George Will: Let’s face it — besides Nixon’s, this is pretty much the worst second term, ever

posted at 8:41 am on November 11, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

It’s been a rough fifth year in office for President Obama, with overwrought sequestration scare tactics, Scandalpalooza, and the Syrian debacle all chipping away at his leadership street cred, among other things — but this disaster of an ObamaCare rollout is really hammering the heightened disapproval home with what’s starting to look like a majority of Americans. During past job-performance dips, O’s job approval rating has been reliably bolstered by his personal favorability ratings and Americans’ sense of trust in him — but the health care law is helping to erode those usual go-to’s, and quickly. Via the WSJ:

Only 41% of Americans viewed Mr. Obama in a positive light in a late October Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, with 45% holding a negative impression of him. That marked Mr. Obama’s all-time low as president—and the first time more people saw him negatively than positively.

A more fluid measure of Mr. Obama’s standing—the public’s assessment of his performance as president—is now also sliding. Only 42% in the late-October poll approved of the job he is doing, a low in Journal/NBC surveys, with 51% disapproving.

A survey released last week by the Pew Research Center found the president’s approval rating at 41%, down 10 points since May. Pew’s pollsters compared Mr. Obama’s fortunes to the slide that former President George W. Bush saw. At a comparable point in Mr. Bush’s second term—after Hurricane Katrina had hit—Mr. Bush’s job approval stood at 36%.

By contrast, however, Pew’s polling held second-term support steady for Clinton and Reagan, with a respective 58 percent and 62 percent of the public approving of their job performances at similar moments, and President Bush had to contend with an almost inexorably negative media while President Obama is only just beginning to contend with the partial perturbation of the press. As George Will pointed out on Fox News Sunday, things are just not going well for him, and it’s liable to only grow worse as his coalition of Democrats starts to break apart over his crowning legislative achievement. Via RCP:

Well, it is one thing for Bill Clinton to say, I feel your pain. It is another thing for Barack Obama to say I feel your pain that I have caused. And for him to say it was caused by a situation, that’s the word he used in the operative sentence, we, this week, marked the one year anniversary of his reelection. Has there ever, with the exception of Richard Nixon in 1973 been a worst first year of a second term? A Pew survey this week is, approval of his performance on health care — health care is his signature issue, disapproval 59 percent. That is a little bit less of the 60 percent disapproval on immigration and 65 percent on the economy. And now the Democrats are going to get to vote on some things, maybe, or at least Mr. Reid will have to stop them in the Senate. Here is, for example, the If You Like Your Plan You Can Keep It Act from Senator Ron Johnson. It is four pages long, which makes it 902 pages shorter than the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. And these are opportunities for discomfort for the supporters of the Affordable Care Act.


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Obama should go the way of Nixon. How is the IRS scandal ANY different than what Nixon did?

melle1228 on November 11, 2013 at 8:47 AM

OT: I saw this panel yesterday, and anymore Juan is completely useless when it comes to analyzing Obama. The more Obama fails, the tighter Juan clutches to him. Indeed, he has seemed extraordinarily uncritical when discussing the Obamacare developments.

BuckeyeSam on November 11, 2013 at 8:50 AM

Both James Taranto at the WSJ and Andrew McCarthy at NRO ran articles over the weekend making the case that Obummer has committed serial fraud and if he were in the private sector, he would face prosecution.

esr1951 on November 11, 2013 at 8:52 AM

What we have is a arrogant, pathological, narcissistic liar as president. I guess we are just going to have to live with Obama, because Congress has no stomach to do what needs to be done. The House needs to impeach Obama and the Senate should convict him.

SC.Charlie on November 11, 2013 at 8:52 AM

The worst second term for the worst ever President.

albill on November 11, 2013 at 8:53 AM

You mean I could keep my current $2500 deductible plan instead of the swell bronze $12,350 deductible plan that saved me 6% and my doc and hospital won’t accept???

I was really looking forward to using that maternity care, abortion and contreceptive services on the exchange insurance.

acyl72 on November 11, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Predicting that it will become even worse.
(Looking to see that public meltdown by Obama or Michelle or both…)

albill on November 11, 2013 at 8:54 AM

For one, Nixon didn’t kill anybody. Obama’s body count to date:

1 Border patrol officer.
1 Other Federal agent. (Probable, due to F&F guns)
1 Ambassador
1 Embassy worker. (I forget his duties)
2 Former Navy Seals

Unknown hundreds of Mexican Men, Women and Children.

