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Is President Obama Leading Congressional Democrats Over A Political Cliff

Thursday, September 24, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Yesterday’s U.N. speech was an appalling exercise in appeasement and the most critical speech of Israel ever delivered by a sitting United States president to an international body. Rich Lowry noted correctly that “President Obama yesterday did his best impression of a high-school soph omore participating in his first Model UN meeting, retailing pious clich?s he learned from his pony-tailed social studies teacher.” It will long be remembered as perhaps the worst display of American weakness on the U.N. stage.

As that fiasco unfolded, Senate Democrats were struggling to disguise the all-out assault on seniors and the middle class that Obamacare has become. The president’s popularity has been falling again, and Democrats in Congress got stunning news on the generic ballot question.

Which all adds up to the conclusion in Michael Barone’s Washington Examiner column this morning –the Democrats are asking America to kick them back into the minority. Michael doesn’t call that result “likely” at this point, just a growing possibility. As the hard left character of the president’s foreign and domestic policy initiatives unfolds and as the scandals continue to pile up –NEA and ACORN are just the early entries on that ledger– the Obama Administration is looking more and more like a weaker, farther left version of the Carter years.

October will bring new reporting results from various campaign funds which will also tell us a lot.

Has Danny Tarkanian raised enough in small contributions to turn heads in his race against Harry Reid in Nevada. (You can send “Ten for Tark” via this link.)

Has my friend Tom Lucero added a bunch of small donors to his effort to unseat Democrat Betsy Markey in Colorado’s 4rth, and you can join them via this link. Markey infamously warned seniors they’d just have to get used to Medicare cuts, but when I was in Colorado it seemed to me that seniors were getting used to the idea of dumping Betsy Markey and replacing her with Tom Lucero instead.

And, crucially, how are the National Republican Congressional Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee doing in their effort to raise the funds necessary to press the Obama Machine across the country? You can conribute to the here and the here.

If you have $40 to invest in the future of politics in the country, I suggest you send $10 or more to each of those four campaigns today so that the dollars count in the month-end reporting.

If the president abandons his deeply unpopular attempt to “remake” American medicine and if he reverses course and begins to pu pressure on Iran and not on Israel, he could quickly limit the damage these past nine months have done to his “hope and change” halo.

But if doubles down, we have reason to hope that the change will be in the Speaker’s chair in early 2011.

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