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Berry retires despite Obama arrogance

Earlier I posted on the retirement plans of Marion Berry (D-AR). In an interview with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (ADG), Berry reveals some outright arrogance by Obama regarding the current political situation in Congress. The ADG is subscription only, so the best source a partial quote at Politico by Glenn Thrush.

Berry recounted meetings with White House officials, reminiscent of some during the Clinton days, where he and others urged them not to force Blue Dogs "off into that swamp" of supporting bills that would be unpopular with voters back home.

"I've been doing that with this White House, and they just don't seem to give it any credibility at all," Berry said. "They just kept telling us how good it was going to be. The president himself, when that was brought up in one group, said, 'Well, the big difference here and in '94 was you've got me.' We're going to see how much difference that makes now." [snip]

"I began to preach last January that we had already seen this movie and we didn't want to see it again because we know how it comes out," said Arkansas' 1st District congressman, who worked in the Clinton administration before being elected to the House in 1996... "I just began to have flashbacks to 1993 and '94. No one that was here in '94, or at the day after the election felt like. It certainly wasn't a good feeling."

Thrush is correct in pointing out it is not clear when Obama made this comment. If he made it after the election of Brown then it shows the height of arrogance. Recent elections in VA, NJ, MA have clearly demonstrated that Obama's coattails have grown mighty short. To scoff at history with the thought that he, personally, is going to make all the difference is just staggering.

The last included quote (above) by Berry is also revealing. Once again, it is as if the current political machine in power believes its own spin. Since 1994, in their mind, the conservative movement has been crushed. Instead of trying to project the idea that the majority of Americans are strongly liberal they actually believe it. With that point of view, they just can't fathom the idea that the pendulum swing of the midterm elections 1994 can repeat itself.

But recent events have shown that the fiscal conservative movement--led by the tea partiers the left can't help but deride with insults--is alive and growing. The election of Scott Brown showed this. To discount it because Obama is the one is ... remarkable.


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'Well, the big difference h... (Below threshold)

'Well, the big difference here and in '94 was you've got me.'

Yeah Barry. You've got the Obamabots locked up. It's the independents (like me) who are going to hang your Democratic asses. You say "I heard you", yet you continue do to everything in your power to piss us off. Keep up the good work Barry. November is going to be soooo sweet!

Arrogance, thy name is me.<... (Below threshold)
Barack Obama:

Arrogance, thy name is me.

Hey, Stevie Green. Tell us... (Below threshold)

Hey, Stevie Green. Tell us again how Barry's going to "save" all those Democratic seats. Probably just like he "saved" all those jobs.

Stevie, even more good news... (Below threshold)

Stevie, even more good news!

CNN poll: 70% glad that Democrats no longer have 60 votes

Film at 11.

"Well, the big difference h... (Below threshold)

"Well, the big difference here and in '94 was you've got me."
That 'The Won' conceivably uttered such an asinine statement is going to make the schadenfreude that much better this November when he gets to greet the new Speaker of the House and Senate leader.

'Well, the big difference h... (Below threshold)
jim m:

'Well, the big difference here and in '94 was you've got me.'

Yeah, in 1994 you actually had a reasonable chance to get reelected as a dem.

It doesn't matter when the quote was made it is the height of arrogance regardless. It only becomes the height of ignorance if it was after the Brown win. The fact that he thinks he can plunge time after time into circumstances and expect that his messianic charisma will save the day is unbelievable.

After Virginia, New Jersey, the Olympics, Copenhagen, and now Massachusetts where in each case he wagered that his cult of personality would be sufficient to tip the scales one would think that he would start to get the idea that we're just not that in to him. But he resolutely refuses to see these as having any reflection upon him. Each failure is solely the responsibility of some other person or agency. To be sure he is not the only reason for these various failures but he played a significant part in all of them. The only one where I believe that his role was truly minor was in Copenhagen, where global warming had already been done in by the ClimateGate scandal.

This attitude is not surprising. It is at one with his response to the Brown victory: "The nation is angry at Bush", we need to push harder to get our agenda through.

Oh where oh where is little... (Below threshold)

Oh where oh where is little stevie green?

The demacrats are in big tr... (Below threshold)

The demacrats are in big trouble ol marion berry is retiring and MASSACHUSTS is now under the GOP i hope it gets worse for the liberals

And the Democrats thought G... (Below threshold)

And the Democrats thought George W Bush had hubris.






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