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Does Obama Have a Pathological Need to Attack Republicans?

With the appointment of Carte Goodwin to the seat of the late Robert Byrd, Senate Democrats are set to break the Republican filibuster against Democratic attempts to extend unemployment benefits without adhering to President Obama’s campaign pledge to “pay for his new spending plans with even bigger spending cuts.

That imminent appointment didn’t stop the president yesterday from attacking Republicans:

Obama launched a fresh salvo Monday, demanding the Senate act on the legislation — after a vote already had been scheduled — and criticizing Republicans for the holdup.

“The same people who didn’t have any problem spending hundreds of billions of dollars on tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans are now saying we shouldn’t offer relief to middle-class Americans,” Obama said.

Republicans say they do favor the benefits but insist they be paid for with spending cuts elsewhere in the government’s $3.7 trillion budget. After initially feeling heat this winter when a lone GOP senator, Jim Bunning of Kentucky, briefly blocked a benefits extension in February, the GOP has grown increasingly comfortable opposing the legislation.

So ready is this post-partisan politician to attack Republicans that he misrepresents their record.  They’re not saying the government shouldn’t provide relief, only that that relief should be paid for with spending cuts — almost exactly what he said in his campaign infomercial at the close of the 2008 presidential contest.

In short, the Republican filibuster is an attempt to hold the Democrat to his campaign promises.

Amazing that he has resorted to misrepresenting the Republican position in order to attack.  Wonder why that is.

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  1. Obama is a one-trick pony (or his speech writer is).
    He has the Straw Man Fallacy and that is all.
    What does he do over and over?
    He makes up an absurd position and claims it belongs to his opponent.
    Then he knocks it down.

    Gee, that was hard!…….NOT!

    The Republican position is NOT that they oppose extending unemployment.
    It is that the extension be PAID FOR.

    Obama wants us all to forget how he wanted “Pay-Go,” some months ago.
    But he did get it.

    Now he should live with it.

    Comment by Nan G — July 20, 2010 @ 2:25 pm - July 20, 2010

  2. The headline could have been:

    Does Obama have a pathological need to attack bankers?
    Does Obama have a pathological need to attack BP?
    Does Obama have a pathological need to attack Arizona?
    Does Obama have a pathological need to attack business?
    Does Obama have a pathological need to attack Fox News (and, by extention, it’s viewers)?
    Does Obama have a pathological need to attack health insurers?
    Does Obama have a pathological need to attack the wealthy?

    Basically, the most divisive president in my lifetime has a pathological need to attack his constituents, and yet he still polls nearly 45% approval. You figure it out.

    Comment by Scott — July 20, 2010 @ 2:25 pm - July 20, 2010

  3. Strip away the context in most of his speeches, President Obama basically says the same thing; Republicans are the easy villain when he’s not dumping on private businesses & profits. Yet he always comes back to the Republicans. Heck, he still bashes Republicans when Obama has super-majorities in the House & Senate! The man is incorrigible, immature, & shallow.

    Is this pathological? He is a narcissist. Obama ignores reality when it does not fit his worldview. See the Gulf Oil Disaster for the example. He tried to turn it around, yet he sputters every time since he missed the point of the spill: It’s not to promote Crap & Tax, but Obama must prove his leadership in this real crisis. He failed because he saw it as public relations & political terms rather than physically stopping the spill by cutting through the Big Government red tape. The Gulf Oil Disaster proves Obama’s incompetence on a physical scale with oil still in the Gulf of Mexico. But Obama would rather ignore the problem since it has made him the fool.

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — July 20, 2010 @ 3:25 pm - July 20, 2010

  4. Just how unreasonable can Republicans get? Obama is sitting on the bulk of the stimulus and TARP funds to use as walking around money for the 2012 campaign. The Republicans want him to spend that money for extending unemployment benefits rather than float new borrowing and further bloating the deficit.

    Obviously, walking around money in 2012 will stimulate the economy, while extending unemployment welfare is just the same old, same old government everyday business as usual dole.

    Can’t Republicans add? Do they always have to subtract? How in the world do you think you can cut the deficit by cutting spending and using that money for other things? The only way you can cut the deficit is by increasing welfare. Any fool knows that.

