The Wrong Crowd

Periodically, I link to a Mark Steyn article, just because he is so often correct, and also because he expresses the correctness of those views so exquisitely. I won’t link to the entire article this time, but I do want to quote his closing paragraphs as he speaks of President Obama’s attempt to force his version of healthcare on everyone:

The New York Times’s in-house conservative David Brooks was an early champion of Obama and is profiled in the current edition of The New Republic cooing paeans to the then-senator”s “pant leg and perfectly creased pant.” Alas, for David Brooks, the bottom has dropped out of Obama’s perfectly creased pants. The other day he was tutting that the Obama administration is in trouble because “it joined itself at the hip to the liberal leadership in Congress.” My National Review colleague Jay Nordlinger was reminded of an old observation by the great Theodore Dalrymple. During his time as an English prison doctor, Dalrymple frequently met ne’er-do-wells who said they’d “fallen in with the wrong crowd,” but, oddly enough, in all those years, he never met the wrong crowd.

Likewise, Obama didn’t “join” himself to the liberal leadership; he is the liberal leadership. The administration didn’t fall in with the wrong crowd; they are the wrong crowd. Van Jones, Yosi Sergant, and ACORN are where Barack Obama has chosen to live all his adult life. Even if he wanted to be the bipartisan centrist of David Brooks’s fantasies, look at his Rolodex and then figure out just where such a man would estimate the “center” to be.

My sense from Wednesday’s speech is that the president’s gonna shove this through in some form or other. It may cause a little temporary pain in Blue Dog districts in 2010, but the long-term gains will be transformative and irreversible.

I’ve tried to say the same thing many times, so I thank Steyn for making the point: Obama is the true radical; he is not being led astray by others; he is the wrong crowd.

Is Steyn correct in his last sentence? Will Obama force his way upon us regardless of the protests? Will the change he brings be irreversible? It’s at moments like this that I need to remind myself that with the Lord all things are possible, even the reversing of that which seems irreversible. I just hope we won’t have to face that situation.