VDH blogs at The Corner, in Anatomy of the Obama Meltdown, that the president – egged on by obsequious advisors and tingling media – badly misread an election that was actually a perfect storm of six events. He concludes:
After November, Obama can only hope that he can outsource the messy work of cuts and budget balancing to the congressional Republicans. Chances are he will demagogue them as heartless while taking credit for an economic rebound once investors, businesses, and corporations see an end to Obamism and its gratuitous slurs against the wealthy, and thus start using their stockpiled trillions to rehire and buy equipment in 2011.
In the meantime, an entire generation of Democratic House members and senators are going to pay a heavy price for falling for a clearly inexperienced, untried, and often petulant candidate amid the exuberance of the 2008 hope and change wave.
In a previous post, VDH commented on the recent campaign efforts to stem the expected losses coming in November:
The result is that President Obama, by design and deliberate intent, is proving to be the most polarizing figure in recent memory — widening the gulf between the parties, trying to rev up a small base by demonizing an oppositional counterpart, creating a them-vs.-us atmosphere among races and ethnic groups, and in the process embarrassing a captive media by proving that the hard Right’s once-shrill prediction that Obama would continue to be the polarizer he had always been, in the Alinsky, Ayers, and Reverend Wright mode, were, well, more or less prescient.
VDH must have been working up this full-length article while simultaneously blogging on related subjects. From Obama Rope-a-Dope:
But if Republicans take over Congress, they — not Obama — can be blamed for the failure to enact the liberal dream. Obama can nostalgically soar with hope-and-change platitudes about his aborted left-wing vision, with the assurance that there is no chance he will offend the majority of Americans by seeing any of it passed.
Overseas, much of the reset Obama foreign policy either stalled or simply reverted back to the policies of George W. Bush. Iran and North Korea are more anti-American — and loonier — than ever before. China is pushing around its neighbors in a way not seen just a few years ago. Russia hasn’t helped stop the likely Iranian bomb. We can say thatCuba, Syria, and Venezuela sound more friendly, but they still act like enemies. Obama’s Iraq, Afghanistan, and anti-terrorism policies are simply Bush policy rehashes.
A new rejectionist Republican Congress will probably ensure that Obama’s therapeutic outreach abroad proves harmless. In turn, the president can safely blame “reactionaries” for blocking more of his utopian foreign-policy initiatives, while his political advisors privately express relief that they did.
If Democrats get clobbered in November, expect just such a passive rope-a-dope strategy, different from the last two years of either the Carter term or the first Clinton term. Obama will let Republicans punch themselves out over the nation’s problems, hoping they expend energy and incur blood. Then, as things improve, he can come alive to brag in 2012 that the upturn would have been even better had he not been stopped by right-wing obstructionists.
The mellifluent Obama will do far better if his agenda remains hope-and-change banter instead of becoming messy and costly law. Republicans will try to ensure both — and thereby may save Obama from himself.