Posts Tagged ‘ Barack Obama ’

Assassinating the rule of law

November 27, 2011
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In These Times
by Leonard C. Goodman  

"Of all the promises made by candidate Barack Obama, it was his promise to end the lawlessness of the Bush years by closing Guantanamo, ending torture and restoring the United States’ reputation for justice that got me out in the streets and knocking on doors. And it is President Obama’s failure to keep these promises that makes it impossible for me to support him again." [editor's note: This is a trend that could guarantee either a runaway win for the GOP survivor ... or the rise of a Dem contendah, as BHO does an LBJ - SAT] (11/25/11)

http://tinyurl.com/7xed8t9  

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Advantage Obama

November 22, 2011
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Thomas L. Knapp KN@PPSTER
by Thomas L. Knapp  

"Now that the 'Super Committee' has failed, congresscritters are already talking about ways to get around the $2.2 trillion in automatic across-the-board budget cuts that start kicking in come 2013 if a deal doesn't get done. Anyone remember Gramm-Ruddman-Hollings? Much deficit-cutting sound and fury, signifying nothing. The difference, if he sticks to his guns, is President Barack Obama ..." (11/21/11)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2011/11/advantage-obama.html  

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The case for a Clinton-Biden switch

November 7, 2011
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The American Prospect
by Paul Starr  

"Shortly before the Democratic National Convention opens in Charlotte, North Carolina, next September 3, Barack Obama should announce that he has asked Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to join him on the ticket as the vice-presidential candidate, and Vice President Joe Biden to become secretary of state in his second term -- and that both of them have agreed. A Clinton-Biden switch can improve the odds of a Democratic victory at a time when economic conditions would make re-election difficult for any president." (11/07/11)

http://www.prospect.org/article/case-clinton-biden-switch  

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Deporting the vote

October 30, 2011
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In These Times
by Theo Anderson  

"The battle for the Latino vote sums up President Barack Obama’s precarious position as he enters the 2012 election season. Sixty-seven percent of Latino voters chose him in 2008. But a poll conducted in August by the blog Latino Decisions showed that only 38 percent of Latino voters were certain to vote for Obama in 2012, down from 49 percent in June." (10/28/11)

http://www.inthesetimes.com/article/12124/deporting_the_vote  

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Obama moves to tie Occupy movement to “jobs bill”

October 17, 2011
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News Digests Wire    

"US president Barack Obama embarked on a three-day campaign bus tour on Monday, visiting North Carolina and Virginia to stump for his 'jobs bill' - which remains mired in Senate procedure -- and attempting to co-opt the burgeoning 'Occupy' movement behind him. Obama carried the two key states in the 2008 presidential election, but polls show him trailing likely Republican opponents there in 2012." (10/17/11)

http://wire.news-digests.com/archives/85  

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Obama’s economic burden

October 10, 2011
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Reason Reason
by Steve Chapman  

"Candidates for president generally blare recorded rock or country hits before their campaign rallies. At President Obama's appearances, expect a different form of music: whistling in the dark." (10/10/11)

http://reason.com/archives/2011/10/10/obamas-economic-burden  

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Obama the wuss!

October 9, 2011
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Tibor R. Machan A Passion for Liberty
by Tibor R. Machan  

"He has never shown much taste for the war on drugs yet he has done nothing to stop it. He could save a bundle of money ... and more importantly get people out of jail and prison who shouldn’t be there if he urged its end. It would strengthen America’s reputation as a bona fide free country. It would embarrass the Republicans .... Yet, what does Mr. Obama do? He lets the feds raid even medical marijuana clinics in California as a show of force." (10/07/11)

http://bit.ly/piG0gg  

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Obama’s fate — and ours

September 29, 2011
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The American Prospect
by Paul Starr  

"Will he go down in history as a Jimmy Carter or a Harry Truman? As a weak and indecisive Democratic president who ushered in a conservative era or as a strong leader who proved his critics wrong and won re-election? The next year will resolve that question about Barack Obama, but the answer may no longer depend on forces that he can control, if it ever did. ..." (09/29/11)

http://prospect.org/cs/articles?article=obamas_fate_and_ours  

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Hillary in 2012?

