Goodbye to the “post-partisan” President?

posted at 2:31 pm on January 22, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

I guess I’d be more saddened by this had we had a chance to say “hello” at all. Isn’t this the same President who told Republicans “I won” on Day 3 his first term while locking them out of the process of writing his stimulus bill?  Ron Fournier laments the departure of a man who never arrived:

Politics is the delicate art of compromise: Two warring factions solving problems by finding ways in which all sides can declare victory. It is not, as Obama said, the work of absolutists. Which is why he needs to walk the narrow line between confidence and hubris, or otherwise he won’t get anything through the GOP-controlled House.

History doesn’t make excuses. If Obama’s agenda fails because Republicans don’t bow to his demands, that will be on him. He has to work with or around the GOP. Apparently, he’s chosen the latter.

What happened to the idealistic young politician who argued against dividing the country into red and blue Americas? It seems we’re not going to see him again.

Well, let’s take stock.  In the first two years, we had ObamaCare, the aforementioned stimulus bill that failed to stimulate and create jobs, and Dodd-Frank.  Oh, yes, and the oft-heralded Lily Ledbetter Act, which gave trial lawyers extra time to file discrimination lawsuits.  On which of these was Obama “post-partisan,” again?

In the second two years, after Republicans took control of the House, we couldn’t even get the Senate to fulfill its legal obligation to produce budgets, while Obama’s two budget proposals were so radical that they couldn’t muster a single Democratic vote in favor in three separate floor votes on Capitol Hill, let alone any Republicans. Instead, we careened from cliff to cliff, and in fact are still careening while Obama insists loudly that he won’t negotiate on debt limits, all while national debt skyrockets past $16 trillion.

However, Fournier is undoubtedly correct that Obama’s inaugural speech was mostly a thumb in the eye to his opposition.  As a new spot from Crossroads GPS demonstrates, that message came through loud and clear to everyone:

David Ignatius ripped Obama’s speech in yesterday’s Washington Post in their blog named — wait for it — PostPartisan:

The only voice that really soared at midday was Beyonce’s, while singing the national anthem. President Barack Obama’s second inaugural address, by contrast, was flat, partisan and surprisingly pedestrian—more a laundry list of preferred political programs than a vision for a divided America and disoriented world. …

Missing from the speech was the first inaugural address’s perhaps naïve dream of uniting America. This second speech seemed to accept that America is divided and, as Obama put it, “progress does not compel us to settle centuries long debates about the role of government for all time.” He called out those who would “treat name-calling as reasoned debate”—I wonder who that could mean?—but Obama’s plan seemed to be to roll the negativists, rather than try any longer to reason with them.

Again, I’m not sure that’s a sea change from the President who coined the term “Romnesia” (name-calling for me, but not for me!), and whose campaign smeared his opponent as a tax-cheating felon who wanted to put women in binders.

Peter Wehner gives a better analysis of where this all leads:

In his inaugural speech he did what he seemingly cannot keep himself from doing: portraying himself and his followers as Children of Light and portraying his opponents as Children of Darkness.

You are either with Obama–or you are with the forces of cruelty and bigotry. In Obama’s world, there is no middle ground. He is the Voice of Reason; those who oppose him are the voice of the mob. They are the ones who (to cite just one passage from his speech) mistake absolutism for principle, substitute spectacle for politics, and treat name-calling as reasoned debate. …

What we are seeing is the authentic Obama, a liberated and fiercely committed progressive who believes he is an agent for social justice and fairness. He feels the election completely vindicated him and his agenda. He has sheer contempt for his opponents. And in his second term he will crush them if they stand in his way.

Call it the transmogrification of Hope and Change.

Actually, it sounded more like Business As Usual.

Update: Related, from Taegan Goddard: 5 Unmistakable Shots at Republicans in Obama’s Inaugural Address.


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Divisive Thug in Chief

Schadenfreude on January 22, 2013 at 2:34 PM

I think he might have a lisp, and he was really saying most partisan.

Flange on January 22, 2013 at 2:35 PM

I’m going to just IGNORE the fool /evil politicians in DC as much as possible the next four years……

Because we ALL KNOW what’s coming.

Just be a Jew in Pharaohs Egypt and realize his goal is to take away the straw and make us do the Pyramid building without what we need.

PappyD61 on January 22, 2013 at 2:35 PM

Say hello to the post-president President.

