ObamaCare Clusterfuck: Obama's presser, the terror and pity
Obama's presser was so bad, so bad bad BAD. I hate to quote The National Review, and even more do I hate to quote Mark Steyn, especially because he's Canadian and knows what a humane health care system looks like, and so should be out pushing for single payer instead of indulging in schadenfreude, but since our putative left is just wandering about, looking at the sky, humming vaguely, and refusing to acknowledge that the Preznit, in his latest presser, displayed not only all the capacity to accept responsibility, but all the intellectual ability, of a fucking six-year-old*, I guess I'll just have do what I hate doing.
Caveat: I assume that, just as so many of the bloggers who built the case against Bush 2003 - 2006 turned out to have no trouble at all with Obama doing whatever Bush did, because Obama, Steyn would, were a Republican President, be writing a very different column on RomneyCare, because Romney.
That said, to Steyn's weapons-grade snark:
Still, as historian Michael Beschloss pronounced the day after his election, he’s “probably the smartest guy ever to become president.” Naturally, Obama shares this assessment. As he assured us five years ago, “I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors.” Well, apart from his signature health-care policy. That’s a mystery to him. “I was not informed directly that the website would not be working,” he told us. The buck stops with something called “the executive branch,” which is apparently nothing to do with him. As evidence that he was entirely out of the loop, he offered this:
Had I been I informed, I wouldn’t be going out saying, “Boy, this is going to be great.” You know, I’m accused of a lot of things, but I don’t think I’m stupid enough to go around saying, “This is going to be like shopping on Amazon or Travelocity,” a week before the website opens, if I thought that it wasn’t going to work.
Ooooo-kay. So, if I follow correctly, the smartest president ever is not smart enough to ensure that his website works; he’s not smart enough to inquire of others as to whether his website works; he’s not smart enough to check that his website works before he goes out and tells people what a great website experience they’re in for. But he is smart enough to know that he’s not stupid enough to go around bragging about how well it works if he’d already been informed that it doesn’t work. So he’s smart enough to know that if he’d known what he didn’t know he’d know enough not to let it be known that he knew nothing. The country’s in the very best of hands.
Pretty good, for a professional.
And I'd forgotten this quote (just double-checking):
“[OBAMA:] I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors.”
Well, what does that tell you? (No points for "Obama's an arrogant asshole"; we know that already.) It might tell you that Obama picked the wrong policy directors. More frighteningly, it might tell you that Obama picked the very best policy directors that were to be had, with results as you see. More and more, I incline to the latter; it's a useful rule of thumb, these days, that anybody in a position of authority is likely to be, at best, severely corrupted ethically and morally; what I'm now focused on is the idea that "these people" are intellectually compromised as well, severely impaired; and that's Steyn's message, if you dial back the snark knob from 11:
He’s smart enough to know that if he’d known what he didn’t know he’d know enough not to let it be known that he knew nothing.
That's exactly it. Exactly. Steyn is paraphrasing accurately. Honestly, how can anybody read this quote (again, for your delectation)....
Had I been I informed, I wouldn’t be going out saying, “Boy, this is going to be great.” You know, I’m accused of a lot of things, but I don’t think I’m stupid enough to go around saying, “This is going to be like shopping on Amazon or Travelocity,” a week before the website opens, if I thought that it wasn’t going to work
... and not understand very directly that something has gone horribly, horribly wrong? Obama's the Preznit. He's supposed be "informed"! But I don't mean something's gone horribly wrong only with Obama, with his state of mind, I mean with his retainers, his courtiers, his followers, his faction, his tribe, his party, and with everyone who interacts "normally" with all these, including their opponents. This is a moment and a quote like Nixon's "I am not a crook," and yet nobody except a snarky soi disant Brit raises a hair. It's more than odd. More than mind-boggling. It's frightening.
I finally found the objective correlative for what I'm feeling about Obama, and our impaired elites generally, after this presser, in a passage from one of Phillip K. Dick's lesser novels, Our Friends from Frolix 8. The premise here is that planet Earth has been ruled by a class of genetically enhanced super-beings, the "New Men," one of whom is Mr. Marshall, in the passage below. Mr. Marshall has an "inflated, balloon-like" head because he has a giant brain, a giant brain that has hitherto -- given that the New Men have established a meritocracy based on tests that only people with giant brains can solve -- qualified him as a member of the ruling class. However, immediately before the passage below, an immensely powerful, planet-sized alien being has electrically shorted out the giant brains of all New Men, destroying their mental faculties. Word of something like this gets around, and so Ed Woodman and Dick's protagonist, Nick, seek out Mr. Marshall, a low-ranking New Man, low because he lives in their building. (The highlights are from the search string I used: "Began to cry.)
(Frolix 8 actually has a happy ending, since the Old Men decided to take care of the New Men humanely.) Anyhow, this is the quote I was looking for, the objective correlative:
"What are playing with, Mr. Marshall?" Ed Woodman asked, bending down. "An electric mixer. He's making the blades turn."
That's Obama. The mixer is the ObamaCare website, and the long train of policy and administrative disaster that produced it. And Obama is making the blades turn. We are dealing with impaired people, here. Severely impaired people.**
NOTE Hat tip for the National Review article to Richard Smith.
NOTE ** No, it's not just Democrats. If you look at any squillion-dollar project over the last decade or so, Democrat or Republican, it's gone horribly out of control. Iraq. The bailouts. Name it. The ruling class has lost the basic ability to govern. They can't even fake it. It may be more evident with Obama, first because of the "hope and change" build up, but I think primarily because the situations with which he must cope are becoming worse and worse. Thank heavens Mr. Marshall never plugged in a fan and made those blades turn, eh?