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Rockntractor
09-05-2009, 10:43 AM
He's Not Jimmy Carter

By Quin Hillyer on 9.3.09 @ 6:09AM

Conservatives are taking too much solace in the precipitous drop in Barack Obama's approval ratings, and too many of us are overconfident that his administration is merely a replay of the hapless presidency of Jimmy Carter that was easily swept out in a landslide election.

Today's situation is far different, far more conducive to our political adversary's political power, than that which faced Carter. And Obama is an entirely different breed of cat. He's more ruthless, more tactically savvy, and has far more dangerous objectives. A drop in his poll ratings isn't as serious a setback for him as similar occurrences were for the peanut farmer from Plains.

In short, conservatives should beware. The political battle we're in is far more difficult than any the conservative movement has ever faced. It will take all our energy and all our smarts to win it.

First, consider the differences in political circumstances between Obama and Carter. Unlike Carter, Obama does not face a Kennedy-led left wing of his party that despises him. Unlike Carter, Obama did not take office by an incredibly slim majority vote so close that a few thousands votes in two states would have swung the whole election. Unlike Carter, Obama took office in the middle of a crisis he could blame on his predecessor and coming off an unpopular war that he could blame almost entirely on the Republican Party. On the right, Carter faced a conservative movement (even if not a Republican Party) unified and energized by an inspirational leader -- but no similar, single spokesman today galvanizes conservatives like Ronald Reagan did then. Carter also did not have a nationwide movement kept together by a tool like the Internet, and did not have billionaires behind his general aims the way Obama has George Soros.
More.
http://spectator.org/archives/2009/09/03/tk

samurai
09-05-2009, 10:47 AM
I agree with all that... IMO, the "He's like Carter" meme refers to his bumbling of the economy and his willingness, nay, eagerness to appease our national enemies. It doesn't and shouldn't refer to the difficulty of the battle to replace him.

SaintLouieWoman
09-05-2009, 12:06 PM
I agree with all that... IMO, the "He's like Carter" meme refers to his bumbling of the economy and his willingness, nay, eagerness to appease our national enemies. It doesn't and shouldn't refer to the difficulty of the battle to replace him.

Agreed. I get very uneasy with some of the joy some of the conservative pundits have about those drops in poll numbers. They forget that Obama is a ruthless street fighter schooled in the ways of Acorn and the Chicago political machine.

If the Dems lose the majorities in Congress in the next election, there had better be some darned good plans in place to offer a better soluton and to use the power. The opportunties were blown when there was a Republican domnated Congress and a Republican president. They made the mstake of playing nce with the dims. The dems haven't made that mstake.

lacarnut
09-05-2009, 01:40 PM
Agreed. I get very uneasy with some of the joy some of the conservative pundits have about those drops in poll numbers. They forget that Obama is a ruthless street fighter schooled in the ways of Acorn and the Chicago political machine.

If the Dems lose the majorities in Congress in the next election, there had better be some darned good plans in place to offer a better soluton and to use the power. The opportunties were blown when there was a Republican domnated Congress and a Republican president. They made the mstake of playing nce with the dims. The dems haven't made that mstake.
Bush and his compassionate conservative crowd worked about as well as a lead balloon. Playing nice with Democraps will get your ass kicked every time.