The collapse of the Obama mystique is prompting ”progressives” to sort themselves into two different camps. The first camp, the Ellie Light incrementalists remain steadfastly behind The One, believing that Obama was thrust into an impossible situation and has been getting a raw deal not just from Reich Wing America, but from the media, progressive poseurs, etc. The second camp, which consists mostly of the pseudo-revolutionary activists, is now throwing Obama under his own bus. The social justice warriors of the second camp have been biting their tongues ever since Obama came into office with Geithner, Summers, Stimulus, and TARP II and they have grown more restless in recent months. They are seething over Guantanomo, the spurning of single payer health care, and other crimes against humanity.
Demoralized by the Massachusetts debacle, some members of the second camp are now angrily, openly declaring that Obama is a failure (contributing to Democratic failure is perhaps the most unforgiveable crime of all). A political science professor at Hofstra University, David Michael Green wrote a scathing, stream-of-consciousness harangue against Obama entitled, ”How to Squander the Presidency in One Year.”
Barack Obama has now, in just a year’s time, become the single most inept president perhaps in all of American history, and certainly in my lifetime. Never has so much political advantage been pissed away so rapidly, and what’s more in the context of so much national urgency and crisis. It’s astonishing, really, to contemplate how much has been lost in a single year.
Several of Professor Green’s criticisms of Obama are well placed: the president’s weak leadership skills; his oversized campaign promises, followed up by meager results; his inability to connect to mass audiences on major policy initiatives; Obama’s over/misuse of the bully pulpit, which turned ”being everywhere into being nowhere,” causing bored viewers to tune out his “ubiquitous self.” As the piece goes on, Professor Green’s tone gets more bitter and sarcastic: ....