September 26, 2011
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New York Post
by Michael Goodwin  

"With poll after poll showing President Obama’s prospects sinking along with the economy, wild scenarios suddenly pop up in conversations. Some Democrats, for example, believe there is a small but growing chance the president will pull a Lyndon Johnson and decide not to seek re-election. Then there’s the perennial Hillary guessing game." [editor's note: Add this to the Nader scenario, and (as with MLB) we could have a Dem "wild card race" after all - SAT] (09/26/11)

http://tinyurl.com/4yg3t2g  

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Why Nader, West & Kozol seek primary challenges to Obama

September 25, 2011
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The Nation
by John Nichols  

"The volume on the ongoing discussion about whether President Obama should face a primary challenge for the 2012 Democratic nomination is constantly being adjusted. When the president compromises on basic premises of progressivism ... the volume goes up. When the president stands strong, however ... sometimes when he simply seems to 'get' that there is a point where compromise becomes capitulation, the talk dies down." [editor's note: If these "challenges" were about making BHO live up to the "end war, promote civil liberties" promises from his campaign, I'd say YAY! Too bad they're mostly about promoting the oxymoronic idea of "progressive economics" - SAT] (09/24/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3zt5km6  

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Why Obama should withdraw

September 19, 2011
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Reason Reason
by Steve Chapman  

"The vultures are starting to circle. Former White House spokesman Bill Burton said that unless Obama can rally the Democratic base, which is disillusioned with him, 'it's going to be impossible for the president to win.' Democratic consultant James Carville had one word of advice for Obama: 'Panic.' But there is good news for the president. I checked the Constitution, and he is under no compulsion to run for re-election." (09/19/11)

http://reason.com/archives/2011/09/19/why-obama-should-withdraw  

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Obama speechifies on jobs

September 8, 2011
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New York Times    

"Mixing politically moderate proposals with a punchy tone, President Obama challenged lawmakers on Thursday to 'pass this jobs bill' -- a blunt call on Congress to enact his $447 billion package of tax cuts and new government spending designed to revive a stalling economy as well as his own political standing. ... Though Mr. Obama’s proposals -- including an expansion of a cut in payroll taxes and new spending on public works -- were widely expected, the package was substantially larger than predicted, and much of the money would flow into the economic bloodstream in 2012." (09/08/11)

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/09/us/politics/09payroll.html  

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Decline and fall

August 24, 2011
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The Weekly Standard
by Peter Wehner  

"Now more than halfway through his third year in office—with the economy flat-lining, American prestige evaporating, and public anxiety spiking—Barack Obama is the most vulnerable incumbent president since Jimmy Carter. The election is still 14 months away, but it’s not too early to see the broad outlines of the GOP’s case against the president." (for publication 08/29/11)

http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/decline-and-fall_590448.html  

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The underperforming president

August 9, 2011
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The Economist
by staff  

"The superstar of 2008, who once looked like a shoo-in for re-election, now appears extremely vulnerable. Despite talk that he will raise a record $1 billion war chest, Democrats in Congress have begun to whisper that Mr Obama’s fading chances of winning a second term are coming to depend on the absence -- so far -- of an exciting Republican challenger." [editor's note: A great analysis, that addresses the real issue -- nobody who's running should be elected - SAT] (08/08/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3gevds4  

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Why Obama will likely lose in 2012

June 23, 2011
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Wall Street Journal
by Karl Rove  

"President Barack Obama is likely to be defeated in 2012. The reason is that he faces four serious threats. The economy is very weak and unlikely to experience a robust recovery by Election Day. Key voter groups have soured on him. He's defending unpopular policies. And he's made bad strategic decisions." [editor's note: Rove leaves out the part where the GOP shows no signs of vomiting up an opponent who's well-positioned to take advantage of any of those weaknesses - TLK] (06/23/11)

http://tinyurl.com/6h8cvtq  

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Which old white president does Obama most resemble?

