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Obama Hit By Storm Backlash
DickMorris.com ^ | November 3, 2012 | Dick Morris

Posted on 11/03/2012 10:16:09 AM PDT by monkapotamus

Natural disasters usually follow the same political trajectory: First the incumbent experiences a bounce as he tours the impacted area, shows his concern, and pledges help to his beleaguered constituents. But then reality sets in and the shortages, delays, mishaps, deaths, and devastation becomes apparent and people turn against the incumbent.

George W. Bush had his Katrina.

And now Barack Obama has his Sandy.

Last week, Obama asserted a kind of ownership of the storm by touring New Jersey in the now infamous embrace of Republican stalwart Governor Chris Christie. Now that we are all appalled by the lack of food, gas, water, heat, and the basic essentials of life throughout the storm zone, Obama’s government doesn’t look so good anymore.

Why didn’t FEMA stockpile food, water, and gasoline? We had a week’s notice to prepare for Sandy. There was no shortage of time. Did the government not realize that people needed to eat, drink, and drive?

All throughout America, we are asking these questions of our television sets as we watch the evolving story of human misery.

Meanwhile, Obama has resumed the campaign trail, pounding the opposition in the same relentless and partisan style which he used before the storm. When Obama said that voting was “the best revenge,” he threw away whatever presidentiality he displayed in touring storm damage earlier in the week.

As he entered the last week before the Congressional election of 1994, President Clinton returned to the U.S. after having presided over the signing of a peace treaty between Israel and Jordan. He called me on his return and asked where he should campaign? Which incumbent Democrats should he try to help get re-elected?

I told him he should not campaign for any of them.

“No, you don’t understand,” he explained. I just came back from the Middle East and my ratings are up ten points. Before, I would have hurt the candidates I campaigned for, but not now. Now I can help them.”

“Your ratings are up because your trip hyped your presidentiality. Now, if you start campaigning, you’ll look like a politician and your ratings will come down again. You’ll end up doing more harm than good to those you are trying to help.”

He disregarded the advice and lost both houses of Congress in the elections.

Now Obama is making the same mistake. By campaigning, particularly by using the same harsh partisan rhetoric which has characterized his campaign, Obama is dragging down his ratings and with it his chances of victory.

Particularly when we see the juxtaposition of the mounting disaster in New York and New Jersey and the President out on the campaign trail attacking his opponents, we realize that Obama is a candidate before he is president, more worried about his second term than the welfare of his constituents.

In yesterday’s polling numbers, I saw a rise in Obama’s ratings and warned that the race was far from over. Now, we see him throwing it all away and resuming his crash into a single term presidency.


TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: New Jersey; US: New York
KEYWORDS: backlash; barackobama; bho44; bhofema; dickmorris; election; morris; sandy
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1 posted on 11/03/2012 10:16:14 AM PDT by monkapotamus
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To: monkapotamus

What is wrong with Dick Morris? Talking out of both sides of his mouth so, on the record, he can take credit for whatever happens on Tuesday.


2 posted on 11/03/2012 10:19:34 AM PDT by BlueStateRightist
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To: monkapotamus

Who knew if bill had taken dickie’s advice the dims would have held the house?


3 posted on 11/03/2012 10:20:12 AM PDT by WKB ( Remember "Bush Lied and People Died" Now it's "People died and Obama Lied")
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To: monkapotamus

Ah, Dick Morris, covering all his bases!


4 posted on 11/03/2012 10:20:33 AM PDT by COUNTrecount (Clear eyes. Full hearts. Can't fail.)
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To: monkapotamus

Obama is a jackass.
He can’t even seem to orchestrate the removal of shovel ready sand.

One thing he is good at is shoveling money out to un named union goons.


5 posted on 11/03/2012 10:21:12 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: monkapotamus

With only Fox and a couple of talk radio types pushing this thing I’d venture to guess that a very large sector of the American voting public haven’t a freakin’ clue as to how badly this event is being handled by the administration.


6 posted on 11/03/2012 10:21:30 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: monkapotamus
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The Saturday before the storm hit, I saw 100's of utility trucks heading east in Ohio, likely at the request of various eastern utilities.

I doubt that the gov't had anything to do with it beyond accurate data based weather forecasting.

7 posted on 11/03/2012 10:21:30 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: BlueStateRightist

Yep, I think Dick Morris is trying to set it up, so that no matter what happens, he can say he predicted it.


