Ed Driscoll

Starve the Beast

At Mediaite, Frances Martel watches fellow liberal David Gregory on Meet the Press and reports back, “Grover Norquist: Democrats Believe ‘The Peasants Aren’t Sending Enough Cash In:'”

Gregory then turned to the more realist element of the debate: “what makes you so sure you will triumph” and a Republican president will not rebuke your pledge? “I don’t think a Republican would be likely to win a Presidential election in the general if it wasn’t clear that he wanted to go in a different direction than Obama,” Norquist replied. “If you want to raise taxes to pay for Obama’s bigger government, then you vote Democrat, for crying out loud.” He noted that all the Republican presidential candidates save Jon Huntsman had signed his pledge, and noted that an otherwise successful President like George H.W. Bush could be defeated by making a wrong move on taxes.

The problem in Washington, Norquist concluded, was misspending and not, as Democrats claimed (in his words,) that “the peasants aren’t ending enough cash in for the king to spend.”

King Barack, mentored by the man who famously said, “white folks’ greed runs a world in need,” told his fellow leftwing elitists during the 2008 coronation season that blue-collar liberals were bitter and clinging — and “something everybody knows is true.” Why would he be surprised that at his ascendance to the throne hasn’t changed that?

Speaking of which, as  Joseph Curl notes in the Washington Times, Obama’s snooty proboscis continues to remain upturned:

“Over the last decade, we became a country that relied too much on what we bought and consumed.”

– President Obama, Nov. 19, 2011

“Too many of us now tend to worship self-indulgence and consumption. Human identity is no longer defined by what one does, but by what one owns.”

– President Carter, July 15, 1979

There are only two ways to look at the Obama re-election campaign right now: Either the upstart candidate who stunned the world when he defeated the Clinton machine to capture the Democratic nomination three years ago has lost every bit of that massive mojo, or the bruised and battered president, after three years in office, just doesn’t want another spin in the Oval Office.

Even before George H.W. Bush lost in November of 1992, the knock against him was that he didn’t want to repeat — despite seeming to knock off a major tyrant in the Middle East. But despite Obama’s reactionary punitive liberalism, nobody wouldn’t expect Barry to phone it in the same way the courtly Bush did 20 years ago.

Related: Daniel Pipes on “Obama’s Leftist Conundrum,”  and how it has hamstrung the SCOAMF POTUS when it comes to foreign policy.