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The Consequences Of Obama Derangement Syndrome

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Brian Beutler: Obama Was Right About Republican Extremism All Along

He has become the Democratic nominee’s most unvarnished and indispensable champion. the president clearly takes extra pleasure campaigning in battleground states against Republicans who didn’t consider Trump an affront to the conscience until the GOP nominee’s poll numbers tanked. Obama is repurposing a critique he’s been making for years, in public and in private, directed at Republican officeholders themselves. His retooled stump speech is crafted not just to fire up Democratic voters against Trump, but to overwhelm other Republican politicians with a sense of dread by making them recognize the huge mistake they made not listening to him. Some of these Republicans are only now realizing that Obama was right all along. But, as he’s now saying, it’s too late. Obama’s taking his argument to the voting public, and Trump is precisely the totem he needs to make it stick.

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 [T]here are a lot of politicians who knew better. There are a lot of senators who knew better. But they went along with these stories because they figured, you know what, this will help rile up the base, it will give us an excuse to obstruct what we’re trying to do, we won’t be able to appoint judges, we’ll gum up the works, we’ll create gridlock, it will give us a political advantage. So they just stood by and said nothing. And their base began to actually believe this crazy stuff. So Donald Trump did not start this. Donald Trump didn’t start it. He just did what he always did, which is slap his name on it, take credit for it, and promote it. That’s what he does. And so now when suddenly it’s not working, and people are saying, wow, this guy is kind of out of line, all of a sudden, these Republican politicians who were okay with all this crazy stuff up to a point, suddenly they’re all walking away. “Oh, this is too much.” … Well, what took you so long? What the heck?

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128 Responses to “The Consequences Of Obama Derangement Syndrome”


  1. October 26, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    Of course Obama was right about many, many things! He is really going to be missed!

  2. 4 sjterrid
    October 26, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    Good Morning/afternoon/night TOD.

    Thank you, Nerdy!

    {{Chips & Danny}}, we miss you so much. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. October 26, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    Clinton moving up in Favorable #s, almost even. Trump minus 30. Clinton +9 in USAToday/Suffolk poll.

  4. October 26, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    Good Afternoon, Nerdy…TOD Family!!!

  5. 7 0388jojothecat
    October 26, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    Happy Birthday Desertflower! Hope you have a wonderful day full of love, family, and cake 🙂 🙂 🙂

  6. October 26, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    They’re not even waiting for Inauguration night this time. Instead of talking about working together to get things done, they’re already plotting…I guess to make HRC a (less than???) one-term President.

    What’s Chaffetz’s opponent’s chance of winning?

    • October 26, 2016 at 3:25 pm

      😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

      Good luck with that, IDIOTS …. 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

    • 13 Betsy
      October 26, 2016 at 8:31 pm

      This is why we must vote out the R’s and have a Democratic landslide. I’d love to see him squashed like a bug.

    • 14 Wilson Michael
      October 27, 2016 at 1:28 am

      I think at present trends it is presumptious of the GOP. LOL. I hope HRC wins by a large enough margin the take the house (and senate) and work overtime for the next two years to enact as much as possible of the democratic party’s aspirations.

  7. October 26, 2016 at 3:24 pm

  8. 20 donna dem 4 obama
    October 26, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    • October 26, 2016 at 5:21 pm

      Donna have you been to the African American Museum yet….i was there yesterday…i wrote about it on a previous thread…it was a Profound Experience..profound

      • 22 donna dem 4 obama
        October 26, 2016 at 5:32 pm

        I saw your piece on it earlier and retweeted it. I’m going with my family on November 29th. I can hardly wait.

        • October 26, 2016 at 5:44 pm

          i was blownnnnnnnn away…like my daughter said …it is a natioal treasure….7 floors of blackness…unbelievable…i spent 2 hours in the Culture gallery on the 4th floor….planning to check train schedules for day trips…i need more of this…

  9. 24 Ladyhawke
    October 26, 2016 at 3:45 pm

  10. October 26, 2016 at 3:46 pm

  11. 28 Nena20409
    October 26, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    Excellent Post, NW. Thanks.
    Congrats, J4O on your Golden ⭐

  12. 29 donna dem 4 obama
    October 26, 2016 at 4:26 pm

  13. 31 Anjo
    October 26, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    I TOLD YOU SO….BAAAAA….TEK DAT NASTY REPUBS…HAAAAAA….HILLARY ALL THE WAY…shouting it loud and clear for everyone to hear..love that article so much have to read again when i get home from work

  14. 32 Ladyhawke
    October 26, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    • October 26, 2016 at 4:57 pm

      Here’s the maddening thing–and this is no surprise to any of us here–I could put this in front of most, if not all, of my right-wing friends and it would not change their mind. It would not have any impact. As we all know, they just do not “do” facts and truth. That’s a big reason our country is in the mess it is in. Fox, right-wing radio, their leaders have lied to them and used them for so many years. As the Bush administration said, “We create our own reality.” Indeed they do. 😦 😦 😦 😦

      • 34 57andfemale
        October 26, 2016 at 5:16 pm

        We still need to point it out, tweet it, post it on FB, etc. It will sink into the public consciousness eventually. That’s how RW radio took over any common sense of decency: by repetition.

