Barack Obama, our next President

Barack Obama, our next President

There are 1418219 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

#1113226 Apr 8, 2014
fetch almighty wrote:
<quoted text>LOL-first you defend Lois Notlernerathing-and now you dump her? Criminals and Perverts and let's add Liars: The Democrat Party.
great RINO non-response .

i bet you were in on the GOP conspiracy. your job was to deflect suspicion away from Lerner and try to lay it all on Obama's doorstep.

you suck worse than Issa.
sonicfilter

Indianapolis, IN

#1113227 Apr 8, 2014
Incognito4Ever wrote:
Elections Director Kim Strach in North Carolina told state lawmakers at an oversight hearing Wednesday that her staff has identified 765 registered North Carolina voters who appear to have cast ballots in two states during the 2012 presidential election.
Strach said the first names, last names, birthdates and last four digits of their Social Security numbers appear to match information for voters in another state. Each case will now be investigated to determine whether voter fraud occurred.
There is a growing concern this could have occurred in 28 other states as well.
We should all want fair elections - in a democracy, that is. Not sure if some would prefer corrupt politicians seizing power at any cost and by any means who prey on the gullible to believe their intentions are good.
old story. falls flat on it's face every time. but hey, FOX has to 'report' something.
PDUPONT

Chicopee, MA

#1113228 Apr 8, 2014
Incognito4Ever wrote:
<quoted text>
You have to stop believing everything you hear from senile politicians who will lie through their teeth and deceive without blinking because of liberal bias and political power, i.e. Harry Reid.
The democrats have made the Koch Brothers the new invisible war this election cycle.
Nevermind George Soros and the unions funding the democrats and liberal causes and how both pale in comparison to the Koch Brothers' contributions.
Harry Reid and your democrats won't bring that up.
The Koch Brothers are philanthropists and fund research for cancer and the arts.
Harry Reid and your democrats won't bring that up either.
My advise to you is start sharpening and honing your analytical skills. They have become blunt and dull by brainwashing.
Look who's talking! You're the nitwit who repeats every talking point coming out of Fox without actually checking them to see if their actually true. Unlike you Carol I actually take the time to check out what I post which probably why I'm usually a few days behind in my posts.
Your take on the Koch brothers vs. George Soros is a perfect example of your intellectual laziness.
Together, the Kochs have approximately $68 billion dollars combined wealth whereas George Soros has $20 billion. Right away, common sense should prevail upon a conservative afraid of a Soros boogeyman that he doesn’t have the resources of the megalomaniacal brothers. Where does this misguided commenter get such nonsense? Where else but the conservative media-sphere, so well-known for its distortion, it’s become cliché. Visit Fox So-Called News or right wing blogs, and soon you hear that George Soros has spent “$550 million” since 1979 in the United States on liberal causes and fail to note that he has disclosed every dollar, because he believes in a transparent and open society. Conversely, just try and find a record of the Koch brothers’ donations to conservative causes since 1979 without a full-time investigator.
It's so nice that the Koch's fund cancer research since their various refineries cause so much of it. Here's some more goodies from Koch world;
In 2008, an internal investigation found numerous instances of bribery to foreign officials to secure contracts by Koch Industries subsidiary Koch-Glitsch. One incident which came under investigation was the payment of an unusually high premium to a sales agent who admitted in a French court that the payment had been passed on to someone representing a partially state-owned Egyptian company in order to secure a contract there.
The company attempted to blame the sales agent and terminated him with a six page letter detailing the company's illicit payments to interests in Algeria, Egypt, India, Morocco, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia and placing blame for them on the sales agent. However, the court found that "[the sales agent] was not giving authorizations" for the payments, instead indicating that Charles Ender, a major Koch executive and president of Koch-Glitsch for Europe and Asian operations at the time, was responsible.
In April 2001, the Koch Petroluem Group (now Flint Hills Resources) "pleaded guilty to a felony charge of lying to the government about its benzene emissions". A report to the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission disclosed only 1/149th of the actual benzene pollution. The company was fined $10 million and ordered to fund an additional $10 million in costs for environmental cleanup in South Texas.
The extremely profitable plant earned almost $200 million for the company in 1995, the year of the violation; the benzene emissions would have cost $7 million to control. After an environmental technician reported the false report that led to the fines, Koch Petroleum Group moved the whistle blower to an empty office with no tasks and no e-mail access. She quit a short time later.

