Morgen on August 2, 2011 at 3:45 pm
From the indispensable James Taranto’s Best of the Web at the WSJ :
“Terrorist,” “racist,” “uncivil,” “insane,” the list goes on–in this context, these words have no real meaning. They are mere epithets. The Obama presidency has reduced the liberal left to an apoplectic rage. His Ivy League credentials, superior attitude, pseudointellectual mien and facile adherence to lefty ideology make him the perfect personification of the liberal elite. Thus far at least, he has been an utter failure both at winning public support and at managing the affairs of the nation.
Obama’s failure is the failure of the liberal elite, and that is why their ressentiment has reached such intensity. Their ideas, such as they are, are being put to a real-world test and found severely wanting. As a result, their authority is collapsing. And if there is one thing they know deep in their bones, it is that they are entitled to that authority. They lash out, desperately and pathetically, because they have nothing to offer but fear and anger.
We are witnesses I think to one of the most spectacularly inept presidencies of all time. The President is seriously deluding himself if he thinks there is any significant block of voters remaining who view him as an effective leader. Which isn’t to say that 2012 will be a cake walk, because it probably won’t. But is there another public figure in the history of our country who has disappointed more people than this President? And please, someone compare his poll numbers to George W. Bush – because at this point that might be the only thing left to cling to if you are among the President’s dwindling number of true-believers.
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