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Barack: Riding Out the Wave

In Obamarama on 31/10/2010 at 15:30

Barack Obama (Boston Herald)

On Wednesday morning the headlines will read something like this:  ‘GOP Fails to Regain Senate.’  The story will go on to expound on how O’Donnell in Delaware and possibly Fiorina in California or Toomey in Pennsylvania, all Sarah Palin endorsees and Tea Party supported, denied Republicans the coveted leadership of the upper house of congress.

There will be a few stories about the change of leadership in the House, although we can expect pieces to surface here and there to negatively reflect on John Boehner’s ascension to the speakership.  There are rumblings that Boehner may be challenged and that will be news.  But otherwise, the story will be Palin, the Tea Party and the GOP failure to win the Senate.

All of this will be early groundwork for a month-long debate on how the Tea Party, whose titular head is supposedly Palin, effectively blocked GOP gains in an election that should have been a runaway for them.  The electronic media will trot out Ellis Henican and Aryana Huffington et al and provide us post-election analyses ad nausium.

And, of course, just as the Left’s post-2008 election analysis of the McCain campaign was a lie, this will be a well orchestrated rewriting of history designed to reframe the outcome of the November 2 contest as a win for Democrats.  An attempt to change public perception, much as they have in the past with Oliver North after Iran-Contra and the Reagan Revolution of the 1980s.

It has already begun.

The real story, however, will be buried deep within the bowels of the major dailies. Look for it on page A-23.  It will be about the silent war raging inside the Democratic Party.  Because this midterm election, perhaps as no other in modern history, will be a referendum on a president’s leadership and job performance.

The Democrats are now evenly divided on whether Obama should be challenged for the 2012 nomination.  The problem is academic: if the DNC approaches Obama to bow out graciously and he refuses, the battle gets ugly.  If they mount a major effort to challenge the President the party could split and the backlash would be immeasurable.  Race will almost certainly come into play.

On the other hand, if they do nothing they are in danger of a seeing lackluster turnout at the polls in 2012.

Tuesday, it will come as no surprise, will be a rout.  Whether Republicans retake the Senate will be of little consequence because the damage is done.  Now the Democrats will begin to do what has been their métier for all time immemorial: they will regroup and move to the center.  Or be perceived as doing so.  But it will not work.

In the 2008 primaries the party had in Hillary Clinton a masterful chameleon who has changed her colors at will and sold almost every change to the American people.  Instead, they went with the new guy.  Now they are strapped will a socialist ideologue without either the political instincts or the psychological makeup move center.

Barack Obama’s appearance on The Daily Show last week was a dark harbinger of the storm to come.  His presidency could have survived a conservative revolution; he could have even pulled off a respectable next two years as a lame duck.  But what he could not afford was a mutiny within his base, and this week Jon Stewart exemplified that perhaps better than next week’s midterm election ever could.



Jon Stewart Scalds Obama on Daily Show!

In Civil Lefts, Harvard Math, Obamarama on 28/10/2010 at 18:32

Barack Obama, Jon Stewart (Daily News)

President Obama made a 22-minute appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Wednesday night. Well, that went well, don’t you think?

I don’t think I’ve seen anything so pathetic since Captain Queeg went into his strawberries rant in the Caine Mutiny.

“Ahh, but health care that’s … that’s where I had them. They laughed at me and made jokes but I proved … with … geometric logic …” I expected Stewart to break into a chorus of the “Yellowstain Blues” at any moment.

Perhaps, Mr. President—I mean, when you get around to doing damage assessment—you might want to reassign the aide who gave you this idea to watch duty over Sarah Palin’s kitchen in Wasilla. I understand that Joe McGinniss is subletting cheap.

In my lifetime I don’t believe I have seen anything more humiliating with a U.S. president than Barack Obama’s lack of understanding of the American public. It is argument number one that not only was he not born here, but that he arrived on a spaceship a year before the 2008 election. I’ve just become a birther.

Is there not a hole this guy can crawl into? Jon Stewart has to be the most clueless second-rate comedian on the planet and even he made the President look stupid. But, in fairness to Stewart, he made Brian Williams look like the Washington president of Obama’s fan club.

The White House is spin, spin, spinning this morning: “There’s a lot of different channels for people to watch these days,” press secretary Robert Gibbs said Tuesday. “They get their information from not just television news and cable and newspapers and radio and the Internet. … And the president hasn’t been shy about going to the places where people are getting their information and trying to make his case.”

What’s next, Robert? The Perez Hilton blog?

Here are a few of the Thursday morning comments:

Steve Doocy of Fox and Friends: “It looks like the president is enchanted with ‘The Daily Show,’ because he became the first president in history to go to a fake news show.”

Alex Eicler of the Atlantic Wire is playing it off like just another day at the office: “On Wednesday, President Obama appeared on The Daily Show, his first time on the program since winning the election in 2008.” His first time? Somebody clue in Mr. Eicler: Jon Stewart is not a real news anchor.

I liked this one from Joshua Greeman at the Daily News: “Obama has made far too many popular culture media appearances. He’s played the role of First Lady too much and the role of chief executive too little.” Ya think?

But a guy named Todd Robertson at the Dallas Morning News gets the Clueless Journalist of the Year Award. Robertson segues into Stewart’s popularity thusly: “What remains to be seen is the effect that the Stewart/Colbert rallies will have on the non-Republican mood in America.” Notify Homeland Security! Mobs are in the streets lynching Republicans!

