Remember during the election how mad you were when some alleged Republicans jumped ship and got on the Obama Kool Aid Express? The one thing they had in common, and I will also include the insufferable Kathleen Parker here, is that they are snobby elitists who know as much about living in real America as Leona Helmsley. I am talking about Christopher Buckley, David Gergen, and the pseudo-Republican David Brooks. They told us that Obama was different, that he was post-partisan, that he would govern from the center. Forget that there was not one single shred of evidence from Obama’s entire private and public life that he was anything other than a hard-left ideologue, they liked the cut of his jib and developed an embarassing man-crush on that empty suit shiny object.
Writing at Forbes, Peter Robinson talks about their epiphany that Obama is in fact a collectivist bent on changing America into a EuroSocialist state.
“The strange thing,” Buckley wrote last week after listening to Obama address Congress, “is that one feels almost unpatriotic, entertaining negative thoughts about Mr. Obama’s grand plan. … One thing is certain, however: Government is getting bigger and will stay bigger. Just remember … that a government that is big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take it all away.”
“We are in the midst of a global crisis … that demands intense focus and daily leadership by the president …,” Gergen wrote this past week. “But … [Obama’s] … ambition for reforms in other areas do not allow him to give the economy his full attention.” The financial industry is reeling, Gergen asserted, “because there is still no clearcut set of policies about how the government will rescue banks.” And “it is stunning that [Treasury] Secretary Tim Geithner does not yet have a deputy secretary or any undersecretaries named, much less on the job.”
On Inauguration Day, the idealist in Brooks claimed that Barack Obama was “a pragmatist, an empiricist” who intended “to realize the end-of-ideology politics. …” The other personality inhabiting Brooks is that of the realist. It takes a lot to rouse the realist. Trillions of dollars, in fact.
“Those of us who consider ourselves moderates–moderate-conservative, in my case–are forced to confront the reality that Barack Obama is not who we thought he was.”
A couple of implications here are worth noting. The first is that a deep, recurring pattern of American life has asserted itself yet again: the cluelessness of the elite.
Robinson hit the nail on the head with that one. The cluelessness of the elite. They are more concerned with being welcomed at beltway cocktail parties than standing by any principles that they may have once held. It reminds one of what happened to the erratic and consistency-free Justice Anthony Kennedy once he joined the Court.
The elite journalists, I repeat, got Obama wrong. The troglodytes got him right. As our national drama continues to unfold, bear that in mind.
It is sadly funny that your average contractor or accountant or (in my case) software developer so clearly saw the real Obama even months before he won the nomination much less during the campaign. His entire record pointed to the fact that he was several notches to the left of Ted Kennedy, but since he said that he would be a centrist, these elitists got caught up in their man crush and assured us that he was not what he was but what he said he was.
Let’s all remember this the next time that some Ivy League elitists lectures us about anything. They got this wrong and our country will forever be damaged by this transparent collectivist, seizing (and intentionally worsening) the crisis to gain power and move us toward a socialist system.
UPDATE 3/8/2009: HotAir is reporting that the White House has put David Brooks back on the leash. Check out Ed Morrisey’s take on it here.