Even Peggy Noonan has pulled off the last shred off The Emperor’s non-existent robes. Noonan is a Washington insider whose lyrical prose has made her a firmament in the DC constellation. Today she has abandoned her defense of the “long cool man in a black suit”.
Well, well, well… Welcome to the real world, Mizz Noonan. Welcome to what’s been OUR world for the past three years. Have a seat and make yourself comfortable while I share the more salient points of your op-ed from today’s Wall Street Journal editorial page. Oh and by the way — loved the “ferret with flop sweat” description of WH press sec’y Jay Carney. Like I said… “lyrical”. Heh…
UPDATE: Do visit Kim Priestap’s site for a well thought out piece on Noonan’s change of heart.
They’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling
It’s something I’ve never seen in national politics.
It is that nobody loves Obama. This is amazing because every president has people who love him, who feel deep personal affection or connection, who have a stubborn, even beautiful refusal to let what they know are just criticisms affect their feelings of regard.
As this is written the White House seems desperate to be seen as consequential. They’re trotting out Press Secretary Jay Carney, who stands there looking like a ferret with flop sweat as he insists President Obama is still at the table, still manning the phones and calling shots.
The past few weeks I’ve asked Democrats who supported him how they feel about him. I got back nothing that showed personal investment. Here are the words of a hard-line progressive and wise veteran of the political wars: “I never loved Barack Obama. That said, among my crowd who did ‘love’ him, I can’t think of anyone who still does.”
The fact is, he’s good at dismantling. He’s good at critiquing. He’s good at not being the last guy, the one you didn’t like. But he’s not good at building, creating, calling into being. He was good at summoning hope, but he’s not good at directing it and turning it into something concrete that answers a broad public desire.
And so his failures in the debt ceiling fight. He wasn’t serious, he was only shrewd—and shrewdness wasn’t enough.
So he is losing a battle in which he had superior forces—the presidency, the U.S. senate. In the process he revealed that his foes have given him too much mystique. He is not a devil, an alien, a socialist. He is a loser. And this is America, where nobody loves a loser.