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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They’ll come home once Hillary is on the ticket with Obama.

Punchenko on January 1, 2012 at 3:04 PM

The irony here is that while conservatives scream that Obama is some type of mad socialist, he’s in fact a center-right politician running an administration more conservative than Nixon’s. And, so progressives like Ms. Marsh are rightfully put off.

urban elitist on January 1, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Another attractive progressive…saw that picture before I even started reading…and became an anatomically correct KEN DOLL again!

KOOLAID2 on January 1, 2012 at 3:06 PM

But she’ll vote for his re-election anyway.

rhombus on January 1, 2012 at 3:07 PM

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.

She is absolutely dead-on with this assessment. No matter your ideology, you have to admit what she wrote in that paragraph is true.

ButterflyDragon on January 1, 2012 at 3:07 PM

They’ll come home if the Other Party nominates a far-righty.

Meredith on January 1, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Let me know when they all become members of the Heritage Foundation, American Enterprise Institute and Club for Growth. Come November they will vote accordingly.

And, my libbo wife has been getting “Obama” robo-calls since last month.

Rixon on January 1, 2012 at 3:09 PM

The irony here is that while conservatives scream that Obama is some type of mad socialist, he’s in fact a center-right politician running an administration more conservative than Nixon’s. And, so progressives like Ms. Marsh are rightfully put off.

urban elitist on January 1, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Obama is center-right? Thanks, I needed my laugh for the day!

Othniel on January 1, 2012 at 3:09 PM

urban elitist,
Nixpn was no conservative, as for Obama, he is a political machine politician who learned in chicago how to balance activists, special interests, and crony capitalists, usually at the collective expense of the taxpayer.

rob verdi on January 1, 2012 at 3:09 PM

“Obama has also chosen to short-change women again and again on our freedoms…”

I guess I just don’t understand the liberal mind…

… What freedoms have women been short-changed on again?

Seven Percent Solution on January 1, 2012 at 3:09 PM

That she sees anything Obama has done as being “conservative” shows how far left she lives. That she relates Ron Paul to the Tea Party is equally as stunning. No wonder she feels alone in a sea of other radicals. These folks cold throw out a million anchors and find nothing to hold on to.

Kraken on January 1, 2012 at 3:10 PM

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

I’m giving this that big old delete expletive consisting of two words starting with B and S. The best we can hope for is that they stay home and I don’t think that will happen for a minute.

Cindy Munford on January 1, 2012 at 3:12 PM

They’ll come home if the Other Party nominates a far-righty.

Whoever the GOP nominates (i.e., “the Other Party”), will be portrayed as a far-righty.

rhombus on January 1, 2012 at 3:12 PM

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

BS!

racquetballer on January 1, 2012 at 3:12 PM

CUDA

Metro on January 1, 2012 at 3:12 PM

What is she going to do? Not vote? She remains a clueless dope.

ParisParamus on January 1, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Actually, despite our complaints that we aren’t winning fast enough on the conservative side (and we aren’t) the fact is that conservative ideas HAVE supplanted many extremist liberal ones over the last 30 years. In all sorts of areas our message is making major headway. From abortion to gun rights to even fiscal ideas, conservatives are gaining more sucess. So, to an extremist left-winger like her, I can see why she is in despair. Conservative ideas ARE gaining greater acceptance. But her ideas are not dead yet (even though they are proven failures). So we have more work to do, conservatives. Push HARDER!

Warner Todd Huston on January 1, 2012 at 3:12 PM

She’ll likely vote for Romney, watch.

Romney is going to rake in a lot of Democrats, particularly if he succeeds and runs a second term. He will collect Democrats like Reagan did. There were a lot of Reagan Democrats, and there will be a lot of Romney Democrats.

crosspatch on January 1, 2012 at 3:14 PM

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

With all due respect, Jazz, I don’t see her assertion that “In 2012, this liberal’s vote is up for grabs”, is anything of the sort and she’ll be fine with voting for Obama when the time comes, considering the most probable field.

I’ll grant that I haven’t read the whole thing (a TL:DR one), but I hardly think what you provided is sufficient inducement (see above). She doesn’t like what Obama has done; when Nov 2012 gets here she’ll have no choice other than sit home. That’s hardly the sign of a “recovering partisan”, whatever the heck is supposed to mean (and which certainly doesn’t mean she has recanted her partisan positions.)

I rate her rant 9 z’s out of ten.