Aizen on January 22, 2013 at 2:35 PM

First, Obama was never post-partisan, those were the words of an adoring press. Secondly, we won’t see the old Obama, who might have thought about re-election, we’ll be presented with the new Obama who assumes, since he was re-elected, he can do what he wants, when he wants.

WIthout a GOP with some backbone, he just might be right.

bflat879 on January 22, 2013 at 2:36 PM

The Obamas represent the maggots on the dole, to utter perfection.

Yesterday was a day for their “people”. Only theirs attended the inauguration.

Everything was fake, his own band and the star spangled singing.

Best part was Michelle’s rolling of the eyes. The ugly thing showed her insides. Her style is always trash.

Schadenfreude on January 22, 2013 at 2:38 PM

Mark these words, on paper or into your memory. You will remember them, not in a good way.

“I want to take a look,” he could be heard saying, because “I’m not going to see this again.”

Schadenfreude on January 22, 2013 at 2:39 PM

I think the rat-eared bastard is going to over-reach. He does not have the mandate he thinks he does. He will find a Congress increasingly loathe to pass his legislation. And most importantly, he just isn’t a likeable human being especially when he isn’t getting his way. The thin veneer of civility will wear away to expose the lazy unintelligent socialist that has always lurked beneath the surface.

Happy Nomad on January 22, 2013 at 2:39 PM

Boehner and Cantor represent this. May they go the same way.

Schadenfreude on January 22, 2013 at 2:40 PM

He thought “post partisan” meant “eliminate the opposition”.

forest on January 22, 2013 at 2:40 PM

While Fournier may have a glimmer of a clue that Obama isn’t going to be Mr. Unity in his second term (not that he was the last four years, either), there are still more than enough people out there in the media willing to be the yell leaders for the daily Hour of Hate. They’re not going to call Obama on his more overtly partisan message, because all they’re thinking is “What took him so long?”

jon1979 on January 22, 2013 at 2:40 PM

Let’s recall his Senate record: a 100% liberal ADA score, votes against both Alito and Roberts to the Court, vote against raising the debt ceiling, vote against funding for the surge, vote against the Kennedy-Kyl immigration bill, a “present” vote on the condemnation of calling Petraeus “Betrayus”…. and on and on.

Where is the post-partisanship in the man’s record?

He may have used the language of post partisanship but his actions belied those words.

To be sure, the Republicans have been just as obstructionist but it takes two to not dance.

SteveMG on January 22, 2013 at 2:41 PM

OT: Polls close in Israel in about 20 minutes (10:00 pm Israel time) …

http://www.policymic.com/articles/23882/israel-prime-minister-election-results-find-out-who-won-the-israeli-elections-2013

Pork-Chop on January 22, 2013 at 2:41 PM

Obama won… what does he care?

Khun Joe on January 22, 2013 at 2:44 PM

For as many presidents I’ve endured in my lifetime/adulthood, I do not remember one that made a point to be an azzhole to half of the country who did not vote for him during any occasion, much less at inauguration.

If I wrote exactly the way I feel about this thug, I would be banned for life and probably get a visit from the black Tahoes.

tru2tx on January 22, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Flounder.

Bmore on January 22, 2013 at 2:45 PM

We are in the Post American Era. Why not have a Post Presidential King?

portlandon on January 22, 2013 at 2:46 PM

I think the rat-eared bastard is going to over-reach. He does not have the mandate he thinks he does. He will find a Congress increasingly loathe to pass his legislation. And most importantly, he just isn’t a likeable human being especially when he isn’t getting his way. The thin veneer of civility will wear away to expose the lazy unintelligent socialist that has always lurked beneath the surface.

Happy Nomad on January 22, 2013 at 2:39 PM

He’s overreached his entire Presidency. The problem is as long as he maintains 51% support, he can get away with it.

Doughboy on January 22, 2013 at 2:47 PM

The post partisan president was a fiction….just like everything else about him.

The only facts about Obama are the devastating economic,diplomatic and cultural results of his delusional tyrannical policies.

workingclass artist on January 22, 2013 at 2:47 PM

+1 schadenfreude on the first post

cmsinaz on January 22, 2013 at 2:47 PM

I bet he’s been itching for four years to be able to finally get out of his costume. We’re at last going to see him as he really is, and the MSM for how they are. Unless, of course, he needles them so much that one day they start giving him some bad press in payback. Of course it won’t be more than enough to get under his thin skin, which we have seen is easy to do.

