Video: Obama is the Loser of the Year, says …

posted at 2:41 pm on December 20, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

A moment of epiphany from Morning Joe today, and from an unlikely source. Chris Matthews, who’s known for feeling thrills rather than chills about Barack Obama, acknowledged today what has become the consensus view everywhere but on certain segments of his own network (via Newsbusters):

JOE SCARBOROUGH, HOST: Let me ask you losers, political losers of the year?

CHRIS MATTHEWS: Terrible year for the president. I mean, it’s terrible, this…

SCARBOROUGH: Can you go back a year? One year ago, the president was getting ready for his second inauguration. So much hope. This has been a terrible year.

MATTHEWS: There’s another piece of it which you’re subtly getting at. It’s not just that it’s a bad year in terms of the rollout. There’s an erosion in interest. It feels like a very long presidency now. It feels like the seventh or eighth year of a presidency. It doesn’t feel like the fifth. There wasn’t that rejuvenation that comes with re-election. There wasn’t any, certainly he was never going to get a honeymoon from the other side, but there was no sense of wow. And I think that’s hurt him a lot.

Well, no, it’s not just the rollout, if that’s defined as a faulty website and some unintended consequences of a badly-written law.  That would be enough, of course, to dent the momentum of any President, but it’s not the whole story — by a long shot.  The biggest problem for Obama and his administration is the exposure of its serially dishonest nature — from the IRS scandal, to the Benghazi coverup, and especially on NSA surveillance and ObamaCare. In just the last 24 hours, we’ve found out that James Clapper and the White House lied about the number of attacks the 215 surveillance has prevented (claim: 50, reality: zero), that HHS lied about not being told to stop the rollout of the Healthcare.gov website because of profound security concerns, and that everyone lied about having plenty of time to get enrolled for insurance after getting “unexpectedly” kicked out of the plans they already had. That’s quite a trifecta.

Charles Krauthammer hits the nail on the head (if you’ll pardon the pun) in this context by naming the collapse of the “if you like your plan you can keep your plan” lie the Story of the Year:

That was a fraud from the very beginning. The law was designed to throw people off their private plans and into government-run exchanges where they would be made to overpay — forced to purchase government-mandated services they don’t need — as a way to subsidize others. (That’s how you get to the ostensible free lunch.)

It wasn’t until the first cancellation notices went out in late 2013 that the deception began to be understood. And felt. Six million Americans with private insurance have just lost it. And that’s just the beginning. By the Department of Health and Human Services’ own estimates, about 75 million Americans would have plans that their employers would have the right to cancel. And millions of middle-class workers who will migrate to the exchanges and don’t qualify for government subsidies will see their premiums, deductibles and co-pays go up.

It gets worse. The dislocation extends to losing one’s doctor and drug coverage, as insurance companies narrow availability to compensate for the huge costs imposed on them by the extended coverage and “free” services the new law mandates.

It’s the exposure of that fraud, not the rollout or even ObamaCare by itself, that makes Obama the loser of the year.  It’s why no one’s looking forward to three more years of dealing with an administration whose officials lie to Congress and to Americans and suffer no consequences for those lies.

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Three more years of listening to this crap. It isn’t his fault, he lost the synergy, the country has become too big for one person to govern, blah, blah, etc.

Johnnyreb on December 20, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Awl, poor, poor tinkles. Stop drooling!

Bmore on December 20, 2013 at 2:47 PM

Total collapse of credibility, all of his own doing. Nobody likes a liar.

scalleywag on December 20, 2013 at 2:49 PM

And I think that’s hurt him a lot.

I sincerely hope so. Right down to his narcisistic, self righteous, smartest man evah, rotten core!

What this azzhat needs is a huge helping of humility, and a side of grace, before he bows his head and apologizes to the Nation, while the single brain cell organisms that hold him in awe slither back to their fetid little pools of slime.

PatHenry on December 20, 2013 at 2:49 PM

Spot-on final paragraph, Ed.

Harbingeing on December 20, 2013 at 2:49 PM

All this means is that Mathews will get to cheer for an underdog.

Chris Mathews / Kim Kardashian — It’s all the same .. Bimbo bait. No relevant content here.

CrazyGene on December 20, 2013 at 2:49 PM

No Chris, Obama is doing just fine, a multi-millionare, fawned over, loved by his followers…

YOU are the loser, you and the rest of the fools who have supported this administration, as it has drug us down the hole of complete corruption and ineptness.

right2bright on December 20, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Too quick to post…you, Chris, and all the others have been exposed a stupid puppets who will support anything that is not conservative, even the destruction of our country.

right2bright on December 20, 2013 at 2:51 PM

there was no sense of wow

Uh, no. Matthews really needs to seek help.

Blake on December 20, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Video: Obama is the Loser of the Year, says Chris Matthews devolves into a racist…

/lib

DethMetalCookieMonst on December 20, 2013 at 2:55 PM

right2bright on December 20, 2013 at 2:51 PM

Knew what you meant, but good that you fixed it. Don’t want to get Ed’s blood pressure up.

