Zero truly is a snake.
President Obama, who seems to show little shame when it comes to shielding us from some of his political calculations. And I don’t mean hot mic moments like Obama’s comments to then-Russian President Medvedev in 2012: “This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.”
More and more, the president seems uninterested in even trying to hide the fact that he is making policy moves based on political considerations — in confessing he has to act one way until after the next election, at which point he can act another way. The most obvious example was the administration’s decision to delay immigration action until after the 2014 election — for admittedly political purposes.
As Politico reported, “President Barack Obama will delay plans to issue an executive order on immigration until the end of the year, heeding the warnings of Democratic senators who feared a voter backlash ahead of the November elections.”
Obama isn’t even pretending that he’s decided not to pursue a politically unpopular move, only to coincidentally have a change of heart after the election. He’s explicitly postponing something for political purposes.
The ObamaCare website is also getting in on the action. “Enrollment on the Healthcare.gov website begins Nov. 15, or 11 days after the midterm vote, and critics who worry about rising premium hikes in 2015 say that’s no coincidence. Last year’s inaugural enrollment period on the health-care exchange began Oct. 1,” reports the Washington Times.
Might politics play a role in the timing regarding the naming of a new attorney general? The LA Times notes that “a White House official confirmed Monday that the president would delay the decision. Senate Democrats, who are struggling to hold control of the chamber, had expressed concern that the decision, depending on the nominee, could become a campaign issue.”
It seems that the closer we get to an election, the more the Obama administration tamps down on any negative news. As The Washington Post recently reported, the lead investigator in the Secret Service prostitution scandal claims he was told to “delay the report of the investigation until after the 2012 election.” Ann Coulter mocked this sort of posture in a Wednesday column under the headline “We’ll tell you how dangerous Ebola is after the election.”
What Obama’s nakedly political moves say about our screwed-up polity.