Liam on January 22, 2013 at 2:48 PM

All you m’phuckers who couldn’t “force” yourselves to pull the lever for Romney because he was too much like O can puck off.

msupertas on January 22, 2013 at 2:49 PM

Maybe it’s because he is from a mixed family.Abandoned by his black side and raised by the white one.

docflash on January 22, 2013 at 2:50 PM

“Post-partisan” sounds like single Party rule.

Sorry Obie-Won, but I think history beat you to it by at least two decades (dude, you’ve never been as right as even a stopped clock — pathetic) …

ShainS on January 22, 2013 at 2:50 PM

The lsm will still blame the gop for screwing his legacy by not voting for his initiatives

He will not get the blame for anything…..wake up!

cmsinaz on January 22, 2013 at 2:51 PM

Ed writes:
However, Fournier is undoubtedly correct that Obama’s inaugural speech was mostly a thumb in the eye to his opposition.

Are you SERIOUS? That gay inclusiveness was positively GOLDEN.

/we are all Truman Capote now

Paul-Cincy on January 22, 2013 at 2:51 PM

and here I thought the last 4 yrs were horrible with the daily assaults. It’s going to get a lot worse.

CoffeeLover on January 22, 2013 at 2:52 PM

Ich bin ein Truman Capote.

Paul-Cincy on January 22, 2013 at 2:52 PM

Ignore them hell. Watch tehm. Know them for what they are. Document their crimes and activities and identities. Th einfo will be useful later.

rayra on January 22, 2013 at 2:53 PM

What’s amazing is that many liberals think he’s been too bipartisan, too willing to work with the opposition.

Lordy…….

SteveMG on January 22, 2013 at 2:54 PM

He’s overreached his entire Presidency. The problem is as long as he maintains 51% support, he can get away with it.

Doughboy on January 22, 2013 at 2:47 PM

And that’s the point. His support is based on stealing from the productive to give “free” stuff to the parasite class. The dirty little secret is that the non-productive moochers are going to be hit by higher taxes, lower wages, and fewer jobs first. And they will not like it one bit. Sure, there is a core base of parasites and moochers who will always be in Obama’s camp but that 51% is going to evaporate.

Happy Nomad on January 22, 2013 at 2:55 PM

Same old crapola.

Different day.

ho hum

SD Tom on January 22, 2013 at 2:55 PM

He has sheer contempt for his opponents. And in his second term he will crush them if they stand in his way.

True and true. But he may just say “screw it” and spend his entire second term burning through the perks of office and play even more golf.

He’s too lazy to do much crushing.

tru2tx on January 22, 2013 at 2:56 PM

…P O S…!

KOOLAID2 on January 22, 2013 at 2:56 PM

The republic works a lot better when a republican is in the white house and the press corps goes back to work ferreting out every administration misstep, whether large or small or imagined. This is a bad time to add another four years of a fawning, uncritical press corps.

Mark30339 on January 22, 2013 at 2:57 PM

Umm.. Apparently there was an implicit potshot at Ryan in there.. the makers and takers OE. Lovely to know that Barry used his inaugural address to tweak his politcal rival.

Illinidiva on January 22, 2013 at 2:58 PM

as Obama put it, “progress does not compel us to settle centuries long debates about the role of government for all time.”

The debate about the role of the federal government was settled here when the U.S. Constitution was ratified. We the people decided and agreed that the federal government would have limited powers. The debate was settled, and the “progressives” lost.

But some people say that the Founders were just a bunch of racist white dudes, and that the constitution they created was fundamentally “flawed” because it failed to give the federal government the power to enact the “progressive” vision of a big-government utopia.

So the “progressives” decided to use every dirty trick in the book to get around the constitution — from court-packing schemes, to massive electoral fraud, to just flat-out lying through their teeth to the public.

Thus we reach the point where we have the nauseating spectacle we saw yesterday, in which a modern-day “progressive” places his hand on the Bible and swears an oath to uphold and defend the U.S. Constitution that he’s been wiping his azz with for the past four years.

AZCoyote on January 22, 2013 at 2:58 PM

Government is not kind, government is not benign, government is not family, government is bureaucrats, government is force, government betrays, government is self preserving oppression. Corporations may rest in their avarice, government is never sated, government never rests in its quest to determine your life’s course. For a small nominal fee.

