Barack Obama is careening down the wrong path towards re-election.
He should be working as a president, not a candidate.
He should be claiming the vital center, not abandoning it.
He should be holding down taxes rather than raising them.
He should be mastering the global economy, not running away from it.
And most of all, he should be bringing the country together rather than dividing it through class warfare.
When Al Gore faced a close presidential race in 2000, he abandoned running on peace and prosperity in favor of the people vs. the powerful, only to see his lead evaporate. When John Kerry was facing a tough race in 2004, he spent the last few months after the convention tacking to the left on the Iraq war and other issues to stimulate the base, only to fall even farther behind.
But when Bill Clinton was facing the fight of his political life in his 1996 re-election, he got rid of all the class warfare language used by traditional Democrats, got behind welfare reform and the balanced budget, and supported a strong, activist government that spent and taxed less rather than more. As a result, Clinton trounced the Republican nominee and was the first Democrat to serve a full eight years since Roosevelt. And the country got behind the president.
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Wow. That’s it? That’s what we’ve been waiting for? Sounded like a campaign speech. Lots of condescending tone. Tax the rich! Spend!
I don’t remember hearing the word “stimulus”. Pass this and pass it now! Everything will be paid for, but not a lot of detailed explanation. Another plan coming a week from Monday!
Let’s see the plan, Mr President. Let’s analyze the plan. There were a few bi-partisan bits given (payroll tax cuts, new hire tax cuts), but overall not very impressive, and there’s really no plan! By the way, where’s the budget?
Before the speech, the news anchor said the White House predicted it would last 48 minutes without applause. My estimate is that it lasted a bit more than 30 minutes with applause. What gives? Did the President expect more applause than he got? Also, what’s with yet another warning about a “credible terrorist threat” for NYC and Washington DC? It was released again immediately after the speech. Hmm. I’m just sayin’.
This isn’t the speech the President needed to kick off Campaign 2012. He’s toast. Donesky.
All he did was to draw the line in the sand. If Congress does’t pass it, it’s not his fault. That’s leadership? Another speech, a higher level of urgency. It’s the first time I’ve really heard seen such focus on small business. Where were you two years ago?
The measures he talked about may indeed help the economy and there are some things he said that may be passed by the Republicans, but alas, it will hardly move the dial. Obama’s recommendations won’t accelerate the recovery by much.
The painful de-leveraging — and the effects thereof — of citizens, municipalities, states, and the nation is obviously beyond the President’s understanding.
One final note: The President has finally acknowledged that the economy, in fact, is not improving. This speech should have been given a year ago.
We’ll see. Let’s watch football! (Live blog after the break)
Andrew Breitbart gives all but one of the GOP candidates an “F” for last night’s performance.
2012 will be won or lost in the media trenches. General Electric (still partial owners of MSNBC, and its crony capitalist architect) has become the poster child for rent-seeking corporate welfare and tax dodging. Do Republicans not know that GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt is Obama’s close friend and corporate fig leaf as chair of the administration’s jobs panel? Why did none of the eight candidates shove this back in the aggressive moderators’ faces: that they are as complicit in the debt crisis–that they refused to bring up in the debate–as Obama himself?
MSNBC is the administration’s government-supported public relations operation, continually featuring news segments framed by the George Soros-funded and John Podesta-led Center for American Progress and Media Matters for America. The latter is partially funded by a labor movement that considers those that appeared on the Reagan stage “sons of bitches” and has declared “war” on them. MSNBC even injected an SEIU hit job ad during a debate break.
In 2008, we watched John McCain’s campaign repeatedly play the role of Charlie Brown to the media’s Lucy. Last night was a demoralizing reminder that the next GOP standard-bearer will find him or herself on their back after the media has pulled away the ball.
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Nevertheless, none of the current candidates outperforms the generic “Republican candidate.” The seven weeks ahead provide an opportunity for one or more Republican candidates to improve their standing not only among Republican primary and caucus voters but among the general electorate as well.
But Perry’s support could prove just as evanescent as Romney’s. He is out of step with conservative orthodoxy on one important issue, immigration, just as Romney is on the individual mandate in his Massachusetts health care plan.
Newsflash to Republicans: Perry’s no shoo-in. The Washington Post‘s Jennifer Rubin seems to be one of the few conservatives reporting on his weaknesses.
Move over Michael Ramirez; Tom Toles, the Washington Post’s uber-lefty cartoonist, is giving you a run for your money in noting Obama’s weakness. If you’ve lost Frank Rich, Keith Olbermann, Maureen Dowd, and Tom Toles. . .
Over the Labor Day weekend, I went to a number of events in the Hamptons. At all of them, Obama was discussed. At none of them — that’s none — was he defended. That was remarkable. After all, sitting around various lunch and dinner tables were mostly Democrats. Not only that, some of them had been vociferous Obama supporters, giving time and money to his election effort. They were all disillusioned.
Sheesh, the last time I was in the Hamptons, I didn’t dare bring up politics or Obama, for fear of ruining the weekend.
After conducting focus groups in the Detroit area in late July, Dan Carol, a senior fellow at the New Policy Institute, was struck by how “tough-minded” Michigan residents and their counterparts elsewhere are. “They are like venture capitalists,” he said. “They have many questions. They support spending their tax dollars for smart economic development and job creation but they want to make sure it’s done in a smart way. They want these investments to last.”