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Obama On Scott Brown Victory: “A Systemic Failure”

Thursday, January 21, 2010

President Barack Obama said Thursday that the election of Scott Brown in Massachusetts in the Special Senate Election was a “systemic failure”. Mr. Obama said information that could have prevented Brown’s victory over Democrat Martha Coakley, did not get the attention it deserved.

“When the Democratic National Committee has information on a known Republican candidate and that information is not shared and acted upon as it should have been and this candidate wins an election that could cost me the White House, a systemic failure has occurred. And I consider that totally unacceptable,”

Actually, President Obama said nothing today about Scott Brown’s stunning upset and the quotes I used were from his speech on December 29th, 2009, four days after the unsuccessful “underwear bomber” Christmas day attack aboard that Detroit-bound airliner.

President Obama dancing as fast as he can

This President, his administration and the Democratic party are playing a Carney-style shell game with the American voters.

On Wednesday Obama suddenly made a pivot to the center, just like when he was campaigning for the job of president. In an exclusive interview with  ABC’s George Stephanopoulos he said,

“We were so busy just getting stuff done and dealing with the immediate crises that were in front of us that I think we lost some of that sense of speaking directly to the American people about what their core values are and why we have to make sure those institutions are matching up with those values,”

“lost some of that sense of speaking directly to the American people”

In President Obama’s first year in office he has made 411 speeches, comments and remarks.

  • 52 Speeches on his health care proposals.
  • 42 News Conferences.
  • 158 Interviews of which 90 of them were on television.
  • 23 Town Hall meetings.
  • 28 Political Fundraisers.
  • 7 Campaign Rallies  — for all the losers; Gov. Jon Corzine, D-N.J., gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds, D-Va, and U.S. Senate Candidate Martha Coakley, D-Mass.

Instead of speaking even more to the American people, Obama should have been listening to the American people.

All of the Democratic pundits are telling us that Obama will become a centrist and a populist. That’s a bold-faced lie, just look at his voting record as an Illinois State Senator and then as a U.S. Senator. Hell, just look at the legislation he’s been trying to cram down our throats as President!

Obama blamed the Democrats’ stunning loss of their filibuster-proof majority in the Senate on his administration’s failure to give voice to the economic frustrations of the middle class, a disconnect that White House aides vowed to quickly address as they continue to work to advance the president’s agenda.

That’s just double-speak as the arrogance and contempt for you and I will continue. Publicly and privately, aides to the president repeatedly stressed that the White House has heard the message from angry voters. But they insisted that they are not backing away from key items on the president’s agenda, including health-care reform, energy and bank regulation.

White House aides rejected the idea that the Massachusetts election was a referendum on Obama. Really? Barack Obama had a +26-point victory in November 2008, to Martha Coakley’s 5-point loss; that is a 31-point negative swing in the vote!

The White House is unwilling to acknowledge the party’s new problem with independent voters, who were key to Obama’s victory. “Democrats on the Hill and in the White House don’t seem to get that independent voters are upset with them,” said a source, who spoke candidly about the president and his team on the condition of anonymity.

Proving that Obama and the White House are stuck in cement, they trotted out their former communications director Anita Dunn, who still regularly provides advice on communications strategy. Asked whether Obama was having a bad day, Dunn laughed and asked: “Why? Because he’s only got 59 votes in the Senate? Can we get a little perspective here, people?”

Frankly I hope this “let them eat cake” attitude continues right through next November. The Democratic party will have to spend all of their campaign funds to support the reelection of their 19 Senators and all 257 in the House of Representatives.

There will be huge losses for the Democratic party in November, no matter what Obama and Pelosi tell us in the next nine months. That’s the real systemic failure.

Posted: 2024PT


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