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Ed Driscoll

Obama’s Fall from Grace

December 19th, 2013 - 12:23 am

In the American Thinker, J.R. Dunn writes:

It’s not that he’s grown to believe his own PR, but that he’s never believed anything else. There is no depth to Obama — the public figure is all you get, and anything that threatens the image threatens the whole man. So he will flail, and protest, and posture — looking more asinine all the time. Look for plenty of PR events — momentous speeches, vast promises, attempts to pull on the mantle of greater men, mountains giving birth to mice.

And how should the opposition handle it? Nothing simpler — hammer it. Don’t let an opportunity pass. Don’t let him get away with anything. This is a God-given rent in virtual armor that many thought was utterly impregnable. We need to take as much advantage of it as possible.

Shortly we’ll begin hearing from the more stiff media figures — the fake-studious elder-statesmen types kept in reserve for such emergencies — that it’s a dangerous thing to have a nonfunctioning presidency, that enemies may take advantage, that a crisis could erupt, that we should renew our support and on and on.

A functioning president? We haven’t had one of those since 2008. The old boys with grim frowns are perfectly correct, if a bit late — our enemies have taken advantage, there have been crises — in Iran, North Korea, Benghazi, Georgia, Syria — and nothing much has been done because the important thing, the crucial thing, was to keep the Obama persona intact and undamaged.

Now the persona is evaporating, under the impact of laughter on the one hand and sheer horror at the results of Obama’s incompetence (in health care today, in foreign policy next week) And that’s a good thing. Because nothing was being done, and nothing was ever going to be done. There’s a certain value in knowing how bad things actually are.

When the crises come — the inevitable one involving packed ERs, shuttered hospitals, and hundreds or thousands of deaths beginning this January, and the still vague but foreboding possibilities when war season opens next Spring — we’ll know where not to turn, and what not to expect.

It’s a simple and undeniable truth: you don’t turn to clowns in an emergency.

And that goes equally well for the rest of the many other clowns who jumped out of the Chevy Volt in 2010 to vote for Obamacare.

“Get used to this ad. You are going to see it thousands of times — in various forms — before 2014 is over,” Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post warns. He’s visibly scared of what’s to come for his party next year — and quite possibly, rightly so.

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Obama's basically the rooster who thinks his crowing at dawn makes the sun come up. Since his entire political life has been spent with people willing to do things for him and then give him credit -- in the belief that Barack Obama as spokesmodel for liberalism could get things passed they never could -- Obama thinks that's the way thinks naturally work. And his ego and his courtiers make it a guarantee he's petulantly never going change that attitude.

(As for the dangerous non-functioning presidency, that's just a corollary to the alternative liberal complaint that the presidency is just too big for one man to handle. That was the tactic during the Carter years, but the media helped carry Obama to victory in 2012, so it's too late to drag that one out when the guy ran for re-election supposedly knowing exactly what the job entails. So now we have all sorts of pundits using not-very-subtle euphemisms for justifying giving Obama the power to be -- in their eyes -- a benevolent dictator.)
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