The left starts rationalizing Obama’s failures

posted at 8:12 pm on June 13, 2012 by Karl

As Lawrence Kasdan and Barbara Benedek wrote in The Big Chill:

Michael: I don’t know anyone who could get through the day without two or three juicy rationalizations. They’re more important than sex.

Sam Weber: Ah, come on. Nothing’s more important than sex.

Michael: Oh yeah? Ever gone a week without a rationalization?

Pres. Obama has had some bad weeks recently and the leftie rationalizations are out in force. Peter Wehner, surveying recent books on the Obama administration, summarizes these rationalizations neatly:

Too ambitious yet too fiscally conservative; too reasonable and nice—these are the essential outlines that emerge from three liberal portraits of Obama as president. How could these outlines be so different from the public perception of the man? Here we come to Obama’s fourth major problem: his failure to communicate.

I will give the left “too ambitious.” But too fiscally conservative? Not so much. Too resonable and nice? As Wehner notes:

Obama has routinely used rhetoric that is, by presidential standards, hyper-partisan and splenetic. He has accused Republicans of being members of the Flat Earth Society, of being “social Darwinists,” and of putting “party ahead of country.” He has portrayed them as cruelly indifferent to the suffering of autistic and Down syndrome children and the elderly. And as the Wall Street Journal’s Kimberley Strassel has pointed out, the administration has gone so far as to engage in implicit intimidation and threats against private citizens in order to frighten them away from giving money to Mitt Romney. To believe that Obama is at heart an irenic, unifying political figure requires an almost clinical level of self-delusion.

Indeed, Obama holds the record for the most polarizing first, second and third years in office since Gallup started measuring polarization. A majority of Americans (and independents) say Barack Obama’s political views are “too liberal,” a greater percentage than believe Mitt Romney (33%) — or even Rick Santorum (38%) — is “too conservative.”

As for the failure to communicate, Wehner correctly notes Cool Hand Obama has tried orating as governing, to little effect. By the way, little effect is exactly what studies would suggest as the outcome.

Obama Rationalization Bingo would be a funny joke, if the stakes for our country were not so high. Instead, as John Podhoretz notes, the epistemic closure of the left has driven the politics of the Obama era:

You might just as easily ask why it was that Obama and the Democrats simply refused to heed the meaning of the solid GOP bloc against the massive and wasteful stimulus in 2009 — and in forcing through that ineffectual monstrosity, effectively created the citizens’ movement called the Tea Party.

Or why they refused to heed the message sent at the start of 2010 by the surprise victory of Scott Brown in the special election in Massachusetts and instead went on to muscle ObamaCare into law — giving the Tea Party renewed passion and setting up the historic 63-seat “shellacking” in the 2010 midterm election.

Or why they came to believe that the ragtag band of anarchists and shiftless hippy-wannabes that made up the “Occupy” movement were going to change the world.

Why? Because they don’t only sell the snake oil, they drink it themselves. They buy their own propaganda; they believe the hype.

As Mickey Kaus notes, we should not expect the rationalization to stop if Obama loses his reelection bid:

As everyone knows, much of the engaged left has effectively hived itself off in MSNBC world, where the typical show features a liberal host, and a guest who agrees with the host, and another guest who agrees with the first guest. Even in the printosphere, when Obama screws up Jonathan Chait or Michael Tomasky are there to explain why the screw up isn’t really such a screw up and actually hurts Republicans in the long run.

In other words, we already know why Obama will have lost. He’ll have lost because he wasn’t populist enough, he demoralized his base, he didn’t pursue single-payer, he foolishly tried to win over swing voters instead of registering new voters, he was too nice to the Republicans. Rachel Maddow and both her guests will nod sagely.

If those guests aren’t Chait and Tomasky, they will be Conor Friedersdorf, Thomas Mann and Norm Ornstein (who, when confronted with the inceased popularity of the GOP, invokes the Nazis). Or maybe Ezra Klein doing his rap on Obama as a moderate Republican. Or maybe Paul Krugman deriding Obama’s Republican economy. They are all pretty much interchangeable now. And they will all complain about the extremism of the right-wing echo chamber.

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CHOOM!

KOOLAID2 on June 13, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Keep smoking it…and rationalize it!

KOOLAID2 on June 13, 2012 at 8:14 PM

SCOAMF!

Skwor on June 13, 2012 at 8:15 PM

The MSM smokes crack…then reports the news.

KOOLAID2 on June 13, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Will rending of garments be optional when Obama loses in November?