8 posted on 11/03/2012 10:21:36 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego ('s)
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To: monkapotamus

And hopefully he’ll take “Have another Donut” Christie with him.


9 posted on 11/03/2012 10:22:01 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: monkapotamus
"Did the government not realize that people needed to eat, drink, and drive? "

The Saturday before the storm hit, I saw 100's of utility trucks heading east in Ohio, likely at the request of various eastern utilities.

I doubt that the gov't had anything to do with it beyond accurate data based weather forecasting.

10 posted on 11/03/2012 10:22:01 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: monkapotamus

Hmmmm,
I’m not even sure what to say about this....I just got done berating Dick for going limp in his previous analysis.

I have a feeling I wasn’t the only one.

My advice to Dick....take a deep breath, relax and stop tarnishing your bold prediction by constructing emergency exits.
Us folks out here in the swing states, on the ground and outside the beltway can assure you, your prediction is looking just fine.


11 posted on 11/03/2012 10:22:36 AM PDT by BuckeyeGOP
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To: monkapotamus

Dicky is a better toesucker than pundit, this IS clear to me.


12 posted on 11/03/2012 10:23:11 AM PDT by Naplm
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Yes I am losing all respect for him.


13 posted on 11/03/2012 10:23:18 AM PDT by freedomrings69
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To: monkapotamus
"Morris Hit By Storm Poll Statement Backlash"

Just to keep this straight: Dick Morris reports that Obama got a poll bounce out of his reaction to Hurricane Sandy, Conservatives got upset with him about that, now Morris is back-pedaling to restore his 'cred'.

He always aims to please.

14 posted on 11/03/2012 10:23:40 AM PDT by Washi
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To: monkapotamus

I wish Obama would squeeze in one of his famous rounds of golf this weekend. That would be helpful to the GOP’s cause!


15 posted on 11/03/2012 10:23:40 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: mylife

I do think this is a very fluid situation with the hurricane, as it pertains to the election. Early on, looked like O was taking care of things. Now it is deteriorating quickly.

This along with Obama’s revenge comment, may be the final nail in this train wreck of a presidency. I saw his campaign tried to clarify his revenge comments this morning, which means it is not playing well. Probably will impact independents.

3 more days.


16 posted on 11/03/2012 10:25:29 AM PDT by gswilder
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To: monkapotamus; onyx; penelopesire

Does anyone remember Katrina?

In New Orleans things are still not done.
In Mississippi, Haley Barbour and the people did not wait for a bail out.
Thet commenced to fixing things immediately and settled the bills later.


17 posted on 11/03/2012 10:26:04 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: BlueStateRightist

His original comments were made before 0bama started his campaign back up. I thought that was the point of his article.


18 posted on 11/03/2012 10:26:25 AM PDT by FrdmLvr (culture, language, borders)
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To: BuckeyeGOP

Dick’s just trying to keep it exciting for all of us! I actually don’t need his help .... my BP is doing just fine staying above normal, all by itself.

(Seriously, I am staying away from watching any discussion of ‘polls’ & EV prognostication on TV, doing some breathing exercises to relax, a little wine .... a little chocolate ..... lots of prayer).


19 posted on 11/03/2012 10:26:50 AM PDT by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: mylife

Bam Bam and Hitlery have Benghazi blood all over them. Whatever the election results are, their duplicity and complicity will be exposed.


20 posted on 11/03/2012 10:27:29 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: gswilder

O did nothing other than smile and throw around money.
No oversight, no plan.

FUBO!!


21 posted on 11/03/2012 10:28:58 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: monkapotamus
Morris makes his money by talking and writing — regardless of what he says. For those in the electorate who have an IQ sufficient to not be called “morons”, Obama has already dug his political grave through all his anti-American activity regarding the economy, the military, and our foreign policy. Lybia was the final shovel full of dirt.....a despicable travesty of hate and incompetence.
22 posted on 11/03/2012 10:31:42 AM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: MissMagnolia

it’s probably a good idea to go on a media blackout until 5pm tuesday. Then I’ll kick back with scotch in one hand, cigar in the other, MSNBC on one screen and Fox on the other, (so I can cheer and laugh at the same time).


23 posted on 11/03/2012 10:32:26 AM PDT by BuckeyeGOP
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To: COUNTrecount

I’m reminded of the WHO song, “I’m a man of the left, but I’m moving to the right”. Dick Morris is shuttling back and forth, so he can say he was right on all sides of the result.


