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National Review

Hushed-up “news” explodes with a fury.

By Victor Davis Hanson

The second-term curse goes like this: A president (e.g., Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and so on) wins reelection, but then his presidency implodes over the next four years — mired in scandals or disasters such as Watergate, Iran-Contra, Monica Lewinsky, the Iraqi insurgency, and Hurricane Katrina.

Apparently, like tragic Greek heroes, administrations grow arrogant after their reelection wins. They believe that they are invincible and that their public approval is permanent rather than fickle.

The result is that Nemesis zeroes in on their fatal conceit and with a boom corrects their hubris. Or is the problem in some instances simply that embarrassments and scandals, hushed up in fear that they might cost an administration an election, explode with a fury in the second term?

Coincidentally, right after the election we heard that Iran had attacked a U.S. drone in international waters.

Coincidentally, we just learned that new food-stamp numbers were “delayed” and that millions more became new recipients in the months before the election.

Coincidentally, we now gather that the federal relief effort following Hurricane Sandy was not so smooth, even as New Jersey governor Chris Christie and Barack Obama high-fived it. Instead, in Katrina-like fashion, tens of thousands are still without power or shelter two weeks after the storm.

Coincidentally, we now learn that Obama’s plan of letting tax rates increase for the “fat cat” 2 percent who make over $250,000 a year would not even add enough new revenue to cover 10 percent of the annual deficit. How he would get the other 90 percent in cuts, we are never told.


h/t  Flaming Hetero


  1. Alxandro

    November 16th, 2012

    Ok? So what happens if a sitting US President gets impeached before getting re-inaugurated?

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  2. Menderman

    November 16th, 2012

    The media will still blame Bush for all these troubles and half the country will believe it.

    …and there is no way in hell that the first black President will face impeachment…the media would hang the republicans.

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  3. IMPEACH Obama

    November 16th, 2012

    Please save the word “fury” for what would happen to Urkel if he really had to face up to what he’s done.

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  4. Stephanie

    November 16th, 2012

    Obama’s base doesn’t care about any of this, as long as they get their Obama phones, EBT cards, etc.

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  5. thirdtwin

    November 16th, 2012

    Who is this “we” to whom VDH refers? It most certainly doesn’t include any of the people who just voted Obama into his second term. The MSM praetorian guard will never turn on Obama, and four years from now, a majority of American voters will still believe that everything in the last 16 years is Bush’s fault.

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  6. Stranded in Sonoma

    November 16th, 2012

    I believe it was Menderman that said the unemployment rate would drop in August, September, and October, just to climb way up in November. I can’t wait to see those November numbers. I’ll bet they’ll be over 8%, with indicators pointing close to 9%.

    Did anyone here really expect anything different?

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  7. norman einstein

    November 16th, 2012

    @Stranded, not only that, but they delayed releasing the latest “food stamp numbers” until after the election.

    Coincidentally, they are at an all-time high! SUPPRAZZ!


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