Boehner: Obama’s in denial about what the election means

posted at 5:03 pm on November 4, 2010 by Allahpundit

Indeed he is, and you don’t have to work for the RNC’s press department to think so. Take two minutes and read Karl’s round-up of election demographics analyzed today by various lefties and righties. In sum, the Democrats’ worries about dramatic shifts in turnout — especially among younger voters, minorities, and seniors — proved to be baseless if you use 2006, the year they took back the House, as a yardstick. Turnout was just fine. The problem, as Democrat William Galston explains to the faithful at TNR, is that the country’s become much more conservative:

Here we reach the nub of the matter: The ideological composition of the electorate shifted dramatically. In 2006, those who voted were 32 percent conservative, 47 percent moderate, and 20 percent liberal. In 2010, by contrast, conservatives had risen to 41 percent of the total and moderates declined to 39 percent, while liberals remained constant at 20 percent. And because, in today’s polarized politics, liberals vote almost exclusively for Democrats and conservatives for Republicans, the ideological shift matters a lot.

To complete the argument, there’s one more step: Did independents shift toward Republicans because they had become significantly more conservative between 2006 and 2010? Fortunately we don’t have to speculate about this. According to the Pew Research Center, conservatives as a share of total Independents rose from 29 percent in 2006 to 36 percent in 2010. Gallup finds exactly the same thing: The conservative share rose from 28 percent to 36 percent while moderates declined from 46 percent to 41 percent.

This shift is part of a broader trend: Over the past two decades, moderates have trended down as share of the total electorate while conservatives have gone up.

But wait, what about the poor economy? Not a determinative factor, says Sean Trende, who ran the numbers of Tuesday’s results in order to isolate statistically significant variables and concluded that it wasn’t an anti-incumbent election but rather a decidedly anti-Democratic one:

It didn’t matter whether the challenger had experience, or if he raised a lot of money. Neither of those variables is statistically significant.

This doesn’t mean that this election was all about the economy. Far from it. As Jon Chait pointed out, a statistical model based only on economic/structural facts suggested that Democrats should lose only about 45 seats. This is only one model and it suggested the worst-case scenario for Democrats; other “structural” models put the number in the 20s and 30s. In other words, the Democrats’ losses were about 20 to 40 seats in excess of what we would expect from the effects of the economy and back-to-back wave elections. Remember, Reagan’s Republicans encountered similar economic headwinds in 1982, and they lost 26 seats, a baker’s dozen of which can be directly chalked up to the intervening redistricting.

Rather, it suggests that voters in swing- and Republican-leaning districts decided that they disliked the Democrats so much that it didn’t matter whether a candidate supported the President’s health care bill or the stimulus. They voted against them anyway.

That last bit feels counterintuitive: If, as Galston suggests, the election was about ideology, shouldn’t a Blue Dog who voted against Obama’s agenda have been safe? Apparently not, for two reasons I think: (1) The GOP did a bang-up job of nationalizing the election, which is why even centrist Dems in Georgia had to resort to running anti-Pelosi ads, and (2) precisely because Obama “accomplished” so much over the past two years, my hunch is that swing voters went to the polls in many (but not all) cases thinking they had to apply the brakes irrespective of how their individual Democratic rep might have voted. Even if he/she voted no on O-Care, he/she might turn around and vote yes on amnesty, cap-and-trade, or whatever else The One is ready to unleash from Pandora’s Box. The only way to tie his hands securely was to nuke as many Democratic incumbents as possible and make sure there was no more majority to enable him. That’s the message he’s not getting.

Exit quotation from Boehner on the forthcoming Slurpee summit at the White House: “I don’t know about a slurpee. How about a glass of merlot?”


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RarestRX on November 4, 2010 at 5:05 PM

I really like Boehner. He’s going to be a good speaker.

gophergirl on November 4, 2010 at 5:06 PM

Nevermind, it works now.

RarestRX on November 4, 2010 at 5:06 PM

I like the Boehner has a grasp of what the Electorate has told Washington DC.

