Byron York in, Liberals Buzz over brutal take down of Obama, shares with us the thoughts of uber liberal (and very disappointed) professor, Drew Westen:
Perhaps Obama "is simply not up to the task" of being president. Perhaps the Democrats who were so dazzled by his campaign speeches should have noticed "some disquieting aspects of his biography." Among those disquieting aspects: "that he had accomplished very little before he ran for president, having never run a business or a state; that he had a singularly unremarkable career as a law professor, publishing nothing in 12 years at the University of Chicago other than an autobiography; and that, before joining the United States Senate, he had voted ‘present’ (instead of ‘yea’ or ‘nay’) 130 times, sometimes dodging difficult issues."
This is posted in the Washington Examiner, where this psychology professors disagreements with Obama are not just grist for the right wing blogosphere. When you read it you get a frightening reminder of how the institutional elites on the left think.
But instead of keeping Republicans under his heel, Obama negotiated with them. The "truly decisive move" that showed Obama to be a failure, Westen writes, was the president’s decision to settle for an $800 billion economic stimulus bill that was far smaller than many liberals wanted. Accepting a "half stimulus" instead of pushing for an even larger FDR-like program was a dismaying sign of "the tic-like gestures of compromise that have become the hallmark of [Obama’s] presidency."
This is supposed to be a smart guy. Has he forgotten that during the stimulus debate Obama had a virtual mandate from his political capital and momentum alone and a legislature completely controlled by his party? The were no Republicans to keep on any length leash. And compromise? There was none. The democrats won. Obama Won. He said it himself. It was a party talking point. Yet this whit tower socialsit still insists the left (and Obama) failed to keep Republicans under heel and that this is a significant part of Obama’s failure? He is a failure–He really cannot lead. But Republicans have nothing to do with that. That would be the democrats who are to balme. Not that any of you would come out of the Kool Aid long enough to realize.
So we have here, exhibit ‘A.’ The Classic White Tower Liberal.
Professor Westen is so steeped his own party propaganda that he can’t see the recent past in its original context to properly frame his dissatisfaction. Even as he attacks Obama he is still in denial about the circumstances. For two years the only thing stopping Obama and the left from doing anything they wanted was the Democrat party.
While it is nice of him to take notice of Obama’s complete lack of a capacity to lead about three years too late, even now he is incapable of accepting responsibility. He is the democrat party–the finger pointing, blame-storming, we are so smart how can we be wrong, left wing elitists.
Professor Westen. The problem is not Obama, it is you and everything you believe to be true about the role of government. Only a small fringe believes what you do or ever could. And the rest of those who were fooled, just as you were, they are not as inclined to make the same mistakes again. Unfortunately for you, you live in the white tower and no one is coming to rescue you from your delusions.
So you probably do not see your own complicity in this. That you, along with the media, created this socialist superhero, ignoring all his shortcomings, his history, his complete lack of qualifications, in a mad dash to relive your white guilt, and elect a Black President. Is it a delusion that will completely unravel the democrat party? A delusions that, as Byron York points out, does not even include a challenger–a proper socialist leader to replacement this failed president.