March 22, 2009
Political Truths to Remember

Our politics at the federal level are going to be dominated in coming months with talk of battles over budget and policies. Overlaying all will be the economy and steps the government may - or may not - be taking to address ongoing concerns with the financial sector.

Yet, those are ultimately tactical issues. There are underlying strategic issues that may well become more clear than some of our friends on the left will care to admit.

For good or for ill, a Canadian has enunciated those realities rather clearly, including these thoughts:

a plurality of American voters had embraced Mr. Obama not because of, but despite the policies he was signalling [sic]. They most certainly liked the man and his "temperament," and they most certainly wanted the Republicans out. But it did not follow that they wanted their government to lurch to the left.

Good people can and will debate that, though it seems rather clear that Obama did much via mass communications during the campaign to mute the notion that he was advocating a liberal agenda - talk of tax cuts for 95% of Americans, going "line-by-line" through the budget, and generic talk of hope & change not exactly implying New Deal II.

Yet, in addition to that, there are the underlying competence questions were raised by the right last year but that are increasingly becoming a part of the center-left media Establishment as well. This isn't the centrism that kept the same Beltway and New York City-based crowd content during the Clinton years, it's pricey liberalism at a time of fiscal scarcity - and it's not even being handled well at that:

Mr. Obama was seriously unqualified for the job of president. He had no practical experience in running anything, except political campaigns; but worse, his background was one-dimensional.

All his life, from childhood through university through "community organizing" and Chicago wardheel politics, through Sunday mornings listening to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, to the left side of Democrat caucuses in Springfield and Washington, he has been surrounded almost exclusively by extremely liberal people, and moreover, by people who are quick and clever but intellectually narrow.

He is a free soul, but he is also the product of environments in which even moderately conservative ideas are never considered; but where people on the further reaches of the left are automatically welcomed as "avant-garde." His whole idea of where the middle might be, is well to the left of where the average American might think it is.

That's provocative, and debatable. Yet, the tilt of Obama's policies since Inauguration Day, compared to the centrist sounding vagueness of the campaign trail and the less than progressive nature of his Cabinet picks, are telling.

Don't believe me?

Let's put it this way then: when Frank Rich is raising huge red flags about Obama's handling of matters then there might be trouble brewing, well beyond the typical policy battles in which Presidents are engaged.

Posted by Eric Earling at March 22, 2009 12:50 PM | Email This
1. One of the points behind all the TOTUS jokes are that whenever Obama gets away from the teleprompter an entirely different man appears. The reasonable, center-left, post-partisan candidate becomes a meaner, stumbling, dangerously ignorant, hard left creature. The student of Wright and Ayers comes out when Obama is unprepared. Which is an interesting explanation for Obama's slavish dedication to TOTUS. So back in the White House when real decisions must be made, this creature shows up and approves abominations like the Stimulus or Omnibus (and Geithner, but that is another story).

Obama got the nod for a number of reasons, not the least of which was the middle's exhaustion at the old Left-Right dialog as well as a Pavlovian response to the constant drumbeat of lies about Bush. But only the most partisan can ignore the repeated mistakes that Obama seems to continually make. Mistakes that should make Obama the topic of every late night comic joke for the next 4 years.

Posted by: iconoclast on March 22, 2009 01:35 PM
2. If anything qualifies as a ''must read'', this piece by David Warren that Eric linked to does.
One thing for sure: The Warren piece does NOT give us a reason to be optomistic about where the Obama Administration is going to continue to try and take (or drive) this county.

Eric picked out some of the best quotes from the Warren piece; I will tack on one more from the end:

''The video to Iran is the latest catastrophe. Mr. Obama simply does not understand how his "olive branch" will be received, not only by the mullahs in Iran itself, but wherever else on the surface of the planet the United States has enemies. It "reads" -- to people who do not share anything like America's aspirations -- as an unambiguous confession of weakness''.

All this and more in just the 1st 2 months of the Obama Administration. Where will we be after the 1st 2 years ??.... This is not good.....

Posted by: Methow Ken on March 22, 2009 01:39 PM
3. control Obama. He does my bidding. Like a puppet, he says what I tell him to say! I make him dance like a marionette.

(Teleprompter of the United States)

Posted by: TOTUS on March 22, 2009 03:43 PM
4. CBSNEWS Kroft to Obama: 'Are you punch-drunk?'...

Everything we said about this toddler is coming true: inexperienced, untested, untried, naive, corrupt and DANGEROUS.

How are you liberal sheep liking your Hope! and Change! now?

I wonder if the bookmakers are taking money on his resignation...

I was thinking last night that a shrewd toddler would replace Biden with Slick Willie...then resign himself and let the Slickster take over again. That might be the only way a democrap could save this country... and oh how it pains me to even think it... until the adults can come back to clean up this mess.

Posted by: Ragnar Danneskjold on March 22, 2009 04:29 PM
5. Nice citation of Frank Rich, especially his last paragraph where he demonstrates a keen understanding of the true potential danger of failure:

"To fall short would be to deliver us into the catastrophic hands of a Republican opposition whose only known economic program is to reject job-creating stimulus spending and root for Obama and, by extension, the country to fail. With all due deference to Ponzi schemers from Madoff to A.I.G., this would be the biggest outrage of them all."

Posted by: scottd on March 22, 2009 05:40 PM
6. "a Republican opposition whose only known economic program is to reject job-creating stimulus spending and root for Obama and, by extension, the country to fail."

There are plenty of job-creating alternatives being offered, but Obama & Pelosi are not interesterd in creating jobs or stimulating the economy. Quit call the Generational Theft Act of 2009 a stimulus, because it isn't one.

Posted by: AP on March 22, 2009 05:51 PM
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