Reporters to Obama: Hey, how’s that Slurpee tasting today?

posted at 4:56 pm on November 3, 2010 by Allahpundit

The comic highlight from an otherwise depressing day-after presser in which The One affirmed that, yes indeed, he’ll be sticking to his agenda as best he can. Anyone surprised? A revealing admission from a Politico piece this morning on a possible “shake-up” inside the White House:

Obama has had weeks to brace for the worst, unlike Clinton, who was blindsided by the ’94 results. But some of Obama’s allies fear he will take Tuesday’s results too much in stride. That perception was fueled by Axelrod, who told a gathering of Democrats earlier this week that he didn’t interpret Tuesday’s expected debacle as a rejection of the president.

“I’m not sure [Obama] gets it yet,” said one person close to the president.

Is that it? Or is it that Obama “gets it” in a way that political horse-race obsessives like me don’t? The money question of this election is whether, knowing now that his decisions would lead to a Blue Dog bloodletting, The One would have scaled back his agenda if he had it to do over again. I don’t think he would have; if anything, I bet he’d have gone for a bigger stimulus and possibly a public option on ObamaCare to yank the country as far left as he could. That is to say, when push comes to shove, I think he’s willing to trade seats for “accomplishments.” One of the most trenchant critiques of Hopenchange from righties is that Democrats played a long-term game in passing O-Care, hoping that it wouldn’t hurt them too badly on election day but resolved that they would accept a beating if need be as the cost of setting the country on track to true socialized medicine. Whether they made the right call will depend on whether the GOP eventually has the opportunity and the nerve to undo those “accomplishments,” but AmSpec’s Philip Klein makes an excellent case for why they did the smart thing strategically:

The American public didn’t go from being socialists to Reaganite conservatives in the past two years, any more than their ideology radically transformed from 2004 to 2006. The lesson of recent elections, thus, may not be that the American people are right of center, or left of center, or dead center, but that many of them aren’t terribly ideological. This means that political power is ephemeral. No matter how popular one party is, they could be only one election away from embarrassing defeat. No matter how badly one party is defeated, they could be on the verge of a historic comeback. In this environment, reports of the demise of any political party, at any time, are likely to be greatly exaggerated.

One reaction to this reality is to argue that a political party should enact as many of its policy goals as they can while in charge. While Obama’s presidency is shaping up to be a spectacular failure from a political perspective, he may view it as a smashing success from a liberal ideological point of view. Instead of squandering Democrats’ time in power by playing small ball, he went bold.

In a volatile age, where majorities may not last long, it’s crucially important for a party to seize its chances to remake the legislative landscape. Rahm Emanuel recognized that all the way back at the beginning of Obama’s term with his rhetoric about treating a crisis as an opportunity; Obama himself alluded to it today in framing his agenda as a necessary response to an “emergency.” The theme in both cases is urgency in capitalizing on favorable political conditions, a lesson Republicans of all ideological stripes should keep close to their hearts. If the GOP ever does get a real shot at repealing ObamaCare — or, more momentously, at reforming Social Security and Medicare — take it. Take it and worry about the electoral consequences later. Lost seats can be regained, but legislation — usually — is forever.

Two clips for you, one from CNN about a “Slurpee summit” and the other via Mediaite of Obama’s long-winded modification of the car metaphor he’s spent the past three months exhausting.



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“…duuuude?”

mojo on November 3, 2010 at 4:58 PM

I’ll bet Alvin Greene gave President Awesome that wicked clever car metaphor.

Cicero43 on November 3, 2010 at 5:00 PM

The problem Obama has is that a lot of people have stopped slurping up his every utterance. Although David Brooks is usually good for a big gulp or two.

Mr. D on November 3, 2010 at 5:00 PM

*slurrrrrppppppp ssssssllluuurrrrpppppppppp ssssllll uuurrrrrr pppppppp* dang need another slurpee.

upinak on November 3, 2010 at 5:01 PM

what a tard.

joeindc44 on November 3, 2010 at 5:01 PM

Gawd he sounded just like Kramer
“Who’s gonna turn down a Junior Mint? It’s chocolate, it’s peppermint — it’s delicious!”

Brat on November 3, 2010 at 5:03 PM

Tastes like America’s middle finger.

