[Swiftwater Gazette] Obama Plans to Rule America Outside the White House

Ed kroposki kroposki at att.net
Tue Dec 20 17:14:01 EST 2016

Friday,December 16, 2016

ObamaPlans to Rule America Outside the White HousePostedby Daniel Greenfield
BarackObama has two faces. After Trump’s victory and Hillary’s defeat,the public Obama has been gracious and diplomatic. His lectures toTrump, directly and indirectly, are couched in praise. He echoed thefeeling of millions on both sides when he said, "We are now allrooting for his success”. 
That’sa lie. Or rather a disguise. 
Obamaand his aides had, in one insider narrative, decided to don the “mask of decorum”. The contempt for Trump stillseeps through the mask. And the mask hides Obama’s next big move. 
PresidentObama is over. He knows that. There are still some things that he cando before he leaves office, but everything except the mostdestructive, can be undone by his successor. The next phase of hiscampaign will not be fought from the White House. It will be foughtagainst the White House . 
Theother Obama is emerging in conference calls with his supporters. “Oneof the challenges that I’ve discovered being president is I’dlike to be organizer-in-chief, but it’s hard,” he said in onecall. 
Obamacan no longer be commander-in-chief. Instead he’s plotting tobecome organizer-in-chief. 
Theinfrastructure for the organization was put into place long beforeanyone thought that Hillary might lose. Organizing for Action gavehim his own organizing hub. If Hillary had won, it would have been apressure group. Now that Trump won, it’s an axis to build apersonal counterrevolution around. 
Inhis post-election conference call with his OFA troops, Obama toldthem, “I’m giving you like a week and a half to get over it”.Then it would be time to “move forward not only to protect whatwe’ve accomplished, but also to see this as an opportunity”. Whatopportunity could there be in Trump’s win? 
Obamais now the only major national figure still standing among theDemocrats. After Hillary’s defeat, he’s worked hard to attributethe loss to her shortcomings, not his policies and decisions. That’snot just to soothe his ego. If he’s going to dictate the future ofhis party, he can’t afford to be blamed for its latest disaster. And Obama is still determined to dictate the future of the party andthe country. 
Inconventional politics, Obama is done. There’s no way back into theWhite House. And Hillary’s fate won’t leave much enthusiasm fornominating the uncharismatic spouse of a charismatic ex-president. 
ButObama is not a conventional politician. He’s an organizer and acampaigner at the vanguard of a radical movement that seeks tocontrol traditional institutions, but doesn’t feel bound by them. 
UnlikeBill Clinton, his plans don’t begin and end with the White House.As an organizer, Obama is equipped to build bases of power outsidetraditional institutions. And that is exactly what he is doing. 
Thedemoralization of the Democrats is, as Obama put it, an opportunity.Social chaos is a time for the left to overthrow and underminetraditional institutions. Fear, anger and despair are radicalizing.The left has always operated by throwing bombs and then profitingfrom the fallout. That’s Obama’s agenda.
Havingwrecked the country and the Democrats, he sees that not as a setback,but as an opportunity.  
“Thenetwork that you represent, you're perfectly poised to do that,”Obama told his OFAers. “In other words, now is the time for someorganizing.” 
Whilethe leftist rioters in the streets are garnering the most attention,the real threat comes from the network of staffers dubbed ObamaAnonymous which are beginning to organize and coordinate. OFA isObama’s equivalent of the Clinton Foundation. The Clintons builtClintonworld around staffers, but its goal was harvesting money.Obama Inc. is being built around organizing and activism. LikeClintonworld, it will be a network encompassing a variety ofpolitical and non-profit institutions. Unlike them, it will be muchless focused on directing money to its bosses in preparation for anelection. Instead it will function like a traditional leftistmovement, merging influence operations with crowdsourcedmobilization. 
OFAwill be far more dangerous in the wild than the Clinton Foundationever was. The Clintons hoped to ride back to power on a giant wave ofmoney. Obama is taking a much more radical course.