TXUS on December 20, 2013 at 2:57 PM

The brief look we get of Mika and her body language in the video says one thing.

BobMbx on December 20, 2013 at 2:58 PM

No Chris. The LOSER OF THE YEAR is Chris Mathews.

pat on December 20, 2013 at 2:59 PM

This just in:

Tingles declares himself Racist for making that comment – calls himself to be removed from the air.

Galt2009 on December 20, 2013 at 2:59 PM

Given his manic-depressive nature, Matthews losing the thrill for Obama isn’t going to result in him showing either greater skepticism of rationality in 2014, it’s just going to end up making him rail more against anyone pointing out Obama’s foibles, which simply means we can expect lots more of this kind of stuff for the next year.

jon1979 on December 20, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Oh please, Matthews will be the first to verbally dry-hump the Emperor God-King at the State of the Union.

Jeddite on December 20, 2013 at 3:05 PM

It’s why no one’s looking forward to three more years of dealing with an administration whose officials lie to Congress and to Americans and suffer no consequences for those lies.

Yeah, but Tingles still gets that ‘thrill’ every time his Obamassiah speaks.

GarandFan on December 20, 2013 at 3:06 PM

Schadenfreude, pure!

Schadenfreude on December 20, 2013 at 3:07 PM

To watch Mika is always to see utter stupidity on display.

Schadenfreude on December 20, 2013 at 3:08 PM

It’s why no one’s looking forward to three more years of dealing with an administration whose officials lie to Congress and to Americans and suffer no consequences for those lies.

obama is as legitimate after 2012 as is Mugabe in Zimbabwe, after 2013.

The land looks the same.

Schadenfreude on December 20, 2013 at 3:09 PM

The white male Democrat power establishment is terrified of losing their power, which is power they can no longer justify since there are few white males who vote for the party that wants to enslave white males, so they’ll want to diminish Obama to make it appear that they are needed and to reduce any appetite for another minority nominee for the Democrats.

Buddahpundit on December 20, 2013 at 3:14 PM

The other porkster

Schadenfreude on December 20, 2013 at 3:17 PM

Obama is the winner.

America is the loser.

shinty on December 20, 2013 at 3:17 PM

..the loser of the past decade.

(Was that what you were looking for, Edward?)

The War Planner on December 20, 2013 at 3:18 PM

Obamacare: Gives you crap you don’t need. Takes away the things you do need. And charges more for the privilege.

Only Libs could whip-up something like that.

Tsar of Earth on December 20, 2013 at 3:26 PM

And, this was said before today’s presser, right?

Fallon on December 20, 2013 at 3:32 PM

I’m thinking Tinkle goes home every night, sits in his darkened living room, and drinks an entire of fifth of Old Brownhole whiskey while absently toying with a loaded revolver and staring at nothing.

Bishop on December 20, 2013 at 3:34 PM

It’s the exposure of that fraud, not the rollout or even ObamaCare by itself, that makes Obama the loser of the year. It’s why no one’s looking forward to three more years of dealing with an administration whose officials lie to Congress and to Americans and suffer no consequences for those lies.

You mean the LEFT is losing their political virginity? “The Messiah”…”The One”…has turned out to have feet of clay… lying, devious, manipulative, calculating, clay?

Gee… who would have guessed that a politician would be a liar and a cheat?

thatsafactjack on December 20, 2013 at 3:43 PM

Loser of the Year is the American Taxpayer…..capturing the title once again.

Ditkaca on December 20, 2013 at 3:53 PM

there was no sense of wow

Uh, no. Matthews really needs to seek help.

Blake on December 20, 2013 at 2:53 PM

He might as well be made of glass. You can see right through the poor waif.

“Where’d the elves go? The music? Where’d the magic go? You guys remember — remember how amazing it was?”

Maybe he’s metaphorically waking up next to the chick he thought was hot only last night at three A.M. — back when he was still high as a kite and dancing on a table — and none too happy with crashing down into his pasty, poorly-groomed, and hygienically dubious real life.

She’s not happy either.

. . . dude is probably willing to guzzle cough-syrup at this point just to get his buzz back. But nope. It’s to the clinic for a penicillin shot & delousing — and then off to rehab for Chrissy.

Axe on December 20, 2013 at 3:56 PM

What mental image will he use now?

WryTrvllr on December 20, 2013 at 3:57 PM

It’s why no one’s looking forward to three more years of dealing with an administration whose officials lie to Congress and to Americans and suffer no consequences for those lies.

And why are there no consequences?

Because Congress is spineless, and in their own right, no better.

Where are you, GOP a$$clowns? Impeach this piece of shit already. To hell with what the Senate may or may not do afterwards – DO YOUR F*CKING JOB.

Midas on December 20, 2013 at 3:59 PM

The biggest problem for Obama and his administration is the exposure of its serially dishonest nature — from the IRS scandal, to the Benghazi coverup, and especially on NSA surveillance

..etc..etc…wouldn’t it be easier to publish any ‘truth’ this administration tells us?…………wouldn’t take any ink!

