Matthews: Remember when US had a real leader, like … George W. Bush?

posted at 10:01 am on September 12, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Looks like Chris Matthews isn’t going to get a tingle over Barack Obama’s latest pivot. On last night’s Hardball, Matthews ripped Obama for a lack of leadership and focus, complaining that the President jumps from issue to issue with no particular purpose or plan.  Matthews even went so far as to suggest that he misses George W. Bush … a little, anyway (via Jen Rubin on Twitter):

Chris Matthews took Obama to task on Wednesday for being too “reactive” to events and not controlling or focusing the discussion on issues he wants to talk about. Washington Post reporter Dana Milbank agreed, saying that there is a deficit of “forceful leadership” from the Obama White House.

In fact, Milbank even went so far as to credit George W. Bush for this quality sorely lacking in Obama. At least with Bush, Milbank argued, “he got stuff done, hammering away for taxes, for war… whereas Obama sort of flits and flies from topic to topic.” Matthews wished Obama would be tougher against Republicans on key issues, while HuffPo’s Sam Stein noted Obama’s pushed a little, but not quite enough.

Matthews vented a little, saying “this Mini-Me stuff has got to stop.” Milbank said Obama’s political nuance looks too much like “muddled thinking” to people, suggesting he needs to start campaigning for big issues with bumper-sticker slogans. Stein made it clear part of the lack of action in Washington is derived in part from Republican obstructionism.

“Republican obstructionism”? Obama had control of Congress for the first two years of his presidency, and the only issues that concerned the White House then were a health-system overhaul that’s becoming more and more unpopular as it becomes more and more unworkable, and a stimulus bill that failed to meet its own metrics, let alone create the normal jobs boom that follows after sharp recessions.  Republicans gained control of the House because of Obama’s policies, and they may well take control of the Senate in 2014.  Throwing up one’s hands isn’t leadership, either.

The solution offered to this conundrum is risible on its face.  Matthews and his panel want bumper-sticker slogans and campaigns for policies.  Obama has been offering nothing but both for his entire presidency, while leaving the actual governance to Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid.  When Obama tried applying that approach to foreign policy and Syria by glibly mentioning a red line, doing nothing for a year, and then attempted two weeks of sloganeering to get support for an act of war, Obama wound up with egg on his face and Vladimir Putin as the leader of Western diplomacy. Now he’s Putin’s Mini-Me, to use Matthews’ analogy.

Perhaps Obama would be better off trying a new leadership model.  I’m sure George W. Bush would be happy to counsel him.


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See what happens when you elect or get appointed nothing but Senators – OBAMA, BIDEN, and now KERRY!! Where is the executive experience??

ny59giants on September 12, 2013 at 10:06 AM

BBBBBBBWWWWWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

Resist We Much on September 12, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Yes, bring back that neanderthal GW Bush. We have Bush and his party to thank for Obama being in the White House, so no wonder liberals have some admiration for him.

rickv404 on September 12, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Ed,

You owe me a new laptop and a carpet cleaning!

Resist We Much on September 12, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Gee, if the news media was competent (who am I kidding, they got what they wanted), we wouldn’t be in this mess.

cozmo on September 12, 2013 at 10:07 AM

rickv404 on September 12, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Bless your heart little ricky.

cozmo on September 12, 2013 at 10:08 AM

The solution offered to this conundrum is risible on its face. Matthews and his panel want bumper-sticker slogans and campaigns for policies. Obama has been offering nothing but both for his entire presidency, while leaving the actual governance to Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. When Obama tried applying that approach to foreign policy and Syria by glibly mentioning a red line, doing nothing for a year, and then attempted two weeks of sloganeering to get support for an act of war, Obama wound up with egg on his face and Vladimir Putin as the leader of Western diplomacy. Now he’s Putin’s Mini-Me, to use Matthews’ analogy.

KUDOS! Ed.

workingclass artist on September 12, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Obama and Syria: Stumbling Toward Damascus by JOE KLEIN(!!!). It’s time for one more PIVOT!

Yeah, Time went there. It used the word ‘pivot.’

Poll: Obama COLLAPSES to 38% Approval with ‘All Adults’

As Iowahawk tweeted last night:

At this point, Putin is, basically, doing donuts in Obama’s front yard.

