Obama: The Un-Lyndon Johnson

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The pathetic performance of President Obama in the debt debate is showing the left how incompetent and weak a leader it selected. Many are wishing they had Hillary Clinton in the White House instead! Once the man has to move beyond a set teleprompter speech, he is lost. During the BP disaster, he showed what a poor administrator he is. And now he has belied any pretensions to legislative skill. He is the un-Lyndon Johnson.

The consequences of this disillusionment will be profoundly felt in the 2012 election. Republicans and independents will vote against Obama with their hands. Democrats and liberals will do so with their feet — by staying home. Turnout was the key to Obama’s 2008 electoral majority. The vote among under-30 whites, African-Americans and Hispanics set new records. Obama won, after all, about the same share of the white vote — in total — that Gore did in 2000. He only won because the young white turnout offset defections by middle-aged and elderly whites, black turnout rose from 11 percent to 14 percent and Hispanic votes rose by 1.5 percentage points. Any diminution of the white-hot intensity of enthusiasm that animated his 2008 election will cost him dearly.

Compare the performance of Bill Clinton in the 1995-96 government budget crisis with that of Obama in the latest skirmish. In Clinton campaign tracking polls, the president’s approval rating rose from 40 percent in May 1995 to 54 percent in January 1996. This 14-point increase has its opposite equivalent in Obama’s plunge from 55 percent approval in May 2011 to 40 percent approval in late July in the Gallup polling. The one went up and the other went down by nearly identical amounts.

For Clinton, the standoff was a chance to show his strength. No Republican ever believed the president with a reputation for wanting to please and waffling would ever stand up to the GOP. But Clinton did, day after day, hammering away at his position and defending it against all comers. Obama had no plan, and his positions shifted with the hour. First he wanted a clean debt-limit increase with no budgetary attachments. Then he would settle for cuts, but only minor ones. Then he signed on for major cuts as long as there were tax increases to go with them. Finally, he abandoned it all, asking only that the deal last until after the election so he would not have to go through this process again.

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  • megapotamus

    I think that might be more justly named, Voting with Your Ass. But Dick is a horserace guy. Does he really think that Nillary would have had greater "success" than Obama? It's not all etherics and acrobatics, sir. The problem is not the packaging but the product. Clinton 2.0 would have had better outcomes only to the degree that it diverged from Liberalism. Though she would have powerfully alienated the black vote for the Dems, a nice little side effect.

  • zsqpwxxeh

    And they're stuck with him, too. Even when the economy continues to weaken he'll never admit defeat. He won't step down and there is nobody to challenge him if his poll numbers go into the 30s. Have you seen Hillary lately? She looks like crap, all worn out and not caring any more. The blacks would just stay home if he quit. His plight is desperate, and that's bad. He might be tempted to ignite a popular war (Iran?) just to push up the polls, but he really doesn't have the cojones.

    Looks like the Downfall scenario. "Fegelein! Fegelein!! Bring me Fegelein!!!!!!"

    • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

      Yes, showed no guts enlisting the Seals to get the guy that W. gave up on in '06 – maybe 'cause the Bin Ladens are family friends? Yes, getting Bl and his 22 thug buddies and all the other idiots means nothing. Geeting us out of the War For halliburton ahead of schedule..nothing. using drones in A., in a true exit strategy, nothing. Gtting Qaddafi, without one drop of American blood shed, nothing. (and , no, enhanced interrogation did not lead to BL. Obama IDENTIFIED his hiding place back in '08!…but we got too close to getting Bin Laden, so we shifted to Iraq…slam dunk!

    • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

      "The blacks would just stay home"? sounds mildly racist. PLEASE FLAG.

  • Jim

    When Obama leaves office who can do the most for him? Could it be the wall streeters who complain but donate any way. Why does he dole out bon bons to them.?

    Then again would he look forward to being a worthy professor with the respect of the academic community and an adequate salary.

  • StephenD

    I don't know. I think this is "wishful thinking" at best. Obama did get a compromise in the debt debates. It is just hidden from view. We didn't really get cuts in spending did we? What we got was a promise to not spend as much as they wanted to. That isn't a true "cut" in current spending to me.
    I stand to be corrected but this is what I’m led to believe.

    • tanstaafl

      True. The Republicans are like Charlie Brown. No matter how many times Lucy jerks the ball away from them, they line up and take another run at it.

      Of course, there is another election coming………..there are consequences for actions (or lack there of).

    • Jim_C

      Correct. The perception is that Obama is weak, and I'll admit–he makes a lousy figurehead and he's been a huge disappointment to progressives. But the reality is he has accomplished quite a bit of what he set out to do, which means behind the scenes he's been fairly effective.

      Right now your average democrat and republican feel the same way about their leadership: Boehner is a "RINO," Obama is a "Republican-lite." Right-centrism rules lukewarmly?

  • Supreme_Galooty

    The man is a charismatic, inept, feckless puppy who has a fine working knowledge of Cloward-Piven and Alinski. His advisors, handlers, puppet-masters have the REAL talent. Expect majestic manipulation of the electorate starting soon after Kwanzaa.

    • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

      "feckless"…what about "failure" "liar" "appeasor"? :) >>>>>>> "after Kwanzaa"? sounds mildly racist to me! PLEASE FLAG.

