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Obama: Conservator in Chief

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By Virgil - Posted on 05 November 2008

By Dick Morris And Eileen McGann

While the Democrats and Barack Obama won big yesterday, even coming close to a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, Obama will find their options substantially constrained by reality. Their handicap is the financial condition of the nation they'll inherit. Think of a trustee or conservator of a bankrupt company. Those who fear a radical Obama miss the point of the lack of maneuverability of the next president. Behind the mortgage crisis looms the credit-card crisis, the student-loan crisis and the car-loan crisis. Sweating this mess out of the system will take two years of zero growth or contraction. We won't have a Great Depression, for the government will irrigate our economy with money. But we'll have stagnation, followed by inflation.

So Obama will take office with unlimited political power but highly circumscribed practical power. He can pass whatever legislation he wants, but will be unable to indulge his ideology.

The irony will be bitter for the Democrats. Finally able to rise above the political limits they've faced, they'll encounter new limitations in the fundamental problems of the economy.

The Republican Party's role is to rebuild in the shadow of the frustrations of the Obama presidency. Just as built the massive grass-roots base that yesterday impelled the Democrats to victory, so Republicans must go down to their grass roots, get in touch with their base and rebuild an opportunity to win national elections.

Power has been bad for the GOP, sapping the party's soul and eroding its purity. But opposition, especially when a socialist like Obama wrestles with the practical problems of capitalism, will be a heady experience for the Republicans. The conservative movement can be reborn in opposition in a way they never could have been as the governing party.

For political historians, it's worth noting that Obama hasn't scored the knockout that many predicted. As I write, it seems clear that John McCain will lose by a few points in the popular vote, not by the double digits so confidently predicted in the media polls. The fact is that most of the undecided voters went to the Republicans.

In the face of a mandate limited by reality and undermined by his inability to sweep the nation as had been predicted, Obama will face a difficult situation. As the economy falters, he'll find himself unable to raise taxes as he wants and stymied in his plans for government takeover.

A very tough future, for a man who won such a heady victory.


Islamaphobe's picture

Obama will also get to appoint liberal federal judges who will be rubber-stamped by a compliant Congress. The effects of this debacle will be with us for a long time. Morriss and McGann don't even touch on the international mess that confronts "The One." Despite the media's best efforts to convince us that "Camelot" has returned, buyer's remorse will soon be evident. They are quite correct, however, in seeing that this defeat provides the Pubs with a rebuilding opportunity.

John S. Evans

Virgil's picture

"buyer's remorse will soon be evident"

I am licking my lips - is it wrong to revel in their remorse? :)

tom-g's picture

Dear John,

We ought to thank God we have had conservative Republican Presidents for 20 of the last 28 years who have appointed conservative federal judges that have reversed all of the liberal policies of the previous liberal Democratic Presidents' liberal federal judicial appointees.


Virgil's picture

There are plenty of Clinton leftovers too, and they are not exactly the conservatives we hope for.

MiddleKnowledge's picture


Just out of curiosity, do know how many of the sitting Justices (Supreme Court) were appointed by Republican administrations?

Tim Martin

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Alito and Roberts - Bush II
Souder and Thomas
Kennedy and Scalia - Reagan
and Stevens - Ford

Ginsburg and Breyer were nominated by Clinton.


Papa is especially fond of us

MiddleKnowledge's picture

Let's not forget that one of Bush II's picks was withdrawn because she had no pro-life resume. (You would think "conservatives" would have sniffed a foul odor in the air way back then.)

So let me get this straight...

Republicans nominated 7 of 9 of the current Justices.

And what has been done? Is the overthrow of Roe v. Wade imminent? Is socialist economic policy on the decline? Is centralized power in the Executive Branch being more limited?

Yet, now the real terror is about the judges Obama would pick? Someone has been had...

Tim Martin

Virgil's picture

That's well said Tim, so the problem is not as much with who the pick is, instead it's with the illusion Judges now have regarding the authority of the law and the Constitution...and their own authority.

MiddleKnowledge's picture


I don't know the answer.

If what you said is true, then the illusion is actually held by conservatives who 1) defend "their guy" at all costs because of the Judges issue and 2) fear the "other side" to the point of accepting any and every (socialist-lite) alternative primarily because of the Judges issue. Like I said, someone has been had...

I am confident that "more of the same" will not lead to any different outcome down the road. If Republican President = conservative Justices, then what the hell is going on?

