Ted Van Dyk’s article in today’s WSJ, Obama Needs to ‘Reset’ His Presidency cautions that Obama must take a time out and find “a reset button for domestic policy.” Interesting that he uses the words “time out” – something one would tell a misbehaving child. Surely, the President’s reckless spending and use of all the White House “toys” like a kid in a candy store is the reason for this choice of phrase.

Clearly Mr. Van Dyk was a huge fan of this President, thought his campaign “superb” and appreciated his promises of “reaching across party and ideological lines to get the public’s business done.” Van Dyk opines:

“You displayed an intellect and sense of cool that made us think you would weigh decisions carefully and view advisers’ proposals with skepticism.”

You know what I get from that phrase? Since the President acted “cool,” some mighty educated people actually believed this to be more than just a pose on his part. Not unlike Madonna’s use of “Voguing” back in the day. Now perhaps they begin to see that a pose has neither to do with governing nor an ability to adapt to the changing realities on the ground.

At that point, Mr. Van Dyk goes off the rails and we see that his blanket approval has come to an end:

The first warning signals for me came with your acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention. In it, you stressed domestic initiatives that clearly were nonstarters in the already shrinking economy.

He then complains of Obama stocking his White House with “Clinton administration retreads who had learned their trade in the never-ending-campaign culture of the Clinton years.” Again, blame Clinton. But who did Mr. Van Dyk think this man was going to hire? He faults Obama for his “reliance on these Clinton holdovers.”

Your chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, defined your early strategy by stating that the financial and economic crises presented an “opportunity” to jam through unrelated legislation. To many of us, the remark was cynical and wrong-headed.

The crises did not represent an opportunity. They presented an obligation to do one thing: Return our financial system and our economy to good health.

Does Van Dyk assume any Democratic president would have been this reckless? Hillary Clinton had different health care proposals, different proposals for helping homeowners in this crisis and a much better understanding of the economy. None of her ideas are being utilized, I’m afraid. She just may have exhibited the good sense Mr. Van Dyk longs for and put the financial floor back under us before attempting a more drastic change. But we’ll never know…

Van Dyk discusses Mr. Obama being unfairly compared to FDR & LBJ. Discussing President Johnson’s “Great Society legislation”…

…at every stage, congressional leaders of both political parties and financial, business, labor and other private-sector leaders were consulted. Johnson wanted to assure that his legislation was substantively sound and could get consensus support in the Congress and the country.

Your strategy, by contrast, has been to advocate forcefully for health-care and energy reform but to leave the details to Democratic congressional committee chairs. You did the same thing with your initial $787 billion stimulus package. Now, you’re stuck with a plan that provides little stimulus until 2010. A president should never cede control of his main agenda to others.

President Obama is in over his head, so of course he “outsourced.” Why is this gentleman surprised? Mr. Van Dyk willfully ignores the fact that the biggest culprit here is not a “Clinton retread,” but the Queen Bee herself, Speaker Nancy Pelosi. She crafted the stimulus package behind closed doors and the President willingly allowed her this control. Perhaps that was his devil’s bargain for her help in kicking the ladder out from under Hillary. Republicans were not the only ones to be shut out of the crafting of the Stimulus package. Many Democrats were as well. Van Dyk continues:

This tactic has already had negative consequences. Frightened by the prospective costs of your health-care and energy plans — not to mention the bailouts of the financial and auto industries — independent voters who supported you in 2008 are falling away. FDR and LBJ, only two years after their 1932 and 1964 victories, saw their parties lose congressional seats even though their personal popularity remained stable. The party out of power traditionally gains seats in off-year elections, and 2010 is unlikely to be an exception.

He then offers up a prescription for a fix:

– Cut back both your proposals and expectations. You made promises about jobs that would be “created and saved” by the stimulus package. Those promises have not held up. You continue to engage in hyperbole by claiming that your health-care and energy plans will save tax dollars. Congressional Budget Office analysis indicates otherwise.

It’s time to re-examine these initiatives. Could your health plan be scaled back to catastrophic coverage for all — badly needed by most families, but quite affordable if deductibles are set at the right levels? Should the Rube Goldbergian cap-and-trade proposals be replaced with a simple carbon tax, with proceeds to be allocated to alternative-fuels development?

The evolving health and cap-and-trade bills are loaded with costly provisions designed to gain support from congressional leaders and special-interest constituencies. In short, they have become an expensive mess. This legislation will not clear Congress by the August recess, as you have requested, and could be stalled for the remainder of 2009. Settle for incremental change: Do not press Democratic legislators to vote for something they fear will destroy them in 2010.

