Politics, Arrogance and The Smartest Kid in the Room

It isn’t simply President Obama’s left-wing politics that has a lot of Americans turning on him. It’s not just the trillion dollar-plus health care bill.  Or the stimulus package that looked more like a Christmas tree loaded with goodies for Democratic constituencies.  It’s not only his gazillion dollar budget or the prospect of huge tax increases to pay for cap-and-trade legislation.  And it’s not even his decision to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay.  Or his preference for trying American-hating terrorists in civilian courts, in places like New York City and Detroit.  There’s one other thing that has a lot of Americans fed up with this administration.  It’s the attitude. The one that informs us that, “We smart and you’re not.  We know what’s best.  You don’t.”

No, we don’t like the budget-busting politics.  But it’s the arrogance that’s making us ill.

I’ve seen this attitude before, when I worked at CBS News, a place crawling with oh-so-smart liberals.  If some dummy said “I” when he should have said “me” – or “she” when he meant “her” — they’d look at the offender as if he committed a crime not only against the English language, but against all of humanity.  To them, Hiroshima and Nagasaki may have been worse offenses, but not by much. But if you made fun of someone who lived in the Deep South, they’d laugh their sophisticated heads off.

These are the kinds of liberals who think ordinary people who fly the American flag are a little scary, and people who like to bowl a little dopey, and people who eat at Red Lobster more than a little unsophisticated.  More than their liberalism, I detested their elitism.

And that’s what we have now, one more Ivy League-educated elitist in the White House who has been told since he was a kid that he’s the smartest one in the room and that he’s so clever that he can do anything he wants.   If Barack Obama had gone into entertainment instead of politics, he’d be Jeff Zucker, the Harvard-educated genius at NBC responsible for the network’s late night fiasco.

And if the president had a TV show it would be called Obama Knows Best.  Never mind that most Americans don’t want any part of ObamaCare, they’ll learn to embrace it, we’re told.  “I . . . know what happens once we get this done,” the president says. “The American people will suddenly learn that this bill does things they like.”  Right now, of course, they’re too stupid to realize this.

This is a man who ran for office telling us the old ways of doing business in Washington would die a quick death once he took office.  Then he looks the other way when Harry Reid buys off senators with hundreds of millions of tax dollars to make sure they vote the “right way” on health care.  But bribery isn’t enough to insure the bill would go through, so our post-political president invites his union pals into the White House and cuts them a special deal too:  They don’t pay taxes on their top-of-the-line medical insurance plans for nearly a decade – but everyone else starts paying up right away.

I thought liberals were big on equality, on making sure the powerful don’t get more than the average guy on the street.  I guess that doesn’t apply to powerful union bosses who spent millions to help get Obama elected.

But it’s not that Barack Obama is nothing more than an old style Chicago politician, which is exactly what he is.  It’s that he pretended to be something else. He told us he was the future.  He said he would be different from all those hacks who populated the world of politics — and by different he meant better; better because he was smarter; smarter because he was a big thinker, a man of ideas.  But it was all a charade.  The whole time he was just arrogant.

And what about those terrorists that Americans wanted tried in military courts?  The poor saps who live between Manhattan and Malibu weren’t smart enough to understand what a bad idea that was.  Only Barack Obama understood that “American values” had to be upheld, and the best way to do that was to try these people in a federal courthouse, no matter how much havoc that might cause.  But he never bothered to explain to the unwashed masses just what “American values” would be trashed if these “alleged” terrorists were tried in a military court.

President Obama has a vision of what America should be, whether it’s a new way of looking at health care or energy or justice.  But it’s not the vision most Americans have.  And so, one short year into his historic presidency, the Obama magic that swept him into office is gone.  He used it all up.  Liberals still love him and conservatives never did, so they don’t matter.  But it’s the moderates and independents,  the ones who voted for him just over a year ago, who are jumping ship.  They don’t like his politics.  But more than that, I think, they’re sick of his Obama  Knows Best arrogance.

The other day the president told George Stephanopoulos of ABC News that the same frustration that swept Scott Brown, the new U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, into office swept Obama into office a year ago.  He’s right about that.  A year ago the American people were sick of George W. Bush.  Now they’re sick of the elitist who replaced him.

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    Whenever we write about our elites, elite liberals or elite liberal intellectuals, we should ALWAYS use quotations marks around the word “elite” or any phrase that includes the word. I’ve spent many years–in college and career environments–working near and sometimes with (unfortunately) such “elites,” and I have learned that they are generally no smarter than my other associates. The “elites” are merely more arrogant and much, much more intolerant. By the way, we should also use quotation marks around the word “intellectuals”; of those I have known who thought of themselves as liberal “intellectuals,” most definitely were not.

  • Driscoll from TX

    Love the comment from DIane from PA, why does he tilt his head up and stick his chin out all the time. Arrogance is all I can come up with at this point in time.

  • Dianne from PA

    Exactamundo!
    And could BHO tilt his chin up any higher?

  • http://none Mike Misczuk

    Sir,
    This is a good, strong column. Your mention of President Obama’s capacity for genius will be used someday as a lament by his supporters: He failed because he was too smart. The common people did not understand him.
    It was good to see you on O’Reilly’s show, being emphatic about the President’s thin-skin.
    I noted that, to the two or three people who occasionally listen to me, back during the Presidential campaign. That, and his propensity for saying he would do everything that needed doing, and more importantly, his goal to fundamentally change America.
    Our White House Constitutional lawyer either ignores or does not realize that the Constitution is fundamental to our country, and he does not comprehend the limits of his office.
    I have not heard a lot of talk about how President Obama has prejudiced his proposed fair trial for Khalid Sheik Muhammad (sp?). The President said he will be convicted, then sentenced to death. How can that male human (note I did not use the word “man”) get a fair trial when a constitutional lawyer who holds the office of President has foreordained the outcome?
    Would a potential juror who had voted for the President be swayed by that statement?
    During the campaign the scholar Thomas Sowell wrote that candidate Obama was “dangerous,” due to his foreign policies of the 1930’s and social policies of the 1960’s.
    Another scholar, Victor Davis Hanson, has written numerous critical columns about Mr. Obama, reaching one conclusion that the President is narcissistic.
    Two things. Those on the left revel in attacks on Limbaugh and Hannity. Now, no insult intended to those two gentlemen, but Mr. Sowell and Mr. Hanson have formidable minds. I believe that leftists who know of the writings of the aforementioned are afraid to engage in debate with them. The others are too intellectually lazy or dishonest to research the best
    arguments of the opposition. They are afraid to be challenged.
    The other point is that being thin-skinned is an element of narcissism.
    The other day at the National Prayer Breakfast the President made himself the issue. It goes on and on. Is the White House staff afraid of him or given to worship of him? The President’s ego is weighing him down and becoming a joke. No one on his staff has tried to change this. They know how to campaign, but do not know how to govern.
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  • Don

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  • http://zakzek.blogspot.com/ MCFergy

    Bernie;

    As often is the case, you’re right on target. My only disagreement is with, “It isn’t simply President Obama’s left-wing politics that has a lot of Americans turning on him.” Key work ‘simply,’ all of the issues you listed in your article are huge issues to two-thirds of us, who aren’t to kean on “Rules for Radicals” or the piper who pipes them.

    Had America known during the campaign what has been revealed after oath, I believe the vote tally would have been reversed, almost exactly. That’s not saying that J.S. McCain would have been the ideal candidate by any means.

  • kilroy

    If Barack wants to move forward, why is he always looking backwards at Bush? No wonder he’s stumbling all over the place…

  • http://www.bartcop.com/ Wil Burns

    Hey Bernie,

    The president’s answer to the GOP on CSPAN:

    “The fact of the matter is, is that when we came into office, the deficit was $1.3 trillion. — $1.3 [trillion.] So when you say that suddenly I’ve got a monthly budget that is higher than the — a monthly deficit that’s higher than the annual deficit left by the Republicans, that’s factually just not true, and you know it’s not true.

