GOP meltdown will put a telling coda to Obama presidency

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According to Gallup, President Obama’s job-approval rating is at 50 percent, exactly what Ronald Reagan enjoyed at a comparable period in his second term. In fact, if not for the 22nd Amendment, Obama could be running for re-election right now as a virtual shoo-in against anybody in the Republican field.

Barack Obama vs. Ted Cruz? Marco Rubio? Donald Trump? Please, don’t make me laugh.

Republicans cannot possibly accept that truth, of course. Within the bubble that defines their universe, Obama remains the devil incarnate. Everybody within that bubble knows that the man hates America, that he set out to destroy it from within and has largely succeeded, just as Marco Rubio says over and over and over again. They all still believe that their predictions of Obama-caused disaster have come true, facts be damned.

Outside the bubble, things look different.

ObamaCare, for example, was supposed to kill the economy and freedom both; instead, some 20 million more Americans have health insurance and Republicans are still trying to figure out what their replacement plan would be.

The Dodd-Frank bill, which set out to re-regulate Wall Street, was predicted by Republicans to doom the financial markets and halt job growth in its tracks, yet the Dow Jones index has almost doubled since Dodd-Frank was signed into law and we’ve now enjoyed 72 consecutive months of private-sector job growth, the longest stretch ever. In raw numbers — not percentage of workforce but actual raw numbers — initial jobless claims last week were the lowest they have been since 1973, back  when the total workforce was 70 million smaller than it is today.

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Source: Federal Reserve of St. Louis

Yet even now, to hear Republicans talk, Obama has left the American economy a smoldering wreck.

It’s also worth noting that while Republicans have attacked the Obama administration as “the most corrupt government in history,” history itself will record that Obama has presided over the most scandal-free administration since that of George Washington. It’s actually pretty remarkable: No prominent member of his administration has been indicted; none has left office under an ethical cloud. The string of pseudo-scandals that his opponents have attempted to blow up into something earth-shaking have never amounted to more than bureaucratic mistakes inherent in any large organization.

And of course, that record of success has been achieved in the face of an all-out, no-compromise, often bizarre and irrational campaign of character assassination and obstructionism by the GOP, a campaign that continues even now with its refusal to consider an Obama nominee for the Supreme Court. When historians sit down to assess the Obama presidency, the circumstances in which he was forced to operate by his opponents will carry a lot of weight.

And you know what else will play a big role in that assessment? The fact that by the end of his second term, the GOP’s all-consuming effort to destroy Obama’s presidency instead led directly to the meltdown of the GOP itself.  It turns out — no surprise — that an obsession ends up destroying not its target, but those who feed and nurture it.  It also turns out that you can indeed create an alternative universe with an alternative set of facts, but eventually that false universe will have to be reconciled with reality, with jarring consequences.

 

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Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

Just my opinion on our President's sudden rise in favorability, With this strange "Lord of the Flies " GOP primary presidential campaign and the Bern and Hill show for the Democrats , our president has had very little air time lately. The media has literally been Trumped almost 24/7. So just ride out your last 8 months Mr. President and keep your approval rate High.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

Do you guys really think that Republicans, after spending millions of dollars, are going to let Donald Trump waltz in as their nominee? Donald Trump can win all the primaries but he still will not be the nominee.  Republicans are going to have a brokered convention and nominate Kasich.  Kasich does not need Trump supporters to get elected.  He is the only one who beats Hillary and Sanders consistently in every poll, and that's without Trump supporters.  Just thought I would give my two cents this morning.  

cmcwilli
cmcwilli

@StraightNoChaser It doesn't matter. If a brokered convention happens, supporters of the other candidates will have a fit - they already starting going nuts when Romney "told them how to vote."


StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@Buschleaguer @cmcwilli @StraightNoChaser Word is that Republicans will be switching to Super Delegates to stop Trump.  Again, Republicans do not care as long as they can nominate someone who they think will beat Hillary.  Cruz can't and neither can Trump but Kasich is another story.