Resist We Much on September 12, 2013 at 10:11 AM

LOL

Good Lt on September 12, 2013 at 10:12 AM

See what happens when you elect or get appointed nothing but Senators – OBAMA, BIDEN, and now KERRY!! Where is the executive experience??

ny59giants on September 12, 2013 at 10:06 AM

That goes for our side as well.

We should put the focus on successful conservative governors…with executive experience.

workingclass artist on September 12, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Who forgets the ole’ Cash for Clunkers debacle? Or the shuttering of perfectly good car dealerships?

If GWB had done what Obama did, he’d be thrown out of office and jailed.

patman77 on September 12, 2013 at 10:13 AM

“… whereas Obama sort of flits and flies from topic to topic.”

I’m pretty sure Dana Milbank is a homophobe.

Naturally Curly on September 12, 2013 at 10:13 AM

What else did you expect from a welfare queens agitator from Chicago who is not qualified to run a lemonade stand let alone the mightiest nation in history… He is only lucky because he commands the mightiest military in history or else we would be in much bigger troubles…

mnjg on September 12, 2013 at 10:13 AM

OT
Did anybody else see NBC’s Richard Engel interviewing a Syrian “rebel” who was wearing a mask and every other answer was “For the good of Allah” and “Praise Allah!”? You know, out team here. McCain’s “moderates”.

WHen he asked about supplies of US weapons the rebel just went on about Allah again, and Engel said to the ski-masked man: “Wait, I can see you laughing.”

Marcus on September 12, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Perhaps Obama would be better off trying a new leadership model.

Perhaps we should see the model he’s been using first. Might just be that the stupid bastard doesn’t know where the reset button is located. And God knows he’s too lazy to read the owners manual (i.e. the Constitution).

Face it, some people just are not leaders. Barak Hussein Obama is part of that club.

Happy Nomad on September 12, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Perhaps Obama would be better off trying a new leadership model. I’m sure George W. Bush would be happy to counsel him.

Or Vladimir Putin, if Bush isn’t available.

myiq2xu on September 12, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Awww, ricky…you still letting GW live rent-free in your head, are ya?

Having McCain as nominee didn’t help.

Having voters that didn’t turn out to vote against the unknown Obama didn’t help. I share in that one, since I voted Boston Tea Party, thinking that no one President could screw things up so royally. { I was wrong…I apologize. }

Nor having a “Press” that was more infatuated than investigative was the BIGGEST contribution to Obama’s election. Their failure to properly investigate/vet Obama certainly didn’t help.

Having a Democrat Congress didn’t help either…more concerned with legacy than with country.

ProfShadow on September 12, 2013 at 10:15 AM

our team here

Marcus on September 12, 2013 at 10:15 AM

If GWB had done what Obama did, he’d be thrown out of office and jailed.

patman77 on September 12, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Nixon was thrown out of office for doing less. Clinton was impeached for doing less. But scandal after scandal with Obama…… crickets.

Happy Nomad on September 12, 2013 at 10:16 AM

When it comes to Liberals, we have a friend that is the epitome of a Liberal although he thinks because he isn’t for gun control. Trust me, it doesn’t help his position as a crazy person at all. He mentioned this summer that he thought Obama was a terrible leader. I don’t know if they(our friend and Chrissy) can connect the dots. I doubt it, but this past week has been very bad for us as a country and these Libs are just noticing. They don’t have a long attention span so I don’t have much hope they can keep up the pressure on the Once.

BetseyRoss on September 12, 2013 at 10:17 AM

An pMSDNC (the place for politics, not news, remember?) showboat wants DC to go back into full fledged campaign circus mode? Color me surprised.

Valkyriepundit on September 12, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Republicans gained control of the House because of Obama’s policies, and they may well take control of the Senate in 2014. Throwing up one’s hands isn’t leadership, either.

Memo to Mitch McConnell, John Boehner & Eric Cantor as well.

“The Tea Party has had it with Republican leaders, abandoning the GOP in stunning numbers at a time when mainstream leaders are arguing for immigration reform and support for an attack on Syria.

A new Pew Research Center poll provided to Secrets on Wednesday found that just 27 percent of Republicans who agree with the Tea Party approve of Republican leaders in Congress. A whopping 71 percent disapprove….”

http://washingtonexaminer.com/tea-party-abandoning-gop-just-3-in-10-approve-of-republican-leadership/article/2535596?custom_click=rss

The GOP has become stuck in the mire of it’s own RHINO stupidity.

