Victor David Hanson counts the reasons; BUYING JOBS?, PROPHETS CAN’T MISLEAD?, A CESSATION OF CORRUPTION, BUSH REALLY, REALLY, REALLY DID DO IT, WALL STREET POPULISTS, LIKED BY ALL, RESPECTED BY NONE, and my favorite:
Devotees turn on false prophets with a special vengeance. Obama is beginning to grate. His flip-the-switch-on, evangelical cadences at rallies sound more like a Harvard nerd doing blues imitations than Martin Luther King Jr. Purple-state presidents don’t appoint Van Joneses and Anita Dunns, or turn the NEA into a quid pro quo Ministry of Approved Culture. A healer doesn’t start in on the “rich,” “Wall Street,” the “big” oil companies, drug companies, insurance companies, or “fat-cat bankers” — especially when he has done his best to shake them all down for campaign money, hire as many of them as he can in his own administration, and arrange cut-rate loans, insider deals, bailouts, and guarantees for all of them.
Obama’s populism is beginning to sound more like a bought boxer who belatedly has second thoughts about throwing the fight he previously contracted. In short, Obama’s ideological presidency hinged on his post-racial, post-national mesmerizing presence that reassured reluctant Democrats to vote against their local constituencies.
If cap-and-trade or health care reform polled below 50 percent, a worried congressional supporter could always call in Him to charm bolting voters. But now? We have in a blink gone from Obama as the bankable 10 percent edge, to Obama as a non-factor, to Obama as a real liability. In short, why vote for an agenda as unpopular as its albatross author?
My only quibble with all that is: “beginning to grate”. Please. Obama’s been grating on my nerves since 1/08. This backlash has been a long time coming.
Poor Mort Zuckerman voted for Obama, though, and clearly Obama is starting to grate on his nerves:
This health-care plan is going to be a fiscal disaster for the country. Most of the country wanted to deal with costs, not expansion of coverage. This is going to raise costs dramatically.
In the campaign, he said he would change politics as usual. He did change them. It’s now worse than it was. I’ve now seen the kind of buying off of politicians that I’ve never seen before. It’s politically corrupt and it’s starting at the top. It’s revolting.
Five states got deals on health care—one of them was Harry Reid’s. It is disgusting, just disgusting. I’ve never seen anything like it. The unions just got them to drop the tax on Cadillac plans in the health-care bill. It was pure union politics. They just went along with it. It’s a bizarre form of political corruption. It’s bribery. I suppose they could say, that’s the system. He was supposed to change it or try to change it.
Even that is not the worst part. He could have said, “I know. I promised these things, but let me try to do them one at a time.” You want to deal with health care? Fine. Issue No. 1 with health care was the cost. You know I think it was 37 percent or 33 who were worried about coverage. Fine, I wrote an editorial to this effect. Focus on cost-containment first. But he’s trying to boil the ocean, trying to do too much. This is not leadership.
Read the whole thing. Ace thought the piece reeked of “first draft anger”, but that’s what makes it such a great read.
Even liberals can’t turn a blind eye to the egregious corruption in Obama’s administration.
President Obama perceives the biggest mistake he’s made so far is that he’s just too dang awesome. He’s an overachiever!:
“If there’s one thing that I regret this year is that we were so busy just getting stuff done and dealing with the immediate crises that were in front of us that I think we lost some of that sense of speaking directly to the American people about what their core values are and why we have to make sure those institutions are matching up with those values,” Obama told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos in an exclusive interview at the White House.
Whenever Obama starts talking about our “core values”, my stomach turns. What core values do we share? Name one. A woman’s right to choose an abortion even after the baby’s born? “queerizing” elementary schools?, politicizing the arts? Black liberation theology? admiration for Chairman Mao? giving terrorists the same rights as American citizens?, disdain for the Constitution?, expanding the government, “spreading the wealth”, power through any means necessary, a la Saul Alinsky’s Rules For Radicals?, etc, etc, etc…
The next few days/weeks/months should be interesting to watch. They won’t be as stomach-churning as the early days of the age of Obama, because most people are on to him, now. But it will be interesting to see if he pivots towards the center, or if he doubles down on his far left course. I think it will be the latter because that’s the only thing he knows, but it will at least be somewhat entertaining to watch him go on about “our core values” and such, fooling nobody, while he tries to run the country into the ground.
More photoshop fun at America Is An Obamanation:
Linked by Michelle Malkin, Buzzworthy, thanks!