Doubting Obama

Salon magazine recently took the trouble to compile a list of statements made by Republican critics of Governor Sarah Palin. (Coincidentally, all of these critics seem to have one thing in common: they’re one or two degrees separated from the Bush family.)

Hey, as one of the C4P editors pointed out: thank goodness someone is keeping track of the RINOs for us!

But for whatever reason, Salon seems to think that if anybody in your own party has doubts about you, that means you’re in real trouble politically.

Shall we remind them about some of the things said about Obama by members of his party?

Bill Clinton, former two-term Democrat president:

“[Obama] has the political instincts of a Chicago thug.”

Jesse Jackson, civil rights leader and two-time Democratic presidential candidate:

“He talks down to black people. I wanna cut [Obama’s] nuts off.”

Nancy Pelosi, first female Democratic speaker of the house:

In response to a question about why Obama didn’t fulfill his campaign promise of opening up healthcare negotiations to C-SPAN cameras …

“There are a number of things [Obama] was for on the campaign trail,”

Walter Mondale, former Democratic vice president and presidential candidate:

“[Obama] uses these idiot boards to read speeches in television, and I think he loses the connection that he needs emotionally with American voters. If you’re looking at the teleprompter, you’re here, you’re here, you’re here and you’re — your audience is right there. And I think he needs to do more of that.”

Hillary Clinton (Feb. 2008):

On Obama …

“There’s a big difference between us — speeches versus solutions, talk versus action. Speeches don’t put food on the table. Speeches don’t fill up your tank or fill your prescription or do anything about that stack of bills that keeps you up at night.”

James Carville, Democratic strategist:

On the BP spill …

“The president of the United States could’ve come down here, he could’ve been involved with the families of these 11 people who died on the offshore rig. He could’ve demanded a plan in anticipation of this. It just looks like he’s not involved in this. Man, you got to get down here and take control of this, put somebody in charge of this thing and get this moving. We’re about to die down here.”

Pat Caddell, Democratic strategist:

“My problem with Obama started the day he blew up public financing of presidential campaigns. He’s the man whose done the most to destroy whatever integrity there was in campaign financing.”

Pat Caddell and Doug Schoen, Democrat strategists:

“We believe Obama should announce immediately that he will not be a candidate for reelection in 2012. … We believe that the president has largely lost the consent of the governed. The midterm elections were effectively a referendum on the Obama presidency. And even if it was not an endorsement of a Republican vision for America, the drubbing the Democrats took was certainly a vote of no confidence in Obama and his party. The president has almost no credibility left with Republicans and little with independents.”

John Coale, Democrat donor (Sept. 2008):

“I think John McCain is basically what Obama says he is and what Obama is not,” Coale said. “McCain brings people together, he has an incredible record of integrity.”

Lady Lynn Forrester de Rothschild, Democrat donor:

“Frankly, I don’t like [Obama]. I feel like he is an elitist. I feel like he has not given me reason to trust him.”

Julianne Malveaux, African American professor, Bennett College for Women:

“When Obama can start throwing out money to bankers and others, he can start throwing out money to the poor.”

Jim McDermott, Democrat Congressman:

“The Republicans are bullying Obama. For the country’s sake, he’s got to stand up. It’s setting the standard for the next two years.”

Chellie Pingree, Democrat Congresswoman:

“We want the president to stiffen his backbone in the next couple of years. You don’t take on this fight because you’re worried about the next election. You do it because you stand for certain values. People want to know you’re going to fight for the things that are important to you. Don’t back down. Don’t compromise for the sake of getting a deal made.”

Ed Koch, former Democrat NYC mayor:

On Obama’s lack of support for Israel …

“I have been a supporter of President Obama and went to Florida for him, urged Jews all over the country to vote for him saying that he would be just as good as John McCain on the security of Israel. I don’t think it’s true anymore.”

What emerges from Democrats’ criticism of Obama?

He’s not a principled leader.

What was it the Republian elites were saying about Palin? That she lacks principles? Oh wait …



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