Wait, Does That Mean Obama Won the Terrorist Vote?

by Jonah Goldberg

It’s kind of funny that Biden & Co. insist that the Tea Party crowd are a bunch of “terrorists,” when you think about it. Remember when Obama and his spinners used to say that the same forces that drive the tea parties put him in office? Here’s Obama explaining the Scott Brown victory:

“Here’s my assessment of not just the vote in Massachusetts, but the mood around the country: The same thing that swept Scott Brown into office swept me into office. People are angry, and they’re frustrated. Not just because of what’s happened in the last year or two years, but what’s happened over the last eight years.”

Robert Gibbs hit the same theme the next day: The “anger and the frustration” that swept Brown to victory on Tuesday swept Obama to power a year ago.

And here’s Obama after 2010 midterms:

“I won the election in 2008, one of the reasons, I think, that people were excited about the campaign was the prospect that we would change how business is done in Washington,” he said. “And we were in such a hurry to get things done that we didn’t change how things got done. And I think that frustrated people.”

He also placed the blame for the outcome of the midterms on that “very tough decisions” made by his administration during his first two years in office on the stimulus package, the bank bailouts (which were first passed under President Bush) and the auto bailouts.

“I think people started looking at all this and it felt as if government was getting much more intrusive into people’s lives than they were accustomed to,” he said. “Now, the reason was, it was an emergency situation. But I think it’s understandable that folks said to themselves, ‘You know, maybe this is the agenda as opposed to a response to an emergency.’”

Continued the president: “And that’s something that I think, you know, everybody in the White House understood was a danger. We thought it was necessary. But, you know, I’m sympathetic to folks who looked at it and said, ‘This is looking like potential overreach.’”

He noted that the costs of the policies prompted people to say, “Gosh, we already have all this debt. We already have these big deficits. This is potentially going to compound it. And at what point are we going to get back to a situation where we’re doing what families all around the country do, which is make sure that if you spend something, you know how to pay for it, as opposed to racking up the credit card for the next generation?”

So, now these same people are simply a bunch of terrorists for doing what they set out to do: Change the way Washington works.

Good to know.

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