Is it any wonder that ‘Washington feels as broken as it did four years ago’?

posted at 8:01 pm on July 15, 2012 by Howard Portnoy

Ask any Republican, and he will tell you that Washington is just as bitterly divided along partisan lines as it was when Barack Obama was swept into office on a giddy wave of hope and change. Or ask the president himself.

In a taped interview that aired on CBS Sunday Morning, he told Charlie Rose:

Washington feels as broken as it did four years ago. And you know, if you ask me what is the one thing that has frustrated me most over the last four years, it is not the hard work. It is not, you know, the enormity [sic] of the decisions. It is not the pace. It is that I haven’t been able to change the atmosphere here in Washington to reflect the decency … and common sense of ordinary people—Democrats, Republicans and independents who I think just want to see their leadership solve problems. And, you know, there is enough blame to go around for that.

When Rose asked Obama if he was on the list of those deserving some of the shared blame, he responded: “I think there is no doubt that I underestimated the degree to which in this town politics trumps problem solving.” Short answer: No.

So when Sen. John Kyl (R-Ariz.) raised an objection in January of 2009 to the idea of a tax credit for people who don’t pay income taxes, the president’s haughty response—”I won. So I think on that one, I trump you”—did not in his view fan the flames of resentment or hostility. Nor was he contributing to the divisive tone he promised to end when he smirked in October of 2010 that after driving “the economy into a ditch” the Republicans could “come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back.”

Clearly when Obama said of Rep. Paul Ryan’s deficit plan that the GOP’s “vision is less about reducing the deficit than it is about pitting “children with autism or Down’s syndrome” against “every millionaire and billionaire in our society,” he meant it in the nicest possible way. Similarly, the “enemies” he promised to “punish” while addressing a Latino audience must have been someone other than the Republicans.

What is truly frightening is not that Obama is unable to recognize, much less own, his scornful derision toward those who disagree with him. It is that nearly half the voting age population of this country is unable to or is indifferent toward these qualities.

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That little ole band from Texas.

Bmore on July 16, 2012 at 1:49 AM

thatsafactjack on July 16, 2012 at 1:47 AM

Hi, jack! Yes, a Texan through college. Then, a stint in Cali. I’ve been back in TX since ’93.

And where are you?

4Grace on July 16, 2012 at 1:52 AM

That little ole band from Texas.

Bmore on July 16, 2012 at 1:49 AM

Haha. I was just about to link them. Good job!

4Grace on July 16, 2012 at 1:54 AM

KMAGYOYO, hugs again to Grace.

TXUS on July 16, 2012 at 1:55 AM

Haha. I was just about to link them. Good job!

4Grace on July 16, 2012 at 1:54 AM

Great minds think alike?

Bmore on July 16, 2012 at 1:56 AM

KMAGYOYO, hugs again to Grace.

TXUS on July 16, 2012 at 1:55 AM

I don’t care what everyone else says about you, I think you’re a sweetie-pie. ;)

Goodnight, TXUS!

4Grace on July 16, 2012 at 1:56 AM

Bmore on July 16, 2012 at 1:49 AM

LOL! I’ve got a large mechanical HAMSTER someone gave me that is dressed up like one of the Beard boys, complete with shades, and it plays ‘Low Rider’!

thatsafactjack on July 16, 2012 at 1:57 AM

Well Mrs Bmore is tugging at my shirt saying……………its time to go.

Good Night All.

Bmore on July 16, 2012 at 1:59 AM

4Grace on July 16, 2012 at 1:56 AM

P.S. Hope you know I was just yankin your chain. Everyone likes TXUS. :)

4Grace on July 16, 2012 at 2:00 AM

4Grace on July 16, 2012 at 1:52 AM

I’m in Oklahoma these days! I did a ‘stint’ in CA, too. Got out in 2010.

thatsafactjack on July 16, 2012 at 2:00 AM

Goodnight, B!

Goodnight, Mrs. B!

4Grace on July 16, 2012 at 2:01 AM

I’m in Oklahoma these days! I did a ‘stint’ in CA, too. Got out in 2010.

thatsafactjack on July 16, 2012 at 2:00 AM

We’re neighbors, then. Cool.

