The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler


Posted on | July 14, 2011 | 35 Comments

The Right Scoop got a Drudge hit on video of Sarah Palin’s Wednesday appearance on Sean Hannity’s show:

“I don’t trust this President. . . . He doesn’t know how to make those cuts. He’s never had to do this before. He’s always just been one to spend other people’s money even if that money is just borrowed money or printed out of thin air. He’s never had to exercise real executive authority like that.”

Exactly right! Go through Obama’s resume and try to find when he was ever in a position of executive authority, responsible for making tough decisions about budget matters, especially in a situation like this, where spending must be cut or else.

Say what you will about Sarah Palin, love her or hate her, she has put the hammer on the nail of the essential problem with Obama’s presidency: He won the Democratic nomination by out-flanking Hillary Clinton to the left on opposition to the Iraq War (which Hillary had voted for) and also on health-care, where he advocated a Canadian style single-payer system. The presidency he and his supporters originally had in mind was one in which America would have the political luxury of pursuing a pacifist foreign policy while expanding the liberal Welfare State domestically.

And then the economy tanked.

The final collapse of the housing bubble and the ensuing financial meltdown was obviously of immediate political benefit to Obama’s campaign, especially because of John McCain’s panic-stricken desperation freak-out on Sept. 24. (See: “How John McCain Lost,” The American Spectator, Oct. 7, 2008 — for which I took a lot of heat at the time.) But the same economic meltdown that ensured Obama’s election also ensured the failure of his presidency because, as I’ve often said, apparently they don’t teach economics at Harvard Law.

All Obama knew about economics, he shared in his famous encounter with Joe the Plumber: “Spread the wealth around.” Obama had lots of ideas for economic redistribution, but as far as how the wealth he wished to spread around was to be created . . .

Everything that has ensued — the rise of popular opposition, Democrats ramming ObamaCare through Congress, the failure of the stimulus to reduce unemployment, the 2010 GOP landslide — everything up to and including the current debt-ceiling kabuki dance was predictable at least as early as December 2008.

“I’m going to the American people with this!” — the narcissistic personality’s reflexive reaction to opposition was likewise predictable.

What was not predictable, and is not predictable yet, is whether Obama will get away with it. That is to say, we don’t yet know if the Democrat-Media Complex (to borrow Andrew Breitbart’s apt phrase) will enable Obama to score a political “win” despite his transparent economic failures.

The answer to that depends on the ability of Obama’s opponents to convince Americans to say to themselves what Sarah Palin said last night: I don’t trust this president.”

Meanwhile, the next time  the Democrat-Media Complex rush around claiming that Sarah Palin or Michele Bachmann or some other Republican has committed a “gaffe,” be prepared to remind them of Nancy Pelosi’s immortal words:

“I want to commend the president. I have never seen — Job is no place compared to this president in terms of patience.”

UPDATE: Linked by Mangy Redbone Hound — thanks!

UPDATE II: Linked by King Shamus — thanks!

UPDATE III: Linked by Sarah Palin Information and by Pat Austin at So It Goes in Shreveport — thanks!


35 Responses to “SARAH PALIN IS RIGHT!”

  1. Finrod Felagund
    July 14th, 2011 @ 4:18 pm

    And don’t forget that at this point in 1991 everyone thought Bush Sr. would be re-elected easily as well.  A lot can change, and the GOP has to be careful how it plays the game.  Flipping the Senate and the White House in November 2012 is the goal; there’s a limit on how much we’re going to be able to accomplish until then.

    After that, though, presuming we actually win, then it becomes our responsibility to make the new GOP President and congressional majorities fear us like they fear nothing else, so that they actually do the damn job they didn’t do before.