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The 2016 Election in Three Memes

Last Tuesday, Obama gave his “farewell” address, which prompted all sorts of ridiculous, weepy posts from Obama supporters about how “classy” he was and how much they would miss him, and how his administration was “scandal-free.” Needless to say, these folks will remain clueless as to why Trump won in November as long as they put Obama on a pedestal. Most of us don’t remember the last eight years with any fondness at all. Instead, we remember a thin-skinned, spiteful, petty man who always had his mind set on one thing, and that was advancing his own power and his party’s grip on power.

Back in October 2013, I wrote a post where I called Obama’s administration the Dawn Davenport Presidency, and it has remained as true in the intervening years as it was then. At the time, I used the website meme creator to create a meme which I considered using to illustrate that post, but I didn’t post it at the time. Now that there are only five days remaining in Obama’s second term, I am bringing it back, because it provides one explanation for what happened with the voters in 2016.

Of course, this election was also about Hillary Clinton.

In the past week, there has been a lot of buzz about Meryl Streep’s harangue at the Golden Globe Awards. Over the summer, though, Streep also attracted attention for two things, her film about Florence Foster Jenkins, and her deranged appearance during her speech at the Democrat National Convention in August. The Jenkins film was what interested me, though, because it seemed to offer a perfect metaphor for Clinton’s political career. Florence Foster Jenkins was famous for having a tin ear and little talent in her chosen field. She benefited largely from her husband’s connections.

Last February at ZeroHedge, I saw a great post outlining Hillary Clinton’s Six Foreign Policy Catastrophes where a commenter named Elliott Eldrich memorably declared: “Hillary’s greatest ability is her uncanny talent for producing the most wretched results imaginable, and then loudly claiming how amazing her accomplishments are. I believe it’s because she somehow manages to convince herself of this first, which makes selling it to others all the easier. She’s the Florence Foster Jenkins of statecraft.”

The Vulgar Spectacle of the SOTU

Posted by V the K at 6:27 am - January 11, 2016.
Filed under: Obamania

Kevin Williamson is absolutely correct. The State of the Union (STFU) is a sordid spectacle of self-congratulation and excess more appropriate to an Imperial Autocracy than a Constitutional Republic.

The annual State of the Union pageant is a hideous, dispiriting, ugly, monotonous, un-American, un-republican, anti-democratic, dreary, backward, monarchical, retch-inducing, depressing, shameful, crypto-imperial display of official self-aggrandizement and piteous toadying, a black Mass during which every unholy order of teacup totalitarian and cringing courtier gathers under the towering dome of a faux-Roman temple to listen to a speech with no content given by a man with no content, to rise and to be seated as is called for by the order of worship — it is a wonder they have not started genuflecting — with one wretched representative of their number squirreled away in some well-upholstered Washington hidey-hole in order to preserve the illusion that those gathered constitute a special class of humanity without whom we could not live. It’s the most nauseating display in American public life — and I write that as someone who has just returned from a pornographers’ convention. It’s worse than the Oscars.

Ted Cruz has the right idea, he’s skipping it. (But Marco Rubio, who blew off the budget vote, will be in attendance, applauding with everyone else.)

Outside the Court of Versailles, the Preezy is not loved or adored. His little staged anti-gun propaganda show lost in the ratings to reruns of ‘Family Guy’ and ‘American Dad’.

The STFU is just another occasion for the Democrat Media Complex to treat President Boyfriend the way Eddie Murphy’s Bath Maidens treated his prince character in ‘Coming to America.’


But It’s Not a Cult

Posted by V the K at 11:44 pm - October 19, 2014.
Filed under: Obamania

Believe it or not, the following was not written by Chris Matthews, Andrew Sullivan, or Gwyneth Paltrow.

[A]s I began to contemplate ways to assist Barack in his 2012 re-election bid something miraculous happened. I felt God’s (His) Spirit beckoning me in my dreams at night. Listening, cautiously, I learned that Jesus walked the earth to create a more civilized society, Martin (Luther King) walked the earth to create a more justified society, but, Apostle Barack, the name he was called in my dreams, would walk the earth to create a more equalized society, for the middle class and working poor. Apostle Barack, the next young leader with a new cause, had been taken to the mountaintop and allowed to see over the other side. He had the answers to unlock the kingdom of “heaven here on earth” for his followers. The answers were repeated – over and over – in speeches Barack had made from his presidential announcement to his inaugural address. Those speeches or his teaching.s  contained the answers to the middle class and working poor people living in a “heaven here on earth.” For when the answers were unlocked and enacted, Apostle Barack’s vision of America would be realized.

