Skip to comments.As Predictable as Clockwork — the Obama three-step [Victor Davis Hanson continues to ridicule Zero]
Posted on 01/27/2010 8:14:59 AM PST by Tolik
I think we could see what was coming. This presidency has about as much subtlety in plot as a grade-B western, soap opera, or teen-age tantrum.
Stage One: A lackluster McCain candidacy, the September 2008 meltdown, weariness with eight years of Bush incumbency, conservative anger over spending, liberal furor over Iraq, a toady media, and Republican congressional corruption all led to a 50/50 electorate that was open to being mesmerized by Obamas rhetoric and the dream of the nations first African-American president.
With congressional majorities, a compliant press, soaring public support, a soon-to-be President Obama was convinced, as he had been convinced by his success in the Ivy League, in Chicago, and in the Senate (surely praise in Cambridge means those in Toledo would be similarly wowed), that he had a left-wing mandate and he could hope and change his way to almost anything he wanted thin record, self-contradictions, constant inconsistencies, and general confusion be damned.
The hard left was salivating that at last they had an effective delivery system that could usher in a long awaited European socialism. So what followed was predictable: In his hubris, Obama cast off the campaign mask of moderation. Thick and fast came proposals for state-run health care, government take-overs, talk of nationalizing the student loan program, bailouts, mega deficits, more borrowing as stimulus, multicultural mea culpas abroad, loony symbolic appointments, and promiscuous talk of higher income, payroll, inheritance, and health-care taxes, but only on them.
In other words, we saw in a trendy, new cool form, the age-old attempt to institutionalize an equality of result, as freedom and liberty give way to mandated egalitarianism and fraternity.
But wait two thorny problems arose.
(1) The country not quite yet is left-wing, but voted for Obama for the perfect-storm reasons outlined above. Anyone who had read the history of America could see that it was always a different sort of place than France, Germany, or Sweden at least for a while longer.
(2) So to ram down a left-wing agenda, the thespian Obama would have to continue his role as the bipartisan healer, centrist, reformer, purple-state uniter, transracial unifier, etc. But, alas, instead old habits die hard; and the public soon began here and there to get glimpses of the old reality behind the new mask.
The wages of years with Rev. Wright and Bill Ayers, the easy path through the Ivy League, the Axelrod at our throat politics, and the snow job that had wowed deans, philanthropists, and tony suburbanites all reappeared. How could they not? Still, if one is going to hypnotize the electorate to sleep-walk them into Belgium, then one cannot in Pavlovian fashion revert back to hard-left idolatry.
So even as Barack Obama sought to convince the farmer, plumber, and insurance agent to accept state health care, a landscape of windmills, and an EU-foreign policy, he slipped back into his old self. Thus we got the nut Van Jones and his racist, truther bombast. Anita Dunn praised Mao. Commissars at the NEA boasted of the new Caesar.
Stimuli were in part apportioned on red state/blue state agendas.
The Skip Gates incident prompted the president to trash the police first, and get the facts second. Creditors were politically rescheduled for bailed-out businesses. The president thoughtlessly weighed in on everything from the Special Olympics and the tea party movement to Fox News and Americas purported sins.
Suddenly we were no longer exceptional, but the Muslim world in fact had jump-started the Renaissance and Enlightenment. The old bad guys Ahmadinejad, Assad, Castro, Chavez, and Putin earned new kind talk; the prior president was reduced to contemporary satanic status. Readers, you can cite far more footnotes to these now run-of-the-mill absurdities.
Stage Two. So after a mere year, Obama has crashed and plummeted lower than any first year administration in polling history. His let me be perfectly clear and make no mistake about it are the equivalent now of the serial teen-age filler Ya know.
Deadlines mean only more deadlines: Please stop that Iranian nuclear program or else I will set another deadline!; Pass health care before the summer recess; no, before Thanksgiving; no, before the Christmas holidays; no, before the first of the year!; We will air health care debates on C-span; and we will air them; and we will air them; and we
Conservatives are in a I told you so mood as the 2008 talk-radio bombast about Bill Ayers, Rev. Wright, redistributive spread the wealth, European socialism, etc., well, turned out not to be 2009 bombast at all.
Moderates and independents sigh, I cant believe this is happening to me; he seemed just like Clinton with all that balanced budget talk, balanced energy policy, and mainstream help-the-little-guy talk. What happened to the Barack we trusted? David Brooks, Peggy Noonan and Christopher Buckley no longer talk of the His knowledge of the great books, of a first class mind and temperament, and a detached calm and sense of competence.