Speakup on January 22, 2013 at 2:58 PM

Obama’s the most divisive, anti-American president we’ve seen in a long time, possibly the most ever. He divides on race, income, political beliefs, everything. If you disagree with him on any policy, you are his enemy, and he’ll set out to destroy you. We need someone in the GOP with a spine to stand up to him. The problem is that the race card has really blunted any opposition. The race hustlers have turned ‘racist’ into a career-killing epithet that has everyone on edge. One false charge, all they have to do is scream ‘racist’ and you’ll lose your job. In 5 years, only two people (Rand Paul and Sarah Palin) have shown any promise in challenging The One.

sauldalinsky on January 22, 2013 at 2:59 PM

And that’s the point. His support is based on stealing from the productive to give “free” stuff to the parasite class. The dirty little secret is that the non-productive moochers are going to be hit by higher taxes, lower wages, and fewer jobs first. And they will not like it one bit. Sure, there is a core base of parasites and moochers who will always be in Obama’s camp but that 51% is going to evaporate.

Happy Nomad on January 22, 2013 at 2:55 PM

I hope you’re right. I mean, eventually you will be. It’s inevitable that once the money for all the free stuff runs out, the Democrat Party platform will evaporate. The problem is at that point we’re not looking at the GOP sweeping their way into office. Instead we’re looking at a total societal collapse.

Doughboy on January 22, 2013 at 3:02 PM

Liberals…

One way or another YOU will get what YOU want, but I ask any liberal to tell me exactly what it is that YOU want?

What has/is Obama promising YOU?

What is it that is so so repugnant to YOU about Conservatives and Conservatism?

Please, pretty please any one of our resident Liberals, I would like to know!

Scrumpy on January 22, 2013 at 3:03 PM

What happened to the idealistic young politician who argued against dividing the country into red and blue Americas? It seems we’re not going to see him again.

Fournier also buys swamp land and bridge parts as a second income. How many ways can you say naive?

Rovin on January 22, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Scrumpy on January 22, 2013 at 3:03 PM

Far as liberals are convinced we do two things they hate and badly want us to stop:

1. Live
2. Breathe

Liam on January 22, 2013 at 3:05 PM

With bho being re-elected, he is going to do to the r’s as he wants to do to Israel, get them off the face of the earth! bho hates both and doesn’t seem to mind saying so.

The sad fact, the r’s are SO SCARED of bho/bhopress they just put their tail between their legs and cave! I have to say one thing for bho/team/bhopres/d’s they use everthing they have to get things done and NO ONE STOPS THEM! And another thing, they have gotten all of us r’s/conservatives to HATE the r’s also? That is their plan too!
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letget on January 22, 2013 at 3:06 PM

The reality is that Obama is the president of only half the people . . . the other half reject him completely and expect nothing from him. The “United” States of America is no more.

rplat on January 22, 2013 at 3:06 PM

Like we need offical talking heads and blog lords to tell U.S. B. Obama hates U.S. all.

Just watch King Obama and his mad hatter commie msm kooks go after Ted Cruz.

unPres. Obama knows the CO2/Global Warming/Climate Change fraud has come undone via facts and leaks of the fraud operations headqts lie masters, but with nothing but lies for his foundation onward toward total self destruction closer and closer to the sun he flys, wax wings of lies notwithstanding.

But not to worry he has people like Chuck Schummer and Nancy Pelosi who will stand ,,,, stand,,, way behind him.

Bad bets on bad hands.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 22, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Obama screwed up so badly during his first term that I have serious doubts that he will manage to outdo himself during his second term.

Still, I’m optimistic he will.

Christien on January 22, 2013 at 3:09 PM

The Obamas represent the maggots on the dole, to utter perfection.

You mean multi billion dollar banks, CEOs taking multi million dollars pay outs, and the countless financial institutions who feed at the taxpayer trough?

Thought so.

The right better get in touch with its Tea Party core and focus on the real culprits before they start slamming food stamp recipients.

rickyricardo on January 22, 2013 at 3:13 PM

Though Obama won re-election with just 51 percent of the vote, he’s counting on deep fractures within the Republican Party to give him room for an even broader mandate. His inaugural address was designed to make this point very clear to the American people.

Proceed with caution my conservative brethren. The GOP is still the only viable opposition implement option we have to stop or ameliorate Obama and the progressive’s agenda.

thatsafactjack on January 22, 2013 at 3:13 PM

Ding ding ding Liam @3:05

cmsinaz on January 22, 2013 at 3:14 PM

OBOZO = every bit as “post-partisan” as he’s “post-racial” (and as he is “pro-American”).

