I don’t want Sarah Palin becoming the next president. If Democrats of all stripes don’t come together that could very well happen.
On the Rachel Maddow Show of July 27th 2010 Chris Hayes foretold how the impending GOP politics of personal destruction will occur.
He said “Remember how awesome the Clinton years were? The $2 million Arkansas project launched by a conservative magazine to take President Clinton down — Whitewater, Ken Starr, Troopergate? The conspiracy theory that President Clinton was running drugs out of an airstrip in Arkansas?
“This is the governing strategy Republicans want to return to if they win back the House majority this November. But you don’t have to take my word for it. Take it from Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minnesota):
I think all we should do is issue subpoenas and have one hearing after another.”
It will be the party of no times infinity-nothing will be accomplished. That is precisely what the GOP did the last 6 years of President Clinton’s term. No domestic or foreign policies were implemented the last 6 years of President Clinton’s term, but the GOP thought that gained them votes and were happy with that equation.
Chris Hayes thinks it will be worse than that as the article states “The Republican Party today is way more influenced by its kook-end fringe than it was during the days of Newt Gingrich and Tom DeLay, hard as that may be to believe. So if you like the impeach, investigate, subpoena approach of the 1990s, which slowed and/or stopped the function of the government, then no need to hop about into your own hot tub time machine.
“Just watch what we’re in for if the GOP regains Congress in the midterms. I guarantee you it will actually make you miss Ken Starr.”
I agree with Chris Hayes. The Democrats have to realize that there are right-wing, Blue Dog Democrats, centrist Democrats and left-leaning Democrats and embrace each other as fellow Democrats. They better turn around the poll numbers that have the GOP taking the House.
I wholeheartedly support Obama. There are individual policies I don’t agree with him on, but I don’t think Obama could have done more to satisfy Progressives in the Democrat party. Realistically, what more could he have done? He vowed that the US would never torture again. He signed executive orders repudiating torture and unlawful interrogation practices. He is trying to close Gitmo. Was the public option ever going to make it through Congress? Liberals are upset about DADT. That was the policy that bogged down Clinton before the unending investigations bogged him down completely. Obama has improved our economy, passed health care and financial reform. He did this fighting the party of no.
Give Obama a break or face the consequences. I don’t want Palin or Jeb Bush making him a 1 term president.
Obama has the bully pulpit. He is a great orator. He better explain what he has done for us.
The article “What is Obamaism? President must do better in explaining his policies”
describes how Obama is misunderstood a center-leftist.
How does Obama manage to tick off both sides simultaneously? In a basketball game the old saying is that if the ref has both teams equally ticked-off at his calls then he must have called a good game. With Obama the old Rolling Stone lyric “Nothing I do seems to work-It only makes matters worse for me” seems to apply.
The article states “But this should not be seen as an alibi for Obama as the moderate, misunderstood progressive, though this is more or less what he is. The president’s most important tasks include convincing the public that he’s doing the right thing and improving the standing of the politicians who support him in doing it. Here is where Obama has fallen down on the job.”
Obama has been too busy in achieving stunning reform policies to deal with politics. This is diametrically opposite to GOP tactics.
The article states “The underlying problem is that Obama’s allies have given him a chance to be a great president by passing health-care reform, financial reform and a stimulus bill — all at considerable political risk to themselves — and rightly feel they have been left undefended by a White House more interested in the president’s long-term standing than in their survival.
Obama has allowed himself less than four months to repair this damage. Doing so requires him to redefine the meaning of political moderation and to place himself and his party squarely within its ambit.
As long as the political center is measured as the halfway point between Republicans such as Sen. Jon Kyl, who don’t think they have to pay for big tax cuts for the rich, and a moderate progressivism of Obama’s sort, the entire national discussion will be tilted toward conservatives: Far right plus center-left equals center-right.
And as long as Obama doesn’t define “Obamaism,” his critics will do the defining for him. Right now, it’s a collection of real achievements without a strong underlying rationale. It’s an expansion of government without an explanation for how this modestly larger government will enhance both private well-being and private-sector growth.
If Obama doesn’t want to be seen as a socialist who coddles business, he needs to be more persuasive in telling Americans who he actually is.”
Another article, by a progressive, attacks Obama as viciously as any GOP would. This is the terrifying problem for Democrats in the upcoming election. It is good to see what the opposition is planning. It is a shame that the opposition includes Democrats-left leaning ones, but Democrats.
The GOP is going to make every local House race into an indictment on how every Democrat supported Obama’s policies.
The article “How Obama Is Using Bill Clinton’s “Triangulation” Strategy to Out-Republican Republicans & Destroy Democracy”
is typical of how leftist Democrats hate Obama.
The article states “Ted Rall in his rather short but chilling article Obama Revives Clinton’s Disastrous Triangulation Strategy reveals that Obama actually laid out his appreciation for amoral political pragmatism in his ever-popular The Audacity of Hope:
“It was Bill Clinton who recognized that the categories of conservative and liberal played to Republican advantage and were inadequate to address our problems … Clinton’s third way…tapped into the pragmatic, non-ideological attitude of Americans.”
Rall points out that Obama’s use of triangulation is like Clinton’s was, only on steroids, or in Rall’s words, “triangulation gone wild”.
How does Obama get anything accomplished with the party of no at the right and progressives at the left attacking everything he attempts?
The article, regarding how Clintonian triangulation turned off left-wingers, states “They got the message: voting Democratic doesn’t guarantee Democratic policies. Unenthused, liberals stayed home or voted for Ralph Nader in 2000. Liberal disgust for triangulation (they called it “selling out”) sufficiently reduced Al Gore’s margin of victory to allow George W. Bush to steal Florida and the national election. It took the Democrats six years to begin to recover.
Now, Rall insists (and he’ll get no argument here), Obama is ruling as a right wing Republican, forget centrist.”
This is “Expletive deleted”. Look at what Obama has accomplished, not what he hasn’t!
The article has a list of alleged Obama shortcomings which include;
Keeping the Guantánamo torture camp open
Continuing the war against Iraq
Expanding the war against Afghanistan”
How does Obama get blamed for any of these? Where are the detainees in Guantánamo going to be transferred to? If anything Obama gets a point taken off his grade for being overly optimistic regarding this matter. Isn’t the US attempting to leave Iraq and doesn’t Obama have a timeline for leaving Afghanistan? Neither of these timelines for leaving W’s Global War on terrorism are progressing well-and they might be walked away from, but the US’ interests have to be protected by an orderly withdrawal.
The article states “After over a year, Obama’s legislative successes pervert, Rall’s word, liberal ideals.”
The article examines Obama’s accomplishment and concludes “So while half of our Democratic, faux-progressive legion is lost somewhere in the 5 stages of grief over Obama, many in the first, still — unbelievably in the land of denial and “hopium” (I swear, I thought a long-time, sane-seeming acquaintance was actually going to hit me Friday night when I accused Obama of not being the innocent referee of two polarized parties with Obamacare), Obama, with his engaging smile and handy gift for rhetoric, is finishing off democracy as we know it.”
If the Democrats lose both the House and Senate the Michele Bachmanns of the world will be issuing subpoenas and having continual hearings reminiscent of the Clinton presidency.
How does Obama get anything accomplished with the party of no at the right and progressives at the left attacking everything he attempts? It is a shame that the opposition includes Democrats-left leaning ones, but Democrats.