Obama, The Day After

 

President Obama will hold a press conference today in the wake of last night’s tidal wave of Republican Senate and Congressional victories. His reality-distortion field will be in overdrive; the humiliating defeat of an election defined almost entirely by opposition to his agenda will be bullishly reinterpreted as an opportunity for America to realize — once again — just how much they’ve disappointed him.

First, you’ll see his barely-contained contempt for the voters. After the briefest nod to their unhappiness, they’ll be described as angry, disaffected, and easily fooled by dark money and deceptive television ads. If only America was smart enough to understand his vision. If only they had his advantages of godlike wisdom and preternatural intelligence they’d understand what a terrible mistake they’ve just made. He’ll be very sad for them, really.

Next, he’ll punch the Washington media’s buttons with his usual phony construct of “I’m willing to work with anyone, Republican or Democrat, to get things done for this country.” Anyone, that is, except those mouth-breathing, cousin-marrying, snake-handling, slack-jawed, red-state yokels with bad suits and state-college educations. He’ll listen to good ideas, as long as they precisely match his own faculty-lounge vision of technocratic government uber alles. He’ll be open to reforms, except anything to do with the unsullied perfection of Obamacare or any other part of his regulatory overstate. He’ll certainly be willing to talk about the conduct of our foreign and military operations, as long as we remain constrained by his minimalist vision of American interests in the world, and continue to dishearten our allies and comfort our enemies.

What you won’t see in Barack Obama’s eyes or language is real understanding. He’ll say the words the Acela Media expects, and go through the motions at the press conference, but it will be empty of any true realization that this election was a brutal national referendum on his policies and his leadership. This President lacks the fundamental self-awareness of how his actions (and inaction) brought this day upon him. Obama has always been the student with the gold-star sticker. He’s been told he was brilliant, special, and historic at every inflection point in his life. As a candidate — and as president — he was given every gift, extended every latitude, and cradled in the loving embrace of a media simultaneously enraptured by his charisma and terrified of criticizing the first black President in even the mildest terms.

Perhaps I’m being too harsh. He’s not entirely without self-awareness. Listen closely to Obama’s words today, and you will note one bitter realization: in seven years, not since that moment on the steps of the courthouse in Springfield, Illinois where he became the political “It Guy” of the American media, cultural, and political worlds, has the spotlight ever shifted away from him. He’s still on the stage, and he still has lines to read, but Hillary Clinton will now consume every warm, bright ounce of adoration and attention from the same people who once genuflected before him and gushed over his every word.

Obama now stands in the cold, dark wings of the stage of American political history with other failed Presidents. Today is the last day of Barack Obama’s true power. He’ll still be able to cause trouble for the next two years, but his power has been drained from him in the most painful and fundamental way, at the hands of the voters he has always viewed with such disdain.

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  1. Marion Evans Inactive
    Marion Evans
    @MarionEvans

    At least he never promised his followers: “If you like your Senator, you can keep him”!

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  2. EJHill Podcaster
    EJHill
    @EJHill

    Mr. Obama was probably shocked this morning when he read about the GOP takeover in The Washington Post. Had somebody only said something earlier he might have done something about it.

    The other observation to be made on last night: Can AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka get a spot pitching Viagra? After Scott Walker thumped him for the third time in four years there can not be a more impotent player on the national political stage than he.

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  3. user_259843 Inactive
    user_259843
    @JefferyShepherd

    I think he’ll say it was a messaging problem with 5.9 unemployment, $2 gas and the stock market at an all time high we should all be grateful.  He won’t acknowledge that the unemployment number is a joke, inflation, stock market inflated by the fed, his energy policies make prices higher, ebola mishandling nor issues in syria, russia, iraq, afghanistan, iran, korea, and on and on.  Standard stuff for the  progressive: “If we could only explain it better”

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  4. user_75648 Thatcher
    user_75648
    @JohnHendrix

    EJHill: Mr. Obama was probably shocked this morning when he read about the GOP takeover in The Washington Post. Had somebody only said something earlier he might have done something about it.

    Heh, EJ, its a good think Obama subscribes to newspapers, otherwise he would never discover anything!

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  5. Dave Carter Podcaster
    Dave Carter
    @DaveCarter

    In President Obama’s view, we all have a perfect right to his opinion.

    As to his power being drained from him, that will be true only to the extent a Republican Congress has the fortitude to stare him down.

