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But, isn’t that how Obama got elected?

Saturday, at a Democratic fundraiser in Boston, the president said:

People out there are still hurting very badly, and they are still scared. And so part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now, and facts and science and argument does not seem to be winning the day all the time, is because we’re hard-wired not to always think clearly when we’re scared. . . .  And the country is scared, and they have good reason to be.

Um, Mr. President, don’t you remember the polls in 2008 just prior to the market meltdown?  Your opponent John McCain enjoyed a small, but  steady lead in the presidential contest.  And then AIG and Lehman Brothers went belly-up.  We heard warnings of domino effect, of more financial institutions collapsing with repercussions across the economy, leading to another Great Depression.

People panicked.  They were worried about their own financial future and, um, what’s the word, oh, yes, they were scared.  And you, the Democratic standard bearer, took it all in stride, appearing calm, a man who could keep a steady hand on the tiller of state.  The polls shifted in your favor.  Seems a little fear helped rally support for the ostensible outsider, the candidate of the party out of power.

People are a lot less scared now than they were then.  Indeed, Roger Simon says voter “aren’t scared.  They are angry“:

Mad as Hell, in fact.   They are angry at his policies and the way those policies have been rammed down their throats –and they have a right to be.  That’s why citizens — who have never done anything like that before — have organized all over the country and are on the brink of destroying his party at the ballot box.

Roger’s right.  This isn’t about fear, but about anger.  As one candidate put it, “They heard us, and yet they ignored us“.  The governing class just isn’t listening to the governed.



  1. Of course conservatives are mad, as if they were going to react to losing the election any other way? To pretend like Republicans gave Obama and the Democrats a clean slate when he took office is the height of facetiousness.

    Comment by Levi — October 20, 2010 @ 10:29 am - October 20, 2010

  2. Again, Levi misses the point. It’s not ‘Republicans’ Unless Levi is conceeding the majorities of the American people are Republicans.

    Now I know why Levi comments on this blog. So he can be educated, repeatedly.

    Comment by The_Livewire — October 20, 2010 @ 10:38 am - October 20, 2010

  3. Sorry, that should read ‘conservatives’ instead of Republicans.

    I would just let my mistatement slide, but then I’d be as bad as Levi.

    Comment by The_Livewire — October 20, 2010 @ 10:42 am - October 20, 2010

  4. Like any other Democrat, President Obama likes to rewrite history for his political posturing & inherent denial of his Marxist measures; therefore, President Obama is blithely whisteling past the political graveyard as the Obama Democrats & the Democrat Party lay in ruins. The Obama Democrats further embrace of Obama’s poisonous agenda will just totally destroy what is left of the Democrat Party before 2012 if they do not change course.

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — October 20, 2010 @ 11:12 am - October 20, 2010

  5. To pretend like Republicans gave Obama and the Democrats a clean slate when he took office is the height of facetiousness.

    What difference does it make?

    “I won.”

    “The failed policies of the last 8 years.”

    “I am not going to listen to the same old tired rhetoric that got us into this mess.”

    “Bush and his crowd drove the car into the ditch.”

    “I inherited blah, blah, blah, blah ….. ”

    When you have a safe majority in both houses and Congress gleefully turns over its Constitutional powers to Czars and faceless regulators, what is the busted and broken minority party to do? Join in with the raping and pillaging?

    Oh, Mr. Messiah, please let us lick your slate clean. Don’t Michelle’s shoulders match her hips nicely? May we pick up your dog poop for you? Give us a kick, if it please your Obamaness. Thanks for not allowing us to flutter too close to your light and flame.

    One thing is for sure, Reid, Pelosi and Obama have been models of civility and decency. No siree. No back stabbing, no perpetual campaign, no slights or even slights of hand. Just honest working folk busily fundamentally transforming America under the cover of darkness.

    Praise be to Levi: he likes it like that.

    Comment by Heliotrope — October 20, 2010 @ 11:22 am - October 20, 2010

  6. It’s the narcissism of our ruling overlords – be they left-liberals, or such alleged friends of the Right as Tangerine, Murky, etc.

    “Americans cannot survive without my once-in-a-generation talents. When they vote for me, they’re obviously doing the right thing and the explanation is that they’ve decided to be smart and good. When they vote against me, they’re obviously doing the wrong thing and the explanation is that they’ve decided to be dumb and bad, are scared, etc.”

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — October 20, 2010 @ 11:24 am - October 20, 2010

  7. And what was Oblowme doing in Boston, anyway? I thought Bawney Fwank was weady to be we-ewected (oops, sorry, slipped into Baba Wawa-speak), and the governor’s race was a shoo-in.

    Methinks there is something in the Dhimmcirat polling numbers that troubles them about the Bay State.

    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — October 20, 2010 @ 2:38 pm - October 20, 2010

  8. and facts and science and argument does not seem to be winning the day all the time,

    Which, I suppose, NONE of them are using any in their campaign. Nobody’s running on issues, just smearing their opponents whether it be Scott, Miller, O’Donnel, Webster, Angle, Fiorina, Rubio etc. I’ve yet to find a damn one of the liberals campaigning on issues.

    I think we’re seeing 2008 Part II here in Florida. So many “Republicans” appear to be blinded by the fact that Sink is running as the first female governor that they’re gladly chowing down on the Columbia/HCA horse apples she’s shoveling. It’s really pathetic.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — October 20, 2010 @ 3:28 pm - October 20, 2010

  9. LOL, silly patriots.

    Don’t you realize Dan that now you are acting like Dems in 2008?

    The same Dems you condemn every ten minutes on this blog.

    YOU are now the SAVIOR. And your bimbo darling Palin YOUR messiah.

    Sound familiar?

    Like I keep saying, it is groundhog day all over again.

    Comment by JS — October 20, 2010 @ 6:59 pm - October 20, 2010

  10. Just for grins, could somebody please tell me what #9 is talking about? Dan is the Savior and Palin is Dan’s Messiah? So who does the dishes?

    Comment by Heliotrope — October 20, 2010 @ 9:37 pm - October 20, 2010

  11. To pretend like Republicans gave Obama and the Democrats a clean slate when he took office is completely irrelevant since Obama had a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate and a 77 seat majority in the House. The Congress simply had to rubberstamp his agenda, which they largely did. Republican “obstructionism” is BS since the Republicans lacked any ability to obstruct anything.

    Comment by V the K — October 20, 2010 @ 10:47 pm - October 20, 2010

  12. Frankly, I don’t see the comparison. You don’t see Republicans fainting over candidates they don’t know a damn thing about. Nor do Republicans get all excited over identity politics.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — October 21, 2010 @ 2:22 pm - October 21, 2010

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