Number of people killed due to Watergate by Nixon:

0 (Zero)

evilned on November 11, 2013 at 8:55 AM

Obama should go the way of Nixon. How is the IRS scandal ANY different than what Nixon did?

melle1228 on November 11, 2013 at 8:47 AM

Without the overwhelming support of the media, a coalition to remove a President from office cannot exist.

Carnac on November 11, 2013 at 8:56 AM

Impeachment of Obama only comes together if Democrats in the Senate disassociate with him so much.

In other words, no chance.

At least at the moment.

22044 on November 11, 2013 at 8:58 AM

Barack Obama is a Stutterer Clusterfvck Of A Miserable Failure.

thebrokenrattle on November 11, 2013 at 9:01 AM

Stuttering instead of Stutterer

A SMOAMF, if you will

thebrokenrattle on November 11, 2013 at 9:02 AM

B-b-b-but… He’s got swag.

/puke

Key West Reader on November 11, 2013 at 9:09 AM

“Only 41% of Americans viewed Mr. Obama in a positive light…”

That’s a bunch of ObamaPhones.

Tsar of Earth on November 11, 2013 at 9:10 AM

Nixon lied and covered up the actions of subordinates who were acting without his knowledge or approval. His actions were impeachable and if he had not resigned he certainly and correctly would have been removed from office.

Obama, on the other hand, has maliciously and intentionally set out to destroy the Republic consistent with his Marxist and Anti-American upbringing and education, as well as his statements in public and private. He is the “enemy…domestic” that is referred to in the Presidential Oath of Office.

Impeachment would be only the first of many actions that would take place if Obama were held to the same standard as other criminals in the private sector, Bernie Madoff comes to mind when we think of fraud, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg come to mind when we think of treason.

He should be imprisoned for his acts. They are clearly treason.

turfmann on November 11, 2013 at 9:14 AM

The worst second term for the worst ever President.

albill on November 11, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Pretty much. And it was entirely predictable. His first term was very bad, but he was shielded from his incompetence by A)a corrupt, compliant media, B)the Blame Bush card, and C)the ability to delay the real pain of his agenda until 2013 and beyond.

The problem now is he doesn’t have the luxury of B and C. The chickens are coming home to roost to quote a dear friend and mentor of Obama’s and even his sycophants will scoff at any attempt to pin our current malaise on Bush(especially Obamacare which no Republican can be linked to). And even the compliant media is no longer a crutch he can lean on since they themselves are being impacted by dropped insurance plans and rising premiums.

Doughboy on November 11, 2013 at 9:16 AM

I wasn’t so impressed with the first 4 years either.

Deafdog on November 11, 2013 at 9:21 AM

Unknown hundreds of Mexican Men, Women and Children.

Number of people killed due to Watergate by Nixon:

0 (Zero)

evilned on November 11, 2013 at 8:55 AM

.
Don’t forget the untold number of innocents killed by drone strikes ordered by Øbama (“Turns out I’m really good at killing people.”)

ExpressoBold on November 11, 2013 at 9:21 AM

I’ve come to realize that DC is like a game of football where the spectators think it is real. The players on the field know it’s a game, love the game, and that is as far as it goes. The spectators want real-life improvements to come out of it. Won’t ever happen.

My Dem operative friends agitated so hard for .gov healthcare, and then turned to me after the website disaster and said, “what did you expect?” It was always just a game.

antisense on November 11, 2013 at 9:22 AM

O’s job approval rating has been reliably bolstered by his personal favorability ratings and Americans’ sense of trust in him

There’s the real problem. “Never underestimate the stupidity of the American voter” – H.L.Mencken

Cleombrotus on November 11, 2013 at 9:24 AM

George Will: Let’s face it — besides Nixon’s, this is pretty much the worst second term, ever

Both Mr Will and I are old enough to remember Nixon. I believe he is being gracious by saying “besides Nixon”.

