Alex Massie Alex Massie

Is Obama A Failure? (Already!)

It’s not been an error-free start for the new President has it? But, really, even for the internet age, some of the reaction to the stumbles is laughably over the top. So much so, of course, that Obama can draw some comfort from that. Here, for instance, is Victor Davis Hanson writing at National Review:

We are quite literally after two weeks teetering on an Obama implosion—and with no Dick Morris to bail him out—brought on by messianic delusions of grandeur, hubris, and a strange naivete that soaring rhetoric and a multiracial profile can add requisite cover to good old-fashioned Chicago politicking.

Right! There’s so much wrong with this that there’s little point unpacking it. One might merely join the Economist in noting that Mr Hanson has been confidenty predicting Mr Obama’s downfall for more than a year. As recently as last March he told us that Mr Obama was “on his way to a McGovern candidacy.” To be fair to VDH, he can spot when events require him to refresh his fundamental analysis: having won the election, Obama is now, we are told, on his way to being the new Jimmy Carter.

We will know this is unlikely when Dick Morris, who has been unfailingly wrong about everything for years also tells us that Obama is doomed.

It’s true that the scale of the problems he faces is incomparably greater than those faced by Clinton or either of the Bushes. That alone may dim his Presidency; true too that there have been mistakes. But, look, some kind of stimulus bill will be passed and there’s nothing terribly contoversial or unusual about the Senate improving the hideous mess that the House has sent them. (While, of course, making the bill worse in other respects.)

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