If it was mandatory, it would be a nice lift for retailers heading into the Christmas season and good news for Romeny’s inauguration.

Just sayin’ …

;->

PolAgnostic on June 13, 2012 at 8:17 PM

When Teh Won loses, it’s going to be funny watching Democrats cannibalize each other as they throw Obummer under his own bus.

Corporal Tunnel on June 13, 2012 at 8:17 PM

TFGP was framed. FRAMED! You homophobes.

Bishop on June 13, 2012 at 8:17 PM

He has portrayed them as cruelly indifferent to the suffering of autistic and Down syndrome children and the elderly.

This, coming from a guy who made fun of the Special Olympics during the last campaign. And Downs syndrome babies? Over 90 percent of them are aborted nowadays, so most never see the light of day.

Ward Cleaver on June 13, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Obama will destroy the democrat party. They will have to throw him under the bus.

tom daschle concerned on June 13, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Cocoon.

RACIST!

Ward Cleaver on June 13, 2012 at 8:19 PM

I can’t believe an opportunity to post this vid wasn’t taken advantage of:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFvujknrBuE

Bishop on June 13, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Seen a lot on the Right rationalizing Romney’s statism too.

besser tot als rot on June 13, 2012 at 8:20 PM

The left starts rationalizing Obama’s failures

…when you are mentally ill…the first step to recovery is too start talking about it!

KOOLAID2 on June 13, 2012 at 8:20 PM

TFGP was framed. FRAMED! You homophobes.

Bishop on June 13, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Oh, I get it. TFGP stands for ‘The First Gay President.’ I almost thought it stood for ‘The Fairy God Princess.’

Corporal Tunnel on June 13, 2012 at 8:21 PM

Obama will destroy the democrat party. They will have to throw him under the bus.

tom daschle concerned on June 13, 2012 at 8:18 PM

The Left began a purge of moderate Dems in 2006. It’s now complete.

This is why Carville, Clinton, Davis, et al are screeching.

The ‘moderate’ Dems must reclaim their party.

faraway on June 13, 2012 at 8:21 PM

To believe that Obama is at heart an irenic, unifying political figure requires an almost clinical level of self-delusion.

Hey look Uppereastside, this article mentions you.

Flora Duh on June 13, 2012 at 8:22 PM

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http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/06/toon-of-day-terminally-clueless-without.html

M2RB: The Smiths

‘Toon of the Day 2: Spin, Baby, Spin!

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/06/toon-of-day-2-spin-baby-spin.html

M2RB: The Black-Eyed Peas

Resist We Much on June 13, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Pres. Obama has had some bad weeks recently and the leftie rationalizations are out in force. Peter Wehner, surveying recent books on the Obama administration, summarizes these rationalizations neatly:

The left trying to come up with a theme as to why their hero failed. Why the seas did not recede. Why we still have to pay for gas and our mortgages. Why the jug-eared Kenyan that came into office with such excitement nearly four years ago is going to be routed in 2012.

At no point in any of this is the idea that Obama was an idiot who bet it all on Obamacare and spent 18 months, huge political capital, and precious few legislative days forcing through an initiative that nobody but his fellow travelers wanted. Show me an analysis that starts with this fundamental point. And give me a break that Obama is some sort of shy wallflower who does not communicate. The fact of the matter is we can’t shut the bastard up. He just says stupid things when he delivers his nearly daily lectures.

Happy Nomad on June 13, 2012 at 8:24 PM

great post

ted c on June 13, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Yay! Ugly pcture night!

Barred on June 13, 2012 at 8:25 PM

And Downs syndrome babies? Over 90 percent of them are aborted nowadays, so most never see the light of day.

Ward Cleaver on June 13, 2012 at 8:18 PM

And I wonder which side of the spectrum supports that? I think I’d prefer to have the folks that might spend a bit less money on me in power than the ones that want me dead. Alas those poor babies don’t have a vote . . .

Dawnsblood on June 13, 2012 at 8:25 PM

This is why Carville, Clinton, Davis, et al are screeching.

The ‘moderate’ Dems must reclaim their party.

faraway on June 13, 2012 at 8:21 PM

You must not be paying attention. The GOP is the party with the need to reclaim their party from the radicals. Dems are perfect! :0

Happy Nomad on June 13, 2012 at 8:26 PM

The left starts rationalizing Obama’s failures

Put the crack pipe down Karl, the left has been rationalizing Obama’s mistakes for three years.

