Enemy of the Good

One of the Democratic mantras during the health care debate has been, "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." That ode to the need for legislative realism has been distorted by the sputtering Obama machine into something that more resembles, "Don't let the meaningful be the enemy of good PR." When this guy needs a hit, he's happy to get hit by the pitch and claim he's hit a double off the wall.
The United States, China, India, Brazil, and South Africa last night reached what President Obama called a “meaningful and unprecedented breakthrough’’ to control climate change, although the agreement will not be legally binding and falls short of even the most timid expectations of what would come out of the much-anticipated talks here.
The Neutered Messiah proves his increasing irrelevance by extolling the virtues of his "success" in Norway while the Boston Globe says it "falls short of even the most timid expectations." Obama glows.
’’We have come a long way [but] we have much further’’ to go, said Obama, who in an unusual move negotiated directly with other heads of state, including face to face with Premier Wen Jiabao of China.
You heard that right - so desperate was Obama not to let the worthwhile be the enemy of the photo op that he threw the full muscle of his office directly on the table and arm wrestled world leaders into PR submission - mano a mano.
A plenary session to discuss the deal began after 2 a.m. this morning. Before it started, Lumumba Di-Aping, the Sudanese head of the G77 group of developing countries, gave a withering assessment of the agreement, saying “the deal remains an idea.... This is the worst development in climate change negotiations,’’ said Di-Aping. “I say this because gross violations have been committed today against the poor.’’
The weather did cooperate, in one way, at least, with our hobbled leader, as he was forced to leave quickly on his Boeing 747 Hybrid to beat an early winter storm back to Washington even as the world community said it would "take note" of Obama's work - not exactly the delirious endorsement that the President expects for the increase in carbon footprint invested.
“Climate negotiations in Copenhagen have yielded a sham agreement with no real requirements for any countries,’’ said Erich Pica, president of Friends of the Earth U.S. “This is not a strong deal or a just one - it isn’t even a real one. . ."
The good news is that by not accomplishing anything but a photo-op in Obamahagen, the President finally did something, according to the new Washington Post/ABC News poll, the American people support.
Four in 10 respondents said they have little to no trust in what scientists say about the environment, the Post said. More than six in 10 survey participants said they believe there is a lot of disagreement among scientists on the issue of global warming.
While a majority of Americans don't mind some regulation of greenhouse gases in this country if it doesn't cost them much personally, they don't like the idea of using climate change arguments to justify giving our money to other countries.
Most, however, oppose a widely floated proposal in which the United States and other industrialized countries would contribute $10 billion a year to help developing countries pay for reducing the amount of greenhouse gases they release. Overall, 57 percent of those polled oppose this idea; 39 percent support it.
Obama's hopes of being the next great socialist president will lie with the fate of the Health Reform bill, another initiative that has been stripped bare in a frantic attempt to get it passed despite being opposed by more than 6 out of 10 voters.
China, with its rapidly expanding economy, offered to reduce its carbon intensity - the amount of carbon dioxide emitted per unit of production - 40 to 45 percent below 2005 levels by 2020. But the US insisted the country be internationally monitored, a move Chinese officials called an infringement on their sovereignty.
Unlike Democrats, the American people also believe in our nation's sovereignty, and the President understands it's not a good time to pursue the liberal dream of constricting US productivity and world leadership.
Imagine all the people, sharing all the world... Maybe someday you'll join us, and the world can live as one.
He also knows that a year of pursuing a Public Option in lieu of focusing on the economy has sapped his political muscle and that Congress will have no interest next year fighting for Climate Change, Card Check, Immigration Reform or any of the other leftist dreams that Obama wants but Americans don't.