Fire One!


What should the White House do? Panic!

People often ask me what advice I would give the White House about various things. Today I was mulling over election results from New York and Nevada while thinking about that very question. What should the White House do now? One word came to mind: Panic.

We are far past sending out talking points. Do not attempt to dumb it down. We cannot stand any more explanations. Have you talked to any Democratic senators lately? I have. It’s pretty damn clear they are not happy campers.

This is what I would say to President Barack Obama: The time has come to demand a plan of action that requires a complete change from the direction you are headed.

I don’t know how else to break this down. Simply put:

1. Fire somebody. No — fire a lot of people. This may be news to you but this is not going well. For precedent, see Russian Army 64th division at Stalingrad. There were enough deaths at Stalingrad to make the entire tea party collectively orgasm.

Mr. President, your hinge of fate must turn. Bill Clinton fired many people in 1994 and took a lot of heat for it. Reagan fired most of his campaign staff in 1980. Republicans historically fired their own speaker, Newt Gingrich. Bush fired Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. For God’s sake, why are we still looking at the same political and economic advisers that got us into this mess? It’s not working.

Furthermore, it’s not going to work with the same team, the same strategy and the same excuses. I know economic analysts are smart — some work 17-hour days. It’s time to show them the exit. Wake up — show us you are doing something.


Speaking as a fan of the Raiders and SF Giants and having endured many, many shitty seasons, I can tell you from experience that when a sports team is midway through its third bad year in a row with no hope in sight, they fire the head coach.


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49 Responses to Fire One!

  1. crawdad says:

    When the defense is doing well but the offense sucks, they fire the head coach and replace him with the defensive coordinator.

    If domestic policy sucks but foreign policy is doing well . . .

  2. votermom says:

    I love Carville. I am halfway convinced that he is the mysterious source that the ulsterman insider blogs about.

  3. Mary says:

    I nominate Geithner as the one to be fired.

  4. DandyTiger says:

    Go Carville. Can we put him in charge of the firing and hiring committee? Something tells me he’s fire Obama and replace him with Hillary in a heartbeat if he could.

  5. DeniseVB says:

    What surprises me, nobody’s quitting. But I have a feeling some are going to be spending more time with their families.

    • honora says:

      Michele longs for her old life in Chicago and we all know that the girls are growing up soo quickly. Who could blame the man for cutting back, kinda like Meredith Vieira?

  6. Mimi says:

    Obama cannot prosecute Wall St because as you know it is bad form to try to put your bosses in jail. It simply isn’t done. How vulgar of James to suggest this.

  7. yttik says:

    That’s really politically savvy. If Obama lead by suddenly saying “in order to create some jobs, some people in my administration are going to need to lose their jobs,” that would be quite the powerful message.

    He’ll never do it. Obama doesn’t take risks and he certainly doesn’t get rid of people who stroke his ego.

    • WMCB says:

      Jarret and Axelrove and his closest advisors are who make his staff picks for him. And their criteria is who they are comfortable with, and who will stroke Obama’s ego and be loyal to the inner tribe, and not threaten Jarret’s position as top dog.

      He won’t fire anyone because skill and results were never the criteria to start with – his appointments are courtiers, and so long as they continue to do their job of Courtier to His Majesty well, and show the proper deference to Jarret, they will stay.

  8. votermom says:

    It’s really funny the (probably intentional) backslaps Carville is giving Obama here.

    First he saya:

    “1. Fire somebody. No — fire a lot of people. “

    then links Obama symbolically to Stalin. LOL.

    2. Indict people. There are certain people in American finance who haven’t been held responsible for utterly ruining the economic fabric of our country. Demand from the attorney general a clear status of the state of investigation concerning these extraordinary injustices imposed upon the American people. I know Attorney General Eric Holder is a close friend of yours, but if his explanations aren’t good, fire him too. Demand answers to why no one has been indicted.

    which is basically pointing out how corrupt Obama is and how complicit Holder is.

