Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Obama's Second Press Conference: The High Price of Arrogance and Intellectual Laziness

Here’s my advice to our new President. When the Chinese communists think your economic policies are moving us in the wrong direction, I think is time to set aside those vodka martinis and started listening to conservatives, especially those conservatives who understand that most of our current economic problems can be traced to two years of complete Democratic Party control of Congress.

This evening, my wife and I watched the presidential press conference. We were shouting and cheering for the media representatives willing to ask Barack Obama the toughest possible questions. All in all, 64 days into Barack Obama's presidency, I'm starting to feel more comfortable that he will not be able to implement the dangerous Marxist socialist ideas he holds close to his heart.

The collapse of his own party’s attractiveness in the polls is a welcome indication to me that we will not see “cap-and-trade” or even socialized medicine on his watch. What's responsible for this pleasant turn of events? A big part of the success must be the unification of Republicans who have finally woken up to his extremist ideology. (I know my wife and I are eagerly looking forward to participating in our first tea party event in Santa Ana, California on April 15, 2009.)

Next, Obama made big errors in trying to arrogantly jam through his poor quality appointments including tax-cheat Sen. Daschle.

Also, Obama has broken a large number of his campaign promises to the American people. Consequently, Republicans and independents are starting to see him as a typical Chicago politician, the sort of fellow who looked the other way at the corruption of Tony Rezko.

I guess I sort of share the pessimism expressed by the Chinese communists. Watching Obama's press conference this evening, I think he looks like he is in over his head. He just doesn't have command of the details and knowledge needed to make sensible decisions about the direction of our country. I'm glad he was elected by a democratic process, I'm just sad that the process did not give us a candidate equal to our current challenges.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Pew Research Relief: Obama Popularity Dropping As Expected

Declining Presidential approval ratings are as predictable as the falling tides. Historically speaking, no President is immune from buyer's remorse.

A recent poll by the Pew Research Center - released March 16, 2009 - put Obama's approval at 59% compared to 64% last month. The Pew poll found that a growing number of Americans see him as listening more to the liberals than to the moderates in the Democratic Party. Elsewhere, I saw Gallup has determined that the major factor in these lower poll numbers has been a decline in support among Republicans, from 41% to 26%.

To a certain extent, this is simply a normal occurance. It is impossible for newly elected Presidents to maintain their initial popularity. As they make decisions they will disappoint people. As they endure in office, the allure of their earlier promises turns into the grim realization that they have not been able to produce the changes they promised. This is why the first 100 days are so critical to understanding the success or failure of a President. After the first 100 days, it will become increasingly difficult for President Obama to get much accomplished from his perspective.

Luckily for Republicans, Obama's administration appears to be headed into the ditch already, in part, because he will insist on giving more bailouts to AIG. This looks like a bad idea to most of us, since AIG gave out $165 million in bonuses even though the company received more than $170 billion in federal rescue money.

Given Obama's political inexperience and lack of management skills, his declining popularity should do more damage to his overall power and influence than would normally be expected at this point in a President's term of office.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Obama Fail: Making It Easy for Swing Voters

I think people are starting to catch on that President Obama is crashing and burning because of his limited experience as an executive and his minimal understanding of economic and military matters. How else can we explain his inability to push through his agenda despite his a big Democrat majority in Congress and his personal charisma?

Given these circumstances, I think Republicans would be wise to think through how they can help swing voters who supported Obama in 2008 feel comfortable voting against him in 2012.

The problem, in my view, is some voters will be afraid to vote against him because they feel like it sends a message that an African American cannot be a successful President. In addition, they may be embarrassed to admit that they were wrong about Obama's character, ideology, and the danger of his inexperience. Here are my initial ideas.

First, I think the most gentle approachs would be to erase the stigma of being a one-term President. For example, we can suggest that there is no shame in being a one-term President, or any obvious honor in being a two-term President.

Second, we can help swing voters save face by suggesting - truthfully - that they did not have full knowledge of Obama’s ties to folks like Gov. Blagojevich or Sen. Burris or Rev. Wright when they made their initial choice. For example, we can explain that Obama “hid the ball” and did not let people really see that he was actually a strong Marxist socialist and not a centrist.

Third, we can suggest that Obama's campaign team and the liberal media did a great job of covering up his flaws. They covered up his difficulty in speaking without the help of a teleprompter. They pretended that Obama's links to Bill Ayers, Rev. Wright, and members of the U.S. Communist party were not important considerations.

Ultimately, swing voters need to make a decision that Obama's way isn't working and that we strongly reject the leadership of the new Democrat Socialist party.

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