Oh of course, just like the recent 'tsunami' elections. Welllll....to be honest they did get some of those 'emergency' legislation passed, like the voter id law for phantom reasons only available in conservative minds, the get between you and your doctor abortion restrictions, the dismantling of working Americans right to organize. Jobs and economy, not so much. Though there was a lot of strutting barnyard rooster posturing.Originally Posted by BDBoop
“I’m worried that I will be the last Republican president.” - George W. Bush
If there's a god, damn it she won't mind.
If there's a god, baby she won't mind.
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. - MLK
I don't think that holds true any longer and was surprised when some thought he was. He has the same moves all the time and it got old three months after the election.He is a charismatic speaker.
I think that's largely because his ideologies don't share much common ground with the majority of the American people.However, when it comes to translating vision into policy, he has not been able to transcend partisan rivalries to focus on identifying and leveraging common ground.
Yes, Clinton was a smart politician and his policies, despite some differences, usually coincided with the ideas of the American people. That is not the case with Obama.In contrast, President Clinton through triangulation was able to do that and criticism of that approach notwithstanding, it was a brilliant strategy for dealing with a divided Washington. Hence, after a rocky start, he could point to various policy successes. That credit was shared with the Republican congress is less important than the fact that concrete policy outcomes were achieved.
There is no question that he is indecisive but we could not realistically expect more from him, given his lack of experience. He cannot be faulted for traits he did not bring to the table.Another issue that confronts President Obama is that perhaps he is overanalytical. That comes across as hesitation. During crises, that can be a liability. Then, a leader needs to be decisive. He/she needs to be able to try to impose a sense of order on the turmoil when information is incomplete.
Obama has tended to create controversy where there was no need to do so. He should learn the value of silence.When one steps back to look at the big picture, one sees an economic recovery that has been relatively jobless to date (meaning the unemployment rate has remained persistently high). That President Obama undertook two rounds of stimulus (2009 and late 2010) is largely lost in what seems to be a decided lack of ongoing action and sluggish economic growth. A similar dynamic is at play in the ongoing debt ceiling negotiations. I agree with President Obama's delegating leadership for the talks to Vice President Biden. I don't believe it is helpful if the President is involved in day-to-day negotiations, as it risks squandering his political capital and diverting attention from other matters. Where I think President Obama has erred is in not making a regular and forceful case for his vision of fiscal consolidation. As a result, Republicans have been arguing that he is detached from the issue and has no ideas of his own. That the U.S. lacked a coherent framework for dealing with possible political change in the Middle East and took an overly idealistic approach that the Israeli-Palestinian dispute could rapidly be resolved (despite vast differences between the parties and the historic pace of progress) and has responded in a largely reactive fashion to events has also created perceptual problems. Barring appreciable progress on the economic, fiscal, and foreign policy fronts, there is a risk that the perception that President Obama has lost control of events could take hold.
A debate has already been going on as to who is worse, Obama or Carter, but will not fully flower until after the next presidential election.IMO, President Carter truly lost control of events and was properly viewed as ineffective. President Obama is not in such a position at this time. However, should his Administration continue to display little decisiveness and a continuing inability to reach necessary policy agreements, most important of which would provide realistic opportunity for a more vigorous economic rebound, President Obama will risk being defined as a 21st century version of President Carter. The public elects leaders to address problems. By the 2012 election, the public will be less interested in the narrative of the 2007-09 financial crisis/severe recession and much more interested in ongoing job creation and prospects for a more robust and sustained recovery going forward. The public won't be interested in stories about the past. It will be focused on a path to a better future.
I cannot see Obama doing in one year what he has failed to do in three, even when he had control over the House and Senate.Of course, if the Republicans nominate a candidate with below average communications ability, a perspective that is beyond what the public would tolerate, and/or an inability to rally the public behind his/her vision, then President Obama could still be re-elected. Then, barring a return to recession or some other crisis, the public could find political risk avoidance preferable to an unsatisfactory economic status quo. If the Republicans engineer what would be a self-inflicted debt crisis or recession related to a breakdown in the debt ceiling talks (something I don't believe is likely), then prospects for a Republican victory in 2012 would be significantly dimmer.