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4/9/2010

A Poll: Obama vs Limbaugh & Palin

Filed under: Obama,Politics — DRJ @ 6:34 pm



[Guest post by DRJ]

Why do you think President Obama attacks Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin?

— DRJ

58 Responses to “A Poll: Obama vs Limbaugh & Palin”

  1. He’s playing to his base. And in campaign mode.

    This crowd seems to have no clue about how to handled the impressions of Obama as Presidential. No clue to making Obama’s appearances and speeches distinct. They have shown for the past year plus that they can’t really use the dignity of the office to their advantage.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  2. He has a thin skin. He can’t tolerate criticism.

    Steven Den Beste (99cfa1)

  3. He was never criticized, substantively, prior to now, Steven. He has been told how wonderful he is all along, and pushed to the front.

    JD (3f3e6c)

  4. “All of the above”

    RB (bed771)

  5. You left out an option — because he is a clueless twit.

    Mark L (33da9e)

  6. Because the results of his own actions are so despised, he must create controversy to deflect the political anger from himself; so he creates straw-man controversies involving prominant individuals who present no direct political threat, which keeps his own base in line.

    1/20/2013 cannot arrive soon enough.

    AD - RtR/OS! (4a3dc0)

  7. Every time President Obama responds to Sarah Palin, he reveals his insecurities. For some reason, this irrelevant hick from Wasilla gets under his skin, but good. It doesn’t even matter what it is that he says about her; it’s the fact that he unwittingly legitimizes and confirms her scope of influence and power by even taking the time to respond.

    Dana (1e5ad4)

  8. He presist in dragging the office of the president of the United States down to his street druggie lever. He has no idea how an executive is supposed to act since he’s never been in charge of anything or responsible for anything. In other words he’s the dork no one liked (no one admits to knowing him) in school. Bench warmer only to prevent the scream of racism.

    Scrapiron (4e0dda)

  9. “street druggie lever.”

    Fascinating. Really.

    [note: fished from spam filter. –Stashiu]

    imdw (55339c)

  10. p.s. The site is moving like molasses…refreshing posts and loading comments… is maintenance taking place?

    Dana (1e5ad4)

  11. Amen, Dana.

    JD (3f3e6c)

  12. Because Barack Hussein Obama is a pussy.

    I think that was one of the first, if not the first, things I ever posted here.

    As true today as it was then.

    matador (176445)

  13. The base likes it. Also, it’s really, really easy.

    Leviticus (30ac20)

  14. He just flat out don’t know no better.

    As Mark L said, he’s a clueless twit. As is his base, clueless twits.

    EW1(SG) (edc268)

  15. I thought the first choice was bang on really.

    You go with what works.

    happyfeet (c8caab)

  16. Our president should really work harder at not letting his buttons get pushed so easily. It makes him appear sensitive. Our president should also keep in mind that our enemies are always watching.

    Dana (1e5ad4)

  17. This sort of thing was understandable last year when Obama just became president, these sort of attacks are what back-benchers do and until he became president he was a back-bencher. Now that he still does this a year later makes me wonder if Obama’s handlers are keeping him as powerless as a back-bencher and that’s why he keeps acting like a back-bencher.

    max (383bf5)

  18. @Dana:
    he may be your or the president, but Ear Leader is not *our* president.
    however, i do agree that he is always watching.

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  19. It’s the only thing he can think of to say that ~somebody~ might like…?

    I believe he feels that acting presidential would be demeaning.

    jodetoad (7720fb)

  20. .

    “All the above”

    .

    IgotBupkis (79d71d)

  21. > You left out an option — because he is a clueless twit.

    Dude, the man’s a lifelong Democrat raised by a mother who was a devout Marxist.

    Even if there were another kind of Democrat, it certainly wouldn’t be HIM.

    IgotBupkis (79d71d)

  22. I have to agree, all of the above AND he’s a clueless twit.

    Kevin Murphy (5ae73e)

  23. Every other POTUS has known from the start that once you engage private citizens and entertainers directly, all you succeed in doing is elevating them to your level, while your own stature is decreased concurrently every time you traffic in this kind of dialogue.

