Four More Years? Not So Fast

posted at 8:40 am on May 3, 2011 by Ed Driscoll

“They told me that if I voted for McCain, we’d get a continuation of Bush’s wartime policies. AND THEY WERE RIGHT!”

Heh, indeed.™

After the jubilation wore off from Sunday night’s news, it started to remind me of something that former Dallas Cowboys fullback turned broadcaster Daryl Johnston once said. At the very end of the NFL Films’ America’s Game segment on the 1995 Dallas Cowboys, and their victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XXX, Johnston tells his interviewer that his team’s season “was just a very, very strange year. A testimony to that team that we were able to get through all that, and somehow, find a way to win a championship.

“My position coach, Joe Brodsky, said that it was one of the best performances that he had ever seen by a team,” Johnston added. “And I asked him why, and he said, because you guys won in spite of the coaching.”

As details emerged yesterday on how Osama bin Laden was killed and how the information was obtain that led to that dramatic moment, more and more Americans were reminded that President Obama was building upon the infrastructure that President Bush and his administration very quickly assembled in the wake of 9/11. Like Switzer building upon Jimmy Johnson’s efforts, President Obama was lucky enough, in spite of his own efforts to the contrary, not to dismantle it. Or as Professor William A. Jacobson quips at Legal Insurrection, “Obama may be re-elected because George Bush had the good sense not to listen to Obama.”

But is he a shoe-in? Yesterday, Jazz Shaw linked to Doug Mataconis’ Outside the Beltway post on “The Politics Of The Death Of Osama bin Laden.” As Mataconis wrote:

The 1992 election is probably the best reason to be careful when making any predictions about how the death of bin Laden is likely to impact American politics. As Silver notes, at this point in his Presidency George H.W. Bush seemed to be unbeatable thanks to the overwhelming success of the Persian Gulf War, but within a year that boost in the polls had largely disappeared thanks to a flagging economy, not to mention the fact that he had greatly annoyed his conservative base by going back on his “No New Taxes” pledge.  This time around, the President is likely to get a boost in the polls but it’s not at all clear that it’s going to last, especially since we’ve already seen plenty of evidence that Obama’s approval numbers are subject to wide fluctuations.

So yes, barring a disaster in Libya or elsewhere, this likely takes national security off the table as an issue in 2012, but the election was never going to be about national security anyway. Much as George H.W. Bush found it hard to translate his post-Gulf War popularity into domestic success (something that his son was also largely unable to do in the wake of the September 11th attacks), it isn’t at all clear that killing Osama bin Laden is going to make any difference at all in the political battles to come over the budget, entitlements, the deficits, and the size and scope of government, In fact, there’s no reason to think that it would.

It’s a good day for the White House, and the President deserves credit here, but the battles are far from over.

Beyond Bush in ’92, presidents during the last 100 years found out the hard way that strange things can happen to their fortunes after decisive military victories. Woodrow Wilson won World War I, but the post-war chaos both at home and in Europe doomed his his Democratic successors, former Ohio Governor James M. Cox and his vice presidential candidate, then-Assistant Secretary of the Navy Franklin D. Roosevelt. They lost in 1920 to Warren G. Harding and his vice-president, Calvin Coolidge, ending war-era socialism (albeit temporarily in retrospect) and paving the way for the laissez-faire roaring twenties.

Similarly, building on FDR’s long-term efforts, Harry Truman successfully concluded World War II — only to see the Democrats lose Congress the following year, and eking out a victory against Thomas Dewey only by going intensely negative at the tail-end of the campaign — to the point of red-lining the Godwin meter — in ’48.

On the other side of the Atlantic, Winston Churchill saved England from the forced collectivization of the Nazis, only to lose Parliament immediately afterward and witness the collectivization of the Labour Party in the form of socialized medicine and a lengthy period of harsh postwar rationing that wouldn’t end until the early 1960s. Or as Lawrence H. White of George Mason University noted last year:

After Labour‘s landslide victory in the 1945 election, in [socialist and Labour MP Barbara Castle‘s] words, “What we set out to do was to ensure that this system of fair shares and the planning and controls continued after the war, and when we won, that‘s what we did.” She was right about the “fair shares” (government rationing) and controls. Prices controls and rationing of consumer goods continued for years after the war.

