Kool-aid Overload

Andy Sullivan:

President Obama: The Democrats’ Ronald Reagan

If Obama wins, to put it bluntly, he will become the Democrats’ Reagan. The narrative writes itself. He will emerge as an iconic figure who struggled through a recession and a terrorized world, reshaping the economy within it, passing universal health care, strafing the ranks of al -Qaeda, presiding over a civil-rights revolution, and then enjoying the fruits of the recovery. To be sure, the Obama recovery isn’t likely to have the same oomph as the one associated with Reagan—who benefited from a once-in-a-century cut of top income tax rates (from 70 percent to, at first, 50 percent, and then to 28 percent) as well as a huge jump in defense spending at a time when the national debt was much, much less of a burden. But Obama’s potential for Reagan status (maybe minus the airport-naming) is real. Yes, Bill Clinton won two terms and is a brilliant pol bar none, as he showed in Charlotte in the best speech of both conventions. But the crisis Obama faced on his first day—like the one Reagan faced—was far deeper than anything Clinton confronted, and the future upside therefore is much greater. And unlike Clinton’s constant triangulating improvisation, Obama has been playing a long, strategic game from the very start—a long game that will only truly pay off if he gets eight full years to see it through. That game is not only changing America. It may also bring his opposition, the GOP, back to the center, just as Reagan indelibly moved the Democrats away from the far left.


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64 Responses to Kool-aid Overload

  1. angienc says:

    It’s impressive he can write like that with his mouth full.

  2. elliesmom says:

    What’s Newsweek worth now? A nickel?

  3. jeffhas says:

    Oy Vey.

    Long game my a** . This guy has been improvising his entire life – let alone his first term.

    Is that the new meme for today’s up-and-coming slackers? – “I’m playing a long game”

    …. Well, Newsweek sure pulled themselves back from the brink of the last BIG cover.

    They are gonna try and spin this sh*t all over the beltway and beyond for sure! I hope a dead Ambassador doesn’t get in the way of their salesmanship.

    • angienc says:

      Yes, see my clip from Stephanie Cutter below saying women don’t care what happened in the last 4 years, they only care about what was going to happen in the next 4 years.

      I’ve said for months now, Obama’s real 2012 slogan is Fantasy Supersedes Reality. It’s the only possible explanation for people supporting him — they have tenuous grasps on reality.

    • Is that the new meme for today’s up-and-coming slackers? – “I’m playing a long game”


  4. fif says:

    And unlike Clinton’s constant triangulating improvisation, Obama has been playing a long, strategic game from the very start—a long game that will only truly pay off if he gets eight full years to see it through.

    Oh for God’s sake Andrew! Are you still masturbating to Obama??? I thought even the 11th dimensional chess fanatics had been chastened by now. Sheesh.

    • jeffhas says:

      He must have eight years to fulfill his destiny… Just because we told you he was the greatest evah 4 years ago doesn’t mean we meant he was the actual greatest ever.

      I think he’s just the greatest 4-Year-Old.

  5. fif says:

    Media Put 18,000 in Not-Quite-Full 5,000-Seat Arena for Obama in Wisconsin

    President Barack Obama is having trouble drawing large crowds on the campaign trail. At the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, his campaign was forced to move his acceptance speech from the 74,000-seat Bank of America Stadium to the 20,000 Time Warner Cable Arena, citing weather as the excuse. But the media are always eager to help–for example, putting 18,000 people inside a 5,000-seat arena at an Obama event in Milwaukee on Saturday.

    That’s not how national media covered it. Darren Samuelsohn of Politico reported that the president addressed “a crowd the Obama campaign estimated at 18,000 in a city park overlooking Lake Michigan” in an attempt to “lock up” Wisconsin.


    • That’s because the media got the wrong arena. They actually referenced the 18,000 person arena that the Obama camp decided not to use, the one that is an indoor sports arena. Instead, they chose to use the newer outside auditorium that serves as a summer concert venue. And had they chosen an off-time for the Milwaukee Brewers, they could have used a venue seating 38,000+ at Miller Park in its new retractable dome.

