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Better Believe It Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 03:55 PM
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How Barack Obama Is Paving the Way for a Palin Presidency
Edited on Mon Jan-25-10 03:58 PM by Better Believe It


How Barack Obama Is Paving the Way for a Palin Presidency
By: Jon Jeter
Jon Jeter is the author of Flat Broke in the Free Market: How Globalization Fleeced Working People (WW Norton) and the co-author of A Day Late and A Dollar Short: High Hopes and Deferred Dreams in Obamas PostRacial America (John Wiley and Sons).
January 25, 2010

It does not take a pollster, partisan or psychic to see a harbinger of things to come in Massachusetts voters choice of a Republican to fill Ted Kennedys Senate seat. If Barack Obamas next three years in the White House are anything like his first, he will surely be a one-term president.

Foreshadowing a Palin presidency is a perfect, gathering storm of economics, politics and tribalism, which is not to suggest that Obama is an innocent bystander in his reversal of fortune. It is certainly true that he inherited a capsized economy. But his administration has done little to right the ship. And no president can survive double-digit unemployment and 30,000 foreclosures a month for long.

Even before the recession hit, there were more maids, cashiers and waitresses in the United States than factory workers, and, when inflation is accounted for, workers have not had a raise in almost 40 years. The trillions of taxpayer dollars showered on Wall Street has produced record profits and fat bonuses, but has done nothing to loosen clogged credit lines. Lending in October of last year was down nearly 15 percent from the previous yearand the White House refuses to launch a New Deal-like jobs program, or provide any substantive relief to borrowers who are in over their head on mortgages, student loans or credit cards.

.... while the economic climate is likely to leave the countrys most reliably liberal voting bloc demoralized and disengaged from an electoral process, this same dispossession has historically energized white, conservativesparticularly when cast in a racial hue. Consider the post-Reconstruction era, or the post-civil rights era, or even South Africas Afrikaners who responded to a fiscal crisis by electing the National Party which introduced apartheid in 1948. Today, you can see a populist, scattershot backlash, emerging in the form of the Republican-led tea-bag protests, South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilsons heckling of Obama and the rock-star sized crowds generated by Palins book tour.

Like the defiant, segregationist Alabama governor, Palin, the former Alaska governor, speaks the language of the white Southern and suburban voters who fear that the American way of life is under attack from an out-of-touch, Godless, effete and multiracial big-city crowd. With her folksy charisma and parochial values, Palin is the latest in a long line of demagogues from post-Reconstruction governors in the Deep South to Father Coughlin in the 30s, from Reagan to Lou Dobbswhove emerged to redeem, or reclaim, the land from Northern carpetbaggers and uppity Negroes.

According to a December Gallup poll, 44 percent of Americans have a favorable view of Palin, an increase of 4 percentage points from October, and narrowing the gap with Obama, whose favorability rating dropped 20 percentage points since his inauguration, to 49 percent.

As the Massachusetts election demonstrates, the problem is not, as much of the media alleges, that Obama and the Democrats have overreached. They havent gone far enough. Scott Brown, the Republican candidate in last weeks Massachusetts election, tellingly, made health care reform the focus of his triumphant campaign, traveling the state in an old, GM pickup truck, arguing, quite accurately, that the Senate health care plan would cost Americans more money, not less. According to one exit poll, Obama voters who opted for the Republican candidate Scott Brown in Tuesdays election, said, by a margin of 3-to-2, that the Senate health care proposal doesnt go far enough. Eight of 10 voters in the state continue to want a public option.

Read the full article at:

http://www.theroot.com/views/how-barack-obama-paving-wa...






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Zoeisright Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 03:58 PM
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1. And that will be the end of democracy. And the world.
Because all the repukes know how to do is destroy things. And they will. Democrats have squandered probably the last chance to fix things by not standing up and fighting for what is right.
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TheCowsCameHome Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:02 PM
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6. If the latter comes first, it will be a blessing.
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liberal N proud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 03:58 PM
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2. Hope all those who are slamming Obama like President Palin
And they all thought bu$h was bad!
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Wabbajack_ Donating Member (669 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:25 PM
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21. Obama should be criticized when he deserves it
That doesn't mean anyone here who does it will be voting Repuke (let alone Palin!).
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liberal N proud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:28 PM
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23. But the criticism does add to the negative noise
And sure is giving fuel to the GOP fire with their right wing media.
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Wabbajack_ Donating Member (669 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:32 PM
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24. Well so what
We should be silent just cause it might help the repukes? Obama should be urged by us to remember why we elected him.
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Richardo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:00 PM
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3. Does anyone remember Clinton being cast as 'irrelevant' after the 1994 elections?
Edited on Mon Jan-25-10 04:01 PM by Richardo
Gingrich was riding high.