    Comment by heliotrope — July 20, 2010 @ 3:35 pm - July 20, 2010

  5. What’s Ann Coulter’s comment about parties? There’s the evil party and the stupid party. The stupid party makes it easy for the evil party to exist.

    Comment by Delusional Bill — July 20, 2010 @ 4:10 pm - July 20, 2010

  6. Just how unreasonable can Republicans get? Obama is sitting on the bulk of the stimulus and TARP funds to use as walking around money for the 2012 campaign. The Republicans want him to spend that money for extending unemployment benefits rather than float new borrowing and further bloating the deficit.

    Obviously, walking around money in 2012 will stimulate the economy, while extending unemployment welfare is just the same old, same old government everyday business as usual dole.

    I don’t doubt that what you’re saying about Obama’s 2012 strategy is true, but how is it that you can’t recognize that Republicans are implementing their own 2012 strategy as well? I’m not sure what current members of Congress could have done to inspire such confidence since almost all of them were in their positions contributing to the deficit when Bush was in office. Why don’t we wait and see if they demonstrate that they’ve learned their lessons before we start pretending they’re these virtuous patriots that sincerely want to do something about the deficit, hmmm?

    The Republican strategy for 2012, by the way, involves opposing each and every Obama policy to deny him any victories or accomplishments to run on and to do what they can to make sure the economy stays in as bad a shape as possible. If the overriding Republican goal is to restore the Republican Party to power (instead of, say, improving the country), then they want the economy to continue to suffer. The last thing Republicans want to see is any economic improvement under Obama. Republicans can deny Obama success by doing things like opposing unemployment extensions does. Their bogus alternative of affording the extensions by cutting spending elsewhere would be even better – plus, it sounds good to those of you who have such irrational obsessions with the deficit. Cutting a government program or research grant or any other kind of spending would invariably lead to people losing their jobs. Congratulations, you can now afford to extend unemployment benefits because a bunch of people got fired ! Then, to cover the newly unemployed, you can cut some more spending, which will lead to even more unemployed, and so on and son.

    Also, I’m sure I’ve seen this exact same whiny title elsewhere on this blog. Once again, Republicans want to reserve the right to make as many ridiculous attacks as possible (He’s bowing to the Asians! The pirates can smell his fear!) and also expect to never have anyone say anything about them. That’s how it goes when you’ve got nothing to stand on beside desperate political intimidation.

    Comment by Levi — July 20, 2010 @ 4:28 pm - July 20, 2010

  7. [Republicans are] not saying the government shouldn’t provide relief

    I am. (But then, I’m an Independent.)

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — July 20, 2010 @ 4:30 pm - July 20, 2010

  8. Levi, please address the point of the post–why Obama feels its necessary to level dishonest attacks against Republicans. If I’m wrong about the substance of the president’s remarks, please provide evidence to support your claim. Thanks.

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — July 20, 2010 @ 5:28 pm - July 20, 2010

  9. I’m not sure what current members of Congress could have done to inspire such confidence since almost all of them were in their positions contributing to the deficit when Bush was in office.

    Sorry, bald faced lie. Yes, Republicans had run up the defecit early on to pay for two wars, establishing the dept of homeland security, the gawd awful prescription drug program, response to hurricane katrina, etc, BUT that was temporary, and according to no less than the GAO their budgets were bringing DOWN the deficit and were on track to ELIMINATE the deficit by 2010, putting us once again in surplus, as only the Republican congress has done before in the past 4 decades.

    that is until Democrats won control of Congress in 2006 over “maccaca” and Mark Foley and IMMEDIATELY tripled the budget, but held onto it so Bush could not veto it, and instead held it over to 2009 so Obama could approve it,

    then they QUADRUPLED that all-time record-breaking deficit with their second budget. Now they refuse to even WRITE a budget because they dont want to be held accountable for the orgy of corruption and greed that has defined their governance.

    Comment by American Elephant — July 20, 2010 @ 5:33 pm - July 20, 2010

  10. Levi, please address the point of the post–why Obama feels its necessary to level dishonest attacks against Republicans. If I’m wrong about the substance of the president’s remarks, please provide evidence to support your claim. Thanks.

