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11/30/2016

President Obama Campaigning For Another Republican Win In 2020

Filed under: General — Dana @ 8:48 pm

[guest post by Dana]

Still refusing to admit that the election outcome was a repudiation of his worldview and policies, President Obama has intently deflected any criticism or responsibility for the Democrats’ stunning across-the-board losses. First, he said he was not responsible for Trump’s rise to power, and then he blamed Hillary Clinton and her weak campaigning and foolish decision to skip showing up in critical states.

Continuing his blame-game denial, Obama is now pointing to Fox News for Clinton’s stunning loss. (One can also assume Fox News is to blame for the Democrats losing 63 House seats, nine Senate seats, 14 governorships and 1,000 state positions as well):

Asked whether he thinks the United States is a progressive country, Obama replied that Democrats are having trouble reaching white working-class voters. “There is a cohort of working-class white voters that voted for me in sizable numbers, but that we’ve had trouble getting to vote for Democrats in midterm elections,” said the president. “In this election, [they] turned out in huge numbers for Trump. And I think that part of it has to do with our inability, our failure, to reach those voters effectively. Part of it is Fox News in every bar and restaurant in big chunks of the country, but part of it is also Democrats not working at a grass-roots level, being in there, showing up, making arguments.”

Show of hands if you’ve been in a bar and watched Fox News at any time in your life. Anyone??

This is just Obama lobbing another derisive “bitter clingers” sneer at Americans who think differently than him, and didn’t buy what he was selling. The same Americans who didn’t take too kindly to his snobby elitism the first time around. And quite obviously, these are Americans whose programming preferences don’t involve watching the President of the United States submit himself to an interview with a woman whose “claim to fame” is sitting in a bathtub filled with Fruit Loops. You know, those kind of Americans.

President Obama spent 8 years pushing Fox News as public enemy number one. In retrospect it might have been smarter for him to have taken advantage of the giant platform available to him all these years and invite interviews, make on-air appearances to explain his policy positions to a less-than-friendly audience, and use the opportunity in an effort to persuade these Americans to actually consider his policies and how they might benefit them. Who knows, if Obama had, maybe Americans in those “big chunks of the country” might have lingered, pulled up a stool, and ordered another round while they watched.

–Dana

49 Responses to “President Obama Campaigning For Another Republican Win In 2020”

  1. Flyover country will only gain strength through these missteps. Obama doesn’t seem to understand. The media doesn’t understand. Who are the ignorant rubes again?

    Dana (d17a61)

  2. His policies are meant to punish certain classes, like the
    bitter clingers, so he would never try to convince them. If you like your doctor…

    Patricia (5fc097)

  3. He’s still president, right?

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  4. Still more cowbell.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  5. The Houston airport, so he’s trying standup?

    narciso (d1f714)

  6. And they would never be convinced either, Patricia, but it worked for the post!

    Dana (d17a61)

  7. Barack’s the football fan who explains his favorite team’s loss by saying, “We would have won if the other team hadn’t scored all those touchdowns!

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  8. 0bama came in whining about Fox News and he’ll depart whining about Fox News. Seems only fitting.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  9. I can just see him next year standing on some street corner in DC, harping on that awful Fox News.

    Patricia (5fc097)

  10. Fox News in a bar????

    For a guy who admits to being totally dependent on printed and broadcast media to get his information about world and national affairs, Obama seems to be strangely disconnected with the reality of the media’s presence in modern life. Fox News in a bar?

    BobStewartatHome (3f45b5)

  11. I hardly watch Fox News. Maybe the Sunday morning shows but that’s about it. I think it is more entertaining to watch Rachel Madcow meltdown.

    AZ Bob (f7a491)

  12. It is more fun to read the comments on Patterico.

    AZ Bob (f7a491)

  13. You guys are funny.

    AZ Bob (f7a491)

  14. Mothers against drunk drivers and strident drinking laws have shuttered every neighborhood bar in my area Mr. President.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  15. And for some reason, I don’t know if it’s party decree, union rules, but every hospital waiting room telly is dialed into CNN and the channel changer knob is bit off.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  16. @11.I hardly watch Fox News. Maybe the Sunday morning shows but that’s about it. I think it is more entertaining to watch Rachel Madcow meltdown.

    Funny you should say that. Was watching her freaking out and wondering if she practices in front of a mirror. It is somewhat entertaining.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  17. Frankly, it isn’t Obama’s responsibility to be rationalizing- rightly or wrongly- his party’s election loss. It’s another crutch move. He wasn’t on the ballot.

    The person who should be out explaining, giving interviews to Rolling Stone and assorted media outlets after tens of millions of dollars spent and tens of thousands left disappointed is the one person solely responsible for losing the election: Hillary Clinton.

    Instead, she’s out hiking. She was, quite simply, a lousy candidate.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  18. Never been to the southeast have ya Patterico?

    Donald (8d25dd)

  19. This is completely misguided Dana. As long as Obama’s approval ratings are better than either our President-Elect or Congress, he’s still a leading, favorable figure. ‘No way around that.

