This is too rich.
Hat Tip to News Busters:
Frank Rich believes Barack Obama is approaching a “do or die moment” and that “we face the alarming prospect that his presidency could be toast” if he doesn’t push ObamaCare through. Rich’s New York Times column of today, The Up-or-Down Vote on Obama’s Presidency, is a crushing compendium of criticism for a president he sees as talented but too timid.
I’d encourage readers to read the full piece, but let’s have fun with this super-condensed version of Frank’s frustration-venting:
….his preposterous backdrop . . .cheesy theatrics . . . This finest hour arrived hastily and tardily . . . We’ve heard this too many times before . . . “They are waiting for us to lead.” Actually, they have given up waiting . . .a sinking sense of disillusionment about his ability to exercise power . . . it won’t even be the opposition’s fault . . . The G.O.P. would be able to argue this fall, not without reason, that the party holding the White House and both houses of Congress cannot govern . . . The leadership shortfall we’ve witnessed during Obama’s yearlong health care march . . . missed deadlines, the foggy identification of his priorities, the sometimes abrupt shifts in political tone and strategy . . . theories as to why Obama has disappointed in Year One . . . In governing, Obama has yet to find a theme that is remotely as arresting to the majority of Americans . . . there is no consistent, clear message . . . the bill became a mash-up that baffled or defeated those Americans on his side and was easily caricatured as a big-government catastrophe . . . His domestic policies, whether on climate change or health care or regulatory reform, are reduced to items on a standard liberal wish list . . . too timid to confront the financial industry backers of his own campaign . . . and too fearful of sounding like a vulgar partisan populist . . . Obama offers no overarching narrative . . . Even. . . Warren Buffett . . . sounds more fired up about unregulated derivatives and more outraged about unpunished finance-industry executives than the president does.
This is the same Frank Rich who gushed for Obama like a love-sick school girl, and vented his spleen over Obama’s critics. He was one of the MSM Kool-Aid-drinking faithful. Obamessiah was THE CHOSEN ONE…THE ONE WE’VE BEEN WAITING FOR. Hope. Change. The Second Coming of Christ.
Those of us with a bit more intellect than Frank said this from the onset:
The next four years of an Obama-covering media will be very entertaining to say the least. We’ll see if he remains a media darling or if he gets vilified for (incredibly) not being leftwing enough.
Frank misses the point entirely. It’s not that Obama doesn’t want to ‘fundamentally change’ America into the socialist Euro clone the liberals pine for. It’s that WE the People, refuse to allow it. We stand in the way of further government grabs, abuse of power, and the Democrats trampling on the Constitution. That includes the attempt to shove bad government-health care legislation down our throats.
Speaking of “unregulated derivatives” and “unpunished finance-industry executives”, Frank conveniently forgot about what led to this economic catastrophe: unregulated government debacles like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, both Democratic creations. The right “finance-industry executives” to target would be thugs like Hank Paulson and Ben Bernanke, who used mafia-style arm twisting to force Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis into absorbing the failing Merrill Lynch, or else. Then they informed him that TARP funds would be given to compensate the “merger”. Or how about the FDIC, who bullied East Bridgewater Savings—-a successful Boston bank—for not lending enough to high risk borrowers.
There’s no pleasing moonbats like Rich. When it comes to destroying the free-market capitalism so vilified by lefties, it’s not like Obama hasn’t tried. Frank isn’t alone in his anguish, by a long shot.
The corpulent Michael Moore has declared the Dems will suffer an “ass-whooping of biblical proportions”, in November. (http://www.thefoxnation.com/left-wing-media/2010/03/08/left-wing-lashes-out-obama)
It’s official; the far left is disillusioned in a very bad, very entertaining way.
Enjoy the meltdown.