"They Warned Us He Wasn't Ready"
After spotting two essays from liberals dissatisfied with The One after one year in office, Moe Lane writes, "these ‘I regret my 2008 vote’ pieces are going to be excruciating…:"
…entertainingly common, but excruciating. Anyway, my takeaway from the Jill Dorson piece (via Hot Air Headlines) in which she regrets her Obama vote:
- Not to be unkind, but I really don’t care if you’re just sorry for you, not me. I have to live with the consequences of your vote, too. As does my family. And the country, for that matter.
- You admit that your first impression of George W Bush was incorrect. You admit that your first impression of Barack Obama was incorrect. You admit that your first impression of what an Obama administration would entail is incorrect. And then you spend an amazing amount of precious apology time revisiting your unfavorable first impression of THAT WOMAN. Have you considered following the trend line, there?
- While we’re on the subject: you are aware that THAT WOMAN made many of the same objections about Obama’s experience and future plans, yes? I mean, really: there was no reason for anybody to be surprised at what happened.
Of course, "that woman" was the one candidate in the home stretch of the 2008 presidential race who had actually governed. But as Michael Goodwin writes in the New York Post, both Senators Clinton and McCain also warned us of Obama's lack of executive experience:
We the people of the United States owe Scott Brown's sup porters a huge debt of gratitude. They didn't merely elect a senator. They ripped the façade off the Obama presidency.
Just as Dorothy and Toto exposed the ordinary man behind the curtain in "The Wizard of Oz," the voters in Massachusetts revealed that, in this White House, there is no there there.
It's all smoke and mirrors, bells and whistles, held together with glib talk, Chicago politics and an audacious sense of entitlement.
At the center is a young and talented celebrity whose worldview, we now know, is an incoherent jumble of poses and big-government instincts. His self-aggrandizing ambition exceeds his ability by so much that he is making a mess of everything he touches.
He never advances a practical idea. Every proposal overreaches and comes wrapped in ideology and a claim of moral superiority. He doesn't listen to anybody who doesn't agree with him.
After his first year on the job, America is sliding backwards, into grave danger at home and around the world. So much so that I now believe either of his rivals, Hillary Clinton or John McCain, would have made a better, more reliable and more trustworthy president.
They warned us he wasn't ready.
Who knows -- perhaps the walkback on the left will build to a pivot almost as large as their 2003/2004 about-face on Iraq following Bill Clinton's championing of regime change in the late 1990s. As one of Patterico's guest bloggers writes, "Following Scott Brown’s win in Massachusetts, Kevin Drum convinces himself that smart liberals never thought of Barack Obama as The One or a Miracle Worker, let alone a Messiah. According to Drum, it was conservatives, not liberals, who talked this way."
Click over for numerous examples of contemporaneous worship from the left of the Lightworker, as a San Francisco Chronicle columnist dubbed Obama as a presidential candidate -- even after he promised the Chronicle's editorial board that he'd be willing to bankrupt entire industries.
And the Instapundit aggregates plenty of additional far left anger:
ED SCHULTZ VS. ROBERT GIBBS.
Plus, Total Protonic Reversal: Dennis Kucinich Defends Tea-Partiers, Shreds Democrat Hacks and Chicago-style Politics. Guess somebody crossed the streams. Normally that’s not recommended, but it has been known to save the day in extreme crises. There’s definitely a very slim chance we’ll survive. . . .
But have we heard from Nora Ephron yet?