Dem congressional candidate: Are you ready for the Barack Obama dynasty?

posted at 6:01 pm on February 21, 2014 by Allahpundit

Via Moe Lane, don’t get nervous. It’s an old clip, recorded on Inauguration Day 2009. The NRCC’s circulating it this week because Recchia’s running for Congress in New York’s 11th District, which broke only narrowly for O in 2012 and has Republican Michael Grimm (yes, that Michael Grimm) as its current rep. We’re a long way from “the Barack Obama dynasty” if a clip like this can be used as an attack ad in New York City.

It’s a nifty time capsule, though, of Democratic enthusiasm for Hopenchange. Makes me wonder: Where do you go as a party after you elect a messiah instead of a president and he lets everyone down? They thought they were getting a guy who, through his oratory, his pioneering racial progress, and his repudiation of virtually all things Bush, would bring about some sort of liberal deliverance for America. They ended up instead with Mr. Forty-Four Percent, whose post-partisan promise has now been reduced to mumbling about how he has a pen and a phone. What happens to a movement like that when it’s been disappointed? At the Weekly Standard, James Ceaser wonders:

A sect began to form, spreading from Miller’s home region in Eastern New York to New England and beyond. Millerism was born. The time was drawing nigh, Miller preached, when a dreadful cataclysm would occur, to be followed by a wondrous splendor: “The heavens appear, the great white throne is in sight, amazement fills the universe with awe.” Pressed by followers for an exact date—people wished to settle their affairs before going up to heaven—Miller, after some hesitation and a few unmet deadlines, settled on October 22, 1844. The fateful day came and then went without any visible sign of the Advent, leaving the Millerites disheartened and perplexed.

And what of the Great Disappointment of 2013? In the promiscuous blending of politics and culture that characterizes our age, the launch of the Obama campaign in 2007 marked the beginning of a politico-spiritual movement that promised a new beginning and a transformation of the nation. It was to be the “moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal .  .  . [when we] restored our image as the last, best hope on Earth.” Faith in the leader knew no bounds. Obamaism spilled out from the college campuses and tony enclaves of Manhattan and San Francisco into the mass public to become first an American and then a worldwide phenomenon. The legion of believers included not only the youth in their T-shirts emblazoned with the silk-screen Obama image, but also many of the nation’s most experienced political observers. By early 2009, the five wise persons from Oslo had come bearing the gift of the Nobel Peace Prize. No date was fixed for the fulfillment of all the hopes and promises—extensions were continually asked for under the excuse that “change would never be easy”—but enough time had transpired by the end of 2013 for people to sense that the deadline had come and gone. Like October 22, 1844, the appointed time passed with no visible sign of the advent of a new era.

Just as Obama won in part by drawing a contrast in styles with Bush, Ceaser thinks the next president wins by reacting stylistically to O — no more messianism, just “a candidate in 2016 of steady disposition who has a track record of competently handling the public’s affairs.” Exactly right, I think (advantage: Scott Walker?), which is yet another reason why Hillary’s so formidable. She really doesn’t have any meaningful track record of competence — name one major accomplishment, I dare you — but she’s widely perceived that way, partly because of her intelligence and partly because Bill can point to a long run of economic prosperity on his watch. In any case, the meaningful stylistic contrast between Hillary and Obama isn’t between competence and incompetence, it’s between cynicism and idealism. America rolled the dice on the charismatic redeemer and didn’t get much for it. Now they’ll be tempted to roll the dice on the old hand who knows how to get things done. Lefties will still pine for another prophet in the Obama mold like Elizabeth Warren but a serious groundswell for her would feel ridiculous this time. (“We’re going to do this again?“) They could afford to gamble in 2008, knowing that eight years of being out of power improved their chances of winning the White House. They can’t gamble in 2016 after holding power for eight years themselves. Hillary’s even got a small element of messianism to her own candidacy since, of course, she’d be the first woman president. No one expects any sort of New Golden Age from a second Clinton presidency but any Democrats who are lukewarm about turning to cynicism this time can console themselves with the fact that Hillary will be making history too.

Just don’t expect tools like this to be babbling about the “Hillary Clinton dynasty” come 2017. Even a Democrat would cringe at the thought of that.


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What if they gave a Hope-n-Change, and nobody came?

