Barack Obama is not your ordinary political figure. Surfacing on the political landscape at the 2004 Democratic National Convention preaching an intoxicating brand of national unity, the sky was the limit for the promising young politician who had an urbanized intellectual background and the street smarts of a sophisticated community organizer.
Barack Obama is also not your ordinary president. Time and time again he has defied the political headwinds against radical change and has emerged triumphant. The left’s standard bearer of socialized medicine defied Democrat presidents for a century and is among his most-heralded accomplishments.
Scandals that would have rocked less-idolized presidents were casually swept under the proverbial red carpet, all to preserve the carefully crafted persona of a rock star figure and all-around good guy. In a battle between the towering mountain of evidence that his overall record is a failing one and the Hollywood-worthy imagery that sustains his aura, the latter has decisively won the day.
The man is also a bit of a paradox: while his political opponents view him as vacuous and narcissistic, he is esteemed by the Democrat party faithful as a lofty orator above the common political fray. Yet beneath the thin veneer of the selfless unifier is a ruthless partisan whose keen instincts and implacable taste for hardball are coming to the forefront. So too are the true colors of his activist acolytes in the mainstream media unfolding in the public’s eyes.
The media’s coming-out party for ‘The Second Coming‘ of Barack Obama has been as predictable as it has been ugly. CBS News’ Political Director John Dickerson urged the president to “go for the throat!” and to destroy the party of Lincoln once-and-for-all. (Because that’s why Americans re-elect presidents, right Mr. Dickerson?). CNN anchor and reporter Tom Foreman called it quits after his bizarre unrequited love letter campaign to the president, which was published every day for 1463 days. NBC’s Andrea Mitchell and Brian Williams gushed over the president’s second inaugural address, which Mitchell described as “Barack Obama being Barack Obama” and “appealing to his (progressive) base.”
The agenda for Barack Obama’s second-term will be unashamedly progressive and even less heed will be paid for the optics of political compromise than was given to the Republican House majority in his first term (viz. less than none). In order to assist him in his twisted and unprecedented campaign to savage his political enemies at all costs, essentially to “Romney” any and all adversaries who dare stand up against him, the president has converted his campaign arm Organizing for America into the political machine Organizing for Action. This highly funded, politically organized and partisan “non-profit” will be unleashed on whomever falls on the president’s enemies list — such as the NRA.
In an equally Machiavellian play, the president has deployed the SEC to investigate various companies to dig up where their political campaign contributions have been going. This action runs against the grain of the Citizens United case, whose decision occasioned the president to deride the Supreme Court before the national State of the Union audience in 2010.
The beginning of the president’s Second Act completes the arc of a national figure whose light shined so brightly that no one could see into his past. The unending back-biting and the bitter partisanship shall thus commence; and the progressive fever-dreams about a “post-partisan” president who is unfairly attacked by spiteful right-wing bloggers with an insidious racist agenda shall forever be lain to rest. Not with a shout, but with a whimper.