This Would Be What They Call Obama Derangement Syndrome

Former Congressman Tom Tancredo is the latest Republican to put his Obama Derangement Syndrome into words:

Because of the power he wields over budgets, the judiciary, national defense and even health care, his regime and his program are not just about changing public policy in the conventional sense. When one considers the combination of his stop-at-nothing attitude, his contempt for limited government, his appointment of judges who want to create law rather than interpret it – all of these make this president today’s single greatest threat to the great experiment in freedom that is our republic.

Yes, Mr. Obama is a more serious threat to America than al Qaeda. We know that Osama bin Laden and followers want to kill us, but at least they are an outside force against whom we can offer our best defense. But when a dedicated enemy of the Constitution is working from the inside, we face a far more dangerous threat. Mr. Obama can accomplish with the stroke of his pen what bin Laden cannot accomplish with bombs and insurgents.

Mr. Obama’s actions, not just his words, show the threat he poses. A level of government deficit spending unheard of since World War II and trillion-dollar deficits as far as the eye can see represent an unacceptable threat to our economic security and our children’s future. Mr. Obama could be the first president to guarantee that the next generation of Americans has a lower standard of living than their parents.

And, you know, I think there are a sizable portion of Republicans who would agree with him.

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Doug Mataconis
About Doug Mataconis
Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. Herb says:

    Tom Tancredo is about THIS close to turning the governor’s race in Colorado upside down. The GOP candidates this year are extremely poor. One –a former Washington insider– is fighting a plagiarism scandal. The other has a resume with very little political experience and not very impressive business experience.

    And now Tancredo wants to muscle in.

    The end result: The election of John Hickenlooper, Denver’s current Democratic mayor, as Colorado’s next governor is all but assured.

  2. walt moffett says:

    Looks like another term for Obama while Conservatives wander in the desert still pondering talking points != clarity and vision.

  3. Marcus Tullius Cicer says:

    “A nation can survive its fools and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and he carries his banners openly against the city. But the traitor moves among those within the gates freely, his sly whispers rustling through all alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears no traitor; he speaks in the accents familiar to his victim, and he wears their face and their garments and he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation; he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of a city; he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to be feared. The traitor is the plague.”

    – Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman Orator – 106-43 B.C.

  4. reid says:

    Tancredo’s first paragraph could have been written about Bush or any other president. He clearly goes off the rails in the following paragraphs….

  5. Brummagem Joe says:

    Tancredo is symptomatic of the craziness that has enveloped the GOP. One has to wonder how someone like Lugar, the Maine twins, Hatch, Graham and few others continue to sit at the same table with these loonies. Maine is a really good example, it’s one of the most beautiful states in the country but fairly poor and one of the few Northern states to be a net recipient of federal funds. What remote community of interest do the senators from this state share with someone like De Mint or Tancredo. It makes no sense politically. I can understand why until the sixties the Dems had a deeply conservative bloc within their midst but why the hell someone like Lugar wants to share bread with Bachmann is a complete mystery. Senators in both parties used to be a lot more independant.

  6. Zelsdorf Ragshaft III says:

    Alinsky tactics evident here. Attack the messenger. Why not try to refute the charges? Because you cannot. If Mataconis were at all familiar with article 2 of the Constitution he would be able to ask where does the President of the United States get the authority to tell automobile companies to close dealerships, demand a slush fund from an oil company to pay for damages prior to their day in court? The list of things Obama has done outside of his authority is amazing and few call him on it. I like the targeting of US citizens on a hit list to be killed without due process. There is no doubt Obama has committed impeachable offenses. The Cicero quotation when right past most of the readers here. Obama intends to transform America (his words). That is not the job of the President of the United States.

  7. Russ says:

    closing dealerships

    the mfg’s were looking to do this anyways and BK gave them the right to. POTUS had nothing to do with it BK law did.

    oil spill

    BP could have declined the money or negotiated it down, but they didn’t and must have believed it in their best interest.

    killing Americans

    one guy who holds an American passport who went over to the other side and they held an national security council meeting before doing so and they most likely were provided eyes only information as to why

    anything else?

    what comes to mind is “liars figure, figures don’t lie” or “it’s hard to argue with the truth” although no one says you can’t, it’s just magnifies your ignorance.

  8. An Interested Party says:

    Just as Giuliani, for so long, only seemed to know a noun, a verb, and 9/11, ZRIII only seems to know a noun, a verb, and Alinsky…both arguments are similarly ineffective…

  9. anjin-san says:

    Don’t you get kicked out of the GOP if your NOT foaming at the mouth these days?

  10. Juneau: says:

    Herb: The GOP candidates this year are extremely poor. [ ] The end result: The election of John Hickenlooper, Denver’s current Democratic mayor, as Colorado’s next governor is all but assured.

    Hate to burst your bubble, Herbie. BUT,

    July 15, 2010
    Scott McInnis (R) 43%
    John Hickenlooper (D) 45%

    Yeah, your boy’s really tearing it up there in Colorado. Just flat out beating the pants off the “poor” republican candidate. Tell me, do all you liberals here smoke crack to reach that “happy place” before you comment, or is it just that you”re in constant denial?

  11. G.A.Phillips says:

    ***Don’t you get kicked out of the GOP if your NOT foaming at the mouth these days?***Yup:)