This was actually written by one Barbara Thompson, a professor at Florida A&M University, in a book titled The Gospel According to Apostle Barack: In Search of a More Perfect Political Union as “Heaven Here on Earth.”

But it’s not too different than things Chris Matthews or Andrew Sullivan have said.

“I sat down and watched our president tell me that I am his equal, that I’m no longer outside, I’m fully part of this family and to hear the president who is in some ways a father figure speak to that, the tears came down like with many people in our families, to be included.” – Andrew Sullivan

“He’s never not only broken any law, he’s never done anything wrong? He’s the perfect father, the perfect husband, the perfect American.” – Chris Matthews


Will Obama’s Adoring Cult Ever Admit They Were Wrong?

Posted by V the K at 7:33 pm - September 3, 2014.
Filed under: Obama Arrogance,Obamania

As ISIS runs amok in Iraq and Syria decapitating Americans and committing genocide, as Libya falls to Islamists, as American, British, and German citizens rush to join up with ISIS and prepare to bring home their savage ways, as Boko Haram slaughters entire African villages, the President of the United States dithers in denial.

You have to wonder if reality has yet caught up with any of Obama’s slavering fan-boys yet.

Hot Air reminds us how, in 2008, gay Trig-Palin Conspiracy Theorist Andrew Sullivan proclaimed that Obama’s face was going to make Muslims like America, and his magical genius would transform the political dynamic in the Middle East, create lasting peace, and raise America’s internal prestige to unprecedented levels of awesome.

What does he offer? First and foremost: his face. Think of it as the most effective potential re-branding of the United States since Reagan. Such a re-branding is not trivial—it’s central to an effective war strategy. The war on Islamist terror, after all, is two-pronged: a function of both hard power and soft power. We have seen the potential of hard power in removing the Taliban and Saddam Hussein. We have also seen its inherent weaknesses in Iraq, and its profound limitations in winning a long war against radical Islam. The next president has to create a sophisticated and supple blend of soft and hard power to isolate the enemy, to fight where necessary, but also to create an ideological template that works to the West’s advantage over the long haul. There is simply no other candidate with the potential of Obama to do this. Which is where his face comes in.

Consider this hypothetical. It’s November 2008. A young Pakistani Muslim is watching television and sees that this man—Barack Hussein Obama—is the new face of America. In one simple image, America’s soft power has been ratcheted up not a notch, but a logarithm. A brown-skinned man whose father was an African, who grew up in Indonesia and Hawaii, who attended a majority-Muslim school as a boy, is now the alleged enemy. If you wanted the crudest but most effective weapon against the demonization of America that fuels Islamist ideology, Obama’s face gets close. It proves them wrong about what America is in ways no words can.

I wonder if this seems as idiotic to Andrew Sullivan now as it did to everyone with an IQ above room temperature in 2008.

Illinois Democrats Want to Spend $100M on Temple to Obama

Posted by V the K at 6:35 pm - April 18, 2014.
Filed under: Obamania

Every previous Presidential Library has been built with private funding. But, of course, the Unprecedented Mr. Obama is special, and Illinois Democrats have introduced a bill to put Illinois taxpayers on the hook for funding his.

Little-noticed out there in Springfield, the Democrat House Speaker John Madigan is pushing a bill now before his Democrat chamber to put up $100 million as good-faith money in the less-than sizzling competition to host the Barack Hussein ObamaCare Presidential Library and Clinic.

“It’s clearly a good investment for the future,” said Madigan after his obedient House Executive Committee unanimously endorsed the idea.

Personally, I find all these Presidential Libraries and Centers to be grotesque and imperial, not to mention offensive to the notion of Constitutional governance. I just don’t have the sociopathic narcissism in my psychological make-up to want or need the level of adulation presidents apparently need.

Did I mention that the state of Illinois is more or less fiscally bankrupt (like all of the other big blue states?) Even if they had $100M to spend, there are surely better ways to spend it than Building a Taj Mahal for the Lightbringer.

This Is What Desperation Looks Like

Ezra Klein — who is at least a Level Six Operating Thetan in the Cult of Obamatology — desperately spins the hopeless disaster of Kathleen Sebelius Reign as Commissar of the Department of Hell and Inhuman Servitude.

Obamacare has won. And that’s why Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius can resign.

Sebelius is such a colossal FAIL she couldn’t even make it through her own resignation speech without a glitch, but Ezra Klein and the rest of the glassy-eyed cultists refuse to see the failure.

