Wondering why Obama suddenly seems to be going all in for Hillary? It's the smell of fear penetrating the privileged bubble of the left. The right side of history no longer seems so inevitable even in the rarified air of the ivory houses of D.C. That transformation of America that the left feverishly believes in as historical destiny has begun to look shakier than usual.
Going into Monday night’s debate, Obama’s team is feeling that same anxiety expressed by some top Hillary Clinton aides: maybe the country isn’t what they thought, maybe the resistance to Obamacare and gay marriage and the progress they’re so proud of is broader than the vocal fringe they’ve always dismissed. Maybe, the president’s aides – current and former – now concede, they’re going to have to live with the fact that Trump could end up in the Oval Office in part due to a backlash against Obama.
“There's not a lot of mirth in the circles I run in about him,” said another former senior Obama campaign staffer.
It's sad when the mirth goes. But it's okay. You can expect the manchildren of Obama Inc. to have a serious pop culture based response to all this.
“I’m trying to think of a series to compare it to, which was a series that started as a comedy and became a high stakes drama,” said Ben LaBolt, a former White House aide and press secretary for Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign. “I feel like we’re maybe in the fifth season of ‘Breaking Bad’ here. We’re way beyond the laughs, and just sitting on the edge of our seats in terror.”
In retrospect, one of the things historians will wonder about it is how these idiots took over America.
For Obamaworld staffers who had just been starting to settle into a new buoyancy about the president's climbing approval numbers, Trump’s growing strength is an agonizing reminder of how far short they have fallen in delivering on ‘hope.'
Sure. You wreck the economy. You openly set out to destroy entire industries. You force your twisted values on the entire country at gunpoint. You ridicule and humiliate anyone to the right of you at every opportunity and do your best to entirely lock them out of the culture and then political life. And you wonder why you can't reach them and there's a backlash.
Obama built this.
Though only a few weeks ago, current and former Obama aides would joke about how the president’s great political legacy might be the Republican Party destroying itself in front of him. Now, on the record, they push back on the very suggestion that Obama’s legacy should be viewed in any frame that Trump also occupies.
“I don’t think he thinks it’s his legacy, I don’t think any of us think it’s his legacy,” said Dan Pfeiffer, a former senior adviser to the president.
Denial. It fixes everything.