Now that you've bored everyone with your usual reams of minutiae and gobblygook, here's the concise and real answer:
Obama is opposed to all new FTA's because the labor unions won't let him support them. They say jump, he says, "how high". They have him on a very short leash, witness the special tax give-away to unions in the now doomed Senate Health Bill.
I don't blame you for trying to change the subject.....but the facts are that Obama can't make up his mind on the pending free trade agreements with South Korea, Panama, and Colombia. Try listening to Gary Locke sometime, and you'll hear the frustration of a man whose boss waffles all over the place, making him look stupid.
As to your predictions about SK imports, you will be disappointed. Obama capitulates on everything in his desire to be liked; he will submit on this as well.
Nixon comparisons? Both men followed unpopular Texans, who had managed to polarize and divide the country. Nixon famously promised to "bring us together"......Obama promised to end polarization with a "post-partisan presidency". And both failed. Miserably.
Comments in an interview or speech may not be policy, fool....but can't they at least be CONSISTENT with policy? It's called having good communications---like having everyone on the same page.
Kind of like when---after opposing FTA's in Congress with Colombia, S.Korea, and Panama last year---Barack stands up in the SOTU and asks for increased free trade with those same countries. And THEN, to cap it all off, wonders aloud in the same speech why there's a "deficit of trust" in Washington.
Obama and his clowns are not just confused, they're incoherent. Keep defending them, JJ.....even Nixon had defenders after he was driven from office.
The point is simple: when a politician tries to be all things to all people, he ends up with no consituency at all.
Centrists like myself have never trusted Obama, and have never been comfortable with him. But at this point, he's rapidly losing his core constituency on the left. And THAT is what's noteworthy about Paul Krugman's column, which attacks Mr. Obama as "clueless".
As usual, you missed the entire point, JJ. Two weeks ago, Obama was railing against "obscene" bonuses for bank executives, and wailing that "we want our money back!" Fast forward to yesterday, where he's singing the praises of Lloyd Blankfein (GS) and Jamie Dimon (JPM), gushing about what "savvy businessmen" they are!
This has become an ad hoc administration, where policy is made pillar-to-post, depending on who has the President's ear on any given day. As a result, he's lost both the centrists, as well as leftists like Krugman.
Your boy is done, stick a fork in it. It's over. For what it's worth, the Post/ABC poll released today has some interesting numbers as well, but I don't want to pile on. Sounds like you're having a bad day already.
You're confusing National Journal with National Review.....clearly you don't read a lot, but we already knew that. Most people who profess an interest in politics are aware that these are two different vehicles.
National Review was founded by Bill Buckley, and is still one of the most influential political journals for those on the right.
National Journal is a nonpartisan political publication, whose regular contributors include Ron Brownstein, Charlie Cook, and CNN's Bill Schneider, among others. The Journal collaborates with PBS to produce "Washington Week with Gwen Ifil", which you can watch Friday evenings at 8 if you'd like to educate yourself.
Got it now? Stop embarrassing yourself, and do some fact checking before you post these comments. (Try spell check as well; as in, "equatting" ???)
While I might agree with you on FOX, Nixon would just as easily have argued that the Post was doing the bidding of the DNC. The point is, these are all subjective judgments, on which good people can all disagree.
Given that, the safest and time-honored practice for a democracy has been for government officials to keep hands off the media. Even the founding fathers realized that it is dangerous for government to attempt to interfere with a free and independent press. Team Obama is systematically attempting to erode our freedoms, and it's frightening.