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New Republican ad targets wavering Democrats

A new print ad -- sponsored by the conservative American Future Fund and running in the print editions of Politico and Roll Call -- is the first direct attempt we've seen by Republicans to directly leverage the Massachusetts special election against House and Senate Democrats contemplating retirement.

The ad, which you can see after the jump, seeks to connect statements made by the White House about the relative quality -- or lack thereof -- of the candidates in the Senate special election as well as gubernatorial races in New Jersey and Virginia 2009 to raise doubts in Members' minds about whether it's worth their while to try to win re-election in a challenging national environment.

"1. Run. 2. Lose. 3. Get Trashed by the White House," reads the ad. "Are you willing to sacrifice your career for Obama?"

Is it likely that Democratic Members of Congress -- weighing their political futures -- will make go/no go decisions based on a print ad run by a conservative group? No.

But, context always matters in politics and the American Future Fund ad lands in a very volatile atmosphere for congressional Democrats. In addition to state Attorney General Martha Coakley's loss in the most Democratic state in the country and pronouncements from the likes of California Sen. Barbara Boxer (D) that "every state is in play", the liberal Firedoglake blog has released a quartet of poll over the last few days moderate Democrats in Arkansas, Ohio, New York and Indiana in deep trouble as they prepare to seek re-election in the fall.

House and Senate Democratic leaders are doing absolutely everything in their power to stave off retirements in the wake of the Mass-acre. (Whoever came up with that nickname for the Massachusetts Senate special election is a genius.) The ads from AFF, the statements from the likes of Boxer and the Firedoglake polls all make that job much, much harder.

It's been 36 hours since Scott Brown won and, so far, everyone on the Democratic side is staying put. It seem unlikely, however, that the party will be able to keep it that way. If they do, we may well look back at this week as the period in which they saved their House majority.

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By Chris Cillizza  |  January 21, 2010; 1:48 PM ET
Categories:  House , Senate  
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Posted by: shadow16 | January 23, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: systeminvestigator | January 22, 2010 11:36 PM | Report abuse

All those who truly believe that CONGRESS -- either chamber -- should vote on a bill they haven't read need to visit their proctologist for surgical removal of their cranium.

Posted by: esquire2 | January 22, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

The republican party and all their little special interest groups that they have formed to counter any opposition is mostly made up of people with selective hearing. Hearing nothing other than republican babble. After the back room deals of Cheney with big oil and big business along with the two quagmired useless wars and unanswered questions on every subject that came to lite during the Bush administration, not to mention the national debt doubling and the roof ready to cave in on the whole country. The special interest right wing media blowhards have managed to put the spin on the population in the first year of the new administration. This is amazing how attack radio and the right wing pocket packers can control this country by attacking anyone that tries to change the fatal destiny of the country. The national debt doubled in 8 years. The infrastructure was not maintenance and scrambled. It was the worst leadership the country ever had. And with not even a year in office, and things just starting to come around, the country is brainwashed right back into the con of the republican party. Has everyone forgotten the propaganda of how great the Bush administration was doing? And the claim of victory? It was all a big lie. And the right wing media blowhards that run the attack radio against the democrats were the propagandises that made it go. Has everyone forgotten the price of gas under Clinton? At one time it was as low as .87 cents a gallon. And then the North easterly that wasn't hit when the election started between Bush and President Gore. How stupid is this country?

Posted by: kimkimminni1 | January 22, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

NICE, IN-KIND CONTRIBUTION TO THE AMERICAN FUTURE FUND, WAPO.

When did the Post turn into such a rightwing hack rag that they would run wingnut ads for FREE?

Posted by: drindl | January 22, 2010 8:03 AM | Report abuse

Democrats used the filibuster threat repeatedly when they were in the minority. However you have the Democrat Congress of 1978 to thank for the mess it's become. They made it far easier to filibuster: used to be you had to stand in the Well and talk continuously. Filibusters rarely lasted for more than a day and were minor procedural hurdles. I'd have no problem reverting back to how they used to do it.

Posted by: orionca | January 22, 2010 2:11 AM | Report abuse

Opa2


The Senate has always been like that - AND THIS COUNTRY BECAME GREAT THAT WAY.


It used to be 67 votes to go through


And before that you needed all the Senators to agree to proceed.


Silly Old White Men...........

Don't you hate them...........

