Peggy Noonan: This Obama character seems increasingly dishonest and devious to me

posted at 9:21 pm on March 29, 2012 by Allahpundit

Remember “Obama-cons”? Or was it “Obamicans”? You know who I mean — the libertarians and center-rightists who found Obama’s “first-class temperament” so first class in 2008 that they convinced themselves he’d be a problem-solving pragmatist when it came to things like entitlement reform and avoiding crippling deficits. Three and a half years later, here we are.

Lots of buyer’s remorse op-eds coming from that group this year. The big question: Will David Brooks write one too or will those famously well-creased pants of O’s retain just enough edge to keep him in the fold? Can’t wait for his last column in October. It’ll be epic.

What is happening is that the president is coming across more and more as a trimmer, as an operator who’s not operating in good faith. This is hardening positions and leading to increased political bitterness. And it’s his fault, too. As an increase in polarization is a bad thing, it’s a big fault…

Now this week the Supreme Court arguments on ObamaCare, which have made that law look so hollow, so careless, that it amounts to a characterological indictment of the administration. The constitutional law professor from the University of Chicago didn’t notice the centerpiece of his agenda was not constitutional? How did that happen?

Maybe a stinging decision is coming, maybe not, but in a purely political sense this is how it looks: We were in crisis in 2009—we still are—and instead of doing something strong and pertinent about our economic woes, the president wasted history’s time. He wasted time that was precious—the debt clock is still ticking!—by following an imaginary bunny that disappeared down a rabbit hole…

If you jumped into a time machine to the day after the election, in November, 2012, and saw a headline saying “Obama Loses,” do you imagine that would be followed by widespread sadness, pain and a rending of garments? You do not. Even his own supporters will not be that sad. It’s hard to imagine people running around in 2014 saying, “If only Obama were president!” Including Mr. Obama, who is said by all who know him to be deeply competitive, but who doesn’t seem to like his job that much. As a former president he’d be quiet, detached, aloof. He’d make speeches and write a memoir laced with a certain high-toned bitterness. It was the Republicans’ fault. They didn’t want to work with him.

Follow the link up top for thoughts on him being “devious.” She’s right about his supporters not being sad if he loses too. If you doubt her, watch the withering satirical vid below that HuffPo put out this morning on the glory of “hope.” Here’s the proof, I guess, that he’s a middle-ground centrist after all: There’s no concern in the clip that we’re headed for a fiscal cliff but plenty of angst that he hasn’t gotten Congress to tackle issues that are politically toxic to them (closing Gitmo) or to avoid being influenced by the special interests on which their campaign treasuries depend (financial reform). His fans bought the fantasy that he’d change everything by the sheer force of his charisma and now they’re mad at him for proving that they’re chumps. Everyone wanted to see the economy improve, but beyond that our side wanted one big thing from him — a serious effort at balancing the budget — and the left wanted pretty much everything else. What we got was a dead Bin Laden, which is great but isn’t going to win him an election.

Go read BuzzFeed’s report tonight on how Democrats, without much of anything else to run on until they’ve got real momentum on shrinking unemployment, are already rolling out their “fear” messaging on Romney. If the economy stalls again, that’s all they’ll have left.


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You have a point there. Just as Obama has eclipsed Jimmy Carter for the title of the worst president of the US, ever, he will do the same to claim the title as worst ex-President ever.

AZfederalist on March 30, 2012 at 12:38 AM

Oh Obama will be far worse. First because he’s a total narcissist and can’t stand to be shoved to the side. Second, while Jimmuh truly believes in his so-called “causes” Obama will do anything simply for the money. And Michelle will be along to make certain they keep the cash flow coming their way.
I honestly believe than Obama agreed to run for President not because he wanted to lead this country but for the fame and the perks. He was meant to be an obliging puppet for Ted Kennedy, but unfortunately for Ted it didn’t quite work out that way. There is some justice in the world.

Deanna on March 30, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Man, you are one whiny little b!tch, aren’t you? Anyone who doesn’t see the inherent uber-conservative greatness of your fourth choice for the nomination must be a RINO poseur.

Consider just the tiniest possibility that numb-nuts Rick Santorum is not the second coming of William F. Buckley, Jr.

