No Mandates

Howard Kurtz:

If history is any guide, Obama has about a year to notch major accomplishments before midterm politics—and the shadow of lame-duck status—undermine his effectiveness. But it is equally true that by failing to lay out a detailed agenda in 2012, Obama forfeited his ability to claim a specific mandate.

When Bush won a close election in 2004, he said he planned to spend his political “capital”—and pushed a Social Security privatization scheme he had never proposed in the campaign. It quickly went down in flames.

Obama’s best hope is that he can hammer out compromises on issues that would yield political dividends for both sides. Mann says the president could make progress on immigration, energy, and education. But it would be hard to argue, given the vagueness of his campaign, that he won a specific mandate.

Barack Obama ran on a “Not-Romney” platform. He won reelection, but so did most of the House Republicans. The Democrats control the Senate but they don’t have enough votes to defeat a filibuster.

In short, the people voted for more gridlock.

Considering the election result and the Supreme Court decision last June, I think it’s pretty clear that Obamacare will be fully implemented. When it goes into effect people will find how bad it really is.

I think we will also see some or all of the Bush tax cuts expire, and some version of the Dream Act will be passed. I doubt we will see significant immigration reform or any real progress on the budget deficit. Mostly we’re gonna see a lot more kick-the-can stuff as neither side appears willing to face reality just yet. “Don’t do today what you can put off until tomorrow” seems to be the bipartisan policy in Washington these days.

That’s what the people voted for, and that’s what they’re gonna get.

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80 Responses to No Mandates

  1. 49erDweet says:

    IMO when the repubs reinstall Boehner as the chief muggety wump it will signal their intent to be another in a long line of do-nothing congresses. Totally self-serving and ineffective. Thinking happy thoughts won’t take the putrid odor out of that! We have so little time…..

  2. mcnorman says:

    I think it’s pretty clear that Obamacare will be fully implemented. When it goes into effect people will find how bad it really is.

    Rude awakening doesn’t come near to the description of what it really is. All I heard this election cycle was “me, me, me” out of the Barack supporters. ObamaCrapCare will impact everyone regardless of whether you use it or not. We will pay. I consider it punishment as I sift through the crap to make the deadlines for implementation.

    • I wonder how many will actually care. These seem to be the kind of folks who would think, “Oh, mom died because she was denied care. At least I don’t have to take care of her sorry ass in her old age now!”

      • mcnorman says:

        Oh it’s not just the old folks Lola. There will be some serious ass kicking when this all begins to unfold. Death panels will come in all forms and labels. Guess who’s stock skyrocketed when teh won got the empty chair again? United Healthcare Group…ObamaShitCare keepers and helpers.

        Insurance provider Unitedhealth Group UNH -4.22% is up 73% since Obamacare passed. Smaller biotechs have gained a lot more, led by Alexion Pharmaceuticals ALXN -2.81% , up 252%.

        Please check your email Lola.

  3. 49erDweet says:

    Any ideas on how to rehab the 5 plus million voters who gave up voting right wing since GWB in ’04? They sure didn’t turn left, so what gives?

  4. yttik says:

    Nice to hear from you, Oswald!

    Buck Farack Obama, everybody! I plan to thrive in spite of him.

  5. catarina says:

    Hey, Oswald!

    The people have no idea what they voted for. No clue.

    When mentally challenged people who can’t tie their own shoes are dragged to the polls and ‘assisted’ by a “non partisan” campaign “worker, there’s a better than good chance they know nothing about
    unemployment or debt or foreign policy or inflation.
    But they can check the box with the “D” beside it to earn the praise of “ve-ry good!, or ‘goood job!”

  6. tommy says:

    Oswald, you’re back. Did the Klown finally come up with the bail money? Lol

  7. catarina says:

    The Machine indeed won. “Starting months ago, Democrats began spending $350 million building a get-out-the-vote infrastructure that swamped us,” Ed Rollins, who served as campaign manager for Ronald Reagan’s 1984 reelection bid, told me yesterday. “Then they demonized Romney in the swing states, and by the time he responded his image was set with too many voters — especially blue-collar whites.”

    • DM says:

      Romney was being beaten up because Obama knew he would be the candidate long before he could use any campaign money. That’s just how it was. Despite that he was close in the polls. I don’t believe that the early ads did the job. All that was destroyed with the first debate. The Republicans will continue to bury their head in the sand and refuse to admit that the party has shrunk in areas that used to be more purple, but are now flashing blue. If the GOP wants to win a national election, then it had better look at its image outside the pure red states.