Obamacare
Replacing American Workers with Illegals
Dragging out the Investigations of Benghazi,IRS while DOJ does an Obstruction victory lap

It’s a long list of incompetence.

workingclass artist on September 12, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Pivot to (for the umpteenth time) a laser focus on jobs in 3 … 2 … 1

mel23059 on September 12, 2013 at 10:20 AM

The True Believers must be in utter anguish.

Good.

Kenosha Kid on September 12, 2013 at 10:21 AM

These Two Men Allegedly Overheard Incredibly Explosive Skype Conversation While Being Held Hostage in Syria

• In August, Belgian teacher Pierre Piccinin and Italian journalist Domenico Quiric were reportedly abducted in Syria by armed men in pickup trucks, possibly with the Free Syrian Army.

• The men were released on Sunday and have been speaking out about their horrific experience.

• Both men claim they overheard an English-language Skype conversation suggesting Syrian rebels are behind chemical attack.

• 62-year-old journalist Domenico Quiric says radical Islamists want to topple Assad and extend global caliphate.

Resist We Much on September 12, 2013 at 10:22 AM

What Tinkles wants is for Dog Eater to steamroll the political opposition without regard for laws or procedures, to do what is “right” in his eyes and damn the Constitutional restraints against the executive branch.

Bishop on September 12, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Milbank said Obama’s political nuance looks too much like “muddled thinking”

That’s all there’s ever been! There’s never been any “nuanced” thinking, just a President who doesn’t know what the “heck” to do!

I once upset a liberal by asking how they determine if Obama is “considering all options” or just plain doesn’t know what to do? They both look the same from the outside…

taznar on September 12, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Mathews and ilk are just frustrated because Obama’s making the media white-washing so difficult. They’ll have to kick the impotent elephant until the White House can draft and distribute a new Obama-friendly narrative that the talking heads can articulate with a straight face.

ROCnPhilly on September 12, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Nixon was thrown out of office for doing less. Clinton was impeached for doing less. But scandal after scandal with Obama…… crickets.

Happy Nomad on September 12, 2013 at 10:16 AM

Because Obama is Historical aka bullet proof.

Can’t hold the first historical president accountable for the failures of his policies or his illegal activities now can we…Because the Pearl Clutchers are afraid of riots and Bad PR and Hollywood movies and protest songs and Occupy and yada yada yada

workingclass artist on September 12, 2013 at 10:23 AM

When you’ve lost Chris Matthews, you’re… winning ?

Jabberwock on September 12, 2013 at 10:24 AM

When you’ve lost Chris Matthews, you’re… winning ?

Jabberwock on September 12, 2013 at 10:24 AM

According to Maerose Prizzi and The Young Ezra Klein, they are.

I can’t believe the White House’s strategy on Syria is working out this well. I doubt they can, either.

— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) September 10, 2013

Yeah, Bam’s got Putin and Assad right where he wants them or something!

Resist We Much on September 12, 2013 at 10:26 AM

Tingles is a racist…who knew?

Wanderlust on September 12, 2013 at 10:28 AM

Barack’s nuanced thinking is the equilvalent of Michelle’s fashion sense. A fiction fabricated in the minds of the media to deal with the embarrassment.

ROCnPhilly on September 12, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Perhaps we should see the model he’s been using first. Might just be that the stupid bastard doesn’t know where the reset button is located.

Happy Nomad on September 12, 2013 at 10:14 AM

To be fair, the reset button is labelled ‘OVERCHARGE!’

Resist We Much on September 12, 2013 at 10:29 AM

whereas Obama sort of flits and flies

Kinda sums it up for me.

docflash on September 12, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Can’t hold the first historical president accountable for the failures of his policies or his illegal activities now can we…Because the Pearl Clutchers are afraid of riots and Bad PR and Hollywood movies and protest songs and Occupy and yada yada yada

workingclass artist on September 12, 2013 at 10:23 AM

Silly me for expecting black Presidents to be held to the same standards as the white ones. Clearly black Presidents require to be viewed by lower standards in the name of social justice or something./

Seriously, you are right that any attempt to oust this criminal from office would mean that folks in Detroit would be able to see the flames in Chicago and vice versa. The media has decided this lazy stupid thin-skinned dolt is too black to fail.

