Noonan and Matthews…Both Sides Blowing On Obama’s House Of Cards

Yesterday, in what was simply a brilliant essay for the Wall Street Journal, Peggy Noonan used the simplicity of Occam’s Razor to explain this complete unraveling of the Obama Administration.  While walking through the implications of Wisconsin’s failed recall election, Noonan used the metaphor of a “house of cards” to describe a president completely out of control and in a fragile decline.  John Hinderaker, at Power Line, perfectly snipped the very heart of the article.  The excerpt is long, the original article longer, but every word of both is worth reading.

From The Wall Street Journal,

President Obama’s problem now isn’t what Wisconsin did, it’s how he looks each day—careening around, always in flight, a superfluous figure. No one even looks to him for leadership now. He doesn’t go to Wisconsin, where the fight is. He goes to Sarah Jessica Parker’s place, where the money is.

There is, now, a house-of-cards feel about this administration.

It became apparent some weeks ago when the president talked on the stump—where else?—about an essay by a fellow who said spending growth is actually lower than that of previous presidents. This was startling to a lot of people, who looked into it and found the man had left out most spending from 2009, the first year of Mr. Obama’s presidency. People sneered: The president was deliberately using a misleading argument to paint a false picture! But you know, why would he go out there waving an article that could immediately be debunked? Maybe because he thought it was true.That’s more alarming, isn’t it, the idea that he knows so little about the effects of his own economic program that he thinks he really is a low spender.

For more than a month, his people have been laying down the line that America was just about to enter full economic recovery when the European meltdown stopped it. (I guess the slowdown in China didn’t poll well.) You’ll be hearing more of this—we almost had it, and then Spain, or Italy, messed everything up. What’s bothersome is not that it’s just a line, but that the White House sees its central economic contribution now as the making up of lines.

Any president will, in a presidential election year, be political. But there is a startling sense with Mr. Obama that that’s all he is now, that he and his people are all politics, all the time, undeviatingly, on every issue. He isn’t even trying to lead, he’s just trying to win.

Most ominously, there are the national-security leaks that are becoming a national scandal—the “avalanche of leaks,” according to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, that are somehow and for some reason coming out of the administration. A terrorist “kill list,” reports of U.S. spies infiltrating Al Qaeda in Yemen, stories about Osama bin Laden’s DNA and how America got it, and U.S. involvement in the Stuxnet computer virus, used against Iranian nuclear facilities. These leaks, say the California Democrat, put “American lives in jeopardy,” put “our nation’s security in jeopardy.”

This isn’t the usual—this is something different. A special counsel may be appointed.

And where is the president in all this? On his way to Anna Wintour’s house. He’s busy. He’s running for president.

But why? He could be president now if he wanted to be.

Today, Chris Matthews had a less graceful observation of Obama’s failures, ranting for him to stop his “pissant tactics”.

It looks like Obama’s house of cards is being blown in from both sides.

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  • Diane Harvey

    Chrissy, looks like that tingle that ran up your leg is turning into pissant tactics running down.

    Nice job on Jeopardy,

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  • James

    That has been the definition of obamas entire political career. He wins an election and then does nothing in that position except run for his next office. He has done this all the way to the presidency, fooling enough saps each time to vote for him. He has no accomplishments no speak of except by accident, as when he just happened to be the one sitting in the White House, or golf course as for obama, when our intelligence agency finally caught up with bin laden. He unashamedly takes credit for others accomplishments, such as the Stuxnet virus program which was established under President Bush. obama is the very worst in a politician.

  • Patty

    It seems that this administration has been in over its head for 3 1/2 years. Law Professor, Community Organizer running a NATION.

    Leadership comes from great foundation at home with deep commitment and confidence.

    Your life experiences, values and a true commitment to the people you serve. If a leader doesn’t show confidence and great morals, he cannot lead. Obama’s life was focused on Socialism and a poor judgement in those he chose to associate himself with and it is evident that this explains why he is placing our nation at risk.

    There is a danger when you believe you are so powerful that you can say or do anything a nation will fall in place is simply naive. His leadership abilities are coming into question now, he just doesn’t seem to realize others are watching in shock.

    But those of us knew his lack of experience and his inaptness would catch up to him and now, it has come to a head. And personally, Obama will not recover. But this nation will because as I see it, Romney is the only choice. And he does have a great foundation and a loving family who have morals and character and this is definitely a great start to turn us back around and bring leadership back as we all are greatly in need.