Dusty on January 1, 2012 at 3:15 PM

She is absolutely dead-on with this assessment. No matter your ideology, you have to admit what she wrote in that paragraph is true.

ButterflyDragon on January 1, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Exactly, sadly many here are so sewn into the GOP’s dress hem that they won’t admit it.
This lop will vote Democrat anyway, straight down the line.

boardy9 on January 1, 2012 at 3:16 PM

I think she is awakened from her stupor of the cult of personality that has taken over American politics. It didn’t come with a change in ideology, but maybe she will be more willing to be persuaded now that she has her eyes open!

GeorgiaBuckeye on January 1, 2012 at 3:17 PM

after watching Pres. Obama’s compromising conservatism

ROFLMAO! She’s as nutty as a fruitcake.

No surprise, of course.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 1, 2012 at 3:17 PM

rhombus on January 1, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Yep and all the conservatives will be walking around scratching their heads saying “whaaat?”.

Cindy Munford on January 1, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Meh. I have no concern for diatribes that Obama hasn’t been enough of an economy destroying leftist or that he supposedly hasn’t cowtowed enough to crazy militant feminists. PUMAs are a myth anyway. They all fell in line for this fool in ’08 and they’ll march out to do so again.

The greater interest for me is in 30-and-unders who have no jobs, no opportunities and thus aren’t going to feel much bothered to put on pants and vote for him a second time around. That’s where Downgrade’s magic ’08 coalition will break down.

Gingotts on January 1, 2012 at 3:18 PM

Do I have to read the piece? What is it she wants?
Does she really want Obama to go all Imperial Ceasar on US.

Skandia Recluse on January 1, 2012 at 3:18 PM

“Obama has also chosen to short-change women again and again on our freedoms…”

I guess I just don’t understand the liberal mind…

… What freedoms have women been short-changed on again?

Seven Percent Solution on January 1, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Yep. I read it twice. And I tried to imagine how any liberal woman would be disappointed in the things she’s talking about or the progressive almost committed Socialistic direction he’s taken this nation in.

As for the rest, it’s the popular liberal screed. He’s not liberal enough.

hawkdriver on January 1, 2012 at 3:18 PM

This is not an isolated or uncommon liberal mindset right now. That’s why Obama is completely beatable by any of our top 3-4.

No matter who the GOP president is in 2012, we will have to stand on their heads to make sure they govern well to the conservative side on every issue. It’s going to take winning 3-4 Tea Party conservative election cycles to clean house, get things reversed, and mitigate all the damage that’s been done, really since FDR. And God knows, not one more liberal SC justice can be appointed for at least 20 years – that’s why it MUST be an AB0 election this year.

We got the first Tea Party class into office in 2010, now they need reinforcements to arrive in waves over the next decade. It’s our only chance.

Harbingeing on January 1, 2012 at 3:18 PM

The litany of complaints doesn’t end there, however. She accuses Obama of being more of a warmonger than George W. Bush,

You should see the well over 16,000 comments at HuffPoo on Obama signing the NDAA. They are all freaking out. There is no love for Obama among progressives who care about civil liberties, that’s for sure. Many of them are considering Ron Paul.

Contrary to what the Mittens fanbois believe, RP has the greatest chance of getting these cross-over dems and independents. But, the police state and crony capitalist republicans have already said they will “not allow” Paul to secure the nomination. So, I guess we’re stuck with Obamao 2.0.

Firefly_76 on January 1, 2012 at 3:18 PM

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

Yeah, suuuuuure it is.

catmman on January 1, 2012 at 3:19 PM

She is absolutely dead-on with this assessment. No matter your ideology, you have to admit what she wrote in that paragraph is true.

ButterflyDragon on January 1, 2012 at 3:07 PM

No. She wasn’t. That paragraph was as crazy as the rest of her scribblings. Did you read it?

“Barack Obama was the last chance for political parties,”

This lady is insane. She has nothing of value to say about anything.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 1, 2012 at 3:20 PM

She is right. I was proud to vote Obama in 2008 however i will be holding my nose to vote for him 2012. He has been a huge disappointment. Then again I live in NYC so its not like my vote will make a difference anyway.

Uppereastside on January 1, 2012 at 3:20 PM

This is nothing more than a temper tantrum similar to the ones thrown by the gay and hispanic communities. Not to worry, as soon as Obama throws the abortion or women’s movement a bone she’ll be back on the Obama reservation.