Kamchak
Kamchak

Ides of March SHEETZ

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Kamchak

yeah, I only noticed the date and its appropriateness for the primaries, myself, about an hour or so ago.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

Its a little over the top but i've heard a few say that you could be witnessing the end of the GOP as we knew it tonight.


As it stands it looks as though Trump will not win Ohio so don't pop the corks just yet.

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

@Hedley_Lammar What exactly would be wrong with that, If the GOP leadership (Establishment) all went home for good in November it may be the tonic to re-energize the Grand OLD Party. And it would put the Democrat leadership on notice ,that the same thing could happen to them.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

 Hillary almost has it with her words, "America has always been great;  America needs to be made whole." 


 Now, her delivery of that message must become "compelling."

honested
honested

Make 2016 An Election About:


Educating Children, not enriching testing companies.

Improving overall health and well being, not enriching insurance and pharmaceutical companies.

Slowing climate change through enhanced renewable energy and conservation, not providing extra exemptions to hydrofracturing, pipeline and shipping entities.


There's three for starters, what else?

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Donnie_Pinko @Visual_Cortex @honested

 looks like they're not going to get. 

Might want to wait until this time tomorrow to say that.

By the way, scoff if you like (ok, it's pretty much a given that you will) but I think ME had a pretty good slogan for Hils, that could totally work for the Dems in a national campaign, to wit:


"America has always been great, now America needs to be made whole."


It sticks it to the Twunt and echoes Lincoln. What's not to like?

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@Visual_Cortex @Donnie_Pinko @honested


VC, actually, those are Hillary's words which I am simply communicating to others this a.m.   Those were not my words.  Hillary has nailed her own mantra.  She simply needs to say it more often and in a more compelling way, which I believe she will when the contest is between Trump and her.

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

@Visual_Cortex @honested 

One problem: they are going to need a nominee is not not a walking, talking symbol of  cow-towing to the powerful. Which right now it looks like they're not going to get. 

In other words, slogans won't cut it.

St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

@honested What else? 

-eliminate cap on SS tax

-Medicare for All

-4 tier progrssive tax brackets

-the United States Oil Co. 

-the United States Pharma Co. (i know a good controller)

-Australia's model for college

-39% corp tax if you make it, 24% corp tax, if you make it HERE.

-carried interest and offshore loopholes gone 'yesterday'

-3 budgets, tied to & activated by nat'l Indexes

honested
honested

@Visual_Cortex @honested @St Simons he-ne-ha 

The average person has no idea what 'carries interest' is nor how much the exemption robs the budget.

Talk to somebody today and ask if they realize that NO OTHER COUNTRY allows advertising of prescription medications, much less on teevee or how much of their prescription costs are rolled into that advertising.

Or the simplest, engage in a discussion of Social Security and Medicare and ask how simple it would be to make both programs permanently solvent by eliminating the 'cap' (despite) the whining.

Peachs
Peachs

Still trying to make Bernie president.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

I think the nation is more than ready. Our elites, however, have other ideas.

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

@honested @Visual_Cortex @St Simons he-ne-ha How about taking the Social Security fund out of the general budget allocations?Was it supposed to be run similar to a trust fund. Put a cap on all federal spending increases until the IOUs  are paid in full to the SS Trust . Go ahead and raise the cap on contributions to the fund. Even raise the age for retirement for anyone born after 1957 ,I was born in 1958 so not willing to ask anyone to do something I am not willing to do. Raise the current minimum retirement age from 62 years to 64 years and the age for full benefits to 68 years. This may give the politicians some extra time for the repayment plan.Why go on having Social Security ran as a Giant Ponzi Scheme. Make the federal government obey the law and pass a budget every fiscal year. Enough with passing continuing resolutions and kicking the deficit can down the road.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@honested

Boil it down to a Few Words.

I'd go with:

Government Of the People, not the Powerful.

and support policies--such as you just outlined, above--that support those words.

Democrats. You. Can. Do. It.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@Donnie_Pinko @TBS Those Ex-Gop folks will reform the party and move back to the left. They have given it lip service before.


