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The wages of mendacity

They’re finally “coming home to roost” as Mr. Obama’s favorite preacher might say:

According to a new CNN/ORC International survey, only four out of 10 Americans believe Mr. Obama can manage the federal government effectively. Fifty-three percent don’t view him as a strong and decisive leader. And 56 percent say he does not agree with them on important issues and he does not inspire confidence.

But the numbers on the president’s personal characteristics should alarm the White House most of all. More than half (53 percent) believe he’s not honest and trustworthy, while 56 percent say he’s not a person they admire.

Each of these figures are all-time records for Mr. Obama in CNN polling.

In their fascinating behind-the-scenes book on the 2012 election, Double Down, Mark Halperin and John Heilemann write that the campaign’s research showed “that there was a deep well of sympathy for Obama among voters.” In focus groups after the first debate, they write, “people offered excuse after excuse for his horrific presentation. In Florida, one woman said, almost protectively, ‘I just bet you he wasn’t feeling well.’”

That deep well of sympathy–that willingness to give the president the benefit of the doubt and the attachment and connection voters felt for Mr. Obama–has been crucial to his success for his entire political life. He has always been viewed as a likeable and decent man, even when his campaign employed fairly ruthless tactics. But the days of broad public faith and trust in this president appear to be over. And no wonder.

The fact that the president knowingly misled the public on such a crucial element of his health-care program so many times, over such a long period of time, with such apparent ease, has penetrated the public consciousness in a way nothing else ever has. Incompetence has now been twinned to mendacity. And not surprisingly, that deep well of sympathy is drying up.

The characteristics which have taken such a beating are the one’s that kill a reputation – honesty, trustworthiness and admiration.  You can forgive a goof.  You can even forgive a certain level of incompetence if you have a deep reservoir of admiration for someone based on your belief that they’re an honest and trustworthy person.

Obama’s killed that with this monstrosity he claims as his legacy.  The Democrats too suffer from that albatross.

The usual excuse makers are having trouble ginning up the enthusiasm for attempting to support this president.  Why?  Because their honesty and trustworthiness are at stake if they do.  Oh, sure, there are those that are so much a party hack that they’re going to sputter and spout the usual reality defying nonsense.  Debbie Wasserman Shultz, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are the poster children of this breed.

But as mentioned many times before, reality is a bitch and she has shown up after 5 years of this nonsense with a vengeance.  She is taking no prisoners.  I can think of a million cliches that fit this situation and none of them are complementary to the President or Democrats.

By the very way they went about putting this law through the legislative process, they deserve each and every negative thing that happens to them.  It is so bad, that Obama and company are left with trying to hijack Thanksgiving in order to save this awful law.

Barack Obama is the lamest of lame ducks (and that pretty much includes internationally as well, for mostly the same reasons).   Because what he messed with went so badly and the fact that what he messed with was so important and personal to all Americans, you better believe any “well of sympathy” has dried up.  And according to some reports, the worst is yet to come (the possibility that up to 80 million Americans will be dropped from their employer plans).

It is difficult to survey the wreckage of his reputation and not realize that this was all brought on by his own incompetence, arrogance and narcism. What’s interesting is he is a product of his ideology. He is its crowning achievement.  And he demonstrates better than any tome, op-ed or television piece how bankrupt that ideology is.

Whether anyone will really pick up on that is probably arguable.  But there it is – he is indeed the prefect product of liberalism.  And, as anyone who has eyes and a will to actually see, the emperor has no clothes.


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18 Responses to The wages of mendacity

  • To paraphrase Jonah Goldberg: “The fastest way to completely discredit Collectivism is to implement it”.
    The best, and according to Burke the only, way to teach people what a liar Pres. ScamWOW is, was, and will be is to let them learn by example.
    Finally. after years of being told by some of us what a poor, broken child this narcissist is, people have had the message come home in very personal ways.  He lied to them, and about something important to them.  Now they know.  I think the preference cascade has finally begun.

    • This is the old, “Learning tough lessons the (very) hard way!”, than our (folks here) parents warned us about.
      In the past couple generations, too many parents are way to busy watching the BoobTube.

    • “The fastest way to completely discredit Collectivism is to implement it”.

