With President Obama’s precipitous decline in the polls now reaching a Gerald Ford/ Nixon pardon velocity, it must be asked: what are the Clintons thinking? Lost recently in the ObamaCare noise and departure from Candidate Obama’s promised centrism was the President’s refusal to allow Clinton operative Sidney Blumenthal to work for Hillary in the State Department. The Obama administration correctly concluded that there was nothing in their best interests to be served by allowing a former primary opponent to set up a political operation in Foggy Bottom. However, the very quickness exhibited by Hillary’s attempt to do just that can now be seen for what it was. There is blood in the political water and sharks are circling.
Who would have thought that the end of summer 2008 would have served up the superfecta of an Obama appointee brought down by a St. Louis blogger (with the help of Glen Beck), the implosion of ObamaCare, the demise of Cap and Trade and Congressmen hiding in their districts during the recess? As mentioned before, I’m no fan of Bill Clinton’s policies or his behavior, but he and Hillary are accomplished at the art of the political craft. The blunders of the Obama administration have not gone unnoticed by the President’s rivals.
Peggy Noonan, with whom I have had more than a few bones to pick in the last year (re: Obama and Palin) layed out the concern of Democrats (and perhaps her own) when she said of a President many Party insiders are just now coming to know:
He is cold, like someone who is contained not because he’s disciplined and successfully restrains his emotions,but because there’s not that much to restrain.This is the dark side of cool. One wonders if this will play well with the American people. Long-term it is hard to get people to trust your policies if they think you’re coolly operating on some intellectual or ideological abstractions.
I don’t think as a presidential style it will wear well with the center. And it may not wear well with the president’s own party.They may come to see him, in time, as not really one of them. And that’s when things will really get interesting.
As one who partook liberally of the 2008 election season Kool Aid, Noonan is being too clever by half with the prose. The middle class independents and the elderly now see a familiar sight that caught the attention of Bill Clinton during primary season: an empty suit. But Noonan is right when she says that within his own Party many may come to see Barack Obama as not one of them and that will be when things get really interesting. And for those Obama apologists waiting breathlessly to play the race card…they will be disappointed to find that the Obama machine will have maxed out the American electorate’s patience on the issue of race.