Rich writes as he discusses President Obama’s so-called evolution on Gay Marriage:
As an act of personal catharsis, the president’s statement of support was in an appropriately first-person key: I, me, and my. He had favored gay marriage back in 1996 when it was out on the fringe. He was one of the few people on the planet who flipped into opposition as gay marriage became more mainstream. For a while he invoked his faith in justifying his opposition, then he said he was “evolving,” which everyone understood to mean he would embrace gay marriage as soon as he wasn’t running for reelection anymore. The Obama team likes to say Mitt Romney’s flip-flops show he lacks a core. Obama’s long spell of deception on gay marriage shows he has a core, but one that he has devoted much of his national political career to obscuring.
Victor David Hanson takes a more brutal approach in his Corner quip:
“Over the course of several years, as I talk to friends and family and neighbors; when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed, monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together; when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf, and yet feel constrained, even though “don’t ask, don’t tell” was gone, because they’re not able to commit themselves in a marriage; at a certain point I’ve just concluded that, for me personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.”
Dr. J. thinks the addition of bold was a nice touch, VDH.
VDH also wrote an entire article on the narcissist in chief and his predecessor, and pale imitator, Bill Clinton:
Clinton weighs in on the potential consequences of Obama’s decision to go ahead with the planned assassination of Osama bin Laden. He smiles and then pontificates, “Suppose the Navy SEALs had gone in there . . . suppose they had been captured or killed. The downside would have been horrible for him [Obama].”
There is a lot that is disturbing about Clinton’s commentary — and about the fact that such an embarrassment was not deleted by the Obama campaign. Clinton offers unintended self-incrimination as to why in the 1990s he did not order the capture of bin Laden when it might well have been in his power to do so — was it fear of something “horrible” that might have happened to his fortunes rather than to our troops? And, of course, such crass politicization of national security and the war on terror is exactly what Barack Obama accused the two Clintons of in the 2008 Democratic primaries. We also remember that Obama on several occasions chastised George W. Bush for supposedly making reference to the war on terror for political advantage, though he never did so in as creepy a fashion as Clinton. And aside from the fact that Barack Obama promised never to “spike the football” by using the SEAL mission to score campaign points, only a narcissistic Bill Clinton could have envisioned the death or capture of Navy SEALs not in terms of those men’s own horrible fates, but only as political “downside” for an equally narcissistic Barack Obama.
Dr. J. expects President Clinton to be so politically calculating and simultaneously inappropriately honest in his assessment of Obama’s situation because its Obama’s situation and not his own. Dr. J. suspects that he isn’t worried any longer regarding his legacy regarding OBL, given he will be remembered for other achievements in office.
Dr. J. agrees with VDH in that what is really bothersome is that the Team Obama did not exclude this commentary from a campaign advertisement. The fact that Obama saw Clinton’s statement as testimonial to his #gutsycall, rather than a political liability suggests, again that Team 2012 is drinking the Kool-Aid, is not firing on all political pistons, or they think the campaign’s over before it begins, and are mailing it in.
Given Axelrod’s tweet and subsequent conservative tweet down today regarding gas prices, Dr. J. will continue to stick to his Fifth Column theory. These guys are too smart for this.