24 posted on 11/03/2012 10:33:06 AM PDT by laconic
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To: mylife

MORRIS BACKTRACKING.. OK, that does it!!!!

I’m not taking any chances..

I’m going to vote TWICE this time.. I am going to use my Maiden Name, Carlo3000B, and my post divorce name Carlo3b.. YUP!


25 posted on 11/03/2012 10:36:11 AM PDT by carlo3b (Less Government, more Fiber..)
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To: BlueStateRightist

I’ll be in the minority here, but I sincerely do believe that Morris is writing here what he has come to feel over the course of maybe just the last few hours. Maybe he has heard some internal polling numbers — I don’t know. He probably still has connections to democrats in the know. I also feel his earlier stated concern is because he does want Romney to win, and simply gets nervous about it. And, he realizes motivation out of concern is a powerful factor. Maybe it will turn out that Obama’s Katrina occurred three days too soon for him to benefit.


26 posted on 11/03/2012 10:37:31 AM PDT by line drive to right
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To: monkapotamus

Dick Morris appears politically challenged; unable to ascertain which party is best for America’s success and restoration - with no real enthusiasm for bringing back jobs, a healthy economy and adherence to the Constitution and Rule of Law. He’s become a Christie-like Fox contributor and one whose opinions now are irrelevant. He’ll fit in great with Geraldo, Combes and their ilk.


27 posted on 11/03/2012 10:38:54 AM PDT by MamaDearest (The Democrat Party of 2012: Vulgarity, Victims, Violence,Volts, Voters (fraud) and Venom)
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To: BuckeyeGOP

Yours is a GREAT idea. It’s amazing how a break from this madness can restore your perspective, not to mention maintain your sanity.


28 posted on 11/03/2012 10:40:37 AM PDT by Lacey2
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To: Paladin2
There was something strange here in my part of New Jersey. The utility trucks began gathering in public parking lots and large shopping centers long before Sandy was even in the weather reports. I remember noticing them in the high school stadium parking lot in the next town as early as the prior weekend (October 20-21). I'm wondering if a lot of this wasn't part of a precautionary measure after the freak snowstorm we had right around Halloween in 2011.
29 posted on 11/03/2012 10:40:56 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: line drive to right

From your lips to God’s ears.


30 posted on 11/03/2012 10:42:53 AM PDT by BlueStateRightist
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To: COUNTrecount

So Dick Morris was unable to predict yesterday that Obama would be campaigning this weekend?


31 posted on 11/03/2012 10:44:39 AM PDT by JediJones (Vote NO on Proposition Zero! Tuesday, November 6th!)
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To: Paladin2

Did you see the utility trucks from AL going home because they were told in NJ they would have to join the union?


32 posted on 11/03/2012 10:45:47 AM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: gswilder

What were his revenge comments?


33 posted on 11/03/2012 10:46:42 AM PDT by livius
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To: line drive to right

Thank heavens! Someone with some sense. Morris predicted a Romney win. He noted Obama was getting a bump by appearing presidential. He is now saying that he believes the bump will fade because Obama has gone back on the attack.

Sheesh people. All the hand wringing and bed wetting here is making me sick. Morris is not “backtracking”. He’s providing analysis as the situation changes. We live in a fluid world. Try to keep up.


34 posted on 11/03/2012 10:46:49 AM PDT by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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To: ExTexasRedhead
"Bam Bam and Hitlery have Benghazi blood all over them."

Yep, sending weapons to Mexico and to the mujahedin in Syria are not a plan for peace.

35 posted on 11/03/2012 10:46:49 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: BlueStateRightist

It’s all about being a dick ;-)


36 posted on 11/03/2012 10:47:14 AM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: lonestar

Nope, I haven’t lived in Alabama for decades.


37 posted on 11/03/2012 10:48:02 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: JediJones

Dick was hanging out at the pedicure chairs and was distracted.


38 posted on 11/03/2012 10:48:47 AM PDT by COUNTrecount (Clear eyes. Full hearts. Can't fail.)
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To: monkapotamus

It feels like a stretch that one photo op with a NJ gov is really going to telt this election, especially with all the problems the recovery is having. ho hum ho hum.


39 posted on 11/03/2012 10:49:42 AM PDT by goodolemr
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To: gswilder

“Early on, looked like O was taking care of things. Now it is deteriorating quickly.”