– Talk less and pick your spots.

Applause and adulation are gratifying. But the more you talk, the less weight your words will hold. Let voters see you at your desk, conferring with serious people about serious matters. When you do choose to talk, people will understand that it’s important and they should listen.

“Let voters see you at your desk!” Doing some “work.” Great ideas!

– Conform your 2009 politics to your 2008 statements. During your campaign, you called for bipartisanship and bridge-building. You promised to reduce the influence of single-issue and single-interest groups in the policy process. Yet, in your public statements, you keep using President Bush as a scapegoat.

You have ceded content of your principal proposals to Democratic congressional leaders who in large part have yielded to special-interest constituencies and excluded Republican leaders from policy formulation. This certainly was the case with the stimulus plan. It has been the case with health and energy legislation, with the notable exception of Sen. Max Baucus’s attempt in the Senate Finance Committee to develop genuinely bipartisan legislation.

He concludes by telling Obama

“You have an enormous reservoir of goodwill among Americans of all persuasions. They want you to succeed. Level with them and trim your proposals to what is practical in the current environment.”

But ironically, it is Mr. Van Dyk’s closing statement with which I most take issue:

You had things right in 2008. Take a timeout. Get back to yourself. Make a fresh start.

He did not have things “right” in 2008 because there is no “self” to ‘get back to’. His campaign was always “words, just words.”

While I graduated college with high honors, I am no genius, yet I figured this out from my living room couch back in January of 2008. I watched this man at a debate and his “performance” told me everything I needed to know. I then looked at his voting record and the corporate interests with whom he surrounds himself, his addiction to pretty sound bytes and an over reliance on canned speeches rather than a resume that indicated he had worked even on a smaller level to achieve his stated goals. His current proposals are loaded with top heavy payback for special interests that arguably got him elected in the first place. Wall Street has gotten bailed out. Not Main Street. He lives in support of an oligarchy, like his immediate predecessor. If these are true Democratic principles, its the first I’ve heard of it.

The obscene amount of money spent on his inauguration, expensive “dates” and pizza parties and his hiring not less than 30 “czars” all of whom require staff and total salaries in the millions are more accurate indicators of the man than any of his campaign rhetoric.

Like Obama’s other supporters, perhaps Mr. Van Dyk has yet to understand that speeches will never equal governing ability. He too, blamed the Clintons for being “polarizing” as Bush was, but how true is his claim? Clinton passed true bi-partisan legislation. He had to, as he was working with a Republican Congress for 6 of his 8 years and did very well in that regard. But in his case, he also had deep knowledge of the economy and a willingness to reach across the aisle and conform to the existing reality. He certainly left the country in better shape than he found it.

President Obama, by contrast is the “salesman in chief.” That is what the DNC wanted. How is he supposed to pull us back to “reality” with his proposals when he clearly did not have these reasoned intentions in the first place, or a true understanding of how to get us there?

Apparently, Mr. Van Dyk has yet to travel the last mile in his awakening.

  • mary

    OBAMA = BUSH III
    ]
    a.k.a “White House Don Quixote”

    my favorite:

    Obama’s CHANCEY THE GARDENER in Pete Sellers’BEING THERE (l978)

    • oowawa

      mary, although I agree that there are parallels that can be drawn between O and Chance the Gardener, there is a crucial difference. Chance never tried to deceive anybody; he never tried to “razzle dazzle ’em,” unlike Thee One. He was just a simple man and never pretended to be anything else. It was the people around him who wanted to be deceived, and this is where there is a fitting parallel to the O saga: the people who follow Thee One want to be deceived:

      mundus vult decipi–the world wants to be deceived.

      O himself is more like Elmer Gantry than Chance, in my opinion.

  • mary

    Ani

    EXCELLENT analysis…thanks for references and article.
    Why is it that KoolAid Republicans like Dyk like to sound ever-sooo disillusioned when, in fact, the Empty Suit was there for all to see since DAy 1!?

  • Arabella Trefoil

    Obama is losing his magic touch, but the momentum is only starting. We can see it, but it will be another six to nine months before his numbers start really going south.

    The Democrats will be in great need of Immodium by the midterm election.

  • Cahil

    Another terrific post.

    Is Mr. Van Dyk just another rat leaving a sinking ship or are his eyes actually seeing, without the stardust in them, that the emporer has no clothes?

