Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on November 22, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Allahpundit already hit this one once, but when even Jake Tapper has to lead an article with “Huh?”, it’s worth a second look.  It’s one thing to thank one’s supporters for all their hard work in a losing cause, and perhaps even to blow a little sunshine up their skirts when doing so.  It’s something else when trying to thank them for a big victory when it’s the opposition that won it:

In the recorded message, the president says, “Thank you for the tireless work, you guys organized the single largest midterm election effort in this history of our party…You turned ‘Yes We Can’ into ‘Yes We Did.’”

“You didn’t sit this one out even when all the pundits said it was hopeless and because of that we are stronger,” the president said.

Considering that President Obama himself called the election “a shellacking,” with Democrats losing control of the House of Representatives, six Senate seats, 20 state legislatures, one might be forgiven for wondering exactly he thinks his volunteers did – other than valiantly trying but failing to get enough voters to the polls.

Er, stronger?  They lost six seats in the Senate despite having a numerical advantage over the GOP in the 2010 cycle, and they lost at least 62 seats in the House — the worst midterm drubbing in 72 years.  Furthermore, while the DNC tried spinning it as an opportunity to build its contacts with voters, the voters made their estimation of those contacts plain, as ABC’s polling showed:

As ABC News Polling Director Gary Langer has pointed out, according to exit polls, 29 million Obama voters from 2008 didn’t show up to vote in the midterms.

“Thirteen percent of Obama voters defected to Republicans for Congress,” Langer noted.

Women – who won women voters by 13 points in 2008 — voted 49-48 percent for Democratic vs. Republican House candidate — the best for Republicans among women in national House vote in exit polls since 1982.”

Yes they can — alienate voters through arrogance and incompetence.  Trying to spin the midterms into victory is a little of both.

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Entirely off-topic, Ed …… Can you tell me if this prliferation of authors on the main page at HotAir is a permanent feature? Did I miss the announcement?

DaydreamBeliever on November 22, 2010 at 8:09 AM

Sort of like: Good Job, Brownie!

JimK on November 22, 2010 at 8:09 AM

Odamna: Words mean exactly what I want them to mean. Nothing more. Nothing less. We won. /sarc off

Crusader Rabbit on November 22, 2010 at 8:09 AM

C’mon. Those deck chairs on the Titanic won’t rearrange themselves. All is well.

apostic on November 22, 2010 at 8:09 AM

Reid winning = Yes we did ?

spinmiester in chief at it again…

cmsinaz on November 22, 2010 at 8:11 AM

To Democrats, “truth” is what you can argue or advocate for, as in a court of law, regardless of what reality is.

Democrats can therefore take either side of a preposition, depending on which benefits them politically.

Hence “truth” is always what Democrats want it to be.

That’s why it’s impossible to compromise with these people.

NoDonkey on November 22, 2010 at 8:15 AM

Allahpundit already hit this one once,

Sometimes when you see a good thing, you hit it multiple times.

Electrongod on November 22, 2010 at 8:15 AM

Did I miss the announcement?
DaydreamBeliever on November 22, 2010 at 8:09 AM

I was wondering the same thing…

Anyhoo, back to Barry – it’s the Potemkin Village Presidency. Whatever he says, whatever picture he paints, is the exact opposite of reality.

Buy Danish on November 22, 2010 at 8:15 AM

29 million Obama voters from 2008 didn’t show up to vote in the midterms.

those kool-aid drinking folks will be back in ’12 to re-elect him…count on it…

cmsinaz on November 22, 2010 at 8:17 AM

In the recorded message, the president says, “Thank you for the tireless work, you guys organized the single largest midterm election effort in this history of our party…You “Nancy Pelosi and I turned ‘Yes We Can’ into ‘Yes We Did.’ ‘You’re Fired’

FIFY, Mr. President

Rovin on November 22, 2010 at 8:25 AM

This administration is built on deceit.

“Tax credit” transfer payments to people who don’t pay federal tax, essentially welfare spending, are now called “tax cuts”.

Real tax rate cuts need to be “paid for” as if the rate cuts require the government to spend money. Tax cuts are now “spending”.

Passing laws people hate is “accomplishment”.

