Ed Driscoll

Trapped in the Ultimate Cocoon

“An Isolated President Sings to the Choir,” Andrew B. Wilson writes at the American Spectator:

Having spent the last month and a half outside the United States, I returned home late last week wondering what had changed in the land of the free. Where to go to find out? Though this will sound counter-intuitive to most readers, my first stop was www.whitehouse.gov.

No change there, I thought, unless you count Rahm Emanuel’s departure as a significant event, which I don’t. One has the eerie sense that time has been standing still for the Obama White House. If the sun has risen or set at any time over the past 45 days, the Obama White House seems not to have noticed. It is locked away in its own little dream world, undisturbed by anything that is happening in the real world. So what if a clear majority of Americans have come to the conclusion that the government is choking off a recovery through too much spending and too much regulation and intervention? So what if this government has become a walking advertisement for the fact that big and quasi-socialist government doesn’t work and never will?

The same obliviousness — the same obtuseness — seems to extend across the length and breadth of so-called Ruling Class, a category that includes Hollywood, Silicon Valley and academia — plus anyone else who is foolish enough (and sufficiently detached from economic reality) to go along with President Obama in the some of the more laughable expressions of “progressive” ideology.

Exhibit A here has to be the preposterous belief in solar energy as a cure-all for the nation’s problems. George Orwell once said that some things were so stupid that only an intellectual could believe them. Apart from the intellectuals (and some of the super rich and super famous in Hollywood and Santa Clara County), is there anyone in this country who seriously believes that solar energy is going to provide hundreds of thousands of new jobs for Americans over the next few years? Still more, is there anyone who seriously believes that it is going to cause the waters to recede, the planet to heal and — get this! — Team USA to surge ahead of India and China in science, math, and long-term economic growth?

President Obama believes in all that stuff, or says that he does. And increasingly he is preaching only to the already converted — feeling no need to connect with others who can only roll their eyes in disbelief.

At AOL, Matt Lewis adds, “Appearing on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show last night, Minority Leader John Boehner was asked about his relationship with President Obama:”

I come in and he will say, ‘Boehner, you are almost as dark as me.’ . . . We talk about golf. We’ll talk about our skin color. We have a nice relationship. The problem we have is that when we talk to each other, there’s no connection. I’ve got 11 brothers and sisters, my dad owned a bar. I was a small-business guy long before I got into this business. When I talk [to Obama] about the real world, it doesn’t seem to register.

Reality? What a concept.