It's time to account for what long-time Christian dedication and support has actually bought in these administrations. A lot of us have invested an awful lot. I'm wondering if we should soberly evaluate our investment. There comes a time to cut your losses and move on.

If you don't hold anyone accountable for your support, then why should anyone be surprised when leaders don't take you and your beliefs seriously? That should be the lesson of the George Bush experience. Standing by these very same people unconditionally seems like a sure recipe for even worse scenarios to come. (How many people were anticipating a McCain administration with hope and enthusiasm?)

It goes against my personality, too. Makes me feel like a cheap vote-whore. I am astonished at how cheap my Christian brethren will sell themselves for now. I'm done with that. People can do what they want to do, but that doesn't mean that I have to follow along.

BTW, I agree with your recent blog. I think that is where I am headed as the future of all this. Political action is a (very?) small component of the full kingdom strategy that the gospel lays before us. By making politics so big, I'm wondering if Christians have been taking the easy way out all along. In that case, we are merely reaping what we've been sowing for quite awhile.

There is a sense in which I can honestly say that Obama will be good for all of us... in the long run...

Those are my current thoughts,

Tim Martin

Ed's picture

I know that some Christians are offended by South Park, but I highly recommend their newest episode concerning the election. The parts that have Obama and McCain, et al. in it are silly and funny; but the depiction of the followers of McCain and Obama is HILARIOUS.

It can be next viewed Monday night at 10:00 pm on Comedy Central.


Papa is especially fond of us

MiddleKnowledge's picture

Thanks, Ed. I'm sure it is pretty funny. I have heard about South Park, but have never seen an episode.

Our household has no TV at this time.

If you want to see something funny in real life google:

Terry Reed Whitehall

Caused no small stir in this Montana town over the last week... He's got phone calls coming in from around the country. 90%+ positive.

Tim Martin

Ed's picture

You can probably watch that episode online in a couple of weeks. Just google South Park episodes.


Papa is especially fond of us

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I don't really think the Supreme Court Justices are under any illusion regarding the authority of the law and the Constitution...and their own authority.

I suggest rather, it is the person who looks back at us every morning in the mirror, who is under the false illusion and denial. If you notice by doing the math, five (a majority) of the Justices are Republican appointees and have been on the bench for a minimum of 16 years.

I would suggest a clearer look would reveal the following scenario. The bleeding heart liberals are brought into office with their programs and the increased revenue under the guise of benefiting the people, then the conservatives are brought into office to siphon all of the new funds into their own (liberal and conservative politicians and their cronies) back pockets. When that well runs dry the bleeding heart liberals are brought back into office and the process starts all over again.

The revenue well of siphoning the funds from the current generation ran dry many years ago and since then they are now tapping into our great grandchildren's revenue well which has just about run dry also.


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Perhaps the Detroit auto industry should diversify into personal armament production to get in on one of the only prosperous business segments.

See ABC News: Nightline -- Firearm Stockpiling

Bill St. Clair's blog "End the War on Freedom" has a number of takes on the election. A recent quote:"I wonder if the Busheviks will get a clue about what they have wrought when the Obamanoids start working the controls of their shiny new police state. Somehow, I doubt it."

There is a link/entry for Mark the Roofer at In the original article is a link to a background expose' on McCain at

It would seem that we have dodged electing a scoundrel by selecting a hooligan in stead. We will see if there is more substance behind the smooth speech and fine suits ...

G-Juan Wind

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From the EWOF embed @ Obama Win Causes Obsessive Supporters To Realize How Empty Their Lives Are:

The Onion does it again with satire indistinguishable from real news. This video bemoans Obama supporters whose lives have no purpose now that their God has won the presidency. Hehe.

The newscaster, Andrea, talks to an expert, Jane:


Andrea: Do you see an end to this, Jane?

Jane: Well, you know Andrea, I think a lot of people just hope these people will die.

Andrea: I think you're right.

Jane: You know, worst case scenario is that someone with evil intent seizes control of them.

Andrea: Sure.

Jane: They've proven their minds can be taken over by empty rhetoric.

Andrea: So if someone were to come up with a catch phrase as simple and vague as, "Yes we can..."

Jane: Oh, awful. They would have an entire army of extremely energetic, insufferable annoying, mindless pawns at their command.

Andrea: Ok. Well we're going to be praying that that does not happen. Thank you, Jane.

G-Juan Wind

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