Barack Obama, our next President

There are 20 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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sonicfilter

Indianapolis, IN

#811793 Nov 26, 2012
shinningelectr0n wrote:
<quoted text>
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.
sonicfilter

Indianapolis, 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.

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articl...
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.
COLONEL ANGUS wrote:
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...
sonicfilter

Indianapolis, 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.

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articl...
sonicfilter

Indianapolis, 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.

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articl...
dem

Chicago, IL

#811800 Nov 26, 2012
COLONEL ANGUS wrote:
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.
sonicfilter

Indianapolis, 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.

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articl...

The Nate Silver of economics. Pay attention.
brown eyes

Christiansburg, VA

#811804 Nov 26, 2012
new yawk wrote:
Jon Benet's murder was a "family affair".
The Father contaminated The DNA evidence on her body when he covered her with the blanket.
The Mother? The Father? The Brother?
And which ever one killed her, the others literally covered it up.
Accomplices. And all three Family Members had motive.
And it was a shoddy investigation.
The Father/Family of High Society, Pillars of The Community ... Well, you get the gist.
<quoted text>
7/19/2012
Jon Benet Ramsey Case:
James Kolar Rejects Intruder Theory:
In new book among the contradicting evidence Kolar points out in his book are fully intact cobwebs stretching over the window the intruder allegedly entered, More DNA evidence found at the crime scene including DNA on the garrote cord used to strangle the young girl. Kolar also writes about a child's toy that was found that may have been responsible for some of the abrasions on Jon Benet's body, rather than a stun gun which had been considered a possible source of the injuries on her back, according to the Daily Beast.
By the time I parted company with the D.A.'s office, I was convinced there was no significant possibility that an intruder had been involved in the death of Jon Benet, Kolar writes in his book.
Patsy Ramsey died in 2006 of ovarian cancer.
I agree with you and Lily the family was involved.
new yawk

Tonawanda, NY

#811806 Nov 26, 2012
You've got me confused with another.
I wouldn't even bother him with this nonsense.
He would ring your bell, like the last time.
And it wasn't prit-ty.
Besides, you're all played out.
And don't portray My Husband like Your Daddy or any of the other men who you sucked and f*cked all of your pathetic life.
Burnt out hooker. That's all you are.

The End.

PS But, he did come to see what I was laughing about, read it, the "Ya Mudda" and was LHAO too !!!
Stick to hookin' the homeless. Writing and Psychology, reverse or otherwise are not your forte. Shheeet. I've already played you backward. Had you read long ago. That's why you stated to me:
"I find you reasonable, yet somewhat dangerous".
COLONEL ANGUS wrote:
Either that, or she'll interrupt the dumb hirsute thug of a husband in the wife beater T from his nightly scat porn session to get him to leave some of his deathless prose on here ... Guess we'll find out ...(this is what is known as reverse psychology; if you guess what she's gonna pull next, she'll do the opposite. Hee hee ...)
dem

Chicago, IL

#811808 Nov 26, 2012
COLONEL ANGUS wrote:
He'll start with that "oozin' couze" stuff. bleeeeaaaaaa ... the good news is she has to service the ape once a week, at least, while he does her from behind, while yelling "giddyap girl!" -- which contributes further to her hopeless rage, zero self esteem, and already dysmorphic body image.
She pretends to have a husband?
Now that's funny.
dem

Chicago, IL

#811809 Nov 26, 2012
COLONEL ANGUS wrote:
<quoted text>Could you dart her first, strip her down, and place her in funny positions?
Like her wedding night.
new yawk

Tonawanda, NY

#811810 Nov 26, 2012
Well, I don't need a Legion, but you do.

Without you using other screen names and your butt buddies, you can't claim anything.

I stand on My Own. And I'm Kewl. And demi-d*ck, debil-trick

F*ck U 2 !!! HahaaaHeeeeAaWeeeeeee !!!

AND, I have a Bang-Bang-Blast doin' this !!
dem wrote:
<quoted text>
I like when she claims topix victory the best.
All the while posting under different names to cheer herself up.
dem

Chicago, IL

#811812 Nov 26, 2012
new yawk wrote:
<quoted text>You've got me confused with another.
I wouldn't even bother him with this nonsense.
He would ring your bell, like the last time.
And it wasn't prit-ty.
Besides, you're all played out.
And don't portray My Husband like Your Daddy or any of the other men who you sucked and f*cked all of your pathetic life.
Burnt out hooker. That's all you are.

The End.

PS But, he did come to see what I was laughing about, read it, the "Ya Mudda" and was LHAO too !!!
Stick to hookin' the homeless. Writing and Psychology, reverse or otherwise are not your forte. Shheeet. I've already played you backward. Had you read long ago. That's why you stated to me:
"I find you reasonable, yet somewhat dangerous".
Uh oh!
The sperm swallowing husband is her Achilles?
I thought it was her mother.
She seems to have a hard time accepting the fact that her mother was raped and that shes the spawn of a thousand diseased co cks.
Poor yawkie.
new yawk

Tonawanda, NY

#811813 Nov 26, 2012
Want to know WHAT'S reaaalllly funny!

Your wife of 15 years left your sorry a$$.

Found a bigger penis. And it worked too!

E'Ning, lil prick!!
dem wrote:
<quoted text>
She pretends to have a husband?
Now that's funny.
dem

Chicago, IL

#811814 Nov 26, 2012
COLONEL ANGUS wrote:
Or should I say "diagnosis above..." She doesn't seem to understand that we're only trying, in our own way, to effectuate a breakthrough for her, where she can finally interact with the other mob wives without doing things like smashing a carton of eggs with her bare hands at Kroger.
Sometimes with these bipolar types they fight till the bitter end.
Makes it more enjoyable for us.
Even during her meltdown she thinks of our feelings first.
dem

Chicago, IL

#811816 Nov 26, 2012
new yawk wrote:
<quoted text>Well, I don't need a Legion, but you do.

Without you using other screen names and your butt buddies, you can't claim anything.

I stand on My Own. And I'm Kewl. And demi-d*ck, debil-trick

F*ck U 2 !!! HahaaaHeeeeAaWeeeeeee !!!

AND, I have a Bang-Bang-Blast doin' this !!
Your story is lacking cohesion.
Xanax?
new yawk

Tonawanda, NY

#811817 Nov 26, 2012
You're right! It's ALL About ME!!!

But, there is A Husband. AND, the best part is, He's as Crazy as Me ... Good Sense of Humour, Zany.

Don't think. You'll disrupt those Alpha Waves you're so accustomed to functioning on. You'll jam the frequencies.

Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzz ... O Hell! Your Brain is already burnt out.
Fried, and not over easy. Hard Boiled!!! LOL!
IM A SIDE OF ANGUS wrote:
<quoted text>
I'm kind of thinking there's no husband now. I think it's all you, Angie.(there's that "victory dance" again, dem ... really peculiar... steadily more incoherent as we pull ever harder, on those tired, leathery-tipped tits ...)
dem

Chicago, IL

#811818 Nov 26, 2012
COLONEL ANGUS wrote:
<quoted text>I'm kind of thinking there's no husband now. I think it's all you, Angie.(there's that "victory dance" again, dem ... really peculiar... steadily more incoherent as we pull ever harder, on those tired, leathery-tipped tits ...)
There's no husband.
Who'd fk that let alone marry it.
She has a couple of topix characters she pretends are her friends.

She used to go on and on about her mothers sexual proclivities and how her fathers co ck tastes like ringworm
carol

Orlando, FL

#811819 Nov 26, 2012
Are there any liberals on here who believe it's wise to live within your means?

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