No one would mistake Brad Blakeman for a Democrat. He is a former Bush White House aide who appears regularly on Fox News and other outlets as a Republican strategist.
Yet Democrats are so disgusted with President Obama that when they shmooze with Blakeman in the green room before TV appearances, they diss the president.
“They say how arrogant and disconnected Obama and his staff are,” Blakeman tells Newsmax. “They say that he refuses to take advice and basically demands that they toe his line no matter what.”
If Democratic talking heads are disgusted with Obama, so are voters.
“People aren’t buying the sales pitches,” Blakeman says. “They don’t like what he is selling. They have been burned by the product, and now they are looking elsewhere.”
Ironically, “The most dejected people are Democrats because they feel that they have been let down by the guy whom they thought was going to solve all of the problems,” Blakeman says. “The people who’ve supported this guy the most are the ones hurting the most — young people and the inner city urban population, where unemployment is 20 percent.”
Obama’s solution to the widespread disenchantment with him has been to demonize rich people, the tea party movement, the Bush administration, and Fox News.
Yet, in a Politico/George Washington University poll, 42 percent of respondents said Fox News is their main source of information about the upcoming election, compared with 30 percent who cited CNN and 12 percent who rely on MSNBC.
“In his speeches, Obama says look at what I inherited,” Blakeman says. “Yet during the campaign, he knew all of the answers. He demonizes the rich people and blames them for all of our problems,” Blakeman says. “But they’re not the problem. It’s those in the top 5 percent income brackets who pay for much of the government. He should be empowering them to employ people, to expand their businesses. If he did that, he would be able to create not only wealth for them but wealth for others.”
At the same time, Obama signals weakness to America’s enemies.
“He has no courage,” Blakeman says. “Those who seek to do us harm are building the instrumentalities upon which they can make good their threats, and he’s not standing up to that.”
In contrast to Bill Clinton, Blakeman says, Obama is fixated on a left-wing ideology and will not change course.
“Obama did what the left wing wanted to be done instead of what the people needed to be done,” Blakeman says. “There’s no crisis in healthcare; he created the crisis in healthcare. What good is healthcare in 2014 if I don’t have a job in 2010?”
Clinton “was more of a realist politician who understood what he needed to do in order to run the government and have a legacy and accomplishments,” Blakeman says. “Obama is incapable of changing course. It is all about him, and he does not have it in him to admit that he and his policies are wrong.”
Instead of being a leader, “He’s a pitchman,” Blakeman says. “He seems to think that his job is just saying things, and he doesn’t want to have his fingerprints on anything. It’s somebody else who caused the problem. He says Congress will get me a bill, and I’ll decide whether or not I’m going to support it or sign it. That’s not any way to be a president.”
Ronald Kessler is chief Washington correspondent of Newsmax.com. View his previous reports and get his dispatches sent to you free via e-mail. Go here now.
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