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"Time Magazine Calls for an American Reichstag Fire to Rehabilitate Obama's Image"
The professional Left is calling for someone, anyone to kill hundreds,
thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands of American citizens so that
Obama might have another opportunity to win back the American people.
This man must be removed from office now!
mag: Maybe a horrendous act of violence will kill hundreds, even
thousands, of Americans and thereby brighten Obama's political future
knows Barack Obama is in a political fix. The coalition that
elected him in 2008 has collapsed, and the independents whose support
lifted him to the White House have now abandoned him. What to do?
magazine's Mark Halperin says Obama has to try all the expected things:
"show people what he stands for, fight for what he believes, compromise
with Republicans when it's sensible, reshape his circle of advisers and
focus on job growth and deficit reduction." But Halperin says
succeeding in those efforts will be tough because "they run counter to
Obama's instincts, the political realities of American politics for the
last generation, or both."
What Obama really needs, Halperin
says, is a stroke of good luck. "Busy as he's been, he has not yet
experienced a single major moment that has benefited him politically,"
Halperin writes. Events like the Gulf oil spill have been
harmful, rather than helpful. So what would brighten Obama's political
prospects? Here's Halperin:
wants the country to suffer another catastrophe. But when a struggling
Bill Clinton was faced with the Oklahoma City bombing and a floundering
George W. Bush was confronted by 9/11, they found their voices and a
route to political revival.
Of course, the Oklahoma City attack
killed 168 people, and September 11 nearly 3,000. So Halperin
quickly adds: "Perhaps Obama's crucible can be positive -- the capture
of Osama bin Laden, the fall of the Iranian regime, a dramatic
technological innovation that revitalizes American manufacturing --
something to reintroduce him to the American people and show the
strengths he demonstrated as a presidential candidate."
bin Laden capture or Iranian revolution would help, although it seems
highly unlikely that a dramatic technological innovation would
revitalize American manufacturing in time for Obama to be re-elected in
2012. But the fact is, presidents have often shown their true
mettle in the face of tragic circumstances. And Obama's partisans
appear to be coming very close to hoping for a tragedy to revive the
president's political fortunes.