The outrageous, obscenely anti-American radical Van Jones has been driven from the White House, tail tucked between his legs, and, yes, that's something to celebrate. It suggests there is a limit even to what President Obama can get away with. It should encourage opposition to other such far-left ideologues, czars with criminal or Communist backgrounds, and policy experiments promising the destruction of entire segments of American society or business, such as the health care takeover.
But we shouldn't be popping champagne corks just yet. As I pointed out in my column here a few weeks back, Obama has amassed the most amazing political slush fund in history; a mountain of money with which to influence the upcoming 2010 elections. That slush fund is an estimated $600-billion of, incredibly, still unspent emergency stimulus funds plus $200-million repaid TARP funds, and it’s only growing.
Obama is still surrounded by, and committed to, advisors from the lunatic fringe of radically liberal politics. His illusory coalition of international support for his enthusiastically adopted Afghanistan war is rapidly collapsing. And the war is entirely absent of mission clarity or exit strategy. We pour in money and ship home body bags. We remain mired in two wars, and Obama remains unfocused on managing them. Instead, he's busying himself with the most ambitious agenda any president has ever advanced all at once, plus micro activities like speeches to the country's school-children and town halls hither and yon, and more TV pitching than the late Billy Mays at his peak.
Much about him is painfully obvious. One need listen to Obama only briefly to recognize his arrogance is undiminished, his determination to be dictator to rather than servant of the American public unchecked, his disdain for Congress and Constitution clear. He has learned nothing from the rise of opposition to his threatened "fundamental transformation of America." Demands for the transparency he promised and objections to his turning government over to radical leftists more in sympathy with Castro and Chavez than us are something to be beaten back and tamped down, ignored.