Thursday, August 27, 2009

Psyching Up The Hopey Changers For Failure

But failure is success!

From "If Obama Fails, It's Not His Fault" at Right Klik:

It looks like the Demokrat MSM are preparing for what might be the inevitable failure of their Messiah's health care plan. Some amazing damage control memes are beginning to emerge:

1. Failure is good!


2. Obama's failure is really a failure of the national press corps, the left wing and the Demokratic party.


3. Obama is bogged down because he has been working so hard to accommodate Republicans.


4. Obama is failing because he's too nice.
To support those four points, Right Klik cites various sources. For example, Slate states as follows with regard to Point One above:
It's easy to forget that, even if Obama's health care effort is bogging down, the effort itself still serves his presidency as a crucial time-waster, tying up Congress and giving him a reason to postpone (or the public a reason to ignore) those other divisive, presidency-killers. If he keeps failing to pass health care until spring, that might not be such a bad outcome. In fact, even quick passage was maybe never in his interest. There are things more unpopular than struggling...
On August 25, 2009, the Washington Post ran this lead editorial, which basically advocates dumping ObamaKare:
NO ONE LIKES to be the bearer of bad news -- especially when it could threaten your multibillion-dollar health-care reform bill. And so the Obama administration did not exactly rush to publish yesterday's required mid-session update to its federal budget estimates of last February. Still, once the numbers finally emerged in the dog days of August, they retained the power to stun: Instead of a cumulative $7.1 trillion deficit over the next decade, the White House now projects a $9 trillion deficit. These figures imply average annual budget deficits greater than 4 percent of gross domestic product through fiscal 2019, a rate of debt accumulation faster than projected GDP growth. This is not a sustainable fiscal path.


[T]he Bush administration's irresponsibility notwithstanding, it is time to stop crying "we inherited it." The Obama administration needs its own clear, credible plan for restoring fiscal sustainability once the worst of the recession has run its course.


The new deficit numbers make it even more urgent that any health-care reform not only be fully paid for and certifiably budget-neutral in the eyes of independent analysts such as the CBO but also promise meaningful reductions in the cost growth of health care. So far, none of the plans under discussion measure up....
Another Washington Post commentary, this one by Richard Cohen, also indicates a failed Obama administration:
...More and more Obama is being likened to Lyndon Johnson, with Afghanistan becoming his Vietnam. Maybe. But the better analogy is to Jimmy Carter, particularly the president analyzed by James Fallows in a 1979 Atlantic magazine article, "The Passionless Presidency." "The central idea of the Carter administration is Jimmy Carter himself," Fallows wrote. And what is the central idea of the Obama presidency? It is change. And what is that? It is Obama himself.

...[H]e seems lost. The country needs health-care reform and success in Afghanistan, and both efforts are going in the wrong direction....


This is because of an insufficiency I have noted previously -- his distinct coolness, an above-the-fray mien that does not communicate empathy.
Thus, we see that even some BHO supporters realize that this administration is a failure. Consequently, that failure must be (1) success and (2) not BHO's fault. Don't you just love the logic?

In my view, the reality of BHO's failure will not set in for a long time yet. And watch for the Orwellian spin! Giving up on the Obama Church will be difficult for the members thereof.

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posted by Always On Watch @ 8/27/2009 10:30:00 AM