The powerless presidency

posted at 8:01 am on March 7, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

There’s been a lot of discussion (and frankly, not much else) these days about how nothing seems to be getting done in Washington. A fair bit of the conversation has focused on how it is that a transformational, post-partisan leader like Barack Obama has thus far somehow failed to bring everyone together over a Coke And A Smile to join hands and take care of the people’s business. At long last an answer has been proposed by Ryan Lizza at the New Yorker. At a recent news conference, a reporter dared to ask why the President hasn’t managed to accomplish more in terms of bipartisan cooperation. The POTUS responded, “Well, Julie, give me an example of what I might do.”

Cue Lizza, who siezed on the opportunity to explain that Presidents just don’t have much power to begin with, don’t ya know…

Obama’s slightly testy response is worth considering. I don’t remember a President ever publicly expressing a similar sentiment. All Presidents come to appreciate the limits of the power of their office, and there are reams of quotes from Presidents privately expressing disdain for Congress’s unwillingness to bend to their will. But rarely do they ventilate such thoughts in public.

The tendency of many Washington pundits, especially those who cover the White House, is to invest the Presidency with far more power that the Constitution gives it.

This left Matt Lewis a bit gobsmacked.

This, of course, is a cop out.

Every leader deals with complex problems of getting people to follow them. Imagine a board of directors that undermines a CEO, or a star NBA player who makes more money than the coach. But truly great leaders succeed in spite of it all.

There’s a reason they say “the buck stops here.”

Matt goes on to provide some examples of Presidents who have held office with divided power between the parties, including the counter-intuitive pairing of Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan. While we are free to argue the merits of what each President accomplished and how well it served the nation, it’s difficult to argue that they did at least get something done. Thus far, there has been no moment of crossing the raging river and binding the warring factions together under this White House.

But is there an argument left for Lizza to claim that it’s somehow “different this time?” Perhaps everything is just more extreme these days. The Tea Party is too far Right and Pelosi’s welfare state warriors are too far Left, yes? Things were far more genteel in “the good old days” and deals could be made. Who can blame Obama for being unable to get this unruly brood to play with the same set of Lincoln Logs?

Sorry, but I lived through “the good old days” and they weren’t all that good in terms of cordial relations on the Hill. There were always a collection of serious workers mixed with warriors and clowns. If anything has changed it’s the technology, where the activists elements of each party are better able to keep tabs of every utterance and gesture of elected officials. They may be running scared more than they were back in the day, but they still have room to stand and fight. If the President can’t manage the task under current conditions, he probably shouldn’t have run on a claim that he could.


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Missing in Action..
Been so for over 4 years.

Electrongod on March 7, 2013 at 8:04 AM

1. Stop demonizing the GOP
2. Stop lying

There’s a huge start.

hillsoftx on March 7, 2013 at 8:06 AM

It’s time for impeachment hearings to commence.

TX-96 on March 7, 2013 at 8:07 AM

Yet more covering for poor Precious who is just so put upon when all he wants to do is golf and watch his hulking mate buzzsaw through a platter of lobster tails.

Imagine a dude like Jack Welch whining “What do you want me to do” when confronted by a difficult business environment.

Bishop on March 7, 2013 at 8:09 AM

Every leader deals with complex problems of getting people to follow them. Imagine a board of directors that undermines a CEO, or a star NBA player who makes more money than the coach. But truly great leaders succeed in spite of it all.

There’s a reason they say “the buck stops here.”

Yeah, well we’re talking about a lazy stupid radical here not a leader. Leaders would stay in Washington and try to work out some kind of a deal with Congress to avoid sequestration. Obama played golf with Tiger Woods while his worthless whore of a wife and the mini-moochers went to Aspen….. Costing the American people millions. The sooner the bastard is totally out of power the better.

Happy Nomad on March 7, 2013 at 8:09 AM

Actually, he’s doing rather well. He’s already removed the corner-stone, and is now working on the underpinnings.

