NV newspaper: Obama a “narcissistic amateur,” “embarrassment,” “incompetent”

posted at 1:21 pm on November 2, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

And those are the kinder thoughts that the editors of the Las Vegas Review-Journal had for Barack Obama in their lead editorial yesterday.  Those conclusions refer to Obama’s overall performance on the economy and foreign policy.  When they get down to specifics on Benghazi, the anger pulses through every sentence (via Twitchy):

The official explanation for the inadequate security? This administration didn’t want to “offend the sensibilities” of the new radical Islamic regime which American and British arms had so recently helped install in Libya.

The official explanation for why Obama administration officials watched the attack unfold for seven hours, refusing repeated requests to send the air support and relief forces that sat less than two hours away in Italy? Silence.

An open discussion of these issues, of course, would lead to difficult questions about the wisdom of underwriting and celebrating the so-called Arab Spring revolts in the first place. While the removal of tyrants can be laudable, the results show a disturbing pattern of merely installing new tyrannies – theocracies of medieval mullahs who immediately start savaging the rights of women (including the basic right to education) and who are openly hostile to American interests.

When Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney promptly criticized the security failures in Benghazi, the White House and its lapdog media jumped all over him for another “gaffe,” for speaking out too promptly and too strongly. Prompt and strong action from the White House on Sept. 11 might have saved American lives, as well as America’s reputation as a nation not to be messed with. Weakness and dithering and flying to Las Vegas the next day for celebrity fund-raising parties are somehow better?

Yes, you read that right — a major Las Vegas newspaper just ripped Obama for coming to Las Vegas rather than doing his job.  They conclude that a vote for Obama would be like, er … well, I can’t improve on their analogy:

These behaviors go far beyond “spin.” They amount to a pack of lies. To return to office a narcissistic amateur who seeks to ride this nation’s economy and international esteem to oblivion, like Slim Pickens riding the nuclear bomb to its target at the end of the movie “Dr. Strangelove,” would be disastrous.

Bear in mind that editorials typically come from a conference among several editors at the newspaper.  One will usually draft an essay, and then it gets discussed, modified, and redrafted to find a consensus among the editorial board as to tone and direction.  This represents the LVRJ’s center, apparently.

With Nevada in play, and Clark County one of the keys to Democratic victory, this attack from one of the state’s most important newspapers is very bad news for Obama, especially this close to Election Day.  The best that Team Obama can hope is that what’s said in Vegas stays in Vegas.


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The Blaze has a list of the 28 newspapers that, four years ago endorsed barack, but have changed their endorsement to President Romney this election.

Each has a short blurb from their endorsement. Many are just as scathing as the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s.

DuctTapeMyBrain on November 2, 2012 at 1:33 PM

This would be a bigger burger, but appears from 2 diff sources they supported MCsquish and Angle in 08 and 10, so def right leaner as earlier poster commented…but nonetheless, brutally accurate and just shared out on my social media…

hillsoftx on November 2, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Senator Menendez packs a bag:

Survival kit contents check. In them you’ll find: one forty-five caliber automatic; two boxes of ammunition; four days’ concentrated emergency rations; one drug issue containing antibiotics, morphine, vitamin pills, pep pills, sleeping pills, tranquilizer pills; one miniature combination Russian phrase book and Bible; one hundred dollars in rubles; one hundred dollars in gold; nine packs of chewing gum; one issue of prophylactics; three lipsticks; three pair of nylon stockings. Shoot, a fella’ could have a pretty good weekend in Vegas with all that stuff.

BobMbx on November 2, 2012 at 1:59 PM

GregGerglesGumby is having a meltdown on the Closing Arguments Thread.

4 more days.

kingsjester on November 2, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Worst president in the history of these United States.

nitzsche on November 2, 2012 at 2:00 PM

WNBC: Woman interviewed in high-rise city project says deteriorating conditions; People crapping in hallways… .

PappyD61 on November 2, 2012 at 1:56 PM

The OWS would feel right at home.

Bishop on November 2, 2012 at 2:00 PM

I only wish they had written it a week ago.

At this point, 60% of everyone who is going to vote in Clark County has already voted.

JohnGalt23 on November 2, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Still patiently waiting for all of that new public opinion data showing that Dear Leader got a bump from the hurricane. So far, only one outfit (a Washington DC newspaper that endorsed O’bamna) has released such a “poll”, and they haven’t updated it in nearly 3 days now.

Usually when that happens, it’s an indicator that they were not getting the same followup results on subsequent days that they got the first day. In other words, O’bamna’s “approval” of how he handled the hurricane most likely dropped sharpy from 10/30 to 11/1.

The fact that absolutely no other “pollster” has even bothered to poll this question speaks volumes.

