20 Jul 2012

Relishing Obama’s Tank-Riding Moment

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Pat Sajak, at Ricochet, identified Obama’a Roanoke speech as the defining moment of the 2012 Presidential Election.

It’s as if President Obama climbed into a tank, put on his helmet, talked about how his foray into Cambodia was seared in his memory, looked at his watch, misspelled “potato” and pardoned Richard Nixon all in the same day. It’s fun to imagine the hand-wringing that must be going on within the White House as staffers try to figure out how to undo the damage their boss has done with his anti-entrepenurial riff. Defining moments in politics are strange beasts. Sometimes they’re only recognized in hindsight, while sometimes they throw the train off the tracks before a sentence has been completed. Sometimes their effect can be contained and minimized, while sometimes their effect on the political narrative metastasizes. This one is very bad for the White House.


Bill Jacobson
observes that the speech could very possibly cost Obama the election.

Obama has stepped in it big time, and we have Elizabeth Warren to thank. …

Obama has hitched his wagon to an alien ideology touted by a tainted candidate who might be too liberal even for Massachusetts.

I don’t think this is going away. It is a theme handed to Romney on a silver platter, a silver platter built, of course, on roads the rest of us paid for.

It is a game changer. And we have Elizabeth Warren to thank for it.

And the mockery is unlikely to stop anytime soon.

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My take (admittedly just connecting dots) is that Obama is being quite purposeful. He knows that:

a) He is likely to be defeated
b) Even if reelection were possible, it is not desirable. The economic hole he has helped to dig is so enormous that confronting it will be a most bloody affair. Better to have President Romney take the arrows.

Hence his decision to exit not as a failed problem solver, but as an ideologue with the Red Flag held high and proud.


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