Are the Democrats on the Ropes?

stewartAs the laughably named Affordable Care Act simultaneously self-destructs and wreaks havoc, the right grows more and more optimistic that this boondoggle may be the beginning of the end for the Democrats. Finally, a glimmer of hope on the horizon for America! But we mustn’t kid ourselves – it would be a fatal mistake to believe that we have the left on the ropes.

This conservative optimism stems not only from the undeniable failure of the Obamacare rollout, but from the hopeful signs that President Obama is losing his sycophants in the mainstream media and Hollywood – a sea change that would have seemed as likely as icicles in hell during his first term. Even those normally steadfast supporters are no longer publicly pretending that Obamacare is anything but a disaster right out of the gate.

For example, NBC actually reported that Obama lied about Obamacare when he repeatedly claimed that people who like their current health insurance policy could keep it – again, this was NBC, not “Faux News,” formerly Obama’s only media critic. That rare brief foray into objective journalism was cut short, however, when the article was pulled offline, then reposted with edits tempering NBC’s original criticism. But it’s a start.

Earlier that week, Lara Logan’s report on CBS’ 60 Minutes about the Benghazi debacle did not mention Obama by name, and stopped short of directly condemning our government for ignoring warnings and security requests prior to the murderous al Qaeda attack in Libya; but it was noteworthy for at least lobbing some criticism, however tentative, at the administration over Benghazi.

The Daily Show’s host Jon Stewart, the most trusted news source for young progressives, has not only been ridiculing the Obamacare rollout, but also mocking Obama himself for his “total ignorance of what the administration is doing,” and for seeming so out of the loop on most issues, that “there appear to be very few loops he’s in,” including the NSA surveillance scandal. “Does the president believe in surveillance fairies?” he asked. Add to this the fact that late night talk show hosts like Jay Leno now regularly take comic jabs at a president they previously considered too cool and too infallible to target.

Hollywood, normally ready and willing to do Obama’s every bidding, initially helped spread the word about the Obamacare leviathan but quickly pulled back from promoting it. In the wake of the Obamacare website incompetence, and revelations about millions losing their health insurance, public relations teams are reportedly cautioning their celebrity clients to lay low. Even Oprah Winfrey is said to have refused to lend her influence.

Some celebs are doing more than just keeping a low profile. The civil liberties organization Electronic Frontier Foundation recently put out a star-studded video called “Stop Watching Us,” condemning the National Security Agency for spying on American citizens. Backed by a diverse group including the ACLU, the conservative Freedom Works, and the libertarian Competitive Enterprise Institute, it features actors Maggie Gyllenhaal, John Cusack, and Wil Wheaton, as well as activist/director Oliver Stone, denouncing the growing surveillance state under Obama – although they weren’t brave enough anywhere in the video to assign responsibility to Obama himself. Instead, as an example of presidential deceit and abuse of power, they dredged up Richard Nixon. Again, it’s a start.

It is comforting to believe that if our pop culture-wallowing president is beginning to lose Hollywood and Jon Stewart, then he must be floundering. But Stewart himself put the brakes on that optimism on Thursday’s show when he cautioned the media not to read too much into his criticisms: “Don’t act like us making jokes about a certain program or president is evidence that that politician or issue has reached some kind of tipping point for action.” I feel sure Stewart never issued such a disclaimer during the Bush years.

Peter Wehner at the Weekly Standard perfectly exemplified our understandable but premature overconfidence when he wrote that “the political ramifications [of the Obamacare failure] could be enormous. Precisely because the Affordable Care Act is the realization of a half-century long liberal dream, if it fails, it will be a crushing blow not just to Barack Obama but to American liberalism itself.”

That would be nice, although his use of the word “liberalism” is frustrating because the radical left is totalitarian, not liberal. In any case, cracks in Obama’s armor may be showing, but not enough to constitute a breach. He and his people are in power and will not easily relinquish their hold on that, now or ever. They will not go gentle into that good night.

