Sorry, Obamaphiles, opposition to this president isn’t “unprecedented”

posted at 5:11 pm on December 10, 2013 by Guy Benson

This lefty trope has been bugging me for some time now, particularly because O’s cheerleaders use it as a crutch to explain away Obama’s litany of failures.  Yeah, well maybe if he weren’t facing such relentless, unprecedented opposition and obstruction, he’d have been able to fix [insert issue] by now.  Their argument is a bucket of hogwash and it’s promulgated via a rash of acute selective memory syndrome.  It must have been Chris Matthews’ recent blatherings that finally pushed me over the edge, prodding me to write a fairly lengthy piece debunking Obama sycophants’ most calcified and self-serving myth:

The way the story goes, Barack Obama’s presidency has been marred by a toxic and unique strain of political resistance. Opposing a president from the opposite party is one thing, they say, but the manner in which Republicans have treated Obama betrays something far more sinister than garden variety politics. The rarely-unspoken subtext is that the GOP’s groundbreaking vitriol and obstruction has been reserved for Obama because he’s black. By abiding and advancing this claim, Obama’s supporters allege that conservatives have sought to delegitimize the president from his very first day in office. Ironically, the reverse is closer to the truth; dating back to the 2008 campaign, many liberals have maliciously conflated conservative objections to Obama’s policies with thinly-veiled racism. Hurling the racism charge is a particularly insidious method of disqualifying Obama’s critics, which is the whole point. Concerns over wrongful IRS targeting? Racism. Strenuous disapproval of Obamacare? Racism….

Clinton administration staffers removed the ‘W’ keys from many White House keyboards as Team Bush transitioned into office. Lefties regularly compared Bush to Hitler and apes. A feature-length film was produced fantasizing about depicting Bush’s assassination, to critical acclaim. Senate Democrats launched unprecedented filibusters against Bush’s lower-court judicial nominees, opposing one exceptionally-qualified pick in part because “he is Latino.” (When Republicans answered in kind during the Obama years, Senate Democrats broke Senate rules and nuked the filibuster). In order to obstruct Bush from making contentious recess appointments, Democrats pioneered a practice that technically kept the Senate in session in perpetuity. (When Republicans answered in kind during the Obama years, Obama simply decreed that the Senatewas in recess, and made his appointments anyway). Harry Reid called President Bush “a loser.” Keith Olbermann, then a host on Matthews’ network, bellowed at the top of his lungs on-air that “Mr. Bush” should “shut the hell up.” While much is made of the small right-wing faction that doubts President Obama’s status as a natural born citizen, far less attention has been paid to the 51 percent of self-identified Democrats who told pollsters in 2006 that they believe it was at least “somewhat” or “very” likely that Bush administration officials suppressed advanced warnings of the 9/11 attacks in order to precipitate, and presumably profit from, war. Indeed, several Democratic members of Congress indulged those insane accusations, as did a future Obama appointee.

I went on to quote a memorable Dana Milbank column from 2005, which described the faux impeachment hearings dozens of House Democrats conducted in the Capitol basement over the Iraq war.  Milbank noted that an overflow crowd at DNC headquarters brimmed with activists passing out leaflets about how Israel had received advanced notice of 9/11.  Yes, really.  How might, say, Chris Matthews react if the RNC were to host a veritable birther convention, the whole purpose of which was to watch a live stream of Michele Bachmann’s unsanctioned impeachment proceedings against Barack Obama?  And how would the “unprecedented!” crew explain the Left’s behavior throughout the Walker recall saga in Wisconsin?  In the Townhall post excerpted above, I didn’t even get a chance to tackle the Left’s endless “obstructionism” carping.  That part of the narrative overlooks (a) the fact that Obama had massive — and for several months, veto-proof — majorities in both houses of Congress for the first two years of his term, and (b) subsequent elections, in which the American people voted for divided government to slam the brakes on the out-of-control Obama/Reid/Pelosi express.  And please stow your predictable “gerrymandering!” excuse, liberals.  Not only is it empirically false that redistricting allowed the GOP to retain its House majority in 2012, Republicans’ redistricting advantage was only made possible by the party’s massive landslide victories in 2010.  If you’ll recall, those outcomes were a direct result of intensely unpopular Democratic overreach.  Elections, as they say, have consequences.  I’ll leave you with this:


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It must have been Chris Matthews’ recent blatherings that finally pushed be over the edge…

Dude, proof read.

cozmo on December 10, 2013 at 5:13 PM

He’s the Affirmative Action President, what did you expect? It’s never his fault.

