“Don't look back, something might be gaining on you,” – Satchel Paige (ap photo)
Beltway tends to get urpy over sweeping generalizations about “the elite” of any sort. We've flown first class a few times, generally on someone else's dime. We enjoy elite status at the hardware store — but only because we recently undertook some exciting, rather pricey home improvement projects. Otherwise: Bleah. Just the term “elite” feels icky.
But Mark Halperin's piece in Time magazine today — which references “elites” — so perfectly distills the growing angstyness over the Obama administration's many problems that it demands a tossing-out of such niceties.
With the exception of core Obama Administration loyalists, most politically engaged elites have reached the same conclusions: the White House is in over its head, isolated, insular, arrogant and clueless about how to get along with or persuade members of Congress, the media, the business community or working-class voters.
This view is held by Fox News pundits, executives and anchors at the major old-media outlets, reporters who cover the White House, Democratic and Republican congressional leaders and governors, many Democratic business people and lawyers who raised big money for Obama in 2008, and even some members of the Administration just beyond the inner circle.
Yikes! Note to self: Fox News pundits are members of the elite? Must follow up on that.