Sep 09 2009

If Paglia Is A Typical Obama Voter …

If Camille Paglia is a typical, left-of-center Obama voter then the Democrats are in for a world of hurt over the next to election cycles:

As an Obama supporter and contributor, I am outraged at the slowness with which the standing army of Democratic consultants and commentators publicly expressed discontent with the administration’s strategic missteps this year. I suspect there had been private grumbling all along, but the media warhorses failed to speak out when they should have — from week one after the inauguration, when Obama went flat as a rug in letting Congress pass that obscenely bloated stimulus package. Had more Democrats protested, the administration would have felt less arrogantly emboldened to jam through a cap-and-trade bill whose costs have made it virtually impossible for an alarmed public to accept the gargantuan expenses of national healthcare reform. (Who is naive enough to believe that Obama’s plan would be deficit-neutral? Or that major cuts could be achieved without drastic rationing?)

By foolishly trying to reduce all objections to healthcare reform to the malevolence of obstructionist Republicans, Democrats have managed to destroy the national coalition that elected Obama and that is unlikely to be repaired. If Obama fails to win reelection, let the blame be first laid at the door of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who at a pivotal point threw gasoline on the flames by comparing angry American citizens to Nazis. It is theoretically possible that Obama could turn the situation around with a strong speech on healthcare to Congress this week, but after a summer of grisly hemorrhaging, too much damage has been done. At this point, Democrats’ main hope for the 2012 presidential election is that Republicans nominate another hopelessly feeble candidate. Given the GOP’s facility for shooting itself in the foot, that may well happen.

Hoping the other side stumbles is not leading or winning. From other reporting (sorry, no link) it seems the GOP recruiting is producing a nice diverse, centrist crop of candidates. And the people are in the mood for new blood. Check out this report on opposition protests:

Breaking news from New Lenox/Joliet… the sheriff’s office is reporting to us that the crowd estimate for the rally here is 10,000+ and they are shutting down a portion of Interstate 80 for traffic control do to the massive influx of people.

Follow the link and check out the pictures. What I do see has a strong possibility is a middle class mother from Alaska coming to DC representing MAIN STREAM American families to clean house. If Governor Palin were to drop in on Tea Party protests from time to time, she would spear head one of the greatest political tsunamis this nation has ever experienced.

I saw her drawing power here in the DC suburbs of Northern Virginia, where you can’t throw a dead cat and not hit a politician. She drew 20,000+ people on two occasions. With her presence, these Tea Parties would explode.

The failed stimulus bill (more on that in a coming post) has workers and families rightfully upset that the promised turn around has never come about. The rate of unemployment and underemployment is still climbing – at an alarming rate. The crazy energy tax scheme to be placed on everything we purchase (supposedly to stop mythical global warming after a decade of global cooling) has everyone holding their breathe and pinching pennies, further suppressing an economic recovery.

Not to mention that liberal socialist scheme to hand out homes to people unable to pay for them which lined the pockets of Democrat allies at Freddie Mae and Fannie Mac, but which actually resulted in the largest, most wide spread destruction of wealth outside of all out war. Instead of getting poor people into houses the result was to hit historic foreclosures, pushing more middle class families out of houses than ever before. How liberals could be respected after the carnage they have inflicted on this nation with that one naive scheme did so much damage is not a huge surprise.

And then Obamacare and government rationed health care. Only the liberals in DC can create a front of opposition comprised mainly of the retiring baby boomers, the surviving WW II generation and their collective families.

Paglia is right, it has been endless ineptitude and hubris which has brought this upon the Democrats. The larger their screw ups, the harder the backlash will be. And unlike Clinton in 1994, there is no high flying economy to cushion the rising tide of anger.

Update: Way to go Sarah! She is leading the charge against the abomination that is Obamacare:

How can we ensure that those who need medical care receive it while also reducing health-care costs? The answers offered by Democrats in Washington all rest on one principle: that increased government involvement can solve the problem. I fundamentally disagree.

Common sense tells us that the government’s attempts to solve large problems more often create new ones. Common sense also tells us that a top-down, one-size-fits-all plan will not improve the workings of a nationwide health-care system that accounts for one-sixth of our economy. And common sense tells us to be skeptical when President Obama promises that the Democrats’ proposals “will provide more stability and security to every American.”

With all due respect, Americans are used to this kind of sweeping promise from Washington. And we know from long experience that it’s a promise Washington can’t keep.

Now look at one way Mr. Obama wants to eliminate inefficiency and waste: He’s asked Congress to create an Independent Medicare Advisory Council—an unelected, largely unaccountable group of experts charged with containing Medicare costs. In an interview with the New York Times in April, the president suggested that such a group, working outside of “normal political channels,” should guide decisions regarding that “huge driver of cost . . . the chronically ill and those toward the end of their lives . . . .”

Given such statements, is it any wonder that many of the sick and elderly are concerned that the Democrats’ proposals will ultimately lead to rationing of their health care by—dare I say it—death panels? Establishment voices dismissed that phrase, but it rang true for many Americans.

