2) On the exit of the woeful Larry Summers, having missed
every major economic target, the president's tin-ear towards the jobless rattled once more,
echoing W. after Katrina, "Summers did a heckuva job." Ouch. To
which Jon Stewart sheepishly quipped, "You don't want to use that phrase,
dude." Or praise failure as if success.
3) Then came that infamous, cranky Rolling Stone interview when Obama, bypassing his own countless mistakes, in advance blamed us "inexcusable," unserious, dissatisfied Democrats for his party's looming Mid-term losses:
It is inexcusable for any Democrat or progressive right now to stand on the sidelines in this midterm election . . . The idea that we've got a lack of enthusiasm in the Democratic base, that people are sitting on their hands complaining, is just irresponsible . . . People need to shake off this lethargy, people need to buck up . . . if people now want to take their ball and go home, that tells me folks weren't serious in the first place.
Right, from the compromiser-in-chief, WE have to buck up, stand by our man, and disregard his role is now Scolder-in-Chief? "Inexcusable" is one word, "self-defeating" is another.
4) Finally, the most judgmental slap of all, when in December Obama impugned leftists as purists, afflicted with "sanctimonious" pride. "Sanctimonious" means "feigned piety, virtue or righteousness," thus providing the perfect example of the presidential pot, rippling with righteous pride and defensiveness, calling the kettle black.
Then, hyper-sensitive about HIS surrenders on health reform, as if no other choices existed (like fighting hard for the public option), Obama said, "Now, if that's the standard by which we are measuring success or core principles, then let's face it, we will never get anything done . . . I don't think there's a single Democrat out there . . . Take a tally, look at what I promised during the campaign. There's not a single thing that I said that I would do that I have not either done or tried to do."
"Not a single thing"? Reports proved Obama never
fought for the pubic option. This mind-boggling set of claims is as
anything from careful Obama. I hear tunnel vision, denial, and
over-reaction from Mr. Cool. Finally, what sane Democrat, beside
mesmerized fans, would not laugh at the claim he's fulfilled either the
spirit or the letter
of everything he "promised during the campaign"?
In sum, this president orchestrated the rain (reign) of contempt towards critical Democrats. He chose enforcers of his right-centrist values and they delivered (with heavy political costs). What heart-driven "reformer" wins support when equating good governance simply with quantity, not quality of bills, and key provisions not yet enacted? Do not these unscripted moments reveal who Obama really is, why he hired Emanuel, Axelrod, Summers, Gates, Geithner, and Gibbs -- and why we will see more of the same?
Best wishes to Gov. Dean, recovering from temporary lunacy, and we hope a quick return to piercing criticisms, predictable after the next display of contempt or egregious blunder from what still feels lame-ducky.
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