Is Obama shrinking?

posted at 2:01 pm on July 13, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

So argues Matthew Continetti at the Free Beacon, and not without justification.  In 2008, Barack Obama was a rock star, taking the political world by storm and filling arenas across the country — and even in Germany.  Four years later, Obama has a tough time filling high-school gyms, prompting Continetti to make a comparison to a spoof of rock-star decline:

The most telling moment of the campaign this week was not Mitt Romney or Joe Biden’s speech to the NAACP convention, but President Obama’s Tuesday appearance in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Nor was it the content of Obama’s message that made his utterances noteworthy. It was the small venue: yet another community college. Now, Kirkwood Community College is no doubt a fine place, but Sports Authority Field at Mile High it is not. And one is unlikely to come across a better indicator of presidential shrinkage.

The White House took desperate pains to note that the president talked to an “overflow crowd.” What it did not mention was that an overflow crowd in a community college gym could not fill the seats in, say, the OSU stadium. There was a time when Obama regaled audiences of 30,00075,00080,000 people. Now he speaks to true believers at high schools. By the end of the campaign he may well find himself, like Spinal Tap, playing to a threadbare crowd at Themeland Amusement Park in Stockton, California (a city which, fittingly enough, is bankrupt). The sign outside: “PUPPET SHOW AND PRESIDENT OBAMA.” …

The cool and collected traveler with global popularity has vanished. In his place is a president with nothing to say about Europe’s fiscal crisis, one who seems impotent in the face of Russia’s belligerent support of a murderous Syrian dictator, whose attempt at Middle East peace was a colossal failure, who seems more interested in preventing an Israeli strike than in stopping the Iranian bomb, and who happily cuts away at America’s defense budget. Global confidence in and approval of Obama’s policieshas fallen. Only Japan and Russia view the United States more favorably than they did in 2009. The citizens of the world are as disillusioned as the citizens of the United States. “Our moment” and “our time” seem to have passed.

Some of this is to be expected.  The problem with novelty acts is that they rarely transcend their novelty, and people tire of novelties rather quickly.  Even rock stars eventually end up playing the minor-casino tours.  When your act doesn’t change and it doesn’t produce results, it’s easy to end up closer to Bo Donaldson & The Heywoods than U2 or the Rolling Stones.

Of course, when your one-hit wonder is titled “Hope and Change” and then you transform into a small and petty politico desperate to find the next shiny-object distraction from your own record, the reason for the decline is obvious — as Team Romney argued in a new ad released last night:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LiLzhspzLdU&feature=youtu.be

That speech highlighted in the ad took place at the 2008 Democratic convention in Denver — on a stage built to look like an ancient Greek building.  Perhaps Obama can learn a lesson from some ancient Greek tragedies about hubris, if the Spinal Tap farce doesn’t work for him.


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the truth is they are the same size from the same mold.

renalin on July 13, 2012 at 2:07 PM

There’s capitalist progressive and there’s Obamunist progressive. They really are different animals. Only one is salvageable.

SKYFOX on July 13, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Schadenfreude on July 13, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Without a doubt. I get sick of our side always fighting from a defensive position on our heels. Leftists are nothing more than bullies and playground rules apply to them the same as when we were 12. The minute you punch back, they back down.

TheAdmiral on July 13, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Loops=Ooops, ipading HA is not easy.

Bmore on July 13, 2012 at 2:37 PM

the truth is they are the same size from the same mold.

renalin on July 13, 2012 at 2:07 PM

One of them, and his wife, love their country.

Schadenfreude on July 13, 2012 at 2:38 PM

“— as Team Romney argued in a new ad released last night.”

FINALLY…!!!

Seven Percent Solution on July 13, 2012 at 2:38 PM

If so, why is he leading in the Rasmussen tracker by 1, and tied in Gallup?

anotherJoe on July 13, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Because he is spending every penny of his money (which is running out rapidly) to keep Romney pinned there. He won’t be able to sustain this burn rate without some big new donations, and he isn’t getting them.

Doomberg on July 13, 2012 at 2:39 PM

…who’s going to ask Mooch?

