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Posted at 9:07 AM ET, 02/21/2011

Friday question answered

By Jennifer Rubin

In response to my question as to which Obama misstep of the week -- the budget, the U.N. veto bargaining or the Wisconsin labor stand-off -- would have the most serious ramifications a number of voters picked the Wisconsin labor dispute.

Dr. Berkeley writes:

All three of these are embarrassments for the Obama administration and will have hangover. The unwise Wisconsin intervention will cause the most lasting damage, however. Obama won election in 2008 by entreating the Independent vote. In November 2010 Independents overwhelmingly voted for Republicans because they were repulsed by Washington/Obamacare political machinations. Obama's words this past week about the Wisconsin governor's "assault on unions" will remind independents in 2012 and historians for years to come that Obama is a pawn of unions.

Bremwa designs the ad campaign:

Obama's comments about the situation in Wisconsin will hurt him the most. Visualize, if you will, the TV commercials now -- the Dem legislators running away, the distasteful protester signs, the schools closing due to the sick-out. All of this video with the president's words running above the scenes. The closer: When the going got tough in Wisconsin, was the president on your side, or did he side with people who fled their duties, spewed hate and forced children out of attending school??

And StatistQuo's answer includes these observations:

Nothing underscores the sophomoric Obama approach to his hyper-statism than embracing BIG UNION, at the expense of the children, their parents and grandparents.

His backseat driving directed at newly elected, Gov. Walker, is unbecoming for a President and reinforces his total tone deafness of the electorate, particularly after November 2nd election.

Moreover, the demonizing of Walker reflects well on the aforementioned Christie, who has been statism's most articulate, quotable and prominent foe.

Walker is the latest of the anti-Obama prototype: Governors like MacDonald, Christie, Jindal, Kasich, Pawlenty and Scott, among others, who are executives and who must make tough decisions, balancing budgets (not to mention dealing with natural disasters).

Obama stands in stark contrast with all of them who refuses to alienate any traditional Democrat constituency, while dithering and avoiding decisions to an almost pathological degree.

The readers have focused on a key point missed by most pundits: Obama's support for the most entrenched of special interests clashes with his self-image as an agent of change, an opponent of business as usual and a post-partisan intellectual. It turns out, he's just another liberal pol in debt to Big Labor. Not exactly hope 'n change, is it?

By Jennifer Rubin  | February 21, 2011; 9:07 AM ET
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These commenters are spot on, and they have not included the revelation that doctors passed out phony medical excuses like jelly beans. We will see this shameful episode connected to Obamacare--government run health care led by politicized doctors willing to prostitute themselves for their political masters. Americans see the future under the radical-in-chief. Once treasured professions, teaching and medicine, violating their sacred duty to teach and heal: teachers using children as pawns and setting horrible examples; doctors literally lying without shame. The ends justify the means for these Leftists in order to achieve their Utopian fantasy.

Posted by: DocC1 | February 21, 2011 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Obama! Quick to castigate those evil states-rights Republicans. Asleep at the switch in Iran, and Iraq, and Egypt, and China, and North Korea, and ...

Posted by: metanis | February 21, 2011 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Confusion reins in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin battle is misrepresented when it is described as being solely about union rights. While union rights are a part of the battle, the unsupportable size of all governments is equally in the mix. Those who think the government is too expensive, too pervasive and needs to be downsized aren't all against unions, but are against the size of government that has reached a point where it is an albatross around the neck of the community. Average Fed salary 81,258, average private sector 41791, average Fed benefits 50,462, average private benefits 10, 589. from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. What's wrong with this picture? While the long heard cry from public sector workers was for parity, I can only wonder how they would react to retirement parity???
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Posted by: saintpeterii | February 21, 2011 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Keep up the pressure in Wisconsin!

Posted by: DCRallyBus | February 21, 2011 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Every week that passes, Obama does another stupid or outrageous thing. The press still protects him and people have short memories. But as the election approaches the Republicans will have an ever bigger arsenal to use against him. His approval ratings - whatever the score happens to be on a particular day - are getting softer and softer. All the Republicans need is a credible candidate.

Posted by: cwillia11 | February 21, 2011 1:35 PM | Report abuse

It's weeks like this that make me reflect on the Big Blackberry Fight of the new presidency. The Secret Service thought it was a security risk, but Obama had to have it. He needed it so that he wouldn't be shut inside the "Presidential Bubble." The irony is that there has never been a President more imprisoned in the bubble of an outmoded, unsustainable worldview than Obama. It's almost as if he can't process *anything* except "Must.Protect.Union." We saw it in the Chrysler/GM bailout where unions were given a stake and legitimate bondholders were cut out (so long, contract law!) We saw it with the D.C. voucher fight (tough toenails, kids!) and now, in his mind, taxpayers' priorities need to be reordered according to what benefits unions the most.

Another irony is that if all the unions went away tomorrow, Obama could type faster on his indispensable Blackberry, but he'd have no one to write to.

Posted by: bbmoe | February 21, 2011 2:08 PM | Report abuse

"Confusion reins in Wisconsin..."

posted by saintpeterii

Gee, I hate to mention this (it is a great comment), but do you realize you misspelled "reigns" ?

Posted by: aardunza | February 21, 2011 11:00 PM | Report abuse

However, Jennifer's previous blog headline "Yes, there is a reason to rein in public employee unions" spelled it correctly. See the difference in the homophones? What can I say -- great speller, lousy writer, and most definitely no "Rain" man, man, though taught myself Calculus I,II,III in three months, ha! :-)

Posted by: aardunza | February 21, 2011 11:28 PM | Report abuse

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