May 20 2011
It seems Obama’s last two years in office are going to be a string of debacles, where his inner left-wing-nut-job comes to the surface and causes havoc. Pelosi and Reid cannot cover for him anymore.
A President can hold some views out of the mainstream, but he needs to work the changing of minds in private, not in the media. This camera-happy President has not figured that out. Again, his woeful inexperience is shining through. Face it, some of us part time bloggers and long time followers of Politics probably have more political skills than our teleprompting President has shown. Giving voice to words on a screen is probably one of those minor skills a good politician must have, but it cannot be their primary or only skill!
President Obama has just opened a major rift with our key ally in the Middle East – Israel. And he has done it with smashing panache and ruin. For example:
PM slams Obama call for ‘Palestine’ based on ’67 lines
… Netanyahu issued a quick, bitter response on Thursday night to Obama’s landmark Middle East speech, saying that the establishment of a Palestinian state could not come “at Israel’s expense.”
For his part, Mr. Netanyahu has complained that Mr. Obama has pushed Israel too far — a point driven home during a furious phone call with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday morning, just hours before Mr. Obama’s speech, during which the prime minister reacted angrily to the president’s plan to endorse Israel’s pre-1967 borders for a future Palestinian state.
Obama uses childish and immature methods to try and brow beat his opponents. He tried this with the Supreme Court in a SOTU speech, and he did it with Paul Ryan in a speech on the budget. Basically he tries to bully people from the pulpit – apparently not aware that the nickname should never be taken literally. It is a useless method that simply creates massive resistance in his opposition, burns all bridges for future compromise and aligns more and more people against the head of the Democrat Party. The result of this is the price Israel will demand is going to go up, and the America people will be aligned more closely to the Israeli PM than the US President. Now that kind of screw up takes talent!
And that is the real devastation going on here. Israel does not need our permission to exist or make decisions. All that happened this week is they have realized this President feels the violence driven Palestinians are equal to the Democratic Israelis. He sees no risk in giving into the mass murderers. Yeah, dumb as a rock. But once you know someone is dumb as a rock you are no longer required to take them seriously.
And so our young and awkward President continues to blow out the last of his political capital, all the while exposing a core persona that no one can or will respect.
But he is taking the Democrats down with him. Just like war fatigue and spending sprees nailed a lot of the GOP, Obama’s failures and screw ups are tagging the entire Democrat Party with his foibles. What do people think happened in the massive tidal sweeps in 2010? Nobody felt their future was safe with Democrats in charge. If not for a few inexperienced candidates on the GOP Senate side, the House and Senate would have flipped in a massive repudiation. We know state houses experienced a massive wave.
Finally, after decades of unwavering support to Democrats, the Jewish lobby is beginning to understand the risk they have always played with the Democrats. Just like there are so called Democrat Catholics who never saw the threat from the Atheist, Catholic fearing left, Jewish Democrats are getting a wake up call.
At this rate Obama is going to have fumbled so much on so many fronts that there will almost be no supporters left for him – or his party.