The Democrats’ (and Media’s) Obama Problem

Rush Limbaugh is not calling Obama the “former savior.” That’s perfect, it seems to me. Here’s a headline from this past week in the liberal Washington Post: Obama losing the confidence of key parts of the coalition that elected him. So there — not everyone is lost — many people we’re tempted to think can’t learn actually can.

The title of this post is from an article by Monty Pelerin at American Thinker. Here is its opening:

The Democratic Party and the mainstream media joined to run interference for Barack Obama when he became a national figure. Obama was painted as a charismatic, competent, new kind of politician. The passage of time destroyed this image. Now, the public increasingly sees Obama as incompetent, untrustworthy and unmotivated.

Supporters are now in an awkward position. Do they continue to support what is increasingly seen as an inept president or do they turn against him?

Continuing the subterfuge is dangerous. Lending credibility to an incredible man is a certain way to destroy one’s own validity. Obama, once considered a savior and asset for Democrats, is now a serious liability. Defense of the indefensible was possible and advantageous when the public was unaware of the character and competence of Obama. His failed policies are now obvious, known by too many. If there were ever a “familiarity-breeds-contempt” president, President Obama surely is it.

A Decision Must Be Made

The decision to support or abandon a failed presidency is an easy one in an ideal world — the political class and the media should do what is in the best interest of the country. In Obama’s case that would mean wholesale abandonment by both groups. However, such a world doesn’t exist. Honor, integrity and considerations for the greater good are trumped by politics. Political agendas dominate and will ultimately determine how Barack Obama is treated by his once-fawning supporters.

Consensus does not exist with regard to the Obama problem. Democrat politicians and media supporters are convenient classifications, but they are not homogeneous groups. Individuals within these groups will make their own decisions. Unique circumstances will dictate how these individuals choose. Some are running for re-election, others are not. Some are in Red States and others Blue. The media has similar fragmentation of interests with respect to the Obama problem.

Read more: American Thinker