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"Obama: The fall" By Charles Krauthammer


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By Charles Krauthammer, Published: May 2

Fate is fickle, power cyclical, and nothing is new under the sun. Especially in Washington, where after every election the losing party is sagely instructed to confess sin, rend garments and rethink its principles lest it go the way of the Whigs. And where the victor is hailed as the new Caesar, facing an open road to domination.

And where Barack Obama, already naturally inclined to believe his own loftiness, graciously accepted the kingly crown and proceeded to ride his reelection success to a crushing victory over the GOP at the fiscal cliff, leaving a humiliated John Boehner & Co. with nothing but naked tax hikes.

Thus emboldened, Obama turned his inaugural and State of the Union addresses into a left-wing dream factory, from his declaration of war on global warming (on a planet where temperatures are the same as 16 years ago and in a country whose CO2 emissions are at a 20-year low) to the invention of new entitlements — e.g., universal preschool for 5-year-olds— for a country already drowning in debt.

To realize his dreams, Obama sought to fracture and neutralize the congressional GOP as a prelude to reclaiming the House in 2014. This would enable him to fully enact his agenda in the final two years of his presidency, usually a time of lame-duck paralysis. Hail the Obama juggernaut.

Well, that story — excuse me, narrative — lasted exactly six months. The Big Mo is gone.

It began with the sequester. Obama never believed the Republicans would call his bluff and let it go into effect. They did.

Taken by surprise, Obama cried wolf, predicting the end of everything we hold dear if the sequester was not stopped. It wasn’t. Nothing happened.

Highly embarrassed, and determined to indeed make (bad) things happen, the White House refused Republican offers to give it more discretion in making cuts. Bureaucrats were instructed to inflict maximum pain from minimal cuts, as revealed by one memo from the Agriculture Department demanding agency cuts that the public would feel.

Things began with the near-comical cancellation of White House tours and ended with not-so-comical airline delays. Obama thought furious passengers would blame the GOP. But isn’t the executive branch in charge of these agencies? Who thinks that a government spending $3.6 trillion a year can’t cut 2 percent without furloughing air-traffic controllers?

Looking not just incompetent at managing budgets but cynical for deliberately injuring the public welfare, the administration relented. Congress quickly passed a bill giving Obama reallocation authority to restore air traffic control. Having previously threatened to veto any such bill, Obama caved. He signed.

Not exactly Appomattox, but coming immediately after Obama’s spectacular defeat on gun control, it marked an administration that had lost its “juice,” to paraphrase a charming question at the president’s Tuesday news conference.

For Obama, gun control was a political disaster. He invested capital. He went on a multi-city tour. He paraded grieving relatives. And got nothing. An assault-weapons ban — a similar measure had passed the Congress 20 years ago — lost 60 to 40in a Senate where Democrats control 55 seats. Obama failed even to get mere background checks.

All this while appearing passive, if not helpless, on the world stage. On Syria, Obama is nervously trying to erase the WMD red line he had so publicly established. On Benghazi, he stonewalled accusations that State Department officials wishing to testify are being blocked.

He is even taking heat for the Boston bombings. Every day brings another revelation of signals missed beforehand. And his post-bombing pledge to hunt down those responsible was mocked by the scandalous Mirandizing of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, gratuitously shutting down information from the one person who knows more than anyone about possible still-existent explosives, associates, trainers, future plans, etc.

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Charles Krauthammer tells it like it is



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Beer Bryant
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Read that earlier. Charles is usually spot on.





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Even to the MSM standards Obama blew it at that presser the other day. The wizard behind the curtain appeared.






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Charles Krauthammer tells it like it is


Indeed he does. Add in the overwhelming complexity and escalating cost of his flagship legislation, Obamacare, and what you are left with is someone quite a bit less than the rockstar depicted by the Dems with a compliant MSM.






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CajunAngele
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Thus emboldened, Obama turned his inaugural and State of the Union addresses into a left-wing dream factory, from his declaration of war on global warming (on a planet where temperatures are the same as 16 years ago and in a country whose CO2 emissions are at a 20-year low) to the invention of new entitlements — e.g., universal preschool for 5-year-olds— for a country already drowning in debt.


Paging a want, Paging a want.






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Charles Krauthammer tells it like it is

Almost always the smartest man in the room.






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Tigah in the ATL
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So CK is a condensed version of the PT & tells you just what you want to hear.

I'm sure you think that makes him right.






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CajunAngele
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It's not nice to post on PT and not post anything to counter or refute what CK said.






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The fall? No that's not over-dramatic or anything. You people do realize Krauthammer is just giving you guys what you want to hear, right?





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He's no Paul Krugman.





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CajunAngele
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Did you copy off of the last guys paper or is that the written talking point at media matters dot com?







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It seems he just reviewed past events and said they were an indication that Obama had lost the ability to push an agenda. Maybe titling it "the fall" is a little dramatic, mostly to get views I'm sure, but the article itself is legit and needs to be read by some people who don't want to hear it.





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last guys paper


No, we just happen to agree. You guys are suckers, man. Does the phrase "confirmation bias" mean anything to you?






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Tigah in the ATL
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It's not nice to post on PT and not post anything to counter or refute what CK said.
ok, he starts with the whole "king obama" thing which is just shitty writing & only plays to his readers.

It's political pornography.






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It seems he just reviewed past events and said they were an indication that Obama had lost the ability to push an agenda. Maybe titling it "the fall" is a little dramatic, mostly to get views I'm sure, but the article itself is legit and needs to be read by some people who don't want to hear it.


Certainly agree with this. And I did read the article.






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Beer Bryant
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tells you just what you want to hear.



Sounds like Barack.






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Tigah in the ATL
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Sounds like Barack.

do you think comparing him to a politician is a good defense?






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Better American than he is a writer; and his immense talent is obvious.





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CajunAngele
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ok, he starts with the whole "king obama" thing which is just shitty writing & only plays to his readers.

It's political pornography.



Your political porn is at Daily Kos or Media Matters or elsewhere? Post an article from there and we will see how much truth is in it.


Agree or disagree with this?


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Taken by surprise, Obama cried wolf, predicting the end of everything we hold dear if the sequester was not stopped. It wasn’t. Nothing happened.

Highly embarrassed, and determined to indeed make (bad) things happen, the White House refused Republican offers to give it more discretion in making cuts. Bureaucrats were instructed to inflict maximum pain from minimal cuts, as revealed by one memo from the Agriculture Department demanding agency cuts that the public would feel.

Things began with the near-comical cancellation of White House tours and ended with not-so-comical airline delays. Obama thought furious passengers would blame the GOP. But isn’t the executive branch in charge of these agencies? Who thinks that a government spending $3.6 trillion a year can’t cut 2 percent without furloughing air-traffic controllers?






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tigah.......stay in atlanta.......





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