DaveDief on November 11, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Depends on your point of view. If you are looking at it based on what is good for America, Nixon’s second term was great. It proved that even the president was not above the law, nor was the president above the media.
By this point in Obama’s term in office he has done far more high crimes and a tremendously larger number of misdemeanors than Nixon ever did. Yet Obama is beyond the reach of the law and the media are presenting themselves to be far below him and instead of checking his power stand in awe with legs twitching.

astonerii on November 11, 2013 at 9:27 AM

The USA is terminally ill with its destructive Democrats and it’s milquetoast Republicans.

rplat on November 11, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Obama should go the way of Nixon. How is the IRS scandal ANY different than what Nixon did?

melle1228 on November 11, 2013 at 8:47 AM

Nixon was caught on tape.

Ted Torgerson on November 11, 2013 at 9:28 AM

evilned on November 11, 2013 at 8:55 AM

THIS.

turfmann on November 11, 2013 at 9:14 AM

THIS.

And,

Don’t forget the untold number of innocents killed by drone strikes ordered by Øbama (“Turns out I’m really good at killing people.”)

ExpressoBold on November 11, 2013 at 9:21 AM

THIS.

HomeoftheBrave on November 11, 2013 at 9:30 AM

His second term is only as good or as bad as the media wants it to be. Consider the media’s treatment of Abu Ghraib & Hurricane Katrina under George Bush vs. Benghazi & IRS harassment of the president’s poltical opponents.

The perversity is that Obama even got a second term.

SAMinVA on November 11, 2013 at 9:35 AM

But Debbie told us Obamacare will be a Dem advantage in 2014.

So there.

Bat Chain Puller on November 11, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Both Mr Will and I are old enough to remember Nixon. I believe he is being gracious by saying “besides Nixon”.

DaveDief on November 11, 2013 at 9:25 AM

He is afraid of being called a racist, plain and simple. The administration makes Nixon’s look like the Apple Dumpling Gang.

Rio Linda Refugee on November 11, 2013 at 9:38 AM

It’s been a rough fifth year in office for President Obama, with
overwrought sequestration scare tactics,
. ((buried by the MSM and forgotten by low-info voters))
Scandalpalooza,
. ((buried by the MSM and forgotten by low-info voters))
and the Syrian debacle
. ((buried by the MSM and forgotten by low-info voters))
all chipping away at his leadership street cred, …

You left out Benghazi, which I might add has been
. ((buried by the MSM and forgotten by low-info voters))
/
Thus, Obummer will survive unscathed, at least until Hillary’s coronation. After that, the History books will hopefully reflect the disaster of his presidency with at least some veracity.

KS Rex on November 11, 2013 at 9:39 AM

Both Mr Will and I are old enough to remember Nixon. I believe he is being gracious by saying “besides Nixon”.

DaveDief on November 11, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Watergate would not be a scandal these days, simply “some dirty tricks that every campaign engages in.”

rbj on November 11, 2013 at 9:43 AM

I cannot imagine that Big Media’s collusion is simply the result of natural political bias alone. There is a method to their madness.

Cleombrotus on November 11, 2013 at 9:45 AM

I’ll agree with Will when this man’s approval rating
hits 23%

ToddPA on November 11, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Lincoln’s was worse.

jlw on November 11, 2013 at 9:48 AM

even his sycophants will scoff at any attempt to pin our current malaise on Bush(especially Obamacare which no Republican can be linked to).

Doughboy on November 11, 2013 at 9:16 AM

Wish I could agree with you on this but in wandering thru the Low-IQ Democrat comments in various places like the Washington Post and Politico, there are still plenty of O’bama Cultists using the “Bush” word in relation to O’liarcare.

The prevalent meme is that O’bama’s Lie about his program is totally irrelevant and meaningless, because Bush’s “Lie” about WMDs was much worse, and actually killed people.

They will all go to their graves mumbling “Bush…Bush…Bush…”.

Del Dolemonte on November 11, 2013 at 9:51 AM

Watergate would not be a scandal these days, simply “some dirty tricks that every campaign engages in.”

rbj on November 11, 2013 at 9:43 AM

Of course Watergate would be a scandal these days. It was perpetrated by a Republican campaign.

Now, if you mean, what if the Obama campaign had done something similar … I think that question answers itself.

