Quotes of the day

posted at 10:36 pm on April 22, 2011 by Allahpundit

“Americans are more pessimistic about the nation’s economic outlook and overall direction than they have been at any time since President Obama’s first two months in office, when the country was still officially ensnared in the Great Recession, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll…

“Disapproval of Mr. Obama’s handling of the economy has never been broader — at 57 percent of Americans — a warning sign as he begins to set his sights on re-election in 2012. And a similar percentage disapprove of how Mr. Obama is handling the federal budget deficit, though more disapprove of the way Republicans in Congress are.

“Still, for all the talk from Congressional Republicans and Mr. Obama of cutting the deficit as a way to improve the economy, only 29 percent of respondents said it would create more jobs. Twenty-seven percent said it would have no effect on the employment outlook, and 29 percent said it would cost jobs.”

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President Obama is not popular. He has not been popular for a very long time. Why should a single speech be expected to move a needle that hasn’t budged in a year?…

“Last week I wrote two columns, the first arguing that Obama is ‘just plain bad at politics,’ and the second asserting that his speech was meant to stabilize his position with the left. The two link up here: the speech might have been a good tactical move in pursuit of holding his Democratic base, but focusing on the base is a terrible strategy, considering his standing with the center of the electorate. Put simply, Obama has a very real problem with independent voters. He has had that problem for a long time – almost 24 months, in fact – and yet he and his team have done very little about it. One would have thought that the nineteen-point margin that independents handed the GOP in the 2010 House election would have alerted the White House to the trouble, as well as the fact that this swing helped give the Republicans the single largest House pickup in generations. But apparently not.

“Three previous presidents were in this kind of polling jam at this point in their administrations: Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton. Reagan and Clinton both tracked back to the political center after their midterm drubbings, and Reagan had the benefit of a V-shaped recovery that was just starting at this point in his tenure. Carter, on the other hand, drifted sideways, as did the economy, which fell into recession by 1980. Who does Obama look like right today? I’d say Carter. Economic growth is slowing down, inflation is on the rise, the deficit is out of control, swing voters have gone away, and the guy in the Oval Office doesn’t seem to have the foggiest idea what to do about any of it.”

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“Campaign insiders admit the glaring irony this time around that Obama, who argued in 2008 that he was seasoned enough to be in Washington, would now have to paint himself as an outsider taking on the system. It could be a tougher sell, considering that being president makes anyone the ultimate insider. But the president’s 43 percent approval rating, which has dropped almost 20 points since he took office, shows the depth of the gap he’ll have to make up. Obama himself has even joked about the lost love. At the Palo Alto headquarters of Facebook on Wednesday, Obama confronted the disillusioned. ‘Your friends come and you say: ‘Oh, Obama’s changed. I used to be so excited; I still have a poster’… I understand how you guys feel. But we knew this wouldn’t be easy. We knew that on a journey like this there were going to be setbacks. There were going to be detours.’

“While Obama delivers the message, back at the campaign headquarters the focus is on precinct maps. Several Democratic strategists say that the challenge is to keep the playing field large with up-in-the-air states staying out of Republican hands for as long as possible. Senior leaders like Mitch Stewart, who is Obama’s battleground states director, are reworking the map, figuring out which states are worthy of the most resources. ‘Last time Virginia and North Carolina turned out to be decisive, but the country’s been through a lot and we’re now trying to redefine the battlefield,’ says the campaign’s O’Malley Dillon. Those strategy sessions resulted in the president’s trip to Los Angeles and the Bay Area this week, both considered perennial ATMs for Democratic nominees.

“Yet the largest strategic consideration is one that will still take months to sort itself out: Who will be Obama’s final opponent?”

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This medicare stuff they pushing scares me politically for the GOP. We need older voters this isn’t the kind of stuff you push if you want to win back the white house.

TimeTraveler on April 23, 2011 at 2:14 AM

When to run a nobody to make the election all about Obama’s progress if we wish to win.

