Obama and His Enemies

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Jonathan Alter, columnist for Bloomberg View, analyst for NBC News and MSNBC and the author of The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies (Simon & Schuster, 2013), offers analysis of the news and looks back at the 2012 presidential election.

Comments [19]

RUCB_Alum from Central New Jersey

The GOP election strategy for 2012 was to keep the economy in the sh*tter for four years and ride voter anger at the situation back into power. It failed. [Romney's secretly taped 47% nonsense, did not help.]

The strategy for 2016 is, so far, precisely the same. Keep unemployment high and make Obama seem like a profligate spender when things are slowly but surely getting better.

Jun. 05 2013 10:58 AM
Amy from Manhattan

But the center hasn't held for decades. It's been moving to the right since the '80s, & even if it's moved less (which I don't think it has) since Pres. Obama's 1st election, I don't think it's really held even then.

Jun. 05 2013 10:33 AM
The Truth from Becky

Did he just quote Al Sharpton? Laughable.

Jun. 05 2013 10:33 AM
the Truth from Becky

Took the words right out of my mouth - "dont forget the young white 20-40 enthusiasm brian!!

Jun. 05 2013 10:32 AM

Mitt's champaign and data mining sounds like another example of GOP fear of science.

Jun. 05 2013 10:31 AM
jf from reality

All the money they raise goes into bribing the media conglomerates with advertising $.

Jun. 05 2013 10:28 AM
Christine from Westchester

The Dems are lucky the Republicans can't get out of their own way. Of the candidates they could have possibly put forward, we wound up with Romney. If you ask me, the system for the primaries is broken. How else did we wind up with the candidates we have in the last several elections, including Obama. How did Hillary NOT get the nomination?

Jun. 05 2013 10:28 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Gee, it's nice to know that the public was so well manipulated by Obama's geeks and behavioral psychologists.
It's actually kinda creepy.

Jun. 05 2013 10:27 AM
John from NYC

Hmmmm -- Maybe the fault of the Republicans during the election is that they failed to get their operations going because they were being undermind by the IRS, etc. Nooooo -- our hero could need have done that.

Jun. 05 2013 10:26 AM
Steve from NYC

Mr. Alter says the Republicans "didn't get it" during the 2012 campaign with regard to the issues important to most Americans. Of course they got it. They just didn't have anything to offer to middle class Americans other than that they were lucky they weren't poverty stricken. Romney was being blatantly honest when he stated that the Republicans didn't care about anybody but the wealthy.

Jun. 05 2013 10:24 AM
John from NYC

I guess I will have to come back for the next segment. This cover up of the state department is just not "reporting."

Saying that the Republican's are "overreaching" is not the news -- what the state department did or did not do is the news -- but you guys are not going to talk about it.

Jun. 05 2013 10:20 AM
The Truth from Becky

Obama and his enemies? Interesting. I am so anxious to see the if certain persons administer the same disrespect and uncouth behaviour towards the next administration 'til I could pee my pants!

Jun. 05 2013 10:19 AM
blacksocialist from BKbaby

a hack interviewing a hack....let's hear alter cheerlead for the black democratic president.... hey lehrer, how about you interview someone that speaks with some intelligent insight. just pathetic

Jun. 05 2013 10:10 AM
Robert from NYC

Ah, once again, Jonathan Alter, Obama's and his administration's Sycophant. To be taken with a LARGE grain of salt.

Jun. 05 2013 09:59 AM
JT from NJ

@Chuckle,it's a yawning chasm between Becket and President Obama. But you read a lot, I for one of the one-man multitude am a strong proponent of all forms of literacy, so good for you! Keep the quotes and references coming: When merely lobbed into the WNYC daily commentary willy-nilly, and often out of context, however, they are flimsy substitutes for rational, multifaceted arguments.

Jun. 05 2013 09:51 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Brian -
Please also ask Alter about his comments on the Obama/IRS/Tea Party connection:

“Even if Obama didn’t personally sign off, people always sense by osmosis what leaders are thinking and go in that direction. His people know that leaks offend his sense of discipline....”

WOW (!) ... in the same way that Henry II never “directly ordered” the murder of Thomas Becket, but simply let those around him hear him muse:

“Who let their lord be treated with such shameful contempt by a low-born cleric?"
“Will no one rid me of this troublesome priest?"


Jun. 05 2013 08:25 AM
john from office

Martin the king of the Obama haters and Ed, the holy roller, have checked in for the morning. All is right with the world.

Jun. 05 2013 07:51 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Please ask Alter about his comments and the excerpts from this book in Maureen Dowd’s column last week-

"Like many others in our business, Jonathan Alter says he is “on fire” about the Justice Department’s snooping on reporters and attempting to criminalize investigative journalism …… puzzled about why a former Constitutional law professor allowed such a sinister turn."

“What is it about Obama that he so disdains us?” he muses.
“He won a majority twice in elections for the first time in half-a-century without liking the business he’s chosen.”
“Democratic senators who voted with Obama found that their support was taken for granted. Many would go two or even three years between conversations with the president, which embarrassed them (constituents were always asking about their interactions) and eventually weakened Obama’s support on the Hill.”

Jun. 05 2013 06:07 AM
Ed from Larchmont

One enemy the Obama Administration has made is the Catholic Church. Others will get exemptions from Obamacoverage, but not the Church, unless the courts enforce it.

Jun. 05 2013 05:57 AM

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