Unforced Errors Are Sinking Obama
This time, the president's flubs and his campaign's crassness matter.
July 5, 2012 - 12:28 am
President Barack Obama’s gaffes, tone-deaf statements, and inadvertent betrayals of his elitist true beliefs now arrive with such frequency that they leave one wondering if he’s deliberately trying to lose — until one recalls that he was the same way four years ago.
By May 2008, Michelle Malkin already had a mountain of evidence, which she acknowledged was only a sample, that when away from his teleprompter, this alleged super-smarty is in reality a walking, talking “perpetual gaffe machine.” Her itemization included his reference to the country’s “57 states” and his description of Arkansas as being “in the middle” of Kentucky and Obama’s home state of Illinois. Later in that year’s campaign, we were treated to a stumbling, bumbling candidate describing asthmatics as needing ”breathalyzers” and “inhalators” and having the country’s energy problems solved if only drivers would properly inflate their tires.
Tin-eared statements which would certainly have kept any Republican or conservative and almost any other Democrat from winning the presidency included but certainly weren’t limited to how he would want to handle a daughter’s unplanned pregnancy (“if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby”), gun control (“even if I want to take them away, I don’t have the votes in Congress”), and energy policy (“if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can. It’s just that it will bankrupt them”). Just a few of the betrayals of his true beliefs and insufferable elitism included stubborn support of his fiercely racist pastor of nearly two decades until it became obviously untenable, his characterization of rural Pennsylvanians and Midwesterners as “cling(ing) to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them,” and of course his “spread the wealth around” statement to Joe the Plumber.
None of this prevented Obama from winning the presidency four years ago, for four reasons. First, his opponent was so determined to play nice that he squandered repeated opportunities to pounce. Second, a determined lapdog press covered up, downplayed, and excused the candidate’s every move. Third, much of the country was completely convinced that the recession was entirely the fault of George W. Bush and Republicans. (I have previously demonstrated that the recession really owed its severity if not its very existence to Democratic Party-driven housing policies, hundreds of billions of dollars of mortgage-backed securities fraud at “government-sponsored enterprises” run by Democrat cronies, and relentless 2008 campaign threats by Democrats from Obama on down of severe tax increases and environmental tyranny upon their triumph.) Finally, the Obama campaign ran a deliberately non-specific, false biography-inspired campaign of hope, change, and hero worship while conducting an under-the-radar and arguably criminal campaign contributions enterprise which brought in untold millions in untraceable money, much of it likely from foreign sources.