KOOLAID2 on December 20, 2013 at 4:01 PM

I’m thinking Tinkle goes home every night, sits in his darkened living room, and drinks an entire of fifth of Old Brownhole whiskey while absently toying with a loaded revolver and staring at nothing.

Bishop on December 20, 2013 at 3:34 PM

^

Axe on December 20, 2013 at 4:02 PM

And why are there no consequences?

Because Congress is spineless, and in their own right, no better.

Where are you, GOP a$$clowns? Impeach this piece of shit already. To hell with what the Senate may or may not do afterwards – DO YOUR F*CKING JOB.

Midas on December 20, 2013 at 3:59 PM

Add in that the DOJ is tasked with criminal prosecutions for lying to Congress, et al and you’ll see why they don’t bother pressing the points.

Mitoch55 on December 20, 2013 at 4:03 PM

It’s going to be a long, long, long three years.

I wish he’d just go away.

Key West Reader on December 20, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Where are you, GOP a$$clowns? Impeach this piece of shit already. To hell with what the Senate may or may not do afterwards – DO YOUR F*CKING JOB.

Midas on December 20, 2013 at 3:59 PM

…you have to stop talking like that!………..you’re supposed to be a Democrat……remember?
…I’m telling V7_Sperm…. on you!

KOOLAID2 on December 20, 2013 at 4:13 PM

V7_Sperm?

I’m reminded again of just why I sign off from HotGas before the late shift arrives.

Bishop on December 20, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Video: Obama is the Loser of the Year, says …

They made sure of that when they took all the bad news, scandals, failures, and corruption, and contrived to bury it all until after the 2012 election.

2013 was always bound to be a bad year for them.

And, of course, the actions they took to keep it all from coming out before the election make every bit of it worse.

It’s the inevitable end of liars.

There Goes the Neighborhood on December 20, 2013 at 4:19 PM

It feels like a very long presidency now. It feels like the seventh or eighth year of a presidency. It doesn’t feel like the fifth. There wasn’t that rejuvenation that comes with re-election.

Maybe Obama should have listened to himself.

Kafir on December 20, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Video: Obama is the Loser of the Year, says Chris Matthews devolves into a racist…
/lib

DethMetalCookieMonst on December 20, 2013 at 2:55 PM

Well said, excellent point!

Chris Matthews is now crowing the facts he has claimed as being racist innumerable times.

RJL on December 20, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Well, damn – I just got a new pop-up ad on HA that snuck past my blocker – same as the damnable ones over at TH.

*grrrrr*

Midas on December 20, 2013 at 4:48 PM

…you have to stop talking like that!………..you’re supposed to be a Democrat……remember?
…I’m telling V7_Sperm…. on you!

KOOLAID2 on December 20, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Oh yeah, I forgot. Boy, he figured me out, or something. /

Midas on December 20, 2013 at 4:51 PM

Loser of the Year is the American Taxpayer…..capturing the title once again.

Ditkaca on December 20, 2013 at 3:53 PM

THIS!

I suppose it would be considered bad form to send Chris a present of pom poms and knee pads.

ghostwalker1 on December 20, 2013 at 5:04 PM

SCARBOROUGH: Can you go back a year? One year ago, the president was getting ready for his second inauguration. So much hope. This has been a terrible year.

There was hope heading into 2013? I don’t remember it that way.

Happy Nomad on December 20, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Obama is on the verge of destroying our health insurance industry and our health care system which is the best in the world. The American people must not be subjected to this outrage and pain. Delay or Defund this law immediately before this planned disaster happens. Ted Cruz and the Tea Party are right and were right on the shutdown.

Herb on December 20, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Funny how Chrissy seems almost coherent at 7 in the morning, but by 7 in the evening he is a drooling mess.

Hmmm, had a relative like that? You know what the problem was? Rhymes with “frolic”, I believe.

drunyan8315 on December 20, 2013 at 5:19 PM

poor crissy….. had a lump of a poop and the only thing to do now, is flush.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on December 20, 2013 at 6:41 PM

But you told me last night I was the only one…..sorry Chrissy oldest trick in the book and you fell for it.

jaywemm on December 20, 2013 at 9:18 PM

poor crissy….. had is a lump of a poop and the only thing to do now, is flush.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on December 20, 2013 at 6:41 PM

FIFM

S. D. on December 20, 2013 at 9:27 PM

Impeachment my ass. Clinton got impeached, how did that work out? He left office at the end of his term and quite popular.

If you don’t have 67 votes to convict in the Senate, impeachment is just resume enhancement for Democrats.

Meremortal on December 21, 2013 at 2:01 AM

And Matthews magic turns the loser-of-the-year into a victim.

TimBuk3 on December 21, 2013 at 4:31 AM

Poor, poor Chris. First you got the “Tip”, then you got the whole thing. Those bad habits do damage the brain, don’t they?

trl on December 21, 2013 at 2:13 PM