October 30, 2010

It's come to this: Obama the bully

President Obama has really gone and added the bully to the bully pulpit (Follow the link to see the irony of the term as it applies to the White House).  After his "I won" comments to Republicans following his Presidential victory, after his repeated demagoguery and locking the Republicans out of talks while trying to convince people they had no ideas, after castigating the Supreme Court in the State of the Union because he knew better than they did on 'special interests' and election spending, after endless examples of how he doesn't give a flying frappucino about what Republicans think. Why?  He's a bully.

That's only part of what bullies do - they put people down and force things to go their own way.  There's no interest in talk or compromise - it's about glorifying themselves, putting others down, and forcing their will on others.  But it becomes more evident in the context of what's happening now.  With the GOP poised to hit Democrats with a truly big wave (follow the link to see a great video of a rogue wave capsizing a boat), the real characteristics of a bully get displayed.

What happens when a bully is confronted by someone not afraid to stand up to them?  (As well of course, as being able to stand up to them). They usually back down and  start becoming not only conciliatory, in some cases being downright obsequious.

Is Obama a bully in that mode? This quote (via Breitbart)out to show you;
"The Republican leader of the House actually said that 'this is not the time for compromise,'" Obama said Saturday in his weekly radio and Internet address. "And the Republican leader of the Senate said his main goal after this election is simply to win the next one."
"I know that we're in the final days of a campaign. So it's not surprising that we're seeing this heated rhetoric. That's politics," Obama said. "But when the ballots are cast and the voting is done, we need to put this kind of partisanship side—win, lose or draw."
Make your own call on it, but it looks to me like he knows what kind of beat-down is coming and he's breaking out the surrender flag.  I'm not saying it isn't a political tactic, it surely is.  He can try to use a statement like that for 2012 by pointing to it and saying, "look, I tried to deal with these guys" but as most suspect, he's going to dig his liberal heels in after the election.  He's just trying to position the coming gridlock as being the fault of the other guys.  He'll say they're still the party of 'no'.  That's still the tactic of a bully.  Get a bully down and they'll say anything to point out how nice they really are, and that nobody should be bullying anybody here, it's just wrong.  But all the while they are plotting how to regain their status as top bully.  Obama - no exception.

As an aside, school bullying can be a real problem - if bullying is a problem in your life or someone you know, check out this site for some ideas.

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