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The Democrats' (and Media's) Obama Problem
« on: September 11, 2014, 11:35:39 am »
September 11, 2014
The Democrats' (and Media's) Obama Problem
By Monty Pelerin

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.

The calculus that guides Obama supporters will be determined by self-interest. It guides every vote and position taken by the political class. Crassly and figuratively, each individual will ponder this question: "Is Obama worth more to me dead or alive?" That is, am I individually better off supporting or abandoning him?

The titular head of the Democratic Party and the President of the United States has created such an obvious mess that cutting him loose may be the best option. How individuals in politics and journalism decide this question may very well determine the viability of their individual future success. Deciding incorrectly could truncate or even terminate careers.

Democrat politicians and media supporters must make a choice and choosing incorrectly may be fatal.  The president has obviously failed and increasingly is viewed around the world as a laughingstock. I suspect that many will choose to stop defending the indefensible.

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