Obama and ‘the Chicago way’

My former colleague Kim Strassel provides an excellent summary of the Obama administration’s hope and change bare-knuckle politics, complete with quotes from “The Untouchables.”

What makes these efforts notable is that they are not the lashing out of a frustrated political operation. They are calculated campaigns, designed to create bogeymen, to divide the opposition, to frighten players into compliance. The White House sees a once-in-a-generation opportunity on health care and climate. It is obsessed with winning these near-term battles, and will take no prisoners. It knows that CEOs are easily intimidated and (Fox News ratings aside) it is getting some of its way. Besides, roughing up conservatives gives the liberal blogosphere something to write about besides Guantanamo.

Victory on these issues, if it comes, will exact a heavy price over the next three years. And if it doesn’t come? The list of those injured along the way — Republicans but also moderate Democrats, corporations but also some labor unions (check out the CWA’s strong objections to one of the key “pay fors” in the Baucus health bill) — may leave this administration looking as isolated as its predecessor did.

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Chris Broe

October 23rd, 2009
10:44 am

Obama will enjoy only one term. He would have to accomplish miracles to award the confidence that voters had afforded him last November.

The economy should be booming by 2012. We should have solved Iraq/Afghan by 2012. Americans should have a public option by then.

That’s the problem. The voters will go, “I know, it’s just not enough, is it….”

Our black president will have to conquer the entire communist/islamist world to get re-elected in 2012, and that aint’ gonna happen.

Hillary vs Palin in 2012? America will elect the pretty one. (No, we’re not shallow).

TRUTH

October 23rd, 2009
10:47 am

Chris, this comment needs to be on the Barr Blog. cause whatever you’re smokin’ REALLY needs to be legalized…

citizen

October 23rd, 2009
11:06 am

I identify myself as a fiscally conservative Independent and therefore vote Republican most of the time. I have been a little unsettled with the leadership in our Republican members of Congress until I heard Sen. Judd Gregg on Greta Van Susteren’s show last night. She asked him a question about the deficit and without hesitation he stated, “Congress works for the next election not the next generation.” I think this speaks volumns about the members of Congress. I think this would make a fantastic rallying cry for conservatives..”We care more about the next generation than the next election”.

Barnacle Bill Bavasi

October 23rd, 2009
12:42 pm

Broe is still rockin’ the leftover pain meds. But he’s right. Yeah, I’d rather be trying to look up Palin’s skirt.

jconservative

October 23rd, 2009
12:52 pm

“…roughing up conservatives gives the liberal blogosphere something to write about…”

And gives the Republican blogosphere, broadcast, cable & print something to complain about. While they are talking about this over here something else is happening over there that is much more important.
Like the Democrats in 2001 – 2006 period the Republicans have taken their eye off of the important issues.

And please do not use the word “conservative” when you are talking about Republicans. Very few 2009 Republicans are really conservative.
They may be “social conservatives” which translates into political liberals. In short, they have a list of social issues they want the Federal government to “fix”.

El Jefe

October 23rd, 2009
2:38 pm

PARIS (Reuters) – French President Nicolas Sarkozy, initially dubbed Sarko the American for his pro-U.S. stance, is finding it much tougher to deal with Washington than he had anticipated and is recalibrating his policies accordingly.

Stung by perceived snubs from U.S. President Barack Obama and encouraged by the growing importance of the G20, Sarkozy is increasingly reaching out to non-aligned states in an effort to extend France’s international influence.

He has forged especially close ties with Brazil, is seeking alliances in central Asia and is intensifying his activities in the Middle East, using multi-billion dollar military and civilian nuclear trade deals as his calling card.

Seems like the Chicago way may be backfiring on the President.

Hatin'on the stupid

October 23rd, 2009
3:06 pm

Citizen: “I identify myself as a fiscally conservative Independent and therefore vote Republican most of the time.”

Fiscal conservatives are therefore Republican? Who would’a known? Let’s see, the last Democratic president left us with an annual surplus, and the subsequent Republican president doubles the national debt to almost 11 trillion. Super logic, citizen.

Hatin'on the stupid

October 23rd, 2009
3:15 pm

It’s so ironic to hear the right whine about Obama’s “bare-knuckle approach” to the media. Fox can spend the Summer trying to whip up discontent toward universal healthcare with outrageous lies, then, cry when big O doesn’t play nice. So sweet to see hypocracy turned on its head. Keep the gloves off big O. The Democrats need a fighter, and if it has to come from a skinny black guy with guts and courage, so be it. We are sooo tired of spineless dems not being able to move legislation along because they’ve got a hang nail.

Shananeeeeeeee Fananeeeeeeeee

October 23rd, 2009
3:20 pm

Obama and his cronies are as corrupt as they come. They are also a bunch of cry babies when there is someone who disagrees with them. Boo Hoo, Fox News. Boo Hoo, Dick Cheney. Just him going to try and get the Olympics was corrupt and now they are on to the BCS College Football System. He was too good to be true during his campaign and some of us saw it, but unforuntely his sheep did not. Change in 2010 and 2012, Change we are looking forward to.

Hatin'on the stupid

October 23rd, 2009
3:27 pm

If the dems lose ground in the next election cycles, lets hope it’s for something they believe in and have fought hard for. No more political cowardace. Fight for what you believe in. And to you shanana, it’s Fox that’s doing the boohooing, not big O. He just ignoring them for the shame news organization that they are. More power to him.