Ezra Klein and the rest of them were so convinced that Obama really was the Lightbringer, the Socialist Ronald Reagan who was so brilliant, and so deft that Big Government would finally work. Socialism would finally work because finally “the right people” were in charge of it.  But it hasn’t. Massive Government in the economy has brought nothing but stagnation, cronyism, and death. The Obama Foreign Policy is a complete shambles. Michelle Obama’s school lunch program has resulted in school lunches even more vile and unpalatable than they were before. And Obamacare has turned out to be nothing but another bloated, inefficient Government program noted for spending tons of money and making lives worse for its victims.

But the True Believers can’t bring themselves to admit this. Admitting that Obama’s Policies have failed means admitting that Progressive Socialism has failed. Worse, it would mean admitting that Obama’s critics (blasphemers!) were right all along. And that is too devastating a blow for the leftist ego to contemplate. (Caribou Barbie was right and the Clean Articulate Unprecdented Black Man from Harvard was wrong? Inconceivable!)

The Progressive Mind cannot process the possibility that their Religion (Progressive Socialism) and their Prophet (Barack Obama) have failed. They must convince themselves that the prophecy must have been… misread, somehow. The flaw cannot be in Progressive Socialism, but in the failure of the people to live up to its tenets.

Update: I found this quote in an Ed Driscoll post about David Letterman:

“The laments of the small-town leftists get voiced with such intemperance and desperation. As if those who voice them are fighting off the nagging thought: If the Republicans aren’t particularly evil, then maybe I’m not particularly special.”

Down to business

Posted by V the K at 9:52 am - March 19, 2014.
Filed under: Obama Watch,Obamania

All eyes are on Washington as the President resumes the Very Important Business of filling out his NCAA brackets. Cuffy has a sugestion for his Final Four.

Update… via Twitchy


A sign of the times?

The sexy up-and-coming political movement, “the wave of the future”, is (almost by definition) the one where the young, hot women are. I don’t know where they are now, except Obama ain’t it. As just one illustration, here’s Carey Wedler, a former Obama groupie burning her 2008 campaign T-shirt.

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Her list of specific disappointments with Obama is pretty left-wing, but she has some pro-liberty ones in there too, and she comes to a libertarian-anarchist conclusion: “The institution of government is the problem.”

UPDATE: More signs?

Surprisingly, It Was Not Mr. Chris Matthews Who Said This

Posted by V the K at 2:04 pm - January 29, 2014.
Filed under: Obamania

“I think I’ve said before that I think a speech by Barack Obama is a lot like sex, the worst there ever was is still excellent,” (Political Consutant Alex Castellanos) said Tuesday during CNN’s coverage immediately following the president’s speech.

Perhaps, Mr. Castellanos was referring to some other kind of sex. Can sex be tedious, vapid and stuttering?

The extraodinary part of this is that Mr. Castellanos is not a Democrat, but was employed as a consultant to the campaigns of Mr. Bob Dole, Mr. George W. Bush, Mr. Jeb Bush and Mr. Mitt Romney… which may explain a great deal.

Update: NBC News is not going to let a hack consultant prevail against them in a contest of over-the-top praise for His Eminence, Mr. President Obama. NBC’s Political Director: When You Think About It, The Story of the Veteran Soldier Who Did Ten Tours of Duty and Was Badly Injured Defending This Nation and Who Now Spends Every Day in Painful Physical Rehabilitation Is Kind of Obama’s Story, Isn’t it?

Another Great Reason to Eat at Jimmy Johns

Posted by V the K at 9:48 pm - January 23, 2014.
Filed under: Obamania,Post 9-11 America

Subway restaurants — a chain notorious for treating their employees and franchisees shabbily — has signed on to become part of the Obama Propaganda machine. (Hat Tip: Sooper Mexican)

Michelle Obama has a new partner in her campaign to get kids to eat more fruits and vegetables.

The Subway sandwich chain will spend $41 million over three years to encourage them to eat more food that doesn’t come from a box, the first lady announced Thursday at one of the Connecticut-based company’s restaurants just north of the White House.

Note the gush at the start of this Reuters version story.

Michelle Obama and her beautiful biceps captured the attention of the fashion industry easily, but for the First Lady to get the franchise industry to warm up to the White House is a surprising hat trick.



The Dawn Davenport Presidency

By way of Michelle Malkin’s excellent website Twitchy, I’ve learned of two great hashtag nicknames for Obama and his administration in the past few days: #PresidentStompyFoot and #SpiteHouse.  As appropriate and amusing as those are, in thinking about his behavior, I’ve come up with another one lately which I like to imagine is just as good: President Cha-Cha Heels.

