In a speech at Northwestern University last month, Barack Obama said: “I am not on the ballot this fall…. But make no mistake: These policies are on the ballot. Every single one of them.”
Obama’s bottomless vanity, his clinical narcissism, compelled him to tell the truth.
Of course, when the polls saw the coming bloodbath the Democrats would suffer in the 2014 midterm elections, Obama quickly and characteristically played the victim, shifting the blame to an electoral map that was stacked against him.
But everyone realized that Obama and his radical policies were on the ballot: first among them Obamacare, unfolding in terrible slow motion, a destructive Rube Goldberg monstrosity that is raising health care costs while degrading the quality of care for most Americans.
And of course, there are the scandals: Fast & Furious, Benghazi, the IRS, the VA, the JV Islamic State, the nonexistent red line in Syria, the surrenders in Iraq and Afghanistan, amnesty for illegals, the refusal to secure the southern border, Obama’s disgraceful appeasement of Iran’s Islamic fascists as he throws Israel into the snake pit, high taxes, lack of jobs, an ever-expanding welfare state, the suicidal budget cuts to America’s military even as Russia and China are on the march — and, most recently, Ebola. How’s that Ebola czar working out, folks?
And the lies… the litany of appalling lies that spills from Obama’s lips with such pathological ease.
All of the above speaks to the corrupting and corrosive effects of bloated government, the refusal to recognize constitutional restrictions on presidential power, the incompetence of big government, and the naivety, if not the downright stupidity, of smart power.
And, of course, Americans are sick and tired of the shameless race-hustling that is the centerpiece of Obama’s world view.
For the American people, the thrill is gone.