KOOLAID2 on July 13, 2012 at 2:30 PM

No need to ask, the permanent scowl on her face answers the questiuon ;-)
That , and the way she stuffs her face with taxpayer funded lobsters ….it’s all her frustration baaiibaay !

burrata on July 13, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Maybe this means when he gives his acceptance speech to the 7 or more delegates that show up to the DNC later this year, instead of being among giant fake Roman columns, he’ll speak next to the 3 foot high model of Stonehenge they used in “This Is Spinal Tap!”.

pilamaye on July 13, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Not such a “nice guy” any more.

Schadenfreude on July 13, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Don’t forget the fake presidential seal on his desk before he was elected. Wouldn’t that embarass most people?

Paddington on July 13, 2012 at 2:28 PM

The fake President-Elect seal made him seem like he was acting out the role of President in a Jr. High school play. But now, even with the authentic Presidential Seal for three-plus years, he has continued to seem that way.

86 on July 13, 2012 at 2:41 PM

So 1/2 the voters plan to vote for him again but they don’t care too much about going to listen to him speak.

yhxqqsn on July 13, 2012 at 2:42 PM

I love the fact that Obama got second billing to the puppet show.

NotCoach on July 13, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Public unions, which even Roosevelt opposed, and which s/b illegal, are the biggest political machine, financed by you, the taxpayers. They s/b your servants.

Schadenfreude on July 13, 2012 at 2:42 PM

By the end of the campaign he may well find himself, like Spinal Tap

Obama: The numbers all go to eleven. Look, right across the board, eleven, eleven, eleven and…
Marty DiBergi: Oh, I see. And most amps go up to ten?
Obama: Exactly.
Marty DiBergi: Does that mean it’s louder? Is it any louder?
Obama: Well, it’s one louder, isn’t it? It’s not ten. You see, most blokes, you know, will be playing at ten. You’re on ten here, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up, you’re on ten on your guitar. Where can you go from there? Where?
Marty DiBergi: I don’t know.
Obamal: Nowhere. Exactly. What we do is, if we need that extra push over the cliff, you know what we do?
Marty DiBergi: Put it up to eleven.
Obama: Eleven. Exactly. One louder.
Marty DiBergi: Why don’t you just make ten louder and make ten be the top number and make that a little louder?
Obama: [pause] These go to eleven.

LetsBfrank on July 13, 2012 at 2:46 PM

steebo77 on July 13, 2012 at 2:10 PM

And, the voice !!!
OH! THAT VOICE !!
*runs screaming, pulling hair out*

pambi on July 13, 2012 at 2:46 PM

“A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame someone else.” – John Burroughs (via Twitter courtesy of @TheQuoteGuy).

By that measure, Obozo has demonstrated many times that he is, in fact, a failure.

OneVision on July 13, 2012 at 2:47 PM

I like the Spinal Tap reference, maybe he can get the mini Stonehenge for his acceptance speech in NC.

Tater Salad on July 13, 2012 at 2:47 PM

obama was never a star. He was elected because he was not Bush and he was not McCain.

rjh on July 13, 2012 at 2:48 PM

That speech highlighted in the ad took place at the 2008 Democratic convention in Denver — on a stage built to look like an ancient Greek building. Perhaps Obama can learn a lesson from some ancient Greek tragedies about hubris, if the Spinal Tap farce doesn’t work for him.

How prescient that Oblammo would use a Greek backdrop to herald his upcoming Presidency back in 2008. As Greece has gone so has Oblammo’s Presidency. Both bankrupt.

neyney on July 13, 2012 at 2:49 PM

This is what happens when people find out their rockstar is a no-tallent lip-syncer with no skills beyond producing a charade.

ClanDerson on July 13, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Obama isn’t shrinking. All of his “greatness” was imagined, a factor of timing, PR hype, and wishful thinking on the part of the electorate.

The reality of Obama was always a small, petty man without ability or vision, yet supremely confident that he was the best, the prettiest of them all. Obama is the embodiment of the triumph of self-esteem over accomplishment and ability.

Adjoran on July 13, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Obama is truly the one hit wonder, his under 30 voters will not show up this year, typical of clothing trends, music, and fads…

burserker on July 13, 2012 at 2:52 PM

They should digitally shrink Obama in that ad everytime he speaks an untruth or comes across as petty. By the end of it they’ll have this tiny little elf with a high-pitched squeaky voice speaking from atop the podium.