Happy Nomad on September 12, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Dr Frankenstein became very frustrated with the monster he created.

teejk on September 12, 2013 at 10:33 AM

I can’t wait for the NYT to publish more scolding lectures from snarky foreign leaders…

Paraphrasing Gary Kasparov on his epic twitter rant yesterday…

Mugabe on fair elections.
Castro on free speech.
Kim Jong-un on prison reform.
Xi Jingpin on Law Enforcement & crowd control.
Hassan Rouhani of Iran on Religious Tolerance
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia on Empowering Women

workingclass artist on September 12, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Dear Tingles: Elect an empty suit, you get an empty suit. Where’s the surprise?

GarandFan on September 12, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Wow…these guys are really struggling to figure out ways to cover Obama’s sorry ass. “He’s a subtle and nuanced thinker…”? LOL
Guys…he’s a failure. It’s time you cut your losses and start trying to work on Hillary’s campaign now. Her ass needs covering just as badly and it’ll take way more material.

Kenz on September 12, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Jebus… these tools just make chit up out of thin air….

These guys have been giving Barry BJ’s for so long they have had their knee pads surgically implanted. Gawd, their audience must be retards that can’t control their slobber’n & drool.

p.s. No offense to normal retards.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on September 12, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Matthews: Remember when US had a real leader, like … George W. Bush?

Wha?????

NO, Chrissie…it ain’t nuance or trying to accomplish too much that has led us to this point…it is Barack Hussein Obama, The Lightgiver, The One, the tingle-riffic guy you sooo adore…and all those who voted for him, and re-elected him, and a mass case of mass stupidity on the part of the electorate what led us to this point.

Where the hell were you, Chris, back in 2007?

Back in 2012?

YOU own this.

coldwarrior on September 12, 2013 at 10:38 AM

I don’t think I want The Won to focus, I can think of three times he did and I hate the out come each and every time. Election, Obamacare and reelection, and we have been declining ever since.

Cindy Munford on September 12, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Hahahahahahahahaha….I want an apology from the boneheads that voted for the clusterfark.

crosshugger on September 12, 2013 at 10:41 AM

Bless your heart little ricky.

cozmo on September 12, 2013 at 10:08 AM

It wouldn’t be a Bush thread without him. Anytime GWB is mentioned, I can see him throwing back his head, raising his fist and bellowing out “BUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUSH!” in anguish.

thebrokenrattle on September 12, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Cindy Munford on September 12, 2013 at 10:40 AM

He won’t be able to do anything like that again.

Dems lost congress for 0bamacare and his sycophant followers cannot alter the country.

From now on, whatever 0bama focuses on will turn to crap. 0bama is the reverse Midas.

cozmo on September 12, 2013 at 10:43 AM

Resist We Much on September 12, 2013 at 10:22 AM

The problem with this is that the info is coming from journalists. Who the heck believes them since they have proven to be enamored with our fearless leader?

Cindy Munford on September 12, 2013 at 10:43 AM

The media has decided this lazy stupid thin-skinned dolt is too black to fail.

Happy Nomad on September 12, 2013 at 10:30 AM

It’s been a winning strategy so far…and the DNC will repeat it with another series of Historicals ad nauseum.

First Womenyz Preezy

(Can’t knock her cause that would be sexist or paternalistic or something…)

First Geh or Trans Preezy

(No complaints…cause that would be homophobic bullying and bad for the children or something)

First fill in the blank untried ethnicity Preezy

(see Obama)

First Atheist/Secularist Preezy

(Silly Bible clingers…Freedom from Religion or something)

As long as the Preezy is a liberal First Historical…They will not be held to the same standard of accountability.

workingclass artist on September 12, 2013 at 10:43 AM

I wonder if Obama considers a government shut-down a “red line”?

I hope so. Cuz he sure backs away quickly when his bluff is called.

Don’t call my bluff I

Don’t call my bluff II

BobMbx on September 12, 2013 at 10:44 AM

thebrokenrattle on September 12, 2013 at 10:42 AM

He and bluegills are kept around for the giggle factor.

cozmo on September 12, 2013 at 10:45 AM

At least with Bush, Milbank argued, “he got stuff done, hammering away for taxes, for war… whereas Obama sort of flits and flies from topic to topic.”

