Obama’s unfortunate timing on national security

posted at 6:00 pm on May 22, 2011 by Jazz Shaw

The Achilles heel of the Democrats over the first decade of this century was widely perceived to be national security, and GWB’s 2004 reelection victory was largely credited to voter concerns in that area. The Donkey party continued to struggle in trying to make inroads on the issue, and putting up a Vietnam war veteran against Bush didn’t help much. That’s why the President might have hoped that he had struck gold in some tough-to-mine terrain when OBL was taken out. Sadly, as Rasmussen reports, the timing was off by a few years.

Just eight percent (8%) of voters nationwide currently rate national security issues such as the War on Terror as their top voting issue. That’s down from 20% on Election Day 2008 when Barack Obama was elected and down from 41% on Election Day 2004 when George W. Bush was reelected.

Rasmussen Reports tracking data shows that 46% now rate the economy as their top voting issue, a figure that has remained fairly constant during Obama’s time in office. When Bush was reelected in 2004, just 26% rated the economy as their top issue. The importance of economic issues grew when the recession arrived. Daily consumer tracking shows that the number of Americans who rate their own personal finances as good or excellent has fallen since Obama’s inauguration and even more sharply since the fall of 2008.

At this point the Democrats are beginning to look like the guy who always manages to buy stock the day before the market tanks. When the nation was highly concerned over national security, they couldn’t score any points on the field in that area and the GOP was left to run wild. Now, as soon as Obama scores a major PR hit in the War on Terror, Americans are happy about it, but almost immediately go back to wondering when they will get a job and if the national economy is going to collapse beneath the weight of the debt.

This reinforces the previous assumptions about how Obama’s bounce in the polls following the stunning success of SEAL Team Six could have been as shallow and short lasting as it was. Yes, it was great for the country. But unfortunately for Barack Obama, it’s simply not where their priorities are at the moment.

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The thing is we have mostly won the war on terror. Saddam is gone as is Osama. The threat to America isnt rogue terrorists as it is nation states who seem to limit America’s power and increase their own.

Foreign policy is still vital. But Obama can no longer use Al Qaeda as the main American enemy. The only foregn enemy that worries America now is China.

William Amos on May 22, 2011 at 6:04 PM

But unfortunately for Barack Obama, it’s simply not where their priorities are at the moment.

It boggles the mind that there are voters who will credit Obama with getting Bin Laden, & fault Bush for not having gotten him.

itsnotaboutme on May 22, 2011 at 6:05 PM

Missed it by that much, chief

Made me make a “dated” laugh but laugh, nonetheless… :)

golfmann on May 22, 2011 at 6:06 PM

HE should worry about this.

Pakitan on the brink ?

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110522/ap_on_re_as/as_pakistan

Islamist militants stormed a naval base in the Pakistani city of Karachi late Sunday, attacking a U.S.-supplied surveillance aircraft, firing rockets and battling commandos sent to subdue them in one of the most brazen attacks in years, officials said

William Amos on May 22, 2011 at 6:07 PM

putting up a Vietnam war veteran against Bush didn’t help much.

Except that Scaramouche almost won! He was only within a couple hundred thousand votes in Ohio of beating Bush.

What’s so scary about that whole result? Horse-Face ran on his “war record” in a war that his Party helped lose, a war that they (and he) had in fact trashed for decades.

The fact he came so close to beating Bush proves the media is still much more dangerous than we thought. That was further borne out in spades in 2008, when they successfully conned just enough voters to succeed in their Mission.

Del Dolemonte on May 22, 2011 at 6:09 PM

“When the nation was highly concerned over national security, they couldn’t score any points on the field in that area and the GOP was left to run wild…”

Now I wonder why that happened…?

Seven Percent Solution on May 22, 2011 at 6:11 PM

Democrats are beginning to look like the guy who always manages to buy stock the day before the market tanks

In case you’re wondering, that would be me.

