At this point, Obama has a longer presidential track record of failure than he does as a pseudo messiah. It's obvious that his speeches have been yielding diminishing returns for more than a year, but we received indisputable proof of it Nov. 2. Obama has no juice left. But he still doesn't get it.
Just as he claimed he hadn't spoken enough to the American people in his first 54 speeches on Obamacare and again after his January shellacking with the Massachusetts U.S. Senate election, he is saying it again, after last week's shellacking. The overwhelming evidence of his policy failures is completely lost on him. He alternately insists the people are either a) too irrational to process his wisdom or b) too impatient to wait for better results.
He just repeated his claim that the midterm elections were "a referendum on the economy" rather than on him, his policies or the Democratic Party. The New York Times' Peter Baker said, "He did not accept the suggestion that he pursued the wrong agenda over the last two years, and he focused blame on his failure to build public support for what he was doing or to change the way Washington works." Just as delusionally, he blames the unpopularity of Obamacare on his not getting "the kid of cooperation from Republicans that (he) had hoped for."
Lesson for Obama's handlers: This is one of the hazards of building a messianic image around someone who's not even particularly skillful, much less not extraordinarily so. After the facade wears off, you're left with a staggeringly empty suit. Obama does not have the political skills Bill Clinton had to schmooze and feign moving right. He doesn't have the humility to reconsider his agenda.
Even if he were willing to moderate his positions, he doesn't have the competence, the leadership or the executive experience to dig himself out of the hole he's thrown himself into.
As long as Republicans stand strong for conservative principles -- and that's a very big if -- Obama's toast in 2012.
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