He’s Getting The Band Back Together!

Obama's Dream Team (they sell dreams)

Obama’s Dream Team (they sell dreams)


Yesterday an event took place that demonstrates what is fundamentally wrong with Barack Obama. Faced with the failure of his signature achievement, a huge new government program that unofficially bears his name, a policy train wreck of epic proportions, what does Obama do?

He tries to get the band back together.

Obama is all politics, no policy. He seeks political solutions for policy problems. That’s because he doesn’t really understand policy and neither do his top people.

They know how to get things done, but they don’t know how to make things work. That’s how we got Obamacare in the first place. Anyone with a modicum of understanding about healthcare reform could see that the Affordable Care Act was gonna be a clusterfuck. But Obama didn’t care about enacting workable reforms, he just wanted to put his name in the history books with a major piece of legislation.

Obama was never a healthcare wonk. He was never a wonk on any issue. He is a dabbler and a dilettante. He glommed onto Hillary Clinton’s major issue and hijacked it to get elected but once he was in office he let other people handle the details.

Thankfully his numerous foreign and domestic policy failures have drained his political mojo. At this point he’s done about as much policy damage as he can because it’s unlikely Congress will go along with anything new. If we get immigration reform it will be on the GOP’s terms because they don’t want to hand him any victories.

Now it’s about containment, mitigation and finding a replacement for Obama in three years.

That’s gonna be a long wait.


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78 Responses to He’s Getting The Band Back Together!

  1. The Klown says:
  2. DeniseVB says:

    Hee, hee ….

    • Constance says:

      Oprah has paid a huge price for her support of the installation of Obama. No one watches her channel. It is a disaster.

      • Constance says:

        Of course this is partly because any channel or content that is labeled “women’s content” attracts the most offensive advertising ever made and will because of that fail. Women consumers have been conditioned to avoid watching anything the Media Cartel label as “women’s content”.

  3. The Klown says:

    Ruh-roh!

    My nephew to his 3 year old daughter: Joslyn, Where is you favorite place to be?

    Joslyn: The Mall

    • elliesmom says:

      I took my 2 year old granddaughter shopping for sparkly shoes and to lunch at Applebees. I’m “the bestest”.

      • Erin says:

        When my best friend had her daughter I used to buy my niece cute sparkly shoes for the heck of it. My favorite pair looked like a kids version of the ruby slippers from the Wizard of Oz. I hope your granddaughter wears her new sparkly shoes with joy everywhere.

        • The Klown says:

          Once you let a little girl watch the Wizard of Oz you gotta get ’em some ruby slippers.

          It’s the law.

        • elliesmom says:

          The ones I bought are black and glittered. They have elastic straps like ballet slippers, and she did pirouettes all across the shoe store. We put the sneakers she was wearing in the box, and she wore the new shoes for the rest of the outing.

          • The Klown says:

            she wore the new shoes for the rest of the outing.

            Of course. You gotta pair of shoes like that you gotta wear ’em, even if they hurt your feet.

        • Constance says:

          I am so jealous! I want a grandkid! I’d even be happy to take a grandson out for a purchase of Nerf weaponry and a Happy Meal. Thanks to my damn kids I feel like I’m living in a bad HBO movie and all I ever wanted was to live in the Waltons. I need to find some fake grandkids to adopt.

  4. DandyTIger says:

    Washington Post is now officially racist: For Democrats, dark days ahead.

    • helenk3 says:

      read this one backtrack bunch will be jumping up and down screaming racist at the washington post

      http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2013/11/15/the-insiders-on-the-path-to-a-failed-presidency/?tid=up_next

      • The Klown says:

        The job of the president and his staff is so demanding and hard that all participants eventually have moments of failure. The question is what do they do to recover. The wise ones expand their circle and find people who know more than they do. The failures keep trusting their instincts. This is the crossroads where Mr. Obama stands today. One path leads to the possibility of a political resurrection; the other to a failed presidency.

        Obama’s first and last instinct is to lie. But the only way out of this mess (assuming there is one which I doubt) will involve deeds, not words.

