Barbour: “This is the most political presidency we’ve ever had”

posted at 6:01 pm on January 25, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

At the RNC last night, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal got pretty vociferous with his “the GOP needs to stop being the stupid party” refrain, a sentiment to which Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour assented on CBS this morning — and added that President Obama’s second inaugural address readily revealed that his “post-partisan” presidency, isn’t. Preach, governor:

Well, the point he made is exactly right. When you consider that two Senate candidates… the comments that they made were stupid comments, offensive comments, and in today’s world, when a candidate in one state says something, the negative effect can spill over to lots of other candidates, and Bobby Jindal was exactly right. …It was an honest statement that when you talk in Washington budget terms, you’re committing yourself to a lot of things that not only the public doesn’t understand, but it’s very misleading. In Washington, it is a cut when spending goes up, but just not as fast as was planned. For the average American family, that is, spending goes up more slowly. For the left, they say to the public, they’re cutting spending by trillions and trillions, even though spending’s going up. To get in that jargon, and to use that lingo, Bobby Jindal’s exactly right. We need to make the truth obvious to voters. … This is the most political presidency we’ve ever had. It’s the perpetual campaign. As soon as the campaign was over and we started talking about the first serious piece of business, the fiscal cliff, the Obama administration ran it purely like a political address. …Where the vast majority of Americans are worried about economic growth, about job creation, about these gigantic unprecedented deficits and the debt that we have, he hardly mentioned that in his inaugural address.

I think its safe to say that there’s a solid consensus forming among some top Republicans on a couple of points, whatever other ‘soul-searching’ the party may need to do; 1) that President Obama is most definitely out to “annihilate” the GOP, and 2) conservatives better wise up and quit allowing themselves to fall prey to the Democrats’ soul-crushing antics. That’s essentially the point Peggy Noonan made in her column today: Of course President Obama wants to break up the GOP, and he isn’t a foe to sneeze at.

He doesn’t care if you like him—he’d just as soon you did, but it’s not necessary for him. He is certain he is right in what he’s doing, which is changing the economic balance between rich and poor. The rich are going to be made less rich, and those who are needy or request help are going to get more in government services, which the rich will pay for. He’d just as soon the middle class don’t get lost in the shuffle, but if they wind up marginally less middle class he won’t be up nights. The point is redistribution. …

Mr. Obama is not, as has been said, the left’s Ronald Reagan. Reagan won over, Mr. Obama just wins. What Mr. Obama really is is Franklin D. Roosevelt without the landslides. He has the same seriousness of intent but nothing like the base of support. …

It will take guts and unity to fight him. Can the GOP, just in Washington, for now, develop those things?


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ERIKA JOHNSEN is becoming a real rabble rouser!

IlikedAUH2O on January 25, 2013 at 6:03 PM

Barry isn’t “post-partisan”? That’s a shock! Who knew?

GarandFan on January 25, 2013 at 6:05 PM

FDR was more political and just as thug.

astonerii on January 25, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Welcome to the party, Hal.

locomotivebreath1901 on January 25, 2013 at 6:05 PM

The most political?

Barbour, you’re an okay guy and all, but being the President and politics are pretty much the one in the same.

I mean, are you under the impression that Presidents aren’t political?

ZachV on January 25, 2013 at 6:05 PM

I mean, are you under the impression that Presidents aren’t political?

ZachV on January 25, 2013 at 6:05 PM

The point is he promised he was Mr Post Partisan when the fraud started campaigning in 2007…let us know how he did, since a research article just posted yesterday asserted he is the most divisive President ever…

hillsoftx on January 25, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Barbour………from the dead party!!

Obama owns your pansy little cowering worthless buttockses, you’re not fit to lead the House or anything. We grow tired of having you be the OTHER Democrat Party.

VIVA LA NEW PARTY……..a truly Conservative OPPOSITION party.

PappyD61 on January 25, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Peggy Noonan?

KCB on January 25, 2013 at 6:10 PM

Got by the election with the video that caused a riot and now they just keep the BS rolling!

On the Benghazi hearings, there may be nothing there.

But the Republicans made Inspector Clouseau look like Sherlock Holmes.

As a trial lawyer, I had days like that but there weren’t 12 of me working on questions that cost lives.

This is proof that, without an attack dog press, President Nixon would have served out his term and Carter would have never left Georgia.

IlikedAUH2O on January 25, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Wow! These folks are quite slow on the uptake, are they not?

Bmore on January 25, 2013 at 6:11 PM

So now Peggy Noonan wants to explain Obama to us. Let me tell you something Peggy, we knew full well who Obama was back when you were still on your knees giving him BJ’s. We don’t need you to tell us now.