Unqualified from Day one

ted c on September 12, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Milbank said Obama’s political nuance looks too much like “muddled thinking” to people, suggesting he needs to start campaigning for big issues with bumper-sticker slogans.

Priceless Schadenfreude. Sadly, we, and the entire country, suffer the fool.
I have an idea, since the focus is on GW’s accomplishments and bumper stickers how about – “Miss me YET?
Just a Thawt
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on September 12, 2013 at 10:45 AM

cozmo on September 12, 2013 at 10:43 AM

Yeah, but I think those three things alone are pretty much crap. Unless our side can get their act together (BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH) Obamacare will continue to keep us from prospering.

Cindy Munford on September 12, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Obama’s political nuance looks too much like “muddled thinking” to people, suggesting he needs to start campaigning for big issues with bumper-sticker slogans.

Huh? what you say, Chrissy? where the heck have you been, bud?

ted c on September 12, 2013 at 10:46 AM

Milbank said Obama’s political nuance looks too much like “muddled thinking”

Gee, I’m surprised Milbank didn’t call Obama ‘shiftless’ and ‘niggardly’. It’s pretty obvious where he’s coming from.

Buddahpundit on September 12, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Gawd, their audience must be retards that can’t control their slobber’n & drool.
donabernathy on September 12, 2013 at 10:37 AM

At this point the audience numbers are so low the entire network qualifies as an expensive vanity project.

workingclass artist on September 12, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Obama wound up with egg on his face and Vladimir Putin as the leader of Western diplomacy. Now he’s Putin’s Mini-Me, to use Matthews’ analogy.

Oh Michael Ramirez……. dude, we gots some artwork for you to draw….. LOLZ!

ted c on September 12, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Stein made it clear part of the lack of action in Washington is derived in part from Republican obstructionism.

Irony being the part I bolded is their “bumper sticker”.

This is President Excuses, who is never responsible for anything, ever. Well, except ramming his “signature” achievement through Congress in undemocratic fashion which is now, as predicted, destroying jobs, lowering the standard of care, driving doctors out of the market and increasing costs across the board.

So I guess pretty soon, that will be the fault of someone else. Maybe the ethereal “Congress” who in the case of Obamacare happens to be all Democrats.

Marcus Traianus on September 12, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Obamacare will continue to keep us from prospering.

Cindy Munford on September 12, 2013 at 10:45 AM

As things get worse because of 0bamacre, it will become harder for the administration and its sycophants to cover for it.

It will collapse. But the longer it takes, the worse things will get.

cozmo on September 12, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Sooooooooooo …
Buyer’s Remorse, eh?
It’s too bad that Dems are uneducated and so late to the party:
Caveat Emptor, ya morons.
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on September 12, 2013 at 10:48 AM

If the liberal press gets tired of, and not afraid of, Obama, issues like Benghazi, IRS, NSA and others will become fair game to pursue.

Tater Salad on September 12, 2013 at 10:49 AM

Obamacare will continue to keep us from prospering.

Cindy Munford on September 12, 2013 at 10:45 AM

As things get worse because of 0bamacre, it will become harder for the administration and its sycophants to cover for it.

It will collapse. But the longer it takes, the worse things will get.

cozmo on September 12, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Except the republican answer to the heartache of Obamacare is to import cheap illegal labor.

Bread & Circuses.

workingclass artist on September 12, 2013 at 10:50 AM

Except the republican answer to the heartache of Obamacare is to import cheap illegal labor.

workingclass artist on September 12, 2013 at 10:50 AM

That will have to be dealt with.

cozmo on September 12, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Matthews is so fearful of real dialog that he can’t afford to let even friendly guests complete a sentence or two without interrupting.

paul1149 on September 12, 2013 at 10:54 AM

Don’t blame me; I held my nose and voted for McCain then Held it Again and voted fro Romney!

jaydee_007 on September 12, 2013 at 10:56 AM

We are being “lead” by the Keystone Cops and a far too large cheering section.

