The USS Obama Is Taking on Water

But the smooth seas belie dangers. The Obama has plowed ahead so recklessly that it didn’t see the icebergs it struck successively, one after the other.

For instance, Barack Obama and majority Democrats aimed to pass government-run health care in an attempted legislative coup d’état. Congressional Democrats deliberately foreclosed consideration and debate of their leviathan health care proposal. They scheduled and held key votes on the proposal on late nights and weekends, when Americans would be least engaged. Likewise, to the strong disapproval of the American people, Democrats rammed through an economic stimulus so laden with pork that it more resembled old-fashioned Tammany Hall or Daley's Chicago political machine than anything to do with igniting the sputtering economy.

The president and Democrats were cocksure that Americans would cheer when they announced Gitmo’s closing. They didn’t. Attorney General Eric Holder, at the president’s behest, elected to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the Christmas Day underwear bomber as criminals in civilian courts, not as irregular enemy combatants in military courts. Miranda rights, Americans say, aren’t for bloodthirsty terrorists.

And then there’s the president’s 2011 budget proposal, with its orgy of spending and borrowing and higher taxes. It’s the old gargantuan iceberg that Bill Clinton navigated to avoid in the 90s, after Hillary’s health care debacle. But President Obama, either from conceit or blind loyalty to ideology, or a combination thereof, is piloting straight for this killer iceberg.

Yet now, among the president’s men and congressional Democratic leaders, among the left across the nation, among many in the fossil media, there’s denial. By the left’s lights, the unsinkable Obama can’t possibly be sinking. Evidence be damned. The Obama may have hit rough waters, it may be banged up, but it’s built to withstand the pounding, they argue. Don’t change course, the left counsels; in fact, keep tacking relentlessly left, heedless to sailing deeper into the treacherous iceberg field in which the Obama finds itself.

Even bigger icebergs lie ahead for the Obama: the November midterm elections and an economy that’s running a significant risk of tumbling into a worse recession next year. Either or both could finally send the Obama to the briny deep, perhaps before the band can strike up and the lifeboats are deployed.

Unlike the Titanic, the sinking of the Obama will be lamented by very few Americans with common sense. Some ships of the political sort are better off lost forever at the bottom of a dark sea.