When you have lost Maureen Dowd . . .

One wonders if the USA’s current Commander-in-Chief isn’t thinking about the fate of President Lyndon Johnson.

Johnson’s decision not to run for a second full term as President is linked to something that Walter Cronkite said during a national news broadcast.

Cronkite spoke against the Vietnam War.  Afterwards, Johnson told his press aide, “If I’ve lost Walter Cronkite, I’ve lost Middle America.”*

Johnson understood that if he lost the support of certain people, then the odds of him being re-elected were worse.

So, what is President Obama to think when his presidency is ridiculed by Maureen Dowd? In her NYT column “The Downgrade Blues” Dowd says the following:

BARACK OBAMA must wonder sometimes if his luck has run out.  Maybe he used it all up in 2008. “Yes, we can!” has devolved into “Hey, we might.”

. . . Barack Obama blazed like Luke Skywalker in 2008, but he never learned to channel the Force. And now the Tea Party has run off with his light saber.

The dissonance of his promise and his reality is jarring.

So what if a popular liberal columnist for an influential liberal newspaper points out that Obama’s walk hasn’t matched his talk?

Obama can still survive as long as he still has the full support of African Americans, right?

Or does he still have their full support?

In  her 08/05/11 column, Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Annette John-Hall reports the following:

Certainly African Americans have presented a united front in the wake of all of the slings and arrows being tossed at President Obama. After all, we know racism when we see it. . . But lately, some African Americans are starting to wonder out loud if blind support for the president is going against their own interests.

As the economic gap increases between white and black Americans, and the 16.2 percent unemployment rate among blacks is much higher than the national average, the number of Africans Americans who support Obama’s policies has dipped from 77 percent to just over half, though overall support remains high.

It is a good thing for Obama that African Americans need the Democratic Party in order to achieve political success. After all, it is not like an African American could win a political contest while running as a Republican. . .

Oh, wait.  The Republican representing Florida’s 22nd Congressional District is an African American named Allen West.  Well, as long as he remains below the radar and doesn’t gain national attention . . .

Video of Allen West on national TV. Click image to watch.

Never mind.  Obama is still safe as long as Texas Governor Rick Perry doesn’t enter the 2012 presidential race.

News Flash:

 

Rick Perry to make 2012 intentions clear Saturday

By JONATHAN MARTIN & MAGGIE HABERMAN & MIKE ALLEN | 8/8/11 2:25 PM EDT   Updated: 8/8/11 5:39 PM EDT

Rick  Perry intends to use a speech in South Carolina on Saturday to make clear  that he’s running for president, POLITICO has learned.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0811/60884.html#ixzz1UULjFU4S

 

[*Johnson Quote Source]

 

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  • Anonymous

    The President’s failure to take a position on issues while presiding over all matters from on high have left the United States with the greatest leadership void in the office of President of the United States since Jimmy Carter.  You can’t simply hang around the office of President and be effective.  His overexposure through numerous speeches lacking substance have begun to wear on the American public and make the President appear to be “an empty suit”.  

  • Obama lost Bill Maher as well. Hillary, anybody?

  • Anonymous

    I’m sure it won’t be long before the liberal elite will tell us who to vote for.  Seeing as ‘they know what’s best for the country’.  After all, they backed Barry, didn’t they?

  • Anonymous

    When you have lost Maureen Dowd . . .you have lost a bitter, dessicated,adolescent prose dispensing, shallow brained, leftard twit.

    • And those are her positive aspects…

      Yet, she remains a full on Democratic shill, and thus part of 0bama’s “must keep” constituency.

      Sucks to be 0bama…

  • I think the Cronkite anecdote was told to Bill Moyer, who worked for LBJ.  But the decision not to run for a second term is more directly related to his victory in the New Hampshire Primary.  Although he won handily, McCarthy’s showing was shocking against an incumbent President and made Bobby Kennedy’s entry into the race very likely.  The Chicago convention was a catastrophe, but with LBJ there, it would have been even more violent.

    Maureen Dowd stopped mattering . . . well, she never really mattered, did she?  At one time she was a snarky young “free spirit” who got some attention.  Who knew she even still wrote?  Who knew the NYT still published?  Who cares?

  • Anonymous

    “When you have lost Maureen Dowd . . .you have lost a bitter, dessicated,adolescent prose dispensing, shallow brained, leftard twit.”

    I thought  that was Helen Thomas?? Oh well, learn something new everyday.  The rats are fleeing the ship of fools as fast as they can….Racists!

  • Jeff Blogworthy

    “Certainly African Americans have presented a united front in the wake of
    all of the slings and arrows being tossed at President Obama. After
    all, we know racism when we see it. . .”

    Yeah, so do I. It’s the black klan. It’s separatism. It’s placing allegiance to color above all else. It’s making race a litmus test.

    • Yep.

      Though the progressives assert that it is not racism (it just looks like racism, walks like racism, and sounds like racism) as long as its done by an officially aggrieved minority.

  • To see these loyal liberals realize Obama is “not all that” is a start.  Unless they admit that liberalism is the problem, there is no chance to turn the disaster they created around.  This must happen to educate those on the government dole and deluded African Americans to save our economy and civilization as we know it. Liberals will present another one that is brighter and shinier who can do it better and give more to the takers.  The ignorant will believe in the new “caretaker” and will elect him, that is IF the current messiah isn’t re-elected and finishes off The U.S. first.

  • Anonymous

    When he loses Chris Mathews and the fella that determined he was presidential timber by looking at the crease in his trouser leg, then he will be truly lost

  • When you have lost Maureen Dowd, you’ve lost 112 pounds of unsightly thin.