  6. tommy says:

    Jeez…..Andy. Have you become the official knob-cleaner? You sure do behave so. JFK for the dems and Reagan for the repubs are saintly figures. All forget that neither JFK nor Reagan would be acceptable to their present respective parties. The polarisation is complete. To me, William Jefferson Clinton was great. And do you know why? He was a growth democrat, not a redistribution one. He had a lean, mean, workable govt. The present so-called democrat stifles the job-creators via regulations and Obamacare, presides over a pathetically declining economy (while politically playing class warfare), and doesn’t care a f**k about free speech. We lost a precious ambassodor, and the MSMs focus is on Romney. Just pathetic…..

    • Erica says:

      Clinton could create a lean, mean, workable government because he knew what he was doing, hired people who knew what they were doing, and had the will and the political means to get things done. Obama doesn’t have any of that, not the drive, not the vision, not the intelligence, not the raw skill. But everyday suck-ups like Sullivan have to remind us that BO is so otherworldly, we mere mortals can’t even divine what he is doing. I pray every day that the voting public is seeing through the bull, but it’s hard to tell out here in California.

  7. If it’s coming from Sully, you can bet the result will be the exact opposite of what he predicts. See Goodbye to All of That (2007), wherein Sully gets it exactly wrong about Obama the first time.

  8. BTW, have you all seen this truly messed up exchange between HRC spokesman Phillip Reines and reporter Michael Hastings? http://www.buzzfeed.com/buzzfeedpolitics/hillary-clinton-aide-tells-reporter-to-fuck-off

    • angienc says:

      As I told Anita in the thread below, the good news is my mom is wrong — I *can* be a fucking diplomat.

    • Lola – I read that and the whole thing was sad. Although I agree with some of State’s POV about CNN’s actions, it GRIEVES ME that this is now the discourse in the USA between the Press that questions the Obama Administration and the Officials representing it. We are in a world of trouble, and we are really, short of a march on Washington or on Media Row in NYC, completely unable to change it. We need to “reset” and hold them ALL accountable.

      • DM says:

        The State Department condemning CNN is nothing more than fog, blame the messenger, imho. The State Department and Obama should have admitted that the ambassador had concerns about his security and that the administration could have done a better job. CNN had no choice but to go ahead and air the information that had come to CNN from the diary.

        I’m tired of the b.s. coming out the current government as well as prior governments. Mr. change didn’t change a thing.

  9. Here’s the deal. I spoke with a Client today. A former Staunch Repub from Virginia. In fact, she was a Republican right up until Obama. Funny, that. She is 63ish, wealthy (very well connected) and has come to hate the Republicans from her experience. I will credit her experience is valid in her life.

    After we had been talking for a few (and she KNOWS I was a staunch supporter of HRC in 2008) she was telling me about some business advice she had given to her hair dresser. “She’s a Teabagger” was the next thing out of her mouth. I was offended. I asked her not to use that term because it was a derogatory term about gay men, in particular. She insisted that her Repub hairdresser called herself that. I told her that was fine, but it offended me – as a gay woman. It was used as a slur by the Party who says they SUPPORT gays. She didn’t get the irony, and instead changed the subject and told me about some bumper sticker that said something about “ReNIGing” put out by someone or other. (Her emphasis) I told her too, THAT was offensive. I told her I was so sick that we in this country could no longer discuss politics without being called names – by either side. Told her I don’t ever remember that happening prior to O. She, of course, said it was because we all strongly believed in our POV, but of course, Republicans couldn’t discuss politics because they were teabaggers and racists. (Her words). I said, oh. I see.

    I was SO CLOSE to firing her as a client. Not because she was supporting BO, but because her entire psyche was offensive to me as an American.

    AS for Newsweek – that is not a surprise. Sullivan is in love, as is my client. But that is the MOST HIDEOUS picture and the worst masking for background in Photoshop I have seen i ages. It looks like something one of the kids at Media Matters whipped up for his bedroom.

    • DandyTiger says:

      Great story. I get that sort of shit from my Obot friends. Many of them almost became x-friends during ’07/’08 where they decided the Clinton’s where the worst politicians and humans that ever existed. For a while they were all depressed and disappointed about Obama. Now, though still disappointed, their heads are filled with how evil and horrible Republicans are.

