sitting on the edge of the sandbox, biting my tongue

September 1, 2011

Will Politics of Personal Destruction Backfire on Obama?

Filed under: politics, society — Tags: , , , , , — edge of the sandbox @ 3:20 pm

BO was elected with the reputation of being a budding philosopher-king.  He was supposed to lead not red states nor blue states, but the United States, and he was alleged to have penned two books.  Three years later, our leader and intellectual in chief is opening a campaign of smear against potential GOP challengers, and the mainstream media is ready to assist.

The campaign of personal destruction against Perry seems to be two-fold:  On one hand, go against his masculinity, which is kind of like going against his charisma.  On the other, portray him as a dunce.  An American Housewife in London has a very excellent summary of the MSM’s attempt to call in question Rick Perry’s manliness.  Most of it is a collection of nasty things said at one time or another behind his back.  But guess what, everyone has nasty things said behind his or her back at one time or another.  So why not, for instance, build our understanding of Barack Obama on gossip back from his cokehead years?

And how does the Texas governor’s masculinity compare to Obama”s?  What exactly does his better half’s wardrobe tell us about the POTUS?

Barack doesn't mind when she puts it on.

I’m not sure attacking Perry’s intelligence is a good move either because we’d have to contrast him with Obama.  In ’08, Obama got a pass on his smarts.  Lets have a closer look in 2012!  Sure, he has a degree from Columbia and a degree from Harvard, but perhaps the fact that he has these degrees just call into question the quality of our elite education.

Noemie Emeri examined Obama’s leadership record, and didn’t find him very intelligent.  Jack Cashill, who long ago insisted that Bill Ayers wrote Dreams from my Father, got a hold of a letter BO wrote a few years prior to his half-a-thousand page autobiography, and found that at law school our POTUS could not write a paragraph. Perry himself wasted no time, of course, and declared Obama’s job policies “dumb”. (H/t Instapundit.)  And guess what, according to Rasmussen he’s 3 points above ‘Bamster.  (H/t Political Junkie Mom.)

Intelligence is supposed to be one of BO’s stronger points.  I don’t think he should want it to be called into question.  I don’t think he should want to loose this battle to Perry, who’s merely an early favorite.  Lots of things can happen between now and next September, when the GOP is set to nominate its Presidential candidate.  If  the nation decides that Obama is not too bright, and the  GOP nominates someone hard to pigeonhole, too bad for Obama.

UPDATE: Linked by Political Junkie Mom!  Thanks!



  1. Two of the “smartest” presidents over the past 40 years have been Nixon, Carter, and Obama. Look where that got us.

    It’s not being smart or stupid, it’s having common sense and knowing how to be the man of your time – something Kennedy, Reagan, G.W. Bush, and Clinton all knew. I don’t necessarily think Clinton was a great president but he certainly was a lot more practical than Obama is.

    I don’t think G.W. Bush was a man of his time until 9-11. Had that not happened I think he would have been a 1 term president.

    Comment by Harrison — September 1, 2011 @ 6:12 pm

  2. Ha I meant “three of the smartest presidents”! Not too smart of me.

    Comment by Harrison — September 1, 2011 @ 6:13 pm

  3. I once had an employee who had graduated cum laude with a Fine Arts degree from Harvard University. She was a very nice girl, but she had never heard of the poet, William Wordsworth.

    Another employer noted that one of her Princeton students had no idea that West Virginia is a separate state from Virginia.

    I personally knew a man who was a post graduate physicist, with a job in a university, who adopted an Inuit child, and thought that the child didn’t require blankets, etc., because of its ethnic background. The baby had a number of bronchial problems, but oh well, the man and his wife (also university educated, of course), knew that Inuit children just are ‘different’ from Caucasians.

    I think a university education ensures personal style in dress and presentation, and not much else.

    Comment by heathermc — September 1, 2011 @ 8:22 pm

  4. That’s the media for you. All Democrats are nuanced and smart. Republicans? Stoooooooopid.

    Comment by Infidel de Manahatta — September 2, 2011 @ 3:31 am

  5. Harrison,
    I agree common sense is what really counts.
    I never thought Barry ‘Bamster was that bright. I don’t think he reads much, and when he does, he reads something light. His wife is not the sharpest knife in the drawer either. I looked at her senior thesis. I used to be a TA at a university, and I can testify that by the end of their senior year most students write much better. Hitch, whom you probably like quite a bit, said that that thesis was not written in any language known to humanity. If BB were intelligent, how could he stand being married to this woman? But never mind, his writing is even more atrocious.
    Three smartest Presidents of the last half a century were Nixon, Carter and Clinton.

    It would be funny if it weren’t so sad.
    I’m tempted to say that the physicists can be a bit on the crazy side, so maybe he believed weird things about his child because… he’s just weird. His wife gets no benefit of the doubt.


    Comment by edge of the sandbox — September 2, 2011 @ 3:33 pm

    • I agree with your list. It’s hard to know how “smart” Reagan was, I think more than enough.

      Comment by Harrison — September 2, 2011 @ 7:41 pm

  6. I do have a few reservations about Perry: his connections with Grover Norquist and his connections with the Aga Khan (and the curriculum in Texas).

    That said, Perry appears to be the best chance to defeat Obama in 2012.

    As far as I can tell, the answer to the title of this post is no. Today, more and more voters base their votes on what they see and hear in the mainstream media. In my view, the mainstream media are dangerous in the extreme as they have become another arm of the Obama administration. Voters today are not as well informed as voters were in 1980 — never mind that we’re living in the Information Age.

    In my own experience thus far, I haven’t been able to convince a single 2008 Obama supporter not to vote for him in 2012. Of course, I am located in Northern Virginia, the bastion of liberalism.

    Comment by Always On Watch — September 3, 2011 @ 4:53 am

    • I agree about Grover Norquist and Aga Khan.
      I don’t think Obama voters around here are in no danger of voting Republican either, but they might stay home. Many people… here how should I say it… enjoyed voting for Obama because they told themselves that he’s intelligent. A good number of them probably wouldn’t know any better, but, I think, if the subject is brought up, quite a few people will get much less enthusiastic. CA will still go Democratic, so it doesn’t matter.

      Comment by edge of the sandbox — September 3, 2011 @ 2:27 pm

  7. […] Will Politics of Personal Destruction Backfire on Obama? Sitting on the Edge of the Sandbox, Biting my Tongue […]

    Pingback by Sunday Links: 80′s Music Edition » Conservative Hideout 2.0 — September 3, 2011 @ 11:47 pm

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at

%d bloggers like this: