Taylor Marsh throws in the towel on Obama

posted at 3:00 pm on January 1, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

Just how disappointed are progressives about the performance of Barack Obama during his first three years in office? Perhaps no better example can be found than a simply jaw dropping editorial tirade this weekend from Taylor Marsh. (Actually Michelle Marshall) For those not familiar, the author of “The Hillary Effect” used to blog under the moniker “Democrat Taylor Marsh” and was arguably one of Obama’s most hard core supporters once in office, despite having previously been a prominent PUMA supporting Mrs. Clinton during the primary.[* See Update below] A devotee of Gloria Steinam, to say that she embodies the modern progressive movement would be a bit of an understatement to say the least.

All of this is what makes her New Years declaration more shocking. Titled, “The Party’s Over,” she takes not only Barack Obama, but Nancy Pelosi and the rest of the Democratic establishment to task while pretty much running up the white flag for liberalism.

As a recovering partisan these days and after watching Pres. Obama’s compromising conservatism, I no longer feel the urgency to support a political party who has threatened dire consequences if I don’t vote for them. Beyond foreign policy, economic, and civil rights issues mentioned above, Pres. Obama has also chosen to short-change women again and again on our freedoms, starting in the health care bill, then by executive order that empowered conservatives of both parties, and finally by making the decision on Plan B that would have come from Mitt Romney, too.

Pres. Obama has helped Democrats deliver a climate that this party has threatened since the ’70s would happen if I didn’t vote for them…

For over 30 years, modern feminists like myself have been hearing that we must support Democrats, because if we don’t our freedoms will be on the line yet again. After supporting Democrats since my one vote for Ronald Reagan in 1980, what has finally happened through Pres. Obama is exactly what I was told this political party would guard against. So now, as the 2012 elections approach, Barack Obama and the Democratic Party are once again relying on the theory that because Republicans are worse women like me can be suckered into falling in line one more time.

I’ll warn you right up front that this is a rather long diatribe, but I assure you that it will be worth your time to click through the link and read the entire piece. Marsh spends a great deal of time describing her disappointment in Obama over his decision to not allow little girls access to Plan B. (And we’re talking about birth control for 12 year olds here.) The litany of complaints doesn’t end there, however. She accuses Obama of being more of a warmonger than George W. Bush, failing to tax the rich sufficiently and committing the sin of noting that entitlement programs need reform without (again) moving to tax the rich to solve it.

The ending is even more poignant, however, and we’ll close this exercise with another quote:

The two political parties have been under siege for some time, because Americans just don’t trust Republicans or Democrats anymore. Barack Obama was the last chance for political parties, specifically the Democratic brand, with George W. Bush having already given rise to rebellion inside the GOP, which is seen best through Ron Paul and the Tea Party. Meanwhile, Congress long ago ceded their importance as an equal branch of government, preferring loyalty oaths to their political party, as well as the boss in the Executive branch, which has become a marketing tool for itself, an American kingship of sorts, with no difference between Republican or Democratic presidents. Once in the White House, the presidents club rules.

So, having finally made it to the recovering partisan shore, though I’m not completely cured, I must say that Pres. Obama’s first term went a long way to liberating me permanently.

In 2012, this liberal’s vote is up for grabs.

Particularly given the history of the author, this piece is nothing short of stunning.

Update: I was contacted by Ms. Marsh, who wished to state that while she was an Obama voter she was not a supporter of the PUMA movement.

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car companies weren’t nationalized.

urban elitist on January 1, 2012 at 4:05 PM

So these are not the droids I’m looking for?

I know there’s some textbook definition of “nationalization” or some previous common profile of that word that Obama’s shakedown does not follow, so it’s complete lack of precedence does not matter.

He put GM back after installing a puppet CEO who spent most of their efforts on subsidized, upside-down, unsafe green vehicles that they could never afford to make and sell on their own. He put it back, so I’m just being a propagandist in my personal definition as “nationalizing”. He gave it back.

Not keeping money doesn’t fit the full profile of people who steal money. So if you steal something and give it back, it’s almost like concern for another person’s property, you could rephrase that as you were securing for your victim their property!

Axeman on January 2, 2012 at 11:28 AM

I wish that Bush was smoking the same cigars as Clinton.

urban elitist on January 1, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Er, Clinton wasn’t smoking those cigars.

Del Dolemonte on January 1, 2012 at 8:44 PM


Tim_CA on January 2, 2012 at 12:02 PM

The progressives (that’s like calling murderers population contol experts) agree upon one thing -tax the rich.