KickandSwimMom on January 1, 2012 at 3:21 PM

The irony here is that while conservatives scream that Obama is some type of mad socialist, he’s in fact a center-right politician running an administration more conservative than Nixon’s. And, so progressives like Ms. Marsh are rightfully put off.

urban elitist on January 1, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Brilliant Satire!

Interesting response by Ms. Marsh to one of the commenters:

most Dems will come home to vote for Obama in 2012, because like you and the die hard Obama fans, Democrats have no principles they won’t allow their “leader” to betray, which you represent perfectly, and and the left is fundamentally gutless.

Del Dolemonte on January 1, 2012 at 3:21 PM

George W. Bush having already given rise to rebellion inside the GOP, which is seen best through Ron Paul and the Tea Party.

Uh, no.

Buy Danish on January 1, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Does it really matter what TM thinks? – She’s not leaving the liberal camp; and if she sits it out on the presidential, she’ll support all ‘progressives’ on the down-ticket.

Bob in VA on January 1, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Funny the Obama 2012 advert on her site.

hawkdriver on January 1, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Unfortunately she’s upset at him for not being sufficiently Marxist.

clippermiami on January 1, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Firefly_76 on January 1, 2012 at 3:18 PM

Another Paul thread? Are you guys full-timers? On the clock I mean?

hawkdriver on January 1, 2012 at 3:23 PM

I guess I just don’t understand the liberal mind…

… What freedoms have women been short-changed on again?

Seven Percent Solution on January 1, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Twelve-year olds can’t get free over the counter birth control, silly.

SlaveDog on January 1, 2012 at 3:23 PM

I think it’s fascinating that the Tea Party keeps getting lumped with Ron Paul. If he was really the face of the Tea Party I’d have never attended any of them. I hate the press.

Cindy Munford on January 1, 2012 at 3:24 PM

If Obama was the loon she wants him to be and actively pursued the polcies she thinks important, there might well be the civil discord the Left seems to like.

katiejane on January 1, 2012 at 3:24 PM

hawkdriver on January 1, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Was thinking the same thing…

catmman on January 1, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Cindy Munford on January 1, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Exactly.

catmman on January 1, 2012 at 3:25 PM

They’ll come home if the Other Party nominates a far-righty.

Meredith on January 1, 2012 at 3:08 PM

???

We’re already so far left anyone not a squishy “moderate” seems far right. I don’t even know what “far right” is.

darwin on January 1, 2012 at 3:25 PM

There’s only one candidate for Taylor Marsh and her progressive friends – Ron Paul!

SlaveDog on January 1, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Obama is center-right? Thanks, I needed my laugh for the day!

Othniel on January 1, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Extended the Bush tax cut, escalated Afghanistan, kept Bush anti-terror policies in place and pushed through the most right-wing health care system in the civilized world.

The man is not a liberal.

urban elitist on January 1, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Funny the Obama 2012 advert on her site.
hawkdriver on January 1, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Don’t plan on clicking on her site, but I’m seeing a “Recall Obama/Freedom Defense Fund” ad at Hot Air.

Buy Danish on January 1, 2012 at 3:26 PM

The irony here is that while conservatives scream that Obama is some type of mad socialist, he’s in fact a center-right politician running an administration more conservative than Nixon’s. And, so progressives like Ms. Marsh are rightfully put off.

urban elitist on January 1, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Yep, who could forget what an archconservative rightwingnut Mr. Richard-Milhouse-pricecontrols-”we’re-all-keynesianes-now”-Nixon was. To be to the right of ol’ Dick isnt exactly a remarkable accomplishment and Im not convinced that this is true of Mr. Obama. Despite the remarkably low standard.

Valkyriepundit on January 1, 2012 at 3:26 PM

They’ll come home if the Other Party nominates a far-righty.

Meredith on January 1, 2012 at 3:08 PM

.she and her lot are as bad as the bleeding “conservative” Eeyores who insist that The Pantload will win in a sodding landslide. The whole nutless crowd of ‘em ought to all get together, order in a couple of truckloads of K-Y jelly and Wesson Oil and have a bleeding circle jerk in Zucotti Park or sumpin’.

Bugger all!

