Niall Ferguson: Picking Paul Ryan for VP was a genius move by Mitt Romney, his best move yet

Niall Ferguson sang the praises of Paul Ryan this morning on Face the Nation going so far to say that this was a genius move by Romney to pick him. He says that the combination of Romney and Ryan “are really greater than the sum of two parts”.

Ferguson also wrote a piece in Newsweek today called “Obama’s Gotta Go” where he lays out the full case, from fiscal policy to foreign policy, of how much of a train wreck Obama has been and why Ferguson wants badly for Ryan and Romney to win this year. You can read his full article by clicking the cover page of Newsweek below:

Below is his appearance on Face the Nation from this morning where I’ve cut out just his portion:

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  • MaroonRepublic

    From Newsweek? Is this Bizarro World?

    • Cindy09

      Amazing!!! Newsweek did not even argue the title of his article “Hit the Road, Barack”. Waow!! Is Newsweek in the red?

      • Maybe if we buy this Newsweek and they get incredible sales – others will follow suit! Just a thought!!!

        • That is a brilliant idea. I never buy Newsweek, but I will this time.

        • poljunkie

          Oh, I like it.

  • Landscaper

    This show just got renamed to “Face the Facts” and dear old Bob got an ear full of facts. Very good interview. Two thumbs up.

    • Orangeone

      And notice how quickly Bob said “you worked on the McCain campaign” and Ferguson responded that he disclosed that in the article and was happy to disclose again during the interview.

  • “I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.” – Barack Obama 2008

    Forward, Because Hope and Change was just too hard.

    • … because Hope & Change were Kayro Syrup cynically doled out in heeps to the masses assuming they were too stupid to understand.

  • justplainbob

    I am shocked as heck to see this in Newsweek ! And this is a well thought out, well written article by someone who obviously knows what he is talking about. 4 more years of Barack Obama could literally mean “lights out” for this great nation we live in.

  • gothicreader

    Love to hear Niall educate the masses.

    Let’s hope he is right about R&R.

  • anneinarkansas

    Hard to believe that Newsweek had this on the cover and that CBS is letting the man talk….Love It.

    • Betsey_Ross

      Is the MSM feeling the rumble of discontent all across the nation? Is it possible they are beginning to figure it out and that they had better get on the winning side? Nah. Never happen.

      • anneinarkansas

        I think that even the White House Press Corps is seeing though Obama. You may be right that it will never happen but the MSM is feeling a bit shut out by ET, People, and some local radio station talking about red or green chili peppers and work out songs….and that not too bright woman Steffie Cutter said that these outlets are as important as the WH Press Corps…they will be offended by that. Little JJ Carney may have a bad day tomorrow.

      • 3seven77

        Have you seen this? “The Mantle of Leadership has Shifted, Romney-Ryan Govern in all but Name Only”. It’s a great read:

        • Obama is a very, very lame duck officeholder. The article points out exactly what I’ve been noticing, namely that the mood has shifted in America. We can all sense the SCOAMF is on his way out, and things are bound to get better.

          Look for the economy to start rushing forward after the election, because people are planning on spending money again building up their businesses.

          • Landscaper

            Think of all the crap he will pull after a Nov. defeat !

            • badbadlibs

              It’ll be a scortched earth policy for sure, he’s already started it, I think out of fear of a loss.
              He’s busy issuing executive orders to make sure we don’t forget he was there….got news for him, it will take several generations to wash the lousy taste of his presence out of the mouths of Americans.

              • If anyone ever tries to use taxpayer money to put up a monument to Obama, we should fight it like crazy.

                • badbadlibs

                  Then again, it would make a nice place to take our beloved dog friends to go potty….in honor of the dog bo ate….what a scumbag.

          • Orangeone

            We need to hold off our business spending until Romney is sworn in!

    • I agree anneinarkansas! I thought when seeing this on Drudge – was something that Drudge made up! This is g-r-e-a-t!

  • JohnOfPhiladelphia

    Talk about being diplomatic to the point of just plain lying! Really Fergie? YOU had high hopes of Obama three years ago?

    A pity Fergie’s boldness doesn’t match his erudition in book-penning. Great historian. But he’s no Alan Keyes or West.

    Obama was a loser from day one! Anyone with a sound moral compass knows that!

