Obama and the Democrats are still running the country, but they’re swiftly passing the point of no return with the public. They still wield power, but without public support, their power comes without any legitimacy attached. The media has been ignoring that sticking point for a while, but no matter what the Jornolist folks thought, the media doesn’t actually control elections.
The perfect storm of media bias in 2008 helped rig the election, but that only worked when the public was unhappy and didn’t strongly favor either side. Rigging the election now and in 2012 will be a lot harder, no matter how much bias flows through the sewage pipes of the handful of struggling media conglomerates still left standing. And the media knows it too. They know which bandwagons to jump on, and which bandwagons to jump off. And the Obama bandwagon is headed into a deserted station.
The outrage over the 9/11 health care workers bill, in which Dems tried to ram through more hidden measures under the guise of paying for health care for Ground Zero workers, is the latest flashpoint in a conflict over an administration and a congress unwilling to work together with the opposition, and determined to get its way by hook or by crook.
The reports of Obama plotting to bypass congress for a limited amnesty, are on par with how ObamaCare was shoved under the door. And the public has gotten tired of these games. Scott Brown’s victory was a warning from voters in one of America’s more liberal states, that they were fed up with the one-note power crazed politics of the Democratic party. But the Democrats didn’t listen, which means they’ll be forced to listen; because America is still a democracy. And that means accountability comes sooner or later, when the people get around to voting.
The Obama Administration and congressional Democrats thought that the Obama cult of personality they were building would make them bulletproof. They were deeply wrong. The cult collapsed with a roar of laughter around the time Prince Barry got his Nobel Peace Prize for absolutely nothing. Now it’s just touring the world, and playing golf while everything goes to hell.
The 9/11 Ground Zero bill was an obscenely cynical charade, that removes any right whatsoever for the Democrats to criticize the Patriot Act, rolling in their own legislation, depriving the opposition of any ability to modify the bill, and pushing it out there, assuming that the Republicans wouldn’t have the guts to vote it down, no matter what is actually in the bill. Weiner’s temper tantrum is embarrassing. It gives the Netroots exactly what they want. Angry hysterical Democrats acting like children because they can’t get their way.
Of course Weiner wasn’t screaming at Obama, when Prince Barry’s administration tried to cut off 9/11 funding for New York, because the city’s politicians stood up to him on holding the trials for Al Queda in Lower Manhattan. But this isn’t about 9/11. It’s about politics. Cynical politics by spoiled brats in dark suits.
What began with MoveOn.org, ends with immaturity and juvenile tantrums from overgrown infants who feel they never got their way. Right up to the Infant in Chief himself. And as it began, so it begins to end. Shamefully and pathetically.
And their ad buy focuses on a 10 point list which warns potential voters that Republican victories would lead to a repeal of ObamaCare, DoddFinance and create tax breaks. The rest of it tries to convince voters that Republics will abolish the EPA, the Department of Education and the 17th amendment. Somehow the DCCC will not be claiming that the Republican party will be bringing back slavery—but only just by a little.
The obvious problem is that the public supports a repeal of ObamaCare and hates Congress. So the Democrats are left with a strategy that warns people that Republicans will destroy all their “good work”, which the public opposes anyway, or trafficking in alarmist conspiracy theories. And somehow they decided to do both.
The DCCC asks people to sign on to help fight the “Tea Party, which is probably the worst campaign slogan in some time, because it frames a showdown between populism and the establishment, which all the attempts to tie together Republicans and the Tea Party won’t upset.
And the news gets even worse for them.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s multi-million dollar ad buy across 60 congressional districts makes a statement that the party will come to the front lines to hold the House of Representatives. But what are they fighting against?
A look at results from the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll among those who live in the targeted congressional districts suggests the Democratic party may be fighting its own leader.
Views of President Obama were broadly negative among those in the targeted districts. A majority (54 percent) said they disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job in the July poll, including 41 percent who “strongly” disapprove.
And confidence in the president to make the right decisions for the nation’s future stood at an abysmal 36 percent.
But that’s not the worst part…
A generic congressional ballot was about evenly split among registered voters in these districts (45 percent said they’d vote for the Democrat in their district, 48 percent the Republican), however, nearly six in 10 (57 percent) said that regardless of their own vote, they would prefer to have “the Republicans in charge of Congress to act as a check on Obama’s policies.”
What that means is the Democrats cannot win as a party, only as individual Democrats who disassociate themselves from Obama and the rest of the party. Because a lot of voters are somewhat okay with their own congressmen, but distrust Obama and hate the Democratic congress as a whole.
The DCCC should be doing damage control instead of launching more attacks on the Tea Party, but it’s pretty hard to do damage control when you don’t acknowledge that you did anything wrong.
A few halting attempts are being made to maybe, possibly, repeal some of the worst sections of ObamaCare, but it’s too little and too late
For the first time, House Democrats are proposing repealing a piece of the health care overhaul, one that small businesses have been warning is going to be overly burdensome.
The move comes just four months after the Democrats’ health plan passed in March. The provision would have required businesses to file 1099 tax forms for all transactions with vendors that total over $600.
Due for implementation in 2012, it would have raised $19 billion over 10 years to pay for the health care overhaul.
Rep. Scott Murphy (D-NY) offered the bill on Friday morning. Ways and Means Chairman Sander Levin (D-Mich.), spoke in favor of the bill on the House floor Friday.
Honesty alone should compel them to repeal the whole mess and start over with something workable, where everyone knows what they are voting for. Which is exactly what Brown proposed.
Meanwhile Prince Barry trotted off to Detroit to show off GM’s new magic wondercar (TM)
And he made sure to send a shout out to Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick.
Detroit Mayor and Hall of Famer Dave Bing is in the house. (Applause.) Two senators who have been fighting for you each and every day, Carl Levine and Debbie Stabenow, are here. (Applause.) Wonderful Congresswoman Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick is here. (Applause.)
Who’s that wonderful woman? The mother of convicted Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. Which is handy because Carolyn herself was subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury in March. And despite trailing in the election, and low on funds, and Obama is there to help.
And, Hoekstra says despite the efforts by the White House to proclaim Obama’s visit a trip about autos, there’s definitely a political tinge.
“The president is touting jobs the government created because Carolyn Cheeks-Kilpatrick is on the appropriations committee. Why else would he come to the same state in two weeks?” Obama was in Holland, Michigan July 15 making remarks at Compact Power, a battery plant.
Kilpatrick is running for re-election to the House seat in Michigan’s 13th district, in what Hoekstra describes as a tough fight and Hoekstra calls the Obama visit to Detroit “pure politics, plain and simple”.
And that’s how it goes.
But the good news is that Nancy Pelosi finally has her own handbag. She can use it to pack and get out of here.