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Monday, January 25, 2010

The Difference is Me

Obama's hubris will, I believe, be the stuff of legend for generations to come. As we look back at his presidency (when we do of course), we'll probably view that hubris as one of his biggest fatal flaws. If, in fact, he turns things around it will be because he gets the hubris under control. That moment hasn't come yet though. (H/T to Powerline)

Rep. Marion Berry, D-Ark., fears that these midterm elections are going to go
the way of the 1994 midterms, when Democrats lost control of the House after a
failed health care reform effort.

But, Berry told the Arkansas Democrat
Gazette, the White House does not share his concerns.

“They just don’t
seem to give it any credibility at all,” Berry said. “They just kept telling us
how good it was going to be. The president himself, when that was brought up in
one group, said, ‘Well, the big difference here and in ’94 was you’ve got me.’
We’re going to see how much difference that makes now.

Berry recently announced his retirement. He was speaking to the president about how dire he saw the Democrats' electoral prospects in November. Berry made the comparison to 1994. The President appears to think that a repeat won't happen because he's president.

To me arrogance is simply when your own self worth is so inflated that you render yourself annoying to most others. Hubris is when arrogance becomes a fatal flaw.

The president refuses to recognize that his presidency is spinning out of control. He believes that he will overcome the overwhelming electoral dynamics simply due to his own persona. Such hubris is simply fatal. Let's hope that following his stunning loss in November he'll gain some humility and that humility will keep him hungry.


AG said...

Its possible he simply meant that Obama feels like its his responsibility to save his party from another 1994, but you'll have to forgive me if I don't find such a conservative Democrat as Berry a particularly trustworthy source on Obama.

Harrison said...

Pride goeth before the Fall. After Obama gets a smacking in November he might learn, but I doubt it.

I think he believes he can blame Republicans and say Congress didn't do good enough work and that will leave him untouched. He is wrong.

Anonymous said...

It is truly bizarre that Obama thinks a new speech will save the day.

Everyone is now wise to all of the tricks:
sweeping generalizations, straw man arguments, false dichotomies, "let be perfectly clear" and "make no mistake", every promise has an expiry date with the One.