Peggy Noonan, the former Republican speechwriter, wrote a blog post recently titled “Incompetence.” She highlighted examples of how Obama staffers “don’t have a background in executing” the policies the president seeks to articulate.
Rather, Noonan wrote, “they have a background in communicating, but not in doing.”
Of course, an Obama supporter might say Noonan is a partisan conservative. Despite her resume, however, Noonan gave Obama a chance in 2008. Back then, she wrote a “case for Barack Obama, in broad strokes” in which, among other things, she suggested Obama “shows good judgment in terms of whom to hire and consult.” Noonan referred to Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin as “not … thoughtful” and “limited in her ability to explain and defend her positions.”
Noonan cannot be lumped among those people who never wanted Obama to succeed.
In 2008, George W. Bush’s unpopularity coupled with the euphoria of electing the first black president, introducing a different worldview and financial panic from the financial crisis rocketed Barack Obama into the White House. He was the standard-bearer for the hope that liberal policies would make America great again.
He coulda been a contender.
But he wasn’t what he seemed. Former network anchor Tom Brokaw’s admission about Obama, just days after his election, that “[t]here’s a lot about him we don’t know” was maybe the most blatant indictment of the media’s failure to perform due diligence during the campaign.
Obama, with liberal majorities in both the House and Senate, was center stage. He had the power to prove the left’s ability to solve the nation’s woes.
This is why Noonan’s recent piece is so timely. Instead of having an all-pro quarterback to prove their politics, liberals actually got a third-stringer in Obama.
Liberals wanted socialized medicine. Obama won his legislative campaign for a government takeover of American health care, but his signature policy initiative is already considered a failure. Three years after passage, his staff cannot even create a working web site to sign people up. These champions of liberalism also apparently intentionally misled citizens by promising “if you like your plan you can keep your plan.” They similarly failed to anticipate predictable problems inherent in the law — maybe because they rushed it through Congress without lawmakers bothering to read it.
Obamacare is now incredibly unpopular. Making matters worse, Obama unilaterally (and possibly unconstitutionally) makes changes on the fly to what his supporters call “the law of the land” to save face and protect political allies.