SWalker on June 13, 2012 at 8:26 PM

too reasonable and nice—

Oh good Lord, that’s hilarious!

squint on June 13, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Solid B+

Urban Cowbuck on June 13, 2012 at 8:27 PM

And Downs syndrome babies? Over 90 percent of them are aborted nowadays, so most never see the light of day.

Ward Cleaver on June 13, 2012 at 8:18 PM

And which party supports that I wonder? I think I’d prefer the party that may spend a bit less on me as opposed to the one that prefers me dead. Alas thos poor babies don’t get to vote . . .

Dawnsblood on June 13, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Started?! They’ve been doing this since day ONE!

Skywise on June 13, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Great post, and The Big Chill is one of the greatest movies ever.

phxconservative on June 13, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Dawnsblood on June 13, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Sorry. Meant to quote not strike.

Dawnsblood on June 13, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Obama…a genius ahead of his time….

not really..

PatriotRider on June 13, 2012 at 8:29 PM

This, coming from a guy who made fun of the Special Olympics during the last campaign. And Downs syndrome babies? Over 90 percent of them are aborted nowadays, so most never see the light of day.

Ward Cleaver on June 13, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Let’s not forget that Ill. Senator Obama voted present when that bill came up that forced healthcare workers to go along with the starvation and painful deaths of botched abortions.

Happy Nomad on June 13, 2012 at 8:29 PM

The dog ate Zero’s homework. Then Zero ate the dog.

Philly on June 13, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Everyone votes for their version of the lesser of two evils and for their own reasons. Mine have to do with the Supreme Court. But I’m certainly not raising any money, doing any organizing, calling any phones or knocking on any doors on behalf of the campaign.
 
libfreeordie on May 15, 2012 at 1:45 PM

rogerb on June 13, 2012 at 8:33 PM

he’s too cool

cmsinaz on June 13, 2012 at 8:33 PM

cool :)

cmsinaz on June 13, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Too ambitious yet too fiscally conservative

Debt on 01.19.09: $10,628,881,485,510.23

Debt on 01.20.01: $5,727,776,738,304.64

An increase of: $4,901,104,747,205.59

Debt 06.06.12: $15,734,596,578,458.59

Debt 01.20.09: $10,626,877,048,913.08

An increase of: $5,107,719,529,545.51

Bush in office 2,921 days. He deficit spent per day: $1,677,885,911.40

Obama in office 1,233 days (through 06.06.12). He deficit spends per day: $4,142,513,811.47

Public debt on 01.20.09: $6,307,310,739,681.66

Public debt on 06.06.12: $11,001,065,979,467.23

Obama has increased the nation’s debt held by the public by $4,693,755,239.785.57 in 1,233 days.

Obama has increased the debt held by the public by 74.42% – SEVENTY-FOUR POINT FORTY-TWO PERCENT – in 1,233 days.

The $5,107,719,529,545.51 in additional debt that the U.S. government has taken on during the 41 months that Obama has been president is more debt than the Federal government accumulated in the first 219 years of the Republic.

Resist We Much on June 13, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Or why they came to believe that the ragtag band of anarchists and shiftless hippy-wannabes that made up the “Occupy” movement were going to change the world.

Why? Because they don’t only sell the snake oil, they drink it themselves. They buy their own propaganda; they believe the hype.

Bottom line…….liberalism sucks

Rovin on June 13, 2012 at 8:34 PM

he’s too cool

cmsinaz on June 13, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Isn’t that racist?

Flora Duh on June 13, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Lots of Democrat voters like Obama, but many of the ones I know seem open to acknowledging his faults and eager for better policies in Washington. Not so much among the MSM and in Washington among the elected Democrats, where no extreme is too extreme and the only real problem is that Republicans can’t be imprisoned.

Just today we witnessed this divergence in a post at Daily Kos, linked by LauraW and Ace, where the DK lefty who writes union propaganda wrote a piece in favor of Chicago teachers militancy and their insane salary demands, but the comments section was very mixed. Many commenters wrote criticisms of the teachers demands and persisted in repeating those criticisms even in the face of hysterical responses from some of their fellow nut jobs. This, at Daily Kos! Marx was rolling over in his grave.

There is a gulf between elected Democrats, and their media handmaidens, and mainstream Democrat voters. Romney can take advantage of that gulf, and I believe he will attract lots of Democrat votes even while the delusions and rationalizations are painfully being constructed among the elites in Washington.

