My, what a difference 4 years of incompetence can make when it comes to judging a President. In 2008, Barack Obama was the new Messiah. An aura of Hope and Change shrouded his visage. People loved his ass. Didn’t matter that he had no record. Didn’t matter that he had no accomplishments in managing or running anything of substance. He was the black Moses, come to lead us to da promise land.

Four years later, we got coyote ugly. In our inebriated stage we took a beauty/hunk home and woke up with a troll with bad breath (note, coyote ugly can apply to male or female). The really amazing change are the surprising newspaper endorsements of Mitt Romney.

Wisconsin commie anyone? Check out the Wisconsin State Journal:

Not enough hope and too little change.

That is President Barack Obama’s record on the economy, debt and Washington gridlock after four years in the White House.

The State Journal editorial board endorses Mitt Romney in Tuesday’s presidential election.
Romney showed as the Republican governor of Democratic-leaning Massachusetts that he can find agreement across the partisan divide. And his vice presidential pick — Wisconsin’s U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Janesville — suggests Romney is serious about tackling America’s fiscal mess.

Romney has an impressive record of success in the private and public sectors. He’s a numbers guy who focuses more on results than ideology. That’s why so many of his fellow Republicans during the GOP primary criticized him for not being conservative enough.

Romney has been a strong leader in business and civic life. This includes turning around many troubled companies and the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Romney better understands how and why entrepreneurs and employers decide to expand and add jobs. He’s more likely to get the private-sector going strong again.

Romney displayed reasonableness and smarts during the debates. And his view on the most pressing foreign policy question — Iran — is similar to his opponent’s.

Yes, Romney did his share of flip-flopping and pandering during the GOP primary to get past stubborn party stalwarts. Yes, Romney’s talk of repealing the Affordable Care Act and boosting military spending are unrealistic. We disagree with Romney on a host of social issues, from marriage equality to abortion rights.

For those of you who do not know Wisconsin, this is akin to the New York Times endorsing Romney. But the hits don’t stop there. How about the New York Daily News?

Four years ago, the Daily News endorsed Obama, seeing a historic figure whose intelligence, political skills and empathy with common folk positioned him to build on the small practical experience he would bring to the world’s toughest job. We valued Obama’s pledge to govern with bold pragmatism and bipartisanship.

The hopes of those days went unfulfilled.

Achingly slow job creation has left the U.S. with 4.3 million fewer positions than provided incomes to Americans in 2007. Half the new jobs have been part-time, lower-wage slots, a trend that has ruinously sped a hollowing of the middle class.

The official unemployment rate stands at 7.9%, marking only the second month below 8% after 43 months above that level. Worse, add people who are working part-time because they have no better choice and the rate leaps to almost 15%. Still worse, add 8 million people who have given up looking for employment and the number who are out of jobs or who are cobbling together hours to scrape by hits some 23 million people.
Only America’s social safety net, record deficits and the Federal Reserve’s unprecedented low-interest policies have kept the label Great Depression II on the shelf.

New Yorkers have fared no better. The state is alone among the 50 in suffering significantly rising unemployment over the last 12 months, with the rate now at 8.9%. The city’s pain index is 8.8%, and the five boroughs have been trading down in salaries.

Something big is underway and the Dems are missing the big picture. Salena Zito has her fingers on the pulse of the body politic:

The homemade sign for Mitt Romney in the yard of a well-manicured but modest home in Leadville, Colo., forlornly signals the fracture of another onetime supporter of Barack Obama.

If Romney wins the presidency on Tuesday, the national media, the Washington establishment and the bulk of academia will have missed something huge that happened in “flyover” America under their watch.

It is a story that few have told.

It reminds one of the famous quip by New Yorker film critic Pauline Kael following Richard Nixon’s landslide 1972 victory: “I live in a rather special world. I only know one person who voted for Nixon.”

Two years after suffering a historic shellacking in the 2010 midterm election, Democrats astonishingly have ignored Main Street Americans’ unhappiness.

That 2010 ejection from the U.S. House, and from state legislatures and governors’ offices across the country, didn’t happen inside the Washington Beltway world.

It didn’t reflect the Democrats’ or the media’s conventional wisdom or voter-turnout models. So it just wasn’t part of their reality.

In Democrats’ minds, it was never a question of “How did we lose Main Street?” Instead, it was the fault of the “tea party” or of crazy right-wing Republicans.

Yet in interview after interview — in Colorado, along Nebraska’s plains, in small Iowa towns or Wisconsin shops, outside closed Ohio steel plants and elsewhere — many Democrats have told me they are furious with the president. Not in a frothing-at-the-mouth or racist way, as many elites suggest. They just have legitimate concerns affecting their lives.

Be sure to read the rest of her excellent reporting. Obama ain’t walking on water this time.