        • The Klown says:

          Obama is a Greek tragedy. He’s a sad character, caught in his own web of lies. He really is a lost soul, because he believed his own bullshit. His magic stopped working for him.

          Nixon went thru the fire and emerged as an elder statesman, but Nixon was a policy wonk who put in lots of hard work before his flaws dragged him down. Once he was no longer in office his flaws became harmless.

        • 1539days says:

          Presidentin’ is hard.

          • The Klown says:

            Yes it is, which Obama never understood. But it takes more than hard work too.

            Obama in his arrogance thought “I got this” when he should have been thinking “No way, I can’t do this.”

        • trixta says:

          The Obama presidency will be known as Spamalot.

  5. helenk3 says:

    http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2013/11/the_architect_speaks.html

    the beliefs of the architect of obamacare

    backtrack’s josef mengele

    • 1539days says:

      Sheila Jackson Lee is one of the most delusional Democrats.

      I am so tired of this “good” “better” and “worse” system of rating health insurance. I wish someone would ask one of these idiots to please define what’s good and bad so we can learn once and for all they have no idea.

  6. The Klown says:

    From Thus Spake Obama:

    On Thursday, he passed a new law at a press conference. George III never did that. But, having ordered America’s insurance companies to comply with Obamacare, the president announced that he is now ordering them not to comply with Obamacare. The legislative branch (as it’s still quaintly known) passed a law purporting to grandfather your existing health plan. The regulatory bureaucracy then interpreted the law so as to un-grandfather your health plan. So His Most Excellent Majesty has commanded that your health plan be de-un-grandfathered. That seems likely to work. The insurance industry had three years to prepare for the introduction of Obamacare. Now the King has given them six weeks to de-introduce Obamacare.

    “I wonder if he has the legal authority to do this,” mused former Vermont governor Howard Dean. But he’s obviously some kind of right-wing wacko. Later that day, anxious to help him out, Congress offered to “pass” a “law” allowing people to keep their health plans. The same president who had unilaterally commanded that people be allowed to keep their health plans indignantly threatened to veto any such law to that effect: It only counts if he does it — geddit? As his court eunuchs at the Associated Press obligingly put it: “Obama Will Allow Old Plans.” It’s Barry’s world; we just live in it.

    The reason for the benign Sovereign’s exercise of the Royal Prerogative is that millions of his subjects — or “folks,” as he prefers to call us, no fewer than 27 times during his press conference — have had their lives upended by Obamacare. Your traditional hard-core statist, surveying the mountain of human wreckage he has wrought, usually says, “Well, you can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs.” But Obama is the first to order that his omelet be unscrambled and the eggs put back in their original shells. Is this even doable? No. That’s the point. When it doesn’t work, he’ll be able to give another press conference blaming the insurance companies, or the state commissioners, or George W. Bush . . .

    The most telling line, the one that encapsulates the gulf between the boundless fantasies of the faculty-lounge utopian and the messiness of reality, was this: “What we’re also discovering is that insurance is complicated to buy.” Gee, thanks for sharing, genius. Maybe you should have thought of that before you governmentalized one-sixth of the economy. By “we,” the president means “I.” Out here in the ruder provinces of his decrepit realm, we “folks” are well aware of how complicated insurance is. What isn’t complicated in the Sultanate of Sclerosis? But, as with so many other things, Obama always gives the vague impression that routine features of humdrum human existence are entirely alien to him. Marie Antoinette, informed that the peasantry could no longer afford bread, is alleged to have responded, “Let them eat cake.” There is no evidence these words ever passed her lips, but certainly no one ever accused her of saying, “If you like your cake, you can keep your cake,” and then having to walk it back with “What we’re also discovering is that cake is complicated to buy.” That contribution to the annals of monarchical unworldliness had to await the reign of Queen Barry Antoinette, whose powdered wig seems to have slipped over his eyes.

