President Obama has watched the blood-dimmed tide drowning the ceremony of innocence, as Yeats wrote, and he has learned how to emotionally connect with Americans in searing moments, as he did from the White House late Friday night after the second bombing suspect was apprehended in Boston.
Unfortunately, he still has not learned how to govern.
How is it that the president won the argument on gun safety with the public and lost the vote in the Senate? It’s because he doesn’t know how to work the system. And it’s clear now that he doesn’t want to learn, or to even hire some clever people who can tell him how to do it or do it for him.
It’s unbelievable that with 90 percent of Americans on his side, he could get only 54 votes in the Senate. It was a glaring example of his weakness in using leverage to get what he wants. No one on Capitol Hill is scared of him.
Even House Republicans who had no intention of voting for the gun bill marveled privately that the president could not muster 60 votes in a Senate that his party controls.
President Obama thinks he can use emotion to bring pressure on Congress. But that’s not how adults with power respond to things. He chooses not to get down in the weeds and pretend he values the stroking and other little things that matter to lawmakers.
After the Newtown massacre, he and his aides hashed it out and decided he would look cold and unsympathetic if he didn’t push for some new regulations. To thunderous applause at the State of the Union, the president said, “The families of Newtown deserve a vote.” Then, as usual, he took his foot off the gas, lost momentum and confided his pessimism to journalists.
So much wrong, where do I start?
Barack Obama could not connect with people if he had a zillion miles of fiber optic cable and we all had high speed USB ports on the backs of our heads. He’s a barely adequate speech reader under the best of circumstances and a stuttering clusterfuck of a miserable failure without a teleprompter. In order to connect emotionally with other people you need empathy but Obama cares about no one but himself.
When did Obama win “the argument on gun safety with the public”? He took a vague position on gun control that some people already agreed with but many others do not. Is there any evidence that anything Obama said or did budged public opinion even one percent?
Where did MoDo come up with that 90% statistic? Her ass or Obama’s? I’m sure that you could present people with some vague generality like “crazy people shouldn’t own guns” and get a really high level of support for that position. But that’s not the same as getting 90% support for a particular piece of legislation.
I will have to concede that Modo is right about one thing – Obama still hasn’t learned to govern. I guess even a retarded squirrel finds a nut sometimes.
As usual, I want to close this post about something MoDo wrote by pointing out that she is well paid to publish mindless drivel. I guess she is a role model for some young women because Meghan McCain seems to be following in her footsteps.
Meanwhile, my new favorite show premieres tonight on CMT: