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Hard to lose a narrative that never existed

Andrew Sullivan today in a post entitled “Obama’s Lost Narrative”:

Nyhan goes after the Democrats for baseless attacks against the US Chamber of Commerce. It is very depressing to see them descend to this kind of stuff. What they need are not tactics and resentment, which is what we’re seeing. What we need is a narrative of recovery and reform from Obama. He has the record, and he has made a couple of great speeches. But this distracts.

He’s “made a couple of great speeches”.  That’s no longer a positive.  In fact, most have come to conclude that’s about all he can do.  However, on whole, Sullivan is right.  He should be more like Reagan than Nixon and he’s letting his inner Nixon show as he pushes this baseless and hypocritical attack on the Chamber of Commerce.

At a time he should be acting like a leader, he’s been reduced to a petty politician.  Or maybe that’s what he always was.

My view, and I’ll say it again. Campaign on ending the long-term debt. Campaign on being the man who can bring America together to solve its long-term fiscal crisis. Call the GOP out on its fiscal record and its current refusal to specify what they’ll cut. Remind people of the debt commission. Remind people we need to cut spending and raise taxes. Be the adult in the room. With a megaphone.

To be the “adult in the room”, you have to have been the adult in the room.  You can’t suddenly decide now is the time to act like one.  Again, an aspect of leadership lost on the current White House occupant.



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10 Responses to Hard to lose a narrative that never existed

  • Seriously, if I am a low-information independent voter and I hear the word “Chamber of Commerce” I am going to imagine some small town somewhere with honest businessmen going about their business. If you are attacking them, you are attacking Main Street.
    I guess they can’t use Wall Street since they contributed so much to the Dems and everyone is aware of the bail-outs ongoing…

    • Excellent point.  I suggest that it actually gets worse for informed voters who know that (A) the economy is in the dumper; (B) a large number of people think that this is due at least in part to the anti-business policies and attitude of The Dear Golfer, and; (3) he is making the charge against the CoC without a shred of evidence in direct contravention of the maxim “innocent until proved guilty”.  Informed voters also are likely aware of the hypocrisy of The Dear Golfer yapping about “foreign money” in a campaign as we KNOW he got some.

      This is a losing line of attack for the dems, yet they persist in it.  Are they crazy or just desperate because they’ve got nothing else?

  • In the magazine article, Mr. Obama reflects on his presidency, admitting that he let himself look too much like “the same old tax-and-spend Democrat,” realized too late that “there’s no such thing as shovel-ready projects” and perhaps should have “let the Republicans insist on the tax cuts” in the stimulus.

    I keep reading that last phrase about tax cuts and recall multiple complaints by Progressives that tax cuts were included, but Republicans complained that they were insignificant as shown by their lack of votes for the “stimulus.”  Has he now come around closer to the Republican position ?

  • “They [The Chamber of Commerce] can put this to rest,” said Joshua Earnest, a White House spokesman. “They have the keys to the file cabinet.”

    Isn’t this the essence of “birtherism” ??  The more they push the “Chamber of Commerce issue” the more they look like “Birthers” or at least give aid and comfort to the “Birthers.”.

  • So how many paragraphs into this did it take for Sullivan to start questioning Trig Palin’s parentage?

  • Let’s also not forget . . . who is Andy Sullivan to be lecturing us on “adults in the room?” The surreality of any Obama supporter (especially someone of Andy’s low character) is just another demonstration of how desperate the left is. They can see the asskicking coming, and really, really, really don’t like it.
    Not that this is a vote of confidence for the right. Does anyone here think that the GOP will be anything other than business as usual?