Obama better learn quick, or he is doomed.

portlandon on November 4, 2010 at 5:06 PM

The only way to tie his hands securely was to nuke as many Democratic incumbents as possible and make sure there was no more majority to enable him.

Speaking of tying hands and nuked Democratic incumbents, the washingtonexaminer.com has listed the 45 tied and nuked Democrats that won’t be enabling Obama any longer.

ted c on November 4, 2010 at 5:07 PM

I like the that Boehner

portlandon on November 4, 2010 at 5:08 PM

How about a glass of merlot?

A drink for schoolgirls! He should have asked for The Glenlivet.

CurtZHP on November 4, 2010 at 5:09 PM

Obama – doesn’t get it.

Boehner – gets it.

fossten on November 4, 2010 at 5:09 PM

Narcassistic douchebags rarely “get” it.

txag92 on November 4, 2010 at 5:11 PM

Pat Cadell gets it and if the dems are willing to listen they should take his advice.

fourdeucer on November 4, 2010 at 5:11 PM

Anything to keep from facing the truth by the media.
680 statehouse seats, 19 statehouse- yeah, a vote against everyone.
In fact there are only a few safe harbors for unchecked liberalism- my state (CA) was undone by a specific massive Hispanic ( where are my free goodies gringos!) vote for Democrats. All engineered by our 3rd world city- Los Angeles.
22 Percent of all votes cast- I’m sure all very nice and legal.

jjshaka on November 4, 2010 at 5:12 PM

A drink for schoolgirls! He should have asked for The Glenlivet.

CurtZHP on November 4, 2010 at 5:09 PM

Was thinking the same thing, though The Glenlivet is a bit peaty for me…

catmman on November 4, 2010 at 5:12 PM

Obama is still in denial about what his victory in 2008 meant. He won’t be able to reflect on Tuesday’s massacre until he’s long gone from office.

joejm65 on November 4, 2010 at 5:13 PM

Of course he’s in denial. Since he’s pluperfect, there is no way the results of Teusday are indicative of the effect of his policies.

In fact, some folks have said the electorate rejected the GOP. In order to show to everyone that he won this election too, he’ll be spending close to $1B on trip to India…evidence of a recovering economy and a mandate to continue his agenda.

BobMbx on November 4, 2010 at 5:15 PM

Wow the witch IS dead! Ugh I couldn’t listen to one more Pelosi rant. The Boehner is cool,very cool.

sonnyspats1 on November 4, 2010 at 5:16 PM

Boehner only gets it if he stops passing out lobbyist money like candy. If he keeps acting on lobbyists’ orders, then it’s business as usual.

The jury’s still out. His actions need to match his words.

nukemhill on November 4, 2010 at 5:17 PM

Zero is sitting with his fingers in his ears going la la la la I can’t hear you, like a five year old. He Won and no one is going to take that away from him.

Brat4life on November 4, 2010 at 5:18 PM

That last bit feels counterintuitive: If, as Galston suggests, the election was about ideology, shouldn’t a Blue Dog who voted against Obama’s agenda have been safe?

Who did they vote for for speaker? That’s what killed Chet Edwards.

Vashta.Nerada on November 4, 2010 at 5:18 PM

Pat Cadell gets it and if the dems are willing to listen they should take his advice.

fourdeucer on November 4, 2010 at 5:11 PM

I would think Pat Cadell has already been black listed by the left for talking with David Horowitz.

WashJeff on November 4, 2010 at 5:19 PM

I have to wonder if he gets it, it is possible that none of them do.

Viper1 on November 4, 2010 at 5:20 PM

precisely because Obama “accomplished” so much over the past two years, my hunch is that swing voters went to the polls in many (but not all) cases thinking they had to apply the brakes irrespective of how their individual Democratic rep might have voted. Even if he/she voted no on O-Care, he/she might turn around and vote yes on amnesty, cap-and-trade, or whatever else The One is ready to unleash from Pandora’s Box.

Spot on, Ed. This is what most people are saying in my neck of the woods.

txsurveyor on November 4, 2010 at 5:22 PM

Who did they vote for for speaker? That’s what killed Chet Edwards.