Ukiah on July 13, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Obama, the Flock of Seagulls of politics

Resist We Much on July 13, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Loops=Ooops, ipading HA is not easy.

Bmore on July 13, 2012 at 2:37 PM

FB is ‘fun’, too.
Can be challenging, for sure … HAHA.

pambi on July 13, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Hussein is shrinking because his nose is getting longer by the hour

burrata on July 13, 2012 at 2:57 PM

What Obam is reduced to, organ grinding.

Schadenfreude on July 13, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Obama, the Flock of Seagulls of politics

Resist We Much on July 13, 2012 at 2:55 PM

True! We were on the beach one time and had a bag of popcorn, and the seagulls were ravenous and kept demanding more and more, until we got some dirty looks from people who knew better and we left to dump the popcorn.

Paddington on July 13, 2012 at 3:01 PM

The sign outside: “PUPPET SHOW AND PRESIDENT OBAMA.” …

Oh man! That’s a keeper, no mistake about it.

Cleombrotus on July 13, 2012 at 3:03 PM

This is what happens when people find out their rockstar is a no-tallent lip-syncer with no skills beyond producing a charade.

ClanDerson on July 13, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Good point. I keep waiting for that Milli-Vanilliesqe moment when his teleprompter skips.

DrAllecon on July 13, 2012 at 3:05 PM

“PUPPET SHOW AND, TIME PERMITTING, PRESIDENT OBAMA.”
FIFY
The Rogue Tomato on July 13, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Ha ha ha ha, even BETTER!

Cleombrotus on July 13, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Obama, the Flock of Seagulls of politics

Resist We Much on July 13, 2012 at 2:55 PM

See, I was thinking Milli Vanilli…

firegnome on July 13, 2012 at 3:06 PM

The sign outside: “PUPPET SHOW AND PRESIDENT OBAMA.” …
Isn’t that redundant?
Flange on July 13, 2012 at 2:06 PM

The hits just keep on coming.

Cleombrotus on July 13, 2012 at 3:07 PM

I love the fact that Obama got second billing to the puppet show.

NotCoach on July 13, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Puppet shows can be entertaining.

RickB on July 13, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Hey, the Flock of Seagulls had at least….2…er three cool tunes…. (that someone may still have on his playlist) at least, a friend of mine told me..

ted c on July 13, 2012 at 3:09 PM

“It’s a tragedy for me to see the dream is over….”

Everybody sing along!

firegnome on July 13, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Obama, the Flock of Seagulls of politics

Resist We Much on July 13, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Well, I’m embarassed now. I just figured out that Flock of Seagulls is a band. I thought you meant an actual flock of the bird kind. Sorry!

Paddington on July 13, 2012 at 3:10 PM

The office of the presidency can’t be demeaned any more than the 0b0z0s have already done it. It is a disgrace!

Bambi on July 13, 2012 at 3:12 PM

A Flock of Seagulls (also known as Flock of Seagulls) are an English New Wave band originally formed in Liverpool by brothers Michael “Mike” Score (keyboards, vocals) and Alister “Ali” James Score (drums), with Frank Maudsley (bass) and Paul Reynolds (guitar).

The group had a string of international hit singles including “I Ran (So Far Away)”, “Space Age Love Song,” “Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)” and “The More You Live, the More You Love”, and became notable in the 1980s for their MTV video for the song “I Ran (So Far Away)”.

since FOS had a “string of hit singles” they are decidedly NOT = One Hit Wonders…..

/for the record.

ted c on July 13, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Is Obama shrinking?

Yes, the empty suit is going to need some serious tailoring.

eyedoc on July 13, 2012 at 3:15 PM

since FOS had a “string of hit singles” they are decidedly NOT = One Hit Wonders…..

/for the record.

ted c on July 13, 2012 at 3:15 PM

The only one I remember is the MTv video with the aluminum foil set and the freaky hair-do. I can’t remember what song it was.

BobMbx on July 13, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Ed; while you astutely and correctly imply that Obama is a one hit wonder, a skillful reference to the music industry, you may also consider a statistical phenomenon called regression toward the mean as what is taking place herre.

