Krauthammer on Critical List: Obama Derangement Syndrome Suspected
Let me open this by saying that I have nothing in particular against Charles Krauthammer. Indeed, I have a lot of respect for his career achievements—the man has racked up most of the “serious journalist” credentials that any writer can. But, Mr. K is human and, as such, subject to emotion and occasional error and, apparently, the results of the 2012 Presidential Election were shocking enough to derail even a “serious man” like Charles Krauthammer.
Krauthammer’s first foray into the post-election “light” was to reassure Republicans that they had gotten nothing wrong outside of subtlety, perhaps, and that their candidate, Mr Willard Romney was a generally swell fellow who would have made a generally swell Chief Executive. Seriously? Mr. K has also hastened to reassure the GOP that President Obama’s win means nothing, in the grand scheme of things. Obama has no mandate, he has no plan and he’ll be over before they know it. SNAP!
Close on the heels of that nugget of political “good advice,” came Mr Krauthammer’s rather patronizing opinion that Hispanics are just a big happy crowd of wanna-be-Republicans in brown-face who will follow you anywhere if you shout “Amnesty” at them. The basis for Mr. Krauthammer’s estimation that Hispanics are “natural Republicans” is that they are hardworking, family oriented people with “traditional” values, unlike the rest of us. His conceit is that the Republican Party holds the moral high ground in the country and therefore should be the tent that “all the best people” flock to.
One might expect that Krauthammer could have worked out most of his Obama-animus with those screeds and exited with a portion of dignity still intact, but he wasn’t finished with Obama by a long shot, because his nose for a “BIG story” led him right to the Petraeus Affair—and his absurd little conspiracy theory about how the Obama administration blackmailed and then sacrificed the god-like Petraeus to cover up Obama’s “incompetent” handling of the Benghazi attack.
Krauthammer goes even further out on that limb to imagine that the Obama-lovin’ mainstream media will finally pay more attention to the red hot, sexy Petraeus story than they did to the Benghazi attack, and will finally connect the dots that lead inexorably and fatefully (he hopes) to the Oval Office.
Here’s Krauthammer’s hypothesis, in all of its Pulitzer Prize-worthy glory, as tendered to the level-headed audience of Fox News Special Report, yesterday:
I think the really shocking news today was that General Petraeus thought and hoped he could keep his job. He thought that it might and it would be kept secret, and that he could stay in his position. I think what that tells us is really important. It meant that he understood that the FBI obviously knew what was going on. He was hoping that those administration officials would not disclose what had happened, and therefore hoping that he would keep his job. And that meant that he understood that his job, his reputation, his legacy, his whole celebrated life was in the hands of the administration, and he expected they would protect him by keeping it quiet.
And that brings us to the ultimate issue, and that is his testimony on September 13. That’s the thing that connects the two scandals, and that’s the only thing that makes the sex scandal relevant. Otherwise it would be an exercise in sensationalism and voyeurism and nothing else. The reason it’s important is here’s a man who knows the administration holds his fate in its hands, and he gives testimony completely at variance with what the Secretary of Defense had said the day before, at variance with what he’d heard from his station chief in Tripoli, and with everything that we had heard. Was he influenced by the fact that he knew his fate was held by people within the administration at that time?
Of course it was being held over Petraeus’s head, and the sword was lowered on Election Day. You don’t have to be a cynic to see that as the ultimate in cynicism. As long as they needed him to give the administration line to quote Bill, everybody was silent. And as soon as the election’s over, as soon as he can be dispensed with, the sword drops and he’s destroyed. I mean, can you imagine what it’s like to be on that pressure and to think it didn’t distort or at least in some way unconsciously influence his testimony? That’s hard to believe.
One thing you have to give Charlie—he sure knows how to spin a tale. As to his theory’s newsworthiness? well, the echo chamber is certainly having a ball with it. Looks like Michelle Malkin was the first to jump on, followed quickly by the flying monkeys of the Conspiracy Brigade.
As with most fun things, though, this one fizzled like a styrofoam cup set alight with the announcement that David Petraeus will, indeed, be testifying in the upcoming Congressional investigation of the Benghazi attack. So, pro that he is, Krauthammer pulled a divert and retreat maneuver, calling into question Obama’s defense of Susan Rice during yesterday’s presser:
And then he does play the sort of Lancelot defending the mistress in distress. You know, it made Mitt Romney and the binders with women look positively feminist in comparison — this kind of patronizing attack on two male senators who would dare attack the girl, which was intended in his tone.
This is all the usual, you know, if you attack his pride, he’ll strike you on that. And it was clearly defensive, and it was also a stonewall. I mean, after all, what she said was absolutely and completely misleading. Either inadvertently, in which case it’s complete incompetence or on purpose, in which case it’s deception.
And then he basically — he took bait on that and said look, that wasn’t her speaking. That was me speaking. If you want to pick on somebody, pick on me. Well, how can anybody pick on him or even question him, if he hasn’t had a press conference in eight months? You know, he clearly hasn’t been out there. He’s been hiding behind inquiries, behind investigations, and now behind Susan Rice. But now I think he is out there and he is vulnerable on this. I think he may regret having said that.
Well. Harrumph . . .
I’m sure Charles Krauthammer will be feeling better after his fever breaks . . . and we’ll all put this “behavior unbefitting a serious person” behind us.