    Respect must come back to the office of the presidency.

  • west1890

    Today’s Ann Barnhardt blog has a brutally honest description of the poseur in the White House, titled ‘Gazpacho’. It’s not reading for the faint of heart. We do indeed have a Chauncey Gardener who is supposedly running the country, but, of course, he’s not. Somebody, actually many somebodies, are pulling his strings. It becomes more apparent every passing day that we must get him and his controllers out of the White House or the U.S.A. is finished. It’s nothing short of a miracle that we have not already imploded and we are surely on borrowed time.

  • Patty

    And as far as the killing of Bin laden, the doctor needs to be rescue and now. He is a hero and without him, Bin laden would not have been located. Of course, we give thanks to Seal Team 6, undoubtedly.

    I feel that if Obama doesn’t do something in the way of Covert action anything this too is another disgrace.

    And to make this killing political speaks volumes to the ego and character of Obama. That was a slap in not just Seal Team 6 but every American.

    Now, leaks and it has place this nation’s National Security at risk and who will want to do the work of national operations if secrets are being leaked. We have looked more and more vulnerable since Obama took office. This too is not leadership it is a disgrace.

  • Patty

    I have said this over 2 years that Obama needs to be impeached. Everyone tells me it won’t happen but I in my years have never seen a leader of our nation work like this leader has.

  • Patty

    #6 June 8, 2012 at 11:07 pm
    west1890 commented:

    It is a miracle. I have worried about something major coming. I pray that nothing happens because what we have heard not just this week, not just in a month, or even a year. It has been just about every day Obama has been in office.

    I admire Grassley and Issa for their fortitude and keeping up the good fight. We need to thank them, at least someone is doing something, anything. I sit here typing away hoping for a new day and that day I hope and pray will be in November 2012.

    Renew, is the word I choose, because Change is a dirty word, lately.

  • Patty

    OT

    Hilarious!! 😆

    Hungry Jack syrup truck spills onto Buttermilk Pike

    A highway truck accident never sounded so delicious. A semitrailer hauling Hungry Jack pancake syrup collided with a highway median at the Buttermilk Pike overpass in northern Kentucky, causing the truckload of syrup to spill all over the highway.

    “Every lane of southbound I-75 was covered in pancake syrup,” Fort Mitchell Police Officer Mark Spanyer told the Kentucky Enquirer. “It was a royal pain in the butt.”

    The semitrailer dumped hundreds of boxes of Hungry Jack syrup bottles.

    Thankfully, no one was seriously hurt in the accident, including the driver. Spanyer said the incident occurred on Thursday when the Hungry Jack driver maneuvered to avoid a car on the highway with a blown-out tire. While the driver was able to avoid the car, he then crashed into a median on the Buttermilk Pike overpass.

    Sadly, cleanup crews were forced to use sand, rather than giant pancakes, to clean up the mess. {..}

    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/hungry-jack-syrup-truck-spills-onto-buttermilk-pike-174159531.html

  • mcc

    God only knows who’s really playing president. He sure isn’t.

    Maybe it’s Valerie Jarrett. He wants to be president, he just doesn’t want the work that goes with it. As James #4 said: once elected, he begins campaigning for the next position. It’s what he’s done his entire political life.

    Campaigning he’s willing to do. He can read the teleprompter. He gets to tell his lies and make fun of other people. Some days he really enjoys it.

    Should he be reelected, it’ll be back to the golf course day after day and Mooch’ll be all set to take off on the first of her next 10 luxurious vacays. They’ll figure they deserve it after so many months of doing without.

    Besides, that campaigning was hard work.

  • Practical Jane

    Bilderberg’s over and they’ve all gotten the memo: O’s Out.
    Time for Romney to manage the decline.

  • Patty

    Iranian general: Our finger on war trigger
    Enemies ‘are all within range of the resistance fire

    http://www.wnd.com/2012/06/iranian-general-our-finger-on-war-trigger/

    Now What? and what would Obama Do? wwod God help us!

  • Patty

    #12 June 8, 2012 at 11:27 pm
    Practical Jane commented:

    Bilderberg’s over and they’ve all gotten the memo: O’s Out.
    Time for Romney to manage the decline.
    __________________________

    second that!

  • Patty

    mcc

    All I see is, MO and BO walking out of the White House with their bags packed and never coming back in November. Then I don’t care how many vacays they go on. It will never be on the Tax payers dime. But……who knows! 8)

  • mcc

    #12 June 8, 2012 at 11:27 pm
    Practical Jane commented:
    Bilderberg’s over and they’ve all gotten the memo: O’s Out.
    Time for Romney to manage the decline.

