“It would be hard to imagine a greater gift than the sound bite that Barack Obama handed to Republicans on Friday: ‘The private sector is doing fine.'”
Of course it was only a “gift” because it was an authentic, unrehearsed expression of the president’s core beliefs. Callers and emailers to my program yesterday swelled with indignation, and I suspect Mitt Romney’s coffers did as well
as still more thousands realize there is no hope for this president, and as they begin to imagine what a second term would look like.
The real test of the Manhattan-Beltway media elites’ resolve to truly cover this president as it should and has it has not done so to date will come on tomorrow’s Sunday shows. The combination of Scott Walker’s huge win in Wisconsin and the president’s pratfall yesterday should dominate all the big weekend shows. We will see. Attempts to minimize or dismiss what was a straightforward statement of the president’s belief will be the temptation of Obama defenders far and wide in the MSM. Keep in mind what happened to John McCain when in the midst of Campaign 2008 he made the true statement that the fundamentals of the American economy were sound even though the financial crisis was very serious. McCain was roasted for “being out of touch” even though he provided context to his “fundamentals” statement. The president intended what he said, meant it, and in speaking it communicated accurately his “grasp” of economics. His walk-back later in the day should be dismissed as running-for-cover, and the coverage should focus on how he could be so extraordinarily disconnected from the country he is supposed to be leading.
I spent last night having a cigar with Dr. Larry Arnn, president of Hillsdale College, and many of his students and alum, atop Hillsdale’s Kirby Center in the shadow of the Capitol
. Among the alum were journalists, a couple of Marine Corps officers, a Supreme Court law clerk and various other risers-in-the-world, all trained the right way to think right way about governance.
The students were sharp as could be and eager to work hard and long to prepare to do the same.
The country will in fact be just fine if we entrust it to men and women who have worked hard to understand how it ought to run, to love the private sector, and to be distrustful of government overflowing its banks.