The latest claptrap served by Big Media at the behest of the Obama campaign (nothing’s changed, it’s still a bamboozle campaign) is the Team of Rivals fatuity. This fatuous narrative is supposed to explain why Hillary Clinton might become Secretary of State. Hillary should be careful however.
All Americans wish that new administrations succeed and responsible public officials want to help a new administration succeed. After all, a boob for a president, hurts the U.S. and all of us. Therefore logic dictates that we all hope and wish for the best for any new administration because it is in our best interests. However, history is a teacher. If you elect a boob expect boobery.
Big Media however wants us to ignore history and accept the worship Obama narrative. The Big Media propaganda this time derives from the Doris Kearns Goodwin book on Abraham Lincoln called Team of Rivals. The premise of the Goodwin book is Lincoln’s political genius by examining his relationships with three men he selected for his cabinet, all of whom were opponents for the Republican nomination in 1860
The last time Big Media tried to sell us a fatuous concept of this size and ridiculousness was in 2000. Back then George W. Bush and Karl Rove were the geniuses. Rove and Big Media pushed all sorts of intertwined, well read, crap. Back then Karl Rove:
invoked Franklin Roosevelt’s supremacy in the 1930s and suggested that something similar was at hand: “We’ve laid out an agenda, we’ve laid out a vision, and now people want to see results.”
One of the goals of any ambitious president is to create a governing coalition just as Roosevelt did, one that long outlasts your presidency. It’s the biggest thing you can aim for, and only a few presidents have achieved it. As the person with the long-term vision in the Bush administration, and with no lack of ambition either, Rove had thought long and hard about achieving this goal before ever arriving in the White House, and he has pursued it more aggressively than anyone else.
Rove has always cast himself not merely as a campaign manager but as someone with a mind for policy and for history’s deeper currents—as someone, in other words, with the wherewithal not just to exploit the political landscape but to reshape it. At the Christian Science Monitor lunch, he appeared poised to do just that. It was already clear that Social Security privatization, a longtime Rove enthusiasm, was the first thing Bush would pursue in his second term. When things are going well for Rove, he adopts a towel-snapping jocularity. He looked supremely sure of his prospects for success.
But within a year the administration was crumbling.
This all sounds sickeningly familiar. Rove and Big Media peppered their gruel with references to Mark Hanna and McKinley in the same way that today the Obama Hopium Eaters regurgitate Lincoln and his Team of Rivals.
We’ve been debunking the Obama as Lincoln narrative since May 1, 2007 (Obama’s Log Cabin). Unlike Obama, Lincoln argued on a national level for years about issues such as the Mexican War, tariffs, abolition, Texas annexation, the Wilmot Proviso, economic development in the relatively new nation, and of course Lincoln pretty much founded the Republican Party.
When Lincoln ran for President in 1860 he addressed the question of a house divided at the Cooper Union in New York and ran a campaign of important ideas in an increasingly divided nation. In contrast, Obama’s entire campaign was yelping for undefined “change” and tarring opponents, via surrogates and anonymous memos, as racists.
As Lincoln was sworn in as president in March 1861 seven states had already left the Union and the issues of confederacy versus central government, agrarian society versus industrial society, new states as slave or free states, and abolition of slavery were joined. The attack by the rebel states on the Union’s Fort Sumter in Charleston on April 12, 1861 started the cascade towards Civil War.
The very able Lincoln realized the then much smaller nation needed a unity government and so Lincoln created a unity government – a Team of Rivals.
Obama however needs a lifeline. Obama knows he is not experienced enough nor qualified to be president -so very much like an earlier Saturday Night Live skit – Obama is placing a 3:00 a.m. call to Hillary Clinton. When we wrote The Obama/Biden Game Show we did not realize it would be a remake of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? featuring a hapless Obama desperately asking Hillary Clinton for assistance. That Obama and his campaign bizarrely derided Hillary as “inexperienced” in foreign affairs (not to mention racist) during the primaries makes the calls of “Hillary HELP” that much more humorous.
Big Media will persist in hawking the realignment theories of November 2008 in the same way Big Media hawked the realignment hogwash in 2000. Big Media will also, whatever happens, blame Hillary – and Bill, for anything that ever goes wrong for Obama. So Hillary, watch out, life in a gilded cage is not much of a life.
John McCain is also now drawn into the vortex of flim-flammery too. Responsible John McCain is promising Obama assistance and cooperation too. According to Big Media reports, John McCain and B.O. have some possible areas of agreement:
Obama and McCain were expected to discuss ways in which they could collaborate over the next four years, perhaps on issues including climate change, ethics reform and national service, aides said.
McCain knows very well that Obama cannot be trusted. McCain know history is a teacher. McCain knows Obama has a history which demonstrates Obama cannot be trusted. February 2006:
Republican Sen. John McCain on Monday accused his Democratic colleague Barack Obama of “partisan posturing” on the issue of lobbying ethics reform — a charge Obama called puzzling and regrettable.
The exchange, made in letters between the pair, was the latest sign of trouble as the two parties try to come up with legislation governing relations with lobbyists.
Based on past Obama statements, “I concluded your professed concern for the institution and the public interest was genuine and admirable,” McCain, R.-Ariz., wrote in a letter to Obama, D-Ill., Monday. “Thank you for disabusing me of such notions.” [snip]
Aides to McCain confirmed that McCain saw Obama’s first letter as partisan. “I’m embarrassed to admit that after all these years in politics I failed to interpret your previous assurances as typical rhetorical gloss routinely used in politics to make self-interested partisan posturing appear more noble,” McCain wrote.
History teaches that if you assist Obama you will be used and abused. Alice Palmer learned that a long time ago, in Chicago.
What Obama wants is not a Team of Rivals.
Obama wants to ream his rivals.