April 30th, 2010
By DANIEL HENNINGER, WSJ
Obama is the first modern President to start singling out his critics individually
Here’s a quiz: For which of the following reasons is the 44th president of the United States bad-mouthing Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, bankers, mine operators, insurers, Glenn Beck, the tea party, the Supreme Court and whoever he hammers as we go to press:
a) He’s rallying his base.
b) He’s rallying the Democrats’ base (one overlaps but does not equal the other).
c) He’s changing the subject from 9% unemployment.
d) To reverse his sinking approval ratings.
e) It’s what Saul Alinsky would do.
f) It’s what Barack Obama likes to do.
Astute readers instantly saw that the answer is, all of the above. (Incidentally, the left’s notion that Mr. Obama had to prove he could “stand up” to the Republicans must be laughable to the man who stood down the Clinton machine to win.)
Republicans such as Mitch McConnell, a target of Obamian invective, are calling it conduct unbecoming a president. They are right. Carter, Reagan, both Bushes and Ford didn’t do it. People assume the hyperpolitical Bill Clinton did it, but if memory serves, his public persona was presidential to a fault, even as he brimmed with Vesuvian anger.