The War Planner on January 1, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Big government politicians have no center unless you mean from my wallet to their bank account. [expletive] politicians have a spending fetish PERIOD!

racquetballer on January 1, 2012 at 3:28 PM

But, the police state and crony capitalist republicans have already said they will “not allow” Paul to secure the nomination. So, I guess we’re stuck with Obamao 2.0.

[Firefly_76 on January 1, 2012 at 3:18 PM]

Well, if Paul does have a strong enough showing that he decides to go third party, which he’d have to do on other than an independent run if after the convention, then it is quite possible he’ll take much more of Obama’s vote than the R (read: Romney) candidate.

Marsh, however, doesn’t give even the warmest hint she’d go with Paul, anyway, (she could just as easily jump endorse Paul now but hasn’t) which leave the Green or a very obscure lower ballot, not running in every state, candidate.

Dusty on January 1, 2012 at 3:28 PM

pushed through the most right-wing health care system in the civilized world.

You mean compared to the socialist rest of the world, right? If it was REALLY “right-wing” as far as THIS country is concerned, what happened to all the GOP votes in support of it?

Gotta love euphemisms.

Kraken on January 1, 2012 at 3:29 PM

[Buy Danish on January 1, 2012 at 3:26 PM]

I click on all of those Obama ads. IIRC, it costs Obama more to advertise if they are clicked on.

Dusty on January 1, 2012 at 3:30 PM

I think it’s fascinating that the Tea Party keeps getting lumped with Ron Paul. If he was really the face of the Tea Party I’d have never attended any of them. I hate the press.
Cindy Munford on January 1, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Equally bad was/is the attempt to link the Tea Party to Lyndon La Rouche’s Obama/Hitler posters.

Buy Danish on January 1, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Yep, who could forget what an archconservative rightwingnut Mr. Richard-Milhouse-pricecontrols-”we’re-all-keynesianes-now”-Nixon was. To be to the right of ol’ Dick isnt exactly a remarkable accomplishment and Im not convinced that this is true of Mr. Obama. Despite the remarkably low standard.

Valkyriepundit on January 1, 2012 at 3:26 PM

OSHA

EPA

Institutionalized Affirmative Action

Just three of many lasting hallmarks of the Nixon administration. He’d have been every liberal’s wet dream if not for the pesky Alger Hiss affair.

gryphon202 on January 1, 2012 at 3:30 PM

most right-wing health care system in the civilized world.

The most right wing health care system, would be no federalized health care system.

jhffmn on January 1, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Yep, who could forget what an archconservative rightwingnut Mr. Richard-Milhouse-pricecontrols-”we’re-all-keynesianes-now”-Nixon was. To be to the right of ol’ Dick isnt exactly a remarkable accomplishment and Im not convinced that this is true of Mr. Obama. Despite the remarkably low standard.

Valkyriepundit on January 1, 2012 at 3:26 PM

True — I’m just saying that Obama’s reputation in some circles as a psychotic leftist is wildly off the mark.

urban elitist on January 1, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Equally bad was/is the attempt to link the Tea Party to Lyndon La Rouche’s Obama/Hitler posters.

Buy Danish on January 1, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Which failed miserably, at least in my homestate.

gryphon202 on January 1, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Why does Obama hate women?

Strike Hornet on January 1, 2012 at 3:32 PM

..then it is quite possible he’ll take much more of Obama’s vote than the R (read: Romney) candidate.

Dusty on January 1, 2012 at 3:28 PM

This is an interesting calculus. He just might attract disaffected Dems although I do believe that Romney will attract them much more than Gingrich or Paul would.

The War Planner on January 1, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Don’t plan on clicking on her site, but I’m seeing a “Recall Obama/Freedom Defense Fund” ad at Hot Air.

Buy Danish on January 1, 2012 at 3:26 PM

I had to google them.

hawkdriver on January 1, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Contrary to what the Mittens fanbois believe, RP has the greatest chance of getting these cross-over dems and independents. But, the police state and crony capitalist republicans have already said they will “not allow” Paul to secure the nomination. So, I guess we’re stuck with Obamao 2.0.

Uh huh… all those people working in government jobs, or for non-profits or whose job depends on union contracts are going to run over and support RP because they’re pissed about civil liberties. They won’t care at all that RP will slash lots of those positions; soccer moms will suddenly decide that the Feds should have no role in education – no more new schools for them and their darlings; oh yeah, forget about all those people that desperately wanted “the public program”; yeah they won’t care once they get right with RP. /s

Nope, the progressives who will run over and support RP will most probably be pretty much the usual one-issue voters.

rhombus on January 1, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Obama’s reputation in some circles as a psychotic leftist is wildly off the mark.

