Fallen Idle

Peggy Nooner:

How Far Obama Has Fallen


Which gets us to Tuesday. No one knows what will happen. Maybe that means it will be close, and maybe it doesn’t. Maybe a surprise is in store. But the fact that Barack Obama is fighting for his political life is still one of the great political stories of the modern era.

Look at where he started, placing his hand on the Bible Abe Lincoln was sworn in on in 1861. It was Jan. 20, 2009. The new president was 47 and in the kind of position politicians can only dream of—a historic figure walking in, the first African-American president, broadly backed by the American people. He won by 9.5 million votes. Two days after his inauguration, Gallup had him at 68% approval, only 12% disapproval. He had a Democratic Senate, and for a time a cloture-proof 60 members. He had a Democratic House (256-178) with a colorful, energetic speaker. The mainstream media were excited about him, supportive of him.

His political foes were demoralized, their party fractured.

He faced big problems—an economic crash,two wars—but those crises gave him broad latitude. All of his stars were perfectly aligned. He could do anything.

And then it all changed. At a certain point he lost the room.


Why did the president make such mistakes? Why did he make decisions that seemed so unknowing, and not only in retrospect?

Because he had so much confidence, he thought whatever he did would work. He thought he had “a gift,” as he is said to have told Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. He thought he had a special ability to sway the American people, or so he suggested to House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

But whenever he went over the the heads of the media and Congress and went to the people, in prime-time addresses, it didn’t really work. He did not have a magical ability to sway. And—oddly—he didn’t seem to notice.

It is one thing to think you’re Lebron. Its another thing to keep missing the basket and losing games and still think you’re Lebron.

And that really was the problem: He had the confidence without the full capability. And he gathered around him friends and associates who adored him, who were themselves talented but maybe not quite big enough for the game they were in. They understood the Democratic Party, its facts and assumptions. But they weren’t America-sized. They didn’t get the country so well.

In the immortal words of Inspector Harry Callahan, “A man’s got to know his limitations.” I know mine – I could no more be president than I could do brain surgery. I lack the requisite education, experience, personality, temperament and skills. My best would not ever be good enough. But I’m okay with that because I don’t want to be president.

You know, I actually believe my own bullshit,” Obama once told Newsweek’s Richard Wolffe. I believe he was telling the truth when he said it. Therein lies the problem. Two problems actually.

The first problem is that Bronco Bama is not qualified to be president. I don’t mean that in the birther sense – he passes the constitutional test for age and citizenship. I mean that he lacks the requisite experience, personality, temperament and skills. More importantly, he lacks the moral character.

That does not mean he is unqualified to do anything at all, merely that he is not fit to be president. He would have probably remained senator for many years if he had so chosen. He might have someday been successful as Governor of Illinois or even Mayor of Chicago.

The second, and more important problem is that Obama thinks he is qualified. Not only that, he actually believes he is the best qualified person for the job. He suffers from the worst possible combination of failings – hubris and incompetence. And because he is POTUS we all suffer as well.

November 6th will be the end of an error.

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47 Responses to Fallen Idle

  1. myiq2xu says:

    FYI – I’m not cutting President Romney any slack – he gets four years to turn things around or out he goes.

  2. myiq2xu says:

    I was just thinking back about all the symbolism the Obama campaign exploited both before and after he was elected. Too bad they didn’t spend as much time on substance.

    • They never had any substance. All they had was a bad facade.

      • angienc says:

        Yep. All style no substance. And a whole lot of projection. Now there is not even any style — all he’s got left is projection.

        People keep saying where is the 2008 Obama — that guy never existed. The only difference is that back then his surrogates (including in the MSM) were the ones lying about, attacking & generally spewing hatred about his opponents (mainly Hillary & Sarah, but McCain as well) while he to to pretend to be above the fray because he was *winning.* And he was *winning* only because a cardboard cutout with a (D) after its name was going to win that year (and face it– the cardboard cut out with a (D) after its name *did* win that year). Yet he still needed to spend almost a billion dollars to do it even then.

        Now that he can’t win just because it happens to be the right time for even a cardboard cut out with a (D) after its name to win, he’s spewing the hatred himself too — and the fact that he is doing that tells you more about the real state of the race than any poll.

        • myiq2xu says:

          At least in the Wizard of Oz there was a man behind the curtain.

        • bluestate says:

          People keep saying where is the 2008 Obama — that guy never existed. […] [H]e’s spewing the hatred himself too — and the fact that he is doing that tells you more about the real state of the race than any poll.


      • HONK! And they had to CHEAT to even get where they are to begin with.

  3. I have to disagree with her on this-

    They understood the Democratic Party, its facts and assumptions.

    No. NO NO! No they did not understand the D party- AT ALL. Which is why they over rode the will of the people. The OLD coalition D party- well, we voted for Hillary.

  4. votermom says:

    It’s a sign of lack of intelligence when you think you are great when you are not even mediocre.

  5. angienc says:

    It is one thing to think you’re Lebron. Its another thing to keep missing the basket and losing games and still think you’re Lebron.

    Best thing I’ve ever seen written about Obama in the MSM bar none.

    Plus, you know that line — of everything else, and written by someone who was gaga over him in 2008 — really chapped his ass.

    • I will be very interested to see how big of a crowd he draws over there near Philadelphia NJ.
      If he came out our way to bitter clinger land- there would not be a big enough venue lol.

  6. t says:

    Fallen i.d.o.l? do you mean?

