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Krauthammer: Obama has ‘no mandate,’ GOP future ‘quite bright’

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On Fox News Channel’s coverage of the presidential election, syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer seemed to handle Gov. Mitt Romney’s loss as well as anyone on the right could be expected to, particularly given the surprisingly wide margin.

Going forward, Krauthammer explained that President Barack Obama will not be as strong as he was in the early part of his first term, when his party held majorities in both chambers of Congress.

“I think the real story here is that Obama won, but he’s got no mandate,” Krauthammer declared. “He won by going very small, very negative, and we are left as a country exactly where we started, but a little bit worse off. The Republicans are in control of the House, probably a little bit stronger. They are not going to budge. There’s no way after holding out on Obama for two years they’re going to cave in, and Obama doesn’t have anywhere really to go. He governed very large in the first two years.”

Krauthammer cited Obamacare and the stimulus, but explained when he lost control of the House, those efforts to pursue “large” ideas ceased. But looking forward, there is not much for Obama to do, according to the Washington Post columnist.

“What will he do?” Krauthammer continued. “I think he will go back to who he is. People have said he should be a Clinton and compromise, have a second term. But he is not instinctively a moderate. I think he is a man of the left, and he will try to push his agenda through with what he thinks is a mandate. And I think we are going to be exactly where we were a year ago with the debt ceiling argument next year. And the problem is the country will slide right through a second term because I don’t see give on either side, particularly when the president, with a very weak mandate for a second term.”

Krauthammer was easy with his critique of the losing candidate Mitt Romney, explaining that Romney did as well as he could. But he said the future is not as dim for the GOP as it might seem on the heels of this electoral loss.

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  1. Drew

    November 7th, 2012

    Today Democrats rushed to seal all records of African-American Democratic politicians in hopes that one of them can become as articulate as Obama in the next 4 years.

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  2. J Frank Parnell

    November 7th, 2012

    The Hammer just espoused amnesty for illegals on Fox.

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  3. Bad Brad

    November 7th, 2012

    I’m tired of FOX correspondence blowing sunshine up my ass. Obama got most the Catholic vote, most the Jewish vote, and 39% of the white vote. (Per articles currently running on Bad Blue). What the hells wrong with people. The only way the electorates going to learn is if they live with what they voted for. Unfortunately the rest of us pay the price right along with them. I hope there’s something left of this country by the time people wake the f up.

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  4. Mr. Happy

    November 7th, 2012

    Amnesty, of course!
    How could I have missed it?
    All of those countries South of the border are just Republicans yearning to breath free?

    I gotta puke now!

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  5. serfer62

    November 7th, 2012

    Since electing Conservatives GOP doesn’t work, Boehner, Cantor & McConnel have been reelected, perhaps whe should just vote Kommiecrat just to purge The Establishment.

    Then in clintons mid term elections in ’18 The Kommiecrats would have so soiled the system that real Americans can take office.

    But whatever, as long a Weeping John etc hold leadership the Kommies win anyway…

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  6. Xavier

    November 7th, 2012

    I don’t always agree with Krauthammer but he’s right on the money here. Conservatism has not been damaged and the defeat is behind us. Adapt and press on: we’ve got 4 years to correct our mistakes. I know the SCOTUS issue is troubling a lot of people but we can’t do anything about it and the future is not preordained. Fight the good fight and live by your convictions.

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  7. Mr. Happy

    November 7th, 2012

    I was referring to Krauthammer’s comments on Fox News a few moments ago, and not this article.

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  8. RightWinger

    November 7th, 2012

    Boehner has already announced the House GOP will work with Obama. The RINOs are already waving the flag of surrender.

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  9. Bad Brad

    November 7th, 2012

    RightWinger, I think they are trying to take any steps they can right now to avoid sequestration. Which needs to be done. It’s there only option. Shouldn’t have gotten to this point in the first place. They cut that military budget that far watch this economy get flushed like a big giant toilet. And a bunch of us are the turds.

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  10. xthred

    November 7th, 2012

    Barf. Time for Kraut to leave the room.

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  11. espie

    November 7th, 2012

    Well I’m glad for CK, but I gotta say I don’t see it or feel it that way. I can only hope he’s right.

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  12. Unruly Refugee

    November 7th, 2012

    Today is Billy Grahams 94th. birthday.

    And tonight is Hank Williams Senior night here in the lonely Unruly cabin. I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry (1949)

    The last four years were easy compared to what lies ahead my friends. I don’t give a fuck, I won’t back down. Just have a terrible fucking headache today.

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  13. Xavier

    November 7th, 2012

    The Catholics didn’t fuck up.
    The Jews didn’t fuck up.
    The single women didn’t fuck up.
    The blacks didn’t fuck up.
    The GOP fucked up.

