By Robert Capehert
Barack Hussein Obama is the coffee bean-coloured middleweight champion of bullshit. Not my words, folks, his. But one must face reality, perhaps, which means registering in the fertile parts of the mind that Barack Obama — our first African-American President — the man with the raptor-armed gait, was duly elected and reelected.
He plays a mean round of golf too, I heard somewhere.
So what does that all mean?
Jonah Goldberg, of National Review, weighed-in with an opinion — his take sheds enough light for latecomers.
You know, I actually believe my own bull****.”
That’s what President Obama once told a reporter. If the man ever uttered a statement that spoke more to his approach to politics, I haven’t heard it.
Whether it stems from a grandiose overconfidence in his own powers of persuasion, or the lessons he took from his years as a community organizer, or his own messianic conviction that he is on the right side of everything, including history itself, the president has always operated under the theory that he can move the American people to his causes. And he can’t. He just can’t.
Yes, he got elected and reelected, and that’s saying something. But whatever personal popularity the man has doesn’t transfer to domestic policy.
It’s as if the American people are saying, “Mr. President, we’re just not that into you.”
“What about health-care reform!?” his fans invariably respond.
Well, what about it? Sure, it passed. But the Affordable Care Act didn’t become law because Obama ignited a populist prairie fire in favor of it. He dedicated vast, vast swaths of his time and energy trying to sell the American people on Obamacare. He never made the sale (and still hasn’t). The misbegotten law’s passage is attributable entirely to the fact that Democrats rammed it through Congress — with a 60-vote majority in the Senate — using the sorts of backroom deals and corporate giveaways the American people despise.
This may sound tedious, but I still blame the opposition party (cough, Republicans!) to the statist Democratic Party for the election and reelection of Barack Hussein Obama.
Republicans left so many issues wide open the American people were deemed sensible to scoop up Obama’s blather — and why not?
After massive domestic spending? Two mismanaged wars?
A Pepsi can could have gotten elected President of these United States in November of 2008.
But what about 2012 one might ask?
What really changed with Republicans in 2012?
And going on the premise the G.O.P. needed swift change (cause it did and still does), was it wise to nominate a guy who does a bang-up impression (without effort) of a used car salesmen?
And now the president is going to run the same play, again. “If this Congress refuses to listen to the American people and pass common-sense gun legislation, then the real impact is going to have to come from the voters,” he said in one of several bitter promises to turn gun control into an issue to win back Congress in 2014.
As Josh Kraushaar of National Journal noted, Obama couldn’t misread the political environment heading into 2014 any worse. Why? Because the places where the Democrats need to win to take back the House — the South and mountain West — are precisely those areas where even many Democrats disagree with the president on gun control. Making it a central issue in 2014 is a boon to Republicans.
The upshot of this is that we will now endure nearly another two years of Obama haranguing us about how it’s him and “the people” against special interests and other evil forces who don’t care about murdered children. Washington will become more shrill and get even less done, all because Obama’s only play is a populist charade made possible by the fact he still believes his own bull****.