Democrats turning against Obama

Maureen Dowd–liberal, Democratic, erstwhile Obama supporter–expresses her frustration with him and his presidency, citing other Democrats who agree with her.  Read her entire analysis of Obama’s presidency at the link below.  An excerpt:

A Times article by Jo Becker and Scott Shane revealed that the liberal law professor who campaigned against torture and the Iraq war now personally makes the final decisions on the “kill list,” targets for drone strikes. “A unilateral campaign of death is untenable,” the editorial asserted.

On Thursday, Bill Clinton once more telegraphed that he considers Obama a lightweight who should not have bested his wife. Bluntly contradicting the Obama campaign theme that Romney is a heartless corporate raider, Clinton told CNN that the Republican’s record at Bain was “sterling.”. . .

In his new book, “A Nation of Wusses,” the Democrat Ed Rendell, the former governor of Pennsylvania, wonders how “the best communicator in campaign history” lost his touch.

The legendary speaker who drew campaign crowds in the tens of thousands and inspired a dispirited nation ended up nonchalantly delegating to a pork-happy Congress, disdaining the bully pulpit, neglecting to do any L.B.J.-style grunt work with Congress and the American public, and ceding control of his narrative.

As president, Obama has never felt the need to explain or sell his signature pieces of legislation — the stimulus and health care bills — or stanch the flow of false information from the other side.

“The administration lost the communications war with disastrous consequences that played out on Election Day 2010,” Rendell writes, and Obama never got credit for the two pieces of legislation where he reached for greatness.

The president had lofty dreams of playing the great convener and conciliator. But at a fund-raiser in Minneapolis, he admitted he’s just another combatant in a capital full of Hatfields and McCoys. No compromises, just nihilism.

via Dreaming of a Superhero – NYTimes.com.

There’s more!

African-American activist Fredrick Harris is  disenchanted with how little Obama has done for his causes, to the point that he says that we are still waiting for our first black president.

And liberal columnist Ezra Klein says that Romney might be better for the economy because that would break the political gridlock.  Republicans would no longer obstruct everything if we had a Republican president.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Pete

    “As president, Obama has never felt the need to explain or sell his signature pieces of legislation — the stimulus and health care bills — or stanch the flow of false information from the other side.”

    The very highest embodiment of the entitlement mindset.

    “The legendary speaker who drew campaign crowds in the tens of thousands and inspired a dispirited nation…”

    This is not, strictly speaking, the fault of the “legendary speaker” (i.e. that he got elected) – rather, of the “dispirited nation” which, in addition to lacking spirit, lacked (still perhaps lacks) the ability to differentiate style from substance.

  • Pete

    “As president, Obama has never felt the need to explain or sell his signature pieces of legislation — the stimulus and health care bills — or stanch the flow of false information from the other side.”

    The very highest embodiment of the entitlement mindset.

    “The legendary speaker who drew campaign crowds in the tens of thousands and inspired a dispirited nation…”

    This is not, strictly speaking, the fault of the “legendary speaker” (i.e. that he got elected) – rather, of the “dispirited nation” which, in addition to lacking spirit, lacked (still perhaps lacks) the ability to differentiate style from substance.

  • Cincinnatus

    This is very, very old news. Authentic progressives have been deeply disappointed–even incensed–by Obama’s performance and credibility as a fellow progressive since late-2009 or early 2010 at least. You’ll notice that it has been such progressives who frequently, with world-weary sighs, remind hysterical Tea Partiers that Obama is not, in fact, a socialist but yet another corporate welfarist sharing more common ground with his immediate predecessor than anyone else.

    That said, such information is essentially meaningless. Obama is the Democratic candidate. Broadly speaking, none of these alleged purists and “real” progressives is going to sit at home in November or–God forbid–cast a vote for Romney. They’re just whining, and they’re just as banal and hypocritical as all those alleged conservatives who savaged Romney’s credentials but who will, nonetheless, vote for him in November anyway.

  • Cincinnatus

    This is very, very old news. Authentic progressives have been deeply disappointed–even incensed–by Obama’s performance and credibility as a fellow progressive since late-2009 or early 2010 at least. You’ll notice that it has been such progressives who frequently, with world-weary sighs, remind hysterical Tea Partiers that Obama is not, in fact, a socialist but yet another corporate welfarist sharing more common ground with his immediate predecessor than anyone else.