If they can do that, I don’t see why the drubbing in the election can’t be viewed as a big success.

forest on November 22, 2010 at 8:25 AM

Can’t wait for the new congress to be sworn in January. The President’s tune is going to “Change” he “Hopes” the Republican’s investigations and probes, won’t uncover scandal they can’t overcome by 2012. But I wouldn’t count my chickens before they hatch…..or returning home to roost ;)

It’s morning in America, and the Democrats are pi$$ing everyone off on their flight home to Grandma’s house.

The Republicans have such a huge advantage right now, they aren’t enraging the electorate with talk of a DREAM ACT to give law breakers preferential treatment over American Citizens. Anything the Dems pass in the Lame Duck, can be undone in January. Are they smart enough to stop sticking their finger in the eye of the American Voter? Not as long as the Progressives are running the Democrat Party.

Dr Evil on November 22, 2010 at 8:28 AM

Mr. Morrisey, I believe he’s calling it a victory because he didn’t lose as bad as some people were predicting. Its a victory because the Senate didn’t totally flip to Republicans.

He has to throw some sunshine around, because we all know he didn’t allow any on ANY of the bills he signed. We’re in a sunshine deficit here.

Cheesecakecrush on November 22, 2010 at 8:29 AM

This administration is built on deceit.

“Tax credit” transfer payments to people who don’t pay federal tax, essentially welfare spending, are now called “tax cuts”.

Real tax rate cuts need to be “paid for” as if the rate cuts require the government to spend money. Tax cuts are now “spending”.

Passing laws people hate is “accomplishment”.

If they can do that, I don’t see why the drubbing in the election can’t be viewed as a big success.

forest on November 22, 2010 at 8:25 AM

That is why the capitol city is named ‘Wahington Deceit’.

darwin-t on November 22, 2010 at 8:34 AM

s/b Washington
sheesh

darwin-t on November 22, 2010 at 8:35 AM

Obama has Reid & Pelosi taint on him, and every unpopular position they took he is the recipient. This is what happens when you let a Soros led movement call the shots. Who could have predicted the American Population would reject a Nazis collaberators vision for America/SNARK.

Here is another position the Progressives have taken that will end up biting them on the butt. How unpopular will they be by 2012 when people just want them to go away now?

Guess who wants money from us to build the mosque at ground zero?

John Avalon Daily Beast.

The so-called Ground Zero mosque recently applied for a $5 million federal grant from a fund designed to rebuild lower Manhattan after 9/11, reports The Daily Beast’s John Avlon.

Dr Evil on November 22, 2010 at 8:39 AM

I guess he’s happy that 29 million of his voters stayed home instead of going to the polls and voting against him.

Cindy Munford on November 22, 2010 at 8:39 AM

“Yes We Did”, past tense equals FAIL

EliTheBean on November 22, 2010 at 8:40 AM

The One’s supporters I have meet up with are just bashing Paling with a hand toss of Bush into the mess when necessary.

One claimed the the “teabaggers” were holing back our economy along with foreign problems…

These elections are just sad to them.

IlikedAUH2O on November 22, 2010 at 8:48 AM

Eh. He probably had 2 filmed pre-recorded messages and they played the wrong won. It’s not easy being a robot.

Key West Reader on November 22, 2010 at 8:52 AM

Somebody this self-delusional should not have his finger on the launch button.

Yoop on November 22, 2010 at 8:53 AM

Ok, I have a concern. If the Republicans fix the economy in time for the ’12 elections, Obama will get the credit and be re-elected.

abcurtis on November 22, 2010 at 8:54 AM

I’m traveling a bit, last week and this week. The guest bloggers will be posting through Thanksgiving weekend, and then it’s back to just myself and AP.

Ed Morrissey on November 22, 2010 at 8:55 AM

Ed Morrissey on November 22, 2010 at 8:55 AM

safe travels!

Happy Turkey Day!

cmsinaz on November 22, 2010 at 8:59 AM

Hmmm,I guess he thinks if he says it enough,the obots will believe it.

ohiobabe on November 22, 2010 at 8:59 AM

This group of guest bloggers are awesome and very worthy of front page status.

Keemo on November 22, 2010 at 9:11 AM

I’m traveling a bit, last week and this week. The guest bloggers will be posting through Thanksgiving weekend, and then it’s back to just myself and AP.

