Will this become a foreign-policy election?

posted at 12:41 pm on September 18, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

We’ve assumed throughout this election cycle that the economy and jobs would drive voter choice, but that would mean a referendum on the current incumbent, something Democrats desperately wanted to avoid.  Two weeks ago, Democrats promised us that they would make foreign policy the focus of the election.  As I note in my column for The Week, that didn’t come from low-level party functionaries, but from the prime-time speakers — including Barack Obama himself:

Ironically, Democrats had promised a fight on foreign policy just a week earlier, at their national convention. Sen. John Kerry, the party’s nominee in 2004, called the Republican ticket “the most inexperienced foreign-policy twosome to run for president and vice president in decades.” Barack Obama himself attacked Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan as “new to foreign policy,” and warned that “they want to take us back to an era of blustering and blundering that cost America so dearly.” Democrats salivated at the prospect of highlighting Obama’s foreign-policy experience — all of which he compiled over the last three-and-a-half years — as a contrast to the GOP’s nominees, and a transparent attempt to deflect the election away from the economy.

As an old axiom warns, be careful what you wish for — you just might get it.  With the explosion of violent protests in the Muslim world and the first US Ambassador killed in the line of duty since 1979, foreign policy has finally intruded in a big way in this election — and it doesn’t make Obama look good at all.  When the Washington Post’s liberal columnist Richard Cohen rips a Democratic President for a feckless foreign policy, it’s a stark indicator of just how badly Obama has failed on this front:

What lessons can be learned from events in Libya? That nothing good will come out of the Arab Spring? That Arabs are volatile, easily excitable and prone to acting out? That the United States, Mitt Romney notwithstanding, cannot control everything or that the United States, Mitt Romney more to the point, has tried to control nothing? In other words, is this what happens when the United States is “leading from behind”?

This phrase, you might remember, was coined in reference to Barack Obama’s reluctance to take the lead in the NATO air campaign that toppled the dictatorship of Moammar Gaddafi. And that operation, in which the French seized the initiative, was mounted to save Benghazi, the city where the insurrection started and the one where U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed last week. Benghazi was saved from Gaddafi’s bloody reprisals, but not from mayhem.

The notion that the United States can lead from behind is pitiful, the sorry concoction of an Obama administration that mistakes dulcet passivity for a foreign policy. The view from behind now has to be awfully depressing. Where once Obama could see the gallant tails of the French, the British, the Italians and some others, there is now no one. The predictably indignant Nicolas Sarkozy has been replaced by the soullessly pragmatic Francois Hollande, who has other fish to saute. NATO’s warplanes have returned to base and Libya, a tribal society, was left to fend for itself. It has not fended all that well.

Cohen predictably rips Romney for pointing this out, but concludes that Romney is very much right about Obama’s foreign policy of passivity:

Romney was wrong and ham-fisted and alarmingly premature to criticize Obama for a statement put out by the U.S. Embassy in Cairo. He is both wrong and dishonest to keep repeating the canard about Obama being a serial apologizer. But he is right in sensing that beyond the very Obamaness of Obama himself — the quality that made him a Nobel Peace Prize winner in the pupal stage of his presidency — lurks a foreign policy that has been more sentiment and aspiration than hard reasoning. Leading from behind is not a nifty phrase. In Libya, it’s an indictment.

Michael Ramirez distills the lessons from a week of making the Obama foreign-policy expertise the center of attention:

But will this become a foreign-policy election?  In my column, I argue no — at least not for now — but that it might end up backfiring on Obama anyway:

By Monday, the Washington Post reported that the Obama campaign would shift its focus to the economy, a stark about-face from just a fortnight earlier in Charlotte, N.C.

Have events changed the nature of the election from a focus primarily on domestic policy to a debate on Obama’s handling of foreign policy? If more revelations of incompetence arise, perhaps — but at this point, that seems doubtful. When crises do erupt, they tend to take a long time to damage presidents; Jimmy Carter’s polling looked solid in September 1980, despite 10 months of a hostage crisis in Iran that echoes in today’s multiple diplomatic crises. Although foreign policy is the one area in which presidents have most authority, voters tend to grade incumbents on whether they have improved their economic situation. Voters want to know who lost the economic recovery more than they want to discuss who lost Egypt, because that has a lot more relevance to their immediate circumstances. But if the bungling continues at the White House and State Department, the risk rises that a perception of incompetence in the administration’s foreign policy will reinforce an impression of incompetence in economic policy, and create the kind of narrative that made Carter a one-term president.