  • bayway48

    The timing of this could not be more perfect. Just the fact that Newsweek put his story on the cover will keep Cutter and team on the defensive. I will be curious to see how quick they sell or if some merchants pull them off the racks or bury them behind People or Time. This will definately test the balance of the media.

    • p m

      Best thing is it’ll be at all the supermarket, convenience and drug store check-outs across the land. Hit the road Zero, and don’t you come back no more.

  • Campbell_Glass

    It’s Niall. Not Naill. N-I-A-L-L. Niall.

    Other than that mistype, two or three times, this is great stuff. November is gonna be a real surprise.

    I seem to remember, though, the Left claiming that they’d win in 2010, too. See how that worked out.

    • You hit the head on the Niall.

      I denounce myself.

      • NYGino

        Sinner! Go forth and edit thyself.

        • Heh. As a rule, I try ever so hard to avoid the obvious pun. But sometimes my typing hands betray me.

          Bad hands! No biscuit.

          (Hmmm. Seems I have dogs on the brane tonight. I guess I miss our recently-departed dog. Still have a cat, though. Not ready for a puppy yet.)

          • NYGino

            Sorry K-Bob. Didn’t know of your recent loss. All’s forgiven.

          • ConnieConservative

            So sorry about your dear sweet dog.
            We are dog lovers here. Sending condolences to you.

          • Joe

            Sorry for your loss –

            If you haven’t heard of the Rainbow Bridge

            I suggest you visit the various sites on the web

            It is very uplifting – Bring tissues

            Your friend awaits you – rest assured!

          • poljunkie

            Oh sooo sorry to hear of your loss K-B.

            We will give our dogs extra chicken jerky in your dogs honor tonight, and let them sleep on the bed.

            • badbadlibs

              That’s so sweet! awww….bless you, give them one (if it’s ok) for my darling boy that passed away several months ago…miss him so much.

              • poljunkie

                Will do. AND badbad, I feel your pain too.
                I know you miss him. They are truly a gift.

                • badbadlibs

                  Thanks so much.

              • Prayers from our house. It’s amazing what we are expected to put up with in this life, isn’t it? Even more amazing that we are given the strength to do it.

                • badbadlibs

                  Well said, K-Bob.

            • Above and beyond the call of duty! Thanks!

          • badbadlibs

            So sorry to hear that K-Bob, it’s heart wrenching to say good-bye to our beloved friends.

          • 3seven77


          • Wow you guys! Thanks a bunch! I didn’t bring it up because it happened during the week after the “derecho” storms, and it was near h*ll here already (105 degrees, no power, no breeze). She was really old and struggling. It was a very difficult decision for us, because despite a long list of problems, her heart was still strong and her appetite was good. Still, she couldn’t stand when outside, kept injuring herself due to inability to walk properly, and kept running into things due to bad vision. Her quality of life was pretty miserable, and she was in pain all the time. It was time, even though I wasn’t ready to admit it.

            We aren’t like animals, though. As caretakers of the beasts, men must decide these things for them. But the caretaker has a duty to make a full witness. I used to have a living will and worry about things like pain and “quality of life.” Now I’m wiser, and realize you only get to die once, and you should experience everything that God intended. So I don’t sweat that stuff anymore.

            Anyhoo, thanks mucho, y’all. When we get together, the first round’s on me.

    • Joe

      Stick around

      You’ll understand our humor

      We have plenty of that

      We need it !

  • 3seven77

    I have to agree with Niall Ferguson that Romney/Ryan are greater than the sum of their parts. And I also agree with his statement that Paul Ryan connects with young voters and will connect with Hispanics as well.

    Paul Ryan has that “common touch” that so many politicians and elites sneer at. He connects with everyday Americans. I am really glad Romney choose him.

    Romney wasn’t my first choice, but I have to say he’s making great decisions and taking the fight to Obama like I never dreamed he would. Who’da thunk the straight-laced white guy could kick ass like this? The dems have no idea what they’re in for.

  • I love it! That NewsWeak cover is pure schaden-woss’name. It’s their version of big, sad, puppy-dog eyes aimed at regaining an actual readership. It’s saying, “p-p-please don’t yell at me, I promise not to poop under your bed anymore.”

    Of course, you know once you leave the house, exactly where NewsWeak will be, doing its “business.”

    We must stop treating the old, so-called “mainstream” media like they are reputable sources. It’s nice to see the recognition in their sad, puppy-dog eyes that they’ve been bad, bad doggies. But they are not to be trusted. We must treat them like we treat leftist rags such as Workers World, The Nation, Risalat al-Ikhwan, and obvious propaganda television outlets like al Jazeera, and Venezolana de Televisión.

