Editor's Note: I started this post in early December, but put it on the back burner when work and other commitments overwhelmed me. Now, nearly two months later, I am returning to it. My headline originally referred to the two leftist columnists who only recently began calling out Barack Hussein Obama for the fraud he is. But now it has a double meaning: This post is also "better late than never"!
During the final year of a presidential administration that is wrapping up its second term, key officials and aides typically "jump ship" and find other employment as consultants or media talking heads. Invariably, they write a kiss-and-tell book and trash, if not the president himself, than at least his policies and/or some of his inner circle.
Sometimes, journalists also throw a president under the bus even though they once supported him. I predict we will see more of this than normal in the coming months.
Recent case in point: Two stalwart liberal columnists of the Washington Post (or "Washington Compost," as Mark Levin calls it), wrote columns slamming President Narcissist, a man they once idolized with the fervor of the ancient Israelites worshipping a golden calf.
Richard Cohen, a reliable leftist for over three decades, wrote a scathing piece titled, "Obama, the president who lost his voice." Cohen stated that Obama's "eloquence has been replaced by petulance and he has lost the power to persuade." He added, "If the Obama of today and not Winston Churchill had led Britain in World War II, the Old Vic Theatre would now be doing 'Hamlet' in German."
Cohen also noted that Obama's terms have coincided with the Republicans taking over both houses of Congress, many state legislatures and more than 30 governorships.
Cohen chided The One for making his infamous "red line" threat to Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad, then not following up on it. "The result has been a foreign policy debacle in which the measure of Obama has been taken. He has been bullied off the playground." Ouch!
A fellow traveler, Dana Millbank, in "Barack Obama, President Oh-Bummer," lambasted the O-man for his tepid and weak response to the Paris terror attacks of Nov. 13
"On the left, facing the cameras, was François Hollande, war president. He spoke of 'cowardly murderers' who 'dishonor humanity,' of a 'relentless determination to fight terrorism everywhere and anywhere,' of 'an implacable joint response,' of 'hunting down their leaders' and 'taking back the land.' On the right stood Barack Obama, President Oh-bummer."
Milbank noted Obama's repeated warning that everything involving terrorism and Syria "is going to be hard." Calling Hollande "upbeat and can-do," Millbank lamented that Obama was "discouraging and lawyerly."
He concluded, "Maybe you can motivate people when you sound so discouraging. But it’s hard."
Hate to say "I told you so," but I told you so...
The sad thing is, these liberals will not learn their lesson. They'll throw out the used up, discredited President Narcissist and then embrace the next shiny new promise of liberalism -- be it Hillary, Bernie or perhaps Joe Biden if Hillary's legal troubles become so severe that she is marginalized.
The fact is, Obama personifies the emptiness and nihilism of 21st century progressivism. He's oh, so smart, they said, that he'll lead us out of the wilderness if we'll only trust his keen intellect and soaring rhetoric. Too bad that neat crease in his pants didn't amount to much, eh, David Brooks?
No, it is the epitome of arrogance and narcissism to think that idealism, good intentions and the right recipe of law, regulations, jurisprudence and executive actions will bring about a utopia on earth. You see, there are these nettlesome little obstacles called "reality" and "human nature" that leftist progressives seem incapable of comprehending.
Obama is but the latest in a long series of failed statists. He's not the first, and he certainly won't be the last. If the Hindu belief of reincarnation -- coming back to live life over and over again until lessons are learned and the spirit has "got its act together," to use the vernacular -- applied to politics, today's progressives would be on their millionth go-around, with millions more to come.
Patience, my dear lad. Patience...