In football it’s called flooding the zone. The offensive receivers outnumber the defenders, thus creating an obvious advantage for the team with the ball.
The defense becomes confused; there are too many receivers to cover. The defensive scheme breaks down, unable to prioritize multiple threats. Often in the confusion the offense makes a significant gain, sometimes scoring a touchdown.
After the play the defensive coordinator (as defensive coordinators tend to do) screams at his defenders, demanding an explanation. They tell him what happened: too many receivers to cover, too much happening on the field, it’s impossible to keep up with all of them.
On the opposite sideline the other team’s offensive coordinator grins and pats his players on the back. His scheme worked; the other team tried to cover all the receivers, an impossible task, and ended up covering none.
The Obama team has successfully flooded the zone.
I have a contrarian view of Obama’s strategy of the last several months. I believe he has not only survived the scandals mostly unscathed, but quite effectively managed them to his advantage.
First, so many scandals came to light so quickly that the regime’s opponents and media were overwhelmed, their investigations and coverage fragmented. But an opportunity existed briefly for momentum to build, for the cumulative impact of the administration’s scandalous misdeeds to actually seriously damage Obama’s presidency.
However, Republican timidity and customary lack of forceful leadership prevailed; another opportunity squandered.
Sure, the administration is taking some heat, and Obama’s poll numbers are down. But the heat seems to have peaked at medium low; the water in the pot isn’t close to steaming, much less boiling over. If silver bullets are to be discovered, it will take months or years…and Obama knows it.
That leads to my second point.
Rather than hunkering down and barricading itself in the bunker, Team Obama has brazenly expanded its offense: the immigration bill; new talk of climate change legislation; carbon credits; Biden publicly discrediting the Supreme Court’s ruling in the 2000 election; an attempt to restart the ‘War on Women’ mantra; the whole gun control issue; a threatened Obama veto of religious freedom in the military; controversial judicial and administrative nominees.
The list from the last several weeks seems endless.
In short, it’s ‘in-your-face’ and ‘catch-me-if-you-can.’
And Obama is convinced he won’t be ‘caught.’ No history exists that suggests otherwise; he’s skated the last four and half years, gotten away with more than anyone would have thought possible…and with few if any negative repercussions.
Like any bully, Obama will continue to push until someone pushes back. He is emboldened by the scandals; they’re just another hurdle, another challenge, and additional opportunities to flaunt his ever-expanding power and ego…and signal his minions in the bureaucracy to carry on; there’s nothing to be afraid of.
Team USA’s play-by-play announcer:
“Team Obama holds a lead halfway through the third quarter. They fumbled the ball on their opening possession of the second half but got the ball back when Team USA failed to make a critical first down. The momentum seems to have swung back to Team Obama.
“Unless Team USA can learn how to defend Team Obama’s zone flood offense and play a lot more aggressively, I’m afraid Team Obama is going to win this one.”
Author, ‘Powers Not Delegated’…a conservative political thriller