Barack Obama, our next President

Barack Obama, our next President

There are 1432509 comments on the Hampton Roads Daily Press story from Nov 5, 2008, titled Barack Obama, our next President. In it, Hampton Roads Daily Press reports that:

"The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep," Obama cautioned. Young and charismatic but with little experience on the national level, Obama smashed through racial barriers and easily defeated ...

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lifes a beach

Lebanon, PA

#811777 Nov 26, 2012
RealDave wrote:
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What an idiot.
Claiming Obama never had a job & had no experience before becoming President.
Typical uneducated, uninformed right whiner.
Ok here's a question- show me a job where he was in charge of the economic aspect of a business or rather where he was previously educated in economic policy? He has no clue when it comes to fiscal matters, its really just obvious at this point.
brown eyes

Roanoke, VA

#811778 Nov 26, 2012
shinningelectr0n wrote:
<quoted text>
You statement shows you clearly to be a Neanderthal Consumer.
Hey, my beer bottle looks sexier than your beer bottle!
Think much?
Flattery will get you anywhere in this world. I like my Henikens myself. Whiskey is better.
lifes a beach

Lebanon, PA

#811779 Nov 26, 2012
Homer wrote:
<quoted text>He has stepped up, you have 1/2 the country(rightwingers) holding us back. You voted for McCain and Romney, so I would say you have egg on your face or possibly just highway dust from being left along the roadside. Florida. I can reminisce about the good old days and what might have been, no 9/11, no need for Afghan War, no Iraq War, a budget surplus, can't I?
I think after about 8 years of Gore we'd be down to just a few trillion in debt, whomever won in 2008 wouldn't have continued the Bush sepnding because it wouldn't have been there, probably no need for a massive stimulis either.
There, you've brought another tear to my eye, you happy now?
Oh really? So how do you account for the persistent relatively high unemployment rate? Or a marked increase in applications for government assistance and unemployment benefits? Perhaps Bush started it but Obama sure is doing a bang-up job of continuing it...
new yawk

Tonawanda, NY

#811781 Nov 26, 2012
Nightchalker is not a sock.

But he's funny as all get TFO !!

Eh, your defeat is showING!

Your Lament Is At Hand ... Remember that handle?


Don'tcha just love playin' characters, girlfriend??
dem wrote:
<quoted text>
Have I interrupted your Sybil hour?
You're even answering with the wrong socks.

Since: Feb 08

Spokane, WA

#811782 Nov 26, 2012
RUSH10ME wrote:
<quoted text>You know how to tell if you are standing next to a liberal democrat ? He has his hand in your pocket .
You probably also a liberal loon democrat at the OWS debacle, he was lighting up a joint after raping a woman.
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#811783 Nov 26, 2012
the_rac_on_teur wrote:
America's saviour: Obama!
"LIPA customers who spent weeks without power got zapped with their normal electric bills — as if the outages never happened"
What else do those customers expect when the government is their power supplier?

“My Life Is A Shell Game”

Since: May 07

Lapeer, MI

#811785 Nov 26, 2012
brown eyes wrote:
<quoted text> Flattery will get you anywhere in this world. I like my Henikens myself. Whiskey is better.
You must wear a headlamp working beneath those bar tables. Free leftovers, too!
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#811787 Nov 26, 2012
RealDave wrote:
<quoted text>
When the economy improves, unemployment drops, Wages tick upwards, housing comes back, peaceful solution to Iran, Better healthcare with 30 million more insured, reduced oil imports, Reduced dependency on oil, cleaner air, cleaner water, fewer greenhouse gas emissions and lower gasoline prices through reduced demand, we will own that.
None of that is gonna happen. Obama will be responsible for the 2013 recession.

Chicago, IL

#811788 Nov 26, 2012
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>What else do those customers expect when the government is their power supplier?
You my hillbilly azzhole are a filthy fkn liar.
lifes a beach

