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July 28th, 2014 - 11:35 pm

“Is the Obama administration losing touch with reality?”, Mark Tapscott asks at the Washington Examiner. Considering that Barack Obama alternated posing next to Styrofoam Roman columns and uttering quotes such as, ”We’re going to keep on praising together. I am confident that we can create a Kingdom right here on Earth,” during his in 2008 presidential bid, this administration and reality were never on very good terms to begin with. But as Tapscott writes, their relationship is much more strained these days:

There is an air of unreality about the Obama crew these days that became starkly evident last week with a letter to Congress from National Security Advisor Susan Rice seeking repeal of the 2002 authorization for the invasion of Iraq and White House press secretary Josh Earnest claiming Republicans are seriously seeking to impeach his boss.

House Speaker John Boehner and every other top GOP leader has denied it, but that didn’t stop Earnest and the Democratic fundraising machine from insisting that impeachment is “part of their agenda.”

Similarly, Rice claimed repealing the 2002 law is needed to “give Americans confidence” that U.S. “ground forces will not be sent into combat in Iraq” even though House GOPers were preparing to approve a resolution saying U.S. ground forces should not be sent back to Iraq.

But then seeing the Obama administration publicly weaving such fantasies isn’t really surprising, considering they’ve argued for years that one half of one-third of the federal government is responsible for all of America’s problems.

Aaron Hanscom, our lead editor and textual master of ceremonies on the PJM homepage asked me the other day if any president had checked out as dramatically from current events in my lifetime. I told that while it’s a little before my time, the closest analogy that comes to mind is the Wilson Administration, which attempted to maintain the fiction that its namesake was still running the show after Wilson’s devastating stroke in October of 1919, exhausting himself while attempting to pass the League of Nations. Wilson would linger on in office until being mercifully relieved by Republican Warren Harding in February of 1924 as a shell of a man; even Wikipedia notes:

[Post-stroke, Wilson] was insulated by his wife, who screened matters for his attention and delegating others to his cabinet heads. Eventually, Wilson resumed his attendance at cabinet meetings, but his input there was perfunctory. By February 1920 the President’s true condition was public. Nearly every major newspaper expressed qualms about Wilson’s fitness for the presidency at a time when the League fight was reaching a climax, and domestic issues such as strikes, unemployment, inflation and the threat of Communism were ablaze. Neither his wife nor his physician nor personal assistant were willing to assume authority to take upon themselves the certification required by the Constitution to declare his “inability to discharge the powers and duties of the said office”. This complex case became an inducement for passage of the 25th Amendment.

It took a stroke to effectively end the Wilson presidency; it simply took Obama discovering that the world and the Beltway are mean places full of mean people who keep saying no to him — to  him! — the ‘Bam Who Would be King for Wright’s sake! — for him to take his golf ball and go home.

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If he is detached from reality, how come he always empowers tyrants and never our friends?

If he is detached from reality, how come he always stonewalls effectively, and almost never blurts out the truth but instead shows amazing discipline by sticking with the script?

If he is detached from reality, how come he found the brilliantly evil perfect flaw in our immigration law, one that disarms much of the conservative base because of “the children”, and is allowing illegals into our country at a rate no one even dared dream of?

If he is detached from reality, how is it that he has accumulated power in the Executive Branch and made the Legislative Branch irrelevant, in a way that the Founding Fathers specifically tried to prevent?

The belief that he is detached from reality, or a putz, or hapless, or in over his head, is simply a form of denial. It is a powerful denial, because release from it then leads to the frightening realization that he is pursuing his specific goals, and doing so in a dramatically effective way. He is so effective, we are not even sure how to go about countering it.

