Subject: Put up
or shut up by
The Daily Brew
are those who get very upset when you shout, "Wake up!" to the sleeping
I hope you aren't one of them, because you are completely asleep at the
wheel and I am about to shout "Wake up."
I will stick to the facts, so hopefully you will listen.
"Katie, you do a terrible injustice to Obama by comparing him to Bill
Clinton has two Superbowl rings where Obama is struggling to get a
I hate to break it to you, but Obama is kicking Bill Clinton's ass all
over the field.
Gosh, if we're winning, I wonder what losing feels like.
To begin, Clinton had much
better field position when he came into office.
I'll agree to that, but it's all the more reason for Obama
to come to work.
There is simply no comparison between the mess that Bush the Lesser
Obama and the mess Bush the Smarter left Clinton.
On the home front, no
matter how bad the economy was in 1993, it was ten times worse in
In fact, it was in a freakin' free fall. Overseas, Somalia might
have turned into a small snafu, but it
looked like a walk in the park compared to Iraq and Afghanistan.
The FACTS show that if Clinton
got the ball on his own 20 yard line, Obama got it on the 1, in the
shadow of his own goal post, and
with the offensive line injured.
(I point this out not to offer any excuse, (because, as will be shown,
none is needed), but just to show
that despite the fact that Obama has been dealt the worst hand of any
president in the modern era,
he is easily on track to get re-elected.)
Again, just the FACTS. In the first two years of his
administration, Clinton fucked up health care reform.
No ifs, ands or buts. He was out flanked by the GOP. He
failed to get health care passed. Obama? He passed it.
Bitch and moan all you want about what is in the bill, but it is still
the single largest social program that has been
written into law since LBJ. Obama also passed Wall Street reform,
which created, for the first time in history,
an office to protect consumers from the banks. Clinton? He
passed NAFTA and the Brady bill.
No wonder Obama is so beloved by all.
In terms of legislative
accomplishments (that supposedly matter to a progressive base that can
but bitch that the glass is half empty), Obama has Clinton owned.
So Katie T. is right. In terms of legislation,
in the first two years in office, Obama has Clinton beat. That is
Did you read what I wrote about pizza
elsewhere in this
Of course, you don't seem
to be worried about actual policies.
Instead you seem to be more worried about politics. Which must be
why you said:
can make a list of his great accomplishments, but even if that list is
a mile long,
how does it matter when he's down 30 points with Independents?"
(Which is a stupid fucking thing to say. Would you be more happy
if Obama was at a 90% approval,
but he eliminated social security and attacked Iran?)
I would be happy if we got the president we were promised.
I would be happy if our president had the ability to learn from his
I would be happy if our president didn't surrender up-front on every
then promise to compromise MORE in the future.
Nevertheless, lets take a look at the politics. And what do we
That Obama is again kicking Clinton's ass all over the field.
I wish things were 1/10 as good as you seem to think they
I will admit that the
midterm election was bad. But Clinton's was worse. Might I
remind you that
while Obama lost the House, Clinton lost the House AND the
Senate. Obama might have fumbled the ball,
but Clinton threw an interception that the GOP returned for a
touchdown. So even if you want to blame
the midterm result all on Obama, the FACT is that it was even worse
when Clinton was in office.
Some people think the Clinton years were a total disaster.
Those same people tend to think we're currently living in Paradise.
Next, you keep harping
about how Obama is "down 30 points with Independents"
Sounds pretty bad, UNTIL YOU COMPARE HIM TO CLINTON.
At the midterm election of the first term in his presidency, Clinton
had a 46% approval rating.
Hold on to your hat, but Obama was at 47%. (You know who was even
He had a 43% at the same time.) You can see the graph here:
Based on how Reagan and Clinton held up in their re-election battles,
Obama is going to take every state except Missibama.
By any chance, are you a gambling man?
So, in conclusion, (the
crowd does the wave) by every possible measure, passing legislation,
holding on to power in Congress, and maintaining a re-electable
approval rating, the FACTS show
that Obama is BEATING Clinton.
What color in the sun on your planet?
We have a yellow sun here on Earth.
If you still want to say
that you aren't convinced, I will hopefully shut you up by again
offering you a wager.
$500 says Obama gets re-elected.
You could be right - he's going to be running against
unless the GOP can find a way to Swiftboat her and her Teabagging army.
Last time I offered you
that bet, I wagered that Obama would beat Hillary.
You wisely declined to give me your money.
I'm not going to say that didn't happen because maybe it
A lot would have depended on when
you offered me that bet.
I suspect, (since you are
not a stupid man despite the occasional blunder), having been shown
the FACTS, that you will again decline to wager with me. (I also
recall the first pokerfest where
I taught you that two pairs is better than one.) However, if you
want to lose this bet, I will trust
Chicago Jim to hold our money for the next two years. Just say
Put up or shut up.
There's no "shutting up," we both agree, but polls show
him losing to Romney and Huckabee.
Take the bet or admit the
obvious. Despite having been dealt a terrible hand coming into
by any objective measure, Obama is doing a better job than Clinton, and
is easily on track to get re-elected.
The Daily Brew
I think it's healthy for our party that you and Tally
think he's doing a great job.
When the White House hears that two people have been found
who are happy with Obama,
perhaps you two can get work in the White House for Obama's second term.
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