“Help! I’m melting!” Well yeah, but you’re doing it really well.
Not a good summer for TheBoyPresident™. Not at all. Not, of course, that you’d know it if your sole source of information about the Administration is the major US media. Thanks to the wonders of the internet, we also have access to UK’s Telegraph. They have a very interesting article on the trials and tribulations of TheWon™, pointing out ten very pointed reasons why he’s in full meltdown.
1. The Obama presidency is out of touch with the American people
2. Most Americans don’t have confidence in the president’s leadership
3. Obama fails to inspire
4. The United States is drowning in debt
5. Obama’s Big Government message is falling flat
6. Obama’s support for socialised health care is a huge political mistake
7. Obama’s handling of the Gulf oil spill has been weak-kneed and indecisive
8. US foreign policy is an embarrassing mess under the Obama administration
9. President Obama is muddled and confused on national security
10. Obama doesn’t believe in American greatness
The author’s commentary is insightful and biting, especially given that it’s a Brit publication. You really should follow the link and read the whole article, but I’ll give you a taste from his first bullet point (heh)…
In a previous post I noted how the Obama presidency increasingly resembles a modern-day Ancien Régime, extravagant, decaying and out of touch with ordinary Americans. The First Lady’s ill-conceived trip to Spain at a time of widespread economic hardship was symbolic of a White House that barely gives a second thought to public opinion on many issues, and frequently projects a distinctly elitist image. The “let them eat cake” approach didn’t play well over two centuries ago, and it won’t succeed today.
I would add some commentary here. With respect to TheWon™ being “out of touch”, that could well be the understatement of the century. His latest polling shows him 22 points down in job performance disapproval, and he’s dropping like a rock.
With respect to the leadership and the inspiration thingys, TheWon™ is paying the price for smooth campaign talk and absolute governing incompetence. Even the One-Party Press isn’t going to be able to continue to cover for him much longer. Everything he and his party has touched is a political and PR debacle from ObamaCare’s daily discoveries to the complete incompetence in the gulf. Specifically, with respect to ObamaCare, I would take issue with the author’s characterization that it’s a “huge political mistake”. It’s all of that and it’s also way beyond that. It is the pending destruction of the finest health care system in the world if Republicans don’t win in November and then man-up and find a way to resurrect and kill this monster. The key to that equation is whether the Republican leadership is anywhere near as perceptive as the Brits who know about the “joys” of nationalized healthcare.
As far as debt and his big government message are concerned, we have a problem. It would seem that being “against” both of those things are becoming a fad. The problem is defining the solution. Democrats insist that tax increases are the answer, and left unchecked we can expect a VAT before long. The issue here is that Democrats and statist Republicans (pretty much all of the current elected class) are not bright enough to see the destruction of the economy – and the Nation – that will be the net result of such a tax policy. The only solution that is really a solution is to cut government by eliminating major current functions that the founders would roll over in their graves if they knew about. I’m not going to threadjack myself, but there are at least half-dozen cabinet departments (like the DoE) that should be eliminated, lock stock and barrel. That’s not likely to happen. Republicans don’t have the manhood required.
And then there are the last three. The disasters that are national security policy, foreign policy and TheOne™’s complete disrespect for the American Dream and the very concept of Liberty.
We should think that November will be a great time to be a Republican and that 2012 will be a good time to defeat an incumbent. Maybe. November will depend on whether Republican candidates are running on conservative principles or whether they are statists-in-training. If they are the former, they may force the Congressional leadership to man-up and fight. If they are the latter, it won’t matter much who wins. With respect to 2012, all of the 2008 leftovers – Huckabee, Romney, Newt, Palin – ALL need to go hunting with Dick Cheney. The Party needs a candidate who will represent real change and who has a demonstrated record of successful leadership. NONE of the ’08 crowd comes even close. None of ‘em
The good part, closing on a bright note, is that talk of the permanent Democrat majority is over, at least for now. We will need to make sure that both Card Check and any “path to citizenship” for illegal aliens die an ugly and violent death or we will see that come to pass.