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HOW OBAMA IS UNDERMINING DEMOCRATS

Posted by Tim Bryce on June 25, 2014

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– With friends like this, who needs enemies?

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You have to pity Democratic candidates running for Congress this Fall. It’s not because the GOP has a stellar lineup, but President Obama, as head of the Democratic party, seems to be going out of his way to trash his own party. We haven’t seen anything remotely like this since Jimmy Carter bungled the Iranian hostage crisis in the late 1970’s which cost him his presidency and marked the rise of congressional Republicans. Similarly, Obama’s incompetence as leader of his party is showing and the Democrats are beginning to bristle.

Between the scandals, his bungling of foreign affairs (“leading from behind”), Obamacare, the terrorist exchange, and his War on Energy, he is making it difficult for Democrats to challenge Republicans in the Fall. Even with well rehearsed talking points, Democrats are finding the mood of the country has significantly moved away from the policies as established by the president. This is causing party loyalists such as Diane Feinstein, Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, to recently lash out against the President over the Taliban 5/Bergdahl exchange which required Congressional approval, “So, it comes with some surprise and dismay that the transfers went ahead with no consultation, totally not following the law.”

Democratic politicians are distancing themselves from the president. In the Kentucky Senate race, Democratic candidate Alison Grimes released a 60 second radio ad criticizing President Obama over his recent EPA announcement by warning him, “Mr. President, you’ll be hearing it a lot more when I’m in the senate.”

Obama’s so-called “War on Energy” will cost Democrats dearly particularly in coal states like Kentucky. Unions, who have traditionally backed Democrats, also feel seduced and abandoned by the president. Cecil Roberts, president of the United Mine Workers of America also blasted the president’s EPA proposal, “The proposed rule … will lead to long-term and irreversible job losses for thousands of coal miners, electrical workers, utility workers, boilermakers, railroad workers and others without achieving any significant reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions.”

In prior years, Democrats would follow the party line blindly and not openly challenge the president. This is not so anymore, leaving only Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi as Obama’s only remaining cheerleaders. However, if Obama makes any more significant snafus between now and November’s elections, even they may turn their backs on him as they are both up for re-election.

The president gives the distinct impression he is not in touch with the realities of the world, certainly not as the chief executive of the United States. Instead, he seems more interested in talking about football concussions on such television shows as “Live! with Kelly and Michael” or discussing global warming at West Point’s commencement ceremonies, an awkward topic for the venue and day.

Everything he touches seems to turn to dust on him. The Taliban 5/Bergdahl exchange, which he hoped would show him as a compassionate commander-in-chief turned into a publicity disaster when the public found out about Bergdahl’s background and who he was exchanged for. He hoped the EPA announcement over lowering coal emissions, would be greeted with enthusiasm by the country. Instead, it backfired on him. And when the White House accidentally revealed the identity of the CIA station chief in Iraq, even his friends in the press corps started whispering about his competency as leader. It’s as if he is acting on impulse for publicity purposes as opposed to considering anything of substance.

In other words, Obama is not acting very presidential and by doing so, he is losing the confidence and respect of his own party. As such, he will be persona non grata in just about every important congressional race in the fall where his endorsement will be considered more as a liability than an asset.

Democrat politicians and strategists have to be shaking their heads. Unless something radical changes in the next few months, Obama will find himself on the outside looking in. Should the GOP pick up the Senate, Obama will be very much alone in the capitol. True, he will still have some veto power, but he will be a lame duck president and, for all intents and purposes, his administration will be at an end.

The president’s comparison to Carter is uncanny. Whereas Carter’s downfall was energy and Iran, Obama’s is a string of decisions and actions causing the public, and his party, to question his competency. Like Carter, Obama’s supporters have already begun to distance themselves from the president. The acid test though will be how Hillary Clinton supports or refutes the president’s actions in her bid for president. If she distances herself, it will be tantamount to certifying Obama’s lame duck status.

Democrats pinned a lot of hopes and dreams on Obama, but now they have trouble grasping exactly what he is doing, and why. There are now cracks in Obama’s foundation, cracks he caused himself. Sadly, Americans no longer believe it is a matter of, “Change we can believe in.”

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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17 Responses to “HOW OBAMA IS UNDERMINING DEMOCRATS”

  1. Brian Haffenden said

    Hi Tim,

    This one hit the nail right on the head.

    At the time of commencing his second term Hillary Clinton resigned.

    My comment at that time, to friends here in Western Australia, was that I believed she could see the writing on the wall, and decided to distance herself from him.

    Thus giving herself a far better chance in a run for the Presidency.

    I continue to enjoy your writings.

