Priebus: Obama Presidency Is a Failure

Tuesday, 01 Nov 2011 10:36 AM

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President Barack Obama has performed abysmally during his first three years in office — and he will lose his bid for re-election as a result, says Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee.

In February 2009, Obama said, “’If I don’t have this done in three years, then there’s going to be a one-term proposition,’” Priebus writes in an Op-Ed on Politico.

“That three-year mark is fast approaching. And the economy is nowhere near where the president promised it would be. ‘I will be held accountable,’ he declared in 2009. Yes, Mr. President, you will — in just 12 months.”

Editor’s Note: The End of Obama? Click Here Now

The president has dropped the ball on the country’s biggest issue: the economy, Priebus contends.

Those in the White House know this,” he writes. “That’s why they cannot run on their record. Instead, they’ve resigned themselves to using tactics the former hope-and-change candidate would despise. And each time they do, they tacitly admit that they got it all wrong.”

The first strategy was denial, and when that didn’t work, the explanation became: Things could have been worse, Priebus says. But that’s not true.

“The biggest structural impediments to growth are products of the Obama White House,” he says. “For example, regulatory reform, instead of protecting consumers, vacuumed massive amounts of capital from the private sector. Businesses, unsure how to interpret ambiguous legislation, are holding hundreds of billions of dollars in liquid assets that could be used to hire.”

Obamacare has failed to cover the uninsured or curb rising costs, Priebus says. And the $825 billion stimulus package failed to put much of a dent in unemployment.

“The president will vigorously defend each of these policies — and others — that failed to achieve their purposes, going so far as to say he ‘made all the right choices,’” Priebus writes. “But policy is not judged on what it purports to do but, rather, what it actually achieves.”

And now Obama is using a strategy of class warfare. “With no record of success and with no capacity to reclaim the inspiration of the 2008 campaign, the Obama team is out of options to win re-election,” Priebus says. “The leader that was to unite us has left us divided and disappointed, adrift in a sea of uncertainty.”

Next year’s election will be a referendum on Obama, Priebus says. “Voters will have a very clear choice: whether to re-elect a president who has erected roadblocks to economic recovery or to choose a party dedicated to liberating American innovation from heavy-handed bureaucrats,” he writes.

“As Republican victories in the recent special elections in New York and Nevada illustrate, voters are ready for a new direction.”

Editor’s Note: The End of Obama? Click Here Now

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