February 4, 2013

Congressional Democrats whine that their boyfriend never calls them.

Politico reports.
Interviews with dozens of members of Congress and senior aides reveal frustration and in some cases exasperation.... These Democrats say they almost never hear from Obama personally... [T]he president evidences no interest in getting to know them or their political circumstances....

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), an early Obama supporter in 2008 and top surrogate in that race, put it this way: “Everyone loves a touch. It’s not his favorite part of the job. But it’s a necessary part of the job.”
Everyone loves a touch....

To bring up the topic of Obama and his old colleagues with members of Congress themselves, not a class of people lacking in pride, is often to get stared back with daggers. Hemming and hawing often take place, good-sport recollections of always hearing back from staff are brought up and occasionally come requests to go off the record....

[T]he tensions flared anew when Democrats on the Hill got a cursory heads-up just a day before Obama’s campaign apparatus announced plans to become a new political entity aimed at pushing through the president’s agenda. The first time it came up, said this official, was at a “this is what we’re doing” briefing the day before it was made public.

51 comments:

Seeing Red said...

He's not that into you.

Jay said...

Everyone loves a touch....

Especially Bob Menendez!

Seeing Red said...

Barry's not Bob's type either.

bagoh20 said...

So it's gonna be all about wild monkey's today?

Colonel Angus said...

. These Democrats say they almost never hear from Obama personally... [T]he president evidences no interest in getting to know them or their political circumstances....

Yet another example of the narcissisim of this President. When its all about 'you', you can't expect him to rub elbows with the help.

Jay said...

T]he president evidences no interest in getting to know them or their political circumstances...

That's because they are all lilly white and he's a Cornball Brother.

It's all racism.

edutcher said...

But Bob is Barry's type apparently.

McCaskill, who squeaked through more by luck and a Lefty media than any brains she ought to have, is only surprised now?

This is his MO; he never talks to the peons unless he wants something from them.

Right now, they're his thralls.

As someone here says, enjoy the decline.

(maybe the Congressional Demos could start calling him, "Little Boots")

Brew Master said...

I wonder if they are familiar with the term 'useful idiot'.

David said...

Touching . . .

David said...

Edutcher, McKaskil squeaked through as a direct result of Republican stupidity. There seems to be a never ending supply.

phx said...

So it's gonna be all about wild monkey's today?

Obama's a wild monkey? Congressional Dems are wild monkeys? Commentariat at Althouse are wild monkeys?

I give up.

phx said...

As someone here says, enjoy the decline.

You always know the smart people who are worth quoting, edutcher.

Balfegor said...

Obama resembles Bush II in many ways, but this is one of the ways he's basically Bush II's opposite. Bush II was less reliant on direct legalistic power (because he had less of it, given his weaker position in Congress) and cultivated a subtler, squishier, more personal kind of political influence by schmoozing with Congressional leaders, and working hard to build consensus where possible.

Obama, on the other hand, is basically 100% reliant on legalistic rules and structures that give him power, and the way he tries to expand his power is simply by trying to expand the reach of those legal rules and structure (e.g. executive orders, recess appointments, etc.).

It's clear, from stories like this, that Obama is just unwilling or incapable of working towards building consensus, even within his own party. And that suits me fine -- it's frightening to think what he could do if he were actually good at being President.

Hagar said...

Obama is not a Democrat as such. For him the Democratic Party is just a vehicle for his own cause.

edutcher said...

David said...

Edutcher, McKaskil squeaked through as a direct result of Republican stupidity. There seems to be a never ending supply.

I'll bet you if we looked real hard, we could find at least a dozen incidences of Democrats saying dumber things than that.

And we could start with the national ticket.

phx said...

Obama's a wild monkey? Congressional Dems are wild monkeys? Commentariat at Althouse are wild monkeys?

Only the Lefties.

As someone here says, enjoy the decline.

You always know the smart people who are worth quoting, edutcher.


I've also quoted you.

Jay said...

Obama is just unwilling or incapable of working towards building consensus

Community organizers don't do consensus.

Tiger's don't change their stripes.

elkh1 said...

"Everyone loves a touch."
Shudder!