Hatin'on the stupid

October 23rd, 2009
3:39 pm

That last post should read: He’s just ignoring them for the sham news organization they are.

Yadro

October 23rd, 2009
4:37 pm

This just in, Obama has finally accomplished something – his official family photo has just been released, Congrats.

Michael H. Smith

October 23rd, 2009
4:45 pm

jconservative

October 23rd, 2009
12:52 pm

Then again as a few opinions might have it, conservative means conservative: Not like half and half or a fanciful little of this mixed into a little of that but socially, fiscally and politically conservative.

Now, about that buck and a cup of coffee?

Michael H. Smith

October 23rd, 2009
4:52 pm

If Fox News is boohooing then we should all enjoy such crying: All the way to the bank!

booger

October 23rd, 2009
4:53 pm

Hatin’on the stupid, [3.06]

You either don’t know the difference between a deficit and a debt, or you are counting on the readers to fail to note the difference. Either way, comparing the two leaves your entire post meaningless.

Ratings Man

October 23rd, 2009
4:55 pm

Primetime Cable T.V. Ratings for October 21st, 2009

Fox News – 2,860,000
MSNBC – 977,000
CNN – 880,000
HLN – 664,000
CNBC – 191,000

Daytime Cable T.V. Ratings for October 21st, 2009

Fox News – 1,412,000
CNN – 520,000
MSNBC – 395,000
HLN – 355,000
CNBC – 223,000

5 P.M. Ratings October 21st

Glenn Beck – 2,555,000
Situation Room – 563,000
Chris Matthews – 499,000

8 P.M. Ratings October 21st

Bill O’Reilly(Fox) – 3,722,000
Keith Olbermanm – 1,222,000
Nancy Grace – 999,000

booger

October 23rd, 2009
5:09 pm

The official Obama enemies list seems to keep growing. First the GM bondholders who refused to accept 20 cents on the dollar were threatened with a negative blitz, then came the poor auditor who was fired for a bad report on Obama’s buddy in Sacramento, As far as I know, the first firing of a corporate [GM] official by a president, a website to report those who said bad things about his health care plan, Fox News, The Chamber of Commerce, talk radio, and good gracious, he’s only been president a few short months. Reminds me of a “playground bully”

Now you can say a lot about Bush,and some well deserved. But I cannot recall Bush ever saying one unkind thing about his most vocal attackers. Even when he was being hung in effigy he was man enough not to seek revenge. I do miss that about the man.

David Axelfraud

October 23rd, 2009
6:13 pm

Hatin’on the stupid, you must REALLY hate yourself.

David Axelfraud

October 23rd, 2009
6:15 pm

Hatin’on the stupid thinks that MSNBC, CNN, PBS, NBC, ABC and CBS are unbiased “real” news sources. Hatin’on the stupid also doesn’t realize that FOX is the number one in every time slot.

Hatin’on the stupid wishes she was Rachel Maddows toilet seat.

David Axelfraud

October 23rd, 2009
6:18 pm

Hatin’on the stupid writes:

that last post should read: He’s just ignoring them for the sham news organization they are.

Um, Ms. Stupid, that your line doesn’t make any sense. It was HE, Barrack Hussein Obama Mmmm Mmmm Mmmm, who started this silly childish war on Fox. Just like he tried to go after Rush only to have Rush’s ratings BOOOOOOOOOOOOOM.

Ms. Stupid is a sad sad little old woman.

Hatin'on the stupid

October 23rd, 2009
9:37 pm

Get a life Fraud

Hatin'on the stupid

October 23rd, 2009
9:42 pm

Boogyman: “You either don’t know the difference between a deficit and a debt, or you are counting on the readers to fail to note the difference. Either way, comparing the two leaves your entire post meaningless”

Someone is incoherent, dude, and it ain’t me. I said Clinton left us with an annual surplus. You deny that? Bother to inform yourself sometimes instead of being the robot dittohead you are for a change. And yes, the annual debt, under the sage stewardship of GW, near doubled to 11 trill or so. Look it up if you’ve been asleep the last 8 years.

Hatin'on the stupid

October 23rd, 2009
9:49 pm

Me: “And yes, the annual debt, under the sage stewardship of GW, near doubled to 11 trill or so.”

UGH, that was dumb. Make that the “National” debt.

David Axelfraud

October 24th, 2009
11:41 am

Ms. Stupid talks to her dead cat and lives her mom in a south Georgia trailer park.

Stu

October 24th, 2009
1:21 pm

“The economy should be booming by 2012. We should have solved Iraq/Afghan by 2012.
(No, we’re not shallow).”

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH.
Holy effing economic ignoramus. Sick war monger on top of it. Go over there and lose a limb and an eyeball BRO! Some salt for your roots and grubs.

saywhat?

October 27th, 2009
5:15 pm

Booger wrote ” But I cannot recall Bush ever saying one unkind thing about his most vocal attackers. Even when he was being hung in effigy he was man enough not to seek revenge. I do miss that about the man.” The Bush administration never outed a CIA agent who punched holes in their iraq invasion justification lies either, I suppose. Booger needs some memory enhancement drugs in a major way.