June 19, 2011
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The Nation Blog
by Jamelle Bouie  

"For The Weekly Standard’s Jay Cost, it’s Jimmy Carter, the preferred bogeyman of conservatives and right-wingers. ... Yes, Cost is right to place Obama on shaky ground for his re-election campaign. ... Jimmy Carter, on the other hand, was wildly unpopular by the time 1980 rolled around, and faced a credible primary challenge from Senator Ted Kennedy. What’s more, the public blamed Carter for the poor economy of the late seventies, which isn’t true of Obama and today." (06/17/11)

http://tinyurl.com/6c9o7fl  

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Obama visits Puerto Rico with eye on US voters

June 15, 2011
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USA Today    

"Wooing Hispanic voters back home, President Obama kept his campaign pledge to become the first president since John F. Kennedy to make an official visit to this recession-battered U.S. territory. 'The aspirations and the struggles on this island mirror those across America,' Obama declared Tuesday." (06/14/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3k9evsl  

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Obama bets the house

May 3, 2011
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Mother Jones    

"At a press briefing on Monday, White House counterterrorism aide John Brennan called Obama's decision to authorize the operation 'one of the most gustiest calls of any President in recent memory.' Brennan works for the guy, but he was right: Obama had gambled his presidency on this mission. Today, it's all hurrahs — including from Republicans and conservative foreign policy advocates .... Yet imagine what Gingrich and the rest of the Obama Hate Machine would be saying had the mission failed. In short, the message would have been: Jimmy Carter, Jimmy Carter, Jimmy Carter." (05/03/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3wz5fzv  

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Obama and taxes

April 24, 2011
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Reason Reason
by Chip Bok  

Cartoon. (04/22/11)

http://reason.com/archives/2011/04/22/friday-funnies  

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Obama’s “bad negotiating” is actually shrewd negotiating

April 13, 2011
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Salon
by Glenn Greenwald  

"Like most first-term Presidents after two years, Obama is preoccupied with his re-election, and perceives -- not unreasonably -- that that goal is best accomplished by adopting GOP policies. The only factor that could subvert that political calculation -- fear that he could go too far and cause Democratic voters not to support him -- is a fear that he simply does not have: probably for good reason." (04/13/11)

http://salon.com/a/sUjEfAA  

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Running man

April 13, 2011
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The New Republic    

"Given current national trends and a credible Republican nominee, the presidential election would be very, very close, and President Obama might even lose. The economic situation looks like it will not be good enough for the president to cruise to victory, yet it will not so bad that voters are in the mood to repudiate him. In such a situation, campaign tactics, branding, and the identity of the Republican nominee would likely determine the outcome of the election — and in that context, Obama’s aggressive pivot to the center, including his forthcoming speech on deficit reduction, could have a decisive effect on whether or not he wins a second term." (04/13/11)

http://tinyurl.com/5vwr4mp  

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Obama’s first 2012 campaign event: Facebook “meeting” on Hitler’s birthday, Columbine anniversary

April 6, 2011
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Daily Mail [UK]    

"In 2008 thousands of Americans turned out to mass rallies in support of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. And the President has just announced plans for his first big rally of his re-election bid as he launches his run for a second term of office in 2012. But this time the first major gathering of the campaign is being held online as President Obama invites his Facebook friends to attend a '‘virtual meeting.'" (04/06/11)

http://tinyurl.com/4x2bmfc  

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Can Obama ’12 recapture the magic from ’08?

April 5, 2011
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The Nation Blog
by Ari Berman  

"In the midst of two-and-a-half wars, a prolonged recession and a possible government shutdown, Barack Obama officially kicked off his re-election campaign today. It wasn’t the most auspicious moment, and the low-key video the president sent in an e-mail to his supporters was a far cry from that dramatic announcement speech in Springfield, Illinois, in February 2007, when the upstart candidate invoked the idealism of Lincoln to begin his unlikely journey to the White House." (04/04/11)

http://www.thenation.com/blog/159665/can-obama-12-recapture-magic-08  

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Libya and 2012

April 4, 2011
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Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by Russel Hasan  

"By intervening in the Libyan civil war and dragging the United States into war with Libya, President Obama has effectively signed his resignation papers. There is no way that he will win in 2012." (04/02/11)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/525  

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Obama begins reelection campaign

April 4, 2011
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Classically Liberal
by CLS  

"After finishing the third term of George W. Bush, Obama is about to begin his campaign for a fourth. As you might expect I am utterly and totally opposed to this malignant little man being reimposed on the American people. And I oppose him for exactly the same reasons that I thought Georgie Junior was such a disaster. The policy differences between Obama and Bush are insignificant and minor." (04/04/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3w2decm  

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