    What does it take for these Obumble morons to notice that all the czar appointments are to political cronies and payback and that most of them have no experience in the area that they are appointed to.

    But let’s remember, Obumble was going to stop all the bad politicing like Bush did. In fact, Obumble shouldn’t call them czars, he should call them Brownies. Then we would truly know he was emulating Bush and at the same time be aware that these people have their noses squarely up his a**.

    From the get go, people of “reasoned” minds all said that you can’t spend your way out of bankruptcy as any low information voter knows. So, doubling the national debt and then planning cap and tax as well as monumental health care expenses must make sense only to someone who has been handed everything his whole life and doesn’t know what the word work means.

    Tea parties, blog parties, or whatever we do to let the elected idiots know we don’t like their choices, that’s the only way out of this mess.

    Then, people, vote these bas***** out of office.

  • OMG

    And did you all read the article from a couple days ago on hugo chavez saying publicly to OblahBlah to slow down, that he needs to go slower in creating Islamo/Facism/Marxism like chavez did? Now the obot is saying slow down, congress is saying slow down, and chavez says slow down. That way we’ll be more like the boiled frog and accept it more? Naw naw naw-never

    • oowawa

      That way we’ll be more like the boiled frog and accept it more? Naw naw naw-never

      I refuse to be boiled slowly so that I never know when my goose is cooked!

  • Kathleen Wynne

    Ani,

    Brilliant, simply brilliant!

    Only thing I can say is how much better for our country as a whole if more Americans were not so willing to be sold a “brand” without, first, checking its ingredients! A man whom we still don’t know much about and whom despite doing very little for the people he was supposed to have represented in Illinois, is somehow the leader of the free world!

    We are truly living in the Matrix and obama is the machine in charge of those who chose to take the blue pill!

  • “You displayed an intellect and sense of cool that made us think you would … view advisers’ proposals with skepticism.”

    This is a non-sequitur. I don’t see how ‘sense of cool’–even if was more than just an act–is evidence O would ‘view advisers with skepticism.’

    Van Dyk was hallucinating. ‘Made us think?’ It wasn’t Obama’s ‘cool’ that made him think anything. It was the Kool-aid.

  • hmk_me

    Does any one else think these fools mistook a butterfy for an ant.
    Butterflies flit around and look pretty.
    Ants work and do heavy lifting.

    WOMEN WITH INTELLIGENCE AND EXPERIENCE,MEN WHO SUPPORT THEM AND COUNTRY BEFORE PARTY ALWAYS

    PUMAS,BUBBAS, EQUALISTS AND THOSE PEOPLE RULE

    • Steve_in_KC

      Are you insinuating that our President is like a butterfly that just flits around and looks pretty, without doing any real work?

      I certainly hope so! 😀

      • Chicago Joe

        I read the the Obamas are planning to vacation on Martha’s Vineyard this August. Mechelle and the girls in mid-August and BHO around the 20th. Damn, he wants that health care business done to he can enjoy his vacation. I mean, it’s been a couple of weeks since he had one, hasn’t it?

        • OMG

          Oh shat, I’ll be there at that time on vacation. Argh.
          There is a puma taking the time to read the porkulous bill. Get this: the money was allocated to all the members of congress! Let’s see. How many members are there? 437? dunno. Well 785B 850B…let’s see, that’s just under 2 billion each for their offshore accounts and payback for them backing the preck during the primaries.
          I just went from 1099 to W2 status and the bite out of my paycheck is a shocker and I can’t take my usual deductions either. This is too much. And they say that 50% will soon be taken from us.
          And the Obots & MSM are saying ‘Hillary is feeling confortable expressing herself now’ and she should ‘give a speech on domestic policy to explain things’ yep, they are all more stupid than I could have ever imagined. Educated test takers but not at all common sense practical thinkers. They can’t fight their way out of a paper bag and most obots are cheaters and liars like OBlahBlah is. It looks like they’ll just have to lie like OBlahBlah does and tell their friends they really didn’t vote for him. OblahBlah is trying to get jihadists into his admin. We are getting very pissed now. Enough is enough. Sept 12 Tea Parties are having a caravan from Sacramento CA to WA DC. No excuse to miss it. catch a ride on the caravan.