In short, the argument for an economy-based election always relied on making an argument that Barack Obama has performed incompetently. These episodes reinforce the sense of incompetence and broaden it to an area that Democrats figured would be a strength for Obama in this election.  That may provide a hinge that could spell doom for Obama in the election, especially if further data shows that the White House and State missed opportunities to prevent what happened in Benghazi.


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the economic collapse the dem/msm alliance has brought us is directly linked to the foreign policy catastrophes we are facing.

rob verdi on September 18, 2012 at 12:44 PM

That was Barky’s plan, then Stevens had to go and ruin everything including Dog Eater’s speech in Las Vegas.

Bishop on September 18, 2012 at 12:44 PM

That may provide a hinge that could spell doom for Obama in the election, especially if further data shows that the White House and State missed opportunities to prevent what happened in Benghazi.

This assumes that the general public becomes aware of just how badly Bambi dropped the ball in the Arab world in general and Libya in particular.

teke184 on September 18, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Obama doesn’t have a leg to stand on. He should go back to the war on women and charges of racism.

John the Libertarian on September 18, 2012 at 12:44 PM

I think it’ll be a ‘what hasn’t Obama failed at’ kind of election, but the body count is growing on the fopo front at the moment. The debates will be interesting, but if the undecided are so wishy washy and sheltered from actual facts by the media, what will it take to sway them?

CitizenEgg on September 18, 2012 at 12:48 PM

looks like china and japan are about to explode!

mittens needs to exloit the “leading from behind line!”

but i don’t know if mittens has the guts…..

Dr. Demento on September 18, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Will this become a foreign-policy election?

With this economy? Hardly.

ToddPA on September 18, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Obama’s foreign policy is The Obamanation Administration Lies while the Middle East Burns.

SWalker on September 18, 2012 at 12:50 PM

To the extent the election is about whatever the MSM says its about, this will be a Romney “gaffe” election.

caverduc on September 18, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Dr. Demento on September 18, 2012 at 12:48 PM

While in the process of getting a masters degree my kid wrote a paper describing just how dangerous China has become to its neighbors including Japan. Big Obamunist prof threatened to dole out an F as China is “no threat at all” and the paper was “flat out wrong”. Libs are blind as bats and have no sonar/radar either.

clnurnberg on September 18, 2012 at 12:52 PM

But but but….. Abortions for everyone!!!! Free Birth Control!!!!!

Obowma loses on EVERY SINGLE DAMN ISSUE. Go ahead. Make it a foreign policy election. Talk about a serious clusterf*ck.

Harbingeing on September 18, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Wile B. Obama
Economic & Foreign Policy Super Genius
Have Brain Will Screw Up!

jukin3 on September 18, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Indonesian consulates are having thousands of shouters “death to America”, with burning flags.

The world sure loves herself an America under Obama!

Schadenfreude on September 18, 2012 at 12:54 PM

I don’t know what Mitt/team can bring up that bho has done with anything he has done that isn’t a total meltdown for our nation? Every issue Mitt/team can bring up with ads should, in a sane USA, crater bho? Go on offense Mitt/team, no defense!
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letget on September 18, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Fires in 30 countries now…all due to Obama’s foreign policy and ‘strength’ at home and abroad…

Obama and Hillary have Stevens’ blood on their hands.

Schadenfreude on September 18, 2012 at 12:55 PM

If the election were simply based on competency, there would be no question that Obama should be fired.

natasha333 on September 18, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Sandra Fluke, take three.

MidniteRambler on September 18, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Obama’s Arab Spring in full bloom.

Schadenfreude on September 18, 2012 at 12:56 PM

That darned 1st Amendment thingy sure makes Barry’s life complicated.

a capella on September 18, 2012 at 12:56 PM

While in the process of getting a masters degree my kid wrote a paper describing just how dangerous China has become to its neighbors including Japan. Big Obamunist prof threatened to dole out an F as China is “no threat at all” and the paper was “flat out wrong”. Libs are blind as bats and have no sonar/radar either.

clnurnberg on September 18, 2012 at 12:52 PM

it appears to me that owe’bama has created a power vacuum…

hard to put that in a sound bite…

Dr. Demento on September 18, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Schadenfreude on September 18, 2012 at 12:54 PM

On your issue of ‘burning flags’, have you seen this? It is golden!