      • angienc says:

        You are posting basically the same thing in EVERY thread & we get it — you think this was only about a changing electorate even though Romney gained across the board from McCain 2008 in every category except for Latinos & Asians, and only lost every single swing state by around 40,000 votes. And, of course, without any kind of regard to the fact that (1) the MSM’s hand in helping Obama by ignoring the *real* news & smearing Romney; (2) we don’t have the exact total numbers yet of popular vote and (3) a lot less people voted this time then last who could have just been sickened by the entire process.

        • DM says:

          You are too posting about fraud and all kinds of unsubstantiated reports. Meh.

        • catarina says:

          I’ve read that Romney wanted to keep it clean. maybe it’s bullshit, I don’t know.

          But maybe Romney’s #’s are for real and McCain’s were a little, um..inflated?

    • votermom says:

      I heard on talk radio (sue me) that a staggering 84% of Obama’s ads were negative – not the superpac one (which were 100% negative) the “I approve this msg” ones. He spent most of his billion dollars on negative ads to depress turnout.

    • bluestate says:

      the repub model for this election clearly failed. they should’ve met them blow for blow on that. they had the money and the pacs.

  8. swanspirit says:

    Chris Van Hollen is already complaining that Obama should stay home and work on THE ECONOMY instead of traveling to Myanmar and other parts East . AS IF he is going to do his job now .
    So to all the people who will be whining .crying. tearing their garments. gnashing their teeth . and putting ashes on their heads about what the photo op in chief is or is not doing to their liking in the coming years WHO VOTED FOR HIM here is my answer to

  9. DM says:

    Looking at the senate races shows that the GOP has a shrinking map. Yes, two senate races were lost because of stupid candidates, but even if those had been won, the Ds would have 53 senators.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I agree, very stupid even though they claim misspeaking. Note to future GOP candidates…….stay away from the lady parts ! On the upside, pundits are giving Obama a year to actually accomplish something, could be a coup in the Senate in 2014.

    • bluestate says:

      that rubio is something else. his speech at the rnc was the best one there, bar none. he knew how to deliver a smooth, but sharp, dig to obama, asking, do you think he’s watching us now? came naturally to him, as it didn’t to romney. i get the impression that rubio has sort of a brattiness to him and is a little cutthroat. maybe it will serve him well.

  10. simofish says:

    I work for a very old, very large American Company — we will invest more $$ this year, last year and for the next several years than any other Company back into the American economy. Today our CEO had a company wide meeting to talk to us (he does that a few times a year).
    Someone asked the question about the election.
    He said – he can’t wrap his brain around the $16 Trillion debt. He said, I work with big numbers and I just can’t understand it. Something has to be done in January ….. we can’t continue this path. Decisions need to be made quickly. The politicians need to get a handle on this.
    Saying this ……he emphasized about 4 times the importance of the debt and leadership. You could tell he was NOT happy about the outcome. But, it is what it is. He also mentioned companies not wanting to invest like we are. Our is a 10 year investment we’re making.
    Anyway — all very, very interesting or perhaps I only find it that way.

    • carol haka says:

      Just one of many tweets about it:

      PolitixGal ‏@PolitixGal

      Ralph Reed mobilizing Evangelicals in Ohio, together w/ Sarah Palin who is making robocalls to over 1 million Ohio voters! #MittRomney2012

  11. angienc says:

    Well well, look at this — Obama campaign bused in out of state students to polls to “win” NH:

    New Hampshire Democrats appear to have taken advantage of Judge John Lewis’ decision to scrap the domicile rules. The end result was that busload after busload of out of state students were ferried to the polls to vote in New Hampshire. They killed the constitutional amendments. They elected a Democrat governor. And they gave New Hampshire to Obama. (I recall suggesting that exactly this would happen as a result, and that it was in fact the entire point of choosing Lewis to toss out the rules).

    • catarina says:

      those motherfuckers!!!!!!!!!!!

    • catarina says:

      Obama didn’t ‘win’ and I won’t shut up.

      Shame on everyone who voted for him and/or any other scum sucking Democrat who fucking knows better!

    • DM says:

      The difference between O and R was 41K votes. It’s hard to believe that O people bused 41K voters across the state to vote in NH. Any fraud that happened, it was not material to tilt the election. That’s what I think.

      • carol haka says:

        Obama won Michigan and Ohio because Obama saved their Unions with our money. 👿

      • angienc says:

        Oh I know how you weigh evidence and determine what you “think” – you only give credit to the things you want to & ignore the rest.

        BTW –that’s not even what the article says: it says they bused college students (i.e., out of staters who are in NH to go to school– legally in those cases those students’ domicile would be their HOME address, not their dorms on campus) to polling stations. It does not say it the same X number of college students was bused from poling station to polling station to vote multiple times nor does it say it was merely 41,000 — it could have been a lot more or a lot less.
        41K is a very small margin so for you to contend that ANY fraud that happened wasn’t material to tilt the election is ridiculous. What if it was 100,000 students going to NH colleges who were taken to the polls? Is that “not material?” (That’s rhetorical btw).