          • Ani

            And the Obots & MSM are saying ‘Hillary is feeling confortable expressing herself now’ and she should ‘give a speech on domestic policy to explain things’

            OMG — where did you see this?? I’d love to check up on it. 🙂

      • Chicago Joe

        I read the the Obamas are planning to vacation on Martha’s Vineyard this August. Mechelle and the girls in mid-August and BHO around the 20th. Damn, he wants that health care business done so he can enjoy his vacation. I mean, it’s been a couple of weeks since he had one, hasn’t it?

        • Chicago Joe

          Sorry, I seem to be having some issues with the comments box.

        • Diana

          Has it been that long? Wow, he’s getting serious now…Wait I thought he just had a date night and ignore the Russians? Which brought with it Putin’s ire. I would loved to have been a fly on the wall to hear that one.

          • Diana

            Make that ignored.

          • mary

            Yes

            Russian and Europea papers were abuzzing with Obama’s preference of a night out in …his Hotel room with Mechelle rather than going out and honoring his host-city!

            WHAT AN IGNORAMUS…can’t see Hillary doing this act of treason.
            Surely, someone in his family must have taught Him (not his sperm-donor papa) that it is polite and expected to join your guests and admire what the)ir) city has to offer.

            Bad diplomatic manners – but it was to be expected by this CHICAGO THUGSTER who became a “balck American” to get votes…and studied at the lap of Uncle Jeremiah whose rhetorical flourishes he learned sooo well!
            What a goddam embarrasment!

            Putin lectured him for 2 hours!!!!

            It was written that Medvedev actually looked forward to seeing Hillary and playing a russian joke with the RESET BUTTON…too bad…

  • rose

    did you all check out GG radio interveiw of Todd yesterday ,it is about a half hour long or there is the transcript . Todd shows himself for the fool he is and he doesn’t even realize it. It is well worth listening to. he proves what hopeless cheerleader he is.

  • carnie

    The way I understand it, the down side of Obama’s Health Care What’sIt is that it becomes taxable income. So it’s a win-win for him, and a win-certainly lose for many. Like getting your cake for us and not being able to eat it, and for him more buzz, ’cause his bean is programmed to see light always shining out his own arse.

  • Andy

    Ani, where was this guy Van Dyk during the primaries: didn’t he listen when Obama essentially said he couldn’t be bothered with “the details” ???
    How can he write this?

    Your strategy, by contrast, has been to advocate forcefully for health-care and energy reform but to leave the details to Democratic congressional committee chairs. You did the same thing with your initial $787 billion stimulus package. Now, you’re stuck with a plan that provides little stimulus until 2010. A president should never cede control of his main agenda to others.

    These people are obviously not very smart…. We all knew Obama just liked to be
    “boss” and is a “Delegator in Chief”. That is he likes to appear decisive: here is a problem y’all give me your thoughts ideas an analysis and I will proclaim here is one more problem I will solve. Of course he won’t solve anything because he, Obama doesn’t really have a clue of the intricacies details and depth of the problem; he hasn’t spent time mulling it over. He just knows that there are other people there that do and to whom he will delegate.

    That my friends is anything but real leadership.

    • Ani

      I think this was just part of the willful mind disconnect on the part of people afflicted with Bush Derangement Syndrome who believed any one or all of the following wrong-headed memes:

      1. All Republicans are evil regardless of their record.

      2. All Republicans = Bush/Cheney.

      2. We have to hire a Democrat no matter what.

      3. Hillary = Bush Lite, she is the slave of corporations (no matter how much pro-bono work she did for kids, no matter her record of service for many many years).

      4. Barack is cool, this is historic and we want to be part of making history.

      5. Women do not make history.

      Last but not least…

      6. Congress does everything and the President is no more than a charismatic figurehead, so we’ll be fine.

      Yuh. How’s all that working out???

  • lilytoo

    Mr. Van Dyk’s article remind me of sooo many similar advice columns written to Bush 2 though his 8 years…about how he’s gone off track, but here’s how you can fix it. Bush 2 wasn’t listening then and Bush 3.5 ain’t listening now.

    Buy a freaken clue pal. Both’s men jobs were/are to be front men as the top .9999 ream out the nation like a stolen car.

    • NoBamaNoWay

      pretty much.

  • TeakWoodKite

    “I really stay focused on the work that I do. I broke my elbow, not my larynx. I have been deeply involved in the shaping and implementation of our foreign policy,” she told reporters.

    . SOS Clinton.

    Mean while BO is out at the lecturn only able to say “”Now is not the time to slow down, and now is certainly not the time to lose heart,” the president said from the White House.

