How many times has our president reminded us of what he “inherited”? I think if President Barack Obama’s shoestring broke, press secretary Jay Carney would blame President George W. Bush. Excuses aside, Obama does deal with a challenging inheritance no one is talking about—the Democrat brand.
Democrats have a remarkable tendency to divide. Obama ran on a pledge to unite America, but you can’t beat the brand. The party’s history is one of division—Jim Crow, the national convention in 1924 known as the “Klanbake” and Bull Connor. How better to secure a large bloc of votes than by a direct appeal based on the color of one’s skin? That’s a big bloc. Dems still use that tactic in all their messaging—only the hues have changed.
Current messaging includes the customary victimology—mostly based on skin color, but some based on gender.
There’s also the anti-prosperity message.
Obama’s strategy at present isn’t an attack on wealth or the rich—it’s an attack on prosperity. The fact people fall for it says a lot about greed and the Tenth Commandment.
It doesn’t help that there have been ongoing scandals. Media may blow them over quickly, but people don’t forget. Barney Frank, Anthony Weiner, Jon Corzine, Eliot Spitzer, Fast and Furious, Solyndra, John Murtha, the GSA bacchanal in Las Vegas.
Then there’s the money. Democrats gave us Fannie Mae, the dot com bubble, the housing bubble (twice) and one third of an energy bubble that unfortunately has yet to round itself out in order to pop. Does anyone really know what Leftist policy has cost us in toto? You could start with the New Deal and work your way forward to a Mt. Everest of spending.
Right now the party also has a leadership gap. The Kennedys are gone. Tip O’Neill is way gone too. Right now, Obama’s leaders are Sen. Harry Reid (Nev.) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi. Think about that for a minute.
If the country gets attacked, we would have that trio handling it. Speaker John Boehner would probably try to help, but I doubt they’d let him in the situation room.
Obama can’t talk about the realities of his brand. Fact is, he’s stuck with it. Americans, however, now have the technology to read history and to inform themselves about what their government is doing.
Long gone is the day when friendly media could work with the party to create a modern day Camelot myth.
Obama’s brand. There’s his most troubling inheritance.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/April 18, 2012)