Yin and Yang
Posted by aogSaturday, 09 May 2009 at 12:03 TrackBack Ping URL

Jonah Goldberg writes that President Obama’s arrogance will be his undoing, a “pride before the fall” kind of thing. Certainly that’s going to be a factor — Obama just doesn’t seem to understand the concept that people can honestly and publically disagree with him. After all, everyone who has done that in the past has been ignominously crushed by Obama’s partisans.

But I also agree with Indianna Governor Mitch Daniels (via Brothers Judd) that it is a strategic mistake to depend on your opponent failing. Clearly one should account for that, and use it, but it is not of itself sufficient. But for various reasons, the GOP has over the last decade or so lost what little will it once had to embrace its party’s putative principles. If the approach to the elections in 2010 is just “Obama is a putz!” then I don’t see much of a comeback in store for the GOP.

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Tom C Saturday, 09 May 2009 at 18:20

Idiot politicians can only wait for their opponent’s failure. Why develop an agenda for restoring the country if it may minimize your own power and influence when you win? The system is broken. The system, since the living constitutionalists have taken over, is purely dependent on the whims of politicians and bureaucrats. The people have become an abstraction, only the state is real. Obama, hopefully, is the high water mark for statist stupidity.

MAS1916 Wednesday, 13 May 2009 at 11:29

Obama will produce plenty of failure and will ride himself right out of office in 2012.

Obama’s economic policies are essentially the same as those of Jimmy Carter - who in a couple years produced double digit unemployment, inflation and interest rates. Obama though, is Carter on Steroids and should produce these results at least by election time 2010.

If we want to know what Obama policies will do to the country, we only have to look at the Carter legacy.

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Annoying Old Guy Thursday, 14 May 2009 at 07:56

Perhaps. Or he could end up like FDR, being thanked by the people he failed. The difference being, FDR was smart enough to bribe people with their own money, whereas Carter was a bit more honest about declinism.

cjm Thursday, 14 May 2009 at 15:44

i don’t think obama will be around even for the end of his first term, much less a second, third, or fourth term. he is too dangerous even for the russians and chinese to try and exploit. most likely he will exit the world stage in the same fashion as Harari did in Lebanon. what an astoundingly unfit individual.

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