Which doesn’t seem much like the post-war England Churchill had likely imagined. But socialized medicine coupled with “this system of fair shares, planning and controls” certainly sounds oddly reminiscent of our own increasingly centralized Obaconomy, doesn’t it?

Which brings us to our current era. To get a sense of what could happen next, check out this quote from liberal pollster Nate Silver in the New York Times:

In 1991, the top 8 or 10 Democratic candidates skipped the presidential race because George H.W. Bush seemed unbeatable in the wake of the popular Gulf War. But by November 1992, Mr. Bush’s approval ratings were in the 30s, and Bill Clinton defeated him easily — as most any Democratic candidate would have.

Well, with a little help from Ross Perot, of course. But sensing a huge opening, Clinton only entered the race when he saw the weakness in the milquetoast other Democrat candidates, who were too timid to take on a seemingly-invincible Bush #41. Fortunate favors the bold — with the economy still in disastrous shape and knowing the finite nature of the “Rally ’round the flag effect” on poll numbers, who’s going to seize the opportunity and give President Obama a run for his the taxpayers’ money?

Beyond, heaven help us, Donald Trump, of course.


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Any column that slams Barry Switzer sounds good to me.

Ward Cleaver on May 3, 2011 at 9:57 AM

Really now, please note that the difference is a B and an S. These people need to get their BS straight!

Yoop on May 3, 2011 at 9:52 AM

I noticed that the media is now referring to Osama bin Laden just by Bin Laden. they have dropped his first name. Th eonly reason I can think of is because they are mixing up Obama and Osama

unseen on May 3, 2011 at 9:57 AM

I’m not sure Obama will get a big bounce becaus ehe made it a partisan issue.

And I don’t think that OBL gives the dems politcal capital. Those think it does are going to be in for a surprise. The citizens do not like our national security being used as a politcal prop.

unseen on May 3, 2011 at 9:47 AM

..it will be a real surprise if he does not get a bounce from killing Bin Laden.
If you are right…then the electorate is more clued in than I can imagine.
But I think that this is a significant event for America and Obama is at the head of it.He will get a lot of credit just like he will take a lot of heat for bad policy.

Independents will swing his way substantially along with the few democrats that have been disenchanted.

Then we will get back to reality.

Baxter Greene on May 3, 2011 at 9:57 AM

dogsoldier on May 3, 2011 at 9:48 AM

I agree by and large though I’m glad they killed him. As to the politics of it, of course it was political for Obama. When has any Democrat President done anything overtly militarily (since 1950 at least) that wasn’t driven by politics? That’s why they almost always fail. This one op though worked and politics or no, Obama as CiC deserves some of the credit for it.

Capturing him would have been cool and all but this dirtbag needed to die.

catmman on May 3, 2011 at 9:57 AM

Tee hee…

Obama approval on Sunday: 49%
Obama approval on Monday: 49%

WHOA!! What a bounce, he’s a shoo-in for 2012 now!!

angryed on May 3, 2011 at 9:58 AM

Obaconomy

Don’t do that again. Dissing.Bacon.Not.Allowed.

ladyingray on May 3, 2011 at 10:00 AM

angryed on May 3, 2011 at 9:58 AM

You need to give some time for the new PBHO campaign slogan to get out there:

Barack Obama 2012 – The Dude Who Personally Killed Bin Laden

Bishop on May 3, 2011 at 10:01 AM

I think we are going to have some high profile “gets” timed at politically expedient intervals leading up to November.

They’ve got the address book now and maybe even the living one.

Socmodfiscon on May 3, 2011 at 9:53 AM

..I am curious to see if the contacts between Bin Laden and the ISI/Pakistan government that I am sure are detailed in this intel will see the light of day.