Vashta.Nerada on November 4, 2010 at 5:18 PM

Democrats in the Senate went down sharply, and historic shifts at the state level, except for California. It wasn’t just Pelosi. People see that liberals took advantage of a crisis in America and went on a wild spending spree. It will take a generation for America to forget that.

pedestrian on November 4, 2010 at 5:22 PM

Boehner gets it. He looks completely hammered, but he gets it anyway.

pugwriter on November 4, 2010 at 5:22 PM

“I don’t know about a slurpee. How about a glass of merlot?”

Hard Cider seems more appropriate after this election.

WashJeff on November 4, 2010 at 5:22 PM

Sorry, Allah, I meant you.

txsurveyor on November 4, 2010 at 5:22 PM

Most people know you don’t change something merely for the sake of saying you changed something.

Obama wants change that will put him in the history books as the greatest president ever. Doesn’t matter if it’s change we need or want. He knows massive change is what writes history.

ButterflyDragon on November 4, 2010 at 5:24 PM

Be tough Boehner. The only thing Obama and his hacks can’t take is people standing up to them and telling it like it is.

darwin on November 4, 2010 at 5:24 PM

Cadell thinks the Dems have to move rightward but they can’t as long as the base of the party is from uberliberal areas of the country, expecially the large metro complexes. The Blue Dogs were gutted in this election and I don’t see how they get elected again as they were seen as nothing more than a typical Democrat when all was said and done.

Laddy on November 4, 2010 at 5:25 PM

The Dems’ version of “getting it” means moderating their rhetoric so they can hoodwink people into voting for and enabling their hard left suicide plan for the United States. I hope they never “get it.”

Django on November 4, 2010 at 5:26 PM

So out of touch,that H*lls Bells,
were still going to India,who
cares what it costs,who cares
what it looks like!!

canopfor on November 4, 2010 at 5:28 PM

“Time to get the car out of low and into overdrive.” – Obama

Electrongod on November 4, 2010 at 5:29 PM

Boehner, we’re going to watch you and probably get upset with you too. You’re going to have to earn respect from us.

That said, you’re off to a good start.

MeatHeadinCA on November 4, 2010 at 5:29 PM

I have to wonder if he gets it, it is possible that none of them do.

Viper1 on November 4, 2010 at 5:20 PM

I’m with you. Double-secret probation for all of them until they demonstrate that they’re serious about reducing government in a meaningful way.

MJBrutus on November 4, 2010 at 5:31 PM

I think most of us are convinced that any blue dogs that voted no on healthcare or cap and trade did so only because they were given cover by Pelosi.

stldave on November 4, 2010 at 5:31 PM

“Bunker Mentality”

canopfor on November 4, 2010 at 5:32 PM

Boehner, we’re going to watch you and probably get upset with you too. You’re going to have to earn respect from us.

That said, you’re off to a good start.

MeatHeadinCA on November 4, 2010 at 5:29 PM

+1

Trust but verify. Don’t overreach but don’t undersell the mandate you’ve been given.

FloatingRock on November 4, 2010 at 5:33 PM

Whatever Obama’s skull is made out of, we should make bomb shelters out of it.

Could withstand a direct hit from a daisy cutter.

Impenetrable.

NoDonkey on November 4, 2010 at 5:34 PM

“Time to get the car out of low and into overdrive.” – Obama

Electrongod on November 4, 2010 at 5:29 PM

Electrongod:Ugh,Obama is still in bull low,hubs still locked
and in Four-wheel-drive mode!!(sarc).

canopfor on November 4, 2010 at 5:35 PM

What I like the most is Pelosi lost her jet service to the West coast. Which incidentally was given her by Bush for being the Speaker of the House.

mixplix on November 4, 2010 at 5:35 PM

Answering a barrage of surprisingly hard-nosed questions from the normally sycophantic media, a less-than-contrite, and at times, lecturing Obama, proclaimed that he knew exactly why his political party had been politically massacred the night before: Americans were economically frustrated and impatient because his wonderful policies and programs were taking too long to kick in. He is clueless.