We are the ones detached from reality. We are too afraid to face it.
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An advocate of Marxism is either stupid or evil. Or just plain delusional which places them in the mental disturbances spectrum of disorders. I have often wondered if Obama was the "chosen", someone whom powerful people followed, watched, groomed and pushed to serve as a front man for their agenda. I often think that he was told a fairytale in order to make the decision to run for the Presidency. What was he told? You're young, nice looking, have an interesting background, a nice looking family, and by the way, there's nothing they can do to you because you're black? You'll have the world at your feet. You will be intoxicated by the wealth, the adoration, the adulation, the force of the power you will wield, incalculable riches beyond imagination should you just do this for us. And so he did. The current reality doesn't seem to be going according to plan or promise does it. Why all those white people on the right love their country more than they are afraid of being smeared with that old reliable epithet: racist! And now the black "folks" are stirring here and there, and it turns out Hispanics are just like everyone else. Once they get here they don't want millions surging up the gangplanks either. Only a fool with a make-believe view of the world would have ever thought such a bargain would guarantee a promised outcome. And so this do-nothing "community organizer" the proverbial big fish in a small pond is being scraped and bumped by dorsal fins and he is retreating further and further into the life of his troubled mind. The man needs help. Professional help and an intervention. His "vacations" are essentially mental rehabs and the frequency of his escapes correlates with his personality disintegration. I'll never forget when I heard him pronounce that when he was elected the earth would cool, the waters would begin to recede. At first I thought I was hearing some self deprecation. Then I realized: he's serious. No one in their rational mind would make a comment like that. With a straight face. The arc of his mental deterioration steepens. He needs professional help.
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They aren't losing touch with reality, they are at war with reality.
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Amendment 25, Section 4 is ready, willing & able to remove Obama,Biden & Holder from office . They are certifiable schizophrenics. A run with the MM-PPI will confirm them as (border-line) PSYCHOTICS incapable of fulfilling or administering the duties and obligations comprising their respective offices.
The "rest is not SILENCE..."
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The Katrina link is risible. It has a Democrat operative blaming Bush for a messed up disaster response, and then magnanimously granting that Bush cared later.

The facts of Katrina are different. I have been involved in disaster relief and prevention for a long time, and was involved in the Katrina operation.

Bush's administration sent an effective rescue force rather than FEMA, which has never had an immediate response mission. A Navy and Marine amphibious warfare group was on the scene immediately after the event, and rescued thousands with its helicopters, provided on-board medical care, and supplies and fresh water. The Army and National Guard units reached the area as soon as was practical given the destruction of the road network.

*That* was the effective federal response, and it is ignored by the whiners who blame FEMA and Bush for problems that were caused by the feckless administrations of New Orleans and Louisiana.

FEMA is not a first response agency. It's primary function is to help localities to do their own preparation for disasters, through training and certification programs. New Orleans had a FEMA approved hurricane disaster plan (hastily yanked down from their website after the event, but not before I read it). New Orleans ignored the plan. The Bush administration warned Senator Landrieu, then the New Orleans governor, to evacuate, but she and Mayor Nagin waited a crucial day before then starting an ineffectual evacuation. They were so poor at it that a fleet of school buses sat idle and wasn't used. New Orleans police generators were located below the flood level, so failed, taking down their communications system. The corrupt mayor and his police higher-ups fled to the Hyatt Regency, which was actually ready for the event even though it had just been struck by a tornado as the storm came in. The city was completely unprepared.

There is also a myth that the flooding was the fault of the Corps of Engineers (and thus blamed on Bush because they worked for him). This ignores the fact that the levee and canal system was built to withstand a category 3 hurricane, but Katrina (a category one storm when it hit New Orleans, but category 5 the day before) had a category 5 storm surge, and it was that storm surge which raced into Lake Pontchartrain and then came into the canals and flooded the city.
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Nice detail commentary.
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Give some respect to Jimmy Carter. He worked his ass off in the last years of his Presidency even as the country expressed nothing but contempt for him.

Yeah his efforts were largely futile but hey, he kept trying.
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The impeachment scam is strictly a Dem fund-raising tool. Remarkably effective, sadly, and incredibly cynical.