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/09/18/protester-dies-after-inhaling-fumes-from-burning-american-flag/
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letget on September 18, 2012 at 12:57 PM

No, this is a media controlled election with the incumbent controlling the media.

Without an objective main stream media Democracy dies.

albill on September 18, 2012 at 12:58 PM

It should be, but the media is doing its damnedest to make it another unserious, American Idol contest…even Fox news radio has been leading all morning with Romney’s gaaaafe, rather than Afghanistan, or the continuing violence/unrest in the ME, death of our Ambassador and other brave Americans, etc.

ellifint on September 18, 2012 at 12:59 PM

With a record like this why would little Bammie want to talk about the economy? –Obama Unemployment Record Worse Than Last Eleven President COMBINED

slickwillie2001 on September 18, 2012 at 12:59 PM

I think it’ll be a ‘what hasn’t Obama failed at’ kind of election, but the body count is growing on the fopo front at the moment. The debates will be interesting, but if the undecided are so wishy washy and sheltered from actual facts by the media, what will it take to sway them?

CitizenEgg on September 18, 2012 at 12:48 PM

For Pete’s sake – where have these undecided people been for the last four years? What more proof of Obama’s abject ineptitude do they need? Do they really think he’s going to finally pull off that hopey/changey thingy if he gets four more years? Sorry, but I find it hard to believe that anyone that stupid or gullible is able to get dressed in the morning, let alone make a cogent, logical decision about voting.

natasha333 on September 18, 2012 at 12:59 PM

He is both wrong and dishonest to keep repeating the canard about Obama being a serial apologizer.

But Obowma is a serial apologizer.

vcferlita on September 18, 2012 at 1:00 PM

How many things must Obama fail at before people change their mind?

I guess as long as the checks keep coming he’ll get a pass on everything else.

It’s really annoying.

Curtiss on September 18, 2012 at 1:00 PM

The trouble with lies is you have to remember what you said before. It seems that the pathological liars in the Obama Administration (i.e. Obama, Stephanie Cutter, Bill Burton, Susan Rice, et al) and the state-run MSM are forgetting that maxim. Talk about chickens coming home to roost. Their boomeranging deceitful statements are coming back to not only haunt them but convict them. Only the willfully ignorant will not see this.

If this evil lowlife called Obama is re-elected, it will be because of the people Romney referenced in his recent speech, the entitlement crowd who isn’t about to elect someone who wants to derail their gravy train of benefits.

This decades old roller coaster called America is at the height of it’s ride and is heading downhill fast. If something isn’t done, it will pick up speed like nothing we’ve seen before. I wonder if it was worth standing in line for this ride?

iamsaved on September 18, 2012 at 1:01 PM

DRUDGE says yes:

China’s most powerful military leader, in an unusual public statement, last week ordered military forces to prepare for combat, as Chinese warships deployed to waters near disputed islands and anti-Japan protests throughout the country turned violent.

Weight of Glory on September 18, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Ladies and Gentlemen…the Gallup bounce for Obama is over.

Obama: 47%
Romney: 46%

http://www.gallup.com/home.aspx

sentinelrules on September 18, 2012 at 1:04 PM

This was the October surprise that OF@ckhead had planned all along. It’s not a coincidence that the anti Islam trailer maker was in federal custody and sentence to jail for fraud in 2010, only to be turned “informant” by the FBI and set loose. Could the conversation have touched on an anti Islamic rant from this loser? Seems likely. Anyhow, our Administration and Campaign (one in the same) had this ready to go for their Al Queda brethren for 9/11, hoping to turn this into a foreign policy election demonstrating Romney’s fecklessness in this arena.

He got what he wished and planned for, just not in the way he wished and planned for it. Nobody’s talking economy.

NOMOBO on September 18, 2012 at 1:05 PM

What we need is now the Governor of the State of Maine that makes the Governor of Massachusetts look lik a Boy Scout. With nads that big it’s no wonder he walks funny.

mixplix on September 18, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Gallup polls? To understand them, add +3 or +4 in order to factor in the intimidation from the DOJ. Gallup has come to an understanding by the proverbial Don Corleone.

iamsaved on September 18, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Romney’s foreign policy would be the same as Obama’s, which is the same as Bush’s, which is the same as Clinton’s, which is the same as Bush’s, which is the same as Reagan’s, etc.

