Obama plans to hit the campaign trail for Democrats this fall. Hmm. Might backfire.
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Oh no. Please spare us. The lecturing, the sanctimony, the moralizing. And of course, the worship – from the press, from his fans, from all the people who say they miss the times when the White House had a president everyone could respect.
You know, the times that saw the lowest GDP growth rate of any post-war president – even amidst expanded government spending and crazy low interest rates – falling and stagnant incomes, and the whole world set afire while the president gutted the military, and set North Korea and Iran on paths toward nuclear weapons status.
Those times. The good ‘ole days.
With the midterms approaching, people close to him say he’ll shift into higher gear: campaigning, focusing his endorsements on down-ballot candidates, and headlining fundraisers. He’ll activate his 15,000-member campaign alumni association for causes and candidates he supports — including the 40 who are running for office themselves. He’s already strategizing behind the scenes with Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez and Eric Holder, who’s chairing his redistricting effort.
The most likely stops will be where races for governor, or perhaps Senate, overlap with competitive races for the House and state legislature. Obama won’t endorse in primaries, but once he does weigh in, will be open to a range of ways to help, from rallies like the one he did for Ralph Northam in the Virginia governor’s race to the robocall he recorded for Doug Jones in the Alabama Senate race.
A San Francisco judge – possibly, uh, not a big President Trump supporter – decided Tuesday that Trump’s order ending Barack Obama’s DACA amnesty had to wait until lawsuits challenging the current president’s move had worked their way through the system.
Trump announced in September that he was rescinding the “dreamers” amnesty effective in March because Obama’s original order was an unconstitutional end-run around Congress, which should have handled the issue. Trump and lawmakers are now under a deadline to get a deal done on DACA before March. Or so they thought.
Increasingly under Trump, the judiciary has decided that it is also running the executive branch, since according to Democrats and the press, Trump is not qualified to do so, his policies are racist, etc., etc.
Obama took a risk when he decided that, since Congress wouldn’t pass his agenda, he’d rule by executive fiat. The risk was that executive actions could be overturned by a succeeding president. Democrats are working hard to make sure that doesn’t happen.
“We find this decision to be outrageous, especially in light of the President’s successful bipartisan meeting with House and Senate members at the White House on the same day,” said White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders in a statement Wednesday morning. “An issue of this magnitude must go through the normal legislative process. President Trump is committed to the rule of law, and will work with members of both parties to reach a permanent solution that corrects the unconstitutional actions taken by the last administration.”
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The Obama administration blew up an investigation into drug trafficking by Hezbollah into the United States for fear of displeasing Iran, with which President Obama was seeking to strike a nuclear deal, according to a bombshell new report by Politico. Obama went to great lengths to appease Iran, including letting the 2009 Green Revolution against the… Continue Reading
I guess it’s consistent, since for about five years he blamed all his failures on Bush. H/T Daily Caller. Continue Reading
That’s right. All the conventional, in-the-box thinking you’re hearing about how President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel – which, de facto, it already is – and move the embassy there actually increases to prospects for an eventual negotiated settlement between the Israelis and Palestinians. Even supporters of the move who… Continue Reading
Barack Obama was the first American president I heard start mentioning journalists and news outlets by name, attacking their fairness and responsibility. Now that President Trump is doing it – admittedly at a heightened pace – there is all sorts of handwringing about whether journalists are going to come to some kind of harm. I… Continue Reading
Retired Gen. Jack Keane, a Fox News analyst, said Sunday that the U.S. military has been starved of the funding it needs and that we are even at risk of losing a war with China. Keane said: Our capabilities have eroded, and our readiness capability has significantly eroded. We’re just not paying the money it… Continue Reading
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The very day an atheist lunatic killed 26 people in a Texas church, Barack Obama took to Twitter to seek divine inspiration on gun control. May God also grant all of us the wisdom to ask what concrete steps we can take to reduce the violence and weaponry in our midst. — Barack Obama (@BarackObama)… Continue Reading
A new batch of documents found in Osama Bin Laden’s lair when he was terminated have finally been released, and they demonstrate far closer ties between Iran and al Qaeda than Barack Obama let on. From an analysis by Michael Rubin of the American Enterprise Institute: The real scandal now seems to be how Obama… Continue Reading