After Trump they will have to take it seriously.


The country has been moving to the left for some time now and will continue to do so.

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

@Hedley_Lammar @Donnie_Pinko @TBS 

The GOP will only go in one direction: right.

They may end up jettisoning certain elements of their coalition that have seemingly become permanent, such as the religious right. And the Israel lobby. 

But to think that that will translate to the GOP shifting back left in any meaningful way would be grievously mistaken.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@Donnie_Pinko @Hedley_Lammar @TBS But to think that that will translate to the GOP shifting back left in any meaningful way would be grievously mistaken.


Then they will die and be replaced with a more moderate model of the former GOP

fotini901
fotini901

@St Simons he-ne-ha @Hedley_Lammar @Donnie_Pinko @TBS All the GOP needs to do is get rid of the religious right.  It's that simple.  Kick the wingnuts out; let them form their own "we hate gays and control our wimmins" party; let the grownups handle the rest.  

Welcoming bigotry shouldn't be a strategy.  

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

@TBS 

I've been talking about it, albeit indirectly. 

The spin right now is that the Trump phenom is going to 'help Democrats', and it may. 

But in reality, what is going to happen is that, should the Trump nomination severely destabilize the Republican Party, the Democratic Party will be there waiting with arms to open to embrace all the ex-GOP voters, who will be integrated into the Democratic Party.

Which will mean guess what: 

You guessed it: an even further swing to the right for the Democratic Party.

St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

One.More.Time.

They.Are.Not.Even.Running.For.President.


They are the coyote and they have one foot over the cliff and the other one on a banana peel. For once in your ^&#$% lives Dems, just Push.

They are trying by hook or crook to cobble enough turnout on Nov 8 to hold the senate. This is their Alamo. They will have two candidates on the ballot, one a Republican and one an "independent."

DNC - move the money NOW. Take the senate, and you put them out of business. 


Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

 Bernie and Hillary can take care of themselves.  The Ds should concentrate on the Senate and the House.  In the House the Ds should go all out Alan Greyson on the Rs.


Psst. Democrats? Protip.

Try to make the 2016 election be, you know, about something.


see also:

http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/03/elections-about-nothing.html


It's fashionable for the professional democrats (not the Professional Left) to blame Dem voters, a concept which, without evidence, quickly morphs into The Left, for not turning out for midterm elections. There has only been one midterm election in my memory which was actually about something, and that was in 2006. It wasn't about something because the professional democrats made it that way, it was because Iraq turned into an undeniable s###show and the Dems almost didn't have a choice. Reality forced them, kicking and screaming, into running a national election. The midterms are usually a battle between one party which promises to kick the undeserved in the nuts, and another party which doesn't promise the nut kicking but doesn't promise anything else either. People like the idea of other people getting kicked in the nuts. That's not nice, but it's true.

That's the election strategy, coupled with forcing candidates to spend all of their time until Labor Day or so raising money, and then spending it all on TV ads. ZOMG we lost again! The Left didn't vote! Vote for what?

2016 is not a midterm election. but...

St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

@Visual_Cortex 'The Ds should concentrate on the Senate and the House.'

the ol indian has been screaming this since Day 1.

And if the Dems don't do this, it will be the umpteenth time we have failed to possess a killa instinct and put a fork in them. (i don't know how to do the bold/asterisk thing, any help appreciated)

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@St Simons he-ne-ha @Visual_Cortex

Yes, a national election, with a national message, and treat the entire legislature, the House and the Senate, like it matters, because it does.

As things stand? I still don't even know why Hillary Freaking Clinton wants to be President. And we are light years away from the national Dems having a reason for anyone to get out and support their local congresscritter, save for "those awful Republicans, ew, they are gross! so give us money, because! Things!"


St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

@Visual_Cortex @St Simons he-ne-ha yes, yes, we need a natl movement, a cause - Bernie (yes, he's too old, but he is the forerunner) points the way for a national 'this is what we stand for' movement. The millenial kids are for it. Strike. Now.