Quotes of the day

posted at 8:18 pm on September 7, 2012 by Allahpundit

Barack Obama is deeply overexposed and often boring. He never seems to be saying what he’s thinking. His speech Thursday was weirdly anticlimactic. There’s too much buildup, the crowd was tired, it all felt flat. He was somber, and his message was essentially banal: We’ve done better than you think. Who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?

There were many straw men. There were phrases like “the shadow of a shuttered steel mill,” which he considers writerly. But they sound empty and practiced now, like something you’ve heard in a commercial or an advertising campaign.

It was stale and empty. He’s out of juice.

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The problem with President Obama’s dud of a convention speech isn’t that it deflated his supporters (it didn’t), or that it made Bill Clinton look good (it did). The problem is that it stepped on the message. And for that reason, Democrats may come out of their convention no better than Republicans came out of theirs…

But he couldn’t pull it off. He promised a speech heavy on policy specifics, but what he delivered was largely the same positions he’s been peddling for the last four years (investing in education! renewable energy!), with little emphasis on how he would address the nation’s persistent unemployment. Combined with Friday morning’s disappointing jobs report, that left the messaging effort without its essential capstone. Convention-watchers may have been left feeling like they like the president and think he’s tried to do the right thing, but he just doesn’t have a firm handle on the way forward. With each new sign that the economy is treading water or worse, the Democrats’ plea for patience gets harder to take. The idea that things are turning around snd all we have to do is cross our fingers and wait gets less and less credible.

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“Safe speech,” one underwhelmed Democratic strategist told POLITICO. “It’s kind of like you ask someone out on a date, and [at the end] they say, ‘Oh, he’s nice.’”…

Two Democrats with close ties to the Obama campaign, who were familiar with the thinking that went into the address, said the goal was essentially to bring Obama back to earth in terms of how he’s viewed by voters. The Democrats said the campaign believed Obama would get hit hard if he looked to score rhetorical points and so the president instead went more for pragmatism. The campaign is feeling, despite the criticisms, pretty good about the outcome, said the Democrats…

Had Obama gone for soaring, Schwartz said, he would have run the risk of failing to connect with the real difficulties some voters still face and missed the opportunity to explain the steps he took to stabilize and strengthen the economy.

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It was said of Bernard Baruch’s rhetorical style, “Even a platitude dropped from a sufficiently great height can sound like a brick.” In Charlotte, Obama dropped such bricks instead of balloons…

Obama made almost no mention of the continuing jobs crisis. He offered nothing new or creative on a fiscal and debt crisis that undermines economic confidence. Much of Obama’s agenda — lowering tuition costs, recruiting math and science teachers, “long-lasting batteries” — sounded like a seventh-year State of the Union address, a collection of policy leavings and leftovers. One of Obama’s more ardent defenders called this a “return to normalcy after a long period of emergency.” And so Obama has gone in four years from being compared to Abraham Lincoln to carrying forward the legacy of Warren Harding.

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As he laid out his case for re-election, Obama struggled with a basic underlying question: What happened to all that hope from his 2008 campaign? Obama knows that his actual record as president leaves many voters uninspired, and certainly not filled with hope. So early in the speech, he sought to redefine hope — to define it down — into something that fits his purposes now…

Perhaps the most striking thing about Obama’s speech was that it did not emphasize the most urgent concern of the greatest number of voters: the continuing unemployment crisis. It’s the most glaring weakness in Obama’s record, and he chose simply not to address it in a systematic way. Perhaps that had something to do with the fact that the government would release new jobs numbers less than twelve hours after the president’s speech. More likely it was because Obama doesn’t really know what to say about the problem.