Mark1971 on January 25, 2013 at 6:11 PM

I mean, are you under the impression that Presidents aren’t political?

ZachV on January 25, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Yes, that is the hope, go read a book.

IlikedAUH2O on January 25, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Dear Governor Barbour,

Please go straight to Hell and do not pass go.

Best regards,

Pissed off

Mr. Arrogant on January 25, 2013 at 6:13 PM

“I mean what difference does it really make now?” — H. Clinton.

Four people died unless she can raise the dead…

IlikedAUH2O on January 25, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Any word on how that politically connected killer Barbour furloughed is doing?

Back to arranging flowers and knitting sweaters, I reckon.

viking01 on January 25, 2013 at 6:20 PM

I love HA but 2 things on it make no sense.

#1 why do they often quote journolister David Weigel – who was exposed as an anti conservative bigot while he was representing conservatives at the Washington post. He should never have space on a “conservative” blog.

#2 – the relevant part of this post – why do they give time to Barbour after
he pardoned his murderer handy man.
http://hotair.com/archives/2012/01/11/barbours-final-pardons-spark-controversy/

Why not quote Arnold while you are at it. This man, barbour, has disgraced himself far worst then most disgraced pols. Haley should not be a spokesman for the republicans. You bloody your message with the blood on his hands.

BoxHead1 on January 25, 2013 at 6:22 PM

duh. Yesterdays news , tomorrow!

the_nile on January 25, 2013 at 6:23 PM

more political than Millard Fillmore? I think not

Slade73 on January 25, 2013 at 6:29 PM

Peggy Noonan?
KCB on January 25, 2013 at 6:10 PM

My thought too

So now Peggy Noonan wants to explain Obama to us. Let me tell you something Peggy, we knew full well who Obama was back when you were still on your knees giving [XXX].
Mark1971 on January 25, 2013 at 6:11 PM

My thought too

Meanwhile, on breaking HA headlines:

Report: Bipartisan Senate group nearing agreement on comprehensive immigration proposal posted at 5:15 pm on January 25, 2013 by Allahpundit

Who’s in the group? Chuck Schumer, Dick Durbin, Bob Menendez, Marco Rubio and, er, Lindsey Graham and McCain. So you know this bill will be solid.

Before you start grumbling, look: The big cave on amnesty is coming. It’s a fait accompli. Make peace with it. Latino voters didn’t cost the GOP the election this time but the demographics are such that that won’t always be true if Republicans continue to lose the group by 70/30 or 75/25 margins. Now is the time to show some goodwill by legalizing millions of illegal immigrants and adding them, eventually, to the voter rolls. Maybe then we’ll only lose 60/40

It’s Friday and we need a laugh so here’s a reminder that McCain pretended to be a border hawk during his 2010 Senate reelection campaign. Exit question: When was the last time a senator on either side held as much sway over his caucus on a major issue as Rubio now does over the GOP on this? It’s impossible to imagine Republicans filibustering a bill if he supports it. He has the power to all but guarantee that something will pass the Senate.
- Allahpundit.

Answer to this is in tune with the new ‘push’ for a ‘new’ GOP: Rubio does not have that much power over the GOP. Rubio is being ascribed that power by the real powers, because they want amnesty so bad they are wetting their pants, and think by unleashing the dogs of their dark horse Rubio, the Tea Party et al will cave

In this thread, and in the AP thread I see nothing has changed since McCain and Bush tried an end run around the base. Here is my question to them: what is in it for real conservatives? All this gaming does not change the DEM advantage one iota, but moves full amnesty closer, which makes it harder, not easier to say NO.

At the same time, the full credit will go to the DEMs and not to the GOP. When that happens, again, the GOP elites will again blame the base

entagor on January 25, 2013 at 6:39 PM

So the Establishment had their pow-wow and figured out their 2014 strategy.

1. Amnesty
2. Trash socons
3. ????
4. GOP Victory

This is sure to work.

sauldalinsky on January 25, 2013 at 6:39 PM

sauldalinsky on January 25, 2013 at 6:39 PM

well, SoCons do suck

Slade73 on January 25, 2013 at 6:42 PM

“political” Heavens to Betsy, such harsh language I may get a case of the vapors.

HE’S A GODDAMNED MARXIST! SAY IT YOU NUTLESS WONDERS!

rayra on January 25, 2013 at 6:44 PM

well, SoCons do suck

Slade73 on January 25, 2013 at 6:42 PM

No they don’t, oral sex is forbidden in the bible. Look it up.

sauldalinsky on January 25, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Gosh, what finally clued you in, Gov. Barbour?

RedRedRice on January 25, 2013 at 6:49 PM

haha

oral is clearly supposed to be a gift from wife to husband…and only from wife to husband

Slade73 on January 25, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Nah…it is the most charlatanic one and it makes Goebbels orgasm in his grave, several times a day, daily.