Jaibones on March 30, 2012 at 7:02 AM

The fail in your stumbling, disjointed, and rambling commentary (or what passes for it), is that I have not been rabidly supporting Lil’Rick. Like the dhumbs*&^ liberals I have been kicking around the past couple of days, you make the mistake that my hatred of Willard Filmoure Romneycare – and his brainless sycophants – is based on the fact that I am rabidly defending anyone else.

Allow me to clarify this for you – a third time I might add, but just like the liberals, you either have conveniently forgotten that, because you are either a disingenuous f*&^tard, or a so incomprehensibly stupid that you are in danger of becoming a singularity capable of swallowing light.

I am not cheering for someone. I am cheering against Willard Fillmoure Romneycare. I’d vote for flesh eating termites before I’d cast a ballot for that man.

SMOD 2012 is my candidate.

SilverDeth on March 30, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Herald of Woe on March 30, 2012 at 10:24 AM

He makes no mistakes, never backs down, never acknowledges a change of policy…beware of any candidate that does that. And when a “change” is pointed out, he attacks the messenger…you know who else does that?

right2bright on March 30, 2012 at 10:37 AM

D’oh! scratch that last comment and replace it with this one… I goofed on the copy and paste at the bottom. This should be correct…

See:

Historical Debt Outstanding – Annual 2000 – 2010

To get around all of Washington’s budgeting gimmicks, I stick to just the actual debt outstanding on the Fiscal Year end date (September 30th each year).

I take the the total debt from one fiscal year end date and subtract the total debt from the prior fiscal year end date, and I call that additional debt accumulated the TRUE DEFICIT for that fiscal year.

Budgets involve the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the President. I give “Credit”/”Blame” to the party which controlled a majority of those three at the time the FY budget was passed (or should have been passed).

The last calendar year that the republicans held majority control was 2006, and they passed the FY 2007 budget.

Let’s look at the TRUE DEFICIT from the Republican majority fiscal years and compare it to the TRUE DEFICIT from the following Democrat majority fiscal years…

————————————————————————————————————–
Republican majority FY 2002: Deficit = $421 Billion ($0.421 Trillion)
Republican majority FY 2003: Deficit = $555 Billion ($0.555 Trillion)
Republican majority FY 2004: Deficit = $596 Billion ($0.596 Trillion)
Republican majority FY 2005: Deficit = $554 Billion ($0.554 Trillion)
Republican majority FY 2006: Deficit = $574 Billion ($0.574 Trillion)
Republican majority FY 2007: Deficit = $501 Billion ($0.501 Trillion)
————————————————————————————————————–
Democrat majority FY 2008: Deficit = $1,017 Billion ($1.017 Trillion)
Democrat majority FY 2009: Deficit = $1,885 Billion ($1.885 Trillion)
Democrat majority FY 2010: Deficit = $1,652 Billion ($1.652 Trillion)
Democrat majority FY 2011: Deficit = $1,229 Billion ($1.229 Trillion)
Democrat majority FY 2012: Deficit = $1,390 Billion ($1.390 Trillion) {PROJECTED}
————————————————————————————————————–

ITguy on March 30, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Gee, Peggy, what took you so long to figure out Obama?

As a former speechwriter for Ronaldus Maximus, you should have seen it back in 2008!

Steve Z on March 30, 2012 at 10:44 AM

The constitutional law professor from the University of Chicago didn’t notice the centerpiece of his agenda was not constitutional? How did that happen?

Because he wasn’t a constitutional law professor from the University of Chicago.

Ben Hur on March 30, 2012 at 10:45 AM

coldwarrior on March 30, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Thank you Cold Warrior! You said it all. Hang ‘em up, Peggy!

tomshup on March 30, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Steve Z on March 30, 2012 at 10:44 AM

She was a worthy scribe back then…but a scribe should never confuse the ideas of others, more worthy, as their own.

She learned nothing, apparently, of what she saw at the Revolution.

coldwarrior on March 30, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Actually putting the raw numbers into a comment here…

Source: http://www.treasurydirect.gov/govt/reports/pd/histdebt/histdebt.htm

The U.S. Government Fiscal Year goes from October 1st of one year to September 30th of the following year. So look at what the U.S. Treasury says was the total national debt on September 30th each year.