Cindy Munford on September 12, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Matthews is advocating for a more imperial style presidency. No negotiation on this… no compromise on that… my way or the highway… Frankly, I was under the impression that Obama had been trying this for the past few years, and that it’s failed miserably. Much like Matthews’ ratings.

morganfrost on September 12, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Can’t hold the first historical president accountable for the failures of his policies or his illegal activities now can we…Because the Pearl Clutchers are afraid of riots and Bad PR and Hollywood movies and protest songs and Occupy and yada yada yada

workingclass artist on September 12, 2013 at 10:23 AM

Silly me for expecting black Presidents to be held to the same standards as the white ones. Clearly black Presidents require to be viewed by lower standards in the name of social justice or something./

Seriously, you are right that any attempt to oust this criminal from office would mean that folks in Detroit would be able to see the flames in Chicago and vice versa. The media has decided this lazy stupid thin-skinned dolt is too black to fail.

Happy Nomad on September 12, 2013 at 10:30 AM

That’s the very essence of Affirmative Action, a parallel set of standards for all ages and positions, from Kindergarten to the Office of the President.

Not only can’t he fail, he can’t even be judged as less than one of the best president evah.

slickwillie2001 on September 12, 2013 at 10:57 AM

I’m so disgusted by the clueless half of this country who voted this fool into office. I’m disgusted by the MSM who covered for him and are still covering for him. I’m disgusted by these unions who helped him get elected and helped him pass Obamacare. I’m disgusted by the Dem party, by the RINOs, and by minorities who cannot see that this man is a disaster. What disgusts me most is these idiots are now wondering why their messiah has turned out to be such a zero. If this were a sane country we would hold Obama accountable just like the white guys Nixon and Clinton. But the truth is Obama gets a pass because he is half black. This man needs to be impeached. No not because I don’t like a black guy but because his ideas are disastrous for our country. That is no longer an academic argument, look around you and you will see it everywhere.

neyney on September 12, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Sam Stein is a robot.

You know exactly how he’s going to couch everything. Total groupthinker.

budfox on September 12, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Obama wound up with egg on his face and Vladimir Putin as the leader of Western diplomacy. Now he’s Putin’s Mini-Me, to use Matthews’ analogy.

Oh Michael Ramirez……. dude, we gots some artwork for you to draw….. LOLZ!

ted c on September 12, 2013 at 10:47 AM

This whole shebang is a Gold mine for cartoonists. If only I could draw…

slickwillie2001 on September 12, 2013 at 10:59 AM

>We have Bush and his party to thank for Obama being in the White House, so no wonder liberals have some admiration for him.

rickv404 on September 12, 2013 at 10:07 AM

.
You have tunnel vision. Credit the super-liberal media for feting rather than vetting Skinny Ø as the “first black president that we can be proud of and he’s a Constitutional Scholar, Too…”
.
When are you going to stop being a jackass? Oh, never mind, I love pushing your nose in it.

ExpressoBold on September 12, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Milbank said Obama’s political nuance looks too much like “muddled thinking” to people,

LOL. Barky isn’t even close to “thinking” and the idea that there is any nuance in the ravings of the Indonesian Dog-Eating retard is beyond laughable. Barky is a mind-numbing moron who doesn’t have the intellectual capacity to work a mop correctly. He’s a joke who was elected for nothing other than the affirmative action angle. If Barky were held to the standards of a normal person he’d still be trying to graduate from high school. If this nation had any self-respect left Barky would have been thrown out of the 2008 race for that illegal and repulsive campaign rally in Berlin, for friggin Germans. If there were more than 5 sane people in the House Barky would have had to have been fighting impeachments (over and over) for the duration of his criminal tenure since he has been committing impeachable acts on a regular basis.

But, instead, we have the US dead and buried and the emergence of the American Socialist Superstate. Pathetic. This population will go down in history as the most insane and self-destructive group of lowlifes ever to slime across the face of the Earth.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on September 12, 2013 at 11:08 AM

Hey, nobody pushes back in the faculty lounge. They just talk about what a great idea it is and how well it’s going to work. Then done and move on.

bflat879 on September 12, 2013 at 11:09 AM

The Laurel and Hardy Presidency: After the Syrian slapstick, it’s time to sober up U.S. foreign policy.

Resist We Much on September 12, 2013 at 10:24 AM

After writing in the London Telegraph that Monday was “the worst day for U.S. and wider Western diplomacy since records began,” former British ambassador Charles Crawford asked simply: “How has this happened?”

