Oops. He did it again.
As things turned desperate for the liberal 1988 Democratic presidential nominee, Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis, he compared himself to that patron saint of underdogs everywhere, Harry Truman. At the time, the most popular movie in the land was Who Framed Roger Rabbit,
A clever marriage of cartoon character (Roger Rabbit) and real-life actors.
President Ronald Reagan, observing Dukakis flail about with the usual class-warfare attacks on the roaring success of Reaganomics and, by proxy, the GOP nominee, Reagan's Vice President George H.W. Bush, had a bemused answer. Said the smiling Reagan of Dukakis, understanding exactly the game afoot:
"If he's Harry Truman, I'm Roger Rabbit."
Dukakis, once ahead of Bush by 17 points, lost in a landslide.
Tonight it was Barack Obama's turn at the game. Unlike Dukakis, Obama is the sitting president. A president who has had a full two years of total control of the government to re-arrange the economy to his liking.
Done. Done. And done again. And like the old song of Britney Spears, the President is singing the political equivalent of Spears' trademark: "Baby, One More Time."
The results are in, and quite obviously they are terrible. Unemployment, which Obamanomics insisted would be down to 8% long ago, is resting at a stone-cold 9.1% The rest of the economy is a wreck. As Ronald Reagan could have told him and in fact as all manner of people other than liberals did tell Mr. Obama, his approach of a massive "stimulus" followed by a takeover of the American health care system -- "ObamaCare" -- was destined to fail right from the start. Now, the President is reduced to singing the political equivalent of another Spears hit: "Oops, I Did It Again."
The next several days will spill out the details of one more presidential "oops."
But like the famous Jimmy Carter "malaise speech"…Obama has run out the presidential string.
It's over for the presidency of Barack Obama.
Over. You can spell that Jimmy Carter. George H.W. Bush. Or Herbert Hoover. But however you choose to spell it, this was the speech of an already defeated president whose ideas have been put to the test and found wanting.
And alas for the American people, they will have to live the seriously real time lesson of Obamanomics for another breathtakingly lousy 16 months. A full and lousy sixteen months until one of the people on the stage of the Reagan Library the other night puts his or hand on the Bible in January of 2013.
At which point, former President Britney Spears will lose the power to do it to the American people one more time.
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