1996: Clinton was re-elected handily with 379 electoral votes, carrting 31 states + DC.
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Better Believe It Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:03 PM
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7. He wasn't faced with an economic crisis, a near depression. Not a good analogy

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Richardo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:14 PM
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17. His entire agenda was blown out of the water in 1994, the government was in stalemate
...and we were just climbing out of the Bush I recession. There are a lot of parallels
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ParkieDem Donating Member (417 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:00 PM
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4. Ummm .... No.
Even if a GOPer wins in 2012, it won't be Sarah Palin. It will be Mitt Romney or Mitch Daniels or Tim Pawlenty or even Bobby Jindal. It will not be Sarah Palin.
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azmouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:02 PM
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5. You'd like that, wouldn't you?
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Better Believe It Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:05 PM
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8. And what is it you think I would "like"?

I'm listening.

And so are others.
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azmouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:07 PM
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13. Bringing down the President...
...even if it means a Palin-type as President.

Do you ever have anything positive to say about Obama?
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Better Believe It Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:15 PM
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19. Don't spread that kind of bull shit here. Attacking everyone who doesn't agree with you as a
right-wing Sarah Palin supporter is not acceptable on Democratic Underground. One such attack against ANY DU'ers put you on my ignore list.

"Do you ever have anything positive to say about Obama?"

Do you ever have anything negative to say about President Obama's policies?

If your answer is yes, do you think we should think your a Sarah Palin supporter and want to "bring down" President Obama.

You're now on ignore.

Bye, bye.
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HiFructosePronSyrup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:06 PM
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11. You better believe it.
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trumad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:05 PM
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9. How Jon Jeter is paving the way to the looney farm.
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K8-EEE Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:05 PM
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10. That's a little ridiculous. n/t
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Better Believe It Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:06 PM
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12. You're taking the right-wingnuts far too lightly
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liberal N proud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:25 PM
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22. And the Supreme Court.
Never forget 2000
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cliffordu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:09 PM
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14. Maybe the teabaggers will revolt first and we can have killing in the streets
Or maybe some giant space aliens will land and look just like Keanu Reeves and tell us we gotta get our shit together.


Doom gloom doom gloom doom gloom

Piss on the doomers and the gloomers. The do not contribute anything to the EFFORT to get this right.
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azmouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:12 PM
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16. +1,000,000
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Political Heretic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:12 PM
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15. I dunno, so far Wall Street and corporate industry loves Obama.
Edited on Mon Jan-25-10 04:13 PM by Political Heretic
Clearly, they're watching this current stream of populist rhetoric very carefully...

But if he and the democrats in congress do what I suspect they will do, which is talk a big game about reform and then actually deliver very little, I don't really know why they wouldn't back the administration they've got rather than risk a good thing that's working for them on someone as unhinged as Palin.
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LostInAnomie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:14 PM
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18. What a load of shit.
A poll was released last week that said 71% of Americans don't want Palin to even run for president.

I swear half the people on here want Obama to be a one-termer.
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liberal N proud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:24 PM
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20. It does appear that way some times
"I swear half the people on here want Obama to be a one-termer"

I have seen this sentiment for some time either the site has been infiltrated or people are just not happy with whoever is in power.

Mostly I think it is the I want it all and I want it all mentality that beset this nation in the last 10 years or more.
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RC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:42 PM
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25. Unless he quits acting like a republican, he will be.
He needs to move over at least as far Left as he campaigned from.
Stop supporting the big guys and start looking after those of us that voted for him.
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Quantess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:42 PM
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26. I'd like to see a Palin / Brown ticket
They could really sex-up the nation. Each would pose semi-nude in a centerfold. They could do a little striptease and wink a lot to the audience, and tease the audience with sexual promises of their adult children. Maybe do some dirty dancing in between stump speeches.

:evilgrin:
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Kerrytravelers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 04:44 PM
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27. Locking.
Constructive criticism of Democrats or the Democratic Party is permitted. When doing so, please keep in mind that most of our members come to this website in order to get a break from the constant attacks in the media against our candidates and our values. Highly inflammatory or divisive attacks that echo the tone or substance of our political opponents are not welcome here.

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Thank you,
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