I shudder to imagine their next "right-wing threat" fund-raising ploy. Leftists are shameless. There is no gutter too grimy for them.
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“Is the Obama administration losing touch with reality?”

This is emphatically incorrect. Psychopaths are as rational as anyone else. Jeff Skilling was CEO of Enron, Harvard MBA, and alumni of McKinsey, the premier business consulting company. Skilling is now in prison, assessed as a psychopath after the greatest corporate fraud case in history. Out of touch with reality was not Skilling's problem.

Psychopathy is a personality disorder. Psychopaths have zero concerns for others, and are narcissistic and anti-social. All young people should be screened for psychopathic tendencies and people like Skilling, John Wayne Gacy, Stalin, Hitler, and Obama should be screened out of positions of responsibility before they can do any damage.

Fortunately, Dr. Robert Hare, the world's foremost authority on psychopathy, has the tools to identify psychopathy at an early age.
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Wilson left office in 1921, not 1924.
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Correct. Typo, obviously. This is not a liberal blog, so chronology math should not be a problem here. :-) I hope it gets fixed.
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"this administration and reality were never on very good terms to begin with. "

This is true of all leftists. Whether we are talking about the consciously evil leadership, or the millions of useful idiots who are (mostly) really very well meaning people, what characterizes all of them is that they are not well connected to reality.

They think intentions are what counts, and they pay little or no attention to actual results. They think that wanting something to go well is enough, that planning and executing and then measuring results and adjusting as needed is... well, they don't think it's anything because they just don't think about it. It's not part of their thought process.

For all their talk of "nuance" they are incapable of complex thought. For example, if the economy was good under Clinton, then he gets the credit (though he deserves NONE of that credit). If the economy is bad under Bush, then it's all Bush's fault (though he does not deserve most of the blame). If people are poor, it's because they have no money, so give them money. Never mind the effects this has on people. And so on.

Unless of course, the economy goes good under a Republican, then there are other forces at work.

This is another thing that characterizes them, even the useful idiots - the utter absence of intellectual honesty.
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It is emphatically not true that Leftists are out of contact with reality.

Leftist tend to psychopathy, a personality disorder. Leftists are as rational as anyone, their objectives are to take advantage of everyone they can using their considerable rational capabilities. If you do not have a basic understanding of psychopathy you are wasting your time in a political discussion between Left and Right.
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O isn't autonomous, so whether he is stupid or delusional isn't the question.
O is doing exactly what George Soros (via Val Jarrett) is telling him to do.
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Wilson's wife was our first female President, Jarett is the second.
The Obama administration is 'Playing for Time', keeping their Base
Happy until the economy crashes and (they fondly expect) they shift
Into dictatorial mode for the duration of the permanent emergency.
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You know I am starting to believe that there needs to be a term limit to journalists...seems like the longer anyone does this the more they buy into whatever line the political establishment feeds them.

Obama is not dumb, ignorant or over his head...he is achieving all of his goals. The main one being to destroy this country. Meanwhile the establishment right feeds each other the line that oh my he cannot be evil...he is stupid.
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We want him to have goals because you can understand someone with goals, even if you dislike the specifics. (Primitive man's ascribing lightning to an angry god ...) But does a two-year old have goals? He does, of course, but not in the way an adult understands that term.

In fact, narcissism is NORMAL for a two-year old. He's still really the center of his world, only beginning to notice that there are others out there, only beginning to discover his relationship to them.

The difference between Obama and a two-year old is that in a healthy environment the two year old lacks the power to impose his view on the world and will instead be guided -- more or less compelled -- to a mature and practical understanding of his relationship to the rest. Obama's beyond that: He is who he is and will either impose his views on the rest or deal (somehow) with the frustration of a world that misunderstands and willfully mistreats him.

Others, of course, are using him for their purposes. But he's so limited in his ability to translate viewpoint to program that the results are only impressive because of the scale of the disorder.
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