    That said, such information is essentially meaningless. Obama is the Democratic candidate. Broadly speaking, none of these alleged purists and “real” progressives is going to sit at home in November or–God forbid–cast a vote for Romney. They’re just whining, and they’re just as banal and hypocritical as all those alleged conservatives who savaged Romney’s credentials but who will, nonetheless, vote for him in November anyway.

  • DonS

    At root, this is a long overdue recognition of Obama’s utter incompetence for the job of president. He had no prior experience suitable for preparing him for the role. No one, save for a few of us in the loyal opposition, made any substantive effort to vet him. He was coronated because it was such a wonderful thing to elect the first African-American president — such an advancement for the country. Well, yeah, but it would have been nice if he had been qualified and was of the right temperament to actually do a good job.

  • DonS

    At root, this is a long overdue recognition of Obama’s utter incompetence for the job of president. He had no prior experience suitable for preparing him for the role. No one, save for a few of us in the loyal opposition, made any substantive effort to vet him. He was coronated because it was such a wonderful thing to elect the first African-American president — such an advancement for the country. Well, yeah, but it would have been nice if he had been qualified and was of the right temperament to actually do a good job.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Maureen Dowd’s columns frequently make me cringe. When I read them, that is. They are far too often concerned with the shallowest things. This one is no better.

    She says, “the White House press actually seemed nostalgic for the president who bollixed up Afghanistan”. Maybe they were, but I’m not going to take Dowd’s completely baseless assertion as evidence.

    I wonder if you can actually see Dowd’s column writing process as she struggles for something interesting to say. “Let’s see, I’ll go to Obama’s campaign site … let’s check out the store … oh, there’s lots of kitsch here … that’s a first … never heard of campaigns doing that before … clearly a sign of Obama’s failure … and that’s a wrap …

    “Wait, my editor says I need more content … I just want a drink … fine, I’ll just quote what other people are saying … let’s see, I’ll cite a Times article, because I work for them … hmm, what other media sources are there? … oh, how about something from New York magazine? … okay, and are there any new books coming out? … Nation of Wusses, good, okay, love the title … oh, and Barack Obama: The Story, that sounds reliable … work in several paragraphs about how Obama is black … okay, and now I’m done. Time for a drink.”

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Maureen Dowd’s columns frequently make me cringe. When I read them, that is. They are far too often concerned with the shallowest things. This one is no better.

    She says, “the White House press actually seemed nostalgic for the president who bollixed up Afghanistan”. Maybe they were, but I’m not going to take Dowd’s completely baseless assertion as evidence.

    I wonder if you can actually see Dowd’s column writing process as she struggles for something interesting to say. “Let’s see, I’ll go to Obama’s campaign site … let’s check out the store … oh, there’s lots of kitsch here … that’s a first … never heard of campaigns doing that before … clearly a sign of Obama’s failure … and that’s a wrap …

    “Wait, my editor says I need more content … I just want a drink … fine, I’ll just quote what other people are saying … let’s see, I’ll cite a Times article, because I work for them … hmm, what other media sources are there? … oh, how about something from New York magazine? … okay, and are there any new books coming out? … Nation of Wusses, good, okay, love the title … oh, and Barack Obama: The Story, that sounds reliable … work in several paragraphs about how Obama is black … okay, and now I’m done. Time for a drink.”

  • mikeb

    DonS @ 3

    Let’s remember to give Obama credit for throwing his full weight behind Barrett in the Wisconsin Governor recall election. I mean, that one Tweet had to take minutes for some staffer to prepare. And another great example of “leading from behind”.

  • mikeb

    DonS @ 3

    Let’s remember to give Obama credit for throwing his full weight behind Barrett in the Wisconsin Governor recall election. I mean, that one Tweet had to take minutes for some staffer to prepare. And another great example of “leading from behind”.

  • mikeb

    I’ve long held to this social theory: the higher a pedestal someone is put upon the further the fall will be. Mr. Obama was placed exceptionally high. Maureen Dowd and the White House Press Corps, et. al., are like cattle; they mostly chew their cud and moo but when it’s stampede time lookout. Only time will tell but I think history will show that Obama is now in free fall. The hoofbeats are proof.

  • mikeb

    I’ve long held to this social theory: the higher a pedestal someone is put upon the further the fall will be. Mr. Obama was placed exceptionally high. Maureen Dowd and the White House Press Corps, et. al., are like cattle; they mostly chew their cud and moo but when it’s stampede time lookout. Only time will tell but I think history will show that Obama is now in free fall. The hoofbeats are proof.


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