Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Bouncing Along Between Joy and Despair
But with the near desertion of white voters, who put him in office just over 3 years ago, and other things he's doing wrong or failing to do well, I begin to feel better. Here's a little tidbit from The Hill which causes my heart to soar--as much as it can; it's his choice of how to campaign just now. The Quote I like:
It has become increasingly clear over the last several months that Obama has little interest in tacking to the political middle to improve his standing with the broad center of the country.
He has decided that he wants his presidency to mean something different, and he has made the fateful decision that he will govern as a left-wing political populist. That is why he has embraced the Occupy Wall Street movement, why he keeps using class-warfare rhetoric, why he has given up on deal-cutting, why he has decided to run against Congress rather than on his accomplishments.
I certainly think first: What accomplishments? But let's look at the "running against Congress meme" closely. Lots of people say he's doing it, comparing it to Truman's run against a do-nothing Congress in 1948. But it's not a do-nothing House (they're doing their jobs), it's a do-nothing Senate (no budget for 3 years, very few consents to nominations, no oversight of agencies, etc.). And the Senate is Democrat controlled. So he's running against his own party? He's running against do-nothing Democrat Senators? Really? He thinks this is the road to a second term?
Labels: Obama Re-election Prospects
I would not have believed, had you told me, that one man, one president, could damage the country as this one has in <4 years. In all areas: financial, expansion of government, intrusion into individual choices, retrenchment of diplomatic and military affairs, and so on.
Frankly, I'd vote for a garden slug rather than see Obama re-elected.
His latest push to by-pass the congressional branch of government is 'way more similar to the type of authoritarian political manipulation seen in a Cuba or a Venezuela than in the United States of America. I'm not refering to the ordinary give-and-take of politics -- this is something truly extra-ordinary that we're seeing....
I hope I'll be pleasantly surprised come November.
Re: garden slug. I was trying to think of the most loathsome creature in my experience. The slug managed to beat out the tomato worm. ;-)