Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on March 4, 2013 by Allahpundit

The first months of President Obama’s second term are being built around a simple premise: No caving.

From the sequester to immigration reform to the broader debate about the role of government in American life, Obama is in an ultra-assertive mood, practically daring Republicans to defy his wishes…

These days, however, GOP figures are deriding Obama’s approach as that of a “roadshow president,” as House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) recently called him.

Conservatives accuse Obama of being happier making airy claims and promises at campaign-style events than engaging in the nitty-gritty of governance. In particular, they suggest that his purported willingness to compromise to avert the sequester was vague at best and bogus at worst.

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As the nation’s top Democrat, President Obama has a clear imperative: to ratchet up pressure on Republicans for across-the-board spending cuts by using the power of his office to dramatize the impact on families, businesses and the military.

But as president, Mr. Obama is charged with minimizing the damage from the spending reductions and must steer clear of talking down the economy. A sustained campaign against the cuts by the president could become what one former aide called “a self-fulfilling kind of mess.”

If severe economic pain ultimately fails to materialize, Mr. Obama could be blamed for hyping the situation, much like his cabinet secretaries were in recent weeks.

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Do we have a president or a perpetual candidate? It’s not an entirely unfair question.

Even as Barack Obama was warning of the dreadful consequences of the budget sequester looming on March 1, he spent days away from Washington, apparently out of touch with Democratic as well as Republican congressional leaders…

It appears that Obama prefers delivering such messages to crowds of adoring supporters over actually governing.

His theory seemed to be that if he kicked his job approval rating up a few points, Republicans would agree to the revenue increases he is promoting, just as they agreed to a tax-rate increase in the “fiscal cliff” showdown.

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Democrats get to do the P.C. Shimmy. Traditional presidents go through a normal set of motions: They identify a problem. They come up with a proposal to address the problem. They try to convince the country that their proposal is the best approach.

Under the Permanent Campaign Shimmy, the president identifies a problem. Then he declines to come up with a proposal to address the problem. Then he comes up with a vague-but-politically-convenient concept that doesn’t address the problem (let’s raise taxes on the rich). Then he goes around the country blasting the opposition for not having as politically popular a concept. Then he returns to Washington and congratulates himself for being the only serious and substantive person in town.

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Mini-maxing is when a player designs a [video-game] character that is fantastically good at one thing, at the expense of everything else. So you could end up with a character who is, say, obscenely good at hitting things with a sword – but can’t convince a bunch of sailors to drink free beer. The mini-maxer doesn’t mind; he’ll just go around the game trying to resolve as many problems as he can by hitting them with a sword (tabletop gamers – err, “D&D players” – often call this The Gun is My Skill List, although obviously substitute a sword for a gun in the name). The problems that the mini-maxer can’t resolve that way he’ll either ignore until later, or else flail about on the screen while hitting the buttons quickly and/or at random (“button-mashing”), in the hopes that eventually the laws of probability will allow him to bull on through anyway.

And that’s where we are now. Barack Obama knows how to do one thing: elect Barack Obama to public office. And that’s not ‘elect Democrats.’ Or ‘elect liberals.’ Or even ‘elect people that Barack Obama likes.’ It’s just him: his team is trying pretty hard right now to figure out how to use their over-specialized skill more generally, but they don’t have much time to figure it out and the system is actually rigged against them in this case. Barack Obama certainly doesn’t know how to govern effectively; take away a Congress that will rubber-stamp the Democratic agenda and he flails about. He’s so bad at this, in fact, that when confronted with a situation where all he had to do was do nothing to fulfill a campaign promise (the tax cuts) we somehow ended up with a situation where Obama gave in on 98% of those tax cuts and voluntarily signed up to take the blame for the AMT fix. In short: Obama was woefully unprepared for the Presidency, and he hasn’t really spent the last four years trying to catch up. Instead, he goes from situation to situation either trying to recast the problem in ways that he does have some skill in (permanent campaigning for office), or else… flail about on the scene while hitting people’s buttons quickly and/or at random, in the hopes that eventually the laws of probability will allow him to bull on through anyway.

