Obama: The Great Divider

Daniel J. Flynn is the author of numerous books, including "Blue Collar Intellectuals: When the Enlightened and the Everyman Elevated America," now available from ISI Books. Read Daniel's blog at www.flynnfiles.com.


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The president’s biography foreshadowed his presidency. Born in Hawaii, educated in Los Angeles, New York, and Cambridge, and representing a cross-section of white academics and black underclass from Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood as an Illinois state legislator, Barack Obama knows Blue America. His work for Ralph Nader’s Public Interest Research Group and as a community organizer in Chicago certainly didn’t bring him into contact with many conservatives. Today, he resides where his popularity is greatest (the District of Columbia awards him an 83 percent approval rating, according to Gallup) and even vacations on Martha’s Vineyard, an island containing the Bluest town (nine in ten Aquinnah residents voted for him) in the Bluest state. But what do they know of Blue States who only Blue States know?

The president’s Blue-bubble existence cuts quite a contrast with the candidates who seek to unseat him.

Michigan-born Mitt Romney won election to govern Massachusetts, where, as his wife pointed out Tuesday night, just thirteen percent of the electorate registers Republican. Democrats back then composed the state’s entire Washington delegation. Upon becoming governor in 2003, Romney faced super-majorities of Democrats in both houses of the state legislature. Yet, he managed to cut taxes and the budget deficit.

Like Massachusetts, Wisconsin hasn’t voted Republican for president since opting for Ronald Reagan in 1984. Yet Paul Ryan, representing the urban district held by Les Aspin for more than two decades, has never garnered less than 57 percent of the vote in any of his seven runs for Congress.

Past performance doesn’t guarantee future results. But at least Romney and Ryan have a track record of winning ballots from Democratic voters and persuading Democratic lawmakers. Barack Obama has a history of talking about bipartisanship. He doesn’t have much of a history of talking to actual Republicans.

Former Democratic Congressman Artur Davis quipped Tuesday at the Republican National Convention, “Democrats used to have a night when they presented a film of their presidential legends: if they do it in Charlotte, the theme song should be this year’s hit, ‘Somebody That I Used to Know.’” If Americans don’t recognize Barack Obama as the type of Democrat that they used to know, the pod-person president’s failure to get to know the alien species known as Republicans best explains why.

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  • Kevin

    The country's electorate is set in stone–The Republican Americans and the Communist Democrats. The problem is the commies are currently winning with more and more promises of government largess to its constituents. The country is done. It won't last another twenty years unless it separates completely into new nation states: the USA (normal Americans) and the Diversity States of America (left-wing kooks, et al). Civil war is coming unless a peaceful separation can be worked out.

    • Andy

      Sadly, I think you're right.

  • Schlomotion

    Let me get this right: The President is supposed to embrace bipartisanship the day after the other party just illegally rewrote its election rules, cheated on the delegate vote, surrounded itself with a SWAT team, and previously broke the fingers and hips of the competition within their own party? Hmmmmm.

    • Andy

      Don't bother trying, Schlo. You'll never get anything right.

    • IsraelFirster

      He brags enough about it, so he should actually do it instead of talking the talk and not walking the walk. Maybe he should wak over and become ruler of Kenya. He'd fit in better there.

      • Schlomotion

        Yes. It is well known that Israel Firsters support the "go back to Africa" position of the KKK.

        • poppakap

          It's also well known that slomo likes to catch for his favorite Pakistani friends.

    • Choi

      PROFESSIONAL TROLL Schlo is reduced to writing FICTION.
      WHAT the H_ LL is:
      "…the day after the other party just illegally rewrote its election rules, cheated on the delegate vote, surrounded itself with a SWAT team, and previously broke the fingers and hips of the competition within their own party.????????????????????!!!!!!.
      68 DAYS Schlo,68 DAYS!

    • Ghostwriter

      Once again,we have another fact-free,Jew-hating tirade from Schlockmotion. Doesn't he ever get tired of his anti-Jewish nonsense?

    • poppakap

      Funniest thing I've read all year sloboy. Good one. You really should give comedy a try. Since you can't get a writing gig at a serious leftwing rag, how about National Lampoon? Or maybe Mad Magazine? Cracked (talk about a perfect fit!)?

  • BLJ

    What else would you expect from a muslim America hater who hoodwinked his way (with a big assist from the MSM) into the Oval Office?

  • Ger

    Agree, Obama is "Yhe Great Divider"; someone should update the lyrics to "The Great Pretender" by the Platters with apologies to them along the following lines:

    Oh-oh, yes I'm the great Divider
    Dividing is what I do well
    My greed is such I Divide as much
    I love it, but few can tell!

    Oh-oh, yes I'm the great Divider
    Adrift in a world of my own
    I'm playing the fame but to my real blame
    You're left to pay for my game!

  • Don

    Noted.