem. Even the author understands that what Obama has is a ‘failure to fix the economy’ problem.

But nowhere in the article does Obama really embrace going in a different direction. Instead, he blithely insists that he’s accomplished 70% of what he promised.

hawksruleva on October 13, 2010 at 3:20 PM

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