Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Barack Obama: The grain of sand in the conservative oyster

Obama blew into town on the diaphanous wings of a high-sounding but virtually meaningless slogan - hope and change - and proceeded instantly to heed the bugle that sounded a call to move sharply to the left. As it turns out, the bugle was sounding only in his own head - or, to be fair, only, in addition to his own, in the heads of those politicians and activists who parted company with reality years ago, determined to avoid any contact with it in the future save for the occasional savage recontre required by the tedious necessity of the democratic political process.

As practically any sane person could have pointed out, Obama's lurch to the left has prompted an equal and opposite reaction by voters moving to the right - and given the extent of the president's overreach, the rightward migration has been huge. Obama may yet prove to be the greatest catalyst for a revival of conservatism since Reagan - and how I will laugh if this does, in fact, happen.

A case in point is Ron Johnson, a Wisconsin businessman who had not seriously thought about running for office until the advent of Obamunism compelled this modern-day Cincinnatus to enter the fray. He is now ahead of 18-year veteran Democratic senator Russ Feingold in the polls and stands an excellent chance of ousting him. Politico opines:
Feingold needs Obama, even if he has appeared reluctant to share the stage with the president. Specifically, he needs Obama to recapture the imagination of young voters who put John Kerry in 2004 and Obama in 2008 over the top in the state with big turnouts in Dane County, and among other activists on Democratic turf.
If you're depending on that, Russ, then prepare to kiss your political career goodbye.

(H/T: NetRight Daily)


RebeccaH said...

And good riddance.

Steve Burri said...

Early on I thought Feingold was bullet proof here. Now it looks like his Kevlar was made in China by one of the contracts he drove out of the country.

Steve Skubinna said...

I remember when Clinton won office with less than 50%, the media went nuts celebrating his "mandate." Of course, Dubya never had a mandate because he seized power illegitimately, plus he was a total poopyhead.

Now along comes Obama, with 52%, plus it's racist to disagree with him, and look out! This is more than a mandate, it's a holy commandment to dismantle America.

Sorry so many political parasites were stupid enough to believe that. They could be forgiven, I suppose, what with the godlike aspect of Barack the First, Philosopher King. Don't look directly at him, peasants, lest his brilliance destroys your sight - on the other hand, what could be more sublime, having His divine image permanently burned into your retinas?

In the meantime, there are a few bitter clingers out there, unpersuaded. And what do they cling to? Nothing really, just a dream, and ideal. What America means, is all. Typical superstition from flyover country.

As for me, we had a war two and a quarter centuries ago about this very idea. No damn kings, no aristocracy, no pampered nobility, ever. We were very clear about that.

Paco said...

Steve: Apparently we weren't clear enough the first time.