Saturday, October 24, 2009


The recently elected Democratic President of the United States can’t fill a room in bluest Massachusetts. Surveying the nearly half-empty Westin Copley ballroom, 2008 “Yes We Can” Hope-and-Changer Barack Obama says on behalf of his longtime political doppelganger Deval Patrick, who in 2006 was the “Together We Can” template O drew on:

“There really should be no doubt that this guy gets a second term. But let’s be honest. This is going to be a tough race … ”

Boston Herald. Geez. I’m sure Deval is glad to have the $600,000 grand, but maybe Barry should have done him a favor and stayed in D.C. To avoid the Bush-like embarrassment of low turnout and protestors. And we aren’t even a year into the first term yet.

Boston Globe helpfully plays down and buries five long graphs down but can’t quite ignore Obama’s low draw. We’ll get to that eventually, like they did. First, It was all about lowering expectations. And keeping the insider positioned as an outsider:

Sweeping into town for the fund-raiser and to deliver a speech on clean energy at MIT, Obama said Patrick deserves credit for implementing near-universal health care, investing in education, and making the alternative energy and biotech industries a priority. If voters fail to recognize this hard work in next year’s state election, the president said, it will not bode well for the United States.

I’m sorry. It was about lowering expectations and claiming dire consequences for the very nation itself if the agenda doesn’t get pushed. Maybe what he means is, 2010 losses won’t bode well for US … as in “we” … in 2012. Because, he suggests, it will effectively render him a lame duck.

Otherwise, Obama said, other political leaders will say “then maybe I shouldn’t, as a member of Congress or as a senator, take some chances and take some tough stands in pursuit of that same vision.’’

Damn, for an early first-term mandate holder, he’s not sounding very confident. But facing addressing all those empty chairs in blue Mass must have been disheartening. (SPECIALLY to our Narcissist in Chief who believes it's all about him)

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