Obama promises Dems he’ll . . . keep campaigning!
posted at 8:58 am on January 15, 2010 by Pundette
President Barack Obama dropped down from whatever planet he lives on to say this to congressional Democrats yesterday:
Believe me, I know how big a lift this has been. I see the polls. I know everybody in the media is all in a tizzy — oh, what is this going to mean politically? — well, let me tell you something. If Republicans want to campaign against what we have done by standing up for the status quo and for insurance companies over American families and businesses, that is a fight I want to have. . . . I’ll be out there waging a great campaign from one end of the country to the other, telling Americans with insurance or without insurance what they stand to gain.
It’s worse on the video, which clearly shows Obama in full campaign-mode. He can’t muster this kind of enthusiasm in response to an attempted terrorist attack but when it comes to ramming repellent legislation down the throats of protesting Americans, he’s champing at the bit. Bring it on!
Jay Cost was right when he said there was no mystery about the real Barack Obama: he’s just another politician. But even so, it’s not that simple. Cost, like so many other analysts over the past couple of years, ends with a question we still can’t answer: does Obama believe his own rhetoric?
This strategy was either cynical or arrogant, depending upon whether the President really thought he could do all these amazing things. Let’s hope he didn’t. Let’s hope he was being cynical, for at least it would suggest the President’s sense of himself is not wildly out of proportion to reality. [. . .]
But if this President is so vainglorious as to believe his campaign’s claims about his greatness, we have reason to worry. With problem piling up on top of problem, the last thing we need is a leader so hopelessly enamored of himself that he actually presumes to be the next Lincoln. [Read the rest.]
Some believe his “vaingloriousness” does in fact block his view of reality. His promise to feverishly campaign for Obamacare makes one wonder anew. The speeches and rallies lost their magic somewhere back in March. And American opposition to ramped-up government involvement in our health care system has only increased and hardened. Does he really believe he can make a dent in that now, with nothing but his charisma?
A year ago we were in the midst of the Obama interregnum, the post-election pre-inauguration period when the market for Obama-gear was booming and Hope and Change could still be uttered by some without irony. Obama was the star and the sky was the limit. That was then.
Charles Krauthammer notes that “the magic always wears off.” Doesn’t Obama know that?
Follow-up: Obama will work his magic for Martha Coakley on Sunday.