Humpty Dumpty Democrats

Democrats were decimated in the recent midterms, and President Obama responds as though, despite what you may have seen in the news, it didn’t really happen. Denying their undeniable connections to Jonathan Gruber, and to the stale lies that barely hoisted ObamaCare over the legislative finish line, Mr. Obama and his media allies bat not an eye, as they move toward their next miscalculation. On deck is the president’s new immigration policy. The details of what he proposes this week will be overshadowed by his unconstitutional hubris in defying, via executive order, the very immigration laws he has sworn to faithfully execute … So help me, God … as he put it when taking his oath of office.

Mr. Obama is about to poison his relationship with the new Republican congress before it is even sworn in. That’s how gracious the man is. Beyond that, he will poison his relationship with voters, and not just the voters who gave him the back of their hand two weeks ago. He risks alienating many of those who’ve consistently given him their support (approval of his immigration overreach recently polled at only 38%). Such voters are, for Mr. Obama, a spent resource. They cannot vote for him again, and so with a mere stroke of the executive pen, it’s as though they never existed.

Showing consistent, unabashed disregard for America’s voters and for America’s constitution, Mr. Obama is poised to shove his party’s coalition of ethnic minorities and white working and middle class voters off the wall on which that coalition has balanced for so long – it’s going to land hard, crack at the seams and eventually come apart. Mr. Obama won’t be a candidate again, but others from his party will. Can they hope to put their king’s broken pieces together again?

President Obama’s Troubling Calculation

President Obama doesn’t appear to believe he actually lost in the election two weeks ago.

His name may not have been on the ballot, but as Mr. Obama himself proclaimed in the run-up to election day, his policies were. This election was a referendum on those policies and on his style of governing. And Republicans won big, huge in fact, in races large and small, all across the country.

Mr. Obama, however, sees his power as something apart from what the electorate may say with their votes. Those voters who gave Democrats such a drubbing two weeks ago are not as significant to our president as those who chose not to vote at all this time around. And for Mr. Obama, politics comes down to messaging, to propaganda, in which he places great faith and value. For him politics is a zero sum game, fueled less by the exercise of democracy and the wisdom of compromise than by the exercise of raw power and the pursuit of naked ambition.

That’s why, within days of Democrats’ historic election losses, Mr. Obama prepares to bypass Congress and create new immigration law by executive fiat – an audacious, unconstitutional over-reach the likes of which no modern president has had the gumption to consider, much less attempt. So long as Republicans lack the strategy or gumption to temper him, and his backers in the liberal media can adequately misdirect the clueless and uninformed who constitute his dwindling base of support, Mr. Obama will move forward with his gambit, figuring he has not only survived, but won the day.

Such a sad and troubling calculation for a President of the United States to make. With the presidency of Barack Obama, such has come to be expected.

Obama & Gruber: Lie First, Avoid Questions Later

It is undeniable that the promoters of ObamaCare cynically and repeatedly lied in order to get their health care law passed, and that they counted on American voters being too stupid to recognize the deception. This was openly acknowledged by one of the architects of ObamaCare, Jonathan Gruber, whose comments to that effect have recently come to light.

Some in the liberal media (a.k.a. the ‘mainstream media’) are acknowledging the Obama administration’s steady stream of deception. Ron Fournier, for example, has penned a piece stating that ObamaCare is built on a “foundation of lies.” Such skepticism has been the exception to the liberal media rule, however, as this latest ObamaCare bombshell has gone largely unnoticed by the loudest liberal voices in American journalism.

Mr. Obama counts on the free pass he gets from his media allies. Without them running interference for him, the president and his operatives might actually be held to account, and actually be confronted over this massive fraud they’ve committed on the American public. Instead, they’ve avoided the tough, relentless questioning that significant scandals mandate — sadly reminiscent of the Benghazi, Fast and Furious, IRS and VA scandals, to name just a few. One wonders how long such avoidance will be allowed to continue.

What Is To Be Learned … Or Not … From 2014 Midterms

I watched the election returns last night, at a dining establishment in Santa Monica, California, and I sensed early on it was a good night to be Republican. At one point, a man sat down next to me at the restaurant’s bar, and before ordering anything, he glanced up to see Fox News’ coverage of Election Day 2014’s life-affirming results. The man seemed a bit taken aback, and said to the bartender, “Oh, is this election day?” To which the bartender, somewhat dumbfounded himself, replied, “I think it’s the state elections.”

Earlier today, President Obama held his first post-election press conference. When asked to characterize yesterday’s results, the President conceded merely that, “The Republicans had a good night.” Indeed, Republicans had more than that. It was a resounding Republican triumph, and as deep and convincing a defeat for Democrats as the “shellacking” (the president’s word choice) they suffered in 2010. Mr. Obama attributed those 2010 losses to a poor job of “messaging” by himself and his party. However, in this sixth year of the Obama presidency, voters left little guesswork in their wake, as they thoroughly repudiated Mr. Obama and his party’s now well-established, statist vision of America.

In the process, Republicans took control of the U.S. Senate, gaining 7 seats for a majority of 52 seats, and likely more once the dust settles in Alaska, Louisiana and Virginia. Republicans also added at least another 12 seats to their majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, while they further expanded their share of Governorships among states in all regions of the country. This doesn’t even scratch the surface of down-ballot victories in state legislatures and local races.

At first blush, Mr. Obama’s concession that Republicans merely had “a good night” might seem politically tone-deaf. Considering, however, that the president’s target audience consists of voters who are themselves politically tone-deaf and relatively uninformed, like my two friends at the bar last night, Mr. Obama’s comment begins to make a degree of sense.

One imagines the president will allow himself to learn little from his party’s defeat yesterday, that he will continue his appeals to the clueless and uninformed, and that he will remain dismissive and obstinate toward those who don’t give him his way. And so, one anticipates the remainder of Mr. Obama’s presidency will be a rancorous, divisive and perhaps dispiriting affair. As President George W. Bush once famously said … “Bring it on.”