Ed Driscoll

All The President's Disgruntled Men

It looks like you’re going to need a bigger bus.

“Remember when the conventional wisdom was that a Mitt Romney nomination would split the GOP and the Tea Party,” Ed Morrissey writes, “leaving Barack Obama with a united Democratic Party and Left-Labor activist base?”  As we’ve seen over the past couple of weeks Ed notes, “The opposite has proven true — the pressure of a poor economy and rising anger from voters has now split the Democratic Party, while Romney has united the Right.  There is a lot of time between now and the election and conditions can change rapidly, but [Lanny] Davis is right about the imminent meltdown.  In fact, it may have already started this week.”

Buzzfeed has a story titled, “Lanny Davis Goes Off On Obama Aides: ‘You Have Vicious People Who Are Working For The President,'” which for anyone who remembers how viciously Clinton’s aides fought for their boss during his impeachment, is a nice bit of karmic schadenfreude, and yet another reminder that, to borrow from yesterday’s quote of the day, “What goes around comes around…” (I’ll let you finish it off with the epithet of your choosing.)

But it’s one of a series of first Obama surrogates, and now aides to Obama surrogates melting down over the past couple of weeks. Doug Ross rounds up their quotes and writes, “We are now watching the Democrat Party implode, right before our eyes:”

What would you call a General who abandoned his troops on the battlefield? I would call him “General Obama”. The worst president in American history (Jimmy Carter just breathed a sigh of relief) — who has set the country up for both fiscal and national security disasters — is literally tearing the Democrat Party apart.

More interested in protecting his own job, he stayed away from Wisconsin during the entire recall fight (which was lost by the Left, badly).

And the Clinton wing of the Democrat Party continues to lob grenades at Obama, undermining his bleak message of scapegoating and diversion with shiny objects (“Look over there — it’s a woman who can’t get free contraceptives!”). Consider the following instances of subtle rebellion:

Click over for the growing list. And note that Davis is quoted by Buzzfeed as saying, “It may be meltdown unless they come to their senses. Why would they want to create enemies, or depict people as enemies: who are their friends?”

Because that’s what Democrats do? Recall how badly Obama and his supporters in the media, such as author/film director/would-be HuffPo blogger Nora Ephron trashed her fellow Democrats in Pennsylvania in April of 2008, right around the same time her presidential candidate, who had been praised to the hilt as healing the nation’s wounded collective psyche, was calling them bitter clingers:

This is an election about whether the people of Pennsylvania hate blacks more than they hate women. And when I say people, I don’t mean people, I mean white men. How ironic is this? After all this time, after all these stupid articles about how powerless white men are and how they can’t even get into college because of overachieving women and affirmative action and mean lady teachers who expected them to sit still in the third grade even though they were all suffering from terminal attention deficit disorder — after all this, they turn out (surprise!) to have all the power. (As they always did, by the way; I hope you didn’t believe any of those articles.)

To put it bluntly, the next president will be elected by them: the outcome of Tuesday’s primary will depend on whether they go for Hillary or Obama, and the outcome of the general election will depend on whether enough of them vote for McCain. A lot of them will: white men cannot be relied on, as all of us know who have spent a lifetime dating them. And McCain is a compelling candidate, particularly because of the Torture Thing. As for the Democratic hope that McCain’s temper will be a problem, don’t bet on it. A lot of white men have terrible tempers, and what’s more, they think it’s normal.

Yes, they’re called White House staffers and MSNBC anchors. But seriously though, somehow in 2008, a tenuous peace was brokered amongst the various factions of the left, and Obama went on to win both the nomination and the White House, so it’s possible for a repeat in 2012. But with the New President Smell having long since evaporated, and the expectations continuing to diminish amongst Obama’s core supporters, that seems much more difficult this time around, particularly when we’re seeing headlines such as this, from CBS’s DC outlet: “Liberals Threaten Not To Vote In November Over Disappointment With Obama.”

All I can add in response is:

All Obama can do in response? Fore!