    And what is true is that we came in already with a $1.3 trillion deficit before I had passed any law. What is true is we came in with $8 trillion worth of debt over the next decade — had nothing to do with anything that we had done. It had to do with the fact that in 2000 when there was a budget surplus of $200 billion, you had a Republican administration and a Republican Congress, and we had two tax cuts that weren’t paid for.

    You had a prescription drug plan — the biggest entitlement plan, by the way, in several decades — that was passed without it being paid for. You had two wars that were done through supplementals. And then you had $3 trillion projected because of the lost revenue of this recession. That’s $8 trillion.

    Now, we increased it by a trillion dollars because of the spending that we had to make on the stimulus. I am happy to have any independent fact-checker out there take a look at your presentation versus mine in terms of the accuracy of what I just said.”

    Read it and weep!

    • Stephen Shields Springfield, IL

      Wil, why don’t you research something instead of doing as you “elite betters” tell you.

      • http://www.bartcop.com/ Wil Burns

        Steve, Why don’t you try to debate the facts I reported? Aren’t you people aware the dire staits Bush left the country in, when he left office. Are you people really that dense? Obama is trying to correct the mess Bush left him. How about supporting him, instead of all the griping. Don’t you people love our country?

    • Jeff

      Wil, you appear to be among the hard-left minority that are still impressed when BO simply opens his mouth.

      You libs are so starry-eyed with admiration for that little wimp you don’t care or recognize that he’s a shameless liar.

      • http://www.bartcop.com/ Wil Burns

        Jeff, I can hear you now:

        OBAMA MUST FAIL!
        (but America will fail!)
        WE DON’T CARE!
        We had to Destroy America to SAVE America….
        OBAMA MUST FAIL!
        OBAMA MUST FAIL!
        Any Obama failure is a victory for US NO MATTER HOW MUCH IT HURTS THE NATION.

  • Mitch da *itch

    Quit feeding the troll already. Ignore the fool…

  • Mitch da *itch

    All it takes is one idiot troll like Wil to ruin my experience.

  • http://www.bartcop.com/ Wil Burns

    Hey Bernie, All you conservatives are on the same page calling Obama “arrogant” but, isn’t that just a code word for “uppity”?

    • Stephen Shields Springfield, IL

      Wil, a freind of mine worked as a page in the Illinois chamber when President Obama was still there. She would go back and forth between Obama’s office and Emil Jones’ office several times a day. Emil Jones would refer to Obama as an “uppit n*****” on a regular basis. By thew way, if you think President Obama isn’t arrogant you are only kidding yourself. Anyone who runs for office has to be a little arrogant. Our President, unfortuantely suffers from narcissism. As a citizen of Illinois, and having watched Rob Blagojevich for 6 years, I can tell you that President Obama is very arrogant and narcistic. That doesn’t make him a bad person. I think you are missing the point of Bernie’s column. If you had read Bernie’s latest book, which you claim is full of hate, you would know that Bernie has said President Obama is a very likeable guy. I think you are trying to hard on ths one. And no, Bush, who I was no fan of, wasn’t as arrogant as Obama. His Vice President on the other hand was an old conservative version of our current President.

      • http://www.bartcop.com/ Wil Burns

        That is precisely what Bernie means. And if he had the nerve, he would have added, “and he needs to know his place.”

    • Nancy

      Wil–

      Why can’t you just add your two cents like everyone else and move on? Looking back it seems like you want to put in at least a buck and then some…why not go outside and enjoy life a little?

      • http://www.bartcop.com/ Wil Burns

        Nancy, Why do facts upset you people so. BTW, Did you watch our ‘arrogant’ president on CSPAN? He revealed to the world that your side lies and distorts the true facts of our economy!

        • Stephen Shields Springfield, IL

          Wil, Have you ever read one of Bernie’s books? What facts have you used? I watched the President on C-Span, and it was a dog a pony show. He is in panic mode, because he knows his political career is hanging in the balance. Unfortunately, he is using the American people as leverage.

        • Jeff

          Wil Burns says:
          January 30, 2010 at 3:05 pm
          [Nancy, Why do facts upset you people so. BTW, Did you watch our ‘arrogant’ president on CSPAN? He revealed to the world that your side lies and distorts the true facts of our economy!]

          Wil, please share your examples of the lies and distortions you think Republicans have told. I’m in the mood to expose a little liberal hypocrisy and projection.

  • http://www.bartcop.com/ Wil Burns

    Bernie, You say “A year ago the American people were sick of George W. Bush. Now they’re sick of the elitist who replaced him.” The truth is the American people are impatient, that Obama hasn’t corrected the mess Bush left the country in. One year is not enough time! When Bush assumed power, America’s biggest problems were: How do we best spend the Clinton budget surplus. We also had the best economy in our history and under Clinton we had the best America ever. Your man Bush ruined our country! The only arrogance I see, is from you people who will not give Obama and the country time to recover. Stop griping and get on board.

    I know your living depends on bashing liberals and Obama, but you cannot be proud of what you are doing. You are trashing the political discourse in our country and promoting hate for our president! How unAmerican!

    • Jeff

      Nothing says “America!” like clinging to hatred for a former president, insulting and lying about the opposing party, treating them with less respect than a known despot, and breaking every promise made while campaigning.

      Typically, one year is indeed not enough time to fix what’s wrong. But if you are a true leader, it is 364 days more than you need to quit carping about your predecessor. We heard him the first time he blamed President Bush, and the 100 or so times since then. It doesn’t even matter if the situation were worse than the Depression; long ago every mention of the past administration became the limp whining of a little wuss.

      Bo didn’t “inherit” anything. He wanted the job, he campaigned, he got elected.

      • Ron Kean

        Wil,

        Now you’re just being silly.

        • http://www.bartcop.com/ Wil Burns

          Ron, That is one great post. Keep it up and maybe you will win a pony!

      • http://www.bartcop.com/ Wil Burns

        Jeff, How about you people stop harping about Obama’s not solving all the countries problems, in one year!

        • Stephen Shields Springfield, IL

          Wil, how about you stop blaming everything on George W. Bush. I’m no fan of either Obama or Bush, but neither of them are solely to blame for the state of our country. You are right, 1 year isn’t enough time to solve our country’s problems. Wil, I suggest you watch a film called The Fall of the Republic. Yes, most of the current information is blaming the Obama administration, but mostly for coninutin failed policies. Everyone gets thrown under the bus, Paulsen, Greenspan, Bernanke, Geithner, Bush, Obama, Clinton. It is about 2 and a half ours long, but they have a good mix of economic experts capitalists and keynesian economists. After watching that, I suggest you follow up on some of the laws and bills they discuss. You will be amazed. This right vs. left paradigm that people get caught up in is exactly what politicians want. There is a great exerpt from a Rahm Emmanuel interview in that film explaining the right vs. left battle.

          • Stephen Shields Springfield, IL

            Excuse my fingers, that should read continuing failed policies.

        • Jeff

          Wil Burns says:
          January 29, 2010 at 5:54 pm
          [Jeff, How about you people stop harping about Obama’s not solving all the countries problems, in one year!]

          I have not harped about not solving them in one year. I have been pointing out that BO breaks numerous promises, attacks dissenters, smears opponents, whines about what he “inherited”, and practices a form of fiscal/socio-political governing that is a historically proven failure. You may support that stuff as long as a democrat is doing it, but I despise it no matter what.

          Now, let’s see you try to go a day without blaming President Bush. BO has proven he’s not man enough to.

  • http://www.bigbureaucracy.com/ Ellie

    Even folks that tell fishing stories are not as arrogant as Obama was at the State of the Union. I am glad Alito called Obama for not telling the truth.

    • http://www.bartcop.com/ Wil Burns

      Ellie, Alito giving foreign companies the right to contribute vast sums to our elections, is not a good thing!