  • AntiSharia

    Obama is weak, and that is going to make his reelection difficult, but by no means impossible. Independents aren't going to vote for him, the young aren't as enthusiastic, and he needs more than the minorities to win a second term. His getting a debt deal done didn't help him at all. It made him look timid(never a good quality in a leader) and it made the people disgusted with the whole process.

    He can get reelected if the GOP is its own worst enemy. But otherwise he's probably a one term president.

    • Maxie

      ". . . IF the GOP is its own worst enemy? IF!?

      The so-called GOP has always been its own worst enemy because it's a schizoid entity split between constitutionalist Conservatives and Lefty-lite RINO's. As a consequence the GOP is politically impotent to the perpetually dominant MarxiCrats who always get help from the RINO's (Snowe, Collins, Grahamnesty, McPain et al.)
      See http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/05/gop_what_g

    • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

      "weak"….you forgot "failure", "Liar" "appeasor" "redistributor">>>>>>he looked weak offering away his re-election with the approx. 4 trillion $$$ budget reduction package, yes; how strong are his unabashed opponents, the Koch Kids, Boehner, McConnell, Cantor? Running the House of Obstruction, the workforce be d*mmed! decline on infrastructure contracts, return stimulus $$$$!

  • Reason_For_Life

    Morris, you're insane.

    The Tea Partiers wanted no tax raises, a balanced budget amendment and no raise of the debt ceiling. They got an "automatic" tax increase, no balanced budget amendment and a raise in the national debt by every dollar that Obama wanted. Obama only compromised on the timing but he got everything he asked for.

    The Tea Party got nothing, absolutely nothing. Well, that's not quite true. They did get the blame for postponing the "inevitable".

    Morris, go back to helping Democrats, you're killing us.

    • Jim_C

      I find it truly amazing anyone takes Morris seriously as an analyst. For amusement, read his archived takes on events past–combinations of wrong predictions and stating the obvious as if it were a revelation.

      • Reason_For_Life

        My favorites are "Hillary won't run for the senate from New York" and "If she does, she'll lose".

        • http://vigilantsociety.comule.com/ Joseph Veca

          You know, no analyst is right 100% of the time, most might as well just toss a coin. Morris hits in the 75% range. So he is worth listening to. So he was wrong about Hillary, I agreed with Morris about Hillary running, but not for the same reasons. Hillary played the who NY Senate thing fairly close to the chest and caught a lot of people off guard.

          Does this mean that I like Morris, not by a long shot, he is a political opportunists, and there is something slimy about him. However, I don't let my personal dislike for the man color my judgement about his political analysis. I feel the same way about Karl Rove.

          When it comes to analysts, take what they say and compare it to other sources of information to see if it matches up.

          • Reason_For_Life

            "Hillary played the who NY Senate thing fairly close to the chest and caught a lot of people off guard. "

            Morris and I went to the same high school at the same time so I know the world that he came from very well. In New York, no Democrat "decides" to run for the Senate. The candidate is chosen by the party bosses in advance. The candidate's views are tailored to a specific electorate and done so with extraordinary precision. Primaries are mostly for show but also to gauge the efforts necessary to maintain the usual Democratic constituencies.

            Only once did the choice of the Democratic party fail to win that Senate seat and that was due to a squabble between the Liberal Party, the (liberal) Republican party and the (liberal) Democrats. The result was that two hard core liberals ran for the Senate and the candidate of the Conservative Party (James Buckley, brother of William F Buckley) won by letting the two liberals annihilate each other.

            The Democratic party never made that mistake again. Buckley was blown out in the next election and that seat has been a comfortable Democratic seat ever since.

            This something that Morris absolutely has to be aware of. His statements were most likely disingenuous or possibly motivated by a hatred of Hillary.

  • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

    Lyndon Johnson was not a good President.

  • g_jochnowitz

    Today's stock market crash suggests that a recession is developing. Obama is less and less popular, but the Republicans' popularity will go even lower, since it is they who caused the crash with their faith in the God-given principle that taxes must never be raised. The Party of Faith created a new commandment that it had to obey.
    Reagan was able to raise taxes when the moment came. G.H.W. Bush broke his word and raised taxes. But Republicans today are more rigid than any party in history.
    How not raising taxes became a matter of faith is incomprehensible. Whether or not we understand it, it happened.

    • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

      yes, the Gipper raised taxes 11 moments that came.

  • TheBigFig

    Any Jew that votes for Obozo should have they’re head examine. This muslim lawn jockey is truly an anti semtic and anti Israel. The problem is what do the republicans really have to offer? Then again anything is better that this empty suit. Golf and vacations and of course flying all over the country fundraising for his reflection are his major concerns. What a pos this is G-d bless USA and Israel …..

    • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

      Yes, Obama will certainly cut Israels' foreign aide in half by 2013.>>>gee, I wonder if Citizens United decision left him no other choice but to raise money 24-7? With Koch and Rove raising about one billion..yes, a daunting task.

    • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

      "Obozo"? forgot "liar" "appeasor" "failure? "redistributor"? :) >>>>>>>> if Obama is a clown then what do you call the guyz he has copied, W. and Mitt? He continued or rekindled the search for BL; continued W's patriot act and tax relief program, implemented W's TARP and soliticed Romneycare experts to help write AHCA.

  • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

    Dick still gaga over Lady sarah? He blushes when she says "death panelz".