Sunday, January 31, 2010

Karl Rove On The House Republican Retreat

Much has been made of the President's appearance at the House Republican retreat on Friday. MSNBC changed their lineup Friday night to host a one hour special touting the genius of Obama's success in handing those nasty Republicans their hats and sending back where they belong, in the political wilderness. It was obnoxious. It was also a gross overstatement but we've come to expect nothing less from that network.

It was an amazing moment according to Democrats:
The moment President Obama began his address to Republicans in Baltimore today, I began to receive e-mails from Democrats: Here's an except from one of them: "I don't know whether to laugh or cry that it took a f$$@&$* year for Obama to step into the ring and start throwing some verbal blows... I'm definitely praying at mass on Sunday morning that this Obama doesn't take another 12 month vacation."

This e-mail comes from a very influential Democrat.

Accepting the invitation to speak at the House GOP retreat may turn out to be the smartest decision the White House has made in months. Debating a law professor is kind of foolish: the Republican House Caucus has managed to turn Obama's weakness -- his penchant for nuance -- into a strength. Plenty of Republicans asked good and probing questions, but Mike Pence, among others, found their arguments simply demolished by the president. (By the way: can we stop with the Obama needs a teleprompter jokes?)
I watched most of this event on Friday and saw a defensive thin-skinned Obama pretend he was suddenly all about bipartisanship. As usual, Obama laid a heaping helping of blame on Republicans but was forced to admit the Republicans had ideas , that he'd seen them and considered them. Perhaps it's just me but didn't he just spend an entire year claiming the exact opposite? Maybe this is why most voters don't trust Obama's statements about the economy. Obama has lost the trust of a significant portion of the voting public because he campaigned on being a pragmatic centrist but governed as a left leaning ideologue. It will take more than a day trip to Baltimore to undo that image in the minds of voters. I will let Karl Rove make the rest of the case, Friday was no win for Obama:


  1. Great video, MarySue. I was appalled watching the show of obummer going to the Republican's, it was more lies and acting, and not very good acting. America is on to him, and he just digs himself a deeper hole every time it gives his false claims! "I'm not a Bolshevik" , HA, I think it protested TOO much on that one ;-)

  2. Hi Bunni,
    That line was just incredible. He really doesn't know how to pivot to the middle. He really is an ideologue and thinks government is the answer to everything. Everything he says to try to make it sound as though he is just rings false. He could pull it off when he had no record but he has a big one now.

  3. I'm pretty impressed that both previous comments thought so poorly of Obama's appearance at the retreat. I thought Republicans were looking to achieve the same goals in Health Care as everybody else. Of course, I don't believe either side is making a very good effort at understanding the other, and most people seem to just react to sides rather than really listen and think about what's going on in a civil manner. Sometimes, I wonder if Democrats, for example, trust in Obama too much, and that maybe they're being really unreasonable. "Is Obama Being Unreasonable?"


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