Important message from Team Hopenchange: Those birther Republicans are economic traitors, or something

posted at 3:21 pm on October 10, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

I’m pretty sure this is the New Civility in action, right? David Plouffe was one of the chief architects of Hope and Change, where naked partisanship would give way to Team Obama’s sense of cool leadership, where the bitterness of the past would be eclipsed by pragmatic, ideology-free competence. More than four years in, how close has Barack Obama and Plouffe come?

Oh, who are we kidding? This is pure Chicago sur le Potomac. Appreciate it for what it is:

President Barack Obama’s senior White House adviser and former campaign manager David Plouffe accused House Republicans of “committing economic treason” during the partial government shutdown on Thursday.

In a snarky tweet about Republicans’ attempts to negotiate an end to the government shutdown, Plouffe dredged up the “birther” issue in order to discredit the GOP:

If nothing else, consider this a measuring stick of White House desperation.  With Obama’s popularity unexpectedly dropping like a rock (along with the GOP’s), obviously it’s no longer enough to call Republicans obstructionists, hostage takers, and terrorists — while adamantly declaring that the President shouldn’t have to negotiate until his opponents give up all their legitimate political leverage.  Plouffe and Obama’s team now need to escalate a fight over deficits to Benedict Arnold levels, along with the now-laughable gripe about the birthers that the White House likes far more than Republicans do, for just this purpose.

This is a perfect time to include an interview conducted by our great friend Hugh Hewitt on Tuesday with CNN’s Jake Tapper, via Mediate.  Tapper tries to steer clear of political conclusions, but pointedly notes that he’s not hearing any terrorist/hostage-taker/traitor rhetoric coming from Republicans:

“Do you think the President and the Democrats’ rhetoric is qualitatively different than the Speaker and the Republicans’ rhetoric?” Hewitt asked.

Tapper’s response: “Well, I haven’t heard the Republicans, we’re just talking about insults now, not anything else. I haven’t heard Republicans comparing the Democrats to suicide bombers or to kidnappers or to arsonists. But it’s possible that I’m not paying close enough attention.” …

Ultimately, he said, “none of it is helpful,” especially after the president’s senior adviser Dan Pfeifferwent on CNN and perform the “hat trick of comparing the Republicans to suicide bombers, arsonists and kidnappers all in one interview.”

Just in case you’re not keeping score, Investors Business Daily is:

Remember when President Obama was showered with kudos for his 2011 speech calling for “more civility in our public discourse”?… [A]s a sample of his recent words used to attack Republicans proves, he hasn’t followed his own advice:

• “Putting a gun to the American people’s head.”

• “One party in Congress might blow the whole thing up if they don’t get their way.”

• “Extortion.”

• “Demand ransom.”

• “Burn down your house.”

• “Hold people hostage or engage in ransom-taking to get a hundred percent of your way.” …

On CNN last week, moreover, senior Obama aide Dan Pfeiffer called Republicans “people with a bomb strapped to their chest.” Yet at the Tuesday press conference, Obama actually quipped that “what the American people, I think, expect is just civility.”

Maybe it should start with you, Mr. President.


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Civility……what a contemptible lie!

itsspideyman on October 10, 2013 at 3:24 PM

Anything goes with these Democrat stooges. It’s almost as if they are anarchists or something.

forest on October 10, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Obama henchman are the best. He really gets his moneys worth out of them.

portlandon on October 10, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Desperation. On Second thought, maybe it is a good idea to take the Debt Ceiling off the table for a few months and let this bull$hit play out. Right now the Dems got nothing but hate and OMG11eleventy!!!Default….

Johnnyreb on October 10, 2013 at 3:27 PM

David Plouffe accused House Republicans of “committing economic treason”

Projection much?

Ace ODale on October 10, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Out of the mouths of commies…. no more mask at all. We see these flying monkeys (w of O) for what they really are….

HomeoftheBrave on October 10, 2013 at 3:34 PM

You’d have to sign on to the runaway debt and the communism before you can be a trator against it. Fundamental transformation is what we should be all about.

Buddahpundit on October 10, 2013 at 3:34 PM

Together We Thrive!

HumpBot Salvation on October 10, 2013 at 3:35 PM

The closest thing we have to ‘economic treason’ today is the debt monitization by the Federal Reserve.

Sooner or later, everyone will be hurt by their actions.

I wonder if anyone will ask Yellen what she would do if they repealed the back door, that was created in opposition to the stated charter of the fed in the late 1990′s, that the fed has used in such an abusive manner?

