You Can’t Lose What You Ain’t Got


Jake the Flake Tapper:

Has Obama paid political price for Syria?

Political capital does not come cheap in Washington, D.C. After weeks of trying to rally Congress to support him on a fast-changing policy in Syria, President Barack Obama may have broken the bank on what political capital he has left in his second term.

Congressman Steve Israel, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said he was surprised by how politicized the vote for military authorization in Syria has become.


Obama’s lack of support on Syria could cast a shadow on other legislative agendas, such as the upcoming debt ceiling debate.

“The issue is not whether the President of the United States has expended his political capital. The issue is whether House Republicans are willing to spend any of theirs,” said Israel.

Obama didn’t have any political capital left, not since the passage of Obamacare. He’s been polling under 50% approval for several months now. There is no public pressure to pass any of his initiatives (gun control, immigration reform) and his endorsement of candidates is worthless. His powers of persuasion have always been overrated – none of his speeches has ever changed anything.

On the other hand he still has all his presidential powers. To paraphrase Bill Clinton, the constitution gives him relevance. And he won’t be leaving the Oval Office anytime soon. As long as the Democrats control the Senate he could kill hookers on national television and not have to worry about impeachment.

It will be like Bush’s second term when his approval ratings dropped below 30% but he stayed there until the end.


Peter Wehner said it better than me:

How bad has 2013 been for Barack Obama? Let us count the ways.

In the first year of his second term, the president has failed on virtually every front. He put his prestige on the line to pass federal gun-control legislation–and lost. He made climate change a central part of his inaugural address–and nothing has happened. The president went head-to-head with Republicans on sequestration–and he failed. He’s been forced to delay implementation of the employer mandate, a key feature of the Affordable Care Act. ObamaCare is more unpopular than ever, and it’s turning out to be a “train wreck” (to quote Democratic Senator Max Baucus) in practice. The most recent jobs report was the worst in a year, with the Obama recovery already qualifying as a historically weak one. Immigration reform is going nowhere. And then there’s Syria, which has turned out to be an epic disaster. (To be sure, Mr. Obama’s Middle East failures go well beyond Syria–but Syria is the most conspicuous failure right now).

In watching the Obama presidency dissolve before our eyes, there is a cautionary tale to be told. Every presidency falls short of the expectations that the candidate sets. But no man has ever promised more and delivered less than the current occupant of the Oval Office.

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43 Responses to You Can’t Lose What You Ain’t Got

  1. DeniseVB says:

    I’m not a fan of impeachment, I just want Congress to take away his Magic Executive Order Wand. I dread thinking about what he’s slipped by us since we’ve been watching the Syrian Squirrels the past couple of weeks.

  2. helenk3 says:

    Syria now a member of the chemical weapons pact

    • wmcb says:

      If you have a Democratic controlled state, then all that “voter confusion” and “no one knows the rules” is the fault of the party in charge, no? You couldn’t get the word out with 6 million dollars in 2 lousy local races?

      And pardon me, but this nitwit is saying that gun rights supporters are magically more able to get to a polling place than progs. What, are progs all crippled and stupid?

  3. helenk3 says:

    Russia warns North Korea they could have a catastrophe if they restart reactor.

    found that interesting

  4. helenk3 says:

    the 5 kids should of had a foot up their respective asses as they grew. they will be unleashed on the world and the world will have to clean up after them. they will find that growing up is hard to do

  5. helenk3 says:

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  6. helenk3 says:

    democrats block resolution to create joint select committee to investigate Benghazi.

    they really do have nothing but contempt for the people of this country.

    stolen from a commenter at Rev Amy’s place

  7. votermom says:

  8. helenk3 says:

    frick and frack ( backtrack and Kerry) laying framework for first direct talks with Iran in over 30 years

    this should work out well, they are doing such a great job with Syria

  9. helenk3 says:

    US Embassy is Afghanistan is under attack per Fox News

  10. helenk3 says:

    Al Qaeda fighters coming in to Syria from Turkey

    stolen from a commenter at No Quarter

  11. westcoaster says:

    Obama on “Dancing With the Czars” (cartoon):

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