Thestaffers exiting government are being wired into Obama Inc. whetheror not they take jobs directly working for him. The OFA alumni arebuilding networks across organizations while taking their marchingorders from him. They expect Obama to lead them back from thewilderness and into the halls of power.
He’stold them so. 
“I'mgoing to be constrained in what I do with all of you until I am againa private citizen. But that's not so far off,” he assured them.“I'm still fired up and I'm still ready to go.” Hisnext comments promised that radical political change could and wouldtake place. 
Obamaisn’t going to retire. He’s not going to spend years putteringaround with a presidential library. He’s not even going to set up aClintonesque slush fund and try to make his wife president. Insteadhe wants to force radical change fromoutside the White House by using the network he’s built. 
Whilethe public Obama wraps up business at the White House, concludes yet another world tour, alternating between praising Trump and offeringhim condescending advice, the other Obama is preparing to deploy anetwork that will dominate the Dems and set the agenda on the left. 
IfObama succeeds, then he will get another shot at picking his WhiteHouse successor. But beyond that, he’s been handed thekeys to an organizing machine that will allow him to set even more ofthe agenda for his party than ever before. And he has a cause that issending the party reeling back into his arms. 
Obamabelieves that he can rule America from outside the White House. And he might be right. 
Politicalnorms and old rules have been falling faster than leaves in an autumn wind. If Obama sets out to move the center of power outside the WhiteHouse and into an organization that will control national politicsthrough the left, it would be dangerous to assume that he can’t andwon’t succeed. 
TheDemocrats didn’t respond to their defeat, one of a sequence, bytrying to move to the center. Instead there is every sign that theyare moving further to the left. Keith Ellison, a radical leftist withan anti-Semitic past, is tipped to head the DNC. Schumer still hasthe Senate, but Elizabeth Warren may have itbefore too long. Combine that with Obama as thepresident-in-exile and the Dems will be more radical and extremistthan they were even when Obama was sitting in the White House. 
TheDemocrats are ceasing to be a national party. Instead they arebecoming a nationalizing party. They are losing their presence inmuch of the country, from state legislature to state legislature, andbecoming the party of major cities and the national government. Theiragenda is to move power from local areas to central ones, from thevillages and the suburbs to the cities, from states to D.C. and fromlocally elected legislators in D.C. to the satellite bureaucracies ofthe Federal government. 
Obamasees Hillary’s defeat as an opportunity to burn the Dem’s last bridges with the larger country and its “bitter clingers”, todouble down on nationalizing power and to define the politicalnarrative around the agendas of urban elites. The leftcrippled the Democrats. Now it wants to utterly consume them. 
BarackObama is still being vague and coy about his plans. He informs reporters that he will attack Trump when it comes to "corequestions about our values and ideals". But the “faithful”are getting much clearer signals. “You’re going to see me earlynext year, and we’re going to be in a position where we can startcooking up all kinds of great stuff to do.” 
Theelection was a catastrophic disaster for the Democrats, but it opened all sorts of doors for Obama. 
Hillary’sdefeat removes the Clintons, his only real internal rivals, off the stage. Trump’s triumph in working classareas cuts more ties with the traditional Dem base and transforms itinto a party of left-wing urban elites and their radical agendas.And the popular figures on the left, Bernie Sanders, ElizabethWarren, Keith Ellison, lack his national stature, speaking skills andorganization. 
Obamawill move to consolidate the left. And then the Democrats. He will function as a president-in-exile heading up the opposition to Trump.When it comes to verbally challenging Trump, Obama will be morelikely to be interviewed and heard than Ellison or Schumer. And hispeople will coordinate responses across the left from street levelorganizing to think tanks and policy moves. 
Someof it is ego. 
 Obamabelieves that he can find the key to beating Trump in the traditional tactics of the left. But most is ideology and power. Obama is notdone transforming America. And America isn’t done with him yet.

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