What is the president thinking?
That seems to be the question of the day. Russian clients are shooting passenger planes out of the air with Russian weaponry, Al Qaeda on Steroids is taking over Iraq, Iran is running circles around gormless western negotiators while it builds nukes for "peaceful purposes" (because once all non-Muslims are dead, there will be peace!), the Jews are at war with barbarous terrorists so of course the world is cheering for — guess who! — the barbarians, our country is being overrun by illegal aliens we can't afford to accommodate — and the president of the United States is doing what? Yeah, fund-raising, baby! Doing his charming give-me-some-money speech thing:
I just flew in from Washington and boy are my arms tired! But seriously, it's great to be back in Akron! Are those Republicans stinkers or what? It's a war on women, I tell ya. They'll probably impeach me next cause I'm black. Don't boo — vote! Thanks, and that'll be $30,000 a plate!
What is he thinking? The ladies on Fox News — Megyn Kelly and Greta Van Susteren — keep asking their guests in tones of amazed frustration. The big writerly minds have comments and theories. Here's Peggy Noonan in a Wall Street Journal column headlined "The Daydream and The Nightmare":
I'm not sure people are noticing the sheer strangeness of how the president is responding to the lack of success around him. He once seemed a serious man.... Now he seems unserious, frivolous, shallow. He hangs with celebrities, plays golf. His references to Congress are merely sarcastic.... [He] doesn't seem to care about his unpopularity, or the decisions he's made that have not turned out well.... He thinks he's done his work... history will look back on him and see him as heroic.... It is weird to have a president who has given up.
Here's Daniel Henninger in the same paper, with a column headlined, "Obama to World: Drop Dead":
How... to explain someone who claims he can run the country and a troubled world out of his back pocket while he flies from fundraiser to fundraiser? Barack Obama is the most provincial U.S. president in at least a century. The progressive Democrats who displaced the Clinton machine in 2008 and came to power with Mr. Obama have no interest beyond consolidating political and electoral power inside the U.S. Not even the White House of Lyndon Johnson, the ultimate pol, was so purely politicized.
The fundraising is a frantic effort to protect this new Democratic voter machine. The world doesn't vote, so the world doesn't matter.