    “Those who are betting against this happening this year are badly mistaken,” he said. “It will happen this year.”

    Won’t it be ironic when Hillary makes progress and BO is left to the dust bin of “read my lips”.

  • CG

    my earlier comment of praise for Ani was lost, so a hearty thumbs up again.

    Found this which goes to what you and most of us noticed long ago

    (3) One aspect of journalistic corruption that receive less attention than it deserves is the servile attitude so many of them develop to those who control access to their beat. As a White House reporter, who dominates Todd’s professional life and determines the access he needs? To whom does he spend much of his day speaking? Rahm Emanuel, David Axelrod, Robert Gibbs, and their underlings (“the West Wing”) — the very Obama political advisers who, by all accounts, vigorously oppose any investigation of Bush crimes because they believe such investigations will be bad for Obama politically.

    Todd doesn’t cover them as a reporter, adversarially scrutinizing what they argue and do. Instead, he becomes their spokesman. He not only describes what they believe, but he adopts it and advocates it himself (Todd: “the only important thing — the most important thing — the President has to focus on is getting the public’s trust on the economy and pushing health care . . . .”[investigations are] sort of clouding the two most important issues the President’s got to get his arms around this week: winning back trust of the middle on the economy and pushing health care through”).

    If one wanted to be generous, one could say that a President’s political strategists should be thinking in such terms — about how to keep the President’s approval ratings as high as possible. But that, quite obviously, isn’t Chuck Todd’s role. Yet the distinction disappears. That is how Chuck Todd thinks because it’s how those on whom he depends think. He’s not a journalist wanting to impose accountability or find out the truth of what our government did. Instead, he serves as an advocate for the agenda of the political strategists who determine his access.

    from NBC’s Chuck Todd — who, remember, is billed as a reporter covering the White House, not a pundit expressing opinions

    • CG

      P.S. I’m guessing Chuck Todd was one of those many insider journalists, ‘sworn to secrecy’ regarding the party, who attended Obama’s big (extravagant) Fourth of July bash.

      • oowawa

        With the smarmy anti-journalistic Obamaphilism of Chuck Todd and Todd Purdy of Vanity Fair, perhaps it is time to coin a new word: toddyism, like toadyism, but with a special focus on O’s hindquarters.

        • S – Angeltour

          that is a good idea…maybe something like…

          ‘oh, that journalist is pulling a Todd’ or he or she is a Todd

          you are on to something

          ***************************

          btw…let’s face…we have an inexperienced stand-in President that the ‘Todds’ think is eloquent and an inspired speaker, however in reality is a fairly good teleprompter reader and whose ‘governing’ style is to outsource all the work and then take credit or project blame or tell us he was ‘unaware’ or ‘did not know’ when confronted with criticism

  • hinterlands

    Obama is a quakebuttock……defined as a coward and or a sissy. Why doesnt he go back to Hawaii and shore up that birth cert. thing ? Let Biden keep telling us whats happening….Is Biden a lawyer ? If so, hes a pettyfogger, defined as a person with little or no scruples… And then theres nancy,that is a mooncalf, defined as a stupid person….What a circus everyday.

    • Steve_in_KC

      “Don’t be a luddy-duddy! Don’t be a mooncalf! Don’t be a jabbernowl! You’re not those, are you?”
      — W.C. Fields as Egbert Sousé in “The Bank Dick”

      • Chicago Joe

        In case you missed this, you must see it. H/T Allahpundit, who got it from Breitbart:

        Via Breitbart. Of the two Chicago stadiums, I’ve always preferred Wringley Park. But to each his own.
        In fairness, The One’s worldview was shaped by someone whose name ended in -insky so you can see why he might have slipped. Exit question: Will the media now start referring to Comiskey Park as “Cominskey Field” to cover for him? Hmmm.

        See, the old Sox park was COMISKEY….but the poser, who acts like he is a huge fan, has ALINSKY on the brain. He doesn’t even know the name of the baseball park. What a freaking phony. Telling.

