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Potemkin Obama

Potemkin Obama

Obama has bad intentions, according to Charles Krauthammer.

News flash!

Sure, it’s a mess right now. But maybe a mess is what we needed to get this party in shape.

It’s a risky tactic Obama is taking, one which might just as easily backfire, as I noted in early December:

Obama is so emboldened, he even is demanding unilateral power to raise the national debt.

But there is every indication Obama is overplaying his strong hand. Richard Brodsky of the ultra-liberal Demos foundation sees the danger most Obama-cheerleaders don’t see:

But the 800 pound, the-country-needs-a-deal gorilla in the room can smack Obama just as hard. It matters that the country sees who really wants to reduce spending on needed and popular government initiatives. The Republican counteroffer is as unserious as Obama’s original, which is part of the positioning for the eventual fistfight over what is enacted. But if a deal is going to get done, Obama will at some point, holding his nose, have to agree to those very cuts. And then deliver the votes on his side. It’s not easy moving energized Dems back into the position of responsible compromisers.

If he can’t, then the failure that sends us hurtling over the fiscal cliff will be wholly owned by Obama. And that’s no way to start your second term.

The way you puncture this Potemkin President is to show there’s nothing behind the facade — Pass Plan C and you take away the crisis he craves, and you put it all on him (but I repeat myself).  He either agrees to a 90 day extension (a pin prick in his bubble of invincibility) or he doesn’t (in which case he seems to be the unreasonable one, not allowing more time for negotiation).

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all suggestions seem to forget that the media will NEVER blame obama.
vote present and let him crash it fully then do a phoenix and rise from the ashes.
the country needs a mega dose of tough love.

The guy who suggested the other day that you run for office was onto something. I know you declined. I wish you’d reconsider. We’re desperate for this kind of clear thinking in Washington.

Good idea. BUT — remember we have three clueless, spineless incompetents at the top of the GOP: Jane Boehner, Miss Cantor, and Princess Reebus.

‘Plan C’ truly ought to be a plan to boot these lead weights out and replace them with people who get it.

Without replacing these three, be at peace with the disaster coming.

The rough is really bad outside of the Beltway. If Obama’s golf ball goes over the cliff then he will have to play out of the rough.

Yes, Plan C is just the (Republican) ticket. They should have passed it already.

Above all, we don’t want Obama to propose Plan C and take credit if it passes or cast blame if it doesn’t.

And we don’t need 2000 pages of obscured legislation to avoid the ObamaCliff. A one-sentence law will suffice, and I propose the following text:

Any and all laws, regulations, or other provisions (including “Executive Orders”) that currently expire or become effective between 01 Dec 2012 and 01 Feb 2013 are hereby postponed and will expire or become effective 01 April 2013.

    LukeHandCool in reply to donb. | December 28, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    I second this.

    Are you kidding? Do you really think the left will pass a clear, unambiguous law that can’t be packed with mandates that will allow broad judicial interpretation by leftist judges?

    Does anybody here really think anything positive will happen at all while Boehner/Cantor/Peantubuttercup remain?

Also note that the 90-day extension of “Plan C” moves the ObamaCliff date to April Fools’ Day.

If Obama has a mandate, then W had a landslide in 2004. If we had a free press we wouldn’t be in this mess.

We need to accept the fact that the odds are against us. Also accept the fact that this president has no intention of negotiating in good faith. It seems the only alternative we have is to fight like David against Goliath; we take the battle to the enemy.

The battle of ideas is what we need to use to defend our values and American principles. I thought I clarify myself so that I would not be misunderstood.

The ‘publicans will fold like a bad hand of Texas hold ’em…

The video has been removed. I went looking for it but see headlines such as Charles Krauthammer: Obama Showing ‘Great Skill, Ruthless Skill’ In Fiscal Cliff Talks (VIDEO).

I’m confused.

    creeper in reply to janitor. | December 28, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Get used to the expanding memory hole, janitor, along with the random crashing of your favorite blogs. That which they cannot refute they will bury. It’s a brave new world.

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