      • Stephen Shields Springfield, IL

        Wil, you need to look at the statutes and laws. The President was absolutely wrong. Foreign companies are still not allowed to contribute to elections. The President was wrong, and he should admit it.

        • http://www.bartcop.com/ Wil Burns

          Five radical-right judicial activists on the U.S. Supreme Court disagreed. Brushing aside a century of lawmaking and judicial precedent dating back to Theodore Roosevelt, they ruled that when it comes to political speech. Even if the corporation is a Foreign multinational headquartered on Wall Street!

          • Jeff

            Wil,

            They’re “radical-right judicial activists” only in the mind of the pathologically liberal ideologue. Four of the five are conservative constructionists (meaning they follow the Constitution loyally), the fifth one is the centrist swing vote.

            Neither electoral law or the Constitution permit foreign contribution, and it is explicitly written.

          • Stephen Shields Springfield, IL

            Wil, corporations CANNOT contribute to a campaign. President Obama was wrong. They can however endorse a candidate, and run commercials, with there own money removing any type of trademarked campaign materials. How is this any different than the unions (a major employer in the US) endorsing a candidate? It’s not.

  • Stephen Shields Springfield, IL

    Bernie, any chance you’ll post your thoughts on the State of the Union address? I was fairly unimpressed with the President’s demeanor and cynical attitude when speaking directly to the Republicans. The arrogance you spoke of in this article rang louder with a hefty does of narcissism. I was pretty happy with several things he talked about such as supporting Nuclear Power, offshore drilling, and clean burning coal fuel. I also thought it was good that he will be removing troops from Iraq, but it bothered me that the joint cheifs sat in silence with angry expressions. Also, I think you should start a fund on this website to get Nancy Pelosi a set of pom poms.

  • Jack Davis

    O’Reilly would have a MUCH better show if he dropped that inane segment on body language. Gad, what a WASTE of time THAT is.

    • http://www.bigbureaucracy.com/ Ellie

      I think it is a clever way to bring topics that are not easy to discuss in the traditional reporting way. There are nice jabs coming out of the body language segment. I admit I enjoy when liberals (and deserving republicans) get a nice punch in their face. Bernie is good at that!

      • Jack Davis

        The segment is jejune at best and time-wasting at worst, since videotaped words then vs. now tell us who’s lying and who’s playing it straight.

        But showbiz is showbiz, I suppose, especially when it’s a dog-and-pony show.

        • Shrinque

          Yeah, Tonya Ryman has outlived her usefulness. Besides, she is so biased. Liberals are always passionate, sad, forceful, or having difficulty explaining what they mean. Conservatives are angry, defensive, threatening, or lying.

          • SSgt Miller USAF Bogram AFGAN.

            Nice way to gerneralise!! What would happen if we all thought like you?? I heard somewhere that people with blue eyes were smarter and gentler people than people with brown eyes. I heard people with brown eyes were dangrous and dumb….

  • http://www.bartcop.com/ Wil Burns

    Bernie, And all you people, who consider themselves “real Americans” better start thinking about who you’re listening to and what you’re fighting for. Liberals are the enemy? You got to be kidding me. Do you think liberals are responsible, in any way for the power these multi national/ foreign owned companies have in our nation and government? You think liberals control our government? Guess again my friends.

    • Stephen Shields Springfield, IL

      Who do you think was responsible for letting the investment banks and the commercial banks merge? That, Mr. Burns, is where the problem started. How much do you know about the economic crisis? If you think it was caused by the war in Iraq you really need to do some research.

    • Henry

      “You think liberals control our government? Guess again my friends.”

      Well, Obama and the Democrats are in charge, so yes, the liberals are controlling our government!

      • http://www.bartcop.com/ Wil Burns

        Henry, If so, what liberal legislation has been passed so far. And please be specific!

        • Henry

          I’ll give you two major ones:

          1) The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (i.e, the $787 billion economic stimulus bill signed into law Feb. 17th of last year). As Jeffrey Kuhner of the Washington Times stated, “The plan is primarily designed not to stimulate the economy, but the size and scope of government. More citizens will be dependent upon government largesse. This empowers the Democratic Party and its liberal elite.”

          2) Public Law No. 111-123. This increases the public debt limit from $12.104 trillion to $12.394 trillion.

          Seems to me that Obama and the Democrats are not only in charge but also want to expand their influence. Also, they’re continuing to spend like there’s no tomorrow…

          • http://www.bartcop.com/ Wil Burns

            1) The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (i.e, the $787 billion economic stimulus bill signed into law Feb. 17th of last year).>>

            Kept the country from going into a deep depression!

            2) Public Law No. 111-123. This increases the public debt limit from $12.104 trillion to $12.394 trillion.>>

            Kept the country from going into bankruptcy.

            What else do you have?

          • Jeff

            So, what exactly is your position, Wil?

            Is it the “You think liberals control our government? Guess again my friends” that you started with, or is it the belief that liberals ARE in charge, and “kept the country from going into bankruptcy”?

            I can see why you run away from debate. You know you can’t stump anyone to the right of you.

            Oh, and that “kept the country…” claim is impossible to back up, just like the “saved or created” tripe.

          • Stephen Shields Springfield, IL

            Actually Wil, it helped add $1.37 trillion to the federal deficit. By the way, President Obama’s policies will never work. At some point inflation is going to rear its head and bite very hard. The banks should have failed, and the government should have stayed out. The FDIC is there for a reason.

          • Henry

            “Kept the country from going into a deep depression!”

            You mean the Great Recession we supposedly just got out of? Our President-elect said the economic stimulus he and Congress passed almost a year ago would keep the official national unemployment rate under 8%. Presently, it’s 10%. Now there’s widespread consensus that the stimulus didn’t work. It’s clear to me that it didn’t work.

            “Kept the country from going into bankruptcy.”

            Seriously? All Obama and Congress want to do is spend more and bankrupt the entire country into oblivion!

            I could give you more legislation that they passed, but it’s obvious to me and everyone else here that reasoning with you is futile. So, I won’t. I’ll continue to respect your views, though. Whether you continue to respect mine and everyone else’s remains to be seen.

    • Ron Kean

      I think if you’re born here you’re a real American. If you obtain citizenship you’re a real American.

      Liberals? There used to be a time when the word ‘Communist’ meant enemy. Now with Ayres, Van Jones, and a few others, It’s OK. The old Humphry Liberal, or Kennedy Liberal days are past. This new breed…of just a year…is bad. It’s the new ‘liberal’ that’s becomming a problem.

      • http://www.bartcop.com/ Wil Burns

        There used to be a time when the word ‘Conservatism’ meant (Fascism) enemy. Now with Limbaugh, Hannity and Beck, and a few others, It’s OK. The old Eisonhower or Reagan days are past. This new breed…of just a year…is bad. It’s the new ‘Conservatism’ that’s becomming a problem.

  • Charles

    I am a big fan of Fox News, but if we are talking elitist O’reilly tops them all. His interruptions are not to keep the show moving along, it is to display his egotistical belief in his own brilliance. Regardless of who is on or how well versed they are in the subject being discussed, he will interrupt with: “let me tell you where you’re wrong”, “it will never happen”. Sometimes this is hilarious in it’s absurdity.

    • Kathie Ampela

      Charles,

      I think you might be mistaking elitism for show business. Did you ever watch Bill’s show when he has a guest host on? Except for Laura (I think she’s his best guest host), the show is never the same. For example, over the holidays he had a guy on, Eric Bollin I think his name is, to fill in for him. I thought he was too timid with some of the guests. I wished that he had been more forceful and I thought “we need O’Reilly on this one.” That’s just an example. That whole show is built around Bill’s confrontational personality, without it, no one would watch. Have you ever seen news programs from the fifties, like Edward R. Murrow? Very serious and straightforward, no yelling or confrontation. I don’t think Murrow could survive on cable news today because of the entertainment factor.

  • http://www.twitter.com/dangergirl6 DangerGirl

    You don’t clean up a financial mess by throwing good money after bad. All Obama is doing is repeating the mistake the Bush Admin made…so much for the CHANGE part of HOPE N CHANGE.