The key to this being as significant as we hope is how we deal with Pakistan from here on out.
Do we continue to play this cat and mouse game with them or do we get strong and start taking out the terrorist networks there.
If Pakistan remains the status quo…we can forget about any victory in Afghanistan.

Baxter Greene on May 3, 2011 at 10:01 AM

Here’s a funny mental picture. Obama with a bullhorn standing on a large box reading his teleprompters. Can’t wait.

Key West Reader on May 3, 2011 at 9:12 AM

Please, somebody make a photoshop of this!

lukespapa on May 3, 2011 at 10:03 AM

Independents will swing his way substantially along with the few democrats that have been disenchanted.

Then we will get back to reality.

Baxter Greene on May 3, 2011 at 9:57 AM

Maybe the American voters are fickle. I do think it shores up some of Obama’s weakness on the foreign policy front. But Libya is an ongoing mistake whereas the OBL death was a one time event. People tend to place more weight on the most recent events. So by Nov 2012 OBL will be an after thought whereas Libya and Afganistain will be central issues.

unseen on May 3, 2011 at 10:03 AM

I’m sorry … why on earth are people comparing this very small, targeted action against one person to George HW Bush’s Desert Storm war? That was an enormous, complex effort involving hundreds of thousands of soldiers.

This was a 10 year long effort to find and kill one individual, admittedly a very hard thing to do, intelligence-wise.

But the comparison is like apples to street cleaners. We should stop using it.

Jaibones on May 3, 2011 at 10:06 AM

In Colorado, Sarah Palin hails bin Laden’s death, praises troops

LAKEWOOD — Less than 24 hours after the world learned Osama bin Laden was dead, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin took the stage at Colorado Christian University to headline a group of speakers who paid tribute to American troops and hailed the killing of the world’s most-wanted man.

“Their courage and their determination brought us justice,” Palin said of those who hunted the terrorist figurehead for nearly 10 years. “They know that freedom isn’t free. It’s a God-given right and worth fighting for…..”

…The death of the man Palin called “the public face of Islamic terrorism” struck a recurring chord throughout “Tribute to the Troops,” which had been in the works long before bin Laden’s death.

http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_17979140

unseen on May 3, 2011 at 10:13 AM

Here’s a funny mental picture. Obama with a bullhorn standing on a large box reading his teleprompters. Can’t wait.

Key West Reader on May 3, 2011 at 9:12 AM

Please, somebody make a photoshop of this!

lukespapa on May 3, 2011 at 10:03 AM

great picture.

unseen on May 3, 2011 at 10:14 AM

And I predict that in three months, no one will remember this at all except the hard core of O’Bozo’s fringe left supporters, and anything that sounded like a bump for him will be gone.

Hat tip to my conspiracy-peddling conservative friends who have noted that

a) it’s awfully convenient that there is no body, and that OBin Laden is supposed to be buried in the one place where no one can challenge the date of his death (bottom of the ocean), and

b) this action comes in the week of O’Bozo’s worst poll numbers since taking office.

But that gives this administration far too much credit for competence. Dumb luck is a much better explanation, and it won’t give O’Baahma any measurable bump or long-term credit.

Jaibones on May 3, 2011 at 10:15 AM

“Barack Obama may well be the proverbial rooster trying to take credit for the sunrise. But in the case of the elite U.S. Naval Special Warfare Command Development Group’s killing of terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden, credit should rest with America’s special operations forces and their years of planning and near 10-year commitment to eliminating bin Laden.”

“[The success of this raid] is not about Obama,” Medal of Honor recipient and retired U.S. Navy SEAL Lt. Mike Thornton, told me over the phone hours after the story broke. “This is about the men and women in uniform who made a life-commitment years ago to bringing this international terrorist to justice.” Thornton is one of the founding members of SEAL Team Six.”

