Solyndra and numerous other bankrupt green energy boondoggles as Obama donors got millions for giving Obama’s campaign thousands. The GSA and the incredible waste of taxpayer money. Fast and Furious and Obama putting guns into the hands of drug cartels to murder American agents. Secret Service agents and Marines on Obama’s detail running wild in Colombia in brazen display of a fundamental absence of leadership.
Failed leader alert:
Scandals Undercut Obama Re-Election Message
By Chris Stirewalt
Published September 16, 2011
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Third Scandal Drags on Obama Campaign
“The optics of a Solyndra default will be bad… The timing will likely coincide with the 2012 campaign season heating up.”
First there was Fast and Furious, then there was Solyndra and now there is LightSquared — three high-level scandals that involve allegations of cover-ups inside the Obama administration.
For a president who is already dragging an unpopular agenda and low marks on his handling of the economy along the campaign trail, this scandal troika is seriously bad news.
Obama is working desperately to prove to voters that he’s more interested in getting results than playing politics. He took a break from his series of campaign stops in battleground states (Virginia, Ohio, North Carolina, back to Ohio next week) on Thursday and was wooing big-dollar donors in Washington. He explained that while it might look like he is engaged in his own re-election campaign, his is merely involved in “governance” by working to pass a new stimulus package.
“There’s a time for governance and there’s a time for making a political case,” Obama told donors. “My hope is, is that we’re going to keep on seeing some governance out of Washington over the next several months, because the American people can’t afford to wait for an election to actually see us start doing something serious about our jobs.”
This is a central part of Obama’s 2012 political pitch: That he is above politics, while his adversaries are unpatriotically grubbing for votes.
It takes chutzpah to make that case in the midst of a swing-state tour and at a dinner for political donors, but it’s an argument that Obama relied on during his remarkable political rise. It is understandable that he would want to use the same tool now that he is seeking to revive his fortunes.
The scandals, though, make the task harder.
The latest one involves confidential testimony from Gen. William Shelton, head of the Air Force’s Space Command, whom congressional sources say told a House Armed Services subcommittee that he was pressured to change his prepared remarks in a way that would benefit a major Democratic donor.
Philip Falcone is one of the big backers of LightSquared, a telecommunications company that wants to develop a nationwide satellite phone network. Falcone is a billionaire hedge-fund manager who is known as “the Midas of misery” for his skills at exploiting economic failure. He is also a big political campaign contributor, usually to Democrats.
His LightSquared venture requires federal authorization because of concerns that it would interfere with the satellite-driven GPS system that guides the U.S. military. Shelton reportedly said he was pressured to change his conclusion that the LightSquared plan was too risky. If the plan is nixed, Falcone and his partners stand to lose big.
A motive for trying to get Shelton to shade his testimony might also be found in the fact that the Obama administration has long been pushing for the idea of a national wireless broadband system, the very thing that Falcone and Co. are selling. If the generals say no to LightSquared it could permanently derail the pet project. But the involvement of a Democratic donor casts the pall of cronyism on the whole mess.
Only three entities review a general’s prepared testimony: Department of Defense, the White House, and the Office Management and Budget, so Shelton’s accusation is potent stuff.
This comes as new emails reveal that White House officials who were supposed to be vetting failed solar panel maker Solyndra, also run by a major Democratic donor, for a half-billion-dollar subsidized loan were very much interested in “optics” and political ramifications of their decisions.
Politics were at play when the White House revived the idea that had been tabled during the Bush administration and at play again as Obama officials fretted over how to manage the firm’s collapse in the least damaging way for the president’s re-election.
As evidence piles up in the Solyndra case, new details continue to emerge on the Fast and Furious probe that show a much larger scale for the Justice Department’s botched gunrunning sting, which encouraged illegal gun trafficking to drug gangs and then lost track of the weapons.
Here, there is no claim of cronyism, but there is the strong allegation from Republicans in Congress that the administration has withheld details of the operation now linked to the murder of a Border Patrol agent and other crimes in order to spare the administration further political embarrassment.
As Obama works to revive his brand as a man beyond petty politics, these three slow-burning political scandals will continue to undercut his claim.
It’s not really just “three” scandals. ObamaCare itself and the 1,200 waivers of this unconstitutional takeover – whatever happened to equal treatment under the law? – as well as its highly likely overturning as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court is a scandal; Obama’s treasonous reaction to that likely decision is a scandal; Obama’s tendency to demonize the other co-equal branches of government like a fascist dictator thug wannabe is a scandal; Obama’s close relationship with Jon Corzine and MF Global and over a billion dollars stolen by crony capitalist vultures is a scandal; skyrocketing gas prices are a scandal; Obama’s shocking labor participation rate and the 88 million Americans who have given up trying to find work under his failed regime is a scandal; Obama’s incredibly failed and despicable budgets are a scandal; the fact that housing is the worst since the Great Depression and the poor have been utterly screwed by Obama’s failed policies is a scandal; the fact that poverty is the highest in the fifty-two years it has been measured is a scandal; the fact that that just ONE MONTH of Obama’s deficit is FIFTY PERCENT HIGHER THAN THE ENTIRE YEARS’ DEFICIT UNDER GOP RULE is a scandal; the fact that it has now been 1,086 days since the Democrats have bothered to pass a budget is a scandal; the fact that Obama’s real unemployment rate is actually over NINETEEN PERCENT is a scandal; the fact that Obama has destroyed jobs and will CONTINUE to destroy jobs is a scandal; Obama’s demonizing George Bush over his debt ceiling extension before demanding the THREE LARGEST DEBT CEILING HIKES IN HUMAN HISTORY is a scandal; Obama’s demonizing George Bush over his debt when Obama has now spent far more in far less time is a scandal; Obama cutting and running from Afghanistan after all of his bogus promises is a scandal; Obama’s inflation is a scandal; the fact that Obama’s $862 billion stimulus ended up being an abject failure resulting in his demanding yet ANOTHER FAILED STIMULUS is a scandal. Obama’s promise to transcend the political divide only to become the worst demagogue this nation has ever seen is a scandal; Obama promising unprecedented transparency only to actually give us unprecedented cover-up and secrecy is a scandal.
Which amendment to the Constitution is Obama’s very favorite? Clearly the 5th, which allows his fascist cronies to deny responsibility for all the crimes they committed doing Obama’s thug bidding:
Oh, and Obama’s numerous Abu Ghraib moments are scandals; particularly given that there is a new Abu Ghraib moment today. Obama’s unconstitutional power-grab in making “recess appointments” WHEN THE SENATE WAS NOT IN RECESS is a scandal that is now coming back like one of Jeremiah Wright’s chickens to roost.
But who’s counting??? Certainly not the mainstream media propaganda machine.
Let’s just keep letting the man who promised America that he wouldn’t make excuses to continue to make more excuses:
“Yes We Can” implode America. And blame Bush for it even four years after Bush last had anything to do with the White House.