Lebanon, PA

#811789 Nov 26, 2012
Nj raider 1 wrote:
<quoted text> Ah! Thats what it is huh? Whiteman don't own this president so no more tax breaks for the wealthy. Now you want to spew hate & lies like that helped ya'll in the past. You do remember the election outcome right? You do remember how every poll in the book had romney winning with likely voters, all lies! Even though ya'll republicans/business owners felt the closeness of the election you started lying & actually playing dirty with your own american people. Even though ya'll tried to sabotage the economy & jobs rate%, the jobs rate still rose. And thats with a loss of 500,000 private sector jobs. It takes a leader with a clear vision of how he sees the future. Too good mitt has cataracts& couldn't see the furore right in front his rich face. Bottom line, yea we own putting the president in office & back in office, but we dont own him. Can't say the same for past republican presidents. They were owned by people like you thats why we needed change & we got it.
The poor have been voting democrat for over 50 years and they are still poor, who really are the stupid ones then? I don't know what polls you were looking at but CNN had both candidates in a dead heat up until the election results started coming in. Yes, exactly, government desk jockey jobs are becoming the new form of welfare- good pay, great benefits for producing next to nothing in valuable services and products. You want to take about adding unnecessary layers of bureaucratic red tape into an already inefficient, bloated system, well then you just got it. Let's see how long a system like that actually sustains itself. What made this country great was small business owners and small to medium-sized companies that didn't outsource their manufacturing. The American dream of giving creative, hardworking entrepreneurship a solid base for starting and keeping their companies here. That is what made us a world power and respected in capitalist circles, not some government mind-drones mindlessly punching away at additional non-essential paperwork.
new yawk

Tonawanda, NY

#811791 Nov 26, 2012
I admit I killed off The Count, George Elliott and Fetch ...

And you are the only reprobate, degenerate part that remains.

ALL DEAD! DEAD, DEAD, DEAD! MORTA! Myyyyy Preccccioussss !

Hot Damn, they must've been giving you some strong meds.

LOL! The yawkie meltdown will culminate in [email protected]!

Well, actually it's already started.

You just don't know what real fun and laughter is, you pathetic piece of rat hill dung!

dem wrote:
The yawkie meltdown will soon culminate in her killing herself
Or at least attempting like last time she ditched her meds.

Chicago, IL

#811792 Nov 26, 2012
<quoted text>Your patented form of "tough love" just seems to be making the patient even *more* combative. Do you think we'll have to resort to implanting a control chip in the cow, or do you think a good titty pulling will subdue her?
She's surrounding herself with her 'friends'.
I'm afraid the old battle axe might have to be euthanized.
It's what happens to rabid mutts.

Fishers, IN

#811793 Nov 26, 2012
shinningelectr0n wrote:
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Can't you find something fresh, new and unbiased? Mediamatters has a reputation for smelling bad, you know.
So would the FOX site do? The video will be the same.

Fishers, IN

#811795 Nov 26, 2012
Revenge of the Reality-Based Community

My life on the Republican right—and how I saw it all go wrong.

By Bruce Bartlett

I know that it’s unattractive and bad form to say “I told you so” when one’s advice was ignored yet ultimately proved correct. But in the wake of the Republican election debacle, it’s essential that conservatives undertake a clear-eyed assessment of who on their side was right and who was wrong. Those who were wrong should be purged and ignored; those who were right, especially those who inflicted maximum discomfort on movement conservatives in being right, ought to get credit for it and become regular reading for them once again.

I’m not going to beat around the bush and pretend I don’t have a vested interest here. Frankly, I think I’m at ground zero in the saga of Republicans closing their eyes to any facts or evidence that conflict with their dogma. Rather than listen to me, they threw me under a bus. To this day, I don’t think they understand that my motives were to help them avoid the permanent decline that now seems inevitable.

For more than 30 years, I was very comfortable within the conservative wing of the Republican Party. I still recall supporting Richard Nixon and Barry Goldwater as a schoolchild. As a student, I was a member of Young Republicans and Young Americans for Freedom at the height of the Vietnam War, when conservatives on college campuses mostly kept their heads down.

In graduate school, I wrote a master’s thesis on how Franklin Roosevelt covered up his responsibility for the Pearl Harbor attack—long a right-wing obsession. My first real job out of graduate school was working for Ron Paul the first time he was elected to Congress in a special election in 1976.(He lost that same year and came back two years later.) In those days, he was the only Tea Party-type Republican in Congress.

After Paul’s defeat, I went to work for Congressman Jack Kemp and helped draft the famous Kemp-Roth tax bill, which Ronald Reagan signed into law in 1981. I made important contributions to the development of supply-side economics and detailed my research in a 1981 book, Reaganomics: Supply-Side Economics in Action.

After Reagan’s victory, I chose to stay on Capitol Hill, where I was staff director for the Joint Economic Committee and thought I would have more impact. I left to work for Jude Wanniski’s consulting company in 1984, but missed Washington and came back the following year. Jude was, of course, the founding father of supply-side economics, the man who discovered the economists Robert Mundell and Arthur Laffer and made them famous.

I went to work for the Heritage Foundation, but left in 1987 to join the White House staff. I was recruited by Gary Bauer, who was Reagan’s principal domestic policy adviser. Gary remains well known among religious conservatives. Late in the administration I moved over to the Treasury Department, where I remained throughout the George H.W. Bush administration.

