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Jim Geraghty's got an interesting piece up today at the Campaign Spot:

We find ourselves dealing with the frightening realization that with the Obama administration, there is no plan B.

There are a lot of unemployed folks out there. A lot more worried about their jobs, a lot more people wondering about how they're going to pay their mortgages, their rent, their grocery bills. Last year, when people first started to really worry, they elected Barack Obama to the presidency.

[ . . . ]

Obama's first crack at improving the economy was the stimulus, and we've lost three million more jobs since it passed. Now he's announcing a "jobs summit" at the White House, and a "listening tour." You've officially run out of good ideas when your plan to help people who can't find jobs consists of listening to them tell you that they can't find jobs.

If they had better ideas, the Obama administration would be trying those instead.

[ . . . ]

On Iran, the Iranians keep making clear that they don't want to talk and make a deal. On Afghanistan, the administration clearly thought the initial increase in troops would be sufficient; we've been in a holding pattern for three months while they rethink a warning from the commander on the ground that the situation will be lost within one year. China is willing to offer photo-ops, but no real concessions.

Polls show the nation evenly divided or worse on the health care proposal, but the administration pushes forward.

[ . . . ]

On front after front, Obama's proposals have slammed into the hard concrete of reality, and the response has been... keep doing the same thing and wait for things to get better.

Geraghty's point is that Obama, elected to "improve" everything, has failed. That he continues to implement "failed" policies in hopes of better results is evidence of political cluelessness. What we see is what we get---and that's not much.

The problem is that this interpretation assumes Obama is "failing". Does Obama see the results of his policy initiatives the same way? It may have been reasonable for American voters to expect "improvement" to mean "more" jobs, an "unarmed" Iran, a "democratic" Afghanistan, a "cooperative" China and health care that is both "cheaper" and "better". But what if an obliterated economy, a nuclear Iran, a chaotic Afghanistan, an uncooperative China and a collapse of our health care system are exactly what Obama intended?

We can't forget first principles. Obama is a radical, surrounded by radicals, completely in tune with the fact that he's got 2 years to leverage his Congressional majority into a gut renovation of America. At this stage, nearly a year into things, it's impossible to understand these "failures" we see burgeoning all around us as anything other than what he intended all along. The joke's on us for as long as we pretend this isn't happening.


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There is little doubt this ... (Below threshold)
Zelsdorf Ragshaft IIIz:

There is little doubt this is what he intended all along. All one has to do is listen to what Rev. Wrigt preached to know. This man lies as easily as he breaths. What do you expect from a man who hates America. I have a feeling he will pay an awful price for this treachery.

If someone campaigns on mak... (Below threshold)

If someone campaigns on making things 'better' for you, it'd be a damn smart thing to check whether THEIR view of 'better' matches YOURS.

Obama never was terribly specific on how he was going to make things 'better' - and people kept projecting onto him what they wanted to believe.

This president will make th... (Below threshold)

This president will make the Carter years look prosperous by comparison. You know what my friends in Asia say? "We like Obama. He's creating more jobs...for us."

The closer he gets to the c... (Below threshold)

The closer he gets to the cliff, the more gas he gives it. To think this is accidental is idiocy. He is what he is and we knew it before the election. My contempt for the imbeciles who voted for him grows every day. God help us all...

As far as I'm concerned whe... (Below threshold)

As far as I'm concerned when it comes to domestic policy, Obama does not need a plan B.
He would have his greatest success simply not even trying to implement his plan A. Obama is at a crossroads. He can continue to rely on his statist instincts and go down in history as one of the worst presidents in the history of the United States. Unfortunately, I think his ideology is so ingrained he can never know anything different.

.. But hey ..."... (Below threshold)

.. But hey ...

"I think that we've restored America's standing in the world, and that's confirmed by polls," he [Obama] told CNN's Ed Henry in a wide-ranging interview this week during his trip to China.