    Tillman (a95660)

  20. But yes I think it can be very easily done
    We’ll just put some bleachers out in the sun
    But it won’t be on Highway 61.

    http://althouse.blogspot.com/2016/11/bob-dylan-snubs-obama.html

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  21. Tillman, you’ve got to look at the election results throughout Barack’s tenure for what they are, rather than look at them as a fan of Barack.
    Democrats lost the House, the Senate, tons of governorships, and zillions of state legislative seats throughout the country during the past eight years..
    Scott Brown even won “the Kennedy seat,” as David Gergen referred to it.
    Barack campaigned for Hillary, saying that if we don’t elect her, all the “progress” we’ve made during the past eight years will go down the toilet. And how did that turn out? She lost Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania — three states that hadn’t voted Republican since the 80s. She also lost Iowa, Ohio, and Florida — three states which had voted for Barack twice.

    So, while some people are telling pollsters they “approve” of his job as President, they may really just mean, “He has a nice family.”
    But his coattails are so short it’s like he’s wearing a tank top.

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  22. #21, I disagree. When I said “approval ratings,” I wasn’t talking about his family approval ratings, but his job approval ratings.

    As for helping Hillary, it’s tough to gauge how many fewer votes she would have gotten without his campaigning for her. But if you can cite an exit poll showing that Obama made her lose votes, it might put some teeth in your claim. Good luck with that.

    Tillman (a95660)

  23. ….nor anyplace within 100 miles of Highway 61. Clinton was done in by no-shows on the lakes and flippers on the rivers.

    urbanleftbehind (3f2690)

  24. Tillman, dude, since the 2010 midterms, Democrats have gotten wiped out in the House, Senate, governorships, and state legislatures. We don’t need to cite goofy “exit polls” to see that Barack has no coattails. We just have to look at the scoreboard, big guy.

    And again, Barack’s job approval ratings are probably inflated by people who think he has a nice family. In other words, if that many people realllly believed he was doing such a great job as President, it would be reflected on the scoreboard when they vote for House, Senate, governor, and state legislature.

    Keep in mind, since Barack ain’t gonna be on the ballot in the future, we’re talking about his influence to get Democrats elected. He couldn’t get them elected when he was President so I doubt he’ll be able to do so once he becomes America’s Most Famous Weekend Golfer.

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  25. Razorback annihilated the party down ballot, they never take the hint,

    narciso (d1f714)

  26. 2012 results were, ahem, moderated by foot-in-mouth pro-lifers and antipathy toward the Jews of the American West.

    urbanleftbehind (5eecdb)

  27. Any bar that wants to stay in business has sports on it’s TV

    Bar Sinister (f5ce19)

  28. I guess there are more bitter Americans, still clinging to their guns and religion than there are bitter Americans, clinging to Obamaphones and Marxism. He doesn’t get it. One of the stupidest men to occupy the Oval Office.

    windbag (eec4b7)

  29. No ulb, the IRS put their boot on the neck of the tea party, wennrr is like an inverse barometer, last cycle they targeted aha because mailman”s sons pandering wasnt sufficient.

    narciso (d1f714)

  30. So this time, they went honey badger, taibbi, perhaps the only svfibe volodya didn’t bother with, has a semblance of a clue, but he thinks its only about class and racism, the brainslug is lodged in tight.

    narciso (d1f714)

  31. Good post, Dana.

    DRJ (15874d)

  32. Another piece that ran Before the election was about the epidemic of fear, but that didn’t include the skydragon, the army of rogue cops, or apparently the guns that shoot themselves,

    narciso (d1f714)

  33. Scribe, he didn’t bother with his partner games either, they ate in a trench deeper than the mariannas, supplied by soros and ikhwan affiluared pipelines

    narciso (d1f714)

  34. ” In retrospect it might have been smarter for him to have taken advantage of the giant platform available to him all these years and invite interviews, make on-air appearances to explain his policy positions to a less-than-friendly audience, and use the opportunity in an effort to persuade these Americans to actually consider his policies and how they might benefit them.”

    There were none, basically.

    Many lost their insurance.

    Coal plants shut down.

    And let’s face it, Obama likes to hear himself talk. He can’t have a debate because his background never allowed for it. Raised in a liberal village, worked in a “liberal” world (Chicago) and then when teaching “constitutional law,” who argues with the speaker?

    Have you ever watched him try to go off teleprompter? He can’t. Do you think he wants any push back and have to defend an idea or policy?

    The fact is: He’s so used to living in a syncaphant bubble – he cannot communicate any other way.

    Steve_in_SoCal (58e1f9)

  35. Show of hands if you’ve been in a bar and watched Fox News at any time in your life. Anyone??

    Well, yes, on election night in 2012 and 2016, I definitely watched Fox News in a bar or restaurant.

    On non-election nights, I don’t think so.