    3. Make a case like a Democrat. While we are going along with the Republican austerity garbage, who is making the case against it? It’s not the Democrats!

    which points out that Obama is not acting like a Democrat

    4. Hold fast to an explanation. Stick to your rationale for what has happened and what is going to happen under your leadership. You must carry this through until the election (never say that things are improving because evidently they are not).

    which points out how Obama twists in the wind and flat out lies.

    he ends with

    The course we are on is not working. The hour is late, and the need is great. Fire. Indict. Fight.

    And the unwritten word at the end should be – “Resign.”

  9. HELENK says:

    I thought backtrack was going to calm the seas, was that one of his election promises?
    according to this beachfront property may be available in Arizona.in the not too distant future.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/09/15/us-climate-beaches-california-idUSTRE78E0QX20110915?feedType=RSS&feedName=domesticNews&rpc=22&sp=true

    PS
    At least Carville has the guts to say publicly what many think privately.
    The bloom is off the rose and the democrats are stuck with the thorns in backtrack. Too bad- so sad. WE TOLD YOU SO

    unemployment needs to start in DC asap

  10. HELENK says:

    this is off topic and I was not sure which post to put it.

    In Missouri the voters said overwhelming NO to obamacare.
    I guess the voter does not count anymore as they are getting stuck with it anyway.

    http://mopns.com/2011/09/15/breaking-mhip-votes-yes-to-accepts-20-mil-for-health-exchanges/

    unemployment needs to start in DC asap

  11. WMCB says:

    New Q poll out: Obama now underwater in VA, 40/54.

  12. swanspirit says:

    obama just thinks he needs LOVE from his people, re his idiotic plea in NC . There is NO HOPE of him acting like a democrat or anything else , he simply doesn’t have the components to be one .

    • Mary says:

      The people there in NC were mostly college kids.

      But I wouldn’t be surprised if the guy who yelled “We love ya” was a plant, so Obama could respond the way he did.

    • ralphb says:

      Big fucking whoop. Perry leads ‘No Opinion’ by 1.

    • WMCB says:

      The real story to that poll, for me, is twofold:

      1) Perry did not really lose a lot of senior voters. Which says that hysterical granny-scaring is wearing thin.

      2) Perry kicked Mittens’ ASS, up one side and down the other, with young voters. Which says to me that they know damn well that they are screwed so far as SS is concerned, and want some blunt language about it.

      All of that is not to say that I agree with Perry on SS, or even think he or the R’s have the best plan for it. But I can see plain as the nose on your face that the mood of the country has changed, it is not an “untouchable” issue anymore, and if politicians are smart they will begin talking about it honestly.

      If Democrats miss this train, and come up with no plan of their own, and if the only thing they’ve got is “SS is just fine, and R’s hate granny!! Eleventy!!!!” then they are going to get creamed. Destroyed.

      If a fix is going to be made, I’d rather it be a fix that I can support. But if the only ones offering fixes are the R’s, and everyone else is running away from the issue as “too toxic” and taboo, guess what plan we will end up with by default?

      • ralphb says:

        A poll where ‘No Opinion” comes in second means nothing. It’s basically a poll of first impressions. In the end, I think if will come down to do republicans want to make a statement or do they want to win?

        Rick Perry Supported by Republicans in Poll Showing Plurality Reject Views

        Republicans give Rick Perry frontrunner status in their party’s presidential primary race even as warning signs flash over his ability to win support in the general election.
        […]
        In a hypothetical general election matchup, Perry trails President Barack Obama among the poll’s entire sample, 49 percent to 40 percent, about twice the deficit for Romney. Perry also confronts negative reactions from Americans disinclined to vote for a candidate expressing the skepticism he has about the viability of Social Security, evolution science and whether humans contribute to climate change.

        • WMCB says:

          In the end, all polls mean nothing. And they can also mean something – at least be a window into shifting opinions, if not a hard and fast predictive measure of specific candidates winning or losing.