From the first line. Hammered right out of the gates.

smoothsailing on September 12, 2013 at 11:16 AM

At this point, quoting Chris Matthews counts as trolling the readership. Who cares what that toad says? How many people watch his show? Five?

MTF on September 12, 2013 at 11:18 AM

I’m so disgusted by the clueless half of this country who voted this fool into office. I’m disgusted by the MSM who covered for him and are still covering for him. I’m disgusted by these unions who helped him get elected and helped him pass Obamacare. I’m disgusted by the Dem party, by the RINOs, and by minorities who cannot see that this man is a disaster. What disgusts me most is these idiots are now wondering why their messiah has turned out to be such a zero. If this were a sane country we would hold Obama accountable just like the white guys Nixon and Clinton. But the truth is Obama gets a pass because he is half black. This man needs to be impeached. No not because I don’t like a black guy but because his ideas are disastrous for our country. That is no longer an academic argument, look around you and you will see it everywhere.

neyney on September 12, 2013 at 10:58 AM

True…everything you say is true.

The problem is that we no longer live in a Constitutional Republic governed by reason and ethics.

We now live in Obama’s small ‘c’ constitutional democracy…where policy is shaped by social media,polls,bribery etc. and News is agitprop.

The GOP has decided on enshrining a “If ya can’t beat em’ join em’…Get my Pie strategy”

There is no cohesion of tactics based on principle cause that’s old skool…Both parties do share a common incentive toward corruption and the isolation of the DC echo chamber where the main goal is to impress the other members of the entrenched self appointed aristocracy.

workingclass artist on September 12, 2013 at 11:18 AM

North Korea decides to restart enriching uranium, wonder if wonder boy’s stellar foreign policy was the impetus?

smitty41 on September 12, 2013 at 11:19 AM

At this point, quoting Chris Matthews counts as trolling the readership. Who cares what that toad says? How many people watch his show? Five?

MTF on September 12, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Oh, there’s more than five people in Obama’s cabinet. Be fair.

smoothsailing on September 12, 2013 at 11:22 AM

I have an idea, since the focus is on GW’s accomplishments and bumper stickers how about – “Miss me YET?“
Just a Thawt
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Karl Magnus on September 12, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Already exists.

And Here.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on September 12, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Obama should have paid attention to Clinton’s second term.

Lowered taxes
Signed welfare reform
Signed the Balanced Budget Act

Run as a lib but see how far that gets you in the Oval Office. America is a center-right nation and that’s how Clinton cemented his legacy. That and groping his interns while on the job.

Obama managed to get the worst of both worlds. He ran as a lib, but always qualified it in conservative terms (it’s your money, unless you have too much; it’s your health care, unless we want you to have something else; balanced budget, as long as we do nothing but raise taxes to do it). And once he sat in the chair, he rammed through the legislation he wanted the most and just stood pat on everything else: reforming the banks, closing Gitmo, securing victory so we had a reason to leave the ME other than he wanted to, creating jobs, striking a firm foreign policy.

I mean, he literally just does nothing these days, and then congratulates himself when someone else solves his problems for him.

The Schaef on September 12, 2013 at 11:33 AM

When Bush was president, Putin and the Soviets were afraid of the USA. Now, how often do you think Putin laughs at us?

nazo311 on September 12, 2013 at 11:36 AM

Chris Matthews’ two ideas to spur job creation: pave Manhattan so he doesn’t have a bumpy ride in the cabs he takes from the airport, and build a new bullet train from DC to NYC so that Chris doesn’t have to take a plane to NYC.

Matthews sure understands the needs of the workin’ man. Zowie.

DarthBrooks on September 12, 2013 at 11:41 AM

well he did say in his second term he would be more flexible, but grabbing ur ankles on the world stage is just not a good look to prove ur point.

smitty41 on September 12, 2013 at 11:41 AM

There is no cohesion of tactics based on principle cause that’s old skool…Both parties do share a common incentive toward corruption and the isolation of the DC echo chamber where the main goal is to impress the other members of the entrenched self appointed aristocracy.

workingclass artist on September 12, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Why the broad-brush generalization?
You had me until the “both sides do it” argument.
No, both sides do NOT do it. Johnny Mac and Miss Lindsey are exceptions.
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Karl Magnus on September 12, 2013 at 11:44 AM

remember when the MSM thought Palin would look like Obama does on foreign policy.

smitty41 on September 12, 2013 at 11:53 AM

Yes, bring back that neanderthal GW Bush. We have Bush and his party to thank for Obama being in the White House, so no wonder liberals have some admiration for him.

rickv404 on September 12, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Not so mon ami! Folks that couldn’t stomach McCain or Romney and stayed home on election day are at fault for this disaster. You wouldn’t be one of ‘em, would ya? “W” has more intelligence in his thumb than Obama in his whole body.

