Obama has been humbled! Obama can not live up to his ethical standards! Obama is fleeing the White House! A scalp is claimed, and the Victor Davis Hanson at the NRO predicts the end of the Obama administration:
We are quite literally after two weeks teetering on an Obama implosion—and with no Dick Morris to bail him out—brought on by messianic delusions of grandeur, hubris, and a strange naivete that soaring rhetoric and a multiracial profile can add requisite cover to good old-fashioned Chicago politicking.***
At home, Obama is becoming laughable and laying the groundwork for the greatest conservative populist reaction since the Reagan Revolution.
Abroad, some really creepy people are lining up to test Obama’s world view of “Bush did it/but I am the world”: The North Koreans are readying their missiles; the Iranians are calling us passive, bragging on nukes and satellites; Russia is declaring missile defense is over and the Euros in real need of iffy Russian gas; Pakistanis say no more drone attacks (and then our friends the Indians say “shut up” about Kashmir and the Euros order no more “buy American”).
This is quite serious. I can’t recall a similarly disastrous start in a half-century (far worse than Bill Clinton’s initial slips). Obama immediately must lower the hope-and-change rhetoric, ignore Reid/Pelosi, drop the therapy, and accept the tragic view that the world abroad is not misunderstood but quite dangerous. And he must listen on foreign policy to his National Security Advisor, Billary, and the Secretary of Defense. If he doesn’t quit the messianic style and perpetual campaign mode, and begin humbly governing, then he will devolve into Carterism—angry that the once-fawning press betrayed him while we the people, due to our American malaise, are to blame.
Let me first note that considering the NRO and VDH have proclaimed victory in Iraq so many times and for so long all while screaming that removing the troops will “lose” Iraq that I think the Democrats don’t have much to worry about here, and that they are safe and secure for a long, long time.
But on to the more important point- I find it absolutely mind-boggling that the village and the GOP are now actively and openly rooting for this administration to fail. I admit that Daschle sure looked to me like he was committing tax evasion, and he never should have put his name in the mix knowing full well that this could be a problem. You all can call him a nice guy all you want, but he screwed Obama. President Obama, for his part, stood by him for too long, and while it is nice to see loyalty in the face of right-wing criticism, this was a bad place to spend political capital. I would also note that it sure is refreshing to see President Obama do what Bush never in eight years could- acknowledge the obvious and admit to and take responsibility for a mistake.
Second, I find this “gotcha” nonsense on the ethics question maddening. Has anyone pointed out that the point of high ethical standards is not just publicly setting them, but it is setting them and living up to them. In the Geithner case, I think Obama failed, as did the Senate when they confirmed him. I was ambivalent at the time (and my judgment may have been shaded by knee-jerk opposition to the frothing nutters on the right), but now, looking back, they should have put the kaibosh on him. But with the Daschle issue, even though Obama is admitting a mistake, this was not an ethical lapse.
Let me be clear. Tom Daschle was never in the administration. He was never confirmed. This was not failing to adhere to ethical standards, this WAS adhering to them. Same with that woman who withdrew her name yesterday for not paying a couple hundred taxes (and the stupidity of that can be covered some other time and place- our tax laws make no damned sense whatsoever). But again- this wasn’t a failure to follow ethical standards, this was adherence to them. Say it again- Tom Daschle never was confirmed. Obama set ethical standards, and Daschle did not meet them. Obama’s mistake was supporting him, but in the end, we had the ethical outcome- no Daschle in the administration.
And for some perspective, this was not an administration official outing a CIA agent and then engaging in perjury and obstruction of justice for several years, all with numerous willing accomplices high in the WH power structure. This was not an administration pursuing illegal firing of justice department employees for ideological reasons. This was not, well, do I really need to go through all of them again?
I really can not wait to see what happens on Friday when the unemployment numbers hit 8%, and the Republicans have spent the week blocking the stimulus package and lying about government spending not being stimulus all while getting their economic advice from a plumber, and the village has spent two weeks playing the same old games- “Is he smoking again? Did they break their word on transparency by only having five members of the media present for the second oath?”
Just shoot me now. DougJ, a couple of weeks ago when discussing the Broders and the Milbanks and the rest of the crowd noted the following:
I’m watching Monica Crowley and Pat Buchanan on the McLaughlin group and so help me God, I am praying for a dirty bomb in Georgetown.
These people will destroy us all.
Don’t be fooled by Obama—we are fucked.
Go read the op-ed pages today at the WaPo and the NYT and tell me he is wrong. Watch CNN or MSNBC or Fox News for 15 minutes and tell me you come away with a different opinion.
Quite literally, everything in this country is melting down, we are in two wars we can not afford, the market is dead, the jobs market is horrible, we are probably going to foolishly dump trillions into more bad banks, no one has any money and the economy is so bad that IBM is working to send out-of-work employees to India to find jobs, large portions of Appalachia are still frozen over and without power, and, it turns out that for the past eight years our entire food system in the United States has been completely and wholly unregulated, and the village and the GOP are back to business as usual.
So just blow it out your ass if you think I am shirking my “responsibilities” as a blogger by posting pet pics and talking about the Steelers all the time. I have to keep sane somehow.
*** Update ***
This got rantier and disjointed as I wrote it. Sorry. I am smacked up on coffee and the idiots on CNN were giving me chest pains while I wrote it.