Instead of poll-driven “solutions,” let’s talk about real health-care reform: market-oriented, patient-centered, and result-driven.

Let the consumer be in control – it is, after all, their life on the line.

9 responses so far

9 Responses to “If Paglia Is A Typical Obama Voter …”

  1. BarbaraS says:

    If you will notice, Paglia still supports Obama. She just blames Pelosi and Reid which is pretty silly since they are subordinate to Obama. Gone are the checks and balances between the executive and legislative branches. Democratic members of the legislative branch are worshippers of Obama and will do anything to forward his agenda. Evidently even to the point of not being re-elected in 2010.

  2. kathie says:

    Sarah’s piece in the Wall Street Journal was great! Simple language, logical, and American. If she were in town on 9/12, there would be a riot. Gosh I would love it.

  3. Alert1201 says:

    “when Obama went flat as a rug in letting Congress pass that obscenely bloated stimulus package”

    Obama did not go flat. He simply showed his ineptitude as a “leader” with no executive experience. You would think somebody with Paglia’s intelligence would have see this coming.

    Sarah’s WSJ piece is brilliant. If you have the stomach read a few of the comments. She drives the left nuts.

  4. Rick C says:


    Paglia has to blame someone besides Obama. It is a problem a lot of the left has. They actively supported Obama and to say now that he doesn’t have it, is to admit error. It is much easier for the Independents and marginal Obama voter to say they were misled and then desert him.

    But, it is fun to watch the left wake up to “Obama as a mistake”.

    Meagan McArdle at the Atlantic has a post pointing out out how easy it is to support health care reform as long as it is abstract. But, when something concrete emerges, there is lot more opposition. Obama has tried to finesse all by continuing the campaign style of never committing himself. But, as President, that is a prescription for disaster.

    I don’t intend to watch his speech tonight because I am tired of listening to him. He has become boring. But, it will be fun to see whether he upsets the moderate Democrats or the hard left Democrats. He has promised details, and someone will be upset. Unless, of course, he sticks to “Hope and Change”. Then everybody will be upset and we will be able to count another lie.


  5. dhunter says:

    Sarah Palin has weathered the storm brought by the Fascists on the left.
    The cut and paste interviews, the baseless and endless lawsuits, the viscious attacks by those who profess to be so compassionate (with others money) not only directed at her but also at her children.
    Every time the despicable cowards on the left attack Sarah they are attacking America.
    Sarah the Hunted has become Sarah the Hunter, as I said she would upon resigning as Governor.
    She is no longer shackled to an old Politicial Panderer with a warped sense of decency, no longer constrainted by the office of Governor of Alaska.
    She is free to attack at the time and place of her choosing and with a couple of Facebook posts and a couple of WSJ editorials, and with immpecable timing has become the lefts worst nightmare.
    They attacked the Sarahcuda from hiding but now she’s free and the Leftards have nowhere to hide.
    Their boy President in all his hubris and narcissism has alienated the population faster than any before.

    When the time is right Sarah Palin steps into the breech and fearlessly unloads with a ton of common sense and knowledge gained by being a real citizen, struggling with everyday struggles and a business owner who has accomplished something on her own, not affirmative actioned into anything or having hid in public office her whole life insulated from the real world.

    The Pinnochio Presidente and his lap dogs in the media and the halls of congress have only seen a glimpse of Palin.
    What if she were to show up at Tea Parties indeed!
    The REFORMER will rock the house and the D.C. establishment. They failed to destroy her and now they will reap their just due!

  6. BarbaraS says:


    I don’t know how to do the linky thing but if you type in “judge David O. Carter California Federal Court” it will take you to this case. Keyes and 200 of the military are suing about the birth certificate. I saw a Kenyan birth certificare on Dr. Orly Taitz’s site. He/she says there are two certificates: one from the hospital and one from the registars…both had the same information.

  7. BarbaraS says:

    amend: David O Carter Cal;ifornia federal court September 9, 2009

    However the date was Tuesday 09/08/2009.

  8. WWS says:

    If you haven’t seen this already:

    Our marines in Afghanistan are dying because of Obama’s new rules.

    ‘We’re pinned down:’ 4 U.S. Marines die in Afghan ambush.”

    “U.S. commanders, citing new rules to avoid civilian casualties, rejected repeated calls to unleash artillery rounds at attackers dug into the slopes and tree lines — despite being told repeatedly that they weren’t near the village.”

    If this is the way the game is going to be played, we absolutely need to get our troops out of their as quickly as possible! As Ace has already said, “If there’s anything worse than losing Afghanistan, it’s our policymakers deciding in advance to lose Afghanistan but then feeding our troops into the meat-grinder anyway as a political fig-leaf to demonstrate “well, we tried” before giving up.”

    I’ve always hated the Vietnam comparisons – but if our leaders are going to be sending troops casually to their deaths with no support just so that those leaders can look good, then Yeah, this is Vietnam all over again.

  9. kathie says:

    WWS….we lost 54 men last month under these new rules. And lots the month before. These 4 asked for help and got none. Pertaus, couldn’t be overseeing this. Somebody needs to help our guys.