Gibbs: Yeah, 2013 was Obama’s worst yet

posted at 12:01 pm on December 23, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

At this point, what use is there in denying it? Barack Obama’s polls amply demonstrate that 2013 was his annus horribilis — so far, a thought to which we’ll get return shortly.  It’s not just Obama who’s had a bad year, either, as Meet the Press host David Gregory notes in framing this question for Robert Gibbs. The progressive argument that government does it better had its worst year, too, which the former Obama press secretary can’t deny:

CBS’ Bob Schieffer extended that theme on Face the Nation, proposing that this was actually the worst year that Washington DC has had since Watergate:

BOB SCHIEFFER: Let’s talk about the year in Washington. I must say I find– I can’t think of a worse year that Washington has gone through, with the possible exception of Watergate, of course, which is kind of off by itself. What is going to happen on Obamacare now, Nancy? Is– is this program going to finally happen? I mean is it– is it going to– are people going to be enrolled or there are still problems?

NANCY CORDES: Well, I think our first test will be January first when people have their new insurance programs that they go to the hospital, if they go to their doctor, are they going to be able to get reimbursed, are they going to be able to see the doctor that they want to see and it’s really still an open question. And this is really a challenge I think, in particular, it’s an understatement for Democrats who are really in a bind. I mean– they have supported this, they have taken the slings and arrows on Obamacare for four years now. So they can’t turn their backs on it, you know, it’s– their main accomplishment, and it’s the President’s main accomplishment. On the other hand they do need to show that they think the program needs to be fixed. And going into an election year, every single one of them at some point in the past few years has said, if you like your doctor, you can keep him. If you like your plan, you can keep it. And you have to know that every Republican has found them saying that they’ve got the tape and they’re going to be turning that into ads come this fall.

That’s why Glenn Reynolds thinks that 2013 will be viewed in hindsight as an “average” year — and that 2014 will make it look rosy in comparison:

Unless something turns around, Obama’s 2013 is likely to be similarly “average”: Worse than 2012, but better than 2014.

It’s true that Obamacare has been a debacle, wrapped in a catastrophe, shrouded in a disaster. But it’s also become clear that it was founded upon a lie: Obama’s “if you like your health insurance plan, you can keep it” statement was named by PolitiFact its lie of the year for 2013. Many Americans have already learned that their individual plans are being cancelledbecause they don’t live up to Obamacare, causing enough chaos that the Obama administration has had to give certain people a last-minute “waiver” of the mandate that they buy insurance. But many more problems have just been kicked down the road — into 2014 — by Obama’s unilateral decision. Ironically, the White House and Democrats were, just a couple of months ago, calling Republicans who wanted to delay the mandate anarchists and terrorists, and loudly proclaiming that Obamacare was “the law of the land.

Regardless, the mandate delay doesn’t solve problems, it just kicks the can down the road. And, as Bloomberg‘s Megan McArdle notes, the White House seems to be reacting to short-term political problems, rather than shoring up the system in ways that will make it work better:

However incoherent these fixes may seem, they send two messages, loud and clear. The first is that although liberal pundits may think that the law is a done deal, impossible to repeal, the administration does not believe that. … This is at best, damage control. Which suggests that the administration is expecting a fair amount of damage.

I think that’s right, and the damage will come in 2014. What we’ve seen so far, most likely, isn’t the worst of it.

The panic from red-state Democrats like Joe Manchin is a clear signal that they think 2014 is likely to be a lot worse, too.


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Yet is an appropriate work.

meci on December 23, 2013 at 12:02 PM

2013 was the year of exposure. The bad decisions began in 2009-10.

Chuckles3 on December 23, 2013 at 12:03 PM

No, 2013 was another great year for Obama.

It was a terrible year for America.

shinty on December 23, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Fools and trolls rule you.

Schadenfreude on December 23, 2013 at 12:15 PM

None of those quotes supports an assertion that there is a “Progressive Big Gov as a model of governance is failing” meme out there.