Freddy on October 10, 2013 at 3:35 PM

davidk on October 10, 2013 at 3:33 PM

They want to declare martial law so bad, they are salivating. They are doing everything they can to incite the general public. I fear one of the NPS obamabots may actually shoot someone this weekend just to kick things off. I told my family, who live near D.C., to stay the heck away tomorrow through Monday.

HomeoftheBrave on October 10, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Maybe it should start with you, Mr. President.

That would require leadership skills.

scalleywag on October 10, 2013 at 3:38 PM

He is a Plouffenutter.

birdwatcher on October 10, 2013 at 3:39 PM

New tone, same as the old tone

EliTheBean on October 10, 2013 at 3:39 PM

David Plouffe accused House Republicans of “committing economic treason”

This coming from people who have bankrupted us through insane spending policies and stolen tens of billions from taxpayers to hand out to their cronies. Not to mention their fantasy of becoming the American version of Hugo Chavez.

I fear one of the NPS obamabots may actually shoot someone this weekend just to kick things off.

HomeoftheBrave on October 10, 2013 at 3:36 PM

If someone from the NPS is stupid enough to shoot a civilian or tourist, that will hugely damage Obama’s position, even more so than the temper tantrum he is already throwing.

Doomberg on October 10, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Not sure why this would be unexpected coming from a bunch of corrupt Chicago thugs.

JR on October 10, 2013 at 3:42 PM

Dissent apparently isn’t the highest form of patriotism anymore.

Jeff Weimer on October 10, 2013 at 3:43 PM

You’d have to had signed on to Obama’s fundamental transformation before you can be a traitor to Obama’s fundamental transformation. There, that’s better.

Buddahpundit on October 10, 2013 at 3:44 PM

Do as Obama says, not as He does.

myiq2xu on October 10, 2013 at 3:44 PM

We are the only ones who have to be civil, according to President Petulant.

rbj on October 10, 2013 at 3:46 PM

They want to declare martial law so bad, they are salivating. They are doing everything they can to incite the general public. I fear one of the NPS obamabots may actually shoot someone this weekend just to kick things off. I told my family, who live near D.C., to stay the heck away tomorrow through Monday.

HomeoftheBrave on October 10, 2013 at 3:36 PM

DITTO.

Obama’s a (very far) Leftwing ideologue and so are all these hangers-on associated with him such as Plouffle. It’s not about governing, or respect for the office/s-jobs they hold, it’s about “beating America.” And that’s where all their irrational hate comes from about the Tea Party: reminds them too clearly about our nation’s origins and founding principles which the Left today would very much want to eradicate.

Lourdes on October 10, 2013 at 3:46 PM

Remember when President Obama was showered with kudos for his 2011 speech calling for “more civility in our public discourse”?

The Tuscon Two-Face.

Bitter Clinger on October 10, 2013 at 3:47 PM

I’m just surprised he didn’t work a war on wymnnz into that tweet.

nobar on October 10, 2013 at 3:49 PM

Obama, of course, learned from Alinsky

While Alinsky’s ultimate goal was nothing less than the “radicalization of the middle class,” he stressed the importance of “learning to talk the language of those with whom one is trying to converse.” “Tactics must begin with the experience of the middle class,” he said, “accepting their aversion to rudeness, vulgarity, and conflict. Start them easy, don’t scare them off.”

organizers must be entirely unpredictable and unmistakably willing — for the sake of the moral principles in whose name they claim to act — to watch society descend into utter chaos and anarchy. He stated that they must be prepared, if necessary, to “go into a state of complete confusion and draw [their] opponent into the vortex of the same confusion.

faraway on October 10, 2013 at 3:49 PM

So, Obama is happy to let the country default. He’s OK to let it burn.

faraway on October 10, 2013 at 3:51 PM

Pseudo intellectual children…

d1carter on October 10, 2013 at 3:52 PM

If anyone knows about treason, it’s the Traitor in Chief and his minions.

Master Shake on October 10, 2013 at 3:52 PM

Maybe throw in a Special Counsel to investigate the President’s birthplace and the House GOP will stop committing economic treason.

— David Plouffe (@davidplouffe) October 10, 2013

LOL. More projection from the leftist America-haters and their third-world Indonesian – who isn’t eligible (regardless of whether Barky was actually born at one of the two different hospitals he claimed) and isn’t even close to qualified.

But, this is what we get when these true traitors have been allowed to rend the Constitution and commit crime after crime in the White House without Congress even starting any sort of impeachment of Barky or any of his criminal, lunatic, and moronic junta. Barky should have been tossed from the 2008 race and jailed the minute he held the biggest campaign rally (perhaps ever) in a friggin foreign country … for friggin foreigners. That was as illegal and repulsive a political move as this nation had ever seen. But … white was just trying to embrace what was right, I guess …

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on October 10, 2013 at 3:53 PM

I fear one of the NPS obamabots may actually shoot someone this weekend just to kick things off. I told my family, who live near D.C., to stay the heck away tomorrow through Monday.