HornetSting on November 3, 2010 at 5:04 PM

Don’t encourage him. The President has burned all the tread off the tires and blamed the GOP. He wonders why the tires are spinning?

CWforFreedom on November 3, 2010 at 5:04 PM

Custer had this same News Conference two years before Little Big Horn…

d1carter on November 3, 2010 at 5:04 PM

What would be the political costs of repealing an unpopular Bill?

That the few benefactors, all on the lower-end of the income scale, won’t vote for you?

They weren’t going to vote for you anyway. Repeal it.

NoDonkey on November 3, 2010 at 5:04 PM

He needs to talk to his wife. I’m pretty sure Slurpees are only contributing to the obesity and diabetes epidemics.

tikvah on November 3, 2010 at 5:05 PM

I don’t think the media thought that Obama being bold would be all for the sake of making big reforms, they really thought that the people would want this crap.

The bad news is that Dems did it anyways.

The good news is that a really pissed off electorate just gave the Republicans a tidal wave election. Now it is the Republicans turn to be a little bold, however this time the people will actually want them to.

Cookies Mom on November 3, 2010 at 5:05 PM

OT:2012 opening salvo

ConservativePartyNow on November 3, 2010 at 5:06 PM

Don’t encourage him. The President has burned all the tread off the tires and blamed the GOP. He wonders why the tires are spinning?

That was before he went to the trunk, took out the tire iron and used it to smash out all the windows.

Cicero43 on November 3, 2010 at 5:06 PM

Cigarette summit. Out back, by the dumpsters.

forest on November 3, 2010 at 5:06 PM

one reason why I was serious for 100/11 was because we needed the senate to effect serious change to prevent depression 2.0.

Now we have gridlock. With the Senate, oh sweet jebus, how close we came, we we really could have moved legislation to stop certain things and create certainty. Maybe there’ll be revolt in lib leadership in the senate and they go moderate, but who knows?

joeindc44 on November 3, 2010 at 5:06 PM

Barry, “Excuse me, I’m too busy packing for my 200,000 million a day trip to India.” I’ll get back to you later.”

sandee on November 3, 2010 at 5:06 PM

In a volatile age, where majorities may not last long, it’s crucially important for a party to seize its chances to remake the legislative landscape. Rahm Emanuel recognized that all the way back at the beginning of Obama’s term with his rhetoric about treating a crisis as an opportunity; Obama himself alluded to it today in framing his agenda as a necessary response to an “emergency.”

It makes sense. But the public isn’t going to fall for that again. From either party. Bush’s Bail out & than Obama’s “Mandates” are examples of when the electorate got rolled.

We won’t be fooled again. By either party.

If anything skepticism is the one thing voters learned in spades.

portlandon on November 3, 2010 at 5:06 PM

oh, we can still repeal obama care with consitutional convention. Just need our gop governors to go along. right?

joeindc44 on November 3, 2010 at 5:08 PM

Meanwhile. America does Zimbabwe.

lorien1973 on November 3, 2010 at 5:08 PM

Health Care reform had nothing to do with getting the economy back and running… in fact it added a lot of uncertainty and was a huge distraction…

I honestly think Obama is going to lose in 2012… and there is almost no chance the GOP is going to lose the House of Reps in the next two cycles because of ObamaCare…

ninjapirate on November 3, 2010 at 5:10 PM

“Disagree without being disagreeable.” Yeah. Good luck with that, O. You may need to get some lessons yourself.

tims472 on November 3, 2010 at 5:10 PM

All of a sudden, he wants to hear what Republicans have to say…well he will hear it, in fact he can read it, after the bills are passed…

right2bright on November 3, 2010 at 5:10 PM

The Democrats know exactly what they are doing. They create an electorate that is dependent on government cheese and the voters in turn vote their pocketbook. They are creating a leftists super majority and with ObamaCare they have put the GOP in the position of taking the candy away and upsetting the dependent voters, or letting it slide and shifting their own ideology to the left.

sharrukin on November 3, 2010 at 5:11 PM

I bet he’d have gone for a bigger stimulus

Given the advantage of hindsight, the stimulus should have been smaller- cutting out more R&D investments and some disbursements to the states. Once you realize that the stimulus never had a chance of turning the economy around, it’s size makes little sense.

