Morris. Dick. Right At Being Wrong.

if Dick Morris were a zombie he would eat toes instead of brains.

MORRIS: Look, I believe that — and I’ve said this before and everybody either gives a sigh of a relief or a cynical laugh — there is no chance that Obama will get re-elected.

HANNITY: I don’t agree that’s true. I think it’s possible.

MORRIS: Zilch, none, zip, nada.

Dick Morris is a bullshit artist supreme. He’s been so wrong on so many things for so long he’s about as authentic as a porn queen’s orgasm, but he’s got job security.

After all he works for Fox News. Have you ever heard of anyone getting fired from Fox for being wrong?   In conservative media it matters less if you don’t know what you’re talking about as long as who you’re talking about is someone conservatives don’t like.   This is why Morris can say Obama stands no chance of being reelected and Mitt Romney would beat him in a “landslide.”

If Dick Morris were a weatherman in Des Moines he would have been fired by now for constantly forecasting snowstorms in the middle of August.

Ever wonder why someone who supposedly knows so much about political strategy is showing up on The O’Reilly Factor and Hannity instead of advising Mitt Romney or some other Republican candidate? Because they know Morris is a bug-fuck nuts prostitute toe sucker who has shit for brains, hasn’t been right about anything for years and whatever expertise he had evaporated right after Bill Clinton got rid of his prostitute toe sucking ass.

The only people who still take Morris seriously are Fox News viewers. Everybody else knows he’s a joke and not a good one.

Looks yummy!

Before rank-and-file conservatives ask, “What went wrong?”, they should ask themselves a question every bit as important: “Why were we the last to realize that things were going wrong for us?”

Barack Obama just trounced a Republican opponent for the second time. But unlike four years ago, when most conservatives saw it coming, Tuesday’s result was, for them, an unpleasant surprise. So many on the right had predicted a Mitt Romney victory, or even a blowout — Dick Morris, George Will, and Michael Barone all predicted the GOP would break 300 electoral votes. Joe Scarborough scoffed at the notion that the election was anything other than a toss-up. Peggy Noonan insisted that those predicting an Obama victory were ignoring the world around them. Even Karl Rove, supposed political genius, missed the bulls-eye. These voices drove the coverage on Fox News, talk radio, the Drudge Report, and conservative blogs.

Those audiences were misinformed.

Outside the conservative media, the narrative was completely different. Its driving force was Nate Silver, whose performance forecasting Election ’08 gave him credibility as he daily explained why his model showed that President Obama enjoyed a very good chance of being reelected. Other experts echoed his findings. Readers of The New York Times, The Atlantic, and other “mainstream media” sites besides knew the expert predictions, which have been largely born out. The conclusions of experts are not sacrosanct. But Silver’s expertise was always a better bet than relying on ideological hacks like Morris or the anecdotal impressions of Noonan.

It doesn’t take a degree in Political Science to tell you why hucksters like Morris should be ignored or on the odd occasions they actually get something right why it should be shrugged off as merely the sun shining on a dog’s ass.

Beware any “expert” who can no longer find employment in their chosen profession that always tells you exactly what you want to hear and nothing you don’t. That is a classic warning sign you are being bullshitted.

Most conservatives can handle the truth. By now they should have scoped out Morris as a sleazy, prostitute toe sucking snake oil salesman but it seems some of them have swallowed his swill for so long they can’t quit it even though they know it’s no good for them.

Morris isn’t going anywhere. Not so long as he continues to be a useful idiot spreading the manure for Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes.

Peggy vs. the Prez: Charm Turns to Contempt.

“Obama? Oh yeah. He sucks.”

While President Obama’s DNC speech wasn’t as rousing as those delivered by Bill Clinton and Michelle Obama according to one of his former fans turned into one of his biggest critics, it was duller than watching paint dry.

“Barack Obama is deeply overexposed and often boring. He never seems to be saying what he’s thinking. His speech Thursday was weirdly anticlimactic. There’s too much buildup, the crowd was tired, it all felt flat. He was somber, and his message was essentially banal: We’ve done better than you think. Who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?


There were many straw men. There were phrases like “the shadow of a shuttered steel mill,” which he considers writerly. But they sound empty and practiced now, like something you’ve heard in a commercial or an advertising campaign. It was stale and empty. He’s out of juice.”

That’s harsh, but what’s harsher is how Peggy Noonan  evolved from loving Obama to spitting on the ground he walks on.

There’s no reason to believe Noonan, a  former speechwriter for Ronald Reagan and currently a Wall Street Journal hack for Rupert Murdoch.  Noonan is disgusted by Obama now, but back in the day she was singing his praises

The case for Barack Obama, in broad strokes:  He has within him the possibility to change the direction and tone of American foreign policy, which need changing; his rise will serve as a practical rebuke to the past five years, which need rebuking; his victory would provide a fresh start in a nation in which a fresh start would come as a national relief. He climbed steep stairs, born off the continent with no father to guide, a dreamy, abandoning mother, mixed race, no connections. He rose with guts and gifts. He is steady, calm, and, in terms of the execution of his political ascent, still the primary and almost only area in which his executive abilities can be discerned, he shows good judgment in terms of whom to hire and consult, what steps to take and moves to make.

