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Are The House Democrats Going Under The Bus?

One of our commenters the other day made a remark to effect that the only thing that can save Barack Obama's presidency is a Republican Congress in 2010. Ironically, this may be true because the only thing the president has demonstrated any serious proficiency at is the art of campaigning. Even his once vaunted oratorical skills, always overrated in my mind, have been rendered useless by the tactic of all Obama, all the time (and the vacuousness of the President's speeches). The contrast between Candidate Obama's rhetoric and President Obama's policy has had the effect of emasculating his credibility. However, as a campaigner the president may still retain some power if only he had something to campaign against.

The Tea Parties and Town hall meetings have made it clear that the President's real political adversaries are not Republicans but his own Democratic Party. And he can't run against them. In fact, as the Washington Post noted yesterday, the president desperately needs a political foil:

Obama's decision is complicated by a deepening domestic political divide and no guarantee of success whichever option he chooses. One observer, characterizing the president's dilemma at its most extreme, said: "He can send more troops and it will be a disaster and he will destroy the Democratic Party. Or he can send no more troops and it will be a disaster and the Republicans will say he lost the war."

As voters have determined in the eight months Obama has been in office, there is a big difference between running against something (like George Bush) and actually leading with policy. The president is leading with a far Left policy that voters are having trouble finding as a they reexamine the fine print of Candidate Obama's promises in 2008. The wobbling on Afghanistan only brings back memories of McNamara and LBJ. The unilateral concessions on European missile defenses are a reminder of Cold War appeasement. These contrasts represent just the recent foreign policy challenges. Obama's domestic policies are in an even worse political condition.

It may be that this President's political survival is tied directly to an opposition Republican majority in Congress that he can run against. The incumbent Democratic Party led by Nancy Pelosi and her liberal ideologues has galvanized the Republican opposition in a manner that could not have been foreseen in January of this year. Ironically, Obama made need to throw these Democrats under the bus to ensure his own survival. It's a wonder what moderate Democrats think of that?


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If he, as with Bill Clinton... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

If he, as with Bill Clinton, is amenable to having his domestic agenda move more "centrist" with the urging of a Republican Congress you are probably correct. If he is just going to fight a Republican Congress for the same apparently flagrantly statist policies he is advocating today then I suspect he will not do so well. Right now his foil seems to be the American public - you know, some of whom even voted for him - so I am not sure a Republican Congress is going to help rescue him from that mistake. Clinton in my mind was a shrewd politician and a man of detail and I also think was intelligent enough to know when a compromise was necessary. Barry on the other hand, well I don't know, just doesn't seem to get it. He's the type of guy who seems to try the same thing over and over again expecting that at some point he will meet with success. Look at his speeches on health care over the past 6 months. I mean are they really any different. He probably sits in policy meetings/briefings bemoaning that the public is too stupid to understand not realizing he himself simply doesn't have a product that is very attractive to the majority of people.

from Obama/Alinsky playbook... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:

from Obama/Alinsky playbook -

Rule 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it." Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)

One problem Obama is having is that he doesn't have a specific person to which to apply this. He looks a little foolish going after the talk show hosts or average citizens at townhall meetings.

So, the counter to '12' is to not have a specific leader on which the Alinky-ite can target. Allow Obama to burn out first.

So if he needs a foil don't... (Below threshold)
glenn:

So if he needs a foil don't give him one. Take just enough seats so he can't accomplish his "lofty" goals and make him stew in his own juice. If the Republicans take back either house of congress it takes all the corruption issues off the table because the Repubs don't have the guts to really get after the Dems on stuff like ACORN if they are in the majority. Recent history attests to that.

So Obama is going to betray... (Below threshold)
Plumpplumber(balding):

So Obama is going to betray some of his associates? Who can trust this guy? if Pelosi has to watch her back......oh my, I suppose the only degree the dems have is to abandon him to his fate.

As much as I want to see Pe... (Below threshold)
JB:

As much as I want to see Pelosi hand that gavel over, the last thing I want is another GOP congress riding to the rescue of an incompetent president. Give me enough GOP seats in each chamber so Obama and Pelosi still have to set the agenda, but can't pass anything. Then the GOP presidential candidate can run against a do-nothing congress and a president who can't pass anything despite having a majority in both houses.

