Finding “a growing air of incompetence around Mr. Obama’s White House“, Athene took it to the incumbent again in his column on Friday. Teasing out the essence of her column, Allahpundit offers:
As for her point that “a lot of what he says could have been said by a president 12 or 20 years ago,” that’s because he doesn’t want to engage with the major challenge of his day. He knows the numbers on spending and entitlements. He could lead the reform effort if he wanted to, but that would mean great electoral peril and ferocious pushback from the left.
Emphasis added. He does seem a bit beholden to the left, far more so than the immediate past Democratic president with whom he has recently teamed up. Perhaps, it’s because like the academic intellectual, he’s so beholden to this theories that he knows they must be true and experience at fault.
Mr. Clinton, however, deftly responded to the changing political landscape after his party suffered setbacks in the 1994 election and learned to work with the then-Republican Congress to address popular concerns about our bloated welfare system and increasing federal spending by supporting welfare reform and working to balance the federal budget.
Instead of addressing the problems of the day, Mr. Obama is standing fast to the big-government programs he has long supported even though they are losing favor with the public.
Oddly though, despite his commitment to his policies, he doesn’t seem very confident about their popularity nor about their success in the real world. Instead of campaigning on those, he’s campaigning against his ideological adversaries, often creating issues of out of whole cloth–the better to demonize them.
NB: Tweaked the post since its initial publication.