    Meant to mention some days ago that I saw a “List” of Bilderberg attendees for only a short time linked at Drudge’s site – usually those posts are up more than a day – and the name that stood out most for me was Peggy Noonan’s.

    Maybe she goes regularly…

  • Sandy

    Obama’s beginning to remind me of Rainman. Sir there’s a dangerous situation in the Middle East they need your input. I’M RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT. Sir you are President I’M RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT, FOR PRESIDENT, PRESIDENT.

  • mcc

    #15 – Patty – I’m pretty sure (and certainly hope) you’re right.

  • Patty

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  • Sandy

    I disagree that Bilderberg wants Romney to manage the decline. If Bilderberg wants Obama out its because the rest of the world is coming apart and only a strong USA can hold off a possible WW3.

  • Sandy

    It is interesting that all off a sudden the powers that be in both parties appear to be dumping Obama.

  • jainphx

    I can’t believe that the Elites in the demoncrap party will allow Obama on the ticket, now there are only a couple of ways for this to happen.

    1) he resigns
    2) he is impeached
    3) Something more drastic
    At any rate, this is my prediction, he will not be on the ticket come October.

  • Redwine

    Imprisonment for high crimes and misdemeanors is too good for this Traitor-in-Chief.

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  • Tim in Cali

    The unintended consequences of Obama trying to destroy America.

    I believe Obama is also destoying or wounding severly the..

    1. DNC… married to unions,Socialism,Occupiers and Anarchist..etc etc

    2. Unions..we’ve always known who they are..but now..completely out of control

    3. Media..didn’t have great reputation to begin with,but now,they feel liberated to tell the world that they’re Socialist who consider themself a 4th branch of the Govt.

    4. Dept of Education..from grade school to college,people are waking to the horrors of what’s being taught to our kids

    5. EPA..I not listing all that..to many reasons

    6. Big Govt…come Nov,the people will scream loudly…NO MORE

    Hopefully in Jan,we’ll see if the GOP has the cojones to fix the ones they can..EPA,DOE..etc, etc…not holding my breath though,I’m not kicking that football again Lucy (Peanuts)

    BTW,If he destroys the Unions,media,DNC..YEAH…..also,this list is ..VOL I

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    Law Professor, Community Organizer running a NATION.

    He’s a first-grader in a college classroom.

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  • Noonan ripping Obama? Is she coming back to Earth? Is this a sign of the Mayan Doomsday Prophecy?

  • Limousine Barry

    Step right up to the Barky Carnival! Get your fee gas here! Watch me juggle three lies at once!

    Ah, Sarah Jessica Parker would care to give this clown a donation? Keep you eye on the shell game. I have to keep the money flowing to cover my last failed Ponzi scheme.

    Sorry to take all of your money and your purse. But, that what happens when the Barky Carnival comes to town.

    As for Pissy Krissy Mathews don’t listen to him. The guy flip-flops like a fish out of water. One day he so excited about me a “tingle” goes up his leg. The next day he is call me a “pissant.” Well Krissy you are the pisshead. It’s too bad you fell for my swindle. He is going to get a pogo stick up the rear. Good Day Pissy Krissy.

  • cali

    @14 Patty:

    You are absolutely right, obama’s handlers dropping him – he’s out.

    Peggy Noonan was also at the Bilderberg Meeting this year, as well as Oprah. Her column makes sense in that she relates what obama’s handlers are thinking.

    The only issue Ihave now is, that Romney is also a Bilderberg supported candidate.

  • 1RedBeard

    Obama was a law professor like Jethro Bodine was a brain surgeon.

  • Multitude

    That’s more alarming, isn’t it, the idea that he knows so little about the effects of his own economic program that he thinks he really is a low spender.

    There may be some truth to this. Listening to the faux economist Krugman on BBC last week, he was ranting that ‘the’ stimulus was so incredibly small that it of course would have no effect. That’s why much, much bigger stimuli were needed, and perhaps multiple ones. $5 trillion. $10 trillion. $100 trillion if that’s what’s needed, as Krugman explained you just start spending at hyperactive rates until demand responds.