Afterwards I worked for the Cato Institute and the National Center for Policy Analysis, a conservative think tank based in Dallas. I wrote regularly for the Wall Street Journal editorial page, National Review, and other conservative publications. For 12 years I wrote a syndicated column that ran in the Washington Times, Investor’s Business Daily, the New York Sun, and other conservative newspapers.

I supported George W. Bush in 2000, and many close friends served in high-level administration positions. I was especially close to the Council of Economic Advisers and often wrote columns based on input and suggestions from its chairmen, all of whom were friends of mine. Once I even briefed Vice President Dick Cheney on the economy.
new yawk

Tonawanda, NY

#811796 Nov 26, 2012
You shouldn't talk about dem's mother like that.
Didn't he just ask MOI for mercy regarding his mudda.
If the demwit wasn't in the Penitentiary he could check up on his mother in that nursing home. Shame on you, JJ.
When she shrieks AHAAHAAAAAAAEEEEEE!!!-- it's just a matter of time before she starts smearing her own excrement all over the walls of the ward...

Fishers, IN

#811798 Nov 26, 2012
But as the Bush 43 administration progressed, I developed an increasingly uneasy feeling about its direction. Its tax policy was incoherent, and it had an extremely lackadaisical attitude toward spending. In November 2003, I had an intellectual crisis.

All during the summer of that year, an expansion of Medicare to pay for prescription drugs for seniors was under discussion. I thought this was a dreadful idea since Medicare was already broke, but I understood that it was very popular politically. I talked myself into believing that Karl Rove was so smart that he had concocted an extremely clever plan—Bush would endorse the new benefit but do nothing to bring competing House and Senate versions of the legislation together. That way he could get credit for supporting a popular new spending program, but it would never actually be enacted.

I was shocked beyond belief when it turned out that Bush really wanted a massive, budget-busting new entitlement program after all, apparently to buy himself re-election in 2004. He put all the pressure the White House could muster on House Republicans to vote for Medicare Part D and even suppressed internal administration estimates that it would cost far more than Congress believed. After holding the vote open for an unprecedented three hours, with Bush himself awakened in the middle of the night to apply pressure, the House Republican leadership was successful in ramming the legislation through after a few cowardly conservatives switched their votes.

It’s worth remembering that Paul Ryan, among other so-called fiscal hawks, voted for this irresponsible, unfunded expansion of government.

Suddenly, I felt adrift, politically and intellectually. I now saw many things I had long had misgivings about, such as all the Republican pork-barrel projects that Bush refused to veto, in sharper relief. They were no longer exceptions to conservative governance but its core during the Bush 43 years.

I began writing columns that were highly critical of Bush’s policies and those of Republicans in Congress—all based on solid conservative principles. In other words, I was criticizing them from the inside, from the right.

In 2004 I got to know the journalist Ron Suskind, whose book The Price of Loyalty I had praised in a column. He and I shared an interest in trying to figure out what made Bush tick. Neither of us ever figured it out.

A couple of weeks before the 2004 election, Suskind wrote a long article for the New York Times Magazine that quoted some of my comments to him that were highly critical of Bush and the drift of Republican policy. The article is best remembered for his quote from an anonymous White House official dismissing critics like me for being “the reality-based community.”

The day after the article appeared, my boss called to chew me out, saying that Karl Rove had called him personally to complain about it. I promised to be more circumspect in the future.

Fishers, IN

#811799 Nov 26, 2012
Interestingly, a couple of days after the Suskind article appeared, I happened to be at a reception for some right-wing organization that many of my think tank friends were also attending. I assumed I would get a lot of grief for my comments in the Suskind article and was surprised when there was none at all.

Finally, I started asking people about it. Not one person had read it or cared in the slightest what the New York Times had to say about anything. They all viewed it as having as much credibility as Pravda and a similar political philosophy as well. Some were indignant that I would even suspect them of reading a left-wing rag such as the New York Times.

I was flabbergasted. Until that moment I had not realized how closed the right-wing mind had become. Even assuming that my friends’ view of the Times’ philosophy was correct, which it most certainly was not, why would they not want to know what their enemy was thinking? This was my first exposure to what has been called “epistemic closure” among conservatives—living in their own bubble where nonsensical ideas circulate with no contradiction.

My growing alienation from the right created problems for me and my employer. I was read the riot act and told to lay off Bush because my criticism was threatening contributions from right-wing millionaires in Dallas, many of whom were close personal friends of his. I decided to stick to writing columns on topics where I didn’t have to take issue with Republican policies and to channel my concerns into a book.

