October 29th, 2010

Krauthammer sums it up

Sometimes Charles Krauthammer is just so very succinct:

In a radio interview that aired Monday on Univision, President Obama chided Latinos who “sit out the election instead of saying, ‘We’re gonna punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us.’ “…

This from a president who won’t even use “enemies” to describe an Iranian regime that is helping kill U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan. This from a man who rose to prominence thunderously declaring that we were not blue states or red states, not black America or white America or Latino America – but the United States of America.

This is how the great post-partisan, post-racial, New Politics presidency ends – not with a bang, not with a whimper, but with a desperate election-eve plea for ethnic retribution.

Read the whole thing.

14 Responses to “Krauthammer sums it up”

  1. Bill West Says:

    Um…”just so very succinct” is not really very succinct. Maybe “just succinct”, or just “succinct”.

    Just sayin’.

    Oh. Krauthammer’s great, but that goes without saying, which is why people always say what should go without saying.

  2. Dave Says:

    You’ve exceeded your snark quota for today.

    Jeez, Neocon wasn’t claiming she was succinct… just pointing out that Krauthammer was.

    And she was just pointing to something that was worth noting.

  3. Gringo Says:

    Time and time again, the POTUS makes it clear that he considers his domestic opponents more of an enemy than our foreign enemies. Nothing new here, unfortunately.

  4. OsoPardo Says:

    Sad, so very, very sad…

  5. Barry Says:

    Did Bush ever say anything like this about his opponents? He barely even defended himself let alone talked about domestic enemies.

    Yet, Bush is the evil one and Obama is compassionate, likable and cares about the little guy. Riiiighht.

    Why don’t the 40% of people who still like our president see this and get turned off?

  6. Bill West Says:

    Just kidding.

  7. annonymous Says:

    Yes! Krauthammer was right on the mark, especially his comment about Obama’s use, or lack thereof, of the word “enemies.” Spoke volumes about who Obama is.

  8. neo-neocon Says:

    Bill West: I knew you were being tongue-in-cheek.

  9. Baklava Says:

    Those are some long odds on the “Rangers in 7″….

    Go Charles go!

  10. Skalduggery » Who are YOUR Enemies? Says:

    [...] that was an interesting bit of monologue, hey? (H/T to NeoNeocon)  I’ll quote the same portion of the WaPo article Neo does – it is definitely the most [...]

  11. Have Blue Says:

    Don’t forget that when Obama went to Westpoint for a speech Chris Matthews referred to it as visiting “enemy territory.” This during a war while American troops a fighting a two front campaign against our real enemies.

  12. gpc31 Says:

    Obama is rapidly dropping his “racial bargainer” persona in favor of the confrontational “challenger” role, to use Shelby Steele’s terms. He must feel shocked and betrayed by the public’s rejection of him.

  13. Jamie Says:

    My favorite part: “the convention that all things partisan or ideological are to be frowned upon as ‘divisive.’ This is pious nonsense. What is the point of a two-party democracy if not to present clear, alternative views of the role of government and, more fundamentally, the balance between liberty and equality – the central issue for any democracy?”

    Sheesh, yes! When the debate is on policy and ideas, the more polarized the views, the more clear a picture emerges of both what each side believes but also what each side has been willing to overlook in history. That is to say, what has worked? What has had unintended consequences, and what were they? Are we willing to face those or similar consequences again?

    On the other hand, the President’s exhorting potential voters of a particular ethnicity to see the political party that opposes him as “the enemy” IS both divisive (i.e., not predicated on policy, no matter how much he’d like to insist that Republican policies are, across the board, harmful to Americans of Latino heritage) and illustrative of one of those things his side believes: that ethnicity should and does define voting blocs, now and forevermore.

    (I am never succinct.)

  14. charlos Says:

    Republican speaking about Democratic politician who annoys him intensely: “I hope she loses, I hope she goes home and relaxes and plays with her grandchildren.”
    Democrat speaking about Republican politician who annoys her intensely: “I hope he dies, I hope he dies slowly and painfully, I hope his grandchildren all die.” You know who these guys are, fill in the blanks.
    Favorite subject of humor now, how jolly it would be if some force wiped out all of middle America. On the Democratic Left, any sign of decency and restraint is seen as treason. They don’t even see how a normal person can find them repulsive, they haven’t a clue.

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