Quotes of the day

posted at 10:43 pm on October 25, 2012 by Allahpundit

Obama’s Chicago-based brain trust had intended to highlight four years of “solid, steady progress” in the final days of the race, several Democrats told POLITICO, with a healthy dose of hammering Romney — a strategy that had given Obama a lead going into that fateful first debate.

Instead, the pressure is now on Obama to prove himself — and oh so late in the game. That led his campaign on Tuesday to release a detailed, bullet-point plan for his second term — a formal agenda his team had long resisted despite appeals from the likes of Bill Clinton, Nancy Pelosi and James Carville, and an army of basic-cable liberals, who said the president needed to spend less time cutting down Romney and more time elevating himself…

“Maybe it’s not too late, but wouldn’t it have been cool to have a great document put out the day after the convention when everyone was riding really high, instead of now?” asked polling analyst Erica Seifert, who wrote several memos with Carville and Greenberg urging Obama to define his second-term agenda more clearly.

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It’s almost certain that President Obama released his agenda, titled “The New Economic Patriotism,” the night before a Donald Trump blockbuster announcement designed to derail Obama’s reelection. He had to have been hoping dearly the Trump stink-bomb would take all the oxygen away from any second-day stories about the “plan for jobs and middle-class security” the campaign published. It’s not just that the plan is the first voters have heard of any Obama has for his second term — two weeks before Election Day — but that the brochure is about as cheesy a cheap shot as they come.

Unfortunately for Obama, Trump’s pathetic gambit failed to trump the headline that Obama is trying to pass off recycled retreads as new plans and that he was forced to do so after losing the first presidential debate to Mitt Romney, plunging in the polls and sending Democrats into a state of nauseated panic. How, they asked the campaign, could the president possibly win a second term in such a tight race without having outlined an agenda for the next four years? And so an eleventh-hour glossy appeared to answer the charge that Obama had nothing in mind for 2013-2017, with pretty pictures and pabulum to prove it. Brace yourself, the plans include a tax plan that cuts the deficit and creates jobs, energy made in America, a reminder of all that is good about ObamaCare, a pledge to stop Medicare or Social Security from being privatized, reviving manufacturing, investing in education and growing small businesses.

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Why would the president wait until 14 days before the election, after the conventions and the debates, to release his plan? And then print 3.5 million copies of it, making the plan a publishing phenomenon to rival “Dreams from My Father”?

It’s the panicked realization that his campaign’s attempted destruction of Mitt Romney hasn’t worked and isn’t enough to win. The NBC/Wall Street Journal poll this week found that 62 percent of people want major changes in a prospective Obama second term. Four percent — that’s almost down to Obama administration officials and immediate family — want more of the same.

So the president needed someone to get on QuarkXPress to paste together “a new plan” and then run down to FedEx Kinko’s — pronto. But he couldn’t hit print during debate season, lest he give his opponent another target. Surely Romney would have loved to cite the risible document as Exhibit A for Obama’s status-quo presidency.

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Mr. Obama likes to say he inherited “the most severe economic emergency we’ve had since the Great Depression,” but then he claims that it didn’t matter that he staged a two-year fight to remake one-sixth of the economy and threatened to remake another four-sixths.

If recessions following financial crises really are worse than normal, as the President also told the Iowa editors, then why didn’t he take special care to postpone legislation that would add new costs to business, undermine confidence and thus weaken the recovery?

Mr. Obama didn’t really answer the Register’s question, so we will. He didn’t focus on the economy because he didn’t and still doesn’t understand how the private economy works. He doesn’t understand that incentives matter, or how government policies and regulation can sabotage growth. He really believes that government is the engine of economic prosperity.

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Why was the first debate so toxic for the president? Because the one thing he couldn’t do if he was going to win the election is let all the pent-up resentment toward him erupt. Americans had gotten used to him as The President. Whatever his policy choices, whatever general direction he seemed to put in place he was The President, a man who had gotten there through natural gifts and what all politicians need, good fortune.

What he couldn’t do was present himself, when everyone was looking, as smaller than you thought. Petulant, put upon, above it all, full of himself. He couldn’t afford to make himself look less impressive than the challenger in terms of command, grasp of facts, size…

But maybe these questions are all off. Maybe what happened isn’t a mystery at all.