    Of course, Weimar Republic conditions could and most likely would respond as well. Keynesian stimulus hasn’t been shown to work without a war or some other economic-driving event occurring at the same time, strongly suggesting the other variable may actually be what is doing the stimulating. At some point, the adults need to stand up (like the voters in Wisconsin) and say to these parasites and radicals in government: “NO! You don’t drink more and more vodka until it cures your liver disease. You don’t eat more and more twinkies until it makes your 450 pound fat ass go thin. You don’t dump greater volumes of rat poison down the baby’s throat to make its temperature go away, and you most certainly don’t have the government seize and give more and more money away to ‘create demand.'”

  • Rykehaven

    I don’t see what’s so “brilliant” about Noonan’s or Mathews’ views about Obama.

    Until recently, anyone who espoused the views that Noonan and Mathews have newly “discovered”, was called a racist, right-wing nut, etc – by none other than Noonan and Mathews.

    But the undeniable truth is that Noonan and Mathews are NOT soothsayers, let alone “brilliant”. They are late to the party and only piling on now that they know whee the wind is blowing.

    Their pieces have nothing of value in them; no original insights, no emergent facts, no new indications about the future.

    Everything they imply is “new” or “original” to them is actually “old news” to many Americans. In fact, an argument can be made that their inability to grasp something so late in the game is precisely the reason they should continue to be ignored; that they live in a cocoon severely detached from reality that is only slightly begun to crack.

    As for this poster, Andrea Ryan, claiming that this “was simply a brilliant essay for the Wall Street Journal” by Noonan?

    I’ve read it.

    It’s fluff by an Obama-voting liberal trying to reclaim her relevance by posing as a “conservative”. In fact, she’s as “conservative” as Mathews and swims in the same liberal media bubble, so it’s hardly surprising that they she would only “discover” Obama’s vulnerability at the same time as Mathews.

    Perhaps the most interesting insight within this post can – in fact – be drawn about the views of Gatewaypundit’s poster, Andrea Ryan. Andrea puts forth the ridiculous premise that Noonan deserves kudos for “seeing the light” after having condemned conservatives for having seen it years ago. Such a transparent attempt to build up Noonan’s “conservative” credentials in contrast to Mathews’ liberalism is a revelation in and of itself – one that calls Andrea’s competence – or her integrity – into question.

  • old glazier

    Noonan, using a spots fan term, is a “bandwagon” fan. Whose in first? Yeah, thats my team. I’m off to the club, tata!

  • valerie

    Managing the decline of the United States of America is a really dumb idea. The only acceptable way to change the balance of wealth and power on this planet is to bring the rest of the world up, not tear down the best.

  • #33 — you nailed it right on the head. This is just an etch-a-sketch moment for the LSM. They need to grow a real spine, not just report on what’s “popular” at the moment. Don’t be fooled into believing these media boneheads are now credible.

  • owl

    Noonan and Matthews are the same. Exactly. I actually have more respect (naw) for Matthews. He ranted and lied so much that it prompted Libby to call and complain and that is what underpinned and helped Professional Poop Scoopers to produce the movie Plame.

    Noonan? Who is that? There once was a supposed conservative speech writer who took a lot of credit but I believe she died a long time ago. I no longer read fakes.

    Since 2004 I have been posting that Obama is scary. Now? Terrified. So how do they get rid of him and put Hillary into that slot before the election? If I were Biden, I would not travel anywhere with him. If he stays, chaos.

    He has told so many of our secrets. He seems to love the Russians and nukes. Valerie Jarrett seems to be the link (eyes) with the ultimate power. The middle east and the world are upside down. Our deadly enemies have a seat at the table and our friends are betrayed. What are they signing? Everywhere. How many international ways are there to tie knots?

  • donh

    Hearts have not changed. Romney is just doing an effective job buying off old guard liberal democrats.

  • bg

    ++

    unfortunately for US, it’s “we the people’s house”.. 🙁

    ==

  • Martin in Austin

    President Obama has been dishonest consistently since his campaign started in 2007. By now, enough people have discovered that he isn’t simply a nice man who happens to get the facts wrong from time to time but a liar, through and through. When he said we could keep our health insurance under Obamacare, we looked at the bill and found that was not true. Yet, he continued to claim it when it was demonstrably false. He claims his spending has increased less than previous presidents but this was demonstrably false. He says he has created jobs when the number of people employed has declined since he became president. He says oil exploration and production has increased under his Administration when the increases have been from private not public land, in spite of his restrictions. The man is a disgrace to the office he holds and deserves to be defeated resoundingly. The only ones worse are the media whores who help him perpetrate his deceit.