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We’re dangerously close to Jimmy Carter territory here. First, there’s the boast (“You elected me to tell you the truth”) disguised as an expression of humility (“I won’t pretend the path I’m offering is quick or easy”). Later, I actually winced when Obama humblebragged, “And while I’m very proud of what we’ve achieved together, I’m far more mindful of my own failings, knowing exactly what Lincoln meant when he said, ‘I have been driven to my knees many times by the overwhelming conviction that I had no place else to go.’” Just because our greatest president was a bit depressive, that doesn’t mean we want the present one to lacerate himself over his failures, and we certainly don’t want to hear him tell us about it. The mention of FDR only served to remind us of how different, temperamentally, Obama is from the Democratic party’s “happy warrior” tradition. Worst of all, though, was Obama’s statement that “not every problem can be remedied with another government program or dictate from Washington.” It combined an opportunistic (and probably insincere) echo of Bill Clintons irritating pronouncement in 1996 that “the era of big government is over” (which wasn’t even true) with a hint of Jimmy Carter’s “malaise” speech assertion that the country’s crisis of confidence was too big a problem for a president to solve on his own. Even when it’s true that the fault lies in our selves, not in our stars, who wants to hear it from the country’s biggest star?

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The first idea, that of “citizenship,” is a quintessentially American idea, and Obama is right to have picked up on these themes from our history. Yet he turned them into partisan tropes last night. After all, both sides agree with these basic premises – the real debate is what comes next. Hamiltonians have one answer and modern progressives have another. The implication of his speech last night was that progressives have a monopoly on these values, and that opposition to their economic and social program is somehow inconsistent with them…

There has been a growing polarization in this country over the last few decades that moves beyond matters of simple partisan support. Increasingly, it seems, one side of this great divide views the other side as somehow illegitimate. No leader since at least Richard Nixon has done more to exacerbate this dangerous tension. By inevitably redrafting shared values as Democratic ones, he feeds the impulse on the left that the right is un-American, he infuriates the right for what are vicious insults, and he leaves those in the middle of the country scratching their heads.

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President Barack Obama didn’t give a particularly good acceptance speech Thursday night, but for the thousands in the arena it didn’t matter one bit. They were here to see him more than listen to him, to communicate their love to him (often by bursting forth with “I LOVE YOU!!”s) more than hear about his plans for the next four years. The last five minutes of the speech was a festival of hollering back, of responding not to Obama’s frequently inaudible remarks but to the rising timbre of his voice. I think it’s impossible to understand the ongoing appeal of this odd and embattled president without grappling with the notion that he is an essentially religious figure

The Democrats are selling themselves in 2012 as the party that simply cares more. They feel your pain, only this time it’s not a snicker-worthy campaign ploy from a slick southern politician; it’s a governing creed. Simply by virtue of being more empathetic, they will produce better policies and outcomes, particularly those that affect the identity groups within the Democratic coalition: women, Hispanics, blacks, the gay and lesbian community.

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Nov 7. The cult of personality has ended. God Bless America.

Paul-Cincy on September 7, 2012 at 8:20 PM

FOUR MORE MONTHS! FOUR MORE MONTHS!

aunursa on September 7, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Barack Obama is deeply overexposed and often boring. He never seems to be saying what he’s thinking. His speech Thursday was weirdly anticlimactic. There’s too much buildup, the crowd was tired, it all felt flat. He was somber, and his message was essentially banal: We’ve done better than you think. Who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?

There were many straw men. There were phrases like “the shadow of a shuttered steel mill,” which he considers writerly. But they sound empty and practiced now, like something you’ve heard in a commercial or an advertising campaign.

It was stale and empty. He’s out of juice.

That sums up things very well.

Lourdes on September 7, 2012 at 8:21 PM

You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. It was true four years ago, and it’s true today.

MisterElephant on September 7, 2012 at 8:21 PM

Eleventieth!

Lanceman on September 7, 2012 at 8:22 PM

. . . . He was somber, and his message was essentially banal: We’ve done better than you think. Who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?

excerpt: Allahpundit

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I couldn’t have put it better.

listens2glenn on September 7, 2012 at 8:22 PM

I don`t know. That 52% post has me depressed this friday. :(

ThePrez on September 7, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Obama-Biden 2012
The Expressway To The Third World
Last Chance To Get Off November 6

VorDaj on September 7, 2012 at 8:23 PM

“humblebragging”

IMHO, a very strong contender for Word of the Year.

Mary in LA on September 7, 2012 at 8:23 PM

We’re dangerously close to Jimmy Carter territory here.

Criminy, Obama all but cribbed Carter’s entire speech from 1980. Too bad he missed the opportunity this past winter to break out the cardigan sweater like the one Carter used in his “Malaise” speech./

PatriotGal2257 on September 7, 2012 at 8:24 PM

You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. It was true four years ago, and it’s true today.