    • Senneth

      Hinterlands, I laughed at your post and the “words of the day” by Bill O’Reilly.
      It was not only Barry’s lack of experience and his being unqualified, it was also his mean spirited misogy, sexism, homophobia, race baiting, and the gang with whom he surrounded himself. I still can’t understand how so many fell for his buckets of crap. His constant demands for a more theatrical setting for his escapades which cost larger and larger amounts of money, his silly date nights, his excessive inauguration, the so-called stimulus, etc. etc. What exactly has Barry done for us? Besides saddling us and future generations with more debt than ever? I can’t believe anyone still thinks his hope and change crap only needs more time to become reality. Geez, a sucker is truly born every minute…

  • While I graduated college with high honors, I am no genius, yet I figured this out from my living room couch back in January of 2008. I watched this man at a debate and his “performance” told me everything I needed to know. I then looked at his voting record and the corporate interests with whom he surrounds himself, his addiction to pretty sound bytes and an over reliance on canned speeches rather than a resume that indicated he had worked even on a smaller level to achieve his stated goals.

    LOVE IT! doesn’t it baffle that people couldn’t see it? I honestly truly don’t get it.

    • rose

      THANK YOU ANI I do wonder what made people fall for Obama/axlerod/emmauel tactics? If they, the people, that fell hook line and sinker would have JUST looked at his record of doing nothing,playing Chicago-style politics, stepping on those he used up , they really wouldn’t have given him a second glance but they did.. Also the way he has conducted his lifestyle of personal rewards, to he and his wife , spending taxpayers money to travel and play since he has gotten in office to say nothing of his crowning at the inagauration should have given people a clue but it didn’t , unless it was one of us bitter Hillary supporters. I think maybe there are many questioning now but I think they would all fall for his lies again just like an abused spouse comes back.

      • Ani

        I think the only people who bothered to notice are the ones who didn’t drink his koolaid in the first place — of course WE looked closely. Everyone else was happy to eat the media pabulum and not ask too many questions.

        Frankly, if you only got your news by listening to the MSM cheerleading squad, you’d probably think he was pretty great too. Again — as long as you didn’t look to closely. And most don’t.

    • fif

      I know–I saw the exact same thing at the same time–the phonyness & arrogance. I never understood the appeal. Canned speeches–yes!

  • CG

    Absolutely brilliant Ani, far and well beyond graduating college with honors. His editorial certainly demonstrates how these idiots projected on an absolutely empty and blank canvas.

  • tzada

    Well done Ani.

    Speaking of the bloom coming off precious has anyone besides me noticed the absence of trolls the last few days? Maybe they have signed on for his grass roots health care ponzi scheme? Or are they with their handlers ACORN getting ready to descend on the USA with the Obamas census?

    Maybe someone from here can find out what is on the census. Also find out if we have to answer more than how many people are in our household. What question are legal to be in a census? Since Obama took the cenus away from the PO and gave it to ACORN my nausea level has increased. But what do I know Nance from the west coast says that they have huge approval from us citizens. oh really madam?

    • Obama: Dubya’ 2 Electric Boogaloo

      LOL! Obama Christ’s approval rating went UP one point on the latest Daily Kooks poll! That must be some strong ass kool-aid….

    • Ani

      I am not sure what huge approval she is quoting. I see more and more people who are disappointed and disillusioned.

      Inside the beltway is still inside the beltway, I guess. Where’s the change? They are still not talk to or listening to the voters.

    • oowawa

      has anyone besides me noticed the absence of trolls the last few days?

      Okay tzada, picture this: you’re watching a horror movie in which a small space outpost on a faroff planet has been under assault for months by an army of vampire-werewolf-alien bloodsucking braineating monsters. After a suspiciously long pause in the action during which subplots are developed, one character says, “By the way has anyone besides me noticed the absence of trolls alien attacks lately?”

      What happens next?!?!

      • kato

        I can’t say what happens next (although I wish I could), but this is a seriously funny post.

      • Steve_in_KC

        Last week, when I posted my article about Obama’s nansy-pansy roommates, I had girded my loins to do battle with countless obots and otrolls over my suggestion that His O-ness was something other than heterosexual.

        What did I get for my trouble? About three comments from his defenders! Dayum, it was barely worth my time to monitor the piece! The NQ gang was there in full support of my insinuations, but barely a ripple in the water from the O-gang.

        Is is the calm before the storm? Or is the storm nearly over? I honestly don’t know right now, but it sure feels like their enthusiasm for defending him is waning. Maybe they didn’t get their $10 paychecks.

        • AM

          Maybe they were hired as staffs under 33 or 35 O-Czars.

          • lilytoo

            That Czars shit … besides having 35 unelected powerful people in a supposed democracy,( WTF?) the use of that title is chilling. I’m guessing the term started as something of a ironic joke in the media years ago…but now it’s used seriously!! WTF???