    Joshua K. (9ede0e)

  36. Obama shows his affinity for hardline Marxism when he can’t even tolerate the lone dissenting voice in the media, Fox News.

    Weak suckism.

    Colonel Haiku (fa3dba)

  37. The one dissenting voice in havana, El diario De la marina, was first tagged with ‘the little tail’ and ultimately shuttered.

    narciso (d1f714)

  38. R.I.P. Grant Tinker, creator of the teevee shows Family Ties, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rhoda, The Bob Newhart Show, St. Elsewhere, Hill Street Blues, WKRP in Cincinnati, Cheers, The Cosby Show, and The Golden Girls.

    Icy (7fb2b3)

  39. Cruz Supporter (102c9a) — 12/1/2016 @ 6:08 am

    So, while some people are telling pollsters they “approve” of his job as President, they may really just mean, “He has a nice family.”

    No. It’s about what he’s doing as presxident.

    But….

    Such a question, because it is framed in the present tense, only refers to what he’s been doing lately, or approximately in the last six weeks.

    Only Bill Clinton understood that in 1991/2. George H.W. Bush’s approval ratings were very high at he conclusion ofthe Persian Gulf War, at oe point hitting 91%. (The failure to topple Saddam Hussein and the crushing of the revolt in the south didn’t get that much play) But his overall full term approval ratings were much less.

    And later, as president, when scandal hit, Bill Clinton would do something to jump up his approval rating temporarily, like bomb terrorists, (because people always understood that as referring to what has been in the news) and then misrepresent what it meant and try to get Congress to slow down on impeachment or whatever.

    Note: When it gets close to a presidential election in which the incumbent president is a candidate, people tend to view that question as pertaining to a 4-year period, but otherwise I think he timeframe is something like six weeks or less. It’s the latest decisions he’s made.

    And an approval rating can be positive just because a president has not done anything major recentl that someone thinks is really bad.

    Sammy Finkelman (a1f34f)

  40. Non-Ttrump Republicans tend to attribite thw election results to opposition to political correctness, and old line Democrats tend to attribute it to economics, but the truth is Hillary Clinton;s untrustworthiness and probable criminality had a great deal to with this. It’s character.

    Sammy Finkelman (a1f34f)

  41. Smmaeh, they turned the brief downturn of 1990-1, into ‘the worst economy in 50 years’ inorder to pump up the wastrel razorback,

    narciso (d1f714)

  42. But it was President Obama who said that illegal immigrants could vote! That can’t be bad, right? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DEdpTIXuro&feature=youtu.be&t=35

    Tillman (a95660)

  43. Pbama didn’t say they could vote. He said they could help out.

    Sammy Finkelman (a784d8)

  44. 41. narciso (d1f714) — 12/1/2016 @ 9:04 am

    Smmaeh, they turned the brief downturn of 1990-1, into ‘the worst economy in 50 years’ inorder to pump up the wastrel razorback.

    And here Bush had a problem with words. he didn’t know the meaning had changed. It was kind of Orwellian.

    His problem wasn’t just with “out of the loop” whose meaning the Democrats changed from what it had meant in 1986 – meaning “out of the chain of responsibility” – to “ignorant because not there” like it has today. I heard someone say today about not knowing a Rabbi had a grandson and so he didn’t know there would be aminor celebration at his house this Saturday afternoon. He hadn’t attended that synagogue for a while. When George Bush had said he was “out of the loop” he meant he hadn’t bene one of the people who authorized the sale of arms to Iran, not taht he didn’t know about it.

    And then it was argued that Geoge Bush was a liar, and there was a political indictent right before the election to re-emphasize that point.

    It wasn’t just that, but also the meaning of the word “recession.”

    George Bush was supposed to be ignorant of what was going on in the country because he didn’t know that there was a recession and persisted in denying it.

    The problem was that the economists’ definition of a recession is just the declining part, but the public’s definition is both the decline and the recovery till the economy and the unemployment rate or whatever gets back to where it was before it began. The recession was not recognized, ntil it was perm I think. (The recession had been caused by Congress’ over-reation to the Savings and Loan scandal. They cut down bank lending. Eventually the Feed reduced interest rates and the banks had a greater margin between borrowing and lending, and could recover capital. That was when interest ates for savings accounts went down)

    George Bush also was supposed to be surprised at a supermarket scanner. Well, I hadn’t seen any in New York. We had UPC symbols since 1974, but no scanners in grocery stores, I think because by law pprices had to be individually marked. (we did get them shortly afterwards)

    It turns out actually they were common in other parts of the country, and George Bush the Elder had seen them and was referring to something else when he marveled at it. His campaign never corrected the record.

    This is besides turning away every bit of negative information about Bill Clinton.

    Sammy Finkelman (a784d8)

  45. I go to quite a few different bars in my city (not braggin, just sayin) and there is only one bar, and at that bar literally only one bartender, who puts on Fox. Everywhere else is CNN or ESPN, or both (hard to tell which is worse these days).

    Joel Walbert (117207)

  46. I only see sports at bars.

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