OldEnglish on March 7, 2013 at 8:10 AM

1. Stop demonizing the GOP
2. Stop lying

There’s a huge start.

hillsoftx on March 7, 2013 at 8:06 AM

I think you got the order backwards.

But the real problem is not really with the lazy stupid rat-eared traitor. It is with those among us that still think the bastard is working in the national interest.

Happy Nomad on March 7, 2013 at 8:11 AM

We’ll see the power if the Democrats manage to take the House in 2014. Filibuster will be out the window and God only knows what they will do and how people will react to it.

forest on March 7, 2013 at 8:13 AM

A fair bit of the conversation has focused on how it is that a transformational, post-partisan leader like Barack Obama has thus far somehow failed to bring everyone together over a Coke And A Smile to join hands and take care of the people’s business.

Of all the lies, this may be the biggest. He was never going to be a post-partisan President. Transformational, yes, but only in an anti-American way. He has always been committed to cutting the America we all know and love down to size. Take us from greatness and make us just another nation in the world.

Bitter Clinger on March 7, 2013 at 8:14 AM

Obama has ALWAYS been good at getting one constituency behind him. That is what CO’s do. Then they steam roll their opposition and force an issue.
As far as I can tell, he has never been able to work with his opponents.In Washington DC, you must at least make an effort to. He’d rather apply the “Full Alinsky” to his opponents. The frustration with his own character flaw is on full display at the moment.

He’s overplayed his hand on the sequester issue. Mismanaged from the getgo.

Jabberwock on March 7, 2013 at 8:15 AM

America installed a Garage Sale Organizer, and now he is expected to lead? He has never been a leader, just plays one on TV. Thanks to Rand Paul, his narcissistic tumor was severely shrunk, as well, yesterday.

The media will have great make-up sex today–as a matter of fact, March 7, may go down as National Victimization Day on your calendar. It will be epic today.

hillsoftx on March 7, 2013 at 8:16 AM

Community organizing, by its nature, is divisive; there has to be some demon to be against in an us-versus-them mentality. Matters also aren’t help by Obama’s overblown view of himself. Narcissists are poor uniters, and seek to destroy any critics no matter how tiny the presumed infraction.

Even if he wasn’t out to harm the country, the two points above indicate Obama is the worst kind of president for a free people. His whole personality is more suited to an oppressor running a Third World country than elected leader of a constitutional republic like ours.

Liam on March 7, 2013 at 8:16 AM

Nothing is so powerful as an idea whose time has come.

However, any bee keeper can tell you that the little worker bees will work till they die. However, they don’t take instruction well and will do nothing or even kill themselves if researchers tried to regulate and control their workday. Also, most hives their have a limit on how much of their production even a leader can take for feeding insects who don’t help out, look like them, behave like them or even fly.

Finally, it is terrifying to see them get absolutely crazed and homicidal with foreign insects invading their territory or a keeper going too far.

IlikedAUH2O on March 7, 2013 at 8:22 AM

When Obama got the job, he was told by his handlers that he’d basically be able to rule by fiat, because everyone would be too intimidated — either due to his personal popularity or the judicious use of the race card — to oppose his actions. The rise of the Tea Party killed that, and while the Obama media machine was able to get the low-information voters to elect him, he can’t get those same voters to turn into the Rent-A-Mobs similar to the hordes of poor people Hugo Chavez used in Venezuela to maintain control of the country.