        • oowawa

          Yes Steve, it’s discomforting when our best efforts at insinuation support go virtually unnoticed by the defenders of the O-faith. I fear they may be linking up Borg-like for a devastating attack. I hate to think that now that the NYSE is well under control, courtesy of the Fed & Goldman Sachs, that we are now meaningless insects, unworthy of their contempt.

        • BlueTopaz

          but barely a ripple in the water from the O-gang.

          Don’t you mean “O-ring” 😉

    • Speaking of the bloom coming off precious has anyone besides me noticed the absence of trolls the last few days?

      They lost their jobs. Obama can’t afford them anymore.

      • politicalidentitycrisis

        HAHAHAHA!

      • Chicago Joe

        Now they are getting 15 per hour to drum up support for health care. I swear I read that somewhere today.

        • Andy

          An hour??????? That’ like 2.5 times minimum wage…
          Must be per week??? Still too much for these thick Obots especially
          in this economy……

      • Arabella Trefoil

        The trolls are now being payed in scrip. It confuses them because there’s nothing electronic about it. The scrip comes in an envelope via the US Postal Service. The scrip is a piece of paper that one has to take to a bank to get cashed.

        As a 57 year old, I laugh at the obots’ ignorance. I try to explain that back in the olden days if you didn’t line up at the pay window and get your wages in a pay envelope, you got a check in the mail.

        Also, some of the obots’ want “scrips” as in “prescritions” because at least they could obtain stuff to barter – Vicodan, Xanax, Percocet, Oxy etc.

    • OMG

      I received the several page census form already. It wants to know your occupation and every thing about you. I’m not sure how to fill it out. It also wnats to know details about everyone in the household. I don’t feel comfortable with this. It’s a clear invasion of privacy.

    • OMG

      I received the several page census form already. It wants to know your occupation and every thing about you. I’m not sure how to fill it out. It also wants to know details about everyone in the household. I don’t feel comfortable with this. It’s a clear invasion of privacy.

      • FLDemFem

        All census forms want that information, and have ever since the census started. That’s how they get the census information for things that require demographic information, such as appropriating money and setting up election districts, etc.

      • TeakWoodKite

        The government has the authority to ask the questions in line with its duty to conduct the census, as well as in line with its other powers. You are required, by law, to submit to the census (13 USC 221), and can be fined up to $100 for not answering any census question. Giving a willfully false answer is punishable up to $500. The law does not require you to disclose information about your religion.

        How is that information on who if anyone in my house own guns and how many relevant to any demographic relative to the apportionment of congressional Representatives?
        Questions Planned for the 2010 Census and American Community Survey.

  • tek

    “Clinton holdovers” indeed! Obama has people the Clintons dismissed from their administration. Would that we had the Clintons in the WH now.

  • Fantastic analysis, Ani, thank you!!

  • Patience

    Great article Ani. Thanks!

  • IndieDogg

    While we’re rewinding the film (from “The Greatest Life Evah”), why not rewind it to The Messiah’s days at Columbia….

    Cutting class,
    Reading Alinsky,
    Drinking beer, and
    Smoking weed.

    The last time task and ability were perfectly matched.

  • Peggy Sue

    Well, if Van Dyx is beginning to feel dismayed or troubled by what’s going on now, I have no sympathy or him because I’ve been horrified since last year’s primary. There is no “timeout” or a refreshed self to get back to.

    What you see is what you get. And the red flags and warning bells were there all along. So was Obama’s history for those willing to look or punch through the massive marketing job that was done for the least experienced candidate in my living memory.

    These massive spending programs are getting crammed down the public’s throat in the name of “transformation.” The only thing we’ll be transformed into is a totally bankrupted and fractured nation.

    Thanks for passing the article and your comments along, Ani. The whole thing makes my blood boil!

    • fif

      Well said–many great comments & of course Bravo to the always excellent Ani!

  • Gabi Lange

    Possibility #1: Van Dyk is a “laggard” (using technology adaptation terms). He’s beginning to have doubts, but Precious still can recover.

    Possibility #2: Van Dyk is a luddite, and will never adapt to figuring out that Precious is an arrogant poseur, whose spendy-ness is bankrupting us. Luddite on the See-Through-Precious Curve really means “irredeemable koolaid head.”

  • Texas Playwright

    Excellent post, Ani. I think your post ought to be published in every media in the land. It contains the essence of what America needs and the clear fact that bho the fraud is NOT the one to meet those needs.

    NQ has intelligence. I like it.

    • Ani

      🙂 Thank you kindly.

