Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Cheney Suffering From Goldilocks Syndrome

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Dick Cheney, Vice Chancellor of the ever-shrinking neo-con brand, is having a terribly hard time trying to sort out whether President Obama is weak or tyrannical or both while the rest of us puzzle over why any sane person is chasing his opinion.

It’s certainly not as if Cheney has a particularly illustrious background as a statesman and it certainly can’t be his dedication to the truth, governmental ideals or constitutional law that inform his perceptions of how everyone else is doing in office.  Certainly he can’t think that his term in the White House could ever serve as any sort of standard for future administrations?

This is a man who told us:  “I think Barack Obama is a one-term President;”  and, in regard to the invasion of Iraq, “My belief is we will, in fact, be greeted as liberators.”

So it can’t be his remarkable perspicacity that induces news outlets to continue to drink from this particular poisoned well.  Maybe it’s as simple as the fact that Dick Cheney is a living caricature and, in show biz, villains get as much of a rise out of audiences as heroes.  Or maybe the GOP is trying to make a sentimental appeal to the “Do You Miss Me Yet” members of the Bush Brigade.

I know that Lynne Cheney is hyping her book but, really, Mrs. Cheney if you want those books to sell, dragging Dick out of hibernation doesn’t seem like a very savvy marketing plan.

Oh well, it doesn’t really matter why we’re still seeing Cheney’s face in the news.  But, if I were, say, Reince Priebus, I wouldn’t be clicking my heels over it.  One thing that has become clearer and clearer, as the Obama presidency goes on, is that hate and fear and cultural divisiveness make for pretty confusing assessments.  And, since it is the Republican Party that is serving up this ridiculous hash they are the ones who are coming across as confused and disjointed.

The whole Goldilocks approach that Republicans have taken toward Obama—is he too weak? is he too dictatorial? does he try to do to much? or not enough? is he too aggressive? or not aggressive enough?—is a very weak political strategy.  It doesn’t create a strong lasting image that voters can get sign on to.  It’s vague and blurry and provides only negative energy but more importantly, it will mobilize only a small fraction of rabid anti-Obama base and they probably don’t require any mobilization.

Americans are results oriented and they don’t generally mistake obstruction for action.  So.  Who has accomplished anything over the last 6 years?  The Do-Nothing Congress with a 9% approval rating? or the President who, despite having to fight relentless headwinds has: eliminated Osama bin Laden, ended two wars, lowered the deficit to record levels, reduced unemployment, reinvigorated the economy, while facing down idiots who believe that government shutdowns are a viable political strategy, to say nothing of saving the American auto industry, and substantially improving health care options for all Americans.

Come on, GOP, surely you can do better than the Goldilocks Stratergy.

Posted by Bette Noir on 05/20/14 at 09:38 AM
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