Rush Limbaugh referred to a Wall Street Journal Article by Shelby Steele, “A Referendum on the Redeemer,” on his radio show Friday afternoon. I don’t have an opportunity to listen to the whole show, but I did hear Rush read a few excerpts form the above mentioned article.
WHY THE PRESIDENT’S POPULARITY IS PLUMMETING
“… How is it that Barack Obama could step into the presidency with an oair of inevitability and then, in less than two years, fin himself unwelcome at the campaign rallies of many of his fellow Democrats?
“The first answer is well-know: His policymaking has been grandiose, thoughtless and bullying. His health-care bill was ambitious to the point of destructiveness and, finally, so chaotic that today no citizen knows where they they stand in relation to it. His financial-reform bill seems little more than a short-sighted scapegoating of Wall Street. In foreign policy he has failed to articulate a role for
“But there is a limit to bad faith as power, and Mr. Obama and the Democratic Party may have now reached that limit. The great weakness of bad faith is that it disallows American exceptionalism as a rationale for power. It puts Mr. Obama and the Democrats in the position of forever redeeming a fallen nation, rather than leading a great nation. They bet on
ELECTION 2010 WILL REPUDIATE RADICALISM
“Next week's election is, among other things, a referendum on the idea of president-as-Redeemer. We have a president so determined to transform and redeem us from what we are that, by his own words, he is willing to risk being a one-term president. People now wonder if Barack Obama can pivot back to the center like Bill Clinton did after his set-back in '94. But Mr. Clinton was already a steward, a policy wonk, a man of the center. Mr. Obama has to change archetypes.”
I am anticipating that the vast majority of Americans will overcome their apathy, be motivated by what they see happening to