It has been awe inspiring to watch the speed with which the Dem’s have allowed themselves to be painted into a rather severe political corner. Faced with a bit of opposition on cap and trade and then on healthcare, mostly from the powerless Right after having run as the party of bi-partisan national reconciliation, they have inexplicably lashed out at anyone, Republican, Democrat, or Independent, who would dare question their attempts to fundamentally restructure the governments relationship with its citizens, referring to them as brownshirts and organized mobs rather than openly discussing the ramifications of these changes as was explicitly promised by what was to have been the most transparent and ethical administration in living memory. It seems that when you promise hope and change and rainbows and instead deliver brass knuckle Chicago style politics to the mostly elderly citizens attending these town hall meetings, Americans will notice and are taken aback somewhat. Go figure.
I suspect that Obama, being a political survivor of the highest order and still early in his Presidency will find a way out of this mess that he has curiously inflicted upon himself, but at other times I wonder. For someone who was supposed to bring everyone into a big circle jerk of Kumbayah bi-partisanship, he has shown himself to be remarkably clumsy and out of touch in this regard.
Hubris can be a necessary but sometime cruel master to those who practice the art of politics. In the game of power, foes and erstwhile allies alike will possess contingency plans. In the fevered rush to implement his statist agenda through bullying rather than reasoning, Obama may find he is the last man in the room when push comes to shove. He may find himself alone when the voice of political survival whispers into the ear of those who make a career of self interest. Wouldn’t it be a strange turn of events if Obama himself this time ended up being the one tossed under the bus in the interests of power.