MisterElephant on September 7, 2012 at 8:21 PM

What about Jug Ear?

bayview on September 7, 2012 at 8:24 PM

November 6, 2012. The end of an error.

predator on September 7, 2012 at 8:25 PM

I have nothing but confidence in Barack Obama, and very little of that.

VorDaj on September 7, 2012 at 8:25 PM

I don`t know. That 52% post has me depressed this friday. :(

ThePrez on September 7, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Obama is the handsome waiter who makes a wonderful presentation and then doesn’t serve you anything: too busy, someone else’s fault, not his job, but told you with a huge smile and a big laugh and an expectation of your very substantial tip.

His speech, like many before it, was a big ole plate of nothing. Pretty plate, finely kept, but nothing on it.

Lourdes on September 7, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Yeah, BO sux.

When this guy is gone how many pundits are going to enjoy impersonating him?

For whatever reason (actually I do know why) men seem to love impersonating BJ. Even Ed gets in on this act. Rush is fairly good at it, but it’s incredibly annoying. There are those who like to imitate the good old peanut, Jimmah. Shame on them, too.

However stupid and irritating this practice is, I can’t imagine that anyone will do the same with this creep unless they’re lefty losers.

Cody1991 on September 7, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Dang Allah, you sure have had a lot of hot dates lately. ; )

Bmore on September 7, 2012 at 8:26 PM

We’re dangerously close to Jimmy Carter territory here.

Are you kidding me?!? Carter gets on his knees every night and thanks the Lord for BHO.

AubieJon on September 7, 2012 at 8:26 PM

November 6, 2012. The end of an error.

predator on September 7, 2012 at 8:25 PM

predator!!! Good one!

Bmore on September 7, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Obama – 322

VorDaj on September 7, 2012 at 8:27 PM

I don`t know. That 52% post has me depressed this friday. :(

ThePrez on September 7, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Me 2, then I went Rasmussen and felt better with Obama with only 46% approval with likely voters…

MGardner on September 7, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Wow, some blogger must have a date with someone other then his cats tonight.

the new aesthetic on September 7, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Dang Allah, you sure have had a lot of hot dates lately. ; )

Bmore on September 7, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Is there an eeyore convention somewhere?

predator on September 7, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Nov 7. The cult of personality has ended. God Bless America.

Paul-Cincy on September 7, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Dang Paul-Cincy, you could have loaded a tune with that comment. ; )

Bmore on September 7, 2012 at 8:29 PM

… told you with a huge smile and a big laugh and an expectation of your very substantial tip.

Lourdes on September 7, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Several posters have said they hate Obama. I try not to. But when someone is presiding over $5 trillion + added to the national debt, crippling our country and our children’s future, and is smiling and laughing while it’s happening, that’s upsetting. As Obama himself said in 2006, this is a failure of leadership. And now, he’s the leader! Do the math. Obama has failed, miserably.

Paul-Cincy on September 7, 2012 at 8:29 PM

I had a college professor tell me the other day that, for the first time in her life, she’s able to get a free flu shot thanks to the health care bill. She works for a university and has health insurance…how much could that flu shot have cost her last year? $15-20 bucks? But now it’s free. Those liberals just love them some free stuff.

scalleywag on September 7, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Empty.

dont taze me bro on September 7, 2012 at 8:30 PM

60 days left, get everyone you know who is a conservative to vote on Nov. 6, and get everyone you know who is liberal to vote on Nov. 7.

Rio Linda Refugee on September 7, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Wow, some blogger must have a date with someone other then his cats tonight.

the new aesthetic on September 7, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Next thing we will hear is Allahs getting hitched. Lol!

Bmore on September 7, 2012 at 8:30 PM

At last we see THE ONE fading away.

Now he’s just the man who failed to perform at an acceptable level at the task for which he was hired.

Reality conquers the dream and the dreamer.

thatsafactjack on September 7, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Is there an eeyore convention somewhere?

predator on September 7, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Yeah, it’s at some un-named stadium in Charlotte, NC.