    Again, it’s worth mentioning that Stacy McCain has led the way here. If you absolutely must link to the hard-left media, try first to find a “safe link” (like they call them at Ace of Spades) to a site that has the transcript or relevant quotes. Otherwise, warn folks that it is a link to a “disreputable source.” New York Times? Disreputable source. LA Times? Even more disreputable. Politico? Fallen into disrepute, but fixable.

    As to politicians granting interviews, Sarah Palin also led the way by refusing to grant interviews to the hard-left channels. It’s one thing to “go into the lion’s den.” But an altogether different thing to be a patsy for the sport of hyenas. Anderson Cooper will give you an honest interview. Ed Schultz lies about the weather. Our politicians should choose wisely.

    Lastly: STOP LETTING the hard left run the d*mned debates!

    • poljunkie

      “STOP LETTING the hard left run the d*mned debates!”

      You got that right! That’s tee shirt material.

  • FreeManWalking

    I’ve respected Niall ever since I watch his series “Civilization, Can the West Survive?”.

    Scheitfer was having a little difficulty interrupting Niall at the end of the clip.

    Shut up Scheitfer and LISTEN you might learn something.

    • HarrietHT2

      I’ve been following Niall Ferguson for quite some time now, having read at least two of his books, one “Colossus,” and the other “The Pity of War.” I believe he’s CFR-related, and last I remember he was “tight” with Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the former Dutch politician. You know Ferguson is an expert on the Rothschilds?

      At any rate, I kinda think Ferguson advances a globalist agenda. Why he wants to pounce on Obama just now, I can’t figure, unless, well, the handwriting is on the wall for their number one man. I am an awful cynic, I’m afraid.

      • KenInMontana

        Well I guess you could say he was “tight” Ayaan Hirsi Ali, they’re married and have a son. As to his expertise on the Rothschilds, it’s not that surprising given his areas of expertise, one need only look to his bibliography to see that. As far as I’m concerned anyone who locks horns with Krugman is okay in my book, nor do I think he’s a globalist or a CFR stooge (throwing out that reference will earn you the label of a tin-hatter around here though). I think you should do a bit more research on the man before attaching labels and hearsay to him.

        I highly recommend looking up a New Republic article from August of 2005 titled “The New New Deal” that he co wrote with a Professor of Economics, Kotlikoff (I believe that was the man’s name) it should prove enlightening.

        • PhillyCon

          Thanks, Ken. You are treasure trove of info.

        • HarrietHT2

          You may emerge the tin-hatter in this debate after you read this,
          Ken. As you come to know me and my comments better, you will recognize that I have reasons, evidence, to support my conclusions. I invite you to become familiar with the body of VFR’s work, as I suspect you are a thinking conservative and wish to know the truth.

          • HarrietHT2

            Oh, and BTW, I lived, 13-years ago, for 18 years in Montana.

            • KenInMontana

              13 years ago eh? You probably wouldn’t recognize the place any more LOL.

          • KenInMontana

            After reading that disjointed debate, all I came away with was the fact that the guy is not universally loved (aside from the conclusion that the site needs a rethink on its choice of formatting), which proves nothing and certainly does not fill me with a desire to rush out and stock up on Reynold’s wrap.

            It would seem that the author of that blog bases his “distaste” for Ferguson on the man’s personal life rather than his work, which the only bit he touches on is Ferguson’s “hobby” of participating in “counter-factual” history, which to put it simply, is an academic exercise of “what if?”. A field which apparently the author does not understand.

            Another glaring error in cognition that comes through is a confusion over the differences between the ideology of “the political Right” in the US and Europe, which happens fairly regularly, due to a great deal of assumptions. The labels of Conservative and Liberal vary in their ideologies based on the historical experience and perspective of the nation or people in question, which is why our founders were in fact “Classical” Liberals in their political thought, due to the fact that in Europe a Conservative was (and still is in many cases) a Monarchist. The terms were switched here in the US after a time, to refer to our own political history, rather than to refer back to the European context.

            Sorry but as far as this VFR blog goes, it reads more like a gossip rag or tabloid, than a place of any real discourse on political thought.