  7. angienc says:

    BTW — that Time cover always pissed me off as did all the comparisons to truly great leaders (Lincoln, MLK as well as FDR) based on NOTHING but the delusional desires of the MSM. Is there even ONE thing in the SCoaMF’s entire composite life that can be compared to that of FDR’s — who was not only from a vastly wealthy family, with an uncle as POTUS, but who was the GOVERNOR of NY before he became POTUS? Gah! That cover is worse the the Gay-Lo Newsweek cover in stupidity.

  8. SHV says:

    ““You know, I actually believe my own bullshit,”
    I was thinking about that today. Bush and Obama talked bullshit (lied) constantly. The difference was/is that Bush got shifty eyed and smirked, basically saying “I’m lying, you know I’m lying and fuck you”. Obama’s lying becomes his reality. IMO, if he squeaks out an EC win, his ego will demand that people pay for the humiliation of having to grovel for money and votes.

    • Mary says:

      He has already said in an interview that if he wins, he’ll take that to mean the American people support his plans, and the Repubs will have no choice but to go along with whatever he wants.

      Really. He said that. He hasn’t learned a damm thing.

      • leslie says:

        He really IS Bush III.

        And no, he hasn’t learned anything because as far as he is concerned, he hasn’t anything to learn. The man believes he knows it all.

  9. myiq2xu says:

    I get mail:

    Myiq2xu, election guru Nate Silver just posted a four word explanation of why President Obama is winning:

    “Obama’s ahead in Ohio.”

    And that’s it. The national polls show a toss-up, but President Obama is favored to win re-election because he is ahead by 2.5% in Ohio.

    That’s also why I’m asking you to make a contribution to Ohio Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown. Not only is Sen. Brown a progressive champion locked in a tough re-election fight, but this is the only contribution you can make where 100% of what you give will be spent getting Democratic voters to the polls in the state that will decide the presidential election.

    Please help win Ohio by making a contribution to U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown.

    Keep fighting,
    Chris Bowers
    Campaign Director, Daily Kos

    • DandyTiger says:

      Gee, if he’s already won, why do they need any help. Oh right, it’s not for Obama at all, it’s for Brown. Riiiight.

    • angienc says:

      That’s about the depth of hack Nate Silver’s analysis & his magical “model.”

      “Obama’s ahead in Ohio because SHUT UP!”

    • cj says:

      They can’t deliver water until Monday? Omg, those poor people.

    • Maybe they should take that water Mitt collected?
      WTF is wrong with these people?
      I KNOW the military could airlift water to these people in just a couple of hours. Hell- just back the trucks up to the door of every BX and Commissary on every base and take half of what they have on hand.
      The military families would surely want to help their fellow Americans and would not bitch about it.
      Why does the govt have to make everything so fucking difficult?

      • DeniseVB says:

        Remember those scenes with the stranded Katrina evacuees at the NOLA stadium ? No food or water for days and we’re yelling at the t.v. airlift, airlift, airlift !

        This is just like that. Only colder 😦

      • Mary says:

        Why can’t Bloomberg give em the water he had planned to use at the now-cancelled marathon?

        Or, all those NBC superstars giving a concert for aid to Sandy victims could chip in coupla thousand dollars each and just BUY water for these areas.

        Where’s the Red Cross?

        • leslie says:

          Where’s all the water they had for the Marathon? You know that they cannot even think about a marathon without purchasing tons of water for the runners.

  10. cj says:

    Oh this is going to go over well…

    “Dems may use food-stamp money to pay for Michelle Obama’s nutrition initiative

    Democrats who reluctantly slashed a food-stamp program to fund a state-aid bill may have to do so again to pay for a top priority of first lady Michelle Obama.”


    • DeniseVB says:

      That whole initiative was to pay back their union buddies at SEIU. I was pissed they cut food stamps for the truly hungry to prop up MO. The kids aren’t even eating the healthy stuff. I’m all for feeding the hungry first !

      Oh, and remember her Food Deserts ? #fail. They gave our money to grocery chains to build stores in the inner cities and they used the money to fix up existing stores.

      And Darden Foods ? Own Olive Garden and other chains, made a pack with MO to make their food “healthier” in exchange for Obamacare waivers … now laying off people and hiring no more full time employees.

      Everything MO “championed” failed. Like her husband, no great successes in her private life either, can’t even find people who remember her showing up for work. 😉

  11. angienc says:

    Ha ha! If you want to see a good photo shop of Obama, go see this on Twitchy via the great @exjon (you’ll thank me later):


  12. angienc says:

    Shit — did everybody see this? Amber Lyon of CNN tells Glenn Greenwald that CNN censored her work on the Arab Spring that were damaging to the Obama White House narrative about it:


  13. tommy says:

    So sad. You’re all making fun of LIC (Loiner-In-Chief). Don’t you know that all good things flows from his loins? Lol

    • DeniseVB says:

      Feels like it. As Mike Huckabee just pleaded: If you stood in line for a chicken sandwich please stand in line to vote to save our country 😀

    • Simofish says:

      OMG – I hope so because I am beyond stressed about this. Can’t watch the news, listen to the radio. Don’t even want to be around people until this thing is over. I am NOT good company. I hate the fucking media just as much as I hate Obama !!

  14. votermom says:

    Jim Cramer has the most ridiculous prediction of all msnbcers

  15. bluestate says:

    obots are the sort of people who think THEY could be president too

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