AubieJon on September 7, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Is there an eeyore convention somewhere?

predator on September 7, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Might be, I hadn’t considered that, now that you mention it…………….makes as much sense as a hot date. ; )

Bmore on September 7, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Bmore on September 7, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Good evening, B! I understand, that is to say that I’ve heard, that Allahpundit is of an age to be thinking of settling down now.

thatsafactjack on September 7, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Me 2, then I went Rasmussen and felt better with Obama with only 46% approval with likely voters…

MGardner on September 7, 2012 at 8:27 PM

46% approval rating for the King sure doesn’t make me feel better. Who are these idiots?

JPeterman on September 7, 2012 at 8:33 PM

So which mental institution will Chrissy Matthews be committed to when Teh Won gets shown the door?

predator on September 7, 2012 at 8:34 PM

thatsafactjack on September 7, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Evening Jackie, 0 certainly hasn’t turned out to be much of a bridge builder. That’s for sure.

Bmore on September 7, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Out of juice? Empty?

Perhaps…

But I think Obama knew this day would come after his first term and he has accomplished exactly what he planned to.

He placed the explosives, set the charges, and now it’s time to step out of the way and watch the fireworks…

The conservatives will be at the helm when things implode.

Rinse, repeat 2016…

katy on September 7, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Good evening, B! I understand, that is to say that I’ve heard, that Allahpundit is of an age to be thinking of settling down now.

thatsafactjack on September 7, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Maybe so, time to make some little Allahs perhaps. ; )

Bmore on September 7, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Bmore on September 7, 2012 at 8:34 PM

AND THAT’S A FACT!:)

thatsafactjack on September 7, 2012 at 8:36 PM

AND THAT’S A FACT!:)

thatsafactjack on September 7, 2012 at 8:36 PM

Lol! ; )

Bmore on September 7, 2012 at 8:38 PM

I don`t know. That 52% post has me depressed this friday. :(

ThePrez on September 7, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Will you and all the other crybabies knock it off with that sh!t?

It ain’t real!

Jesus Christ, if he were white, he’d be down 15 points!

What people do in the voting booth will resemble none of these ‘polls’.

Lanceman on September 7, 2012 at 8:38 PM

I don`t know. That 52% post has me depressed this friday. :(

ThePrez on September 7, 2012 at 8:22 PM

That, and if you really want to go over the edge, read the Stanley Kurtz piece at NRO. I’m in triple Eyeore mode right now. 8-{

IrishEi on September 7, 2012 at 8:39 PM

The conservatives will be at the helm when things implode.

Rinse, repeat 2016…

katy on September 7, 2012 at 8:35 PM

One thing that can inhibit that time frame–energy production. Mitt, if you want to be a two-termer, don’t pussy foot around on this one. Get Keystone going, get ANWR going, get the gulf going, and get to fracking work on the nat gas.

predator on September 7, 2012 at 8:39 PM

Barack Obama is deeply overexposed and often boring. He never seems to be saying would be able to say what he’s really thinking.

Fixed it for them. The US is not yet a Marxist country; he still has to self-censor. If he wins in November, he will have more flexibility to say what he is really thinking and planning.

AZfederalist on September 7, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Bmore on September 7, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Maybe Allah will find a nice young thing at the Eeyore convention. You know, then they would have something in common. They could have Eeyore speed dating….

“Hello, I’m Allahpundit.”

“Hello. I’m Kitty.”

“I don’t think this will work out.”

“Me, neither!”

thatsafactjack on September 7, 2012 at 8:40 PM

we need to temper our schadenfreude with the cold facts. He is a religous figure. He is the King of transactional politics…and he’s use trillions to buy those votes.

He is the chicago way, in a country that doesn’t do math well. Sorry, we fret over the trillions and trillions…most of the country is: don’t worry, be happy….our ship has come in.

r keller on September 7, 2012 at 8:40 PM

46% approval rating for the King sure doesn’t make me feel better. Who are these idiots?

JPeterman on September 7, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Sue ‘em and get a 60% approval rating instantly!!!

MGardner on September 7, 2012 at 8:41 PM

The Democrats are selling themselves in 2012 as the party that simply cares more. They feel your pain, only this time it’s not a snicker-worthy campaign ploy from a slick southern politician; it’s a governing creed. Simply by virtue of being more empathetic, they will produce better policies and outcomes, particularly those that affect the identity groups within the Democratic coalition: women, Hispanics, blacks, the gay and lesbian community.

