Doofus is an unusual but appropriate appellation for President Barack Hussein Obama.
What Is A Doofus?
"Doofus" is slang referring to a boob, for which the thesaurus lists the following synonyms -- idiot, nitwit, dunce, fathead, fool, goof, goon, imbecile, jerk.
Some might argue that these synonyms may be inapplicable. Perhaps, but a diminishing percentage would argue that none are applicable. Such a characterization of the president five years ago might have seemed radical or harsh. Even the few who felt that way are probably surprised at the incomparable ineptness of Obama and his Administration.
Our current situation should not surprise. There is a reason that any properly run organization requires qualifications for each job. Experience matters. No one hires a car mechanic to perform brain surgery. Why should it be a surprise when a "community organizer" is incapable of performing successfully as president?
What Happens When A Doofus Is Elected?
In comparison to Obama, the hapless Jimmy Carter looks like Jack Welch or Peter Drucker, both legendary in the field of management. Our unfortunate real-life version of Chauncy Gardner is increasingly seen as Chance the Gardener, although one wonders whether he would do any better in that position.
All of this may be good for Jimmy Carter but terrible for the country! The reality of how bad things truly are is now known. A Politico poll suggests that a majority of the public now understands. Breitbart highlighted the findings (my italics):
The poll, which surveyed states and districts in the most competitive congressional races, found that 64% of Americans believe "things in the U.S. feel like they are out of control right now."
Specifically, the poll found that 84% of voters believe the Islamic State (ISIS) represents a "serious" threat to America. Just 12% said ISIS terrorists do not pose a serious threat.
On the issue of Obamacare, the poll found that 57% of Americans believe their health care costs will increase, and just 7% believe that Obamacare will do as President Barack Obama claimed and reduce personal costs.
Politico's poll also found Obama slightly trailing former President George W. Bush on managerial effectiveness. When asked "Which President do you believe was more effective at managing the basic functions of the federal government?" 38% said George W. Bush, 35% said Obama, and 26% answered "both about the same."
More Democrats consider Obama an albatross and refuse to acknowledge him or appear with him. He is limping through the remainder of his presidency sans friends and supporters. Wes Pruden described the situation:
Rarely if ever has a presidency dissolved so dramatically, so quickly, and with his approval hovering at 40 percent and threatening to sink lower, Mr. Obama has no capital left if he knew how to spend it. Some of his most loyal followers and reliable liege men won't even admit to having ever voted for him when everybody knows they did.
There is probably no better national example of "familiarity breeds contempt.”
Obama's hard-core base even appears to be fed up with their once Wunderkind. An example occurred over the weekend where people left the venue when he began to speak. Guy Benson colorfully contrasted Obama's change of fortune:
In 2008, they were passing out. In 2014, they're walking out.
Most Democrat politicians consider Obama toxic and refuse to appear with him. Polls confirm their judgment of which way the wind was blowing. Obama's declining popularity with women caused Tina Brown, an icon of the liberal left, to declare that women no longer feel safe with Obama in charge. (Will the left now claim Tina Brown is a racist?) When you lose Tina Brown, who is left?
This outcome was predictable. In Flim Flam Man the following was taken from a post on this website in March of this year:
Politics loves winners and hates losers. Winners are loved because they can be used to advance a cause or a career. Losers are useless and rejected as soon as they are recognized as such. Politics abandons its wounded.
Barack Obama was a winner, an extraordinary one. He is now a loser, and just as extraordinary a one. The Democrats have little more use for him, but are bound to him like a prisoner is to a ball and chain. They would like to abandon him but may not have the means to do so that don't redound unfavorably on them and their brand.
The cost of supporting Obama is now greater than the cost of abandoning him.
The cover-up for Obama is over. The man and his Administration are completely incompetent, so much so that most Democrats and media no longer try to defend him. Both are running from him as fast as they dare. The reluctance to abandon him earlier is understandable. Abandoning a President, particularly one of your own Party or one that you helped put in office, is difficult. Doing so can be dangerous. No one wants to be the first to embark on such a path.
Waiting too long is also dangerous. Many previous supporters act as if they know they waited too long. As a result, both politicians and media now appear to be climbing over each other to get off the sinking Obama ship. It as if someone yelled "Fire" in a Democrat National Convention.
The proximity of the mid-terms obviously motivated politicians running for office. But so did the Obama Administration's continued "conga line of screw-ups" as described by Republican consultant Mike Murphy.
The highlight of Obama’s presidency was the passage of ObamaCare. Unfortunately that legislation was rife with lies, cost increases and unnecessary complexity. As renewal premiums come due later this year and next year, this signature legislation will become even more unpopular and unworkable. History will not view this "accomplishment" favorably.
The litany of Obama's failures is long and need not be repeated here. His lack of integrity and the flaunting of the Constitution and Rule of Law are hopefully recorded by historians. If they are not, then it means the country remains on its current course.
Without a change in course and the philosophy of government, future presidents will institutionalize Obama's character flaws, lack of integrity and continue to plunder the Rule of Law. Tyranny and the rule of man will replace what historian Paul Johnson described as “the greatest of all human adventures.”
It is difficult to be optimistic regarding the future. If the Republicans win the Senate, little will change. The speed at which we go toward the cliff might be tempered. While that may appeal to some, it doesn't change the outcome. It is the height of the cliff that kills, not the speed at which the vehicle goes off it.
The Benefits of A Republican Win
A Republican win might have value in one regard. It might reveal the fraud that government has become. Politics without constraint is little different than being ruled by the Mafia. Whether you have a Republican or Democrat Don does change the objective. Both are predators.
Regardless of the difference in marketing strategies, both will pillage the populace. They will take all they can. It will take such a realization to galvanize the necessary reaction. Better that come sooner rather than later when the social costs might be unimaginable.
The next two years will be tumultuous, especially if the Republicans win the Senate. Obama’s ineptness and pathologies will continue and likely worsen when he understands how unpopular and ineffective he has been. It is difficult to predict whether he will react rationally to such a realization.
No one will be angrier at Obama than his fellow Democrats. He has diminished their futures, the presidency and perhaps the Democratic Party itself. If there is a move for impeachment, which is doubtful, it will be initiated by the Democrats. Such an act would be motivated by crass political self-interest and not principle.
Buckle up! The ride ahead will not be smooth regardless of the election outcome.
Monty Pelerin blogs at www.economicnoise.com