I’m still laughing at your ZZ Hamster story.

4Grace on July 16, 2012 at 2:03 AM

Dire Straits on July 16, 2012 at 1:46 AM

Bmore on July 16, 2012 at 1:49 AM

.hey, I am bagged and gotta skate. Work tomorrow doncha know. Just wanted to say that you two do a pretty fair job of “hosting the thread”. Ed and the crowd oughta hire you.

Let me tip my hat to Grace and the rest of the goodly group and exit as nimbly as I can with four ample fog cutters under my belt.

Of all the money, that e’er I had, I spent it in good company, And all the harm I have ever done, ‘Alas it was to none but me.

But it since it fell into my lot, That I should rise and you should not, I’ll gently rise and softly call, Goodnight and joy be to you all.

So fill to me the parting glass, And drink a health whate’er befalls, Then gently rise and softly call, Goodnight and joy be to you all.

*stumbles and lurches toward door as rest of assembled throng just shake their heads in disbelief*

The War Planner on July 16, 2012 at 2:04 AM

4Grace on July 16, 2012 at 1:52 AM

Just looked at my last post to you and realized it sounded like I was in the pen! Actually, I wasn’t, even thought it felt like it at times! I couldn’t wait to get out if California, but work kept me there for quite some time.

thatsafactjack on July 16, 2012 at 2:06 AM

The War Planner on July 16, 2012 at 2:04 AM

LOVE that music!

Goodnight, WP. Sleep well & pleasant dreams to you.

4Grace on July 16, 2012 at 2:09 AM

The War Planner on July 16, 2012 at 2:04 AM

Enjoyed it as always..:)

PS..Nice tune!!..:)

Dire Straits on July 16, 2012 at 2:11 AM

4Grace on July 16, 2012 at 2:03 AM

Yeah…I laugh every time I see him, too. I keep him on my desk. I bring him out to perform at parties and have to keep an eye out to make sure he isn’t purloined.

thatsafactjack on July 16, 2012 at 2:12 AM

thatsafactjack on July 16, 2012 at 2:06 AM

ROFL. I didn’t take it that way at all. But I’m glad for your sake that you were “sprung.”

4Grace on July 16, 2012 at 2:12 AM

4Grace on July 16, 2012 at 2:09 AM

I haven’t cued this up in awhile.Should be required listening..imho..:)

Dire Straits on July 16, 2012 at 2:14 AM

PS..Nice tune!!..:)

Dire Straits on July 16, 2012 at 2:11 AM

Isn’t it? Just finished listening to it.

4Grace on July 16, 2012 at 2:14 AM

Dire Straits on July 16, 2012 at 2:14 AM

Definitely. Man, they put out a lot of great songs.

4Grace on July 16, 2012 at 2:17 AM

For those who are interested, why one of the premier Libertarians in America thinks Obama will lose in a landslide

A good read, especially if you like to gamble. You know… gamble money, on the outcome of political contests.

JohnGalt23 on July 16, 2012 at 2:18 AM

4Grace on July 16, 2012 at 2:12 AM

LOL!Thanks for giving me the benefit of the doubt!

thatsafactjack on July 16, 2012 at 2:18 AM

Dire Straits on July 16, 2012 at 2:14 AM

Did you listen to these guys??

4Grace on July 16, 2012 at 2:20 AM

What the………. I fall asleep then come back to tell everyone I read that the W*okie is claiming she is a decedent of an Irish slave owner and what do I find?????? Card games, food everywhere and half the ppl snuck out already………..Sheesh…………;(

angrymike on July 16, 2012 at 2:21 AM

JohnGalt23 on July 16, 2012 at 2:18 AM

Ah, yes. I read that yesterday. Yes, if one were so inclined to put their money where their mouth is. :)

4Grace on July 16, 2012 at 2:23 AM

DIRE this qualifies as ’70′s, just, its 1970

thatsafactjack on July 16, 2012 at 2:24 AM

angrymike on July 16, 2012 at 2:21 AM

Hi, mikey! I’m late to this party, so, like Obama, I’d like to spread the blame around–to others.