Why? for the same reason Willy Sutton robbed the banks -that’s where the money is. What the fools who envy the rich (that’s many of us in both parties)fail to realize, is that once the rich have no money left -they’ll turn to robbing(taxing) us because that’s where the money (albeit less easy to rob) will be.

Don L on January 2, 2012 at 12:09 PM

car companies weren’t nationalized.

urban elitist on January 1, 2012 at 4:05 PM

They most certainly were.

The shadow Obama Auto Team behind the public Auto Task Force was led by a socialist union takeover artist by the name of Ron Bloom and otherwise packed with greens and bureaucrats who did not have a day of experience running a business.

The Obama Auto Team designed the bankruptcy that threatened to unemploy the autoworkers if the bankruptcy court did not approve an illegal sub rosa sale of all useful assets away from the secured creditors to new government designed entities called New Chrysler and New GM.

The governments of the US and Canada appointed the majorities of the boards of the New Chrysler and New GM.

The Obama Auto Team designed the automakers’ dealer system and compelled the automakers to manufacture unprofitable green cars financed by TARP money.

The taxpayers are now on the hook for large portions for the UAW pensions and retiree health care.

This was a replay of the UK Labour government’s nationalization of British Leyland while Obama dishonestly assured the American people that he had no interest in running GM.

Bart DePalma on January 2, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Can you really envision this girl ever voting for a republican? I didn’t think so. The real question is whether she sits this one out and takes some of her goofy friends with her.

JAW on January 2, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Oh, please. This is straight from the Obama campaign. All along the trail we’ll be hearing him say, “I’ve made a lot of folks on my side of the aisle mad at me because I’ve tried to compromise with Congress, but they just wouldn’t work with me.”

This is an orchestrated Obama campaign brochure designed to push his “I’m not of Washington” narrative. A pity so many here are falling for it. I suppose that means large numbers of voters will fall for it, too. “OOh, liberals are mad at Obama. He must be a centrist. I’m gonna vote for him!”

I wonder how much the Obama campaign is paying her.

Rational Thought on January 1, 2012 at 6:31 PM


mom29js on January 2, 2012 at 1:17 PM

I don’t believe a single word of it. This is nothing but an attempt to lull Conservatives into a false sense of security. They’ll skew the polls in hopes of diminishing Conservatives sense of urgency. If we believe this bit of psychological warfare we’ll wake up November 7th to find Obama still in the White House.

SpiderMike on January 2, 2012 at 1:30 PM

I wonder how much the Obama campaign is paying her.

Rational Thought on January 1, 2012 at 6:31 PM

He’s going after all the “moderate” Republicans. You know, the ones the elite keep telling us will abandon the Republican Party if we have the temerity to vote for a conservative.

swinia sutki on January 2, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Whatevs Taylor…

Just make my day and stay home election night. Kay?

lucyvanpelt on January 2, 2012 at 4:00 PM

I really don’t understand this liberal meme that Obama is somehow conservative or not liberal enough. Do they not understand what country this is? Obama is as liberal as he possibly could be, while remaining a viable candidate. And you could argue that he has gone too far to the left to remain electorally viable.

Some of these liberals are just so unbelievably clueless…

ghostwriter on January 2, 2012 at 4:36 PM

I share Ms. Marsh’s sentiments. I registered as an Independent today, after a lifetime as GOP. I don’t want or need to wear my party affiliation on my sleeve. Their “principles” are NOT mine.

My vote is up for grabs, too !

Back to the Winter Classic.

DevilsPrinciple on January 2, 2012 at 5:35 PM


Metro on January 1, 2012 at 3:12 PM


annoyinglittletwerp on January 2, 2012 at 8:37 PM


annoyinglittletwerp on January 2, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Retarded..even with aspergers and an inflated self opinion.

tom daschle concerned on January 3, 2012 at 3:34 AM

Hot Air continues to look under every available rock for anti-O opinions. Marsh, who is of so little note she’s only able to publish e-books, is about as bottom of the barrel as you can get. Hey, why not promote her insights into the porn industry she previously worked for?

Constantine on January 3, 2012 at 1:44 PM

We’re ‘stunned’ that leftists in America do not believe that Obama is leftist enough? We’ve been hearing this since day one. These guys don’t want anyone even a hairs breadth to the right of Lenin! This chick’s vote isn’t up for grabs, that is unless the Republicans put someone forward who is even more leftist than the Dear Leader. So, it isn’t like Republicans have gained anything here and it is probably that the Democrats have not lost anything either. In the end, Comrade Marsh…or what ever her name really is…will hold her nose and pull the lever once again for the Dear Leader while rationalizing her decision as a way of protecting America from such radically evil initiatives as freedom, a free market and the rewards that go with it.

PorchDawg on January 3, 2012 at 1:45 PM