So Obama et al. keep living down to what we all here have been saying consistently since 2007. We all might want to cop to being impolite, but we should also all relish declaring a resounding “We told you so!” Immature, but it feels good.
Still, what to make of so-called Progressives and Liberals — now 6 years after the fact — gnashing their teeth, rending their Nordstrom’s garments and tapping furiously at their iPads with indignation that Obama is politically inert? How their Tweets fly. And with fury, ricocheting out of Starbucks into the ether!
It is by now a commonplace that Obama’s signature trait when facing a manageable political situation is to do nothing. His political inaction allows even the most implausible Rightist narratives to coalesce and gain traction through sheer repetition. And transforms initially manageable circumstances into bizarrely viable Rightist political narratives. Obama literally may save the dying format of Rightist talk radio if he’s not careful, although its self destructive impulses will likely triumph in the end, regardless. A needless gift, nonetheless.
Aside from Goldilocks, Obama’s political passivity is the man’s stock in trade. He should own the patent. And again, this merry band here called those shots in 2007.
Benghazi. IRS. AP surveillance. And so on. Each of them have differing fact patterns and political consequences. Each of them easily anticipated as a warhead for Rightist narratives requiring pro-active political engagement to meet and combat those narratives. Perhaps Obama the cynic may not care, knowing these memes really will mature in the 2016 campaign.
The shock of recognition many felt seeing a by now aged Clinton masterfully demonstrate the joy of political combat this past season makes the point. Triangulation, Bob Rubin, the intern and a host of sins aside, Clinton did engage and neutralize Rightist resurgence every bit as febrile then. Sure, it may have been at enormous cost. But the country he turned over in 2000 was far more stable and available for purposeful, constructive non-Rightist politics than in 1994. What will Obama bequeath us?
But it’s not all Obama’s fault, even if mainly so. The ‘Commentariat’ is so transactional and debased. Some of it because their business models collapsed. Most of it because they themselves are willing participants in the infotainment tactical world of new media and sound bytes.
It gives little solace that ‘informed opinion’ confidently tells us what we’ve all said here together about Obama (and better) beginning in 2007. Diagnosis is the easy part. It’s what to do about it and acting that remains the real value.
Which makes writing this blog somewhat problematic. What to say about the political incompetence that we’ve not already said in exhaustive detail first as prediction and then later confirmation during his administration? It’s somewhat galling to see professional or self-promotionally visible Liberal voices now offer the same insights we raised here before the man even won the nomination as fresh and cutting edge.