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Has Obama Lost The Chicago Machine?

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President Lyndon Johnson, faced with ever-increasing pressure to get out of Vietnam and a tidal wave of social issues, was sitting in the White House on the evening of February 27, 1968, watching the CBS Evening News, then anchored by the late Walter Cronkite.  After hearing Cronkite’s editorial on the state of the nation, so to speak, Johnson turned to his aides and said “If I’ve lost Cronkite, I’ve lost Middle America.”  And that, he had done.  America was fed up with Johnson, the Democratic party, Vietnam; shall I go on?  I believe that is where the plans began on just how to get it all back for the lib Dems.  It would take eight years to get a donkey jockey back in the Oval Office.  His name was Jimmy Carter.  Remember how well that worked out?  Ah, memories.  Here we are, in the year 2011, with one of the most liberal and destructive presidents we’ve ever had and even some of the powers-that-be within the Democratic Party are wishing they’d picked Hilary over Barack Hussein Obama.  It’s tough to take the nomination away from a sitting president.  So far as I can find,  Franklin Pierce (1853-1857-14th U.S President) was the only (elected) incumbent president to be successfully robbed in a primary.  Millard Fillmore and Chester A. Arthur also lost re-election primaries, but had ascended to the office from vice president.  Oh, and yes, Pierce was a donkey jockey, too.  But back to the present day.  Just as LBJ had ‘lost’ Cronkite, it seems BHO has lost one of his most coveted journalistic bastions: The Chicago Tribune.  Well, he has, at least, it seems, lost journalist Steve Chapman.  Chapman may be a fine journalist, but he’s no Walter Cronkite.  But in the day and hour in which we live, given the scope and scale of the Internet, Mr. Chapman’s reach is certainly far greater even than that of Cronkite in his heyday at the helm of CBS News.  Read Chapman’s article here, where he suggest the Obama’s might want to start packing the family van.

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