        It’s difficult, it’s discouraging,and it will take a maddening long time. But nothing will change if we don’t match them with our own relentless parade of truth.

  15. 37 donna dem 4 obama
    October 26, 2016 at 4:59 pm

  16. October 26, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    Some perspective on Florida polls.

  17. October 26, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    Forgive me if this has already been posted but I missed it completely.

  18. October 26, 2016 at 5:27 pm

  19. 50 Dakota
    October 26, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    Happy Birthday desertflower!!! Have a great one!

  20. 52 JER
    October 26, 2016 at 5:39 pm


    SOON: Sen. Tim Kaine Campaigns in Allentown, Pa. – http://abcnews.go.com/live?stream=5

  21. 53 Ladyhawke
    October 26, 2016 at 5:51 pm

  22. 54 Kanga kid
    October 26, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    Awesome post and article, shared x1000! Of course reading Tod feels like this is something we already knew!

  23. October 26, 2016 at 6:27 pm

  24. October 26, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    Greetings TODers…

    just wanted to ask for prayers and best wishes for Alycee…she is very ill…please pray for her timely recovery

  25. October 26, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    • 83 arapaho415
      October 26, 2016 at 7:14 pm

      GE SBG.

      This deplorable guy (no longer a congresscritter) knows how to get media attention (I guess the white supremacy and misogyny wasn’t enough). He’s currently trending on Twitter.

      Twitter bio reads:
      Sr. Advisor @keepamergr8 CEO @bulldogfinance dep director 2009 Obama inaugural cmte & 2012 Charlotte DNC convention; Obama alum

      keepamericagreat.us

      Another…

      • October 26, 2016 at 7:49 pm

        Good Evening, arapaho415. I just hope that these Trump supporters are taken seriously when they talk about revolutions and “grabbing their muskets”, etc., and that the proper authorities — from the local level to the federal level — are preparing that those words might become reality. It’s worrisome that they even feel free to openly say such things.

  26. 85 vcprezofan2
    October 26, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    Hi Desertflower, late to the celebration I may be but I trust you have been having a lovely B-day (wherever you are)! Many happy returns!

  27. 86 vcprezofan2
    October 26, 2016 at 6:54 pm

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  28. October 26, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    All of a sudden and out if the blue things are trending trumps way? Why? Bc of all the complaining and lobbying he’s doing behind the scenes.
    He’s playing the refs, so to speak…
    Meanwhile, I hate to say it, but Hillary is just trying to run out the clock…
    You know… She’s focusing on down ballot and that has republicans nervous… Then a shift in coverage?
    I don’t buy it..
    Something is going on behind the scenes and its Bc republicans are nervous abd ripping loads of cash to cable channels .

    • 88 globalcitizenlinda
      October 26, 2016 at 7:12 pm

      please keep calm.

      – keep volunteering;

      – keep organizing;

      – keep phone-banking;

      – keep knocking on doors;

      – keep encouraging people in your network to volunteer and to vote early;

      – cast your own ballot => early if you prefer;

      the only thing that matters is how many people show up to the polls and vote or send in their absentee ballots;

    • 89 99ts
      October 26, 2016 at 7:20 pm

      2008, 2012 – you just keep doing it jovie – stop with the pessimism – Trump is out selling hotel rooms – Hillary is campaigning for the house and senate.

    • October 26, 2016 at 7:25 pm

      This is nonsense. Take some deep breaths. Four national polls out today, +14, +9, +9, +6. Clinton maintaining stable leads in swing states.Trump’s +1 poll in FL is countered by three other polls today with leads of +3-to +6. Don’t come here and pedal your anxiety. Get a grip!

      • October 26, 2016 at 8:00 pm

        It seem we’ve learn nothing from 2012. How about forgetting the polls and try to fine one, two,three people who have not voted and take them to the poll. Or fine someone who is not planning to vote and talk to them.

    • 92 purpleshoesla
      October 26, 2016 at 7:46 pm

      SQUIRREL!

      • 93 carolyn
        October 26, 2016 at 7:58 pm

        This is a repeat of four years ago. Romney believed the false polls so much he wasn’t prepared to lose, and had not prepared a concession speech. This is the same old playbook for the Rethugs. Ignore them, and work for the election of HRC and Democrats all down the ballot.

