Victor: You have it absolutely right about Barack Obama — and therein lies one of the ways the Republicans can beat him.
By letting him beat himself as the cognitive dissonance between his ambition and his ability eventually gets the better of him. As you rightly point out, this is a man who’s never had to function in the real world. The way has been made straight for him from Punahou to Occidental to Columbia to Harvard without his ever having to have evinced any sort of distinction. In this he was aided and abetted by his official cheerleader, the New York Times, which has been avidly chronicling The One’s exploits since 1990.
(Obama’s reaction to being elected president of the Harvard Law Review: “The fact that I’ve been elected shows a lot of progress. It’s encouraging.”)
The Left has drawn extravagant comparisons between BHO II and such luminous predecessors as FDR and Ronald Reagan, but more and more it seems that the real antecedent here is Woodrow Wilson. Like Obama, Wilson was primarily an academic, a man who spent his formative years in academe (Princeton, the University of Virginia). A dud as a lawyer, he fled back to Johns Hopkins to get his doctorate, then taught at Bryn Mawr and Wesleyan before becoming president of Princeton. And thence, of course, from the faculty lounge straight into politics — governor of New Jersey and president, with the Republicans splitting between Taft and TR to hand him the election of 1912.
We all know how well the Wilson presidency worked out – a whole heapin’ helpin’ of anti-constitutional Progressivism, whose price we’re still paying.
Long on self-esteem, the prickly Obama has never had to face discouragement or even real defeat. He beat his early electoral opponents the Chicago Way — by getting them thrown off the ballot or to withdraw after their divorce records somehow became unsealed. In the election of 2008, all he had to do was beat John McCain.
Now, for the first time in his life, he’s having to face the fact that there are consequences — in this case, national — for his actions. Obama has a glass jaw, and Republicans need to keep pounding home the disparity between his rosy wishes and their stubborn, ugly reality, and watch what happens.