  • Obama: Dubya’ 2 Electric Boogaloo

    Well, I guess it’s not easy to accept you’ve been bamboozled by the greatest political huckster of all time.

    Obama’s problem is that he no longer can just talk out of his ass and get away with it. He finally landed in a job where he was expected to perform and now he’s being judged on his actions rather than his speeches.

    I’ve gone on record before that once his approval ratings drop below his election margin or 50% expect to see Obama and the Dems play the race card big time. The Dems and their pundants will lament if America is really a post racial society.

  • TeakWoodKite

    Get back to yourself ???

    that blank slate meme???

    Ani, it is interesting that Ted Van Dyk’s article indicates he thinks BO is over-exposed and is lacking leadership skills by giving the bulls on the Hill a rodeo rider soon to be bucked off.

    BO is being coming more irrelevant by the minute…

    “Wolfe” just asked the question about being over exposed. Healthcare is in trouble.

    Hillary said, “I do not pay to much attention to what is being said, I am staying focused”

    BO can’t say this.

  • Chicago Joe

    He just called a presser at which he took no questions, but where he insisted the health care reform must pass this year, or else! Barry will take his ball and go home. (How can we make that happen, Barry? What will it take?)

    • Chicago Joe
    • Diana

      Yeah amazing isn’t it? They made sure to insert into that bill that they do not have to follow the same rules we have to. They get to keep all their many benefits. If it’s good enough for our families, it’s good enough for them. I think we need to get it on the ballot. We need to call all our representatives till they get the message.

      They’re public servants and as such…We; not they pay for those benefits. They must take the same insurance they’re offering to the public. Not one of them is willing to take that insurance. Not even Obama himself. That tells me all I need to know about it.

      • Ani

        Absolutely right. Hillary’s plan was to allow people to opt in to the same plan Congress uses, wasn’t it? Can’t have that.

  • Chicago Joe

    He just called a presser at which he took no questions, but where he insisted the health care reform must pass this year, or else! Barry will take his ball and go home.

    • Andy

      … or else! Barry will take his ball and go home.

      Promise?

      • TeakWoodKite

        Double dog dare him to. BO go be a state senator again.

        • politicalidentitycrisis

          He should probably be deported instead. He didn’t serve anyone as a Senator either.

          • Chicago Joe

            Amen. Will somebody please clear this one up, once and for all?

      • sandi78

        Pretty please?

    • jwrjr

      That will be another broken promise.

  • oowawa

    The obscene amount of money spent on his inauguration, expensive “dates” and pizza parties and his hiring not less than 30 “czars” all of whom require staff and total salaries in the millions are more accurate indicators of the man than any of his campaign rhetoric.

    This sounds like the backdrop for an exotic fairytale, not “Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves,” but “Barack Hussein Obama and the 30 Czars.” And for their first big caper, they’ve looted the kingdom’s treasury.

    Lots to think about in your story Ani. Thanks for another perceptive post!

    • WMCB

      Well, Obama has said that his favorite TV show is “Entourage”. That tells you all you need to know about the man’s character, right there.

      He is all about the bling and the adulation, baybee. He wanted to be Preznit Siznit and ride around in Airforce One, not actually GOVERN. A fool could’ve seen that, from day one.

  • kato

    He was a senator in 2008, a self I would truly like to see him get back to.

  • i think the bloom is coming of the precious.

  • oowawa

    You had things right in 2008. Take a timeout. Get back to yourself.

    In spite of his misgivings, Van Dyk will not give up his main illusion, that O is The Precious, and he has somehow lost sight of his own Thee Oneness. Just take a timeout. Get back to your own sweet self. I know it’s there. Just let your little light shine, and soon the glow will illumine the whole world.

    Just need a little timeout to recharge your wonderfulness.

    • Ani

      You are correct. It boggles the mind, doesn’t it?

      • MrX

        If only those obots had one to boggle.

    • jbjd

      Oh, now I realize what separating oneself from BO will look like. Instead of admitting you were too lazy to investigate this man’s record, and too stupid to recognize the difference between “just words” and deeds, you will blame BO for the “change” between the man you supported before he was inaugurated, and the man he became ever since. (At this point, that is, now that BO is in office, I could not care less what finally motivates you and your ilk to speak truth to power; as long as you continue speaking the truth.)

    • jwrjr

      If Obama had promised only things that he could deliver, he would have never been “elected”.

      • Chicago Joe

        He had the whole Wizard of Oz thing down pat!