After shattering defeat, FESUS (First Empty Suit of the United States) replies with empty formulae
His first formula, reported in today’s New York Times, is that It’s All Bush’s Fault:
“Here’s my assessment of not just the vote in Massachusetts, but the mood around the country: the same thing that swept Scott Brown into office swept me into office,” the president said in an exclusive interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos. “People are angry and they are frustrated. Not just because of what’s happened in the last year or two years, but what’s happened over the last eight years.” [Emphasis added.]So, the people of Massachusetts for the first time in historical memory elected a conservative-leaning Republican to the U.S. Senate, defeating the Democratic candidate whom Obama had personally campaigned for, thus killing Obama’s signature legislative measure and setting Obama back on his heels, not out of anger at Obama, but out of anger at Obama’s Republican predecessor!
Obama’s second formula is that, to the extent that the victory of a Republican pledged to stop the Democrats’ most important legislative initiative was due to voters’ displeasure with the Democrats and not displeasure with a previous Republican administration, it was because of a failure to communicate. The Times continues:
That, of course, was a way of putting at least some of the blame on former President George W. Bush. For himself, Mr. Obama sided with those who saw a failure of communications rather than a flawed policy agenda.That’s coming from a guy who wouldn’t stop yakking about the health care bill. Now he’s telling us he didn’t yak about health care enough. God save us.
However, the administration’s response does not consist of just empty spin. The Times story has a revelation of a major shift in White House goals:
… administration officials, who did not want to be identified discussing internal strategy, said Mr. Obama would put more emphasis on issues like deficit reduction and job creation. He already was assembling a bipartisan budget commission and officials acknowledged that some proposals would probably take a back seat now, like a market-based cap on greenhouse gas emissions and liberalized immigration rules.So, it’s not only the radical health care bill that FESUS is giving up on, but his two other major calamitous initiatives as well. And let us acknowledge the wonderful fact that this shattering of the Democrats’ ruinous program, this Waterloo-like defeat of the left, is all due to the providential combination of events in which America’s leading advocate of nationalized health care kicked the bucket last summer, and a gutsy Republican Massachusetts state senator had the vision and audacity to think that he could defeat a Democrat for the deceased sainted Democratic senator’s seat.
But what (according to the reasoning of FESUS, see above) was the particular insight Scott Brown had that led to this historic upset? It was the insight that voter anger at Republican ex-President George W. Bush could propel the Republican Brown into the U.S. Senate to stop the Democrats’ revolutionary legislative program.
Rufus W. writes:
Waterloo? I would like to, but don’t think so.LA replies:
Hmm, maybe you’re right. Is “Waterloo” an overstatement?Joseph Kay, author of VFR article last year, “The empty black suit,” writes:
What is ironic is that Obama has spent more time on public relations than any past president. I recall seeing data (cannot remember where) cataloging his TV appearances, press conferences and traveling around giving speeches, and then comparing it with Bush. If anything, his manic effort “to communicate” may have detracted from him doing his boring homework.LA replies:
You write:Stewart W. writes:
“It’s sort of like a presidential cargo cult, isn’t it?”Kathlene M. writes:
I loved this post. FESUS is a brilliant name for Obama. It makes me think of Fraudulent Jesus (Fesus) or Malfeasance.Paul K. writes:
In an amusing juxtaposition, Drudge places a link to Obama’s comment that he had failed to communicate sufficiently with the American people over a link to an article enumerating the times Obama has spoken publicly—42 news conferences; 158 interviews; 23 town meetings; and 411 (!) speeches, comments, and remarks.LA replies:
When a political leader who doesn’t stop making appearances and speeches to the public says that his mistake is that he’s not making enough appearances and speeches to the public, that’s not Plato’s cave or even sub-cave; that’s just plain delusion. He’s so immersed in self-love that he can’t see reality.Donna E. writes:
This man is a Sunni Muslim put in place by the Muslim Brotherhood to take this nation over by spending her into oblivion. What happens at the ballot box is of no interest to him.Joseph C. writes:
I like your characterization of First Empty Suit of the Unites States. Not only does it describe the man perfectly, but the acronym FESUS sounds like feces – exactly what I think of the man as both a person and a leader.Rick U. writes:
I love the FESUS moniker—very funny.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at January 21, 2010 09:00 AM | Send