You have to realize that even preeminent economists and Republican appointess, such as Alan Greenspan and Ben Bernanke, generally supported the stimulus. According to the CBO and models run by Wall Street firms, the stimulus added /saved between 2 and 3 million jobs last quarter alone and added 1.5 to 3.5% to the GDP. It’s difficult to imagine just how much worse the employment outlook might have been without any stimulus.

There were 2 main problems with the stimulus. First, too many economists expected a v-shape recovery, which was never realistic given the level of capital destruction that occurred during the near collapse of our financial system, not to mention the staggering asset losses of both households and businesses. Obama over-promised and under-delivered when it came to GDP and job growth. Second, Obama failed to take personal responsibility for how stimulus money was allocated. Not enough of the stimulus had immediate impact on local communities.

bayam on November 3, 2010 at 5:11 PM

i wish someone had asked him about obamacare waivers. if it’s so important and great, why were business getting waivers?

joeindc44 on November 3, 2010 at 5:12 PM

It makes sense. But the public isn’t going to fall for that again. From either party. Bush’s Bail out & than Obama’s “Mandates” are examples of when the electorate got rolled.

We won’t be fooled again. By either party.

If anything skepticism is the one thing voters learned in spades.

portlandon on November 3, 2010 at 5:06 PM

Doesn’t matter if we like it or not. Our only response can be to vote those responsible out, bu the damage will have been done and like Obamacare, be difficult to undo. A baseball analogy would be trading outs for runs in the late innings. The donks are playing the long game. Two steps ahead and then one back in the next election.

a capella on November 3, 2010 at 5:12 PM

Give Obama a break on the cost of the India trip. He got the message and he’s canceled the planned boat ride on the Ganges. The CBO estimates the savings at about $1.4 billion.

Cicero43 on November 3, 2010 at 5:13 PM

Can’t wait for this tools GPA to get bounced out!!….FAIL at every level!

christene on November 3, 2010 at 5:13 PM

lorien1973 on November 3, 2010 at 5:08 PM
I am most disturbed by this and the fact that no one is really talking about it.

ORconservative on November 3, 2010 at 5:13 PM

Wow. He sure can use a lot of words to not say a dang thing. And I like how, if you don’t agree with his policy, he asks “what affirmative policies” do you have instead? He can’t grasp that maybe leaving things alone will give people time to recover on their own. And when has this man ever “disagreed without being disagreeable?” He publicly called out the SC Justices in his SOTU address over something he disagreed with. How much more “disagreeable” can you get?
 
And are Chicago ditches built differently than ones down here in the South? I can’t for the life of me figure how somebody can dig out of one.

rogerb on November 3, 2010 at 5:14 PM

His training wheels have come off.

His plan is more of the same…

Onward with more Marxism…stimulus, extend unemployment benefits, shovel-ready infrastructure and green energy

What a useless POS

txdoc on November 3, 2010 at 5:14 PM

The lesson of recent elections, thus, may not be that the American people are right of center, or left of center, or dead center, but that many of them aren’t terribly ideological. This means that political power is ephemeral. No matter how popular one party is, they could be only one election away from embarrassing defeat.

No. The country has been moving to the right for the past 30 years. There have been two aberrations: 1992 and 2008, both times after the GOP screwed up and were punished for it in the only way the voter can do so – by voting for democrats.

Vashta.Nerada on November 3, 2010 at 5:15 PM

The Democrats know exactly what they are doing. They create an electorate that is dependent on government cheese and the voters in turn vote their pocketbook. They are creating a leftists super majority and with ObamaCare they have put the GOP in the position of taking the candy away and upsetting the dependent voters, or letting it slide and shifting their own ideology to the left.

sharrukin on November 3, 2010 at 5:11 PM

Except every one of those dependants are going to be hurt by Obamacare with raised premiums until the “free” ones kick in and lower quality care.

And IF the Republicans quietly stop the funding for Obamacare than none of it will go into effect anyways.

Meanwhile the Republican party has a unique opportunity to redistrict much of America with the new governorships that could spell for major Republican victories for several decades.