    It’s not their job to come to us. We have to reach out and engage them, and we failed at that. I’m not going to call voters stupid, unless they’re liberals. But they can be, perhaps, distracted and misled. How many times have I seen comments here expressing amazement that blacks and Jewish people vote against their interests? Why do they do that? Because the libtards have a better propaganda machine and communicate issues that are important to that demographic – even if they’re untrue. The GOP (and all of it’s subsets) need to move into the 21st century, take a good hard look at the U.S. demographics, and hire a new media specialist ASAP and start campaigning for ’16 today. Today. Right now.

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  14. FreeMan & Sarah Screwed Again

    November 7th, 2012

    The Constitution is naked and defenseless.

    Most dictators get elected to office and never surrender power after the last time.

    Like I said last night, This Republic is dead.

    Boner is playing lets make a deal and he ain’t got no game.

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  15. Bad Brad

    November 7th, 2012

    Unruly Refugee:
    Why can’t you move to Montana now?

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  16. FreeMan & Sarah Screwed Again

    November 7th, 2012

    Rove has got to go, the GOP pushed Romney out in front and limited my chance to vote for anyone else.

    They think the winning move to to be more like Obama. You can’t share power with the devil.

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  17. O'Phukface

    November 7th, 2012

    The best is yet to come:

    1) Amnesty for all illegals with full voting privileges and a gubmint job in time for the mid-
    term elections in two years.

    2) Iran get a nucular (I know it’s nuclear) bomb and wipes out Israel in time for the mid-terms.

    3)Three, yes count ‘em, THREE new Lesbian/Communists appointed to the Supreme Court just in time to rule in favor of O’Phukface’s 3rd term.

    You heard it here first!!!

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  18. Unruly Refugee

    November 7th, 2012

    @Bad Brad

    I’m , uh, how to put it, … in between surgeries and low on funds.
    However, any time I want I can sell everything and pack a few belongings and go. Just not the way I want to. And winter is coming on fast too.

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  19. Unruly Refugee

    November 7th, 2012

    @Bad Brad
    How about you?

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  20. Hello there

    November 7th, 2012

    What does the Hammer care – he’s dying before our eyes.

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  21. O'Phukface

    November 7th, 2012

    ok…..now I’ll v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y enter a rebuttal of Dr Krauthammer’s contention that O’Phuqface doesn’t have a man-date.

    He certainly does: his name is Reggie Love.

    You heard it here first!

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  22. Bad Brad

    November 7th, 2012

    Unruly:
    Not for a while. I was hoping Romney would get in and get the economy kicking again. I own commercial property and a house that I have a lot of equity in. Trying to sell that now in Cali. would be next to impossible. I do have somebody interested in the building. Things turn any darker here I might need to get what I can out of the building a bale. Hang in there, we might still both make it. The thought of moving my biz though cramps my brain.

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  23. Carlos The Jackal

    November 7th, 2012

    “Compromise” to the democrats means bending over and taking it without lube. Apparently some republicans have an interest in that, but I don’t.

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  24. serfer62

    November 7th, 2012

    HEY GOOD NEWS!!!!

    The Establishment has already selected jeb bush as the front runner for ’16!!!

    puke

    puke

    puke

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  25. Menderman

    November 7th, 2012

    Obama will not even try to work with congress. Obama is poised to appoint 2-4 Scotus Justices. The courts will make our laws in Obama’s second term.

    and the debt crisis will rear its ugly head before Christmas…stuff is gonna get bad quick.

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  26. Mr. Happy

    November 7th, 2012

    Jeb Bush 2016?

    What? They ran out of cartoon characters?

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  27. Unruly Refugee

    November 7th, 2012

    @Bad Brad

    I wouldn’t be surprised if things do pick up a bit regardless of 0bama. Most people want to see a better economy, and 0bama doesn’t want pissed off people calling for his head on a pole for treason. Hard to say.
    Spring or early summer would be a better time to make a move. Then you have a good while to settle in before the heavy snows.

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  28. Menderman

    November 7th, 2012

     
  29. Jerry Manderin

    November 7th, 2012

    It’s the GOP establishment we need to purge FIRST. Then we can eradicate the left.

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  30. J Frank Parnell

    November 7th, 2012

    The GOPs response to 57 million citizens voting for their RINO candidate is to become Democrats.

    Like I said:

    America R.I.P. 1776-2008.

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  31. Mr. Happy

    November 7th, 2012

    @Jerry Manderin
    I have been shouting that message since McCain was nominated in 2008.
    The “big tent” pragmatists seem to have an iron grip on the GOP.
    They have utterly ceded CA to the Democrat party and just to show how “moderate” they are, they spend half their energies attacking Republicans who are not liberal enough.
    I don’t get it, yet they prosper and still have audiences who listen to them.