4Grace on July 16, 2012 at 2:26 AM

Well back to bed, night Grace,and whoever’s left……….I mush rise early……….:-)

angrymike on July 16, 2012 at 2:27 AM

angrymike on July 16, 2012 at 2:21 AM

Have a seat, ante up…want a beer?

thatsafactjack on July 16, 2012 at 2:28 AM

Grace
I know who made the mess, that silly Sparkplug, he let the SHTF………I shall take care of him tomorrow ……….;-)

angrymike on July 16, 2012 at 2:30 AM

But what more can Romney say negative about Obama that people aren’t already aware of? He has to make the case for himself, and that is difficult when he has so little to run on.
Buckshot Bill on July 16, 2012 at 1:30 AM

There is a lot more Romney can say negative about Obama, this article’s supposition is proof of it.

Obama has made the economy worse and he’s made Washington worse [insert videos of the noxious quotes above by Obama as empirical evidence] then ask the American people “you want 4 more years of…….that?” :\

In fact, that would be a good ad campaign series:

Obama didn’t create the bad economy, but he’s made it worse [insert facts]
Obama didn’t create a broken Washington, but he’s made it worse [insert facts]
Obama didn’t create an unstable Middle East, but he’s made it worse [insert facts]

…….on and on and so forth.

It goes to the very core of Obama’s ‘hope and change’ bumper sticker campaign 4 years ago. And let’s face it, because he was so poorly vetted last go-around, that bumper sticker mentality is why people voted for him.

Slay the shallowness of ‘hope and change’ and Obama has less than nothing to run to get re-elected.

sheryl on July 16, 2012 at 2:30 AM

Well back to bed, night Grace,and whoever’s left……….I mush rise early……….:-)

angrymike on July 16, 2012 at 2:27 AM

….and just as I was bein’ all hospitable…oh well…

thatsafactjack on July 16, 2012 at 2:31 AM

thatsafactjack on July 16, 2012 at 2:24 AM

Good one. The first couple of comments are hilarious. One dude wants to physically harm the few folks who disliked the song/vid. lol

4Grace on July 16, 2012 at 2:31 AM

thatsafactjack
I’d love to, but as I said early to rise in the morning, but I will congratulate you on being sprung from Kalifornia ………;-)

angrymike on July 16, 2012 at 2:33 AM

4Grace on July 16, 2012 at 2:20 AM

Yes..Good Band!!..:)

PS..I always thought a lot of this band also!..:)

Dire Straits on July 16, 2012 at 2:34 AM

Night all, hope to (see) you all tomorrow evening …………;-)

angrymike on July 16, 2012 at 2:34 AM

angrymike on July 16, 2012 at 2:33 AM

Night, mike. Hope you get some good sleep. :)

4Grace on July 16, 2012 at 2:35 AM

Good one. The first couple of comments are hilarious. One dude wants to physically harm the few folks who disliked the song/vid. lol

4Grace on July 16, 2012 at 2:31 AM

Yeah.. you caught that…. a real mellow type, huh? Must have been a progressive! :)

I do love the tune, though.

thatsafactjack on July 16, 2012 at 2:35 AM

angrymike on July 16, 2012 at 2:33 AM

Thanks, Mike. Get some rest and we’ll pick it up tomorrow!

thatsafactjack on July 16, 2012 at 2:37 AM

thatsafactjack on July 16, 2012 at 2:24 AM

Good stuff!..:)

Dire Straits on July 16, 2012 at 2:37 AM

Dire Straits on July 16, 2012 at 2:37

Glad you like it!

thatsafactjack on July 16, 2012 at 2:39 AM

PS..I always thought a lot of this band also!..:)

Dire Straits on July 16, 2012 at 2:34 AM

Oh, no you don’t! I love Bad Co., but if you get me started, I’ll be playing them until sunup. Not gonna fall for it. Nope.
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Oh, hell…

4Grace on July 16, 2012 at 2:39 AM

Peeks in to fling a steamed vegetable and a stick of pepperoni.

*hides my desk*

SparkPlug on July 16, 2012 at 2:42 AM

Hi 4Grace. You are the bomb. Say hi to B9 for me. I can’t live without her.

