Amusingly, Matt Stoller seems to be the first person on the left to figure out who Barack Obama really is.
Obama is the ultimate cynic, a dishonest, highly reactionary social and corporate ladder climbing con artist. Obama is the guy who calls a female reporter â€œsweetyâ€, who plays poker with the guys, and who thinks that his senior advisorâ€™s decision to cash out after making a â€œmodestâ€ salary of $172,000 at the White House is just natural. Heâ€™s the guy who used the rationale that heâ€™s a father of two girls as to why he doesnâ€™t want young women to have access to Plan B. He was in favor of gay marriage in 1996, flip flopped for political reasons, and then pretended to change his mind as a matter of conscience. He runs on populism with a worse record than George W. Bush on income inequality. His narcissism, and the post-modern ironic sense of self-awareness of how his narrative is put together and tended, is his defining character trait. Itâ€™s not just that heâ€™s a liar. … Obamaâ€™s entire edifice is based on lying almost entirely to help sustain his image, with almost no interest in sound policy-making. … Like a great con artist, he has studied his mark, the American voter, and specifically the Democratic voter, and he undersands which buttons to push.
Many criticize Obama, with the idea that he doesnâ€™t understand, and if only he understood, he would change his mind. This is part of his false narrative of hope and change. …
Yves wrote about this narrative a few weeks ago, when she pointed out his career in the Illinois state Senate was based on working for billionaire developers to destroy poor neighborhoods. Few really gets who he is, at his core, and almost no one is willing to publicly point it out. There are some who went to law school with him, who saw his enormous grasping social climbing tendencies, his eager corporate good old boy persona, his narcissistic calculations. But they are drowned out by the institutional left-wing voices, the fanboy reporters, the sycophantic labor leaders, the slavishly worshipful foundations, and the voters who cannot hear any alternative to the hope and change they know and love. The only mainstream narrative challenging hope and change is the stupid right-wing storyline that heâ€™s a Kenyan Muslim socialist. Thatâ€™s just racist idiocy. But there are those on the right who understand Obamaâ€™s narcissism, and they may just make that their electoral narrative.
What Matt Stoller fails to grasp, of course, is that all prominent democrat politicians are playing the same game. Obama is just the one who went furthest on the basis of the most left-wing hype… and the most narcissistic.
Hat tip to Jim Geraughty.