In Europe, they're already writing the Moonbat Messiah's political epitaph:
The descent of Barack Obama's regime, characterised now by factionalism in the Democratic Party and talk of his being set to emulate Jimmy Carter as a one-term president, has been swift and precipitate. It was just 16 months ago that weeping men and women celebrated his victory over John McCain in the American presidential election. If they weep now, a year and six weeks into his rule, it is for different reasons. …15 million Americans, or 9.7 per cent of the workforce, have no job. Many millions more are reduced to working part-time. Whole areas of the country, notably in the north and on the eastern seaboard, are industrial wastelands [and likely to get worse]. The once mighty motor city of Detroit appears slowly to be being abandoned, becoming a Jurassic Park of the mid-20th century; unemployment among black people in Mr Obama's own city of Chicago is estimated at between 20 and 25 per cent. One senior black politician — a Democrat and a supporter of the President — told me of the wrath in his community that a black president appeared to be unable to solve the economic problem among his own people. Cities in the east such as Newark and Baltimore now have drug-dealing as their principal commercial activity.
That's probably because drug dealing is about the only commercial activity that hasn't been paralyzed by overtaxation and hyper-regulation inflicted by the monstrously bloated government personified by Chairman Zero, whose irresponsibility with our money has been obscene.
The $783 billion stimulus package of a year ago was used to further the re-election prospects of many congressmen, not to do good for the country. … Even this self-interested use of the stimulus package appears to have failed, however.
At least people are getting mad enough not to take it any more.
This massive state spending gives rise to accusations by Republicans, and people too angry even to be Republicans, that America is now controlled by "Leftists" and being turned into a socialist state.
Attempts are made to blame anyone but Obama himself. Fox News is a favorite scapegoat:
"Obama's big problem," a senior Democrat told me, "is that four times as many people watch Fox News as watch CNN." The Fox network is a remarkable cultural phenomenon which almost shocks those of us from a country where a technical rule of impartiality is applied in the broadcast media [i.e., European media is socialist in both its financing and its outlook]. With little rest, it pours out rage 24 hours a day: its message is of the construction of the socialist state, the hijacking of America by "progressives" who now dominate institutions, the indoctrination of children, the undermining of religion and the expropriation of public money for these nefarious projects. The public loves it, and it is manifestly stirring up political activism against Mr Obama, and also against those in the Republican Party who are not deemed conservatives.
Way to go, FNC! But they can't hang this whole collapsing farce around Roger Ailes's neck. Another favorite scapegoat is Rahm "Dead Fish" Emanuel.
Mr Obama benefited in his campaign from an idiotic level of idolatry, in which most of the media participated with an astonishing suspension of cynicism. The sound of the squealing of brakes is now audible all over the American press; but the attack is being directed not at the leader himself, but at those around him. There was much unconditional love a year or so ago of Rahm Emanuel, Mr Obama's Chief of Staff; oleaginous profiles of this Chicago political hack, a veteran of that unlovely team that polluted the Clinton White House, appeared in otherwise respectable journals, praising the combination of his religious devotion, his family-man image, his ruthless operating technique and his command of the vocabulary of profanity. Now, supporters of the President are blaming Mr Emanuel for the failure of the Obama project, not least for his inability to construct a deal on health care.
Others instrumental in packaging The Anointed One, David Axelrod and Valerie Jarrett, are also starting to feel the heat. But sooner or later, the buck has to stop at the president's desk, no matter how trendily historic his ethnicity. Clinton survived costing his party control of Congress. But Comrade Obama might not be so lucky.
His lack of experience, his dependence on rhetoric rather than action, his disconnection from the lives of many millions of Americans all handicap him heavily.
The lesson drawn from across the pond:
Vacuous promises of change are hostages to fortune if they cannot be delivered upon to improve the living conditions of a people. The slickness of campaigning that comes from a combination of heavy funding and public relations expertise does not inevitably translate into an ability to govern.
To anyone who drank the Kool-Aid and voted for this washout, I hate to say I told you so, but…
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