One must be careful to not assume too much.
But, as columnist Pat Buchanan stated it late last week, “the polls and pundits are all in alignment now,” and it seems to be a foregone conclusion – even at the White House – that the Obama Democrat party is going to suffer a severe rebuke. So it’s probably wise for all of us to consider how our President and his remaining allies in the media and in Congress might try to explain-away and assign blame for his party’s impending implosion.
This is not partisan political punditry – there’s a lot at stake here. We are, after all, talking about the most powerful man in the world, and he is our freely elected President for at least a couple more years. And anybody who has given a cursory review of Mr. Obama’s book “Dreams From My Father,” and anyone who has observed the President’s apologetic, “atoning” foreign policy over the past twenty-two months, must recognize his propensity to blame Americans for whatever he may believe is wrong in the world.
So with a staunch rejection of Barack Obama’s transformational agenda at hand, let’s consider how the President and his “friends” might try to target and blame Americans for it all. In no particular order, here are a few themes that will undoubtedly emerge in the coming days and months.
“Americans are racists:” This line of rhetoric should surprise nobody, as it has been tossed around ever since newly elected U.S. Senator Obama began running for the presidency in 2007. It hasn’t come from Mr. Obama himself, so much, but from his “friends.” Everyone from the thuggish activists at “Organizing For America” and A.C.O.R.N., to outgoing Senator Harry Reid, have been quick to label as “racist” any American who has dared to question or disagree with Mr. Obama. The destructiveness of the President policies hasn’t mattered – the only reason anybody would oppose the Dear Leader is because he is black, or so the story goes. And despite how counter-productive and petty this will seem in the coming months, we should still expect more.
“Americans are ignorant and stupid:” Earlier this month President Obama re-introduced this theme at a liberal political fundraiser in Massachusetts. The sentiment should have been apparent back in the Spring of 2008 when he noted in San Francisco that too many Americans “cling to their guns and religion.” But earlier this month, he once again noted that “we're hard-wired not to always think clearly when we're scared…" That was his way, apparently, of explaining away the dismal polling data for his fellow Democrats, and his own disapproval rating.
But this is not just a way for the President to dismiss his own failure. This line of reasoning seems to speak to a deeply held conviction for President Obama – his ways are not our ways, and his ways are perfect. If we allow ourselves to get sidetracked by high unemployment or a destabilizing foreign policy or a healthcare market that has been thrown into chaos by his “reform” efforts – well, we’re just not seeing the big picture, and ignoring all the goodness that Dear Leader has created for us. “Ignorant,” “stupid,” “scared” – that’s why we are about to reject his agenda at the ballot box. Be prepared for Obama allies on Capitol Hill, and in the media, to unload on us big-time.
“Obama has been mischaracterized, and misunderstood:” Since the days of the 2008 presidential campaign, both President Obama and Vice President Biden have encountered questions about being “socialists,” and their so-called “socialist agenda,” to which both the President and Vice President have bristled. And since becoming President, Barack Obama has used all the power and influence of his bully pulpit to target media outlets and personalities with whom he disagrees – namely Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck and the Fox Newschannel. Be prepared for more of this in the coming weeks and months, as the President and his “friends” try to explain their electoral disaster on “misleading” pundits who dispense “mis-information.” The President will also likely try to finesse this alleged “problem” into renewed calls for “media reform” legislation.
“Corporate America hijacked the election:” The President has repeatedly insisted that the political advertising produced by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce during this election cycle was purchased with “foreign money.” Of course, there is not a shred of evidence to suggest that this is true, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has bankrolled their ad campaigns all within the parameters of federal election law. But forget the facts – this theme will be reiterated even more loudly after Tuesday, and will likely include attacks on the Diebold Corporation, manufactures of electronic voting machines, with claims that Diebold rigged certain key elections.
I’m very optimistic about Tuesday’s election, and I’m prepared to feel celebratory afterwards. But I’m also anticipating some pretty nasty politics emanating from Washington in the comings weeks and months. Conservatives, in particular, will need to remain thoughtful , and “measured,” in their response to it all.
Austin Hill is an Author, Consultant, and Host of "Austin Hill's Big World of Small Business," a syndicated talk show about small business ownership and entrepreneurship. He is Co-Author of the new release "The Virtues Of Capitalism: A Moral Case For Free Markets." , Author of "White House Confidential: The Little Book Of Weird Presidential History," and a frequent guest host for Washington, DC's 105.9 WMAL Talk Radio.