Failure Articles

New Hashtags for the White House?

Mar 02, 2015

Failing upwards is a Washington tradition, but even The Scrapbook was taken aback by the promotion of Jennifer Psaki from State Department spokesperson to White House director of communications. Psaki, along with her State Department colleague Marie Harf, had acquired quite the reputation for putting the “foggy” in Foggy Bottom. 

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Failure Upon Failure

The disintegration of the Obama presidency
Oct 20, 2014

A year before his first inauguration, Barack Obama laid out the objective of his presidency: to renew faith and trust in -activist government and transform the country. In an hourlong interview with the editorial board of the Reno Gazette-Journal on January 16, 2008, Obama said that his campaign was already “shifting the political paradigm” and promised that his presidency would do the same. His model would be Ronald Reagan, who “put us on a fundamentally different path,” in a way that distinguished him from leaders who were content merely to occupy the office.

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3:41 PM, Sep 09, 2014

Inside the numbers of an ABC poll in which the numbers are decidedly not going the president’s way, there is this interesting nugget:

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Obamacare in the Blue States

The great coverup.
Jun 09, 2014

One of the ironies of the Affordable Care Act is that many of the governors who zealously supported the bill failed spectacularly in its implementation. Oregon, Maryland, and Minnesota are among the most prominent failures. The Massachusetts exchange, the primary inspiration for the ACA exchanges, collapsed entirely, and state officials lack a plan for fixing it in time for this fall’s enrollments.

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Obamacare’s Score of 67 Percent Merits a D

11:33 AM, Mar 28, 2014

In school, a child who gets a 67 percent will generally get a D.  But for Obamacare, 67 percent is apparently grounds for an A.  Talk about grading on a curve.

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The Great Disappointment of 2013

What happens when a political messiah fails?
Mar 03, 2014

Every student of American religious history has heard of the event known as “the Great Disappointment.” In 1818 William Miller, a former naval captain turned lay Baptist preacher, developed a new method for calculating biblical chronology to arrive at the conclusion that the millennium would take place sometime between 1842 and 1844. Finally published in 1832, Miller’s thesis quickly drew attention. A sect began to form, spreading from Miller’s home region in Eastern New York to New England and beyond. Millerism was born.

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Doing the Wrong Thing

Congress prepares to undo one of its few worthy reforms.
Dec 16, 2013

After a decade-long run of bad weather that included Hurricanes Katrina, Sandy, and Ike, and a host of other river valley and storm-surge floods, the 45-year-old National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) owes taxpayers about $25 billion that no analyst believes it will ever pay back. Meanwhile, by keeping rates far lower than the private market ever would for some flood-prone properties, the program encourages development in ways that endanger lives and harm the environment.

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Failing Ever Onward

6:36 AM, Oct 08, 2013

Eugene Robinson makes the case for Obamacare by writing, essentially, that it is a done deal.  Time to get over it and move on.  This is a corollary of the "law of the land" argument, which asserts that the thing has been written in stone and those who are still opposed and favor repeal should quit and acknowledge their defeat in its utter finality.

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Rumors of Barack Obama’s political skill have been greatly exaggerated.
Oct 10, 2011

For a success, Barack Obama is a very bad politician, the worst politician to win the presidency by an electoral landslide, to never lose a major election, or to rise to the presidency from a state legislature in little more than four years. He has gone from sterling campaigner to put-upon leader; from the new FDR to the next Jimmy Carter; from being the orator who could hold millions spellbound to the man who moves no one at all. The man who promised everything is delivering nothing. Journalists who wept when he won the election now grind their teeth in despair. Maureen Dowd admits he isn’t the one for whom even he had been

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Why Obama's a "Rhetorical and in Some Ways a Substantive Failure" Says... Frank Rich?

4:00 PM, Sep 02, 2011

Via Greg Hengler, it's always fun to watch when when one of America's most disingenuous commentators mans up and admits the guy he's been defending for years is kind of an empty suit. Mmm, that's some tasty crow:

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Stimulus-Backed Green Company Going Bankrupt

8:16 AM, Sep 01, 2011

At his jobs address to a joint session of Congress next Thursday, President Barack Obama might want to skip any mention of his green jobs initiative. The Bay Area's NBC affiliate reports that a high-profile green start-up called Solyndra, which benefited from federal loans from the stimulus package, announced it would be filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy:

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Joe Biden's Deficit Commission Off to a 'Rocky Start'

3:13 PM, Apr 22, 2011

Here's your least surprising news of the day, courtesy the Washington Post:

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