Seeing Red said...
"Barry's not Bob's type either."

How do you know? May be Bob's Barry's type.

The Drill SGT said...

Obama is the anti-LBJ

LBJ the master of sausage making and vote counting.

Obama hates all of that, and hates people really.

The Dems know that. The solution, which the Dem Congress knows is aimed at them almost as much as the GOP is the OFA astro-turfing.

mccullough said...

I wouldn't waste my time talking to useless Senators or Representatives either.

Obama needs only to have a good personal relationship with a handful of Congress members.

Joe Schmoe said...

He certainly doesn't need to waste time currying favor with the press.

phx said...

I've also quoted you.

You can't see the difference? The difference is you quote horsd'oeuvresoftheinternet favorably.

Shrug.

EMD said...

Is there a point in time at which we get past touchy-feely bullshit as our governmental modus operandi?

Ipso Fatso said...

BO knows that certain things are immutable:

1) D's in congress will vote in lock step with his wishes, no matter how they are treated by him

2) The press will do his bidding and he will go unchallenged,

3)His legacy is secure no matter what happens as academics, MSM, etc., will see to it that no harm comes to his reputation

4) the rest of us are f**ked.

McTriumph said...

Claire McCaskill won because she and the unions spent $1.5 million supporting Atkins in a three way OPEN voting republican primary. Akin wasn't the establishment or the tea party candidate, he was Claire's and the unions' candidate.
Claire started out in Kansas City, she is the most cynical, dirty trick politician we had to offer the nation.

EDH said...

Everyone loves a touch. It’s not his favorite part of the job. But it’s a necessary part of the job.” Everyone loves a touch...


You Got the Touch!

You got the touch!
You got the power!
Yeah!

After all is said and done, you've never walked, you've never run
You're a winner!
Got the moves, you know the street. Break the rules, take the heat!
You're nobody's fool!
You're at your best, when the going gets rough!
You've been put to the test, but it's never enough!

You got the touch, you got the power!
When all hell's breakin' loose, you'll be right in the eye of the storm!
You got the heart, you got the motion!
You know that when things get too tough, you got the Touch!

BarrySanders20 said...

Sergeant Hulka says, "Lighten up, Francis."

Levi Starks said...

I'll bet those same neglected Democrats will still call me a racist when I continue to point out that Obama is suffering from a narcissistic personality disorder.

southcentralpa said...

If they'll do his nefarious bidding without touching, why should he bother?

I'm starting a pool on when the media and donk establishment finally turn on TG like the psycho ex from the bowels of H-E-Double Hockey Sticks. Anybody want in?

Bruce Hayden said...

Nothing has changed, except that the Dems in Congress are more dependent upon him than ever before. That GOTV effort of his that put him over the top is probably what saved the Senate for the Dems and cut down the Republican advantage in the House.

As pointed out above, Obama doesn't do consensus. He doesn't even try. During his first two years, he worked with Nancy and Harry, and that was all he needed to do. They got pretty much all he wanted through Congress, maybe not the way he wanted, but in substance. Then, he lost the House, and this approach quit working. If he really, really, needs something from Congress, he sends "Slo Joe" Biden, which is probably why he hired the guy in the first place. This has a lot of advantages. One is that the VP has something to do. And secondly, working Congress doesn't cut into his golf game, or, now, apparently trap, or skeet, or shooting of something somewhere, along with his basketball, and hobnobbing with his buddies from Hollywood. Win-win all around.

tim maguire said...

Ferris: ...she's gonna treat him like shit, because she will have given him what he has built up in his mind as the end-all, be-all of human existence. She won't respect him, 'cause you can't respect somebody who kisses your ass.

bagoh20 said...

" you can't respect somebody who kisses your ass."

This has to be a sad revelation for Obama voters, but that denial thing is strong medicine for them.

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Ipso Fatso said...

"BO knows that certain things are immutable:

1) D's in congress will vote in lock step with his wishes, no matter how they are treated by him

2) The press will do his bidding and he will go unchallenged,

3)His legacy is secure no matter what happens as academics, MSM, etc., will see to it that no harm comes to his reputation

4) the rest of us are f**ked."


