by Chet Hardin
All of the most important people in Washington, D.C. called Politico over the weekend to brag that Barack Obama is certainly now a one-term president because he didn’t shake their hands all the time, and acted all uppity and like he had more important things to do, like pass health care reform and curtail a depression.
President Barack Obama has performed his act of contrition. Now comes the hard part, according to Democrats around the country: reckoning with the simple fact that he’s isolated himself from virtually every group that matters in American politics.
Congressional Democrats consider him distant and blame him for their historic defeat on Tuesday. Democratic state party leaders scoff at what they see as an inattentive and hapless political operation. Democratic lobbyists feel maligned by his holier-than-thou take on their profession. His own Cabinet — with only a few exceptions — has been marginalized.
This is world-class journalism, folks: Take the faceless “Democratic lobbyists” and turn them into the sympathetic victims of this “holier-than-thou” Obama, who haplessly — and with spite — actually just lived up to the anti-special-interests rhetoric that every politician vomits on the campaign trail.
His relations with business leaders could hardly be worse. Obama has suggested it’s a PR problem, but several Democratic officials said CEOs friendly with the president walk away feeling he’s indifferent at best to their concerns. Add in his icy relations with Republicans, the media and, most important, most voters, and it’s easy to understand why his own staff leaked word to POLITICO that it wants Obama to shake up his staff and change his political approach.
Yes, most voters don’t approve of Obama because of the “icy relations” he has with all of them. It has nothing to do with the screaming, stupid propaganda campaign that has dominated most all of the media for months and months … that real 'Mericans are tired of how he spends all our money, and that he has failed in every possible way excepting in the selling of our children into communist slavery to China.
But, easily, his most important violation of sacrosanct Washington behavior has been his refusal (at least publicly) to humble himself before his betters on Wall Street.
And business leaders, even the few who continue to be Obama-friendly, say they are convinced he is hostile to free markets and the private sector. Some of these executives have balance sheets flush with cash but are reluctant to add jobs or expand in part because they don't trust Obama’s instincts for growth.
“He used anti-corporate, confrontational rhetoric too for legislative gain and kept doing it after folks found it gratuitous,” a top executive said. “During health reform, it was the bad, evil hospitals. . . Same with financial regulation: It was fat cats, greed, corruption.”
Other executives complained that Obama did not do enough outreach, even after the friction became clear. And executives who did get an audience complain that he is too often behind a podium, not doing the off-the-record question-and-answer sessions that would make them feel more involved and maybe promote understanding between the two sides.
What’s the moral of this story? As long as Obama is in office, we will be poor and miserable, because the wealthy are (rightfully) petrified by Obama’s Kenyan anti-colonialist “instincts” and are hiding all of their money in off-shore tax shelters instead of hiring people.
Obviously, Obama must be impeached.
Oh! And here is Glenn Greenwald predicting typical awfulness in a piece yesterday:
Who, to Politico, are the only groups that matter in American politics? "Congressional Democrats. . . Democratic state party leaders . . . . Democratic lobbyists . . . business leaders . . . Republicans." And of what does this "reporting" consist? A bunch of petulant, cowardly royal court functionaries — hiding as always behind "journalistic" anonymity — whining in Politico about a series of petty ceremonial slights.
That's what makes this article such a perfect exhibit of our self-absorbed political culture, and this article will undoubtedly shape much cable news chatter for today at least.