Del Dolemonte on November 2, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Monkeytoe on November 2, 2012 at 1:56 PM

LVRJ is center-right, and tends to be anti-teacher’s union and sometimes anti-school district. Its endorsements vary, because of lefty columnists employed there. LVRJ also owns The Sun, which is their main lefty-slant outlet.

SailorMark on November 2, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Bishop on November 2, 2012 at 1:55 PM

If you see my comment at 1:56 to SKYFOX, you’ll see my thoughts on the subject. in fairness, if I offended any hardworking people, I apologize to them.

Not to that little cur.

THIS:

Benghazi, LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Nobody cares about Benghazi.
gumbyandpokey on November 2, 2012 at 1:14 AM

Is what spurred my comment to him. He’s a cur, and even calling him that is a disservice to curs.

thatsafactjack on November 2, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Spread this far and wide…..from Reuters.

‘THEY FORGOT ABOUT US’

President Barack Obama, locked in a tight race with Republican challenger Mitt Romney, has so far received praise for his handling of storm relief. But scenes of angry storm victims could affect the U.S. political campaign with Election Day four days away.

“They forgot about us,” said Theresa Connor, 42, describing her Staten Island neighborhood as having been “annihilated.” “And Bloomberg said New York is fine. The marathon is on,” she said, referring to Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Rising seawater flooded lower Manhattan, much of which still lacked power and subway service on Friday, while midtown and uptown Manhattan were close to normal.

Fury has been escalating throughout New York at Bloomberg’s decision to proceed with the marathon on Sunday, vowing the event – which attracts more than 40,000 runners – would not divert any resources storm victims.

“I just walked past four huge generators. Those could be put to use for people who need them,” said Marjorie Dial, a tourist from Oregon who was shocked to see the generators in Central Park, where the marathon finishes. “What they’ve discovered on Staten Island should have been the tipping point – the bodies.”

PappyD61 on November 2, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/11/obamas_loss_inevitable_for_years.html#ixzz2B5b2FLVM

ted c on November 2, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Another excellent piece Ted linked to–bulls eye.

hillsoftx on November 2, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Scathing!

This editorial should be everywhere. At last some of the media have woken up. Will the LSM?

dogsoldier on November 2, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Just scanned the 181 comments at the LVJR site. Encouraging.

sdbatboy on November 2, 2012 at 2:03 PM

HOLY HELL! Watch this:

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/biden-theres-never-been-day-last-four-years-ive-been-proud-be-his-vice-president_660130.html

Biden with what has to be the dumbest gaffe of all! This needs to be incorporated into an ad this weekend, it’s perfect.

jaygatz33 on November 2, 2012 at 2:04 PM

At last. The truth. And from the same state that gave us Harry Reid. Kuddos to the real gutsy decision to run this in SEIU Las Vegas…and I do mean that takes guts.

Portia46 on November 2, 2012 at 2:04 PM

I only wish they had written it a week ago.

At this point, 60% of everyone who is going to vote in Clark County has already voted.

JohnGalt23 on November 2, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Have they released any of the numbers yet?

UltimateBob on November 2, 2012 at 2:05 PM

great comments of support at the LVRJ site.

ted c on November 2, 2012 at 2:05 PM

jaygatz33 on November 2, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Rush just mentioned this and is looking for the link and should have it on his show after the top of the hour!
L

letget on November 2, 2012 at 2:06 PM

I only wish they had written it a week ago.

At this point, 60% of everyone who is going to vote in Clark County has already voted.

JohnGalt23 on November 2, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Not really, John. Most people that I work with and my family all vote on Election Day. We like the “I Voted” stickers.

Chocktopus on November 2, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Sounds good but after Romney easily wins OH, PA, and WI early, well… But NV will be the gravy..

Al Hall on November 2, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Well, I’ll take that, too!

SailorMark on November 2, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Just in time for Thanksgiving… And 0 will be the turkey.. Of course Joe will be the ham…

Al Hall on November 2, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Just in time for Thanksgiving… And 0 will be the turkey.. Of course Joe will be the ham…

Al Hall on November 2, 2012 at 2:06 PM

And Big Bird. Don’t forget Big Bird.

SailorMark on November 2, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Have they released any of the numbers yet?

UltimateBob on November 2, 2012 at 2:05 PM

From the LVRJ:

As of Thursday, more than 578,000 Nevadans had voted early or cast absentee ballots for a 46 percent turnout. Of those, about 44 percent were Democrats and 38 percent Republicans.

Early voting ends today, and that editorial is being spread all around by guys like me.

SailorMark on November 2, 2012 at 2:13 PM

There could be a political firestorm erupting this weekend over Benghazi and Sandy/Katrina.

Let’s fan the flames.

PappyD61 on November 2, 2012 at 2:15 PM

As of Thursday, more than 578,000 Nevadans had voted early or cast absentee ballots for a 46 percent turnout. Of those, about 44 percent were Democrats and 38 percent Republicans.