    And you’ll note that Bernie’s piece doesn’t focus on the debt only, he focuses on all the other HUGE blunders this arrogant, out of his league, jackass of a President, has made in his first year in office.

    The election of Brown has effectively nailed the coffin on Obama care — But Notice how the Obamanuts here refuse to confront that fact – instead they do what Obama has done – “blame bush” The MOST DEMOCRAT state in the country sent a POWERFUL message to this Administration and Pres Oarrogant — Ted Kennedy’s seat went to a REPUBLICAN –Scott Brown.

    These sycophants of Obama leaving comments here act as if Obama was soooo stupid he had NO idea what he would be inheriting from the Bush administration when he made his decision to run for President.

    That’s like saying Capt Edward Smith had NO idea what he was getting when he accepted to Captain the Titanic . Both Smith and Obama KNEW exactly what they were getting and they knew the risks. Edward Smith was convinced he was piloting a ship that was invincible – Obama thought he was piloting a Congress that was invincible. Both men were wrong! Very Wrong!

    This President & his sycophants some of whom have posted here can do nothing better than whine about and blame Pres Bush for Obama’s failures. One year into his Presidency and this sad excuse of a human being has accomplished NOTHING of his agenda.

    “If Barack Obama had gone into entertainment instead of politics, he’d be Jeff Zucker, the Harvard-educated genius at NBC responsible for the network’s late night fiasco”

    As a former Hollywood insider, I am ROFLMAO at how true that is!!
    I m waiting for Jeff to start whining about the “mess ” he inherited it at NBC from his predecessor.

    Special Note to SSgt Miller

    1) its BAGRAM AF BASE, not BOGRAM… ( just saying)

    2) I do know exactly how many tours of duty most of our soldiers and Marines have done in both Iraq and Afghanistan – no matter how long their enlistment has been.

    3) One doesn’t have to serve in the Military to voice an opinion – be it supportive or unsupportive of ANY President.

    Your arrogant insulting comments would be more intellectually honest if they were directed at Obama because HEhas NO idea how many tours of duty the average soldier, or Marine, or Airmen has done, & he NEVER served. And he has NO respect for the CIA – men and women who ALSO serve this country, who get NO recognition for it, who have paid the ultimate price for their service – some of who names cannot even be acknowleged on a star at CIA HQ.

    It is OBAMA that treats YOU like an idiot…when he says it doesn’t matter if you don’t like “my Healthcare plan now — you will ‘Learn” to like it in time. There is a reason we don’t have arranged marriages in the US. — you know where you told “Doesn’t matter if you don’t love this man or this woman — we are your parents and we know whats best for you — in time you will “learn to love her/him”. What President says that to the majority of the people that elected him?

    As for insulting Bernie because he hasn’t served…will you also insult those of us who haven’t served, even though we sit waiting for our loved ones to return from service?

    Obama won an election – but the people him are no longer happy with the man they elected.. and they have the power to UNELECT him.

    Democracy gives any of the right to voice our opinion about a President — we express that opinion in the media, in protests, in townhalls, in blogs, online, offline, in coffee shops, in restaurants, in bars, at home, at work, with friends, with frenemies, and we express that opinion at the polls on election days. The people of Massachusetts elected Obama in 2008 – in 2010 they sent him a message LOUD AND CLEAR. They have buyers remorse – they are unhappy with him for ALL the reasons Bernie stated. The majority spoke loudly — so by your reasoning — since they didn’t serve they are just ‘loud mouths” “sideline’ Americans — not entitled to their opinion and their vote, right Ssgt Miller?

    I’d thank you for your service but being a loudmouth sideline American apparently that would NOT count in your eyes! Asshat! You may be serving but you aren’t doing your uniform proud!

    As Obama, his administration, and his sycophants continue to unravel and come undone – I look forward to 2012 when the overwhelming majority of us will be singing ” Na Na Na, Na Na Na, Hey Hey Hey GOOD BYE.”

  • DangerGirl

    You don’t clean up a financial mess by throwing good money after bad. All Obama is doing is repeating the mistake the Bush Admin made…so much for the CHANGE part of HOPE N CHANGE.

    And you’ll note that Bernie’s piece doesn’t focus on the debt only, he focuses on all the other HUGE blunders this arrogant, out of his league, jackass of a President, has made in his first year in office.

    The election of Brown has effectively nailed the coffin on Obama care — But Notice how the Obamanuts here refuse to confront that fact – instead they do what Obama has done – “blame bush” The MOST DEMOCRAT state in the country sent a POWERFUL message to this Administration and Pres Oarrogant — Ted Kennedy’s seat went to a REPUBLICAN –Scott Brown.

    These sycophants of Obama leaving comments here act as if Obama was soooo stupid he had NO idea what he would be inheriting from the Bush administration when he made his decision to run for President.

    That’s like saying Capt Edward Smith had NO idea what he was getting when he accepted to Captain the Titanic . Both Smith and Obama KNEW exactly what they were getting and they knew the risks. Edward Smith was convinced he was piloting a ship that was invincible – Obama thought he was piloting a Congress that was invincible. Both men were wrong! Very Wrong!

    This President & his sycophants some of whom have posted here can do nothing better than whine about and blame Pres Bush for Obama’s failures. One year into his Presidency and this sad excuse of a human being has accomplished NOTHING of his agenda.

    “If Barack Obama had gone into entertainment instead of politics, he’d be Jeff Zucker, the Harvard-educated genius at NBC responsible for the network’s late night fiasco”

    As a former Hollywood insider, I am ROFLMAO at how true that is!!
    I m waiting for Jeff to start whining about the “mess ” he inherited it at NBC from his predecessor.

    Special Note to SSgt Miller

    1) its BAGRAM AF BASE, not BOGRAM… ( just saying)

    2) I do know exactly how many tours of duty most of our soldiers and Marines have done in both Iraq and Afghanistan – no matter how long their enlistment has been.

    3) One doesn’t have to serve in the Military to voice an opinion – be it supportive or unsupportive of ANY President.

    Your arrogant insulting comments would be more intellectually honest if they were directed at Obama because HEhas NO idea how many tours of duty the average soldier, or Marine, or Airmen has done, & he NEVER served. And he has NO respect for the CIA – men and women who ALSO serve this country, who get NO recognition for it, who have paid the ultimate price for their service – some of who names cannot even be acknowleged on a star at CIA HQ.

    It is OBAMA that treats YOU like an idiot…when he says it doesn’t matter if you don’t like “my Healthcare plan now — you will ‘Learn” to like it in time. There is a reason we don’t have arranged marriages in the US. — you know where you told “Doesn’t matter if you don’t love this man or this woman — we are your parents and we know whats best for you — in time you will “learn to love her/him”. What President says that to the majority of the people that elected him?

    As for insulting Bernie because he hasn’t served…will you also insult those of us who haven’t served, even though we sit waiting for our loved ones to return from service?

    Obama won an election – but the people him are no longer happy with the man they elected.. and they have the power to UNELECT him.

    Democracy gives any of the right to voice our opinion about a President — we express that opinion in the media, in protests, in townhalls, in blogs, online, offline, in coffee shops, in restaurants, in bars, at home, at work, with friends, with frenemies, and we express that opinion at the polls on election days. The people of Massachusetts elected Obama in 2008 – in 2010 they sent him a message LOUD AND CLEAR. They have buyers remorse – they are unhappy with him for ALL the reasons Bernie stated. The majority spoke loudly — so by your reasoning — since they didn’t serve they are just ‘loud mouths” “sideline’ Americans — not entitled to their opinion and their vote, right Ssgt Miller?

    I’d thank you for your service but being a loudmouth sideline American apparently that would count in your eyes! Asshat! You may be serving but you aren’t doing your uniform proud!