TeaPartyNation on January 22, 2013 at 3:14 PM

“I Won”

Post partisan my a$$

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on January 22, 2013 at 3:15 PM

I’m going to just IGNORE the fool /evil politicians in DC as much as possible the next four years……

Because we ALL KNOW what’s coming.

Just be a Jew in Pharaohs Egypt and realize his goal is to take away the straw and make us do the Pyramid building without what we need.

PappyD61 on January 22, 2013 at 2:35 PM

And a BIG AMEN to that! You hit the nail right on the head. Time to chuck the old white guys out of the GOP. Time for new business. And I’m an “old” white guy myself.

HiJack on January 22, 2013 at 3:16 PM

True and true. But he may just say “screw it” and spend his entire second term burning through the perks of office and play even more golf.

He’s too lazy to do much crushing.

tru2tx on January 22, 2013 at 2:56 PM

And that, I’m afraid, is our only hope til ’16, maybe ’14 if we’re lucky & somehow take the Senate.

That he gets bored & says “fvck it, more golf”.

Without a GOP backbone, it’s a pretty pathetic future.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on January 22, 2013 at 3:19 PM

Liam on January 22, 2013 at 3:05 PM
cmsinaz on January 22, 2013 at 3:14 PM

Sure that is a simplistic answer…lol…

Don’t we also feel the same way at times?

I want the political answers…besides the obvious…

What is there in Obamas’ message that they know and understand that I am missing?

Do they honestly believe what he says?

He says alot but it to me doesn’t mean anything…

For sure all he is doing is making out repubs and cons to be the super dooper quintessential “bad” guys…dividing the nation…

Most probably I’d have to be a liberal to ‘get it’…

Scrumpy on January 22, 2013 at 3:20 PM

rickyricardo on January 22, 2013 at 3:13 PM

You really need to check the millionaires/billionaires index and note how many are DEMOCRATS. Who do you suppose the shareholders of the ‘evil’ banks are?

The fact is that there are over 100 million Americans on the 83 separate means tested federal welfare programs ( this includes foodstamps) and many are on multiple programs at any given time. These means tested programs DO NOT included Medicare, Social Security, or the VA.

These 83 means tested federal welfare programs are now THE LARGEST SINGLE PAYOUT of the federal government. They surpass everything, including defense. Under Obama’s plans, the payout for these programs is set to increase 30% over the next four years.

This doesn’t mean those currently on the programs will necessarily receive more benefits, it means the Democrats expect that many more people to become unemployed and/or poor enough to qualify for these welfare programs. Of course, with the Democrats pushing to grant residency and/or citizenship to 11-20 million illegal aliens, a large portion of that percentage would be accounted for in that figure.

thatsafactjack on January 22, 2013 at 3:23 PM

The “United” States of America is no more.

rplat on January 22, 2013 at 3:06 PM

A purist might say the United States of America are no more.

freedomfirst on January 22, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Check out the foxnation of bho/mo! With their fists in the air, it reminds me/looks like some I have seen of the bp in the past?

http://nation.foxnews.com/
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letget on January 22, 2013 at 3:27 PM

I really pray that our next President, Republican or Democrat, at least tries to bring the country together.

Jack_Burton on January 22, 2013 at 3:27 PM

thatsafactjack on January 22, 2013 at 3:23 PM

You got that right!!

I do think that those who are on a federal welfare prog, BELIEVE they are gonna get a cut of this increase…

Try and tell them the blatently obvious, and you are met with a vacious stare… their minds cannot absorb the information…

Scrumpy on January 22, 2013 at 3:28 PM

vacious= vacuous

Scrumpy on January 22, 2013 at 3:30 PM

thatsafactjack on January 22, 2013 at 3:23 PM

excellent points! The Ds seem to have done an excellent job in message “entitlements” as only SS, Medicare and Medicaid. Very few include WIC, SCHIP, food, housing, heating oil subsidies, etc. You’re A Soft Touch

This UK article is eye opening and pretty much shows the entitlement mentality being fostered in the US.

CoffeeLover on January 22, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Scrumpy on January 22, 2013 at 3:20 PM

I find the politics is the motivator for them. Conservatives largely have a live and let live view, while the Left’s view is they know better and everyone should live as liberals decree. Resistance against them builds hate, and the hate fuels their desire for us to simply go away. They’ll settle for shutting down Conservative media outlets for now, but they really want us out of the way.