Boats48 on September 12, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Putin achieved what the domestic and int’l media refused to do – expose obama to his real size.

Suffocate in his azz, most all media. YOU deserve no less and the world/USA are diminished because of your Utopian PC insanities. I hope you all will be destroyed.

Schadenfreude on September 12, 2013 at 12:07 PM

What Tinkles wants is for Dog Eater to steamroll the political opposition without regard for laws or procedures, to do what is “right” in his eyes and damn the Constitutional restraints against the executive branch.

Bishop on September 12, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Exactly.

He’s not acting dictatorial enough for the Fascist heart of the Left …

ShainS on September 12, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Why the broad-brush generalization?
You had me until the “both sides do it” argument.
No, both sides do NOT do it. Johnny Mac and Miss Lindsey are exceptions.
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Karl Magnus on September 12, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Why the broad brush generalization?

Boehner and Cantor are stellar?

But you’re right…I was being too broad.

DC leadership sucks.

workingclass artist on September 12, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Laurel & Hardy

Schadenfreude on September 12, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Yes, bring back that neanderthal GW Bush. We have Bush and his party to thank for Obama being in the White House, so no wonder liberals have some admiration for him.

rickv404 on September 12, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Bush is not my favorite for a number of reasons, often stated/lamented – but forced to choose, I’d take him back instead of the f*ckwit group we’ve got now, any day of the week and twice on Sunday.

Midas on September 12, 2013 at 12:14 PM

The consequences of the Iraq War were not only the massive loss of American blood and treasure, but also our credibility to other nations and the deep wounds inflicted upon the American psyche – as evident in the role it’s playing in the Syria discussion. Never-mind that what’s being discussed re: Syria little compares to the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld massive and deeply tragic folly….the worst foreign policy disaster of modern times.
What is truly pathetic and laughable is that anyone would in any way whatsoever desire the counsel of anyone associated with that unmitigated disaster.
The architects and cheerleaders of the Iraq War are not forgotten, but thank God they are gone.

verbaluce on September 12, 2013 at 12:14 PM

To be certain, Jennifer Rubin is a RINO harlot, a scumhag of the first rate. I hate the biatch with passion. She is so deep in Romney’s azz that she can’t think any more than all the obama-azz-dwellers.

Schadenfreude on September 12, 2013 at 12:15 PM

WWVJD?

WHAT WOULD VALERIE JARRET DO?

NoPain on September 12, 2013 at 12:20 PM

Putin achieved what the domestic and int’l media refused to do – expose obama to his real size.

Schadenfreude on September 12, 2013 at 12:07 PM

You’ve got a new hero.
Sad for you.

verbaluce on September 12, 2013 at 12:24 PM

What is truly pathetic and laughable is that anyone would in any way whatsoever desire the counsel of anyone associated with that unmitigated disaster.
The architects and cheerleaders of the Iraq War are not forgotten, but thank God they are gone.

verbadouche on September 12, 2013 at 12:14 PM

You’re referring to the democratics in Congress that voted for it, right?

slickwillie2001 on September 12, 2013 at 12:25 PM

“He clearly had the constitutional right…to pull the trigger” stupid Dana M.

NO, he didn’t – the US was not, and not about to be, attacked.

The 3 azzes “for the love of obama, be critical”…then they all agree with how great he used to be and still c/b…hurl. May they die in his azz.

“The economy, stupid”

Meh, they all covered up for obama. Putin exposed obama for what he is, a tiny eunuchy narcissistic sociopath, a nobody who made it by hue alone, and by his ‘masters’, media too.

Go to Hell, all of you who brung/kept him. I’m enjoying what he does to all of you. YOU deserve him in full. With ‘friends’ like you obama needs no enemies. obama has not changed.

verbie, you’re feather-light, as usual. Cheers.

Schadenfreude on September 12, 2013 at 12:26 PM

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