    This POTUS will go down as dragging the stature of his office to levels unforseen in any other Presidency. He threatens anyone who presents an opinion opposite his own, then whines about it afterward. Petulant and always reactionary, he’s infantilized his office.

    Dmac (21311c)

  24. He’s becoming worried about November (for good reason) and Palin and Limbaugh give him an opportunity to distract from his failed economic policies. By substituting an emotional ’cause’ (We have to fight against these others!), he hopes to rally voters and staunch the bleeding.

    It’s pretty amazing, actually. The left needs P&L much more than the right.

    Apogee (49749b)

  25. […] Patterico has a poll up: Why do you think President Obama attacks Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin? […]

    Let’s do some links today at Bride of Rove (ca7f8e)

  26. SNL could have some fun with that skit from way back, The Whiners. Barry would fit in perfectly. Oh what am I thinking, now if Bush was the whiner…

    Here’s a look for all the kids who weren’t around back then:
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002C4TVC0/ref=pd_vodsm_B001XWERLW

    PC14 (82e46c)

  27. So many excellent comments on this thread, but #2 from Steven and Dana’s #7 and #16 are right on the money.

    Obama cannot accept criticism. As I and others have pointed out (but none as definitively as Dr. Charles K), the president is a classic narcissist. He actually seems to believe that he can rid the world of nuclear weapons through the sheer force of his (in his opinion) superior intellect and likability. And he defines and views America’s foes as he’d like them to be, not as they are.

    And that is dangerous and will one day spell disaster for our country.

    GeneralMalaise (268cf5)

  28. “He actually seems to believe that he can rid the world of nuclear weapons through the sheer force of his (in his opinion) superior intellect and likability”

    He should instead try following in Reagan’s footsteps.

    imdw (1e3254)

  29. He should instead try following in Reagan’s footsteps.

    Ear Leader’s not tall enough to match Ronnie’s stride to begin with and Dumbo constantly veers off to the left anyway….

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  30. “Ear Leader’s not tall enough to match Ronnie’s stride to begin with and Dumbo constantly veers off to the left anyway….”

    Yeah look at him, cutting nukes and hoping for a nuclear free world!

    imdw (8bb494)

  31. You missed an option: he’s a petulant child in a many’s body who can’t stand to be challenged/reprimanded/insulted and therefore by his very immature nature MUST ACT OUT. … as he does quite well.

    RagnarDanneskjold (a134e7)

  32. “Yeah look at him, cutting nukes and hoping for a nuclear free world!”

    Maintaining our Superpower status through a forceful projection of weakness!!!11ty!!!!!

    Sort of like his domestic policy of attempting to pay for his profligate spending by TAXING OUR WAY TO GREATNESS!!!!!!11ty!!!!!

    If everyone got a government job, there would be no unemployment!!!!!!11ty!!!!!!!

    daleyrocks (1feed5)

  33. “Maintaining our Superpower status through a forceful projection of weakness!!!11ty!!!!!”

    Maybe obama should send some troops to lebanon. So they can pull out.

    imdw (c5488f)

  34. Yeah look at him, cutting nukes and hoping for a nuclear free world!

    Yeah, look at him, being ridiculed by our enemies and being laughed at by our allies.

    Dmac (21311c)

  35. Maybe obama should send some troops to lebanon. So they can pull out.

    Better yet, maybe Obama should encourage the Palestinians to enter into Lebanon again in order to competely trash the place, then those evil Jooos will have to go in and clean the place out (again). But you’d hate that, wouldn’t you, Eichmann?

    Dmac (21311c)

  36. “Maybe obama should send some troops to lebanon. So they can pull out.”