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Larry C. Johnson is a former analyst at the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, who moved subsequently in 1989 to the U.S. Department of State, where he served four years as the deputy director for transportation security, antiterrorism assistance training, and special operations in the State Department's Office of Counterterrorism. He left government service in October 1993 and set up a consulting business. He currently is the co-owner and CEO of BERG Associates, LLC (Business Exposure Reduction Group) and is an expert in the fields of terrorism, aviation security, and crisis and risk management, and money laundering investigations. Johnson is the founder and main author of No Quarter, a weblog that addresses issues of terrorism and intelligence and politics. NoQuarterUSA was nominated as Best Political Blog of 2008.
  • LouFilliger

    I’m seeing, just in the last few days, an increasing disconnect between what I’m hearing the conservative bloggers and writers say (Romney doing very well) and what I’m seeing from the polls, even ones I respect such as Rasmussen (Romney losing ground). I can explain away the change in the RCP averages by the addition of a couple of big + polls for Obama in the last few days, but I can’t explain away things like (i) N.H. going from Romney +2 to Obama +2 in the latest Rasumussen poll. What’s going on? Whatever it is, it can’t be good.

  • Retired_from_SPOnaj

    “Bill O”Reilly” wrote: “I will leave you with this.” Is that a promise?

  • Retired_from_SPOnaj

    Thank God we have an Iranian in the White House that can negotiate with Tehran.,7340,L-4301368,00.html

  • Bill O’Reilly

    To bad WI is going to be won by Obama. Ryan and Romney cannot even carry their own states. Pathetic.

    Obama has done a hell of a good job turning this country around from the disaster he inherited in February 2009. Healthcare for tens of millions, an economy that has completely turned around, as it is growing again and creating jobs (currently the fastest growing economy among western industrial nations), completely ended the Iraq war and getting us out of Afghanistan, saved the U.S. auto industry, cut the deficit by 30%, more equality for gays and women, record investment in alternative energy while the domestic natural gas and oil industries are at record production levels, much more respect in the world, etc. etc. etc.

    I will leave you with this. The unemployment rate when Reagan was re-elected was 7.3% or not all that different than the current 7.9% and without all the government worker layoffs, which Reagan never had, the current unemployment rate would be about the same as when Reagan was re-elected. Obama has done as good or I would say better than Reagan did in his first term. Reagan never had to deal with a record budget deficit or two wars.

    • FormerLib160

      Kool-aid is a helluva drug

    • MJP

      Excuses, excuses. Oil and gas production is up in spite of Obama, not because of his policies. Then there’s all the billions wasted on pie-in-the sky green energy that was not ready for prime time.

      No! to 4 more years of on-the-job training/destruction.
      I only wish that Government Motors was on firm footing. Check out Rasmussen–GM has a real problem selling cars to the US public compared to Ford, which did not want or need a bailout. We’ll never get that bailout money back, and GM is still not mean and lean enough to compete in the global market.

      There’s a reason GM is doing everything to get the gov out of its business.

      • Bill O’Reilly

        “Oil and gas production is up in spite of Obama, not because of his policies.”

        Do you have any proof of that? The Energy industry has pretty much been free to do whatever it wants under Obama. Actually, the government support of green energy is beginning to pay big dividends. Today, we have the highest percentage of our energy coming from renewables ever.

        I think you need to check the recent financal results. Ford is having the most difficulty and Chrysler is doing the best. By the way Ford also got a government bail-out in the form of billons of government back loans. You can hate on GM all you want, but that is not very American of you. Funny how you conservatives are so negative about the U.S., the U.S. economy and U.S. companies. Not very Reagan of you.

    • jrterrier

      50% of the jobs created are part-time jobs and even countig those the number of jobs created vs those lost during the Obama administration is either a negative or barely positive.

      you can support the President if you would like but you should deal with reality.

      • HObama HObamanana

        An Obot deal with reality? Now that’s funny!

      • Bill O’Reilly

        So what is not real in what I say above?

        Reality is that when Obama took over the country had just entered the biggest economic downturn since the Great Depression. Record drop in economic growth and record job layoffs in a very short period of time. It was always going to take more than 2 1/2 years to dig us out of that hole, so not suprising that all those lost jobs have not come back yet. Reagan did not do it and he had a far less severe recession to deal with than Obama.

    • Earl Stick

      OMG! The veil has been lifted from my eyes! Now I see it all so clearly! You have saved, Bill O’Reilly, from the mistake of voting against Obama, and I am so grateful! I never realized, until you just now informed me, what a truly great president Barack Obama has been! How could I have been so foolish to think he is a bad president? He is really one of the greatest presidents ever, and his face should be on Mount Rushmore BEFORE he dies so that he can bask in the glory of it. Thank you so much, Mr. Reilly! If not for you, I might have made a terrible mistake and voted against the greatest president of our lifetime!

      Now, excuse me while I vomit!

      • Retired_from_SPOnaj

        Sorry, can’t put him on Rushmore. Ears too big, not enough room.

    • LouFilliger

      I’ll tell you real simply what the problem is. People aren’t optimistic about the future of our country anymore. Obama’s job was to turn that around and he hasn’t done so. That’s why his whole re-election campaign has been about Romney-bashing rather than touting his own achievements. He failed … and he failed to heal the rift in this country between the blue and the red. Made it much worse in fact. Guess what? It’s not morning in America right now.