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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 22, 2010 1:21 AM | Report abuse

There is something desperately wrong in this country when 41 Republicans can dictate to 59 Democrats what he business of this country shall be. I've heard it referred to as "the tyranny of the minority." Surely there is some way the majority in this country gets to say what happens. This BS is not what I voted for. Forty percent of the country should not be able to dictate to the other sixty percent. If ever there was something UnAmerican, this is it!!!

Posted by: Opa2 | January 21, 2010 11:59 PM | Report abuse

BREAKING NEWS


Obama never got Ben Bernanke confirmed to his re-appointment to be Chairman of the Federal Reserve.


Another case of Obama mis-management.


In the current environment, looks like Obama will not be able to confirm Bernanke - and his term ONLY HAS 10 DAYS LEFT TO GO.


Obama really made a critical error by not concentrating on the economy last year.


Other things apparently have gone mis-managed as well.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 21, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Last count the Democrats are STILL the majority party. Why then are they running around like chicken little? Would somebody lend them some balls, please? Do an up or down vote on key items in the health care reform bill. That will separate the boys and girls from the men and women. Stop playing nice, dems. Your playmates never have.

Posted by: yeswecan3 | January 21, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Massachusetts showed the way;
“People Have Taken A Measure of The Man”.

Obama is now, in desperation mode, more bank bashing, Insurance bashing, energy companies bashing, and assorted more. The only one taking a bashing is the economy, and with the economy, employment.

The blogger http://www.robbingamerica.blogspot.com
has anticipated all this in the piece, “10 actions President Obama must Take to Save His Presidency”.
It is all right on target. Can America survive?

Posted by: JohnGalt9 | January 21, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Sorry - the Dems only need 51 votes to pass their health care program, not 60.

And they still have 59.

And your party has done a lot of that too.

Posted by: ISOTEP | January 21, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Nice ad, Cillizza. I'm sure AFF will put you on their "accept his calls" list for doing them this big favor.

I like the breathlessness of "the first direct attempt we've seen by Republicans to directly leverage the Massachusetts special election." Seeing as it is Thursday and the election was Tuesday, your excitement looks like a silly attempt to legitimize reproducing the ads.

This makes you look like a lackey.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | January 21, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

No one likes a serial whiner.

Posted by: leapin


So stop doing it. All of you righities have been whining and screaming since Obama got the nomination and blaming him for everything your party did, before he was even inaugurated.

The same party that still blames Clinton for 911 - when it was a massive error by Bush and his crowd. They were warned over and over that 911 would happen but prefered to invade Iraq based entirely on lies.

Posted by: ISOTEP | January 21, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

We encourage users to analyze, comment on and even challenge washingtonpost.com's articles, blogs, reviews and multimedia features'

The righties here are too dumb to analyze anything. They just spew what they are told to believe by their Elite Republicans.

While their own red states are the poorest in the country, they still somehow manage to support the richest against their own selves.

Posted by: ISOTEP | January 21, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

BREAKING NEWS


NANCY PELOSI HOLDS NEWS CONFERENCE TO ANNOUNCE SHE AGREES WITH 37thandOst


37thandOStreet is RIGHT AGAIN


Todays Washington Post reports in the article about Pelosi's news conference:


"To satisfy what she and other House leaders saw at the White House's preference, Pelosi has been struggling for days to sell the Senate legislation to reluctant Democrats in order to get a health-care bill to the president's desk quickly. But party moderates have raised doubts about forging ahead without bipartisan support -- a challenge as the midterm election approaches -- while liberals rejected the Senate bill as not going far enough"


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BIPARTISAN SUPPORT - JUST ABOUT WHAT I HAVE BEEN SAYING ALL MONTH.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 21, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Many posts here are concerned with the trustworthiness of our President, Senators, and members of the House.

My question is this: why do you believe ANY politician? Pols will ALWAYS do what is in their best (political) interest. Stabbing "friends" in the back is Politics 101.

If you voted for a candidate because of the promises made, then you must be ready to hold the incumbent responsible - and vote to remove the promise breaker from office.

Posted by: Figgins | January 21, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: patriot17
"Of course Republicans are trying to frighten Democrats, fear is what Republicans sell. Courage isn't the absence of fear, it's doing what you think is right in spite of fear. I hope that Democratic Party politicians stand up and fight with all they've got."

This quote misidentifies the enemy you need to fight.

To all the Democrats: you all should face the truth. You have been your own worst enemy.