In statistics, regression toward the mean (also known as regression to the mean) is the phenomenon that if a variable is extreme on its first measurement, it will tend to be closer to the average on a second measurement, and—a fact that may superficially seem paradoxical—if it is extreme on a second measurement, will tend to have been closer to the average on the first measurement.[1][2][3] To avoid making wrong inferences, the possibility of regression toward the mean must be considered when designing experiments and interpreting experimental, survey, and other empirical data in the physical, life, behavioral and social sciences.

The conditions under which regression toward the mean occurs depend on the way the term is mathematically defined. Sir Francis Galton first observed the phenomenon in the context of simple linear regression of data points. However, a less restrictive approach is possible. Regression towards the mean can be defined for any bivariate distribution with identical marginal distributions. Two such definitions exist.[4] One definition accords closely with the common usage of the term “regression towards the mean”. Not all such bivariate distributions show regression towards the mean under this definition. However, all such bivariate distributions show regression towards the mean under the other definition.

Historically, what is now called regression toward the mean has also been called reversion to the mean and reversion to mediocrity.

IOW; his first election was an extreme, an outlier, in terms of measurement. His second election will be closer to the truth and more representative of the candidate himself— a mediocre individual, a poor politician, and he will more likely get less of his share of the votes as a means for the electorate to correct and regress him towards his true value—- 0.

ted c on July 13, 2012 at 3:22 PM

The only one I remember is the MTv video with the aluminum foil set and the freaky hair-do. I can’t remember what song it was.

BobMbx on July 13, 2012 at 3:21 PM

dude….

like it was yesterday.

ted c on July 13, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Well, I’m embarassed now. I just figured out that Flock of Seagulls is a band. I thought you meant an actual flock of the bird kind. Sorry!

Paddington on July 13, 2012 at 3:10 PM

There’s a lot of similarity between Obama and a flock of seagulls. They both flit about aimlessly, shitting on things without caring.

BobMbx on July 13, 2012 at 3:23 PM

The fake President-Elect seal made him seem like he was acting out the role of President in a Jr. High school play. 86 on July 13, 2012 at 2:41 PM

I’m looking forward to seeing the seal of the Lame Duck and Soon to be Booted Out of Office on his Incompetent Ass President.

AZCoyote on July 13, 2012 at 3:24 PM

ted c on July 13, 2012 at 3:23 PM

I will not click. I’m still working on getting “Re-united” out of my head from yesterday.

BobMbx on July 13, 2012 at 3:24 PM

matter of fact, many voters are going to be singing “I Ran” on election day…

so far away from You (obama) from You…..

lyrics

ted c on July 13, 2012 at 3:25 PM

you don’t know what you be missin’ bob….

youuu….with youuuu.. …

ted c on July 13, 2012 at 3:26 PM

youuu….with youuuu.. …

ted c on July 13, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Turd.

Two can play this game.

“Hey mickey you’re so fine….you’re so fine you blow my mind hey Mickey….”

Eat that.

BobMbx on July 13, 2012 at 3:28 PM

damn you bob. DAMNNNNN YOU!!!

/

ted c on July 13, 2012 at 3:29 PM

George Castanza FTW!

John the Libertarian on July 13, 2012 at 3:29 PM

I was in the POOL, I was in the POOL!!!

ted c on July 13, 2012 at 3:30 PM

There was a time when Obama regaled audiences of 30,000, 75,000, 80,000 people. Now he speaks to true believers at high schools.

To be fair, his biggest crowds last election were because free rock concerts were held before little Bammie spoke. The question this time around is whether they can afford the cost of those extravaganzas.

slickwillie2001 on July 13, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Obama has as much chance of getting reelected as do Gary Coleman and Scott Baio have of landing a leading role in a hit TV show these days.

/prospects.

ted c on July 13, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Does anybody else feel like they are watching the black knight in the the Monty Python Holy Grail movie? “Your right arm is missing.” BK”It’s only a flesh wound”

stormridercx4 on July 13, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Someone mentioned “Greek tragedy” and I’m thinkin’ Obama and Greek columns in 2008, Greece flushed down the toilet in 2012.

stukinIL4now on July 13, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Obama has as much chance of getting reelected as do Gary Coleman and Scott Baio have of landing a leading role in a hit TV show these days.