    Still, as historian Michael Beschloss pronounced the day after his election, he’s “probably the smartest guy ever to become president.” Naturally, Obama shares this assessment. As he assured us five years ago, “I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors.” Well, apart from his signature health-care policy. That’s a mystery to him. “I was not informed directly that the website would not be working,” he told us. The buck stops with something called “the executive branch,” which is apparently nothing to do with him. As evidence that he was entirely out of the loop, he offered this:

    Had I been I informed, I wouldn’t be going out saying, “Boy, this is going to be great.” You know, I’m accused of a lot of things, but I don’t think I’m stupid enough to go around saying, “This is going to be like shopping on Amazon or Travelocity,” a week before the website opens, if I thought that it wasn’t going to work.

    Ooooo-kay. So, if I follow correctly, the smartest president ever is not smart enough to ensure that his website works; he’s not smart enough to inquire of others as to whether his website works; he’s not smart enough to check that his website works before he goes out and tells people what a great website experience they’re in for. But he is smart enough to know that he’s not stupid enough to go around bragging about how well it works if he’d already been informed that it doesn’t work. So he’s smart enough to know that if he’d known what he didn’t know he’d know enough not to let it be known that he knew nothing. The country’s in the very best of hands.

    Michael Beschloss is right: This is what it means to be smart in a neo-monarchical America. Obama spake, and it shall be so. And, if it turns out not to be so, why pick on him? He talks a good Royal Proclamation; why get hung up on details?

    Until October 1, Obama had never done anything — not run a gas station, or a doughnut stand — other than let himself be wafted onward and upward to the next do-nothing gig. Even in his first term, he didn’t really do: Starting with the 2009 trillion-dollar stimulus, he ran a money-no-object government that was all money and no objects; he spent and spent, and left no trace. Some things he massively expanded (food stamps, Social Security disability) and other things he massively diminished (effective foreign policy), but all were, so to speak, preexisting conditions. Obamacare is the first thing Obama has actually done, and, if you’re the person it’s being done to, it’s not pretty.

    The president promised to “fundamentally transform” America. Certainly, other men have succeeded in transforming settled, free societies: Pierre Trudeau did in Canada four decades ago, and so, in post-war Britain, did the less charismatic Clement Attlee. And, if you subscribe to their particular philosophy, their transformations were effected very efficiently. But Obama is an incompetent, so “fundamentally transformed” is a euphemism for “wrecked beyond repair.” As a socialist, he makes a good socialite.

  7. The Klown says:

    Captain Smith Orders Assessment

    The crew of the RMS Titanic has begun a quiet self-assessment in the wake of the troubled maiden voyage, recognizing that ship’s officers missed warning signs and put too much trust in their new design in planning a cruise that was supposed to be the highlight of Captain Smith’‘s career.

    White Star Line officials want to learn how the voyage ended abruptly, despite what they believed had been sufficient planning, preparation and attention to the issue. Although not a full-bore “forensic” inquiry into what went wrong, the crew aims to organize itself so that “going forward, we don’t have these problems,” a senior White Star Line official said in an interview.

  8. DeniseVB says:

    The author admits his title was misleading because he wants it to be true. This is from Oregon, whoa!

    http://www.oregonmag.com/boehner-its-time-for-impeachment-or-resignation/

    • Lulu says:

      It is rumbling around. I think he may have to quit. The cost, waste, lying, harm to done people is incalculable. It is really just sinking in on most people. And he always hands stuff off to someone else to fix but he cannot with this.

      • foxyladi14 says:

        Then we get JOE!!! 🙄

      • He is not quitting, and I highly doubt he’ll be impeached. The best-case scenario is the voters check his ass in both chambers in 2014. Even that is questionable, considering how many kool-aid swilling “thought leaders” there are, and the 47% of paid-off voters.

        • Lulu says:

          I don’t think he quits like you or I or a normal person would. I think he quits by checking out mentally. I think he may have already done that to some extent evidenced by his saying just more stupid shit. When things get hard he starts looking for another job or some way to dump the responsibility. I also think he is on a large number of his contributors shit list for screwing this up so much. It was supposed to be a big payday for them and it isn’t working out as promised. The people who expected to benefit from Obamacare may in some ways (which might be great for them) but it will still be much less than they thought with high premiums, skimpy subsidy and awful deductibles for anyone chronically ill. The Obama supporters are a insular and closed circle and I am not sure how much influence they have anymore except in their own group-think.