The Obama campaign reports they expect between 108% – 115% of absentee ballots will be cast for Obama.

BobMbx on November 2, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Who said journalism was dead?

Epic smackdown. Great job, LVRJ!

Common Sense Floridian on November 2, 2012 at 2:23 PM

After I first read this editorial, I did some research on the newspaper and the site…I thought it was fake.

d1carter on November 2, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Early voting ends today, and that editorial is being spread all around by guys like me.

SailorMark on November 2, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Good job! :-)

UltimateBob on November 2, 2012 at 2:27 PM

I’d vote for Slim Pickens before I’d vote for 0bama.

Ward Cleaver on November 2, 2012 at 1:25 PM

No contest! YEEEEEHAAAAA!

Finbar on November 2, 2012 at 2:29 PM

After I first read this editorial, I did some research on the newspaper and the site…I thought it was fake.

d1carter on November 2, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Well, it’s Vegas. Everything’s fake.

SailorMark on November 2, 2012 at 2:31 PM

The Obama campaign reports they expect between 108% – 115% of absentee ballots will be cast for Obama.
 
BobMbx on November 2, 2012 at 2:20 PM

 
Nicely done.

rogerb on November 2, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Boy…Mozza is really running out of bad news for Obama when he must dig up these kinds of trivialities.

The way things currently are, it will be interesting to see if he will find any poll at all to gloat about before the election. Over at the Republican-leaning, I see lots of Blue arrows pointing towards the sky in the RCP poll tracking tables and almost no Red ones.

MARCU$

mlindroo on November 2, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Reposted from yesterday.

So are you are back to GOTV and Early Voting as the bombshell (atomic?) win for Obama, or are you still stuck on the hurricane which isn’t going to affect voting that much in swing states.

It’s all common sense.

Being strongly ahead in early voting in OH, all the battleground state polls being released showing Obama ahead, the good economic/jobs news (with more to come tomorrow), and the RCP national average showing Obama ahead all show Obama has the momentum in the final week. And, yes, the hurricane seems to be the moment that fate intervened on Obama’s behalf. Romney lost his momentum and never got it back and Obama started rising in the national polls. Add in Christie treating Obama like The Messiah, and it’s pretty easy to figure out he’s winning re-election.

gumbyandpokey on November 1, 2012 at 11:26 AM

I’m so saving this prediction to beat the plasticine Gumby upside the head tomorrow and going forward.

Say… You wouldn’t be a re-juvenated crrr6 would you.

She was pretty bold with a few predictions like “This will never come back to bite me”

AH_C on November 1, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Any more predictions?

AH_C on November 2, 2012 at 2:34 PM

The Obama campaign reports they expect between 108% – 115% of absentee ballots will be cast for Obama.

BobMbx on November 2, 2012 at 2:20 PM

That low? Someone must be cooking the books. :)

scalleywag on November 2, 2012 at 2:35 PM

A ringing endorsement!

Bmore on November 2, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Gumby’s swan song
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxOYm8En2ms


Gumby rode out of the West
with a poll on his chest
And he tried his best
to make it stay

In the heat of the fray
10 polls won’t stick to clay
But what the hay
he rode them anyway

It was Gumby
refrain: He was Gumby

It was a hell of a gun
but the hot midday sun
was a’burning dirty and mean
And it’s harder to shoot
when your gun’s hot to boot
in your hand’s custom green plasticine
like Gumby’s…

AH_C on November 2, 2012 at 2:39 PM

And then there’s the military vote, they’re going to support the coward in chief in droves /

http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/scandal-mccain-benghazi-cover-up/2012/11/02/id/462519

scalleywag on November 2, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Sorry, should have read, indictment.

Bmore on November 2, 2012 at 2:40 PM

I’d vote for Slim Pickens before I’d vote for 0bama.

Ward Cleaver on November 2, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Yeah and even dead for 30 years he’d have done a better job than the rat-eared wonder.

Happy Nomad on November 2, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Hey, GregGerglesGumby…are you paid by the post?

kingsjester on November 2, 2012 at 1:38 PM

KJ has identified our Jame Gumby: the Gergmeister. Thought I recognized the m.o.

RushBaby on November 2, 2012 at 2:42 PM

It has come to this. A democrat has to be utterly devoid of talent in order for a newspaper to level any fair and well-deserved criticism of him/her. Welcome to the real world, Mr. Obama, where you are judged on your outcomes rather than your intentions. Look around you….everything you touch turns into sh!t. The economy, the foreign affairs of our nation, defense, citizen relations, everything—it’s a shambles. Are you proud of yourself? Well, are you punk????

ted c on November 2, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Reno Gazette-Journal endorsed on October 20, the first day of early voting.

Unfortunately, today is the last day of early voting!!!!