kingsjester on November 4, 2010 at 5:35 PM

Spot on, Ed.

who is Ed ?

runner on November 4, 2010 at 5:35 PM

It’s all about “accomplishments” to the Left. If I went to school today and:

1) keyed the principal’s car
2) smoked a joint behind the toolshed
3) Skipped phys. ed
4) gave a freshman a swirly
5) made out with my girlfriend under the bleachers
6) had to write an essay because I cheated on a test

I could conceivably go home and tell the folks I accomplished a lot in school.

jamie gumm on November 4, 2010 at 5:35 PM

Folks, I think the Merlot line was a shot at Obama. Merlot is a form of WHINE, you know.

I hope it’s true, lol.

Mord on November 4, 2010 at 5:35 PM

Sorry, Allah, I meant you.

sorry didn’t see that.

runner on November 4, 2010 at 5:36 PM

Boehner’s off to a great start. Hopefully he stays on this track.

amerpundit on November 4, 2010 at 5:36 PM

Boehner, we’re going to watch you and probably get upset with you too. You’re going to have to earn respect from us.

That said, you’re off to a good start.

MeatHeadinCA on November 4, 2010 at 5:29 PM

MeatHeadinCA:Well said,I do believe they know,their

On Notice!!:)

canopfor on November 4, 2010 at 5:36 PM

“I don’t know about a slurpee. How about a glass of merlot?”

Break out the Don Julio, Boehner…

… and see if Obowma is man enough.

Seven Percent Solution on November 4, 2010 at 5:37 PM

How about a glass of merlot?”
==================================

Sounds like KOOL-AID!!

canopfor on November 4, 2010 at 5:38 PM

obama better start working his way toward republican/conservative positions, if he does not want to become a perpetual joke for the next 100 years.
we won.

runner on November 4, 2010 at 5:39 PM

Anyone who will allow the Feds to print $600B in funny money after this has got to be in total denial.

Heh.

unclesmrgol on November 4, 2010 at 5:39 PM

Seven Percent Solution on November 4, 2010 at 5:37 PM

JB did grow up working in his folks’ tavern. He ought to know his way around a liquor cabinet :-)

MJBrutus on November 4, 2010 at 5:39 PM

“I don’t know about a slurpee. How about a glass of merlot?”

Not quite Don Draper’s beverage of choice.

thirtypundit on November 4, 2010 at 5:39 PM

Boehner’s in denial about what the election means too. He proposes $100 billion in spending cuts? WTF? The number should be at least 5 times that. Preferably 10

Kevin M on November 4, 2010 at 5:40 PM

They get it……the ends justify the means. The damage done takes priority over careers. Some Dems didn’t know they were suicide voters. Too bad they didn’t get it. Yet to be seen is how many more Pols are ready to fall on the sword for socialism. 2 years to separate the wheat from the chaff.

IowaWoman on November 4, 2010 at 5:40 PM

America! Daddy’s home!

ronsfi on November 4, 2010 at 5:40 PM

Kevin M on November 4, 2010 at 5:40 PM

Agreed. Remember when PBHO went through the budget “line by line” and found a measly $100 million to cut? This is a 1000 time better, but not enough, as you say.

MJBrutus on November 4, 2010 at 5:43 PM

Does Hopey get it!
===========================

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WELCOME TO ADVENTURE! WOULD YOU LIKE INSTRUCTIONS?
************************************************************

I’M SORRY, THE PEASANTS ARE NOT EASILY DISTRACTED. YOU ARE IN AN OVAL OFFICE. YOU ARE BEHIND A DESK. YOU HAVE LOST RAHM. PEASANTS ARE LOSING THEIR HEALTH CARE. PEASANTS ARE MARCHING ON THE BELTWAY. THERE IS 9.6% UNEMPLOYMENT IN THE FOREST. YOUR APPROVAL HEALTH IS 42%. YOUR CONGRESS HAS 1.3% HEALTH. YOUR CONGRESS WILL NOT RETURN YOUR CALLS. WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO?

>TURN LEFT

EXCUSE ME?