09/30/2011 $14,790,340,328,557.15
09/30/2010 $13,561,623,030,891.79
09/30/2009 $11,909,829,003,511.75
09/30/2008 $10,024,724,896,912.49
09/30/2007 $9,007,653,372,262.48
09/30/2006 $8,506,973,899,215.23
09/30/2005 $7,932,709,661,723.50
09/30/2004 $7,379,052,696,330.32
09/30/2003 $6,783,231,062,743.62
09/30/2002 $6,228,235,965,597.16
09/30/2001 $5,807,463,412,200.06

It’s easy to take the total debt numbers from any two consecutive years above, subtract one from the other, and you have the size of the deficit for that particular year. For 2012, let’s use the White House’s estimate of $1.39 trillion for this year.

Date, “Increased Debt (Annual Deficit) in Billions
9/30/2012 $1,390 {PROJECTED}
9/30/2011 $1,229
9/30/2010 $1,652
9/30/2009 $1,885
9/30/2008 $1,017
9/30/2007 $501
9/30/2006 $574
9/30/2005 $554
9/30/2004 $596
9/30/2003 $555
9/30/2002 $421

ITguy on March 30, 2012 at 10:49 AM

The FY 2007 budget (ending 9/30/2007) was the last budget passed by a Republican majority and produced an increase to the national debt of $501 Billion.

Ever since then, Democrats have controlled a majority of the budget-making entities (House, Senate, and Presidency), and Democratic budgets (or lack thereof) have increased the national debt by over $1 Trillion each and ever year for the last five years.

Anywhere from $1,017 Billion ($1.017 Trillion) to $1,885 Billion ($1.885 Trillion) EACH AND EVERY YEAR!

Instead of keeping their promise of…

“Pay As You Go” budgeting – no more deficit spending

… they have produced deficits that have more than doubled, sometimes more than tripled, the worst deficits from the Republican majority years.

ITguy on March 30, 2012 at 10:53 AM

From Noonan:

he shows good judgment in terms of whom to hire and consult

Yes Peggy, like the terrorist Bill Ayers and Dohrn, Rev. Wright, oh and his dealings with the felon Rezco. Lets not forget the Truther and self admitted communist Van Jones and Mao loving lizard-tongued Anita Dunn. NOT A SINGLE CAPITALIST IN HIS BACKGROUND, Pegs.

One thing is for sure, my judgement of his character is way better than yours, because it didn’t take me 4 freaking years to figure out ‘guilt by association’ is also sage old advice ‘You are known by the friends you keep.’ He was, is, and always will be a radical, even if you can’t see past your DC cocktail party haze.

Schwalbe Me-262 on March 30, 2012 at 11:01 AM

(Including links and updated numbers)

What Pelosi, Reid, and Obama “inherited” from Republicans, when the balance of power tipped from Republicans to Democrats in January 2007, was:

1) A FY 2007 deficit of $501 Billion.

2) Total National Debt under $8.7 Trillion.

3) Unemployment 4.4%

4) “Discouraged Workers” (not counted in the unemployment number): 274,000.

5) Employment-population ratio (for those age 16 years and over): 63.4%

6) The Zillow U.S. Home Value Index was over $190,000.

What do we have now, after five years of majority Democrat control?

1) A projected FY 2012 deficit of $1,390 Billion ($1.39 Trillion).

2) Total National Debt almost $15.6 Trillion.

3) Unemployment 8.3%

4) “Discouraged Workers” (not counted in the unemployment number): 1,006,000.

5) Employment-population ratio (for those age 16 years and over): 58.6%

6) The Zillow U.S. Home Value Index is under $150,000.

ITguy on March 30, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Like I said before…ITguy brings the cred. I’m passing this stuff around bub. The libs in my crowd are very quiet this morning.

DanMan on March 30, 2012 at 11:08 AM

he shows good judgment in terms of whom to hire and consult

Maobama, had Peggy N at Geithner. Hello ?

FlaMurph on March 30, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Stopped reading Peggy when she started supporting Obama. Don’t imagine I will ever go back.

Citizen-003528 on March 30, 2012 at 11:13 AM

I’ve got a comment stuck in moderation, likely because of the number of links. If it doesn’t show up soon, I’ll split the links up into multiple comments.

ITguy on March 30, 2012 at 11:16 AM

(Including links and updated numbers)

What Pelosi, Reid, and Obama “inherited” from Republicans, when the balance of power tipped from Republicans to Democrats in January 2007, was:

1) A FY 2007 deficit of $501 Billion.

