Whenever I read Camille Paglia’s criticism of the actions in the White House of the man she backed on the campaign trail, I am stunned that this wise woman still considers herself an Obama-supporter. From her passion for the President, I can only derive that the Barack Obama has such a powerful presence, causing even very intelligent people to be swayed by his image and rhetoric.
In her latest piece, penned before the President’s speech last night, she continued to lash out against his team for bungled his various initiatives and demonizing their adversaries. She even anticipated (and questioned) her man’s claim that his health care overhaul wouldn’t add a dime to the deficit:
Who is naive enough to believe that Obama’s plan would be deficit-neutral? Or that major cuts could be achieved without drastic rationing?
She reserved her harshest criticism for Democrats who malign critics of the President’s plan and misrepresent the grassroots opposition emerging to his statist schemes:
By foolishly trying to reduce all objections to healthcare reform to the malevolence of obstructionist Republicans, Democrats have managed to destroy the national coalition that elected Obama and that is unlikely to be repaired. If Obama fails to win reelection, let the blame be first laid at the door of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who at a pivotal point threw gasoline on the flames by comparing angry American citizens to Nazis. It is theoretically possible that Obama could turn the situation around with a strong speech on healthcare to Congress this week, but after a summer of grisly hemorrhaging, too much damage has been done. . . .
Why did it take so long for Democrats to realize that this year’s tea party and town hall uprisings were a genuine barometer of widespread public discontent and not simply a staged scenario by kooks and conspirators?
She goes on to question the Democratic Party’s detachment “from ordinary Americans.” And there’s more as she praises talk radio and the web for their “truly transformative political energy.” As with anything from this diva, just read the whole thing.
And wonder yet at the Democrats’ disposition to demonize rather than engage their adversaries.