Krauthammer: it’s not morning in America, it’s dusk in America, it’s night in America

For all the issues conservatives seem to have with CK, especially when it comes to Sarah Palin, Charles Krauthammer has some of the best gems on television. Last night he took on Kirsten Powers, who claims that Obama’s biggest problem on the economy is a messaging problem. As Charles says right out of the gate, it’s not a messaging problem, this ain’t “Cool Hand Luke”.

There’s no question the economy is still very sick, noted here. But given how this country has performed in past recessions it’s not unreasonable for folks to expect some kind of recovery, some kind of hope that things will get better sometime soon. Even compared to the other greatest recession since the Great Depression, from 1980 until 1984, the unemployment rate trends over those four years were down. Not so this time, Americans don’t see light at the end of the tunnel. As CK says the only thing they see is an oncoming train.

First, the soundbite from CK. Enjoy!


Here’s the bite from Kirsten Powers, as she tries to spin the bad economic numbers, and the president’s bad polling numbers, found here, as just a messaging problem.


Ed Morrissey at Hot Air breaks down the numbers in the Washington Post poll here. But even with the poll clearly slanted toward Democrats, the president does not fare well. Surprised?

On the issues, Obama didn’t move all that much from the post-OBL mission poll — which is not good news for the President:

  • Economy – 40/59, was 40/55
  • Deficit – 33/61, was 39/58
  • Afghanistan – 52/41, was 60/29
  • Terrorism – 60/34, was 69/21

Republicans in Congress took the lead on public trust on the economy, 45/42 over Obama, for the first time since December.  The outlook on the economy remains doggedly pessimistic, with only 11% rating it as positive at all, and 89% rating it negatively, the highest since the midterms. Eighty-one percent now rate the economic recovery as “weak,” up from 75% in February 2010.  A large majority, 57/42, do not feel the effects of a recovery on their personal economic situation.  These are not re-elect numbers by any stretch of the imagination.

Go and read Ed’s entire analysis.

10 replies
  1. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    If this trend keeps up, it will go from “morning in America” to “mourning for America.”

  2. kipitwic
    kipitwic says:

    All great civilizations fall and it is usually of their own making.? This is what is happening to the U.S.? It is no longer the home of freedom and independence.? Soon the burial song will play and Americans will mourn.

  3. Plainvillian
    Plainvillian says:

    Per Ms. Powers – Obama “didn’t communicate how bad it was” = Bush’s fault.? That makes it clear, doesn’t it?

  4. GdavidH
    GdavidH says:

    Selling Obamacare was a messaging deficiency also, no? It seems to me that the lefty pundits just can’t wrap their heads around Obama’s “deficiencies”. They all think that if he just says the magic words, we will all finally get it. Even if that were true, how does it change the facts about the economy?

  5. Shared Sacrifice
    Shared Sacrifice says:

    I’m not sure who said it:? “This nation will not fall from without, it will fall from within.”

  6. Texas-ex1977
    Texas-ex1977 says:

    Kirsten Powers said that the only guy who ever DUMPED her is Anthony Weiner…
    Speaks volumes about this infobabe! 😉

  7. ricbee
    ricbee says:

    The Kraut is a wordsmith for sure but he’s been off the mark lately. He’s dead wrong on the debt limit.

  8. winnie888
    winnie888 says:

    While those #s aren’t reelect #s, I’m very concerned that Obama will be reelected, anyway.?

    And if one more person suggests that Obama just didn’t communicate clearly enough (even though every one of his sentences starts with, “Let me be clear”), I’m gonna lose it.? It’s not a failure to communicate, it’s his failure of a message.

  9. Lynn
    Lynn says:

    Ok, I’ll say it.. for CK , I’ll paraphrase, “Nobody says it better”, as for Kirsten, just a dumb blond. As for President Obama a dope with no Hope.

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