“fairtax.org”

Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#1113229 Apr 8, 2014
Rev. Al Sharpton worked as FBI informant, taping conversations with mob pals to help bring down Genovese crime family: report
Sharpton became an informant after he was caught on tape with a drug kingpin discussing cocaine deals, and the feds threatened him with charges unless he flipped and snitched on Mafia acquaintances, according to The Smoking Gun. In an interview with the Daily News on Monday, Sharpton disputed much of the report, saying he turned to authorities after receiving threats from Gambino family member Joseph (Joe Bana) Buonanno and others.
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Portrait of American religious leader and civil rights activist Reverrend Al Sharpton in his office, New York, New York, January 20, 1991.(Photo by New York Times Co./Chester Higgins Jr./Getty Images)
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The Rev. Al Sharpton in his office in New York on January 20, 1991. Sharpton worked as an FBI informant during the 1980s, according to a report by The Smoking Gun.
He's had the titles of civil rights activist, presidential candidate and TV host.
But for a time, the FBI secretly called the Rev. Al Sharpton something else:“CI-7”— a confidential informant who taped mobsters with a bugged briefcase, helping the feds bring down members of the Genovese crime family, it was revealed Monday.
For four years in the 1980s, Sharpton secretly assisted a joint FBI-NYPD task force known as the “Genovese squad,” The Smoking Gun website disclosed.
Sharpton’s role as an FBI informant was first disclosed in 1988 — but The Smoking Gun obtained hundreds of pages of secret court filings and FBI memos that provide stunning new details of his cooperation. The documents depict Sharpton operating easily in an underworld of violence and corruption, helping the feds collect essential information.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/rev-al-sh...

“Constitutionalis t”

Since: Dec 10

Spring, TX

#1113230 Apr 8, 2014
RealDave wrote:
<quoted text>
So, the drugs ate your brain.
So, If people rioted in Muslim cities because of a video the same day there was large number of people attack a government installation in Benghazi, only a f*cking idiot would not consider that the happenings in Benghazi might be due to the same reason as the rioting in other Muslim cities.
It only makes sense.
Perhaps that is why you don't get it.
Nobody even knew that video existed. It had a grand total of (drum roll) seventeen hits from around the world before Obama lied about some spontaneous demonstration that never happened, and there was never any evidence that it happened. Al Qaeda planned the attack before the video even existed.

Don't you watch CNN? Nick Roberts was covering the demonstrations all day that day, and had several interviews with the demonstrators, as well as the scheduled main speaker planned for that day, the brother of the blind sheik, who all told you on American television all day long...
The PLANNED demonstrations were to pressure the United States into releasing the blind sheik from prison.

Now, you still haven't answered this question:
What evidence did the White House or State Department ever have of the "spontaneous demonstration" Obama lied about for two weeks covering up the Al Qaeda attack on the United States in Benghazi?

When you show us that evidence, we can move the discussion forward.

“Bill Clinton could have ”

Since: May 10

Prevented this

#1113231 Apr 8, 2014
Eleanor Beaver wrote:
The Poverty Hoax
A major concern of progressives is their supposed interest in the fate of the poor. They purport to be the champions of the poor. But the truth is that they need the poor more than the poor need them, in a symbiotic relationship.
As much as 75% of the money allocated to the poor is consumed by the vast bureaucracies that administer this aid. These agencies are actually job programs for college graduates who would often find it difficult to find employment in the private sector.
Obama told us that,“We can't drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times.” Yet during a recent trip to China the first family and their staff of about 70 stayed in the presidential suite at the Westin Chaoyang Hotel, which USA Today reports costs about $8,400 a night.
Where do America's "poor" stand in this scale of poverty? In a nation of over 300 million people there are undoubtedly cases of destitution, want and hardship. However, these cases appear to be the exception.
As former Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman stated, "More people die in the United States of too much food than of too little." According to William Bennett, "Poor people in America have a higher standard of living than middle-class Americans of previous generations."
Perhaps the assertion of President Franklin Roosevelt says it best:“Continued dependence upon relief induces a spiritual and moral disintegration fundamentally destructive to the national fiber. To dole out relief in this way is to administer a narcotic, a subtle destroyer of the human spirit.” Certainly progressive academics are aware of the consequences of their policies. Perhaps that is their ultimate goal.
but but most of these bureaucracies are run by the democrats--it is making democrats rich under the guise of 'saving the poor' and then of course it is always about the children, children, children--flim flam scootin scam=the monkey hustle.

