Get Ready for Obamalism

Despite being outspent by hundreds of millions of dollars, and taking bad advice by a bunch of (Bush) people who never had his interest at heart, John McCain’s numbers on Election Night were actually respectable. Had George W. Bush been on the ballot for re-election to a third term, I’m not sure he would have even carried Texas. McCain for his part put up a good fight and managed to win enough states to show this wasn’t a clear mandate on Obamalism. But in the long run, McCain was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Or as my friend and noted political scientist Darryl Paulson likes to say, George W. Bush defeated John McCain not once, but twice.

I want to puke, but at least HRC isn’t the president-elect.

By Chris Ingram

My friends, George W. Bush has left our Republican Party in disarray. Make no mistake, John McCain ran a lousy campaign, but McCain could have run a lousy campaign and won had it not been for the pathetic eight years of the Bush presidency. Bush I believe will go down in modern history as our worst president — even worse than Carter.

Despite being outspent by hundreds of millions of dollars, and taking bad advice by a bunch of (Bush) people who never had his interest at heart, John McCain’s numbers on Election Night were actually respectable. Had George W. Bush been on the ballot for re-election to a third term, I’m not sure he would have even carried Texas. McCain for his part put up a good fight and managed to win enough states to show this wasn’t a clear mandate on Obamalism. But in the long run, McCain was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Or as my friend and noted political scientist Darryl Paulson likes to say, George W. Bush defeated John McCain not once, but twice.

So where do we go from here? I can tell you one thing, as sick as I am that Barack Obama (a man with no experience leading anything other than a bunch of little old ladies as a community organizer), is our next president, I am thankful every time I get ready to puke about that fact, that it is not Hillary “Rob’em” Clinton who is our president-elect. Yeah, Obama sucks. He’s a socialist. He cavorts with terrorists. He has no spine. He’s untested. He has no record. But he’s not a Clinton.

And for that, I am thankful.

The Democrats will do their damage to our country, and it will take a few years to fix things. We’ll survive. And something good may come of all this. Perhaps our (GOP) faithful will wake up and smell the coffee and quit defending the losers in our party that have created the mess we’re in. The same people many in our party see fit to want to protect instead of forsaking for no other reason than “they’re our morons/losers.”

To all my Republican friends I challenge you: let’s quit electing people because they have an “R” after their name. Let’s start electing people because we believe that “R” represents “responsible,” “conservative,” “leader,” “freedom,” “entrepreneurial,” and all the other things our party stood for when Ronald Reagan was president.

Chris Ingram is the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of http://www.IrreverentView.com. Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, Front Page Florida, and National Review online. E-mail him at: Chris@411Communications.net.

16 thoughts on “Get Ready for Obamalism”

  1. Did you hear the man tonight?
    Did you hear his call?
    Will you be a bridge, or a wall?
    An engine, or an anchor?
    This is your time to show if you really are all about,
    “Country First”.
    John McCain is back. The John McCain even I liked. His followers may be another story. They include among them some real mouth breathers. They will be yours to re-educate. Will you intellectual entrepreneurial types be up to the challenge?
    I hope so. We need all hands on deck.
    Let’s make a collective effort, for our country’s sake.

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  2. Chris,
    Wow, what an uplifting message. Way to congratulate Barack Obama on making history. This kind of message is exactly why McCain lost. Instead of saying, “let’s unite the country,” you’re saying, “Obama is a socialist, etc.”
    You’re site is great, but you blew it here.
    Potter

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  3. I disagree. McCain lost because the average American voter has an IQ of about 80 and they will easily fall for some guy in a slick suit with a silver tongue who has done nothing of significance in his life and whose call to power is some poll tested message of “change.”

    This site is about being irreverent and honest not being uplifting.

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  4. Millions of people have said they felt a part of the Democratic process for the first time. That is inspiring. You should always be honest in this site, but I’m surprised with the divisiveness of your post.

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  5. Potter,

    Millions of people also saw through all of Barack Obama’s BS and voted for John McCain. I was inspired by McCain because of his policies and his service to our country, and his record in office. Obama’s supporters (most of them) couldn’t tell you anything about the guy other than he’s black, he makes a nice speech, and he stands for change. How inspiring…

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  6. Chris; Ain’t it a bitch when people call you out on your own site? Potter understands, as many other people do. Put your index finger down and quit supposing you know what Obama is going to do, and how he’s going to do it, through the prism of your Republican bias. This country is in deep shit and partisan sniping will get us nowhere.
    Also, the 80 IQ crowd you elude to is the representative group of mouth breathers who voted for your candidate.
    One last thing. The McCain that so impressed you is not the one who campaigned. He’s the one who showed up for the concession speech. Did you not hear what he said? Apparently not, otherwise you would have written a more conciliatory piece.