Do not assume that disillusioned Democrats and independents will vote Republican next time around. We are going to need an absolute rock star as a presidential candidate, and even then, do not assume that the mainstream news media will treat him or her with anything less than their usual full-on hostility. Meanwhile, we may think we can hammer candidate Hillary Clinton about Benghazi lies, but unlike her husband’s intern, Hillary isn’t going to go down easily. The election is three long years away, plenty of time for the left to push that scandal and others further down the memory hole.

Do not even take it for granted that there will be an election in 2016. We have tyrants deeply entrenched and they will not hesitate to do whatever it takes to retain power and expand it, including disarming American citizens. If worse comes to worst and the merde hits the ventilateur, do not assume that law enforcement everywhere will side with patriots – Homeland Security has shifted from preventing terrorism to gearing up to quell a domestic uprising. Look too at the disappointing willingness of the National Park Service to abuse its power during the government shutdown.

Regardless of how much damage Obamacare and scandals like the NSA and IRS abuses have done to this administration, and the seeming rift in the administration’s relationship to the mainstream media, the right cannot afford complacency or overconfidence. We have a long, unpredictable three years ahead.

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  • Michael Hausam

    Excellent. Great warning! I think Obama would win reelection in a HEARTBEAT.

    • veeper

      of course he would….

      if Soros says run for another term…..

      reid will fix it with the senate…Boehner will allow it in the House…

      and…obama will have another term……

      liberal progressives ARE NOT going to play by the rules or laws….

      they will do as they please and dare republicans to confront them…..

  • truebearing

    Given the Republican Party’s pathetic track record, they shouldn’t be psychologically capable of becoming overconfident, but no doubt many are.

    Remember the last election, where, supposedly, all we had to do to win was get a candidate who didn’t use racial epithets or show up drunk? Romney still lost. He assumed the people were smart enough to see what a disaster Obama was and would continue to be.

  • Jason

    Stewart has said repeatedly that he criticises what he sees as bad policies. I regularly watch his show, and sure it’s mostly anti conservative, but I’ve seen him take a few digs at Obama. If you get Colbert as well as Stewart, then we might have something.

    The Democrats would easily be on the ropes if the Republicans could sort themselves out. It’s sad to see the amount of infighting and disagreement in the Republican camp. Unity is the key to victory. Take the example of Tony Abbott, conservative Australian PM, who leads in a coalition with 4 parties, he was more unified than the Labor government before him with just 1 party.

    It’s easy to say that Republicans must unify, I know it’s a cliche. But it’s true. No swinging voter would ever vote for a party where the majority leader couldn’t control his party in the House. Both Tea party members and moderates need to reach a compromise so that whoever gets the nomination will receive full support from the party.

    • 12banjo

      Oh, twaddle and hornswoggle.

      Stewart is first and foremost a sellout and a tool. Never, never, never expect anything like integrity from a guy who won’t even own his own name.

      He makes $30M a year, something we might admire if we knew that he came about it honestly. But I doubt seriously that this money is made from his adoring advertisers. His audience is 1/6th that of Duck Dynasty.

      Someday I’d love to see some investigative journalists go after that, because I wonder if the show *makes* that much money a year. I suspect that it’s coming directly from a Center for American Progress shell organization that keeps Stewart in his penthouse and multiple vacay properties in exchange for him getting out the slackers and stoners to vote.

      Case in point–his excellent summer adventure in being the Bigshot Director was financed by the Pritzkers, humungous Obama donors and now the Secretary of Commerce.

      Stewart is a Wall Street sellout to capitalist cronies, and his attitude toward the truth is at once contemptuous, cowardly and hypocritical.

  • Chezwick

    Remember before the ACA roll-out, how the shut-down had Republicans at historic lows in the polls and how we were going to be pummeled next November? Two short weeks later, the respective positions of the two parties have been completely reversed.

    Moral of the story? Americans have a short attention span. Next November is an eternity in political context.

  • Ed FDNYRetiree

    The dems won’t be “on the ropes” until all 57 Obama states adopt Voter ID laws and cards and actually purge the dead Obama voters from the rolls.

    • The March Hare

      There needs to be more dead Obama voters. OOOOPS! Did I say that?