“Amor patriae.”

Since: Feb 08

Eastern Oregon

#1113232 Apr 8, 2014
sonicfilter wrote:
<quoted text>
so who's the great white hope for the republicans?
ROTFLMAO
all the dems have to do to win to in 2016 is just say they have somebody.
Great white hope vs. Stupid black reality.
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice.......
sonicfilter

Indianapolis, IN

#1113233 Apr 8, 2014
Incognito4Ever wrote:
<quoted text>
At least you can't call them obstructionists anymore. If they give Obama everything he wants and ObamaCare is the disaster even some Democrats fear it will be, you have no one to blame anymore either, do you?
Unlike Harry Reid who refused to bring up any bill passed by the House in the Senate for a vote. Wonder what old Harry was scared of. But talk about an obstructionist!
so when is the 'disaster'' going to happen?

and that is the same disaster FOX has been pushing for 4 years now, right?

there comes a point where fear-mongering just looks like sour grapes. so i'd say Boehner is smarter than a FOXbot.

Since: Mar 14

Orlando, FL

#1113234 Apr 8, 2014
leosnana wrote:
<quoted text>The answer to your question if obvious--she didn't.
Beginning to suspect it is you who is the college graduate fraud.

PDupont educates himself on the liberal loon websites. He's been sufficiently brainwashed.

Residual troops remaining in Iraq until it had a more stabilized trained military to keep the peace was not part of the withdrawal agreement.

Obama folded his cards prematurely without even looking at - much less considering - any other options available to him to protect the residual troops and the Iraqis.

The gains that were made and the strategic advantage we once had in Iraq over Iran is now lost. Iraq has become another of Obama's problems and failed foreign policies.

“fairtax.org”

Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#1113235 Apr 8, 2014
BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!

Nine Months After Passing Concealed Carry, What has Happened to Chicago’s Murder Rate?

April 7, 2014 By Greg Campbell


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Supporters of the Second Amendment all across the country ought to be celebrating as Chicago has enjoyed the lowest murder rate in over fifty years thanks to the Land of Lincoln’s begrudging acceptance of an individual’s right to self-defense.

Though Illinois has been remarkably slow to accept what gun owners around the country have long understood, Illinois became the fiftieth state to finally allow concealed carrying of a firearm.

On July 9ty, 2013, the bill allowing concealed carry was approved by both houses of Illinois’ congress after mounting pressure from gun rights groups and the Supreme Court.

The left offered their usual cries and warnings that the streets of Chicago would run red with the blood of the innocent, but in truth, it appears Chicago is enjoying the lowest murder rate since 1958 thanks to the underlying threat to criminals of an armed population.

The Washington Times reported:
The first three months of 2014 have seen the fewest number of homicides since 1958 — six fewer than this time in 2013, and 55 fewer than this time in 2012, The Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Gun-rights advocates argue that concealed carry laws can reduce crime and keep the population safer. The state began accepting applications for permits in January.

“The facts are every time guns have been allowed, concealed-carry has been allowed, the crime rate has gone down,” said Rep. Louie Gohmert, a Texas Republican, just months before Illinois passed the concealed carry law in July 2013.
Of course, while Occam’s razor would suggest that the change in gun laws would be the obvious cause of the drop in murder rate in a city long known for rampant gun violence, gun control proponents are maintaining that the opposite is true, that gun control efforts are working.

Chicago Police Superintendant Garry McCarthy claimed that the drop in murders can be attributed to gun control efforts and the collecting of 1,300 firearms within the city and increased training for police officers.

However, it seems unlikely that after a half-century of trying the same ideas over and over again only to witness the murder rate rise that now, 9 months after enacting concealed carry laws, these same failed gun control laws are finally working.

The much simpler and obvious answer: criminals are less successful against an armed population.

Illinois may have been slow to embrace reality, but after decades of kicking and screaming, Chicago is enjoying less violence thanks to good guys with guns.