Liberals wonder, Why is the coolest guy around suddenly flubbing every opportunity to get our agenda passed? The hard-left laments, This guy is a triangulator who gave us a nibble, then pulled away the bone.
His supporters counter, See, he is a pragmatist and centrist who alienates the extremes. No, no, no he alienates them, but now the middle as well. What keeps his approval ratings in the forties is only the idea that the American people cannot quite yet accept a failed presidency after a mere 12 months one that they had invested such hopes in after the poll crashing of Bushs final two years.
Stage Three. The finger-pointing and blame-gaming begin since no one can properly address the real and only problem: Barack Obama has had no previous identity or independent ideology. By osmosis (rather than by careful study or life-long experience) he absorbed the trendy left-wing cant that variously manifested itself wherever he traveled, from the Occidental lounge dorm to the Ivy League salon groupthink to Chicago organizing to Rev. Wrights pulpit to the liberal caucuses of the U.S. Senate. For a while, it was all as easy as sonorously thundering hope and change. He never before had to articulate his leftism in any real detail, defend it, debate it, or analyze it.
But now as his polls dip, we hear instead gripes over tactics, not the essence of the problem the absence of an identity confidently and honestly expressed. So we get nonsense: Hes too detached and cool: we need a fighting Bob Lafollette! He outsourced his agenda to the polarizing, corrupt and inept Reid/Pelosi wing. He surrounded himself with one too many shady Chicago polls. He took on too much all at once. Who thought up the idea that health care and cap and trade ranked above the recession in the public mind?
Whats next? We can predict it in our sleep. He will continue the let me be perfectly clear, fat-cat banker talk to his base, do his selected-audience hope and change rants while trying to do a move-to-the-center light. Oh yes, a commission to balance the budget sorta. Tough talk abroad kinda. Health care reform we can all agree on maybe.
In the past, every time Obama has been in a jam, two things followed. He first throws under the bus perceived liabilities (yesterdays Rev. Wright and grandmother will be this years Rahm Emanuel, Timothy Geithner and Janet Napolitano).
Second, he adopts the no more red state/blue state, bipartisan, there is only one America rhetoric. Yes, soon we will indeed hear abroad of American exceptionalism, and a thing called the war on terror, and, at home, deficits that must be paid back and working across the aisle.
I doubt we get genuine effort at balancing the budget, keeping businesses competitive, cutting waste, restoring American alliances, securing borders, centrist appointments, real bipartisanship, or a simplified tax system.
Instead, weve come full circle from the idealistic-sounding, centrist candidate Obama, to the Carter-McGovern President Obama, back to the wannabe Clinton triangulator. The only constant no real identity, no firm belief, no core convictions from which to make the argument that his left-wing vision is good for the country. You see, Mr. Obama never had to: left-wing dogma was always a state religion in the circles Obama thrived, and once Obama the nightingale started in his song, few of the hypnotized worried about inane message that followed.
Being president is all so, so unfair!
