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Obama Failing? More Like Republicans Flailing

Obama Failing? More Like Republicans Flailing

If you follow politics at all, you’ve heard them say it: Rush Limbaugh, Newt Gingrich and Dick Cheney have found a message and they’re sticking with it: Obama’s failing, Obama wants the economy to fail, etc. And in case you’ve somehow escaped hearing about Obama’s failure ad nauseum, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee just released a video of the trifecta in action, juxtaposed against Obama’s message of hope:

I’ll say one thing for the Republicans — they’ve learned from the master. Frank Luntz has helped shape GOP talking points for years (he’s why we call global warming the much more passive and softer “climate change” now). And once they have a message, they run with it.

Take Newt Gingrich. Last September, I heard him speak in a debate series against Robert Reich in Marin County, California — to an audience predisposed to pretty much disagree with everything that came out of his mouth. Nevertheless, Gingrich was on a mission to make us like him, sticking to talking about things like how important it is to invest now in Alzheimer’s research instead of spending billions in Medicare programs to treat patients later with no hope for a cure.

Since then, he’s decided the right needs a strong conservative voice. And he’s leapt up to fill that void in a way that recalls the Gingrich of old. Howard Fineman’s column this week in Newsweek sums it up best:

At the dawn of the Obama era, Gingrich has remade himself as the anti-Obama. He is arguably the GOP’s most influential strategist and cheerleader, and a provocative scold of the administration. Where Obama exudes the new Washington equanimity, Gingrich exalts in the old-school insult. He is ruthless in caricaturing anyone who gets in his way as a “pagan” or “statist” or “socialist” or “racist” — all words Newt has hurled in recent days. And so, wounded, rudderless and leaderless, GOP members of Congress and others on his voluminous e-mail list have returned to hear the gospel according to Newt. They speak of him with the awe of disciples.

But is this really a strategy for 2012? I don’t think so. I think it speaks more to the GOP’s desperation than anything else. It’s like the anti-hope; by saying Obama’s failing, they’re actually flailing.

Fineman on Gingrich, again:

His weakness for combat may be fueling his popularity on the right at the moment, but it’s a poor substitute for a strategy to rebuild the party — and would likely spell his doom in a contest against Obama. There are, after all, reasons why he was banished years ago. GOP stalwarts remember that his imperiousness as House Speaker and his sometimes juvenile public behavior led friends to plot against him. Insiders doubt that he will ever learn to control his acid tongue. “Newt is our great idea factory, but he’d be a disaster as a candidate,” a prominent Republican fundraiser told me, staying in the shadows to avoid angering a man he has known for many years. “We need his thinking, but not the man himself.”

Indeed, the man American people seem to be responding to in both thinking and philosophy is none other than President Obama (the anti-Gingrich, if you will). With his message of hope, Obama continues to get high approval ratings.

Do you share Obama’s message of hope? Sign the Hope Card to Obama, sharing with him what you hope to see happen in this country. By engaging in the message of hope, we can stand up to the attacks of Gingrich, Limbaugh, Cheney and the like. And by embracing the hope message, we can instead turn the tables and have Gingrich be the one who fails.

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10:47AM PDT on Jul 5, 2009

The road ahead is clear and you better snap out of it or be left behind. Nobody is gonna have the time or energy to do your work for you. We are either on board to resolve the mess or succome to it. What's your choice?

Unless you can put the spilled milk back in the glass, stand tall, shoulders back, chest out, chin up and move forward, and loose the attitude.

4:58AM PDT on Jun 29, 2009

Obama won because Repubs LOST, no one believes them any more. They thrust a RINO canidate down our throats, so conservatives lift the party in droves. People voted AGAINST the repubs. He has caused change, I will give him that. He is the biggest spending president the US has ever known. He has pushed an economic plan that we will never be able to repay, he has driven jobs from this country, he has pushed through cap and trade which will cause most small businesses in this country to close, he has refused to be open about his birth records (the "record" earlier posted is not a hawaiian birth form, but one used for transfers from another country)and now with HR 2749, farmer's markets, small family farms and possibly even transportation of food can be stopped. Cost alone will skyrocket and only large mega corporations and imported foods will be able to survive. Al Gore's statement "we don't need to grow food in this country" should be resounding on all ears again. What you aren't being told is that MOST all food safety recalls have been traced back to imported products. The false statement by the FDA that "tomatoes from fla" that shut down that industry and turned out in reality to be peppers from Mexico. etc.

8:25AM PDT on Jun 28, 2009

Obama is not failing his party or his purpose in enlarging government control regardless of cost over our lives, but he is failing both the nation and his oath to preserve the nation and obey the Constitution.

Obama has been remarkably successful in enlarging government and taking over large sectors of the private economy while building ever larger client lists for his party. That the cost is a broken Treasury and increasing numbers of bitter opponents is immaterial.

Obama has NOT however succeeded in slowing or reversing the recession nor has he continued to be able to blame the previous administration for everything as he has largely kept to their Middle Eastern policies and failed to garner any support for any moves he has made elsewhere in foreign affairs.

Hope is an empty word in this administration and has come to mean more the emotion connected most with desperation as everything he touches crumples.

12:30AM PDT on Jun 24, 2009

Jean A: "It would be nice for bi-partizenship. But ignorance is bliss." Bi-partisanship. Feeling blissful yet? You should study the history of the Weimar Republic.

12:26AM PDT on Jun 24, 2009

For the record, not too many Republicans think Newt, Rush or Cheney are the future of the party. They are a voice of experience for the party and nothing more. The Republican candidates who will be the future of that party are still relatively obscure on a national level. The future of that party is not in its past and the core constituents know this fact. I abandoned them all two years ago as both parties essentially perform the same functions when in power: create an unconstitutionally expanding government, spend uncontrollably and unaccountably and ignore the will of the people. Present administration included. Think some of the blindly following supporters of this President are in for a little let down next cycle when you suffer a minor setback.

12:25AM PDT on Jun 24, 2009

For the record, not too many Republicans think Newt, Rush or Cheney are the future of the party. They are a voice of experience for the party and nothing more. The Republican candidates who will be the future of that party are still relatively obscure on a national level. The future of that party is not in its past and the core constituents know this fact. I abandoned them all two years ago as both parties essentially perform the same functions when in power: create an unconstitutionally expanding government, spend uncontrollably and unaccountably and ignore the will of the people. Present administration included. Think some of the blindly following supporters of this President are in for a little let down next cycle when you suffer a minor setback.

6:00PM PDT on Jun 23, 2009

You are right, the republicans lost by alot of votes...sadly for those who are still pointing that out need to be reminded that there are 36 seats in the senate up for grabs with the next election. Could another be like...ummm... the speaker of the house? I dont know.....

12:04PM PDT on Jun 23, 2009

I just believe that we are on the wrong path. There is just too much spending. Just how on earth is all of this going to be repaid. I just do not see letting people go without paying for their bills. All that is doing is making people spend more money to help those people later on down the road. You have to pay for what you get either now or down the road. No one is going to do it for you. You will still have to pay. How do you know it is going to be better then.

10:09AM PDT on Jun 23, 2009

The Republicans forget that they lost by a lot of votes. The old like Limbaugh, Ginrich, Cheney is the past. I am 100% for Obama and like the changes. It would be nice for bi-partizenship. But ignorance is bliss.

8:59AM PDT on Jun 23, 2009

Thanks for a great, positive, hopeful article. We WILL stand united against the hatred from not only those who want to bring down this country but those who insidiously work to create divisions in this country. Obama is a GREAT president and will break thru barriers no one thought possible!

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