This has been a really bad week for the Left. It started with Scott Brown driving his pickup truck straight into the Senate over the corpse of health care reform, continued with a Supreme Court ruling that effectively guts the awful McCain/Feingold campaign finance reform law, and concludes with the sound of Air America disappearing from radios.
It’s good to be alive!
None of this seems to have tempered Barack Obama’s colossal ego, however. His take on the defeat of Martha Coakley is not the humble “we hear you” that Bill Clinton managed to say after the Republican takeover in 1994. No, Obama’s take on it is “I guess you’re just not listening to me.” The man who has sucked up more TV, radio, and print than Ryan Seacrest, Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, and Lindsay Lohan combined is now claiming that the only mistake he’s made is that he hasn’t been getting his message out. He’s been too busy solving all of our problems, you see.
If there’s one thing that I regret this year, is that we were so busy just getting stuff done and dealing with the immediate crises that were in front of us, that I think we lost some of that sense of speaking directly to the American people about what their core values are.
He’s kidding, right? He’s got to be kidding.
But notice the underlying message here. Barack Obama does not seek to understand the core values of Americans, he seeks to tell Americans what their core values are. He does not wish to speak with the American people to understand these values, he wishes to speak to the American people.
None of this is really surprising if you’ve been paying attention for the past couple of years. While all Presidents have had a healthy sense of ego, the self-importance with which Barack Obama regards himself is truly astounding. Look to his speeches where the most common noun is some variation on “I.” It is one thing for the mainstream media to believe that Barack Obama can stretch out his hand and part the Red Tape Sea and cross unharmed to the land of Getting It Done; it is another thing entirely for Barack Obama to believe it.
This is why the new word on the street, that Barack Obama will be striking a more “populist” tone from now on, is so ludicrous. It is like asking an ostrich to fly. Obama is about as “populist” as Marie Antoinette. His love of high-minded academics and rabble-rousers is well-documented, and his disdain for the average working man or woman (think Joe the Plumber) is palpable.
The man who ridiculed the idea of Scott Brown campaigning for office in a pickup truck is going to be a populist? The man who said that bitter people cling to guns and religion? The man who accused the police of acting stupidly when they arrested a trouble-making Harvard professor? The man who insinuated that the people attending Tea Parties were some sort of reactionary, angry fringe group of kooks? The man who tried to shove a health care reform package down our throats despite the fact that it was clearly not what the American people wanted? Him, a populist? A Man of the People? Nope, I’m not buying it.
Obama is many things, but a Man of the People he is not. If he does attempt to play the role of the populist, he is doomed to failure. Even now, as he talks about the “fat cats” on Wall Street he sounds as phony as a three-dollar bill. Obama’s election strategy in 2008 was an elaborate con game, designed to present him as brilliant, but pragmatic, non-ideological, and willing to listen to all viewpoints and act on what was best for the country. After a full year of being in office and proving every single day that he is an extreme ideologue completely uninterested in hearing any viewpoints outside of his own echo chamber, he is now going to try to convince the American people that he’s a more liberal version of Bill O’Reilly, looking out for the folks and taking on the pinheads. Well you can fool 53% of the voters some of the time, but you can’t fool them all of the time.