The 2012 presidential campaign is over, but not for President Obama. The community organizer turned Senator turned president, who ran on hope and change in 2008 and its antipode character assassination in 2012, has no intention of putting politics behind him. Rather, he is seeking to wage a total war against the Republicans for their political immiseration.
Total war is a two-pronged approach to battle: first, mobilizing the entire population for the war effort; and second, targeting the entire enemy population, not just its military. Examples from World War Two include German submarine attacks on merchant ships and passenger ships, the blitz over London, the Allied bombing of Dresden, and the use of atomic bombs against Japan.
Following his reelection, beneath the veil of his public bipartisan insouciance, Obama’s actions adumbrate his intention to wage total war against the GOP. The signs could not be clearer.
First, the fiscal cliff. On the heels of his re-election victory, Obama ignored fiscal reality and refused any spending cuts or entitlement reforms. He then refused to negotiate and ignored the recommendations of his own fiscal commission, and then accused the GOP of bad faith and worse motives.
Then, the president gave the most partisan and least conciliatory inaugural address in recent memory. An address bereft of good will and chock full of straw men and obloquy for the opposition, the president made clear that his mission will be the expansion of the welfare state, the destruction of his opposition, and the establishment of a permanent class of government dependents. The era of big government is back, forever.
Further, the Obama campaign apparatus remains active. The Obama Victory Fund 2012, in partnership with Obama for America, the official campaign vehicle, continues agitating and organizing on the president’s behalf under the guise of a new entity, “Organizing for Action,” most recently asking email recipients to call Congress in support of Obama’s gun control legislation.
What can we expect from Organizing for Action? Given that former Obama campaign Chairman Jim Messina is chairman of the new group, Organizing for Action augurs more of the same from the 2012 campaign: mud slinging, character assassination and class and race divisions.