Exactly and those were the groups that he was talking to. And I care so much that I need 4 more years to show you how much I care.

bluefox on September 7, 2012 at 8:41 PM

In his desperation and genuine fear of being rejected, Obama is being overexposed to the point of being a nag.

On one cable channel yesterday, I saw the Clinton ad for Obama EVERY commercial break for four hours. There are about five breaks of 4-7 minutes every hour, and Obama was featured on every one of them. So, I got nagged for/about Obama 20 times.

Narcissists, and the pandering fawning media for them, don’t know when to shut up, that there is such a thing as burnout.

Think of the old TV series Rosanne. Even when Dan surrendered, she wasn’t satisfied. She kept harping on it anyway.

Dems, the MSM, and other liblets are just the same.

Liam on September 7, 2012 at 8:41 PM

Is there an eeyore convention somewhere?

predator on September 7, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Might be, I hadn’t considered that, now that you mention it…………….makes as much sense as a hot date. ; )

Bmore on September 7, 2012 at 8:32 PM

I think he went out for drinks with Ace.

MontanaMmmm on September 7, 2012 at 8:41 PM

Jesus Christ, if he were white, he’d be down 15 points!

Lanceman on September 7, 2012 at 8:38 PM

But he’s black and I’m still afraid of that white quilt stuff and the rest of the morons who will still vote for him again just to give the black man a second chance.

JPeterman on September 7, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Obama – 322 666

VorDaj on September 7, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Yeah, right.

I fixed it for you.

Don’t believe me? Just ask any fetus that was on the wrong end of the Electrolux that keeps girls with being punished with a baby.

Oh, wait.

Won’t be able to.

turfmann on September 7, 2012 at 8:42 PM

I don`t know. That 52% post has me depressed this friday. :(

ThePrez on September 7, 2012 at 8:22 PM

That was it’s purpose. Don’t take the bait.

bluefox on September 7, 2012 at 8:42 PM

The conservatives will be at the helm when things implode.

Rinse, repeat 2016…

katy on September 7, 2012 at 8:35 PM

OK, I’ll try again. More briefly this time.

Keystone, ANWR, Gulf of Mexico, and fracking can help stem that implosion…quickly. Mitt, don’t sissy out on this one.

predator on September 7, 2012 at 8:43 PM

But he’s black and I’m still afraid of that white quilt stuff and the rest of the morons who will still vote for him again just to give the black man a second chance.

JPeterman on September 7, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Don’t be. He’s toast. End of story.

Turnout among ‘rat voters will be low. He will not get 40 million votes.

Count on it.

Lanceman on September 7, 2012 at 8:43 PM

he is an essentially religious figure…

which is why they cut GOD and Jerusalem out of the platform ….
and took 3 votes to put it back … and didn’t get it done then really …

conservative tarheel on September 7, 2012 at 8:44 PM

You interview a bunch of gardeners to clean up the yard after a hurricane and then narrow it down to two. One is an old established gardener with a solid record of projects. the other had no experience in gardening but told you that he would not only clean your yard but make it a Garden of Eden. That all of your friends would love it and think you were the smartest person for having hired him for a four year contract. Now four years later you find that the inexperienced liar of a gardener has not even cleaned up the initial hurricane damage. he hasn’t done any preventative maintenance or planted even a new plant the entire time. In fact, almost all of your backyard is dead. no matter how many times you call this gardener he never returns a call because he is always on vaco or playing golf. Nor does he come too do any any work but he still automatically debits your checking account every month. In fact he is hitting you up for more money every day.

Then at the end of the four year contract the gardener tells you that he will do all the work he promised he would do in the next four years if you will just reup the contract…at a 3 times price.

Would you give that gardener another four year contract? Or would you hire a proven gardener that your neighbor has. a gardener that exceeded his promises?

jukin3 on September 7, 2012 at 8:45 PM

I think he went out for drinks with Ace.

MontanaMmmm on September 7, 2012 at 8:41 PM

Good theory. The two of them are buds. Can we tell when Ace is missing?

