Four Excuses For An Obama Loss (And Why They Won’t Wash)


If the ballots are counted in November and Barack Obama becomes a one-term president, the media will fall all over themselves to explain why. None of those reasons will encompass the simple truth that his policies have been a failure, that he wasted his solid majorites in Congress by focusing laser-like on Obamacare, or that the American people didn’t buy into his class war rhetoric.

Admitting to those things would be to admit that the blame lies with the President himself.

Instead, the media will trot out ready-made excuses that place the blame solely on the American people. After all, we’re just not smart enough to understand how lucky we are to have him. He is, after all, a lightworker, a man (or is he?) both devine and magical. Some even now refer to him as if he were the messiah.

Obviously someone so perfect can’t be held responsible for breaking campaign promises (closing Guantanamo, fixing the economy, restoring transparency, rolling back rights abuses so (rightfully) decried in the previous administration). So certainly there must be some sinister forces at work to explain such a defeat.

1. Racism: Hey, remember when Obama was going to lose because Americans are a bunch of racists? Then remember when Obama won and suddenly Americans had “turned a corner” and we entered a post-racial era? Now Obama is up for re-election and guess what? We’ll all be racists again. The race card is getting as played out as zombies-as-plot-device, but the media can’t resist throwing it out there with a knowing glance and tut-tutting shake of the head.

The problem here is that for this to be a real cause, it means a lot of people suddenly became racist after voting for a black man for president. Where were these vast multitudes of black-hating Americans in 2008, who plainly should have risen up to vote, ensuring another white guy got to sit in the White House? Does racism exist? Of course it does. Does it explain why Americans may not relect Obama? Only if you ignore the fact that he was elected in the first place.

2. Money: The root of all evil. That stuff the 1% has and you don’t. It’s a total travesty that Republicans can buy an election just because they have more money to spend. Unless Obama has a good month. Then it’s not so bad. Of course, this handwringing over money wasn’t necessary in 2008. I wonder why? (Oh, and if you want to play the “pfft, Wikipedia” card, here is the original source. Look it up for yourself.)

3. Republican Obstructionism: Just think what could have been accomplished if Republicans hadn’t been there fighting tooth and nail every step of the way. If only Obama had had a friendly Congress. Even for a couple of years. Wait. Well, okay, but if only Republicans had tried to work out a deal with Obama over the budget crisis, we could have… Crap. Well, at least senate Democrats tried to pass budgets as required by law. Maaannnn. Okay, well when the president’s budget proposal went to the senate… okay, the House… Let’s move on.

4. Dirty Campaigns: That evil Romney is always living in the muck. Accusing his opponent of favoring outlawing all abortions, even in the case of rape or incest. Running ads that purport to show women who are switching parties because of their disgust with their guy. Making up policy positions out of whole cloth. Blaming him for a woman’s death. Shameful.

Oh wait. Those were all attack ads for Obama against Romney. My bad.

If Obama loses in November, it will be because the American people don’t believe he is the right person to lead this country. The media won’t see it that way, but you’ll know better.

Jay Winkis

Jay Winkis lives in Horace, ND and works in Fargo. He likes cooking, politics, guitars, books, poker and whiskey, though certainly not in that order. He is either a liberal Conservative or a conservative Liberal, whichever makes you angrier. He blogs at Pocket Jacks.

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  • SigFan

    It’s not a foregone conclusion that Obama will lose in November, but it looks more likely that he will each day. You can feel the desperation oozing out of the Democrats as their Messiah is being exposed as just another carnival huckster. And you’re right on the money Jay, his media enablers and protectors are going to try to throw every excuse they can think of out there for his loss and will never acknowledge that they were wrong about him from the outset and that he was never qualified to be POTUS. But the public – or a majority of the public – are fully aware of the truth now that the Hope and Change hangover has worn off.

    • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

      Obama wasn’t successful in everything, no one ever is in the real world, business and growing jobs is about taking risk, sometimes failing, sometimes succeeding but always striving. It’s about dreams, usually it doesn’t work out as imagined.

      • robert108

        In his case, pipe dreams.

        • Hannitized, Proofs obsession


      • factsarefacts

        That was the most coherent writing I’ve ever seen you complete. However, we need more than dreams, we need reality. We need lower gas prices, more jobs, the housing market to sustain itself, and confidence………

        Obama has not even come close to providing the American people with that. Striving isn’t enough. We need concrete evidence and facts to get the job done.

      • SigFan

        Other than ramming Obamacare down the throats of a public who still in the majority oppose it and that has already started inflating health care costs despite his promises to the contrary and already has been determined to cost twice as much as his original estimate (hardly a success) name one big success that Obama has achieved that has helped the American economy. The only thing he’s succeeded in doing is becoming the first president in decades to preside over net job losses throughout his term and spending more money than any other president before him and more than almost all of them combined. Nothing he has done has worked so why should we believe that anything he “dreams” now would?

        • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

          You should listen to Romney’s speech. Romney gave Americans the best answer for reelecting Barack Obama.

          Romney said that even Steve Jobs was fired from Apple, then he went on to change the world. Perhaps Obama’s first four years weren’t as good as they could have been, due to the bush disastrous economy, but perhaps bringing him back for four more years will give him the ability to change the world, just as Romney said Steve Jobs had done, after failing.

