October 20, 2008

Preempting Criticism

Joe Biden lets the mask slip once again. The message is...we know better than you... you must not criticize us, even when you are unhappy with the policies we pursue. Biden's quote is followed by Abe Greenwald's commentary

I promise you, you all are gonna be sitting here a year from now going, ‘Oh my God, why are they there in the polls? Why is the polling so down? Why is this thing so tough?’ We’re gonna have to make some incredibly tough decisions in the first two years. So I’m asking you now, I’m asking you now, be prepared to stick with us. Remember the faith you had at this point because you’re going to have to reinforce us. . . There are gonna be a lot of you who want to go, ‘Whoa, wait a minute, yo, whoa, whoa, I don’t know about that decision.’

The fact that Biden is announcing that an Obama administration will be acting against the will of the American people is not even the scary part. What’s fundamentally unacceptable is the autocratic condescension implicit in the idea that he and Barack Obama know what’s best for us, and we should therefore resist the urge to protest their actions. As Biden said, “I’ve forgotten more about foreign policy than most of my colleagues know, so I’m not being falsely humble with you.” You can say that again! This is so profoundly un-American, and so obviously integral to the Obama ticket’s outlook, we can’t risk labeling it a mere “gaffe.” We’ve seen strains of this throughout the campaign. It’s what Michelle Obama meant when she said her husband “is going to demand that you shed your cynicism. That you put down your divisions. That you come out of your isolation, that you move out of your comfort zones. That you push yourselves to be better. And that you engage. Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual, uninvolved, uninformed.” The message is: Barack Knows Best, and you can draw a line straight from Michelle’s comments, through Obama’s insistence to Joe the Plumber that he knows how wealth should be spread around, to Joe Biden’s plea to trust them against your own better judgment. It’s getting very stuffy in Obama’s America.

UPDATE 10/21: A commenter to the above at contentions:

It’s funny that no one in Biden’s party made the same claim that the president deserved support despite low approval numbers when the president was somebody else. When it’s a Republican, low approval ratings = failure. We were told by Democrats repeatedly that, based solely on poll numbers, Bush should pull out of Iraq.

But when it’s a Democrat, low approval ratings = voter ignorance. Be patient, you idiots. Remember how excited you were when we told you those comforting lies.

Heads I win…

Posted by dan at October 20, 2008 2:36 PM