Since: Mar 14

Orlando, FL

#1113236 Apr 8, 2014
DBWriter wrote:
<quoted text>
Nobody even knew that video existed. It had a grand total of (drum roll) seventeen hits from around the world before Obama lied about some spontaneous demonstration that never happened, and there was never any evidence that it happened. Al Qaeda planned the attack before the video even existed.
Don't you watch CNN? Nick Roberts was covering the demonstrations all day that day, and had several interviews with the demonstrators, as well as the scheduled main speaker planned for that day, the brother of the blind sheik, who all told you on American television all day long...
The PLANNED demonstrations were to pressure the United States into releasing the blind sheik from prison.
Now, you still haven't answered this question:
What evidence did the White House or State Department ever have of the "spontaneous demonstration" Obama lied about for two weeks covering up the Al Qaeda attack on the United States in Benghazi?
When you show us that evidence, we can move the discussion forward.
The terrorists responsible for killing Americans in a planned terrorist attack roam free while the maker of that video remains in jail simply for exercising his freedom of speech.

And the gullible still don't have a clue what's going on here.

Since: Mar 11

St. Croix valley

#1113237 Apr 8, 2014
Incognito4Ever wrote:
<quoted text>
Beginning to suspect it is you who is the college graduate fraud.
PDupont educates himself on the liberal loon websites. He's been sufficiently brainwashed.
Residual troops remaining in Iraq until it had a more stabilized trained military to keep the peace was not part of the withdrawal agreement.
Obama folded his cards prematurely without even looking at - much less considering - any other options available to him to protect the residual troops and the Iraqis.
The gains that were made and the strategic advantage we once had in Iraq over Iran is now lost. Iraq has become another of Obama's problems and failed foreign policies.
when was this supposed advantage you think we had with Iraq?!? when wasn[t it just a massive liability weakening us worldwide?

you are funny....

Since: Mar 11

St. Croix valley

#1113238 Apr 8, 2014
Incognito4Ever wrote:
<quoted text>
The terrorists responsible for killing Americans in a planned terrorist attack roam free while the maker of that video remains in jail simply for exercising his freedom of speech.
And the gullible still don't have a clue what's going on here.
how do you know how planned the attack was?

perhaps if grave dancers like you weren't taking u all the gov't's time pointing fingers atr each other we could have caught them...

and here you are still dancing on the graves of brave americans that died serving you...

“Bill Clinton could have ”

Since: May 10

Prevented this

#1113239 Apr 8, 2014
PDUPONT wrote:
<quoted text>
Look who's talking! You're the nitwit who repeats every talking point coming out of Fox without actually checking them to see if their actually true. Unlike you Carol I actually take the time to check out what I post which probably why I'm usually a few days behind in my posts.
Your take on the Koch brothers vs. George Soros is a perfect example of your intellectual laziness.
Together, the Kochs have approximately $68 billion dollars combined wealth whereas George Soros has $20 billion. Right away, common sense should prevail upon a conservative afraid of a Soros boogeyman that he doesn’t have the resources of the megalomaniacal brothers. Where does this misguided commenter get such nonsense? Where else but the conservative media-sphere, so well-known for its distortion, it’s become cliché. Visit Fox So-Called News or right wing blogs, and soon you hear that George Soros has spent “$550 million” since 1979 in the United States on liberal causes and fail to note that he has disclosed every dollar, because he believes in a transparent and open society. Conversely, just try and find a record of the Koch brothers’ donations to conservative causes since 1979 without a full-time investigator.
It's so nice that the Koch's fund cancer research since their various refineries cause so much of it. Here's some more goodies from Koch world;
In 2008, an internal investigation found numerous instances of bribery to foreign officials to secure contracts by Koch Industries subsidiary Koch-Glitsch. One incident which came under investigation was the payment of an unusually high premium to a sales agent who admitted in a French court that the payment had been passed on to someone representing a partially state-owned Egyptian company in order to secure a contract there.
The company attempted to blame the sales agent and terminated him with a six page letter detailing the company's illicit payments to interests in Algeria, Egypt, India, Morocco, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia and placing blame for them on the sales agent. However, the court found that "[the sales agent] was not giving authorizations" for the payments, instead indicating that Charles Ender, a major Koch executive and president of Koch-Glitsch for Europe and Asian operations at the time, was responsible.
In April 2001, the Koch Petroluem Group (now Flint Hills Resources) "pleaded guilty to a felony charge of lying to the government about its benzene emissions". A report to the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission disclosed only 1/149th of the actual benzene pollution. The company was fined $10 million and ordered to fund an additional $10 million in costs for environmental cleanup in South Texas.
George Soros isn't even his real name. But the democrats have always embraced war criminals and now of course perverts and as always liars: Democrats embrace Soros:
During an interview with “60 Minutes” reporter Steve Kroft, Soros was asked about his “happiest year”:

