President Obama appears to us to have reached that point in his political trajectory where he has passed apogee and is falling back to earth. Even Democrats are now complaining of what he has done or what he hasn’t done. And the media, that until recently seemed to have photoshopped any wrinkles out of his golf pants, is beginning to treat him like well, not like a Republican, but like say, a First Lady who has lent her name to an unpopular Department of Agriculture scam intended to get subsidy money into the pockets of vegetable growers. The Prez’ halo has slipped the traditional six inches and taken on the appearance of a noose. Why? What happened to the love?
One of those circulating emails passed by recently bearing a list of the important Obama Administration folk who are married to highly influential media figures; it was an extensive list. The people on both the administration and on the media side of the list were important names; it gave the notion of “being in bed with the media” or contrariwise, “being in bed with government” a whole new dimension. And this was all Democrats; we suspect there is an equally impressive GOP list available.
“Crony capitalism” seems to be an understatement of the case, at least when it comes to the media. Add in the revolving door between Wall Street and the U.S. Treasury and American business and government seem to have nearly completed a merger. From our perspective, of course.
It seems to us that the directors of this enterprise have decided that in view of the accumulating negatives clinging to the Obama Administration going into the approaching off-year Congressional elections, it is time to distance more vulnerable Democrat Congresspeople from the Prez. He is beginning to be apolitical handicap for some of them. Best be seen as a critic so as to dump off that load before November.
Beyond that looms the 2016 Presidential election; for that, the Presidential flowering has shaded out all prospective new presidential hopes but those of Hillary Clinton, whose sun had already risen pre-Obama. But given that length of time in the political garden, she has collected enough aphids that a few new, unspotted hopefuls seem needed to hedge Democratic bets. To provide room for these to grow, the President has to be cut down to size; the recently appearing criticisms are a likely start of that.
To balance that cost, we suppose that the criticisms of any apparent Republican November and 2016 Democratic opponents will ramp up forthwith. If of course, that is possible.
This will be a neat trick if the Dems can manage it. They will need to remove the Presidential canonization while somehow avoiding making him look too bad; awfulmess must be reserved for the GOP. Room must be left for those who will continue to defend the President as well; they must look at least, plausible.A Democrat must not appear to bumble.
The GOP problem is no easier; the only plausible candidates are unacceptably conservative. They are at present, left dusting off Romney and Jeb Bush, which resembles entering a gunfight firing blanks. What to do, when the folk you claim to represent don’t want what you want them to want? Tricky!
We have entered the season of sleight-of-hand and legerdemain; don’t be distracted by the attractive assistant as the magician transfers the hidden card from his sleeve …
But we may as well enjoy the show, after all, we’ve paid for it.