Terrific piece by someone who should know.

http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=43293

tencole on May 3, 2011 at 10:16 AM

tencole on May 3, 2011 at 10:16 AM

great article. As Palin said last night, No other military force in the world could have done what these people did Sunday night.

unseen on May 3, 2011 at 10:20 AM

I really have a strong gut feeling that there’s more to this than what we’ve been fed. A boost in the polls will most likely come. Not a huge one, but enough to get libs all worked up, and spouting.

That being said…the boost will be short lived. OBL’s death isn’t going to fill up the gas tank, put food on the table, help keep or find a job, or fix the debts and deficits of this country.

Also…not a conspiracy here, but I do wonder if there aren’t skeletons in the closet on this. Just a gut feeling…and I haven’t shaken it yet.

capejasmine on May 3, 2011 at 10:21 AM

I also wanted to add…I had to fill up this morning and was shocked. Gas went up again, overnight. Eleven cents more to the gallon from yesterday. *THUD*

capejasmine on May 3, 2011 at 10:22 AM

A special operator who asked not to be named tells us, “A lot of Washington politicians will want to thump their chests and take credit for something they didn’t do. This action – from conception to planning to going hot – is the result of a lot of work by a very select few that goes back to the failed 1980 mission in Iran, and there’s still a lot of work to be done.”

Not every man has what it takes to be a SEAL, he says. Even fewer SEALs get to be a member of DevGru.

unseen on May 3, 2011 at 10:23 AM

Or was he forced into it? This unusual display of decisiveness is completely out of character for the Failed one, except for choosing entrees and golf courses.

So why now?

dogsoldier on May 3, 2011 at 9:24 AM

He had no choice. I read that he knew where Bin Laden was for over a month, and even had intel on it for much longer. And with all the leaks that keep popping up he had to fear that the intel would be out there soon. How would it have looked if someone leaked that he knew and did nothing?

Deanna on May 3, 2011 at 10:25 AM

Trump leads in a lot of GOP primary polls, but does any sane person think he’s been the nominee next year?

Doughboy on May 3, 2011 at 9:48 AM

I would agree on the GOP side, its really about name recognition and the news cycle right now. On Obama I would disagree, unless the down economy is a double dipper (which it might end up being) and at $4.00+ gas, job approval numbers are a commentary on their views of the POTUS prior to OBL death. My theory is Obama job approval does not get measured in a vacuum, it’s always weighed relative to the GOP alternative. So, if Trump is high profile Obama looks better, if someone else is he may look worse. Once the GOP debates and serious nominating process gets started I believe we will get a clearer view of both.

NextGen on May 3, 2011 at 10:25 AM

The only bounce Obama is getting with this is within
his own base; those that will bow to “The One” and cheer
him on no matter what he does.

That said, he still has dissenters in his own party who
voted for him to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
and close Gitmo. Since he hasn’t done any of the above,
they are still unhappy with him. And when the wars don’t
cease after the elimination of Osama, will they become
even more disgusted with Obama? And are there enough of
them to matter vote wise? I don’t anticipate their leaving the party of whacko liberals, however, they may stay home and not vote.

Amjean on May 3, 2011 at 10:26 AM

Indeed. He had better be very careful in how he handles this going forward. He should humble himself and show complete deference to the CIA, Military leaders and Special Op’s.

Key West Reader on May 3, 2011 at 9:15 AM

Nuh uh. I want to hear him thumping his own chest saying MEMEMEMEMEME-IDIDIT-IDIDIT-IDIDIT all the way to November 2012.

Then I want to hear the wailing and gnashing of teeth of the liberals when he loses.

inviolet on May 3, 2011 at 10:27 AM

Barry Switzer coaching the Cowboys is a great analogy!

I struggle finding a reason that people will vote Obama in again. I think a lot of the Dems will sit out in droves in 2012.

jeffn21 on May 3, 2011 at 10:29 AM

Very good point. but i don’t remember Truman ever claiming to take credit for the WW2 victory.