So he’s forced to deal with Not just conservative opposition, but to have to do it on a face-to-face basis, and he hates that, because his mind is totally closed to any ideas that fail to fit his world view and can’t be buffered by party hack and media syncopates.

jon1979 on March 7, 2013 at 8:26 AM

sophistry meets reality…

mjbrooks3 on March 7, 2013 at 8:26 AM

My way or the highway.
History sealed.
Closed door meetings.
Four Americans murdered.
Giving away fighter jets to a Muslim Country.
Fast and Furious.
Constant lying.
Goes around Congress at every opportunity.
Golfs too much while the Country is in need of direction.
Uses AirForce One as a taxi.
Acting like a Santa Claus.
A Congress and a Supreme Court that does nothing to stop this insanity.

mixplix on March 7, 2013 at 8:32 AM

So he’s forced to deal with Not just conservative opposition, but to have to do it on a face-to-face basis, and he hates that, because his mind is totally closed to any ideas that fail to fit his world view and can’t be buffered by party hack and media syncopates.

jon1979 on March 7, 2013 at 8:26 AM

I would argue that the lazy rat-eared bastard does not deal with dissenters. He simply ignores the opposition to the extent it is possible. Even those backroom deals with Boehner were made without any sort of integrity or intent of living up to what was agreed to. Boehner should have been kicked out of the Speakership for dealing with the devil instead of by normal order.

Happy Nomad on March 7, 2013 at 8:32 AM

Yeah, well we’re talking about a lazy stupid radical here not a leader. Leaders would stay in Washington and try to work out some kind of a deal with Congress to avoid sequestration. Obama played golf with Tiger Woods while his worthless whore of a wife and the mini-moochers went to Aspen….. Costing the American people millions. The sooner the bastard is totally out of power the better.

Happy Nomad on March 7, 2013 at 8:09 AM

OK I’m going to go out on a limb here and say I don’t think you like either the prez or his precious.
You are really going to have to clarify your comments so we know where you stand.

ouldbollix on March 7, 2013 at 8:32 AM

Editing via a notice that I’ve said this before.

mixplix on March 7, 2013 at 8:33 AM

A fair bit of the conversation has focused on how it is that a transformational, post-partisan combative, hyper-partisan leader like Barack Obama has thus far somehow failed to bring everyone together over a Coke And A Smile to join hands and take care of the people’s business.

FIFY

Patriot Vet on March 7, 2013 at 8:34 AM

OK I’m going to go out on a limb here and say I don’t think you like either the prez or his precious.
You are really going to have to clarify your comments so we know where you stand.

ouldbollix on March 7, 2013 at 8:32 AM

Yeah, being too temperate in my comments about the rat-eared wonder has always been a struggle. ;0

Happy Nomad on March 7, 2013 at 8:35 AM

Unfortunately the majority of Americans are docily chewing their cud in bovine complacency. Few care, just give them the benefits. They like this man and that’s all there is to it.
Until fearless leaders grand schemes become more draconian, more painful, something that will directly them in everyday living nothing will be done.

sanjuro on March 7, 2013 at 8:35 AM

http://www.foxbusiness.com/news/2013/03/07/republican-senators-share-candid-dinner-with-obama/

THIS plus the sellout on ObamaCare in the U.S. House when only 16……16……republicans would stand up and try to cut off funding for OBAMACARE?

In D.C. individual liberty and freedom dies one vote, and one dinner at a time. And the gop refuses to stand against it.

WASHINGTON – A dozen Republican senators talked about how to reach a “big agreement” on the nation’s debt and deficit over dinner with President Barack Obama on Wednesday night, the start of what one of the senators hoped was a new round of intense fiscal discussions.

“It was a really good conversation. It was candid. We really talked about how do we get to a big agreement in terms of the debt and deficit?” Senator John Hoeven of North Dakota said after the private dinner with Obama at the Jefferson Hotel near the White House.

Obama also enjoyed the dinner, a senior administration official said in a statement, noting “a good exchange of ideas with the senators.”

Hoeven said he felt “genuine desire” among the people in the room to tackle tax and entitlement reform in the next four to five months, as the White House and Congress face a series of deadlines to fund the government and deal with the debt ceiling.

“That really creates pressure to come to an agreement, a big-picture agreement,” Hoeven told Reuters.

The meeting came on the heels of the failure of the White House and Congress to agree on how to avert $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts called the “sequester,” which has touched off a fight about who was to blame.

Hoeven said he was optimistic that Republicans and Democrats both wanted to work through the issues and avert more congressional gridlock.

