Obama is In Over His Head… Duh!
Time Magazine political writer Mark Halperin released the scoop of the century: Everyone knows President Barack Obama is in over his head.
Now he tells us.
Just when you thought Jimmy Carter (aka: Ex-President Superior) was our nation’s most (in)famous example of the Peter Principle*… along comes Barack Obama (aka: The One We Weren’t Waiting For Afterall).
Well Mr. Halperin, at least 47% of us knew that back in 2008. Welcome to the club.
Although the author tries to disprove the incompetence charge, he still reports quite accurately on the rational perception. Hey, the guy still has to work with his liberal Old Stream Media colleagues. They throw great cocktail parties. Or so, I’ve heard.
Here are some of the “money quotes”:
With the exception of core Obama Administration loyalists, most politically engaged elites have reached the same conclusions: the White House is in over its head, isolated, insular, arrogant and clueless about how to get along with or persuade members of Congress, the media, the business community or working-class voters. This view is held by Fox News pundits, executives and anchors at the major old-media outlets, reporters who cover the White House, Democratic and Republican congressional leaders and governors, many Democratic business people and lawyers who raised big money for Obama in 2008, and even some members of the Administration just beyond the inner circle.
Moreover, there is a growing perception that Obama’s decisions are causing harm — that businesses are being hurt by the Administration’s legislation and that economic recovery is stalling because of the uncertainty surrounding energy policy, health care, deficits, housing, immigration and spending.
And that sentiment is spreading. Many members of the general public appear deeply skeptical of Obama’s capacity to turn things around, especially, but not exclusively, those inclined to dislike him — Tea Partyers and John McCain voters, but also tens of millions of middle-class Americans, including quite a few who turned out for Obama in 2008.
In politics, perception is reality. And, in this case, the perception and reality mesh quite easily.
Obamanomics has been an abject failure. Yes, President Obama inherited a recession. The economy is basically cyclical and self-correcting. But, our impatient (and economically ignorant) president implemented policies which made it the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. His happy band of Democrat congressional enablers (aka: Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi) cracked the whip and herded their super-majority to enact job-killing laws.
Obama campaigned as a post-partisan pragmatic centrist. He then proceeded to govern as a hyper-partisan dogmatic leftist. Americans have an inherent “Don’t Screw Me” attitude. It is in our DNA. We do not subscribe to “live and let live” fatalism. Americans are willing to give you the benefit of the doubt… the first time (read: Porkulus). Try and fool us the second time (read: ObamaCare), and we get mad… and then, we get even.
Now, Obama and the Democrats will reap the political whirlwind they have sewn. Halperin even admits it is too late to undo the electoral damage. The House is certainly gone and the Senate is tottering. Obama may have aided American conservatism more than William F. Buckley and Milton Friedman… combined.
Is that irony or just desserts? Historians and political scientists can debate the point ad infinitum. I for one don’t care, as long it produces the same result.
The price being paid by the American people is far higher than that of the Obama Administration and the Democrat Party. And, they will soon render unto the young Caesar and his equestrian order what is justifiably their due… a good old-fashioned whoopin’ come Election Day.
It will not end Obamaism. But, if the GOP does not blow the opportunity, it is a beginning.
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* The Peter Principle was made famous by Dr. Laurence J. Peter in his book of the same name published in 1969. The principle is that in a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to the level of their incompetence. He sure pegged Carter and Obama.
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