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Via NRO.

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Via Mediaite.


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PS..How are the puppies doing..:)

Dire Straits on March 5, 2013 at 1:44 AM

lol, kind of personal fella.

arnold ziffel on March 5, 2013 at 1:49 AM

My dad listens to willies roadhouse all day.

Rusty Allen on March 5, 2013 at 1:50 AM

SWalker on March 5, 2013 at 1:33 AM

Very nice..:)

PS..Gearing up..:)

Dire Straits on March 5, 2013 at 1:50 AM

Barky’s original political aspiration, of course, was to be “Prime Minister” of Indonesia – which is certainly a first for anyone who has ever occupied our Oval Office.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 5, 2013 at 1:03 AM

I sure wish that one had come true instead of our reality.

Cindy Munford on March 5, 2013 at 1:51 AM

lol, kind of personal fella.

arnold ziffel on March 5, 2013 at 1:49 AM

LoLz..I knew that “comment” would get me in trouble!..:)

Dire Straits on March 5, 2013 at 1:52 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xgrl9S6HtK8

Metallica = The Unforgiven

Scrumpy on March 5, 2013 at 1:52 AM

Rusty Allen on March 5, 2013 at 1:50 AM

I’m hoping that we don’t have any extended car time before the free time gone.

Cindy Munford on March 5, 2013 at 1:53 AM

Kate Upton has a nice pair of puppies.

SparkPlug on March 5, 2013 at 1:54 AM

Cindy Munford on March 5, 2013 at 1:47 AM

It is blue skies for me..Glad to see all is well for you..:)

Dire Straits on March 5, 2013 at 1:54 AM

Democrats have turned thriving cities into death slums.

SparkPlug on March 5, 2013 at 1:55 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3hmgkPYUuk

Poison = Stand

Scrumpy on March 5, 2013 at 1:57 AM

Rusty Allen on March 5, 2013 at 1:50 AM

Hi Rusty :-)

Scrumpy on March 5, 2013 at 1:57 AM

Scrumpy on March 5, 2013 at 1:52 AM

Hammet solo so HOT!!!!!

Cindy Munford on March 5, 2013 at 1:58 AM

0bama the destroyer of dreams and life…

Scrumpy on March 5, 2013 at 2:00 AM

Cindy, haha, you really hate it huh?

Rusty Allen on March 5, 2013 at 2:00 AM

SparkPlug on March 5, 2013 at 1:54 AM

What are their names? /

Cindy Munford on March 5, 2013 at 2:00 AM

Cindy Munford on March 5, 2013 at 1:58 AM

Yeah it is isn’t it!

Scrumpy on March 5, 2013 at 2:01 AM

Hey, Scrumps (:

Rusty Allen on March 5, 2013 at 2:01 AM

Rusty Allen on March 5, 2013 at 2:00 AM

Hate is such a strong word. I just think it is interesting that he wouldn’t consider listening to Metallica but expects me to listen to that. I’m going to join NOW tomorrow. jk.

Cindy Munford on March 5, 2013 at 2:01 AM

Haha

Rusty Allen on March 5, 2013 at 2:03 AM

Cindy Munford on March 5, 2013 at 2:00 AM

Lolz. Lefty and righty. Glad you are back. (:

SparkPlug on March 5, 2013 at 2:03 AM

Obama, the wrecking ball to all that is good and all that we cherish.

SparkPlug on March 5, 2013 at 2:05 AM

Scrumpy on March 5, 2013 at 2:01 AM

Geesh! That Dr. Carson thread took a long time.

Just a little something for the Dog & Cat friends.

When you feed your dog, he thinks you are God. When you feed your cat, he thinks he is God.

Well, I’m calling it a night in a bit. May check the Gulch first.

bluefox on March 5, 2013 at 2:06 AM

Obama has turned small business into smaller businesses.

SparkPlug on March 5, 2013 at 2:08 AM

0bama the tosser who’s lost the plot who is a skiver and a ligger and mad as a bag of ferrets!

