"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Monday, November 4, 2013

Two Stories, One Story.

Here are two stories that are really one story.   I'll tell you what the headline of the overarching story is at the end.   For now, the two seemingly separate stories.  

First, there is the increasingly honest treatment of the Obamacare debacle by the mainstream media.   At some point, if it's raining outside, weathermen are going to have to report it, if only to keep themselves from becoming irrelevant.   When millions of Americans are getting cancellation letters for their health insurance, facts which contradict the main promise of the President with regard to his signature achievement, even libs at the Washington Post are going to have to report it.   But the real shocker is that the MSM is beginning to put the blame where it belongs -- on Obama's extraordinarily poor management skills:

“They were running the biggest start-up in the world, and they didn’t have anyone who had run a start-up, or even run a business,” said David Cutler, a Harvard professor and health adviser to Obama’s 2008 campaign, who was not the individual who provided the memo to The Washington Post but confirmed he was the author. “It’s very hard to think of a situation where the people best at getting legislation passed are best at implementing it. They are a different set of skills.”
The White House’s leadership of the immense project — building new health insurance marketplaces for an estimated 24 million Americans without coverage — is one of several key reasons that the president’s signature domestic policy achievement has become a self-inflicted injury for the administration....

I hate to say we told you so, but we told you so.   America chose a neophyte who had never done anything in his life that required substantive achievements -- a community organizer, a "lecturer" at a law school, a "present"-voting state senator, a hit-the-ground-campaigning U.S. Senator, a presidential candidate, Obama had basically never done anything with a bottom line, never done anything where results mattered more than perceptions, never done anything that wasn't essentially defined by talking.   Republicans said he was unprepared and we were right; we offered an exceedingly competent man of substantive achievements in 2012 to try to undo the damage, Mitt Romney, and America chose Dr. Feelgood instead.  

The second story is more chilling.   It comes from the new book, Double Down, by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, about the 2012 campaign:

A new book covering the 2012 presidential campaign uncovers a series of scathing remarks from political figures, but one alleged comment has stirred controversy around President Barack Obama and his administration’s use of targeted drone strikes.
Mark Halperin and John Heilemann’s book “Double Down: Game Change 2012” notes President Obama commenting on drone strikes, reportedly telling his aides that he’s “really good at killing people.”

This echoes something that was reported a couple of years ago at the Ulsterman Report, where an unnamed "White House Insider" commented on Obama's interest in the drone strike program:

UM: I need to your to expand on the Drone thing – Obama’s love of using the drones. You say you “got the goods” – your words. What do you mean? 
WHI: It’s what has been brewin’ for well over a year now…it’s causing all kinds of hell between the administration…the military…infighting and concern among the staff…even Jarrett don’t have a handle on all of it. Even she is not entirely comfortable with how the president has sunk his teeth into the drones…the kill list. She’s not bothered by their use specifically…she’s more…I would guess she’s more worried over the political implications of Obama’s obsession…that eventually enough people will stand together and say ENOUGH. She can’t afford to have that happen too soon…the re-election makes them all vulnerable…the plans…the obligations to others…America can still stop them in 2012 and she understands that. So having Obama so oddly focused…not just focused…he gets excited…visually…the guy gets off on it and he ain’t even hiding that fact anymore. And some are repulsed by it. They’ve done video reviews you know…of the missions. The drones. The kills. 
UM: The president you mean? He watches videos of the drone attacks? 
WHI: Yeah – like it was…like it was porn. I can’t emphasize…I don’t think I’m painting a clear enough picture here for you of how this thing has people really freaking out inside the administration. It’s good on one hand because it’s got more of them willing to talk…but…the fact it’s gotten this bad…these drones…an American president who has the video sent up to his personal study so he can watch them over and over again…like I said – sh-t ain’t right. And more and more people are figuring that out – and that is what has Jarrett concerned. But even she…Obama won’t listen to her on this one. Those drones are the one thing he really feels he has control over…all the rest…he’s been told what to say and where to go…when to wake…when to sleep…but the drones. The drones are all his – and he ain’t given those up. For nobody.

Scary stuff, if true... and I hasten to add that "if true," since this is really just Internet rumor. 

What connects Obama's apparent inattention to the details of Obamacare and his apparent obsession with drone strikes?   Why is this really one story?  

They are connected, I believe, this way... Obama is a malignant narcissist.   Obamacare, if you credit its stated intentions, is about "caring" about the uninsured.   But Obama can't be bothered about actually helping people, actually caring about people.   Those details are beneath him.   But he can be bothered about having the power to kill people remotely with drones, like a God sending a lightning bolt to earth by pointing his finger.  

So what's the headline of the one story that draws Obamacare and the drone program together?   Check below the fold for the answer.

Obama Is Not a Good Person.

Occam's Razor, don't you know.   Isn't this, in the end, the simplest explanation for what we've seen over the past five years?

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