Bmore on September 7, 2012 at 8:45 PM

Peggy Noonan has forfeited all rights to be taken seriously on her criticisms of Obama. Of all people, she should have known he was nothing more than an affirmative action gas bag, but nooooo, she was right there in 2008 playing him up as the next great thing.

natasha333 on September 7, 2012 at 8:46 PM

At last we see THE ONE fading away.

Now he’s just the man who failed to perform at an acceptable level at the task for which he was hired.

Reality conquers the dream and the dreamer.

thatsafactjack on September 7, 2012 at 8:31 PM

President Pos-T-Vac?

(Well, we already know that he SUX)

turfmann on September 7, 2012 at 8:46 PM

predator on September 7, 2012 at 8:43 PM

It took Reagan’s policies at least 3 years to start to move things in the right direction.

katy on September 7, 2012 at 8:47 PM

The conservatives will be at the helm when things implode.

Rinse, repeat 2016…

katy on September 7, 2012 at 8:35 PM

A lot of folks think exactly that. My take is he is far to much of a narcissist to have that as his plan.

Bmore on September 7, 2012 at 8:48 PM

Good theory. The two of them are buds. Can we tell when Ace is missing?

Bmore on September 7, 2012 at 8:45 PM

I tried to link Ace’s post on the Clinton “Bounce”, but it didn’t work. It’s a must see, you’ll know what I mean.

MontanaMmmm on September 7, 2012 at 8:48 PM

We need another Empty Chair Day to boost up moral and get some media attention.

I live in Amherst, MA and had a great time walking around wearing my Romney/Ryan t-shirt. You would have thought I was a visitor from mars.

How about a Romney/Ryan t-shirt day or something similar? If someone had been following me around with a camera that day, it would have been comedy gold.

Let’s put on our thinking caps.

Granny Jan and Jihad Kitty

No Niks on September 7, 2012 at 8:49 PM

I know one thing. I read parts of his stupid book and Beck plays audio clips everyday. Four years of listening to him indicates he did not write his book alone.

arnold ziffel on September 7, 2012 at 8:49 PM

November 6, 2012. The end of an error.

predator on September 7, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Yep.

To err is human, to really muck things up you need a democrat. The really muck muck things up you need a lawyer democrat. To really muck muck muck things up you need a community organizer lawyer democrat.

To really muck muck muck muck things up… Ok I’ll stop.

SparkPlug on September 7, 2012 at 8:51 PM

It took Reagan’s policies at least 3 years to start to move things in the right direction.

katy on September 7, 2012 at 8:47 PM

By then Clinton and the Dems were in full tear-down mode.

Rio Linda Refugee on September 7, 2012 at 8:52 PM

I know one thing. I read parts of his stupid book and Beck plays audio clips everyday. Four years of listening to him indicates he did not write his book alone.

arnold ziffel on September 7, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Oh hell no. He really ain’t that bright. I’ve said over and over, if his IQ is 120, I’m a horse’s ass. And I know something of what I speak.

Lanceman on September 7, 2012 at 8:52 PM

It was stale and empty. He’s out of juice.

He’s not the only thing that’s out of juice.

Democrats Said to End Convention $15 Million Short

Democrats ended their convention in Charlotte $5 million short of their budget even after being forced to draw down a $10 million line of credit from Duke Energy Corp. (DUK), according to a Democratic Party fundraiser.

That will leave a $15 million bill that eventually will have to be paid by President Barack Obama’s campaign or the Democratic National Committee, according to the fundraiser, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.

The Charlotte Host Committee ended the convention with more than $5 million in immediate obligations and may require a direct cash infusion from the Obama campaign to pay vendors, said the fundraiser. Source

Flora Duh on September 7, 2012 at 8:53 PM

It took Reagan’s policies at least 3 years to start to move things in the right direction.

katy on September 7, 2012 at 8:47 PM

But they were starting to move, and he did get re-elected. Pedal to the metal on energy. It will make a big difference, and perhaps quicker than Reagan’s first years. Just my opinion. I’m big on the energy sector.

predator on September 7, 2012 at 8:54 PM

remember how john Kerry led by double digits in the polls all the way up to the announcement of the results? the left doesn’t care about integrity or the truth. these polls are released to shape opinion and to depress. it is laughable propaganda from a group of reprobates.

tom daschle concerned on September 7, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Flora Duh on September 7, 2012 at 8:53 PM

great !

conservative tarheel on September 7, 2012 at 8:55 PM

A lot of folks think exactly that. My take is he is far to much of a narcissist to have that as his plan.