    You do realize you’re talking to wall, don’t you?

    You’d do better trying to get a audience with the Pope, Daniel.

    Comment by Eric in Chicago — July 20, 2010 @ 6:29 pm - July 20, 2010

  11. I think we need to face it – Obama is a mean sonofabitch. Virtually everything that comes out of this administration is harmful to this country, its citizens, and its future.

    I’m trying to remember a time when the White House denied disaster assistance to a state… can’t recall one until now:

    Oklahomans affected by last month’s record floods will not receive help from the federal government… The White House gave no reason for denying the disaster aid request.

    http://www.koco.com/news/24132323/detail.html

    Comment by SoCalRobert — July 20, 2010 @ 7:08 pm - July 20, 2010

  12. Eric, good advice. :-)

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — July 20, 2010 @ 7:12 pm - July 20, 2010

  13. Levi, please address the point of the post–why Obama feels its necessary to level dishonest attacks against Republicans. If I’m wrong about the substance of the president’s remarks, please provide evidence to support your claim. Thanks.

    Hey, it feels like it’s been awhile. You know how I love these posts where you dismiss my entire response with some form of you-didn’t-read-the-post!

    Here’s the thing; I don’t think Obama is leveling a dishonest attack. I think any characterization of Republicans as obstructionists more interested in furthering their political chances at the expense of the public good is a correct one. If anything, Obama needs to be pressing this point further. Additionally, I think your hyper-sensitivity to this rather pedestrian type of political rhetoric is a defense mechanism you employ to cover for your sides’ complete and utter lack of credibility and integrity.

    This is me addressing your points – I fully expect you to flatly assert that I’m not, care to prove me wrong there?

    Comment by Levi — July 20, 2010 @ 7:48 pm - July 20, 2010

  14. Um, Levi, you come to the blog and comment on my post, but your own words notwithstanding, you have not addressed my point. I pointed out that Obama misrepresented the Republican position on extending unemployment benefits.

    Fine, you don’t think Obama is not leveling a dishonest attack, so please provide evidence to back up your case–and so take issue with what I wrote above. Instead of attacking Republicans as you and the president so readily do, please defend his policies. And when you do that, I’ll consider addressing your point.

    How rich it is that you fault me for dismissing your point when you don’t even bother to address mine when you’re the one who came to my blog, not the other way around.

    Thanks for the smile, Levi. Your never-ending attempt to change the subject provides a constant source of amusement.

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — July 20, 2010 @ 7:54 pm - July 20, 2010

  15. Republicans as obstructionists more interested in furthering their political chances at the expense of the public good is a correct one.

    How is stimulating unemployment for the “public good”, Karl?

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — July 20, 2010 @ 8:21 pm - July 20, 2010

  16. Republicans can deny Obama success by doing things like opposing unemployment extensions does. Their bogus alternative of affording the extensions by cutting spending elsewhere would be even better – plus, it sounds good to those of you who have such irrational obsessions with the deficit. Cutting a government program or research grant or any other kind of spending would invariably lead to people losing their jobs.

    Not really.

    Because you see, Levi, what Republicans were proposing to use is unspent “stimulus” money. It hasn’t created or saved ANY jobs. It’s not funding anything at this point. It’s just sitting there as a slush fund for Obama to use to purchase votes in 2012, as you agreed — remember?

    I don’t doubt that what you’re saying about Obama’s 2012 strategy is true

    So here’s the Republican point; why should Obama be squirreling away that money for his own re-election in two years when people need assistance now? Why is Obama borrowing money, which you supposedly think is bad, when he has plenty already there to spend?

    What makes you hilariously hypocritical, Levi boy, is that you and yours insist that what is needed is more “stimulus” right now. But then, when confronted with examples of how your Barack Obama isn’t spending the “stimulus” money right now and is instead choosing to leave people unemployed and helpless for two more years, you spin and try to blame Republicans.