That, anyway, is the view expressed this week by a member of the U.S. Senate who served there with Mr Obama and has met with him in the White House. People back home, he said, sometimes wonder what happened with the president in the debate. The senator said, I paraphrase: I sort of have to tell them that it wasn’t a miscalculation or a weird moment. I tell them: I know him, and that was him. That guy on the stage, that’s the real Obama.

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“President Obama really hasn’t given us a vision for a second-term agenda. Just a couple of days ago he came up with a slick new brochure, you know, with less than two weeks left, to say, ‘Oh, I do actually have an agenda,’ ” Ryan said.

“It is a slick—well, comic book—that was his word,” the Wisconsin congressman repeated after a man in the crowd shouted out the suggestion. “To me, a slick repackaging of more of the same. And look at what it has gotten us.”

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Dislike the new layout.

Priscilla on October 26, 2012 at 8:38 AM

I don’t think you know what a conservative or what conservatism is.

Dante on October 26, 2012 at 8:32 AM

I think the both of you make up the two sides of the clueless coin in terms of rational conservatism.

MadisonConservative on October 26, 2012 at 8:38 AM

I don’t think you know what a conservative or what conservatism is.

Dante on October 26, 2012 at 8:32 AM

I know. I’m not as supremely principled as you, Dante. But then who is? We’re so lucky to have you, a paragon of principle, here to share your wisdom and tell us why we are wrong about everything. You’re the ultimate judge of conservatism, and no one should forget it.

My guess is you were a Ron Paul supporter. Or was he not pure enough for your tastes?

bluegill on October 26, 2012 at 8:41 AM

Dire Straits was here!..And very late..:)

Dire Straits on October 26, 2012 at 8:42 AM

Seriously, though…I don’t know who is in charge of this site anymore, but they just raped the layout and formula more than Metro did with Windows 7.

MadisonConservative on October 26, 2012 at 8:44 AM

Dire Straits was here!..And very

late

VERY VERY EARLY..:)

Dire Straits on October 26, 2012 at 8:42 AM

FIFY, now could you get a gal a cuppa coffee while you’re up?

Laura in Maryland on October 26, 2012 at 8:45 AM

MadisonConservative on October 26, 2012 at 8:44 AM

Yep. From cutting edge Conservatism to the squishy middle.

kingsjester on October 26, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Dante on October 26, 2012 at 8:32 AM

But, in all seriousness, I think it’s good that you post here. You do offer a perspective that is good to have here… even if your posts can seem a little condescending and self-superior at times, but that’s not really a huge deal.

bluegill on October 26, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Yep. From cutting edge Conservatism to the squishy middle.

kingsjester on October 26, 2012 at 8:46 AM

And a serious middle finger to the community that made Hot Air what it iswas.

MadisonConservative on October 26, 2012 at 8:48 AM

MadisonConservative on October 26, 2012 at 8:44 AM

The whole thing is getting annoying. I can’t stand the stoopit roll-over and pop-up ads that blare at me when I try to click a video link. It would also be nice if they’d communicate a little better with their changes. TBE kept us in loop (as much as she could with us bunch of cretins).

And what’s up with the annoying Point-Counterpoint dealy in the so-called Green Room? And where did everybody go?

Laura in Maryland on October 26, 2012 at 8:49 AM

bluegill on October 26, 2012 at 8:26 AM

ryans a bushie, washington insider for a gazillion years, loves big government, votes with the elitist 100% of the time.

don’t tell me its wine when your handing me water. i may have to drink it, but don’t tell me something it ain’t.

renalin on October 26, 2012 at 8:50 AM

And a serious middle finger to the community that made Hot Air what it iswas.
MadisonConservative on October 26, 2012 at 8:48 AM

You’re one to talk. All I ever see you contribute around here is nastiness and complaining. You seem to attack nearly everyone and everything on this site.

bluegill on October 26, 2012 at 8:50 AM

The place was fun while it lasted.

The dantes and bluegills can take over now.

cozmo on October 26, 2012 at 8:51 AM

bluegill on October 26, 2012 at 8:50 AM

My Green Room posts contributed a lot more than your anti-Sarah Palin rants and analingus for the moderate du jour ever did.

MadisonConservative on October 26, 2012 at 8:52 AM

cozmo on October 26, 2012 at 8:51 AM

LoLz!..Never surrender!..:)

Dire Straits on October 26, 2012 at 8:53 AM

MadisonConservative on October 26, 2012 at 8:48 AM

No kidding.

kingsjester on October 26, 2012 at 8:53 AM

You did great, Ed. Mika should be in Congress, seldom does someone take that much time and make that much noise to say nothing.