Bmore on September 7, 2012 at 8:48 PM

He’s also a man of long term goals that are integrated into his psychosis. If the end game of his life’s mission is to destroy US power and he succeeds, he will be seen (especially in his own eyes) as even greater than anyone could have imagined. He did something no country, no army could do and will continue to live like a king and no way to ever prosecute him or hunt him down.

katy on September 7, 2012 at 8:55 PM

Flora Duh on September 7, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Ahhh bummer – they are $15 short on that clusterfark of a convention.

That should make some people feel better tonight.

gophergirl on September 7, 2012 at 8:56 PM

It took Reagan’s policies at least 3 years to start to move things in the right direction.

katy on September 7, 2012 at 8:47 PM

But they were starting to move, and he did get re-elected. Pedal to the metal on energy. It will make a big difference, and perhaps quicker than Reagan’s first years. Just my opinion. I’m big on the energy sector.

predator on September 7, 2012 at 8:54 PM

I am hopeful …..

conservative tarheel on September 7, 2012 at 8:56 PM

Hang ‘Em High

jaime on September 7, 2012 at 8:56 PM

To really muck muck muck muck things up… Ok I’ll stop.

SparkPlug on September 7, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Whew! Thanks! I didn’t really want to think about what came after “community organizer.”

predator on September 7, 2012 at 8:56 PM

Ahhh bummer – they are $15 million short on that clusterfark of a convention.

That should make some people feel better tonight.

gophergirl on September 7, 2012 at 8:56 PM

OOPS – I blame Friday night

gophergirl on September 7, 2012 at 8:56 PM

The Charlotte Host Committee ended the convention with more than $5 million in immediate obligations and may require a direct cash infusion from the Obama campaign to pay vendors, said the fundraiser. Source

Flora Duh on September 7, 2012 at 8:53 PM

The King will never part with his campaign cash to pay off anyone.

JPeterman on September 7, 2012 at 8:57 PM

By then Clinton and the Dems were in full tear-down mode.

Rio Linda Refugee on September 7, 2012 at 8:52 PM

That’s why I included the = rinse-repeat 2016. The rabid left will be there at ever turn sowing the seeds of discontent and blame to bring rise to a new progressive savior.

katy on September 7, 2012 at 8:59 PM

High Plains Drifter

jaime on September 7, 2012 at 8:59 PM

Flora Duh on September 7, 2012 at 8:53 PM

the CEO of duke is a radical leftist. nothing he does is in the interest of the rate payers.

tom daschle concerned on September 7, 2012 at 8:59 PM

I am hopeful …..

conservative tarheel on September 7, 2012 at 8:56 PM
Same here–with reservations. We need the WH and both houses. Then rein in the stinkin’ EPA and get going on energy.

The other thing we need, if the above does happen, is for the people to hold these clowns’ feet to the fire. If they start going wimpy, light ‘em up. Emails, phone calls, demonstrations if necessary. Don’t let them wimp out. Take it to them. Hold them accountable.

They. Work. For. Us.

Never stop reminding them of that little fact.

predator on September 7, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Maybe AP wanted to watch the stand up to cancer special tonite ….

conservative tarheel on September 7, 2012 at 9:00 PM

The Charlotte Host Committee ended the convention with more than $5 million in immediate obligations and may require a direct cash infusion from the Obama campaign to pay vendors, said the fundraiser. Source

Flora Duh on September 7, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Oh foolish foolish vendors in Charlotte, you actually extended the democrats credit instead of all payments in cash?

AZfederalist on September 7, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Jesus Christ, if he were white, he’d be down 15 points!

Lanceman on September 7, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Well first, Jesus was white. Second if he were down 15 points he would step up and hit some threes and then take it to the rim with a tomahawk dunk. If you doubled him up he would dish it to one of the apostles inside the paint.

SparkPlug on September 7, 2012 at 9:01 PM

The King will never part with his campaign cash to pay off anyone.