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  7. Chris,
    We all know that most of the electorate is uninformed for a variety of reasons. But to single out Obama supporters is way out of line.
    Potter

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  8. Chris,

    I agree with your assessment about the average voter’s intellect which is why the founders’ probably only wanted those who owned property to be able to cast ballots. I suppose they reasoned that property owners had the most to risk in the aftermath of an election. We are certainly along way from those beginnings and some of those demons were exorcise by the electorate’s choice of Barack Obama as our next president. He ran a slick, internet savvy, highly sophisticated campaign that often reminded me of the movie starring Robert Redford called “The Candidate.” I am very thankful that the long, national connection with the Clintons seems to be at an end – New York can have her. She seems to be real loser in all of this – I can imagine her railing about it being her turn and her time. Obama proved to be adept at using his race as a shield against much criticism or satire and captured the imagination of many who felt that his differentness was enough to compensate for his inexperience. McCain should have said “I spent more time in a North Vietnamese prison of war camp then Barack Obama’s spent in government.” But America no longer values the warrior and the Oprah, Dr. Phil, culture is a silent cancer eating away at the inner, moral fabric of our identity and being wfrom within. Today patriotism is a bumper sticker, it used to be raising your hand and volunteering to serve without knowing when, or if, you were going to return. Our “what’s in it for me” attitude may be the beginning of the end. I pray President-elect Obama will be a change – but already the former Clintonistas are flooding back into the seats of power. I guess it must have been their turn.

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  10. Tsk.

    You’re making me deeply saddened that men like you play an integral role in our political system.

    This is beyond sour grapes. This is pure hate.

    I mean all disrespect that can be read here. I’ve lost much of the belief I had in your integrity.

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  11. Dagda,

    Hate is a pretty serious charge and it is of course not true. I do not hate Obama. I come close to hating Hillary Clinton because I believe she is a phony and a liar and is generally not a good/well intentioned person. Obama is a politician, and an opportunist no doubt, but I don’t question his motives (yet). Time will tell.

    I appreciate and welcome your comments. But your complaints (like most people) are always one-sided. In my writing, I am usually critical of both sides. Yet you, like most other ciritics, tend to only focus on whatever it is I said that is contrary to your opinion. Which is fine. Except when you start in about sour grapes, hate, losss of integrity, etc.

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  12. You’ll find me less biased than most.

    I simply was disgusted by the McCain campaign. I’ve become less and less impressed with the Republican leadership I do see for the very same reasons you have, though in different form.

    I see all too many elections, state and nationwide, where the Republican candidate falls back into mudslinging, into decidedly ad hominem campaign strategy. It’s appalling, to me, and one of the biggest problems I have with your assertion that the average Obama supporter is stupid.

    I would assert that the average McCain supporter was, at the least, uneducated in the proper ways to debate. The campaign he ran, as I alluded to, was entirely based on degradation, on riding Obama’s character into the ground. THIS is the reason for his failure, not his policies, and not Obama’s. Because he refused to address policy, instead attempting to attack Obama’s character, which didn’t give them a lot to go on. If one thing may be said about him, it’s that painting him as a bad man takes information that is decidedly falsified and/or stretched beyond its limits. Had McCain actually spoken about his policies, about his beliefs, about his plans, I would have listened. As it was? I refuse to listen to any political advertisements addressing the opposition. They are collectively inaccurate and sensationalist.

    In McCain’s case, that meant I never listened at all.

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  13. While it was implied that it was Obama voters being referenced, it didn’t actually single them out. There are more than enough morons in the GOP. And you assertion about Republican leadership is dead wrong. There is no leadership within the GOP. And that my friend, is the problem. We are party with a bad agenda headed by too many Indians and not a single chief.

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  14. You refer to being “headed by too many Indians.” I say you’re referencing the same people I spoke of.

    For the first time that most of us can remember, the Republican party is fractured. Split. Divided. Even the disorganized and vastly divergent policies of the Democrats can take down an elephant so firmly mired in its own confusion, bewildered as his liver disagrees with his blood on how the poisons should be managed.

    What I referenced as the behavior of “Republican leadership” is the one thing tying all the Indians together.

    Really shitty campaigns.

    Which is horrible. The Republican party brings many good things to the table. Though I disagree with their willingness to legislate morality, I absolutely agree with their unwillingness to provide the amorphous organization referred to as “the poor” with a lot of money and no direction. Honestly, as I’ve said before, though I’m not sure you remember, both sides have got their approach to the massive social problem that the increasing rich/poor divide represents and creates completely ass-backwards.

    Honestly, though, Republicans need to get their heads “back in the game.” Stop shouting foul. Move on. Step up.

    Or you’ll just be left behind, and everyone will suffer for it.

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