But you love to blame Bush, Tea Party, media, republicans, etc... Anybody but each other.

You have the Presidency, control of the House and until Tuesday had a super majority in the Senate.

You could have passed ANYTHING you wanted. In any time frame you wanted. The Republicans could have complained but little else.

The infighting, the selfish special deals, the slowness of the process... the blame and only be with yourselves.

Again I repeat, you had TOTAL control of all levers of government.

Unless you all face this situation in the brutal light, your problems will get worse and the infighting has just begun.

For crying out loud you still control almost all the levers of government and you are whining.

What a bunch of weenies....

Posted by: jeffu1 | January 21, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Utterly stupid ad.

Posted by: Aquarius1 | January 21, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Obama says he "did not spend enough time last year speaking to the American people about what their values are."


WHAT ???


Did Obama really say that? Like he is supposed to be telling us what our values are ???

Obama is completely confused.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 21, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Massachusetts showed the way:
“People Have Taken A Measure of The Man”.

Obama is now, in desperation mode, applying Hugo Chavez’s ‘populists’ methods to stay in power; demonize and punish the most unpopular sectors of the economy, even if at the end, the country, its economy, and the American people will pay for it.

More bank bashing is on the way. The Blogger……..http://www.robbingamerica.blogspot.com

......has anticipated all this in the piece, “10 actions President Obama must Take to Save His Presidency”.

The bank tax did not work in Massachusetts, but the man, undeterred, on he goes with more Bank bashing. Americans will pay for it.

Posted by: JohnGalt9 | January 21, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

"That's the way that the world goes round,
you're up one day, the next you're down,
it's a half an inch of water and you think your gonna drown,
that's the way that the world goes round."
John Prine

Of course Republicans are trying to frighten Democrats, fear is what Republicans sell. Courage isn't the absence of fear, it's doing what you think is right in spite of fear. I hope that Democratic Party politicians stand up and fight with all they've got.

Posted by: patriot17 | January 21, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

What have republicans done in the past 20 or more years to deserve controlling the government? Think about that. They are the party of the status quo meaning, we have and we will not share it with you.

Posted by: truth1 | January 21, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

1.Run
2.Lose
3.Get trashed by White House
4.Do anything possible to insulate THE ONE from any blame.
Works for me

Posted by: Rick554 | January 21, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Is it possible that 5 or 6 names on here have been 2 people working together ??


They leave and come in together.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 21, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

So let me get this straight. They PAY for an ad in two very limited circulation papers, and then you print for FREE in your paper, which huge circulation in comparison to their two buys. This begs in investigation of who is with this group who is in tight with the writer of this article. Wonder is there's a tit for tat promise involved? I bet your Ad Dept reps and mgrs aren't too thrilled with this! The Post is hurting for revenue and you give it away under the headline of news? This stinks. You're obviously a Repuke, trying to help their sick cause.

Posted by: capone1 | January 21, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

I have watched DODD on occasions,and I am staggered to know why a man that hates everyone and can't put a sentence together without flustering could be elected ANYWHERE
Its a shame but it looks lke MONEY makes a politician.
If you could stop the average folk from always believing what they hear,then US might be saved.

Posted by: captgrumpy | January 21, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

It is a great poster revealing Obaama.

Obama-joker-face poster made a clear statement of his NPD SOCIOPATHIC dual profiles, in need of medical stand down.

Posted by: dottydo | January 21, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

The message - People that will so quickly trash their friends cannot be trusted as friends. And we should trust them to continue running the country ?
I think the ad will be much more effective than you write.
But you are correct, it will not cause any retirements.
Posted by: jeffu1
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And people who make promises so frequently and so vehemently and so cavalierly break them cannot be trusted as friends. And people that still trust and embrace those people exhibit mental disease.

Posted by: leapin | January 21, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Also, any ad that immediately gets picked up by a major media outlet, like the Washington Post, and is reprinted in it's entirety has ALREADY earned a title of successful/excellent ad.

Campaigns live for "free media" exposure...

Posted by: jeffu1 | January 21, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

The Fix writes:

"Is it likely that Democratic Members of Congress -- weighing their political futures -- will make go/no go decisions based on a print ad run by a conservative group? No."

Well duh!

But think of it as a negative ad on the Democratic Party and it's brilliant. Especially, the part of getting trashed by the White House.