J.S.K. on November 11, 2013 at 9:53 AM

What I find most interesting is that Obama is only in his fifth year of office; that just doesn’t feel right to me. It just seems like he has been President for much longer. He will be there until 2017…

RedSoxNation on November 11, 2013 at 9:59 AM

And then we will have Hilary for another eight years. No GOP President until 2025!!!! God help us…

RedSoxNation on November 11, 2013 at 9:59 AM

Nixon looks like a boy scout compared to this loser. At least Nixon had enough honor to resign. Oblame-a will never be honorable and step down.

neyney on November 11, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Nixon’s press secretary called the Watergate break-in a “third-rate burglary”… comparatively, it wasn’t even that bad.

mankai on November 11, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Is this the same George Will that kicked off the righty-wing establishment media’s takedown of Sarah Palin–the strongest voice at the time, courageous enough and willing enough to the left without gear. Had you not assisted your Washington friends in the establishm3ent GOP George, maybe we wouldn’t be where we are now? Too little, too late, and too hypocritical to count anymore.. Youi belong with the betrayers in DC, the Noonans, the Coulters, the Cheneys, the Christies, the Roves….

Writing America’s eulogy won’t substitute for writing the truth when it is most needed.

Don L on November 11, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Lincoln’s was worse.

jlw on November 11, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Yeah, that was my first thought.

Mark1971 on November 11, 2013 at 10:07 AM

And then we will have Hilary for another eight years. No GOP President until 2025!!!! God help us…

RedSoxNation on November 11, 2013 at 9:59 AM

The worse Obama’s record looks to the public between now and November 2016, the more Hillary has to run against the guy she served as Secretary of State. And while you can move slightly away from the current officeholder (see GHWB and his “Kinder, Gentler” schtick in ’88 or Gore keeping Bill and his cigars out of the picture in 2000), you can’t completely repudiate your own party’s president and/or his signature issue.

Given the Titanic egos involved on both sides, it’s doubtful Team Obama is going to agree to a strategy of running their guy over with the bus just to make Hillary more viable, which should make for some interesting campaign strategies besides the predictable “War on Women” efforts against any and all of the GOP hopefuls.

jon1979 on November 11, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Worse than Nixon. Much worse.

At least Nixon wasn’t trying to wipe out (fundamentally transform) America, as we know it, to make room for his ‘utopian’ dream.

petefrt on November 11, 2013 at 10:17 AM

George Will: Let’s face it — besides Nixon’s, this is pretty much the worst second term, ever

If only this presidency would end the same way…

*wistfully dreaming of justice*

Fallon on November 11, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Nixon could only dream of getting away with what Barry gets away with on a daily basis.

TarheelBen on November 11, 2013 at 10:25 AM

Nixon? Maybe on a personal note Nixon had a worse second term, but when did his second term even really end?

The EPA really began its’ rise in Nixon’s second term. It was around that time also that the legislation was passed that allowed full-scale pillaging of the Social Security trust. Affirmative Action I believe was signed by Nixon in ’73. All are baby steps toward what we have now. I frankly don’t see the Carter years as anything more than the natural next steps in a sequence begun by Nixon. It was he that closed out the Viet Nam War with secret bombing and capitulation on the international, national, and personal front. That there then was a rise in bureaucratic power in a void of diminished executive power under Carter was inevitable. And bureaucratic power brings us in linear fashion to where we are now.

Think about it; the conversation has moved so far to the left that we don’t even discuss entitlement reform anymore. Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid are horrible programs that don’ t need reform; they need abolishing. There isn’t a politician left in Washington, including Ted “Look At Me!” Cruz with the nuts to say that.

And who has the cojones to publicly say anything against the Department of Education? People are muttering about Common Core, but nobody is talking about telling Washington to shove their (our) tax dollars.

And it is going to take bloody revolution financed by the worst posible sources to revitalize the industries in this country that have been embalmed by the EPA. It will be famine and disease that necessitate that.

To me, Obama is the product of Nixon’s second term; Act II, the drone-striking bureaucrat. There is no leadership, no guidance, no management- just capitulation to the waves of uncoordinated bureaucratic might.

M240H on November 11, 2013 at 10:27 AM

BuckeyeSam on November 11, 2013 at 8:50 AM

Yeah, they may have to bring in a real opposition person, Juan is weak tea anymore. It is like he doesn’t even believe himself.

Cindy Munford on November 11, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Wish I could agree with you on this but in wandering thru the Low-IQ Democrat comments in various places like the Washington Post and Politico, there are still plenty of O’bama Cultists using the “Bush” word in relation to O’liarcare.