NCPatriot75 on December 10, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Yet another pic of this Idiot on this website…

…and scrolling down I see the Jackazz with the
Diseased Grey Matter….

ToddPA on December 10, 2013 at 5:15 PM

It is the ultimate form of racism to expect less of anything from the first half-black president.

Schadenfreude on December 10, 2013 at 5:17 PM

I hope he fails.

Murphy9 on December 10, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Hey, a post on Chris Matthews and MSNBC folks! Wow, so rare.

R H on December 10, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Phew–I thought I was the one with selective memory loss. Or rather, addition.
Obamaphiles sure must be young, to not remember any of the anti-Bush stuff. But I have met quite a few who look to be my age. Something else must be wrong with them…

redgypsy on December 10, 2013 at 5:21 PM

You forgot the part where there is no known footage of Obama being burned in effigy. Bush, several times.

The Schaef on December 10, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Hey, a post on Chris Matthews and MSNBC folks! Wow, so rare.

R H on December 10, 2013 at 5:19 PM

It’s so nice of HA to keep us up-to-date on a network most of us would never willingly watch.

Bitter Clinger on December 10, 2013 at 5:25 PM

If they couldn’t blame racism they would have to admit that Obama is an incompetent failure.

myiq2xu on December 10, 2013 at 5:25 PM

This unprecedented president has led us through and unprecedented 5 year economic recover of unprecedented proportions. He has done this against unprecedented opposition from unprecedented partisanship. His unprecedented leadership has resulted in unprecedented legislation that will result in unprecedented affordable healthcare for an unprecedented number of Americans.

I could go on, but why?

Gunlock Bill on December 10, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Chrissy and the rest of Zero’s girlfriends know it isn’t unprecedented. They’re just following their boyfriend’s orders on establishing a narrative. They want Zero to have Absolute Moral Authority — and thus be immune from criticism. It ain’t gonna happen. He’s the preezy of the united steezy, remember Chrissy?

And on that note: Won’t Chris Christie be so, so surprised by the venom his friends in the obamamedia send his way if he decides to try to interrupt Killery’s coronation? Get ready for the fat jokes, buddy. People like him and McCain never, ever understand that they aren’t friends with these media folks — they’re just useful idiots for the corrupt regime they serve. Totally disposable. Remember how Christie refused to criticize Zero in the last election? Yeah. Zero won’t be returning the favor.

Rational Thought on December 10, 2013 at 5:29 PM

listening to Ben Shapiro absolutely destroy Mark Hanna on Sean Hannity and it is somewhat topical to what Guy has written here

As long as you support the “policies” you can say anything about anybody and suffer no repercussions from those on the left. If you open your mouth to pushback on same you will be heaped with every personal character attack they will accuse the right of being.

The left will equate any insult as racist, homophobic, etc. But every counter to their policies are insults, therefore if you point out they are adopting socialist policy = insult = you’re a racist.

Ben Shapiro is very fast.

DanMan on December 10, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Liberal “morality” is ends focused.

Giving more power and money to liberals is good, opposing such is bad.

So not agreeing to everything Obama wants, which can be summed up as giving more power to liberals, is not just a bad policy choice, but evil.

The current incarnation of liberalism is basically incompatible with representative government…it will be interesting to see which of the two wins out…

18-1 on December 10, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Let me sum it up for you:

Chris Matthews is a racist.

He believes in affirmative action; thus he has low expectations of anyone of color; thus all people of color must be treated like special little children lest we harm their egos; thus Chris Matthews is a racist.

NotCoach on December 10, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Things would be so much better if the unprecedented GOP obstructionism had allowed Dog Eater to cram through a scheme to takeover the healthcare system, issue an utterly worthless economic stimulus plan to the tune of $900 billion, and close Gitmo as he promised in his campaign.

Bishop on December 10, 2013 at 5:31 PM

Chrissy and the rest of Zero’s girlfriends know it isn’t unprecedented. They’re just following their boyfriend’s orders on establishing a narrative.

The hierarchical nature of the left is both astounding and deeply troubling.

Conservatives and libertarians discuss ethics, philosophy, strategy, history, and tactics when they talk about politics with each other.

Liberals only discuss tactics and view consideration of anything greater as treason to the cause. When the leadership decides that something is right…or wrong…the left collectively adjusts itself and then merely asks how best to execute the orders they have been given.

