Over the past year and a half, Barack Obama has sold himself as the Hope Guy Who Transcends Party, Race, and Generation and Who Can Bring Us All Together. Americans tired of fierce and unproductive partisanship and of the same, old tired political fistfights look to Obama to usher in a new way of doing things: a post-partisan, civilized coming together to find common ground and compromise.
What a load of B.S.
Last week, the Obama campaign sent out a letter on behalf of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee that made two points, one implicit and the other explicit.
The implicit point is that Obama himself has no problem raising money for his own campaign, and he’s got the presidency in the bag.
The explicit point is that since Obama’s already won this thing, he’s asking donors to focus on supporting Democratic candidates for Congress. Said the letter, “We must have a deadlock-proof Democratic majority.”
So the guy running on “unity” and “working across the aisle” has neither the desire nor the intention to foster “unity” or “work across the aisle.”
He wants to pound the Republicans into dust so he doesn’t have to deal with them at all. He wants a Democratic majority so lopsided that he can plow his far-left agenda right through. And he wants so many Democrats crawling the hallways of Capitol Hill that he won’t have to work as hard at all that exhausting and pesky persuasion and compromise.
Change you can believe in? Sure, as long as it’s only his version of change. Unity? Sure, as long as Republicans are willing to bend to him and his liberal agenda. Working across the aisle? Sure, as long as the Democrats are so dominant that the aisle barely exists.
With Obama, watch what he does, not what he says, because the silver tongue promises what the politician has no intention of delivering.
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