Boy, am I ever in agreement with this piece by John Podhoretz. For the most part, it echoes what I’ve been saying for a long time—which is that Obama is an excellent, ruthless, and very smart politician (please see this for one of my posts on the subject).
I agree with almost every point Podhoretz is making except that, unlike him, I think Obama actually is far more a radical than a typical liberal politician; I think he does have a far left agenda. But I agree with Podhoretz that since most people find that idea preposterous, those who’ve been saying it sound nuts and it therefore backfires against them.
Podhoretz also says those who urged people to vote for Romney because he would be a good manager were wrong. I agree that was probably wrong, but I was not one of those people. I thought people should vote for Romney because (a) he was better than Obama in almost every way; (b) he was more conservative than most people thought; and (c) he would create a good climate for business and economic recovery.
At any rate, the Romney part is moot now. The Obama part is still important because (as I’ve also said many times) the right underestimates him at their peril.
While strolling down memory lane to write this post I did, however, come across another passage I wrote in early October, 2012, that I think bears repeating:
One thing I believe is that, if Romney loses this election, the right will start tearing itself apart in anger. That’s another thing the left banks on, and—if indeed some of the polls are being rigged to favor Obama at present—it would also be one of the goals of such deception: to demoralize the right and cause the usual circular firing squad to begin. I already see some evidence of it in articles and comments from the right that accuse Romney of not wanting to win, of not going on the attack enough (as though that would elude the negative media spin), of not doing whatever it might be that the brilliant armchair strategists would be doing if they were running for president, an election they of course would win by dint of their brilliant strategy. If Romney loses, the RINO theme will rise again undiminished, and the hatred of the “Republican establishment.”
My opinion of what’s going on is quite different: if the American people re-elect Obama despite his failures, lies, betrayals, immaturity, gaffes, arrogance, destructive foreign policy, demonstrated leftism, small-mindedness, lack of leadership, executive power-grabs, fiscal irresponsibility, and a host of other negatives I may have forgotten to list but which have been operating for the last four years, then it will prove that the American people have fundamentally changed in the direction they want this country to take, and it will require some major upheaval to reverse that trend. We can’t wait around for the perfect candidate; a good-enough candidate like Romney should be good-enough to beat Obama, and if that’s not possible it says more about the country than the candidate.
Yep. It has.