84% of Americans make their living in the private sector. Recent polling shows only 38% of Americans have a positive outlook on the economy. If Obama really believes those 84% are doing fine, he has no intention of changing economic policies of which a majority disapprove. By putting himself at odds with a majority of the country, the president has chosen a very unusual political campaign strategy.
No longer does the great uniter of 2008 even pretend to exist. Obama has abandoned his mantle of warrior for the 99% and instead opted to champion the 16% of working Americans who call the public sector their home. By stating the private sector is fine, then in the next sentence discussing plans to support state and local government, the president has put the private sector on notice: “You’re on your own.”
Given Obama’s repeated assaults on what he terms as Republican “you’re-on-your-own economics,” there’s rich irony to this gaffe. However, this gaffe is also the latest in a disturbing pattern of cutting ties with entire blocs of Americans through demonization or abandonment. How many enemies will Obama make and how isolated will he become by the time the November elections roll around?
Obama’s enemies list
The NY Times recently revealed that Obama keeps a ‘Kill List’ of foreign terrorists, from which the president personally decides who he will assassinate next. It turns out that Obama and campaign manager David Axelrod mull over a similar list of domestic enemies:
- The Supreme Court
- Congressional Republicans
- The state of Arizona
- U.S. Catholics
- Media outlets
- The oil and coal industries
- White working class voters
- The military and intelligence communities
- Major donors to Romney’s campaign
Obama wrote in Dreams From My Father that he felt like “a spy behind enemy lines” during his brief stint in the private sector. Adding the private sector to this list is akin to France’s and Germany’s ill-advised forays into Russia during the Napoleonic Wars and World War II. Obama may score a number of small victories, but in the long term both he and the country will lose, and lose badly.
All politicians identify key voter blocs and calculate whether to pull them in or push them away. This includes Mitt Romney, who told a college student that if she wanted free contraceptives, she should “vote for the other guy.” Going further, the Obama campaign has decided not only to polarize various voter blocs, but also to denigrate major institutions of civil society, implying in monarchical fashion that only the executive branch that Obama heads is the legitimate means for moving “Forward.”
It also shows a frightening willingness to sacrifice anyone and everyone around him to advance himself. The clearest example of this was the destruction of his party’s congressional majority for the sake of Obamacare.
The enemies within
Obama’s campaign recently blasted Bill Clinton for undermining Obama’s assault on Romney’s record at Bain Capital, which Clinton said was “sterling.”
No one confuses the Clintons for Obama’s friends, but Bill Clinton wasn’t alone. Senator Dianne Feinstein (up for re-election), former PA governor Ed Rendell, and Newark mayor Cory Booker (now of the ‘hostage video’ fame) among others, issued various degrees of opposition to the Bain attacks.
The list of internecine battles between the Obama administration and other Democrats grows. The Democrat-controlled Senate rejected Obama’s budget proposals two years in a row. Bipartisan support is emerging for investigating the possible unauthorized disclosures by the White House of classified information related to the aforementioned ‘Kill List,’ collusion on the Iranian cyber attacks, and methods used to obtain Osama Bin Laden’s DNA. David Axelrod and Eric Holder can’t get their stories straight over the Fast and Furious scandal.
Outside the federal government, staunch Democrat voting blocs are fracturing at the seams. Black Christian leaders and some NAACP leaders have pulled away their support for the president over his recent support for gay marriage. Forty percent of Democrat voters in West Virginia preferred a prison inmate over Obama. Even staunch union supporters are engaged in a civil war between the public and private entities.
As Obama retreats further into his Chicago campaign bunker and his ostensible allies flee, who’s left in there with him?
Fortifying the bunker
Obama’s presidency is taking on Nixonian-level isolation. Lacking the paranoia of the only president ever to resign from office, Obama nonetheless is returning more and more to the loner ways of his youth, an observation first highlighted by the Washington Post and New York Post last fall.
Politically, every move seems calculated to stick a wedge in the most divisive issues the country faces. It’s hard to remember the last time Obama reached out to a new group of voters. His presidency has been one long ebb from the electoral tide of 2008.
After pushing away all of conservative America, portions of his base, and all of the private sector, who’s left in Obama’s bunker?
The ‘Democracy is Dead‘ guy?
Obama started out supporting the 99% and the private sector workers of the middle class. By November, he may find himself part of a more and more isolated 1% that are scattered throughout the country in the ghost towns of public sector union halls, Hollywood’s mansions, and academia’s ivory towers.