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To Obama And His Progressive Friends: No You Can’t
Posted By Joseph Klein On November 2, 2010 @ 1:19 pm In NewsReal Blog | No Comments
No matter how the lamestream media tries to spin it, today’s mid-term election is a referendum on the Obama administration and the Democratic-controlled Congress. And it looks like a clear vote of no confidence.
Having trouble processing the message that the American people are trying to deliver with their votes, the sore losers are advancing bogus explanations for the stunning turn-around in their fortunes.
1. The American people are just plain stupid.
Here is what the unfunny snob HBO “Real Time” host Bill Maher said last week:
We have Democrats for one reason – to drag the ignorant hillbilly-half of this country into the next century, which in their case is the 19th
I’ll tell you this about Americans – about the American electorate, the voter. They love a winner. You know, as soon as he passed health care, [his approval rating] went up 15 points. They don’t understand the issues. They’re too stupid. They’re like a dog. They can understand inflection. They can understand fear. They can understand dominance. They don’t understand issues. But when he won on that issue, he went up.
Maher is actually too stupid himself to understand how to read a poll. The American people saw right through the 2000 plus Obamacare bill that virtually nobody in Congress read before ramming it through. The American people are less interested in winning for winning’s sake than winning for common sense’s sake.
Obama signed his pet health care bill on March 23, 2010. In two Gallup polls taken between March 1st to 3rd and March 18th to 21st, 2010, Obama’s approval rating stood at 50. In two Gallup polls taken between April 1st to 3rd and April 22nd to 24th, 2010, Obama’s approval ratings stood at 48 and 50 respectively. It then went down to 47 in the Gallup poll taken between April 30th and May 2nd.
2. The American people were manipulated by the racist far right, particularly Fox News.
Here is former President Jimmy Carter’s take on the situation, conveniently forgetting that he too had been repudiated by the American people thirty years ago because of his own dismal record.
With the discussion groups, for instance, on Fox News, that are totally biased, and they implant completely false images not only of the facts about legislation that’s passed, or doesn’t get passed, but also about the character of President Obama. And they have been successful in projecting him as a person who is not a citizen of America, who is not a Christian, but a Muslim, and is not a Democrat, but he’s a socialist, and so forth. And those seeds that are planted every day that they broadcast by the discussion, in the discussion groups, have found a harvest place in the minds of a lot of Americans. So I think they have completely twisted around what he has done, what he has accomplished, and his own personal character to his detriment.
While some opinion show hosts on Fox News such as Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity have said that Obama has followed socialist policies, with plenty of evidence to back up their assertions, the rest of Carter’s ramblings about Fox News are nonsense. Whether Obama’s place of birth or religious beliefs are legitimate issues or not, they have not been the basis for Fox News’ criticisms of Obama. It’s his policies, statements and appointments that have concerned Fox and many Americans.
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