IrishEi on May 22, 2011 at 6:15 PM

In case you’re wondering, that would be me.

IrishEi on May 22, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Been there more often than not. The thing is there should be no issue for the left to be running on right now or in the future. They are weak in every issue and if Obama gets re-elected it will be because we ceded the election.

fourdeucer on May 22, 2011 at 6:23 PM

The real terror is the left’s spending, vote buying machine. It works greed,envy, and sloth are called sins because they are the willing failures of human nature. The left knows the frailty of human nature well(Rules for Radicals, dedication to Satan)and will use “any means to an end” to reach their goal – to destroy Old America.

Their formula? Dump God and we’ll give you sex, dump responsibility and we’ll give you someone else’s money, dump guilt and we’ll give you the nice feeling of victim hood, dump marriage and we’ll give you the “village,” dump those babies you make and we’ll give you free paid abortions. It’s really not hard -we are either with Him or against Him -and America has dumped Him for the almighty faux-messiah-state.

Don L on May 22, 2011 at 6:24 PM

…if Obama gets re-elected it will be because we ceded the election.

fourdeucer on May 22, 2011 at 6:23 PM

True. Not happy with the field as it is, but I hoping it fills out nicely in the months ahead. There’s still time. I hope.

IrishEi on May 22, 2011 at 6:25 PM

if Obama gets re-elected it will be because we ceded the election.

fourdeucer on May 22, 2011 at 6:23 PM

Well, it could be argued that we ceded the election in 2008 as well. 33% of Americans of voting age stayed home, including a lot of Republican idiots who wanted to teach the party a lesson.

All McCain would have needed to win would have been a third of those people who stayed home.

Del Dolemonte on May 22, 2011 at 6:29 PM

There’s no earth-shattering revelation in the fact that democrats are almost always a day late and a dollar short on national policy; they’re a reflexive party by nature- they thrive on appeasement and you can’t appease until after you know what the other side wants. Leading from behind, as they say (which is one of the dumbest proclamations ever made in reference to an admirable characteristic.)

Pandering requires getting on top of the issue after its broke; next thing you know they’ll be calling for investigations into ClimateGate.

BKeyser on May 22, 2011 at 6:31 PM

Unless Obama confiscated Osama’s millions to help pay down the national debt, getting OBL a few weeks ago, instead on in the Fall of 2012, was Barry’s political “mistake”.

He could get the entire rest of al Qaeda now and it won’t matter, re-election-wise.

profitsbeard on May 22, 2011 at 6:31 PM

So, what was the defecrat victory of the house and senate attributed to?

BowHuntingTexas on May 22, 2011 at 6:32 PM

Just eight percent (8%) of voters nationwide currently rate national security issues such as the War on Terror as their top voting issue

The irony is that Dems spent so long spitting on people concerned with terrorism that they may have helped create an environment where the WoT is not top priority.

MeatHeadinCA on May 22, 2011 at 6:37 PM


The Donkey party continued to struggle in trying to make inroads on the issue, and putting up a Vietnam war veteran against Bush didn’t help much.

Nor did it help that he was also a traitor.

Tony737 on May 22, 2011 at 6:38 PM

A lot of people realized Obama was trying to use this as a PR prop for himself. He’s still trying to do it–notice the headline from this morning:

Obama: If I have to send troops into Pakistan again to kill a terrorist, I will

INC on May 22, 2011 at 6:39 PM

Petards!!

Shivas Irons on May 22, 2011 at 6:44 PM

Nor did it help that he was also a traitor.

Tony737 on May 22, 2011 at 6:38 PM

Lol, everytime I walk by the monument here in New London CT at Fort Griswold that mentions the TRAITOR Benedict Arnold I imagine seeing Kerrys name right up there with his. And yes the letters are in huge capital letters just like that on the monument.

Johnnyreb on May 22, 2011 at 6:45 PM

Maybe Barry should assign Seat Team Six to the economy. Considering Barry’s track record, they’ve no place to go but UP!

