The outrage in this Nixonian strategy is that it is exactly what the president promised to end. That point cannot be overemphasized. Mr. Obama vowed to get past red states and blue states to rebuild the United States. The hypocrisy is stunning.
It is inconceivable President Obama is so clueless and negligent that his top advisors could plan this outrageous campaign without his knowledge. We have seen before. In Chicago, he worked with Jeremiah Wright, convicted felon money-man Tony Rezko and unrepentant terrorist William Ayers. Mr. Obama said he hardly knew them. Now his top White House advisors are executing a hyper-partisan strategy while Mr. Obama talks unity. Perhaps next he will say he hardly knows his chief of staff and campaign manager.
The president gives flowery, Kumbayah speeches about post-partisan politics, changing the way Washington works, and reaching out to Republicans. At the very same time, he’s tasking his bare-knuckled hit-men with secretly finding a private-sector person to falsely label as the leader of the Republican Party, and then use the stature of the White House as a platform to smear that person and the GOP.
This outrageous smear campaign is beneath the dignity of any president. It demeans the White House to orchestrate such a dishonest campaign. And sadly, President Obama has destroyed whatever chance he had of building bridges with the GOP. He has engaged in the worst form of Chicago-style politics. By acting like a cheap political hack, he makes it clear that Republicans have no choice but to vigorously oppose his hyper-partisan, ultra-liberal agenda.
The imperial presidency of Richard Nixon has returned.