    As Obama, his administration, and his sycophants continue to unravel and come undone – I look forward to 2012 when the overwhelming majority of us will be singing ” Na Na Na, Na Na Na, Hey Hey Hey GOOD BYE.”

    • http://www.bartcop.com/ Wil Burns

      DangerGirl, Other then giving huge tax breaks to the wealthy, have you any suggestions for our country’s problems?

  • http://www.bartcop.com/ Wil Burns

    Hey Bernie, All of a sudden, 12 months into the Democratic president’s term, we are in dire straits. The former 8 years had nothing to do with out president situation? Give me a break! BTW, Bernie, have you forgotten when the bailouts began?

    • Stephen Shields Springfield, IL

      Bernie was pretty harsh on the Bush administration for their bailouts. He is staying consistent.

      • http://www.bartcop.com/ Wil Burns

        C’mon Steve, Bernie only bashes liberals. To him liberals are evil and responsibile for all that is wrong in America! Haven’t you been reading his books!

        • Stephen Shields Springfield, IL

          Actually, yes, I have read his books. Have you?

        • Ron Kean

          I’ve read 2 and you’re wrong.

        • Henry

          I’ve read both “Liberal Bias” and “Crazies To The Left Of Me, Wimps To The Right”. Can’t wait to read “A Slobbering Love Affair” (I’m currently reading “Liberty And Tyranny” by Mark Levin). Bernie is both poignant and funny as ever!

          • Stephen Shields Springfield, IL

            “A Slobbering Love Affair” is a fairly quick read. This is one of those don’t judge a book by its cover types. Pay close attention to Bernie’s thesis in this one. Parts are tongue in cheek and meant to be, but the majority is very good. The two best parts are the interview with Rush Limbaugh (who I happen to think is very arrogant and a windbag when put behind a microphone) and the 10 questions Bernie would ask President Obama per election.

          • Henry

            Thanks Stephen for the advice. I’ll be sure to keep what you said in mind.

  • SSgt Miller USAF Bogram AFGAN.

    nice rant berno! now give yourself a patt on the back, look in the mirrior and tell yourself, “im a great american.”

    I really like how sure of yourself you are berno! Almost arrogant……

    I just want to thank you for simplifing this situation in your “rant” for us stupid americans. It was all so simple that you were able to spell it out in a few short paragraphs. We needed that cuz we cannot think for ourselves. Thank YOU!! Us great americans needed that!!

    btw, how old are you Berno?? in all your years of life you never had time to join the military and serve your country?? ……..some great american…….lie…..

    • Jeff

      SSgt Miller USAF Bogram AFGAN. says:
      January 24, 2010 at 2:18 am
      [nice rant berno! now give yourself a patt on the back, look in the mirrior and tell yourself, “im a great american.”

      I really like how sure of yourself you are berno! Almost arrogant……

      I just want to thank you for simplifing this situation in your “rant” for us stupid americans. It was all so simple that you were able to spell it out in a few short paragraphs. We needed that cuz we cannot think for ourselves. Thank YOU!! Us great americans needed that!!

      btw, how old are you Berno?? in all your years of life you never had time to join the military and serve your country?? ……..some great american…….lie…..]

      Should this be taken to mean you disagree with Bernie’s points, or are you just being obnoxious for the heck of it?

      • SSgt Miller USAF Bogram AFGAN.

        i take it this a forum of a bunch of “able bodied” “intellegent” “great americans.” And i take it also that this is a forum of “loud mouth” “sideline” “great americans.”

        Do any of you “great americans” have any idea how many tours the average troop has done in Afganistan or Iraq in a six year enlistment?? I’ve done 3 and am currently on my fourth. I have a wife and kid that i would like to see…..sometime…..

        So why dont you “able bodied” “intellegent” “loud mouth” “sideline” “GREAT AMERICANS” come out here and show everyone how much “you love your country??”

        Why dont you come out here so some of us can go the f___ home??

        Cuz you are all so “full of s__!!” FULL OF IT!!!

        IF YOU DONT BELIEVE ME THEN JUST READ THIS GARBAGE YOU ALL WRITE. ITS ALL JUST B.S.!!!!!

        • MIARNG Soldier

          SSgt Miller,

          I do read Bernie’s columns however, I do not share your assertion that Bernie is acting in the manner that you allege. Bernie is the type of media critic that calls it like it is. For me, certain characteristics that appear in politicians or the media are not readily apparent to those who are not political or media-savvy. So in that sense, I’m glad that there are people such as Bernie can point out such hypocrisies. I will say that I have to see him call something out incorrectly. After all, working for as many years in CBS as Bernie did would make him a subject matter expert on the media.

          But I would like to address the fact that you chose to personally attack an American citizen for not serving in the U.S. military. There is absolutely nothing wrong if a person chooses not to serve. It doesn’t make an American who chooses to serve any more of an “American” than one who chooses not to. There may be some underlying reason why a particular person doesn’t serve. Whatever the reasons may be, it is not up to you to judge a person’s character in that regard.

          I would also be careful in flaunting your service in OEF and OIF as there are over 1.5 million veterans of those wars. Your situation is certainly not a unique one. I feel that it’s an admirable thing that you’ve sacrificed so much for our country. However, it was your choice to join the military along with all the other OIF/OEF veterans.

          Definitely your service and sacrifice is something to be proud of but it shouldn’t be used in the manner that you do in order to shut down discourse or berate others. The reasons that I can say these things is that I am a senior NCO and a veteran of OIF with almost 18 years of service in the U.S. Army.

          • SSgt Miller USAF Bogram AFGAN.

            Hey man, i call it like i see it. Service or no service, these people got the B.S. stacked up so high that they believe it!! Bernie is no journalist, but he does editorials. He writes as arrogantly as he says barack is…..as if bernie has it all figured out and the big picture is so simple that it can be summed up in a few short paragraphs. And i guess all of us are supposed to just say “ya bernie!! your right!!! you tell em bernie!!”

            I for one am not gonna jump on the bernie bandwagon, like some sort of bernie stooge. And did you call him an expert….ha ha, what exactly quantifies him as an expert?? Hes an opinionated old man, with less life experience than i have at 29 years old. That is a fact.

            Guess what, Barack won the election by the greatist majority in 20 years. That means “the people” have decided. In this country “the majority is NOT RULED by the minority!!” So pipe down people unless you hate the republic, unless you hate democracy!!

          • MIARNG Soldier

            SSgt Miller,

            I’m glad to see that we’re back on topic here.

            What makes Bernie an expert on the media? The fact that he worked at CBS as reporter for over 25 years. He was a perspective on the inner workings of a media conglomerate that few of us have. I believe that he’s qualified to make the assessments that he does.

            Does that mean one should agree with everything he says? Of course not and I’m sure Bernie would agree too. However, he offers a different perspective or opinion and makes a person think a little about why they believe what they believe.

            As far as telling people to “pipe down” because Obama won the election, that’s probably one of the most un-democratic statements a person can make. Disagreement with public officials and their policies, which in essence is exercising the right to petition grievances, is one cornerstone of our republic.

            On a more positive note, I do hope that you have a speedy return home and reunion with your family.

          • SSgt Miller USAF Bogram AFGAN.

            Cheers bro, you’re pretty cool. Way to stay level headed. I’d like to see more of that in this blog. And you’re right his post does make people consider why people believe what they believe. Discoarse is important….americans need to do that more in the international stage. The world is getting smaller with technology and two things are happening…..dialogue….and bad media. Dialogue is good….and the other….not so. The problem with americans is the pacific and atlantic ocean. Most of us never make it across, where as europeans and asians mix with all the other cultures regularly. I honestly think americans look at the world thruough a very narrow minded small window. And believe that we are right and everyone should follow our lead. But the truth is, we are the richest nation in the world and we all walk around with dirty asses. Most of us just wipe our ass with paper. That is gross….but we dont see it any other way….well the rest of the world is washing their ass…..even third world countrys like the philippines are washing theirs ass…..in that respect to other cultures….americans are dirty….Also, americans mostly only eat food with silverwear…..come to find out the rest of the world is using their hands…..