The reference, for those who don’t recognize it, is to Dawn Davenport, the spoiled teenager in John Waters’ 1974 film Female Trouble.  Although the film is one of Waters’ earlier efforts and is therefore full of the sort of rude, crude, and just plain gross humor and incidents which assured it an NC-17 rating, in some respects it is a useful parable about the evils of modern liberalism.

Here’s a brief synopsis: Dawn Davenport wants nothing more than a pair of “cha-cha heels” for Christmas, but when her parents refuse to get her any on the grounds that “nice girls don’t wear cha-cha heels,” she throws her mother into the Christmas tree, runs away from home, gets pregnant, and eventually becomes a criminal before being discovered by Donald and Donna Dasher, a couple who loves to photograph women committing crimes.  They make her famous, and she becomes even more notorious as a result.  The Dashers are the sort of liberals who embrace transgression as art and dysfunction as beauty, until Dawn goes berserk and then they try to pretend that they had nothing to do with it.

So what does this have to do with Obama?  Well, our petulant President seems rather like Dawn Davenport throwing a tantrum because he didn’t get any cha-cha heels to wear with his Mom jeans.

As Thomas Sowell wrote in an excellent article that appeared last Friday: “You cannot blame other people for not giving you everything you want. And it is a fraud to blame them when you refuse to use the money they did vote, even when it is ample to pay for everything else in the government.”

In any case, Obama doesn’t care.  He didn’t get his cha-cha heels, and so he’s determined to “walk all over you,” in the words of this catchy tune inspired by the story of Dawn Davenport and performed by Eartha Kitt and Bronski Beat:

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Unfortunately, like the Dashers, his enablers in the press and the liberals who voted for him are rallying around him as though there’s nothing offensive, disturbing, or troubling about his dishonest and spiteful behavior.


Inside the looking glass

Posted by Jeff (ILoveCapitalism) at 9:36 am - August 22, 2013.
Filed under: Obamania,Unhinged Liberals

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a worshipper in a personality cult? Sane people (not in the cult) must seem to you like they’re disrespectful, even hateful.

Chris Matthews is here to show us the way. The guy who says he feels “a thrill going up my leg” when President Obama speaks has, in his inimitable duck-speaking manner, recently said:

There’s a very interesting, compelling, continuing effort to de-legitimize this President… People on the right say he’s a disaster…which he’s clearly not…They refer to the health care Act of 2010 as “a bill”. They refer to him as “Obama”. They don’t say “the President”, they don’t say “a law”…

Get it? If you refer to Obama by his name (Obama), you must be intentionally dissing him.

All I can say is: When blogging, I usually try to say “President Obama” the first time in any given post; then “Obama” after that, for brevity and on the assumption that my readers just might know who is President.

Also, I have yet to write a post whining about lefties who refer to Bush as “Bush”, Reagan as “Reagan”, Palin as “Palin”, Christie as “Christie”, Ludwig von Mises as “Mises”, Ayn Rand as “Rand”, etc. Goodness, what an oversight; maybe I should get on it?

And still some (journalists) swoon at the mere mention of his name

Andrea Mitchell: ‘More Than Any of Its Predecessors,’ Obama Administration Has Targeted Journalists

H/t Mary Katharine Ham

Filtered History vs. the Political Wheel of Fortune

Henry David Thoreau once wrote: “There are nowadays professors of philosophy, but not philosophers.”  I thought of that recently in seeing some of the media pushback against the publicity generated by the opening of the George W. Bush Presidential Library in Texas this week.  Thoreau’s quote is as true as ever about the state of contemporary philosophy, but it is also true about the state of historical inquiry:  these days we have professors of history more than historians.

The professoriate is a class with its own interests and its own agenda, an agenda that largely overlaps with that pursued by the majority of our lamestream media.  That agenda does not include the practice of history in the abstract, insofar as that involves presenting the evidence, weighing the options, employing reason, and drawing conclusions.  To most professors of history and folks in the media these days, history is only useful insofar as it serves their left-wing agenda.  Hence their resistance to the displays in the Bush library.