  • cedars rebellions

    Right on all points. Never, ever underestimate the Goebbels media nor the ability of socialists to play the greed-fair-payoff ploys. One main difference between Obama’s socialist America and Hitler’s socialist Germany is Hitler had to physically take over the media. Obama’s socialists have taken longer but theirs is the more enduring.
    The Dems have focused on the their current enemies and you’re watching as folks like Terry M wins the VA governors race. The Dems refine their attacks and continually try new avenues. Tell me what ads the GOP is running nationally attacking the Dems? I’ve counted zip. Mostly, you can always count zip for the GOP. How they ever expect to win national races when they can’t even elect a GOP governor of VA is astounding.

    • The March Hare

      Spending is a big part of that. How much have you given? There are those with very deep pockets behind them. We have “heros” like McCain who get laws past helping to kill our ability to fund anyone.

  • Will

    The one saving grace is that this nation is so huge. Were we a small country like Germany, we’d be relative easy to control by brute force. The mass of Americans will rebel, and it will not be possible for DC to completely control 300,000,000 people if they don’t want to be. I will personally head for the nearest Red State when the merde hits the ventilateur.

    • veeper

      you gave the key to it all….

      “if they don’t want to be”…..

      the new face of america has no problem with being controlled….

  • veeper

    On the ropes??

    Not a friggin chance…..

    the reason liberal dems are in their position of power and influence in america….

    Is they don’t give up, don’t back off, don’t slow down, don’t quit…..unlike republicans that only come out for elections and then retreat back to their homes and their selfish lil lives…

    liberals see taking america as a WAR……they do not spend their time cowering and withdrawing after a defeat or set back….

    They continue to hammer and infiltrate……maneuver, organize, recruit and attack from the flanks….

    a WAR has many battles and fronts…..

    republicans had better take the snug blinders off and realize, as some of the Tea Party, that they are in a WAR for america, their country, their family and their freedom….

    liberal progressive democrats are NOT going to give up….they have come too far, gained too much and come too close to give up….

    THIS IS A WAR……republicans better get into it full time for the long run….

    • para_bellum

      Are Republican voters selfish, or too busy working and raising their children? The problem is that Republicans don’t have as much leisure time as the welfare recipients and liberal billionaires who support the Democratic Party.

      • The March Hare

        The problems are the demonRATS consists of a very large contingent of political operatives who make their political moves a consuming hobby and fully believe they are saving the world. They see themselves as martyrs to a cause and heros.

        • veeper

          they see this take over of america as a WAR…as does obama….

          republicans had better understand they are in a WAR for their country and their freedom….

          the WAR is almost over…..

      • Debbie G

        Democrats have also been known to pay their “volunteers.”

      • veeper

        don’t have as much leisure time?

        there’s the problem right there…..

        Freedom is not free….there is a price to pay….the price is sacrifice…

        freedom can’t be had with a part time easy half-hearted effort…

        The founders of america sacrificed ALL…they put their lives, interest, and families on hold to pay the price of freedom….

        they sacrificed their property, their time, their money, their possessions, their families….and some of them their very life…

        Not part time…not just their leisure time…but, all of their time…

        For what…to pay the price of freedom for themselves, their family and future americans…

        Freedom is not Free ….the price is personal sacrifice….

        for the majority of americans ….that price is more than they are willing to pay….

        present day americans are giving away their freedom and the birthright freedom of future americans …

        because they don’t have enough leisure time…

        That is BULLSHEITE!!

  • Veracious_one

    Democrats control more dumbdowned voters than Republican have informed voters…forecast….Democrats easily elect an Obama clone in next election….on the bright side…thank God for term limits….

  • Burlington

    The Republicans don’t stand a chance until they can deal with Alinskyite attacks. This can be done by making the name Alinsky as well know as McCarthy or adopting the strategy. They are zeroing in on Cruz now. You have a chief exec. who in at least a bi adulterer and he gets by with it.