Dante on September 18, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Ladies and Gentlemen…the Gallup bounce for Obama is over.

Yeah, but I hear his other bounce, sales of guns & ammos, is still going strong.

hawkeye54 on September 18, 2012 at 1:08 PM

How about we just focus on Obumbler’s incompetence and the examples will abundantly present themselves, every day at every turn.

stukinIL4now on September 18, 2012 at 1:08 PM

letget, molasses!

On China/Japan, China knows that the US won’t help Japan. It’s another tragdy in the world, Asia under Obama.

Schadenfreude on September 18, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Remember, it was Hurricane Katrina that really cemented the “incompetent Administration” rep for President Bush. His approval reating was still decent in 2005, even with harsh and growing criticism of the Iraq war. But Katrina was the last straw. It made people rethink the war too, and decide not that the war itself had been a bad idea, but that Bush was incompetent in running it.

The growing perception here is that Obama is simply incompetent in a different way than Bush. It’s not foreign policy per se, it’s the way he is handling a crisis that looks very real to most Americans — blaming a video, running off to Vegas for fundraisers and going on late-night comedy shows. It goes with perceptions that he has no real solutions on the economy other than to blame Republicans and rich people.

It’s a 50,000 foot level perception and it will do Obama in if we can cement it. It won’t help us to get into the weeds of Obama’s exact policies in the Middle East. Instead we should just be hammering that his policy is incoherent, and he has incompetently handled this crisis just as he has incompetently handled the economy.

rockmom on September 18, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Obama doesn’t have a leg to stand on. He should go back to the war on women and charges of racism CHICAGO!

John the Libertarian on September 18, 2012 at 12:44 PM

..etc.

The War Planner on September 18, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Weight of Glory on September 18, 2012 at 1:02 PM

i saw that, and it is, imho, related to owe’bama’s lack of projection of us power. no one fears the bamster, except maybe mittens

Dr. Demento on September 18, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Ladies and Gentlemen…the Gallup bounce for Obama is over.

Obama: 47%
Romney: 46%

http://www.gallup.com/home.aspx

sentinelrules on September 18, 2012 at 1:04 PM

The only bounce that registered was Gallup’s head bouncing off asphalt under Axelrod’s jackboot.

Archivarix on September 18, 2012 at 1:11 PM

GALLUP: OBAMA 47% ROMNEY 46%

d o n a t e

the new aesthetic on September 18, 2012 at 1:11 PM

It is golden!

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/09/18/protester-dies-after-inhaling-fumes-from-burning-american-flag/
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letget on September 18, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Allahu Akbar, heh

Schadenfreude on September 18, 2012 at 1:11 PM

The Russians and Chinese smell blood in the water.

Wigglesworth on September 18, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Ladies and Gentlemen…the Gallup bounce for Obama is over.

Obama: 47%
Romney: 46%

http://www.gallup.com/home.aspx

sentinelrules on September 18, 2012 at 1:04 PM

And they’re still polling Registered Voters.

Don’t worry, CNN or CBS with fix this in a couple of days.

Curtiss on September 18, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Team Obama, the Democrats in general, and the Main Stream Media in particular, are in complete and utter disarray.

They are stepping on their own message, left and right. They contradict one another. They expose their own manipulation of the facts and attempted use of calculated misinformation on a daily basis.

No one likes a loser, particularly a nasty, mean, small spirited, sneaking, obfuscating, one.

In terms of foreign policy, Obama is a massive failure. His entire Middle East doctrine has collapsed. He’s also managed to negate every effort, by every President, over the last 50 years to bring peace to that region. Every small building block that was carefully laid in place, at great expense and effort, has been kicked aside in Obama’s complete, and utter failure. Obama has repeatedly failed our allies around the world, and managed to strengthen the position of those who are not our friends. He has weakened this nation in the eyes of the world.