HomeoftheBrave on October 10, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Seriously? I mean come on, these people have been dealing with civil disobedience on almost a daily basis their entire careers. Give the conspiracy stuff a rest.

Johnnyreb on October 10, 2013 at 3:54 PM

“If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.”

Okay then, let’s move past the schoolyard name-calling. I’ve something in mind that I find much more enjoyable.

M240H on October 10, 2013 at 3:55 PM

Oh, and btw Democrats, the country’s not going to default- it’s not constitutionally permissible and the “debt ceiling” is just an accountancy construct unsupported by even legal precedent.

M240H on October 10, 2013 at 3:58 PM

That guy is who the phrase “wise-a$$ punk” was coined after. He’s probably an insufferable bore, gets a pedicure on a regular basis, sends his shorts to the cleaners, and as a boy was never a scout or played sports, held a rifle, planted a tree, or had many friends.

scalleywag on October 10, 2013 at 3:58 PM

Oh, who are we kidding? This is pure Chicago sur le Potomac. Appreciate it for what it is:

Lol, ‘pure Chicago sur le Potomac’ :)..Ed, you made my day :)…

jimver on October 10, 2013 at 3:58 PM

George Will has an interesting column today:

The JFK Assassinaton & The Roots of Punitive Liberalism

And, Jeffrey Lord wrote something similar after the Gabby Giffords’ shooting:

John F. Kennedy’s great friend, the Pulitzer Prize winner (and JFK liberal) Theodore White, author of the classic The Making of the President series, gradually, to his evident shock, came to this conclusion himself. In his later years White, who died in 1986, would recall talking to a black, leftist reporter for an unidentified New York paper (hmmm) in 1964. The subject: the news that leftist demonstrators were considering blocking physical access to the opening of the 1964 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadow, New York. The story was much in the news, the World’s Fair set to become a considerable tourist attraction. President Lyndon Johnson would be attending along with a parade of dignitaries. Said the leftist reporter to White of the chaos that could ensue, endangering lives:

You don’t understand. If a thousand innocent people have to be killed…if that’s the way it has to be, well, that’s the way it has to be.

It was a snapshot of the Left’s attitude towards political violence, just as Keene would note several years later in his testimony on the Left’s political violence on what were, after all, college campuses run by left-wing academics. Whether it was the left excusing the 1965 Watts riots by leftist blacks in Los Angeles or Krugman’s own New York Times excusing the 1992 riots in Los Angeles as being brought about by “decades of rage” or the repeated excuses for campus violence or anti-war violence — if there was leftist violence to be had it was always because policy or politician X was at fault. The perpetrators themselves were blameless.

“We’re heading into nut country today,” President Kennedy said to his wife on the morning of November 22.

As it turned out, President Kennedy had no idea how right he was.

The door to nut country was opened barely three years after John F. Kennedy was inaugurated with such glittering hope. That door was opened by Lee Harvey Oswald. A Marxist. A man of the Left. The American Left in this instance. Waiting in the shadows of the immutable trademark violent tradition of leftists in America and around the globe.

An American leftist targeting the most famous American liberal of the day pulled the trigger that killed John F. Kennedy. Murderously ending a presidency that began with such golden promise fifty years ago this week.

The American Left’s descent into madness had begun.

Resist We Much on October 10, 2013 at 3:59 PM

Freddy on October 10, 2013 at 3:35 PM

I would like to educate myself on the workings of the Federal Reserve, but I’m afraid of what I’d learn.

girlscout on October 10, 2013 at 3:59 PM

Message received, from the Alinsky thugs of the world.

Welcome to the US of Zimbabwe, where O’Mugabe rules, with his capos.

Schadenfreude on October 10, 2013 at 3:59 PM

Dave lives down to his name.

Schadenfreude on October 10, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Chicago (de sewer) Potomac

FIFY

docflash on October 10, 2013 at 4:01 PM

They’re running out of terms to use against us which is good, the really ugly ones are left though, which is bad.