MTF on June 13, 2012 at 8:37 PM

I’m too dumb to “get” Barackabama.

/

SouthernGent on June 13, 2012 at 8:37 PM

To believe that Obama is at heart an irenic, unifying political figure requires an almost clinical level of self-delusion.

This is typical for the democratic base.

slickwillie2001 on June 13, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Flora Duh on June 13, 2012 at 8:34 PM

michelle just said it recently…so who knows anymore…i guess because i’m a gop it’s racist according to the cbc

cmsinaz on June 13, 2012 at 8:40 PM

I’ve rationalized he is an imbecile.

hillsoftx on June 13, 2012 at 8:41 PM

Starts rationalizing? The lipstick on this pig of an administration never stopped.

Over at freerepublic, there is a thread of Harry Reid’s talking points that echo the excuse-making of the Fresh Prince of Bill Ayers. Reid even invokes the “wisdom” of Jeb Bush to point out how extreme the Republicans are in contrast to the wise and job-promoting Obama and the Dems.

onlineanalyst on June 13, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Obama should do a presser and read some notes on the palm of his hand…

Ah, ah….ah…ummm…..

“We love you Obama”
“I love you back”…

Electrongod on June 13, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Walter Shapiro tops the idiots today.

With the economy sputtering and health-care reform hanging by a thread before the Supreme Court, that can also serve as a partial description of Obama’s tenure in the Oval Office. What the president has learned from his mistakes is ultimately the biggest question if the voters grant Obama a second term.

Walter, that Obama caca is not Beluga caviar, dude.

It’s not even going to be a close result on Nov. 6.

Schadenfreude on June 13, 2012 at 8:46 PM

Seen a lot on the Right rationalizing Romney’s statism too.

besser tot als rot on June 13, 2012 at 8:20 PM

thread winner!

renalin on June 13, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Mickey Kaus forgot to list “racism” as one of the Dems’ favorite rationalizations for The One’s upcoming loss.

mydh12 on June 13, 2012 at 8:47 PM

irenic

The guy doesn’t know what that means, not intellectually, nor in practice.

He is a Punk, who lives to divide, for his own glory.

His narcissism and Muenchhausean syndrome are clinical.

Schadenfreude on June 13, 2012 at 8:49 PM

SCOAMF!

Skwor on June 13, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Sums it up for me as well.

ProfShadow on June 13, 2012 at 8:51 PM

ObaMao must think that he has a winner of a campaign theme in promoting jobs for firefighters, cops, and teachers. Between them and “green jobs,” his mileage hasn’t varied. These former professions are all necessary for a civil society, but they are the responsibility of local governments, not the federal.

I just don’t find ObaMao all that stimulating.

onlineanalyst on June 13, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Has O embargoed photos of his golf rounds or is it self imposed by the media??

rik on June 13, 2012 at 8:56 PM

We’re Going to War With Syria by Michael Tomasky

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/06/13/we-re-going-to-war-with-syria.html

“Obviously, Obama’s not going to want to get entangled in anything this year with the election looming. But get ready for the march to Damascus, or at least bombs over Damascus, in 2013.”

Michael Tomasky is a HUGE, HUGE, HUGE Progressive and Obama Firster. He makes excuses for Obama for EVERYTHING.

Isn’t it interesting how Tomasky, an ardent opponent of the Iraq war, which one can conceivably argue was a national security/economic interest, is now talking about war and R2P in a country aligned with Iran & Russia where there is NO national security/economic interest? In fact, our entry could trigger a wider regional war.

Pretty ironic….and hypocritical.

I wonder what Glenn Greenwald will say? I know what he said about the hypocritical Left in this AMAZING piece:

The Despical, Hypocritical “Obama-Firsters”

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/02/despical-hypocritical-obama-firsters.html

Resist We Much on June 13, 2012 at 8:57 PM

Schadenfreude on June 13, 2012 at 8:46 PM

Walter Shapiro should take a lesson from Sarah Palin, who noted that “Obama’s presidency should not be a journey of self-discovery.” The nation cannot take any more of this on-the-job training by an over-rated neophyte.

onlineanalyst on June 13, 2012 at 8:58 PM

The Despical, Hypocritical “Obama-Firsters”

is that firsters or fisters??

rik on June 13, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Again and again I’ll say it … King Putt fails at leadership, planning, strategy, forethought, management, decision making, evaluation, observation, etc. because he is (drum roll, please) … A COMPLETE AND UTTER FRAUD.
He has NO CUROSITY. He thinks he already KNOWS IT ALL.

