It is by now fairly well established that Valerie Jarrett, President Obama’s advisor and brain, is the one who leaked the business about Hillary’s private email server to the press.
Although of course the White House is denying any such thing, other credible stories are circulating that Jarrett has privately offered Obama’s support to both Martin O’Malley and Elizabeth Warren if they will run against Hillary in the 2016 Democratic primary.
It is my theory that Obama sabotaged Hillary’s campaign through Valerie Jarrett because he really, really, really does not want Hillary to win the presidency.
I would go beyond that to suggest that Barack Obama does not want any Democrat to win the presidential election in 2016. It has to do with his narcissism and his view of America.
With regard to Hillary, Obama is motivated by his animosity toward the Clintons, which goes back at least to the bitter primary of 2008. Obama is not a forgive-and-forget kind of politician, but one determined to bring a gun to every knife fight. He’s in hand-to-hand combat with the Clintons and determined to inflict the last wound.
He made Hillary his Secretary of State to neutralize her. As the maxim goes, keep your friends close, your enemies closer. He had to know from the beginning that Hillary was defying the law through the use of a private server, and he kept that little chip tucked away in a safe place until the time came to cash it in.
As Ed Klein has written in his book, “Blood Feud,” there is a kind of seething animosity at the heart of the Clinton-Obama relationship. Obama appears to have a cold, heartless, vindictive streak in him, which expresses itself in a readiness to eviscerate political opponents. Destroying political adversaries, in fact, is how he made it to both the Illinois state senate and then to the United States senate.
So if Klein’s account is to be believed, part of Obama’s motivation is to destroy Hillary’s candidacy just because he doesn’t like her. He’s not the type to put party or country ahead of a personal vendetta.
Beyond that, Obama’s narcissism is such that he doesn’t want to share the oxygen in the room with anybody. He does not want to take the chance that a Democrat will succeed him in the Oval Office and get credit for any accomplishments. Offering support to O’Malley and Warren is risk-free because neither has a chance to win. He can appear to be a good, loyal, faithful Democrat while at the same time ensuring a 2016 loss to preserve his place as the big dog Democrat in every room.
Beyond that, and perhaps more to the point, Obama is motivated not only by a seething animosity against political opponents but also by a seething animosity against America itself. He himself repeatedly vowed that it was his intent to “fundamentally transform” America because of its inherent and incurable racism.
If he leaves office and is replaced by a Democrat, his public criticism of America will have to be muted somewhat in deference to his successor. But if he is succeeded by a Republican - it doesn’t matter which one - he will be free to use the bully pulpit of the ex-presidency to malign America without restraint.
He can travel not only America but the world and get handsome sums to blame America and its evil, slavery-sympathizing, white-supremacist-loving conservatives for every malady on the planet. If he can blame Bush for ISIS, he can and will blame Republicans and America for anything and everything.
His post-presidency will be characterized by a never-ending stream of invective directed against this country as it was founded, and he wants a Republican president in 2016 as his foil.
In other words, GOP, Obama wants you to win in 2016. And if you do, better buckle up. It’ll be a bumpy ride.