The Obama Administration is proving to be the most Nixonian one since that ill-fated administration. During their first nine months, the WH has managed to create the most polarized media as well as electorate in modern U.S. politics, in great part due to their tactics and unparalleled inability to deal with criticism. The war on Fox News is just one of many the administration has declared including Chrysler bond holders, doctors, health insurance companies, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and conservative pundits among others who are perceived as road blocks to the administration's agenda. The vindictive and petty nature of this self declared war on Fox is clearly hurting the administration by making it look un-presidential, while benefiting Fox by driving its ratings up. The latest battle in this curious war came last Thursday when the administration offered the pay czar to the WH press corps for an interview with the stipulation that Fox would be excluded. Surprisingly, all the other major networks declined the offer if Fox would be excluded - the first sign of integrity main stream media has shown in recent months!
Most observers of this 'war' are frankly puzzled about what the administration hopes to get out of it, even on the political left. Why would an administration that came to power with promises of post-partisanship react so strongly to a news outlet that is critical of it despite the serious political risks such a move brings? The answer may elude most observers who cannot make the connection between the key administration players and the significance of their backgrounds. Consider the following:
The 'Chicago Way': The modus operandi of all the key power brokers in the WH - President Obama, David Axelrod, Rahm Emanuel, and Valerie Jarrett - are all products of the same radical leftist Chicago political machine, one known all too well for its take-no-prisoners, strong arm tactics mired in controversy and institutionalized corruption. Their credentials as such are bona fide.
Obama has been the quintessential Chicago politician ever since the beginning of his political career in 1995. His credentials also include strong arming private institutions as a community organizer, including representing the now-disgraced ACORN in their litigation of Citibank for their supposedly 'less than stellar lending record' to inner city minorities as well as his close connections to the Daley machine, Tony Rezko, Bill Ayers, Governor Blagojevic, and variety of other corrupt, radical political personalities. Like Obama, Jarrett, Axelrod and Emanuel also have had close ties to Harold Washington and Richard Daley machines as well as radical organizations like STORM. Furthermore, Emanuel is known in Washington circles with his temper and thuggish behavior, which includes having sent a dead fish to a pollster he took issue with while he was in Congress.
The existence of a Nixonian enemies list is by now well accepted among Washington circles as well as in the blogesphere - both on the right and the left. In the short 9 months since taking office, the Obama WH has succeeded in putting together an enemies list that includes anyone who poses perceived threat to their agenda. Although it is difficult to buy in to the speculation in some circles that President Obama is just a tool for the other three who are the real brains in the daily operations of the WH, it is logical to deduce that this is a group effort by four purpose driven ideologues with what can be called socialist, if not Marxist, pasts. As such, and being the products of their political environment, they see this as their best and probably only chance to influence the course of this nation and are determined to succeed at any cost. The question is, will America wake up in time?