What is Obama to do now? He and his Democratic are lashed to their ten ton deadweight, ObamaCare. They are sinking fast, and dragging the country down with them.
How does Obama win reelection? How does the nation prosper? What on earth happens next?
Tellingly, Hugh Hewitt's chappie Clark Judge writes that folks inside the Beltway are starting to sneer at the president. He quotes center-left Politico.
“McConnell wanted to negotiate primarily with Biden, concerned that other Democrats, especially Obama, would prove to be less trustworthy bargaining partners... GOP House staffers were burnt out after months of fruitless meetings at the White House that they had taken to calling ‘joke meetings’ or worse still, ‘Professor Obama’s lectures.’”
Oy! So Jonah Goldberg writes that Obama is between a rock and a hard place.
He’s got no place he can go, but he can’t stay where he is.
I have an idea. It is an old idea, perhaps the oldest idea there is. Obama must become the Dying King, and sacrifice himself for the greater good of the nation.
The Dying King myth began as the dying god. The Egyptians had Osiris. The Mesopotamians had Dumuzi. For Christianity there is Jesus Christ, the Son of God who died for the sins of the world.
We have had Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy.
The dying king must sacrifice himself that the country might live. George W. Bush understood this at the very moment of 9/11. He knew that he must wage a long war against Islamic terror, and he knew that he would end up being sacrificed for the greater good of the country. And so he was, as liberals turned against his policy at the earliest tactical opportunity, and demonized him for eight long years. But his policy endured, as we know, with Obama essentially continuing his policy, only without the determination and commitment.
Now we have liberalism in free fall, in moral and financial bankrupty. Now it is time for President Obama to step up, in his turn, and submit to the destiny of all worthy leaders, to accept that he must take the incoming rounds (metaphorically) so that the community, the tribe, the nation may endure.
Does he have it in him? Democrats have never really thought about this dimension of political leadership. They just think abou the one-dimensional glory of government programs that care about people. But now they are committed to a terrible Goetterdaemmerung of liberalism. Will the president suck it in and die a noble political death with dignity? Or will he continue as the divider-in-chief, scoring political points and blaming millionaires and billionaires like some Latin American thug dictator.
Next year, 2012, is going to be an annus horribilis for our Democratic friends. The only question remaining is whether the Democrats deal with this immense challenge with fortitude and honor, or whether they funk it and bring the whole nation down around them in a chaotic rout.