In terms of domestic policy, Obama has presided over an administration that has eroded the rights of citizens and legal immigrants, has spurred and driven over-regulation effecting so many industries that job creation is at a complete standstill, has eroded and destabilized the social safety net, and has increased the number of people who are dependent on the government for sustenance, while decreasing the number of those who pay in revenues to provide for the needs of the nation, including defense and the safety net. He has plunged this nation into massive debt, the likes of which hasn’t been seen since WWII, and he did so with no plan, or likelihood, of jump starting the kind of massive manufacturing and trade that paid off that similar debt level post WWII. He has sat back idly while the nation’s credit rating was downgraded…twice, which will increase the deficit through increased interest rates on any future loans.

To say that Barack Obama has been a failure is an understatement. It implies that he has tried to be a decent executive and failed. Obama has been an absentee President. He believed that the Presidency was like every other position he’s held. He believed he could step in and the infrastructure of the White House, the administration, would perform the tasks for which he was not only unqualified, but unprepared. He believed that he could take credit for anything that worked or went well, and place the blame on others for things that didn’t work or failed outright. He was mistaken. The Presidency is not an “On The Job Training” position.

Barack Obama is no more qualified to be President of the United States of America, or a world leader, today, that he was in 2008.

thatsafactjack on September 18, 2012 at 1:13 PM

..etc.

The War Planner on September 18, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Obama’s ‘mother in law’ and beard hate Chicago. They’ll go to Hawaii.

The circus will move on. Mock it out of town, into oblivion, so as to never repeat such charlatanry upon the good land.

Schadenfreude on September 18, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Rasmussen Tracking (9/15 – 9/17):
Romney 47, Obama 45

Gallup Tracking (9/11 – 9/17):
Obama 47, Romney 46

steebo77 on September 18, 2012 at 1:14 PM

…the cartoon says it all!
…it just misses a depiction of the media… with their lips around something on JugEars lower extremities!

KOOLAID2 on September 18, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Will this become a foreign-policy election?

It could if Mr. Obama had one.

There is nothing but the tatters of foreign policy initiatives that various Presidents have started since the 1970′s.

This President has ignored, to our peril, good advice from sage people who know these issues much better than him. He has involved us in matters on which we should pass or not be involved. He has apologized for decades of wise policy and America’s unique ability to resolve world issues.

I suppose shambles and dangerous are two words which aptly describe Mr. Obama’s “foreign policy”.

Marcus Traianus on September 18, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Ladies and Gentlemen…the Gallup bounce for Obama is over.

Obama: 47%
Romney: 46%

http://www.gallup.com/home.aspx

sentinelrules on September 18, 2012 at 1:04 PM

So Obamma being at the 47% mark, does this mean he is bottomed out? Like Mitt said, 47% will vote for Barak no matter what.

the new aesthetic on September 18, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Romney’s foreign policy would be the same as Obama’s, which is the same as Bush’s, which is the same as Clinton’s, which is the same as Bush’s, which is the same as Reagan’s, etc.

Dante on September 18, 2012 at 1:07 PM

I was going to ask if you were really this stupid, then I saw it was from Dante, nuff ced.

D-fusit on September 18, 2012 at 1:16 PM

thatsafactjack on September 18, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Good afternoon Jackie!

Well said!!

Scrumpy on September 18, 2012 at 1:17 PM

The economy is a given. Sure, attack him mercilessly, but there’s no need to spend all day talking about it.

Also attack his only perceived strength – foreign policy. As it’s revealed to Americans, they will be horrified.

faraway on September 18, 2012 at 1:19 PM

I haven’t heard one politician put his career on the line and suggest we bring home all our Ambassadors to Muslim Nations and send home their Ambassadors to their home nations, stop funding all of these countries and cease all trade with these countries until they cure the problem of killing anything that is not in their Koran. They want to live in the seventh century so give them that freedom which we praise but keep it out of our country that has come a long way from the seventh century.

mixplix on September 18, 2012 at 1:20 PM

WaPo has a Virginia poll out putting Obama up 8 points, 52% – 44%.

The sample is a ridiculous D +8%.

In 2008 turnout was D +6%.
In 2009 turnout was R +4%.
No 2010 exit polls, but the Congressional vote was R +13%.

steebo77 on September 18, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Gallup polls? To understand them, add +3 or +4 in order to factor in the intimidation from the DOJ. Gallup has come to an understanding by the proverbial Don Corleone.

iamsaved on September 18, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Gallup’s no longer the Gold Standard of “polling” that they were for decades after George Gallup founded the firm in the 1930s. For one thing, George sold the firm to an outside company in 1998. And later, Gallup was forever tainted by their partnership with the corrupt CNN.