The prevalent meme is that O’bama’s Lie about his program is totally irrelevant and meaningless, because Bush’s “Lie” about WMDs was much worse, and actually killed people.

They will all go to their graves mumbling “Bush…Bush…Bush…”.

Del Dolemonte on November 11, 2013 at 9:51 AM

Well that’s apples and oranges. If libtards want to compare Presidential lies or misstatements, let them. But that doesn’t really have anything to do with Obamacare itself. It’s a law that was passed by one party after Bush was long gone from office. It is literally impossible for Obama or his sycophants to blame it on any Republican. Now that’s not to say that these morons won’t still keep voting Democrat. But that also means they better damn well concede that keeping Dems in office is more important to them than having affordable and available health care(not to mention a job).

Doughboy on November 11, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Dang, the Left sure does like to give shiny trophies to those who have accomplished nothing. And then have the balls to drone on and on about how smart they are.

BigAlSouth on November 11, 2013 at 10:35 AM

The worse Obama’s record looks to the public between now and November 2016, the more Hillary has to run against the guy she served as Secretary of State. And while you can move slightly away from the current officeholder (see GHWB and his “Kinder, Gentler” schtick in ’88 or Gore keeping Bill and his cigars out of the picture in 2000), you can’t completely repudiate your own party’s president and/or his signature issue.

Given the Titanic egos involved on both sides, it’s doubtful Team Obama is going to agree to a strategy of running their guy over with the bus just to make Hillary more viable, which should make for some interesting campaign strategies besides the predictable “War on Women” efforts against any and all of the GOP hopefuls.

jon1979 on November 11, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Hilary will win without ever using the word Obama. In 2016, it will not matter what Obama did. The election narrative will focus almost exclusively on the need for America to have a Women President. Any of Obama’s failures will be written off the residue of male leadership (or lack thereof). Given that women make up a larger percentage of the electorate and lean heavily to the Democrats, I don’t see how anyone but Hilary wins regardless of what Obama does. If you thought the “war on women” narrative was off base in 2012, why do you think it will be any less rationale in 2016…I want to find hope that she can be beat. But I have nothing to rely upon…

RedSoxNation on November 11, 2013 at 10:35 AM

One thing we will never see. Too bad really.

Bmore on November 11, 2013 at 10:38 AM

Obama should go the way of Nixon. How is the IRS scandal ANY different than what Nixon did?

melle1228 on November 11, 2013 at 8:47 AM

What the REB has done is FAR worse than anything President Nixon considered. The REB has turned an entire organization within the IRS into a brutal tool of political oppression to use against a political party.

He wrote Executive Orders allowing the greedy Treasury union goons into the decision-making management process in the IRS.

The REB has also linked IRS oppression with other government organizations, -the ATF, FBI, Labor, OSHA, etc.

This corrupt network within the IRS is still there, along with the links to other government bureaucracies, and nothing is being done to root them out.

slickwillie2001 on November 11, 2013 at 10:38 AM

Let’s face it…Obama is the worst President ever. It’s impossible for him to have any good year.

cajunpatriot on November 11, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Don’t forget the untold number of innocents killed by drone strikes ordered by Øbama (“Turns out I’m really good at killing people.”)

ExpressoBold on November 11, 2013 at 9:21 AM

Can you imagine a Republican president getting away with ‘double-taps’?

The NYU Student Tweeting Every Reported US Drone Strike Has Revealed A Disturbing Trend

…a disturbing tactic employed by the U.S. that is widely considered a war crime.

Known as the “double tap,” the tactic involves bombing a target multiple times in relatively quick succession, meaning that the second strike often hits first responders…

slickwillie2001 on November 11, 2013 at 10:43 AM

The worse Obama’s record looks to the public between now and November 2016, the more Hillary has to run against the guy she served as Secretary of State. And while you can move slightly away from the current officeholder (see GHWB and his “Kinder, Gentler” schtick in ’88 or Gore keeping Bill and his cigars out of the picture in 2000), you can’t completely repudiate your own party’s president and/or his signature issue.