Bishop on October 10, 2013 at 4:02 PM

Remember when President Obama was showered with kudos for his 2011 speech calling for “more civility in our public discourse”?… [A]s a sample of his recent words used to attack Republicans proves, he hasn’t followed his own advice:

• “Putting a gun to the American people’s head.”
• “One party in Congress might blow the whole thing up if they don’t get their way.”
• “Extortion.”
• “Demand ransom.”
• “Burn down your house.”
• “Hold people hostage or engage in ransom-taking to get a hundred percent of your way.” …

Yeah, but none of the above is as ‘uncivil’ and damning as Palin’s crosshair targets /sarc…

jimver on October 10, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Oh, and btw Democrats, the country’s not going to default-

That would normally be true, though Barky could fix things so that it does happen. That’s what he’s been threatening. But, that has to be dealt with, anyway.

the “debt ceiling” is just an accountancy construct unsupported by even legal precedent.

M240H on October 10, 2013 at 3:58 PM

Not sure where you get that from. Congress is explicitly given the power, in Art I, Sec 8:

To borrow Money on the credit of the United States;

That means that Congress can also decide not to borrow money and no one else and no other government arm can force them. Legal precedent? You don’t get better legal precedent than an explicit Constitutional clause. Of course, that was back in the days of the United States. In the American Socialist Superstate that old Constitution thingy doesn’t mean much of anything.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on October 10, 2013 at 4:04 PM

They’re running out of terms to use against us which is good, the really ugly ones are left though, which is bad.

Bishop on October 10, 2013 at 4:02 PM

there’s always mo-fos :)…don’t think that one has been used yet :)…

jimver on October 10, 2013 at 4:06 PM

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on October 10, 2013 at 4:04 PM

From John Hinderaker, J.D. of Powerline:

There will be no default if Congress decides not to raise the debt limit. The government is required by the 14th Amendment to pay its debt obligations, and it can service our $17 trillion debt with less than 10% of federal revenues.

From Moody’s:

We believe the government would continue to pay interest and principal on its debt even in the event that the debt limit is not raised, leaving its creditworthiness intact. The debt limit restricts government expenditures to the amount of its incoming revenues; it does not prohibit the government from servicing its debt. There is no direct connection between the debt limit (actually the exhaustion of the Treasury’s extraordinary measures to raise funds) and a default.

The statutory debt limit is a limit on the amount of debt outstanding. As debt matures, it can be refinanced with new Treasury issuance without affecting the total amount of debt (principal). Interest, by contrast, is an expenditure and could be included among the expenses that the Treasury could decide not to pay.

M240H on October 10, 2013 at 4:34 PM

This administration is a bunch of worthless little pricks, even the liberal woman…they are all suffering with a heightened grade of delusions of grandeur

crosshugger on October 10, 2013 at 4:35 PM

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on October 10, 2013 at 4:04 PM

This is which Hinderaker alludes to:

Section 4. The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned.

His interpretation is that the debt cannot be ignored simply by choice/whim of Congress.

M240H on October 10, 2013 at 4:38 PM

They want to declare martial law so bad, they are salivating…

HomeoftheBrave on October 10, 2013 at 3:36 PM

You may be onto something.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=qzvViJyPBvc

wolfsDad on October 10, 2013 at 4:44 PM

oh… when is Miss Plouffe going to do something about that hair?!

dpduq on October 10, 2013 at 4:47 PM

oh… when is Miss Plouffe going to do something about that hair?!

dpduq on October 10, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Too much creme!!

rik on October 10, 2013 at 5:01 PM

His interpretation is that the debt cannot be ignored simply by choice/whim of Congress.

M240H on October 10, 2013 at 4:38 PM

not borrowing more is not ignoring (and servicing) existing.
its just not borrowing more.
no law (that I know of) says we MUST borrow more.

dmacleo on October 10, 2013 at 5:02 PM

This administration is a bunch of worthless little pricks, even the liberal woman…they are all suffering with a heightened grade of delusions of grandeur

crosshugger on October 10, 2013 at 4:35 PM

Which is usually a symptom of narcissistic personality disorder.

jimver on October 10, 2013 at 5:04 PM

It seems to me that this is now reaching a point where they are trying to provoke some sort of backlash, perhaps violent, certainly rhetorical, to use for their benefit.

To be sure, I think they believe this language. It’s not all positioning. Remember that candidate Obama said that Bush was “not a patriot” because of his deficits.

But the larger goal is to provoke something to use to attract the public’s support.

SteveMG on October 10, 2013 at 5:12 PM

It’s as I’ve said repeatedly… they want the National Credit Card with no strings, or restraints, in their grubby little hands.

Otherwise, the party stops… period. The moment all debt ceiling magic comes to a halt, any spending goes to Constitutionally mandated priorities first. That’s a corner the Chicago/Prog crew wants to avoid at ALL costs.

The current money flow to Treasury is enough to service the national debt… any refusal to do so CANNOT be spun away by his media lackeys.

