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Obama moves to strengthen his political operation which has quite frankly been terrible…..

The Dog remembers arguing with Merlin that the White House political team had made a lot of bad moves since President Obama got his job…..The Dog blamed the problems on Rahm Emanuel…..Merlin named Patrick Gaspard as the White House Political Director, a tittle he holds…..

Well… both guys just got one upped.….The President….who is nice guy...and has been always a bit too laid back…got punched in the jaw from the Scott Brown thing in Massachusetts….

He has successfully changed the direction of the media by attacking the banks and financial institutions….but the members of Congress are not fooled one bit…..

With Nancy Pelosi’s announcement that the House would no longer abide by the Senate outline for the Healthcare Bill…..The president got the point that the Bill was in trouble…..

President Obama wanted this bill…but has never really done a darn thing to sell it….instead, he’s been busy traveling to summit meetings, sending troops to Afghanistan, taking a vacation and other stuff that give absolutely no cover for Congressmen who would vote for his HUGE Healthcare Bill (which is the right thing ) and then get ambushed back home by the Republican’s as “Tax and Spend”…liberals….

So David Plouffe is being brought back and Patrick Gaspard will be asked to run his stuff past Plouffe’s operation before making any moves…..I don’t know if Rahm Emanuel will have the last say…or David Axelrod ……starting in a few days, on political matters……

But clearly as the Dog has mentioned…..This Presiodeny needs to be better at selling its agenda…..

Because the GOP …..who, don’t control the Legislative or Executive branches is kicking the Democrats butts…

The Dog is particularly happy to read this ……..

The long and messy legislative fight over health care is a leading example of how Mr. Obama has failed to connect with voters, advisers say, because he appeared to do whatever it would take to get a bill and not explain how people could benefit.

and this……which the Dog pointed out last week…..

The White House intends to send Mr. Obama out into the country considerably more in 2010 than during his first year in office, advisers said, to try to rekindle the relationship he developed with voters during his presidential campaign.

Barack Obama needs to remember that being the President of the United States means persuading people to accept your agenda…not ordering people to accept it…..that doesn’t work in the real world…..not even in military sometimes…..

January 24, 2010 - Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Healthcare, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, The Economy, Updates, Women | , , , , , ,


  1. What would the Johnson sisters do at the helm

    Comment by Timothy Peter Leal | January 24, 2010 | Reply

    • you and your Johnson and what’s the other one’s?…Monson’s…or something?

      Comment by jamesb101 | January 24, 2010 | Reply

  2. Hey jb,
    good stuff. I’m reading Plouffes book right know, brilliant guy, but they were also lucky with the web-donations and political climate. But we’ll see, he really knows message and media, and it seems like they’re narrowing things down already – hitting on jobs and health care for the second year. And maybe portraying Obama as a “fighter”.

    But what’s your take on passing health bill in 2010? Yes/no or in what form..?

    Comment by talkandpolitics | January 24, 2010 | Reply

    • alright tandp!

      I have said from the jump that Obama just wants a bill….period

      He is not a fighter by natural….way back when here I did a backrounder and showed that that just isn’t him…..

      As they did with the left in Iowa…Plouffe and his op will try to erect a fighter “firewall’ I agree……

      I do believe that he will get some sort of Heralthcare Bill…..to fail would be a HUGE embarrassment to him….

      But he’s simply got to engage the American people on this…..all politics is local…and his back will not be covered by congressmen with fresh memories of the Brown win…..

      Comment by jamesb101 | January 24, 2010 | Reply

      • Exactly. It’s not his nature.

        But he sure can act and talk, and seems to enjoy crowds. Probably the media will soon start headlining how the “candidate” Obama is back.

        It’s funny how Plouffe claims he was reluctant to manage the campaign at first back in late ’07, because of the hassle of management. But his wife supported him before he brought up the subject. But he’s not a spotlight guy.

        Some trivia from the book; P. had to call Adam Nagournay over at NY Times about erroneous delegate counting – got a conference call with the staff – and they changed the math, tipping lots of superdelegates and skewing the picture hugely in favour of Obama. A good days work.

        As for this year, engaging the public, i’m with you on that – and I’ll bet he’s learning now. Slow down, clear the plate, talk with people and work the message.

        Comment by talkandpolitics | January 24, 2010

  3. I couldn’t agree with you more…..

    He was also pissed at Obama a few months ago…..

    Please do not be stranger…….

    It will interesting to see how Scott Brown operates being the only republican in higher office in Mass…….

    Comment by jamesb101 | January 24, 2010 | Reply

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