Good Lt on February 21, 2014 at 6:02 PM

*Barf*

workingclass artist on February 21, 2014 at 6:02 PM

Because North Korea is a roaring success with that dynasty…

workingclass artist on February 21, 2014 at 6:05 PM

If George Soros wants an Obama Dynasty, they will try.

ConstantineXI on February 21, 2014 at 6:06 PM

He is their Messiah.

Unfortunately they realize that this is as good as it will ever get.

That has them very afraid of what’s next because it isn’t looking so hot any more.

ajacksonian on February 21, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Where do you go as a party after you elect a messiah instead of a president and he lets everyone down?

Well, for a lot of the mouth-breathers, you double down with a screeching hag who’s as Alinsky as he is.

Lanceman on February 21, 2014 at 6:06 PM

He is their Messiah.

Unfortunately they realize that this is as good as it will ever get.

That has them very afraid of what’s next because it isn’t looking so hot any more.

ajacksonian on February 21, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Hillary is next, duh! But instead of The Messiah, she’ll be like Mother Gaia. An aging, vindictive Mother Gaia, who holds a grudge like a bulldog with a fake southern accent.

Fenris on February 21, 2014 at 6:14 PM

They ended up instead with Mr. Forty Eighty-Four Percent IQ,

FIFY.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 21, 2014 at 6:16 PM

If George Soros wants an Obama Dynasty, they will try.

ConstantineXI on February 21, 2014 at 6:06 PM

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An “Obama Dynasty” would only be a short-term means towards George’s ultimate goal; One World Government.

Once that goal is achieved, Obama becomes worthless to them.

He may already be worthless to them. We’ll just have to wait and see.

listens2glenn on February 21, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Hillary is next, duh! But instead of The Messiah, she’ll be like Mother Gaia. An aging, vindictive Mother Gaia, who holds a grudge like a bulldog with a fake southern accent.

Fenris on February 21, 2014 at 6:14 PM

She’s looking like a non-photogenic vampire.

And she isn’t so pleased with the Messiah and his followers, either.

Really, if Hillary is next then the idea that being a Leftist is for the young and hip has pretty much died away: it is now for the aged and unable to cope with the modern world group.

ajacksonian on February 21, 2014 at 6:23 PM

Moran.

Dynasty? A dynasty is a succession of rulers from the same family or clan or whatever, this pinhead got himself a $5 word and used it to impress himself and the rest of the 1$ word crowd.

Bishop on February 21, 2014 at 6:25 PM

No more messianism, just “a candidate in 2016 of steady disposition who has a track record of competently handling the public’s affairs.” Exactly right, I think, which is yet another reason why Hillary’s so formidable.

Oh no. The Democrats will undoubtedly pursue the same Elvis-like messianic campaign model. Lesbians will be fainting at campaign rallies just at sight of the gyrating thrusts of Hillary’s hips as she walks across the stage. Have you observed the American electorate/media lately?

Start buying stock in anything related to airbrushing. You’ll be an overnight millionaire.

Glenn Jericho on February 21, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Bummer. I’ll probably die of old age before the s hits the f and you younger guys get to join the revolution and have all the fun.

I’ll be sure to will my guns to a worthy inheritee….that is ….if I could find them…after all those ….boating accidents.

KirknBurker on February 21, 2014 at 6:27 PM

Come Lord Jesus, come soon.

crosshugger on February 21, 2014 at 6:28 PM

Does anyone else remember the phrase, Gag a Maggot, or is that too much of a throw back to the 80s? That’s what this brings to mind.

txmomof6 on February 21, 2014 at 6:30 PM

ajacksonian on February 21, 2014 at 6:23 PM

Oh i have no idea if she’ll really be the nominee any more than anyone else. I just wanted an excuse to compare her to a bulldog.

Fenris on February 21, 2014 at 6:32 PM

Obama bubble…

albill on February 21, 2014 at 6:33 PM

Come Lord Jesus, come soon.

crosshugger on February 21, 2014 at 6:28 PM

I’m sticking with the Anzio Prayer:

“Oh God, where are you? We really could use your help down here. And don’t send Jesus, come down here yourself. This ain’t no place for children.”

ajacksonian on February 21, 2014 at 6:34 PM

Dynasty? A dynasty is a succession of rulers from the same family or clan or whatever, this pinhead got himself a $5 word and used it to impress himself and the rest of the 1$ word crowd.