Just a partial list: http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/victordavishanson/index:
Just a partial list. Much more at the link: http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/victordavishanson/index
Obama versus Obama (More classic VDH slapdown of the ONE) Obama in Free Fall Obama And Campaign Financing (Victor Davis Hanson On Obama's Hypocrisy Alert) Post-election Thoughts (Liberals do not understand populist outrage. Bloodletting will Continue) Our Philosopher-King Obama. He doesnt mind pushing noble legislation that most people oppose Why The Great And Growing Backlash? What Scott Browns election portends for the Obama agenda "Let me be perfectly NOT clear" & "Make lots of MISTAKES about it" [Victor Davis Hanson on Obama's lies] Our Sorta, Kinda War on Terror - President Obama has not signed up for a serious effort against radical Islam Truths We Dare Not Speak. Five propositions that simply have become taboo When Conservative Felonies Become Liberal Misdemeanors 2010: Our Year of Decision Beating the Dead Terrorist Horse. September 11 taught us many lessons. To our peril, we have forgotten them Bush Did It! And, Really, Bush Did It! And Bush Really Did It! A Humpty-Dumpty View of the World 2009 Chickens and Their 2010 Roost Where Did These Guys Come From? The Origins of Obamism The War Against the Wannabe Rich. Why attack the productive classes who want to be rich? The Long March From California to Copenhagen [Hanson on debate between capitalism and socialism] The Palin Wonder Why Are We Tiring of Obama? Change, Weakness, Disaster, Obama: Answers from Victor Davis Hanson If Iran Refuses To Cooperate, Block Its Ports Resetting the Reset Button [Victor Davis Hanson dissects 0's pathetic diplomacy] Riding the Back of the Tiger [Victor Davis Hanson on Obama not understanding What Causes Wars...] What Bush Inherited, and What He Left Left Behind Who Are They? To Obama, they are responsible for all our troubles. Problem is, they are most of us Afghan Mythologies. We have everything we need to defeat the Taliban. The Discreet Charm of the Left-wing Plutocracy Truman and the Principles of U.S. Foreign Policy. Jimmy Carter rejected the postwar consensus. President Obama appears to be following a similar path Dr. Barack and Mr. Obama - The backlash is sharp as voters learn that Obama is not the man they thought he was Obama and "Redistributive Change". His real agenda The War Against the Producers President Palins First 100 Days. Imagine if Sarah Palin had Obamas record Thoughts About Depressed Americans Our Battered American [gets angrier - Must Read Rant]
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Common characteristics of those with malignant narcissism include:
* Grandiose sense of self-worth
* Impulsiveness, doesnt finish projects, or attempts to finish a project too quickly to move onto something else
* Recklessness (psychology) tendencies
* Pathological lying or exaggeration of the truth
* Shallow affect
* Creates illusions of superiority
* Strives for constant recognition or prestige
* Exaggerates and boasts about accomplishments
* Feels ashamed or attacked by negative judgments from others
* Preoccupation with fantasies of a perfect partner or future
* Lack of empathy or selective empathy
* Pulls attention from everyone else onto themselves to feel unique
* Tendency to idealize their own superiority, devalue other peoples worth or accomplishments
* Sensitivity to how others react to him/her
* Inability to tolerate boredom
* Indifference to or rationalizes having hurt or mistreated others (underdeveloped conscience)
* Drug and alcohol abuse
* Narcissistic rage
Any slapdown of Zero from VDH!
Man this will leave a mark....
The faux fiscal discipline of the SOTU will be very very shortlived.
Who thought up the idea that health care and cap and trade ranked above the recession in the public mind? Duh?
Nice discussion of what was.
Question Is what will happen between now and November, and
what will happen after November.
The good news is that 0 won’t ‘get it’. He doesn’t have any administrative experience and even though he may throw some of the people around him under the bus. He will in doing that cause other problems. 1) The people left will go into CYA mode and do and say what he wants to hear not what he needs to hear. 2) Any new troops he brings in will take time to catch up and will be alienated bye everyone.
The bad news is that 0 is now perceived as weak and that is very dangerous for national security. Just like Clinton he will have to give away at the highest levels to get perceived cooperation. Our enemies will look at as we have
36 months to get what we want before he is replaced.
Economically, Tax income will continue to go down at all levels of government. Federal spending will not be controlled and deficits will set new records.
I like to think of the world economies as balloons conected
by pipes. As the US expands the flow of dollars, other currencies must expand or loose trade. The question is which currency balloon will explode first? Japan?
Failed to mention Democrat congressional corruption...or that Democrats were in control of congress.....
Wait, what about ACORN and similar "community-organizer" type voting "mobilization" of dubious means?
You are right, but...
People did not vote on reality, but on perceived reality. And the perceived reality was “republican culture of corruption”. It did not matter that Dems were(are) worse or as bad, it did not matter that GOP is much faster on dumping the offenders. In many cases Dems never dumped theirs at all. With media being a wing of Dem party that was their PR victory. Thanks to the Internet and talk radio it’s not as lopsided as it was; plus their arrogance leads them to overdo it and piss off apolitical mushy middle that usually does not care much.
Gee, what tipped them off...the constant, obsessive teleprompter use, the
kook Alinskyite and Maoist friends, or poor arithmetic skills on spending?
love the pic rotflmao
The Emperor's New Clothes are starting to show...
Bill Clinton was able to pull off, well, being Bill Clinton, because he had his awesome tactical skills to get himself out of the messes his complete lack of strategic vision got him into. 0bozo does not. A crash-and-burn is looking more likely every day.
That about sums it up.