Her thesis in today’s Wall Street Journalis relayed in the title and subtitle:
He Was Supposed to Be Competent; The spill is a disaster for the president and his political philosophy.
The context is the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, an horrific event that may, or may not, yet be under control. Naturally, the chattering classes, including Ms. Noonan, are assigning blame. Sometimes that assignment is meet and good. I’m using language found in the Anglican liturgy, since Ms. Noonan writes of original sin:
The original sin in my view is that as soon as the oil rig accident happened the president tried to maintain distance between the gusher and his presidency. He wanted people to associate the disaster with BP and not him. When your most creative thoughts in the middle of a disaster revolve around protecting your position, you are summoning trouble.
The fundamental error that many in the media (not Noonan, mind you) is that government is, somehow, responsible for every sparrow that shall fall. Obama did nothing to disabuse us of that notion, and his bleats that “I’m responsible” or “I’m in charge” are meaningless.
Soft-hands Barry has no knowledge of practical matters; he’s a radical politician, period. Up to his actually taking office, he was brilliant in running for that office. After being sworn in, well, I’m not at all surprised that he’s a failure. He does not know things; he’s never done anything other than be a “community organizer” and run for office. Neither can prepare a man in any meaningful way for the presidency. And it’s showing; Emperor Obama is no longer wearing any clothes.
Ms. Noonan opines that this most recent fumbling by Obama and his merry band “may well spell the political end of the president and his administration, and that is no cause for joy. ” With much respect to Peggy Noonan, it is exactly a “cause for joy.” For the simple reason that if Obama “succeeds,” it will be a disaster for my nation.
Success for Obama means government takeover of virtually everything, and deficits without measure. That’s not a success for my nation. Yes, we want a strong, competent president. We don’t have one. We have a mewling professor, with a thin skin and quick to blame others.
Joy for me would be for Obama to limp out the remainder of his term, and to be voted out of office in 2012, thereby containing the damage to four rather than eight years.