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The Obama Touch

Comment by Jammie Wearing Fool [1]:

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White House

Obama Reflects On His Favorite Subject

Barack Obama is trying to sell his favorite subject, to wit himself, Glenn Thrush, Politico [3]:

Rep. Marion Berry’s parting shot, published in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette [no link, subscription only] offers a warning to moderate Democrats and border state moderates — warning of a midterm bloodbath comparable to the 54-seat D-to-R swing in 1994.

But the jaw-dropper is Berry’s claim that President Obama personally dismissed any comparison between Democrats now and under Bill Clinton 16 years ago — by saying his personal popularity would bail everybody out.

Yes Obama was selling, but Marion Berry wasn’t buying.

Yid with Lid: [4]

The term “Obamessiah” has been used frequently to joke about the adoration of the POTUS displayed by his supporters. According to retiring Democratic Party Congressman Marion Berry, the President actually believes his clippings.

While B.J. Clinton is a man of dubious,  if any, moral character,  Clinton exercised considerable political skill.   As noted,  Clinton was the only democrat re-elected President in the second half of the previous century, Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard [5]:

Well, in ’94 they had Bill Clinton–who had won statewide in a pretty conservative state (Arkansas) something like seven times, and who was the fourth challenger in the 20th century to oust an incumbent elected president, following in the footsteps on Wilson, FDR, and Reagan. Clinton got on the wrong side of the voters in ’94, but recovered and was the first Democrat re-elected to the presidency since FDR. Judging from this comment, unless Obama’s instinct for self-preservation overcomes his egotism, and his ambition subordinates his narcissism, Obama won’t be the second.

As for Obama’s considerable personal popularity, what would governors  Jon Corzine, Creighton Deeds and Senator-elect Martha Coakley have to say on the subject?

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