The Dark at the End of the Tunnel

If you haven't read today's Wall Street Journal column by Senator James Webb (D-VA), you owe it to yourself. The key line is this one, where Webb argues that our "present-day diversity programs work against that notion, having expanded so far beyond their original purpose that they now favor anyone who does not happen to be white."

What makes it key is: Why now? Why write this column today? What brought this particular issue out at this particular moment?

These questions are important, because Webb's column is a virtual declaration of war on President Obama -- at a time when Obama's head must be already spinning after two weeks of racial strife from the NAACP and Andrew Breitbart. And a "recovery summer" that's anything but. So it's not often I find myself agreeing with Pat Buchanan, and when I do -- even only partly so, like today -- I always wash afterwards. But when Buchanan says that the White House is in a "panic" because it "fears it is losing white America," he's absolutely right.

But what Obama really ought to fear is losing his own party -- because Webb's column is just the most recent sign.

On the Bush tax cuts, due to expire in January, Obama is already seeing defections. Three Democratic Senators -- Kent Conrad (ND), Ben Nelson (NE), Evan Bayh (IN) -- are calling on Congress to extend current rates, even for "the rich." Raising rates is maybe the centerpiece of Obamanomics. Without "the rich" to bash on, squeeze, hammer, and otherwise alternately abuse and neglect, the rest of Obama's economics don't make any sense.

Even then they still don't make much sense, but still, Obama's theories need to rest on something. And the belief in the general unfairness of every- and anything that hasn't been redistributed through DC is his foundation.