>TURN LEFT

WHOA. FOR A MINUTE THERE I THOUGHT YOU TYPED ‘TURN LEFT’.

>I DID! TURN LEFT

UMM, ANY PARTICULAR REASON?

>ENERGIZE BASE

BY “BASE”, DO YOU MEAN THAT REPULSIVE COLLECTION OF SNIDE FUCKWIT URBAN HIPSTER TWATS?

>Y

HOW?

>CAR DITCH SLURPEE JOKE

BASE ENERGY FAIL. STIMULUS FAIL. HEALTH CARE FAIL. TARP FAIL.

YOU ARE IN AN OVAL OFFICE. YOU HAVE 41% APPROVAL HEALTH. YOU HAVE NO GOLD LEFT. YOU HAVE NO CONGRESS LEFT. YOU HAVE NO MEDIA LEFT. WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO?

>BLAME BUSH

I’M SORRY, THAT DOESN’T WORK ANYMORE.

>PLAY RACE CARD

I’M SORRY, THAT DOESN’T WORK ANYMORE.

>PLAY GOLF

GOLF COURSE IS CLOSED.

>TURN LEFT

DUDE.

>FAKE TURN RIGHT

ADVENTURER PLEASE, YOU’RE JUST EMBARRASING YOURSELF.

>^C

>^C

>^C

I’M SORRY, THERE IS NO ESCAPE KEY. WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO?

http://iowahawk.typepad.com/iowahawk/2010/10/beltway-adventure.html

canopfor on November 4, 2010 at 5:44 PM

I really like Boehner. He’s going to be a good speaker.

gophergirl on November 4, 2010 at 5:06 PM

I hope he’s done his research on what they did to Newt. But then again, he’s not Newt…which isn’t a bad thing.

Asher on November 4, 2010 at 5:44 PM

WashJeff on November 4, 2010 at 5:19 PM

Thanks, the introduction from Scott Wheeler was great, and by the way Radical Son was a terrific read by David Horowitz.

fourdeucer on November 4, 2010 at 5:45 PM

If, as Galston suggests, the election was about ideology, shouldn’t a Blue Dog who voted against Obama’s agenda have been safe? Apparently not, for two reasons I think: (1) The GOP did a bang-up job of nationalizing the election, which is why even centrist Dems in Georgia had to resort to running anti-Pelosi ads, and (2) precisely because Obama “accomplished” so much over the past two years, my hunch

or 3) voters are not stupid saw that Pelosi allowed those people to vote no on those bills for the purpose of their reelection and knew they woultd have voted yes in a heart beat if Pelosi needed them too.

In fact 2010 can be seen as the election in which the web came of age. the education levle of the votes reached new milestones. The fact that voters are no longer falling for the out and out politcal games means the see through those games for what they are.

It was easy for anyone to see those in tought relection bids were allowed to vote no and those in “safe” seats were required to vote yes. They could not have been more transperant in their plans.

This should scare them more than anything. If they can no longer “allow a bill to get through the fliibuster” then vote no on it but see it pass anyhow what does that do to the progressive cause?

unseen on November 4, 2010 at 5:46 PM

2:1 Pelosi pees on the gavel during her last hour with it.

As for punishing Blue Dogs even if they didn’t vote for ObamaCare? First off all, most people know that was a strategic move made possible by the size of the majority and not necessarily by the conscience of the Blue Dog. Anyone think that passing ObamaCare by one vote was the best she could do? Surely had she needed more, more Blue Dogs would’ve toed the line.

Secondly, I do think this was as much a Presidential smackdown as anything else. You can’t send the President a message that you’re unhappy with him and the way he has run his office by voting out his opposition. So for Independents, this may have been as much their motivation as anything else, clearly making it an ideological referendum.

Add to that the economy and potential for vast tax increases, and educated and enlightened Indies really had no choice – if nothing else, a self-preservation moment.

BKeyser on November 4, 2010 at 5:49 PM

Pat Cadell gets it and if the dems are willing to listen they should take his advice.

fourdeucer on November 4, 2010 at 5:11 PM

And I pray they continue on their present course. No listening. No heeding of advice.