"I think a recent one indicated that around the world, before my election, less than half the people -- maybe less than 40 percent of the people -- thought that you could count on America to do to the right thing. Now it's up to 75 percent."I wonder if he j-rks-off to a picture of himself.

Obama advisors - "Sir we do... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Obama advisors - "Sir we dont have enough gas to get to our destination"

Obama - "Well we need to go faster"".

Barry and Company don't nee... (Below threshold)

Barry and Company don't need a Plan B. Shit, they never had a Plan A. They've been freaking winging it since day one.

There is no plan B when pla... (Below threshold)
dom youngross:

There is no plan B when plan A is GRAB.

GRAB is all inclusive and singular in it's focus.

Stop calling Obama a liberal, radical, and/or a socialist and get to the point -- just call him GRAB.

Watching Obama for almost a year now reminds me of a TV game show from way back when -- pre barcode days with mechanical ca-chung registers. Competing couples would only have five minutes or so to frantically wheel a shopping cart through a grocery store and load it up with items. The winning couple was the one with the highest checkout tally. Those game show contestants didn''t waltz through the supermarket like real people in the real world with shopping lists made in advance, or carefully pick out items because they would make for good meals and snacks, or choose less-expensive versions of something because of budget constraints, or alter the shopping list to take advantage of items on sale. Those who GRABBED the most won.

That's Obama -- President GRAB. And a key tenet of GRAB is to always keep GRABBING, relentlessly, because not every GRAB is sucessful. If a GRAB in one direction doesn't yield much, hurry up and GRAB for something else -- before someone else beats you to the GRAB.

From the outside looking in, four years may seem like a long time to always be GRABBING, but when GRABBING has been your whole professional life to date, you can't GRAB fast or often enough. And now Obama has only three years left for GRABBING.

I certainly believe Obama i... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

I certainly believe Obama is a radical at heart. His entire upbringing tells it: child of two radical college professors, raised by his far-left grandparents, "mentored" by Maoist Frank Marshall Davis, sponsored by radicals William Ayers and Bernadette Dohrn, pastored by radical black liberation theologist Jeremiah Wright, he could hardly be anything else.

But if his ideology were his fervent passion, things might be even worse, believe it or not. We are spared the full unleashing of the dogs of the left only by Barry's overpowering narcissism. He has to spend so much time each day admiring himself and being admired by his fawning minions that there remains only limited time in which to pursue the radical agenda or anything else remotely related to the commonly understood duties of the President.

The longstanding custom has been for Presidents to offer proposals to the Congress, which might then amend them as befitting before passing them into law. Obama hasn't done that. He let the Congress write his stimulus bill, he let the Congress write his health care bill, and he is letting the Congress mull over a second stimulus (but it will be called a "jobs creation and everybody be happy" bill to avoid the bitter aftertaste of tainted words like "stimulus."

Our bigger problem is there is no one he can pass foreign policy off to (Hillary? now I know you're joking!). So he just waffles along, bowing and scraping his way around the world, not accomplishing anything, but having some very cool sightseeing tours, exotic meals, and memorable vacation days with lots of photo ops.

Pray for our country.

"So what did you expect? I'... (Below threshold)

"So what did you expect? I'm a scorpion..."

Geraghty makes the same fal... (Below threshold)

Geraghty makes the same false assumption so many other blind "nice" folks have incorrectly put forward--that Hussein is "failing" in his efforts to improve things. WRONG!! Hussein is DELIBERATELY working to destroy the US economy and financial markets while creating as many thoroughly dependent slaves as inhumanly possible. The dangerous and disgraceful fact of Husseins treason and efforts to create a Marxist dictatorship MUST be accepted before real analysis and reporting can take place.

Obama came into office to r... (Below threshold)
Mike in Oregon:

Obama came into office to radically transform the country. He is not failing, he is accomplishing his mission. And 50% of the people in this country think he's doing a good job. Sorry to say it, but someone out there is writing "The Rise and Fall of the United States of America" and in the year 2009 we are well into the "fall".






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