We prick consciences with our values, religious and secular. Liberals do not like that at all. Pick any topic and they get angry pretty quickly, especially when they can’t refute the logic or pull people away from their religious values.

We see it in things from lib reporters quite often, most recently a piece from the CBS news political editor that Obama must destroy the GOP. While I know politics is a dirty game, the editor means it literally. Then the notion of classifying the NRA as a terrorist organization, with membership a crime. And, of course, the assassination of Wayne LePierre.

These people aren’t joking or speaking euphemistically. They’re dead serious. These views have been out there a long time, but now, under Obama, they’re comfortable being more open.

On a smaller stage, look at the trolls who hate us but come here constantly simply to harass, needle, and annoy. If registration were open, we’d be flooded with libs who would make HA so unbearable many of us would leave. Can you imagine the QOTD, where people have friendly chat into the night and share music videos being inundate with contentious liberals? Once we’re gone, the site either shuts down or becomes a clone of HuffPo.

Once a person has a devil, then all else becomes a crusade to destroy that devil and the ‘evil’ it brings. Liberals want us silenced but, since we’d still be around somewhere, they have to prevent us from getting our message out at the water cooler on the job or at the supper table. Next step would be prison. All the Left has to do is bring back the Alien and Sedition Acts and viola! No opposition.

I do believe Obama’s supporters buy into everything he said yesterday, and they even look forward to the day his obvious intentions come to pass ASAP.

We’re their devil, and it’s almost a holy rite to get rid of us every way possible.

Liam on January 22, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Running afoul of the filters. One more try…

Scrumpy on January 22, 2013 at 3:20 PM

I find the politics is the motivator for them. Conservatives largely have a live and let live view, while the Left’s view is they know better and everyone should live as liberals decree. Resistance against them builds hate, and the hate fuels their desire for us to simply go away. They’ll settle for shutting down Conservative media outlets for now, but they really want us out of the way.

We needle consciences with our values, religious and secular. Liberals do not like that at all. Pick any topic and they get angry pretty quickly, especially when they can’t refute the logic or pull people away from their religious values.

We see it in things from lib reporters quite often, most recently a piece from the CBS news political editor that Obama must destroy the GOP. While I know politics is a dirty game, the editor means it literally. Then the notion of classifying the NRA as a terrorist organization, with membership a crime.

These people aren’t joking or speaking euphemistically. They’re serious. These views have been out there a long time, but now, under Obama, they’re comfortable being more open.

On a smaller stage, look at the trolls who hate us but come here constantly simply to harass, needle, and annoy. If registration were open, we’d be flooded with libs who would make HA so unbearable many of us would leave. Can you imagine the QOTD, where people have friendly chat into the night and share music videos, being inundated with contentious liberals? Once we’re gone, the site either shuts down or becomes a clone of HuffPo.

Once a person has a devil, then all else becomes a crusade to destroy that devil and the ‘evil’ it brings. Liberals want us silenced but, since we’d still be around somewhere, they have to prevent us from getting our message out at the water cooler on the job or at the supper table. Next step would be prison. All the Left has to do is bring back the Alien and Sedition Acts and viola! No opposition.

I do believe Obama’s supporters buy into everything he said yesterday, and they even look forward to the day his obvious intentions come to pass ASAP.

We’re their devil, and it’s almost a holy rite to get rid of us every way possible.

Liam on January 22, 2013 at 3:47 PM

CoffeeLover on January 22, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Re: This article, my sister who is 100% disabled, has most of her rent paid and receives a small stipend for her disability, she had worked all her life and contributed.

She scrapes by on 52 pounds a week! No food allowance, no electric allowance… she is living very meagerly for a british citizen!

Oh she does get free health care, but she worked all her life for that, and it is rationed!! Only so many visits per year…

Scrumpy on January 22, 2013 at 3:48 PM

Sorry for the multiple posts. Some terms needed to be looked at, I guess.

Liam on January 22, 2013 at 3:52 PM

Liam on January 22, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Yes! I see and hear this all too often, unfortunately.