“I hope things are changing,” he said.

But Hoeven emphasized it would take a lot more talks, led by Obama, to make progress.

“This kind of intense dialogue needs to be continuous,” he said.

Obama is slated to meet with the full Republican Senate caucus next week, and will also pay a visit to Republicans in the House of Representatives.

“I think we’ll make some progress,” Hoeven said. “We have to get there.”

Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina drew up the guest list for the dinner, the White House said. Other senators there were Bob Corker of Tennessee, Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, John McCain of Arizona, Dan Coats of Indiana, Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, Richard Burr of North Carolina, Mike Johanns of Nebraska, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, and Saxby Chambliss of Georgia.

The White House must have internal polling that is showing HE is taking a hit for his strategy.

….or he’s getting ready TO BLAME THE STUPID REPUBLICANS.

PappyD61 on March 7, 2013 at 8:35 AM

“… The Tea Party is too far Right …”

Frankly, I could think of at least 5 different ways that the President could have co-opted the “Tea Party” but in his never-ending quest for enemies, he couldn’t use any of them.

J_Crater on March 7, 2013 at 8:39 AM

Obama is technically and professionally incompetent and is completely void of even the slightest leadership ability. The left thrust him into this position knowing all his shortcomings and now they’re witnessing the fruits of their misguided efforts. Unfortunately, it’s the nation that must suffer.

rplat on March 7, 2013 at 8:44 AM

All he wants to do is campaign instead of govern, and be seen as “working against the forces of Evil” to accomplish Great Good for the American People (especially the Poor). The messy business of actually doing his job as a leader and as President is beneath him, and besides, those Nasty Republicans won’t let him or the Democrats in Congress DO his job. If only they were destroyed completely and hounded out of office, he’d be able to get something done.

I’ve been listening to Rush propound on this lately, and I think he’s got something. We don’t have a president, we have a Campaigner in Chief. Barack Obama wants to have the appearance of working against nefarious forces who won’t let him help the American people. He just doesn’t want to actually do it.

Quote: “Obama is constantly seen as in competition with what’s happening in Washington. It is though there are straw men. There are men behind curtains. There are invisible, evil people doing all this to the country. He’s trying to expose them and he’s working very hard. Romney is one of them. Bush was one of them. There are a bunch of other people, we don’t know who they are. But Obama is trying to find them. He’s trying to expose them and trying to fix all this. Obama is not seen as the guy behind the curtains pulling the levers. Obama is not seen as the guy who does not like the way the country was founded and is trying to take this country in a different direction. He’s not seen at all in the way he really is…”
http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2013/02/13/it_finally_hit_me_barack_obama_will_never_be_held_responsible_for_anything

theotherone on March 7, 2013 at 8:45 AM

“Give me an example of what I might do”

Anything but another bleeding speech, please.

jangle12 on March 7, 2013 at 8:46 AM

Please. The reason Obama can’t get anything done is:

1) He either doesn’t understand and have any patience for negotiation. His idea of “compromise” is my way or the highway. That’s not how you get things done in a constitutional republic, especially when it’s divided between parties as it’s been since 2011.

2) He has no respect for anyone even one inch to the right of him on the political spectrum. It’s hard to craft bipartisan legislation when you constantly demonize your opponents and blame them for all the ills in the world.

3) He has no experience as a legislator or leader. His entire political career has been about moving from one elected office to the next without any real accomplishments of note. Granted, we’ve had Presidents before him with very little experience, but they at least weren’t deficient in the aforementioned areas like Obama.

4) We have a corrupt media and ignorant electorate. If at least there was occasionally some pressure brought to bear on the guy, we would maybe see some more bipartisanship in DC and a more serious approach to tackling the fiscal disaster that’s approaching this nation. Instead Obama is enabled by his sycophants in the press and the Democrat base.

Add that all up and I don’t know how anyone can be surprised at what a disaster he’s been as President thus far.

