You see, the only reason why you did so well in the first place is that as a person, you seemed way cooler than most other politicians. Wayy more cool than John McCain, even with his heroism and long record of public service. Most of those who voted for you didn’t even really care about the details of your platform. They were willing to let any serious discussions of the impacts of what you were proposing slide, or perhaps even give it a try. After all, Bush and the Republicans had at it for eight years; eight tough years. Years during which the media continuously told us how bad things were, how bad Bush was, how terrible the wars were and so on. So everyone agreed it was time for a change. And as the very candidate running on change, you beat the milquetoast John McCain handily. Fine.
But it’s been 4 years now. And I’m pretty sure that when you said change, most people thought you meant a change from Bush. I’m pretty sure they didn’t think you meant a change from the greatness and freedom of America. And 2010 was proof of that: one of the first big opportunities the people had to rebuke your power. Which they did, overwhelmingly, or to use your term, “shellack”-ingly. Is that a word? In any case, there was also the stream of newly elected blue state Republican governors, such as Chris Christie, and Scott Walker, and the failed recall and so on.
But never mind all that, you thought. “I’m LeBron, baby.” Seriously, you said that about yourself back in 2004 and it goes to your over-sized ego and state of mind. I’ve worked in my career for 20 years, and I believe I am excellent at it. But I’ve never boasted about my skills like that, ever, and would laugh at anyone who did. Even LeBron doesn’t go around saying, “I’m LeBron baby.” But that’s actually the type of guy you are. In all of your wisdom, you kept on. Forget Clintonian centrism; faced with popular backlash, you just knew your wonderfulness would just smooth it all over, is that right?
You know, I’m not even going to talk about the various and sundry issues and complaints involving your terrible performance as president. We don’t just have an 800 lb gorilla in the room (and no, that’s not racist), but we have an elephant as well, and several skeletons in the closet. You’ve been a disaster on every level. Those who suggest that the result of your presidency has been moderateness don’t get it; you don’t elect a radical to achieve moderateness. I’ll vote for the guy with my ideals on the tin, plain and simple.
The American people aren’t always so good at remembering. They do recall though, when reminded. Prior to the debates, most had forgotten that past presidents never talked about what “they inherited,” nor did they shamelessly and continuously construct strawmen that bear no resemblance nor pay respect to the opposition’s opposition. They do recall though, when reminded.
When Romney faced you in the first debate, America was reminded what it was like to have a president who deals in reality. What it was like to have a president who has answers and accomplishments, rather than excuses and questions. Experience and intellect versus liberal ideology. See, it wasn’t just a bad night for you. It has been a bad four years for us. It’s not just that you looked down. It’s that since day one, your entire premise has been based on blame gaming, and lowering expectations. Hope and Change turned out to actually be worse than what we had with Bush, with the one exception of a critical, and constantly harping press.
But re-electing a failed president because you like the positive media coverage doesn’t make sense. Not when so many people are hurting, and even those who are doing OK, are just bobbing along when they’d like to actually thrive and do better. You might be riding high on the flimsy cover Candy Crowley provided you last night, but while you may have won that small battle, it was amid losing the war.
Romney reminded people that it really doesn’t have to be this way. We don’t have to deal in class warfare of the 99 percent and the 1 percent. We don’t have to vote like our lady parts depend on it, because actually, they kinda don’t. We don’t have to construct strawmen about everything and say that things are above our pay grade, or unilaterally relax democratically passed laws to help our chances at re-election or any of the countless other impositions you’ve imposed on us these last four years. Before you showed up, we at least paid lip service to the sanctity of our process and laws.
Not to say your defeat in November will fix all the damage you’ve wrought. It won’t and your legacy will loom large and be infamous. You’ve forever changed the relationship between the government and the people for the worse, vastly extended the powers of the executive branch beyond all recognition and balance, and stuck generations with debt for years to come. Not to mention the impact your views have had on our national attitude. And I won’t even talk about the damage wrought on our already hurting foreign policy. I truly fear that regardless of your loss next month, these cats cannot be put back into their respective bags. Not all of them at least.
So barring any mass hysteria, or massive fraud, you will be sent packing in November. You’ve been exposed, and so have your cohorts in the media. And none too soon either – we’ve narrowly averted disaster, this time. And we’ll elect Mitt Romney, who will not only be a better president than you, but actually a good and great man who loves this country, as it is.