It’ll be deliberate choice on the part of the Administration to not do so… and it will happen way before the optimal Cloven-Piven timeline point (by at least a decade or two…).

You think the shrieking and name-calling is bad now…?

You ain’t seen nothing yet.

This is five-year olds fighting over the favorite Power Ranger compared to what’s to come.

CPT. Charles on October 10, 2013 at 5:13 PM

Juvenile little twit.

pat on October 10, 2013 at 5:18 PM

I still do not know why we didn’t have a rush to the polls to vote this immoral lawless President out of office and elect Romney. Every day now is a horror story of abuse of power. What happen to our troops and vets is a heartbreak for me and has kept me up at night.

If we can take back the Senate and hold the house, can we please impeach Obama. 2 years of Biden would be less damaging and would help take back the Spite House in 2016.

djn on October 10, 2013 at 5:23 PM

We need to get our troops out of afghanastan.

Deafdog on October 10, 2013 at 5:24 PM

I’m pretty sure this is the New Civility in action, right?

As with all these behavioral rules the left tries to make, the “New Civility” works only one way. Republicans and conservatives must behave as Dems and socialists (and the MSM) say they must. Those rules do not apply to Dems and socialists.

Dear Leader just ran the dirtiest and most negative campaign in modern history. Has the MSM said a word about it? No, of course not.

Would they if an incumbent GOP Presidential candidate ran the same kind of campaign? Yes. We would be hearing about it every day for the next four years. And after that on a regular basis for the next two decades.

There is so much of a double standard it is hardly worth talking about other than to point it out in the most egregious cases.

farsighted on October 10, 2013 at 5:37 PM

But it’s possible that I’m not paying close enough attention.” …

A pretty solid journalist isn’t paying close attention?

Gimme a break. He’s paying far closer attention than all of America except, maybe, 200 people.

And comparing accusations of socialism and wrecking the country to violent acts of death is absurd.

BuckeyeSam on October 10, 2013 at 5:38 PM

When you open a can of whup-a$$, don’t be surprised when you get a bit bruised.
This is a guy who needs some serious, as we used to say, wall-to-wall counseling.

Another Drew on October 10, 2013 at 5:42 PM

What really sucks is that the Republican Party and the attached commentariat seem to have bought into the “civility” crap and whine about every example of name calling they can find. Oh, I know that they do it under the guise of “see, these people are hypocrites!”, but its whining anyway.

Everybody should know the “strong horse – weak horse” metaphor by now, but it still seem to surprise some people that you dont appear strong by whining about being treated unfairly.

Get into your big boy pants and spend your time constructively: Call Democrats names!

Valkyriepundit on October 10, 2013 at 5:48 PM

But, we just don’t seem to understand how much better they are than us.

trigon on October 10, 2013 at 7:02 PM

You know who else were called economic traitors?
The real participants in the original Tea Party in Boston.

Is history repeating itself?
I’m up for declaring independence from this nonsense.
The government derives it’s power and legitimacy from the consent of the people, as I recall. And when they deny that duty, then the people are not only free to, but are obliged to take action.

connertown on October 10, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Ah yes…the Democrat tough guys.

No military service, no jet fighter pilots. But lots of freakshow circus characters — little gay sissies like Pooff; 5’3″ ballerinas who talk like gangsters (Rahm the Tiny Dancer), the bushes are full of butches, IRS partisans, watermelon marxists at EPA, crazy-looking fringers in his cabinet.

Jaibones on October 10, 2013 at 8:19 PM

I would like to educate myself on the workings of the Federal Reserve, but I’m afraid of what I’d learn.

girlscout on October 10, 2013 at 3:59 PM

Your ignorance on the subject will not change things. Is it better to know how badly boned you are or found out in an unpleasant surprise later on?

As for me… I’d rather see things with my eyes open.

Chaz706 on October 10, 2013 at 9:20 PM

… says the administration that added $6.1 trillion in new debt in 4 1/2 years, setting new US ‘monthly’, ‘annual’, and ‘total’ deficit-spending records along the way…

…and who is responsible for 1st-ever credit rating down-grade…

…and who set new record for most Americans on food stamps…

…and set the record for most Americans not paying taxes…

… and who used both tax dollars to help terrorists take over Libya & Egypt…

…and who HIRED All Qaeda to guard a US Ambassador WHILE running guns to Al Qaeda in Syria…

…and who bought & gave thousands of weapons to Mexican Drug Cartels…

…and who directed the IRS – & NSA – to spy on Americans…

…and who spent $100 million tax dollars to go on vacation in Africa…

easyt65 on October 10, 2013 at 11:50 PM