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  6. Frank Soto Contributor
    Frank Soto
    @FrankSoto

    B1rejfoCcAAYWeo

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  7. user_653084 Inactive
    user_653084
    @SalvatorePadula

    It appears that Chris Matthews’ leg has stopped tingling.

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  8. Marion Evans Inactive
    Marion Evans
    @MarionEvans

    Sorry, Chris Matthews!

    Frank Soto:B1rejfoCcAAYWeo

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  9. user_517406 Inactive
    user_517406
    @MerinaSmith

    I have to admit to turning on MSNBC for awhile last night just to witness the sorrow.  It was pretty entertaining.  Frank’s photo sums it up.

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  10. Fricosis Guy Listener
    Fricosis Guy
    @FricosisGuy

    Well, I live in Connecticut. I picked a bad week to stop sniffing glue.

    The Problem(s) with Connecticut.

    sniffingglue

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  11. virgil15marlow@yahoo.com Member
    virgil15marlow@yahoo.com
    @Manny

    You nailed it.  This man is a lying farce.  Or should I say a flying arse.  Two years can’t come fast enough.

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  12. Kaladin Member
    Kaladin
    @Kaladin

    Frank Soto:B1rejfoCcAAYWeo

    Frank Soto, You are the man.  I just giggled over this for the last 5 minutes after witnessing it last night.

    My favorite point after tuning in to MSNBC was Matthews grilling Democratic Congressman over why certain parties members had lost.  At one point he says something to the effect of, He’s [some Republican who had won, I don’t remember which one] not charismatic, he’s just a normal looking guy, how did he win that election?

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  13. BastiatJunior Member
    BastiatJunior
    @BastiatJunior

    Fricosis Guy:Well, I live in Connecticut. I picked a bad week to stop sniffing glue.

    The Problem(s) with Connecticut.

    sniffingglue

    As a California resident, I feel your pain.  Would you pass the glue bottle, please?

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  14. Fricosis Guy Listener
    Fricosis Guy
    @FricosisGuy

    BastiatJunior:

    Fricosis Guy:Well, I live in Connecticut. I picked a bad week to stop sniffing glue.

    The Problem(s) with Connecticut.

    As a California resident, I feel your pain. Would you pass the glue bottle, please?

    Sadly, that was my first thought this AM when the bad news was confirmed. We’re becoming California: a reliance on a boom/bust of tax receipts on wealthy finance and insurance folks, which goes to feed a burgeoning statist class, and then hollows out the middle class.

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  15. Mark Belling Fan Member
    Mark Belling Fan
    @MBF

    Matthews, believe it or not, appeared quite sane and composed by comparison sitting next to Maddow. She was so rabidly snarky it was unreal. Matthews seemed like the kind of guy that knew how to take a defeat and try to learn from it. Maddow just seemed like the kid in the back of class making wisecracks trying to disrupt the rest of the students from taking notes.

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  16. Pencilvania Inactive
    Pencilvania
    @Pencilvania

    Shellacked, sanded, polyurethaned, minwaxed, and buffed to a warm satiny shine – exactly how I like all our honorable opponents to be the day after an election.

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  17. user_1030767 Inactive
    user_1030767
    @TheQuestion

    Kaladin:

    Frank Soto:B1rejfoCcAAYWeo

    Frank Soto, You are the man. I just giggled over this for the last 5 minutes after witnessing it last night.

    My favorite point after tuning in to MSNBC was Matthews grilling Democratic Congressman over why certain parties members had lost. At one point he says something to the effect of, He’s [some Republican who had won, I don’t remember which one] not charismatic, he’s just a normal looking guy, how did he win that election?

    He was talking about Scott Walker.

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  18. user_1030767 Inactive
    user_1030767
    @TheQuestion

    My pet theory is that Obama is like a performance enhancing drug for the Democrats.  In the short-term, he allows the Democrats to do things they wouldn’t otherwise be able to do (i.e., pass Obamacare, and then still keep the White House in 2012), but the long term consequences are very unhealthy.  Hopefully those long term consequences will be felt more strongly by the Democrats than by the country, but we’ll see.

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  19. user_82762 Inactive
    user_82762
    @JamesGawron

    Rick,

    The real question is whether this monomaniacal golf addicted putz is still crazy enough to do amnesty by executive order.

    If so all bets are off and the republicans may be forced to shove his pen & phone where the sun doesn’t shine.