I naïvely thought that a conservative critique of Bush when he was unable to run for reelection would be welcomed on the right since it would do no electoral harm. I also thought that once past the election, conservatives would turn on Bush to ensure that the 2008 Republican nomination would go to someone who would not make his mistakes.

As I wrote the book, however, my utter disdain for Bush grew, as I recalled forgotten screw-ups and researched topics that hadn’t crossed my radar screen. I grew to totally despise the man for his stupidity, cockiness, arrogance, ignorance, and general cluelessness. I also lost any respect for conservatives who continued to glorify Bush as the second coming of Ronald Reagan and as a man they would gladly follow to the gates of hell. This was either gross, willful ignorance or total insanity, I thought.

My book, Impostor: How George W. Bush Bankrupted America and Betrayed the Reagan Legacy, was published in February 2006. I had been summarily fired by the think tank I worked for back in October 2005. Although the book was then only in manuscript, my boss falsely claimed that it was already costing the organization contributions. He never detailed, nor has anyone, any factual or analytical error in the book.

Among the interesting reactions to my book is that I was banned from Fox News. My publicist was told that orders had come down from on high that it was to receive no publicity whatsoever, not even attacks. Whoever gave that order was smart; attacks from the right would have sold books. Being ignored was poison for sales.

I later learned that the order to ignore me extended throughout Rupert Murdoch’s empire. For example, I stopped being quoted in the Wall Street Journal.* Awhile back, a reporter who left the Journal confirmed to me that the paper had given her orders not to mention me. Other dissident conservatives, such as David Frum and Andrew Sullivan, have told me that they are banned from Fox as well. More epistemic closure.

Chicago, IL

#811800 Nov 26, 2012
When she shrieks AHAAHAAAAAAAEEEEEE!!!-- it's just a matter of time before she starts smearing her own excrement all over the walls of the ward...
I like when she claims topix victory the best.
All the while posting under different names to cheer herself up.
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#811801 Nov 26, 2012
Homer wrote:
<quoted text>You can't start a couple wars without raising some <cough> revenue.
Let's deal with today, not ancient history.

And stop imitating the phony republican.

Fishers, IN

#811802 Nov 26, 2012
So here we are, post-election 2012. All the stupidity and closed-mindedness that right-wingers have displayed over the last 10 years has come back to haunt them. It is now widely understood that the nation may be center-left after all, not center-right as conservatives thought. Overwhelming losses by Republicans to all the nation’s nonwhite voters have created a Democratic coalition that will govern the nation for the foreseeable future.

Tellingly, a key reason for Obama’s victory, according to exit polls, is none other than George W. Bush, whom 60 percent of voters primarily blame for the nation’s economic woes—an extraordinary fact when he has been out of office for four years. Even though they didn’t read my Impostor book, voters still absorbed its message.

Although the approach I suggested in my race book was ill-timed, the underlying theory is more true than ever. If Republicans can’t bring blacks into their coalition, they are finished at the presidential level, given the rapid rise of the Latino population. Perhaps after 2016, they may be willing to put my strategy into operation.

The economy continues to conform to textbook Keynesianism. We still need more aggregate demand, and the Republican idea that tax cuts for the rich will save us becomes more ridiculous by the day. People will long remember Mitt Romney’s politically tone-deaf attack on half the nation’s population for being losers, leeches, and moochers because he accurately articulated the right-wing worldview.

At least a few conservatives now recognize that Republicans suffer for epistemic closure. They were genuinely shocked at Romney’s loss because they ignored every poll not produced by a right-wing pollster such as Rasmussen or approved by right-wing pundits such as the perpetually wrong Dick Morris. Living in the Fox News cocoon, most Republicans had no clue that they were losing or that their ideas were both stupid and politically unpopular.

I am disinclined to think that Republicans are yet ready for a serious questioning of their philosophy or strategy. They comfort themselves with the fact that they held the House (due to gerrymandering) and think that just improving their get-out-the-vote system and throwing a few bones to the Latino community will fix their problem. There appears to be no recognition that their defects are far, far deeper and will require serious introspection and rethinking of how Republicans can win going forward. The alternative is permanent loss of the White House and probably the Senate as well, which means they can only temporarily block Democratic initiatives and never advance their own.

I’ve paid a heavy price, both personal and financial, for my evolution from comfortably within the Republican Party and conservative movement to a less than comfortable position somewhere on the center-left. Honest to God, I am not a liberal or a Democrat. But these days, they are the only people who will listen to me. When Republicans and conservatives once again start asking my opinion, I will know they are on the road to recovery.

The Nate Silver of economics. Pay attention.

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