Del Dolemonte on September 18, 2012 at 1:23 PM

If only he would get booed on Letterman….then we would know that the preference cascade at started in earnest.

Lily on September 18, 2012 at 1:24 PM

When ya got the team of Geithner in charge of the economy, and Garrett and Power in charge of foreign policy, do you really expect anything to get better?

If we hadn’t listened to the idiots…ya know, it’ll take a de3cade or more for that oil to enter the marketplace, or if we mine coal we might possibly interrupt the habitat for the Eastern Spider Gnat, those guys…none of this Middle East garbage would matter a hill of beans.

So long as we allow ourselves to be totally dependent on foreign energy sources, other nations will dictate terms.

Obama cannot focus on the economy because after four years he’s done nothing but make matters worse.

He cannot focus on foreign policy because other than kowtow to Islamic states what has Obama done that actually matters?

If I were the Nobel Peace Prize Committee I’d demand Obama give that damn medal back.

coldwarrior on September 18, 2012 at 1:25 PM

WaPo has a Virginia poll out putting Obama up 8 points, 52% – 44%.

The sample is a ridiculous D +8%.

In 2008 turnout was D +6%.
In 2009 turnout was R +4%.
No 2010 exit polls, but the Congressional vote was R +13%.

steebo77 on September 18, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Not only that, but they have Goode (Constitution) and Johnson (Libertarian) getting a combined 6% of the vote!

sentinelrules on September 18, 2012 at 1:26 PM

I haven’t heard one politician put his career on the line and suggest we bring home all our Ambassadors to Muslim Nations and send home their Ambassadors to their home nations, stop funding all of these countries and cease all trade with these countries until they cure the problem of killing anything that is not in their Koran. They want to live in the seventh century so give them that freedom which we praise but keep it out of our country that has come a long way from the seventh century.

mixplix on September 18, 2012 at 1:20 PM

As long as we rely on them for oil, it will never happen. If we could fend for ourselves, we could tell them all to go back to whatever century they prefer.

Lily on September 18, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Garrett s/b Jarrett.

Damn medication. :-(

coldwarrior on September 18, 2012 at 1:27 PM

The ME disturbances are a spontaneous kinetic reaction to an incendiary video and nothing to do with this administration’s policies. Nothing to see here. Move along. Move along.

*spit*

petefrt on September 18, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Considering the world is on fire right now, its looking likely.

Philly on September 18, 2012 at 1:30 PM

thatsafactjack on September 18, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Roger that! And well written, too.

TXUS on September 18, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Only to those who have jobs and think they will keep them…

d1carter on September 18, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Gallup looks D +3 and it’s back down to one little point for Obama. If this is going to be a possible R +2 turnout Rasmussen supposedly mentioned on his premium site, but not using directly in his polling yet , then Dear Leader is in deep trouble!

Mr. Mike on September 18, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Gallup may have to go to D+50 to keep Obama ahead.

faraway on September 18, 2012 at 1:41 PM

It should at least have some talk about Afcrapistan as our troops are still dying and losing limbs there for nothing – nothing American anyway.

Robert Spencer: “Finally: NATO scales back joint operations with Afghan forces. How many had to be murdered by their “trainees” and “partners” before this happened? General Allen and the rest of the high command should be put on trial for the deaths of every one of those troops. What war strategy? There is no plan for victory, no definition of victory, no clear goal, no clear means to get to any goal — nothing. Just more and more of our troops killed for a Sharia government that its people hates, battling Sharia forces that enjoy broad support.”

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/09/finally-nato-scales-back-joint-operations-with-afghan-forces.html

VorDaj on September 18, 2012 at 1:46 PM

They want to live in the seventh century so give them that freedom which we praise but keep it out of our country that has come a long way from the seventh century.

Too late. They are here and actively working to drag us into their beloved seventh century mindset and culture, thanks to the aid and comfort given by able and willing anti-American allies on the left.

hawkeye54 on September 18, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Another myth and monumental lie from Obama is that these Muslim Killers want “democracy” for their “people”. What they want and now have is a Theocracy based on Sharia law and Allah as the head of state!! They traded dictators for that!! When democracies fail as Obama is doing to the U.S., dictators take over! Obama will probably be a dictator trying to implement Sharia law!! When these liberals start the “democracy” meme, they ought to be educated about Theocracy!! They honestly are too stupid to recognize the differences!!