            Anyway, when i finally started to travel…ie…kenya, mombassa, nirobi, South Africa, Cape Town, Jo burg, Egypt, ciaro, saudi arabia, taif and jedda, phillippines…all over, thailand bkk and chang mai, afganistan, kuwait, abu dabi, dubai, doha…….and after eating and speaking with other people….geting other points of view….i felt embarrased of “us” or people….my people…..its like we dont consider any other culture as if all others are wrong and our way it the right way…..its not true. Then i read the blogs and everyone is so solid in their oppinion, and how could they be?? how can everyone be so sure of themselves?? I used to be just like them and now i’m just embarrased. We are so limited in our view….damn atlantic and pacific ocean!! To expensive to cross!! I’m just one of the fortunate ones in that respect….

          • Lon

            Just weird…

          • Stephen Shields Springfield, IL

            We also take showers on a daily basis. What 3rd world country does that?

          • SSgt Miller USAF Bogram AFGAN.

            We also dispose of our parents in an “old folks home” / instatution……what 3rd world country does that??

          • Stephen Shields Springfield, IL

            Speak for yourself. I would never put my parents in a nursing home. If they chose to live in a retirement center it would be up to them. If it came down to it I would absolutely make room for them in my own home, but it would be on their terms. I’m not going to force them to do anything. What third world country even has the capabilities to open one of these instItutions?

          • SSgt Miller USAF Bogram AFGAN.

            what 3rd world country deals with bad child behavior by dope’n their kids up on riddaline??

          • Stephen Shields Springfield, IL

            What 3rd world country can even manufacture ridaline? By the way, I think ADD is an excuse, so we agree there. I just don’t understand your disdane for America? Is everything perfect? No. Is everything perfect in the rest of the world? No, simply for the fact that more and more people immigrate to the United States every year. If it is such a bad place, why do people keep coming here? For accusing others of being “bad Americans”, you sure don’t sound to proud of your country. Sure, it isn’t perfect, but it’s ours.

        • Andrew

          If this website upsets to this much of a degree you are perfectly within you’re right to not look at it or read the comments. Why read this if it upsets you this greatly?

  • Leland

    Good column Bernie. Thanks.

  • Mark in WV

    In a way I’m surprised and in a way I’m not. Obama spoke of “change”, then surrounds himself with Clinton era hacks. Its like Rahmy and Axeldrip said, “We lost the House in 1994 because we didn’t spend ENOUGH! And we didn’t move FURTHER left! Don’t let this time go to waste!”

  • http://www.bigbureaucracy.com/ Ellie

    If Obama was starring in a movie it would be called: “White Man can’t jump, so we just have to make it mandatory for them to jump”

    As a non-native English speaker who likes blogging I get a lot of elitist jabs for my grammar.

    For the liberals the constitution is a living document, but the English language is carved in stone at Harvard.

  • http://www.bartcop.com/ Wil Burns

    Hey Bernie, When George W. Bush took office, the national debt was $5.73 trillion. When he left, it was $10.7 trillion. That’s a difference of $4.97 trillion. Now that’s really some arrogance!

    • Jeff

      Wil Burns says:
      January 22, 2010 at 3:28 pm
      Hey Bernie, When George W. Bush took office, the national debt was $5.73 trillion. When he left, it was $10.7 trillion. That’s a difference of $4.97 trillion. Now that’s really some arrogance!

      Hey, there’s my boy! Thought you might’ve been kidnapped when you stopped responding in the last column.

      This might disappoint you, son, but your attempt to divert attention away from the narcissist-in-chief failed. BO (unfortunately) is still president, Bernie’s column is still here, and you still haven’t written a single thing to support BO’s policies or refute any opposing statement on this site.

      Ironically, you support the opposing viewpoint every time you point to the economic situation courtesy of President Bush. The spending that some of his policies called for did in fact increase the deficit by a huge margin. Now that you’ve established your disapproval for lavish deficit spending, you’ll need to somehow explain your current silence as the current “president” has policies that would make President Bush’s look like penny-pinching.

      A reminder: you’ll achieve at least the appearance of confidence in your position if you lose the attitude and focus on the question, just as BO would achieve at least the appearance of a leader if he were to try going a few days without blaming his predecessor.

    • Henry

      Interesting, Wil. I was able to calculate the amount of national debt that accumulated each year Bush was in office thanks to the Treasury Direct’s web site (http://www.treasurydirect.gov/NP/BPDLogin?application=np). And this is what I came up with:

      1/2001 – 1/2002: $0.2 trillion
      1/2002 – 1/2003: $0.5 trillion
      1/2003 – 1/2004: $0.6 trillion
      1/2004 – 1/2005: $0.6 trillion
      1/2005 – 1/2006: $0.6 trillion
      1/2006 – 1/2007: $0.5 trillion
      1/2007 – 1/2008: $0.5 trillion
      1/2008 – 1/2009: $1.4 trillion

      If you add up all the numbers, it comes to $4.9 trillion, which is close to $4.97 trillion (I rounded every number to the nearest tenth decimal place, of course).

      Now, this is the number I came up with for the amount of national debt accumulated during President Obama’s first year in office (1/2009 – 1/2010): $1.7 trillion

      Under our current President, the amount of national debt accumulated in his first year of office alone far exceeds the national debt accumulated under Bush for EACH year he was in office. In fact, Bush was nowhere near as bad as Obama when you compare the amount of debt accumulated based on their 1st year in office ($0.2 trillion vs. $1.7 trillion).

      Yes, this is only Obama’s first year in office, so it’s early. However, at the rate Obama and the Democrats are going, unless they change their spending habits (which I don’t foresee anytime soon), I think the national debt accumulated under Obama during his current term could very well exceed the $4.9 trillion under Bush’s eight years.

      If this is isn’t arrogance, I don’t know what is!

      • http://www.bartcop.com/ Wil Burns

        President Obama’s first year in office (1/2009 – 1/2010): $1.7 trillion>>

        Yes, It’s going to cost plenty to clean up the mess Bush left Obama and our country!

        • Stephen Shields Springfield, IL

          You need to look a little farther than January 2001 to start laying blame.

        • Henry

          Blaming Bush is a sad and tired excuse, quite frankly. If Bush was responsible, then our President-elect is simply making things worse.

        • Jeff

          Awww, poor little Wil. You didn’t know that BO is a far worse spendthrift than President Bush ever was, did you? How unfortunate for you, having only “Yes, It’s going to cost plenty to clean up the mess Bush left Obama and our country!” to offer in light of that.

          As hard as it may be, see if you can get past your terminal case of BDS and decide whether or not severely increasing the national debt is wrong. You can’t have it both ways.

    • Stephen Shields Springfield, IL

      Why are you so fixated on George W. Bush? President Obama is the one being discussed. Your argument is a straw man. If you have ever read Bernie’s books, you would know that he has criticized President Bush very harshly. All President Bush did was take a page out of the Democrats book and spend like a drunken sailor. Most of this was so the Democrats in office would back the war in Iraq. If you think the economic crisis is all George W. Bush’s fault, you are only kidding yourself. By the way, I thought Bush did a lot of things wrong and is a contributing factor to the economic crisis, but to say that Obama inhereted a huge mess cannot be put solely on Bush’s shoulders. His new fund raising partner had a lot to do with it as well. Clinton, Bush, and Obama, the same being in different skin. The only difference between the 3 is that Obama is an ultra liberal. I’d be willing to bet if he cooled off and stopped trying to ram such an ultra liberal agenda through, and take care of situations at hand, that his approval rating would be tons higher. He needs to be a little more concerned with the economy, and a little less concerned with being the first President to pass “health-care reform”, and I use that term losely in the way Obama views healthcare reform. I made a very sincere apology to you on Bernie’s last blog entry. I hope you’ll take it to heart. I’m sorry for insulting and degrading you, it was wrong and there is absolutely no excuse for it.