I have said, as have others, we are fast becoming an ‘endangered’ political species…

The hatred is all too palpable…

You are right, they feel an obligation/right to harass and hound us and deride us…and derive great pleasure doing so…

His speech, which I have read, could not bear to listen to, alludes to everything that the base liberals believe…

His message is all to easy to believe in, you are right, they need a ‘devil’ and we are it…

They have no understanding of what a conservative is, they have it seems a total disdain for the Constitution…

Sad and tragic days are ahead…

I basically ignore the trolls as much as possible…

Scrumpy on January 22, 2013 at 3:56 PM

Thank you Liam for the conversation :-)

Scrumpy on January 22, 2013 at 3:58 PM

Let’s face it: We have trash in the WH.

Ugly, vindictive, arrogant, mentally ill trash.

No class. No feelings of empathy. No moral compass…..just two self-centered trashy people.

avagreen on January 22, 2013 at 3:59 PM

Thank you Liam for the conversation :-)

Scrumpy on January 22, 2013 at 3:58 PM

The pleasure was mine!

Liam on January 22, 2013 at 3:59 PM

I should probably have mentioned that the average welfare recipient in the United States receives a total of @ $44,000/yr of combined cash payments, subsidies, and health care benefits. It also costs the US taxpayer @ $ 61,000/year per welfare recipient for the administration of those programs that oversee and spend those funds, this includes the salary and compensation/benefits packages of the bureaucrats who administer those funds/programs.

thatsafactjack on January 22, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Just to be clear, the $61,000 figure is derived from adding the $44,000 figure per welfare recipient to the administrative cost. So … total, each welfare recipient costs the taxpayer @$61,000/year.

thatsafactjack on January 22, 2013 at 4:02 PM

True and true. But he may just say “screw it” and spend his entire second term burning through the perks of office and play even more golf.

He’s too lazy to do much crushing.

tru2tx on January 22, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Meanwhile Jarrett and Axelrod will continue to run our country. With the help of Reid, Pelosi, Schumer, and all of the other “progressives” in Congress and in the media, his second term of office will be a breeze.

All of this noise about “comprehensive immigration” is thinly veiled open-borders propaganda underwritten by O’s sugar daddy Soros.

onlineanalyst on January 22, 2013 at 4:18 PM

Let’s face it: We have trash in the WH.

Ugly, vindictive, arrogant, mentally ill trash.

No class. No feelings of empathy. No moral compass…..just two self-centered trashy people.

avagreen on January 22, 2013 at 3:59 PM

Yup, and voted in by trash.

msupertas on January 22, 2013 at 5:52 PM

All of this noise about “comprehensive immigration” is thinly veiled open-borders propaganda underwritten by O’s sugar daddy Soros.

onlineanalyst on January 22, 2013 at 4:18 PM

Isn’t this old fart ready for the glue factory soon?

avagreen on January 22, 2013 at 5:56 PM

When I was a Sophomore in high school, Tom and Bob, who were Seniors, would come to me and say “I need a speech about such-and-such.” I’d write them two and a half minutes of pretty good schtick, they’d get a decent grade, and I’d eat lunch for free for a couple days.

Zero seems to be taking petty much the same tack, but I can’t guess who the tenth-grader is.

Mr. Grump on January 23, 2013 at 8:11 AM

What happened to the idealistic young politician who argued against dividing the country into red and blue Americas? It seems we’re not going to see him again.

I think his picture has been on milk cartons everywhere since Jan 2009….

There Goes The Neighborhood on January 23, 2013 at 11:02 PM

In his inaugural speech he did what he seemingly cannot keep himself from doing: portraying himself and his followers as Children of Light and portraying his opponents as Children of Darkness.

You are either with Obama–or you are with the forces of cruelty and bigotry. In Obama’s world, there is no middle ground. He is the Voice of Reason; those who oppose him are the voice of the mob. They are the ones who (to cite just one passage from his speech) mistake absolutism for principle, substitute spectacle for politics, and treat name-calling as reasoned debate. …

What we are seeing is the authentic Obama, a liberated and fiercely committed progressive who believes he is an agent for social justice and fairness. He feels the election completely vindicated him and his agenda. He has sheer contempt for his opponents. And in his second term he will crush them if they stand in his way.

Call it the transmogrification of Hope and Change.

Add in a platitude or two about the evils of ideology — which apparently only describes his opponents — and you’ve pretty much summed up Obama’s speeches.

The only reason he’s treated as a brilliant speechmaker is that the media that reports on his speeches has a massive crush on him.

There Goes The Neighborhood on January 23, 2013 at 11:05 PM