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Democrats turn on president in classic symptom warning.
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When Barack Obama was elected, the media canonized him as the next Franklin Roosevelt. FDR the president so famously immune to Barking Dog Syndrome he was elected four times, dying of natural causes in the job. This photo shopped effort that graced the cover of Time magazine after Obama’s 2008 election, depicting Obama as, literally, FDR, will be — already is — a classic of the genre.
The president from the 1930s Obama in fact now resembles is Herbert Hoover. Hoover the progressive Republican who came down with a career-ending case of BDS that was so severe it has lingered throughout American history to this moment. Said Republican Senator George Norris of his own party leader, in classic barking dog style during the fall of the 1932 election: “What this country needs is another Roosevelt in the White House.”
Indeed, Obama’s increasing resemblance to other modern presidents afflicted with BDS grows more startling by the day.
In 1968 Lyndon Johnson was so besieged over his Vietnam policy and perceived ideological intransigence by barking dogs like Minnesota Senator Eugene McCarthy and New York’s Robert Kennedy (both Democrats) — not to mention all manner of shouting leftist college kids — that he finally threw up his hands and took the route of early BDS sufferer John Tyler: LBJ simply withdrew from his re-election race altogether.
Hoover refused this route, putting himself out there in spite of all the raging failure of his progressive policies that one Secret Service agent recalled seeing people run out towards passing presidential motorcades for the sole purpose of visibly and literally thumbing their noses at the BDS-suffering Hoover.
Perhaps the most notable presidential BDS victim in modern times was the hapless Jimmy Carter. As with several of his fellow presidential BDS sufferers (Hoover, Johnson, Gerald Ford), Carter’s presidency had started on a high note. His popularity was high, and after the so-called “imperial presidency” of the Watergate-stained Richard Nixon, Carter’s Southern charm — the media portrayed him as a Southern-fried John F. Kennedy — augured well.
The problem, of course, came along when Carter began turning from the moderate conservative he had portrayed himself in the 1976 campaign and began revealing a considerable liberal streak. He took on the energy crisis as “the moral equivalent of war” — and took to television screens wearing a cardigan sweater to symbolize his energy policy while turning down the White House thermostats. Solar panels went up on the roof of the White House. The President gave a speech at Notre Dame saying that Americans had an “inordinate fear of Communism,” eventually negotiating an arms control agreement with then-Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev — only to watch the Soviets invade Afghanistan shortly thereafter. To Carter’s professed shock. Inflation rocketed upward. So too unemployment and interest rates.
And as all of this settled in the lives and minds of the American people, Jimmy Carter found himself afflicted with the deadly BDS. Growls were heard from within the Carter administration itself. Just as with first BDS victim John Adams, there was a Cabinet shakeup, with Carter firing not two Cabinet members, as had Adams, but five. All in the quite predictable burst of bad publicity. This included his Washington-savvy health secretary Joseph Califano and treasury secretary W. Michael Blumenthal. Blumenthal, writes the late Robert Novak, sat down for a four-hour interview in which he barked that his ex-boss Carter was “a very inexperienced and poorly informed man.” A Carter cruise down the Mississippi River brought mocking editorials from liberal journalists. A midterm national conference in Memphis for Democrats brought a notable first bark from Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy that the Carter administration was so skin-flinty it was issuing regulations for the school lunch program that would result in taking milk from the mouths of hungry kids. By November of 1979, Ted Kennedy’s barking had turned into a full-fledged challenge to Carter. Kennedy lost, but the damage from Carter’s BDS was fatal — and Carter went on to lose in a landslide to Ronald Reagan.
Once contracted, Barking Dog Syndrome is politically fatal to its presidential victims. They simply cannot recover, their presidency perishing in a rising tide of political venom, mocking irrelevance and undeniable statistics from unemployment rates (currently cruising along in the Obama-era at a Carteresque 9.1%) to inflation numbers to lackluster job creation reports and so on. And on.
The political dogs of their own party begin to bark.
The pressure begins to build.
The polls continue to sink.
A Republican named Bob Turner may even win former Congressman Anthony Weiner’s longtime Democratic seat in Brooklyn today. Even if not: a Republican in Brooklyn doing well in the polls? This is one more sign the fever of the BDS afflicted-President rises…with the usual telltale push from his own party.
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.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?