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September 20, 2012

Obama: You can't change Washington from the inside."

Now he tells us. After promising to change the world were he given the position of Ultimate Insider, the President.

Now it turns out it's all on us-- the man can only do so much. We have to carry him across the finish line. Us. We are the change we've been waiting for.

And if we screw things up, well, that's on us.

And of course Obama shifts the failure to "The System" or Washington, DC. As a coblog pointed out, this is the left's go-to formulation: Whenever they are defending a failed president, be it Jimmy Carter or Barack Obama, they begin insisting the country is just plain ol' "ungovernable."

We heard the same thing in 2010:

Leave it to Mickey Kaus, a principled liberal who supports health-care reform, to debunk these structural excuses: “Lots of intellectual effort now seems to be going into explaining Obama’s (possible/likely/impending) health care failure as the inevitable product of larger historic and constitutional forces. . . . But in this case there’s a simpler explanation: Barack Obama’s job was to sell a health care reform plan to American voters. He failed.”

You know who says success is impossible? Losers. It's all they have. Then someone demonstrates it is in fact possible, and they quietly slink back into the shadows, where they should have stayed.

More: Jonah Goldberg notices that Obama believed this in 2008, already. His belief was that his position as an outsider, though, would "inspire" people to Be The Change or whatever bullshit.

Well, that didn't work.

So now what? What's Plan B? Oh, right, Plan B is just Plan A again.

Let me clarify this, if I wasn't clear: In 2008 he already said he knew you "can't change Washington from the inside," but somehow his outsideriness would overcome this.

Well, it didn't.

So if he's explaining why it will be better from now on, he needs to offer a new plan.

But instead he's offering the old one -- the one he now concedes failed.

He's just pretending it's new, that it's something that he's learned over four years.

Nope.

Same crap as in 2008.


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