OK, so maybe he’s not psychotic. Leftist is a bulls eye.

Kraken on January 1, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Baloney. Let her tell everyone who she voted for the day after the election.

Hardcore liberals are not going to vote for centrist Republicans.

Now, if she votes third party, that’d be an interesting thing to hear about.

We’re still almost a year away from election day. I suspect she’ll find plenty of pragmatic reasons to say she was swayed to vote for Obama, or Hillary or whomever is on the Democrat ticket.

Logus on January 1, 2012 at 3:34 PM

…I’m just saying that Obama’s reputation in some circles as a psychotic leftist is wildly off the mark.

urban elitist on January 1, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Barack Hussein Soetoro-Obama is not psychotic. He is not stupid. He is not mercenary. He is a principled Cloward-Pivenesque Alinskyite. In most situations, you can predict with near-fidelity what he will do if you are familiar with the literature and activists that Mr. Precedent was raised on.

gryphon202 on January 1, 2012 at 3:35 PM

The left wing crazy don’t like Obama for the same reason the right wing crazy won’t like Romney, if Romney becomes President.

America is a moderate country. The winger agenda takes a back seat when you are in charge of everyone. Especially if you want a second term.

Obama hasn’t governed hard left like the Occupy crowd expected him to. Not that Obama wouldn’t want to, but he would be run out of DC if he tried it.

Moesart on January 1, 2012 at 3:36 PM

BS is being too kind.
I don’t beleive a word of this either…
Come 2012 she’ll be hearting Zero once again.

litebeam1 on January 1, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Obama hasn’t governed hard left like the Occupy crowd expected him to. Not that Obama wouldn’t want to, but he would be run out of DC if he tried it.

Moesart on January 1, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Obama has been the most hard-left president by far in my lifetime, and I thought I had seen it all under Clinton. Just because he hasn’t made the occupy crowd happy does not mean that he hasn’t governed hard-left.

gryphon202 on January 1, 2012 at 3:38 PM

They understand that this will help Obama to sell himself as a moderate centrist – even though he tried to govern as the most leftist President in American history and, to a large extent, succeeded at it.

joana on January 1, 2012 at 3:38 PM

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

That’s lovely, dear; I am happy to hear it. Now go out and primary Obama.

bitsy on January 1, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Most disenchanted liberals will simply shift to Ron Paul to get their “crazy” fix. Ron Paul is the new obama.

Pork-Chop on January 1, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Barack Hussein Soetoro-Obama is not psychotic. He is not stupid. He is not mercenary. He is a principled Cloward-Pivenesque Alinskyite. In most situations, you can predict with near-fidelity what he will do if you are familiar with the literature and activists that Mr. Precedent was raised on.

gryphon202 on January 1, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Alinsky was a great organizer who — unlike the Republican Party — actually cared about blue collar workers. To the extent that Obama is Alinsky-like, more power to him,

But Obama’s never attempted a radical act in his life. He could have been a Republican, if the party hadn’t gone insane.

urban elitist on January 1, 2012 at 3:38 PM

So now we know ….

urban elitist is Karl Marx.

BD57 on January 1, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Buy Danish on January 1, 2012 at 3:30 PM

I guess the only reason that didn’t catch on was those dummies had Lyndon LaRouche at the bottom of their Obama Hitler pictures.

Cindy Munford on January 1, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Obama was even more left-wing than Bush Jr. – let alone more right wing presidents like Bush Sr. and Clinton -, something that I thought would be an impossibility.

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Yeah – Let’s Do THAT for ANOTHER Eleven Years – it’s REALLY Helpful and makes the world a better place, doesn’t it?

What a monumental waste of time and dearth of brain cells and thinking this entire enterprise represents!

williamg on January 1, 2012 at 3:40 PM

There are a lot of radical moonbats who are disillusioned with Obama right now. But bear in mind that is because even that psychotically radical individual is not liberal ENOUGH for them.

They won’t beat the pavement for Obama nearly as hard this time around, and some might not even make it to the polls. But absolutely NONE of them are going to vote for a Republican.

Nominating a moderate Republican candidate will disillusion our own base, and it will not make a single Obama voter change his mind.

logis on January 1, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Extended the Bush tax cut, escalated Afghanistan, kept Bush anti-terror policies in place and pushed through the most right-wing health care system in the civilized world.

