One of my favorite quotes about politics comes from Henry Kissinger in his book Years of Upheaval, his memoir of the Ford presidency: “A statesman’s duty is to bridge the gap between his vision and his nation’s experience. If his vision gets too far out ahead of his nation’s experience, he will lose his mandate. But if he hews too close to the conventional, he will lose control over events.”
Now, at once, we see both happening to President Barack Obama.
So, as Morris puts it, Obama got too far out ahead of America with health care “reform”, then turned around and went dormant on pretty much everything else. (Do go read the whole piece.)
He has burned the right with his statist agenda, burned the left with his passive, status quo policies and really, really burned the middle as they realized that this guy is not only clueless, but is dangerous to America. He’s managed to light the candle at both ends and the middle all at the same time.
Jimmy Carter seriously damaged the Democrat brand with his utterly miserable presidency. Clinton came close to destroying the party, but was able to pivot, move to the center and survive, saving a fair number of his party to fight another day. Obama is as poor or poorer at the job as Carter, but far less politically adroit and capable as Clinton (and Obama is advised by the utterly clueless, to boot). He has a real chance of smashing the Democrat brand into utter ruin.
Run away from this man, Democrats. It is your only hope. Obama has the leaden touch. Everything he touches turns to lead, for his agenda and his party. His machinations cannot save you, he has pissed off too many voters, left, right and center. He is your worst nightmare if you do not row away from his sinking ship as rapidly as possible.