      They’re so brainwashed and empty and pathetic. And what’s amazing is they are otherwise reasonably intelligent people. Very puzzling. It’s amazing how so easily people can get worked up against someone or some group based on a propaganda campaign. Well, it’s not like it hasn’t happened a zillion times before.

  10. angienc says:

    Since Sullivan has given us the Obama fantasy, here’s a handy little chart of reality:


  11. HELENK says:

    I have not watched SNL in years. In the beginning it was funny, now not so much

    here is their take on the undecided voter


  12. DM says:

    “[Staunch Republican] has come to hate the Republicans from her experience.”

    I guess it goes both ways. I’ve come to hate Democrats too.

  13. yttik says:

    “..unlike Clinton’s constant triangulating improvisation..”

    Bill Clinton taught me about reaching across the aisle and finding common ground so that you can solve problems. Obama’s approach is for everyone to be divisive, to scream across the table at each other, and to attempt to dismiss the opposition as irrelevant. President Obama is proof of how that approach does not work. We can’t even get a budget passed. We’re trillions in debt. Obamacare sucks. Unemployment is rampant. That’s bad leadership, not a strategic long term game.

  14. tommy says:

    The following are very amusing : According to online retailer socked.co.uk, 70% of single women said if their date turned up wearing odd socks, they would never see him again. 50% of women surveyed said that it showed lack of effort. Again 50% of women said they wanted someone who took pride in their looks. 8 in 10 bosses said they would think twice about promoting an employee who wore odd socks. And inevitably the irony : 50% of men do not buy their own socks but rely on gifts of friends and family for Christmas and birthdays.

  15. HELENK says:

    maybe this video should be views more often
    whether or not you like Andrew Breitbart he did make you think

    this is not your mother’s democratic party is a comment we should not forget


  16. westcoaster says:

    Obama refuses to change, but he does feel you need a new poster of him to put in your childhood bedroom. Hope is sooo 2008.

  17. DandyTiger says:

    I like that above Obama’s head in the picture is “American Women’s Big Mistake” You got that right.

    • DM says:

      The best of that video was the part related to the exchange between Senator Boxer and Harry C. Alford, a gem.

      • yttik says:

        Isn’t that atrocious? “Condescending” is putting it mildly. Here’s your marching orders, now do as your told!

  18. mcnorman says:

    Apparently Sully made the same comparison 8 years ago with Kerry.

  19. carol haka says:

    Okay you people. I have lateral epicondilytis in my left elbow from an elevator door that should be charged with attempted murder and after a year of unsucessful scattered therapy it will now have to be “debriefed”. I tried debriefing it myself but it’s not talking except when it causes me to scream when the nerve starts firing in the middle of the night. 👿 At the Ortho’s office today, I had to tell her there had been a “development” with my right wrist and arm after the physical therapist got too physical pressing around my wrist bones and elbow – notr this was my good limb. After pressing around for a while she was pretty sure he had torn something and shot a big needle into the affected area. For 2 hours, I could barely move it. 👿 So, I will be reading – just don’t make me mad enough with the news so I don’t have to comment. 🙂 Romney had better win, and Hussein can go. To hell

  20. HELENK says:


    crowd for Romney in Denver during Bronco’s game

    this is an interesting site

  21. Kim says:

    Interesting that they chose such an unfriendly and threatening photo of Obama to promote a fawning, fluffball story.

    Any time I see Andrew Sullivan’s byline, I keep on moving. He lost ALL credibility in ’08. (Wonder if he’s still obsessed with Trig Palin?)

  22. Constance says:

    American Women’s big mistake!!! What a cover! I can’t believe they didn’t catch that. This makes my day.

    • kanaughty says:

      that layout for the text is so great though, because your eye does go tot he american women’s big mistake first and then you see ob’s face, then you lastly see andrew sullivan’s headline. so really, that top headline does read as belonging to the ob pic….

  23. kanaughty says:

    what is andrew sullivan smokin? i mean is he really talking about the same ob we all know and see everyday? i mean this seems like something saturday night live would have once made fun of. this guy is the ultimate obot. he has no brain of his own. especially if he is saying ob is better than clinton? i mean seriously, this guy is crazy!!!!

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