    Cheers,

    Brian Haffenden

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    • Tim Bryce said

      Thanks Brian – Most likely Hillary was exhausted and wanted to distance herself from the president. She also needed to rest and regroup before starting to push for the presidency. She is carrying a lot of baggage, including her husband, so it will not be a slam dump. As I pointed out in an earlier column, what exactly has she accomplished?

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  2. Wayne said

    The Democrats have two things on their side–the utter stupidity of too many voters when it comes to rationalizing their behavior and a media not worthy of being associated with the concept of “journalism”.. The base is made up of fanatics who swarm to every “cause” and totally immerse themselves in it without applying any judgement or common sense. As a result of Obama’s actions, the Chinese will get our coal and burn every last lump of it leaving just as much carbon in the atmosphere as if we burned it here. Symbolism over substance. Obama is a puppet–has been from day one. Little General Valerie Jarrett is the so-called “brains” behind the operation and likely responsible for the vast majority of most of the bad choices yet the puppet never questions the master. George Soros reaps the benefits of being one of a handful who put this excuse for a president in office. In fact he gets a double reward, not only making more money but also watching Obama’s actions tear away at the fabric of the country and push it little by little closer to the socialist ideas that he so worships. When the last chip has fallen and the last complaint lhas been registered, all that can be said or concluded is that the American people put this disaster into the office and thus deserve everything that he brings to them. No one could foretell the bumblings of Jimmy Carter, the soft-spoken, reformed, token “southern boy” president and the same can be said of Obama in a somewhat different light. The major difference is that Carter had no idea but Obama is simply “for sale”. This is what the radical generation of the 60’s has brought to America–over-regulating, out of control big government, moral and social decay, transparently corrupt politics, a Marxist-Socialist attitude toward government, total abuse of the Constitution and the Rule of Law, and a president who worships at the feet of Saul Alinsky. Very, very stupid and very, very sad. ~WB

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  3. Paul Ergler said

    Tim,

    I pretty much agree with everything you say, with the exception of Obozo being incompetent. Carter was incompetent, Obozo knows EXACTLY what he is doing. Your previous commenter Wayne nailed it — We were promised ‘change’, but only the more astute understood at the time that the change would be from a capitalist republic to a socialist/communist dictatorial government. By now it should be obvious to most that there is some entity, of which George Soros is part, who orchestrated Obozo’s raise to power and and controls his agenda.

    Paul

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  4. Paul Ergler said

    Obozo’s work in Irag and Afghanistan was done for a specific, calculated reason. Personally, I think it was for the cause of Islam, but some may not agree with that assessment. Same for his actions in Egypt and Libia.

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  5. janismith said

    This sums up Obama’s presidency: “It’s as if he is acting on impulse for publicity purposes as opposed to considering anything of substance.” Smoke and mirrors, spin and illusions, yet nothing of substance, progress, or goodness. I don’t believe he was ever a Democrat. Theirs was simply the easier party to fool into accepting him as a candidate. That choice was probably made by his handlers. We can only hope that voters will make wiser choices in the next election.

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  6. Tim Bryce said

    An E.G. of Buffalo, New York wrote…

    “I do believe Harry Reid is out of touch with everyday Americans and will ultimately destroy the Democrats. I don’t think he will run again and if he does he is a fool. So I believe Nancy Pelosi will be the only in his corner. She is also out of touch with reality.”

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  7. In re. the question of competence: Just about the time I’m ready to conclude that these people have no idea what they’re doing, I’m forced to face my even greater fear that they know exactly what they’re doing. That, of course, makes the realization of where the country is heading, as a result of disastrous policy following on disastrous policy, a matter of deliberate sabotage of the Constitution and the overall rule of law.

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  8. Tim Bryce said

    An S.F. of Chicago, Illinois wrote…

    “As he is not eligible for re-election, I don’t suppose having friends and allies is quite as important, so throwing them under the bus to keep his own image untarnished seems like collateral damage.”

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  9. Tim Bryce said

    An M.D. of Baltimore, Maryland wrote…

    “Hell hath no fury like a Democrat’s scorn. Obama throws anyone under the bus who does not run with him.”

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  10. Tim Bryce said

    An M.S. of Mission, Kansas wrote…

    “I think that’s a pretty fair overview of the situation, Tim. Nicely done. Not a lot of hope evident there, however. And who the Republicans come up with in 2016 is anybody’s guess????”

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  11. Tim Bryce said

    An E.T. of Tampa, Florida wrote…

    “He is in fact and deed undermining Dem’s across the country yet please let us not forget his allies in the Press. They have been effectively deflecting ‘Just’ critiques and misinforming the general population. So, many Dem’s will be angry with him now yet they know the news cycle will shift. A genuinely Conservative Organization/Group should buy the NYT or MSLSD … am sure these would be relatively inexpensive … and take ‘it’ to them! “

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