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Why is Obama still so focused on energizing his base?

On Friday night, I had the good fortune to dine with my friends, Powerline blogger John Hinderaker and his lovely lady Loree.  We had similar theories about the presidential election, optimistic about Republican chances this fall and wondering at the president’s apparent insecurity.  He addressed that insecurity in a blog post yesterday:

If Democrats thought President Obama had a defensible record, they would be talking about the economy, not about contraceptives and hoodies. And if their own surveys showed Democrats running strongly, they would be appealing to independent and centrist voters, not trying to motivate their base with feminist and racial controversies that are unpopular with the general public.

And, I would add, trying to motivate them as well with anti-Republican demagoguery.  Later today, the president will be attacking the Ryan budget which passed the House.  Don’t expect him to provide an alternative to the budget he introduced earlier this year — and which failed to garner a single Democratic vote in the House.

The last time he attacked a Ryan budget, he failed to offer an alternative of his own.  (That was last year when not a single Democrat in the Senate could register his support for their fellow partisan’s blueprint.)  Seems Obama is more interested in galvanizing his base to oppose Republican initiatives than to rally centrists to support his proposals.

In his reelection campaign, all this incumbent has is attacks.  Do hope Republicans ask him to provide an alternative to their plan since his plan garnered zero votes in the House.  Or maybe they could even ask the incumbent why he didn’t lobby his fellow Democrats to support on to that plan.

If the president is so confident of victory this November, why then must he attack his rivals with such intensity instead of touting his own policies?

FROM THE COMMENTS:   ILoveCapitalism find it  “rather weird, that Obama would attack Ryan’s budget as ‘radical’ (Yahoo says he just did) when his own budget cannot garner a single vote from his own party.”



  1. Well, when you are a completely unqualified, inexperienced, race baiting, empty suited Marxist, you need lots of distractions to take the attention off the fact you have no business being president. When you have fiddled while Rome burns, you need to start fires elsewhere. Hopefully, America wakes up. A second term of Obama unfettered will be the end of this country as we know it. The stakes this election are so high. It scares me.

    Comment by runningrn — April 3, 2012 @ 10:01 am - April 3, 2012

  2. First off, Dan, you make the gentleman’s assumption that Obama has any pretensions beyond autocracy.

    Second, you make the gentleman’s assumption that Obama’s followers have any pretensions beyond being the unaccountable princeling-beneficiaries of said autocracy.

    Obama gets the votes he does, not by any particular show of competence or ability, but by feeding and reinforcing what liberals want to hear — that others should pay their bills for them, that they are smarter than anyone else, that anyone who has more than they do stole it from them, that the rules should only apply to others, that minority status outweigh competence, etc. It is nothing more than playing to the childish self-centeredness that dominates the liberal psyche.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — April 3, 2012 @ 10:11 am - April 3, 2012

  3. Obama has nothing to show for his record since it is radioactive shit that won’t be flushed down the toilet. I like the irony of Obama attacking the Judiciary branch about ObamaCare since he’s been running away from it for some time.

    Obama needs to offer concrete reasons for hie second term. He’s not giving any to date.

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — April 3, 2012 @ 10:15 am - April 3, 2012

  4. It is rather weird, that Obama would attack Ryan’s budget as “radical” (Yahoo says he just did) when his own budget cannot garner a single vote from his own party.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — April 3, 2012 @ 12:02 pm - April 3, 2012

  5. Perhaps he feels the need to be on the attack since he has spent the past 4+ years on the yellow brick campaign trail, touting his hope and change to the masses, delivered little (GITMO>>>still open for biz) which has led some of his most ardent supporters (Jeffery Emmelt, Steve Wynn, for example) to perhaps realize there really is no wizard behind the curtain?

    Comment by hellocat — April 3, 2012 @ 5:05 pm - April 3, 2012

  6. Hey, it’s been 20 minutes, time for Dan to make a post where he whines like a tween about all the mean things Obama says about Republicans, and then naively glazes over his eyes and pretends like Republicans have never, ever attacked Obama… (who by the way, might be a secret Muslim, might not have been born in this country, might have palled around with terrorists, might want your Grandma to submit to death panels, might hate capitalism, and who never would have graduated kindergarten without a teleprompter. Hey, have you guys heard any teleprompter jokes lately? What’s this I hear about Obama and a teleprompter? Would any of you care to expound on this subject for years and years, convincing yourselves that it’s a serious criticism that everyone needs to know about?)

    Meanwhile, Obama attacks Paul Ryan’s budget and Dan needs to use the fainting couch. That’s just below the belt! Why would a sitting President attack the budget presented by the opposing party? After all, if you do anything short of agree with Republicans 100% of the time, you’re being a crazy person that attacks unfairly. No, Obama should take the high road and spread fabricated rumors about Paul Ryan. You know, like Republicans do. Maybe he could get the word out that Paul Ryan is a transvestite? Has Paul Ryan ever used a teleprompter in his life? As Republicans, you know these are the important issues. Having a negative opinion about your opponent’s proposed budget and expressing your disagreement has no place in political discourse!

    Comment by Levi — April 4, 2012 @ 1:01 am - April 4, 2012

  7. Aww, isn’t it cute when a racist truther like Levi trots out the accusations from the Hillary Campaign?

    Now hush Levi, the adults are talking.

    Comment by The Livewire — April 4, 2012 @ 7:55 am - April 4, 2012

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