  12. DM says:

    The kind of loss that Romney suffered this past election was not the Al Gore type of loss. It was a loss sustained throughout the battleground states. That’s what I see when I look at the returns.

    Mitt Romney’s campaign got its first hint something was wrong on the afternoon of Election Day, when state campaign workers on the ground began reporting huge turnout in areas favorable to President Obama: northeastern Ohio, northern Virginia, central Florida and Miami-Dade.

    Then came the early exit polls that also were favorable to the president.

    But it wasn’t until the polls closed that concern turned into alarm. They expected North Carolina to be called early. It wasn’t. They expected Pennsylvania to be up in the air all night; it went early for the President.

    After Ohio went for Mr. Obama, it was over, but senior advisers say no one could process it.

    • votermom says:

      Stolen Stolen Stolen. Philly 99 plus percent turnout for Obama. Those are dictator type election results.

    • bluestate says:

      [T]hey believed the public/media polls were skewed – they thought those polls oversampled Democrats and didn’t reflect Republican enthusiasm. They based their own internal polls on turnout levels more favorable to Romney. That was a grave miscalculation, as they would see on election night.

      yep, that’s what they were telling us. they screwed this one up by misreading their internals. start out with the wrong assumptions, and the rest falls apart. this loss was the responsibility of the people who made those calculations. had they made them correctly, the strategy would’ve been different all the way through. this was a close election in the end, and the right strategy could’ve flipped it.

  13. votermom says:

    The optics are important. Obama gets his second term but GOP must burn the idea into America that Mitt was the real winner.

  14. votermom says:

  15. Oswald says:

    Daily Caller:

    President Barack Obama’s campaign workers and supporters crowded by the thousands into Chicago’s McCormick Place Nov. 6 to celebrate his electoral win, yet few could offer any detailed explanation of how his policies would get them what they want.

    Several acknowledged Obama’s failure to significantly improve the economy since 2009.

    “I hope to see a future that is a lot better than we’ve seen in the last four years,” said Saadia Carter, a city worker who applauded the passage of Obamacare.

    After re-election, “I think he’ll do what he said he would do four years ago and turn this country around and make this country what is was, No. 1 in the world,” said Glen, who worked on the campaign 85 hours a week since late September.

    Obama should deliver “more jobs, more jobs and more jobs, to make a better economy,” said San Underwood, who is a sole operator of a skin-products company targeted at African-Americans.

    Obama’s policies are better than Gov. Mitt Romney’s policies, she said, because “entrepreneurship is what got this country going in the first place.” In contrast, she said, Romney favors big companies.

    “I would like more jobs brought back to the United States and that’s what I think Obama is hoping to do — is going to do,” said one supporter. “I realize that when he came in he had a big mess to clean up … [and] he just can’t change everything.”

    When asked why Obama’s economic policies are better than Romney’s policies, she replied, “I don’t know, I’m more in tune with [Obama] and his ideas.”

    Some of his supporters had even less knowledge about the the GOP’s free-market policies.

    “Obama knows how to walk the talk. … Romney, to me, he doesn’t really know where he’s going,” said a volunteer who worked 15 hours a week for several weeks. “I never was into elections before,” he said.

    Although small-government Republicans were again elected to a majority in the House of Representatives, Obama’s supporters think they should defer to Obama’s political ambitions.

    “Hopefully Congress will be able to work with our president and get all the things done that needs to be done and not be obstructionist,” said Carleton, who lives on the South Side of Chicago.

    “We going to play like they not there,” said Thelda Bruner. “We’re going to get our policy pushed on through … by talking to the people, getting out there and making sure we get four more years of hard work [like] we’ve already been doing.”

  16. propertius says:

    He ran as “not Romney” while stating (during the debate) that his SS and Medicare plans were “substantially the same” as Romney’s. Guess what will be on the chopping block.

    • cj says:

      Oh but the progs will rise up as one to fight him ! lolololol, I kid, I kid. We’re f*cked.

    • catarina says:

      wait for it.
      there will be crocodile tears, they’ll say cutting the “payroll tax” proved to be a mistake, after all, and now there just wasn’t enough SS to go around.
      sorry, suckas. go sell a kidney.

      • carol haka says:

        I would sell one if I could, I need the money. I applied to be a surrogate mother but I think they want someone who isn’t already in the first stages of demenia. 👿

  17. t says:

    I smell a smelly-sock puppet! ;-).

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