This year the Republicans showed that their party and the conservative ideals are far from dead

Cookies Mom on November 3, 2010 at 5:16 PM

ORconservative on November 3, 2010 at 5:13 PM

Beck’s all over it today…

d1carter on November 3, 2010 at 5:16 PM

Is it me, or is Teh One as clueless as Alvin Greene?

Just curious.

jedijson on November 3, 2010 at 5:16 PM

I think the problem is Teh One and the DemocRats haven’t figured out the car that’s in the ditch is a stick shift. Take the durn thing out of gear and release the parking brake!

sleepy-beans on November 3, 2010 at 5:17 PM

After this, Obama goes on another apologizing vacation tour, when he gets back, he going to push his destructive generational economic Keynesian spending agenda.

NO COMPROMISE
REPEAL OBAMACARE

Kini on November 3, 2010 at 5:18 PM

Doesn’t he realize that going R lets him back out of the ditch?

amazingmets on November 3, 2010 at 5:19 PM

If the GOP ever does get a real shot at repealing ObamaCare…

My concern is that if this bill becomes too entrenched – too many companies alter their insurance plans, take write-offs, etc. – it will be next to impossible to undo it.

Which is most likely exactly what Barry and the Dems intended.

pain train on November 3, 2010 at 5:19 PM

Is it me, or is Teh One as clueless as Alvin Greene?

Just curious.

jedijson on November 3, 2010 at 5:16 PM

That’s being mean to Greene

ConservativePartyNow on November 3, 2010 at 5:20 PM

Except every one of those dependants are going to be hurt by Obamacare with raised premiums until the “free” ones kick in and lower quality care.

That’s a great argument but 358,000 votes for Alvin Greene and what happened in California suggest that they aren’t smart enough to figure that out. They want ‘free stuff’ even if it costs more.

And IF the Republicans quietly stop the funding for Obamacare than none of it will go into effect anyways.

It won’t be quiet with the MSM and the Democrats on the job.

This year the Republicans showed that their party and the conservative ideals are far from dead

Cookies Mom on November 3, 2010 at 5:16 PM

If they proceed with making a difference. If they do the reach across the aisle and compromise bit, it will become clear that they are content to play second fiddle while the leftists set the agenda.

I hope it can be done, but it won’t be easy.

sharrukin on November 3, 2010 at 5:21 PM

portlandon on November 3, 2010 at 5:06 PM

I agree. The pain of ObamaCare is going to become even more evident and calls will increase to repeal it.

I also want to run a theory. Did anyone notice his words “re-litigate the past”? I think perhaps those ObamaCare lawsuits are preying on his mind and this slipped out.

INC on November 3, 2010 at 5:22 PM

Dems are smart. When they get power they implement liberal policies. And every single Democrat (in the senate anyway) follows the orders given.

Republicans are not smart. When Republicans gain power they do not much of anything thanks to the likes of McCain, Ghramnety, etc. In fact they do 1/2 the job for the Democrats with insanities like Medicare prescriptions, no child left behind and bailouts to banks and GM.

angryed on November 3, 2010 at 5:22 PM

Anyone else think his face looked unmistakably redder than usual? He looks like one pissed individual IMO.

inviolet on November 3, 2010 at 5:22 PM

Barry…

“What elections?”

Seven Percent Solution on November 3, 2010 at 5:23 PM

I’ve read too many editorials today that seem to miss the point that what voters want is a Washington that puts the country first and personal politics second. Evan Bayh almost got it right in the NYT, but he, like you, Allah, devolved into the “that’s what it takes to get re-elected” mode. We don’t really give a rat’s petooty about your chances for re-election if it means giving the finger to the country and covering your a$$.

College Prof on November 3, 2010 at 5:23 PM

Did he say “Speaker-elect?” There’s no such term.

InterestedObserver on November 3, 2010 at 5:24 PM

In a volatile age, where majorities may not last long, it’s crucially important for a party to seize its chances to remake the legislative landscape.

But are majorities inherently volatile in this age? Or is it because of this attitude that the Democrats only got four years? Remember, before then, the Republicans got 12. And before then, the Democrats had 40. One period of Democratic misrule does not a volatile age make. Before Obama came along, majorities lasted a long, long time. It’s more likely we’re experiencing an outlier rather than a sea change.

calbear on November 3, 2010 at 5:25 PM

he can’t handle the Slurpee. (brainfreeze)

faol on November 3, 2010 at 5:26 PM

Obama intends to play the victim card. He is going to be “The ordinary president standing up for the little guy”. The same old tired class warfare nonsense the dems always fall back on.