          My comment really didn’t have much to do with whether Perry will win the nomination, or the general. It had to do with analyzing trends and memes, and what that might tell us about the mood of the public.

      • ralphb says:

        A few other pieces of polling information

        Perry, 61, who joined the Republican field last month, starts the race viewed unfavorably by 41 percent of Americans and favorably by 32 percent. More than a quarter haven’t yet formed an opinion.
        […]
        Among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents, men are more often drawn to Perry over Romney, while women are equally split between the two. Younger Republicans more often prefer Romney to Perry, with Romney holding an advantage of 24 percent to 13 percent among those under 35.
        […]
        Romney was the only Republican tested in the poll who was viewed more favorably than unfavorably by all respondents.

      • Sigh. What do you think is wrong with SS other than that Congress has borrowed money from the Trust Fund and does not want to pay back what they borrowed?

        In 2008 iirc, Hillary said nothing was wrong with SS and all that was needed was for the economy to improve so that Congress could easily pay back what they borrowed. Exactly where do you think Hillary was wrong?

  13. ralphb says:

    Todd Palin’s Ex-Business Partner Also Slams Joe McGinniss’ Book

    Ah, pushback.

    Let the pile on begin.

    The morning after Todd Palin denounced Joe McGinniss’ upcoming Sarah Palin expose as “full of disgusting lies, innuendo, and smears,” Brad Hanson, the man with whom McGinniss claims Sarah Palin had an extramarital affair, also slammed the book.

    “This is the same old story that went around in 2008,” Hanson said in a statement released today by his publicist. “It is a complete and outright lie. Todd and Sarah Palin have been good friends for many years, and in fact we still own property together. We sold a former joint business venture for business reasons, nothing more. These attacks are shameful and those making them seem to be out only to destroy good people and make money doing so.”

  14. ralphb says:

    The Todd Palin Legal Defense Fund

    Not a bad idea from Stacy McCain.

    Joe McGinniss deserves The Mother of All Ass-Whuppings, and Todd Palin ought to give him exactly what he deserves.

    So I’m asking readers to go make a $25 donation to SarahPAC to help defray Todd’s legal expenses when he shows up at McGinniss’s first book signing and pounds that scurvy worm into a bloody pulp.

    Please give $25 to SarahPAC, so that we can bail Todd Palin out on that assault charge — and then fly him to the next Joe McGinniss book signing to deliver yet another brutal ass-whupping.

    Lather, rinse, repeat.

    Just give $25 to SarahPAC, you see, and we’ll cover Todd Palin’s legal expenses and fly him to wherever Joe McGinniss appears in public, turning McGinniss’s book tour into a nationwide beatdown tour.

    After McGinniss gets out of the hospital from his first ass-whupping, he’ll probably get a restraining order against Todd. Still, Random House will be forced to hire armed security to protect Creepy Joe because, hey, what’s a restraining order to an insulted husband who’s got thousands of loyal supporters donating $25 each to cover his legal expenses?

  15. votermom says:

    Palin sure knows how to spread a meme.
    Even Agent Orange is talking about Crony Capitalism now.

    They’ve been undercut by a government that favors crony capitalism and businesses deemed “too big to fail,” over the small banks and small businesses that make our economy go.

    And he might have read Carville’s article too.

    The members of the president’s Cabinet are not doing their jobs if they aren’t constantly focused on removing impediments to job growth.
    If they’re not focused on that, they should be fired.

    http://www.nationaljournal.com/congress/text-john-boehner-s-remarks-at-economic-club-of-washington-20110915

  16. Dario says:

    Best quote I’ve read today:

    President Obama under attack — from Democrats

    Rep. Peter DeFazio, an Oregon Democrat, told the paper he would not vote for more tax cuts, saying Obama “is in a box.”

    “We have the economy that tax cuts gave us,” DeFazio said. And it’s pretty pathetic, isn’t it? The president is in a box.”

  17. ralphb says:

    Should Faking a Name on Facebook Be a Felony?

    Congress contemplates new laws on “cyber security”.

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