2) Total National Debt under $8.7 Trillion.

3) Unemployment 4.4%

4) “Discouraged Workers” (not counted in the unemployment number): 274,000.

5) Employment-population ratio (for those age 16 years and over): 63.4%

6) The Zillow U.S. Home Value Index was over $190,000.

What do we have now, after five years of majority Democrat control?

1) A projected FY 2012 deficit of $1,390 Billion ($1.39 Trillion).

2) Total National Debt almost $15.6 Trillion.

3) Unemployment 8.3%

ITguy on March 30, 2012 at 11:17 AM

4) “Discouraged Workers” (not counted in the unemployment number): 1,006,000.

5) Employment-population ratio (for those age 16 years and over): 58.6%

6) The Zillow U.S. Home Value Index is under $150,000.

ITguy on March 30, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Peggy Noonan: This Obama character seems increasingly dishonest and devious to me

IOW, if you voted against Obama in 2008, you were a racist. Obama has somehow magically changed since then, and I am here to point this out to you rubes.

faraway on March 30, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Dear Peggy,

I hope you aren’t losing any of your cocktail party friends over this.

But then they were the only ones you cared about the last decade or so… you only wanted ‘polite’ conservatism along with ‘character’. You never did bother to check and see if there is a difference between having character and being a character… not that your cocktail party friends knew the difference, either.

ajacksonian on March 30, 2012 at 11:21 AM

It’s hard to imagine people running around in 2014 saying, “If only Obama were president!”

Not so. It’s just that those people will be in the Kremlin and statehouses in places like Iran, Egypt, Syria, etc.

Sowell Disciple on March 30, 2012 at 11:23 AM

I am hoping for the same sort of lop-sided vote this year…with Obama maybe, maybe, taking the District of Columbia…and nothing else.

coldwarrior on March 30, 2012 at 10:13 AM

you can hope … but it isn’t going to happen ….
the GOP MIGHT win …. (not going to hold my breath)
but you will not see lopsided numbers like that with Mittens
(or any of the four) as your candidate …
sorry to throw cold water … CA and NY are both going to D
MI MAY go D … WA and OR or going D …. NC may go D …
Not going to guess on others ….

conservative tarheel on March 30, 2012 at 11:23 AM

I am not cheering for someone. I am cheering against Willard Fillmoure Romneycare. I’d vote for flesh eating termites before I’d cast a ballot for that man.

That is what is needed [after a rambling load load of crap] Another bright eyed joker voting No on the Repub nominee. And Yes for; oh I don’t know; Zero.

democratsarefools on March 30, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Here is a couple of posts I just read on HuffPo that I can’t resist copying here. I think most will enjoy the delusion displayed:

“When Obama took office gas was $1.79 per gallon, we had a AAA bond rating and he had the best chance in 1/2 a decade to pass meaningful health care reform.

Look at what he did.

Sad, really.”

And a reply:

“He had nothing to do with the price of gas.
Republicans killed our bond rating.
Republicans killed a meaningful healthcare reform.
What’s sad is you blaming Obama.”

boogieboy on March 30, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Noonan’s a Rino?

A Reagan speechwriter is a Rino.

She’s more a true Republican and old-school conservative than half the people on HA.

budfox on March 29, 2012 at 9:41 PM

A speechwriter isn’t a policy wonk. It’s entirely possible for a liberal to write conservative speeches and vice versa. The speechwriter is a ghost writer. A wordsmith, whose job it is to reflect the views and beliefs of the person they’re writing for and the person they’re writing for almost always gives instructions before the writing begins and edits it afterward.

Portia46 on March 30, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Again, here is what Pelosi and the Democrats promised in 2006:

With integrity, civility and fiscal discipline, our New Direction for America will use commonsense principles to address the aspirations and fulfill the hopes and dreams of all Americans. That is our promise to the American people.

Our federal budget should be a statement of our national values. One of those values is responsibility. Democrats are committed to ending years of irresponsible budget policies that have produced historic deficits. Instead of piling trillions of dollars of debt onto our children and grandchildren, we will restore “Pay As You Go” budget discipline.