  • bbf

    Revolution #263, March 25, 2012

    Six Ways That Obama Has Been Worse Than Bush

    With the presidential elections approaching, there are those
    who argue, yet again, that whatever problems there are with the Democrats and Obama, the “alternative”—the Republicans—are much worse. So when it’s all said and done, the argument goes, people who don’t want
    the “right wing” to take over must fall in line behind Obama and the Democrats. The reality is that in key ways, Obama as U.S. president has been even worse for the masses of people, in the U.S. and worldwide. This is a fact that can be clearly demonstrated. Here are six main ways that Obama has gone beyond Bush in fascistic, brutal, reactionary moves, in service of the ruling system of capitalism-imperialism.

    1. Assassinations on the President’s Orders

    Before becoming the president and commander-in-chief, Obama opposed the prison set up by George W. Bush at Guantánamo to indefinitely hold hundreds of people without charges, simply based on U.S. accusations of links with terrorism. Obama said then that “a perfectly innocent individual could be held and could not rebut the
    Government’s case and has no way of proving his innocence.”

    Once in the White House, Obama has not only reaffirmed the
    policy of indefinite military detentions with the passage of the
    National Defense Authorization Act last December. He has actually gone further than Bush by claiming, and acting on, a supposed presidential authority to assassinate anyone, including those with U.S. citizenship, anywhere in the world just based on the presidential say-sothat those targeted are “terrorists” and a danger to U.S. interests.

    The world saw this outrageous policy in action last September
    when missiles fired from a U.S. drone hit a car driving across a desert in Yemen and killed seven men, including Anwar al-Awlaki. Awlaki, a U.S.citizen, was a spokesman for al-Qaeda. (Another man killed in the attack was also a U.S. citizen.) A few weeks later, another U.S. drone attack took the lives of al-Awlaki’s 16-year-old son along with his 17-year-old friend. The U.S. claimed that al-Awlaki had a role in planning and directing al-Qaeda terrorist attacks—but refused to provide any evidence or present actual charges, and there was, of course, no trial. This was simply a cold-blooded “hit” ordered by the leading U.S. imperialist godfather.

    click on above link for complete article and sources listed…if you care…

  • Penngirl

    Many people voted for Obama in 2008 because they thought he
    was another John Kennedy. Four years later he turned out to be more like Ted Kennedy, except Ted Kennedy was responsible
    for the death of one person (Chappaquiddick.) Obama is responsible for four (Benghazi.) –Penngirl

  • getfitnow
  • getfitnow

    Mitt Romney is serious.

    Nov 5 Mitt Romney events

    Sanford, FL (new)

    Lynchburg, VA

    Fairfax, VA (new)

    Columbus, OH w/ Ann

    Manchester, NH

    Paul: Reno, NV (NEVADA!!!)

    Paul: Johnstown, CO

    Paul: Des Moines, IA

    Paul: Vienna, OH

    Paul: Milwaukee, WI

    • jrterrier

      Thanks. I just signed up to attend the Fairfax event. Woohoo.

  • DianaLC

    I received a robo call yesterday telling me I could watch the video “The Hope and the Change” that Hannity feels is so important. So I got onto HULU to watch. It was very good, but at the same time, I was extremely angry with the people, mostly dems and some indies, who voted for Obama and are now going to vote differently.
    I was working long hours during the last general election. I was doing my part by serving as a delegate. I was taking care of a house, etc.—yet I still found time to research Obama and realize what a disaster he would be. So, it was hard for me to sympathize with their disappointment.
    But better late than never.

    • HObama HObamanana

      Thanks for the info and the inspiration to find the movie. I don’t have Hulu but almost signed up just to watch this. I thought better of the idea after gaining a little sense and perspective. Instead, I did a bit of searching and found that the American Thinker website has the full movie for absolutely free. If anyone would like to see it just click this link: The Hope and the Change

  • getfitnow
  • getfitnow
  • getfitnow

    Talk about a brutal schedule–one of someone that wants to move this country in the right direction.

    Morrisville, Penn.

    Sunday, November 4, 2012


    Mitt Romney delivered remarks at the his third of four campaign rallies for the day from Shady Brook Farm in Morrisville, Pennsylvania. The Republican Presidential candidate has not campaigned in Pennsylvania since September.

    He also campaigned in Iowa, Ohio and Virginia on Sunday.
    Updated: 2 hr. ago

  • getfitnow
  • getfitnow

    The Real Jimmy Carter by Steven F. Hayward.

    There’s an interesting part about the 1980 election. Up until about 2 days before the vote, everyone saw the race as too close to call. Pat Caddell then supposedly saw a complete collapse of Carters internal numbers just a day before the election and he called Carter and told him it was over. He describes it as something like “the bottom falling out from under his support.”
    I wouldn’t be surprised if there isn’t this same conversation taking place–Axelrod/Obama.

    • DianaLC

      I so hope it does happen to Obama and Axelrod. I saw Axelrod being interviewed on FOX yesterday. He’s such a clueless jerk to have helped put this atrocity of a presidency in place. And…..please, let’s not let him earn too many bucks becoming a talking head political “expert” on tee vee later.