GET POLITICAL w/ VIC LIVINGSTON - Mark Penn Was Right. Obama is Unelectable. (Opinion)
• Too many Democrats are spellbound.
• An "AL-le-GORE-y" foretold by John Lennon?
"Oh!" The pundits gasp. "That Mark Penn! How could he say those mean things?"
To which we say, yeah, how could Penn speak the unvarnished truth and find his on-point prophecies so derided by Hillaryland appeasers?
The Atlantic Monthly has published a revealing insider's look at Hillary's star-crossed presidential campaign, focusing on revelatory emails by her top advisers -- most notably, chief strategist Mark Penn. Penn had counseled that the Hillary camp should paint Obama as something less than All-American, a strategy roundly rejected by other staffers, and the candidate herself. And he flatly declared that Obama is "unelectable" -- unless he's up against Attilla the Hun!
Events are proving Mark Penn right. Obama has failed to lead. He has failed to fight. He has failed to adhere to the core positions that won him a loyal following among cockeyed lefties.
And yes, too often Obama has projected the disconcerting image of a stranger in a strange land, an outsider, someone who says he's from Kansas but whose manner seems like it came straight out of Oz.
Beware the man behind the curtain.
Geraldine Ferraro was right, too; Obamanauts fell in love with a dream, and succumbed to the siren lure of a personality cultist, a too-clever-by-half dream-weaver.
It was not enough that he aspires to be the American President after only three undistinguished years on the national scene. No, Barack Obama had to present himself as the President of the World. He is, as the GOP mocks, "The One" who professes to transform humankind not by adherence to principle but by expediency and compromise masquerading as "change."
And maybe Hillary was right, if impolitic, with her mocking: "And the celestial choirs will SING!..."
Obama has turned out to be yet another false prophet. He started out as a visionary who dared to dream. Then the dream transmogrified into mass hypnosis, a soul-less trance. Obama executed the spell, but also fell victim to his own voodoo.
John Lennon wrote a song about a man like this:
He's a real nowhere man / living in his nowhere land /
Making all his nowhere plans for nobody
Doesn't have a point of view / knows not where he's going to /
Isn't he a bit like you and me
Then, a second verse relevant to the Obama Odyssey:
He's as blind as he can be / Just sees what he wants to see /
Nowhere man, can you see me at all?
Obama bought into his own dream. He failed to perceive the real needs of the people he would save. And now, he cannot see that the dream is over (to evoke the words of yet another Lennon lyric).
It is over because it is a dream bereft of a soul. Obama's dream is Obama. He has become his own graven image, the object of his own blind idol-worship. He committed a cardinal sin: He bought into his own hype, believed his own press.
Now, even Obama's most loyal core supporters, the starry-eyed legions who set him upon his "improbable journey," have awakened from the dream.
Thank the Lord, and Mark Penn, that the revelation has come just in time for the Democratic Party to save itself.
Hillary has assumed the mantle of savior, although she will not be the one to return to "the promised land" (read, White House). Her loyal delegates will prevent Obama from being nominated on the first ballot, and then Hillary will power-broker a winning strategy: Recognizing that her marital baggage proscribes her from the nomination, she will throw her support, and her delegates, to Al Gore.
Even before the final roll call, Gore will have signaled that he would name Barack Obama as his vice presidential designate, defusing any opposition that might arise from Obama diehards. And Gore will go on to decisively defeat Obama on the final roll call.
Obama, now chastened, will accept the vice presidency with an appropriate mixture of pride and humility -- the humility that was lacking in his over-reaching campaign for the top job.
A fantasy, you say? Please let us quote from yet another John Lennon verse:
You may say I'm a dreamer / But I'm not the only one
Why don't you come and join us / And the world will live as one
Just so happens that in '08, "The One" may turn out to be "The Gore-acle," not Barack Obama.
BUT WILL THE ELECTION EVEN COUNT?
Not if government-supported "vigilante injustice" squads are targeting Americans outside of the bounds of the law: