Sunday, November 17, 2013

President Obama fading faster than the 'Disco Duck'

(My new American Thinker post)

Back in our younger days, there was a dancing craze called disco.  It got so crazy that even Frankie Avalon's "Venus" and the "I love Lucy" theme were released in disco versions.  To be honest, Desi's Babalu would have been a better choice.

Well, the songs came and went and nobody remembered disco by 1980.  In fact, they even had a promotion the summer of '79 at the old Comiskey Park in Chicago burning disco LPs and 45s. I was in Chicago that day, got tickets to see the second game of the Tigers-White Sox doubleheader but was not allowed to go in.  The police met us outside and told us to take the take the train back to the hotel.  I did see the mess on Chicago TV an hour later.

"Disco Duck" was one of the biggest hits of the disco era. It was #1 on Billboard about this time in 1976.   I think that we can safely say that there were millions "disco ducking" the week before Gov Carter beat Pres Ford in 1976.  Go figure that one out!

"Disco duck" and the other disco fads faded very quickly.  Wonder if there is a soul out there today who would admit that he or she bought a copy of "Disco Duck"?  I bought one but don't ask me to find or explain it.

What does this have to do with President Obama?  The answer is that Obama was a fad, a craze, a mania that has run its course.

Well, look at the numbers. It looks like the show is finally over and voters are starting to turn on President Obama. The RCP average has President Obama "upside down", or more people disapprove than approve.  You can pick a number between 39 and 46% and that's where you will find President Obama these days!

What's happened?   Professor Foujad Ajami put it all in perspective this week with "When the Obama magic died":
"The current troubles of the Obama presidency can be read back into its beginnings.
Rule by personal charisma has met its proper fate.
The spell has been broken, and the magician stands exposed.
We need no pollsters to tell us of the loss of faith in Mr. Obama's policies-and, more significantly, in the man himself.
Charisma is like that. Crowds come together and they project their needs onto an imagined redeemer.
The redeemer leaves the crowd to its imagination: For as long as the charismatic moment lasts-a year, an era-the redeemer is above and beyond judgment.
He glides through crises, he knits together groups of varied, often clashing, interests.
'Always there is that magical moment, and its beauty, as a reference point."
I remind you that the same Mr Ajami saw this coming back in 2008 when he wrote "Obama and the politics of crowds":
"There is something odd -- and dare I say novel -- in American politics about the crowds that have been greeting Barack Obama on his campaign trail. Hitherto, crowds have not been a prominent feature of American politics.
We associate them with the temper of Third World societies.
We think of places like Argentina and Egypt and Iran, of multitudes brought together by their zeal for a Peron or a Nasser or a Khomeini. In these kinds of societies, the crowd comes forth to affirm its faith in a redeemer: a man who would set the world right."
Mr Ajami saw in 2008 what my mother saw the same year. 

I recall asking my mom about candidate Obama after he delivered that speech celebrating the Iowa caucus victory.  My mom said something rather profound.  Let me paraphrase what she said:  "The speech, the fanatic crowds, it worries me, he doesn't say anything and the people cheer madly, your father and I saw that movie before and you know what happened"!

Don't get me wrong.  President Obama will be around for another 3 years but the thrill is gone, as BB King would say. Don't be surprised to hear that Mr Obama is desperately counting down the numbers of days left on his term.  It won't be any fun or productive.  The fairy tale is over and it will be nothing but harsh reality from now until he takes that plane back to Chicago in 2017. 

It won't be any fun for him or those who voted for President Obama!  

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Babalu: ObamaCare vs Katrina: The NY Times “sigue comiendo de lo que pica el pollo”

(My new Babalu post)

The Obama Care roll out is so bad that there is panic on the Democrat side of the aisle.
Over at the US Senate, "red state Democrats" are desperately trying to explain their vote for ObamaCare to very angry constituents in places like Arkansas, Louisiana, North Carolina, and others.   
Political reality aside, The NY Times has the latest and silliest explanation. They are comparing Katrina to ObamaCare:
"The disastrous rollout of his health care law not only threatens the rest of his agenda but also raises questions about his competence in the same way that the Bush administration’s botched response to Hurricane Katrina undermined any semblance of Republican efficiency.
But unlike Mr. Bush, who faced confrontational but occasionally cooperative Democrats, Mr. Obama is battling a Republican opposition that has refused to open the door to any legislative fixes to the health care law and has blocked him at virtually every turn. "
What are they smoking over at The NY Times?  Cooperative Democrats?  
I am happy that Professor Althouse has fired an excellent response. This is so good that I want you to share it with your friends::
"1. Bush's political party didn't design and enact Hurricane Katrina.
2. Bush didn't have 5 years to craft his response to the hurricane.
3. Bush didn't have the power to redesign the hurricane as he designed his response to it.
4. The Republican Bush believed he could not simply bully past the Democratic Mayor of New Orleans and the Democratic Governor of Louisiana and impose a federal solution, but the Democrat Obama and his party in Congress aggressively and voluntarily took over an area of policy that might have been left to the states.
5. The media were ready to slam Bush long and hard for everything — making big scandals out of things that, done by Obama, would have been forgotten a week later (what are the Valerie Plame-level screwups of Obama's?) — but the media have bent over backwards for years to help make Obama look good and to bury or never even uncover all of his lies and misdeeds.
6. If Bush experienced a disaster like the rollout of Obamacare, the NYT wouldn't use its front page to remind us of something Bill Clinton did that looked bad."
Last, but not least, let's not forget the total and incomplete incompetence of the mayor of New Orleans and the governor of Louisiana.   
Of course, we are really watching something more profound than a comparison between Katrina and ObamaCare.    The NY Times, and others in the left, are in a panic because the incompetent roll out has dealt liberalism a potentially fatal knockout, as Charles Krauthammer wrote yesterday:
"The damage to the Obama presidency, however, is already done. His approval rating has fallen to 39?percent, his lowest ever. And, for the first time, a majority considers him untrustworthy. That bond is not easily repaired.
At stake, however, is more than the fate of one presidency or of the current Democratic majority in the Senate. At stake is the new, more ambitious, social-democratic brand of American liberalism introduced by Obama, of which Obamacare is both symbol and concrete embodiment."
The NY Times is going to get more hysterical, specially as the collapse of ObamaCare becomes inevitable.

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