As I write this, the STARK Chamber of the US Supreme Court has spent three days tuning up their medieval torture devices for the evisceration of Barack Obama’s only significant achievement, his health care reform bill. The president of the high school chess club is about to discover why one doesn’t challenge the WWE of legal illogic to a match. They aren’t going to play by the rules established by the Fédération Internationale des Échecs.
Obama’s administration has been reminiscent of the Children’s Crusade. It begins with a child-like vision. It is inflated into an adult quest with fine sounding words by a powerful orator. It gathers lambs to be sent forth to peaceably convert the wolves to the vision, only to see the wolves grow fat from feasting.
Three years have gone by since Obama took office, and he still doesn’t get that he has a pack of wolves eating his sheep. His champions, both on the court and arguing before it, are outclassed by the troglodyte barbarians they confront. Elena Kagan demonstrates that her Gidget-like perkiness doesn’t make for an effective SCOTUS justice, and Solicitor General Donald Verrilli brought a rubber knife to a rhetorical gun fight. Only Sonia Sotomayor seemed to have a clue what she was about, and she’d been a judge prior to being named to the court. She must feel like Custer on the Greasy Grass.
I don’t need to make the case that Americans are in need of changes. Too many remain un- and underemployed despite all of the happy talk about an improving economy. Too many still can’t get the health care they need. College graduates are facing dire employment prospects, especially when there is an active push to advance military veterans, without student loans to repay, to the head of the job line. Military veterans themselves have it worse than civilians; I don’t think McDonald’s has much use for IED detection specialists or tank mechanics.
Only the Wall Street bankers have any reason to feel like they have been well-served by Obama. Their 2008 investment in him paid off handsomely. It took a lot of tap dancing and song singing, but the total collapse of the global economic scam was avoided. The price was the American prosperity once enjoyed by the little people.
The only thing saving Barack Obama’s reelection prospects is that the Republicans could only come up with a bunch of losers willing to run. But even the poor quality of the Republican offerings isn’t a sure thing for electoral success.
I’m very bothered by the heavy attempt by the Bush family to overtly redirect the GOP to line up behind Mitt Romney, who is both a Wall Street favorite and even more clueless than is Obama. It’s as if the Bushes watched the March 7th episode of The Rachel Maddow Show, the one in which Maddow outlines in some detail how Mitt Romney can best Obama in November. When such information comes from a learned member of one’s opposition, one who is a staunch and vocal supporter of the incumbent you seek to displace, one definitely pays attention and examines the details very carefully; especially if one is maneuvering to enhance the prospects of other members of the family to establish a dynasty. Political debts collected now will prove dear when it’s time to repay. One can hardly refuse. Naturally, the Republican Party falls into formation as ordered and snaps to attention.
Add in a massive clout from the corporate inquisition to his only significant achievement, and all of a sudden Obama has nothing major to run on. He has earned the loyalty of the gay community, but everything he ended can be easily restored by a subsequent Republican president. He’s the better choice by far with women, but he’s stepped on his supporters before. And we thought isolated “Free Speech Zones” were a thing of the Bush past!
I don’t like that Obama didn’t live up to his candidate image. I feel that the candidate had the clear vision of what needed to be done. The candidate just didn’t have it in him to be the official to bring that vision to reality. That shortcoming has already cost him the House, and keeping the Senate majority isn’t looking very good either. The devil is about to collect Obama’s political soul (assuming he wins) and the Red Shoes are about to be put on his feet so he can dance to the neocon tunes he seems to like so much.
And the band plays on. FOXtrots, mostly.