Barack Obama Is Not The Messiah. He's Just Another Politician.

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on August 1, 2009

Film at eleven.

In fairness, I should note that Jonah Goldberg is too sanguine for my tastes. While Obama is just another politician, he is a very good one–a fact that should not be forgotten. Five years ago, the man was a state senator in Illinois. Now, he resides in the White House. We ought to be fair and admit that this is no small feat.

After we are done admitting that, we ought to acknowledge as well that just as the media enjoys writing stories about politicians falling, it also enjoys writing stories about politicians making comebacks. Much of Bill Clinton’s appeal centered around his ability to pull a Houdini and frustrate his opponents. Obama has similar abilities, which makes him a formidable foe even now. Of course Republicans should be pleased that they finally have the White House on the defensive concerning a number of policy issues–especially health care reform–but that is no reason to ease up. It is also no reason to think that Obama cannot turn things around. The god who bleeds can bandage himself up, after all.

If Republicans are going to advance at a time when the President may be politically vulnerable, they are going to have to make some serious–and credible–claims concerning the President stick. Now is a good time to point out the White House’s profligacy on a multitude of issues, including and especially health care. Now is a good time to point out the White House’s penchant for increasing taxes. Brand the Obama Administration and the Democratic party a certain way while they are back on their heels, and the branding may stick in time for the 2010 elections, and perhaps the 2012 elections as well.

Note that I said that the charges have to be credible. This means telling the birthers to shut up, since they are wrong on the facts, and since they are hurting themselves and the center-right movement more than they are hurting Barack Obama. I don’t mind if the birthers hurt themselves by being wrong on the facts. I do mind when they hurt the center-right movement, however.

  • redneck_hippie

    I wonder whether the present occupant of the White House will develop the slickster's habits. Will Obama act against his instinctual redistributive mindset and actively work to accomplish something un-harmful? Bill Clinton allowed himself to pivot, as I read somewhere recently. Barack just mouths the words which sway some to believe he will pivot, and then continues on his same statist, class warfare agenda.

    I give Bill Clinton credit for one accomplishment all his own, namely his set aside of national wilderness. Other accomplishments were done at the instigation of the Gingrich congress and the polling numbers' behest. We still had the semblance of a constitutional republic intact when our president signed welfare reform and mollified the left by decreeing more national wilderness. Contrasted with the present executive’s agenda and modus operandi, Bill Clinton appears a master statesman.

    With one party rule the right can look forward to very little in the way of crumb-tossing. We are all Sgt Crowley now, and when invited to the tea table it is merely to provide yet another photo-op for the One.

  • toohot2

    would everyone please give Obama a chance…….yes he did use the wrong word but think about it hasn't everyone done that? How would you like to be in his shoes and have to answer questions from the hasseling media? The question should not have been presented to him and it looks like the person was just trying to get him to say something that would hurt him and he did. He did make amends and omitted that it was the wrong choice of words. Yes he is a politian. That is his job as it was the job of the media person to ask that question. They like to keep things stirred up. That is their job……! It also was to get people off of the health care plan. He is doing the best he can with not much help from congress. Again put your feet in his shoes………come on…..do it…..too hard……oh my!

  • toohot2

    would everyone please give Obama a chance…….yes he did use the wrong word but think about it hasn't everyone done that? How would you like to be in his shoes and have to answer questions from the hasseling media? The question should not have been presented to him and it looks like the person was just trying to get him to say something that would hurt him and he did. He did make amends and omitted that it was the wrong choice of words. Yes he is a politian. That is his job as it was the job of the media person to ask that question. They like to keep things stirred up. That is their job……! It also was to get people off of the health care plan. He is doing the best he can with not much help from congress. Again put your feet in his shoes………come on…..do it…..too hard……oh my!

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