We witnessed from him this year something unique in American politics: He took down a political machine without raising his voice.

A great moment: When the press was hitting hard on the pregnancy of Sarah Palin’s 17-year-old daughter, he did not respond with a politically shrewd “I have no comment,” or “We shouldn’t judge.” Instead he said, “My mother had me when she was 18,” which shamed the press and others into silence. He showed grace when he didn’t have to.

Peg and the Prez in happier times.


Fast-forward three years later and
she’s hating on him something fierce and charm has turned to contempt.

“I never loved Barack Obama. That said, among my crowd who did ‘love’ him, I can’t think of anyone who still does.” Why is Mr. Obama different from Messrs. Clinton and Bush? “Clinton radiated personality. As angry as folks got with him about Nafta or Monica, there was always a sense of genuine, generous caring.” With Bush, “if folks were upset with him, he still had this goofy kind of personality that folks could relate to. You might think he was totally misguided but he seemed genuinely so. . . . Maybe the most important word that described Clinton and Bush but not Obama is ‘genuine.’” He “doesn’t exude any feeling that what he says and does is genuine.”

and then there’s this:

The president, if he is seriously trying to avert a debt crisis, should stay in his office, meet with members, and work the phones, all with a new humility, which would be well received. It is odd how he patronizes those with more experience and depth in national affairs.

He should keep his face off TV. He should encourage, cajole, work things through, be serious, get a responsible deal, and then re-emerge with joy and the look of a winner as he jointly announces it to the nation. Then his people should leak that he got what he wanted, the best possible deal, and the left has no idea the ruin he averted and the thanks they owe him.

For now, for his sake and the sake of an ultimate plan, he should choose Strategic Silence. Really, recent presidents forget to shut up. They lose sight of how grating they are.

When Noonan isn’t calling Obama “boring” and “a loser”, she’s suggesting he should simply “shut up.”   Is Miss Peggy is exhibiting some lingering regrets over her 2009 dinner with Obama at George Will’s house with fellow conservative attendees Bill Kristol, Rich Lowry, Charles Krauthammer, and Larry Kudrow?

Where is the love?  Did Obama take his shoes off at the dinner table, belch and fart or steal the silverware?

Why Noonan went from the world’s oldest Obama girl to ripping him without mercy is a mystery.   Did she wake up from a Hope and Change high to realize, “Crap, I forgot I’m supposed to be ripping this guy a new hole two or three times a week.”    If Obama thought he could charm his conservative critics, he’s learned it’s not happenng.

I thought Cornel West had set Usain Bolt-like speed records in going from admiration to detestation of the president without stopping at self-enlightenment, but Noonan is overcompensating for the heresy of her earlier “Barack is so dreamy” crush by eviscerating him without mercy.

Strange how Noonan once admired Obama for showing decency to Sarah Palin but  joined her in hating him.   It’s true that no good deed goes unpunshed.

When Ronnie met Peggy.

Obama: Too Cool to get Real Mad?

How mad do you have to get before you're good enough for the job?

 

Why exactly does President Obama need to get angry?    I keep hearing  Obama’s fabled coolness is failing him on the devastating oil spill in the Gulf Coast.   Supposedly, Obama needs to yell and scream, rant and rave at BP  before the American people will take him seriously.   This raises a question:   How mad does a president have to get to be good enough for the job?  

Columnists across the political spectrum have implored Obama to man up or at least show up.   In the Wall Street  Journal Peggy Noonan grumbled,   “The president, in my view, continues to govern in a way that suggests he is chronically detached from the central and immediate concerns of his countrymen. This is a terrible thing to see in a political figure, and a startling thing in one who won so handily and shrewdly in 2008.”  

Over at the New York Times,  Maureen Dowd snarked (because snark is what she does best), “Too often it feels as though Barry is watching from a balcony, reluctant to enter the fray until the clamor of the crowd forces him to come down. The pattern is perverse. The man whose presidency is rooted in his ability to inspire withholds that inspiration when it is most needed.”  

Since the ladies are handing out directions on how “Barry” should be driving the country, I’ve got one for them.  Let the guy do the job he was elected to and get over the fact that he didn’t hire either “Mo” or “Peg” to be  his adviser.    

Even Obama supporter Spike Lee jumped on the Get Mad As Hell bandwagon saying on  CNN, “”One time, go off!  If there’s any one time to go off, this is it, because this is a disaster.”  

Is Obama pounding a table or strategically dropping an F-bomb really what’s needed here?   Playing the Angry Black Man is not a role well suited to his temperament.   It runs contrary to his character and who we thought he was. 

