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Obama's midterm election strategy: Mock 'Tea Party' members?

Democrat president Barack OBAMA makes a defiant point 4-10

Even diehard Obama supporters had to cringe this past week. Had to.

At least when Joe Effing Biden puts his foot in his mouth, everyone gets a laugh out of it, and it's chalked up to Joe Biden being the crazy uncle of the White House. Uncle Fester with hair (kinda).

But when President Obama inserted both feet in his mouth last week, Republican campaign consultants started salivating. And you could chalk it up to Christmas in April.

It's one thing to be confident. It's another to be cocky.

When Michael Jordan toyed with Bryon Russell, that was confidence. When President Obama toyed with the "tea party," that was cocky. The "tea party" is no Bryon Russell. In fact, recent polls paint a portrait of tea party supporters as your neighbors. And other polls indicate most Americans now preferring Hillary Clinton over the ex-state senator.

NBA references aside (well, one more), the midterm elections are the big game. None bigger for now. And being well aware of....

...what happened in Virginia, New Jersey, and Massachusetts -- of all places -- why on Earth the president would mock this movement is beyond springtime comprehension.

"So I've been a little amused over the last couple of days where people have been having these rallies about taxes," Obama told his supporters. "You would think they would be saying thank you. That's what you'd think."

Such sound bites are a gift that keeps on giving come campaign time. Sure, he was talking at a fundraiser. And sure, he was rallying the troops. But you can have fun without mocking the opposition.  But then again, this is the same president that kept sticking it to the city of Las Vegas despite the well-publicized outcry.

Maybe he needs new speechwriters.

Not convinced?

How do you think this line is going to help his fellow Democrats -- the ones actually on a ballot, unlike the president -- come election day Nov. 2?

"Whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military superpower."

Whoa, you say!  That's out of context!

In campaign commercials, the only context is the context the producer creates. Besides, no doctoring needed for that clip. Obama said the whole thing.

Wanna see a preview of what you're going to see this fall?

Oh, they'll be tighter than this. Not as goofy. More professional. But one quick trip to YouTube and you can see the writing on the wall.

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Red flag for a  sinking Obama: Americans now prefer Hillary Clinton

63% of Americans see tax hikes looming under Obama

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Wow, this article is not only spinning pretty hard, it goes all the way to outright lying.

First, Obama didn't "bash" the Tea Party Protesters, he pointed out that if they cared about cutting taxes, they should be thank Obama for cutting 98% of taxpayer's taxes, and because taxes are at a 60-year historic low. It wasn't a gaffe, and he doesn't need new speechwriters - he needs reporters that can report honestly rather than lying to promote their political agenda.

Second, Obama did not say ""Whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military superpower." What Obama said was that “[i]t is a vital national security interest of the United States to reduce these conflicts because whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military superpower, and when conflicts break out, one way or another we get pulled into them. And that ends up costing us significantly in terms of both blood and treasure.” If you really want to condense the sentence down, without lying, it would be "Whether we like it or not ... when conflicts break out ... we get pulled into them. And that ends up costing us significantly in terms of both blood and treasure." Note the ellipsis (...). Those are what you use when you take words out of a quote without lying to your readers.

I always thought Michael Jordan pushed off Russell during that game.

I will never get used to the beating of the drums and rhetoric of mid-term campaigns. So much energy, money and time spent. I certainly have no better solution. Just wish we could have progress over content from our leaders.

I wish Obama wasn't so restrained in his criticism of this fake party. These guys are just a momentary creation of Fox News and their supposed impact on future elections is just media hype and lies.

98% of taxpayers taxes cut??? YGBSM dude - All of us who work did not see any cut and next year when the tax cuts started by Pres Bush expire, we who work will be paying even more!! Bammie is going down in November - the pen is mightier than the the sword and with the pen we will VOTE the liberals OUT!

As a conservative, you might think I like the prospect of seeing ads or whatever showing our president as the elite imbecile he can appear to be, but I don't. It concerns me whenever any president acts like he is well above a large portion of the electorate. He's my president as well as those who voted for him. Obama and his team members have shown little but contempt for the Tea Party movement, and, with respect to major legislation, to the Republican Party, who received more bipartisanship in opposition to, than the Democrats in passage of the health care bill. I too wonder why the president is willing to mock a huge movement, but he evidently is getting such advice from his advisors, plus he must personally feel this animosity. The Teapartiers are indeed genuinely good people who are willing to give up a lot of their wherewithall to protect the meaning of the Constitution. Which, by the way, does not convey any rights to its citizens--it's the opposite--We convey limited authority to the government, and THIS is why the Tea Party movement is so emotionally strong. We have the founding father's spirit still within us, whereas the opposition seems bent on wanting a Government to dispense to us citizens rights and goodies at its direction and with its implied Authority over us. We cannot and will not compromise on this philosophical and political difference in how we view government. If conservatives regain power in Washington, look for liberals to suddenly discover the Constitution. I believe a power balance is best with neither party in control. Would any Liberals out there agree? I believe Obama doesn't.

