Roger Simon in Politico doesn’t pull any punches.
Q: Will Barack Obama be a one-term president?
A: Yes, he might last that long.
Honest to goodness, the man just does not get it. He might be forced to pull a Palin and resign before his first term is over. He could go off and write his memoirs and build his presidential library. (Both would be half-size, of course.)
I am not saying Obama is not smart; he is as smart as a whip. I am just saying he does not understand what savvy first-term presidents need to understand:
You have to stay on message, follow the polls, listen to your advisers (who are writing the message and taking the polls) and realize that when it comes to doing what is right versus doing what is expedient, you do what is expedient so that you can get reelected and do what is right in the second term. If at all possible. And it will help your legacy. And not endanger the election of others in your party. And not hurt the brand. Or upset people too much.
Recently, President Obama decided he had to weigh in on the controversy surrounding the proposed construction of a Muslim community center and mosque near ground zero in New York.
It is a controversy Obama could have ducked (he had been doing so for weeks), but he finally decided he needed to lend his voice and the weight of the presidency to speaking out for what is right.
So on Friday night, he said: “As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country. That includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan in accordance with local laws and ordinances.”
See what I mean about not getting it?
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Okay, continue reading… and mark the point in the article where it dawns on you that Mr. Simon has crafted a very good piece of satire. After all, in the climate of cynicism and gotcha cable TV pundits and smart-ass bloggers in the Orcosphere and the “professional left” (I’m a volunteer), you have to wonder whether or not a president who actually sticks to his principles can make it.
What’s also hilarious is the number of righties who fell for the column as the real thing. *Snort*
Hats off to you, Mr. Simon.