Given the Titanic egos involved on both sides, it’s doubtful Team Obama is going to agree to a strategy of running their guy over with the bus just to make Hillary more viable, which should make for some interesting campaign strategies besides the predictable “War on Women” efforts against any and all of the GOP hopefuls.

jon1979 on November 11, 2013 at 10:10 AM

If Obamacare becomes the issue that takes down Obama, Hillary will have a very tough time in 2016. In her 2008 primary campaign against Obama, Hillary stressed Obama’s foreign policy weaknesses, but if she tries that in 2016, Republicans will jump all over the her Benghazi failure.

Hillary can’t really run away from Obamacare either, since she tried (and failed) to pass something very similar in 1993-94, and voters old enough to remember the 1990′s will not trust Hillary to fix Obamacare.

Hillary missed her big chance in 2008, when she was already a second-term Senator as well as a former First Lady. By 2016, she will be 70 years old, out of elective office for four years, preceded by a failed term as Secretary of State.

If Democrats start pushing her as the First! Woman! President!, maybe Republicans could run Governor Nikki Haley or Governor Susana Martinez…

Steve Z on November 11, 2013 at 11:05 AM

For one, Nixon didn’t kill anybody. Obama’s body count to date:

1 Border patrol officer.
1 Other Federal agent. (Probable, due to F&F guns)
1 Ambassador
1 Embassy worker. (I forget his duties)
2 Former Navy Seals

Unknown hundreds of Mexican Men, Women and Children.

Number of people killed due to Watergate by Nixon:

0 (Zero)

evilned on November 11, 2013 at 8:55 AM

To be fair,Nixon had bombing in Cambodia and Obama has unmanned drones. Both of which killed people by direct Presidential Order.

PleaseFlyOver on November 11, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Mara always looks constipated when the Oaf in Chief is criticized.

Schadenfreude on November 11, 2013 at 11:11 AM

When did the ACA go from 2700 some pages to 900 some pages?

Did they reprint it in a very, very small font? ;-)

HilliardPatriot on November 11, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Nixon never mounted an all-out attack on the American people by turning the government against the citizenry, arming bureaucrats with hollow-point ammunition, pushing mountains of new and unnecessary regulations on everyone, hugely increasing taxes, crippling energy production, destroying our health care system, decimating our military, and alienating our allies abroad.

In light of this, Obama easily wins the “all-time worst second term”!!

…and second place goes to his first term.

landlines on November 11, 2013 at 11:21 AM

When did the ACA go from 2700 some pages to 900 some pages?

Did they reprint it in a very, very small font? ;-)

HilliardPatriot on November 11, 2013 at 11:14 AM

NO…and someone is overlooking the accompanying 75,000 pages of regulations which define the full scope of this monstrosity!

landlines on November 11, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Well, we’re finally there.

Obama has now hit a new all time low for his RCP average.

His previous all time low was -10.2, in 2011.

Today he stands at -11.0. He hit that on November 9, and “rebounded” on November 10 to -10.9.

After hovering around -6 through most of August through October, he has been at -8 or below every day in November. Rasmussen continues to be one of his best polls. He’s at -8 there.

Chris of Rights on November 11, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Chris of Rights on November 11, 2013 at 11:33 AM

On December 22, 2012, he was at +12.4 In just over 11 months his approval has dropped 23.4 points.

Chris of Rights on November 11, 2013 at 11:35 AM

And then we will have Hilary for another eight years. No GOP President until 2025!!!! God help us…

RedSoxNation on November 11, 2013 at 9:59 AM

Wow, you must be some kind of optimist. By 2024, won’t the “path to citizenship” for illegal aliens have kicked in? I’m pretty sure that most of them won’t be voting Republican that year.

J.S.K. on November 11, 2013 at 11:46 AM

If Obamacare becomes the issue that takes down Obama, Hillary will have a very tough time in 2016. In her 2008 primary campaign against Obama, Hillary stressed Obama’s foreign policy weaknesses, but if she tries that in 2016, Republicans will jump all over the her Benghazi failure.

Hillary can’t really run away from Obamacare either, since she tried (and failed) to pass something very similar in 1993-94, and voters old enough to remember the 1990′s will not trust Hillary to fix Obamacare.

Hillary missed her big chance in 2008, when she was already a second-term Senator as well as a former First Lady. By 2016, she will be 70 years old, out of elective office for four years, preceded by a failed term as Secretary of State.