  • Buz Chertok

    Scott Brown’s victory in Mass. at this time just might not be the blessing that America needed at this time because it happened before the socalled midterm elections which gives Obama and his equally criminal advisors and cohorts namely Rahm, Axelrod, Pelosi and Reid some time to reverse course and start behaving like Americans as opposed to dictatorial creeps. It has enabled formerly powerless democrat congress people to defy their despotic Obama worshipping leaders thereby defusing their plans for America’s ruin on the grounds that,while just little hope for their political longevity still exists, their will be absolutely no hope left if they continue on their previous course. Our best bet is to get rid of the democrat majorities no matter what they now do so that a republican congress can butt heads with a democrat president thereby keeping his fatal “progressive” plans to an absolute minimum.

    • http://www.bartcop.com/ Wil Burns

      Yes, another Senator NO. That is what our country needs. But, what really amazes me is: Why should launching wars and cutting taxes for the rich require only 51 votes, while saving lives (healthcare) requires 60?

      • Jeff

        Wil Burns says:
        January 25, 2010 at 7:31 pm
        [Yes, another Senator NO. That is what our country needs. But, what really amazes me is: Why should launching wars and cutting taxes for the rich require only 51 votes, while saving lives (healthcare) requires 60?]

        Couldn’t agree with you more on launching wars; we saved no lives whatsoever in that Iraq thing. We should’ve just ignored Saddam Hussein and left him to his daily regimen of taking the Iraqi people out on picnics and giving them rescued kittens.

        Also spot-on about cutting taxes for the rich, Wil. Those people were the ONLY ones who got to keep more of their money. Nobody in any other income bracket got a tax-cut. What’s worse, not a single one of those terrible rich people earned that money. All of them inherited it, and when you inherit money the government gets to decide how much is really yours, doggone it!

        Okay, that ends this episode of Sarcasm Theater.

        As for your question about votes/HC: As soon as the dem iron-fists in Congress write a HC bill that isn’t just a blatant reach for raw power, they won’t need to shut out the Republicans.

  • Candy Sentell

    What about the slubbering love affair Fox is having with Palin? Which has been going on since the campaign. It sure is nice to hire your very own politician to mold for the future. Someone wrote Oreilly last night questioning why time was being wasted asking Palin what she did for fun and not Rove. He made fun of that person. I and I’m sure lots of others don’t give a darn what any of them do for fun. Quit shoving Palin down our throats. I didn’t see Dobbs getting slubbered all over on Oreilly and a lot of the other Fox shows. I resent Palin being called governor. SHE QUIT WHEN THE GOING GOT TOUGH!!!!! What would she have done with the mess this last year if she had been in office? Is this really fair and balanced? Is Fox getting too big for its pants. Power corrupts–absolute power corrupts absolutely. I do think you and Williams try to be fair but you both get cut off by Oreilly too often. He can say he has equal number of people from both sides on, but if you don’t let them finish what they are saying, IT IS NOT FAIR AND BALANCED. IT IS A SNEAKY WAY OF TIPPING THE SCALE. I personly would like to kick both sides out of office and start over. They haven’t been for a long time and still aren’t in touch with the folks. I don’t understand why you and others like you with power aren’t stomping on the things that are really hurting us. Like the credit card rape and gas prices. Have you and others like you been off poverty so long that you have lost touch also?

    • Kathie Ampela

      I agree with you on several points that you made here Candy. I worry that Fox News is turning into MSNBC on the right by pushing Palin too much. I didn’t care for Bill’s questioning Sarah Palin on what she does to relax, there are much more important things to ask her about and she was hired to be an analyst, not give fluff interviews. However, you have to remember, majority rules. Fox News had extremely high ratings with the Sarah Palin appearances. It’s really a commentary on the public. If no one was interested in Sarah Palin, no one would have watched. If people would become more serious minded and interested in important issues rather than mind numbing fluff like what Palin does for fun, we would see more of that. I agree that Fox News has to take the high road and be better than the rest of the biased media, but they are also in it for the money, too. I disagree that by Bill interupting it’s a sneaky way of tipping the scales. He has to keep the show moving along to the next commercial break (the making money part rears it’s ugly head again).

      • Ron Kean

        The reason Fox is so far ahead in ratings is that the average person realizes what is extreme, right and left and wants the middle-right. Fox reflects that balance between right and left. If you would read Palin’s book, you’d understand that she quit for the sake of the state because a multitude of personal attacks took way too much of her time. When Palin was chosen by McCain, 40 journalists and lawyers flew to Alaska to learn as much as they could about her. When her book was published, 11 people from the AP checked it for accuracy. Compare that to the interest in the specifics of Obama’s past. What else could Fox have done? Beck who everybody admits is a bit loony beat her up a little. Frankly, I think she’s been slapped around enough (figuratively speaking). Evidently, you still want to pile on. Maybe MSNBC is the best network for you.

        • Kathie Ampela

          No, I disagree Ron. MSNBC is not the best network for me. I am a huge Fox News fan that’s the reason for my concern that they stay fair and balanced. And I have continually said on posts that I have left on Bernie’s website that I feel Sarah Palin was the victim of vicious attacks by the liberal media. I’m well aware of the 40 journalists that went up to Alaska to dig up dirt on Palin. Which media outlets did these journalists work for? We all know that the majority of the media is left/liberal. They went up there on a mission to destroy her, plain and simple. Having said all that, we need to Fox News to adhere to higher standards. In my opinion, hiring Sarah Palin was a risky move. I’m not yet convinced she’ll be able to handle the job of an analyst. It’s not the job of any network to push a political candidate, we just went through that with Obama/NBC/MSNBC. I’m not saying that that’s what they are doing – I’m saying that’s what I DON’T want them to do.

    • http://www.bartcop.com/ Wil Burns

      Candy, It’s what they always do! I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but every time you start to make your point, they will interrupt you. (In fact, ALL REPUBLICAN APOLOGISTS use this technique.) Interruption!

      But, they do it primarily to cut your thought off before the audience can hear it. It serves their purpose in many ways, and there’s not much that can be done about it.

      • Jeff

        Wil Burns says:
        January 22, 2010 at 3:37 pm
        [andy, It’s what they always do! I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but every time you start to make your point, they will interrupt you. (In fact, ALL REPUBLICAN APOLOGISTS use this technique.) Interruption!

        But, they do it primarily to cut your thought off before the audience can hear it. It serves their purpose in many ways, and there’s not much that can be done about it.]

        Wil,
        “They,” meaning pundits in general, or just non-liberal ones?

        Your comment suggests (surprise!) ignorance about BOR. He is not a conservative across the board, though leans that way more often than not. He will agree, and has, with democrats regularly when they make a solid point.

        I’m in favor of pundits, including BOR, interrupting in an effort to keep the show going, as long as enough of the other’s point has been heard. And when the likes of Barney Frank try the same cheap “blame Republicans” game when their actions are called into question, I DEMAND interruption.

        How do you feel about Chris Matthews’ form of interruption? He’s mastered it, and at a high volume.

        • Kathie Ampela

          Jeff,

          Well said, thank you!

        • Stephen Shields Springfield, IL

          Jeff, did you see Christ Matthews’s show the other night after Brown’s victoy in Mass.? They were deciding who was at fault for Coakley losing. When things go wrong, they just blame, blame, blame.

          • Anonymous

            Didn’t see it, but Newsbusters had a report that knocked me off my chair. It said that on his show a day or so after Brown’s win, Matthews was amazingly rational (for him, anyway) about the whole thing. He spoke along the lines of the dems’ approach being wrong-headed, the ignorance and disrespect they had for the people, stuff like that. That is the sort of blame that has a place here.
            If libs were to also mention the fact that Senator Brown and his campaign were in every way superior to his opponent, that the people liked his promise to oppose the bill, and perhaps that Coakley has a reprehensible record as an attorney, they would earn some of their long-lost credibility back.