Budget discipline has been abandoned by the Bush Administration and its Republican congressional majorities. Congress under Republican control has turned a projected $5.6 trillion 10-year surplus at the end of the Clinton years into a nearly $3 trillion deficit– including the four worst deficits in the history of America. The nation’s debt ceiling has been raised four times in just five years to more than $8.9 trillion. Nearly half of our nation’s record debt is owned by foreign countries including China and Japan. Without a return to fiscal discipline, the foreign countries that make our computers, our clothing and our toys will soon be making our foreign policy. Deficit spending is not just a fiscal problem – it’s a national security issue as well.

Our New Direction is committed to “Pay As You Go” budgeting – no more deficit spending.

What now know that Pelosi, Reid, and Obama not only broke that promise, but they never had any intention of keeping it.

They didn’t end deficit spending… they didn’t decrease deficit spending by 100%, they increased deficit spending by 150%, so that our average deficits now are 2.5 times the size of what they were under the Republican majority.

Even if Obama were to now magically keep his 2008 campaign promise of cutting the deficit in half by the end of his first (and hopefully only) term, half of 2.5 is 1.25 … meaning that even in that scenario, deficits would still be 25% larger than they were under the Republican majority.

With integrity, civility and fiscal discipline, our New Direction for America will use commonsense principles to address the aspirations and fulfill the hopes and dreams of all Americans. That is our promise to the American people.

Democrats don’t believe in integrity.
Democrats don’t believe in civility.
Democrats don’t believe in fiscal discipline.

Their promises are empty and worthless. Democrats are liars and hypocrites. By his own standard, Obama is irresponsible and unpatriotic.

The problem is, is that the way Bush has done it over the last eight years is to take out a credit card from the Bank of China in the name of our children, driving up our national debt from $5 trillion for the first 42 presidents – #43 added $4 trillion by his lonesome, so that we now have over $9 trillion of debt that we are going to have to pay back — $30,000 for every man, woman and child. That’s irresponsible. It’s unpatriotic.

ITguy on March 30, 2012 at 11:39 AM

A speechwriter isn’t a policy wonk. It’s entirely possible for a liberal to write conservative speeches and vice versa. The speechwriter is a ghost writer. A wordsmith, whose job it is to reflect the views and beliefs of the person they’re writing for and the person they’re writing for almost always gives instructions before the writing begins and edits it afterward.

Portia46 on March 30, 2012 at 11:37 AM

That ….

conservative tarheel on March 30, 2012 at 11:41 AM

A speechwriter isn’t a policy wonk. It’s entirely possible for a liberal to write conservative speeches and vice versa. The speechwriter is a ghost writer. A wordsmith, whose job it is to reflect the views and beliefs of the person they’re writing for and the person they’re writing for almost always gives instructions before the writing begins and edits it afterward.

Portia46 on March 30, 2012 at 11:37 AM

That ….

conservative tarheel on March 30, 2012 at 11:41 AM

I think that there is a bit more to it than that. A good speechwriter (and Noonan was one of the best) also knows how to tap into prevailing public sentiment. If Noonan is calling Obama “devious,” then I think that Obama may have a very big problem on his hands. Like Noonan said, Obama can’t win this election, although the Republicans yet could lose it.

ghostwriter on March 30, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Hey Pegs, ever read anything by Saul Alinsky?

petefrt on March 30, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Portia46 on March 30, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Good one. Very smart.

SparkPlug on March 30, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Now this week the Supreme Court arguments on ObamaCare, which have made that law look so hollow, so careless, that it amounts to a characterological indictment of the administration. The constitutional law professor from the University of Chicago didn’t notice the centerpiece of his agenda was not constitutional? How did that happen?

Noonan is clueless

She thinks Obama did not understand the pretext of his bill, written outside of Congress by the ones who employ him?

Healthcare was a simple crapshoot, with options however the dice landed. He toploaded the court with yes women, but in the event of a bad vote, he is positioned to lead the movement to re write America until the vote comes out correct

He wasted time that was precious—the debt clock is still ticking!—by following an imaginary bunny that disappeared down a rabbit hole.

Noonan thinks Obama was chasing rabbits. Obama has been running rabbits around the track to get those greyhounds running in the correct direction. Noonan is still chasing

Obama has the debt clock where he needs it to force a re write of the nation. We need a failure of the conventional fuels economy, a failure of the currency of captialism in the free nations, we need racial division, and IMHO we need a few cities to burn for the stage to follow his flow chart. He is callous, not clueless, but he needs the clueless for cover and he is getting a lots of that

entagor on March 30, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Peggy Nooner- You bought him, you break him.

profitsbeard on March 29, 2012 at 9:38 PM

–thread winner!