            • HarrietHT2

              As to your final sentence, yes, I agree that one might conclude so if one were to judge the body of work at VFR by only that one thread. I encourage you, if you’re interested, to use the blog’s search engine to ferret out more politically substantive threads; or better yet, scroll down the main page, and see on the right column the multitude of important archived topics discussed. For example, you might read about How The 1964 Civil Rights Act Made Racial Group Entitlements Inevitable.

              You might also learn about the host’s, and the site’s commenters, idea of what it means to be conservative, liberal, and also libertarian — while we’re at it.

              • KenInMontana

                You are not dealing with a political neophyte here, much less someone who just “woke up” this morning. I am more than aware of the nuances of those various schools of political thought, enough so that I’m aware of the differences between those same “labels” outside of our own country. That said, this conversation is wandering into the weeds and in the interest of not derailing this thread further, look me up in an open thread sometime and I will be more than happy to continue this discussion.

                • HarrietHT2

                  Roger that.

  • NYGino

    That Newsweek cover; proof positive of a parallel universe.

  • Maybe Newsweek sees the writing on the wall and doesn’t want to throw its support behind a sinking ship! They have lost their viewership pandering to the left… this could be a last ditch effort to appear as a viable news organization!

  • WordsFailMe

    “He didn’t build that road, but he can hit it.” (Fr:MaryAnn24)

    • badbadlibs

      Bumper sticker material! love it…

    • Landscaper

      We built that road and R/R are going to “pave it” in November.

  • Joe

    Newsweek is a very confusing entity

    FYI – There is NO REAL Newsweek any longer – I think

    It merged with the DAILY BEAST and it features many conservative voices

    It is possible that the LSM is waking up with egg on their face and want to clean it off.

    They may be feeling the pressure since ALL PRINT MEDIA sales are in the toilet

    Maybe it’s really turning to the RIGHT

    Is the GHOUL AID weraing off?

    I hope so

    • keninil

      No, I think they are trying to compete with the Nat’l Enquirer for the catchiest cover.

      Could Fergeson be a replacement for Fareed? Nawwww.

  • ConnieConservative

    Wow! Think I might buy Newsweek this week.
    What an amazing turn around.

    • keninil

      That’s pretty extreme !

    • kong1967

      One good article doesn’t make a good or honest magazine.

      • ConnieConservative

        I’m going to enjoy seeing that ” Hit the Road” caption for a while.
        Really enjoy it!

        • kong1967

          True. It might be worth buying that one issue just so we can frame the cover.

  • Sober_Thinking

    Dogs and cats, living together…

    Newsweek? NEWSWEEK? I wonder if they smell blood in the water?

    • p m

      They saw the crowds turning out for R&R. Genuine enthusiasm and no buses of paid ‘supporters’. The real thing may have woken them up. But leopards don’t change their spots and they’ll likely revert to type soon enough after MR wins in November. They are what they are. They’ve forfeited all credibility and deserve nothing for the near ruin they’ve brought on the USA. They can all go to he!! far as this observer is concerned.

      And I sure won’t be buying this, or any other, issue from the cynical toads. Hope may spring eternal, but not that these cretins may learn anything beyond their commie mantra – at least not in this heart.

      • Sober_Thinking

        Wow! You managed to tap directly into the anger I have with rags like Newsweek. Perfectly said. 🙂

  • FreeManWalking

    Hit the track barack
    and don’t look back, NO, NO
    at least not until you get to Chicago…

    and don’t forget to take el MooCHO.

  • librtifirst

    I think that this is too good to be true, in a sense. I have been saying that the establishment appears to be abandoning Obama, and is ready to change him out for Romney. This is just further proof that the media is getting the word handed down to them. I predict that this will lighten up right before the election, and they will make it appear to be a close race, and the numbers will reflect that. I certainly would be surprised if they let Romney win by, say, 10 points.

    • Let Republicans win by 10 points? They may not have a choice. Something I don’t think I’ve seen much in past elections is regular Republicans standing up for the history of their party (as the party of civil rights). Ever since Biden’s chain comment, some Democrats have believed Obama that Republicans are the party of racial animosity. But on most blogs, you will now see Republicans giving a history lesson on which party really has a history of racial animosity. It’s almost as if the Party of Lincoln is being brought to the fight.

      To state it a different way, ever since Romney and Ryan started defending their issues and attacking the Dems on false claims, it seems to have reinvigorated the Republican Party like I’ve never seen. If this continues, it’s quite possible that there will be a tectonic realignment of the political parties in favor of the Republicans.

