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The Divisive Rhetoric of the Post-partisan President

Perhaps the greatest evidence of contrast between the noble rhetoric of the Obama campaign and Obama’s record in office is how the Democrat repeatedly blames and/or attacks his Republican rivals while regularly vilifying the standard cast of characters from left-wing demonology.

The editorialists at the Washington Examiner observed that even in the wake of a national disaster, the president continued to play the politics of division:

Meanwhile, as Obama dawdled and oil appeared off Florida’s beaches, the president delivered a strident speech in Pittsburgh with a decidedly Nixonian twist. He should have been summoning political leaders across the spectrum to lay aside partisan concerns for the moment, but instead Obama asserted that Republicans believe that “If you’re a Wall Street bank or an insurance company or an oil company, you pretty much get to play by your own rules, regardless of the consequences for everybody else.” This libelous mischaracterization marks a new low even for a man so highly practiced in the ugly art of political demagoguery.

The art of political demagoguery?  Sounds like an accusation hurled against the president’s predecessor from his critics on the left.  And while that good man certainly had his flaws, he never practiced the rhetoric of blame in which the incumbent regularly engages.

Indeed, despite his scripted silver tongue, Obama possesses many of the qualities held by the George W. Bush of liberal imagination.

When Obama attacked Republicans in that Pittsburgh speech, he, well, was not being very honest, “And despite all their [Republicans’] current moralizing about the need to curb spending, this is the same crowd who took the record $237 billion surplus that President Clinton left them and turned it into a record $1.3 trillion deficit.”  Actually, it wasn’t President Clinton alone who left Republicans with a surplus, but President Clinton working with a Republican Congress.  And it wasn’t a Republican Congress that created the $1.3 trillion dollar deficit, but a Democratic Congress unrestrained by President Bush reluctance to use his veto pen.

Now, we have long been critical of W’s failure to hold the line on federal spending.  But, back when he was president, his Democratic opponents weren’t proposing alternative budgets which would have contained the cost of government.  Nor was that Republican scoring them for preventing him from doing his job.

It would be nice if instead of trying to attack Republicans, the president would instead focus on defending his policies on their merits.



  1. “You pretty much get to play by your own rules…”—this coming from a guy whose administration doesn’t want to play by the rules when it comes to affecting primary elections.

    Comment by chad — June 7, 2010 @ 10:24 am - June 7, 2010

  2. It amazes me that this administration just doesn’t get it; it owns any crisis that occurs on it’s watch. It can weasel and squirm all it likes, and blame it all on Bush-Cheney…but the American people just aren’t buying that anymore.

    – The alarming Federal Deficit numbers.
    – The 10% unemployment rate and the total lack of private-job growth.
    – The now increasing-again flow of illegal immigrants over the southern border.
    – Certainly the bungled and poorly-managed Gulf oil spill.

    And where are the windmill farms, the electric and hybrid vehicles? The billions the Obama regime has wasted propping-up public-sector unions and governmental payroll-waste could have paid for a lot of economically-productive infrastructure and technology development in the private sector. The public sector rarely provides a positive ROI. It’s only the private sector that actually increases wealth…the government just redistributes it, while taking a cut for itself.

    Comment by Ted B. — June 7, 2010 @ 12:16 pm - June 7, 2010

  3. Well I don’t think Obama wants to spend more time than he needs to on the Oil Spill, there are more important things he has to get done.

    He has to pass energy and immigration and sell his unpopular health care reform and all it has to be done by September.

    No time for Oil Spill, it is time for politics.

    Comment by darkeyedresolve — June 7, 2010 @ 12:52 pm - June 7, 2010

  4. #3 There are great details about how Obama has spent his time the past 47 days. And most of it is spent on BS like having athletic teams tour the white house, parties, dinners, traveling etc.
    I love the liberal speel about how this administration has been there since” day one”. What a joke. Only today is Thad Allen bringing in more SKIMMERS. One article says this is far worse response than Katrina, even with the MSM trying to protect Obama.

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — June 7, 2010 @ 2:15 pm - June 7, 2010

  5. IF THIS passes, I will have faith in bi-partisanship again.. KEEP your eyes on this legislation, please.

    Comment by Equal Justice — June 7, 2010 @ 3:14 pm - June 7, 2010

  6. There should also be some mention that the budget increase didn’t really start growing wings until 2006, when the Democrats took over both houses of Congress… and that Senator Barack Obama voted for the ever-increasing budget bills every year that he was seated.

    AND that the 2008 budget bill was held back by Nancy Pelosi, specifically so that now-President Obama could sign it… which he did.

    Comment by Davep. — June 7, 2010 @ 8:11 pm - June 7, 2010

  7. Does anyone else get the feeling there was a bi-partisan agreement somewhere back the in the Bush years…you get all the Iraq war and corporate/bank/wall street deregulation you want and we get all the entitlement programs and special-interst funds we want…! Oooppps….Trillions in debt…now what?

    Who can we trust?

    Comment by American Shepard — June 8, 2010 @ 12:59 am - June 8, 2010

  8. and corporate/bank/wall street deregulation you want

    What deregulation? The only ones I know who opposed any regulation was the liberals.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — June 8, 2010 @ 1:42 am - June 8, 2010

  9. And the WSJ points out that Bush was a biggest regulator in history.

    In short, Il Douche’s claims of “deregulation” is bullshit.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — June 8, 2010 @ 2:02 am - June 8, 2010

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