“Damn the voters! Full speed ahead!”

Dominion on November 4, 2010 at 5:49 PM

we won.
runner on November 4, 2010 at 5:39 PM

Those are the first words that should come out of Boehner’s mouth when he meets with “the loser.”

Oopsdaisy on November 4, 2010 at 5:51 PM

“I don’t know about a slurpee. How about a glass of merlot?”

I say Valu-Rite vodka and a couple of Winstons.

forest on November 4, 2010 at 5:52 PM

One more thing:

I think Obama may have inadvertently added to his nightmare by he and his campaign so effectively using new media and the internet to aid his election. Since 2008, internet expansion in the political arena must have increased exponentially and the resultant light that has been shown inside the Beltway has been blindingly bright.

I realize back-door politicking is nothing new, but the exposure to the average citizen is. And the degree to which this administration used it to push an ever-increasingly unpopular agenda surely contributed to the proverbial boot-on-neck stomping they took on Tuesday.

Just an observation.

BKeyser on November 4, 2010 at 5:55 PM

Despite his recent show of emotionalism, Boehner is an alpha male.

carbon_footprint on November 4, 2010 at 6:00 PM

Dennis Miller referred to him as “Tammy Fay Boehner.” Quite funny!

rjoco1 on November 4, 2010 at 6:01 PM

we won.
runner on November 4, 2010 at 5:39 PM

Those are the first words that should come out of Boehner’s mouth when he meets with “the loser.”

Oopsdaisy on November 4, 2010 at 5:51 PM

Johnny Mac will never forget having his face rubbed in it by Bammie at that famous televised meeting. I am sure he will be get a chuckle from the first meeting with Bammie.

slickwillie2001 on November 4, 2010 at 6:09 PM

People see that liberals took advantage of a crisis in America and went on a wild spending spree. It will take a generation for America to forget that.

pedestrian on November 4, 2010 at 5:22 PM

Took advantage of a crisis? They created that crisis.

Del Dolemonte on November 4, 2010 at 6:10 PM

Slurpees are pure sugar, what would Michelle say?

My beverage of choice is dry white wine for special occasions or iced tea (NOT sweet tea!!!). Drinking sugar is not thirst quenching.

Common Sense on November 4, 2010 at 6:13 PM

Obama better learn quick, or he is doomed.

portlandon on November 4, 2010 at 5:06 P

Isn’t he doomed already?

chai on November 4, 2010 at 6:14 PM

President Mom Jeans is definitely a chardonnay guy. Boehner better bring his own!

ctmom on November 4, 2010 at 6:15 PM

we won.
runner on November 4, 2010 at 5:39 PM

Those are the first words that should come out of Boehner’s mouth when he meets with “the loser.”
Oopsdaisy on November 4, 2010 at 5:51 PM

Johnny Mac will never forget having his face rubbed in it by Bammie at that famous televised meeting. I am sure he will be get a chuckle from the first meeting with Bammie.
slickwillie2001 on November 4, 2010 at 6:09 PM

I’m not much for coarse public dialog (as liberals are) – but a single digit salute by McCain at Obama in that meeting would sure elicit a “chuckle” from me!…..

Oopsdaisy on November 4, 2010 at 6:23 PM

Hey everyone…Boehner will be number three in line for the Presidency once he is elected Speaker!

I liked the sound of that and wanted to share with my HotAir friends.

Rndguy on November 4, 2010 at 6:30 PM

The GOP did a bang-up job of nationalizing the election

 
I disagree. The republicans were handed that one on a platter by the lockstep voting of the demoncrats. Frankly, the republicans are still very much hapless as far as I’m concerned. The only reason they won in many races was because they were the other choice on the ballot.

ClanDerson on November 4, 2010 at 6:36 PM

clanDerson: i do agree with you to some extent. we should have taken more Senate seats.

kelley in virginia on November 4, 2010 at 6:39 PM

Boehner gets it. He looks completely hammered, but he gets it anyway.

pugwriter on November 4, 2010 at 5:22 PM

lol!