This is what I quoted from the story

"Whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military superpower."

This is what I quoted from you

[i]t is a vital national security interest of the United States to reduce these conflicts because whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military superpower, ...

Um, Uh, I'm pretty sure all those words are in the same order. And if you actually understood what you were reading instead of being blinded by your hatred for anything that disagrees with your saviour you would of seen that the author even said it was out of context.

It's sad to see the comments from the Obamanuts who just keep spinning, spinning away into empty space, all the while their oxygen is running out and they're getting dizzy and blue in the face...I Can See November From My House!

You can spot a liberal by their word count.
Ron Paul, 2012.

Yeah, but the Democrats have been drinking the Kool-Aid for a while now. New Jersey and Virginia should've been a wake up call. It wasn't. Then losing Ted Kennedy's seat to the Tea Party should've been a political blast of pure Antartic winter. But the Democrats doubled-down, and pushed the health care bill through by hook and by crook, doing permanent damage to some of the more hallowed institutions of our democracy in the process. Bribes, giveways, backroom deals with lobbyists and unions, arm-twisting, political hard-ball with members of their own party -- you name it, they did it.

Then the barrage of insults against the Tea Party. The racial slurs that never happened (Breitbart's offer of $100,000 for evidence still stands). The accusations of extremism. Now violence and sedition. And the President now dares to mock his fellow Americans for standing up for the founding principles of our nation? With a fake recitation of supposed tax cuts for 95% of Americans? I should certainly be in that 95%, yet there's been no tax cut. And it's obvious given the current deficit spending, that tax increases will be needed to pay for it. Does he think we're stupid?

But I suppose it will all be determined in 2010 and 2012. He and the Democrats will either continue with their arrogance and deceit, or they'll get their wings clipped back by the voters at the polls.

Hey Barrack if anybody disagrees with you like the Tea Party group,
just play the race card!!!!!!!!

p.s. I wish I had a race card to play!!!!

Obama with his signature smirk is in for a teachable moment come November. Well, maybe not him, (postponed until Palin 2012) but he is sure helping the dem incumbents isn't he?

Looney toons in the WH wants us thank hin for cutting taxes
Typical left wing of the Parasite party

Tea party members are looking ahead to all the bait and switch thats down the road from us

1.Bush's tax cuts cancelled
2.Everything possible to tax will be taxed to pay for his frankenstein health plan
3.A Value added tax waiting in the wings
4. Cap and Trade,a big money maker for the WH through taxes
5..Some $20 trillion dollars in debt will be added in the national debt in ten years

Tes,we should be thankful to the Wh for all they have done for us

Dontcha just LOVE IT, chicka boomb,.. chika boomb!! LOL!!

PLEASE, PLEASE KEEP IT up, mr president.

Obama's arrogance and hubris are nothing new, they have merely gone largely unreported. He has nothing but disdain for the average American and his or her intelligence.

It's all about Barack. Didn't you know that, silly?

You just keep on mocking unpresidential, Barry. You'd doing our work for us. See you homies in November...

The president was only telling the truth so what's the problem..??

No Teleprompter = stupid comments...well sometimes Teleprompter = stupid comments also. I chaulk it up to stupid comments.

The statements coming out of this presidents mouth, and this administration are beyond believe....It's almost like they're writing the scripts for campaign commercials against dems this November and Obama in 2012.

Pfft, inane schoolgirl gossip. This politician is no more smug than the last. His Constitutional abuses are no worse than the last. Substitute "Patriot Act" for "Obamacare" in any story and be amazed at the similarities on every level.
Vote Libertarian in 2012.

Heavy handed article. I do not believe the comments he made 'bash' anyone. Mountains and Molehills.

The Liberals never seem to change! As the silly season looms they resort to their worn out play book to create "VICTIMS"! In stead of a parade of victimized citizens and kids the Dems have decided to target the "T" people! BIG MISTAKE!! The "T" Party is composed mainly of VOTERS! Seniors, Conservatives and Independents who vote in elections. They are not like the Obama gang of kids, activists, entitlements and elitists that vote when the get "a round toit"! If anything, ridiculing the "T" people will make them more determine and steadfast in there resolve to vote the Libs out. Thanks Barry for another demonstration of experience and Leadership!


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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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