LVRJ – thanks a lot!!!!

fred5678 on November 2, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Sorry, should have read, indictment.

Bmore on November 2, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Tomato/ Tomahto!

The most important thing is news ink that says:

These behaviors go far beyond “spin.” They amount to a pack of lies. To return to office a narcissistic amateur who seeks to ride this nation’s economy and international esteem to oblivion, like Slim Pickens riding the nuclear bomb to its target at the end of the movie “Dr. Strangelove,” would be disastrous.

Pure gold.

Happy Nomad on November 2, 2012 at 2:43 PM

I’d vote for Slim Pickens before I’d vote for 0bama.

Ward Cleaver on November 2, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Mr. Pickens is more likely to vote for Obama than either of us, given the Democrats’ proven ability to turn out the dead vote.

novaculus on November 2, 2012 at 2:44 PM

And we don’t like the Reid you rode in on, either!

Gordy on November 2, 2012 at 2:50 PM

I thought for sure it was a guest editorial by PJ O’Rourke to start with.

Knott Buyinit on November 2, 2012 at 2:52 PM

There’s nothing wrong with an honest dollar for an honest dollars worth of work.

thatsafactjack on November 2, 2012 at 1:56 PM

One of my first jobs was pumping gas…and cleaning the public restrooms on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

I promise you this: you would have been proud to sit on one of my crappers after I was done cleaning it. Them babies sparkled!

And I was proud of it.

pain train on November 2, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Benghazi, LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Nobody cares about Benghazi.
gumbyandpokey on November 2, 2012 at 1:14 AM

This guy/girl is just someone’s dreamed up persona to increase posts on this site, right?

I mean anyone like this wouldn’t even be alive because of the lack of oxygen from it’s head being buried so deep in crap.

I’m right, right?

avagreen on November 2, 2012 at 3:24 PM

And those are the kinder thoughts that the editors of the Las Vegas Review-Journal had for Barack Obama in their lead editorial yesterday.

LOL.

farsighted on November 2, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Hopenchange…fading away, right before their eyes…

Strike Hornet on November 2, 2012 at 3:39 PM

As of Thursday, more than 578,000 Nevadans had voted early or cast absentee ballots for a 46 percent turnout. Of those, about 44 percent were Democrats and 38 percent Republicans.

And……….20.54% for “other” in early voting…..Romney’s winning with Independents.

PLUS, in mail-in voting, 34.8% were Democrats and 47.49% were Republicans and 17.71% were “other”.

Looks like a Romney win to me in Nevada.

Updated 11:15am 11/2/2012
http://nvsos.gov/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=2503

avagreen on November 2, 2012 at 3:41 PM

More or less the same sampling here for Week 1: http://nvsos.gov/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=2501

avagreen on November 2, 2012 at 3:44 PM

The best that Team Obama can hope is that what’s said in Vegas stays in Vegas.

Actually it’s just the opposite. He’d like to have these words long gone from Vegas before Clark Countians head to the polls.

RW_theoriginal on November 2, 2012 at 3:48 PM

walter willams knew ….in 2008 befor the vote he wrote
http://townhall.com/columnists/walterewilliams/2008/03/26/is_obama_ready_for_america
a stumblebumb…..laffs…

going2mars on November 2, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Aside from Ohypocrite telling corporations and others that their days of partying in Vegas are over while clearly they aren’t for him or government employees under his watch, I’d bet that the casinos suffer every time Bammie visits the city and they’d prefer it if he just stayed away. That editorial was one awesome shot right between those disdainful Obamuh eyes.

stukinIL4now on November 2, 2012 at 3:59 PM

This has to be the best item I have ever read in a newspaper.

Oleta on November 2, 2012 at 5:20 PM

I am a subscriber. Now, I’m a subscriber for life.

It’s a great newspaper and, normally, pretty unbiased and extremely informative. It makes the NY Times look like a joke. It’s always a good read. It may finally be the old, “If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.”

Sounds like the editors are paying attention. Good.

NoPain on November 2, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Where the H were these people when dingy harry was running. He should have been thrown out on his keester.

ultracon on November 2, 2012 at 7:54 PM

I am a subscriber. Now, I’m a subscriber for life.

It’s a great newspaper and, normally, pretty unbiased and extremely informative. It makes the NY Times look like a joke. It’s always a good read. It may finally be the old, “If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.”

Sounds like the editors are paying attention. Good.

NoPain on November 2, 2012 at 7:47 PM

I let my subscription lapse this year after 20 years as a subscriber.

After that editorial, was is by Sherm?, I am definitely going back!

Jvette on November 2, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Unfortunately, it’s a week or two late given early voting and the general public doesn’t read the editorial page if it reads the newspaper at all.

kd6rxl on November 3, 2012 at 9:48 AM

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