Rule #1 GOP dont treat Obama like a victim ! He has caused these messes and you must make him own them.

Ultimately it isnt Obama who is the biggest obsticle to the GOP agenda its the dependancy/substance abuse handouts the dems love to give their fellow americans. Get them hooked on “Hope and Change” government money wanting their next fix.

The GOP must let the American people know that is ultimately self disctructive for them to engage in.

DISMANTLE THE DEMOCRATIC FEDERAL LARGESS ! Defund Freddie and Fannie and NPR and other government grants that only empower their agenda !

They are sucking the productivity of america into their blackhole of socalist ideas. slowing that down isnt the answer changing course is.

William Amos on November 3, 2010 at 5:27 PM

You have to realize that even preeminent economists and Republican appointess, such as Alan Greenspan and Ben Bernanke, generally supported the stimulus. According to the CBO and models run by Wall Street firms, the stimulus added /saved between 2 and 3 million jobs last quarter alone and added 1.5 to 3.5% to the GDP. It’s difficult to imagine just how much worse the employment outlook might have been without any stimulus.

Translation: Look at me, I can spin too.

So, I guess that makes it alright for Bernanke to spend another $600 billion today, right Bayam, because he was appointed by a Repub?

Rovin on November 3, 2010 at 5:27 PM

Except every one of those dependants are going to be hurt by Obamacare with raised premiums until the “free” ones kick in and lower quality care.

That’s a great argument but 358,000 votes for Alvin Greene and what happened in California suggest that they aren’t smart enough to figure that out. They want ‘free stuff’ even if it costs more.

And IF the Republicans quietly stop the funding for Obamacare than none of it will go into effect anyways.

It won’t be quiet with the MSM and the Democrats on the job.

This year the Republicans showed that their party and the conservative ideals are far from dead

Cookies Mom on November 3, 2010 at 5:16 PM

If they proceed with making a difference. If they do the reach across the aisle and compromise bit, it will become clear that they are content to play second fiddle while the leftists set the agenda.

I hope it can be done, but it won’t be easy.

sharrukin on November 3, 2010 at 5:21 PM

Allah…is that you?

LOL j/k

Oh I’m not saying that EVERY single dependent will suddenly become a Republican because of the harmful effects of Obamacare. You can’t fix stupid after all.

And so what if the MSM doesn’t let the defunding of Obamacare be quiet. At least 50% of the nation (likely more) want the stupid thing repealed. Not changed or altered but flat out off the books.

As for whether or not the Republicans turn yellow and work the the Dems again…I can’t say whether they will or won’t because I can’t predict the future. Comments from some of the leadership makes me hopeful, particularly Bohener’s speech about earning the trust America and not taking this election for granted.

I’m optimistic about the Republican party right now, hopefully they won’t dissapoint

Cookies Mom on November 3, 2010 at 5:27 PM

Don’t watch that second clip while operating heavy machinery or you just might end up in the ditch. Total snoozer.

The Zoo Keeper on November 3, 2010 at 5:28 PM

Slurpees are “delicious drinks.”

The Brain Freeze President…

Fallon on November 3, 2010 at 5:28 PM

BTW barry is the ultimate Narcisis. He is not one wit concerned about his fellow democrats. His only worrie is for his own sorry hide.

You will see him start to get more intransigent and more angry when he gets thwarted.

William Amos on November 3, 2010 at 5:29 PM

Slurpee time: http://bit.ly/bhAjtL

The Zoo Keeper on November 3, 2010 at 5:30 PM

Meanwhile. America does Zimbabwe.

lorien1973 on November 3, 2010 at 5:08 PM

Weimar Republic, here we come.

My collie says:

No need to worry about 2012 — when the hyper-inflation kicks in, even the liberals will be clamouring for his resignation.

CyberCipher on November 3, 2010 at 5:34 PM

he can’t handle the Slurpee. (brainfreeze)

faol on November 3, 2010 at 5:26 PM

I don’t believe Barry has the necessary equipment.

