It’s been very hard to write over the last several weeks. The perilous economic situation facing the nation still doesn’t seem to have captured the attention of POTUS. The events and data which should be noted by Obama fly by so fast that a discouraged I can barely keep up, much less write. Yet Obama has publicly expressed a confidence that too many of us don’t feel, and this worries us a great deal. I can remain silent no longer.
The approval polling bump received for offing Osama has sagged as unemployed Americans again ask “What have you done for us at all, Barry?” Their would-be employers enjoy Obama’s largesse while only McDonald’s is hiring. Obama doesn’t seem to understand how seriously the economy is slowing, and how unemployment is still a huge problem on Main Street, which only lends authority to the claim that Obama is listening to the wrong advice while ignoring those who have other ideas.
One commenter over at Huffington Post put it like this: “It’s not just his handling of the economy. The guy is clueless about everything.” This should be a warning sign to Obama, especially when he’s being negatively compared to some of the Republican candidates. Alarms should sound when the observation comes from a political professional like Howard Dean, who has opined that Sarah Palin could defeat President Obama in 2012.
But it doesn’t end there for Obama. Former administration members Christina Romer and Van Jones are making very open criticisms of Obama’s sorry leadership. Similar disparaging words are uttered by a Senator. There are many other examples, but these come from the more well-known personages.
The nation is literally crumbling beneath our feet, which is nothing new, yet Obama goes and plays golf with John Boehner. He’ll get nothing from Boehner, not even a Mulligan if he needs one. Yet I bet Barry pays at the 19th hole even if he somehow wins the match – something that won’t happen in the House as now constituted under Boehner.
The only thing keeping Obama close to the re-election winner’s circle is the fact that the Republican slate is so lame. The American people still prefer him to any of them. The devil you know, perhaps? But there are red clouds on the morning horizon, sailor! Best to take warning! A course change may well be the order of the day.
Gallup’s 6/16/11 poll results show that Obama loses by 5 points to a generic Republican as his opponent, while still displaying that all of the currently-announced Republicans remain losers. I’ve been saying for a while now that Obama is vulnerable to a real challenger, and Gallup has now provided me with the evidence for that assertion.
But you know it’s bad for the Republicans when their “best” and “brightest” can’t defeat a lame candidate like Obama. There is a reason, and conservative blogger Andrew Sullivan just might be on to the reason why. Sullivan states that traditional conservatism now “could not be less conservative” and believes that “it’s less conservative than Obama”. That would make it too radical for most American voters as currently is constituted.
Sullivan also cites Fareed Zakaria for evidence of the loss of traditional conservatism in today’s limp body politic. Zakaria dares to examine the fallacies inherent in the unexamined Republican objections to Obama’s health care reform. By doing so, Zakaria challenges the Tea Bagger Deity to smite him with the jawbone of that ass Rush Limbaugh (who will soon be denouncing both Sullivan and Zakaria as a liberals, mark my words!) when he notes that “Republicans don’t bother to study existing health care systems anywhere else in the world“. Not to do so, in his opinion, means that the Republicans are not concerned in the slightest about solving what Zakaria feels IS a real ailment in need of cure. Finally! A known conservative with compassion! But I digress.
Thus the advantage for the 2012 contest should be Obama’s by a long shot even though his health insurance profit protection plan doesn’t work for anyone. It’s till more than anything the GOP has produced. Yet he’s doing all that he can to ensure that the 2012 race will be close. He’s alienating many vital constituencies: liberal Democrats like Russ Feingold, organized labor as personified by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, and the Hispanic voters that the Republicans desperately want to win over to their cause. Obama is almost busing them to the GOP registration tables for them! How bipartisan1 He won’t even be thanked for his generousity!
Who will stand with Obama to guard his back if he’s pissed everyone off? He’s the only one who thinks they have no where else to turn!
Third party options are holding more appeal for a variety of political positions than I have seen in a while. Yet as the Gallup poll shows, people are ready for a real leader. Should one emerge (that’s your cue, Barry!) who can convince the voters that s/he has a viable plan that will clearly solve the national economic malaise, that person will win handily, and take their party to majority status in the Congress. It could take as little as two minutes to show Obama the path to victory, but will Obama rise to the opportunity? Or will he slouch off the political stage without so much as lifting a finger to deflect the slings and arrows of his outrageous political fortunes?
Because of these facts and more, I have advocated that Obama slide aside into the history books and let a real Democrat run. I’m far from the only one. A scan of the comment threads on many of the popular liberal blogs will reveal this to be true. But as has been the case since the beginning of the Obama term, we are disdainfully ignored if not scornfully derided and cast aside byt the West Wing. We warned of the disaster that the November midterm election proved to be, yet that didn’t improve our standing in the eyes of the Oval Office. Those orbs remain lovingly locked onto Wall Street, where they also demand to know what Obama’s done for them lately. They will get action, for he only hears their complaints – even the whispered ones.
I wish that Democrats would stop displaying their lower heads over the Internet and start showing they know how to properly use their upper ones to solve the issues of the country. The best way they could do this is to actually lead instead of allowing themselves to be led. If this doesn’t happen, there are a lot of voters who will turn to watching out for themselves when the GOP again snatches victory from the toothless Democratic jaws of defeat. They are tired of voting for the lesser of two evils. They want to see real change, and only of the positive variety – like Candidate Obama promised and failed to deliver.
I’m watching and I’m waiting, and hoping for the best. It’s just that hope isn’t a very good strategy for vital and necessary problem solving. I am actively looking for an alternative.