GarandFan on May 22, 2011 at 6:46 PM

ObaMao’s disregard over Nidal Hassam’s attack at Ft. Hood, the Christmas Day bomber’s attempt, the Times Square bomber’s attempt, our porous borders, etc. repeatedly demonstrate that national security is not high on O’s list. It doesn’t appear that it is the first thing that he thinks about when he rises (at the crack of 10am) nor the last think that he mulls before retiring at night.

His laser-like focus is on the mirror and nowhere else.

onlineanalyst on May 22, 2011 at 6:46 PM

Barry didn’t deserve any bounce for the OBL kill… But I digress. The efforts of others have put US on a fairly good footing going forward in the continuing war on terror.
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Barry ran, and continues to run… on the idea that he will fix everything that ails this country so awesomely that there will never be a problem with the markets, healthcare, unemployment, energy, foreign distain or resentment… ever again… once he is done… So long as we get outta his way and let him do everything he wants… Including spend all the money… ALL THE MONEY.
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He is the Messiah, the One, the smartest most coolest earthling alive… And so far, he has fixed nothing.
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Seen my share of scam artist… Barry takes the cake.
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RalphyBoy on May 22, 2011 at 6:53 PM

Don L on May 22, 2011 at 6:24 PM

I am with you on that. Social conservatism bolsters economic and foreign policy conservatism. Most of our secular society would rather not entertain any connection between them and the left has abandoned any pretense of caring about Christian adherence to society.

fourdeucer on May 22, 2011 at 7:03 PM

PBHO has an answer: He will send SEAL Team 6 to kill the deficit.

Bishop on May 22, 2011 at 7:45 PM

Now, as soon as Obama scores a major PR hit in the War on Terror, Americans are happy about it, but almost immediately go back to wondering when they will get a job and if the national economy is going to collapse beneath the weight of the debt.

Yes…. and…?

What’s the problem?

Why don’t you solve the problem(s) and then there won’t be any more problems..?

Mcguyver on May 22, 2011 at 7:58 PM

Obama Booed at AIPAC 2011 After Throwing Israel Under Bus

http://conservativeblogscentral.blogspot.com/2011/05/obama-booed-at-aipac-2011-after.html

Nearly Nobody on May 22, 2011 at 8:00 PM

Air bubble over BHO’s head that holds actual thought:

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Key West Reader on May 22, 2011 at 8:09 PM

Did anyone stop to think Obama is using the Israel issue to detract from the economy?

Kini on May 22, 2011 at 8:12 PM

Barry must be listening to the phone ring and ring tonight, what with the Chinese military hostages taken by the Tally-Ban in Pak tonight. I wonder what his normal ‘–at the beep’ message says.

Limerick on May 22, 2011 at 8:15 PM

Horse-Face ran on his “war record” in a war that his Party helped lose, a war that they (and he) had in fact trashed for decades.

Calling a respected Congressman “Horse Face” cheapens the argument. His proper name is “KetchupBoy”.

tpitman on May 22, 2011 at 8:16 PM

His proper name is “KetchupBoy”.

tpitman on May 22, 2011 at 8:16 PM

Which is why the only proper topping on a hot dog is mustard.

Limerick on May 22, 2011 at 8:20 PM

Thankfully McCain didn’t win election or he would have soiled GOP principles for a decade with the public; he would have been Obama lite; his knowledge of how to fix the economy was about the same as Obama’s; and he most likely would have caused a rupture in the Republican party like LBJ did to the dems in ’67. We would have been daily and minutely feasted on all the sob stories of the unemployed whom McCain callously lets stand in breadlines and of babies dying because their parents were unemployed due to the McCain Depression. Every statistic would be read as negatively as possible, and there would never be the word “unexpected” used with respect to ongoing economic recession or uncertainty.

eaglewingz08 on May 22, 2011 at 8:20 PM

If anything… Barry should be worried about this. (rated R for cussing)

RalphyBoy on May 22, 2011 at 8:21 PM

Foreign policy is still vital. But Obama can no longer use Al Qaeda as the main American enemy. The only foregn enemy that worries America now is China.

