The fix is on

Mar 10, 2013 by

Even when dining with Obama, Republicans know the prix-fixe is always in.

What could be more out of character for President Barack “I’m not a dictator” Obama than sitting down for a nice meal with a dozen Senate Republicans?

But that’s just what happened on Wednesday night at Washington, D.C.’s Jefferson Hotel where, over foie gras and lobster, the power elite spoke about what Washington will do next to the rest of us.

RINOs-in-chief John McCain (AZ) and Lindsey Graham (SC) were there (hours before they took to the Senate floor to disgracefully attack Rand Paul), along with more stalwart sorts such as Pat Toomey (PA) and Senator Ron Johnson, a Tea Party businessman from Wisconsin who is the best senator nobody’s ever heard of.

Senators described the evening with terms like constructive, congenial, and cordial.

And on Thursday, President Obama had a “constructive” lunch with House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), with the committee’s ranking Democrat, Chris Van Hollen (MD) also there to enjoy the lentil soup and sea bass. (No lobster for Congressmen!) According to the Washington Post, “Topics included tackling the deficit and the president’s proposal to replace the sequester with a deficit reduction package that includes tax increases.” I wonder if Ryan was able to enjoy his lunch hearing Obama’s typical economic idiocy, which could make even the finest occasion seem simultaneously bland and sour.

But why is this happening?

Barack Obama and his fellow Democratic petty tyrants are (in)famous for going it alone, thinking that narrow election victories mean they have total control and free rein to trample the minority.

Obama is pretending to play nice because he, for one of the few times during his presidency, feels weakness.

The sequester debate was a debacle for him, with even liberal media outlets and comedians making fun of the administration’s Chicken Little attempts to induce panic among Americans.

This just days after left-leaning newspapers (including the New York Times editorial page) and blogs raised obvious ethical questions about Organizing for Action, the former Obama campaign organization, offering access to the president for half-million dollar donations to their hypocritical hate-the-one-percent coffers. (On Thursday, OFA said it would not take money from corporations, lobbyists, or foreigners, but I’m sure the SEIU and George Soros remain welcome.)

The theme of Obama as non-leader is percolating through society with Fox News’ Brit Hume calling the president’s sequester-related antics “the most peculiar behavior I have ever seen by a president.”

In Gallup’s daily tracking poll of the president’s approval ratings, the most recent data shows the first drop below 50% since September.

Obama’s obvious lack of ability to lead, or even interest in leading, further highlighted by his playing golf while his henchmen were playing up supposed sequester devastation, must be showing up in the administration’s internal polling as well.

The Obama team nervously recognizes that the Teflon is being scraped off this ultimate non-stick president. And while Obama did have low approval numbers during much of his first term, he never seemed to believe (nor did political betting odds say he should have believed) that those numbers would translate into electoral defeat in 2012. But this time feels different, not least because the president’s remarkable change of behavior seems to acknowledge a transformation of the political environment.

One might suggest that Obama simply wants to try a new way of governing, that he really does want to get along with the opposition. But that belies everything we know about the man. He has the character of a tyrant, and never cooperates with anyone but his most loyal subjects… and I do mean subjects.

via The American Spectator : Keeping His Enemies Closer.

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