The message - People that will so quickly trash their friends cannot be trusted as friends. And we should trust them to continue running the country ?

I think the ad will be much more effective than you write.

But you are correct, it will not cause any retirements.

Posted by: jeffu1 | January 21, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

There is one happy democrat (although I doubt she would admit it)

At this rate Hilary won't have to wait until 2016 to run for President.

Posted by: jeffu1
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Jimah Carter and family are also estactic.
His place in the ranking of presidents improves on a daily basis.

Posted by: leapin | January 21, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Maddogg, you can get your higher healthcare costs without becoming a Republican -- after all, wasn't it the Democrats in the Senate which would force you to buy healthcare for the insurance companies?

There was no Republican involvement there at all, and when demand is forced, price becomes irrelevant.

Posted by: unclesmrgol | January 21, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

There is one happy democrat (although I doubt she would admit it)

At this rate Hilary won't have to wait until 2016 to run for President.

Posted by: jeffu1 | January 21, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Why are we surprised? Obama threw his own grandmother under the bus during the campaign.

Obama is proving -- beyond a shadow of a doubt -- that he is for one person, and one person only -- OBAMA!

He may go down as the most LEADERLESS president in our history! Wait until his cabinet starts bailing, and books start being written!!

A novel could be written over the Christmas Day bomber! Who was in charge? Who made the decision to give him rights? Why did it take Obama three days to address the issue?

It is just not in Obama's make up to admit any errors. LOOK AT OUR ECONOMY, AND LOOK AT WHO IS IN CHARGE!

Posted by: wheeljc | January 21, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

I'm going Republican next election. I am for higher health insurance premiums for all. Health insurance stocks are on a tear.

They all whine in Washington. But one can make money off of Washington's stupidity.

Posted by: Maddogg
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I'm starting a union of cc bloggers backing Obama. I'm betting I can get a good chunk of the second stimulus money.

Posted by: leapin | January 21, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

There is little evidence of intelligence in the Federal enclave. Surely there are more intelligent, better educated, more thoughtful, less corruptible people than the people whom the unwashed masses have put in office. I'm less interested in hearing some guy in a suit telling me what "the American People Want" than in seeing government invent and carry out effective solutions to problems Americans have. And by Americans I explicitly exclude lobbyists and all of the top 25 in compensation of all Fortune 500 corporations.

Posted by: BlueTwo1 | January 21, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

I'm going Republican next election. I am for higher health insurance premiums for all. Health insurance stocks are on a tear.

They all whine in Washington. But one can make money off of Washington's stupidity.

Posted by: Maddogg | January 21, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

That's all they were doing - now they realize how unrealistic their policies were - not only health care, but their climate wackiness rested on fake data the whole time.

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Posted by: 37thand0street
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The “climate” agenda is falling apart outside the states. On this state of affairs the accomplice press in the US is, well, the accomplice press as usual. The latest is the fake Himalayan snowcaps melting by 2035 based on an old “pop” science mag article (that is not considered a serious research journal) by one lone “scientist”. That was used as a basis for a more recent “serious” report and Al Goreleone’s rantings

Posted by: leapin | January 21, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

What a glorious glorious day.

:)

Posted by: Magox | January 21, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse


Obama's main strategy now is to try to steal the anger from the TEA Party movement

Obama, "NO, I'm the real teabagger."

WHO THINKS THIS IS ABSOLUTELY HILARIOUS ???


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Posted by: 37thand0street
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Considering the internet "bi" rumors his statement might fit.

Posted by: leapin | January 21, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

The democratic talk machine on this blog, which now appears to have been co-ordinated, has been silenced.


They have no idea who to ridicule anymore.

That's all they were doing - now they realize how unrealistic their policies were - not only health care, but their climate wackiness rested on fake data the whole time.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 21, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

I think the big question is whether corporate spending on political 30-second attack ads are now tax-deductible.


I mean, if you are going to destroy the political system, you might as well go all the way, right?

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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 21, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Obama's main strategy now is to try to steal the anger from the TEA Party movement


Obama, "NO, I'm the real teabagger."

WHO THINKS THIS IS ABSOLUTELY HILARIOUS ???

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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 21, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Chris:


The Supreme Court today made an extremely serious decision which no one should agree with.


This is really bad.


From the first days of our Republic, the Federalist Papers talked about the tension between the people's interests and the monied interests.