18-1 on December 10, 2013 at 5:34 PM

For the good of the country, I hope that O’ can someday overcome his burdensome blackness.

antipc on December 10, 2013 at 5:38 PM

I’ll bet Hah-vahd cooked perjurer Kagan’s and unwise Sotomayor’s grades too.

viking01 on December 10, 2013 at 5:40 PM

In most cases female news anchors are off the air in their 40′s or 50′s… so why do we still have to look at this fat little effete who’s nearly 70 years old? Hasn’t this guy ever heard of retirement? Maybe Chris ought to make way and let some other newscaster have a career. He’s certainly had his.

thatsafactjack on December 10, 2013 at 5:43 PM

The GOP also caused Bark to give guns to Mexican drug cartels, they also forced him to deny help for a U.S. embassy being attacked by terrorists.

Dang you, Ted Cruz, dang you to heck!

Bishop on December 10, 2013 at 5:45 PM

It must have been Chris Matthews’ recent blatherings that finally pushed be over the edge…

Dude, proof read.

cozmo on December 10, 2013 at 5:13 PM

Or: Dude proofread.

:)

CWchangedhisNicagain on December 10, 2013 at 5:46 PM

A thread by Guy Benson and no Bluegill post?

C’mon, Bluegill!! Come and let Mr. Amnesty Shill have both barrels.

Bitter Clinger on December 10, 2013 at 5:50 PM

”Yeah, well maybe if he weren’t facing such relentless, unprecedented opposition and obstruction, he’d have been able to fix [insert issue] by now.”

Does that include getting the seas to recede and the planet to heal? Because, as I recall, the very act of voting for the rat-eared wonder was supposed to have fixed those things.

Happy Nomad on December 10, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Or: Dude proofread.

:)

CWchangedhisNicagain on December 10, 2013 at 5:46 PM

Two che’.

A thread by Guy Benson and no Bluegill post?

Bitter Clinger on December 10, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Bluegills found a special some one here. Maybe they got a room.

cozmo on December 10, 2013 at 5:53 PM

Yet another pic of this Idiot on this website…
…and scrolling down I see the Jackazz with the
Diseased Grey Matter….
ToddPA on December 10, 2013 at 5:15 PM

So you like books with a lot of pictures, do ya?

whatcat on December 10, 2013 at 5:54 PM

What the hell is with HA and all the freaking MSPMS posts and Matthews? Are you guys trying to give everyone brain damage?

Thomas More on December 10, 2013 at 5:57 PM

cozmo, fixed! Thanks.

Guy Benson on December 10, 2013 at 5:58 PM

Chrissie isn’t Obama’s biggest sycophant anymore…Charles Johnson at LGF wins that title hands down.

scalleywag on December 10, 2013 at 6:02 PM

TM, this line of argument isn’t unique to Matthews. Liberals everywhere claim that O is the victim of “unprecedented” hate and opposition. Hopefully my rebuttal will help when folks encounter this nonsense from friends, relatives, etc.

Guy Benson on December 10, 2013 at 6:02 PM

Hopefully my rebuttal will help when folks encounter this nonsense from friends, relatives, etc.

Guy Benson on December 10, 2013 at 6:02 PM

Remember back in the day when “dissent was the highest form of patriotism”?

whatcat on December 10, 2013 at 6:07 PM

You forgot the part where there is no known footage of Obama being burned in effigy. Bush, several times.

The Schaef on December 10, 2013 at 5:25 PM

If there was a video of that, it would be played 24/7 by all of the news channels with warnings about graphic content and viewer discretion advised, not suitable for younger viewers, etc.

Johnnyreb on December 10, 2013 at 6:10 PM

Or: Dude proofread.

:)

CWchangedhisNicagain on December 10, 2013 at 5:46 PM

Or, “Dude, proofread.”

davidk on December 10, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Hey, Libs! You know what is unprecedented? The Quinnipiac poll that came out today showed even Democrats think the country is going the wrong way. Democrats!

Nobody likes Democrat rule, even Democrats.

MTF on December 10, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Two che’..

cozmo on December 10, 2013 at 5:53 PM

Heh…

PointnClick on December 10, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Or, “Dude, proofread.”

davidk on December 10, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Or, “Dude! Proofread!”.

whatcat on December 10, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Oh, the racism inherent in this post! One is not permitted to judge Obama on the content of his character or on his ideas, but only by the color of his skin.

talkingpoints on December 10, 2013 at 6:46 PM

Chris Matthews is the dumbest f-ing man on the planet!

VorDaj on December 10, 2013 at 6:51 PM

The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power. . . . Power is not a means; it is an end . . . not power over things, but over men. . . . In our world there will be no emotions except fear, rage, triumph, and self-abasement. . . . There will be no loyalty, except loyalty toward the Party. There will be no love, except the love of Big Brother. . . . Always, at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling on an enemy who is helpless. If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face forever.