Cindy Munford on October 26, 2012 at 8:53 AM

MadisonConservative on October 26, 2012 at 8:52 AM

What is up with the Green Room change??..:)

PS..I’m not liking it!!..:(

Dire Straits on October 26, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Laura in Maryland on October 26, 2012 at 8:49 AM

Do you use Mozilla Firefox with AdBlock? I LOVE it.

Cindy Munford on October 26, 2012 at 8:54 AM

cozmo on October 26, 2012 at 8:51 AM

But then who will you call “fluffin’ nutballs,” your signature insult?

Anyway, I am going to be optimistic and will take a wait-and-see approach with the changes being made to the site. Maybe they will work out something that ends up making things even better.

bluegill on October 26, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Laura in Maryland on October 26, 2012 at 8:49 AM

I thought they’d actually put up an info post on it before, you know, they dramatically altered the website without explanation.

But yeah…I guess Salem was uncomfortable with non-Salem employees having a voice on the site. So they nixed the independent bloggers and a lot of commentary from the community, and replaced it with, literally, redundancy for the headlines and an opportunity for Ed to respond to any of the other writers without having to wade amongst the common rabble.

2006: Hot Air was the new, edgy, conservative blog.
2009: The decline begins with Salem’s purchase.
2012: The journey to the establishment is complete.

MadisonConservative on October 26, 2012 at 8:56 AM

MadisonConservative on October 26, 2012 at 8:48 AM

No kidding.

kingsjester on October 26, 2012 at 8:53 AM

As much as I enjoy Ed and Allah (and am warming up to Erica and MKH), I come here for the commenter community. You guys are witty and insightful, and without you it would just be another acceptable Right-leaning opinion site.

Laura in Maryland on October 26, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Do you use Mozilla Firefox with AdBlock? I LOVE it.

Cindy Munford on October 26, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Cindy, Thank you. YOU ROCK!

Laura in Maryland on October 26, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Laura in Maryland on October 26, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Thank you, ma’am. We have been a great community.

kingsjester on October 26, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Laura in Maryland on October 26, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Hear!..Hear!!..:)

Dire Straits on October 26, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Laura in Maryland on October 26, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Absolutely agreed. Frankly, the main reasons I first came to the site were AP, The Boss Emeritus, and Bryan Preston. Since AP became the last remaining founder, I’ve mostly came here for the commenters, as well. HA was really a living, breathing organism because of it…but as the format keeps changing, the ads keep getting worse, and the content becomes more and more sanitized so as to not piss off the sanctimonious overlords…it’s a hollow shell, now.

Trouble is, I’ve never found another site quite like it. A shame.

MadisonConservative on October 26, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Have fun, all. I’m off to the 3rd Grade Nature field trip. Yay!

Laura in Maryland on October 26, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Laura in Maryland on October 26, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Ah, those were the days. Especially the bus ride to and from.

Cindy Munford on October 26, 2012 at 9:13 AM

even if your posts can seem a little condescending and self-superior at times

bluegill on October 26, 2012 at 8:47 AM

All I ever see you contribute around here is nastiness and complaining. You seem to attack nearly everyone and everything on this site.

bluegill on October 26, 2012 at 8:50 AM

There are none so blind as those who will not see.

Flora Duh on October 26, 2012 at 9:27 AM

There are none so blind as those who will not see.

Flora Duh on October 26, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Amen.

Cindy Munford on October 26, 2012 at 9:38 AM

There are none so blind as those who will not see.

Flora Duh on October 26, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Heh. Thanks. Although, when someone sees Dante as a more positive voice, I know they’re not to be taken very seriously.

MadisonConservative on October 26, 2012 at 9:40 AM

There are none so blind as those who will not see.

Flora Duh on October 26, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Amen.

Dante on October 26, 2012 at 9:46 AM

There are none so blind as those who will not see.

Flora Duh on October 26, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Amen.

Cindy Munford on October 26, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Ditto that!!..:)

Dire Straits on October 26, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Amen.

Dante on October 26, 2012 at 9:46 AM

And, how is your seeing eye dog?

kingsjester on October 26, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Changes come and go…

Not keen on the new GR look…

Was I ‘blind’ or was QOTD missing for a few nights?

Good day to one and all…

God Bless

BTW, will be posting less frequently…

Scrumpy on October 26, 2012 at 12:16 PM

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