The man is not a liberal.

urban elitist on January 1, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Leaving out the tax cuts and health care, you know and I know that as for those other two things, O’bama simply lied his arse off on the campaign trail to get the Democrat Media to elect him; obviously he had the getalife scared out of him when he had his first Presidential security briefing.

For nearly 8 years, you folks on the left whined that the Evil Bush repeatedly exaggerated the terror threats we faced. In fact, you folks briefly made a hero out of one of Bush’s people, namely Jack Goldsmith, when he left the Bush WH due to disagreements over some of the policies Bush wanted to use. But then you folks on the Left threw Goldsmith under the bus, when he admitted in a speech at Boston College that Bush had in fact under-reported the terror threats to the public.

The fact that O’bama continued Bush’s policies in the War on Terror is proof that Bush was correct in doing what he did. That is what has Taylor Marsh (and yourself) so upset with the guy.

Del Dolemonte on January 1, 2012 at 3:42 PM

I click on all of those Obama ads. IIRC, it costs Obama more to advertise if they are clicked on.
Dusty on January 1, 2012 at 3:30 PM

I didn’t click but the ad isn’t from/for Obama’s it’s against him so it wouldn’t cost him anything.

Extended the Bush tax cut, escalated Afghanistan, kept Bush anti-terror policies in place and pushed through the most right-wing health care system in the civilized world.
The man is not a liberal.
urban elitist on January 1, 2012 at 3:26 PM

It’s an epic fail to try this propaganda out at Hot Air. We all know Obama wants to kill the Bush Tax Cuts, has already raised taxes exponentially as part of ObamaCare, ignored General’s advice on Iraq and pulled out all our troops, is in the process of engaging in shocking negotiations in Afghanistan, and plans to pull out before our troops can finish the job.

Buy Danish on January 1, 2012 at 3:43 PM

True — I’m just saying that Obama’s reputation in some circles as a psychotic leftist is wildly off the mark.

urban elitist on January 1, 2012 at 3:31 PM

No, its not. If he could do as he pleases he would have closed gitmo and established a single-payer healthcare system. That he didnt pursue nutty ideas that he identified as his positions, is a concession to political reality, but not an act of conviction or innate moderation.

Valkyriepundit on January 1, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Barack Hussein Soetoro-Obama is not psychotic. He is not stupid.

gryphon202 on January 1, 2012 at 3:35 PM

In a nutshell, Barky is a malevolent retard.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 1, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Obama/Hillary 2012!!
Just Kidding guys…

vpaddy123 on January 1, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Alinsky was a great organizer who — unlike the Republican Party — actually cared about blue collar workers. To the extent that Obama is Alinsky-like, more power to him,

But Obama’s never attempted a radical act in his life. He could have been a Republican, if the party hadn’t gone insane.

urban elitist on January 1, 2012 at 3:38 PM

No argument there. But he’s always had subordinates and colleagues to do those radical acts for him. To wit, the OWS crowd, Van Jones, et. al. Alinsky was a great organizer, but he was also a pragmatist; Alinsky realized that in order to be a successful organizer, you had to actually attract people to your cause first.

I’ve maintained for years that “conservatives” have to be willing to embrace Alinskyite tactics in order to fight the radicals on a level playing field. There’s nothing inherently leftist about Alinsky’s pragmatism, even though he couched his principles in leftist dogma. The discomfort with getting down in the mud IS and WILL BE the undoing of America.

gryphon202 on January 1, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Alinsky was a great organizer who — unlike the Republican Party — actually cared about blue collar workers. To the extent that Obama is Alinsky-like, more power to him,

But Obama’s never attempted a radical act in his life. He could have been a Republican, if the party hadn’t gone insane.

urban elitist on January 1, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Brilliant Satire!

Tell us again who Alinsky dedicated his book to.

Del Dolemonte on January 1, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Del Dolemonte
Buy Danish

..Merry New Year to two of my faves here on HG! Best for the coming year to you both!

The War Planner on January 1, 2012 at 3:46 PM

No, its not. If he could do as he pleases he would have closed gitmo and established a single-payer healthcare system. That he didnt pursue nutty ideas that he identified as his positions, is a concession to political reality, but not an act of conviction or innate moderation.