He supposedly is a lawyer but he has NEVER litigated anything.
Not one single day in a court room. Never.
He was supposedly a College Professor of Constitutional Law, but he NEVER published ANYTHING.
One of Clinton’s confidants said of him, “There is no There there.” That is an excessive description of President Present if there ever was one. The man is an incompetent boob.
He has the intellectual depth of a Planeria.

Missilengr on June 13, 2012 at 9:06 PM

A crack in the wall: GOP Sen. John Cornyn Says Holder Not All That Bright

How long before Republicans in Congress will say it about little Bammie too? Speak truth to power and all that?

slickwillie2001 on June 13, 2012 at 9:15 PM

The left doesn’t “rationalize”. The left makes irrational explanations that it likes to lie to itself are actually “rationalizations”. As with everything, the left perverts language just to save itself from having to face what it actually sees in the mirror.

Rationality has no place in a leftist’s fevered pea-brain. There’s only room for “empathy” in that hell-hole and even in that pathetic endeavor, the left’s deranged personalities can’t even do empathy correctly.

About the only thing the Western Left gets right is their intense self-hate.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 13, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Who cares what their rationalizations are? The point of one of the articles linked in Karl’s excellent piece is that we shouldn’t disabuse the Obamanoids of any of them– until November.

de rigueur on June 13, 2012 at 9:26 PM

It isn’t that Obamaism has failed, its that too many of us did not live up to his expectations.

tom daschle concerned on June 13, 2012 at 9:32 PM

The Despical, Hypocritical “Obama-Firsters”

is that firsters or fisters??

rik on June 13, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Firsters. They put Obama First like they claim “Israel Firsters” put Israel ahead of America. For example, Bush is a war criminal for waterboarding, but Obama is awesomely awesome for depriving an American citizen of his due process rights and assassinating him. Another example would be that Bush was unpatriotic for his deficit spending over 8 years, but Obama is a lifesaver for spending more in 3.5 years than Bush did during his entire tenure.

Some, I am sure, are also Fisters. lol

Resist We Much on June 13, 2012 at 9:39 PM

It isn’t that Obamaism has failed, its that too many of us did not live up to his expectations.

tom daschle concerned on June 13, 2012 at 9:32 PM

You are right, he will blame us. Count on it.
We are not good enough for him.

slickwillie2001 on June 13, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Whatever. I’m sick of the whole thing. We need to elect a hard-nosed candidate who has experience at working with other hard-nosed opponents and wringing compromises out of them to accomplish the greater good = which equates to what’s good for everybody, not just a few. Romney the CEO seems particularly experienced at that, and as a CEO-minded president, he will be amenable to the bottom line, i.e., the electorate’s wishes, just the same as if we were shareholders – which, in the United States of America, we are, big time.

Barack Obama is the minority (in every sense of that word, not just racial) incumbent who talked a sweet, everybody-wins-except-those-we-don’t-like game. By doing that, he has energized a small base, but alienated a larger electorate who believed in the beginning that he was going to go beyond parochial concerns and finally unite the entire nation into one. He didn’t, and it wasn’t because of his racial background, because every indication was that America was ready to ignore that in his favor. His own petty actions… his own prejudices… made him small. Smaller than a United States President should be.

RebeccaH on June 13, 2012 at 9:44 PM

All the liberal intelligentsia of the MSM do is make excuses for The Chosen One.

GarandFan on June 13, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Don’t you mean “contextualizations”?

That’s the new thing, “contextualizing” the economy (ie Obama’s failures). It’s clearly a dumb “tactic” and I don’t get why so many Democrats are calling for it as a sophisticated and winning ploy.

Crispian on June 13, 2012 at 10:09 PM

There comes a point where Obama’s whining about George Bush will make people realize that perhaps they should elect a Republican so at least there will be a valid reason to blame them for the country’s ills. If Obama isn’t up to the job, why haven’t the Democrats found somebody who can ? The last thing this country needs now is a whining little jerk-weed who can’t do anything right except play a round of golf.

J_Crater on June 13, 2012 at 10:12 PM

The left starts rationalizing Obama’s failures

Put the crack pipe down Karl, the left has been rationalizing Obama’s mistakes for three years.