    It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

    Regards,

    Jim

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  20. kywrite@gmail.com Member
    kywrite@gmail.com
    @JamieWilson

    I’m afraid this will make him even more dangerous – because he will feel he has nothing left to lose.

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  21. Howellis Inactive
    Howellis
    @ManWiththeAxe

    Rick,

    Your post is just brilliant.

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  22. Frozen Chosen Inactive
    Frozen Chosen
    @FrozenChosen

    Alas, my state of Minnesota has decided to follow CA and NY down the rabbit hole.  Perhaps it’s too much to ask my fellow Minnesotans to overcome their socialist Scandinavian heritage…

    Then again, my business is only 25 miles from Wisconsin. I can’t move my business but I could move myself.  Hmmm…

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  23. Rick Wilson Contributor
    Rick Wilson
    @RickWilson

    EJHill:Mr. Obama was probably shocked this morning when he read about the GOP takeover in The Washington Post. Had somebody only said something earlier he might have done something about it.

    The other observation to be made on last night: Can AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka get a spot pitching Viagra? After Scott Walker thumped him for the third time in four years there can not be a more impotent player on the national political stage than he.

    Trumpka has shredded over $100 million of union dues as the Ahab to Walker’s whale. May he serve for 1000 years.

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  24. Rick Wilson Contributor
    Rick Wilson
    @RickWilson

    Man With the Axe:Rick,

    Your post is just brilliant.

    Thank you!

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  25. Grendel Member
    Grendel
    @Grendel

    I keep seeing statements that Obama won’t realize that this election is a rejection of him.  I can’t gainsay the possibility of a narcissistic psychotic taking that position, but I have to wonder at it.  You–and he, if he has any connection with reality–have to remember his declarations that even though he is not on any ballot, this election is about him.  Of course his party made denial easier by not letting him get anywhere near any important campaigns.

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  26. RushBabe49 Thatcher
    RushBabe49
    @RushBabe49

    The Limbaugh Theorem still applies.  Obama will never be connected to any of HIS disastrous policies, at least as long as the media are in his back pocket.

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  27. Fricosis Guy Listener
    Fricosis Guy
    @FricosisGuy

    Grendel:I keep seeing statements that Obama won’t realize that this election is a rejection of him. I can’t gainsay the possibility of a narcissistic psychotic taking that position, but I have to wonder at it. You–and he, if he has any connection with reality–have to remember his declarations that even though he is not on any ballot, this election is about him. Of course his party made denial easier by not letting him get anywhere near any important campaigns.

    Obama’s answer to all questions is “more cowbell.” I can just hear him saying: “I visited Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Connecticut…clean sweep.”

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  28. user_1032405 Coolidge
    user_1032405
    @PostmodernHoplite

    BastiatJunior:

    Fricosis Guy:Well, I live in Connecticut. I picked a bad week to stop sniffing glue.

    The Problem(s) with Connecticut.

    sniffingglue

    As a California resident, I feel your pain. Would you pass the glue bottle, please?

    Same here in Washington State…although I’d move to North Carolina if the door opened!

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  29. Stad Coolidge
    Stad
    @Stad

    All kidding aside, I will use the title of this post as a question:

    Q:  Obama, the day after?

    A:  More dangerous than ever.

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  30. Chris Member
    Chris
    @Chris

    Stad:All kidding aside, I will use the title of this post as a question:

    Q: Obama, the day after?

    A: More dangerous than ever.

    Based on the Daily Mail’s take on the Presidential Presser, you are right.  The headlines…

    WHAT LANDSLIDE? Obama threatens vetoes and executive orders – including immigration reform THIS YEAR – after Americans reject him by giving Republicans historic gains in Congress

    • ‘Congress will pass some bills I cannot sign,’ the president warned
    • He has only vetoed  two minor bills since his inauguration in 2009
    • And ‘I’ll take some actions that some in Congress will not like,’ Obama added, referring to threatened executive orders including a move on immigration
    • President sounded more like a winner than a loser despite his policies being repudiated on a national scale
    • Never articulated a single policy where he would shift his position to align with GOP majorities in both halves of Congress  

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2822484/WHAT-LANDSLIDE-Obama-threatens-vetoes-executive-orders-Americans-reject-giving-Republicans-historic-gains-Congress.html#ixzz3IEWcNlHP
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