The War Planner on March 30, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Sorry so late to the game. Did I read the headline correctly?

Peggy Noonan – Water is wet.

TugboatPhil on March 30, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Sorry so late to the game. Did I read the headline correctly?

Peggy Noonan – Water is wet.

TugboatPhil on March 30, 2012 at 12:24 PM

I really do wonder how some of these so-called “Obamacans” didn’t see this coming. I knew Democrats that were uneasy about Obama (even though they ultimately voted for him). Talk about wishful thinking….

ghostwriter on March 30, 2012 at 12:28 PM

The derangement is quite putrid here these days. The racially tinged commentary is increasingly getting quite blatant and abhorrent

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 29, 2012 at 11:36 PM

No, no no no no….it’s the white part of the white-black man (blame the NY Times, pal—”white-hispanic”) who’s being criticised. Afterall, it WAS the mother who had the training and teaching of the young Barry and she was a committed leftist-socialist-communist.

Tell me. Hermann Cain is much admired here. How do you rationalize your racism with that?

Portia46 on March 30, 2012 at 12:42 PM

A speechwriter isn’t a policy wonk. It’s entirely possible for a liberal to write conservative speeches and vice versa. The speechwriter is a ghost writer. A wordsmith, whose job it is to reflect the views and beliefs of the person they’re writing for and the person they’re writing for almost always gives instructions before the writing begins and edits it afterward.

Portia46 on March 30, 2012 at 11:37 AM

True, but practically people tend to do better when they believe in something and most politicians don’t hire a someone to write speeches for them who disagrees with the politician. You usually hire people on your own team.

That’s not to say that being a speech-writer for Reagan makes Noonan a solid conservative, it doesn’t. It just means that she is a republican and probably right-of-center at least.

Monkeytoe on March 30, 2012 at 12:42 PM

The derangement is quite putrid here these days. The racially tinged commentary is increasingly getting quite blatant and abhorrent

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 29, 2012 at 11:36 PM

so ridiculous. That’s right. We don’t disagree with his ideology and idiotic policies. Not at all. If it were a white man pushing idiotic socialist crap we’d love it!!! it’s only because he is black. That’s the only reason we don’t like Obama. It has nothing to do with his abysmal failure as a president or his ignorant policies or anything else.

You lefties really need to grow up. Attempting to demonize your enemies by using your ESP to determine their motive all so you don’t have to address the actual arguments is pretty damn childish. I understand that it is difficult to combat conservative ideas with the ignorance and failure of leftward thinking, but at least try.

It’s like you’ve given up when you resort to your playground taunts of racism.

Monkeytoe on March 30, 2012 at 12:46 PM

The derangement is quite putrid here these days. The racially tinged commentary is increasingly getting quite blatant and abhorrent

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 29, 2012 at 11:36 PM

No, no no no no….it’s the white part of the white-black man (blame the NY Times, pal—”white-hispanic”) who’s being criticised. Afterall, it WAS the mother who had the training and teaching of the young Barry and she was a committed leftist-socialist-communist.

Tell me. Hermann Cain is much admired here. How do you rationalize your racism with that?

Portia46 on March 30, 2012 at 12:42 PM

My guess is that this sanctimonious imbecile doesn’t consider Cain to be “authentically black” or some other such racist tripe.

ghostwriter on March 30, 2012 at 12:55 PM

As the campaign heats up, expect the cries of “racism” to be the worst of all time this year. I actually think it will be good, because I think it will back-fire and end up destroying the race-grievance industry by the obviousness of it as a political tactic.

I also expect the mainstream news media to beclown itself on behalf of Obama and the dems and therefore destroy whatever faint veneer of credibility it has left.

I think they are all going to go all-in on this election, which could end up disastrous for them. If even the black population stops believing the left’s claims that all conservatives are racist, then the dems will lose their stranglehold on the black vote.

If the mushy middle finally gets fed up with the mainstream news media’s bias, dems lose the 3-5% advantage they have always had from biased reporting.

If those things both happen, dems will likely be out of power for at least a generation.

Monkeytoe on March 30, 2012 at 1:05 PM

What we got was a dead Bin Laden, which is great but isn’t going to win him an election.

