Left-leaning pundits who swooned at Obama’s feet throughout the Democratic primary are currently back-pedaling as fast as they can from the haloed presumptive nominee who recently revealed himself in his post-primary dash to the center as just another old-style politician.
Pundits with celebrity status like Arianna Huffington are faced with the additional problem of calling Obama to account without admitting – God forbid – that they made the wrong choice in backing him over Hillary Clinton.
So in her “Memo to Obama: Moving to the Middle is for Losers” at yesterday’s Huffington Post, it was to be expected that Arianna would first make clear that in her not-to-be-questioned opinion, Sen. Clinton was among the losers to whom she was referring.
What Arianna failed to note, however, was that neither Clinton, nor her campaign, ever presented her as the second coming; thanks to Oprah, Obama was presented as “the one we’ve been waiting for.”
Here are the details:
Barack Obama rode forth as the harbinger of the new politics, and he and his followers touted his most outstanding characteristic as authenticity, never mind his skimpy resume and his lack of substance, apparent to any semi-conscious human being.
Obama was the candidate best known for his ability to make speeches that could quickly turn a political rally into a revival meeting.
On the other hand, Hillary Clinton presented her qualifications as wisdom, experience, dedication, and compassion for those in need She also boasted a reputation for hard work and the ability to cooperate with the opposition party in the nation’s best interests.
Clinton was the candidate best known for getting things done.
In a relatively short time since he was anointed by the Democratic party elite in collusion with the good old boys network in the media (and its co-dependent female allies like Arianna), Obama has managed to disillusion his most dedicated supporters.
Evidently in mourning, Arianna quotes the previously unsullied Obama:
"What's stopped us is the failure of leadership, the smallness of our politics -- the ease with which we're distracted by the petty and trivial, our chronic avoidance of tough decisions, our preference for scoring cheap political points instead of rolling up our sleeves and building a working consensus to tackle big problems.... The time for that politics is over. It's time to turn the page."
Saddened by her guy’s recent defection, our celebrity female media guru continues to lament the one she thought she knew back when:
‘“That was Barack Obama in February of 2007, announcing his run for the White House. ‘I know I haven't spent a lot of time learning the ways of Washington,’ he said that day, ‘but I've been there long enough to know that the ways of Washington must change.”’
Understandably, Arianna is now forced to ask:
‘“Was that just ‘overheated and amplified’ rhetoric?’
‘“The Obama brand has always been about inspiration, a new kind of politics, the audacity of hope, and ‘change we can believe in.’ I like that brand. More importantly, voters -- especially unlikely voters -- like that brand.’
“Pulling it off the shelf and replacing it with a political product geared to pleasing America's vacillating swing voters -- the ones who will be most susceptible to the fear-mongering avalanche that has already begun -- would be a fatal blunder.”
Arianna concludes with the kind of zinger she’s noted for:
“Realpolitik is one thing. Realstupidpolitik is quite another.”
Hate to tell you, Arianna, but we Clinton supporters knew that long before you and your countless readers caught on.
To read more, Google Arianna’s “Memo to Obama: Moving to the Middle is for Losers” at the Huffington Post.
Better yet, check in for the latest developments at the Denver Group, working hard to keep Hillary Clinton’s name on the ballot at the Democratic convention in August.