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Obama May Be Losing His Radical Liberal Base

Over the weekend, an interesting and shocking op-ed appeared in liberal New York Times.  Written by Drew Westen, a liberal Emory University psychology professor, wrote an article that depicted President Barack Hussein Obama in the same light as conservative Tea Party patriots view him: an incompetent, inexperienced man who voted nothing but present as an Illinois State Senator.  Byron York at The Washington Examiner, a very intelligent conservative columnist, took a deeper look at the article, but more importantly, the issue that the far-left, extreme liberal base that bows to Obama's every beck and call, aren't happy with their Messiah.  This is par for the course for the worst president in American history.

From The New York Times

"A second possibility is that he is simply not up to the task by virtue of his lack of experience and a character defect that might not have been so debilitating at some other time in history. Those of us who were bewitched by his eloquence on the campaign trail chose to ignore some disquieting aspects of his biography: that he had accomplished very little before he ran for president, having never run a business or a state; that he had a singularly unremarkable career as a law professor, publishing nothing in 12 years at the University of Chicago other than an autobiography; and that, before joining the United States Senate, he had voted "present" (instead of "yea" or "nay") 130 times, sometimes dodging difficult issues."

As Byron York brilliantly points out, many of the issues mentioned in The New York Times are the same facts made by conservatives:  Barack Obama has zero experience, besides being a community agitator and a thug lawyer for ACORN.  Beyond that, Obama's past is hidden under lock and key, and it's with certitude that something in his past will harm his future, hence the secrecy surrounding his past.  In reality, Obama more than likely wishes he had never written his memoir Dreams From My Father, which explains his radical and drug-filled past.

What we know is that Barack Obama is not a leader, though, he loves all of the perks that come along with the job.  In many cases, it's the standard motto of liberalism - do as I say, not as I do - meaning he'll tell Americans to tighten their belt, while he and the First Organic-Farming Lady, jaunt across the world and live like royalty.  

Take a look at Byron York's article and see how extreme liberals are viewing their once-called Messiah.  It is shocking, especially since it's taken this long for them to come to this realization.

Cliff Levine is a contributing editor for Habledash.


In a new sign of President Obama's troubles with his Democratic base, liberal bloggers and activists are buzzing over a new essay that is profoundly critical of Obama's supposed betrayal of liberal ideals.

The article is "What Happened to Obama?" by Emory University psychology professor Drew Westen.  Writing in Sunday's New York Times, Westen argues that Obama's "deep-seated aversion to conflict and his profound failure to understand bully dynamics" -- by that, Westen means the political tactics of the Republican party -- have resulted not just in Obama's failing to achieve economic recovery and significant reforms but in his setting back the cause of recovery and reform for "at least a generation."

Like many liberals, Westen wants Obama to fight every moment of every day against what Westen views as the evils of the modern Republican party.  For Westen, disillusionment began on Inauguration Day, when Westen hoped Obama would use his first speech as president to "tell [Americans] a story that made sense of what they had just been through." Westen wanted to hear Obama attack the "greed" and "recklessness" of "conservative extremists" and "Wall Street gamblers" who nearly destroyed the economy.  Westen wanted Obama to declare war on the bad guys.  Instead, Obama's inaugural address was entirely unremarkable; he didn't say much of anything.  "There was no story," Westen writes, "and there has been none since."

Worse was to come.  Westen wanted Obama, once in office, to kick Republican butt all over Washington. He longed to hear Obama say that voters had elected Democrats "to fix the mess the Republicans and Wall Street had made of the country, and that this would not be a power-sharing arrangement."  But instead of keeping Republicans under his heel, Obama negotiated with them.  The "truly decisive move" that showed Obama to be a failure, Westen writes, was the president's decision to settle for an $800 billion economic stimulus bill that was far smaller than many liberals wanted.  Accepting a "half stimulus" instead of pushing for an even larger FDR-like program was a dismaying sign of "the tic-like gestures of compromise that have become the hallmark of [Obama's] presidency."

Read the rest at The Washington Examiner

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