          Romney was probably too slow to understand what he had done, when he was pandering to his audience and speaking of everything except his specific plans.

  • jamermorrow

    I wonder what the excuses will be when Romney grows government?

    • robert108

      False premise. There are many factors in govt growth, not the least of which is population growth. Your single issue monomania just isn’t very intelligent.

      • jamermorrow

        Government is much too big. It was too big 50 years ago. We made it just fine without most of the agencies and government employees we have now. We once barely had a military and got along just fine.

    • Todd

      There’s no proof that’s what he’ll do, since he hasn’t done it. Your assumption is duly noted.

      • jamermorrow

        Besides for that bit as Governor when he grew government.

        • leh

          You neglect to state he also balanced the budger. Not bad considereing he was up against a demokratik house and senate.

          • jamermorrow

            So we should always grow government when the economy improves? That should be our goal?

    • Wayne


  • kevindf

    Never underestimate the lengths the Chicago machine will go to.

  • Samuel

    And, Rob, if he wins, will that be because the American people believe he *is* the right person to lead this country? Or will you know better?

    • jamermorrow

      Rob did not write this. Jay did. I think many Americans will stay home knowing the two parties are the same. None of the above will probably be Americas choice.

      • Wayne

        The difference in this election has never been so obvious. If you refuse to acknowledge that fact simply to hold on to your belief, that’s your problem. Stay home then. At least you can cling to your stupid belief that way.

        • jamermorrow

          Thanks for your permission. Appreciate it.

    • Todd

      Your comment proves that you, like most anti semetic, godless dem/lib/communists, don’t pay attention to the details and whats’ going on around you. Rob was not author of this article. No one is surprised that you voted for obama, and will most likely vote for him again so he can continue the destruction of America.

    • Jay W.

      Of course. That’s what presidential elections do; show whom the American public (at least, those who vote) thinks should be holding the office of President. Will I know better? Well certainly, I won’t stand with the majority in that case. What, should I suddenly change my mind about that if Obama is re-elected? Will you do that if Romney wins?

      What an odd question.

      • Albert Lickenspittle

        Forgive me Jay, I thought Rob did all the spinning. Nice to know he has someone else to back him up if he runs out of distortions.

        • Jay W.

          Yeah. It’s not that you can’t remember to look at the byline.

        • robert108

          No, we leave the spinning to you and the rest of the left wing sockpuppets.

  • Albert Lickenspittle

    Rob you need to invest in new bolts for your head. What if Obama wins? Your head will spin so fast you will not be able to suck up to the rich fast enough. Why don’t you give some examples of your spinning if Obama wins? Spin away, spin away.

    • Jay W.

      Nah. What would make my head spin is if you learned how to figure out who authors posts on this site.

      If Obama wins and I write a post spinning it as something other than “will of the people”, feel free to call me on it.

      • Game

        Just an FYI, on the mobile version you cannot see the authors name.

        • Jay W.

          I did not know that. Thank you.

  • mikemc1970

    They’ll just fall back on the old standby and blame Bush.

  • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

    An Obama loss is a moderate liberal win, with Romney. You dumb asses are just ignorant enough to not realize you have been manipulated to vote for a moderate liberal.

    • FrankMarshall

      You are ignorant enough not to realize you were manipulated into voting for a Muslim Marxist who is fulfilling all the hopes and dreams of his mentors. You’re also dumb enough to make the same mistake twice. Your daddy was right, you are a big mouth moron who never shuts up.

      • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

        Since when does killing Osama Bin Laden and a boat load of other Muslim extremists who believe in Sharia law make a Christian man who is killing them a Muslim?

        If that’s the case that George Bush was on hell of a Muslim.

        You idiot.

        • FrankMarshall

          He’s a Muslim because, like his daddy, he was born a Muslim. Just because he sat in a church for 20 years listening to anti white, anti American hate speech does not make him a Christian. It makes him an anti American racist, like you. And after last night, America was given the confirmation that the democratic party is nothing more
          than anti semetic, godless communists who will lie, cheat steal and deceive to
          get what they want. Congratulation to all the dem/lib/communists who have
          exposed themselves for what they really are.
          You big mouth moron.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            That was just about the dumbest, most paranoid and completely misinformed comments I have read since HG’s last bit of foolishness.

        • mickey_moussaoui

          A “real” christian would NEVER condone late term abortion OR killing a live baby from a botched abortion as Ob☭ma does.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            So you are saying Christians have never had later term abortions?

            I got news for you, not only have they, but many of them were conservative Christians.

            So what does this mean? Well, for starters, it certainly reveals what sort of “thinker” you are, or in this case…..are not.

          • robert108

            There you go again, little hanni; making things up out of your partisan hack mind.

  • KJUU

    Jay, please make note to repost or link to this post after the November election, if applicable. I’d love to see how each of your predictions pan out, and I’d save this post but I’ll forget where I put it and I’ll forget I did it.

    I hate getting older.

  • The Political Informer

    The Left will always use Racism to disprove whatever they want. If we republicans got a ten bucks for every time the race card was used we’d be rich. . . filthy rich.

  • banjo kid

    It is a any one but Obama type of election . no matter who was running against him they will get the votes.