  • Infidel4Ever

    The combination of stupid Americans who keep supporting the National Socialists, err, I mean Democrats and equally stupid RINO Republicans who undermine conservatives in their base will help the Democrats. And don’t forget the lapdog press ready, willing and able to cover for them.

  • tagalog

    This is an exceedingly rare moment for conservatives, a moment when the Democrat claim that they have the best interests of the people in mind can be demonstrated to be false in the sense that their plans are going to result in even more millions (or tens of millions) losing health care insurance. Obamacare is going to be a lengthy problem, reverberating perhaps as far in the future as the 2016 presidential election. This moment is one that can be employed to reveal the political bankruptcy of the Dems.

    But the Republicans will shoot themselves in the foot and the chance will be lost, never fear.

  • Mach1Duck

    Obama nor Congress has control of NSA. NSA is operating under an entirely different set of rules than those dictated by the president and Congress.

    • 1Indioviejo1

      Yeah, and Stalin didn’t know what Beria was doing.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    The Right can’t afford complacency.

    What Right? The Democrats are Marxists and the Republicans are liberals. Meanwhile, true freedom loving people on the Right are being attacked by both the Democrats and the Republicans alike as extremists. Indeed, unless the Tea Party morphs into a new Right Wing political party to replace the Republican Party, the Right in America still won’t have a voice.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Obama’s lies about Obamacare led to his reelection in 2012. Therefore, his reelection in 2012 is illegitimate. Where are the cries for his impeachment and removal from office? I hear only crickets from the spineless Republicans. It couldn’t be anymore obvious, our Republic is broke!

  • Cold_Drake_80

    From the article: “I FEEL sure Stewart never issued such a disclaimer during the Bush years.” [emphasis added] That little quote has to be the most FPM thing I’ve read in weeks. More than the jingoism, racism and sneering at human decency that makes up typical FPM fodder.
    I don’t care what Tapson feels. If that little dullard can’t be bothered to do the research needed to back up his assertions then he shouldn’t make them at all. However, to the “mind” of a good FPMer belief and feeling are not only forms of proof but the only kinds of proof that matter.
    I don’t expect those who spend their life face down in the FPM trough to get that but deprogramming takes time.

    • Drakken

      In a sad way, I really do hope you libtards get everything coming to you, Darwin loves a winner.

    • Race_Dissident

      Riiiight. Because Op-Eds Left and right document rigorously every single statement of belief with myriad studies and scads of evidence. Your “criticism” is inane.

    • 1Indioviejo1

      Is this advice on how to deprogram all the Alinskyites coming out of our Colleges? Don’t lie, the evidence is impossible to dismiss

  • Michael Abramowitz

    We talk about Obama but how could a whole Democratic House support him. I can’t believe that they are all so far left. It must mean that its all about themselves, their power, lifetime pensions, and guarantees of wealth that will follow. Aside from a handful of Democrats, there are no patriots…and I’m not sure the GOP is any better by the way they deal with Obama. Its just one big disgusting club of self serving politicians. This is the result of the ME generation.

  • Race_Dissident

    Sadly, demographics is destiny. And demographics sides squarely with the Left. Not only is there no room for conservative overconfidence, there is very little room for hope.

  • 1Indioviejo1

    This is a feel good article, but the reality is that Dems may joke about Obama’s failure but they will never turn on the gravy train. The leftist are in it to control America forever. Nothing short of a civil war will ever return our Republic to the free market freedom which made it great.

  • Clare Spark

    Delighted to see that Mark Tapson is as worried as I am about the election (or coup) of 2016. On what is and what is not Fascism, see I hope that I am mistaken and that Obama will go quietly, but I doubt that the Dems will agree with me. The Democratic Party believes that righteousness is at stake, and that the religion of humanity must prevail against the demonized Republicans and their spin-off the truly “fascist” Tea Party.

  • veeper

    I see a lot of excuses and reasons why republicans can’t do anything and why liberal progressives can…and are doing something….

    it boils down to this….

    republicans are not willing to pay the price of Freedom….

    they are busy….have things to do….

    the price of Freedom is personal sacrifice….americans are no longer willing to pay that price….

    it’s to high for them……