HornetSting on November 3, 2010 at 5:34 PM

All of a sudden, he wants to hear what Republicans have to say…well he will hear it, in fact he can read it, after the bills are passed…

right2bright on November 3, 2010 at 5:10 PM

From: U.S. Constitution – Article 1 Section 7

All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.

I’m guessing Barry & company are now going to have a new-found desire to actually read the bills.

pain train on November 3, 2010 at 5:34 PM

Allah…is that you?

LOL j/k

At this point I am more pessimistic than Allah. Obama has clearly been outed as a socialist and a huge number of people showed last night that they are fine with that. Not a majority… not yet. I wonder however if even a majority will back the GOP when they are called meanies, and when they actually do take harsh but necessary action?

As for whether or not the Republicans turn yellow and work the the Dems again…I can’t say whether they will or won’t because I can’t predict the future. Comments from some of the leadership makes me hopeful, particularly Bohener’s speech about earning the trust America and not taking this election for granted.

I’m optimistic about the Republican party right now, hopefully they won’t dissapoint

Cookies Mom on November 3, 2010 at 5:27 PM

You and me both, but they won’t get another chance. The electorate is being corrupted and far too many people are voting for a living rather than earning one.

A drift towards a European social state will result in exactly what we see across the Atlantic, except it will have more significance because there won’t be anyone else to assume the burden the US lays down.

sharrukin on November 3, 2010 at 5:37 PM

Headline from today’s WSJ:
“Democrats Lost More Seats in Districts With Better Economies”.

LASue on November 3, 2010 at 5:37 PM

I think Obama wants to as much damage as he can while he has the chance and of course, he is thinking that people will get over it…in time. That might be true if not for the mountain of debt.

I agree that a lot of Americans are not ideological.They can be swayed by events, that is why there are more Independents all the time..however, those same people can be very pragmatic too.

Terrye on November 3, 2010 at 5:39 PM

While the Republicans are cheering today I’m think this is like the ending of the first Star Wars movie. Yeah, the Death Star got destroyed, but Darth Vader (Harry Reid) got away and the Empire still rules the galaxy. Don’t get cocky. This isn’t over yet.

The other cast of characters are played by:

Luke Skywalker: Marco Rubio
Princess Leia: Sarah Palin
Hans Solo: Rush Limbaugh
Obiwan Kenobi: Ronald Reagan
Grand Moff Tarkin: Nancy Pelosi
C3PO: AllahPundit
R2D2: Ed Morrissey
Chewbacca: Glenn Beck
Red Six (Porkins): Karl Rove

PackerBronco on November 3, 2010 at 5:39 PM

I don’t believe Barry has the necessary equipment.

HornetSting on November 3, 2010 at 5:34 PM

Zing!

The Zoo Keeper on November 3, 2010 at 5:39 PM

“Disagree without being disagreeable.” Yeah. Good luck with that, O. You may need to get some lessons yourself.

tims472 on November 3, 2010 at 5:10 PM

Lesson 1: “I won” is not an argument.
Lesson 2: Telling Americans who disagree with that they are the enemy does not encourage cooperation.
Lesson 3: Ordering republican colleagues to get in the “back of bus” will not win friends or influence people.

LASue on November 3, 2010 at 5:50 PM

To quote Evan Byah:

“Democrats need not reassess our goals for America….”

Oh really? Guess you want another kick in the balls in 2012?

GarandFan on November 3, 2010 at 5:52 PM

If Barry would have been on the ticket yesterday, he would have been out of office today.

If this massive loss of seats by one party (from Congress to state legislatures) had happened during the Bush Presidency, the headlines would have read something like:
“People stage a near overthrow of Bush Government”
or
“Will Bush resign Presidency after this Historical Vote against him?”

But again Obama is getting a pass from the press.

albill on November 3, 2010 at 5:53 PM

Did he say “Speaker-elect?” There’s no such term.

InterestedObserver on November 3, 2010 at 5:24 PM

But if there were such a term, would it have a cool seal?

Fallon on November 3, 2010 at 5:54 PM

I am most disturbed by this and the fact that no one is really talking about it.

ORconservative on November 3, 2010 at 5:13 PM

That it was announced on election day was no coincidence, I’m sure.

lorien1973 on November 3, 2010 at 5:54 PM

Weimar Republic, here we come.