    Maybe he could give them a two week deadline there instead of the year he gave the troops he is sending to Afghanistan, after dithering about it for six months, great military mind that he is.

    daleyrocks (1feed5)

  37. Good thing the U.S. and France kicked Hezbollah out of Lebanon, otherwise it would be a messy place.

    Nevermind, that was Obama foreign policy expert Joe Biden’s claim in a Vice Presidential debate against Sarah Palin.

    daleyrocks (1feed5)

  38. I think ima Mengele worshipper really wants to serve on a death panel given the tone of a bunch of the recent comments.

    daleyrocks (1feed5)

  39. If it served on a Death Panel, he would be voted off the planet.

    AD - RtR/OS! (c8e2b4)

  40. Yeah look at him, cutting nukes and hoping for a nuclear free world!

    Comment by imdw

    Are you really this ignorant or do you not know the history of Reagan and Gorbachev ?

    Mike K (2cf494)

  41. he’s really *that* ignorant…..

    and then some. 😀

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  42. “I think ima Mengele worshipper really wants to serve on a death panel given the tone of a bunch of the recent comments.”

    The monday after the vote I was all ready to go to my death panel job. Instead we just got a militia and a few nutcases hauled off by the Feds.

    imdw (e66d8d)

  43. “Are you really this ignorant or do you not know the history of Reagan and Gorbachev ?”

    No. Palin is. I’m saying Obama should emulate Reagan because I agree with what Obama is doing. And it’s the same as Reagan. You haven’t heard her latest?

    imdw (e66d8d)

  44. Why do you think President Obama attacks Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin?

    Because they, among others, reveal that the guy now in the White House is so lacking in common sense, he, in effect, is mentally defective.

    For example, I’m sure he’d be puzzled by and happily disregard the meaning of the following.

    To folks like Limbaugh and Palin — and their generally better understanding of the quirks of human nature (in America and elsewhere) — they’d reply “2 plus 2 equals 4!”

    AP, April 9, 2010:

    After getting millions of dollars to fight AIDS, some African countries responded by slashing their health budgets, new research says.

    For years, the international community has forked over billions in health aid, believing the donations supplemented health budgets in poor countries. It now turns out development money prompted some governments to spend on entirely different things, which cannot be tracked. The research was published Friday in the medical journal Lancet.

    Experts analyzed all available data for government spending on health in poor countries and the aid they received. International health aid jumped from about $8 billion in 1995 to almost $19 billion in 2006, with the United States being the biggest donor.

    In the Lancet study, for every dollar received from donors, poor countries transferred up to $1.14 originally slated for their health budgets elsewhere. The research was paid for by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

    The research raises questions about whether international aid is sometimes detrimental. Previous studies have found pricey United Nations health initiatives haven’t paid off and occasionally hurt health systems. Experts estimate about half of international health aid can’t be traced in the budgets of receiving countries.

    Murray’s paper also found debt relief had no effect on health spending. Activists like Bob Geldof and Bono have long argued canceling African debts would allow countries to spend more on their health problems, but there was no evidence of that.

    “When an aid official thinks he is helping a low-income African patient avoid charges at a health clinic, in reality, he is paying for a shopping trip to Paris for a government minister and his wife,” said Philip Stevens, of the London-based think tank International Policy Network.

    Mark (411533)

  45. Comment by imdw — 4/10/2010 @ 12:50 pm

    thus proving my point in #41….

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  46. “I’m saying Obama should emulate Reagan because I agree with what Obama is doing. And it’s the same as Reagan.”

    imdw – Heh! Let us know when Obama starts taking a hard line with our enemies instead of our friends, which is the opposite of what Reagan did. Iran was so scared of Reagan they coughed up the hostages before he was sworn in as President. The Iranians just mock Obama and he can’t get anyone to join him in enforcing tough sanctions. Yuppers, he’s just like Reagan.

    daleyrocks (1feed5)

  47. Only a complete idiot like imdw would claim that Obama’s relations with Russia are working or that they were the “same” as Reagan’s.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  48. Indeed, SPQR… indeed.

