Narcissism run amok; or as Allahpundit writes, “It’s all about the O.” Just ask Chuck Grassley (R-IA):
Grassley said he spoke with a Democratic House member last week who shared Obama’s bleak reaction during a private meeting to reports that some factions of House Democrats were lining up to stall or even take down the overhaul unless leaders made major changes.
“Let’s just lay everything on the table,” Grassley said. “A Democrat congressman last week told me after a conversation with the president that the president had trouble in the House of Representatives, and it wasn’t going to pass if there weren’t some changes made … and the president says, ‘You’re going to destroy my presidency.’”
To which Allahpundit responds:
Consider this a complete vindication of DeMint’s point, which Obama pretended to take such offense at, that if the GOP defeats ObamaCare “it will be his Waterloo, it will break him…” Evidently The One couldn’t agree more, and with good reason. If he can’t deliver on his centerpiece policy goal with bulletproof majorities in Congress, not only will it haunt him in 2012 but he’ll have to reconsider the public’s appetite for the whole Hopenchange/Great Society agenda. Failure wouldn’t destroy his presidency so much as it would destroy his presidency as he imagined it; he’d have to remake himself as a sort of Clintonian centrist and become the “pragmatist” all those thoughtful conservatives like David Brooks and Christopher Buckley promised us he’d be before he was sworn in and started pushing 13-digit deficits.
Meanwhile, Jimmie Bise writes a public letter to Jake Tapper and others in the legacy media: “Come on Jake, don’t dance around; you can write that sentence.”
Update: Speaking of narcissism, that’s the topic of a nicely timed cartoon from Day By Day’s Chris Muir:
Chris is having a fundraiser right now; if you like alternative media (and one that isn’t funded by Washington), this is your chance to help keep it alive.