/prospects.

ted c on July 13, 2012 at 3:37 PM

,,,a role as the lead in a hit show about NBA basketball players.

landlines on July 13, 2012 at 3:48 PM

OhEssYouCowboys,
Proud and Immortal, Loyal and True!
You’re right, he couldn’t fill Boone Pickens or GIA!

tj4osu on July 13, 2012 at 3:48 PM

BO:I’m shrinking! I’m MELting!!!!!!
Pelosi:Hey! That’s MY Line!!!!!!

Benedict Nelson on July 13, 2012 at 4:00 PM

They should digitally shrink Obama in that ad everytime he speaks an untruth or comes across as petty. By the end of it they’ll have this tiny little elf with a high-pitched squeaky voice speaking from atop the podium.

Ukiah on July 13, 2012 at 2:54 PM

lol, Hanna-Barbera used to do that from time to time on episodes of “The Flintstones” and “The Jetsons”. Usually when either Fred or George were being yelled at by their respective bosses.

Del Dolemonte on July 13, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Obama has as much chance of getting reelected as do Gary Coleman and Scott Baio have of landing a leading role in a hit TV show these days.

/prospects.

ted c on July 13, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Gary Coleman died in 2010. Scott is still around.

Del Dolemonte on July 13, 2012 at 4:02 PM

From the title, I thought this would be about the substance of thinking rather than popularity.

burt on July 13, 2012 at 4:02 PM

Hey!!

He got a bigger dressing than the puppets…so stop harshing my buzz.

Tim_CA on July 13, 2012 at 4:03 PM

The word SHOULD be “shrivel”.

Not shrinking, but “shriveling”.

Amjean on July 13, 2012 at 4:03 PM

In answer to the question: Is obama shrinking? He always has been and always will be a very small empty suit….

crosshugger on July 13, 2012 at 4:04 PM

How to describe the Obama Excitement?

Flaccid.

BobMbx on July 13, 2012 at 4:06 PM

The problem with novelty acts is that they rarely transcend their novelty, and people tire of novelties rather quickly.

The most poignant and fitting imprint to be carved into BO’s political tombstone this Fall.

Youngs98 on July 13, 2012 at 4:12 PM

the 3 foot high model of Stonehenge they used in “This Is Spinal Tap!”.

pilamaye on July 13, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Remember…it was in danger of being trod upon by a dwarf….I think you’re using obamanomics metrics in your formula.

Tim_CA on July 13, 2012 at 4:14 PM

The candyman

Schadenfreude on July 13, 2012 at 4:20 PM

as i was sayin, del…..

ted c on July 13, 2012 at 4:21 PM

The candyman

Schadenfreude on July 13, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Damn it. Thats like getting Rick-rolled.

Looks like I’ll have to pull out an AC/DC CD for the ride home.

BobMbx on July 13, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Instead of the Greek columns, Obama should have used Mayan ruins, because he is done at the end of 2012.

moo on July 13, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Sure, Barry has a RECORD TO RUN ON! Why … ah …. er … ah
….HEY! Did you hear about Romney’s dog? And how about that horse!

GarandFan on July 13, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Hey Barry… when your done shrinking enough to get that ego through the door… can you shrink the damage you done to US by unsigning all the EOs and other crap you put into place?

And turn out the lights on your Party on the way out… doofus.
-

RalphyBoy on July 13, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Perhaps Obama can learn a lesson from some ancient Greek tragedies about hubris, if the Spinal Tap farce doesn’t work for him.

OR, from Greek Columns to miniature Stonehenge sets in four short years.

Fallon on July 13, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Oh man you beat me to that one. Maybe they can have Al Franken and Barney Frank come out on stage when he’s done speaking and knock over the columns.

Teacher in Tejas on July 13, 2012 at 6:56 PM

transform into a small and petty politico desperate to find the next shiny-object distraction from your own record

Ed, you are too much. You make it fun to keep updated.

freywg on July 13, 2012 at 7:17 PM

maybe he can get the mini Stonehenge for his acceptance speech in NC.

Tater Salad on July 13, 2012 at 2:47 PM

We have “Truth in Labeling” laws in NC, so Barky’s itty-bitty display will be known as,
“Stoned & Unhenged.”