Doughboy on March 7, 2013 at 8:46 AM

Those puppet strings make it kinda hard to move how you want. That, or he is intentionally being a dense president for the sake of further damaging this country. I honestly don’t think either he or his admin are idiots. They know exactly what they are doing. I’m reminded of the car washing scene in Cool Hand Luke. “Driving us crazy and loving every minute of it.”

RDE2010 on March 7, 2013 at 8:48 AM

Obama – a silver tongued devil with a following of morons.”

Feckless, Politically Correct, and a totally worthless human being…

dockywocky on March 7, 2013 at 8:49 AM

The President had (and still does) every opportunity to turn down the temperature and say, “guys, we need to do something about these problems. Let’s compromise, see what we can agree on and start there.” Or something of the sort.

If he meant it sincerely, and if he hadn’t spent the last 3 years poisoning the well with the opposition in Congress, something would get done.

But that’s not what’s happening. He’s instead campaigning and polarizing and entrenching his opposition. He’s been a duplicitous agent in the process the entire time, and the intransigence he’s experiencing is one of his own making.

If you can even call Boehner et al. “intransigent” when they’ve given Obama 93% of what he’s wanted.

Meh.

From Hope and Change to What difference does it make? in less than 5 years.

Good Lt on March 7, 2013 at 8:49 AM

Hummmm, I smell a sell out brewing with this dinner at the WH. A big agreement with prezzy has to include raising taxes to give him more to invest on our behalf. Rand Paul is doing the job for us and Graham is giving us the job.

The POTUS responded, “Well, Julie, give me an example of what I might do.”

He doesn’t know what to do because he never had to do anything. It’s always been handed to him on a silver platter.

Kissmygrits on March 7, 2013 at 8:50 AM

Go back and read the transcripts from any contentious legislative debate or committee hearing from any time in the past 100+ years – the debates are partisan and often really nasty. We just know more about it now than we did back then. Reagan was crushed by the media – they hated him and loved Tip O’Neil – and yet somehow Reagan was able to get stuff done. Billy Jeff managed to work with Gingrich as well, so it can be done. The only difference is the level of competence of the guy who occupies the Oval Office. Funny how that after all this time, Barry being incompetent never crosses the feeble minds of any lefties as being even a remote possibility of why things aren’t getting done.

rcpjr on March 7, 2013 at 8:51 AM

Hummmm, I smell a sell out brewing with this dinner at the WH. A big agreement with prezzy has to include raising taxes to give him more to invest on our behalf. Rand Paul is doing the job for us and Graham is giving us the job.

Kissmygrits on March 7, 2013 at 8:50 AM

I doubt it. The Senate maybe could sell out(some of the Republicans at least), but there’s no way the House will vote to raise taxes. If Boehner even hints at caving on that, he’s toast as Speaker. Ron Johnson who was at the dinner has said so publicly.

Doughboy on March 7, 2013 at 8:53 AM

The Obama Dinner List:

Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina
Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee
Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire
Senator John McCain of Arizona
Senator Dan Coats of Indiana
Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma
Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina
Senator Mike Johanns of Nebraska
Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania
Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin
Senator John Hoeven of North Dakota
Senator Saxby Chambliss of Georgia

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/amid-spending-cuts-obama-gop-dine-style-193045298–politics.html

….but no worries, Obama picked up the tab!!!

PappyD61 on March 7, 2013 at 8:54 AM

A welfare queens agitator from inner city Chicago who is not worth to be elected a dog catcher in the smallest town of America has been elected President twice by the parasite class of the country… What else do you expect from him beside utter incompetency and failure on every level…

mnjg on March 7, 2013 at 8:57 AM

Young bucks, new GOP power brokers join Paul…

… While old guard dines with Obama

Bmore on March 7, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Wow, Jazz, that was definitely a Seinfeld post.

If the President wanted to accomplish bipartisan things he could always start by working with the opposition party. Getting them to come to the White House so you can browbeat them for 4 hours is not “working with” someone.

