Comedian Bill Cosby once told a great tale about a football team. The coach is prepping the team before the big game, getting them all fired up for the contest. "We're gonna fight!" chants the team. "We're gonna win!" All fired up and rarin' to go, they attempt to leave the locker room - only to discover that the locker room door was locked.
I told you that story to tell you this one. Back in the early days of pop psych, Dr. Eric Berne wrote about a scenario in which two men vying for the attention of a woman are set up to butt heads over her. He called this scheme "Let's You And Him Fight" from the misleading role the object of attention plays with each of the suitors to get them to display the strength of their ardor via an altercation between her knights-errant. While they joust, she decamps with yet another champion. So why do I relate these vignettes? They form a description of why I feel that Barack Obama and his handlers played the American people to win the presidency.
Obama played the role of Cosby's coach. "We're gonna fight for health care! We're gonna fight for worker's rights! We're gonna end all those terrible Bush wars! Yes, we CAN!" All fired up, the people flocked to the polls, only to discover that the door to the political playing field was slammed shut and bricked up tighter than was the victim of Poe's Cask of Amontillado.
Once in office, the Obama strategy shifted to something resembling Berne's. He refused to lead himself, expecting we the people to play the role he had auditioned for. "You voted for me, now get out there and show me you you can do it for me. Go get those Republicans!" while he decamps for his assignation with Wall Street. Hence Rahm's deprecatory description of liberals and progressives.
According to Berne's theory, the advantage to be accrued is in the idea that "honest competition is for suckers" and the betrayal forms the tragicomic distraction necessary for Obama and his crew to show the hucksters of Wall Street that they also know how to scam people. It's as if winning the election and then not delivering on most of their campaign promises was something of a gang initiation. The successful scam probably won Obama a few perks, such as the Nobel Peace Prize (his acceptance of which was a classic slap in the face), and maybe the right to service the banksters in the way they like it best: with Your Money.