Dire is the one who hijacked the thread. Not little ole me.

SparkPlug on July 16, 2012 at 2:45 AM

4Grace on July 16, 2012 at 2:39 AM

Great tune. How can anyone not like Bad Company? But you know….I’ve got a sudden caving for something from the bayou..be right back…

thatsafactjack on July 16, 2012 at 2:45 AM

SparkPlug on July 16, 2012 at 2:42 AM

Hey SP! You better stay hidden for awhile because angrymike dropped in & was aghast at the mess. He said he knew it was YOU. ROFLMAO

You in biiiig trouble.

Oh, and DUCK!! *throws a 3 day old cafeteria biscuit at your head*

4Grace on July 16, 2012 at 2:46 AM

What is truly frightening is not that Obama is unable to recognize, much less own, his scornful derision toward those who disagree with him. It is that nearly half the voting age population of this country is unable to or is indifferent toward these qualities.

Also, this sentence is brilliant by Howard Portnoy.

And it should be the philosophical foundation for every ad produced by the Romney campaign and SuperPAC’s supporting Romney to make sure the American people can differentiate between the reality of Obama’s failed leadership and the shallowness of Obama’s ‘hope and change’ bumper sticker leadership promise 4 years ago.

sheryl on July 16, 2012 at 2:46 AM

Wonder how Portnoy’s gonna like this threadjacking?

OmahaConservative on July 16, 2012 at 2:46 AM

SparkPlug on July 16, 2012 at 2:45 AM

Flips peas off of plastic spoon! OW… damned pepperoni!

thatsafactjack on July 16, 2012 at 2:47 AM

SparkPlug on July 16, 2012 at 2:45 AM

Thanks, SP. And I’ll definitely pass on the info to B9.

4Grace on July 16, 2012 at 2:51 AM

straight outta the bayou

yeah…that’s satisfyin’!

thatsafactjack on July 16, 2012 at 2:52 AM

Wonder how Portnoy’s gonna like this threadjacking?

OmahaConservative on July 16, 2012 at 2:46 AM

I guess we’ll find out…one way or another. :)

4Grace on July 16, 2012 at 2:53 AM

4Grace on July 16, 2012 at 2:39 AM

I agree..Very good band!..:)

PS..You are correct!..Need to hold this back till we have more time!..:)

Dire Straits on July 16, 2012 at 2:54 AM

OmahaConservative on July 16, 2012 at 2:46 AM

It should be interesting for the morning crew also!!.:)

Dire Straits on July 16, 2012 at 2:56 AM

OmahaConservative on July 16, 2012 at 2:46 AM

Hey! Pull up a chair… watch out for flying food, though…

…Portnoy who? :)

thatsafactjack on July 16, 2012 at 2:56 AM

PS..You are correct!..Need to hold this back till we have more time!..:)

Dire Straits on July 16, 2012 at 2:54 AM

Speaking of time, it’s past time for me to hit the hay.

Goodnight all and have a blessed Monday!

4Grace on July 16, 2012 at 2:57 AM

Tried going to bed a few hours ago and just tossed and turned…

OmahaConservative on July 16, 2012 at 2:58 AM

…Portnoy who? :)

thatsafactjack on July 16, 2012 at 2:56 AM

Dude who wrote this thread…

OmahaConservative on July 16, 2012 at 2:59 AM

4Grace on July 16, 2012 at 2:57 AM

Good night Grace, as always a real pleasure. If you see any rain coming send it up our way, too.

thatsafactjack on July 16, 2012 at 3:00 AM

OmahaConservative on July 16, 2012 at 2:59 AM

Oh.. HIM.

thatsafactjack on July 16, 2012 at 3:02 AM

Stop with all the chit chat! I want to talk about Gary Johnson.

John the Libertarian on July 16, 2012 at 3:17 AM

No, wait! Wait! I want to talk about Jon Huntsman, because he’s the “only republican” who believes in science (and the flying spaghetti monster).