In fact:

“This is a solemn but a glorious hour. I only wish Franklin D. Roosevelt had lived to witness this day. General Eisenhower informs me that the forces of Germany have surrendered to the United Nations. For this Victory, we join in offering our thanks to the providence”

http://www.audiosparx.com/sa/archive/Celebrities/U-S-Presidents/Trumans-Victory-in-Europe-Speech/31110

unseen on May 3, 2011 at 9:15 AM

Well, Truman had class.

BadgerHawk on May 3, 2011 at 10:31 AM

Americans may be dumb, but we aren’t stupid. So we will give Øbama credit for doing what anybody knows was the right thing to do. Do you get credit for paying your bills on time? Yes, but not much because it is so obviously part of your responsibility.

So sure, I give Ø credit. I wouldn’t call it a ‘foreign policy’ win, just because it went down in a foreign country.

jodetoad on May 3, 2011 at 10:31 AM

Well, Truman had class.

BadgerHawk on May 3, 2011 at 10:31 AM

True but he also had faith.

unseen on May 3, 2011 at 10:35 AM

I also wanted to add…I had to fill up this morning and was shocked. Gas went up again, overnight. Eleven cents more to the gallon from yesterday. *THUD*

capejasmine on May 3, 2011 at 10:22 AM

I’m glad you didn’t hit the grocery store on your way home.

Home heating oil prices are already nasty, but wait until this winter comes.

dogsoldier on May 3, 2011 at 10:40 AM

Not so fast.
We are giving Pakistan lots of money (borrowed from somewhere) and they were harboring OBL?
Obama is taking credit for pretty much everything he and his leftists friends have screamed against for years?
There are apparently sleeper cells all over this country and worse, single jihadis waiting to strike, and they will, and Obama is going to suck this OBL kill dry.
Not so fast.
As I said from Sunday night this begins a new phase of TheWonWTF’s presidency and he has neither the brains nor the guts nor the sanity to deal with it.

ORconservative on May 3, 2011 at 10:41 AM

I also wanted to add…I had to fill up this morning and was shocked. Gas went up again, overnight. Eleven cents more to the gallon from yesterday. *THUD*

capejasmine on May 3, 2011 at 10:22 AM

Yep…me too. Went up 11 cents overnoc to 4.39/gallon.
*thud* is right.

tencole on May 3, 2011 at 10:44 AM

The next campaign should be titled “ANYONE BUT OBAMA!

GarandFan on May 3, 2011 at 10:45 AM

The euphoria will wear off within a few weeks. If he keeps taking victory laps I think the public will find that extremely distasteful.

This was an American Military Victory. Not an Obama accomplishment.

Key West Reader on May 3, 2011 at 8:55 AM


..exactly! The Wellstone effect.

The War Planner on May 3, 2011 at 10:46 AM

White House photo: Watching the bin Laden operation real-time

http://michellemalkin.com/

anyone else notice the lack of color in that room? Seems the Whitehouse’s minority outreach doesn’t go all the way to the levers of power now does it.

unseen on May 3, 2011 at 10:52 AM

GarandFan on May 3, 2011 at 10:45 AM

disagree it is has important to get the right person as well as get rid of Obama.

unseen on May 3, 2011 at 10:53 AM

So why now?

dogsoldier on May 3, 2011 at 9:24 AM

..(with apologies) “the sun shines on every dog’s asss at least once in their lives..”

The War Planner on May 3, 2011 at 10:56 AM

I also wanted to add…I had to fill up this morning and was shocked. Gas went up again, overnight. Eleven cents more to the gallon from yesterday. *THUD*

capejasmine on May 3, 2011 at 10:22 AM

I’m glad you didn’t hit the grocery store on your way home.

Home heating oil prices are already nasty, but wait until this winter comes.

dogsoldier on May 3, 2011 at 10:40 AM

Our price of fuel in Northern California is now $4.45!!!