KROFT: My understanding is that you went out with this protector of yours who swore that you were his adopted godson.

SOROS: Yes. Yes.

KROFT: Went out, in fact, and helped in the confiscation of property from your fellow Jews, friends and neighbors.

SOROS: Yes. That’s right. Yes.

KROFT: I mean, that sounds like an experience that would send lots of people to the psychiatric couch for many, many, years. Was it difficult?

SOROS: No, not at all. Not at all, I rather enjoyed it.

KROFT: No feelings of guilt?

SOROS: No, only feelings of absolute power.

Those last eight chilling lines tell us all we need to know about Soros, and more importantly, anyone who would want to associate with this despicable scumbag, who should have been charged with committing war crimes, IMO.


Criminals, Perverts, Liars: The democrat party today in the United States of America.

“fairtax.org”

Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#1113240 Apr 8, 2014
YOU WON’T BELIEVE WHY A NJ SCHOOL SUSPENDED ETHAN CHAPLIN AND SENT HIM FOR A PSYCH EVALUATION

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Ethan Chaplin is a thirteen-year-old student in Vernon, New Jersey, who has suspended for two days and will undergo a psychological evaluation after another student complained that he “twirled a pencil like a gun”.

Is this the kind of ‘political correctness’ we should be teaching children? Should school kids worry all the time that someone imagining they see a “gun motion” will arbitrarily damage their future?

According to News 12 New Jersey, Chaplin said he was “just twisting around a pencil with a pen cap on it when a student behind him yelled,‘He’s making gun motions, send him to juvie.’”
Share this if you’re tired of officials caving in to left-wing idealist propaganda!

Chaplin told officials he had repeatedly been bullied by the student who complained and that the complaint about the pencil was just an extension of that. But the school suspended him anyway,“pending the outcome of a psychological evaluation.”

Vernon Schools Superintendent Charles Maranzano indicated that “school policy and the law requires [sic] him to investigate when anyone in school feels uncomfortable or threatened by another student.” He said,“We never know what’s percolating in the minds of children. And when they demonstrate behaviors that raise red flags, we must do our duty.”

Since: Mar 11

St. Croix valley

#1113241 Apr 8, 2014
Incognito4Ever wrote:
Elections Director Kim Strach in North Carolina told state lawmakers at an oversight hearing Wednesday that her staff has identified 765 registered North Carolina voters who appear to have cast ballots in two states during the 2012 presidential election.
Strach said the first names, last names, birthdates and last four digits of their Social Security numbers appear to match information for voters in another state. Each case will now be investigated to determine whether voter fraud occurred.
There is a growing concern this could have occurred in 28 other states as well.
We should all want fair elections - in a democracy, that is. Not sure if some would prefer corrupt politicians seizing power at any cost and by any means who prey on the gullible to believe their intentions are good.
it's been a long time...why hasn't anyone been charged with felony voter fraud? it would be easy to check with the other states to see if they voted there also. seems it didn't really happen.

don't tell me you think voter ID would have stopped this...it wouldn't have.
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#1113242 Apr 8, 2014
Realtime wrote:
<quoted text>She claimed to have attended the University of Illinois, called it a top ten university. Think she meant Big10.
Also claimed to have been harassed by a professor because of her religious views.
Also claimed to have once been married to a UI associate professor.
She's a real claimer that one is.
as for the University of Illinois:

http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews...

http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com...

http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com...

http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com...

on the other hand, the University of Central Florida is ranked #170....

http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com...
sonicfilter

Indianapolis, IN

#1113243 Apr 8, 2014
another story the Breitbart site pushed is another fail.