What we are watching here is the decline of a presidency no less mollifying than Nixon-Watergate. Obama has not only misjudged the electorate, but his advisors have dug him into a hole that he cannot climb his way out of.

What do you want to bet Barack will be running Murder at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue tonight?

What Republicans Must Do if They Retake Senate

In Weekly Rant on 27/10/2010 at 18:29

With the House firmly in their grasp and the Senate still a possibility, the Republicans face a rough two years thwarting a mainstream media bent on painting them as obstructionists. Nevertheless, obstructionists are what they must be if they are to reverse the worst of the damage this President has caused.

Personally, I think the GOP is in dire need of new leadership. I completely understood Laura Ingraham when she took on Eric Cantor last August on the O’Reilly Factor for parsing words on healthcare repeal. When Cantor told Politico that total repeal was “ambitious” it sent exactly the wrong signal to wary voters.

Trust is at issue here and conservatives inside and outside of the GOP have reason to be squeamish about sending many of these guys back to Washington.

Still, we do have a common enemy, whose address next month will be any one of 537 rooms of the Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai. Just say, “Give me Barack.” The hotel operator will know who you mean.

The real mission here should be simple. It should be a long-term strategy not to regain power in 2012, but to derail the left wing of the Democratic Party for decades to come. And this can only be accomplished by a complete reversal of old-school Washington politics on the GOP’s part. Standard old-school talking points will simply not do anymore.

This is why I’ve been heralding the praises of Tea Party firebrands like Christine O’Donnell for the past several months. If nothing else, O’Donnell, Palin and Bachmann continue to keep the fire to Republican feet.

O’Donnell is likely to go down in Delaware but the message wins the day. We will not see RINO Mike Castle in the U.S. Senate because of her courage. And screw Michael Steele if he doesn’t get it.

Let’s not forget, the Beltway Republicans wanted Castle and actively supported him, even though he is to the extreme left of their avowed platform. Which of course leads one to wonder if the GOP platform is a charade to begin with.

Perhaps the biggest impediment for the GOP, whether they retake both houses or not, is that they just do not play hip ball. To retreat to a slightly outdated stock phrase, they are squares. Democrats are not. But the only way to win this game is to get hip and get hip fast, something the GOP at large seems wont to do.

I have said for years that the GOP should read Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals and develop a strategy to defeat it. I mean, Democrats who have never read the book use its methodology; it has been so ingrained into the left’s culture. They skip to it every time they have a loss like a broken record, and Republicans have never developed a strategy against it.

The media has been the Republican Party’s historic enemy almost since the days of Lincoln. They will begin immediately to lambast the party after the election under the color of journalism. The media no longer tries to hide its bias, so there is no excuse for Republicans not to have a plan to defeat them at their own game.

The central focus must be Barack Obama’s failures as President and it should be surrounded with every conservative pundit smashing away at his foredeck to draw attention of Obama’s excesses in office. It should be abundantly clear to most Americans by now that this President has not grown into the office, and it must be pointed out, again and again.

One way to do this is to use Obama’s own words against him.

Secondly, Democrats, after the Tuesday Night Massacre next month will try desperately to distance themselves from the President. The GOP must not allow them to do it; they are every bit as responsible as Obama in creating this mess. The Democrats are masters at rewriting history to dismantle the Republican’s agenda, and if the GOP leadership doesn’t keep a tight rein on its members they will do it again.

Lastly—and this is the clincher—they must live up to their word. The temptation will be enormous to compromise on heath care repeal and accept something less than total destruction of the law. Defunding it is not enough; it must be squashed.

You may say that is not possible while Obama is in the White House, and that is true, but (again using Alinsky) he must be painted as the obstructionist. In short, the Republicans must use Alinsky’s Rule 13: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.

Here is a quick primer on Rules for Radicals:

Rule 1: Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have. Power has always derived from two main sources, people and money. Lacking money, the Have-Nots must always build power from their own flesh and blood. A mass movement expresses itself with mass tactics. Against the finesse and sophistication of the status quo, the Have-Nots have always had to club their way.

Rule 2: Never go outside the expertise of your people. It results in confusion, fear and retreat. It also leads to a collapse in communications.

Rule 3: Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy. Here you want to cause, fear, confusion, and retreat.

Rule 4: Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules. You can kill them with this, for they can no more obey their own rules than the Christian Church can live up to Christianity.

Rule 5: Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counteract ridicule. It also infuriates the opposition, who then react to your advantage.

Rule 6: A good tactic is one your people enjoy. If your people are not having a ball doing it, then there is something very wrong with the tactic.

Rule 7: A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag. Man can sustain militant interest in any issue for only a limited time, after that it becomes a ritualistic commitment, like going to church on Sunday mornings.

Rule 8: Keep the pressure on. Never let up, with different tactics and actions.

Rule 9: The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.

Rule 10. The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.

Rule 11: If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive.

Rule 12: The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative. You cannot risk being trapped by the enemy by his sudden agreement with your demand and saying “You’re right, we don’t know what to do about this issue, now you tell us.”

Rule 13: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. As soon as you zero in and freeze your target and carry out your attack, all of the “others” come out of the woodwork very soon. They become visible by their support of the target.