SWalker on June 13, 2012 at 8:26 PM

^^^ Yep. And if I remember correctly his first major screw-up was over the Gates “…I don’t know all the facts, but the police acted stupidly…” and subsequent Beer-Summit fiasco. This was the first undeniable [to the MSM, not us] indicator of just what kind of idiot the Left had attached its wagon. Yet deny the MSM did. Had any other Prez (maybe even a D – gasp!) had done such a thing he’d be laughed out of office pronto.

As the years pass my friends, we would be wise to remind the world of ‘Teh Won’. Like 9/11, we must never forget.

RavingLunatic on June 13, 2012 at 10:32 PM

How about, “President Obama spent his first term of office in a daze” rationalization?

Varchild on June 13, 2012 at 10:41 PM

Actually, what will happen as that the Barky Apologists will offer any number of rationalizations though out all of 2013. And as each was is dis-proven by facts, they will eventually settle on that unprovable nebulous, yet all-inclusive reason: Racism. In the end, it’s they got…or ever really had for that matter.

RavingLunatic on June 13, 2012 at 11:19 PM

Here, let me save them some time…

Bush Bush Bush Bush Bush Bush Bush Bush Bush …. Rinse and repeat.

UnderstandingisPower on June 13, 2012 at 11:44 PM

The reason the communists [and nazis] were so successful is because their upper echelons never really believed their propaganda or the whole “dictatorship of the proletariat” thing but used it as a vehicle to further their own desire for power and to suppress the common folk. While I believe this is true of the very upper echelons of the Obama regime, that cynicism doesn’t go down very many layers before you hit the “true believers”. Given that communism doesn’t work, has never worked, and will never work, that’s a bad thing for the communists in control. The only way things really worked in those formerly communist countries was you had people down to a low enough level who could spout the party line BS, but still knew it was all BS and would manipulate the system to their benefit with the unintended consequence of benefiting a few of the peons as well. When you’ve got “true believers” at echelons high enough to have power, things get mucked up and the whole system falters. Much of the Obama regime is full of true believers and the upper echelons have had too many years of being told, “they are special” and “they deserve their positions” such that they really believe it despite the fact they are incompetent boobs — all the way to the top.

/No offense meant to real boobs, I like boobs.

AZfederalist on June 14, 2012 at 12:11 AM

If those guests aren’t Chait and Tomasky, they will be Conor Friedersdorf, Thomas Mann and Norm Ornstein… Ezra Klein…. Or maybe Paul Krugman… They are all pretty much interchangeable now.

Did half of Jerusalem end up in American politics?

leftnomore on June 14, 2012 at 1:43 AM

Rationalize this: inexperienced, shiftless and incompetent.

But fear not, leftist hipsters, for you still have SOME electoral virginity left for your next “historic vote”. Just make sure you vote for a competent person of color next time.

ya2daup on June 14, 2012 at 6:14 AM

Rationalize this, liberals: you make up 20% of the population.

Oh wait, that can’t be rationalized away. So go ahead, make excuses. We all know the only way your candidates can win big offices is to pretend to be something they’re not.

Grace_is_sufficient on June 14, 2012 at 7:06 AM

When Teh Won loses, it’s going to be funny watching Democrats cannibalize each other as they throw Obummer under his own bus.

Corporal Tunnel on June 13, 2012 at 8:17 PM

i had believed that as well. with vast majority of them turning on him, throwing under the bus, “carter-izing” him, and moving on. but now i am thinking it may be more of a civil war, the erstwhile DLCers (rahm, clintonians) vs the ‘professional left’ (most everyone else). and it will be pretty disastrous for them. pity. the PL i think may continue the self-delusion. they really are mentally unbalanced. the PLs are the vast majority, so it will be interesting to see if the DLCers can from the minority pull it off. there will be a lot of casualties. but then once they wake up, they will be faced with the existential threat of entitlement reform. which for them really is the end of the rag tag coalition of misfit toys. couldnt have happened to a nicer party.

t8stlikchkn on June 14, 2012 at 7:44 AM

The left starts rationalizing Obama’s failures

My only difference with that is as to the word, “starts”.

The Left has always rationalized Obama’s failure. He’s an utterly prefabricated falsehood of an entity with inept qualifications if not entirely bastardized ones. The Left has always rationalized about Obama, his failures, his identity, his qualifcations, his intentions, his abilities, his goals…

Only now the Left is being held socially and politically accountable and they’re feeling the pressure of being NON TRENDY.

Lourdes on June 14, 2012 at 10:43 AM

To quote Dirty Harry Callahan…”He’s a legend in his own mind.!!!”

logicman_1998 on June 14, 2012 at 11:59 AM