Actually, You Do Have a Messaging Problem, When Your Message Is Sheer Arrogance

And Pelosi actually does see herself as an avatar of progressive enlightenment. For our own good, mind you, she’s determined to drag us, kicking and screaming, toward cradle-to-grave bliss. As she no doubt firmly believes, the work of improving benighted humanity must continue, and she’s just the one to do it. Could there be a better example of deluded arrogance?

Well, how about Barack “The Shining One” Obama? When he said, “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for,” wasn’t he really saying, “I’m the one you’ve been waiting for”? He sold himself as the messiah not only of a weary United States but of a world weary of the United States back in ’08, when so many voters seemed to be guzzling Kool-Aid. And now, his delusions of grandeur having fallen around his ears, he has the epic gall to tell us that we’re the problem! If only we could have put aside our petty fears and focused on his sheer epoch-making magnitude, he’d still have both houses of Congress. (And a virtual lock on creating a more radical federal judiciary to boot.) If there were a Richter scale for self-regard, he’d drive the cursor off the chart.

Compounding their arrogance is the fact that the Democrats have largely become the party of people fundamentally ashamed, in some sense, of being Americans. Affluent tri-coastal Obama-Pelosi liberals, with their high IQs, advanced degrees, and jobs that often seem, at least to them, to owe nothing to the grubby world of commerce, manufacturing, and marketing, are desperate to create an America that won’t embarrass the Harvard faculty. Of course, that would imply that they don’t think very much of the country most Americans are actually quite fond of, a stance that could be expected to have harsh repercussions in a democracy. But they see that as our problem, not theirs.

Just as the ancient Croesus is still associated with unimaginable wealth and Pyrrhus with unaffordable victory, so may Obama be associated, down the ages, with unfathomable arrogance.