So You Thought President Obama Would Be A Lame Duck, Did You?

Six weeks ago an election concluded that brought what every Republican, and many Democrats, thought was the deathblow for the Obama administration. There was no phrase that was uttered more often than “Lame Duck” as pundits rushed to write the epitaph of Obama’s presidency and agenda. They were convinced that the Obama era was dead and, with apologies to Monty Python, it had…

“…passed on. It is no more. It has ceased to be. It’s expired and gone to meet it’s maker. It’s a stiff. Bereft of life. It rests in peace. It’s pushing up the daisies. It’s metabolic processes are now history. It’s off the twig. It’s kicked the bucket. It’s shuffled off it’s mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleeding choir invisible. This is an ex-presidency.”

Obama Lame Duck

Well, in the subsequent forty-two days the President has demonstrated a stubborn resistance to complying with the conventional wisdom. He has defied his critics’ forecasts of an untimely demise, as well as their conviction that he is incapable of leadership. Here is a brief summary of some of the achievements that have come to pass since November 5, 2014, beginning with an historic announcement today:

  • Normalizing relations with Cuba.
  • Deferring deportation for certain undocumented immigrants.
  • Passage of a spending bill that averts another government shutdown.
  • Confirmation of his Surgeon General nominee.
  • Confirmation of twenty-seven federal judges.
  • Climate agreement with China.
  • Protection for Bristol Bay, Alaska from future oil and gas drilling.

In addition to the above, Obama has also presided over record enrollments in the second year of ObamaCare, and the deflating of Russia’s economy. And all the while the U.S. economy is performing better than any other major nation, and most indicators are firmly in positive territory.

Of course, there is still much room for improvement, but that cannot be achieved without the cooperation of Congress. There is not likely to be much of that in the next couple of years, but Obama has proven that he is able to attend to the interests of the American people even when Congress refuses to do so. And the 2016 cycle is shaping up to heavily favor Democrats.

In fact, 2016 holds decidedly bad news for Republicans and their new senate majority. The GOP will be defending 24 seats, as compared to only 10 for the Democrats. Nine of the those GOP seats are in states won by Obama in 2012. So are all of the Democratic seats. With a larger and more representative electorate it is almost a certainty that the senate will flip back to the Democrats.

It will be interesting to see where we go from here as the new congressional session begins next month. What we already know is that with Republicans in charge the Congress has set a new record for laziness. It has spent more time on vacation than working (239 total vacation days in 2014). Plus, it was the least productive session in history. It took that trophy from the session just prior.

Much of the blame has to be laid at the feet of John Boehner, the Tea Party, and the GOP’s inability and genetic aversion to governing. But if anyone is still holding onto the belief that Obama has become an irredeemable lame duck, the evidence of the past six weeks ought to shake that conviction. It is clear that Obama has no intention of being hobbled by an antagonistic Congress that cares more about their own grasp on power than they do the welfare of the people they are supposed to representing.

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10 thoughts on “So You Thought President Obama Would Be A Lame Duck, Did You?

  1. And the love affair goes on…do you have your own signed poster of him in your bedroom? Did you ever get through puberty – you giddy school girl. Thankfully it will be over soon enough – we survived GW Bush, we’ll survive this clown too.

    • You’re so lame. You don’t have the intellectual ability to come up with a substantive response, so you resort to childish taunts. And worse, you think calling someone a “girl” is an insult – you misogynist asshole. Do you ever get tired of embarrassing yourself with these asinine comments?

    • Ah piling on the ad hominems aren’t you. How’s your continued hatred for this site doing for you?

      Probably not too well if you can’t even drag yourself away from a site you clearly hate.

      • “piling on the ad hominems…”
        Yeah, I know, Mark just can’t help himself.

  2. No mention whatsoever about the likelihood of the courts declaring Obama’s actions on immigration unconstitutional. As for the I’ll-do-whatever-I-want nature of Obama’s actions regarding Cuba – aside from getting 2 Americans released, our nation got nothing out of the deal. Nothing. Even the Washington Post wrote that this is a lousy deal.
    Meanwhile, the left continues to look foolish. David Corn insulted Marco Rubio’s objections by tweeting. “Has Marco Rubio ever been to to Cuba? If not, I will gladly pay for his airfare.” Hey goober, Marco Rubio’s parents fled Cuba. How clueless can Corn be?
    In Fact, Democrat senator Robert Menendez agrees with Rubio. He said this deal stinks.

    • The courts did not declare Obama’s executive actions as uncontitutional, a single judge did, and it wasn’t even a direct challenge, more like an opion through the judgement of one of his cases. Other legal experts have stated that this will not affect the action in any way.

      Sorry to burst your fantasies, but only the supreme court can officially judge something as uncontitutional, and they haven’t even thought of doing so with regards to Obama’s executive action.

      Hah, that last paragraph shows your abject stupidity once more, Rubio’s PARENTS fled Cuba not Rubio himself, so he definately has no reckoning on Cuba’s current status quo, which was exactly Corn’s point. In trying to say how stupid he is you actually prove his point. Typical scott fail.

      In any case none of what you said even justifies Rubio’s reasons for opposing the move to establish relationships with Cuba.

      So there you have it, scott showing he’s full of nothing but stupid as ususal.

      • You’re the one who has failed. And I am smarter than you will ever hope to be.
        I did not say that the Supreme Court has already declared Obama’s actions unconstitutional. I spoke in the future tense. Pay attention. Here is the point: The legal case against this act has just started.
        I made it clear that Marco Rubio’s parents fled Cuba. You didn’t read my post. The fact that Marco Rubio’s parents fled still means that he has a deep background about the hellhole that is Cuba. And if David Corn had bothered to do a google search, he would have discovered that Marco did visit Cuba recently. Corn made a fool of himself.
        Stupidity, thy name is Delu.

  3. Colbert is on a level with Mark Twain and Will Rogers type of wit. This guy will go down as one of the greats!

  4. Posted the previous comment on the wrong story.

    Obama has the Republicans apoplectic. It’s great to watch the wing-nuts foam at the mouth and generally way over react in their typical fashion. Obama is 100% right on the Cuba move and Marco Stupido Rubio is 100% wrong. Even Rand Paul knows that much.

  5. From the article- “It has spent more time on vacation than working (239 total vacation days in 2014).” How the fk do they even still have jobs at all? What the heck? How is that even possible? You try working only 239 days of the year, see how fast you get pink slipped? Oh, let’s not forget, that despite not working much at all, they STILL get a salary, healthcare and other benefits.

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