Perhaps a bad year for Obama, but they do not ask about any harm done to Progressive ideals. In fact, if anything there is a meme that far more liberal Democrats are coming to power. See DeBlabbio, Squaw Warren, et al.

antisense on December 23, 2013 at 12:16 PM

It was a terrible year for America.

shinty on December 23, 2013 at 12:15 PM

+ 200 million sane Americans

Schadenfreude on December 23, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Hey, once these Healthcare.gov glitches are resolved, the administration is going bounce back to the numbers they had this time last year.

No, seriously, that seems to be the attitude coming out of the White House.

Happy Nomad on December 23, 2013 at 12:16 PM

annus horribilis You meant “anus horribilis” didn’t you? Obama the asshole.

Walter L. Newton on December 23, 2013 at 12:17 PM

To be sure, America deserves the royal scrooming.

You asked for it, twice, in the majority.

It serves you right. May you ‘bleed’ from it. We’ll pour lemon juice on you, you morons, from both sides.

Schadenfreude on December 23, 2013 at 12:17 PM

more delays and waivers…yea!!!!

pivot to minimum wage increase and amnesty

cmsinaz on December 23, 2013 at 12:18 PM

NANCY CORDES: Well, I think our first test will be January first when people have their new insurance programs that they go to the hospital, if they go to their doctor, are they going to be able to get reimbursed, are they going to be able to see the doctor that they want to see and it’s really still an open question.

I am incorrect to say that her statement is incorrect. With obamacare individual and family deductibles are as high as $6000-$10000, you don’t get anything reimbursed until that deductible is meant.

jaywemm on December 23, 2013 at 12:18 PM

The panic from red-state Democrats like Joe Manchin is a clear signal that they think 2014 is likely to be a lot worse, too.

Have no fear Ed, the GOP will find a way to screw up the advantage they now have.

celtic warrior on December 23, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Happy Nomad on December 23, 2013 at 12:16 PM

delusional

cmsinaz on December 23, 2013 at 12:19 PM

I think the damage to come is being vastly underestimated.

It’s like watching the Japanese tsunami in disbelief: “Wow, that’s bad, but the water can’t possibly get any higher… can it? Can it?”

Bat Chain Puller on December 23, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Play it, over and over.

Rs, don’t be stupid and fall for any changes to obama’care’ now. Let obama and all who voted for it own it in full, all throughout 2014.

You did all you could during the partial shutdown, about which no one cared, except the media.

Now, let them own it. Otherwise 2014 will be Reid’s and obama’s.

If you pass amnesty, 2015, Jan., Pelosi will be speaker, again, deservedly.

Schadenfreude on December 23, 2013 at 12:24 PM

No, seriously, that seems to be the attitude coming out of the White House.

Happy Nomad on December 23, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Let them.

Schadenfreude on December 23, 2013 at 12:25 PM

2013 was the first year in which reality was scheduled to set in for Obamacare (after the election), it’s only going to get worse this year.

supernova on December 23, 2013 at 12:25 PM

But wait, there’s more yet to come!

Christien on December 23, 2013 at 12:25 PM

dpduq on December 23, 2013 at 12:25 PM

extended to dec 31 or jan 1 will be next

cmsinaz on December 23, 2013 at 12:33 PM

the administration does not believe that. … This is at best, damage control. Which suggests that the administration is expecting a fair amount of damage.

I think that’s right, and the damage will come in 2014. What we’ve seen so far, most likely, isn’t the worst of it

…they’ve delayed everything else…what makes one think…they can’t delay the damage another year?

KOOLAID2 on December 23, 2013 at 12:34 PM

My thoughts exactly KA2

cmsinaz on December 23, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Yes, and we expect form obummer to achieve new lows in the coming year. Bring it on.

jake49 on December 23, 2013 at 12:39 PM

from not form

jake49 on December 23, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Total signed up somewhere around 1.2M by government numbers so probably less. Total HHS goal by end of December…… 3.3M.

There is no way that there are not more delays in our futures. Why isn’t Congress calling a foul on all this lawlessness? This yet another hill not worth dying for?

Happy Nomad on December 23, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Related topic:

The Obysmal administration’s attitude is appalling.

Susan Rice blows off Benghazi.
http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/193848-susan-rice-no-time-to-think-about-false-controversy-on-benghazi

onlineanalyst on December 23, 2013 at 12:50 PM

First of all, why is this idiot even being interviewed? He has nothing to do with the Stool Specimen Administration these days.