And, oh yes, this presidency has loads more power than the Constitution grants it. Sadly, it hasn’t actually usurped most of it – it was just handed over by the legislative branch.

Lizza is actually correct, though – most beltway bandits (that includes the propaganda arm of the MSM) do think the President can do things. He has very little (constitutional) power to actually do anything except foreign policy and go to war, unless Congress specifically tells him to do it. (And, even war needs Congressional approval, eventually.)

“When I am elected, I promise to lower taxes for the middle class.” Well, whoopedy-doo! How are you going to do that if you don’t control Congress? Newsflash: You can’t!

jon1979 on March 7, 2013 at 8:26 AM

Astute observation.

Leaders would stay in Washington and try to work out some kind of a deal with Congress to avoid sequestration.

Happy Nomad on March 7, 2013 at 8:09 AM

Heck, a leader would have been standing up, saying, “Sequestration isn’t far enough! We could at least cut back to 2008 spending levels.”

TX-96 on March 7, 2013 at 8:07 AM

I disagree. It’s well *past* time impeachment proceedings were started.

GWB on March 7, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Doughboy on March 7, 2013 at 8:46 AM

Shorter Doughboy: He’s a narcicistic fascist, enabled by a sycophant media and bribed voters. But, well said.

GWB on March 7, 2013 at 9:08 AM

It’s time for impeachment hearings to commence.
TX-96 on March 7, 2013 at 8:07 AM

Truer words have never been spoken and there are more people (citizens) saying this all the time. When will the congress act?

Pardonme on March 7, 2013 at 9:46 AM

Could someone explain to me why he is talking to those of the opposition that happen to be in the minority in their particular wing of the Capitol? And particularly about issues regarding the national purse? As leader of the Democrats why is he not leaning on Harry Reid even privately to simply do his most important duty and get an annual budget bill passed in the Senate? Frankly, I think he is try to get these self-important, neutered old fogies to lean on their Republican counterparts in the House to help give him what he wants. Obama is not going to share the limelight with anyone and he is not going to take the blame for any unpopular results coming out of Congress. Heck, he proposed the sequester and doesn’t even want to own that. Sorry, this makes him look bipartisan but I still get a sense these guys are getting played.

DaveDief on March 7, 2013 at 9:50 AM

If you wish to lead, you have to go to people to get their cooperation and ideas on how to proceed when things aren’t going so smoothly. When I was a site construction completion and startup manager, sitting in my office waiting for people to come to me with ideas didn’t get the job done. Too much of that and I would have been canned. Unfortunately our Constitution won’t let us do that with a President except through the hard process of impeachment and conviction, but at this point, that idea is attractive with this incompetent. Well may be he is not incompetent, just really intending to destroy the US. Then we impeach him for sedition.

amr on March 7, 2013 at 9:56 AM

My way or the highway.
History sealed.
Closed door meetings.
Four Americans murdered.
Giving away fighter jets to a Muslim Country.
Fast and Furious.
Constant lying.
Goes around Congress at every opportunity.
Golfs too much while the Country is in need of direction.
Uses AirForce One as a taxi.
Acting like a Santa Claus.
A Congress and a Supreme Court that does nothing to stop this insanity.

mixplix on March 7, 2013 at 8:32 AM

You forgot “I Won”.

SmallGovtGuy on March 7, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Young bucks, new GOP power brokers join Paul…

… While old guard dines with Obama

Bmore on March 7, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Since when is Kelly Ayotte “old guard”?

Del Dolemonte on March 7, 2013 at 10:16 AM

All the other presidents before Obama are presidents of our nation.

Obama ruled (search “Obama+Quietly+Executive Power”), and his minions are happy to call him their Lord and Savior (or Daddy, whatever).

If we are talking presidency strictly in the sense of Obama’s presidency, then he is not powerless.