Valkyriepundit on January 1, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Well there is that, too. To the extent that he promised all kinds of radicalism under the banner of “hope and change” and failed to deliver, that isn’t a badge of pride. I take back what I said about Obama not being mercenary.

gryphon202 on January 1, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Obama has been the most hard-left president by far in my lifetime, and I thought I had seen it all under Clinton. Just because he hasn’t made the occupy crowd happy does not mean that he hasn’t governed hard-left.

gryphon202 on January 1, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Anyone who doesn’t support your hard core right wing agenda is automatically the most hard left president correct? Jeez

Uppereastside on January 1, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Let’s look at her claim of women’s freedoms being taken away. She mentions Plan B. That was the plan to allow school aged girls to take an abortion inducing drug without parental consent. Yet her ilk in both the House and the Senate passed the law that NOW prohibits the taking of ANY medication, even an aspirin, without written permission from their parents! It all boils down to ONE single issue with female libs and that is abortion. Obama has said that he is in favor of gay marriage. What specific freedoms is she talking about? Obama has escalated one war and participated in a new one and not one peep from the libs. He kills hundreds of people without due process, hell without any process, with the drone program and yet no liberal says anything. Abortion is the king maker in the Demorat party. She will be there with her picture ID just panting to vote for Obama in Nov. I’m surprised that this piece was written like it was a shocker.

inspectorudy on January 1, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Anyone who doesn’t support your hard core right wing agenda is automatically the most hard left president correct? Jeez

Uppereastside on January 1, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Considering you have no idea what I believe, that’s pretty rich, douchebag. My “hardcore rightwing agenda” involves following the constitution. As a voter, each and every one of my policy positions flows from that basic principle. If you don’t like it, GFY.

gryphon202 on January 1, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Makes you wonder who this … uh … woman (as well as some others here in the comment section) would prefer lead the democrat party. Would Bernie Sanders be left enough? Denis Kucinich? Bill Press?

They complain because Obama didn’t enact mandatory birth control or on-demand abortion or forced sterilization -or something- and then call the Tea Party radical. These people would only be mainstream under Pol Pot.

BKeyser on January 1, 2012 at 3:51 PM

No argument there. But he’s always had subordinates and colleagues to do those radical acts for him. To wit, the OWS crowd, Van Jones, et. al. Alinsky was a great organizer, but he was also a pragmatist; Alinsky realized that in order to be a successful organizer, you had to actually attract people to your cause first.

I’ve maintained for years that “conservatives” have to be willing to embrace Alinskyite tactics in order to fight the radicals on a level playing field. There’s nothing inherently leftist about Alinsky’s pragmatism, even though he couched his principles in leftist dogma. The discomfort with getting down in the mud IS and WILL BE the undoing of America.

gryphon202 on January 1, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Remind me what Van Jones ever did of note?

I agree with your take on Alinsky’s tactics — he just wrote the playbook for effective organizers, right or left.

No, its not. If he could do as he pleases he would have closed gitmo and established a single-payer healthcare system. That he didnt pursue nutty ideas that he identified as his positions, is a concession to political reality, but not an act of conviction or innate moderation.

Valkyriepundit on January 1, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Neither closing a military base specifically created to circumvent the Constitution and international law nor establishing a health care system patterned after those in place in every other affluent democracy on earth would have been especially radical.

urban elitist on January 1, 2012 at 3:52 PM

What a monumental waste of time and dearth of brain cells and thinking this entire enterprise represents!

williamg on January 1, 2012 at 3:40 PM

It’s funner during the drinking games…

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Seven Percent Solution on January 1, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Extended the Bush tax cut, escalated Afghanistan, kept Bush anti-terror policies in place and pushed through the most right-wing health care system in the civilized world.

The man is not a liberal.

urban elitist on January 1, 2012 at 3:26 PM

I guess I will start with Afghanistan. He campaigned that Afghanistan was the ‘right’ war and Iraq the ‘wrong’ war. You should have expected that.

As for the tax cuts, it was a compromise that you didn’t appreciate so maybe that kinda works.

With the anti-terror policies, that strengthens government so I fail to see why the left is complaining about it.

The healthcare plan fits well with the bailouts. They have to start the nationalization of those industries sometime. You guys (the left) made a mistake of sorts. You elected a national socialist (fascist) instead of an international socialist (communist) from the sounds of it. I wouldn’t let it bother you. If you read about both philosophies, the policies they espouse are about 90-95% similiar anyways. . .