Alana on November 4, 2010 at 6:42 PM

This election means a lot. It demonstrates that everything has changed–and I don’t mean that in the dopey, hopey way of liberals with tingles up their leg for one “charismatic” candidate.

In two years, many Americans:

1. Learned not to trust the media. At all. Ever. Hence the meteoric rise of blogs and alternate news sources such as Breitbart, etc.

2. Learned our history, and not from the liberal “we’re an evil, greedy nation of capitalist pigs with slavery at our center” angle.

3. Learned to put down the remote, pick up a placard, and attend a political rally

4. Learned that primaries matter

5. Learned to loathe unions

6. Learned that elections DO have consequences that effect the minute details of daily life

7. Learned that American exceptionalism is not a guarantee, but must be reaffirmed in every generation

….and many more critical lessons. This is what the Left deplores, and what terrifies them. Their ideology is no longer protected by a veneer of “compassion”. Obama and his minions revealed its intent through their shameless strong arm tactics, their constant disdain for the American people, and their arrogance, pettiness, and nefarious intent.

This is a fight against powers and principalities. The Left–finally–is losing not only the battle, but the war. The most influential among them understand this fully.

Grace_is_sufficient on November 4, 2010 at 7:41 PM

I’ve belonged to a liberal-dominated political forum for years. One of the guys I debate with regularly works for a George Soros-funded DC foundation and is a totally predictable parrot of inside-the-beltway Democrat conventional wisdom. What he believes is that:

1. The election was entirely about the economy and unemployment. Spending, deficits, and Obamacare had little to do with their defeat.
2. Democrats main problem was their “messaging” and allowing Republicans to control the national dialogue
3. The O’Donnell and Angle defeats prove that the tea party movement is too extreme and will destroy the Republican party.
4. The way to defeat Republicans in 2012 will be to push for new stimulus spending, emphasizing that they are “jobs” bills this time. When the Republicans oppose them accuse them of being “anti-jobs.”
5. Throw the Republicans a few crumbs but mainly continue forward with the Obama agenda.

I have no doubt at all that this represents the dominant liberal groupthink in DC right now. They have absolutely no idea what hit them or why.

rsrobinson on November 4, 2010 at 7:44 PM

All good except he should have asked for a beer.

The Opinionator on November 4, 2010 at 8:15 PM

Obama is in denial that he’s not God.

realitycheck on November 4, 2010 at 8:44 PM

Boehner gets it. He looks completely hammered, but he gets it anyway.

pugwriter on November 4, 2010 at 5:22 PM

Out: I’d hit that.
In: I’d hammer that.

RushBaby on November 4, 2010 at 9:49 PM

For the last year & a half, everywhere I went in ND & SD PLUS when I drove through IA, MO & IL to visit my g-ma in S. IN (& did some traveling in KY, too), I kept hearing people b!t@hing about Democrats & BO at the malls, at gas stations EVERYWHERE along my route (Hannibal MO for God’s sake!), restaraunts, truck stops-Jesus people were pi$$ed along the routes I was driving!
I was in Hobby Lobby in Bismarck a coupla months ago & even what looked like 2 welfare queens were PO’d at democrats, b!t@ing in the book section.
People are MAD. EVERYWHERE.
What do these useless tools not understand about what just happened on Tuesday?
I am incredibly amused & astonished at BO’s utter foolishness & sheer stupidity on this.

Badger40 on November 4, 2010 at 9:57 PM

Grace_is_sufficient on November 4, 2010 at 7:41 PM

And I’m so glad about that! Not only did we have a great time, we learned how to hit back, HARD! That was the piece we were missing. Granted, we had to go through all of the steps to get there, but hasn’t it been GRAND!

Yellowdog12 on November 4, 2010 at 10:15 PM

The Glenlivet is a bit peaty for me…

catmman on November 4, 2010 at 5:12 PM

A Lagavulin, or a Glenmorangie would be more my taste.

smellthecoffee on November 4, 2010 at 11:44 PM

Grace_is_sufficient on November 4, 2010 at 7:41 PM

That was a really good post, Grace.

Alana on November 5, 2010 at 1:37 AM