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I Had To Laugh …

Marion Berry, Democratic Representative from Arkansas, has decided to retire from Congress voluntarily instead of chancing an involuntary retirement via the ballot box. Berry is considered a “blue dog” Democrat and is from a nominally conservative state whose voters have made it clear they don’t support the policies or agenda of this Congress or this president.

Berry relates an incident that struck me as the ultimate in hubris and arrogance:

Berry recounted meetings with White House officials, reminiscent of some during the Clinton days, where he and others urged them not to force Blue Dogs “off into that swamp” of supporting bills that would be unpopular with voters back home.

“I’ve been doing that with this White House, and they just don’t seem to give it any credibility at all,” Berry said. “They just kept telling us how good it was going to be. The president himself, when that was brought up in one group, said, ‘Well, the big difference here and in ’94 was you’ve got me.’ We’re going to see how much difference that makes now.” [snip]

What got me laughing was how badly that statement may come to haunt Obama. They certainly have him, but as the political stars are aligning right now, “me” may end up in worse shape than did Bill Clinton. He’s already seen a super-majority go by the boards in the Senate – something Clinton never had – and it isn’t at all impossible that what most people would consider prohibitive majorities in both houses of Congress could be significantly reduced or, possibly, flip – although the latter is unlikely.

The only reason it wouldn’t be like ’94 is because there are enough Democratic safe seats to prevent the flip. But then, after Massachusetts, one has to wonder how many really safe seats there are. And what if the GOP trots something like this out in the interim?

In a recent interview with Diane Sawyer, President Obama said:

“I’d rather be a really good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president.”

There is a third option which he obviously avoided. He could end up being a very mediocre and Carteresque one-term president the way things are trending.



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12 Responses to I Had To Laugh …

  • I live in Arkansas. If the Republicans want to make a gain in this state, either congress or senate, they need to get some names out in front of the people and soon. They haven’t even really had anyone in the pipeline for many years now so there is zero name recognition.
    Which bring up my worry about these big gains that are expected. The Republicans don’t have the money to run strong campaigns in all of these pick-up states. People like me will donate to a few candidates but I am not going to donate to any of the national Republican funds as I don’t trust them. The Dems will have full coffers from stimulus kickbacks so they will not have that problem.

  • He’a already arguably the biggest presidential failure in decades.

    The man had SUPERMAJORITIES (written in caps for the Erb-impaired) and he still failed to push his signature legislation through Congress.

  • In one year Obama has gone from Messiah to Mediocre.  I wonder how long before he edges into Pariah territory.

  • Or he could be a really bad president, regardless of how many terms he serves.

  • “very mediocre” – God Bruce, you’re a nice guy!  Very Mediocre?  I wouldn’t even give him mediocre, let along ‘very’ mediocre.
    He’s a train wreck, worse than Carter, never thought I’d see another in my lifetime.

  • Frankly, you can call him the best POTUS ever, as long as he is gone.

  • There is a third option which he obviously avoided. He could end up being a very mediocre and Carteresque one-term president the way things are trending.

    I didn’t have you pegged as an sunny, “glass-half-full” kinda guy, but the idea that O! could possibly ascend to mediocrity in the paltry 3 years remaining to him is certainly an optimistic take.

  • I’d rather be a really good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president.

    I think it all depends on the definitions of “good” and “mediocre”.  By the standards of most Americans, being a “good” president means keeping the country safe and prosperous, which in turn usually results in a second term (we like to reward and continue success).  We MAY extend a mediocre president for a second term, but usually only because the alternative seems really bad (I think one could argue that Bush / Kerry is a good example of this).

    However, I don’t think Imeme uses the same standard.  I suggest that “good” in his book means “sets the country firmly on the path toward socialism and eventual dictatorship of the proletariate liberals progressives”, while “mediocre” means falling somewhat short of that goal (i.e. just sort of screwing things up).

  • “you’ve got me.”

    “I got you to hold my hand
    [HER:] I got you to understand
    [HIM:] I got you to walk with me
    [HER:] I got you to talk with me
    [HIM:] Igot you to kiss goodnight
    [HER:] I got you to hold me tight
    [HIM:] I got you, I won’t let go
    [HER:] I got you to love me so

    BOTH:] I got you babe
    I got you babe
    I got you babe
    I got you babe
    I got you babe ”

       Sonny and Cher.

  • Demmies shouldn’t worry about 2010 being like 1994.

    They should worry more that 2010 could become 1894.
    How did that turn out? A little history lesson, please:
    The U.S. House election, 1894 was a realigning election—a major Republican landslide that set the stage for the decisive Election of 1896. The elections of members of the United States House of Representatives in 1894 came in the middle of President Grover Cleveland’s second term. The nation was in its deepest economic depression ever following the Panic of 1893, so economic issues were at the forefront. In the spring, a major coal strike damaged the economy of the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic. It was accompanied by violence; the miners lost and many moved toward the Populist party. Immediately after the coal strike concluded, Eugene V. Debs led a nationwide railroad strike, called the Pullman Strike. It shut down the nation’s transportation system west of Detroit for weeks, until President Cleveland’s use of federal troops ended the strike. Debs went to prison (for disobeying a court order). Illinois’ Governor John Peter Altgeld, a Democrat, broke bitterly with Cleveland.

    The fragmented and disoriented Democratic Party was crushed everywhere outside the South, losing more than half its seats to the Republican Party. Even in the South, the Democrats lost seats to Republican-Populist electoral fusion in Alabama, Texas, Tennessee, and North Carolina. The Democrats lost 125 seats in the election while the Republicans won 130 seats. This makes the 1894 election the largest midterm election victory in the entire history of the United States.
    Oh, would I love to see a repeat of 1894. Love it.