It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s a formerly coked up, choom gang community organizer flying high on progressive propaganda and protected by an activist press: it’s ObamaMan!
Rather than take down Ezra Klein my own self (I’ve done that enough over the years, so much so that it seems less than sporting at this point) or quote at length Ron Fournier’s takedown of Ezra Klein (because that means linking to the National Journal, which has lurched left, even as it now tries to walk back its earlier lightbringer cultishness), I’ll instead quote Jim Geraghty’s referencing of Fournier’s piece taking apart Klein’s piece. Because the meta-incestuousness of the interweb’s interwining of opinion drivers fascinates me. Plus, I’m feeling a bit tardy.
So. Here’s Geraghty referencing Fournier on Klein, then doing what I’d normally do: adding his own thoughts. (Note: he also references a Pete Wehner post, but, well, anybody pushing establicanism and another Bush should only be listened to when they are pinned beneath you crying uncle; so read that one with his motivations in mind):
Ron Fournier takes to the Ezra Klein to the woodshed, and it’s a beautiful thing.
Similarly, I loved Pete Wehner’s post “New Obama Narrative: Epic Incompetence,” but I feel like it needed a bit of expansion. Because it’s not merely the competence that never arrived after all the hype of 2007 and 2008, but the entire gamut:
Bipartisanship: Obama doesn’t really respect anyone who disagrees with him; he prefers to adopt an “only adult in the room” pose, demagogue issues, and attack straw men. He’ll talk about the need for a “new tone” and then stand by as his allies attack opponents as “not one of us”, accuse them of committing felonies without evidence, and even of causing cancer. Far from the post-partisan healer he was sold as in 2007-2008, he’s a ruthless demagogue who urges his followers to “get in their face” and “punish our enemies.” “Don’t think we’re not keeping score, brother.”
Honesty and willingness to acknowledge inconvenient truths: He thinks nothing of saying something that isn’t true if it helps him at the political moment — “if you like your plan, you can keep your plan.” When the promise is broken, it’s everyone else’s fault but his .
Engagement with the world: The president is functionally an isolationist and not that interested in the world beyond our borders. Russia’s aggression doesn’t trouble him enough to move beyond routine sanctions. Whether it’s the territorial saber-rattling of China and Japan, the Iranian nuclear program, the Syrian Civil War, increasing violence in Iraq, the increasingly routine provocations of the North Koreans, or the prospect of leaving a bloody, Taliban-re-conquered mess in Afghanistan. . . it’s clear from his weak-tea proposals, sporadic public comments, tone, and body language that the president wishes it all would just go away.
Consistent Concern: He doesn’t give a rat’s tush about half the things he criticized in the Bush administration: the increasing national debt, a dysfunctional VA, domestic surveillance, concerns about Americans’ privacy, meeting with lobbyists in the White House, appointing lobbyists to high-level White House staff positions, rewarding big-time donors with ambassadorial appointments. . .
A Focus on What Matters Most: His own staffers have described him as “impatient and disengaged” in key meetings, and the intelligence community has wondered how closely he reads his briefings. With increasing frequency, he says he learns about problems within his own administration from media reports. (See the NRCC’s new “Obama Excuses” page.) He really enjoys the good life of the presidency and doesn’t see any reason why he should limit public expenditures on himself and his family during hard economic times. He recently laughed, “That’s the good thing about being president, I can do whatever I want.”
Accountability: Obama is perfectly fine with letting his subordinates investigate themselves and assess their own failures — the Justice Department’s investigation of itself in “Fast and Furious”, the U.S. State Department’s review of its own actions before, during and after the Benghazi attacks; he picks his own people to examine his own NSA policies on domestic surveillance, and now Eric Shinseki will get to the bottom of any wrongdoing at the Department of Veterans Affairs. He rarely if ever fires staffers; the rare cases, like General Stanley McChrystal or Jofi Joseph, involve cases where an underling criticized him. Even the most consequentially incompetent, like Kathleen Sebelius, are given a soft landing months after they’ve made crucial errors to avoid administration embarrassment.
Respect for the Constitution: He was sold to us as a Constitutional law professor; in office, Obama enacted policies that violated almost every amendment in the Bill of Rights.
Let me just add the obvious: Geraghty’s list is in no way exhaustive. What is exhaustive, though, are the various ways Obama and the New Leftists controlling the Democratic party have sought to breach constitutional protections and enact fundamental transformation. So for those who call the man lazy, it seems he might have a plausible defense: “It may not seem as though I’ve been working terribly hard — and in fact, I don’t really have to do much except issue fiats and direct others to do my bidding — but there’s no arguing that dismantling the greatest country on earth in 6 years, to the point where it’s hardly recognizable, is not the task taken on by one who you can fairly call ‘lazy.’ I prefer laissez faire Marxism. Or country club Kingship. With a shout out to my peeps Cloward-Piven, Saul A, Billy A, and Frank.”