Dawnsblood on January 1, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Remind me what Van Jones ever did of note?

He was only Obama’s first “Green Jobs” czar, and spearheaded at least one of the programs that have come back to bite Obama in the ass. Surely you’ve heard of “Solyndra,” haven’t you?

Neither closing a military base specifically created to circumvent the Constitution and international law nor establishing a health care system patterned after those in place in every other affluent democracy on earth would have been especially radical.

urban elitist on January 1, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Given my desire to follow the constitution, Obama’s abdication of his responsibility to keep us safe militarily by closing gitmo, as well as passing a health care law with no basis in constitutional authorization, smacks pretty strongly of radicalism to me. But then again, I’m not looking at this from a “we are the world” sort of perspective. What other industrialized countries piss away in terms of prosperity doesn’t change what I think of as “radical.”

gryphon202 on January 1, 2012 at 3:57 PM

And then she and almost all democrats vote for Romney. This lady isnt fooling anyone

Flapjackmaka on January 1, 2012 at 3:57 PM

She is absolutely dead-on with this assessment. No matter your ideology, you have to admit what she wrote in that paragraph is true.

ButterflyDragon on January 1, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Amen. Exactly my thoughts. GWB seemed to actively work to implement Obama’s policies from the beginning of his second term part of his first. He was probably the worst second term President in the last 100 years.

You guys seem to like Obama far to much. He is a Marxist Muslim. Not one but three Muslim names he chose to use when adult he was Barry Sotero in School remember. His “Christian” preacher was an ordained Muslim Iman graduating from an Islamic divinity school. His new spiritual leader the same basically. Look at all the avowed Communist he has appointed and in his own words “I sought out the Marxist professors”. He loves every communist Dictator on earth and hates all Capitalist.

His sin here. He wanted a chance to have a second term. Very minor compromises made to try to get it by fooling us.

Steveangell on January 1, 2012 at 3:58 PM

They’ll come home if the Other Party nominates a far-righty.

Meredith on January 1, 2012 at 3:08 PM

That settles it. If the Republicans just nominate a moderate, reach-across-the-aisle type like John McCain, they can’t lose!

CJ on January 1, 2012 at 3:58 PM

I agree this is puzzling and of no consequence–who will she support instead of Obama? Romney? HA!

I think leftists write these things to keep their cred and encourage him to go leftier. Then they go vote for Obama anyway cuz he’s so groovy.

PattyJ on January 1, 2012 at 3:58 PM

Wait wait wait. If Obama is conservative, then where is she on the political spectrum? To the Left of Obama. So she’s complaining that Obama isn’t socialist enough. That’s simply incredible.

However, there is a bigger message. The Democrat Party has been fractured ever since the 2008 elections. Yes, Obama won. But the Democrats have awakened a LOT of liberals that realized they weren’t actually liberals at all. They were not told what true freedom is about or that they were doing what was expected of them. They simply never bothered to look at what conservatism really is. Many of them now have done so.

The worst part for Obama is that people to the Left of him (how is that even possible?) no longer like him either. So he’s losing voters from both sides of his own personal political spectrum.

MrX on January 1, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Neither closing a military base specifically created to circumvent the Constitution and international law

First of all, there’s no such thing as “international law”. I wish you fools would stop talking about something that doesn’t exist. Secondly, Guantanamo is perfectly legitimate and serves the same purpose that many American bases have served in the past.

nor establishing a health care system patterned after those in place in every other affluent democracy on earth would have been especially radical.

urban elitist on January 1, 2012 at 3:52 PM

This is about the dumbest thing one could write. The US governmental architecture (as described by our Constitution) is utterly unique in the world and has been so since its inception. It is individualistic, while the rest of the world consists of collectivist, party-oriented Euro style parliamentary systems. THey are all fundamentally at odds with the US.

Secondly, the health care systems of the rest of the world LIVED off of the money that we PRIVATELY spend on health care and insurance in America. It is OUR system that drives advancement and that the rest of teh world has leeched off of. You seem to think that a race can occur where everyone is drafting off of everyone else. You are an idiot – as has been obvious by your ridiculous comments, but this certainly seals it. Someone must lead. But idiots like you have no concept of that. You think that all are equal and things just appear out of the aether, with the industrial complement and distribution systems …. just like that. And then everyone just shares the free inventions that pop up out of nowhere …

Sheesh.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 1, 2012 at 4:00 PM

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