No joke. The Fed is going to buy, essentially, a year’s worth of deficits with more debt. And people wonder why the dollar has lost 20% to the yen, and will lose 20% more in short time.

lorien1973 on November 3, 2010 at 5:55 PM

Stop spending and make taxation equal to all.
Boom! economy fixed.

esnap on November 3, 2010 at 6:00 PM

Instead of squandering Democrats’ time in power by playing small ball, he went bold.

Sure. He knows only himself. He and Chelley don’t even care if he gets rejected in 2012. He can then be in charge of the U.N. or some such, or hold speeches for multi-millions, into the billion. One can have many servants at that rate. All s/he care about is “first black American president” and Utopian ideology.

These are impertinent scumbags. The fools on the left believe otherwise, at their own place under the bus.

Schadenfreude on November 3, 2010 at 6:04 PM

HornetSting on November 3, 2010 at 5:04 PM

HornetSting is back. (Or was she never banned?)

Al in St. Lou on November 3, 2010 at 6:06 PM

I think Obama thinks he will run say “cap-and-trade” through the House and when it gets rejected blame Republicans. I think he has it in his mind liberal policies are great and the public, after Obama gives a great speech, will turn on the mean Republicans who have blocked cap-and-trade. All this while ignoring the public is cheering for Republicans. Obama’s main problem will be that he believes the 2008 view of him and his policies are out their waiting to be rekindled and they are not. The 2008 view of Obama was people not thinking it through which is gone now.

Conan on November 3, 2010 at 6:16 PM

Cigarette summit. Out back, by the dumpsters.

forest on November 3, 2010 at 5:06 PM

“Moochelle, where’s that reefer that you sprouted in the WH garden? What? Got harvested as turnip greens by the local students on their field trip?! Oh, h*ll to the no! You better hook me up with somethin’ quick, b$tch.”

tigerlily on November 3, 2010 at 6:23 PM

Good post, AP.

crr6 on November 3, 2010 at 6:46 PM

Mega-Mac is on Leno again tonight, I assume to give a report on the elections from the Republican point of view. Hope she doesn’t talk above Jay.

That’ll answer all our questions, I’m sure, like really.

slickwillie2001 on November 3, 2010 at 7:01 PM

Someone should ask Biden about those slurpees…seeing as we know his views on 7-11.

clement on November 3, 2010 at 7:01 PM

There is no surprise that “Obama doesn’t get it.” I think most people knew he wouldn’t “get it.” I had no expectation that he would “buck up” after the election.

Obama is arrogant, narcissistic, mean spirited and isn’t going to let anything persuade him to do anything differently.

On one hand, he offers the usual platitudes of “work together, find common ground, etc, etc.,” but on the other hand, he closes the doors on Republicans, accuses them of not have plans or ideas (despite the fact they do…”you lie” ring a bell?), shuts them out of meetings and tells them to sit on the back of the bus (or room).

He’s a pathological liar. He does both of these things so when challenged (rarely happens), he can go back and show he tried to reach out. Truth is, he never really has nor has any intention to do so.

Obama will continue, as Conan points out, to ram through his own personal agenda (knowing there will be no support for it), then turn around and blame Republicans.

Obama cannot survive without blame. In the absence of “real” blame, he will fabricate blame. Assigning blame to others for his own failures is the cornerstone of Obama’s strategy. He uses it as a shield to compensate for his continued failure in leadership.

BruthaMan on November 3, 2010 at 7:07 PM

Mega-Mac is on Leno again tonight, I assume to give a report on the elections from the Republican point of view. Hope she doesn’t talk above Jay.
slickwillie2001 on November 3, 2010 at 7:01 PM

Megan is a political opportunist. She knows exactly what she is doing and hopes that others do not see it.

She has a pattern that is very noticeable. Megan thrives on “exposure.” She wants to be on TV, she wants to be the center of attention.

To achieve this, she waits in ambush to see who the left/media is going to jump on. Typically a republican woman that the left feels threatened by.

When that opportunity arrives, she interjects herself into the firestorm and will side with the media/left. Why? It gets her on TV. It makes her the center of attention. The idea from the left being, “oh, look, the great daughter of a centrist republican (or RINO if you prefer) agrees with us, let’s invite her on our talk show because she will validate our beliefs and give us credibility.”

