I agree entirely with Jennifer Rubin’s assessment of Obama’s defense of the Ground Zero Mosque, an excerpt of which I posted directly below. That Obama finally took a stand on the issue but did it on a Friday night after the evening news cycle indicates that he knew how unpopular his position would be. (Though, even if he took weeks to finally speak out on the issue, did any of us at this point not know what his position was? Of course he supports it. As I’ve said before, Obama is a died-in-the-wool leftist – he can do no other.) He knew many of us would see his stance as an abomination; how are we to interpret that?
Ed Driscoll calls the Ground Zero stance an unforced error but I’m not so sure. I think it goes hand in hand with some of the other decisions this administration has made lately. The multiple and lavish vacations the first couple have taken, alone and together, during a period of recession and high unemployment have been harshly criticized. So what did they do about it this week? Announce they are taking another vacation. It’s an indication of how little the Obamas care about ordinary Americans and their troubles, much less their opinions. Yes, in normal political terms Obama’s stance on the mosque and the multiple vacations could be seen as unforced errors, unnecessarily upsetting popular opinion. But Obama is no ordinary politician. He played the Washington game, or tried, for awhile but he knows now the jig is up and he doesn’t give a damn how people view him. He’s clearly decided he’s one-termer, if necessary. Yes, he may possibly be reelected but he will never again be able to force through the type of leftist legislation he favors, given the coming Republican gains in the midterms. From next January on, it’s all Clintonian triangulation, the normal Washington wheeling-and-dealing, the normal milquetoast compromises. And he’s not interested. He wants transformative legislation, which he’s always made clear, and his last chance for that is during the lame-duck session after the midterms, when he will try to ram through, with the help of bitter newly-defeated leftists, a cap-and-trade energy bill and perhaps some sort of amnesty. Pat Cadell, an old-time Democrat who used to work for Jimmy Carter, said last week during a Fox News interview that the American people are, understandably, in a “pre-revolutionary” mood. A lame duck push for more unpopular legislation might get rid of the “pre-”. People have had it. But Obama doesn’t care. He’s out to remake the country. That’s why we’re seeing these so-called “unforced errors.” They are nothing of the sort. What we’re seeing is the real man, through and through, who thinks he has nothing left to lose and is about to roll the dice hoping for one last big score.