Consider this article from Yahoo! News:

DALLAS—As former President George W. Bush prepares to officially open his presidential library on Thursday, a question arises as it has for his predecessors: How objective will it be about his time in the White House?
Bush left office five years ago as one of the most unpopular presidents in history, his poll numbers weighed down by public discontent over his handling of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and worries about the economy.
But the former president wanted to take the controversies about his presidency head-on, say several former aides who worked closely with him on the library. One way of addressing the challenge is an interactive exhibit allowing visitors to see what it was like for him to make decisions as leader of the free world. People will hear information Bush was given by aides, then be asked to make their own choices. Afterward, the former president’s image will appear on a screen to explain what decision he ultimately made and why.
“He really wants people to go in there and get a sense of what it was like to be president during that time and to use that to make an informed decision about his presidency,” said Karen Hughes, a longtime Bush adviser.

In some respects,  the article strives to be slightly more balanced than I’m giving it credit for being, since it does point out controversies over the presentation of material in both the Clinton library and the LBJ library, as well, but I think it is materially different, too, in that Bush is trying to present the information that influenced his decisions and both the media and some so-called historians are crying foul over the fact that he is doing so.

One reason they don’t want Bush to tell his version of the story is that as the nightmare that is the Obama administration continues to develop, Bush is regaining popularity.  While I don’t often share Dan’s enthusiasm for Peggy Noonan’s writings, I was intrigued to see her recognizing the depth of the differences between the two men in her column this week where she wrote:

But to the point. Mr. Obama was elected because he wasn’t Bush.

Mr. Bush is popular now because he’s not Obama.

The wheel turns, doesn’t it?

Here’s a hunch: The day of the opening of the Bush library was the day Obama fatigue became apparent as a fact of America’s political life.

And she isn’t the only one.  Writing for Politico this week, Keith Koffler complained  about “Obama’s hubris problem,” prompting Neo-Neocon to ask the question that is on many of our minds: “And he thinks it’s only a second-term phenomenon? Where has he been, on planet Xenon?”

It seems like the media is unhappy this week because Bush is getting a fresh chance to tell his story independent of their filter, whereas the public is increasingly growing tired of the combination of arrogance, divisiveness, imperiousness, incompetence, and the need to politicize everything for which President Obama is increasingly known.

Perhaps, to modify Noonan a bit, the opening of the Bush library was uncomfortable for many of his admirers because, in seeing all five living presidents together again, the public got a chance to see them and to size them up, and as Joseph Curl wrote in the Washington Times W. easily outclassed Obama.



Name that Obama-era affliction

In a previous post, I wrote about Obamacare Schadenfreude, that feeling of amusement when some ardent supporters of Obamacare realize that that monstrous piece of legislation will have negative consequences for them or for causes about which they claim to care.  I was reminded of that post again yesterday when I heard that one of the authors of Obamacare, Max Baucus (D-Montana), complained that the implementation of Obamacare was going to be a “huge train-wreck coming down.”

Likewise, a little over a week ago, Jay Rockefeller (D-West Virginia) complained about the incomprehensible complexity of the law:  “‘I believe that the Affordable Care Act is probably the most complex piece of legislation ever passed by the United States Congress,’ he said, as quoted in the Washington Examiner. ‘Tax reform obviously has been huge, too, but up to this point it is just beyond comprehension.'”  My response to both Senators is simply to respond:  well, isn’t that just too bad.

Today, though, I’d rather write about another Obama-era affliction which I’ve been suffering with since late January 2009.    It is something akin to depression, and it is brought on or exacerbated by the daily outrages resulting from this administration’s policies.

Sometimes it boils up to anger which gives me more energy, but at other times I feel listless and unmotivated or even hopeless.  At times, I get by just focusing on the routines and necessary activities of my daily life, but sometimes even those feel like a burden.  Writing about the issues can be therapeutic, though there are many times when I’d rather not think about them at all.

So what to call this condition?  “Obamalaise” came to mind, but I think others have used that to describe the lingering weakness in our economy.

I also thought of “Obama Weltschmerz.”  That conveys the angst and depression, and I like the fact that, like Obamacare Schadenfreude, it uses a German word.  As I see it, the use of a German word helps to communicate my sense that Obama’s America feels like it’s headed towards the sort of economic collapse which characterized Weimar Germany.

Maybe that’s too dark.  “Obamanomie” communicates a sense of impending social instability and alienation.  That might get at the matter a little better, though it’s perhaps even more depressing to think about.

In any case, I know I’m not the only one suffering with this condition.  I suspect many of our readers are, too.  What would you call it?

This is news?!?!

