Topic: Decline of the West
Interesting article this. It reflects my long-held opinion that Barack Obama’s political skills have been wildly exaggerated by the media, by his supporter and most of all by the man himself. Matthew Continetti, editor in chief of the Washington Free Beacon, writes: “The sound and fury of the Republican primary has distracted political observers from one of the most interesting political developments of the cycle thus far: President Obama’s reelection campaign is a pallid imitation of his 2008 juggernaut.”
How true! Those who’ve been paying close attention to Team Obama’s early moves in the 2012 campaign have been struck above all by the campaign’s negativity, empty rhetoric and general lack of focus. Two things are becoming clear: (1) In the first three years of his presidency, Obama recklessly squandered an enormous fund of good will, and (2) neither Obama nor his senior advisers has the slightest idea what to do now.
The signs of cluelessness are abundant. The President’s suggestion yesterday, in the context of a discussion about gas prices, that fuel derived from algae could supply 17% of America’s fuel needs, was just pathetic. “You’ve got a bunch of algae out here, right?” Obama declaimed during a campaign event in Florida. “If we can figure out how to make energy out of that, we’ll be doing all right.” Good grief! Could he possibly be more disconnected from the daily concerns of average Americans, for whom the rising price of gas is an immediate and serious issue?
A guy who would actually say something like that at a time like this may not be all that hard to beat.