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May 25, 2014

Obamacare is a technical mess and a public relations disaster,

a bomb that has been radioactive to all who come near it.
Thus far, it has terminated the careers of almost 70 national Democrats, given the Republicans control of 26 states, and brought in a new crew of GOP leaders inspired by fighting it, just when it seemed that the well had run dry. It has overwhelmed Obama’s presidency, destroyed any chance to build a center-left coalition, or to pass any other big bills. As it was four years ago, it is the central issue in the midterm elections, and the reason the Democrats may lose big again.
They Had a Dream / Weekly Standard

Posted by gerardvanderleun at May 25, 2014 8:20 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Name any licit undertaking Obama produced that has worked?
Any program that he pushed is extra-constitutional or unconstitutional; even there they haven't succeeded.

Posted by: Vermont Woodchuck at May 25, 2014 9:47 AM

And those like Nancy P. just keep on singing its praises. Baghdad Bob lives.

Posted by: BillH at May 25, 2014 10:06 AM

You might want to remember all those Federal Agencies that are being militarized. If us proles don't toe the mark we're going to find out why.

Posted by: Glenn at May 25, 2014 10:43 AM

What has happened since the revolution of 1933 was inevitable. The left always saw this clearly, and wondered what took so long. Minute numbers of conservatives understood, and they were considered to be quaint.

As a women said, what is taken by force may be restored by force, but what is voluntarily abandoned cannot be restored. Conservatives are an essential part of the socialist state, perhaps the most important and practical part.

I realize I have become a Jew. This is a place where I live and associate with good people, but I am not so attached to it as I want to be and look for a place that shares my values, and does not force me to share theirs.

Posted by: james wilson at May 25, 2014 11:03 AM

Or until the fire next time.

Posted by: vanderleun at May 25, 2014 11:58 AM

The advantages gained by conservatives — that word seems inaccurate, I'll call 'em "non-libs" — are vague and the victories are Pyrrhic. Party politics no longer means anything. Both sides are wallowing at the trough. Change from within ain't gonna happen.

The successes of the libs are measured by the Cloward-Piven strategy, sometimes referred to as the Strategy of Manufactured Crisis. The "Cloward-Piven Strategy" seeks to hasten the fall of capitalism by overloading the government bureaucracy with a flood of impossible demands, thus pushing society into crisis and economic collapse. It had its start in the 60s and was aided, counter-intuitively, by hippies and other parasites who aged into Baby Boomers, dreadful music and all. From the look of things, the C-P is working.

The effects of this strategy have affected all of us. How's that Shibes?

Posted by: chasmatic at May 25, 2014 12:33 PM

"....and the reason the Democrats may lose big again."

And once again everything will be perfect in the land of amber waves of grain. /sc

Posted by: ghostsniper at May 25, 2014 2:17 PM

The Democrats do seem to be on the ropes don't they. But they will double down on their dirty tricks and voter fraud and still manage to hang onto to some power. Since a substantial number of Republicans vote and act like Democrats Ifully expect to see very little change after the election. One exception; I would not be too suprised to see the lame duck Democrats stick it to the people in some way before they walk off into the sunset.

Posted by: GoneWithTheWind at May 25, 2014 3:52 PM

GWTW: good call. Democrats might not win but any Republicans that get that far are considered tame and will be allowed to win. Many Republican voters will say "well, we gave it a good fight. Win some, lose some. He said xxxxx and I trust him".

I think we are in a post-electoral time and that "Republican" and "Democrat" are meaningless. Socialist or fascist or commie might describe the Left; Conservative kinda describes the Right. The quick and the dead might be the winning names.

Posted by: chasmatic at May 25, 2014 7:07 PM

I wrote a piece for the old Washington Rebel back in 2007 about what I saw as the real issue, and I don't see any reason to change my opinion.

The real deal about the Obama win was that it brought the Chicago Combine into national power, and their putative politics are essentially meaningless. The point is that they're criminals, and have run Cook County as a profit center since the 1890s. The last time there was a Republican mayor of Chicago was in the '20s, and Big Bill Thompson was put into office by Al Capone. Four out of the last seven Illinois governors have gone to prison, and the last Republican, George Ryan, was convicted of racketeering - and the head of the Get Ol' George Outta Jail Committee was the Chicago Democrat Dick Durbin.

Even after over 6 years of Barack Obama and his gang, the average American has yet to tumble to the fact that he came out of the worst cesspool of corruption this country has ever produced. The Chicago bunch has perhaps permanently corrupted American electoral politics, and it's a tossup whether there's ever to be any hope of redemption.

Is what I think.

Posted by: Rob De Witt at May 25, 2014 7:41 PM

Rob: you talk to Hanify lately? I had a meal with him last time I went to the PacNW. I paid, shrug.

I was born in a western suburb of Chicago and what you say about the crime machine is understated if anything. Vegas money still says they did for both Kennedys. Logic tells me that if Baracky was not their boy he woulda been Hoffa'd.

Posted by: chasmatic at May 25, 2014 9:19 PM

The ruination of the country did not come out of the Chicago political sewers. It was just handy. DC, NYC, and LA dwarf the corrupting significance of Chicago, in that order.

Posted by: james wilson at May 25, 2014 9:48 PM

James: the ruination was caused by many things. It's not just because of the numbers. I think what Rob is saying is that Chicago has a unique style of graft and corruption and that Barry was schooled in that particular style. Don't forget Alinsky was a Chicago boy as well. We also can't overlook the Black influence. I bet there are studies comparing the tactics and events of riots in major cities. Each manifested differently. The Blacks have been played by all sides; often they are the cannon fodder, the pawns used to realize threats and presumably be surrendered as negotiating points. "Look Mr Senator, we know how to control the Blacks, if you treat us nice. Oh, and buy your linens from my cousin's company."

Posted by: chasmatic at May 25, 2014 11:11 PM

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