[Posted by Karl]
At National Review, Rich Lowry makes the point the establishment media seems bent on avoiding:
“[T]he stock market has lost roughly 25 percent of its value in the past two months, destroying more than $2.6 trillion of wealth. But at least President Obama is calm.
His Treasury secretary, Tim Geithner, has gone from being such an indispensable man that he could get away with cheating on his taxes to serving as the butt of Saturday Night Live skits in the space of six weeks. His vague and unconvincing bank-rescue plan tanked the market, while he hasn’t yet fully staffed the upper echelons of his department. The New York Times reports of him and his team, “Some worry that political and financial constraints have made them reluctant to grapple with the full magnitude of the crisis.” If Obama worries, he does it calmly.
Fred Barnes also notices, at least in passing:
He talks about “hard choices” but hasn’t made any… Despite glitches in picking his cabinet, his cool demeanor is unshaken. He governs campaign-style, largely with speeches and announcements. No wonder he enjoys being president. Accountability comes later.
But there’s a problem. Candidates don’t have to deal with reality. They talk about the wonderful things they can accomplish as if advocating them is the same as achieving them. They live in a world of political make-believe in which everything from reconciling conflicting interests to paying for costly programs is easy.
Generations of Americans are seeing their retirement savings vanish, while Pres. Obama dismisses it as a “tracking poll” — another campaign based metaphor. The ginned-up attacks on Rush Limabugh, Bobby Jindal, etc., have also been revealed as the Obama White House in perpetual campaign mode.
Barack Obama is not a Manchurian President; he is acting in accord with his lifetime of Leftist politics. He is pushing the New New Deal, while letting our financial and economic crises fester, much to the chagrin of Obama fans like Jim Cramer. (update: And Warren Buffett.)
The conventional wisdom may already be starting to turn against Pres. Obama. Someone ought to be asking what conservatives and Republicans have been doing. The Senate GOP has been complacent in approving a tax cheat to oversee the Treasury, while the David Frums spend more time attacking people necessary to a future majority than commenting on the trainwreck being engineered in Washington.
Internal debate among conservatives and Republicans is not only healthy, but necessary. Nevertheless, if Cramer can put aside his affinity for Obama’s agenda to attack his misplaced priorities, the Right ought to be able to muster the same sense of focus. If Nero is fiddling at the Barackopolis, the Right should be sounding the fire alarm, instead of dancing to his tune. Pres. Obama is very good at dismissing the obstacles to his ascent as “distractions.” The Right needs to get better at recognizing the distractions being placed in their path. Until they do, Obama will remain calm.