At times Obama is too professorial.  He does lack passion for what he believes in.   His  demeanor can lead both friends and foes to wonder precisely what does this guy care about?    Showing grace under pressure has served Obama well so far.  If anything Obama fumbles the ball when he over-corrects and tries to be just an ordinary guy.  He’s not an ordinary guy.  No one who becomes the President of the United States remains ordinary even if they start out that way.  

Obama showed a crack in his cool persona in The Audacity of Hope.   Writing about  Alan Keyes whose bare-knuckled campaign against him in the 2004 Illinois Senatorial campaign challenged Obama’s faith, racial identity and even whether Jesus would vote for him,  Obama said,  “In other words, Alan Keyes was an ideal opponent; all I had to do was keep my mouth shut and start planning my swearing-in ceremony. And yet, as the campaign progressed, I found him getting under my skin in a way that few people ever have. When our paths crossed during the campaign, I often had to suppress the rather uncharitable urge to either taunt him or wring his neck.” 

  Keyes wasn’t alone in trying to suggest Obama is a little too wimpy for his good.   That suggestion has hung over Obama when he entered the 2008 presidential race and continues even now.  Is Obama tough enough?   Republicans quetion it, Democrats wonder it, allies aren’t sure of it and enemies try to test him  on it.  

How long could you stand to be around Alan Keyes before you wanted to strangle him?

 

During the Iowa campaign,  former rival and full-time man-whore, John Edwards, said Obama was too “nice” for the job.  

“Barack is not angry or confrontational enough to get it done.  He’s too nice a guy; he’s too conciliatory. He can’t bring change about. I do not need lectures about how to bring about change. I have not just talked about change. I’ve made it happen,”  Edwards said.  

Had John McCain won this wouldn’t even be an issue.    Nobody doubted McCain’s temper; it was well-established and volcanic at times.  The fear with  McCain was would he lose it when a cooler head was  needed.   Hillary Clinton merged a chilly outward disposition with a go for the jugular reputation.   You think of Clinton and “too nice” isn’t the descriptor that initially leaps to mind.  

I’ve seen Obama annoyed and even flat-out mad when he was jousting with Clinton for the nomination.  It may have been forgotten now but look back at some of those debates and there’s no disguising how much these two people clearly dislike each other. 

Clinton and Obama have reconciled their difference now and seem to have a cordial working relationship, but they probably still aren’t Facebook friends.  

After eight years of  George Bush’s knee-jerk reactions and shoot-from-the-lip rhetoric, Obama was elected president precisely because we wanted someone who thought before they spoke and was cool under fire and analytical and discerning.   That’s what we got, so why do we want him to be somebody else now? 

I’m not saying I don’t wish Obama would at times manifest a bit of Lyndon Johnson or Bill Clinton’s bluntness.  LBJ and Clinton were two  presidents well known for their fondness of chewing on someone’s ass every so often.  If Obama does throw temper tantrums in the Oval Office  that information is well buttoned up.    Not even millions of gallons of oil spilling into the Gulf Coast has been enough to get a “damn, damn, DAMN!!”  out of  him.  

Hillary ignored Barack's Facebook friend request.

 

We’re probably  not going to get to see that side of Obama.   It’s not that he doesn’t have a mean streak.  It’s  that if he does he’s not going to let it show.  Noonan and Dowd should remember being a non-threatening Black man who was slow to anger was a  major reason why White women like them felt comfortable voting for Obama.    He sold himself to America as a guy who didn’t get mad and didn’t want to get even.    Now if he’s not on The Larry King Show spitting nails in a mouth-foaming rage at BP’s negligence, he’s not taking this situation to heart?  

This is the Obama we voted for.  In the fishbowl that is Washington, everything the President does is observed, scrutinized and parsed to determine what it might mean.   Obama doesn’t seem interested in sharing what pisses him off with the public.   That part of his emotional make-up is something he chooses to keep to himself.   In Dowd’s column she dubbed Obama, “President Spock.”   Is the alternative when stuff jumps off and things get hot,  we would be better off with  President James T. Kirk playing to the camera, spouting empty platitudes and overacting outrageously?    

What made Obama preferable to Bush and McCain was his coolness.  He ran a drama-free campaign for the presidency and he’s tried, not always successfully, to run his Administration the same way.   Events may conspire to compel the president to act against his nature, but he remains supremely confident that despite the clamor to get mad as hell and not take it anymore, his approach will prevail.   After all, this is a guy who stood before  joint session of Congress while a Republican wingnut shouted he was a liar.   Inside, you know he had to be seething.  From the outside, he reacted with a disapproving look as if the other guy had belched at the dinner table.  

When it comes to exercising restraint in the face of intense provocation, Obama never claimed to the Second Coming of Martin Luther King.   He didn’t claim he was channeling Malcolm X either.  

The pose is familiar. The politics are not.