Like a reformed sinner from the back hills who can’t resist the siren call of that sweet old ‘shine, conservative talk show host Michael Medved is backsliding. In a February 14th op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, Medved, a rehabilitated liberal and one-time aide to Left Coast socialist Ron Dellums, has sent Barack Obama what amounts to a happy Hallmark greeting for Valentine’s Day. In his piece (Obama Isn’t Trying To Harm America), Medved opines,
Republicans already face a formidable challenge in convincing a closely divided electorate that the president pursues wrong-headed policies. They will never succeed in arguing that those initiatives have been cunningly and purposefully designed to wound the republic. In Mr. Obama’s case, it’s particularly unhelpful to focus on alleged bad intentions and rotten character when every survey shows more favorable views of his personality than his policies.
Moreover, the current insistence in seeing every misstep or setback by the Obama administration as part of a diabolical master plan for national destruction disregards the powerful reverence for the White House that’s been part of our national character for two centuries.
Oh? It didn’t take a diabolic master plan to wound the Republic, Mr. Medved. All it took was a Congress filled to overflowing with socialists and their fellow travelers, a fanatical willingness to ignore the expressed will of the American people, and a liberal mass media more than willing to propagandize and prevaricate on behalf of their favorite son. But the rub is this: it matters little if Obama is weakening the nation by malevolent intent, by sheer incompetence, or by both. What matters is that he is doing it.