Bishop on February 21, 2014 at 6:25 PM

I think he was talking about the TV series. Duck Dynasty is such a hit that he thought Dog-Eating Dynasty would blow it out of the water.

He also could have been saying “de-nasty” …

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 21, 2014 at 6:37 PM

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 21, 2014 at 6:37 PM
LOL!!

txmomof6 on February 21, 2014 at 6:40 PM

Obama is less likely to be remembered as the first black president than the last one, at least until the Republicans nominate someone of color.

PersonFromPorlock on February 21, 2014 at 6:44 PM

Hillary will be the front runner right up to the point that some unknown governor like Martin O’Mally beats her in Iowa. Hillary is a paper tiger no less hollow than Obama. In fact I think that she would have been as big a disaster in office as the Illinois wunderkind.

jerryofva on February 21, 2014 at 6:53 PM

Wow. Imagine an Al Sharpton Dynasty.

That’s what we’ve got now in case you have not yet figured that out. Barack Obama is Al Sharpton – the only difference is that you can understand Obama’s dialect. Sharpton? Ain’t no telling what’ll spill out of his pie hole or if it will be intelligible.

Corey Booker 2016!

Key West Reader on February 21, 2014 at 7:04 PM

https://twitter.com/redsteeze/status/436956141554520064

Seems appropriate.

jawkneemusic on February 21, 2014 at 7:10 PM

One advantage of the Age of Obama is that liberals feel no more need to repress their Inner Stalin and have been revealing to everyone how they really feel about the huddled masses they wish to so tenderly rule over.

Socratease on February 21, 2014 at 7:14 PM

How’s that hopenchange working out for you? Jackass cultist.

Whitey Ford on February 21, 2014 at 7:22 PM

Just as Obama won in part by drawing a contrast in styles with Bush, Ceaser thinks the next president wins by reacting stylistically to O — no more messianism, just “a candidate in 2016 of steady disposition who has a track record of competently handling the public’s affairs.” Exactly right, I think (advantage: Scott Walker?), which is yet another reason why Hillary’s so formidable. She really doesn’t have any meaningful track record of competence — name one major accomplishment, I dare you — but she’s widely perceived that way, partly because of her intelligence and partly because Bill can point to a long run of economic prosperity on his watch.

In any case, the meaningful stylistic contrast between Hillary and Obama isn’t between competence and incompetence, it’s between cynicism and idealism. America rolled the dice on the charismatic redeemer and didn’t get much for it. Now they’ll be tempted to roll the dice on the old hand who knows how to get things done.

You just described the election of 1920, when the electorate traded in the “idealism” of progressive fanatic Woodrow Wilson (he of Palmer Raids and “the Constitution is outdated”) for the supposed competence of an old political hand from Ohio, Warren G. Harding.

Following Teapot Dome and Harding’s death (in San Francisco), Calvin Coolidge took over, and did a good enough job from 1923 to 1924 to get re-elected.

He chose not to run again in ’28, and the story goes that when one reporter asked him what he considered the greatest achievement of his Presidency, he answered, “getting the Federal government to mind its own business for five years”.

If Hillary succeeds The One (which is the way to bet but never rule out a “dark horse”), she may last one term- until her scandals, or her instinct to destroy anyone she sees as less than totally loyal (never mind an “enemy”) catch up with her.

At which point we’ll be stuck with whoever her VOTUS is. If it’s someone like Sherrod “Moonbeam Junior” Brown, expect a replay of 1976 in reverse.

More likely it will be someone she regards as too dumb to even be as ambitious as Mr. I Wanna Be A Moonbeam Too.

I’m thinking Plugs Biden, believe it or not. If nothing else, she’ll pick him because she can have hours of fun watching him bash his head into White House walls trying to find the doors.

If the GOP picks someone in ’20 who comes from someplace besides their “It’s My Turn!” old boy network down East, they should win in a landslide.

clear ether

eon

eon on February 21, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Recchia is from Brooklyn, which means he has no chance in Hell of winning the seat. We’re very particular out here on The Rock.

TC@LeatherPenguin on February 21, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Great comic relief. Did he mean, “Die-nasty”?

vnvet on February 21, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Dem congressional candidate: Are you ready for the Barack Obama dynasty?

Why? What’s left to steal?

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 21, 2014 at 8:25 PM

BWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAAHAHAHA ! ! ! !! ! !