TX Prosecutor Calls James O'Keefe's Voter Registration Smear 'Unprofessional', Moves To Dismiss

Once again, James O'Keefe invented shadowy liberal violations of the law where none existed, and was called out on it.

http://crooksandliars.com/2014/04/tx-prosecut...

“Bill Clinton could have ”

Since: May 10

Prevented this

#1113244 Apr 8, 2014
flack wrote:
Rev. Al Sharpton worked as FBI informant, taping conversations with mob pals to help bring down Genovese crime family: report
Sharpton became an informant after he was caught on tape with a drug kingpin discussing cocaine deals, and the feds threatened him with charges unless he flipped and snitched on Mafia acquaintances, according to The Smoking Gun. In an interview with the Daily News on Monday, Sharpton disputed much of the report, saying he turned to authorities after receiving threats from Gambino family member Joseph (Joe Bana) Buonanno and others.
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Portrait of American religious leader and civil rights activist Reverrend Al Sharpton in his office, New York, New York, January 20, 1991.(Photo by New York Times Co./Chester Higgins Jr./Getty Images)
NEW YORK TIMES CO./GETTY IMAGES
The Rev. Al Sharpton in his office in New York on January 20, 1991. Sharpton worked as an FBI informant during the 1980s, according to a report by The Smoking Gun.
He's had the titles of civil rights activist, presidential candidate and TV host.
But for a time, the FBI secretly called the Rev. Al Sharpton something else:“CI-7”— a confidential informant who taped mobsters with a bugged briefcase, helping the feds bring down members of the Genovese crime family, it was revealed Monday.
For four years in the 1980s, Sharpton secretly assisted a joint FBI-NYPD task force known as the “Genovese squad,” The Smoking Gun website disclosed.
Sharpton’s role as an FBI informant was first disclosed in 1988 — but The Smoking Gun obtained hundreds of pages of secret court filings and FBI memos that provide stunning new details of his cooperation. The documents depict Sharpton operating easily in an underworld of violence and corruption, helping the feds collect essential information.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/rev-al-sh...
guess this is part of the reason why the feds didn't put Sharpton in jail over his 1 million dollar didn't pay his fair share bill? mm mmm mm-Sharpton went on the record and said he was considered one of the top advisers to O'bama. I can believe it.
Patrick

United States

#1113245 Apr 8, 2014
Incognito4Ever wrote:
<quoted text>
At least you can't call them obstructionists anymore. If they give Obama everything he wants and ObamaCare is the disaster even some Democrats fear it will be, you have no one to blame anymore either, do you?
Unlike Harry Reid who refused to bring up any bill passed by the House in the Senate for a vote. Wonder what old Harry was scared of. But talk about an obstructionist!
Is there any accountability in American politics for being completely wrong? Is there any cost to those who say things that turn out not to be true and then, when their fabrications or false predictions are exposed, calmly move on to concocting new claims as if they had never made the old ones?

The fact that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) hit its original goal this week of signing up more than 7 million people through its insurance exchanges ought to be a moment of truth — literally as well as figuratively. It ought to give everyone, particularly members of the news media, pause over how reckless the opponents of change have been in making instant judgments and outlandish charges.

When the health-care Web site went haywire last fall, conservatives were absolutely certain this technological failure meant that the entire reform effort was doomed. If you doubt this, try a Google search keyed to that period relating the word “doomed” to the health-care law.
It should be said that the general public was much wiser. A CNN poll in November that Post blogger Greg Sargent highlighted at the time found a majority (54 percent to 45 percent) saying that the problems facing the law “will eventually be solved.” Political moderates took this view by 55 percent to 43&#8201;percent, independents by 50 percent to 48 percent. Only Republicans — by a whopping 72 percent to 27 percent — and conservatives (by 66 percent to 33&#8201;percent) thought the law could never be fixed.

Their representatives in Washington, moderate conservatives as well as the tea party’s loyalists, followed the base’s lead. In mid-November, for example, Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) told Fox News flatly that the law is “destined to fail,”“fundamentally flawed” and “not ready for prime time.” House Speaker John Boehner predicted dire outcomes before the Web site fiasco. He repeatedly insisted, as he did in July, that “even the Obama administration knows the ‘train wreck’ will only get worse.”

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