TheClearRiver on July 13, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Schadenfreude on July 13, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Without a doubt. I get sick of our side always fighting from a defensive position on our heels. Leftists are nothing more than bullies and playground rules apply to them the same as when we were 12. The minute you punch back, they back down.

TheAdmiral on July 13, 2012 at 2:37 PM

They don’t back down, they simply start lying louder about something else.

Lourdes on July 13, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Obama’s nose isn’t shrinking that’s for sure.

RasThavas on July 13, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Obama to Voter:

“Vote for me, I got a hot rat cookin’!”

Lourdes on July 13, 2012 at 7:39 PM

The Communist has an AUTOMATIC 45% re-elect number……

Let that sink in……..

PappyD61 on July 13, 2012 at 7:59 PM

obama was never a star. He was elected because he was not Bush and he was not McCain. BLACK.

rjh on July 13, 2012 at 2:48 PM

fify

Harbingeing on July 13, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Shrieking

Bmore on July 13, 2012 at 9:17 PM

This piece is called “Lick my Lovepump”

Urban Cowbuck on July 13, 2012 at 9:43 PM

From the Ulsterman Report: Perhaps the 2012 presidential waters are too cold for Barack Obama?

slickwillie2001 on July 13, 2012 at 10:02 PM

When your act doesn’t change and it doesn’t produce results, it’s easy to end up closer to Bo Donaldson & The Heywoods than U2 or the Rolling Stones.

The problem is not lack of results

He has accomplished a lot of his list. However, breaking down the economy to prepare the masses for socialist rescue does not create huzzahs from the masses. At this stage, Obama cannot bring out a brass band. That comes later when he unveils the programs designed to rescue the masses from his work.

Now Obama has accelerated his efforts to grasp as much as possible before the new election, where he might lose the Senate

He will avoid the grand gatherings until later. Meanwhile he will take as much as he can from the system, amnesty, welfare work requirements etc and try to get it installed and running before he debates Romney

Then Obama will defend the new recipients of his royal largess in the debates. Life is a stage/stooge

entagor on July 13, 2012 at 10:52 PM

Oh, no! I told them once, I told them a hundred times: put “Spinal Tap” first and “Puppet show” last.

Kenz on July 14, 2012 at 1:42 AM

Obama, the Flock of Seagulls of politics

Resist We Much on July 13, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Nah, Space Age Lovesong still beats anything the “one” has done, except OBL, and even that’s still a qualified maybe.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on July 14, 2012 at 2:10 AM

Obama isn’t shrinking – His appeal is becoming more selective.

JFS61 on July 14, 2012 at 7:57 AM

Obama is a C- president running against a D+ Romney.

Whoever can fling the nastiest, stickiest true or half true or not true sh*t that maddens the masses the most will win.

Sad, really.

Dave Rywall on July 14, 2012 at 9:59 AM

So Obama is shrinking, shrinking and shrinking some more, but he still is ahead of hapless Mitt Romney in most of the polls, and far ahead in many swing states?

What happened to the “being electable” justification for Romney’s candidacy?

gumbyandpokey on July 14, 2012 at 10:06 AM

I am shrinking, shrinking, what a world

booger71 on July 14, 2012 at 11:56 AM

David St. Hubbins: “It’s such a fine line between stupid, and uh…”
Nigel Tufnel: “Clever.”
David St. Hubbins: “Yeah, and clever.”

or, here (at 23):

Nigel Tufnel: “The sustain … listen to it!”
Marty DiBergi: “I’m not hearing it.”
Nigel Tufnel: “You would, though, if it were playing.
Marty DiBergi: “Yeah.”
Nigel Tufnel: “It’s really, it’s famous for its sustain …”

Trochilus on July 14, 2012 at 12:19 PM

…nothing to say about Europe’s fiscal crisis, one who seems impotent in the face of Russia’s belligerent support of a murderous Syrian dictator, whose attempt at Middle East peace was a colossal failure, who seems more interested in preventing an Israeli strike than in stopping the Iranian bomb, and who happily cuts away at America’s defense budget

The short list, in the interests of brevity, no doubt. Lots left out. Only consolation about the shrinkage is that the WH is probably as surprised about it as we aren’t.

Yes, his appeal is getting more selective, but polls still show dead heat. Who are these people?

curved space on July 14, 2012 at 12:20 PM

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