The conventional wisdom the media constructed along the years was: Republicans are strong on National security (read: like wars) while Democrats are good on the economy. There was definitely some truth in that one as even the reviled Carter reduced deficits, while Clinton transformed a deficit in a surplus.

People were so convinced of the truth of that one, when the financial crisis hit in September 2008, McCain lead evaporated overnight and people decided to let the Democrats tackle this one.

Enter Barack Obama, admirer of Reagan, basher of Clinton. One year after his presidency – with super majority and a gushing media, he managed to wreak this last vestige of respect for the Democrats

A CNN poll produced the following headline

he headline on the new CNN poll is this: “Most Americans applaud Democrats’ loss of supermajority.”And that’s bad for Dems. But what’s worse for Dems is that the poll’s internals also show that for the first time since the Dem takeover of Congress, more say Dem control of Congress is bad for the country.

The poll finds that 48% of American adults say it’s “bad for the country that the Democratic party is in control of Congress,” versus only 45% who say it’s good.

Seems Obama managed to dispel this conventional wisdom.

And now, after the Massachusets voters told him to listen to the people – he’s freezing the spending (the non-military parts)

Some of the reactions to that. Suddenly awaken Krugman:

Obama Liquidates Himself

it’s a betrayal of everything Obama’s supporters thought they were working for. Just like that, Obama has embraced and validated the Republican world-view — and more specifically, he has embraced the policy ideas of the man he defeated in 2008. A correspondent writes, “I feel like an idiot for supporting this guy.”

It’s Official: Obama is an idiot

Obama has now gone off the deep end.  After passing a stimulus that most economists (not just liberal ones) said was too small, and that was made even more inadequate by being heavily tilted toward poor-performing tax-cuts, Obama is now intentionally recreating FDR’s mistake of 1937, when he prematurely cut back spending to try to balance the budget, and sent the country into a new recession.

Barack Herbert Hoover Obama?

For some time I have been worried about fifty little Herbert Hoovers at the state level. Right now it looks like I have to worry about one big one:

Obama’s 3 Year Freeze; Democrats Brain Freeze

Liberals fear that discretionary spending cuts are like fig leaves with sharp edges. They’re designed to cover something ugly and yet they hurt — they hurt those who most rely on government services, who tend to poor and non-white.

In B0botland some are getting it too

Some bring up opposite campaign promises

Obama campaigns against spending freezes-“we need a Scalpel, not a Hatchet.”

video of debate with McCain is included

Some are – gasp – missing Clinton

Bill Clinton understood federal spending 100x better than Obama
He understood that you have to 1, raise taxes, 2, cut military spending. He also chose to cut entitlements (IMHO, a mistake) with “welfare reform” but the first 2 items are what did the job. That and spending on research and education (IE. Nat’l Inst’ of Health went up a lot during his years).

Also the clever

Obamonomics = Reaganomics: a primer
Essentially the pillars of Reaganomics were as follows:

1. Deduct government spending,
2. Reduce income and capital gains marginal tax rates,
3. Reduce government regulation of the economy,
4. Control the money supply to reduce inflation

Hey, remember when we told you all the Reagan love in the primary was a bad sign for a candidate? Can’t believe I was on the defensive on this 0ne!

So, to have now one of OUR candidates – whom some of us deemed fairly progressive – embrace those memes (“welfare state” “personal responsibilities” “failed liberals” – which Bush uses too, BTW) – feels like a knife in the back. I feel betrayed and saddened that there are DU-ers that don’t get it.

Obama supporters assume that the reaction comes from partisan feelings for other candidates – but it’s not true for me….

Their  most popular title so far is

K & R if you think the proposed spending freeze is a terrible idea

And to end with a laugh: Bob -phallic symbol-Herbert is discovering

Obama’s Credibility Gap

Mr. Obama is in danger of being perceived as someone whose rhetoric, however skillful, cannot always be trusted. He is creating a credibility gap for himself, and if it widens much more he won’t be able to close it.

Bob, Bob, Bob – the only credibility he ever had was the one you and your buddies in the media fabricated for him. Based on nothing really.

I remember watching W blundering and thinking: at least by the time he’s done, the “R” brand will be so damaged, no one will vote for them.

Little did I know there’ll be a Jr.jr on the other side, much more efficient in his destructive endeavor.