No regrets on voting for him, but Camille Paglia damns with faint praise Barack Obama by calling him incompetent and asking that Nancy Pelosi resign.

The President, in Paglia’s words, has surrounded himself with “juvenile tinhorns, bumbling mediocrities and crass bully boys,” and she’s unhappy with administration’s “grotesque mishandling of healthcare reform,”

But who would have thought that the sober, deliberative Barack Obama would have nothing to propose but vague and slippery promises — or that he would so easily cede the leadership clout of the executive branch to a chaotic, rapacious, solipsistic Congress? House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, whom I used to admire for her smooth aplomb under pressure, has clearly gone off the deep end with her bizarre rants about legitimate town-hall protests by American citizens. She is doing grievous damage to the party and should immediately step down.

Who would have thunk it!

A President with no prior executive experience, with no business experience, and who sponsored no major legislation during his legislative career… and she’s surprised that he would cede to Congress?

I do give Paglia credit for recognizing that the healthcare bill hasn’t even been submitted on its final form:

There is plenty of blame to go around. Obama’s aggressive endorsement of a healthcare plan that does not even exist yet, except in five competing, fluctuating drafts, makes Washington seem like Cloud Cuckoo Land. The president is promoting the most colossal, brazen bait-and-switch operation since the Bush administration snookered the country into invading Iraq with apocalyptic visions of mushroom clouds over American cities.

I just don’t get it. Why the insane rush to pass a bill, any bill, in three weeks? And why such an abject failure by the Obama administration to present the issues to the public in a rational, detailed, informational way? The U.S. is gigantic; many of our states are bigger than whole European nations. The bureaucracy required to institute and manage a nationalized health system here would be Byzantine beyond belief and would vampirically absorb whatever savings Obama thinks could be made. And the transition period would be a nightmare of red tape and mammoth screw-ups, which we can ill afford with a faltering economy.

As with the massive boondoggle of the stimulus package, which Obama foolishly let Congress turn into a pork rut, too much has been attempted all at once; focused, targeted initiatives would, instead, have won wide public support. How is it possible that Democrats, through their own clumsiness and arrogance, have sabotaged healthcare reform yet again? Blaming obstructionist Republicans is nonsensical because Democrats control all three branches of government. It isn’t conservative rumors or lies that are stopping healthcare legislation; it’s the justifiable alarm of an electorate that has been cut out of the loop and is watching its representatives construct a tangled labyrinth for others but not for themselves. No, the airheads of Congress will keep their own plush healthcare plan — it’s the rest of us guinea pigs who will be thrown to the wolves.

She does have an insight on the why,

But somehow liberals have drifted into a strange servility toward big government, which they revere as a godlike foster father-mother who can dispense all bounty and magically heal all ills.

However, it’s not “a strange servility”. It’s what liberals stand for: a government-centered economy, a government-centered society.

Paglia is disillusioned, to say the least. Observing this disillusionment on her part, are we surprised that the average voter is outraged to have this massive bill foisted upon them? Or that they insist on asking questions?

The only surprise is, perhaps, that Camille Paglia wants Pelosi to resign, and that she’s finding Obama incompetent this early on.