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Topic - Donna Brazile
A perfect storm of blunders, broken promises and rebellion in his own party over Obamacare is raising doubts about whether President Obama can recover from the monthlong debacle to govern effectively in his second term.
For those who can't wait until the 2012 presidential election is finally over on Wednesday: not so fast.
Race-baiting is an ugly art. But a struggling candidate is often tempted to practice the dark arts. We're doomed to see a lot of those dark arts between here and November. Barack Obama and his friends in the mainstream media, so called, can't believe that anyone could vote against someone as wonderful as he is (and as they are). Only a bigot would vote against such a wonderful president.
Andrew Breitbart would not have been surprised by the out- pouring of liberal hate after his death. He would have reveled in it, relished it, retweeted it. He enjoyed watching the left unmask itself, revealing pretensions at "civility" to be nothing more than bullying. He would have laughed to see Rolling Stone quietly pulling its ads off the page where Matt Taibbi - a drug-abusing misogynist, Andrew would have noted - had done his worst.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich saw the momentum of his South Carolina victory vanish in Florida, where he faced a more diverse electorate and an overwhelming blitz of negative advertising from rival Mitt Romney.
With Sunday marking the one-year countdown to Election Day 2012 and his approval rating stuck in the low 40s, President Obama will have to defy American electoral history if he is to win re-election.
Political observers could not help but notice that many provisions of the compromise debt deal, such as postponing nearly all spending cuts until 2013 and boosting student aid next year, are tailor-made for President Obama's 2012 re-election campaign.
The Democratic National Committee formally tapped Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz as its new chairwoman Wednesday, opening a new chapter in the party's history as it looks to regain some of the footing lost to Republicans in last year's election.
Saying she's "eager to open a window on the world," ABC's Christiane Amanpour has joined the company of Sunday political talk hosts.
LEXINGTON, S.C. — Sen. Barack Obama is trying to figure out who is his main rival here: former President Bill Clinton who stumped for his wife in South Carolina yesterday or Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton who was in California.
Al Gore today came as a visitor into the Oval Office he thought he'd won the right to work in seven years ago, but as he strolled out of the White House with his arm wrapped around his wife Tipper, he wore a wide grin.
As Bill and Hillary Clinton campaigned in Iowa last week to put themselves back in the White House, a Democratic strategist warned their two-for-one strategy had trouble written all over it.
The idiot box meets the legal system
"President Obama may be underwater, but this is no Katrina moment," said Donna Brazile, vice chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee and a native of Louisiana. "Find another metaphor. This has nothing to do with Katrina."
"Once the website is properly working and folks who need access feel more comfortable accessing, the president will have to demonstrate how this new federal program will help those who need it as well as those who might not want it," she said. "Can the insurance companies do the same? Can Republicans explain why they want people without [insurance] to keep showing up at the emergency room when they get sick?"