The Incredible Shrinking President

If you were planning to do a hit job on Sarah Palin, this was not a great week to do it. A failed fiction writer released a novel at a time when Palin is still a private citizen and the most favorable story to your side is on the website of a Fox News contributor. By the time this blip in the news cycle blows over, Palin will still have plenty of time to announce a candidacy. Without even running, she’s within the margin of error against President Obama.

Speaking of him, Jackass is not faring so well this week. The fast and the furious gunrunning scandal is only on the back burner because of the even more graft-related Solyndra debacle. If you’re talking about literature, a new book looking inside the White House is painting the picture of a small man with small ideas.

Anita Dunn, one of the early targets of Glenn Beck, became embroiled in a new story this week. First, she told Ron Suskind that the White House was an example of a hostile workplace, then denied it, then had her lies exposed with a tape of the interview. These days, you need the tape. That’s why Andrew Breitbart is a hero of the Right.

Not only do we have a defeated president, we have a fundamentally weak president who is getting closer to the corruption he spoke against in his campaign. When Bill Clinton lost Congress in 1994, he moved the line a little to the right, but he drew it hard. The Republicans knew exactly how much they could get after a while. When Bush lost Congress in 2006, he de-Rumsfelded his Iraq plan, but dared the Congress to withdraw funding. They relented.

Obama has done nothing of the kind. His first battle against Fox ended with him interviewed on The O’Reilly Factor. He passed trillions in new spending with almost no Republican votes, even though the resulting legislation was frequently filled with what his critics would consider Republican compromises. Since 2011, John Boehner gets the better of him at nearly every opportunity. The new strategy of base stimulus will almost certainly end in capitulation.

Maybe the president hasn’t shrunk. His approval ratings have. His prestige has waned. People who held him in reverence now consider him a punchline. Sycophants are now spending their time defending him instead of going after the other side. Maybe Obama was always small. Some people just had to grow up.

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17 Responses to The Incredible Shrinking President

  1. Dario says:

    Palin’s speech is getting attention


    Salon
    MONDAY, SEP 19, 2011 11:48 ET
    Ralph Nader praises Sarah Palin
    “I think she’s a lot smarter than most people credit her,” says the left-wing crusader

    Some of the rhetoric was familiar. Palin slammed the “far left,” praised the Tea Party, and denounced the idea of more government spending.

    But there was also some refreshingly new material. She described a “permanent political class,” one that is hypocritical and devoted to personally profiting off of government. (“Seven of the 10 wealthiest counties are suburbs of Washington, D.C.,” she noted.) She spoke of “the collusion of big government and big business and big finance.” And she took aim at both parties for governing in service of their big campaign contributors.

    This sounded to us like Nader. And Nader agreed.

    “When she was governor of Alaska she really did take on the oil industry, and [she also] approved a statewide referendum that resulted in the first state in the Union to regulate cruise lines and their pollution offshore,” he says. “So there is a precursor to these remarks.”

    • Erica says:

      At least Nadar is thinking and analyzing her governorship, which is more than I can say for almost the entire left zombie class.

  2. Mimi says:

    I have thought for a longtime that the women who were Obama supporters, campaigners, stooges, enablers, and flunkies were the weakest and most desperate of womankind. Women like Ms. Dunn knew what was being done to them, talked about it, and then were willing to lie even more to protect Obama. They just wanted to join the club. Then the president treated them like shit. Some of us spotted his act the second he opened his yap. DC is going to need fumigating when he leaves.

    • Three Wickets says:

      Yes the 2008 primaries self selected chauvinists and misogynists into the Obama camp. The sexist cream rose to the top, and it continued into the administration. Not surprised. It was always a frat house atmosphere with those guys.

  3. votermom says:

    Great post! Although I doubt there has been much growing up on the obot side. 🙂

    • Pips says:

      Or on Obama’s for that matter. To me he always seemed like someone whose mental development stalled at an early age.

      A funny detail: Remember when he, leaving the “copter”(!) shook hands with the marine (poor guy got all confused), just like he shook hands with the “Bobby” outside Downing Street 10, on his pre-nomination Victory World Tour. Tsk, tsk.

      Then he learned to salute, only he does it like little boys do: With all five fingers pressed closely together, lol. And as he hasn’t yet learned to walk and chew gum similtaneously, he keeps his fingers pressed together like that all the way, e. g. when he’s inspecting parades. 🙂

  4. hannah says:

    Did you guys see this pic?

    Not a photoshop, it is from Getty (and MSNBC has it too). Getty has another with his big photo smile. You think the photographer said, don’t wave.

    http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2011/09/president_obama_stuck_his_hand.html

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