So true.

I suppose I can take some measure of solace in knowing that those who voted for this asshole will be hurt the most once other people's money runs out.

History arcs toward a great many things; one thing it never deviates from is, the strong survive and the weak don't. If your long-term strategy is dependent upon leaching from other people's money, count yourself among the weak.

And, history will cull you.

You can take that to the grave.

Levi Starks said...

I see an inquisitional future in which all those who ever supported or voted for Obama are forced to recant.

el polacko said...

hey..everybody like a little fingering too...which explains why the dems have suddenly taken the formerly 'racist' clintons back to their bosom.

Robin said...

I found it odd that Obama ran for a second term, given that he has shown no interest in actually doing the job. This is just another example.

sonicfrog said...

It's kind of funny.... I hesitate to call the ACA "Obamacare" because, in reality, he just wasn't that hands on in its creation at all. Obama provided very little help in crafting the thing or even giving input. It's more like "Pelosi / Reid Care", and given their competency, that explains why it stinks so badly!

campy said...

I found it odd that Obama ran for a second term, given that he has shown no interest in actually doing the job.

But the perks can't be beat. That's why he'll run (and win) again in '16. And '20. And '24.

kentuckyliz said...

The senate Democrats aren't keen on him either. Which is why he has to resort to his twitter organization to try and get them to pile on.

Remember: they didn't want his touch during the campaign because they thought it would lose votes. They skipped the DNC. They didn't want him to come campaign for them.

Who rejected who first?

You neglect your boyfriend long enough, he won't call.

He'll focus on the bitches that will fellate him, the MSM.

David said...

Ok, but the guy has won two presidential elections and carried some of them along with him. They have not done very well when he was not running.

phx said...

I remember Trent Lott telling a story about how Clinton would daily give him some Presidential trinket (I forget what it was) that he could give to one of his constituents. Through all their political battles that little custom was honored and fulfilled.
Then when Bush got elected Lott told him about it, hoping that he would continue the ritual. Bush refused to do it, and boy was Lott angry with that even telling it years later.

Some people have more "feelings" that need to be taken into account when you are playing high stakes games with them. I don't think it's bullshit that people have these "feelings" - just if it completely holds up the game.

Balfegor said...

Re: David:

Ok, but the guy has won two presidential elections and carried some of them along with him. They have not done very well when he was not running.

Problem with that is that in Senate races, the Democrats mostly did better than Obama did, the mirror image of how Romney ran ahead of most of the Republican candidates. To be fair, he did better than the Democrats' candidates for the House, though I suspect there are redistricting/gerrymandering effects in play there.

Balfegor said...

Re: phx:

Some people have more "feelings" that need to be taken into account when you are playing high stakes games with them. I don't think it's bullshit that people have these "feelings" - just if it completely holds up the game.

Humans are human. Showing respect and consideration for other people involved in a process makes everything go smoother in the end, even if it means you have to spend more time on nemawashi on the front end.

Ironically, in many ways (both for his supporters and opponents) Obama's whole governing style is at the extreme, extreme end of rigid, atomised, formalistic, rule-governed "Western" cultural styles. Working in an East Asian culture would probably have been utter hell for him. Probably any non-Western culture (though I only have experience of East Asian so I can't really say).

O Ritmo Segundo said...

Why should he? What use are they to him? What use are they to anyone?

Let them create their own revolution, first.

glenn said...

What are all these mooks going to do if something really bad happens.

Methadras said...

ROFL, you stupid democrats have already fulfilled your purpose. You are no political fodder. Enjoy wallowing in your aberrant stupidity and butthurt.

Michael K said...

"David said...

Edutcher, McKaskil squeaked through as a direct result of Republican stupidity. There seems to be a never ending supply."

David, you don't give her enough credit. She picked her opponent by spending on ads to support him. He was not the Tea Party candidate and would not have won the primary without her help.

drozz said...

drones are rarely respected by the queen.

Strelnikov said...

He's not that into you.

Strelnikov said...

He's not that into you.

Balfegor said...

Here's an article making the point I was trying to communicate above (and have written up several times before in the comments), but at greater length and with more detail.