Ed Morrissey on November 22, 2010 at 8:55 AM

Wear a cup to protect your junk!!!

Keemo on November 22, 2010 at 9:11 AM

It is scary sometimes, a man this delusional could quite possibly be insane. I think his statement goes beyond narcissism…it’s as if he can’t process what’s happening around him.

scalleywag on November 22, 2010 at 9:12 AM

Wear a cup to protect your junk!!!

Keemo on November 22, 2010 at 9:11 AM

Hahahaha! Who would have thought you’d ever have to make a remark like that and only be half kidding?

scalleywag on November 22, 2010 at 9:13 AM

Ed Morrissey on November 22, 2010 at 8:55 AM

Safe travels, Captain.

Obama’s gone from messiah to failure in two long years.

kingsjester on November 22, 2010 at 9:14 AM

Has anyone bothered to tell Nancy that she no longer holds the House?

GarandFan on November 22, 2010 at 10:00 AM

Totus made him say it!

tinkerthinker on November 22, 2010 at 10:11 AM

29 million Obama voters from 2008 didn’t show up to vote in the midterms

To be fair, it was really hard for lots of these Obama voters to make it to the polls on election day — some of them had already been deported, many of them have been dead for years, a bunch of them were down at their local welfare office signing up for some new benefits, and the rest of them were out trying to score some blow.

AZCoyote on November 22, 2010 at 10:24 AM

This fraud is so unfamiliar with the truth that he only stumbles on it accidentally like the blind squirrel.

If you think about it, from his distorted childhood, buried birth records, hidden transcripts, ghostwritten book by Ayers, Harvard Law Review scam with no published writings, mystery trip to Pakistan, his Rezko real estate deal, State Dept passport caper, and on and on…

The only real truth about this affirmative action precedent is his background as a community organizer/agitator and his allegiance to Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals”.

That one fact should have been more than enough.

ontherocks on November 22, 2010 at 10:25 AM

Yes We Did . . . lose.

Alana on November 22, 2010 at 11:45 AM

Good golly , Miss Molly. Does this dolt also need to have his hand held when trying to find the potty, and does he still have to aim for the cheerio?

Either this is overtly childish, or he’s clearly suffering from dimentia.

capejasmine on November 22, 2010 at 11:52 AM

You turned ‘Yes We Can’ into ‘Yes We Did.’”

Beck said they did, succeed, by voting through all their socialist crap and by retiring all the blue dogs, some of whom opposed them. Now they have only commies.

Yes they can — alienate voters through arrogance and incompetence. Trying to spin the midterms into victory is a little of both.

…and through delusions of elitist grandeur. Let them wallow in their ignorant bliss and continue to do what they know best. They sure woke up the “stupid” electorate.

Schadenfreude on November 22, 2010 at 11:55 AM

Saw a comment by a friend of a friend on Facebook:

“Now that the teaparty has ruined the country…”

What the…. um, okay… the teaparty has ruined the country.

Mental midgets.

FlatlanderByTheLake on November 22, 2010 at 1:23 PM

even Jake Tapper has to lead an article with “Huh?”, it’s worth a second look.

Is this a clue that Cap’n Ed views Tapper as a bit less… objective… than the betamale blogger thinks?

Hmmm…

(I like Jake, personally, but consider him fully part of the left-of-center mainstream media).

cs89 on November 22, 2010 at 1:28 PM

In Dufus’ defense they did win in a sense!

They purged the House and Senate of those lyin, principled, anti-abortion, blueballs that lied their way into office and voted the perverted Party line.

Now OBlahBlah has a purly Communist/Marxist Party of true believer, in your face, Anti-American, Treasonous scumbags!

Now if the Tea Party can purge themselves of the lyin, thievin, principled, anti-abortion RINOs’ the Tea Party Conservatives can have a real debate with the Communist/Marxists devoid of that lyin unprincipled, go alone to get along, middle pack of traitorous curs who lie, cheat, pander and steal their way into power!

McCain, Graham, Hatch, Snowe, Collins, I’m talkin to you!

dhunter on November 22, 2010 at 2:33 PM

Test

Dire Straits on November 22, 2010 at 10:07 PM