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Obama’s failure, Scott Walker’s success: Clinton’s support of Reaganomics.
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Here’s the twist.
Unlike Bill Clinton’s 1993-1994 failed attempt to do some version of the same thing — Obama succeeded. For two solid years in 2009 and 2010, President Obama and the Pelosi/Reid-led House and Senate not only followed Obama’s decidedly Leftist transformational agenda, they did it with gusto. Then, as with Clinton, Team Obama got clobbered in the off-year elections — this time not for trying but thankfully failing, as did Clinton, but for succeeding.
The really key difference between Obama and Clinton at that pivot point was that in spite of the massive 2010 defeat by the GOP, unlike Clinton — who changed course after the massive 1994 defeat — Obama kept on keeping on. Barack Obama was indeed committed to transforming America in his increasingly politically mad quest to socialize America.
To wax cultural, Obama seemed increasingly to resemble no one as much as the mad Dr. Henry Frankenstein in his fanatic quest to bring life to a monster — except in Obama’s case the monster is Socialism. For someone who has been tagged by one of his devoted supporters (Oprah) as “The One,” the Dr. Frankenstein analogy is considerably apt, as the good doctor in the famous film version of Mary Shelly’s tale went insane playing God in the attempt to bring his monster to life.
For a little post-Wisconsin humor, take a look at Dr. Obama – er, Frankenstein — in this clip from the 1931 classic, where the English actor Colin Clive gave his immortal performance as the mad Dr. Frankenstein. The dialogue is, to Obama critics, not all that far from the Obama/Left-wing obsession with reviving the failed economics of Socialism/Liberalism/Big Government.
Exclaims the doctor to a skeptical on-looking Dr. Victor Moritz as the covered monster lies on a nearby table, shockingly jolted into life:
Henry Frankenstein: Look! It’s moving. It’s alive. It’s alive… It’s alive, it’s moving, it’s alive, it’s alive, it’s alive, it’s alive, IT’S ALIVE!
Dr. Victor Moritz: Henry — In the name of God!
Henry Frankenstein: Oh, in the name of God! Now I know what it feels like to be God!
Eventually, of course, the terrified townspeople come looking for the monster, torches in hand.
On Tuesday, realizing the monster of Socialism/Liberalism that had been set loose in their state, the voters of Wisconsin overwhelmingly came to the aid of the governor who was determined to stop the political monster in its tracks.
They supported Scott Walker because what he was promising was a return to the Reagan Consensus. To make certain that Wisconsin was returned to a world of low taxes and balanced budgets. The only world in which jobs can be created — as 21 million of them were created nationally in the Reagan era with another 21 million or so in the Clinton era. The Clinton era — in which Bill Clinton accepted the fundamental tenets of the Reagan Consensus, essentially keeping Reagan’s policies in place and expanding them.
Or, as Art Laffer has said, conducting the Clinton presidency as “more Reagan than Reagan.”
Bill Clinton is now out and about boasting about his economic record as president. A record that is infinitely better than Obama’s — and Obama knows it.
Which is why Bill Clinton is driving Barack Obama nuts.
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?