            Every now and again people like Matthews do pleasantly surprise me, even Olbermann did not long ago when Rush made a bid to buy the Rams. But it’ll take a lot more such surprises by Matthews before I stop thinking “PANTYWAIST!” every time I see him.

          • Jeff

            That last comment was by me, SS. (I’m on a different computer and forgot to enter my name!)

        • http://www.bartcop.com/ Wil Burns

          How do you feel about Chris Matthews’ form of interruption? He’s mastered it, and at a high volume.>>

          I hate him, like poison!

          • Jeff

            Credit you, though I’d say he’s more like a glass of cheap, diluted, unsweetened lemonade.

          • Stephen Shields Springfield, IL

            Wouldn’t know what his form of interuption is. I’ve watched his show a handful of times, mostly on election nights or after State of the Union addresses. I don’t watch Fox News either, and I think Bill O’Rielly is an arrogant windbag. Glenn Beck on the other hand cracks me up because it is so hard to take him seriously. I thought Matthews’ book Hardball was very informative though. However, I lost all respect for him when I heard him say it was his job as a reporter to get then Senator Obama elected President.

  • Stephen Shields Springfield, IL

    Bernie, I contributed to a section in the State Journal Register the other day that shared a similar opinion. Mine was much less abrasive, however, and I complimented the President on a few things such as admitting his wrong doing in the Henry Gates situation, and continuing one of the few things that President Bush did well which was team up past Presidents to raise funds for parts of the world stricken by natural disaster. The most glaring example of President Obama’s elitism was when he informed George Stephanopoulos that he was stretching when George pulled out the dictionary to remind our President what a tax was. Being from Illinois and spending some time in Chicago for school, I can tell you that President Obama is as slick as they come. I knew his administration was going to be doomed when he appointed Rahm Emmanuel his Chief of Staff.

    Keep fighting the good fight Bernie!

    Stephen

  • Clare Ryan

    Dear Mr. Goldberg,

    I love reading your books, columns and watching you on the O’Reilly Factor. You have a great gift of putting things into perspective succinctly and with a sense of humor. As the new expression goes, you are “the bomb”! Could you come my house in central Jersey and have dinner with my husband, children and me? You are the person I would most like to meet in world, OK, honestly, Paul McCartney would be first on the list but you are a very close second. Thanks for being a voice of reason in today’s politically correct world.

    Your biggest fan in New Jersey

  • Nancy

    Bernie–

    Wonderful column, and right on, as usual. It’s amusing to see all the truly brainless “elites” trying to explain the results in Massachusetts. We got it and get it and cannot be fooled. That’s it in a nutshell.

  • Kathie Ampela

    What does that mean anyway, elitist? In the context of Bernie’s column, an elitist is someone who is dishonest, without moral integrity or character and lacks any measure of professional ethics. I rather hang with the bowling crowd, quite frankly. And by the way, it was a brilliant decision to try Khalid Sheik Mohammed in civilian court in NYC. I can see the money for Columbia and Harvard was well spent.

    • Negev

      You really don’t know? An elitist is a person who thinks of oneself as better then others, due to whatever reason.
      This is exectly what’s this article is all about. How could you miss it?

      • Kathie Ampela

        Negev,

        I was being sarcastic. Unfortunately, I’ve met a few elitists in my day. And I think my definition of an elitist is closer to the truth than what’s in Webster’s.

        Kathie

  • Bernard Ness

    Whatever it is in the “kool aid” consumed in New Haven, Cambridge, Providence, etc. it surely stunts the mind at $40,000/year. I have met many Ivy League wunderkind with MBA’s that could not find their collective asses with a map to their rectums. All theory and no practical experience. Never got their nails dirty doing some real work either. Does this sound vaguely familiar to our Annointed one? I was born and raised in Chicago and this guy is an embarassmet to all males who grew up there.

  • EddieD_Boston

    Funny how the terrorists still hate us even though George Bush isn’t president anymore. How stupid was that thought? It proves once again that you can go to Harvard and learn nothing of any practical value. He ought to go back to Cambridge and demand his money back.

  • http://www.rubegonia.net RuBegonia

    Slobbering love affair….Hooch Drool spluttered all over the map. Kleenex please.

  • Donald McMahan

    Dear Mr. Goldberg,

    I appreciate your analysis and agree about the self-anointed elites. Somewhere we’ve all met them, the presumption when they speak, as if it is impossible for any thinking person to disagree. Oh, I can go on and on. I can’t thank you enough for exposing them as you have over the years. I remember that column in the Wall Street Journal year ago. Needless to say I have all of your books.

    Thank you from flyover country. Don McMahan, Lino Lakes, MN

  • Nancy

    If only Obama et al would get their heads out of a certain part of their anatomy so that they could actually hear what the rest of us are saying. But then there is the whole listening thing at which they all fail, so just hearing would not be the only thing they need to do. I truly believe that every voter who voted for Scott Brown in Massachusetts could be asked why they voted for him and that information could be shared with Obama et al and they still wouldn’t get it. They choose to ignore the facts in favor of a “Be reasonable, do it my way” attitude. It is arrogance on steriods.

    • Jeff

      Nancy,
      You remind me of a couple of remarks BO made. In a recent speech and another last year about healthcare, he spoke of needing to communicate to the critics better. Here he was faced with widespread, loud criticism even by the very people that voted for him(!), and it never occurred to him to shut up and LISTEN.

      Politicians are an ignorant breed. We vote them in to represent us, and then they act like they were appointed to rule us.

      • http://www.bartcop.com/ Wil Burns

        Politicians are an ignorant breed. We vote them in to represent us, and then they act like they were appointed to rule us.>>

        You mean like enacting laws, that we have to obey?

        • Henry

          I take it that you agree that politicians know what’s in our best interests?

          • http://www.bartcop.com/ Wil Burns

            No, I’m just informing you, that they are in charge and make the rules!

          • Jeff

            Wil Burns says:
            January 24, 2010 at 5:00 pm
            [You mean like enacting laws, that we have to obey?]

            Wil Burns says:
            January 25, 2010 at 12:31 am
            [No, I’m just informing you, that they are in charge and make the rules]

            That’s exactly the problem with the liberal mindset. Thanks Wil, you put it perfectly. Now I will educate you on how you are wrong.

            The #1 set of rules in the USA is the Constitution. Its purpose, ever since day one, is to clarify the God-given rights of the American people and limits of the government.
            All too often politicians forget this, and it’s overwhelmingly the liberal ones. Look at the current state of affairs:
            The HC bill was un-Constitutional in numerous ways, as were the tactics the dems used in the process. The protests and criticism grew louder and more widespread, and the pols’ attitude was the people were wrong, stupid, and un-American. No democrat member of the Senate or House agreed to make subject themselves to the same iron-fisted rules being forced on the citizens.
            The White House set up a website asking for people to report dissenters. They only took it down after an outcry.
            Politicians in general, but especially democrats, rely heavily on polls, and the fact that there wasn’t a single one that favored BO amidst his policy-making didn’t faze him. Congress’ bottom-dwelling approval rating for the last year + hasn’t fazed them either.

            I could go on, but I made my point. I called them ignorant because they ignore the Constitution, they ignore the people, and they ignore the rules to their hearts’ content. And thank goodness our system of government places THE PEOPLE in charge, and we can remove them from power when we get tired of being ignored.

          • http://www.bartcop.com/ Wil Burns

            The Constitution is what five Supreme Court Justices determines, nothing more, nothing less!

    • http://www.bartcop.com/ Wil Burns

      If only Obama et al would get their heads out of a certain part of their anatomy so that they could actually hear what the rest of us are saying.>>

      Nancy, What are you people saying? You are not satisfied Obama is not solving the problems, Bush left our country? Eight years of Bush mistakes will take more the one year to solve. It’s going to take time.

      • Stephen Shields Springfield, IL

        If you think Bush is solely responsible, then you are blinded by your own convictions. By the way, I didn’t vote for him.