James V. Capua
Published: June 8, 2010
The oil is blunt, harsh and without nuance, like the judgment of a tabloid.
In this crisis in the Gulf of Mexico, the Great Obama is reduced to a helpless observer of men with whom he is uneasy, performing tasks he does not understand. Neither he nor his functionaries can do anything, and their regulatory and financial chirping alongside the roaring machinery only serves to remind the rest of us of the uselessness of those who have made a career of taking and threatening, hindering, suing and penalizing.
The gritty physicality of this crisis undoes their self-imagined toughness, calling to mind Tony Soprano’s Gucci-shod thugs’ sorry encounter with the Russian Special Forces veteran in the snowy Pine Barrens.
It is so easy to imagine energy czar Carol Browner, Secretary of Homeland Security Napolitano, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and President Obama huddled together like Christopher and Paulie, freezing, with nothing but packets of McDonald’s ketchup and mustard to sustain them because they don’t know where they are or what to do.
The energy czar, or coordinator or whatever she is called, assures us she “has been a lifelong environmentalist,” but will be remembered only as one of those who could do little to save a rich way of life as rooted in history and place as she and her world view are abstracted from them.
With luck Alan Brinkley, Doris Kearns Goodwin or some other historical conjurer may, in time, soften the focus and confuse the issue. For now, though, Obama is twice undone. Even the densest Obama-addicted voter begins to appreciate how unacceptable is the price of having handed power to a president unprepared by experience, temperament or understanding of this nation to wield it.
And those of the political class are now free to do what necessity and their own low characters require.
The Obama illusion is in shreds. The power on which he fed politicians and media is spent. He no longer has anything to offer them, so they will abandon him. In the end it will be the spectacle of the political elites’ scorn and betrayal that serves as the ultimate sanction for the presumptuousness of this posturing mediocrity, whose unfitness to be president of the United States has now been proven conclusively.
James V. Capua