Scrumpy on March 5, 2013 at 2:09 AM

Hi and Good night!! Don’t step in any muck eh! ;-)

Scrumpy on March 5, 2013 at 2:10 AM

0bama is so stupid he thought the credit crunch was a new chocolate bar!

Scrumpy on March 5, 2013 at 2:13 AM

0bama, the jack weasel who is the father of corruption and the mother of sedition.

SparkPlug on March 5, 2013 at 2:14 AM

0bama is so stupid he called Dan Quayle for a spell check.

Scrumpy on March 5, 2013 at 2:15 AM

Scrumpy on March 5, 2013 at 2:15 AM

Lolz. You are the most adorable little spritely thing. Jackie is so right. You are spritely nightly.

SparkPlug on March 5, 2013 at 2:17 AM

It is time to call it quits!!

God Bless and Goodnight Ladies and Gents!!

Y’all be good now ya hear! ;-)

*swoosh*

Scrumpy on March 5, 2013 at 2:19 AM

*swoosh*

SparkPlug on March 5, 2013 at 2:17 AM

Flattery will get you more scrumpydoodles!! ;-D

*swoosh*

Scrumpy on March 5, 2013 at 2:20 AM

I have to go, I am going to be so annoyed with myself at 5:30.

Cindy Munford on March 5, 2013 at 2:22 AM

Night Cindy. Sleep good and come back real soon. We miss you.

SparkPlug on March 5, 2013 at 2:23 AM

Flattery will get you more scrumpydoodles!! ;-D

*swoosh*

Scrumpy on March 5, 2013 at 2:20 AM

Well, I for one certainly like more scrumpydoodles!! ;)

SWalker on March 5, 2013 at 2:28 AM

Seems like all small businesses are in a crisis mode. Amazon is engulfing the earth.

SparkPlug on March 5, 2013 at 2:35 AM

Seems like all small businesses are in a crisis mode. Amazon is engulfing the earth.

SparkPlug on March 5, 2013 at 2:35 AM

Wally World (Wal-Mart) ate it before Amazon… ;p

SWalker on March 5, 2013 at 2:37 AM

Is amazon putting a lot of people out of business?

SparkPlug on March 5, 2013 at 2:38 AM

SWalker on March 5, 2013 at 2:37 AM

I guess setting up shop to sell stuff is very difficult now.

SparkPlug on March 5, 2013 at 2:39 AM

SWalker on March 5, 2013 at 2:37 AM

I guess setting up shop to sell stuff is very difficult now.

SparkPlug on March 5, 2013 at 2:39 AM

It sure is when the Imbecile at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave keeps telling people, “Umm, say, that’s a nice little business you didn’t build there, be a damned shame if something happened to it because you didn’t pay your protection taxes”.

SWalker on March 5, 2013 at 2:48 AM

SWalker on March 5, 2013 at 2:48 AM

Maybe we could steal BMore’s art work and sell it on the Internet. Kidding. There has to be a way to make something people want.

SparkPlug on March 5, 2013 at 2:55 AM

SWalker on March 5, 2013 at 2:48 AM

Maybe we could steal BMore’s art work and sell it on the Internet. Kidding. There has to be a way to make something people want.

SparkPlug on March 5, 2013 at 2:55 AM

Dude, you have it soooooo backwards, the object is not to make something that people want, it’s to make people want what you make…

SWalker on March 5, 2013 at 2:57 AM

SWalker on March 5, 2013 at 2:57 AM

Good plan. Let’s make something. We’ll get dire to fund it.

SparkPlug on March 5, 2013 at 3:05 AM

They deserve what’s gon’ hit them. Just a matter of time.

Schadenfreude on March 4, 2013 at 11:57 PM

But we’re all on the plane with them.

the object is not to make something that people want, it’s to make people want what you make…

SWalker on March 5, 2013 at 2:57 AM

The essence of marketing. But some good things we didn’t know we needed until somebody made them (white-out, post-it notes, velcro – (apply TradeMarks to all please)).
Some marketeers make people want what you don’t make –>
Old proverb from the IT days: the software writer’s job is to make the hardware do what the salesman said it would.

