Ed Driscoll

Obama's Fall from Grace

In the American Thinker, J.R. Dunn writes:

It’s not that he’s grown to believe his own PR, but that he’s never believed anything else. There is no depth to Obama — the public figure is all you get, and anything that threatens the image threatens the whole man. So he will flail, and protest, and posture — looking more asinine all the time. Look for plenty of PR events — momentous speeches, vast promises, attempts to pull on the mantle of greater men, mountains giving birth to mice.

And how should the opposition handle it? Nothing simpler — hammer it. Don’t let an opportunity pass. Don’t let him get away with anything. This is a God-given rent in virtual armor that many thought was utterly impregnable. We need to take as much advantage of it as possible.

Shortly we’ll begin hearing from the more stiff media figures — the fake-studious elder-statesmen types kept in reserve for such emergencies — that it’s a dangerous thing to have a nonfunctioning presidency, that enemies may take advantage, that a crisis could erupt, that we should renew our support and on and on.

A functioning president? We haven’t had one of those since 2008. The old boys with grim frowns are perfectly correct, if a bit late — our enemies have taken advantage, there have been crises — in Iran, North Korea, Benghazi, Georgia, Syria — and nothing much has been done because the important thing, the crucial thing, was to keep the Obama persona intact and undamaged.

Now the persona is evaporating, under the impact of laughter on the one hand and sheer horror at the results of Obama’s incompetence (in health care today, in foreign policy next week) And that’s a good thing. Because nothing was being done, and nothing was ever going to be done. There’s a certain value in knowing how bad things actually are.

When the crises come — the inevitable one involving packed ERs, shuttered hospitals, and hundreds or thousands of deaths beginning this January, and the still vague but foreboding possibilities when war season opens next Spring — we’ll know where not to turn, and what not to expect.

It’s a simple and undeniable truth: you don’t turn to clowns in an emergency.

And that goes equally well for the rest of the many other clowns who jumped out of the Chevy Volt in 2010 to vote for Obamacare.

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“Get used to this ad. You are going to see it thousands of times — in various forms — before 2014 is over,” Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post warns. He’s visibly scared of what’s to come for his party next year — and quite possibly, rightly so.