The relative balance has shifted between the two throughout our history. Forget about the impact from unions, the corporate influence is going to be long and deep - and harmful to our political and economic system.


In the past 18 years, since the passing of the trade deals, the balance has shifted dramatically to the monied interests - this decision will make the situation worse.


This is the Dred Scott decision of our times.


I want to remind EVERYBODY - the Wall Street interests were able to effectively stop all regulation of the banks starting with Clinton's repeal of Glass-Steagall -


Both parties were involved with taking money and looking the other way as PROPER REGULATION WAS THROWN ASIDE.


This sequence of events ALMOST DESTROYED THE ECONOMY AND THE COUNTRY AS WE KNOW IT.


This decision was without a doubt the WRONG WAY TO GO.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 21, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD:

Adios!

Posted by: JakeD | January 21, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

never fear cilizza. we seem to have almost exterminated the stooges with the departure of drindl, CF8 and now DDAWD. As everyone knows, Loud and Dumb can't hold up his end of a discussion with a mushroom, so there is no actual threat there.

now that the bilge has been emptied of sludge, we can invite back the thinking posters that fled from the sewage that they spewed month after month.

I admit the cleansing process was difficult and often distasteful but having rid the blog of the extreme "Hatriots" we can begin the repairs that will bring a semblance of intelligence back to the fore.

It is not only on this blog that these cretins have been discredited and abandoned. It is in the legislature and voting booths as well.

Posted by: drivl | January 21, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

haha, six posts in a row by the same person alternating names.

Nice blog you got here, Chris.

I'd comment on the original post, but no point in spending time just to have something buried in racist screed.

Adios!

Posted by: DDAWD | January 21, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Hope you like your blog now, Cillizza; nothing but morons posting to it now.

Great job! Better get your resume ready.

Posted by: jasperanselm | January 21, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

As one of his very first acts as president, Obama signed an executive order to close the military prison for terror suspects within a year. The one-year mark arrives Friday, and he will miss it by a wide margin, likely a year or more.

He has not offered a new deadline.

He hAS released a new target date for economic recovery - 6 months after he leaves office, of course.

Posted by: drivl | January 21, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Obama's main problem is he spent all of 2008 lying to America - and all of 2009 breaking his campaign promises - this lack of trust means Obama is DONE - there really is no way around that.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 21, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

drivl is right - trying to shift attention to the wall street bankers is a complete joke.

It is a joke.


OK here is another joke - Obama's strategy right now is to try to take issues from the TEA Party movement - and take over the energy from them.


OK? Done laughing?

Obama wasn't kidding, he wants to lead the anger of the country - he tried to identify with it in his interview with ABC - no matter what you think: this isn't going to end well.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 21, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

It is time to replace Pelosi.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 21, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

looks like barry has made the adjustment as of today. now instead of blaming bush for everything that ever goes wrong in the world (I stubbed my toe, darn bush) now we simply insert the new demon - fat cat bankers.

no wonder the economy is spiraling down.

so barry's entire first year has been comprised of blaming others for his own inadequecies. Now we have the gameplan for year two.

chant with me now:

all Libs are victims. all repubs evil, greedy and loathing. barry can do no wrong. if wrong was done, someone else caused it.

Posted by: drivl | January 21, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

blaming bush seems to test the limits of barry's capabilites.
who knew when he ran last year that we would never get a new angle on things his entire present idency?

Perhaps someday in the future, some incompetent in his adminstration will stumble on some success, no matter how miniscule, that barry can claim for his own.

Posted by: drivl | January 21, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

No one likes a serial whiner. It has been a year now — and Obama still blames George W. Bush ad nauseam. He did it in Massachusetts again — and on the eve of the election, no less. Blaming the past for the mistakes of the present gets old quickly. And when one adds in the constant What’s the Matter With Kansas? brand of condescension about naïve yokels not knowing what’s good for them, it gets even worse.

Yet Obama still pontificates that angry deluded voters will “suddenly” come to appreciate how he rammed healthcare down their otherwise ignorant throats: “The American people will suddenly learn that this bill does things they like and doesn’t do things that people have been trying to say it does. . . . The worst fears will prove groundless. And the American people’s hope for a fair shake from their insurance companies — for quality, affordable healthcare they need — will finally be realized.”

Good luck with that, O philosopher king

Posted by: leapin | January 21, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

The truth hurts.

Posted by: JocBAlt | January 21, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

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