      • librtifirst

        I agree with what you are saying. There should be much bigger win/loss margins in these elections. I think that it is probable that national elections are won or lost due to electronic election fraud. In retrospect, and after researching it, I think that this has been the case for the last three or four elections. Now, I am attempting to predict how the establishment is setting it up to cover for the predetermined end result. The media’s job is to make the rhetoric match the outcome.

        This is the first time I have had this perspective in a presidential race, so we will see if my theories match up in the end. Hopefully, some of the fraud will get exposed, as it did in the primary.

        Don’t get me wrong, I would take Romney over Obama, but if Romney is put in this way, then it would confirm that he is taking orders, as Obama has. I went through the Clinton and Bush years perplexed and ticked off about how everything went down, but now that I understand that they are systematically shutting the country down, it all makes perfect sense.

        In short, you could say that this is a continuance of my fairly recent establishment conspiracy theories.

    • kong1967

      “I certainly would be surprised if they let Romney win by, say, 10 points.”

      You sound like you believe the election is rigged and the winner is already known. Yeah, there’s fraud, but they can’t “let” anyone win. All they can do is try to impact voters.

      • librtifirst

        Hey now! It’s my conspiracy theory, and I’m sticking with it, for now. 🙂

        Seriously though, I have seen enough evidence to understand that it is absolutely possible, and highly probable. So, I am operating on the assumption that it is reality in this election to see if the logic plays out.

        By analyzing patterns from past elections, I want to see if the same patterns appear this time around. This should be a good election to gauge it by, because there should be a large margin win for Romney, especially with the presstitutes paying him homage. The primary was very revealing, and supported my theory on this whole thing. Status quo would be a close election that gives both sides the feeling that their efforts were worthy, and continues the ruse of legitimacy in the electoral process.

        Elections should not always be so close. If either candidate wins by a large margin, then I will concede that my theory is flawed, or that they were smart, and changed up their tactics. There is no reason to change their tactics at this point, because there is no substantial questioning of the process as of yet. You stick with what works.

        Considering the way that the votes are counted, and that government gives the whole counting process over to a buddy corporation which has no oversight, and the testimony that I have heard from program writers, I don’t see how it is not rigged. The simple math favors fraud. The odds are heavily against fair elections.

        A couple more months and I will have a better picture of the whole thing. There are little known watchdogs who will be reporting, as well.

        • kong1967

          “Hey now! It’s my conspiracy theory, and I’m sticking with it, for now.”

          LMAO!! That was funny, I don’t care who you are.

          There’s going to be a lot of fraud but that still doesn’t mean it’s rigged. Our votes count, but they try to steal a lot of them and add a bunch that shouldn’t be. That’s trying to impact the outcome fraudulently. They still can’t fix the outcome.

          I think it’s going to be more and more difficult to pull off landslides because of the increasing number of people on the take. So many people are on welfare or foodstamps that they don’t have an honest vote. They vote for their monthly check, not on the issues. The left will have a difficult time getting welfare recipients to vote, so it won’t be easy for them, either. The more we let this go the more difficult it’s going to be for us to even win.

          Of course, that’s my opinion and I hardly know everything, lol.

          • I agree, kong. There’s a lot of fraud, but it would be really hard to fix the outcome. Imagine trying to rig the stock market. There’s just not enough money!

            • kong1967


          • librtifirst

            I am not being condescending, but have you studied the issue? If you are interested, here are a few links to check out.

            This is a five video series that has MSM reports on it.

            This is a pretty detailed documentary done by HBO.

            This is a computer programmer explaining how he created a program that would defraud an election, and gives a lot of good info.

            This information is fairly convincing.

            This lady formed a watchdog group, and is an expert on the subject.

            The GOP primary election fraud was systemic across the country at the state level.
            There is a massive amount of youtube videos of people at the actual caucus’ who video taped many cases of vote switching from the caucus to the secret state GOP vote tallying locations.

            It would take a lot of time to link them for you, but suffice it to say that I have my reasons for my opinion on this.

            • kong1967

              Ah, we are disagreeing on semantics. Every link you gave involved voter fraud. That’s ok, because I agree and I am very aware of massive voter fraud. But the only point I’m trying to make is that is not “rigging” the outcome of the election. It’s illegally and fraudulently trying to change the outcome and isn’t always successful.