    GeneralMalaise (268cf5)

  49. Imdw travels light, SPQR. Or should I say “lite.”. It’s ALL about The D with this guy.

    Eric Blair (801dd5)

  50. Obama wants a fight over personalities, not issues

    Amphipolis (17a9b7)

  51. Instead we just got a militia and a few nutcases hauled off by the Feds.

    You mean like the Obama donor who was arrested by the FBI after making repeated death threats against the GOP Rep. Cantor? Hey, those threats were quite the virulent anti – Semitic kind, weren’t they? Funny how it all eventually comes back to your own little fantasy world of continuous Kristallnacht.

    Dmac (21311c)

  52. I’m saying Obama should emulate Reagan because I agree with what Obama is doing. And it’s the same as Reagan.

    So, I guess you are that ignorant. You might tell me about the last time a weak approach repelled an aggressor. I guess teaching women to “go limp” when the rapist attacks is about the closest analogy.

    Mike K (2cf494)

  53. From the indispensable Victor Davis Hanson…

    “During the 2008 campaign, the Obama group argued that Bush & Co. were insensitive to allies and had acted in clumsy, unilateral fashion, permanently damaging our stature in the world. Given the first 15 months of foreign policy in the new administration, we can see now that Obama’s critique largely meant that we had damaged relations with supposed belligerents like Cuba, Iran, Russia, Syria, and Venezuela — inasmuch as right now, British, Colombian, Czech, German, Honduran, Indian, Israeli, Japanese, Polish, and South Korean leaders might privately prefer the good “bad” old days of the supposed cowboy Bush. All of which raises the question: Why Obama’s shift in foreign policy? I offer four alternatives, uncertain of the answer myself.

    a) Obama in 2007 and 2008 created a campaign narrative of Bush the cowboy, and then found himself trapped by his own “reset button” rhetoric, which meant he could hardly credit his maligned predecessor by building on the multilateral work that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had established from 2006 onward (cf. the similar quandary of libeling Bush as a war-mongering anti-constitutionalist and then using new, kinder, gentler anti-terrorism euphemisms to mask the adoption of embracing Predators, tribunals, renditions, wiretaps, intercepts, and continuance in Iraq and Afghanistan);

    b) Obama sincerely believes that states that were pro-American under Bush are now somewhat dubious, while other states’ anti-American rhetoric during 2001–08 was understandable and so rightfully now earns them empathy and attention as a reward;

    c) Obama genuinely believes that those abroad who are more statist and voice rhetoric that dovetails with his own equality-of-result efforts at home are sympathetic, inasmuch as they too define “freedom” in holistic terms of state entitlements rather than individual liberty, free markets, and free expression — so to the degree a leader casts himself as a “revolutionary,” he finds resonance with an equally progressive Obama; or

    d) Obama has no idea of what he is doing, and wings his way from one embarrassment to another, from snubbing Gordon Brown to gratuitously insulting Benjamin Netanyahu to abruptly changing the terms of commitments with the Czechs and Poles to constructing nonexistent Islamic historical achievements to browbeating Karzai to courting Putin to bowing to the Saudis, etc., all as he sees fit at any given moment — with an inexperienced but impulsive Hillary Clinton and gaffe-prone Joe Biden as catalysts rather than arresters of Obama’s own haphazardness…”

    http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=Y2I1MjcyZmY2Njk4Y2Y0MWFlZmRiZmVkMGFmY2Y4MzY=

    GeneralMalaise (268cf5)

  54. He’s still celebrating his victory. Whether this is intentional or because he doesn’t understand that celebrating is different than governing … well, he seems not to be the only one with that problem.

    htom (412a17)

  55. #44 Mark:

    they’d reply “2 plus 2 equals 4!”

    In referring to the African aid story you’ve excerpted, I think that might even qualify for a “No shit, Sherlock!” moment.

    #53 General Malaise:

    From the indispensable Victor Davis Hanson…

    GM, I am going for door number 4! With decades of foreign policy achievement down the drain!
    (Not even Carter was that bad in comparison.)

    EW1(SG) (edc268)

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