All that accomplished was to embolden those who hate America and depress those who like us. Does anyone think Obama’s visit to Turkey won that country over, or his Cairo outreach charmed Arabs, or his bow to China earned anything, or being checkmated by Putin was impressive? Lots of straws were piled on with all that.
The Final Straw?
So you see, it’s never just one thing with a holistic Obama. Unemployment is not good; trying to play it down by creating a new notion of jobs saved or created only makes it worse. The debt is soaring, and blaming the red ink on Bush has a shelf-life of, well, about 18 months.
Then came BP. Presidents can hardly be held accountable for oil gushing from 5000 feet. But Obama had already established two principles: One, presidents surely must be held accountable for natural disasters. That’s why he damned Bush as “achingly slow” and showing “unconscionable ineptitude” over Katrina. Google “Obama” and “Katrina,” and you will find hundreds of Obama “moments” over the last five years when he used Katrina to raise money, solidify his African-American base, ingratiate himself to left-wing voters, and campaign for office. Katrina was a sort of rhetoric flourish for Obama with which he gussied up his America-is-racist theme, Bush-is-incompetent trope, Cheney-is-corrupt theme, and conservatives-are-heartless talking point.
“This image’s head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass. His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay.”
Second, Obama was not as most mere mortals. He had an uncanny ability to still the seas, heal the planet, and arrive at just the right moment to offer us salvation. False divinities such as these fall harder than mere mortals, especially when their feet of clay crumble. There are only so many times false prophets can climb the mount to lecture down to us.
At some point, along this devolution, our collective camel’s back snapped. Right now, millions of voters are quietly fuming and saying to themselves: “OK, enough is enough. That’s one too many straws, and I am going to take it out on them in November.”
Oh, not everyone says this, in part out of fear of being called a racist; in part embarrassed that they were had by Obama; and in part, given American fair play, to give their guy a chance. But that only makes it worse, since the polls, I think, don’t quite gauge the growing levels of discontent.
Add in that Obama’s base was not especially interested in the issues as much as Himself. And He is not on the ballot. So base voters may well not turn out in such droves. Remember, this time the Republicans don’t need a candidate; not being Obama is enough until gut check time in 2012.
Empire of Dirt
There is another problem for the Democrats: I don’t think Obama cares much about a midterm correction for reasons other than his own narcissism. One, he already is a laureate and post-presidential historical figure. If Bill Clinton or Al Gore is any guide, he can make a billion or two sermonizing and philosophizing for the next forty years. If Jimmy Carter can create an empire of self-absorption, any president can.
I think the presidency was always sort of a warm-up, a preparation for worldwide messiah-in-chief. It won’t be too bad a life — sort of like living in the Edwards mansion talking about marital bliss and the wretched “other America,” or Gulfstreaming into Oprah country while hawking Green, Inc. for those down in the lowlands. Once the left gets over the dismal record of Obama’s actual governance, they can afford once again to be mesmerized by four more decades of Obama’s planet healing tomfoolery. (Once Van Jones can’t do any more damage, he is a sort of left-wing cult figure.)
“Whoopee ti yi yo, git along little dogies. It’s your misfortune and none of my own …”
Second, in prep for all that, it might be better anyway for Obama to have a hostile “them” Congress that he can perpetually run against. That can take the place of a now stale “Bush did it.” As it is, the Democrats give Obama what he wants, and what he wants is not what we the people want, at least if polls are any indication.
But with an obdurate opposition in power, Obama can speechify and do what he does best: demagogue, soaring with we should and must do without much worry about the icky details of actual implementation that never will come due to all those right-wing Beck and Hannity types. As for the November fate of 40-60 Democratic House members and 6-10 senators, again, they were never as pure as Obama anyway.
And so they too go the way of Rev. Wright and Van Jones — with a mellifluous Obama send-off of “Whoopee ti yi yo.”