    Your Obama has no solutions and doesn’t care about people. You support and endorse his corruption and his thoughtlessness.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — July 20, 2010 @ 8:24 pm - July 20, 2010

  17. This is me addressing your points – I fully expect you to flatly assert that I’m not, care to prove me wrong there?

    Of course, Levi conveniently forgets Captain Kickass’ fervent declaration in support of “Pay-Go,” just like Captain Kickass did.

    These people remind me of petulant, spoiled children, taking advantage of their parents’ trust and failing memories, swearing up and down with feigned sincerity that what they said last week wasn’t what they said at all, having changed their stories to gratify whatever immediate “need” they happen upon.

    These people are becoming more unhinged and delusional with every passing hour.

    Comment by Eric Olsen — July 20, 2010 @ 9:00 pm - July 20, 2010

  18. Cutting a government program or research grant or any other kind of spending would invariably lead to people losing their jobs.

    …which would be good news for the economy, because it’s “jobs” that they should never have been given (i.e., by government force) in the first place. “Jobs” whereby they suck productive people like leeches. “Jobs” that the nation’s real people, having real lives, can no longer afford to provide for the nation’s leeches. Cutting them would set the real, productive economy free to move forward.

    Note: I’m assuming that we are talking about the trillions in government spending/jobs that go well beyond the government’s legitimate functions of police, courts and military.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — July 20, 2010 @ 9:32 pm - July 20, 2010

  19. Levi’s just hoping the volume of his posts will make him seem more intelligent.

    Becasue past history has shown his lack of understanding of the Constitution, History, Science, Theology, Economics

    I should also point out that this can be shown through science.

    1. Define the question “Is Levi an idiot?”
    2. Gather information and resources (observe) “See above for observations.”
    3. Form hypothesis “Levi doesn’t know what he’s talking about.”
    4. Perform experiment and collect data “Review Levi’s posts.”
    5. Analyze data “Outside of Verizon plans, Levi demonstrates a stunning lack of understanding.”
    6. Interpret data and draw conclusions that serve as a starting point for new hypothesis “Levi speaks on many topics he doesn’t understand.”
    7. Publish results “Ta da!”
    Retest (frequently done by other scientists)

    Comment by The_Livewire — July 21, 2010 @ 7:04 am - July 21, 2010

  20. I guess now the question is, between East Angelina being ‘hacked’/leaked and now the Journallist maybe being public, how will the MSM coordinate the Republican smear?

    President Obama can’t win on actual facts, and relies on his perception of people-as-sheep to buy his story.

    Comment by The_Livewire — July 21, 2010 @ 7:06 am - July 21, 2010

  21. Levoid pontificates:

    The Republican strategy for 2012, by the way, involves opposing each and every Obama policy to deny him any victories or accomplishments to run on and to do what they can to make sure the economy stays in as bad a shape as possible.

    Card Check: Oppose.

    Cap and Trade: Oppose

    Liberal loons on Supreme Court: Oppose

    Obamacare: Oppose

    Let Bush tax cuts expire: Oppose

    2,000 page bill to restructure the financial system: Oppose

    Keep the economy in as bad shape as possible: See Card Check, Cap and Trade, Liberal loons on Supreme Court, Obamacare, Let Bush tax cuts expire, 2,000 page bill to restructure the financial system.

    Levoid: the Republicans under Bush did a fine job of being Democrat lite when screwing with the deficit. Now that a real pro has taken the helm in the personages of Pelosi/Obama/Reid/Democrat Congress, we have tripled the speed while aiming at the rocks.

    And look at all the new deficit bloating programs the Messiah and apostles have loaded on. Isn’t it wonderful that the Republicans aren’t demanding even more devastating spending?

    Comment by heliotrope — July 21, 2010 @ 8:57 am - July 21, 2010

  22. #19: The debate is over. Clearly, we have a consensus.

    Comment by Sean A — July 21, 2010 @ 2:24 pm - July 21, 2010

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  24. I ave to say, I truly love the twisted little “file under” headers at the top of these posts.

    I also love the push-poll styling of the question posed in the title. Kinda like South Carolinan 2000 “polls” with fake pollsters calling and asking voters if they would be more or less likely to vote for McCain if they knew he had fathered an illegitimate black child.

    Comment by Kevin — July 22, 2010 @ 10:39 pm - July 22, 2010

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