Monday, September 19, 2011

Even CNN Has Its Moments

As further proof that the former Democratic hegemony is in serious trouble, cornpone pundit James Carville provided a little excitement on CNN by announcing that it is time for His Majesty Obama to panic. After two major losses in special House elections, Carville mused "What should the White House do now? Panic." This came after the Democrats lost a New York seat it has held since 1923 and a Nevada loss by an unexpectedly big margin.

The New York loss was a big hint that Democrats in general and Obama in particular are in trouble. The Nevada loss appears to indicate that the general dissatisfaction with both political parties is working more against the Democrats than against the Republicans. Carville is a tried and true Democratic stalwart, but even he has decided that the real problem is Obama, not the Democratic Party. Fellow Democratic pundit Cornell Belcher said that even with his terrible poll numbers, Obama gets higher ratings than Congress. Carville shot back: "But they keep electing Republicans."

Belcher, still basking in the glow of the 2008 Obama victory, attempted to defend his beloved President. He called Obama's woes a messaging problem. The President still walks on water, but his staff is not helping him to get his message out. Carville snarled: "Then fire the communications staff. Communications people are a dime a dozen." Carville went on to point out that Obama is hesitant to fire anyone (including avowed communists like Van Jones). "Bill Clinton fired many people in 1994 (after the Republicans took the House in a landslide) and took a lot of heat for it."

"Reagan fired most of his campaign staff in 1980. Republicans historically fired their own speaker, Newt Gingrich, Bush fired Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. For God's sake, why are we still looking at the same political and economic advisers that got us into this mess?" Carville is big on firing, apparently. He was probably partially responsible for the Clinton firings he referred to. Keep the baby, throw out the bathwater. Not a bad suggestion, but it's unlikely that the bland, not-very-executive Chief Executive will follow it.

Carville cited the Solyndra scandal, the seemingly-permanent unemployment numbers, and the two special elections as proof that the President is "surrounded by morons." There are those who think the reason for that is that a dullard is always likely to surround himself with morons so he can be the smartest guy in the gang. Carville didn't go quite that far, but he got close. And this was before leaks began to get out about administration officials attempting to alter the testimony of a four-star general who says that a broadband scheme put together by Obama loyalists would endanger national security.

The lizard-like Carville can be annoying, but his homespun cracker practicality can also be amusing. It seems likely to me that he thinks that his choice, Hillary Clinton, would not have allowed herself to get into this position. And even if she had, she would have had her husband's record of firings to guide her.

Carville is no conservative by any means, but he does seem incapable of understanding Obama's true nature. Bill Clinton was a liberal, but practical politician. Obama sees practicality as selling out his doctrinaire leftist beliefs. Clinton could see when his wishes were not going to be achieved, so he maneuvered to get what he could. Obama has no sense of his own inability to get his agenda passed in toto, so he blames his predecessor and the Republicans for stalemate.

Clinton got rid of his deadwood. Obama believes he is incapable of error, and that includes his choice of staff. He is a doctrinaire social welfare egalitarian, so it's no surprise that he's not about to fire those who are in total agreement with him. In fact, he sees them as his "Immortals" who will help him march to another victory in 2012 against those pesky Republican Spartans and their Greek allies. Carville is right about firing most of Obama's staff. But he's wrong in believing that a muddle-headed pseudo-academic leftist President like Obama can make that decision or go it alone. Obama is helpless without his acolytes.

26 comments:

T-Rav said...

LawHawk, if I remember correctly, Carville also suggested that Obama should order the DOJ to start handing out indictments left and right to Wall Street, and to fire Holder if he didn't comply (in what world would Holder not comply with that?). Not only does Carville seem to think the problem is in the messaging, he also thinks doubling down and completely politicizing the Attorney General's office is a good remedy. Just goes to show, you can't trust liberals.

Tennessee Jed said...

It is true, Hawk that Obama is a doctrinairre, social welfare egalitarian as you say. However, you know what B.O. looks more and more like to me? A petty Chicago ward boss, small time political hack who dispenses favors to friends and crushes his enemies at will.

TJ said...

Belcher thinks it's a "messaging" problem because he believes we are too stupid to get the "message".

As for a dullard surrounding himself with morons - just look at his choice for VP as a perfect example of that.

These people are truly insane.

BevfromNYC said...

But the Obama Admin DOES have a messaging problem. Except THEY are the dullards who aren't understanding the messages coming from "The People".

Carville has been on the warpath about Obama since the BP oil spill. He was furious that O was waiting for some "@ss to kick" instead of actually coordinating some kind of emergency plan to help.

[BTW, today is International Talk Like A Pirate Day, soooo AAAAaaaarrrgh, Maties]

Tehachapi Tom said...

