New lefty theory: Obama might be a one-term president because we’re too darned rotten to appreciate him

posted at 9:23 pm on August 17, 2010 by Allahpundit

Roger Simon’s piece is getting most of the links but he’s not the only one who’s pushing this meme. Jon Meacham, soon to be ex-editor of Newsweek, is exiting with an ode to the fact that great presidents, alas, often aren’t recognized for their genius until they’re out of office.

Much like Jesus, my friends, The One’s simply too good for this political world.

A recent CNN poll found that 68 percent of Americans do not want a mosque built close to ground zero. Which should mean: end of story. That’s all she wrote. Let’s move on to the next crisis.

It appears, however, that at least on this occasion, Obama does not care what the polls say…

And what’s the point of doing the right thing if your party is going to lose seats because of it?

Maybe Obama is disconnected. After all, as a former professor of constitutional law, he actually knows what the Constitution says.

His opponents have no such fetters. They know what they want the Constitution to say: yes to guns, no to gay marriage and never to mosques close to hallowed ground, though churches and synagogues are OK.

What’s so wrong with that? I’ll bet they poll great.

I like the idea that the Second Amendment merely reflects what the wingnuts “want” it to say, almost as much as I like his lie that Obama’s opponents want the Constitution to ban construction of the Ground Zero mosque. (61 percent say the owners have the right to build, including 57 percent of Republicans.) On the larger point, though, this is, of course, the logical conclusion of the left’s fixation on “messaging” and “optics” as an all-purpose excuse for the momentous public opposition they’re now faced with. It’s the one and only concession they’ll make vis-a-vis their total intellectual superiority: Their policies may be ingenious and their motives may be virtuous beyond reproach, but sometimes they simply don’t understand the scummy primitives of the American electorate as well as they should. Or, per Simon, maybe they do understand them but feel compelled by their inner goodness to Do The Right Thing anyway and accept the consequences. Tempted to come down off the cross about the mosque, The One refused and achieved salvation — until, er, the next morning, when he clarified that he’s taking no position on whether the mosque should be built. Truly, we don’t deserve him.

As a gloss, read James Poulos’s post on how this sort of sanctimony and epistemic closure contributes to (not causes) a reactionary backlash on the right. Speaking of which, Jesse Jackson took time to inform the Sun-Times’s readers this morning that while criticism of the president is fine, we need to dial down the rhetoric a bit and show some respect for the office. What a valuable lesson to learn … in 2010.

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On the different assh*le, same sh*t theme:
“Some thoughts on those angry voters. Ask parents of any two-year-old and they can tell you about those temper tantrums: the stomping feet, the rolling eyes, the screaming. It’s clear that the anger controls the child and not the other way around. It’s the job of the parent to teach the child to control the anger and channel it in a positive way. Imagine a nation full of uncontrolled two-year-old rage. The voters had a temper tantrum last week…. Parenting and governing don’t have to be dirty words: the nation can’t be run by an angry two-year-old.
Peter Jennings November 14, 1994.

Perhaps a bitter and petulant 50 year old would be preferable to the angry 2 year old.

bloviator on August 18, 2010 at 8:28 AM


Thanks for that reminder about Peter Jennings’ slip showing in 1994. Just a glimpse of the meltdown we are going to see in our media the day after Election Day this year.

rockmom on August 18, 2010 at 8:40 AM

With Republicans consolidated as the party of white sanctuary, anchored in the South, and Democrats championing diversity and inclusion, the politics of race is accentuated.
– Jesse Jackson

The Duke lacrosse players were unavailable for comment.

pain train on August 18, 2010 at 8:44 AM

“The Mosque issue is full of nuance and very complicated…”,

In other words, the serfs are too stupid to realize that Obama has the real read on this issue and the hoy poloy and the rif raf are busy clinging to their religion and guns to know what is good for them…

Kuffar on August 18, 2010 at 9:42 AM

It actually isn’t “new” that supporters of Hope-a-Dope are claiming that the American electorate is too benighted to understand his greatness. They’re going back to the well.

When you think back on the 2008 campaign, the Hopenchange crowd wasn’t concerned with whether their hero had the necessary qualifications, experience or temperament for the job, it was whether America was worthy of him: would we finally overcome our racist past, our environmental short-sightedness, our capitalistic selfishness, our greed and extravagance, and our arrogance on the world stage by embracing the one man who could redeem us for all our sins?

There’s a reason one of his nicknames became, “Teleprompter Jesus.”

Unfortunately, the electorate has caught on to the act, and they’re about as pleased about matters as Captain Kirk’s romantic rival in that Star Trek episode about the Indians was when he learned that “Keorok” wasn’t so divine, after all:

“You BLEED, Keorok! Behold the ‘god’ who BLEEDS!!”

Spurius Ligustinus on August 18, 2010 at 12:14 PM

Shorthand for Meachum: The Prophet is never accepted in his one country.

Hucklebuck on August 18, 2010 at 12:19 PM

Should say “own country”.

Hucklebuck on August 18, 2010 at 12:20 PM

My Gosh!

If I roll my eyes more (and more often it seems nowadays), they are going to the back of my head.

Sir Napsalot on August 18, 2010 at 12:23 PM