        • That’s definitely plausible.

  9. Lulu says:

    That triptych of photos is nightmarish. This is what happens when weasel marketers run the public side of things. The real monsters are the crooks who set it up in collusion with the health insurers for fun and profit. Can Harvard be bulldozed? I am grateful the dumb crooks who were put in charge of the website were so incompetent that they blew the scheme sky high. The web portal was the linchpin and they fucked it up bad. It is not going to be “fixed” anytime soon and will have to be abandoned like the gun registry the Canadian IT con men pulled in the Great White North aka Solyndra of Ontario. Axelrod is babysitting to keep Zero from getting impeached and the rest of them from running screaming from the White House. It is the biggest fuck up in the history of the world.

    • SHV says:

      ” I am grateful the dumb crooks who were put in charge of the website were so incompetent that they blew the scheme sky high. The web portal was the linchpin and they fucked it up bad.”
      *******
      That is the key to undoing Obamacare. No one, other than the people hiding the truth, saw that happening. Obamacare was fiscally unsound but with several trillion of Fed $$$, could be kept going for about a decade. That was all that PHARMA and the insurance industry wanted; kick real health care reform down the road for another decade.

    • helenk3 says:

      glad you are back and feeling better

  10. The Klown says:
  11. DeniseVB says:

    They do go out of their way to hate her. Not sure they should have been removed unless they were interfering/harassing the customers on line.

    http://shark-tank.net/2013/11/16/sarah-palin-protested-at-florida-book-signing/

  12. amspirnational says:

    Immigration on the GOP’s terms? Yeah, maybe a percentage point firmer than Lindsay Graham’s.

  13. underwhelmed says:

    http://nicedeb.wordpress.com/2013/11/16/saturday-movie-matinee-obama-makes-everything-worse/#comments

    Great comments/vids, but especially the one at the end. Aaaaawwww!

  14. helenk3 says:

    http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/cgi-obamacare-ams-mishandled/2013/11/15/id/536988

    company hired for obamacare had 20 other government failures.

    since it did not get the contract on competence, I wonder how much they contributed to the backtrack bunch

    • SHV says:

      AMS was acquired by CGI one of whose senior management is a BFF of Michelle. Also one of the software companies given a no bid contract for Obamacare is a a division of United Health who’s CEO bundled at least $500,000 for Obama. DC politics is easy to understand, just follow the money; which isn’t easy to do.

  15. The Klown says:

    AOSHQ:

    Call me a cynic, but I’m starting to think that this law might have been passed by an assembly of unscrupulous and duplicitous politicians with the help of an incurious and sympathetic media on a bed of outright misrepresentations and deceit.

    UnitedHealth Group (UNH.N) dropped thousands of doctors from its networks in recent weeks, leaving many elderly patients unsure whether they need to switch plans to continue seeing their doctors, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.

    I don’t know about this Obama guy. I’m starting to think he might not be playing straight with us.

    • Lulu says:

      But Theodoric of York has been approved by UnitedHealth as in network provider. /s/

    • SHV says:

      “UnitedHealth Group (UNH.N) dropped thousands of doctors from its networks in recent weeks, ”
      *******
      The “Advantage” plans are another way to launder tax dollars to insurance companies. The Advantage programs get an additional 15% of tax payer money for questionable benefit. IIRC, in 2012, that amounted to $34 billion. The most profitable insurance “product”, however, is Medicare “Supplemental”. In 15 years, the money that AARP get for shilling for insurance companies has gone from 10% to 90% of revenues.

  16. The Klown says:

    Politico:

    Some liberals are less forgiving. Paul Krugman, who occupied Krauthammer’s anti-incumbent thought-leader position during the George W. Bush years, said he hasn’t read Krauthammer for years “if ever.”

    “Life is short, and I’m looking for analytical insights, not just opinions,” Krugman said in an email. “Nobody has ever flagged a [Krauthammer] column as one I need to read to hear a smart argument I didn’t know about.”

    Paul Krugman – Bubble Boy

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