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As Predictable as Clockwork the Obama three-step [Victor Davis Hanson continues to ridicule Zero]
pajamasmedia.com ^ | January 26, 2010 | Victor Davis Hanson

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 Obama’s rhetoric and the dream of the nation’s 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 America’s 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 can’t 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 Bush’s 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. Wright’s 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: “He’s 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?”

Duh?

What’s 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 (yesterday’s Rev. Wright and grandmother will be this year’s 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, we’ve 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!


TOPICS: Editorial
KEYWORDS: 111th; bho44; bhosotu; obama; vdh; victordavishanson

1 posted on 01/27/2010 8:14:59 AM PST by Tolik
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Victor Davis Hanson:

Just a partial list: 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 doesn’t mind pushing noble legislation that most people oppose
Why The Great And Growing Backlash? What Scott Brown’s 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 Palin’s First 100 Days. Imagine if Sarah Palin had Obama’s record
Thoughts About Depressed Americans
Our Battered American [gets angrier - Must Read Rant]
Just a partial list. Much more at the link:  http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/victordavishanson/index
2 posted on 01/27/2010 8:16:19 AM PST by Tolik
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To: neverdem; Lando Lincoln; SJackson; dennisw; kellynla; monkeyshine; Alouette; nopardons; ...

 

  Ping !

Let me know if you want in or out.

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3 posted on 01/27/2010 8:17:05 AM PST by Tolik
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To: Tolik
His “let me be perfectly clear” and “make no mistake about it” are the equivalent now of the serial teen-age filler “Ya know.”
4 posted on 01/27/2010 8:22:17 AM PST by T Minus Four (Help Haiti and know your money is going to the right people - www.WorldVision.org)
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To: All
Lots of good comments after the essay at the pajamasmedia site beginning with the very first one by 1. cfbleachers:

Common characteristics of those with malignant narcissism include:

* Grandiose sense of self-worth
* Impulsiveness, doesn’t 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 people’s worth or accomplishments
* Sensitivity to how others react to him/her
* Inability to tolerate boredom
* Manipulativeness
* Indifference to or rationalizes having hurt or mistreated others (underdeveloped conscience)
* Drug and alcohol abuse
* Narcissistic rage

http://www.answers.com/topic/malignant-narcissism

 

5 posted on 01/27/2010 8:23:00 AM PST by Tolik
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To: Tolik

Any slapdown of Zero from VDH!

Man this will leave a mark....


6 posted on 01/27/2010 8:25:21 AM PST by njslim
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To: Tolik

The faux fiscal discipline of the SOTU will be very very shortlived.


7 posted on 01/27/2010 8:30:17 AM PST by GeronL (http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: Tolik

BTTT


8 posted on 01/27/2010 8:31:40 AM PST by Touch Not the Cat
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To: Tolik
Normally I agree with everything Doctor Hanson writes, but this time he not only missed the mark, he made me mad.
How dare he insult the sainted Gene and Roy and Rocky and Lash and Rex and Hoppy and oh so many others. Dr Hanson should issue a public apology as soon as possible to avoid a stain on his reputation.
9 posted on 01/27/2010 8:36:01 AM PST by Tupelo
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To: Tolik
Great article

“Who thought up the idea that health care and cap and trade ranked above the recession in the public mind?” Duh?

10 posted on 01/27/2010 8:37:12 AM PST by opentalk
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To: Tolik

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?


11 posted on 01/27/2010 8:45:43 AM PST by updatedscreenname
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To: Tolik
"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 Obama’s rhetoric and the dream of the nation’s first African-American president." I've never seen it described so concisely and accurately.
12 posted on 01/27/2010 8:50:07 AM PST by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: Tolik

Ping


13 posted on 01/27/2010 9:03:20 AM PST by trailboss800
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To: Tolik

Failed to mention Democrat congressional corruption...or that Democrats were in control of congress.....


14 posted on 01/27/2010 9:27:01 AM PST by Freddd (CNN is not credible.)
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To: Tolik


15 posted on 01/27/2010 9:33:34 AM PST by rdb3 (The mouth is the exhaust pipe of the heart.)
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To: Tolik
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 Obama’s rhetoric and the dream of the nation’s first African-American president.

Wait, what about ACORN and similar "community-organizer" type voting "mobilization" of dubious means?

16 posted on 01/27/2010 10:09:25 AM PST by the invisib1e hand (denial springs eternal.)
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To: Freddd

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.


17 posted on 01/27/2010 12:26:53 PM PST by Tolik
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To: Tolik

"David Brooks, Peggy Noonan and Christopher Buckley no longer talk of His knowledge of the great books, of a first class mind and temperament, and a detached calm and sense of competence."

Gee, what tipped them off...the constant, obsessive teleprompter use, the
kook Alinskyite and Maoist friends, or poor arithmetic skills on spending?


18 posted on 01/27/2010 1:03:38 PM PST by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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To: Tolik
The smartest think Obama could do is dump Rahm Emanuel, Timothy Geithner and Janet Napolitano... He needs to pick people with a tad more integrity and/or smarts...
19 posted on 01/27/2010 1:28:03 PM PST by GOPJ (Happy Anniversary Barack! - - - Love, Massachusetts - - - FreeperGOPsterinMA)
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To: HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity

love the pic rotflmao


20 posted on 01/27/2010 10:59:12 PM PST by Fred (I was for foreign campaign contributions before I was against it)
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To: Tolik

21 posted on 01/27/2010 11:05:12 PM PST by roamer_1 (Globalism is just Socialism in a business suit)
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To: Fred

The Emperor's New Clothes are starting to show...


22 posted on 01/28/2010 12:01:53 PM PST by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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To: Tolik; Jet Jaguar; Lady Jag; Slings and Arrows; maggief; Dog; BP2; Candor7; martin_fierro; ...

ping


23 posted on 01/28/2010 10:17:39 PM PST by bitt (One if by land, Two if by sea. Three if by CRIMINALS from Washington, D.C)
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To: Tolik
Instead, we’ve come full circle from the idealistic-sounding, centrist candidate Obama, to the Carter-McGovern President Obama, back to the wannabe Clinton triangulator.

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.

24 posted on 01/28/2010 10:48:55 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (Don't feed the trolls.)
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To: bitt

That about sums it up.


25 posted on 01/29/2010 11:30:39 AM PST by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned....)
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