Sir Napsalot on March 7, 2013 at 10:23 AM

When Rand Paul took a stand yesterday, a lot of scales fell from a lot of eyes. I have never seen so many “I don’t agree with everything, but . . .” chagrined comments from liberal lefties. Now is the time for conservatives to disavow the disastrous policies begun by W and create a new civil-rights discourse. Don’t chase squirrels this time. We can build a coalition, a positive one, around the issues of civil rights and getting the government to butt out of people’s lives on a host of issues.

JoseQuinones on March 7, 2013 at 10:24 AM

It’s time for impeachment hearings to commence.
TX-96 on March 7, 2013 at 8:07 AM

Truer words have never been spoken and there are more people (citizens) saying this all the time. When will the congress act?

Pardonme on March 7, 2013 at 9:46 AM

Who knows — when was the last time congress actually did what the people wanted them to do..?

affenhauer on March 7, 2013 at 10:29 AM

All the other presidents before Obama are presidents of our nation.

Obama ruled (search “Obama+Quietly+Executive Power”), and his minions are happy to call him their Lord and Savior (or Daddy, whatever).

If we are talking presidency strictly in the sense of Obama’s presidency, then he is not powerless.

Sir Napsalot on March 7, 2013 at 10:23 AM

How about calling him “King”?

I’ve no doubt that as a keiki growing up in Hawai’i, O’bama was taught by both his Leftist mother and grandmother (and later by the “teachers” at the exclusive private prep school he went to) about how the Hawaiian Royals (who did eat dogs, by the way!) were deposed and banished by the evil rich White Americans who annexed the islands in the late 1800s.

Those Hawaiian Kings and Queens were unfairly deprived of their birthrights by the evil capitalistic White Americans. Undoubtedly Dear Leader still believes that to this day, and still believes that America must be punished even now, almost a century and a half later.

Del Dolemonte on March 7, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Young bucks, new GOP power brokers join Paul…

… While old guard dines with Obama

Bmore on March 7, 2013 at 9:00 AM
Since when is Kelly Ayotte “old guard”?

Del Dolemonte on March 7, 2013 at 10:16 AM

…since she started memicking McCain!

KOOLAID2 on March 7, 2013 at 10:59 AM

“Perhaps everything is just more extreme these days. The Tea Party is too far Right and Pelosi’s welfare state warriors are too far Left, yes?”

First, you have to look at how and why the Tea Party Republicans came into power. For the most part, it was the actions of Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama in their first two years in power. Pelosi and her majority Congress literally began paying themselves off (and their loyal unions) the first month she was in office. Many forget already the 900 billion omnibus bill that Pelosi’s house stuffed with special interest pork, followed by the 897 billion “stimulus/porkulus” that also turned out to be worthless to “the people”. The American Public, and specifically conservative Republicans were steaming at the level of waste the federal government was producing/adding to the deficit. Then came ObamaCare.

We all know the level of lies that it took for ObamaCare to pass. In keeping the bill under the threshold of ONE TRILLION DOLLARS, (which Democrats knew that going over this limit would spell certain death), the Democrats committed the most egregious acts of budget gimmickry—double counting Medicare savings and submitting “pie in the sky” figures to the CBO, who admittedly could only score what was given to them. Yet, even with these bogus figures, the Democrats were not done with “the sale”. It was what took place behind the closed doors that was the final straw, (the bribery of House and Senate representatives—Bart Stupak on the promise of no federal dollars paying for abortions, and the Cornhusker kick-back, exempting Florida from Medicare payments, etc.). Yet, with no support from the Republican Party in either the House or the Senate, in the dead of night on Christmas eve, Pelosi took her 2000+ page piece of crap legislation and literally crammed it down the throats of every American citizen. At the time of its passing, national polling still had the bill under water by a 60% against margin.

With this combination of uncontrolled spending madness and then the farce of ObamaCare, a united front of fiscal conservatives rose up from the ashes of history, and the TEA PARTY PATRIOTS took a simple message to the people demanding fiscal responsibility of the federal government:

“We the People have had enough of your reckless spending and will not tolerate the continued growth and intrusiveness of the federal government. You cannot spend us into prosperity or tax our way out of poverty. These failed liberal, big government policies are leading to the erosion of the American Dream. The Tea Party movement, the silent majority, is silent no more.”