Marco on September 18, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Another myth and monumental lie from Obama is that these Muslim Killers want “democracy” for their “people”.

Keep this ingrained in your memory and repeat often as a reason for his lies:

“I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction” said Barack Hussein Obama …

hawkeye54 on September 18, 2012 at 1:54 PM

The middle east on fire…

… Afghanies turning on our troops.

Iran flying over Iraq to get to Syria…

… Israel left alone.

China about to make sushi out of Japan…

We are printing Forty billion Dollars per month. Maybe forever…,

… and Obowma in the White House watching Homeland.

Too bad this isn’t an election year…

Seven Percent Solution on September 18, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Have events changed the nature of the election from a focus primarily on domestic policy to a debate on Obama’s handling of foreign policy? If more revelations of incompetence arise, perhaps — but at this point, that seems doubtful. When crises do erupt, they tend to take a long time to damage presidents; Jimmy Carter’s polling looked solid in September 1980, despite 10 months of a hostage crisis in Iran that echoes in today’s multiple diplomatic crises. Although foreign policy is the one area in which presidents have most authority, voters tend to grade incumbents on whether they have improved their economic situation. Voters want to know who lost the economic recovery more than they want to discuss who lost Egypt, because that has a lot more relevance to their immediate circumstances. But if the bungling continues at the White House and State Department, the risk rises that a perception of incompetence in the administration’s foreign policy will reinforce an impression of incompetence in economic policy, and create the kind of narrative that made Carter a one-term president.

Foreign policy crises are never really planned, but a competent Administration plans PREVENTIVELY.

Carter bungled Iran by dumping the Shah, and it might have cost him the election.

Reagan faced the bombing of the Marine barracks in Lebanon in 1983, and stood his ground against the Soviet Union, and was rewarded with re-election.

Bush 41 was faced with Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, which he handled well, but he bungled the economy at home, and lost.

Clinton was not really faced with a foreign-policy crisis during his two terms, although the bombing of the U.S.S. Cole in 2000 might have influenced military voters to vote against Gore. He reaped the “peace dividend”, but dangerously weakened our military.

Bush 43 was caught flat-footed by 9/11, but his strong reaction to it guaranteed his re-election in 2004.

Obama inherited a strong foreign-policy position from Bush 43, but he did everything possible to squander his strength–the Arab “apology tour”, wanting to close Gitmo, alienating Israel, closing missile defense in Poland, supporting Gaddafi and Mubarak’s ouster without considering the replacements, and now his chickensssss have come home to roossssssst.

With a failing economy, spiraling debt, AND violence in the Middle East, 2012 is starting to look like “Welcome Back, Carter”. Or maybe not so welcome.

How about an idea for a bumper sticker:
ARAB SPRING = AMERICAN WINTER

Steve Z on September 18, 2012 at 2:02 PM

The sample is a ridiculous D +8%.

In 2008 turnout was D +6%.
In 2009 turnout was R +4%.
No 2010 exit polls, but the Congressional vote was R +13%.

steebo77 on September 18, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Correction:

That was the “adults” sample. The likely voter sample is D +9%!

steebo77 on September 18, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Will Obama extradite those accused by the Sharia court in Egypt..? That would be a foreign policy coup…

d1carter on September 18, 2012 at 2:05 PM

China about to make sushi out of Japan…

Seven Percent Solution on September 18, 2012 at 2:00 PM

ROTFLMAO… Somebody done been reading the wrong fortune cookies… China is going to reach out and try to take something from Japan… and pull back a bloody stump where their hand used to be. Japan as one of the finest most capable Navies on earth… China… Not so much.

SWalker on September 18, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Seems Obama’s foreign policy can be shattered by one American exercising his right of free speech. Apparently Obama’s foreign policy can only succeed if he can muzzle 300,000,000 Americans so that no one can say anything that might upset the Muslim world.

Yeah, this could become a foreign policy election as well as an economy election. Obama’s economic policy and his foreign policy are both disasters.

It could also become a free speech election.

farsighted on September 18, 2012 at 2:12 PM

“We have an unlucky president he’s been unlucky for this country,” declared Trump appearing by telephone on the “Fox & Friends” broadcast. “Everything he touches turns to trouble. They talk about his foreign policy. His foreign policy is a disaster. The Middle East is exploding. With all the billions and trillions — not billions — trillions we’ve spent there — it’s exploding. Our economy stinks. He’s an unlucky president for this country.”