    • 94 purpleshoesla
      October 26, 2016 at 8:43 pm

      No more enabling the concern trolling.

    • 95 GGAIL
      October 26, 2016 at 9:18 pm

      Jovie, take your hair on fire some place else.

  29. 96 globalcitizenlinda
    October 26, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    I don’t know if GoBrooklyn’s family will get enough donations to hit their US $ 5,000 target;

    I keep checking and they seem to be stuck at US $ 2,751 for a number of hours now ;

    https://www.gofundme.com/ripgobrooklyn-2vrmy72k

  30. October 26, 2016 at 7:23 pm

  31. October 26, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    Listening to a long report on PBS about white nationalism, KKK groups. Focused on a group that has bought land in southern Indiana and many of them are moving there. Report tied in their ‘kind’ and their support for Trump. “This is our country. We were here first. (Really!?). We are going to take it back.” Scary. Ignorant.

  32. 105 arapaho415
    October 26, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    Looks like we’re making progress against ISIL.

  33. 106 JER
    October 26, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    This nonprofit is bringing magic to #Halloween for wheelchair-bound kids.

    A post shared by CBS News (@cbsnews) on

  34. 107 vcprezofan2
    October 26, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    relevant reminder re women at the table

  35. October 26, 2016 at 8:25 pm

  36. 109 vcprezofan2
    October 26, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    Yo, Amk!

  37. October 26, 2016 at 8:30 pm

  38. 113 vcprezofan2
    October 26, 2016 at 8:34 pm

  39. October 26, 2016 at 8:41 pm

  40. 116 CEB
    October 26, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    Patrick Murphy and Marco Rubio had a debate today; I could not last more than a minute. Rubio believed those who tried to puff him up as the Second Coming, and like much of his kind, cannot seem to realize that he has nothing that anyone really wants. He is a hollow man who has no convictions and no record of real accomplishments. He is a tool that no longer has a handler. I really hope that Patrick Murphy roundly defeat him so that we can push him over onto the ash heap of political opportunists whose days have come and gone.
    Still no sample ballots delivered to homes after three full days of early voting.
    I canceled appointments and will limit going out to public places 11/9-13 no matter who wins. This is the first time in all of my years of voting (sine 1972) that I have uneasy feeling about possible reactions from those who have felt cheated or emboldened by the results. The peaceful transfer of power, one of the main things that sets our government from others is being threatened. These weak, self-serving, conscious-less rethugs. their handlers (corporate America) and their enablers, the msm, have brought us to this dark moment.

    • 117 jacquelineoboomer
      October 26, 2016 at 9:18 pm

      That is so sad that you feel you must cancel appointments in public places for your peace of mind, for the days just following the election. Scary times that did NOT have to be like this, if people of good conscience had stood up against Trump and his cronies.

      • 118 CEB
        October 26, 2016 at 9:36 pm

        I live in Florida in the part of state that has always been Red, though if every democrat comes out and vote (we now outnumber the republicans as of 10/20/2016 and if a few others cross over, my county could turn blue. But we live in crazy times and even though my area is not a hotbed of racial animosity, the Trump signs tell the story. I am also still haunted by what happened in Charleston. Even though my family and friends are multi-cultural, I live in and worked in diverse settings, and have been educated in arenas when I was often the only or among only a few people of color, and I have not personally experienced outright racism in decades, I am not stupid enough to think that we are anywhere near a post-racial society. Trump has unleashed the barbarians and I do not think that they will quietly leave the gate when/if he is defeated.

        • 119 jacquelineoboomer
          October 26, 2016 at 9:49 pm

          Better to stay safe, and I’m sure you won’t take any chances. Your “life story” (the part you’ve shared) is no doubt the story of many, many others. Oh how I wish it were different for all of us.

  41. October 26, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    We’ll city of Madison broke early voting record today.
    With over 30k…
    This city is very progressive white liberals and highly educated.
    FYI

  42. 121 GGAIL
    October 26, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    WHY is Good Morning America putting Trump and his whole family on tomorrow morning?
    This STINKS 😡

    • 122 jacquelineoboomer
      October 26, 2016 at 9:36 pm

      Maybe they’re publicizing a remake of “Children of the Corn”? You are right – this stinks.

  43. 123 globalcitizenlinda
    October 26, 2016 at 9:27 pm

  44. 124 Ladyhawke
    October 26, 2016 at 9:36 pm

  45. 126 Ladyhawke
    October 26, 2016 at 9:45 pm

  46. 128 amk for obama
    October 26, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    what the hell???


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