Hussein has no intention of... (Below threshold)
OLDPUPPYMAX:

Hussein has no intention of permitting republicans to take over, or even make substantial gains in the house next year. Thirty to forty million illegal aliens will become democrat voters in the interim. That has ALWAYS been the plan. Moreover, we will witness the most breathtaking, nationwide display of voter fraud and intimidation imaginable. Daley's Chicago will be tame and honest by comparison. Republicans and indeed Americans who are counting on the 2010 elections as the beginning of a drive to reclaim our liberty will be sorely disappointed. Removing the ruling, tyrant class from power will only be accomplished by the method described and approved by the founders. That is, millions marching on DC and throwing the thugs from office.

What is truly pathetic abou... (Below threshold)
Ross-Cal:

What is truly pathetic about the whole situation is that there really hasn't been any policy enacted! I'm more upset that congress has been sitting on their hands this whole time than I am about what agenda the president may or may not be pushing for. It doesn't matter what he wants if we have useless politicians on both sides who are all talk and no talent. Both Democrats and Republicans should invest in new leadership.

I have been thinking the sa... (Below threshold)
Razorgirl:

I have been thinking the same thing #6. We may need to take a page from the citizens of Honduras to take back our country. Keep your powder dry.

While I've been, shall we s... (Below threshold)
gary gulrud:

While I've been, shall we say, disappointed with the GOP I can't imagined another schedule of tired lapdogs being returned to their lounge chairs.

Obama, rather like Whitewater, has some years of battles to be waged regardless of continued thuggery.

Barry appears to believe th... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Barry appears to believe that Democrats up for re-election in 2010 are expendable. As long as they vote his way right now.

"He can send more troops an... (Below threshold)
914:

"He can send more troops and it will be a disaster and he will destroy the Democratic Party. Or he can send no more troops and it will be a disaster and the Republicans will say he lost the war."

Yes, His best course of action would be to RESIGN.

If we take enough seats bac... (Below threshold)
JustRuss:

If we take enough seats back they can investigate his TRUE past and connections and hopefully pin him down to a crime he actually committed. Then impeach his ass, reverse the damage he has wrought while in office, and let Joey drive the bus until 2012. Just remember to get him a helmet.

Actually our founding fathe... (Below threshold)
Deke:

Actually our founding fathers did put in provisions for forced change of the government and they meant for it to not be by "keeping the powder dry".

Article V of the constitution makes it clear that if enough states demand it, regardless of congress disaproval, a convention must be called whereby the WHOLE document is open for re-interpretation. Everytime this has almost happened, congress always seems fit to bring the most pressing issue to the forefront, Womens voting rights, repeal of prohibition amendment, etc., They placate the citizens.

I truly think we might be at the point where we need a full blown constitutional convention to examine several things and clarify language for modern times.

Some things to consider

Article 1: Legislative branch Term limits are the biggie here, no way the Founders intended for ppl to carve fiefdoms and gather so much power to effect every person in the U.S. Barney Frank being an example.

Article 2: Executive Make all federal beuracracies directly reportable to the president, no more unmandated czars or out of control agencies..if they screw up, no blaming the head of the department..it's the Presidents fault, watch how fast they become streamlined or eliminated

Article 3: Judicial Make it so Justices have to be reconfirmed every 10 years to coincide with the census, this will better reflect the political mood of the people and eliminate judges that are legislating from the bench both on the right and left.

Amendment 1: Add, plain, standard English as the official language, all documents will be printed in only 1 language..think of the money savings just from this and force assimilation.

Amendment 2: Change language to state the right of the "individual" citizen to keep and bear arms

Add a balanced budget amendment and state that budget can not be greater than the rate of inflation.

With an article V the document is wide open and based on states, not population...we have enough like minded states now that we could make some solid, long lasting, fundamental changes.

Repeal the 16th and 17th am... (Below threshold)
Stan25:

Repeal the 16th and 17th amendments should be included in there.

The 16th Amendment is the income tax one. That was put in with the acquiesce of the Woodrow Wilson Administration. We do not need an income tax to raise revenue. The Fair Tax will do the job just fine.

The 17th Amendment is the one that directly elects Senators by the people of the States. Before this one was ratified, Senators were appointed by the state legislatures. That way the states will decide who will be Senators, not a national party committee

Add an Amendment making the Federal Reserve unconstitutional and making the United States Treasury responsible for the finances of the United States. Of course this could be added into the balanced budget amendment.

"Are The House De... (Below threshold)
914:

"Are The House Democrats Going Under The Bus?"

If it will grow the deficit? He'll make em fit!




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