William Amos on May 22, 2011 at 6:04 PM

Tennis much?

Nice serve.

Key West Reader on May 22, 2011 at 8:27 PM

But unfortunately for Barack Obama, it’s simply not where their priorities are at the moment.

Maybe U.S. Americans can hold two thoughts in one head:

1. Security
2. Economy/Jobs/Debt/Deficit

Plus, without 1. there is nothing and with it 2. doesn’t just fill its void.

“It’s the economy, stupid”, always. That Mr. Carville was right then and nothing has changed.

Obama can’t hide. In addition he has a record of doing nothing for jobs. He wasted so much time on Obamacare, then piddled on other items, just not on jobs/economy, ever.

Media and others are either naive or doing a fine job crawling in his ars.

Schadenfreude on May 22, 2011 at 9:09 PM

Plus, AllahP was right – ObL was considered dead already and in reality, dead/alive didn’t have much sway. Just look at the pathetic picture on which the old fool, blanketed, flips from pic to pic, watching himself.

Schadenfreude on May 22, 2011 at 9:11 PM

If anything… Barry should be worried about this. (rated R for cussing)

RalphyBoy on May 22, 2011 at 8:21 PM

Gene Simmons pwns Obama! That’s gonna leave a mark!

smellthecoffee on May 22, 2011 at 9:44 PM

and putting up a Vietnam war veteran against Bush didn’t help much.

You mean that John Kerry served in Viet Nam? Why didn’t anyone tell me?

/s

rmgraha on May 22, 2011 at 11:31 PM

You mean that John Kerry served in Viet Nam? Why didn’t anyone tell me?

rmgraha on May 22, 2011 at 11:31 PM

Cambodia too, he has the hat.

slickwillie2001 on May 23, 2011 at 12:15 AM

“Calling a respected Congressman “Horse Face” cheapens the argument. His proper name is “KetchupBoy”.”

Calling a respected Senator a Congressman cheapens the argument.

davod on May 23, 2011 at 3:46 AM

The only successful thing John Kerry has ever done was dump a rich wife for a SUPER RICH wife…

Not so good on any of the other fronts…

Khun Joe on May 23, 2011 at 4:39 AM

Calling Kerry “respected” cheapens the argument.

Adjoran on May 23, 2011 at 4:41 AM

Obama’s problem isn’t timing – although he would undoubtedly preferred to bag bin Laden in an “October Surprise” in 2012 – it is his bad policies. He’s the one who tried to parlay the bin Laden kill into a “big picture” speech incorporating both the “Arab Spring” (which he basically watched on TV) AND a “new” initiative to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflicts.

He won’t get lasting credit for anything because he deserves none on any front and everybody knows it.

Adjoran on May 23, 2011 at 4:44 AM

He won’t get lasting credit for anything because he deserves none on any front and everybody knows it.

Adjoran on May 23, 2011 at 4:44 AM

this

cmsinaz on May 23, 2011 at 7:10 AM

After the tongue lashing from Bibi and the universal agreement with him, Obama the Petulant and Pouty must “get him back” to save face.

What time of day does the White House serve milk and graham crackers? Do they get mats to nap on?

BobMbx on May 23, 2011 at 9:54 AM

The only foregn enemy that worries America now is China Obama

FIFY

Mr. Grump on May 23, 2011 at 10:38 AM

William Amos on May 22, 2011 at 6:04 PM

No, our biggest foreign policy fear is not supporting Israel, and POTUS has made that move. How far he walks back the muslim dog-whistle he sounded is yet to be known, but we’re in huge trouble if he leave Israel hung out to dry.

Freelancer on May 23, 2011 at 12:03 PM