              When I hear “rigged” I think “fixed” or forcing automatic outcomes that can’t be beat. When Gore lost to Bush there was massive voting fraud for Gore. Reports of thousands of people voting for him in both Florida and New York. He still lost, which means the outcome wasn’t rigged.

              In other words, we totally agree about the fraud. There is plenty of fraud to go around. I’d suggest going back to paper ballots and getting rid of the machines altogether if they are so easily tampered with.

              You see? We agree except for how it’s labeled….which is nothing important.


  • freenca

    I don’t even feel the need to read it. My apologies, RightScoop! I felt vindicated earlier in the day today, when my staunchest BO supporter friend told me that he never expected for the melt-down to come within His lifetime! To me, that meant, that as an Econ major, he was admitting that the left has known that the theories of the left are error-ridden and knowingly destructive! The guy just didn’t think it would happen so soon!!???? WTH is with that, huh??? Please G-D may he see clearly now! Bless him, he’s one of my dearest friends and been there in every way except politically in the last 4 years, May he continue to see more and more clearly as the days go by!!

    • white531

      Cool. Let us all celebrate each time one of these people find religion. Thank you, freenca. Now you can enjoy your friend even more.

    • kong1967

      Did he show inclinations of blaming it on liberal polices or did he just mention the meltdown? If he didn’t point to liberals he could very easily say the meldown is because of us….the right.

      • freenca

        We didn’t discuss blame, Kong, just that he has realized that the situation of our debt and entitlement obligations are going to have to be dealt with and soon. There is plenty of blame to spread between both sides of the aisle in not dealing with these daunting problems sooner rather than later, just that the end of the fiscal road is coming. All of us now have to put the brakes into action and stop hurtling toward the cliff. His realization that more and more spending is not the right course of action is big in my eyes. Some times we have to win over people one point at a time, in increments, like growing a seed into a plant that blooms and then produces fruit.

        • kong1967

          He did give you enough to know he doesn’t agree with the Democrats who believe that we have to spend our way out of it. He is seeing the light.

          • freenca

            Yes! and Yay! 🙂

    • NYGino

      I have no doubt that your friends continual education and march towards 20/20 vision is the result of your influence on him. People often say that on a site like TRS we’re preaching to the choir. Somewhat true, but the choir members are out there spreading the truth and information we learn here. It makes a difference.

      • freenca

        I think so too, Gino! Everyone we talk to, in however subtle a way, CAN make a difference! What we say to one another here helps us to hone our skills in winning over one-by-one if we can, the lost, the confused, and the misinformed.

  • I don’t believe Newsweek is less liberal-socialist.
    This is a survival move.
    They are just that desperate; white-knuckle desperation makes the mind incredibly pliable and open to new directions.

    This is they trying to prove to themselves they are open-minded, free expression proponents.
    And hoping to sell a few more copies… I say don’t give them the business.
    They don’t deserve it.

  • Obama is starting to see the media turn on him. That will leave a mark.

  • sybilll

    I apologize in advance for the dreams I may, or may not have about Niall Ferguson.

    • kong1967

      Lol, I’m assuming you have had dreams about him.

  • kong1967

    All Obama has is attack ads and no plan. No need to say more.

  • Mike Lee

    Obviously he’s a racist. And an extremist! /sarc

    • Haywoodjbl


  • GEDouglas

    Bob is in a state of shock as he desperately attempts to get some Romney/Ryan negatives out of Ferguson. I’m convinced; this will be a landslide victory for Romney. There are a lot of folks who publicly still mouth “Obama Obama Obama” but when they get inside the booth…well that is a different story. In their heart of hearts Not even the staunchest BO supporter wants the bleak future he promises.

  • What a masterfully crafted article! I think it was written so liberals would actually read the whole thing and start thinking for a change. After a few points to bash Obama’s policies and leadership, a liberal might think about not reading it anymore.

    But Niall masterfully peppers his article with liberal candy like:

    “It was pretty hard to foresee what was going to happen to the economy in the years after 2008.”

    “After the imperial presidency of the Bush era, …”

    Every 3 or 4 paragraphs, Niall throws in something that is aligned with a liberal talking point, pulling back the liberal reader from the edge of closing the article.

    Nicely done, Niall. Liberals might actually read this one from start to finish. At least independents will.

  • Love Nial Ferguson, he is both lucid and lucent, heck even Liberals have to work at not listening to him.

