I stopped reading Peggy Noonan's columns a few years back when she became enthralled by Obama in 2008. But credit to her, she figured out fairly quickly that the promise of an Obama presidency was a mirage. Now, in the last months before the election the mirage has completely evaporated and Peggy, like so many others who have awoken from the spell, now sees what the rest of us knew from the beginning.
In the windup for her latest column she describes how Obama bragged on the stump recently that he was actually a low spender, citing a flawed commentary that was easily debunked. Peggy describes that the problem with Obama is he actually believed the story was true. Noonan writes "That's more alarming, isn't it, the idea that he knows so little about the effects of his own economic program that he thinks he really is a low spender."
Here's the conclusion of her column:
Any president will, in a presidential election year, be political. But there is a startling sense with Mr. Obama that that's all he is now, that he and his people are all politics, all the time, undeviatingly, on every issue. He isn't even trying to lead, he's just trying to win.Worse still for Democrats is the gnawing realization that Obama may be headed for a huge loss in November. Mark Halperin writes about it in Time Magazine but what is more revealing are the the number of elected officials, like Bill Clinton, who are coming out and either criticizing the Obama Administration or undercutting their lines of attack on Romney.
Most ominously, there are the national-security leaks that are becoming a national scandal—the "avalanche of leaks," according to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, that are somehow and for some reason coming out of the administration. A terrorist "kill list," reports of U.S. spies infiltrating Al Qaeda in Yemen, stories about Osama bin Laden's DNA and how America got it, and U.S. involvement in the Stuxnet computer virus, used against Iranian nuclear facilities. These leaks, say the California Democrat, put "American lives in jeopardy," put "our nation's security in jeopardy."
This isn't the usual—this is something different. A special counsel may be appointed.
And where is the president in all this? On his way to Anna Wintour's house. He's busy. He's running for president.
But why? He could be president now if he wanted to be.
It just all increasingly looks like a house of cards. Bill Clinton—that ol' hound dog, that gifted pol who truly loves politics, who always loved figuring out exactly where the people were and then going to exactly that spot and claiming it—Bill Clinton is showing all the signs of someone who is, let us say, essentially unimpressed by the incumbent. He defended Mitt Romney as a businessman—"a sterling record"—said he doesn't like personal attacks in politics, then fulsomely supported the president, and then said that the Bush tax cuts should be extended.
His friends say he can't help himself, that he's getting old and a little more compulsively loquacious. Maybe. But maybe Bubba's looking at the president and seeing what far more than half of Washington sees: a man who is limited, who thinks himself clever, and who doesn't know that clever right now won't cut it.
Because Bill Clinton loves politics, he hates losers. Maybe he just can't resist sticking it to them a little, when he gets a chance.
Let's face it, Dems can see the handwriting on the wall. To paraphrase Sen. John Kerry, would you want to be the last Dem to go give up your political life for Obama? It's a sinking ship and the rats are starting to jump!