Schadenfreude on September 18, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Ladies and Gentlemen…the Gallup bounce for Obama is over.

Obama: 47%
Romney: 46%

http://www.gallup.com/home.aspx

sentinelrules on September 18, 2012 at 1:04 PM
So Obamma being at the 47% mark, does this mean he is bottomed out? Like Mitt said, 47% will vote for Barak no matter what.

the new aesthetic on September 18, 2012 at 1:16 PM

There’s also a new Rasmussen poll showing Romney leading in Colorado 47-45. Obama moved his Greek columns to Charlotte, and he’s now losing both Colorado AND North Carolina…

Steve Z on September 18, 2012 at 2:12 PM

On your issue of ‘burning flags’, have you seen this? It is golden!

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/09/18/protester-dies-after-inhaling-fumes-from-burning-american-flag/
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letget on September 18, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Saw that…and just about choked laughing!

I hope the clown suffered – a lot – before he croaked.

Solaratov on September 18, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Saw that…and just about choked laughing!

I hope the clown suffered – a lot – before he croaked.

Wonderful! You know what this means? A federal mandate to have yet another “idiot” caution label to our Chinese made flags:

“Caution: Do not inhale fumes of burning flag. Inhaling fumes of burning flag may cause injury and/or death.”

Product liabilty lawyers are now taking notes.

hawkeye54 on September 18, 2012 at 2:59 PM

“We have an unlucky president he’s been unlucky for this country,” declared Trump appearing by telephone on the “Fox & Friends” broadcast. “Everything he touches turns to trouble. They talk about his foreign policy. His foreign policy is a disaster. The Middle East is exploding. With all the billions and trillions — not billions — trillions we’ve spent there — it’s exploding. Our economy stinks. He’s an unlucky president for this country.”

Schadenfreude on September 18, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.
This is known as “bad luck.”

Robert A Heinlein

Trump is right. He might be right for the wrong reasons… but he’s more right than he possibly could know.

Chaz706 on September 18, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Mark Steyn

Shy Guy on September 18, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Fires in 30 countries now…all due to Obama’s foreign policy and ‘strength’ at home and abroad…

Obama and Hillary have Stevens’ blood on their hands.

Schadenfreude on September 18, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Blaming Obama for the fires is IMO no better, no more accurate, than blaming the film maker; the problem is Islam itself which is not only barbaric, but actively seeking conflict.

The west’s dealings with the Muslim world have been arrogant and overly optimistic for decades and that lack of understanding about Islam is a problem throughout the civilised world, not limited to one POTUS. If we try to blame Mr Obama we are encouraging that ignorance to continue and, worse, squabbling with one another just as the Muslims want.

YiZhangZhe on September 18, 2012 at 5:21 PM

As long as we rely on them for oil, it will never happen. If we could fend for ourselves, we could tell them all to go back to whatever century they prefer.

Lily on September 18, 2012 at 1:27 PM

The Arab world needs to sell oil far more than the rest of the world needs to buy it.

What, apart from oil, is produced in the Arab world that the rest of the world needs to buy? What, apart from food, cars, weapons, clothes, technology, food, watches, boats, computers, food and food is produced in the rest of the world that the Arab world needs to buy. Did I mention food?

The oil is significant, yes. If the oil stops flowing the world will undergo some huge and painful changes but the non-Arab world will adapt, possibly very rapidly. Meanwhile the Arabs will get bored and hungry and then start to slaughter one another, or possibly the other way around.

So, no, western dependence on oil is not the real problem. The real problem is western sentimentality that cannot bear to think that some children might suffer if trade stops, and that is not willing to evict Islam from the Occident.

YiZhangZhe on September 18, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Brilliant cartoon.

talkingpoints on September 18, 2012 at 5:41 PM

And right on cue, Mother Jones releases another clip showing Mitt stating concisely, cogently and intelligently the entire problem with the two-state solution and why Palestinians are not interested in a peaceful solution. Americans everywhere nod their heads in agreement.

Want to make it about foreign policy? HELL YEAH!!! Let’s go there.

Ozwitch on September 18, 2012 at 8:48 PM