The professoriate won’t conceive of it: Barack Obama as a one-term president.
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“If Obama fails to win re-election, it will not be because all those poor folk in the hinterland who didn’t go to Ivy League colleges are inherent racists and not properly respectful of an Ivy League degree. It will be because their Ivy League-educated President has proved a rather one-dimensional individual with a very constricted view of the world — one about as broad as the view outside the faculty lounge.
“Or maybe it’s because he’s still fairly young and hasn’t been around long enough to see the world ‘from both sides now.’ Our most successful Presidents have been those who have been sensible enough to realize that, even though your party’s side is fixed and predictable, the other side often has a point. President Nixon was one of the world’s most rabid anti-communists in his younger days but by the time he came to office he was smart enough to realize that his perspective was restricted and it made no sense to ignore a country of a billion people on the other side of the world. The result was the greatest diplomatic maneuver of the 20th century. President Clinton was a solid liberal but after three years in office he had seen enough to realize that conservative criticisms of the welfare system was valid and that it was one of the most destructive social programs ever invented. That made him a successful President.
“Even now, Obama could rescue his administration by doing one simple thing. He could admit that Keynesianism is wrong. The premise that you can cure the economy by coming down to Washington and spending as much money as you can on your favorite programs has to be one of the biggest academic frauds of all time.
“But he won’t. He won’t because everything he knows has been picked up in some graduate seminar. He has no idea that there’s a big world out there of people who didn’t go to Ivy League college but who know something about themselves and the world. Those are the people he most despises because those are the people academics most despise.
“Instead, the President is going to sound one note from now until next November — ‘Hate the rich.’ Never mind that he has Jeff Immelt and Warren Buffet and Bill Gates and the entire board of directors of Goldman Sachs are kowtowing to him — the enemy will be those amorphous ‘millionaires and billionaires’ who mysteriously retain the sinister power to will the economic devastation that Obama’s faculty-approved policies have caused.
“I hope you take all this into account before the election next year.
“Sincerely, Green Lantern”
WHAT WORRIES ME about these people is that, if Obama loses next year, they will go off the deep end. They will never be able to accept the idea that their guy had two years in Washington when he could do whatever he wanted and still screwed it up by pursuing bad ideas. It will be all the Tea Party’s fault. They sabotaged the economy so that Obama would lose. Environmentalists, now embarrassed about being arrested in front of the White House for opposing their favorite President’s policies, will be right back where they want to be — throwing their bodies at the juggernaut of the American economy. Young fanatics will be blowing up pipelines and power plants because they are unable persuade 300 million Americans to give up prosperity and live on wind and sunshine.
In the current of City Journal, Heather Mac Donald reports asking an Ivy League professor about his experience in recording one of the Great Courses with the Teaching Company. The professor was responsive until he realized she was with the Manhattan Institute. Then he refused all further communication on the grounds that there is an “undeclared civil war” in this country.
Such a war exists now only in the fevered imagination of academics. With the un-election of Obama, however, it could become much more tangible.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?