Obama Cramming for Midterms

Observe President Obama's remedies for the giant out-of-control plume of hemorrhaging political support that is casting a stain over his ambitions. His latest attempt to place a stopper over the gusher was announced by a liberal Newsweek writer, Howard Fineman, whose take on what White House operatives are saying about the looming midterm elections was that the goal would be "more about attacking Republicans than promoting [Obama's] own vision."

Fineman is an Obama fan -- like many another political hack, he lapses into bedazzled schoolboy poetry when he thinks about all the president signifies, calling Obama's presidential campaign "effervescent" (what, like Sprite?). There is a hopeful note to his column. Yet even Fineman seems a tad incredulous that "the strategy [Obama] and fellow Democrats will pursue in this fall's election season" is all about "looking backward."

Fineman and Obama's thesis is that because a Republican was president in 2008 (while Democrats ran the House and the Senate), Republicans "caused" the financial crisis. The implication is that the meltdown could not possibly have been delayed until, say, 2009, nor could it have occurred during the hallowed Clinton years. No: it involved Wall Street, and everyone knows Wall Street is a Republican thing (though financiers have given massively to Obama), therefore the crisis was a result of bad Republican policies.

Never mind that the Wall Street bailouts Obama and the media credit with stopping the slide were bipartisan, or that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which Republicans have attempted to reform, amount to an ongoing massive Democrat-enabled federal bailout every month. No, according to the increasingly arrogant Obama view, he did only the right things, with no Republican aid. "After they drove the car into the ditch, made it as difficult as possible for us to pull it back, now they want the keys back," Obama said of the GOP while speaking at, naturally, a Wall Street fundraiser. "No! You can't drive. We don't want to have to go back into the ditch. We just got the car out."

Switching metaphors, Obama said, "We got our mops and our brooms out here and were cleaning stuff out and they're sitting there saying, 'Hold the broom better, that's not how you mop.' Don't tell me how to mop," Obama said. "Pick up a mop! Do some work on behalf of the American people to solve some of these problems."

A better metaphor might be that a pipe burst, there's water all over the floor, and if Washington could leave the room it would dry out. Instead, there's an army of bureaucrats tromping all over the floor, leaving big muddy footprints as they angle to splash more dirty water on the problem. The floor has gotten filthy, and the people have noticed. What they want is a healthy dose of government inaction.