At this point in his presidency I think it is fair to say that Obama is already in the conversation as best president since Abraham Lincoln. His only real competition is FDR and LBJ, and I think it’s a safe bet that Obama will neither beat the Nazis nor start an unwinnable war in Vietnam. In other words, he’s in a battle with FDR to be the best president since the Civil War.
Maybe some of you think that I am joking. I am not. Maybe some of you think I am damning with faint praise. Maybe I am. But that doesn’t mean that I am wrong. I am not wrong.
There you have it.
And the BooMan is wrong about Obama. This lame duck session will not save his disastrous record so far, although the Democratic-Media-Industrial-Complex is now playing up this last week’s legislative successes as if it’s the coming of a second New Deal. Even the commenters at Booman are running quite badly against the administration. Progressives, readers will recall, are upset by Obama’s cooperation with the corporate oligarchs and some are peeved he hasn’t cracked down on the “fascist” right. And public opinion isn’t helping the president’s case. Retrospective approval of George W. Bush now runs ahead of Obama, and recent surveys have seen the president’s number decline into “the lowest ever” territory for this administration.
Polls aren’t the most reliable indicator of presidential success or legacy, in any case. Objectively, the economic crisis has improved little on Obama’s watch, and this administration’s foreign policy is weakening America on all fronts. And for all the establishment pooh-poohing, the vaunted New Start treaty will mostly tie American hands and give Moscow an undeserved boost in stature. And all the optimistic claims about the rigorous verification regime will prove unfounded as Russia soon begins to cheat out on its commitments. (More on that here.)
That said, folks like BooMan can be found quite regularly among those of the radical progressive Democratic base. They’re the foundation for a obscene cult of personality surrounding this president, and they’re dangerous enemies of both American and Israeli interests.
RELATED: “Obama’s War on Israel.”
Cross-posted from American Power.