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  32. Hedgehog

    November 7th, 2012

    Kraut hammer is wrong if he thinks that Comrade Obama was weakened by the election. He will continue to ignore the House. He will continue to issue Executive Orders and Regulations which will kill energy production and jobs. He will get to fill as many as three seats on the Supreme Court, and his nominees will be Communists who will work to undermine Constitutional rights and help ” transform” America. The Senate will confirm his nominees with barely a whimper from the likes of Lindsey Graham. Comrade Obama will work to push U.N. treaties which further undermine our Constitutional rights, and which will subordinate us to the U.N. The Senate will ratify these treaties over the objections of Republicans. The Dems are already moving to limit opposition in the Senate through rule changes that will make it more difficult for Republicans to stop them. I could go on, but you get my drift. The punditocracy is sugar coating the outcome of the election, but the bottom line is that the Communists have just been given their opportunity to consolidate power, and they will do so. Ask Krauthammer to name one instance in history when Communists have done so and it worked out well. Mandate? Obama don’t need no stupid mandate!

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  33. Carlos The Jackal

    November 7th, 2012

    Sorry to disappoint you Mr. K, but the light you see at the end of the tunnel is an oncoming train.

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  34. Jethro

    November 7th, 2012

    I am speaking to those who desire to live and to recapture the honor of their soul. Now that you know the truth about your world, stop supporting your own destroyers. The evil of the world is made possible by nothing but the sanction you give it. Withdraw your sanction. Withdraw your support. Do not try to live on your enemies’ terms or to win a game where they’re setting the rules. Do not seek the favor of those who enslaved you, do not beg for alms from those who have robbed you, be it subsidies, loans or jobs, do not join their team to recoup what they’ve taken by helping them rob your neighbors. One cannot hope to maintain one’s life by accepting bribes to condone one’s destruction. Do not struggle for profit, success or security at the price of a lien on your right to exist. Such a lien is not to be paid off; the more you pay them, the more they will demand; the greater the values you seek or achieve, the more vulnerably helpless you become. Theirs is a system of white blackmail devised to bleed you, not by means of your sins, but by means of your love for existence.

    You will win when you are ready to pronounce the oath I have taken at the start of my battle – and for those who wish to know the day of my return, I shall now repeat it to the hearing of the world:
    I SWEAR BY MY LIFE AND MY LOVE OF IT THAT I WILL NEVER LIVE FOR THE SAKE OF ANOTHER MAN, NOR ASK ANOTHER MAN TO LIVE FOR MINE.

    The camera moved to Galt. He remained still for a moment. Then, with so swift and expert a movement that his secretary’s hand was unable to match it, he rose to his feet, leaning sidewise, leaving the pointed gun momentarily exposed to the sight of the world – then, standing straight, facing the cameras, looking at all his invisible viewers, he said:
    “Get the hell out of my way!”

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  35. RANDO

    November 7th, 2012

    Man, I hate heavy snows!

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  36. Bad Brad

    November 7th, 2012

    Bozeman. They call it the Banana belt of Montana. I’m reasonably sure they are growing tropical fruit there year round.

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  37. Maudie N Mandeville

    November 7th, 2012

    Krauthammer was the first to realize that the precipitous fall of the economy in ’08 was providential for Obama, not a detriment to his massive spending plan. It pissed me off to hear him say it, but it’s exactly what happened.

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  38. Unruly Refugee

    November 7th, 2012

    @Bad Brad

    I haven’t spent a winter up there yet, but have slept under the stars in the Beartooth wilderness in October with snow and temps in the 20°s. I need mountains around me.

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  39. timmy g

    November 7th, 2012

    Jeb Bush 2016?

    FUCK jebbie and ALL his fucking amnesty cohort-assholes

    gee ya think anybody well ask fo…DEMAND full wages just as soon as they get their fucking amnety — FATT LOTT o good it did to reward the bastards with citizenship so you can continue to pay less money in wages

    instant capitulation

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  40. LadyGun12

    November 7th, 2012

    Sorry, Charlie. I ain’t buyin’ it. And shut up.

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  41. Bob M.

    November 8th, 2012

    Shitter J. Bird shall govern by Imperial Fiat (Executive Order) – so much so, that he’ll make a KLIN – TON jealous. Because he has NO ONE to answer to, and needs NO ONE to approve his fiat. Merdas shall blather, and it shall BE so.

    Expect gun confiscation to begn within days – perhaps hours. To the victor goes the whims….

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  42. Hippie Critic

    November 8th, 2012

    Screw that corpse-faced vegetable and all the other clueless a-holes at FoxNews. We now have Obamacare FOREVER…you cripple!

    Boycott FoxNews.

    I want my food stamps?!!!

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  43. Freeshiticus

    November 8th, 2012

    They have already started back up with the UN Arms agenda that had been put on hold until after the fraudlection. Be ready to fight.

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  44. MNHawk

    November 8th, 2012

    I don’t give a flying fluke about the GOP’s future. I care about America’s future and America is only the sum if it’s people. It’s the people who are quite dim. If the GOP caters to the stupid, I guess it can have a bright future.

    I just won’t be there for it.

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  45. shotwell

    November 8th, 2012

    Hedgehog,Jethro, Beautifully written. Thumps Up.

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