John the Libertarian on July 16, 2012 at 3:20 AM

Just back and had to report. These guys totally rocked the house tonight. And still have all their hair!

de rigueur on July 16, 2012 at 4:03 AM

there is enough blame to go around

A line for Romney. “With Obama, the blame buck doesn’t stop with him–it’s outsourced!”

Don L on July 16, 2012 at 4:30 AM

What is truly frightening is not that Obama is unable to recognize, much less own, his scornful derision toward those who disagree with him. It is that nearly half the voting age population of this country is unable to or is indifferent toward these qualities.

Dump God and that’s what happens–no surprise there.

Don L on July 16, 2012 at 4:35 AM

Don L on July 16, 2012 at 4:35 AM

.
Yep. : (

But now, off to work . . . . .

listens2glenn on July 16, 2012 at 4:42 AM

I must disagree Howard. Enormity can be used to denote something large, both figuratively and literally. :P

Free Constitution on July 16, 2012 at 4:56 AM

And the meme continues…
Life sucks and it’s the fault of someone else. Romney won’t make any difference. Might as well stick with me. Helluva campaign strategy, sport.

SKYFOX on July 16, 2012 at 6:32 AM

Short answer: No.

Yup. Obama is a whiny, fatherless little Grandma’s boy.

Jaibones on July 16, 2012 at 6:40 AM

Remember that Obama was the one who promised to lower the seas.

Instead he just raised the level of BS.

ajacksonian on July 16, 2012 at 6:59 AM

mika just played the ad where an atonal mitt sings america the beautiful. his stooge kevin, who has the worst oral cavity i have ever seen, unable to articulate any specifics about romneys plans.

when asked about bain, he noticeably stuttered. the panel looked like they just a bird.

renalin on July 16, 2012 at 7:52 AM

dan senor saved manden bacon at the end by saying its a drip drip thingy with mitts taxes. why are they bringing up the what percent tax mitt paid in a given year as opposed to unemployment remaining about 8 percent for the past 4 years.

the romney campaign is not ready for prime time. somebody should tell mitt to get rid of madden. he only knows how to attack grandmothers.

renalin on July 16, 2012 at 7:58 AM

Obama – ‘If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen’

Slightly O/T, but not really.

When I wanted to start a construction company in NYC years ago, what stopped me was the massive amounts of rules, regulations, and fees I would have had to pay to do so.

“If you don’t have a business — you didn’t stop that. Government interference did.”

Cleombrotus on July 16, 2012 at 8:16 AM

DRUDGE Headline

ROMNEY RIPS OBAMA ‘DISHONESTY’

Flora Duh on July 16, 2012 at 8:27 AM

I would say that, any other president who displayed a tone like that, would have had someone (anyone please) in the press call him on it. I think what was more telling was the speech the president made after passing the stimulus package.

Up until that time, the Republicans were punch drunk. They’d lost an election, lost the Senate and now couldn’t filibuster any legislation they disagreed with and we trying to figure out what to do. Had the President and his party decided to govern in a fair and civil manner, they’d still be trying to figure it out. Alas, the Democrats were drunk with power and the president is so inept, he didn’t realize he was supposed to be the president to the whole country, even the Republican parts of the country.

bflat879 on July 16, 2012 at 8:49 AM

No worry, though. After Obama destroys PolygaMitt in November, he can drop all pretense and destroy the GOP once and for all.

inthemiddle on July 15, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Isn’t there more polyagamy in Obama’s family than Mitts?

Wagthatdog on July 16, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Dang Howard, 478 is pretty good.

Bmore on July 16, 2012 at 10:17 AM

So was this QOTD last night?

Cindy Munford on July 16, 2012 at 10:49 AM

So was this QOTD last night?

Cindy Munford on July 16, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Yes. Dire hijacked the thread and made it QOTD. I had nothing to do with it.

SparkPlug on July 16, 2012 at 10:52 AM

As long as management doesn’t mind, golden!

Cindy Munford on July 16, 2012 at 11:14 AM

What a SCOAMF!

jqc1970 on July 16, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Washington isn’t broken. It’s just that for change both parties are sticking to their guns, not just the Dems. Soon enough the voters will decide.

drunyan8315 on July 16, 2012 at 6:12 PM

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