Obama is still suffering from the Speech Illusion, the idea that he can come down from the mountain, read from a Teleprompter, cast a magic spell with his words and climb back up the mountain, while we scurry around and do what he proclaimed. Maureen Dowd
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Reading The American Spectator today, Norman Podhoertz in the Wall Street Journal and Nile Gardiner of the UK Telegraph, reminded me of Evan Thomas (grandson of that loser but perennial socialist presidential candidate, Norman Thomas) declaring to Chris “tingly leg” Matthews in 2009 that “Obama is sorta god.”
(As an aside, Chris really should have this tingly leg thing checked out. It could be neuropathy caused by undiagnosed diabetes or something and maybe shove himself away from those jelly doughnuts, just in case it is. A weekly workout in the MSNBC gym wouldn’t hurt him, either. His god-dess Michelle will be the first to tell him, and the rest of us, that obesity is the number 1 cause of diabetes.)
But I digress and that’s a whole other blog.
Those were the days, weren’t they? Obama on the cover of every “news” magazine in the grocery store checkout line with the celestial halo around him, head upturned and nose in the air; the frown of determination and decisiveness across his face.
Yes, Evan, he really was above us – on a ledge of your making. And every journalist in the nation, nay world, was all too quick and willing to acquiesce to their new found god Obama. His was the soaring rhetoric that was going to heal the world:
In the American Spectator, George Neumayr relates that “Obama loomed even larger than Lincoln. He was a “Lightworker,” as San Francisco Chronicle columnist Mark Morford put it in 2008, “that rare kind of attuned being who has the ability to lead us not merely to new foreign policies or health care plans or whatnot, but who can actually help usher in a new way of being on the planet, of relating and connecting and engaging with this bizarre earthly experiment.” [A bizarre earthly experiment? Does anyone really talk like this? Maybe if you were in a 70’s consciousness raising group, or something…]
Now that the Lightworker has fallen to earth and the glorious new way of being on the planet turns out to be a lowered credit rating, some of his prominent supporters have fallen silent or resentful. Heady Lincoln comparisons have given way to Carter comparisons, sotto voce: “We are watching him turn into Jimmy Carter right before our eyes,” an anonymous Democratic Senator said to New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd.
Yep, well it’s a long, hard fall when you’re up “above the world” looking down. It’s an even harder fall when you start to believe all the mythology about yourself.
There is a disturbing let them eat cake mentality projected by the Obama White House … No US presidency in modern times has been more elitist or out of touch than the present one, which exudes the kind of condescending left-wing snobbery that is normally the preserve of an ivory tower common room. President Obama looks increasingly aloof and out of sync with the American people, three quarters of whom now believe the country is heading down the wrong track – including a staggering 58 percent of Democrats, according to Rasmussen. Nile Gardiner/UK Telegraph
Norman Podhoretz says that his “own answer to the question, “What Happened to Obama?” is that nothing happened to him. He is still the same anti-American leftist he was before becoming our president, and it is this rather than inexperience or incompetence or weakness or stupidity that accounts for the richly deserved failure both at home and abroad of the policies stemming from that reprehensible cast of mind.”
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It’s amazing how 2 people can view the same event and come away with entirely different perspectives and different views on the outcome. I watched the Angle-Reid debate, just as Maureen Dowd (NYT famed columnist) did, although she was actually present and I was watching on CSPAN. By all accounts, including the very left leaning Las Vegas Sun, Angle won. And won big. (The Las Vegas Sun is the Air America of Las Vegas. It couldn’t remain in business because no one read it, hence no one purchased advertising on its pages. The only way it’s remained in Las Vegas is by a joint operating agreement with the Review-Journal, which means it’s measly few pages are inserted into the R-J.)
If you listened to Rush on Friday, he hit all the debate highlights of note, and for Reid there were many. The guy really sounded and looked like he was just no longer up to the job of Senator and especially not Majority Leader of the Senate. He was disjointed and out of focus. He had to keep falling back on the old democrat talking points, sharing nothing new and stating outright lies. He said it wasn’t until after he made his famous “this war is lost” comment that the surge took place. Not true. He told us that he became rich because “as everyone knows, I was a successful lawyer” and he has “lived on a fixed income” since going to Washington. Both not true, unless you consider that because he votes for his own pay raises, that it’s a fixed income. From sometime before he graduated law school until today, minus 2 years, he was never in private practice. In fact, he’s never worked in the private sector as an adult. He’s been on the government dole his entire adult life. I think the most distinctly leftist and for me, jaw dropping comment came when Reid said that insurance companies are not in business for altruistic reasons but because they want to make a profit. Stunningly socialist.
Angle was sharp and did not appear at all rehearsed. She stayed focused and on the attack. It put Reid back on his heels because I don’t believe that he expected this from Sharron. Dowd says that Sharron was simply mean. That she is a dupe of Karl Rove and other right-wing operatives whose target is Reid. I have news for Dowd: Reid is the target of every conservative in America right now. She inferred that Angle wasn’t smart enough to know how to respond to these questions on her own and was in need of coaching from the heavy hitters.
But before she went after Sharron, Dowd was petty, catty and small minded with every well known Republican woman, from Christine O’Donnell to Sarah Palin. The jealousy of these left-wing hags has no limits, they attack in the cattiest of ways any conservative woman in the public eye and they condescend to those of us who are the unknown but loud mass. And after reading her response to dour Dowds column in todays NYT, I’m proud to be part of the Dana Perino crowd:
Usually I’d ignore [Maureen]. But most conservative women running for office don’t have time to stop and be petty. I can do that for them.
As I’ve said about Maureen: It must be hard to be that angry all the time. That’s why I stay cheerful — just to irritate her. Two can play at that game, sister.
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