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NYT Frets Over Obama’s Re-Election Chances

From a message-sending New York Times:

Democrats Fret Aloud Over Obama’s Chances

September 10, 2011

Democrats are expressing growing alarm about President Obama’s re-election prospects and, in interviews, are openly acknowledging anxiety about the White House’s ability to strengthen the president’s standing over the next 14 months.

And by "Democrats" the New York Times means they are worried. After all, they could easily find just as many people who would claim that Obama’s re-election is as certain as death and taxes, if they wanted to.

But this article is meant to be some kind of wake up call to Mr. Obama.

Elected officials and party leaders at all levels said their worries have intensified as the economy has displayed new signs of weakness. They said the likelihood of a highly competitive 2012 race is increasing as the Republican field, once dismissed by many Democrats as too inexperienced and conservative to pose a serious threat, has started narrowing to two leading candidates, Mitt Romney and Rick Perry, who have executive experience and messages built around job creation.

And in a campaign cycle in which Democrats had entertained hopes of reversing losses from last year’s midterm elections, some in the party fear that Mr. Obama’s troubles could reverberate down the ballot into Congressional, state and local races

Perhaps seeing more than 800 Statehouse and Congressional seats go from Democrat to Republican in 2010 could have something to do with that.

The president’s economic address last week offered a measure of solace to discouraged Democrats by employing an assertive and scrappy style that many supporters complain has been absent for the last year as he has struggled to rise above Washington gridlock. Several Democrats suggested that he watch a tape of the jobs speech over and over and use it as a guide until the election.

In other words, once again The Times is calling for Obama to take the gloves off. All their talk about ‘civility’ is only an effort to get Republicans to shut up. They want Mr. Obama to be even more uncivil.

But a survey of two dozen Democratic officials found a palpable sense of concern that transcended a single week of ups and downs. The conversations signaled a change in mood from only a few months ago, when Democrats widely believed that Mr. Obama’s path to re-election, while challenging, was secure.

“The frustrations are real,” said Representative Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland, who was the state chairman of Mr. Obama’s campaign four years ago. “I think we know that there is a Barack Obama that’s deep in there, but he’s got to synchronize it with passion and principles.”

Liberals have grown frustrated by some of his actions, like the decision this month to drop tougher air-quality standards.

This meaningless ‘moratorium’ on air standards is the only thing that anyone can even point to as a ‘compromise’ with the GOP. And everyone knows it is a sham that will be re-doubled once he gets re-elected.

And polling suggests that the president’s yearlong effort to reclaim the political center has so far yielded little in the way of additional support from the moderates and independents who tend to decide presidential elections

It really is hilarious the way The Times lies. Pravda was never this obvious.

At a gathering of the Democratic National Committee in Chicago this weekend, some party leaders sounded upbeat after they toured the Obama campaign headquarters. But others expressed anxiety that Mr. Obama’s accomplishments were not being conveyed loudly enough to ordinary people, that Republican lawmakers were making it impossible for him to get more done, and that Mr. Obama’s conciliatory approach might be translating to some voters as weakness.

What "accomplishments" would these be? Obama-care? The Democrats have been told to avoid mentioning Obama’s "accomplishments." Just like they were told to avoid mentioning Obama-care during the 2010. But even the New York Times can’t fool all of the people all of the time.

“Now that they’re slapping him in the side of the face, he’s coming back,” said William George, a committee member from Pennsylvania. “He needs to start stomping his foot and pounding the desk.”

And demanding that Congress pass bills that aren’t even written yet. Maybe he should threaten to hold his breath, too.

Still what does it say about the mentality of Democrats, that they think all you need to do is stomp your feet to get things done?

To reassure nervous Democrats, the president’s campaign aides are traveling the country with PowerPoint presentations that spell out Mr. Obama’s path to re-election. Their pitch is that Mr. Obama’s appeal has grown in traditionally Republican states like Arizona, where there are fast-growing Hispanic populations, and that Republicans have alienated independent voters with “extreme” positions on popular programs like Medicare

In other words the Obama campaign is counting on the illegal alien vote to win them the election.

For Mr. Obama’s strongest supporters, his jobs speech on Thursday night to a joint session of Congress seemed to affirm their belief that after a rough patch, the White House had seized the upper hand, however temporarily, in both substantive and political terms.

After ceding much of the debate over the economy to Republicans, they said, Mr. Obama had framed next year’s election as a struggle between a president with a plan for creating jobs and reducing the deficit and a Republican Party that would rather score political points and adhere slavishly to ideological positions than address the needs of Americans

And reality be damned.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, September 12th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “NYT Frets Over Obama’s Re-Election Chances”

  1. Mithrandir says:

    Perhaps banging his shoe on a desk, or angrily pounding on a podium, red-faced, pointing his finger at the camera while biting his lip, or maybe beat someone with a cane on the floor of the senate.

    (history quiz here….)

  2. proreason says:

    For the next year, Little Lenin will be a moderate centrist, who tries mightily to hold his temper at the extremist Republicans blocking his common-sense politicies to restore the economy.

    Meanwhile, Republicans have finally found the secret to losing the election. Scare the shit out of senior citizens.

  3. Chinnubie says:

    Everyone including the NYT knows his policies will do no such thing to increase jobs in the private sector. Thank God the majority of voters no longer listens to these retards in the MSM. How they remain in business amazes me to this day, I mean who buys a New York Times anymore? They exist to laugh at, plain and simple. Funnier still are the people who believe them.

    • JohnMG says:

      It’s the old “busted kneecap” racket. Their circulation will not likely decline past the point it now occupies.

      Every hostlery in the large metro areas is staffed by union help. So is the Times. Soooo….each room gets a complimentary copy at the hotel’s expense (Nice place ya’ got here–too bad if somethin’ should happen to it). Likewise the office space that is rented from the property owners. Theatres. Sports concessions. Movie houses. Schools (Gotta’ keep the students up to snuff vis-a-vis current events/politics). Any public entity that exists at the behest of lefty politicians.

      Without this kind of forced readership(?) they couldn’t stay in business. But they won’t disappear altogether. Unions are Communistic–‘All for one…One for All–Support your brothers bullshit. They continue to launder each other’s money.

      They hate free enterprise, and I hate every one of them!

  4. oldpuppydixie says:

    “In other words the Obama campaign is counting on the illegal alien vote….

    YEP! That’s EXACTLY RIGHT!!! And they are counting on Republicans being too gutless to stopp illegals voting!!!!!

  5. sticks says:

    I really do hope Obama take his advice from the New York Times, in fact I think they need to go all out with it and quit with these piddely half measures. Obama should start to really tell the American people whats what. How they should be happy to live in a shack and have stale bread to eat and stop being so greedy. They should give him all they own so he can give them a few crumbs back. There, that should get him reelected. Congress HAD BETTER
    pass that jobs bill right away.

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