TX-96 on February 21, 2014 at 8:35 PM

They ended up instead with Mr. Forty-Four Percent, whose post-partisan promise has now been reduced to mumbling about how he has a pen and a phone

…than why is the MSM…still propping JugEars up?

KOOLAID2 on February 21, 2014 at 8:59 PM

This reveals the thought processes of the lib’s. They really think that they are in total control of the US gubment and that they will prevail. The time is come … we, whom I believe to be part of the silent majority … need to make our moderation known to those who are part of the mental disorder crowd of the left. Crush their hopes and dreams … restore the Republic.

“it does not take a majority to prevail … but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brush fires of freedom in the minds of men”. – Samuel Adams -

May God be with us all.

ORrighty on February 21, 2014 at 9:25 PM

Liberal campaign slogans….

-Hillary Clinton for president – Because making history is better then making jobs

-Hillary Clinton for president – Even Monica finds this idea hard to swallow.

-Hillary Clinton for president – We already stole the china the first time and need the matching flatware.

-Hillary Clinton for president – making that 3:00 PM phone call that unlocks you from your job.

mechkiller_k on February 21, 2014 at 9:46 PM

Nonsense.

Last time I checked George Jefferson and Weezie are canceled and long gone.

viking01 on February 21, 2014 at 10:45 PM

mechkiller_k on February 21, 2014 at 9:46 PM

-Hillary Clinton for president – After FBI Filegate, imagine what Hillary could do with all those new NSA tools.

slickwillie2001 on February 21, 2014 at 10:46 PM

Where do you go as a party after you elect a messiah instead of a president and he lets everyone down?

You buy new Nikes, put on your flight suit, swallow some Kool Ade and wait to get picked up.

BobMbx on February 22, 2014 at 2:00 AM

America rolled the dice on the charismatic redeemer and didn’t get much for it.

Au contraire. We got $7 trillion in new debt, hundreds of thousands of newly-legalized “DREAMer” aliens, and a massive (and massively unworkable) new entitlement program, for starters.

We got plenty for our gamble on electing an incompetent, corrupt, Marxist, dictator-wannabe as president. Problem is, everything we got was bad. Very, very bad.

AZCoyote on February 22, 2014 at 7:48 AM

“Bill can point to a long run of economic prosperity on his watch.”

And this is exactly where she gets into trouble, and where you’re wrong, Allah. Take a look at what Felonious Bill did (with the “help” of the Republican Congress) to turn his failing presidency and the economy around — starting with the elimination of Hillary’s national healthcare push. All of those policies would make the Tea Party proud. How’s Hillary going to counter this?

And then there’s this: “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Ms. Lewinski” and “What difference does it make?”

Do you really think that after all the Obamacare fraud, lies, and deceptions America is going to tolerate more of this?

RobertMN on February 22, 2014 at 8:04 AM

But Hillary is not as good a liar as the consummate liar Obama. She bumbles it: http://bitly.com/XjMNQq

And I don’t believe Democrat politicians are going to abandon Obama’s marvelous messianic lying technique. It works and they are studying it.

Chessplayer on February 22, 2014 at 10:16 AM

Dynasty? A dynasty is a succession of rulers from the same family or clan or whatever, this pinhead got himself a $5 word and used it to impress himself and the rest of the 1$ word crowd.

Bishop on February 21, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Why neglect Michelle’s impending candidacy?

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on February 22, 2014 at 10:38 AM

Pharaoh Barry.

Akzed on February 22, 2014 at 11:36 AM

I’m sticking with the Anzio Prayer:

“Oh God, where are you? We really could use your help down here. And don’t send Jesus, come down here yourself. This ain’t no place for children.”

ajacksonian on February 21, 2014 at 6:34 PM

I dunno, man.

For a “child,” Jesus seems to have handled the situation pretty well the last time He came down here alone.

That was when he had to carry up onto the cross the full weight of all my past, present and future sins.

And my sins were particularly heavy because they’re so utterly reprehensible and wicked.

Then you multiply that by a factor of about a zillion for the sin-load from all the other people on earth who ever existed and ever will exist and it becomes crystal clear that Jesus is well qualified to come back and help us all by Himself again.

Of course, there’s also that bit in the scriptures where Jesus goes, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?” (John 14:9)

FlameWarrior on February 22, 2014 at 12:14 PM