Hawk
I think your last line cut in half is the best part of today's post.
"Obama is helpless" really says it all.
The whole nest is fXXXed up and belong in Venezuela.
Venezuela would probably not put with them either so you pick where they belong.

Blackbeard said...

Avast, me hearties! Shiver me timbers! Other generic pirate talk! Aaarrrggghhhh!!!!!

AndrewPrice said...

They all think it's the message and not the policies. My post later today discusses that because Obama himself is saying that.

TJ said...

Bev - that is an excellent way to put it. I wish I could have thought of that LOL!

98ZJUSMC said...

The lizard-like Carville can be annoying

Lawhawk, you have a gift for subtle understatement.

98ZJUSMC said...

They all think it's the message and not the policies.

Sometimes, education just does not take, Andrew.

LawHawkRFD said...

T-Rav: He did, indeed. But Obama without Holder is like a day without sunshine. So getting rid of him is not likely to be realistically on the table. As you've guessed, Carville is just as doctrinaire as Obama about the government crushing its "enemies." Your conclusion is absolutely right--you can't trust liberals.

LawHawkRFD said...

Tennessee: The President of the United States is doing exactly what you suggested. He is all about reelection, power, graft, and control. Just like a petty Chicago South Side political boss. He doesn't care who gets hurt or what gets destroyed as long as he and his friends stay on top.

LL said...

Obama doesn't want to fire anyone because they'll sign a lucrative tell-all book deal.

CNN (Communist News Network) is straining at the bit if they're running Carville's piece. (Carville is a traitor to his party)

LawHawkRFD said...

TJ: It's just a little more than that. Not only does he think that we're all stupid, but he also thinks that the administration's problem is that his advisers are too smart to communicate with us. Like a nuclear scientist trying to explain quantum physics to his cat.

In a way, he's conceding that Carville is right. Obama needs to get rid of his communications people and replace them with union public school kindergarten teachers who are capable of getting the message across to us mental defectives. And you are so right about Biden.

LawHawkRFD said...

Bev: You don't get it. We are too stupid to understand their brilliance. They can't be dullards, because they have their genius leader and their Marxist theory, and all we have is history, facts, experience and common sense.

And a hearty "aargh" right back atcha.

LawHawkRFD said...

Tehachapi Tom: I never thought I'd find myself in the position of having to admit that the President of the United States is an amateurish version of the President of Venezuela. Chavez tried, and succeeded. Obama tries, and fails. It probably has something to do with that crazy Constitution of ours, along with a people used to over 200 years of freedom.

LawHawkRFD said...

Blackbeard: Fifteen men on a dead man's chest--yo, ho, ho, and a bottle of rum. Oh, wait, that's Obama's jobs plan!

LawHawkRFD said...

Andrew: I'll enjoy your article and look forward to it. I hope you will be covering how Obama himself will have trouble getting the message out since he doesn't understand it either. LOL

LawHawkRFD said...

98ZJUSMC: I do my best. Welcome back, we've missed your comments recently. And I like your new avatar.

LawHawkRFD said...

98ZJUSMC: To steal from Willie Shakespeare, the message is full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. And Obama's the idiot delivering it.

LawHawkRFD said...

LL: That's an interesting idea, and very likely true. As for Carville, he has always subscribed to the theory that all politics is local. His break with the Obama administration became manifest when Obama boo-hooed about the BP oil spill, but did next-to-nothing about it. Pore Loozeeana gets no help from the gummint. But that may be because they have a Republican governor who did as much as he could, rolled up his sleeves and got into the muck personally, then demanded to know why Obama was sitting on his duff in DC making pronouncements about evil capitalists.

LawHawkRFD said...

TJ: Ditto on Bev's comment.

Koshcat said...

I hope that Obama and his staff continue down their primrose path with the help of the media and Carville is told to shut up. The look on their faces when The One loses in a landslide will be priceless.

"I am the very model of a modern Major-General,
I've information vegetable, animal, and mineral..."

Oops, not a pirate. Aaaaaaaaarrrgh!

LawHawkRFD said...

Koshcat: I will be right there with you, proudly proclaiming my schadenfreude. LOL

And your quote is from The Pirates of Penzance, so I'll consider it close enough. Aargh.

LawHawkRFD said...

Tennessee: I don't know why it took me this long after your comment, but I just realized that Obama is the worst of both worlds--a doctrinaire socialist who runs his fiefdom like a Chicago ward boss. God help us all!

LawHawkRFD said...

I should point out that being a great communicator and being a humane communicator do not necessarily coincide. Reagan was the Great Communicator because he communicated great things that come from the Founders and the Bible. Hitler was a great communicator as well, or at least the Germans thought so. Hitler was as honest in his beliefs as Reagan was in his. The difference is the same as the difference between good and evil. Being a great communicator is a fine thing so long as the person exhibiting those traits is also a good man. Obama is neither.

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