This is my favorite Dem talking point.

“BUT!” They say, “He killed Bin Laden! That was a very tough decision to make!”

So let’s think this one out. Obama enters office and someone says to him “sir, our sources and our military are still looking for Bin Laden. Do you want them to continue doing that now that you are president?”

And Obama strokes his chin and furrows his brows and thinks real hard. “Ok. Yea. Keep doing that.” Whew. It was a tough decision, but that’s what Obama is good at! Making decisions!

Some time later, someone comes to Obama and he says “Sir! We know where Bin Laden is! What should we do!?” MAN! ANOTHER decision to make! Thank God we elected a man who knows how to decide on those decisions!

So once again, Obama furrows his brows, he looks around the room and asks “can we… arrest him?” And everyone in the room looks at their toes and mumbles “well… he did kill all those people…”

Oooh… this is a really tough decision. Don’t want to look weak. Which means we gotta act strong. Hmm… Time to stroke the chin.

So Obama does. He strokes his chin.

Then he looks up! “Should we… maybe… shoot him?”

Everyone’s eyes brighten! “Yes! That’s what we’ll do! We’ll shoot him!”

And the people rejoiced, for they had a president who was able, nay, able and willing, to make the Tough Decisions.

I’ll bet McCain couldn’t have done that.

Book on March 30, 2012 at 1:10 PM

I will always despise Peggy Noonan, Althouse, Parker and their female male counterparts for voting for such a charlatan and buffoon.

However, all she wrote is true.

So, in one week, Mr. Obama got caught whispering promises to our enemy, incited a race war, raised serious questions about his understanding of the Constitution, and then got smacked down over his proposed budget that was so wildly reckless that even Democrats in Congress could not support it.

It was as if you lumped Hurricane Katrina and the Abu Ghraib abuses into one week for George W. Bush. And added on top of that the time he oddly groped German Chancellor Angela Merkel and got caught cursing on a hot mic.

Even then, it wouldn’t be as bad as Mr. Obama’s week. You would probably also have to toss in the time Mr. Bush’s father threw up into the lap of Japan’s prime minister. Only then might we be approaching how bad a week it was for Mr. Obama.

Not that you will see any trace of embarrassment in the face of Mr. Obama. He has mastered the high political art of shamelessness, wearing it smugly and cockily. Kind of like a hoodie.

Schadenfreude on March 30, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Book on March 30, 2012 at 1:10 PM

lol! Spot on! Killing bin Laden could only be a tough choice for… a pseudo-intellectual like Obama and his fellow travelers on the left.

ghostwriter on March 30, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Book on March 30, 2012 at 1:10 PM

lol! Spot on! Killing bin Laden could only be a tough choice for… a pseudo-intellectual like Obama and his fellow travelers on the left.

ghostwriter on March 30, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Meanwhile, I wonder how many “tough decisions” Obama has made allowing future bin Ladens to live that we will discover at some point in the not-too-distant future.

ghostwriter on March 30, 2012 at 1:36 PM

ITguy on March 29, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Waaaaay late to this thread. major kudos to ITg for the facts and figures. Pasted them into a word doc that I can use when speaking with obots and share with my conservative friends. Hat Tip!! :)

HomeoftheBrave on March 30, 2012 at 1:47 PM

As the campaign heats up, expect the cries of “racism” to be the worst of all time this year. I actually think it will be good, because I think it will back-fire and end up destroying the race-grievance industry by the obviousness of it as a political tactic.

Monkeytoe

Not if people don’t call them on it.

They have to be called on the bogus accusation “racist”. “Racist” means White, and anti-racist means anti-White. In practice that’s always what it comes down to.

If you’re even accused of being White, like George Zimmerman, you’re more than half-way to being framed as a racist. And there’s no real way to rebut that accusation unless like Zimmerman you can prove you have always been considered Hispanic, or something else that’s not White.

The game is blatantly dishonest. But if people don’t call the left on it, they’ll continue to get away with it.

David Blue on March 30, 2012 at 1:53 PM

That was just really good.

boogaleesnots on March 30, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Peggy Noonan jumped the shark 15 – 20 years ago.

George Will did before way before then.

They haven’t had an original thought or published any (with a very few exceptions) readable articles in so long I can’t remember.

The media trot them out due to their perceived seniority, but almost all incisive analysis comes from blogs.