Bottom line, “it’s still the economy, stupid”* (*this comment is not directed to any of my fellow HA commenters or the author of this post. It is however directed to any patron that thinks Obama’s “sudden foreign policy fortune” will propel him to a second term—it will not)

Rovin on May 3, 2011 at 10:58 AM

More and more as Obama keeps channeling his mentor, Jimmy Carter, the scenario is looking better and better for the republican candidate to win in a landslide in 2012. Just how big will it ill be – whether like Reagan’s or can we get Massachusetts this time as well (I live in D.C. and this place is a cesspool of brainwashed liberals so not likely) is the question. However, I agree with the previous bloggers, the republicans have an incredible opportunity to put up a remarkable candidate or they can blow it and we’ll be out of power again in 2016.

mozalf on May 3, 2011 at 10:58 AM

How would it have looked if someone leaked that he knew and did nothing?

Deanna on May 3, 2011 at 10:25 AM

And now we have learned that they probably knew what town he was in for six years.

I’d still like to know why we didn’t just snatch and grab OBL. Why the high profile firefight? Much about this event leaves questions.

For sure, though a missing terrorist is not a martyr. Assuming it wasn’t a double.

dogsoldier on May 3, 2011 at 11:00 AM

For anyone who missed it yesterday be sure to read the piece by John at Power Line, who notes that many of the Leftist O-Bots who are cheering bin Laden’s death just a few years ago were calling the same outfit “Cheney’s Assassination Squad”.

Mark Hemingway reminds us that back in the bad old days of the Bush administration, when the Joint Special Operations Command carried out extra-judicial, theoretically “illegal,” and highly effective raids, liberals referred to them as “Dick Cheney’s Assassination Squad:”

Under Bush, JSOC was routinely smeared by the left and placed at the center of many Bush/Cheney conspiracy theories. Specifically, New Yorker reporter Seymour Hersh alleged it was Dick Cheney’s personal assassination squad:

-snip-

“It’s an executive assassination ring essentially, and it’s been going on and on and on,” Hersh stated. “Under President Bush’s authority, they’ve been going into countries, not talking to the ambassador or the CIA station chief, and finding people on a list and executing them and leaving. That’s been going on, in the name of all of us.”

The horror! Now that JSOS has become Barack Obama’s “assassination ring,” it will be interesting to see whether Hersh and his fellow liberals are able to mount the same indignation.

Del Dolemonte on May 3, 2011 at 11:03 AM

Rovin on May 3, 2011 at 10:58 AM

Let’s not forget the cluster fark in Libya.

dogsoldier on May 3, 2011 at 11:05 AM

Del Dolemonte on May 3, 2011 at 11:03 AM

And what are the “truthers” saying? Those folks have a serious problem. How can they cheer about this when they have blamed Bush for 9/11? Just sayin.

dogsoldier on May 3, 2011 at 11:07 AM

Let’s not forget the cluster fark in Libya.

dogsoldier on May 3, 2011 at 11:05 AM

I’m also hoping the send-off Obama gave OBL at high seas also comes back to haunt him. link

Rovin on May 3, 2011 at 11:17 AM

The real question is how was Obama at 50% and 49% (46 on Gallup) the last two days on Rasmussen ..with $4.00 plus gas BEFORE OBL was killed…?

NextGen on May 3, 2011 at 9:30 AM

Skewed sampling?

Kevin71 on May 3, 2011 at 11:20 AM

September 11, 2009 – Obama Skips Ground Zero Memorial, Sends Joe Biden

September 11, 2010 – Obama Skips Ground Zero Memorial, Sends Joe Biden

May 5, 2011 – Obama to visit Ground Zero

And how convenient that he’s decided to visit Ground Zero on Thursday — same day as the South Carolina GOP debate. Just a coincidence.

Also a coincidence? Romney will skip the Carolina debate.

