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So often we hear Democrats demand Republican capitulation on a host of issues -- some social, some economic -- because Republicans are on "the wrong side of history." That argument was made, in highly perjorative, eliminationist ways during the epic struggle of Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and others to stop Obamacare before it inflicted more pain. That effort to stop Obamacare prior to the failed rollout of healthcare.gov was belittled by people like Timothy Egan in The New York Times as being on the Wrong Side of History, writing on October 3, 2013:
They are not righteous rebels or principled provocateurs. They are not constitutionalists, using the ruling framework built by the founders. Just the opposite: they are a militant fringe of one party in one house of Congress in one branch of government trying to nullify an established law by extortion. This is not the design of the Constitution. Nor are they Martin Luther King Jr., or Rosa Parks or Winston Churchill — preposterous comparisons made on the floor of Congress by those whose only real fight is with progress.... We know now why Senator Ted Cruz, the most hated man in Washington, said he fears that once Obamacare is up and running people will like it — and then it will be too late for the obstructionists.... They wrecked the car, dug their own grave; no matter what you call it, history’s verdict came early.
Little did Egan or the others belittling the warnings about Obamacare realize that history's verdict would be against them; that Obamacare was it was not as it was sold and would cause Democrats to scramble for distance; that the Tea Party would be viewed as more in touch with American values than the ideology behind Obamacare; that big government would become the most hated thing outside Washington, even if Ted Cruz remained "the most hated man in Washington." The sweep of history is upon us, and it is not with the bigger government Democratic Party.

As the sham sales pitch and flummoxed policy behind Obamacare are exposed the attempts to portray opposition as a reaction to Obama's race are ramping up with renewed vigor. Yet the evidence is becoming more clear that it is not race that is the problem, it's Obama. Fouad Adjami has a perceptive column (h/t Hot Air), When the Obama Magic Died:
A nemesis awaited the promise of this new presidency: Mr. Obama would turn out to be among the most polarizing of American leaders. No, it wasn't his race, as Harry Reid would contend, that stirred up the opposition to him. It was his exalted views of himself, and his mission. The sharp lines were sharp between those who raised his banners and those who objected to his policies. America holds presidential elections, we know. But Mr. Obama took his victory as a plebiscite on his reading of the American social contract. A president who constantly reminded his critics that he had won at the ballot box was bound to deepen the opposition of his critics. A leader who set out to remake the health-care system in the country, a sixth of the national economy, on a razor-thin majority with no support whatsoever from the opposition party, misunderstood the nature of democratic politics. An election victory is the beginning of things, not the culmination.
It started long before Obamacare.  It started at the earliest point in Obama's presidency, the Stimulus.

A tweet from our very own Aleister earns Tweet of the Day honors. His tweet was in response to this tweet of mine regarding Obama's voracious reading habits. I just tweeted the word that came quickest to mind. https://twitter.com/LegInsurrection/status/395032821628035072...

(Photo: AP) In his post about health insurance executives' fear of talking on the record about the Obamacare computer problems, Prof. Jacobson offered this quote from the NY Times article:
These are not glitches,” said an insurance executive who has participated in many conference calls on the federal exchange. Like many people interviewed for this article, the executive spoke on the condition of anonymity, saying he did not wish to alienate the federal officials with whom he works. “The extent of the problems is pretty enormous. At the end of our calls, people say, ‘It’s awful, just awful.’ ”
It's awful, all right, and not just in the way they mean. The level of fear this administration has engendered is---yes, I'll use the word---unprecedented, at least in this country. And it's getting harder to tell what part of the current sycophancy of the MSM is ideological mind-melding and what part is fear, considering the way those in the media who dare to lob anything but softballs at Obama have been treated. Nixon had an enemies list, but how many people were truly afraid of him? And the people who were afraid of him actually were his enemies. With Obama, it seems that quite a few of the people who are afraid of him are his admirers and supporters, fellow-liberals and Democrats in the press and elsewhere. They're afraid to tell the truth, afraid they'll be punished for not sucking up fast enough and furiously enough. But hey, that's the way Obama got his start in politics. Remember the Alice Palmer incident?

From Syrian television, translated by MEMRI, a bizarre anti-Obama screed. h/t Free Syria Media Hub First a couple of screen captures: And the video: ...

What with the damn rodeo clown getting fired, banned, and the whole association subject to sensitivity training for the offense of clowning around at the expense of the President. What with the long history of rodeo and other clowns mocking presidents at public events (even down to the...

A Rodeo clown at the Missouri State Fair wore an Obama mask. The crowd did not want the clown to win. This video killed the rodeo clown's career: Now the clown has been fired ... permanently after an outcry from Democratic politicians. https://twitter.com/LynnEva0806805/statuses/366991513969885185 Drudge - Obama Clown fired AP Rodeo Clown Fired You know what needs to be done: https://twitter.com/DLoesch/status/367066740447920128 Jim Hoft has some background on how clowns were treated when they made fun of Bush. But this ain't Bush. In other Obama Mask news: https://twitter.com/LegInsurrection/status/366992153047617536 https://twitter.com/LegInsurrection/status/366993874058637312

Now they tell them! President Obama's enemies often accuse him, in the starkest political terms, of crudely acting to shift resources toward his political base: Green energy donors; single women; Latinos; African-Americans. But the next 12 months are likely to reveal the opposite. Imminent elements of Obama's...

And still be right. Via Ed Driscoll: In the illustration above, the Newsweek cover on the left was mocked-up by the Photoshop artists at National Review to accompany a 2009 satire by Rob Long titled, “A Conversation from Heaven,” regarding what Bernard Goldberg might call Newsweek’s “Slobbering...

Keith Koffler at White House Dossier has it exactly right, Obama to Create Mass Organization Devoted to Obama: President Obama will remake his presidential campaign into a massive new movement  devoted to supporting his agenda, an unprecedented move that creates a brand new political organization devoted...

Obama gave a good speech tonight at the memorial service in Newtown, CT.  It was the type of appropriate speech we expect from any president in time of national tragedy. But, as usual, some people need to make every Obama speech historic, in this case likening it to the Gettysburg Address given by Lincoln on the dedication of the cemetary for the tens of thousands who died or were wounded in that battle: There has been pushback on this, but the best response was as follows:
Address Delivered at the Dedication of the Cemetery at Gettysburg Abraham Lincoln November 19, 1863 Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little

It's hard to know whether to cheer their disappointment or commiserate. My natural inclination is to tell them to S*** *** **** ** considering that they have subjected us to four more years. From Michael Goodwin, Obama 2: Even more reckless: People weren’t paying attention. Those are the people now...

You remember the creepy Obama children's choir singing "Yes We Can" back in 2008. Now Obama supporters have rolled out another creepy video, via NewsBusters (h/t Marie) which has the full lyrics: The advertising agency Goodby, Silverstein & Partners has just released a pro-Obama commercial eerily reminscent...

The Washington Examiner has an in-depth series doing the work the legacy media refuses to do, The Obama You Don't Know. Here is an excerpt from the Introduction: In an effort to get a clearer picture of Obama -- his shaping influences, his core beliefs, his political...