And, yeah, I was disgusted by Peggy’s gushy articles about hope and change during the last Presidential election cycle.

It will take a better journalist or opinion writer than her to try to find something interesting or relevant to say about Mitt Romney.

He is duller than John McCain and should give Obama every bit as much of a challenge in November.

molonlabe28 on March 30, 2012 at 2:15 PM

BUT!” They say, “He killed Bin Laden! That was a very tough decision to make!” ~ Book of March

And so someone needs to do a 30 second commercial reminding people that Obama prosecuted 3 Navy SEALS who supposedly gave a terrorist who killed 5 American contractors and hung their heads from a bridge a bloody nose. They should also note that Obama revealed the identity and modus operendi of the SEALS for publicity and that he gave access to national defense secrets/information to his pals in Hollywood for a movie.

End the spot with Obama’s plan to gut the military and eliminate our missile defense system (and that “it’s complicated” cr*p? Obama didn’t find it too complicated when he screwed Poland on their liberation day without prior notice).

Portia46 on March 30, 2012 at 2:29 PM

The media trot them out due to their perceived seniority, but almost all incisive analysis comes from blogs.

molonlabe28 on March 30, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Peggy Noonan is the “alternative view” you give a soapbox to when you’re not really willing to let an alternative view be heard.

David Blue on March 30, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Having spent the last four years sleep walking — and sleep talking — Peggy Van Winkle Noonan yawns and begins to wipe the sleep from her eyes.

farsighted on March 30, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Hope… Re-elect Obama and he’ll take even that away.
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RalphyBoy on March 30, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Apparently the best way to tell if anyone is a member of America’s elite intelligentsia is to see if it takes them 4 years to notice what most people noticed right away.

hawksruleva on March 30, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Gee, Peggy…where ya been? Oh, Van Winkling? Never mind.

Gordy on March 30, 2012 at 3:46 PM

That is what is needed [after a rambling load load of crap] Another bright eyed joker voting No on the Repub nominee. And Yes for; oh I don’t know; Zero.

democratsarefools on March 30, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Unlike the Liberal Drones that brainlessly and myopically show up on autopilot, I vote my conscience. If the name by the check-box does not contain a conservative name, I leave it blank, or write in a name I can sleep knowing I voted for. I don’t reward the establishment for:

A: giving me a s*&^ sandwich.

B: trying to play chicken with my to force me to eat their s*&^ sandwich.

I will maintain my honor and principles regardless of cost. And if we are lead into a totalitarian darkness that can only be remedied in the manner of our fore-bearers, I will be the first man that stands up to offer his life, limb, fortune and sacred honor in pursuit of that end.

But get me to cast a vote for Willard Fillmoure Romneycare you will never do. No thing or person on this earth is so precious that I would sully myself so.

SilverDeth on March 30, 2012 at 3:56 PM

No thing or person on this earth is so precious that I would sully myself so.

SilverDeth on March 30, 2012 at 3:56 PM

we know, you’ll do it yourself

no worries pal but that diaper of yours is getting kind of smelly…

DanMan on March 30, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Obama has been totally dishonest from the very beginning so how can he be increasingly dishonest now? Just admit it, his honesty is merely becoming more and more blatant.

jqc1970 on March 30, 2012 at 4:49 PM

pretty good point there jqc, most here know he’s doing what we expected he’d do

DanMan on March 30, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Peggy still thinks Obama wrote the other two books…why does she think he would write a memoir laced with high toned bitterness, he has Bill Ayers to do that for him.

mark cantu on March 30, 2012 at 5:54 PM

You see all this blaming of democrat majorities for the deficits tells me that the House Republicans are going to be blamed for Obama’s big deficit this year.

You see it doesn’t matter that there wasn’t a budget…even though it is required by law, can someone figure this out for us?

Fleuries on March 31, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Peggy Noonan Conservative Republicans: This Obama Peggy Noonan character seems increasingly dishonest and devious to me

FIFY

DannoJyd on March 31, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Why is it that everything said against 0bama equally applies to Sketchy, and why can’t the supporters of RonMe see that?

Laziness is not a virtue.

DannoJyd on March 31, 2012 at 1:58 PM

BTW, this would make for a much better topic:
Brutal week for Obama, the worst of his presidency

DannoJyd on March 31, 2012 at 2:22 PM

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