He took advantage of Sandy only as a photo op. There was no real meaning in anything he said—just like every other lie that spews from his fat lips.


40 posted on 11/03/2012 10:50:15 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: ExTexasRedhead

That is my way of thinking.

Been saying this from 11 Sept: The ambassador was killed!

Team BO shows no respect for the impact of that, but is will come out and it will NOT go away.

It’s beyond their or our control. Our enemies realized they’re getting away with having killed the equivalant of a 4 star general.

It will have consequences.

Back home, the abhorrent actions of the top DOD state and Exec (BO himself) WILL have an impact.

It will impact history, the killing of the ambassador.


41 posted on 11/03/2012 10:50:18 AM PDT by stanne
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To: trappedincanuckistan
Sheesh people. All the hand wringing and bed wetting here is making me sick. Morris is not “backtracking”. He’s providing analysis as the situation changes. We live in a fluid world. Try to keep up.

Thank you.
42 posted on 11/03/2012 10:51:39 AM PDT by Signalman
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To: lonestar

I believe the Alamabans were welcomed in NY. I’ll have to research that.


43 posted on 11/03/2012 10:52:48 AM PDT by stanne
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To: monkapotamus

Media and pundits are effective only if they have an audience.

I respectfully propose that FR place a moratorium on Dick Morris. His predictions, prognostications, and readings of entrails can be found elsewhere—Let’s just not afford him the opportunity to sully and distract from the discussions here.


44 posted on 11/03/2012 10:53:34 AM PDT by Arm_Bears (Be cheerful, be confident, and VOTE!!)
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To: mylife

I couldn’t agree more.

Do you ever notice the liberal areas stay “devastated” by natural disasters for years if not decades?

Mississippi rebuilt within a couple of years. The Joplin, Missouri tornado and Tennessee floods happened within the last few years and they’ve already rebuilt.

Huge blizzards pound the Plains states all the time. Here in Texas the forest fires burned millions of acres and yet we’ve already rebuilt and moved on...yet seven years later the Katrina-New Orleans narrative continues.

What’s the common denominator? New Orleans, New York are governed by liberals..areas that rely on the government while the other areas did receive some help from the government to be sure but didn’t just wait for help to arrive while doing nothing.


45 posted on 11/03/2012 10:54:33 AM PDT by ctpsb (Thanks.)
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To: trappedincanuckistan

“We live in a fluid world. Try to keep up.”

Yes, its just how to keep up after Tues that has us concerned.

BO and his handlers will look like a gang of juvenile delinquents having just broken into a manor house.

Dizzying and irrevocable/irreplaceable


46 posted on 11/03/2012 10:56:47 AM PDT by stanne
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To: monkapotamus

FEMA did an excellent job in pre-positioning donuts for Chris Christie.


47 posted on 11/03/2012 11:01:37 AM PDT by Gator113 (I would have voted for NEWT, now it's Romney & Ryan.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: stanne

Work hard to get the vote out my friend. Democrat early voting is way down. They are demoralized. They will not have the numbers they need to withstand the coming wave. There’s no point worrying. It won’t change anything. Getting the vote out will.


48 posted on 11/03/2012 11:03:16 AM PDT by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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To: FrdmLvr

I agree Morris made his original comments right after Barry had his big man hug with Christie in NJ.

At that point I too thought Barry finally understood how to “look” presidential and might have made some headway in the race.

But the minute Barry returned to campaigning in that bomber jacket (as if that could make a man out of him) and began his bombastic campaign comments all over again...he squandered any small lift he might have gotten in NJ.

Once again it was business as usual with Barry and I doubt a large number of people will remember that day in NJ now.


49 posted on 11/03/2012 11:11:54 AM PDT by An American In Dairyland
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To: BlueStateRightist

That email with the dour news was a fundraising email for the PAC...the typical ‘things are looking tough, but if you can just spare another $50, we will win Pennsylvania’ message. I don’t doubt this storm has affected the race. Romney had taken the reins a week ago before it hit, and for three days Romney had to do low key and Obama got to President. Let’s hope we see Morris back to his optimistic disposition by Sunday. I really hope to see Rasmussen click back up a point to 49% tomorrow for Romney. It would help calm my nerves a little. Can’t wait until this is over.


50 posted on 11/03/2012 11:14:55 AM PDT by ilgipper (Obama supporters are comprised of the uninformed & the ill-informed)
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