AesopFan on March 5, 2013 at 3:08 AM

SWalker on March 5, 2013 at 2:57 AM

Good plan. Let’s make something. We’ll get dire to fund it.

SparkPlug on March 5, 2013 at 3:05 AM

Dire said, have our people call his people (that would be Dave) and Dave will arrange all the financing… O_O

SWalker on March 5, 2013 at 3:16 AM

good morning HA

our campaigner in chief strikes again

brooks does a back track on his column? president had a idea…yeah and did it actually get a vote in the senate? no….pathetic…house gop actually put their ideas to a vote, senate? crickets
oops i forgot, just blame the gop for all the problems…lsm touting a new poll with 38% blaming gop and 33% blaming the dear leader/dems, wonder what the D+ is…

cmsinaz on March 5, 2013 at 5:42 AM

giving love to christie on morning joe…their new maverick

cmsinaz on March 5, 2013 at 6:07 AM

Morning cmsinaz. kj will be along shortly. Everyone should read his take. He really stays informed and does research combined with good writing.

Hi B9.

SparkPlug on March 5, 2013 at 6:25 AM

SparkPlug on March 5, 2013 at 6:25 AM

morning sparkplug :)

love KJ takes

have a fantastic day!

cmsinaz on March 5, 2013 at 6:29 AM

The first months of President Obama’s second term are being built around a simple premise: No caving.

Romney did a good job of explaining in his interviews what Obama is doing right now. Not a perfect explanation, but better than what the GOP leadership is doing.

It really doesn’t help when the GOP just seems to be sitting there and doing nothing. Why not campaign themselves? The aggressor sets the rules. Why not throw some commercials out there on radio and TV and at least make an attempt to educate the people about your positions and what Obama is and isn’t doing?

JellyToast on March 5, 2013 at 6:30 AM

Mornin’, y’all. Thanks, SparkPlug! I does what I can. OUR money = Obama’s “revenue” “Obama’s Tax Revenues Set Record. Economy Still Stinks.” My take.

kingsjester on March 5, 2013 at 6:52 AM

giving love to christie on morning joe…their new maverick

cmsinaz on March 5, 2013 at 6:07 AM

Yeah, I can just imagine Joe referring to the fat man as a “fellow conservative.”

Happy Nomad on March 5, 2013 at 7:36 AM

kingsjester on March 5, 2013 at 6:52 AM

Good piece, as always.

Military Channel last night had a documentary about the Reagan years, and one of his attempted assassination. Quite a time it was for the country.

I finished watching his farewell address, and it was wonderful to hear again all those accomplishments of his Presidency. Our economy was strong, our military regain respect, and Americans loved the United States again. I was a teen in 70s when the national mood had turned against our own homeland, so Reagan and the 80s were a breath of fresh air. Too bad Reagan’s farewell isn’t mandatory viewing for schoolkids.

I miss those days, but I dread we’ll never see times like them again; this feels like a 70s redux.

Hopefully we can recover from it.

Liam on March 5, 2013 at 7:54 AM

I miss those days, but I dread we’ll never see times like them again; this feels like a 70s redux.

Hopefully we can recover from it.

Liam on March 5, 2013 at 7:54 AM

It actually feels more like a 60s redux where virtually every societal institution is under attack from the radical left. It isn’t for nothing that people traitors like John Kerry are in charge of these institutions under the rat-eared wonder who has made it clear that America must be punished for not being some sort of a third-world rat hole like the one where he’s from.

Happy Nomad on March 5, 2013 at 7:58 AM

It must have killed David Brooks to write that column…

dpduq on March 5, 2013 at 8:01 AM

A total failure.
A fraud.
A blustering huckster propped up by the media.

albill on March 5, 2013 at 8:02 AM

Heh happy nomad

cmsinaz on March 5, 2013 at 8:02 AM

Shout out by Rush…!

Seven Percent Solution on March 5, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Rush just mentioned this thread! Said someone sent it to him and he will talk about it more later!

Brat on March 5, 2013 at 12:13 PM

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