His ultimate dreams are all surpassed.

These guys make the communist appear inept at propaganda.

Schadenfreude on January 25, 2013 at 6:51 PM

It will take guts and unity to fight him. Can the GOP, just in Washington, for now, develop those things?

Well, what do you know. They’re finally using the word “fight”. A little late in the game but better late than never.

I have another word you might start considering while you’re at it. “Enemy”. They’re not your “friends” and they neither like you nor wish to work with you.

Cleombrotus on January 25, 2013 at 6:52 PM

Obysmal is going full-speed ahead by transforming his OFA (Organizing for America) political campaign into OFA (Organizing for Action) in order to push his agenda.

He is using those email addresses to blast email support for his amnesty plans, as well as his thinly veiled gun-grabbing plans. The email linked below supposedly comes from Joe Biden.
http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2013/01/25/obama-grassroots-group-newtown-raise-money/

onlineanalyst on January 25, 2013 at 6:54 PM

sauldalinsky on January 25, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Right on target

They are moving brazenly fast. What, are they afraid someone might find out before they vote?

If you thought there was a possibility there was any change in the Club, there isn’t. McCain is working with DEM leadership to change Senate rules to trim filibuster and increase fast track. They call it fixing government. That it is

Last time around, it was Michelle Malkin et al who rallied the public on the attempt to sneak in new legislation. These shysters haven’t forgotten, and need to move faster this time. Obamacare is the model. Read it after you vote for it

entagor on January 25, 2013 at 6:54 PM

It will take guts and unity to fight him. Can the GOP, just in Washington, for now, develop those things?

Gee, Peggy. I don’t know. Maybe it would’ve helped if you and other professed Republicans like Brooks and Frum and Buckley and Parker hadn’t voted for him. Just a thought.

troyriser_gopftw on January 25, 2013 at 6:58 PM

It is refreshing just to see him point out what Washington “cuts” are. I don’t understand why conservative Republicans don’t always point this out whenever Democrats are caterwauling over draconian “cuts” that amount to nothing more than a percent or two less of a spending increase.

supernova on January 25, 2013 at 7:13 PM

The most political presidency?

This is supposed to pass for fighting words? I’ve had enough of these puzzy-azz, punk-azz GOPe-headz with their “white-boy” attitude.

I am never voting for another Republican. Tea Party or bust. I’ve had it.

sartana on January 25, 2013 at 7:15 PM

Not only the most political, also the most openly corrupt, the most openly criminal, and the most openly evil….

ScottG on January 25, 2013 at 7:32 PM

OMG. I think you finally did it Erika. You posted a story without “womp” included somewhere in it. . . .

thphilli on January 25, 2013 at 7:36 PM

I’ve been watching politics closely since about 1980. I’ve never seen any Democrat take any action or make any statement that did not benefit them politically or attempt to do damage to the other side. I just assume they don’t care about the effects of their actions as long as they help to retain power.

Obama wants to obliterate the Republican party? Water is wet? Quel horreur!

PortlandJon on January 25, 2013 at 7:43 PM

I don’t know why Obama would want to annihilate the GOP. Nature abhors a vacuum, and I don’t think he’d like the thing that would rush to fill it.

mintycrys on January 25, 2013 at 8:50 PM

Barbour is irrelevant. Stop referring to him HA and FoxNews.

Sherman1864 on January 25, 2013 at 11:06 PM

Politcal=Marxist…

d1carter on January 25, 2013 at 11:49 PM

If you really, and I mean really, want to understand the problem with the Republicans, let’s look at what Haley Barbour said. We had 2 candidates who said stupid things. Yes, that’s 2 candidates. The Democrats had to defend 23 seats. Think of that, 23 seats, and they not only did it but they also took 2 away from the Republicans and who does Haley Barbour blame? The 2 who said stupid things.

I’m sorry, the Republicans have completely missed the message here. They have a severe media problem. We have Pravda and Izvestia who are NOT going to allow the Republican message to get into the political discourse of a campaign. They are not going to allow candidates to offer alternatives to the favored Democrat running for election. They are not going to allow the message of free enterprise to get out. Instead, it’s going to be all about a mistake that a politician makes in an interview, it’s all about a vote taken 20 years ago, it’s all about what you might have said on a TV show when you were 20 years old. The MSM is going to do everything a political party can not do on it’s on and more.

If the Republicans don’t wake up to the vast disparity of coverage they’re getting from our illustrious free press, they may never win another national election. They really need to deal with this exactly the same way the Democrats have done with Fox News.

bflat879 on January 26, 2013 at 12:40 AM