It’s the same pattern, over and over again. Wait in silence, when enough “noise” is generating, she joins whatever is popular on the left, then gets herself invited to a talk show. Rinse, repeat. It’s not about anyone else, other than her.

Sad…really.

BruthaMan on November 3, 2010 at 7:17 PM

I did not believe a word he said in that conference.

He has his framework, as he calls it, in finance and in medicine. His little regulatory elves will be filling in the gaps with their rules.

That’s why no “tweak” will do. Repeal and replace. Not negotiable.

PattyJ on November 3, 2010 at 7:23 PM

Mega-Mac is on Leno again tonight, I assume to give a report on the elections from the Republican point of view.

She also predicted that COD and Crist would win. Two of the worst predictions made this cycle.

PackerBronco on November 3, 2010 at 7:41 PM

In a volatile age, where majorities may not last long, it’s crucially important for a party to seize its chances to remake the legislative landscape. Rahm Emanuel recognized that all the way back at the beginning of Obama’s term with his rhetoric about treating a crisis as an opportunity ..

Which is why we can’t let ObamaCare stand – not even for a moment – it has to be repealed immediately – and if Ogabe vetos it – we pull out again when we have our guy in the White House in 2013.

HondaV65 on November 3, 2010 at 8:57 PM

If the GOP ever does get a real shot at repealing ObamaCare — or, more momentously, at reforming Social Security and Medicare — take it. Take it and worry about the electoral consequences later. Lost seats can be regained, but legislation — usually — is forever.

We keep telling ‘em that ….. some of them don’t get it either.

YehuditTX on November 3, 2010 at 9:33 PM

When has Obama ever’gotten’ it?!

jeanie on November 3, 2010 at 9:41 PM

It’s really something how the most spineless legislator to ever inhabit the White House forced so many legislators to stake their careers voting on his radical agenda, and they are now out of office as a result.
Too bad they couldn’t all have voted present like Obama did.

OxyCon on November 3, 2010 at 11:29 PM

I think he really doesn’t get it. He thought he could push his agenda on the people, and that the people would see how stupid they were not to support these programs. He thought ObamaCare would be just like Social Security.

I think he still believes that.

Phoenician on November 4, 2010 at 2:27 AM

When has Obama ever’gotten’ it?!

jeanie on November 3, 2010 at 9:41 PM

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He’s not allowed to get it. Wifey would crack his head if he did (and I’m not referring to getting sex). Hating America is what they do. Getting ‘it’ is not an option.
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RalphyBoy on November 4, 2010 at 2:43 AM

Philip Klein was quote as writing, “Reports of the demise of any political party, at any time, are likely to be greatly exaggerated”. I suggest that if the Republicans pick up where they left off in 2006, they just may face their demise. I have been talking to people throughout the East Coast at TEA Parties and have read E-mails from all over the US and there is a consensus that this is the last chance for the Republicans to return to their root philosophy of small government, etc.

Locally we have tried to take over the Republican Central Committees with grass roots candidates there and for public office. In my opinion the TEA Party organizations, the Constitution Party, the Conservative Party, and the American Conservative party with other conservative parties can unite to form a national conservative party and absorb the Republicans.

The Whigs failed the challenge of their time and the Republican Party replaced them; if the Republican Party will not take on the Socialist agenda head on, they too may just go the way of the Whigs.

amr on November 4, 2010 at 10:26 AM

I remain SHOCKED that SO many pundits STILL don’t get it.

The main REASON that the Democrats LOST HISTORICALLY is because they REFUSED TO LISTEN to Americans. Instead, the arrogant ones delivered the race card, the spiel that Americans are so STUPID, lies, echo’s of Summer Recovery, the race card, more stimulus, theft from the Food Stamps Program to pay off the Unions, lies, the race card, …

We Tea Party Patriots are working under the assumption that 2010 was just the beginning. We WANT the 0bamanation to continue on as they have been while we continue our work in preparing to rid the GOP of more RINO’s, removing 0bama from office along with his liberal sycophants, and [I'm pushing for this] putting the liberal media in its place by/in 2012.

Those that can, do. Those who cannot … ;o)

DannoJyd on November 5, 2010 at 1:45 AM