This may be doubly good for Obama, but it's doubly bad for America. For if such sophistry abets his re-election, we will have lost any real chance to save the nation from financial bankruptcy, and he will have a mandate to make matters even worse -- on a wide range of fronts.
What would Obama do in a second term? He told his fawning benefactors that he considers his achievements to be overhauling health care, ending the war in Iraq and fighting al-Qaida but that he needs another term to fully address the economy, the environment and other issues.
So he considers imposing cost-prohibitive, freedom-suppressing and quality-destroying nationalized health care against the people's will his major achievement? His awkward withdrawal from Iraq and increasingly deteriorating relations there a close second? And "fighting al-Qaida" with most of the tools, save enhanced interrogation techniques, he slandered President George W. Bush for using?
But now he wants more time to "address the economy" and "the environment" -- as if his approaches to those aren't mutually exclusive and as if he has earned any good will or credibility on either.
As for the economy, the only thing Obama knows are the failed practices of spending yet more borrowed money, establishing incestuous government-business partnerships and raising taxes, all of which would accelerate our appointment with financial Armageddon. He insists on more Solyndras, just as the world is beginning to wise up to the horrors attendant to worshipping false green gods. (Europe is starting to bail on Kyoto.) He will not allow the private sector and the producers likeliest to resurrect it the freedom to breathe. If the economy were to rebound on his watch -- first or second term -- it would be despite his agenda.
Amazingly, Obama told his contributors that he tries not to pat himself "too much on the back" but that his "administration has done more for the security of ... Israel than any previous administration."
This is outright surreal, and so would be his second term.