Thursday, November 6, 2014
From: Gary L. Bauer
Obama: “I Hear You”. . . Not!
The Washington Post continued its post-election coverage with a front page story today headlined, “Obama To Voters: I Hear You.” That is what Obama said, but no one believes it — not even the Post’s liberal columnists.
I don’t think Obama believes it ether. During his press conference yesterday, Obama made a bizarre statement that hasn’t gotten the attention I think it deserves.
Obama said: “To everyone who voted, I want you to know that I hear you.” Fine so far, and that’s all most of the media are focusing on, trying to make Obama sound conciliatory.
But then he added: “To the two-thirds of voters who chose not to participate in the process yesterday, I hear you too.”
What exactly does that mean?
Even MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, who used to get a thrill up his leg listening to Obama, had trouble with such conceit. Matthew’s said:
“What I heard him do right now was, ‘I was right. We had the wrong electorate last night. I’d prefer a different electorate. I’d like the two-thirds of the people who didn’t vote to go vote.’ Well they didn’t vote. They didn’t show up.”
Unlike Bill Clinton, Obama shows no signs of yielding or compromising to meet Republicans half way. And you don’t have to take my word for it.
After describing how the 2014 elections were “an even more stinging defeat” for Democrats, the Washington Post’s E.J. Dionne says of Obama, “A dismissive shrug is inappropriate.”
The Post’s Dana Milbank called the elections “a political earthquake.” But the voters’ message, Milbank writes, “went in one presidential ear and out the other.”
Barack Gives America The Bird
Any hope one might have had that Obama was in fact listening to the voters was dashed yesterday when he doubled down on an executive amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants.
Obama knows just how unpopular amnesty is. Remember, earlier in the year Obama vowed that if the Senate’s comprehensive immigration reform bill failed to pass, he would act on his own by the end of the summer.
Then reality smacked him in the face. The public was outraged. A September Rasmussen poll found that 62% of likely voters opposed such action. Democrats were in full panic mode, pleading with him to drop the issue. Listening to the voters then, Obama backed down — sort of. Over Labor Day weekend, Obama announced that he was delaying the amnesty until after the elections.
One commentator said that if Democrats lost the Senate, the White House didn’t want to see headlines blaming Obama’s amnesty as the reason. But the delay didn’t fool the voters.
So when he doubles down on amnesty, who is Obama listening to? The 26% who support it, I suppose.
NBC’s Chuck Todd said that Tuesday’s results should “put an end” to Obama’s amnesty. Amnesty now would be “politically provocative,” Todd said, adding, “The president is going to know that if he does this, he is starting a political war in Washington.”
CNN’s Candy Crowley said, “We don’t know what he’s going to do executive order-wise on immigration, but if he makes a major move along the lines of what we’ve been hearing . . . that would be like just popping a grenade and throwing it in the middle of the Senate floor.”
The National Journal’s Ron Fournier tweeted, “After this repudiation, acting on #immigration by fiat would be the political equivalent of literally flipping the country the bird.”
Jihad In Jerusalem
Israel may be experiencing the beginnings of a third intifada or Palestinian uprising. Yesterday, another Palestinian jihadist used his car as a weapon of terror — plowing into pedestrians in Jerusalem and killing a police officer. The driver was shot and killed. This was the second such attack in two weeks, but there have been numerous attacks and violent protests for months now.
The White House is silent, as is the State Department. The new Congress in January must step up and stand with Israel by stopping Obama’s constant undermining of our key ally.
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