Bait & Switch
is the Obama administration stumbling so badly after just a few weeks
in office? Some are even saying that the administration is imploding,
but I think that’s a rush to judgment. All new administrations have
their challenges. Several of President Bush’s appointees had to step
aside when conflicts were uncovered. Clinton’s immediate plunge into
the troubled waters of homosexuals in the military turned out to be a
bonehead decision that damaged his credibility. All new administrations
have to get their “sea legs” and this administration is no exception.
is, however, one huge problem that may prove to be insurmountable for
our new President. As I write this, only 37% of the American people
support the massive, pork laden bill that is euphemistically labeled a
“stimulus package.” On the other hand, Obama’s personal popularity
remains relatively high, about that of any new president at this stage
of the game. The American people are good natured and generous. They
want their president to succeed, but that does not mean they embrace
policies that they see destructive to the economic well-being of the
The President’s problem is
not just the ill-conceived trillion dollar “stimulus” package. It’s a
far greater problem. Democrats have learned that they cannot run for
office as Mondale did, promising to raise taxes. That’s not something
that will ever be popular with the vast majority of the American
people. They also know they cannot successfully run for President as
soft on terrorism. And they did an about face, and now proclaim
themselves as supporters of the Second Amendment. Obama even publicly
opposed another third rail of politics, gay marriage.
short, Barack Obama ran on a platform that called for tax cuts,
eliminating wasteful spending, against gay marriage, support for Israel,
against re-imposition of the so-called “Fairness Doctrine,” against gun
control, for secure borders, for defeat of the terrorists, and support
for American servicemen and women. That’s a platform that Ronald Reagan
could have run on.
And therein lies the rub. While Obama
genuflected to the far-left on pet issues like water boarding, closing
Guantanamo, and their other anti-Bush rants, he was careful to steer a
course that was, with few exceptions, pretty much down the middle. He
ran for the cover the mainstream media provided on his far-left
affiliations with domestic terrorists Bernadine Dorn and hubby, Bill
Ayres, as well as his 22 year plus affiliation with the far-left
preacher from South Side Chicago, Jeremiah Wright.
campaign message was as non-specific as possible—he was for hope, change
and the future. It’s hard to disagree with those things, especially
when we don’t know what kind of hope, change, or future he plans to work
But now, the rubber hits the road. It’s one thing to
run as a mainstream, middle-of-the road candidate, but it is something
entirely else to govern from a clearly leftwing position.
pickle! Obama did a wonderful job (with great help from the mainstream
media) selling himself to the American people as a mainstream candidate,
but now the bill comes due from radical groups like moveon.org and ACORN who supplied the ground forces in his campaign.
a bait and switch operation that will most surely fail. If he tries to
govern from the center, his leftwing allies will drop him like a fish
that’s been dead for a week. The head of the NAACP is already
threatening that they will oppose him if he does toe their line. If he
moves to the left, he’ll quickly lose the support of the American
people. The current opposition to the massive spending bill is just the
tip of the iceberg.
The self-delusion of a mandate, coupled with
a far-left philosophy, is a recipe for a political shipwreck. And he’s
not getting any help from his Democratic leadership in Congress. Ron
Dellums wants to hold kangaroo court on George Bush as Chairman of the
Judiciary Committee. The far-left Congressman from Oakland has already
subpoenaed Karl Rove and that’s just the beginning. Another Congressman
has already introduced a bill to re-impose the Fairness Doctrine.
American people are indeed kind-hearted and generous, but, their
good-will and support will dissipate quickly if the new President starts
down the path to socialism. No amount of mainstream media cover will
protect him from himself. Bait and switch always fails, whether in
advertising or in politics. The public is quickly turned off by false
advertising. They not only refuse to buy the product, they become angry
that they were deceived in the first place.
Much was made of
the low popularity rating of President Bush (although the rating of the
Democratic Congress was substantially lower), but this is indeed a
honeymoon for President Obama. Right now he is squandering
opportunities to show the American people that they made the right
If he continues on the current course, his presidency is going to
a lot more like Jimmy Carter’s, than FDR’s. No wonder the tiny
Republican minority is already reinvigorated and licking its chops. No
wonder the Conservative Movement is expanding rapidly. No wonder the
audience of talk radio is exploding.
No matter what happens, it’s certainly going to be a wild ride. We’d better buckle up!