I would submit to our friend Jazz that at the inception of the Tea Party, they were NOT TOO FAR RIGHT. The 2010 “shellacking” (that installed the largest number of Republicans into the House of Representatives in decades), was brought about by grass-roots Americans who also saw an out of control federal government. It took more than “the far right” to produce this backlash and condemnation of the EXTREME FAR LEFT!

I would also submit that it was only after the Tea Party Patriots took power to stop this madness, that the liberal media, (and the liberal progressive pundits) have systematically bastardized Tea Party Americans, labeling them as far right radicals and hence their bitter rivals. And, instead of the “good ol’ boys”—beltway Republicans—embracing this movement, the GOP has become complicit in allowing this liberal progressive narrative to flourish. Because of these cowardly Republican’s “non-actions”, Barack Obama and his media-machine was given the freedom to demonize a movement who’s time was here. History will record that the Tea Party Patriots rose to power with the full weight of “the people” behind/beside them, and the GOP played the role of Judas Iscariot, taking their thirty pieces of silver, hiding under the cloak of their own selfish preservation, while forsaking those very people who put them in power.

“Perhaps everything is just more extreme these days.”

You want to see “extreme”??? Stand by, and watch the RINOs begging for support in this next election cycle. It won’t be pretty.

Rovin on March 7, 2013 at 11:03 AM

“It’s not my fault I can’t get anything done…..I’m a VICTIIIIIIIMMMM”

LL

Lady Logician on March 7, 2013 at 11:14 AM

“Give me an example of what I might do”

Come to whatever higher power other than Yourself, Michelle or Soros. Confess you aren’t the son of 2 naturally born citizens, disqualifying everything you have done so far, then resign. And after finding out what integrity looks, cutting your moppet strings and finally be a real human being for once in your fake life, Loser. -Yeah Right ;)

ninjacoastie on March 7, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Unfortunately, he’ll have plenty of power once the dems take back the house in the 2014 midterms.

hatecraft on March 7, 2013 at 11:46 AM

You know, G.W. Bush must have been the most powerful president EVER since he was able to do so much that he gets blamed for…..

Snitchmo on March 7, 2013 at 11:52 AM

Obama is a leader as much as Clooney is a doctor.

NapaConservative on March 7, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Thin-skinned, angry, and uninformed as usual.

Gawd! What a hero.
Damn! He saw me before I could strangle him.

avagreen on March 7, 2013 at 12:30 PM

You know we’re in trouble when a sitting President has to ask a journalist what he’s supposed to do.

Worst. President. Ever!

RebeccaH on March 7, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Sen. Rand Paul has taken some of his colleagues by the scruff of the neck, and stuck their faces into the pile of pooh that they collectively have accumulated on Capitol Hill, and it is welcomed by those of us in the rank-and-file as long overdue.

If you will not fight now, when?
If you will not fight here, where?
If you will not fight, what good are you?

Another Drew on March 7, 2013 at 3:08 PM

As Mary McCarthy would say:

Everything about this President is a lie, including ‘and’ and ‘the’!

Another Drew on March 7, 2013 at 3:11 PM

….while the Obama media machine was able to get the low-information voters to elect him, he can’t get those same voters to turn into the Rent-A-Mobs similar to the hordes of poor people Hugo Chavez used in Venezuela to maintain control of the country.

He can and he will. Did you completely miss the whole “occupy” movement? Did you see what those people were doing? Did you notice how many crimes were committed? Did you also happen to notice how little prosecution resulted?

Occupy was a mob, period. And they were just testing the waters. The black panthers were another mob. In both cases, no consequences were forthcoming. Do you really think the mob leaders and members missed this?

Gird your loins folks.

runawayyyy on March 8, 2013 at 10:18 AM