      Indeed, Rags. Trouble is, of course, the GOP is missing a golden opportunity, here. The lesson is that collectivism doesn’t work, not that Obama is incompetent. But the latter is certainly the message coming from the Democrats in fear of the stretching of their political necks…. and the GOP as a whole is not disputing that message, seeing only the short term gain.

      • That’s because about 3/4 of Republicans don’t believe “collectivism doesn’t work”. They just want a different flavor of it, and for themselves to be the apparatchiks.

  • Iran taunts “The Great Satan” …
    “What has been released by the website of the White House as a fact sheet is a one-sided interpretation of the agreed text in Geneva and some of the explanations and words in the sheet contradict the text of the Joint Plan of Action, and this fact sheet has unfortunately been translated and released in the name of the Geneva agreement by certain media, which is not true,” Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham told the Iranian press on Tuesday.
    … when you have a reputation of a liar …

  • The family has been briefed (and threatened) not to bring up topics ‘uncomfortable’ to our far-left guests / family members over Thanksgiving dinner.  Gloating is so unbecoming…

    • I can ignore political and ethical ignorance and nonsense for the sake of family civility only so much.  When a guy spouted off some boilerplate “Yay Obama! Yay Democrats!” in response to me discussing the facts of people losing insurance plans and facing financial difficulties, the fact that this lefty’s been “going through some tough times” means I’m supposed to ignore flippant remarks about the real pain of millions of Americans?  Nope.  My response was the guy who is “going through some tough times” needs to not dismiss the negative impact on whole swaths of people if he wants me to protect his delicate sensibilities.  Those millions of Americans are “going through some tough times” too.


    Even when he’s “heckled”, Pres. ScamWOW uses a ficus (i.e., a house PLANT).


  • So the public- willing dupes – are now turning on the liar in chief? Feh. Those idiots who are only now learning their lesson……they certainly wouldn’t like to see what a poll of us think of them. That’s for sure.
    Left ’em suffer some more

  • The Operative: That girl will rain destruction down on you and your ship. She is an albatross, Captain.
    Capt. Malcolm Reynolds: Way I remember it, albatross was a ship’s good luck, ’til some idiot killed it.
    Capt. Malcolm Reynolds: [to Inara] Yes, I’ve read a poem. Try not to faint.

  • That ‘only’ 4 out of 10 people polled still believe Obama is the second coming is not a reason to crow.  Most of the voters still voted him back into power for a second term.  That so many could be so easily duped in the first place speaks not only to the gap toothed gullibility of the electorate but also to the squalid quality of the political opposition.  I see no reason to celebrate as nothing substantive has changed.  Americans are fools.

    • Eh, I don’t see Romney as “squalid” quality. He doesn’t have the best conservative creds, but he has a very solid history of executive experience and leadership. His moderate position should have been an advantage.

  • The problem in this is that the Democrats have their Propaganda Machine in place.   In addition to a large section of voters who are willingly mentally lazy and thanks to the double dipping of our education establishment and the Media they pretty much have a lock on the Young who are the new voters.
    There is probably about 10-15 year age range of voters whose lion’s share of political ‘current events’ exposure came from or comes almost exclusively from Jon Stewart.  Possibly even bigger.  And people scratch their heads as to why Obama won.
    They will successfully deflect blame.  First to Insurance companies, then to republicans.  And Since Obama’s usefulness is near the end, they will lay blame at Obama’s execution if they have to.  They may not convince people enough by 2014 or 2016, but by 2018 or 2020 they will have re-written history, SUCCESSFULLY.
    They will dust off losses in 2014 and 2016 like they were nothing.

  • CHUCK TODD: David, the most interesting thing in this report, right, page one– it’s page three of the report, it says here that, “The team is operating with private sector velocity and effectiveness.”


    CHUCK TODD: Okay, that is an acknowledgement that, “You know what? If this was a government operation for a long time and it failed, now we’re bringing in the private sector folks.” I mean, that is an indictment on the whole idea of government as a solution, frankly, when you look at [unintelligible].

  • No no….it works!   Miracles!   It’s it’s awesome!   Just as they said!   It’s up and working by December!
    Well, never mind that anyway, it’ll be great by 2017, really.

  • When Erb turns on Obama, you will know Obama is toast and can no longer be defended. Erb will try to play the moderate, then latch on to the next leftist push.