‘Scandals’ Could Help Obama
Call me crazy — trust me, you won’t be the first — but I’m beginning to think these “scandals” could possibly help Barack Obama.
Stay with me here.
A CNN poll this past Sunday has already shown that Pres. Obama’s highly publicized problems of late haven’t hurt his approval ratings. That poll showed him at 53 percent, the same as last month. That’s right before we found out about the IRS being meanies to the Tea Party and other conservative groups who applied for tax exempt status; before the Obama administration’s allegedly feckless role in Benghazi; and before its supposedly unconstitutional spying on reporter’s phone records.
However, the New York Times’ Nate Silver — a statistician with a sterling track record for predicting political races — hypothesizes that the steady and public drumbeat of all those suddenly serious Congressman at those hearings and such may have technically contributed to a slight decline in the president’s overall approval digits — “but that the losses are offset by voters’ improved attitudes about the economy.” How does he know this? He cites a more recent poll from the Washington Post to show how Obama’s overall approval ratings are usually higher when factoring in an increasing economic approval ratings.
I’m more a cynic than a Pollyanna. I know the front-page treatment of his troubles could adversely affect Obama’s approval ratings even more than they may technically have. But time may be on Obama’s side here too. The story that’s largely being ignored by the mainstream media is that a lot of people agree that the Tea Party should be targeted. These folks wonder why Obama and fellow Dems are apologizing in the first place. The Tea Party, remember, proudly announced themselves on the national stage with energetic rallies featuring signs that warned that they did not come armed — “this time.” And who can forget the racist depictions of Obama on some of the signs, or that a Tea Party leader (or two) has been forced into stepping down because of some racially prejudiced utterance? I mean, if anyone merits extra scrutiny …
The more time spent on this story, the greater the chances to relive the antics of the Tea Party (especially if the Obama administration appoints a surrogate with that task). And Benghazi? Who beyond Fox really wants to keep digging up Benghazi? Yeah, somebody screwed up, but their claim that the Muslim Marxist planned the killing of four Americans is folly. They risk folks tiring of the Libyan tragedy altogether. And the administration’s hassling of reporters could have healthier legs but Fox is among the “journalists” being singled out, and what president would not single out an outfit sworn to his fall?
I also have a wildcard reason for believing the controversy can help, the connective theme of overreach in the IRS and AP ‘scandals’. Think about that. Many of Obama’s supporters feel that he’s too willing to compromise. They’d like to see more fight. To overreach implies you’ll knock things over to get what you want. That’s fighting. And here we have Obama, especially if the charges are true, fighting, maybe not for what his critics necessarily want (this time) but being in motion itself can be a mother. As long as you’re not heading down Clarence Thomas territory, and no one’s ever accuse Obama of that.
His detractors, too, also accuse the man of being too soft (when they’re not saying he’s a too hard commie). The names they’d call him!! I was actually wondering if they thought he’d never retaliate. But I see fear in the eyes of the Right these days.
Obama has become an alpha male.
Societies, for the most part, are patriarchal, though they may differ in degree, and most love the alpha male even when they say they don’t. You may disagree with the dude but he goes out there and does something, like a man should. You fuck with me? I’ll sic the IRS on your ass. Leak some classified info to the media and we’ll haul your butt before Holder.
Black guys don’t get to play alpha males much, except when they’re allowed to, as on a football field, after which they should blubber like an otherwise tough Ray Lewis. Malcolm tried and we all know what happened to him. So did the Panthers.
Obama’s treading where few brothers have trod. It’s a plateau in race relations that hasn’t been met, but very sorely needs to be met, particularly on a sustained level. This is exciting. Excitement draws more to the show. The boo-birds will be there. But the base’s new energy should drown that noise out. And the opportunity increases exponentially to draw more fans to get more things done.