How About Just Explaining How Reality Is Proving That Obama Is Wrong?

David Harsanyi’s column in the Denver Post today addresses recent comments by two prominent conservatives trying to psychoanalyze President Obama, and gives them a nice smack-down:

Take the tortured contention of noted conservative author Dinesh D’Souza. In a recent Forbes cover story “How Obama Thinks” he blames the president’s “odd” blame-America-first, re-distributionist behavior on his Kenyan father’s long lost anti-colonial philosophy.

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“What if (Obama) is so outside our comprehension, that only if you understand Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior, can you begin to piece together (his actions)?” Newt Gingrich, highly impressed by D’Souza essay, explained to National Review Online. “That is the most accurate, predictive model for his behavior.”

Is Obama really outside your sphere of comprehension? To say you need a predictor to decode Obama’s next move is to say that the president is offering us something more than the hard-left agenda the Democratic Party had promised — rather unambiguously — when they came to power.

Obama’s policies are no more exotic than that of the nearest progressive academic, the angry, union-shilling, purple-shirted sign waver or New York Times editorial board member. There is no whodunit when it comes to “fair trade” or “social justice.” There is nothing novel about embracing illiberal “friends” abroad. Nothing unique about redistributive economics or regulatory dictatorships.


I hate it when liberals try to figure out “What’s the matter with Kansas?” and examine conservatives like they’re on an anthropological expedition into darkest Flyoverstan.  It is insulting, stupid, and a waste of time.  Conservatives should stay out of that kind of muck and leave it for the left to wallow in.

Who cares why Obama thinks redistributive policies, overbearing regulation, and apologizing for our (mostly imagined) transgressions to actual international bad guys are a good thing?   Maybe it’s because of some exotic inner workings in his mind.  Or maybe his thinking on such issues never advanced beyond the level of your typical ivy league college sophomore.  Maybe the guy just isn’t particularly smart.

But I don’t care why Obama embraces misguided policies.  The only relevant question is whether his ideas are right or wrong. 

Moreover, pondering such theories gives the left and the mainstream media (but I repeat myself) a chance to change the subject from the (quoting Harsanyi again) “uncluttered argument — using the empirical data of a collapsing economy — that less spending, less regulation and less government is the way to create more prosperity.”  The Democrats are losing this debate on the merits, and in a big way. 

A foray into psychobabble offers no help in debating the issues.  Let’s keep focus people.

Published in: on September 15, 2010 at 5:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

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