TimeTraveler on April 23, 2011 at 2:20 AM

Hello?..:)

Dire Straits on April 23, 2011 at 2:36 AM

“Who will be Obama’s final opponent?”

The truth…

Seven Percent Solution on April 23, 2011 at 2:45 AM

In the last two years we have accumulated national debt at a rate more than 27 times as fast as during the rest of our entire nation’s history.. Over 27 times as fast. Metaphorically speaking, if you are driving in the right lane doing 65 MPH and a car rockets past you in the left lane. 27 times faster, it would be doing 7,555 MPH!

Heckuva job, Scooter!/

kingsjester on April 22, 2011 at 10:49 PM

Hey Kingsjester – we have a job for you in Congress! For your math skills. Try again with the calculator.

Jimmy Doolittle on April 23, 2011 at 3:05 AM

I am going to post this again!..Everyone needs to go in the Headlines and read Marcia Morrissey’s Post!..It is awesome!..:)

Dire Straits on April 23, 2011 at 3:13 AM

Time Traveler, any medicare changes that are on the table are for those who won’t even be eligible for medicare for at least 10 years. Those 55 and older are untouched by these changes. Frankly I am 56 and might prefer to be under the new deal, it sounds more flexible.

karenhasfreedom on April 23, 2011 at 3:45 AM

karenhasfreedom on April 23, 2011 at 3:45 AM

Nice post!..:)

Dire Straits on April 23, 2011 at 3:47 AM

karenhasfreedom on April 23, 2011 at 3:45 AM

Judging by the town-halls it appears seniors aren’t getting that message.

TimeTraveler on April 23, 2011 at 4:05 AM

Judging by the town-halls it appears seniors aren’t getting that message.

TimeTraveler on April 23, 2011 at 4:05 AM

Ryan has been repeating that point over and over.
The democraps have put this FUD into seniors. The message might be taking some hold as more people/seniors are getting the message.

Unfortunately, the only media outlet that is accurately reporting this is FOX. All the other socialist networks are repeating the Pelosi-Reid-Obama mantra of seniors on catfood care.

Pure propaganda and lies, that need to be brought to the public through any means, to spread the truth.

Kini on April 23, 2011 at 4:26 AM

Two messages need to be hammered into the public conciousness.

1) Ryan’s plan doesn’t affect anyone over 55. That should be fairly easily, it just might take a while to get past the MSM filter.

2) The choice on entitlements isn’t ‘cuts’ or ‘no cuts’. Of course heavy majorities are going to be pick no cuts. The choice is ‘what kind of cuts’. It needs to be stressed to people that we are broke and these programs are going to collapse, and they can either have Ryan’s vouchers or Obama’s death panels. There is no magic skittle sh!tting unicorn that’s going to keep everything the way it is.

BadgerHawk on April 23, 2011 at 5:01 AM

This medicare stuff they pushing scares me politically for the GOP. We need older voters this isn’t the kind of stuff you push if you want to win back the white house.

TimeTraveler on April 23, 2011 at 2:14 AM

I would be scared if they weren’t pushing it! We cannot possibly solve our fiscal problems without doing something sensible about Medicare and Social Security. Anyone who doesn’t address those entitlement programs isn’t serious about saving our country from impending fiscal doom.

MJBrutus on April 23, 2011 at 6:32 AM

Gas prices are killing him. You would think that after this happened a few times these people would begin to think that maybe we should be getting more of our oil from our own hemisphere…if for no other reason than the fact that it is more stable and stability is good for them too.

Terrye on April 23, 2011 at 6:50 AM

Terrye on April 23, 2011 at 6:50 AM

Good Post!..:)

Dire Straits on April 23, 2011 at 6:56 AM

There is little to indicate that the message, Ryan’s plan does not affect those under 55, is sinking in. Even Fox and other conservative voices start their reports talking about “the Ryan Plan’s cuts to Medicare”; no qualifiers.