JPeterman on September 7, 2012 at 8:57 PM

You are 100% correct. Vendors are owed quite a sum and Duke Energy extended a 10 mil line of credit.

Fools & their money.

But Duke will get theirs back through higher rates.

Lanceman on September 7, 2012 at 9:02 PM

Frankly, I doubt seriously that Obama would ever run for that second term.

He enjoys the golf course and vacations far too much.

Getting rejected is going to leave a very nasty taste in his mouth, sort of aversion therapy.

He will be able to do what he does best, talk endlessly, and get paid a fortune to do it on the lecture circuit.

He’ll be able to play ‘king maker’ in the Democratic party very much ala Bill Clinton on steroids.

If he does have any other designs on any kind of office to sooth his wounded ego, it would be FIRST SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE NEW GLOBAL GOVERNANCE…. falling short of that, possibly Secretary General of the UN. He could concentrate on giving dictators a stage upon which to rail against the U.S. and the West while he redistributed our money.

I’m thinking making money though… to pay for the lifestyle to which Michelle has become so accustomed over the last four years.

thatsafactjack on September 7, 2012 at 9:02 PM

They. Work. For. Us.

Never stop reminding them of that little fact.

predator on September 7, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Rog that … live in a blue area …. but anything is possible ….

conservative tarheel on September 7, 2012 at 9:02 PM

But they were starting to move, and he did get re-elected. Pedal to the metal on energy. It will make a big difference, and perhaps quicker than Reagan’s first years. Just my opinion. I’m big on the energy sector.

predator on September 7, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Romney is going to have to be a force of nature in speed, precision and momentum to steady things from the get go. He can’t waver.

katy on September 7, 2012 at 9:02 PM

We’re dangerously close to Jimmy Carter territory here.

New ad: Not Working

the CEO of duke is a radical leftist. nothing he does is in the interest of the rate payers.

tom daschle concerned on September 7, 2012 at 8:59 PM

I’m finding that out, they just took over Progress Energy, my electricity provider.

Flora Duh on September 7, 2012 at 9:03 PM

Hopeless.

And changeless.

rukiddingme on September 7, 2012 at 9:03 PM

If Paul “The Forehead” Begala has to spin like a top on CNN, you know they’re trouble.

SouthernGent on September 7, 2012 at 9:04 PM

Two Mules For Sister Sara

jaime on September 7, 2012 at 9:04 PM

The Charlotte Host Committee ended the convention with more than $5 million in immediate obligations and may require a direct cash infusion from the Obama campaign to pay vendors, said the fundraiser. Source

Flora Duh on September 7, 2012 at 8:53 PM

They run their conventions like they run the country.

changer1701 on September 7, 2012 at 9:04 PM

I don`t know. That 52% post has me depressed this friday. :(

ThePrez on September 7, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Why? There were no internals given and when asked no one responded.

As far as we know they pulled it out of their butts. May as well have since they aren’t sharing how they got there.

Worry when we get internals that show a fair poll. Right now it’s just noise.

kim roy on September 7, 2012 at 9:04 PM

thatsafactjack on September 7, 2012 at 9:02 PM

HE may be bored. But the Mooch, Jarrett, et al are not, a la Curt Cobain without the shotgun.

Lanceman on September 7, 2012 at 9:05 PM

jaime on September 7, 2012 at 8:59 PM

Good evening, Jaime! Such a coincidence. I just purchased the “High Plains Drifter” movie poster! I’m going to frame it and hang it in my office. :)

thatsafactjack on September 7, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Flora Duh on September 7, 2012 at 9:03 PM

so grateful that I am a member of a coop ….

conservative tarheel on September 7, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Frankly, I doubt seriously that Obama would ever run for that second term.

I think he’ll put on a blue turban and run.

jaime on September 7, 2012 at 9:05 PM

I don`t know. That 52% post has me depressed this friday. :(

ThePrez on September 7, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Will you and all the other crybabies knock it off with that sh!t?

It ain’t real!

Jesus Christ, if he were white, he’d be down 15 points!

What people do in the voting booth will resemble none of these ‘polls’.

Lanceman on September 7, 2012 at 8:38 PM

No kidding. This is what they want. Don’t give it to them.

kim roy on September 7, 2012 at 9:06 PM

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