Buried right in the article that you can imagine the writer crossing his arms and nodding with a smug expression after hitting publish is this gem:
The emerging narrative of Barack Obama, the one that actually comports to reality, is that he is a rare political talent but a disaster when it comes to actually governing.This line reveals the stupidity. How is Obama a rare political talent? I'm being serious. The media cannot see that he has a passive-negative style nor can they admit that he is the product of the media and Axelrod-Emanuel's machinations in 2008 and 2012. How many insider books and biographies can be printed that paint him as a self-obsessed manic-depressive who hates the job? Anyone going to catch on but Steve Sailer? President Obama fumbled in 2008, and was bailed out by the media crowning him over Clinton and then a financial crisis to seal the deal. Obama foolishly went to lobby for Chicago to get the Olympics when the deck was stacked for Brazil. He acted like a petulant child at the climate conferences. Obama campaigned for Corzine, the VA governor race in 2009, Martha Coakley in 2010 (all losses), but then avoided campaigning for his old Senate seat to remain Democrat in an incredibly tight election. He caved on a tax-spend deal even before the Tea Party wave Republicans were in office. The defining picture of the OBL raid wait makes him look like an extra, not the C-in-C. He flubbed the debates, but secret tape of Romney saying "47%" gave him a great propaganda line even if the concept was true.
Tell me what are his talents snarky columnist?
1. He is black but not threateningly black. Gay rumors about him sound too plausible.
2. "He speaks so well".
2a. He could get the benefit of low expectations for intelligence so that when he read speeches full of clichés and empty platitudes, white media members could gush.
3. He is the one black politician, if not only, who earned a state wide seat that had no track record of massive corruption that the Democrats could push.
4. He had a Harvard degree.
5. He could be called the cool black guy to SWPLs and the black man that black woman had wished they had married or had as a son so they turned out at generational highs to save his hide in 2012.
That is not talent. Those are a series of traits. There is no talent to being the whitest black man in the public eye since Bryant Gumbel. That is not hard when you are raised by whites, have few if any black acquaintances growing up, and attend elite schools. His talent is not talent. His defining feature is that he could inspire the turnout, the media chose him over Clinton and his handlers could work marvelous campaigns. He is not a rare talent, but a rare being: the non-threatwning, arugula eating, eloquent black guy still married to a black woman. Cliff Huxtable come to life.
For these neocons to admit that, they would have to admit that these politicians are selected and that all that matters is the turnout. Commentary is a part of this system, so they cannot pull the curtain back and explain how their sword touches a politician's shoulder deeming him worthy of national attention. President Obama is a symbol for his voters and a figurehead in our system. Why else would the mainstream media gush over Elizabeth Warren (female alternative to Clinton) and Julian Castro (first Hispanics president) and hint at the White House in the future? Governors Brian Sandoval and Susana Martinez do not count (republican). We have long since moved beyond positive policies or effective governance. Quick: what was the major legislative achievements in 2013? Can you name one? All that matters is who won the last election and who wins the next. In his moment, Obama is the right combination to get the right number of votes from just enough people.