  • stevenbiot

    It’s amazing to me that people believed a Marxist would provide anything other than economic misery; that is exactly what Marxism provides the countries that embrace it. The article reveals nothing new about the “Red.”

  • toongoon

    Bob Schaffer must have had a lousy day after this interview. Niall had a coherent answer for every one of his questions.

  • Is_Sense_Common

    These shows and publications simply put forth these ideas so they can say, “See? We’re balanced. We report both sides!”

    I say – poppycock. A stopped clock is right twice a day. I think they’re showcasing this guy because they’re desperate to be relevant. Schieffer acts like he’s some kind of weird space alien.

  • brendawatkins

    To the one snickering in the background.. just remember, he who laughs last laughs LOUDEST!

  • las1

    One thing about Ferguson btw… despite his smarts, had he accessed alternative media back in 2007/08 he would have know all there was to know about Obama to never ever attribute to Obama the acolades he did in that article. I’m amazed that the really smart people are not so smart after all. There is no excuse for not having known who Obama was from the beginning. The information was out there. Knowing it , Ferguson would never have allowed himself to type these words: I acknowledged his opponent’s remarkable qualities: his soaring oratory, his cool, hard-to-ruffle temperament, and his near faultless campaign organization.. Informed smart people see through this… as many had at the time. Too bad Ferguson didn’t.

    For Ferguson to say Obama “didn’t deliver” indicates a profound confusion he has a about who, exactly, Obama is.

    • “I’m amazed that the really smart people are not so smart after all. ”

      I have found as I get older that what was considered smart, and held up as an example as smart, is really not smart at all.

  • Orangeone

    Someone from African descent? O’Bambi is a white Kenyan and was born in Kenya.

  • Gregory Derrickson

    Haha, the libs aren’t calling the title “Hit the road, Barack” racist, as some code word for slaves??? I’m shocked!

  • drphibes

    Nuclear Bomb.

  • JD Olson

    1. Thanks for the filtering of Ol’ Bob.
    2. I don’t know what possessed Newsweek to even hire Ferguson let alone run this as a cover story. Ferguson is an Actual Journalist.
    3. Don’t be thrown by Naill’s praise of Obama. “We had such high hopes for the man”. Phhhhht, of course he doesn’t believe this. Can you not identify the voice of the “concern troll”? Really evil, effective trolls never reveal their true feelings because that would get them dismissed out of hand. Pretend to be sad, disappointed, shattered by the BOob’s failure, now you’re in like Flynn!

  • DebbyX

    Jolly good show!

  • High hopes (lots of guys high, for sure, in a drunken stupor of hope, also perhaps). Excellent campaign, you mean like Rome – when politicians promised other people’s moneny? I don’t call that genius, but abusive and pathetic.

  • Chevypowered

    Personally I believe Newsweek understand that Barrack may not have the magical 2nd term to finish effing up our country, so like good leftest they are trying to play “impartial” journalists once more. As soon as it seems that Obama may once again rise out of the swamp Newsweek will be back to its old self.

    All in all I do believe its to late for all of them ABC,NBC,CNN,MSNBC and others like them.

    If Obama is given his walking papers the media, and especially Hollywood will be screwed. Remember they went “all in” on Obama thinking this will be the beginning of the end of us as conservatives, Republicans, and Christians. They showed their hand and now they will be spending an insane amount of time walking back the almost 4 years of insults, bad jokes, lefty movies and interviews, lopsided editorials and all around nastiness. So here is the deal…

    Do we let the media and Hollywood sink, implode, self destruct and rebuild America in our Image once more or do we throw them a lifeline and give them another crack at screwing us because their movies, TV shows and late night television is oh so cool?

    This is more then just getting rid of Obama, he is the cancer put the MSM and Hollywood are the cancerous pullups the will always continue to churn out more cancers like Obama so its time we do a full cleaning!

    Getting rid of Obama is just the beginning…

    • 1654american

      Chevy- agree with you 100%. After this November election, with conservatives taking over the House and Senate, and pushing Romney-Ryan, the U.S economy will rapidly turn around and improve. Americans will then realize how complicit the MSM was with the Marxist-ideolog, America-hating, sham of a president that Obama was. People are going to be pissed off at the media. Their days are numbered as financially viable businesses, and they will be held accountable for proliferating the great socialist lie that continues to assault our Constitution and Republic. The media has failed the defense of liberty.

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