Also skipping: Newt Gingrich and Michelle Bachmann. It should be kept in mind that, since 1980, no Republican has won the nomination without winning the South Carolina primary. Georgia’s Herman Cain is practically on home turf there, and coming off a strong showing Friday in New Hampshire. Yeah, I know it’s early, but the key GOP activists in South Carolina will remember who dissed them by skipping this debate.

http://theothermccain.com/

unseen on May 3, 2011 at 11:23 AM

Anyone else notice the Lack of the 9/11 video of the towers falling with the reporting of OBL death…

unseen on May 3, 2011 at 11:24 AM

unseen on May 3, 2011 at 11:24 AM

I have. I have a bad feeling about the content of Obama’s speech at Ground Zero this Thursday. I sense a Muslim Outreach moment happening.

kingsjester on May 3, 2011 at 11:26 AM

I am currently, as of yesterday, reading The Terrorist Next Door. It will be interesting to hear Obama at Ground Zero, although I’ll have to read it. I still can’t stand to hear him speak.
Based on this book, it will be a Muslim Outreach moment.

ORconservative on May 3, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Guy’s I’m telling you he’s not dead. Saw him behind the counter down at the 7-11 last night.

BruceB on May 3, 2011 at 11:46 AM

Darn. Sorry guy’s. It was Larry the Cable Guy’s sister. My bad

BruceB on May 3, 2011 at 11:47 AM

The real question is how was Obama at 50% and 49% (46 on Gallup) the last two days on Rasmussen ..with $4.00 plus gas BEFORE OBL was killed…?

NextGen on May 3, 2011 at 9:30 AM

Skewed sampling?

Kevin71 on May 3, 2011 at 11:20 AM

Stop it. Ras is not skewed sampling.

The answer is that Americans, for the most part are morons. They think Big Oil is to blame for $4 gas. They think evil Bush is to blame for the $1.5T deficits under Obama. They think if we only tax the rich at 100% then everything will be perfect.

angryed on May 3, 2011 at 11:51 AM

ZeroBama will probably detour a block to pray on a rug at the Ground Zero Mosque.

Who is John Galt on May 3, 2011 at 12:55 PM

Rovin on May 3, 2011 at 11:17 AM

Making an unnecessary martyr out of OBL will come back to bite us. Several terrorist groups are already saying so.

Our porous borders and Failbama’s refusal to secure them make us vulnerable.

dogsoldier on May 3, 2011 at 1:50 PM

I noticed that the media is now referring to Osama bin Laden just by Bin Laden. they have dropped his first name. Th eonly reason I can think of is because they are mixing up Obama and Osama

unseen on May 3, 2011 at 9:57 AM

Great observation.

Obama will be ‘dead’, politically, in 2012.

Schadenfreude on May 3, 2011 at 2:09 PM

Well, Truman had class.

BadgerHawk on May 3, 2011 at 10:31 AM

…and humility. He is my favorite leftie president of all times.

Schadenfreude on May 3, 2011 at 2:11 PM

Barack Obama 2012 – The Dude Who Personally Killed Bin Laden

Bishop on May 3, 2011 at 10:01 AM

Indeed, but it all will have little significance.

Economy will be in shambles.
Terrorism will be up.
All indicators will be up, or down, but not in the right direction.

Have you noticed how hard the media and the WH are trying to prove that the Obama machine is not lying in this topic? Yet, many lies have already surfaced.

Obama lied on all things, except that he’ll go into Paaakistan, illegitimately, and that he’ll get Osama.

I’m glad he did, on both accounts, Der Spiegel and the U.N. notwithstanding. I don’t give a rat’s ars about either, but it’s fun to watch the lefties be such hypocrites. Only Cindy Sheehan, the poor soul, is true to herself. Some symbol they’ve got.

The Left has proven without a shred of a doubt that they are the biggest hypocritical impertinent imbeciles.

Condi Rice summed up to perfection where credit should go. All other, including Obama, have been classless hacks.

Schadenfreude on May 3, 2011 at 2:15 PM

One thing for sure..if, on Thursday he makes this into a Muslim Outreach moment..he is officially more toast than he could ever imagine.

Xango Annie on May 4, 2011 at 1:05 AM

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