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How Obama Wins

By Ben Shapiro · Feb. 27, 2013

President Obama is one of the great political knife-fighters in modern history. He is a failed president – his economy is bleak, his foreign policy bleaker, his vision for American even bleaker still. But he wins.

He wins by losing.

President Obama has only had two major policy victories during his tenure: the stimulus package and Obamacare. Both are massively unpopular. The stimulus package launched the tea party movement. Obamacare led to the Republican wipeout of 2010.

Then Obama began to lose. He wasn't able to push forward climate change legislation or immigration reform or gun control or increased taxes before the election of 2012. And he won a sweeping electoral victory. The strategy was – and is – simple. Obama pursues policies that are widely popular and then purposefully sinks them by casting Republicans as obstructionists.

He is not truly interested in immigration reform; Republicans are fools to think that he is. Obama wants to raise the issue of immigration reform so that he can demonize Republicans as anti-Hispanic. That's why Obama ignores the broad support for an immigration plan that would provide border security once and for all and then deal with the illegal immigrants who live here. Instead, he proposes an immigration plan that would do nothing for border security while essentially granting gradual amnesty to those already here – and to millions more who will cross the border unmolested.

By doing so, Obama puts himself in a no-lose situation: If immigration reform passes, he takes credit; if not, he blames Republicans as racists who simply don't like Hispanics. The media will abet this little game. Suddenly a failed proposal from Obama becomes a political winner for him.

The same holds true of the sequester. President Obama originated the sequester. It was his idea to put into place an automatic cut in the rate of spending increase, and it was his idea to focus those cuts on the defense industry. Republicans, idiotically believing that Obama was interested in honest negotiation, voted for sequestration. Now Obama runs to the cameras to suggest that if these cuts go forward, the world will end. All he asks to avert this earth-shattering crisis is a few tax increases. The media helps him pimp this narrative.

Again, it's a no-lose for Obama. If sequestration is averted, Obama takes the credit. If not, he gets to cast Republicans as hard-hearted Scrooges who want Tiny Tim to starve to death. Another failed proposal, another victory for Obama.

What does all this achieve? It achieves electoral victory. Once Democrats have enough votes in the House and Senate to ram through their agenda, the game is over: Obama forces through his policies. America moves to the left.

Obama understands what Republicans do not: Politics is a waiting game. If nothing gets done with a split government, Obama is happy to live with that. Meanwhile, he'll demagogue each and every issue until he gets the votes he needs to truly transform America.

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10 Comments

READY4ACHANGE in ILLINOIS said:

We voters must stop this insanity by voting OUT these traitors in the 2014 elections and bringing in more conservative representatives - if not, we are totally screwed. Come on voters - do your job!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Anton D Rehling in Olympia, WA replied:

As long as there is wide spread election fraud there will be no voting out those communists in our government. It is not who cast the votes that decide an election, it is those who count the votes. Hello comrade, Nothing is wrong!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Orf in Pittsburgh replied:

I believe in was Joe Stalin who made that remark about the importance of who counts the votes, not who casts the votes. Obamao is a devoted fan of the world's communists. Americans losing faith in the voting process means the end of our republic.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Tex Horn in Texas said:

"Obama forces through his polices. America moves to the left."

Now there's some news for you. Here's some more news for you. The Republicans are complicit in making our nation a police state. They're letting the King do as he wishes. Prove to me otherwise.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Tex Horn in Texas said:

And now I just read this headline on the Patriot Post: "GOP Mulls Ceding Power to Obama."

Now the Republicans are considering ceding their fiscal power to Obama as relates to the sequester? What the hell is going on with these gutless wonders? Don't they realize the precedent it will set? It appears that we are in as much danger from the Republican Party as from the socialist Democrats. They may as well be the same.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Anton D Rehling in Olympia, WA replied:

News flash they are all running to the same checkered flag, the only question is who will cross the line of total tyrannical subjugation first.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Orf in Pittsburgh replied:

When will the next revolution begin?

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Torp44 in Ione, Wa. said:

Tex, you are correct, of course. Why is it that so many of us here on The Post can see the whole picture while this communist traitor-in chief goes about destroying our Country? Exactly because, as you infer, regarding who's voting, it is inevitable! I also believe that it's time for a Constitutional Ammendmendment requiring potential voters to pass not only a basic IQ test, but produce either a 1099 form demonstrating they've held a job & paid taxes (the required earnings being that of a minimum-wage earner), or proof of legitimate disability. Otherwise,...NO VOTING PRIVELEGES!!
This, along with Term Limits, would turn this country's economy around quicker than any politician ever could!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Orf in Pittsburgh said:

Mac, you are right as usual. But the bastard never lets himself exposed. I lament the passing of the good old days when presidents sat in open convertibles in parades. The last one I believe was in Dallas. It was a good way to clean out the garbage.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Tod the tool guy in brooklyn ny said:

Like you guys have said before, if America is divided, O'Zilla wins and we get destroyed. If America stands up to tyranny, and we will soon, O'Zilla and his reprobates are D-O-N-E!!!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 5:09 PM