FalseProfit on April 23, 2011 at 8:03 AM

As a senior who won’t get the benefit of Ryan’s plan (and sorry that I won’t), I’m spreading the word wherever I can. The other thing I’m talking about is that this is MediCARE we’re talking about…not MedicAID. Medicare is not for the indigent. Most people on Medicare can afford to contribute something to our own premiums–and some of us can afford quite a bit. With Ryan we can use that purchasing power to buy the insurance we want and need, and not be stuck with a one-size-fits-all government plan that, in the end, causes everybody’s health care to be more expensive.

Dee2008 on April 23, 2011 at 8:20 AM

Old people aren’t stupid, they realize the system is collapsing.

wheelgun on April 23, 2011 at 8:23 AM

Marcia Morrissey has posted a classic in the Headlines of HA!! .. It is a must read!..:)

Dire Straits on April 23, 2011 at 8:24 AM

IF the GOP was actually serious about fiscal discipline……….we have much evidence to indicate they are not.

If the two parties in Congress are not serious about cutting a $1.6 Trillion dollar ANNUAL deficit then what options are left to change their minds?

Didn’t we just elect over 60 new supposedly new thinkers? I haven’t heard a peep out of them.

What to do?

PappyD61 on April 23, 2011 at 8:32 AM

RE: Post photo

I get irritated just seeing that pose. It’s the “straw man” posture from the president. Every time he makes a bogus straw man argument he does that gesture with his arm, as if to say “these people over here believe this crazy stuff” (that they don’t actually believe).

forest on April 23, 2011 at 8:56 AM

Same old, same old with the msm. They called keeping the same tax rates the Bush tax cuts to demonize that. People should learn to figure out that whatever a lib say, expect the opposite.

Kissmygrits on April 23, 2011 at 9:17 AM

Sasha, how come you’re named after a Russian boy??”

profitsbeard on April 22, 2011 at 11:12 PM

Because Frank Marshall was too obvious.

Barnestormer on April 23, 2011 at 9:43 AM

…the guy in the Oval Office doesn’t seem to have the foggiest idea what to do about any of it.”

I agree Obama doesn’t have the foggiest, that’s if he was trying to get the country’s economy to turn around. But that’s not was he’s trying to do. Obama intends to get the country to where Cloward-Piven said it needed to be to create social change. We’re broke but Obama keeps spending money. Starting more wars when we can’t afford them. Shutting off drilling when we need the crude. Gas prices going out the roof followed by food prices. Inflation is about hit big time, I expect lines of cars for gas any day. Socialism didn’t work in the Soviet Union. Won’t work in the US either but we’ve got to go through a lot of pain before the American people reject it.

TulsAmerican on April 23, 2011 at 9:52 AM

Dee2008 on April 23, 2011 at 8:20 AM

I thought I read where those over 55 could opt in to the Ryan plan.

2ipa on April 23, 2011 at 10:43 AM

Who will be Obama’s final opponent?

Common sense and sanity.

csdeven on April 23, 2011 at 12:02 PM

Who are you and how did I offend you?

kingsjester on April 23, 2011 at 12:47 PM

That question was for “Jimmy Doolittle”.

kingsjester on April 23, 2011 at 12:48 PM

begin to think that maybe we should be getting more of our oil from our own hemisphere…

Terrye on April 23, 2011 at 6:50 AM

I take it that you meant our own “Country” as opposed to floating loans to Brazil for their offshore, deepwater drilling and to Columbia for a new refinery…

China and Russia are drilling off of Cuba, why can’t we start drilling in the Gulf again???

Gohawgs on April 23, 2011 at 6:52 PM

Didn’t vote for him the first time, and won’t vote for him this time. Some of my hopey-changey relatives made the mistake the first time, and definitely won’t repeat it the second.

Dandapani on April 24, 2011 at 8:08 AM

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