-George Orwell – 1984

wytshus on December 10, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Also:

In the marketplace of ideas, MSNBC is the Kwik-E-Mart…..

wytshus on December 10, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Chrissie isn’t Obama’s biggest sycophant anymore…Charles Johnson at LGF wins that title hands down.

scalleywag on December 10, 2013 at 6:02 PM

You still read that site? Why?

J.S.K. on December 10, 2013 at 7:38 PM

You forgot the part where there is no known footage of Obama being burned in effigy. Bush, several times.

The Schaef on December 10, 2013 at 5:25 PM

I’ve always said that no American President has really become a world leader until burned in effigy. (true statement)

That there is no known footage affirms the above belief. Of course, an entire consulate was burned in honor of the rat-eared wonder but the media has done a pretty good job of hiding images of that too.

Happy Nomad on December 10, 2013 at 7:38 PM

Heck, you don’t even need to look at the opposition to George W. Bush to prove that the opposition to Obama isn’t unprecedented. (Liberals might say, “That’s different! Bush didn’t deserve to be respected!”)

Just look at the opposition to the last Democratic president. When Bill Clinton’s administration put forth a proposal to change the entire country’s health insurance system, did the Republicans support it? No, they opposed it, and that time they actually wound up stopping it. Just like Obama, except that time the Republicans were successful.

And in Clinton’s second term, did he have smooth sailing with the Republicans? No, they impeached him. That hasn’t happened to Obama, nor is it considered likely to happen. (There may be lots of people who think that Obama deserves to be impeached, but that’s not the same thing as an impeachment resolution actually getting through the House of Representatives.)

J.S.K. on December 10, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Guy,

Heard you start this rant during your guest stint on Hew Hugh-witt’s show this past week and was hoping you’d develop it into a written screed.

I can hardly wait until 2017 relieves us of the likes of Tingles and the backfill of manure starts sliding into the open holes that President Stool Sample will have left. (Tingles will be, at once, the Goebbels and Baghdad Bob of this era and will be discredited for the gibbering loon he is.)

Further, I do not believe that history will be too kind to the Magic Kneegrow as the youngsters he jobbed step out, blinking, from their parents’ basements into the pale sunshine. They will realize that 40 is the new 20 and they will have — literally — lost at least 8 years of their lives in exchange for their early-on adulation.

The War Planner on December 10, 2013 at 7:51 PM

Thanks alot!

You have done a great job in consolidating all of my thoughts (I tend to ignore spelling/grammar because I focus on content).

But as somebody pointed out above, MSNBC is a non-entity. I expect at some point Tingles and crew will send the signal and they will all gather to drink poison together (I’m guessing Obama will attend the service).

teejk on December 10, 2013 at 7:58 PM

Remember back in the day when “dissent was the highest form of patriotism”?

whatcat on December 10, 2013 at 6:07 PM

That statement becomes non-operative as soon as a Dem is installed in the Oval Office. At that point, dissent becomes treason.

Just ask Chrissie, he’ll tell you.

clear ether

eon

eon on December 10, 2013 at 8:28 PM

Yeah, and if you guys would just stop criticizing Chris Matthews, he would do some real reporting!

virgo on December 11, 2013 at 1:54 AM

Wow, well said Benson!

Dollayo on December 11, 2013 at 3:39 AM

According to Tingles, I’m a racist. I disagree with everything Obama has ever said, I disagree with everything Obama has ever done. I will always disagree with everything Obama will ever say or do. That makes me a racist according to Tingles.

tmgrant on December 11, 2013 at 7:08 AM

But then again, neither Bush Jr. nor Obama has had it as bad as Bush Sr. Dems controlled both houses, and every bill that was sent to the White House had a tax increase that Dems would elbow each other over.

The “Veto President” was such an icon that Stephen Bochko, making an animated Christmas special “Capital Hill Critters”, had one of the mice characters wander into the oval office and after some calamity, end up stamping all the legislation on Bush’s desk with the veto stamp.

It also made a big theme of the 1992 election “Gridlock!!”, as Reagan’s successor, trying to keep some of the effective policies going, was met with a wall of opposition in Congress.

Of course, back then, the “solution” to gridlock was that the President should compromise his agenda….

Axeman on December 11, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Thank goodness we have a D-Bag for a president and a D-Bag for a “political ANALyst.”

How much fun would it be without these guys?

NoPain on December 11, 2013 at 5:35 PM