Is there any reason why Barack Obama should not resign from the presidency? Yesterday’s devastating midterm elections were a repudiation of his record – primarily Obamacare, perhaps, but also his fumbling failures in foreign policy and his hapless response to the Ebola crisis. The man is simply incompetent, and now the people have shown that they know it.
The immediate victims were the Obamabot Democrats in the Senate who rode his coat tails during his glorious first presidential campaign in 2008. In Great Britain they call what happened yesterday a vote of no confidence. Nothing in Obama’s presidency would so become him as the leaving of it.
Well, you might ask, why didn’t George W. Bush resign after the 2006 midterm elections, when the Democrats took over both houses of Congress? Bush was in the same position then as Obama is now, facing the two final years of his presidency in the shadow of a hostile Congress.
I don’t know why Bush didn’t resign, but perhaps he should have. His popularity during his final months in office was at a low, and he seemed perceptibly uncomfortable in his lame duck role. He could get nothing done, and just played out the string.
In Obama’s case resignation seems a more urgent option, viewed from the standpoint of the American people and their welfare. Bush, whatever you may think of him, was not a mean man, but Obama is one of the most mean-spirited people to sit in the Oval Office, and such a person, wielding the powers of the presidency, can do colossal damage. He is exactly the opposite of what he represented himself to be in 2008, when he scammed the electorate into believing that he was above partisanship and a healer.
Obama’s only challenger for worst presidential meanie would seem to be Richard Nixon, who fortunately did resign. He was about to be impeached, and very likely removed from office. He naturally wanted to avoid being the first president to get bounced by Congress, but his explanation, when he finally announced that he was quitting, was that there was no further prospect that he could work with Congress. True enough, and perhaps reason enough.
In Nixon’s final months in office, as he scampered and dodged like a cornered rat, many people expressed genuine alarm that this man still had his finger on the nuclear button. Nixon was plainly paranoiac, and an egomaniac, and there was no telling what harm he might inflict on the rest of us if he was pushed too far.
I am not going to diagnose Obama as paranoiac – but an egomaniac? For sure. And his contempt for the America whose political leadership he assumed nearly six years ago has always been clearly on display. There are people who claim that Obama wouldn’t mind if Ebola ravaged the United States, that he might consider it fair payback for slavery. That probably is going too far, way too far, but no one would be saying that about a president who manifestly loved his country and hoped to improve its status.
Right now the greatest concern among his adversaries is that he might unilaterally grant amnesty, through Executive Orders, to tens of millions of illegal U.S. residents, supposedly because of humanitarian concerns, but in fact because they represent a potential Democratic Party voting bloc of game-changing proportions.
He seems unlikely to accept yesterday’s smackdown as a justifiable rebuke. He will spin fables about how he is not properly appreciated and understood, and about all the dirty tricks the other side played on him. But in fact he is not equal to the demands of his office, and should not continue to occupy it.
It’s not going to happen, of course, but if Obama resigned, then we must remember that the new President of the United States would be Joe Biden. That in itself is almost as horrifying as an Obama presidency, but it does have one potentially salutary effect. It might derail the presidential ambitions of that loathsome hack Hillary Clinton, who wouldn’t stand a chance of becoming president if it weren’t for what can be found between her legs. (I hasten to add that I have no first-hand knowledge of this.)