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 9:51 pm - March 30, 2013.
Filed under: Obamania

It was on Yahoo!’s home page so it must be:

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Latest mass shooter: Basically Liberal

Posted by Jeff (ILoveCapitalism) at 5:50 pm - February 7, 2013.
Filed under: Media Bias,Obamania,Unhinged Liberals

First, thoughts and prayers to Dorner’s victims and their families. This is an awful tragedy.

Next, mainstream media seem oddly silent about any possible political angle amongst his motivations. A Yahoo! / Atlantic Wire article, titled The Scariest Parts of the Chris Dorner Manifesto That Warned of LAPD Killings, does take the time to quote Dorner’s love of Ellen:

Ellen Degeneres, continue your excellent contribution to entertaining America and bringing the human factor to entertainment. You changed the perception of your gay community… I congratulate you on your success…

I don’t know why they found that quoteworthy; love of Ellen is hardly ‘scary’. And somehow, the article omits any mention of the fact that Dorner also loves liberal journalists, Obama, certain socially-liberal Republicans, Hillary and gun control.

Basic AP coverage is no better. To find out about Dorner’s politics, you must dig into his manifesto yourself. Letting Dorner speak:

If you had a well regulated AWB [ed: assault weapons ban], this would not happen. The time is now to reinstitute a ban that will save lives…Whether by executive order or thru a bi-partisan congress an assault weapons ban needs to be re-instituted. Period!!! Mia Farrow said it best. “Gun control is no longer debatable, it’s not a conversation, its a moral mandate.”…Sen. Feinstein, you are doing the right thing in leading the re-institution of a national AWB…


Obama’s Soaring Rhetoric/His Divisive Actions

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 9:29 am - January 20, 2013.
Filed under: Media Bias,National Politics,Obamania

In a little more than two hours, Barack Obama will reach the midpoint of his presidency.  And we here at GayPatriot, along with many other thoughtful conservatives across the country (not to mention perhaps a plurality of independents) either wonder or marvel at his success at staying on.

We would have thought that after his first four years, a majority of voting Americans would have seen through his sometimes soaring rhetoric and despaired at his attempts to divide us.  They would have understood that despite the narrative he created in the 2008 campaign, he was a partisan politician first and not a post partisan unifier.

Yet, the record notwithstanding, some people, perhaps a majority of Americans, still like the idea of Barack Obama.  And the legacy media certainly made it easier for them to like him, amplifying images that made the Democrats appear to be a regular guy, relaxed on TV talk shows, brewing his own beer, watching sports.  And, in the final days of the campaign, the images of him together with the Republican governor of New Jersey showed him as identical to his 2008 billing, a man, pursuing the national interest, above the rough and tumble of partisan politics.

Americans wanted to like this man.  And the media have made it easier for them.

Those who still like the idea of Barack Obama like that idea far more than does Barack Obama himself. (more…)

Obama plans on prodding Congress from Hawai’i?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 1:18 pm - December 22, 2012.
Filed under: Media Bias,Obamania

Just caught this on AOL/Huffington Post. Sometimes, it seems they see themselves as amplifiers for administration talking points:
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Some Americans like the Idea of Barack Obama

LIke many conservatives — as well as good number of independents — who follow politics, I’ve struggled to understand how, after four years of near-constant failure, Barack Obama could have won re-election as President of the United States.  He didn’t put forward a plan to improve the economy or addressing the burgeoning debt.  He had not shown much willingness to work with his partisan adversaries in Congress.

In the ended it seems, low-information voters, together with those more concerned about matters other than the economy and our government’s shaky fiscal state, tipped the scales for the Democrat.

Michael Barone thinks that Obama “was helped by widespread feelings that it would be a good thing for Americans to elect a black president and a bad thing to reject him.

Calling Obama “born orator backed by a flawless machine, whose personal rise from a difficult childhood is a true inspiration, and whose achievement in breaking the ultimate color barrier is gift to us all“, Noemie Emery considers a notion we have addressed on this blog

People like the idea that Obama is president. As a politician and president, he has only one failing — he is the wrong man at the wrong time to be leading this country. He is out of sync with his age and its crises. There is more proof every day — here and abroad, in nation-states, states and even some cities — that his political theories will lead to disaster, and do so every time they are tried.

The Democrat may not have any ideas on how to fix the nation’s problems, but people do like the idea of Barack Obama, the post-partisan healer who can bring people together.

In his first four years in office, he governed in a manner quite different from his 2008 campaign rhetoric — and from the media-endorsed image of his character, but some people who don’t follow politics as closely as do we.  And in whatever little bit of time they pay attention to politics, they see a less tarnished version of that image than do those more familiar with current events. (more…)