A Bush League President - Republicans are aggravated by Obama. They should cheer up.

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    Apr 28, 2012 8:04 PM GMT
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    A Bush League President - Republicans are aggravated by Obama. They should cheer up. So is everyone else.

    By Peggy Noonan

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    There is every reason to be deeply skeptical of President Obama's prospects in November.

    Republicans feel an understandable anxiety about Mr. Obama's coming campaign: It will be all slice and dice, divide and conquer, break the country into little pieces and pick up as many as you can. He'll try to pick up college students one day and solidify environmentalist support the next, he'll valorize this group and demonize the other. He means to gather in and hold onto all the pieces he needs, and turn them into a jagged, jangly coalition that will win it for him in November and not begin making individual demands until December.

    But it still matters that the president doesn't have a coherent agenda, or a political philosophy that is really clear to people. To the extent he has a philosophy, it tends to pop up furtively in stray comments and then go away. This is to a unique degree a presidency of inference, its overall meaning never vividly declared. In some eras, that may be a plus. In this one?
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    He's raised a lot of money, or so we keep reading. He has a sophisticated, wired, brilliant computer operation—they know how to mine Internet data and get the addresses of people who've never been reached by a campaign before, and how to approach them in a friendly and personal way. This is thought to be a secret weapon. I'm not so sure. All they can approach their new friends with is arguments that have already been made, the same attacks and assertions. If you have fabulous new ways to reach everyone in the world but you have little to say, does that really help you?
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    The old Washington gossip was that the Obama campaign was too confident, now it is that they are nervous. The second seems true if you go by their inability, months after it was clear Mitt Romney would be running against them, to find and fix on a clear line of attack. Months ago he was the out-of-touch corporate raider. Then he was a flip-flopping weasel. They momentarily shifted to right-wing extremist. This week he seems to be a Bushite billionaire.

    Will all this work? When you look at Romney you see a wealthy businessman, a Mormon of inherently moderate instinct, a person who is conservative in his personal sphere but who lives and hopes to rise in a world he well knows is not quite so tidy. He doesn't seem extreme.

    It's interesting that the Obama campaign isn't using what incumbent presidents always sooner or later use, either straight out or subliminally. And that is "You know me. I've been president for almost four years, you don't know that other guy. In a high-stakes world do you really want someone new?"

    You know why they're not using "You know me"? Because we know him, and it's not a plus.


    Here's one reason why.

    There is a growing air of incompetence around Mr. Obama's White House. It was seen again this week in Supreme Court arguments over the administration's challenge to Arizona's attempted crackdown on illegal immigration. As Greg Stohr of Bloomberg News wrote, the court seemed to be disagreeing with the administration's understanding of federal power: "Solicitor General Donald Verrilli . . . met resistance across ideological lines. . . . Even Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the court's only Hispanic and an Obama appointee, told Verrilli his argument is 'not selling very well.'" This follows last month's embarrassing showing over the constitutionality of parts of ObamaCare.

    All of this looks so bush league, so scattered. Add it to the General Services Administration, to Solyndra, to the other scandals, and you get a growing sense that no one's in charge, that the administration is paying attention to politics but not day-to-day governance.
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    Maybe the 2012 election is simpler than we think.

    It will be about Mr. Obama.

    Did you like the past four years? Good, you can get four more.

    Do the president and his people strike you as competent? If so, you can renew his contract, and he will renew theirs.

    If you don't want to rehire him, you will look at the other guy. Does he strike you as credible, a possible president? Then you can hire him.

    Republicans should cheer up.
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    Apr 28, 2012 10:02 PM GMT
    This was really spot on. Of course, the libs here will attack Peggy Noonan, but she made some very real points. Certainly cheered ME up! icon_lol.gif
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    Apr 28, 2012 10:17 PM GMT
    Peggy Noonan hasn't been right about anything - other than Sarah Palin being dim witted - in about 25 years.
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    Apr 28, 2012 10:18 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidThis was really spot on. Of course, the libs here will attack Peggy Noonan, but she made some very real points. Certainly cheered ME up! icon_lol.gif

    Agree, but it should not be a call to be complacent by any means. There is the intelligence of the population, but that has to be balanced with a message that promises things to people and plays on attitudes that none of their failures are their fault in any way.

    One indication of how the Obama campaign is flailing at this point is the inconsistent and incoherent attacks on Romney, including the use of extreme rhetoric such as social darwinism, reign of terror. His campaign staffers are not used to a rough and tumble campaign. They had a free ride in 2008 when the economy helped tank the Republican chances because they were the incumbent party, along with the help of the media. Even to extent of their competence, even great salesmen ultimately need a decent product. Even a great real estate agent would have difficulty selling a house in a poor location with a structure that is obviously rotting.
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    Apr 28, 2012 11:31 PM GMT
    Christian73 saidPeggy Noonan hasn't been right about anything - other than Sarah Palin being dim witted - in about 25 years.



    You are, if nothing else, predictable icon_lol.gif
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    Apr 28, 2012 11:47 PM GMT
    Oh Peg......

    The one who wrote the speech that guaranteed that Clinton got elected ?

    The one where he said "Read my Lips.... No New Taxes"

    I should send her flowers ..... icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 29, 2012 12:54 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ said
    Christian73 saidPeggy Noonan hasn't been right about anything - other than Sarah Palin being dim witted - in about 25 years.



    You are, if nothing else, predictable icon_lol.gif


    Then I share that trait with Noonan.