Second, why is he now wearing such stupid-looking glasses? They make him look dumber than the old ones did.

MisterElephant on December 23, 2013 at 12:52 PM

If they cannot fix this and refuse to repeal it Obama should be impeached, along with Nancy, Harry and every single other Dem that voted for this horrible “law”.

If we DON’T like our present-dunce, we DON’T have to keep him.

Key West Reader on December 23, 2013 at 12:58 PM

If the House/Senate don’t go supermajorities against obama, the land is made of weasely squishes on the dole.

Schadenfreude on December 23, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Second, why is he now wearing such stupid-looking glasses? They make him look dumber than the old ones did.

MisterElephant on December 23, 2013 at 12:52 PM

It’s the NBC look. They all wear the same “hipster” glasses. Rachael Madcow, her little sister Chris Hayes, Joe Scarboro, etc.

Happy Nomad on December 23, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Embrace the suck gibbsey

crosshugger on December 23, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Vote for a Soft Fantasy, live with the Hard Reality.

The American majority deserve all the hurt they get for blindly re-electing a tyro incompetent lying doofus.

Glad Gibbs added the “yet”.

More O-Good Times a-comin’!

profitsbeard on December 23, 2013 at 1:33 PM

it’s– their main accomplishment

Fast and Furious, IRS Scandal, NSA Scandal, Solyndra, Fiscar,…….

GarandFan on December 23, 2013 at 1:57 PM

annus horribilis

So is this Barney Franks pet name?

DDay on December 23, 2013 at 2:37 PM

So, is January 1st going to be a sick on demand day in order to test the effectiveness of Obamacare?

DDay on December 23, 2013 at 2:41 PM

Miss Cordes is wrong because, as stated the huge deductibles, the thin networks for medicaid and Obama Care. January 1 will be the start of doctor shock.

Old and busted: You can keep your plan.
New hotness: You can keep your doctor.

Obama and team donk is going to wish for the good old days of 2013.

jukin3 on December 23, 2013 at 3:37 PM

yep…it’s always about Barry…. phuck the American people that have had to endure 5 years of this total pos sycophant.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on December 23, 2013 at 3:52 PM

Gosh, I hope not. I am hoping The Won has a much worse 2014.

Cindy Munford on December 23, 2013 at 4:18 PM

Gosh, I hope not. I am hoping The Won has a much worse 2014. – Cindy Munford on December 23, 2013 at 4:18 PM

He and all Democrats will probably have a terrible 2014. Sadly the entire country will, too. The clown we have in the White House and his enablers, have done this country a terrible disservice. I only hope that I live to see the country set one a steady keel before I pass on.

SC.Charlie on December 23, 2013 at 4:26 PM

SC.Charlie on December 23, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Well I hope you are around even longer than that!!!! Let’s hope the Republicans can do a better job, sometimes they are not confidence inspiring. Merry Christmas, dearest.

Cindy Munford on December 23, 2013 at 4:46 PM

Here’s to making 2014 another horrific year for Democrats, and may the pain continue until at least 2018.

Philly on December 23, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Well I hope you are around even longer than that!!!! Let’s hope the Republicans can do a better job, sometimes they are not confidence inspiring. Merry Christmas, dearest. – Cindy Munford on December 23, 2013 at 4:46 PM

At the age of 62 you accept the fact that your life is finite and should begin to assemble your bucket list ……. that is the stage that I am in.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

SC.Charlie on December 23, 2013 at 6:55 PM

yep…it’s always about Barry BAMSTAHHHHH!!!!!!!! YOU DA MANNN BAMMMMY BABBBBYY !!!! LOVE YA BARRY OL BUDDY OL PALLLL!!!!!!!!!!!! YAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

nathy on Deer 23, 52 PM

cableguy615 on December 23, 2013 at 11:43 PM

2014 is shaping up to be even worse than Obama’s anus horriblis .

The Boy Who Would Be King returns from his Hawaiian frolic to push yet more unpopular and harmful programs on the people, who meanwhile are learning the real-life impact of his political fantasies, or, if you will, Dreams From My (Undocumented and Anti-American) Father(s).

virgo on December 24, 2013 at 1:09 AM