Tuesday, February 12, 2013

"Obama must confront . . ." Ha ha ha ha!

By Donald Sensing

White House: North Korean Test Will Not Change SOTU - NationalJournal.com:

The sub-headline is entitled, apparently without a shred of irony, "Obama must confront an embarrassing failure of his nonproliferation policies on the eve of his big speech."

When, oh when will people learn that "Obama must [fill in the blank]" is never true? Obama will not, and doers not need to, "confront" anything that anyone in the opposition thinks he must. Who will make him? John Boehner? It is to laugh. There is no way to compel Obama to do anything for two reasons:

1. Policy failures, as usually understood, mean nothing to the Democrat party because successes or failures are not relevant to the rationale behind those policies. Policies initiated by Democrats are intended first and foremost to cement the place and power of Democrats in the American polity. As I pointed out awhile back, all the post-election talk about what Obama's second agenda would be (energy? jobs? foreign policy? and so on) was meaningless since there would be one and only one second-term agenda for this president:

... to eliminate political and economic competition to himself first and the Democrat party second. There is no other Obama agenda. Not jobs, not economic growth, not anything. Emplacing permanent one-party rule in this country is the sole goal for term 2.
November 6 proved that America 
is a Left of Center nation.
There is nothing that will sidetrack him and the rest of the party from this goal. Increasing unemployment won't, nor North Korean nuclear tests, nor a weakening dollar, nor anything else.

Even the newest of political junkies can see that the Obama strategy for the next four years is very simple: Anything good that happens (by sheer coincidence, but that doesn't matter) is credited to Obama. Everything bad that happens (which is inevitable in large numbers) will be blamed on the evil Republicans, who don't care about the suffering 99 percent and who love guns more than kindergartners and want tax cuts only for the rich and who love polluting the environment and want to throw granny off a cliff and take school lunches away from little children and deny insurance coverage to women dying of cancer and who want women to have to get back-alley abortions and so on. In short, Republicans simply want you to die.

To Obama, successful governance means solidifying his grip on the political neck of the country. And he knows that the key to doing that is a permanent political campaign. This is no new observation; countless other commentators have said that the Obama administration and the Obama campaign are the one and the same for a long time. But he keeps proving us right.

2. The reason this works is that he personally and his campaign generally reliably get only extremely favorable, indeed apologetic, coverage from the American media. There are two reasons for this. First, the reporters and producers of the mainstream media are almost 100 percent Left and they simply agree with Obama's agenda. Second, it's easy to cover campaign events: roll camera, interview a couple of Joes and Janes and job done. But doing serious in-depth analysis of the administration's actions and their portents is hard. And besides, why should they? They think the administration is on the side of the angels, anyway, and know that they occupy a privileged place in the administration's hierarchy of friends with benefits. The media display a remarkable incuriosity about matters that in former administrations (well, Republican ones, anyway) would have brought a media inquisition. Say, oh, Benghazi.

Furthermore, there will be none but the most trivial nudges from within the Democrat party to put Obama on another track. The mild pushback he is getting from other Dems on gun control means nothing. There is no way for Obama to lose on this issue. Any outcome will be a victory for him. If his efforts become law, he is a hero who has saved American school children from murdering amoks whom the Republicans wanted to leave armed with military weapons. If the measures fail, he tried desperately to save American school children from murdering amoks whom the Republicans succeeded in leaving armed with military weapons.

If there is anything that a study of the history of the presidency should show it is that presidents easily brush off ankle biters. This president is no different in that respect but is completely different in one other respect: he is the first president in American history whose sole focus in the Oval Office is himself. No previous president - not Bush, Clinton, Reagan or Carter - can be accused justly of having no concern for the well being and security of the American people, argue about their accomplishments how one will. But I say that this president is entirely - let me be clear, entirely - indifferent to the well being and security of the American people. There is simply no other way to explain the policy and moral bankruptcy of this administration.

So what is the Obama presidency about? The White House told us that years ago in this official photo:

The Obama presidency is about Obama. And tonight during the State of the Union we're going to get it re-taught, good and hard.

Update: More evidence the National Journal is assessing this presidency in oldthink:
For the pure politics of it, the president’s moves Monday explain why Republicans rather than Democrats are likely to be blamed in the short term for ugly budget fights. Taking a longer view, however, Obama must worry about how historians will view days like this if the next president inherits a fiscal mess.
Note the use of "Obama must" in the last line. But let me continue the thought: "Obama must worry about how historians will view [fill in blank]." No, he does not worry about how historians will view anything. He does not need to because he is already convinced he will be treated with the same fawning praises that the MSM are giving him now. 

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