President Obama is, politically speaking, being crushed in a vise, and it’s one of his own making. He has angered both the political elite, who berate his incompetence, and the masses of American people, who are massed in their anger at his policies and agenda.
Worse for him but not for America, it’s now too late for him to do anything about it until after the Congressional Mid-Term Elections.
A bit of moderation and due humility might have saved this political neophyte, but his arrogance and unfounded feelings of superiority have been his undoing. The upcoming elections will be more a referendum upon Obama than choice between candidates.
With the exception of core Obama Administration loyalists, most politically engaged elites have reached the same conclusions: the White House is in over its head, isolated, insular, arrogant and clueless about how to get along with or persuade members of Congress, the media, the business community or working-class voters. This view is held by Fox News pundits, executives and anchors at the major old-media outlets, reporters who cover the White House, Democratic and Republican congressional leaders and governors, many Democratic business people and lawyers who raised big money for Obama in 2008, and even some members of the Administration just beyond the inner circle.
On Friday, after the release of the latest bleak unemployment data — the last major jobs figures before the midterms — Obama said, “Putting the American people back to work, expanding opportunity, rebuilding the economic security of the middle class is the moral and national challenge of our time.” But elites feel the President has failed to meet that challenge and are convinced he will be unable to do so in the remainder of his term. Moreover, there is a growing perception that Obama’s decisions are causing harm — that businesses are being hurt by the Administration’s legislation and that economic recovery is stalling because of the uncertainty surrounding energy policy, health care, deficits, housing, immigration and spending.
And that sentiment is spreading. Many members of the general public appear deeply skeptical of Obama’s capacity to turn things around, especially, but not exclusively, those inclined to dislike him — Tea Partyers and John McCain voters, but also tens of millions of middle-class Americans, including quite a few who turned out for Obama in 2008.
President Obama, apparently unused to responsibility, squandered all of his political capital on incessantly blaming President Bush for our problems, the GOP for preventing him from fixing anything, and Fox News for anything and everything he could dream up. Both he and America would have been better served if Obama had taken responsibility and worked to actually resolve the tactical issues before our country.
At this juncture Obama can shuck and jive all that he wants to in the hopes that he can convince the voters that everything America is struggling is someone else’s fault, but what has devolved into little more than blame it on the “Old White Guys” won’t work well anymore, especially since a lot of those Democrats who will still let him shill for them are themselves “Old White Guys.”
Keep your eyes open. Travel light but load heavy, and always put another round in the enemy after they’re down. 😉