If Democrats start pushing her as the First! Woman! President!, maybe Republicans could run Governor Nikki Haley or Governor Susana Martinez…

Steve Z on November 11, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Hillary is far from a sure thing. I give her 20% chance of just getting the nomination. One problem: Hillary’s Nightmare? A Democratic Party That Realizes Its Soul Lies With Elizabeth Warren

slickwillie2001 on November 11, 2013 at 12:00 PM

The many eerie Nixon-Obama Parallels:

NIXON: Saturday Night Massacre.
OBOZO: Purges Top Generals Following Benghazi Disaster

NIXON: Invoked Executive Privilege to cover up his involvement in a scheme to subvert an election
OBOZO: Invoked Executive Privilege to cover up his involvement in a scheme to subvert the Second Amendment to the US Constitution which resulted in the deaths of two US border Patrol agents and thousands of mexican citizens.

NIXON: Haldeman, Ehrlichman, Colson and Mitchell
OBOZO: Jarrett, Emanuel, Axelrod, van Jones, LYING Rice, Ayers, Dorn, Wright, Holder, Rezko, Jennings…and the WORST OF THE WORST: Shrillary Rotten -”What difference does it make” that my gross incompetence helped lead to the deaths of four Americans – Clinton

NIXON: Appointed a political hack Attorney General who politicized ALL DOJ actions and became the SECOND WORST AG IN AMERICAN HISTORY
OBOZO: Appointed a racist political hack Attorney General who racially focused and politicized ALL DOJ actions and became the WORST AG IN AMERICAN HISTORY

NIXON: A lawyer who disrespected the law
OBOZO: A lawyer who disrespects the law, the US Constitution, American values, Catholics, free enterprise, Jews, job creators, American Exceptionalism, Israel, American citizens….

NIXON: Kissed butt of America’s enemy, the Chinese Communists
OBOZO: Kisses butt of each and every enemy of America

NIXON: Created an ENEMIES LIST of people who didn’t support him and used the LIST to intimidate, harass and slur innocent people
OBOZO: Created an ENEMIES LIST of people who do not support him and uses the LIST to intimidate, harass and slur innocent people and have various agencies in the OBOZO regime go after these individual with the intent of destroying their business and/or livelihood.

NIXON: Used the IRS to harass and intimidate his “emenies”
OBOZO: ditto – but added his DOJ, EPA, NLRB, DHS, HHS, the LABOR-UNION Dept and other agencies to do the same.

NIXON: Engaged in a massive cover-up of his crimes in Watergate
OBOZO: Engaged in a massive cover-up of his negligence and crimes in Benghazi and in the Fast and Furious gun-running operation – BOTH of which lead to DEATHS of American citizens.

NIXON: A chronic LIAR
OBOZO: A chronic, habitual, shameless, pathological, congenital, serial LIAR – to the billionth power

NIXON: Watergate
OBOZO: OBOZOCARE-gate

NIXON: Resigned is disgrace; pardoned by his dumb-@$$, incompetent, bumbling former VP
OBOZO: Hopefully resigns in disgrace or is thrown out of office through impeachment and takes his dumb-@$$, incompetent, bumbling VP with him.

The bottom line: Tricky-Dick was an AMATEUR compared to the vile corruption and criminal actions of OBOZO and his regime.

TeaPartyNation on November 11, 2013 at 12:49 PM

This is time for serious leaders, and Obama’s 15 minutes are up.

Enjoy the ride downhill.

plaidsheetman on November 11, 2013 at 1:43 PM

By contrast, however, Pew’s polling held second-term support steady for Clinton and Reagan, with a respective 58 percent and 62 percent of the public approving of their job performances at similar moments, and President Bush had to contend with an almost inexorably negative media while President Obama is only just beginning to contend with the partial perturbation of the press.

Worth noting about the above: It’s not that the press wasn’t just as negative about Reagan. It’s that by this time in his second term, the media had been so negative for so long that no one was listening any more.

Unfortunately. W tried to cope with the negative press by letting it roll off his back. That basically left all their attacks unanswered.

A conservative can beat the press, but only by following Reagan’s approach and speaking to the American people directly.

The media hated that approach, by the way.

There Goes the Neighborhood on November 11, 2013 at 5:36 PM

And then we will have Hilary for another eight years. No GOP President until 2025!!!! God help us…

RedSoxNation on November 11, 2013 at 9:59 AM

Aah, but we will have free birth control…

and mammograms for all!

Solaratov on November 11, 2013 at 7:44 PM